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Inspired
by
nature

 

BE INSPIRED BY NATURE THE CAMP LINWOOD MACDONALD WAY! 

Nestled in the picturesque hills & forests of NW New Jersey, Camp Linwood MacDonald is located within easy driving distance of the major metropolitan areas and is the ideal place for special day excursions or overnight stays for your class or youth group. Camp Linwood MacDonald’s 200+ acres of  pristine forests, fields, waterways, and ponds provide  the  perfect setting for youth and adults to be inspired by nature. Your time at Camp  is enhanced  by our climate controlled lodging; variety of indoor & outdoor facilities;  delicious meals; and  engaging staff. 

Whether your group is large or small, we offer an experience of fun-filled activities, comfortable lodging, welcoming facilities and delicious, abundant meals. Our Camp Staff will guide you through your program keeping the participants active, engaged, safe, and happy!

 Click Here to contact us by email  to begin exploring how we can customize a NATURE INSPIRED experience for you! 

 OUR STAFF - HELPING YOUTH GROW, LEARN, & CONNECT 

  • We provide one staff facilitator per every 15  participants
  • Our Staff are active, retired educators; college age men and women and other adults—all who have demonstrated subject knowledge and skills as well as the ability to engage youth through our programs.
  • Waterfront and Adventure Activities Staff are specialty trained and certified. 
 SAFE  &  INSPIRING SPACES
  •  Rooke Lodge (48  beds)
  • Percy Lodge (96 beds)
  • Main Lodge— Dining, Program, & Lodging (16 beds)
  • 700+ ft Zip Line
  • Climbing Tower
  • Fields & Courts
  • Ponds & Streams
  • Hiking Trails
  • Pavilion
  • Archery Range
  • Bird Observatory & Nature Center
 PACKAGE OPTIONS 

 We work  with each group to plan a Nature Inspired experience tailored to their unique needs and interests. Our most popular  packages include : 

  • Weekday—3 Days/ 2 Nights This Package includes 10–1 hour activity periods; 2 evening programs, 2 nights lodging and meals & snacks beginning with  lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 3.

  • Weekender—2 Days / 2 Nights Friday evening—Sunday afternoon.  The Weekender includes 9.5 hours of facilitated activities, 2 evening programs, 2 nights lodging and meals & snacks beginning with snack on Friday evening through lunch on Sunday.

  • One Day Adventure Starting about 9am & ending about 2/3pm we pack several activity periods and lunch into the day. 

 ACTIVITIES FROM A TO Z

 Busy Days

  • Alpha Beta
  • Archery
  • Bird ID
  • Canoeing
  • Cooperative Games
  • Court Sports & Games
  • Climbing Tower
  • Field Sports & Games
  • Fish Ecology
  • Five Senses
  • Forest Ecology
  • Imagination Station
  • Kayaking
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Nature Crafts
  • Oh Deer!
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Pond Exploration
  • Predator—Prey
  • Soils
  • Survival
  • Teambuilding
  • Tree ID
  • Water Ecology
  • Zip Line

 After Dark:

  • Campfire Program
  • The Night Sky  - Stars & Stories
  • Nike Sensory Hike
  • “Scrounge”
  • “Zap”
BE INSPIRED BY NATURE - Join us for a day, an overnight or multiple days & nights—year round. 
  • Environmental Education
  • Teambuilding
  • Leadership Development
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Faculty & Staff In-Service / Planning
  • Retreats
  • Summer Camps