Camp Fire River Bend | Camp Tannadoonah

Specialty Activities


Specialty activities are offered only a few times each summer. Each session has at least one specialty in the sports category, one in the arts category, one in the science or nature category, and one in the waterfront category.

All of the specialty activities require pre-registration because we schedule them in advance, and because there is limited space in each class. Some specialty activities have additional fees and/or take up more than one activity period.

2023 Specialty Activities

Session Sports Arts Science/Nature Waterfront Other
Session 1 Basketball Sewing STEM Advanced Fishing** Board Games
Session 2 Volleyball Theater Art in Science Advanced Sailing** Book Club*
Session 3 Soccer Ukulele Navigation Canoe Trip*** Codebreakers
Session 4 Flag Football Cooking & Baking CSI Advanced Sailing** Yoga
Session 5 Basketball, Lacrosse Musical Theater STEM Canoe Trip**
Session 6 Volleyball Bejeweled* Art in Nature Advanced Sailing** Book Club*
Session 7 Soccer Ukulele CSI Canoe Trip**,
Basic Water Rescue**
Session 8 Flag Football Cooking & Baking Navigation Advanced Fishing** Yoga

* Open to ages 8 and older

** Open to ages 12 and older + must pass swim test

Specialty Activity Descriptions

Advanced Fishing

Do you love to fish? Want to step up your fishing game? Try fishing out of a kayak and in different parts of Birch Lake. *Campers must be at least 12 years of age and pass the swim test to participate.

Advanced Sailing

Calling all sailors! If you have experience sailing and want to learn some more advanced skills, this is the class for you! We will be sailing on MC Scow sailboats, which are a racing class boat. *Campers must be at least 12 years of age and pass the swim test to participate.

Art in Nature

Use the beautiful nature around you to make art without harming the environment! Make nature impressions, paint with dirt, and so much more!

Art in Science

Do you love making art? Combine it with science to make masterpieces using scientific principles!

Basic Water Rescue

The Basic Water Rescue (BWR) course provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to a variety of aquatic emergencies. This is a great course for people who are considering getting lifeguard certification. This is NOT a certification course; it is an introduction to rescue skills. *Campers must be at least 12 years of age and pass the swim test to participate. This will take up TWO activity periods daily.

Do you love to play basketball? Practice your shooting and dribbling skills at camp while playing fun games like Around the World, Knockout, and much more!

Do you love to express yourself through arts and crafts? Whether using beads, wood, or cloth, campers will spend this session using their creativity making various jewelry projects. Campers must be 8 and older to participate.

Board Games

Learn to play different board games in a relaxed setting with other campers. We will play some classic games and try some new games, as well as have the opportunity to play longer games over multiple days!

Book Club

Foster your love of reading with others who love to read! Pick a book and have discussions about your favorite parts with your group. Campers must be 8 and older to participate.

Canoe Trip

Take a morning paddle on the Saint Joseph River! Canoers will paddle from Mottville, MI to Bristol, IN – approximately 8 miles down the Saint Joseph River. *Campers must be at least 12 years of age and pass the swim test to participate. *Additional fee of $50.


This activity will focus on solving puzzles, learning about different types of encoding, and finding the solutions to decode secret messages. Every day will have at least 1 code to break as a group, and an Escape Room activity on Friday!

Cooking & Baking

Do you dream of becoming a famous chef? Or just want to learn how to read a recipe and prepare a meal for your family? Sign up for this cooking class and learn to create 5 great recipes!

Learn crime solving techniques like fingerprinting, proper evidence collection, and witness interviewing. Use your new found skills to solve a camp crime!
Flag Football

Learn the rules of flag football and develop your skills! Practice throwing and catching, learn some plays, and play a scrimmage against another team.


Learn the basics of the sport of Lacrosse. Campers will learn how to throw and catch using a lacrosse stick, and learn the rules of the game.

Musical Theater

Practice your lines and do your vocal exercises! Throughout the week, you and the group will rehearse a short musical to perform for camp on Friday.


Campers will learn orienteering, reading a compass, understanding GPS coordinates, map making, and how to use handheld GPS units. Using the GPS units, campers will search for hidden "caches" around Camp.


Learn the basics of hand sewing: how to cut patterns and different stitch techniques. Make small projects like fabric yoyos and decorate fabric with flowers to practice your skills!


Practice your footwork, hone your skills, and up your game during this week-long soccer camp!


STEM is the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Campers will learn examine each of these topics throughout the week, through science experiments, building, robotics, nature-math, and much more.


Be part of a mini theater production! Campers will choose a short play, practice all week, and perform it for the rest of the camp on Friday at rest hour.


Learn the basic chords or improve your ukelele skills! Campers will perform at Council Fire on Friday evening at the conclusion of this program. You can bring your own uke, or use one of the ukuleles for the week.


Practice your serve, learn to serve overhand, and develop your skills. Volleyball camp will help new players learn the rules of the game, and experienced players work on technique.

Take time to relax in nature! Learn yoga poses and become more flexible.

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