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Program Spotlight: Thanksgiving Break Camp

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Give thanks for kids exploring the outside world during Thanksgiving week.

Are your kids looking for something "normal" to kick off the Thanksgiving Break? Camp Backcountry has four days (November 20 & 23-25) of fresh air, exploring, fort building, and goat time on deck for returning and new campers (ages 7-13) alike. Help curb any disappointment of a normal holiday celebration or missing getaways with days of adventure and exploring the Backcountry in a new season—all with COVID-19 precautions.

What will we do at Camp Backcountry’s Thanksgiving Break Camp?

We’ll spend time hiking and exploring the fields and forests of the Backcountry as the season’s change, building forts in the forest, exploring how wild animals survive winter, practicing winter survival skills, playing fun camp games such as camouflage, and caring for the goats and chickens. Each day we’ll also add to our “giving tree” and cook up a thanksgiving treat over the campfire!

What if it’s cold or snowy?

Snow days make for the best camp days! At Camp Backcountry we like to say that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. We recommend sending your child to camp with the following: waterproof pants (snow pants work well), waterproof boots, wool socks, waterproof gloves, and lots of different layering options. Rather than wearing a really heavy coat over nothing but a t-shirt, we recommend a base layer, t-shirt, light jacket, heavy jacket, and coat or waterproof shell. This gives your child many options as the weather changes throughout the day. Be sure to check out our Packing List for more details.

At Camp Backcountry we are thankful for time spent in the wild, all of the wild animals that call the Backcountry home, exploring the forest, goat snuggles, delicious campfire treats, and all of our amazing campers. Are you ready to join us? Register here for Thanksgiving Camp!


COVID-19 Precautions: The HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area staff takes every precaution to keep our campers, camp families, staff, and community safe. For details on the COVID-19 precautions at Camp Backcountry, click here.

Here's a quick video of what to expect at Camp Backcountry check-in:


AnnaKate Hein is the Backcountry Wilderness Area Programs Supervisor. She is a Georgia alum—once a dawg, always a dawg—where she was a member of the marching band and on the crew team. She worked for Save the Bay in Rhode Island before moving to Colorado. AnnaKate, her husband, and son can be found in the mountains or the desert chasing their next big adventure—mountain biking, skiing, hiking, climbing, camping, and, most notably, living the river rat life on their SUPs all summer.

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