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Girls around Campfire with Smores

Night Hiking and Campfire

Students and teachers love our Night Hike and Campfire evening. While every night hike/campfire is different we typically hike for 15 to 20 minutes and then stop for a campfire and smores. Before the hike students are asked to stay silent, as this will increase the possibility of seeing wildlife. We discuss concepts such as nocturnal, diurnal, and crepuscular and ask the students to be on the lookout! In the fall and winter months, we talk about the chemical rhodopsin that helps us see at night. Once at the campfire, we conduct some simple vision experiments and then light the fire for smores. Activities during the fire may include: “JOLT has talent”, repeat-after-me songs, or group skits. During the activities, students rotate through and make smores. Typically the staff ends the night with a skit of their own that is always a hit. If there is a burn ban during your stay here we will work with you to find the best alternative to a campfire. We do have a fireplace in the dining hall and there is a large barbeque pit at the activity field that we use with some groups for their smores. Just ask us.

Smores in Campfire

​Star Party/Astronomy

Are you interested in the night sky, but can’t see many stars in the city? Come to camp! We give students an introduction to astronomy, discussing the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Then we provide a couple of telescopes and deep sky binoculars. Students rotate through the telescopes and binoculars in groups. Typical objects of study might be the moon and its craters, Jupiter, Mars, Orion, the Pleiades, and much more.

(Only available during standard time.)

Night Activities

Here is a list of Texas Elks Camp on Texoma’ JOLT Night Activities.
Students should be back in their cabinets around 8:00pm.


Also, see our offerings for:

Kids watching a Movie

Movie Night

Choose from a selection of movies to enjoy in a drive in style under the stars.

Kids watching a Movie

Game Show

A great review of all of our science classes, and a few brain teasers, in a game show setting.

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