Liberty Lake Day Camp’s Sophomore Division is for children entering 3rd and 4th grade, while the Junior Division is for kids entering 5th and 6th grade. When campers advance into our Sophomore Division, the number of choices available to them and the accompanying responsibilities indicate their true entry into our “big kids’” program.
A day at Liberty Lake is very similar to a middle-school schedule. But instead of moving from classroom to classroom, your 3rd or 4th grader shifts from group activities to electives and back, learning how to deal with transitions and get along with lots of different personalities.
Sophomores are granted FOUR elective periods; they can switch electives every Tuesday, if they choose to do so. And while they’ll sample elective offerings with other kids their age (Mountain Biking, the High Ropes Adventure, our Skate Park, and more), these campers have the freedom and responsibility to travel between electives on their own. Our Sophomores love the challenge of becoming an “older” kid—they rise to the occasion!
The 5th and 6th graders in our Junior Division also have the freedom to customize their camp day with FOUR electives. But these campers are more experienced at being accountable for themselves and others. Because they tend to demonstrate emerging leadership skills, we push our 5th and 6th graders toward the “magical mystery tour” of pre-teen independence. (You know EXACTLY what we’re talking about…)
Some of the additional electives available to our Juniors include Beekeeping, Glee, Rock Band, and our famous Polar Bear Club. Instead of mandatory Instructional Swim, Liberty Lake Juniors have a daily “Free Choice” period, which they can use for unstructured play, or to hang out with their friends. If a Junior camper wants swim lessons or Swim Team as one of their elective choices, we’re cool with that.
Other activities unique to your (almost) teenager include a late-stay pizza/pool party and the opportunity to participate in inter-camp athletic competitions with other New Jersey camps (swim meets, baseball games, soccer matches, etc.).
Our Sophomores and Juniors definitely appreciate their scaled-up independence at Liberty Lake. The freedom we give them awakens their future mind-set for young-adult decision making. It’s sneaky of us, but in a really good way.