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Adventure Day Camp

Thank you for your continued interest in Adventure Day Camp! As the COVID-19 landscape continues to change beneath our feet, we at the McCall Field Campus and Outdoor Science School continue to pursue our mission of transforming individuals and communities through innovative research and educational experiences. Although our approach to this has changed, our commitment to creativity and innovation is stronger than ever.

Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. Face-to-face experiential learning and exploration is at the heart of our instructional approach. As we look to the future and consider how and when we can continue in-person programming, we are analyzing a variety of information sources to guide our decision making.

There are four primary information sources we are using to plan our path forward:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  2. Idaho Rebounds: Our Path to Prosperity
  3. University of Idaho COVID-19 Response
  4. Central District Health and Local Health Professionals

Our conclusion after close examination of the best information available is that we cannot effectively screen individuals or meet social distancing and personal protection guidelines in our Adventure Day Camp setting for most of the summer months as Idaho progresses through its four stages of reopening. Therefore, out of respect for our Day Camp families and the community, we have decided to cancel MOSS Adventure Day Camp for 2020.

We still believe that your kiddos can have great adventures this summer and to that end, we point you to the following resources (we are especially excited about the first one!)

  1. MOSS Adventure Learning
    We will be posting outdoor lessons for kids throughout the summer in addition to the many lessons and activities that are already available on the site. These are designed to get kids out exploring, asking questions, and learning about their local community and natural areas. They can be facilitated by parents, or passed along to care providers as resources to help with summer activities.
  2. Community Cares Information Center
    A partnership between local libraries, Valley County, and Central District Health to connect the dots on local needs and resources.
    A free platform for families and caregivers to connect with each other.
  4. Outschool
    One example of online summer camps, there are many activities with an outdoor and nature focus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Backpack with everything they need to be comfortable for a full day.

  • Layers- long sleeves, rain jacket, extra socks (Full change of clothes is recommended if they are less than 5 years old)
  • Lunch, water bottle, am and pm snack (please avoid peanut ingredients)
  • Swimsuit and towel if the weather is warm
  • Optional: Sunblock, bug spray, medications (inhaler, epi-pens, etc)
  • Optional: Favorite book to read

MOSS is located inside of Ponderosa State Park PSP so we are fortunate to have the park as our playground. We will also canoe to the day use beach in PSP or over the McCall City Brown’s Park and back.

The program will run from 9am- 4pm. Extended drop off is between 7:45am - 9am and pick up is between 4pm- 5pm, depending of your selection. (See pricing above).

 Adventurers Explorers  Investigators 
  • Science stories
  • Arts and crafts
  • Nature connections
  • Science stories
  • Arts and crafts
  • Nature connections
  • Science stories
  • Arts and crafts
  • Nature connections
  • Build models and forts
  • Explore Ponderosa Park
  • Ask Questions and Solve Mysteries

  • Build models and forts
  • Explore Ponderosa Park
  •  Ask Questions and Solve Mysteries
  • Engineering
  • Science Experiments
  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Counselor in training style leadership

Submit your interest to reserve a spot on the site link above, or email Leslie Dorsey at with your child’s name(s), age(s) and dates you would like them to attend. Also include your contact information and Leslie or Day camp staff will call you back to confirm. Emergency contact information and signatures are completed in person the morning of your first program day. Payment generally happens then. Exact cash or check only in person.

Each week we will take on a different theme as a means of connected our activities and learning. The themes listed below have been used in the past. Our list for the summer of 2018 will be finalized in June.

  • Prairies, Deserts, & Jungles
  • Island biogeography, The Arctic, & Microhabitats
  • Aquatic Ecosystems and Water Science
  • Chemistry, Physics & Energy
  • The 5 Senses
  • Astronomy & Weather
  • Geology, Archeology & Geography
  • IdaHome- animals, plants, cultural history

   8:00  Extended option- drop off window
   8:45   Program option Drop off
   9:00   Put down our things and get settled
   9:15   Active time, use our bodies
   9:45   Bathroom break, snack, story time
 10:10   Introduction to topic of the day, game
 10:30   Guided activity (i.e. animal skulls and pelts)
 11:30  Break - Free play
 12:00   Lunch
 12:30   Quiet time, nap, read, rest, draw, quiet games, special places
 12:30   Hike, explore, science investigation, canoeing
   2:00   Beach time, Free Play
   3:00  Change, pack up, play a game or read a story, wrap up
   4:00  Program option Pick Up
   5:00  Extended option- pick up window

Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 208-885-1080

Fax: 208-634-5244



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