Med-O-Lark campers enjoy a whole range of sports activities as both part of the elective program and simply at their leisure during the day. Campers play beach volleyball lakeside, basketball on our woods-nestled courts, tennis on our many enclosed “grandstands”, soccer on our sprawling and lush central fields as well as a host of other sports ranging from archery, to fencing, to flag football. Med-O-Lark encourages all campers to participate in sports and physical acitivity regardless of prior training or skill. The Med-O-Lark Sports Program emphasizes teamwork and personal growth over competitiveness and all campers find a niche in which to grow as athletes and as members of a team. Regardless of accomplishment in any particular sport, Med-O-Larkers will always find athletic activities which challenge and reward them– we feel this is the biggest trophy a camper leaves camp with!
Spotlight on some of our sports offerings:
Swordplay, a martial art form practiced for centuries, evolved into the modern sport of fencing. At Med-O-Lark, three modern swords, Foil, Sabre and Epee are taught and equipment is provided to campers for all three. The program is designed for campers of all fencing levels. Campers that fence at home may bring and safely store their own equipment.
Med-O-Lark offers horseback riding to campers of all abilities. All riding lessons are taught by professional instructors. The riding program consists of beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Campers ride in groups comprised of eight to ten campers and three to four instructors. Med-O-Lark is home to fifteen horses of varied levels, and all campers are matched to their own horses on their first day at the stables. Riding lessons are given in Med-O-Lark’s riding ring and on trails throughout the adjoining woods. Ring work includes instruction in basic, balanced seat equitation as well as in the fundamentals of beginning jumping and dressage. In addition, campers learn basic grooming, horse care, saddling and tacking up for the ride. Horseback riding is the only activity at Med-O-Lark that requires pre-registration.