Each year, events are chosen for the campers to enjoy and take place in the form of classes, afternoon activities and one big event each night.
Each morning campers have the opportunity to attend four classes with their group. The classes vary each year but have included: crafts, music, motions, cooking and nature. The classes are taught by an experienced teacher who will lead the campers and counselors in the activities. Each class provides hands-on opportunities for the campers to show their creative side.
Every afternoon, the campers and counselors have two hours of free time that allows them a variety of activities on the Camp Doniphan property to enjoy. The pool is typically a huge hit among the campers (and counselors). The campers are able to wade in the shallow end of the pool or, if they are advanced swimmers, may take a short swimming test to swim in the deep end. Swimming is not the only water activity available; there is also boating and fishing. Other activities include nature walks, volleyball and basketball games, puzzles, coloring and socializing with other campers.
Evening events are chosen based on the year’s theme, with some that have become longtime traditions, such as the dance and talent show. Other past events have included Olympic Game Night, a treasure hunt, a carnival, “drive-in” movie, Independence 76ers firetruck, and a visit from KC Wolf and Bob the Blob (from Monsters VS Aliens).
In 2010, Camp Moja celebrated the old west with a Rodeo. Sean the Balloon Guy made a special appearance, and everyone had the opportunity to dress up for an old-time photo, go on a hayride, make apple cider and ride a “bull.” The talent show was as amazing as ever, and campers and counselors enjoyed dancing to a DJ one night and performing with a group for the inaugural Mojaerican Idol.
In 2011, Moja went to Oz! Campers participated in the Witch Relays, where they got to test their skills at Oz-like games, dress up as characters and do Oz-themed relay races. Six very special guests – including Dorothy and the Wizard, himself – made an appearance on several occasions. We had our second annual Mojaerican Idol, the annual dance, and spent the evening with the Muppets version of The Wizard of Oz! 2011 also opened Doniphan’s new zero-entry pool. This great addition allowed all campers – even those in wheelchairs – to enjoy some fun in the sun.
2012 celebrated Camp Moja’s 35 years with a cruise theme. Campers boarded the S.S. Moja for a week of fun activities, including a magic show, casino night, luau, dance and, of course, the talent show!
Some of our themes from previous years:
2013: Superheros, and we got some very special visitors!
2014: Moja Goes Military
2015: CSI Moja
2016: Jurassic Moja