- Giant Swing
Take a swing on this exhilarating ride either solo or in a group of two! Participants are attached to a cable that is pulled up by their team to the height of their choice (up to 40ft!). When ready, a release cord is pulled and the participants soar! This element is a lot of fun and keeps everyone involved in the experience.
- Leap of Faith
A challenge course classic! Here participants are encouraged to climb to the top of the 25ft pole overlooking our horse corral. Take a deep breath and leap out- attempting to touch the trapeze ball hanging in front. The rest of the team will be on belay and lower the jumper safely to the ground.
- Rock Climbing Tower
Participants will learn the basics of rock climbing technique and safety as they attempt to scale one of the two faces on our 45 ft. climbing tower. Participants may learn to belay each other under the careful supervision of our trained instructors.
(Suggested age: 7 & up)
- Cargo Net
Much like the Giant's Ladder, participants challenge themselves individually or in pairs as they attempt to reach the top of our 45 ft. cargo net. Once the top is reached, climbers have the option of riding down the zip line! The rest of the team will be participating from the ground by belaying, spotting, and encouraging the climbers through the challenge.
(Suggested age: 8 & up)
- High Ropes Course
Built high in the trees, participants have the opportunity to challenge themselves among 14 different elements! Climbers may also complete their experience by zipping away on a 350ft. zip line or the breathtaking Quick Jump- a 53ft free fall device! The adventure awaits you.
(Suggested age: 12 & up)
Youth groups, school classrooms, sports teams or clubs will find that our challenge course can be a very effective way for group members to look deeper at team dynamics covering all aspects from communication, listening, cooperation, trust, etc. Facilitators work with participants to foster conversation and discussions addressing specific goals established by the group.
Our focus remains on the process and not the end result.
Take advantage of the team building program that Camp Henry has to offer!
Our 2 Challenge Courses consists of a series of cables, ropes, and other props located close to the ground – no harness necessary. Completion of these elements requires a bulk of the groups' efforts. Participants use problem solving and communication skills, along with built-in safety procedures, to solve the challenges.
Some initiatives include:
- Floating Cube
Your team must travel through a hanging 3-dimensional cube without touching the sides. The fun part is when it starts to sway!
- House Trap
Your group is challenged to move through the 'house element' by stepping into the doors they open using the keys provided.
- Whale Watch
Your team works together and strategizes how to balance the entire group on a large balance board without either sides touching the ground.
- Nitro Swing
Each group member must travel across the 'bottomless pit' by using a large rope to swing across.
- Obstacle Course
Each participant has a partner. One will be blind folded and traveling through the course, while the other is being their eyes and guiding them through the course by only using verbal communication.
Aside from our Challenge Courses, we provide dozens of other portable field activities.
Our Program Staff would be happy to craft a custom program for your group. Please contact our Program Director at 616.717.5559 for more information.
- Wetland Ecology
Get the most out of our wetland habitats and surround yourself amongst the beauty of this fascinating ecosystem. Participants will engage in activities to sharpen their observation skills and help them better understand how these unique ecosystems work. Our hands-on lessons foster connections with the natural world and encourage students to become good environmental stewards.
- Forest Ecology
Exploring the forest is truly an adventure as participants have the opportunity to discover the interconnected world of plants, animals, and the soil as well as understanding the role each plays in maintaining a healthy forest ecosystem.
- Birds (Ornithology)
Ornithology is the study of birds. In this program, participants will discover bird behavior, appearance, and special adaptations through many fun games and activities. Participants will see what sets these fascinating creatures apart from all others.
- Wildlife Adaptations
Participants will understand that adaptation describes the idea that certain animals have features which help them survive in their environment. This includes animals which are camouflaged to their surroundings, features that allow animals to survive in their climate, and how they get their food and defend themselves. Explore several habitats, play games, and even visit some critters in our nature center (seasonal).
- Garden and Composting—Seasonal
The Camp Henry garden demonstrates how the food we eat grows and what the plants that produce it look like. Participants will learn parts of the garden through composting, cover crops and good soil maintenance. We also focus on how to use seeds and transplants to create a garden and how to identify plants and herbs. Participants may even sample some of the produce straight from the ground!
Participants learn the parts of a bow and arrow combined with proper archery technique and safety procedures that are put to use through practice and fun archery games.
Participants will practice the proper techniques to navigate the waters of Lake Kimball once they've learned about the parts of a canoe or kayak. A certified lifeguard is always present.
