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Adventure Day Camp

Booked to capacity for summer 2024

Thank you for considering this program. All positions and scholarship funds have been filled.
Registration for summer 2025 opening Feb. 1, 2025

Spend the day outdoors learning and exploring on the shores of Payette Lake. Throughout the summer kiddos explore the outdoors, play games, make crafts, hike, swim, and make new friendships. Students will use their five senses and tools to learn more about the world around them. Topics will complement the nature play and summertime adventures that kiddos love while practicing social and emotional skills.

This summer there will be an overarching theme of Making Connections. Each week will have different activities and topics to explore related to making connections to provide variety and maintain continuity throughout the program. Every day we will try to incorporate; a game, song, art activity, book, adventure in the park, free play, science activity, and swimming* when it’s warm enough, usually around the first week in July. Some example theme weeks are teamwork, plant and animal relationships and where our water comes and goes. There will be an emphasis on social and emotional learning so that kiddos can work on their interpersonal relationship skills with each other and this place.

Student groups are generally split by age. The age groupings that we try for are:

  • 3-5 years
  • 6-7 years
  • 8-9 years


June 12 - Aug. 9, 2024.
Monday - Friday (Open June 19 and July 4)

Drop off window: 7:45-9 a.m.; pick up window 4-5 p.m.
Programming will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

How to Enroll 

We know that MOSS experiences benefit students of all backgrounds, and this year we are prioritizing students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend due to financial constraints

  • On Feb. 1, registration will open for those who qualify for ANY scholarship.
  • On March 1, registration will be open to all.

Learn more about SCHOLARSHIPS and RATES (PDF) »

RESERVE DATES — instructions on how to reserve dates (PDF) »

(Before March 1, you will need a passcode from Leslie Dorsey to complete this step)


Payment Process

  • Online payment platform- U of I Marketplace (please check your email for an autoreply receipt)

Payments can be made prior to the program, or day-of participation. We will begin to take payments a few weeks from the start of the program, after May 1. Until that time, your reservation is safe and we will contact everyone when payment is open.

» Detailed Parent Informational Packet


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.

Weekly themes* — 

  • Making connections with friends 
  • Humans and animals
  • Plants and animals 
  • Water flow (humans and water) 
  • Making connections with McCall community 
  • Communication 
  • Humans and plants 
  • Landscapes 
  • Giving back to the place 

*Subject to change 

   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


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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