Fifth Grade Camp

Who: McGrath fifth graders that have less than four major office referrals. See the Camp Behavior Policy here for more details.

What: Fifth Grade Camp is a two-day, overnight camp trip filled with curriculum-related and team-building activities.

When: Thursday, May 23 to Friday, May 24, 2019. Drop off is around 8:35 am on Thursday. Pick up is around 12:20 pm Friday.

Where: Camp Copneconic. Students are dropped off at camp, not at school. Need directions? Or see the map below.

Why: This is the final big field trip of a student’s time at McGrath. It is also a time of fun and learning. Students will work on teamwork and challenge activities, giving students a chance to try something new and brave. There are also learning activities about food chains, webs, and reptiles.

Costs: The trip costs $100 and includes all activities, lodging, and meals (lunch and dinner on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday).

Forms: Click here to download the camp permission slip, health forms, and other information.

Behavior Policy: Multiple office referrals in the third and fourth marking periods may result in loss of some or all camp privileges. See details here.

Chaperones: Parent chaperones for camp are not needed. We interview and select many high school camp counselors to supervise activities and the cabins overnight. Parents, you get the night off!


Important Reminders

  • There is no school-provided transportation to and from camp. Students will need a ride there.
  • Drop off is at 8:35 am on Thursday (updated for 2019).
  • Pick up is at 12:20 pm Friday (updated for 2019).
  • Dorm rooms have bunk beds. Students will need a sleeping bag and pillow, or sheets to make their bed. No bedding is provided.
  • Students may be put on kitchen duty for misbehavior.
  • Students will be assigned in groups of 8-12 to a high school counselor that has been interviewed by McGrath staff.
  • Students will need at least two pairs of shoes:
    • One old pair of shoes or water shoes is needed for exploring a pond or creek. This pair will get wet and muddy.
    • One pair is needed for the zip line. This pair must not be opened-toed, or the student will not be allowed on the zip line.
  • All medicine must be in the original marked containers or packages. We cannot administer unmarked medication due to risks of confusing medicines.
  • Insect sprays are allowed, but spraying must be done outside of the dorm room.
  • No electronic devices are allowed, including cell phones, video game systems and MP3 players. There is one exception:
    • Stand-alone cameras are allowed and can be used at camp. Cameras that are part of cell phones or other electronics are not permitted.

What to Bring to Camp

Camp Copneconic suggests bringing these items:

  • Bedding
    • Sleeping bag or bedroll, or sheets
    • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Clothing
    • Pajamas
    • Daily changes of socks and underwear (pack more in case of getting wet for water activities)
    • Coats or jackets (depending on weather)
    • Jeans, pants or shorts
    • Sweaters/sweatshirts (we will be outside in the evening)
    • Rain Gear (cheap ponchos are available at many discount stores)
    • Waterproof boots (if available)
    • Two pairs of shoes (at least. One old pair that can get completely wet and muddy. Another pair for use for dry activities. Flip flops may not be study enough for the camp experience.)
  • Personal Articles
    • Toothpaste and toothbrush
    • Bath towels and wash cloth
    • Comb or brush
    • Soap and shampoo
    • Sunscreen
    • Chapstick
    • Deodorant
    • Medication (all medication must be given to teachers and must be in the original packaging. Unmarked medications cannot be administered due to risk of confusing medicines or not following directions.)
  • General Equipment
    • Flashlight
    • Large plastic bag for dirty or wet clothes
    • Insect repellent (pumps are best; sprays will need to be applied outside of the dorm room)
    • Water bottle (with name on it)
  • Optional Equipment
    • Pencil, journal or notebook
    • Camera (can be digital, film or disposable. Please mark with student’s name.)
    • Book
    • Hat
  • Do NOT Bring (leave this stuff behind!):
    • Money
    • Personal electronic devices (including cell phones, video game systems, MP3 players, etc.)
    • Knives
    • Food
    • Candy
    • Gum
    • Matches
    • Cigarettes
    • Firearms
    • Archery equipment
    • Curling irons
    • Blow dryers
    • Electrical equipment
    • Electronic games

This page last updated January 6, 2020 @ 5:04 pm.