- Survival/Shelter Building
Participants begin by working together in groups to brainstorm a simulation survival challenge and learn the basic needs of what it takes to survive. Later participants are placed in the woods and build their shelters using the natural resources around them.
- Campfire Cooking & Wild Edibles
Discover the many ways of cooking over a campfire using ingredients from nature! From orange peel brownies to cattail pancakes, participants have a unique experience learning about the edibles that nature has to offer.
Long before the GPS, there was the art and skill of using a map and compass. It's like cracking a code; participants master the use of a compass, learn to orient maps, and discover the mysteries ahead on their adventure.
- Hiking & Scavenger Hunts
Explore the many trails on Camp Henry's 212 acres. Trail Guides will introduce one of our fun, interactive scavenger hunts to make the experience all the more exciting.
- Fishing (May—September Only)
Dig for worms, cast a line! Participants will test their skills of trying to catch and release the many fish that make Lake Kimball such a popular fishing destination. Poles are provided.
- Fire Building
Participants learn the steps and different methods as well as safety guidelines of building a fire. Part of this activity is practicing leave no trace camping.
- Bouldering Wall & Slack Lining
This fun activity duo combines endurance, balance, and concentration! On our bouldering wall, participants use rock climbing techniques to climb across the 24 ft. long wall (no harness necessary). Slacklining is a practice similar to tightrope walking but on a flat piece of webbing tied between 2 trees and close to the ground.
- Campfire songs & s'mores
Let us entertain you with songs, skits, and stories that we guarantee your campers will be talking about long after the fire has gone out.
- Capture the flag
- A classic camp game! Teams compete against each other to find the other team's flag.
- Glow Ultimate Frisbee
Take the classic game of Ultimate Frisbee, add several glow sticks, a light up Frisbee and play during the night
- Night Hike
This fun discovery takes participants on a journey to examine the five senses while allowing them to enjoy and appreciate nature and it's wildlife at night.
- Zany group games
- Full of laughter and fun, these interactive games are sure to leave participants feeling extra zany.
- Camp Henry Amazing Race
In this exciting race, teams will travel all over camp and work together to accomplish the tasks set before them. From solving riddles, to building a fire and making PB & J sandwiches, these challenges are sure to be a memorable experience.
- Flashlight Tag
Suit up in dark clothes and get ready for some stealth activity. Participants will see if their sneaks will allow them to win in this fun team game.
- Camp Henry Game show
Get ready to come on down as we replicate some popular game shows- Camp Henry style!
- Arts & Crafts
Be prepared to get creative and work on a variety of fun projects to take home.
- Camp Henry CLUE
The mystery you love to solve again and again is even more exciting with a Camp Henry twist. In this game, participants must find out who is responsible for stealing the s'more supplies by completing challenges and receiving clues. The prize of the winning group will be revealed to you.
- Human Hungry Hippos
Just like the board game, participants are harnessed up to bungee cord and become the 'hungry hippos'. They rce towards the center of the play area trying to retrieve as many pieces of food as possible.
- Service Projects
One unique way to get connected to camp is to plan a service project day. Whether it is a full day of work or combining it with other camp programs, service project teams help create the high quality of excellence we are striving for. Community service hours can be given upon request.
- Team Sports
- Enjoy your favorite team sport on beautiful Camp Henry grounds. We have sand volleyball, soccer, basketball, kickball and so much more!
- Interactive Prayer Walks/Labyrinth Walks
With different walks to choose from, participants are given the opportunity to grow deeper in their walk with God. Participants will appreciate nature and learn something new about their Creator in engaging ways.
- Skit Night
Join the fun in creating original camp skits that will be sure to have you laughing all night.
- Talent Show
Participants will show off their skills and celebrate their talents as they take the stage.
- Swimming (May—September only)
Take a dip in Lake Kimball and enjoy the sand and sun on the beautiful shores. (Lifeguards will be present.
Our staff are happy to lead worship and engage participants in Bible lessons through a variety of exceptional ways.
- Classic Camp and Lawn Games
Enjoy this time to play some classic lawn games from corn hole, horseshoes, Kan Jam, 4-square, 9-square, Gaga, Bimini, and even Giant Jenga!
- Paper Brigades
Participants are split into small groups and encouraged to accomplish tasks using simple materials such as paper, cardboard, tape, etc. These challenges can include building a marble shoot, a small raft that can float on water or building the tallest tower. Brigade initiatives foster communication, collaboration, creativity, engineering, being resourceful, and thinking outside the box.
We can take many of our programs on the road! Please reach out to our Guest Services Director at 616-717-5571 for more information.