Heartwood: Ages 9 – 12

A Summer Camp Adventure Just For Pre-Teens

As your kids get older, their interests and needs change. Choosing the right camp can become more difficult, because they don’t want to be lumped in with a bunch of little kids. They do want to feel valued, included, and challenged.

They want to have an adventure. 

MKDC’s Heartwood program is full of imaginative programming that sparks creativity and provides lots of opportunity for choice, which means campers go home with more confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Morning – one “home cabin” period, followed by major elective program (choose one for the week – see below)
AfternoonChoose Your Own Adventure, water sports/games, special events

2024 Majors

Please note: Space in each major is limited based on staffing, resources and space requirements – register early to avoid disappointment. Campers who are absent on one or more days may not be able to complete project-based majors.

Week 1
(July 4-8)
Week 2
(July 11-15)
Week 3
(July 18-22)


– Nice Shot (Sports Accuracy)
– Camp Chef: Snacks
– Community Construction
– Camp Culture Keepers
– Hacker Puzzle Quest
– Sew Your Own Stuffie
Week 4
(July 25-29)
Week 5
(Aug 2-5)
Week 6
(Aug 8-12)
Week 7
(Aug 15-19)
– Dungeons & Dragons
– Puppetry
– Outdoor Adventure / Tripping
– Comic Con
– Cars (Build Drive Race)
– Book Nooks
– Breath of the Wild
– Braving the Elements

Nice Shot – Building accuracy skills in a wide range of sports
Camp Chef: Snacks – Building cooking skills while learning to make a variety of fun snacks (no severe food allergies please)
Community Construction – Build a new permanent camp structure as a team while learning construction skills.
Camp Culture Keepers – Learn a new camp dance; plan and film a lip dub video and add to other awesome camp traditions
Hacker Puzzle Quest – A role play adventure that combines coding and puzzle cracking.
Sew Your Own Stuffie – Learn to sew and follow a pattern while creating your next best friend!
Dungeons & Dragons – Create your character and work together to win a campaign.
Puppetry – Join a guest artist in creating a full puppet production from characters, to script, to sets.
Outdoor Adventure / Tripping – Learn new outdoor survival skills in a lake-side setting. Comfortable paddlers only please!
Comic Con – Unleash your inner nerd with cosplay and more.
Cars (Build Drive Race) – Everything from matchbox car races to human “Mario Kart” races.
Book Nooks – Craft your own miniature scenes
Breath of the Wild – Zelda-themed role play
Braving the “Elements” – Science experiments for the brave at heart.


Please Note: Although the official “cut off” age for the Heartwood program is 12, we will sometimes accept registrations from 13 year old campers who still want to experience the programming of camp but aren’t interested in, or quite ready for, the FIREFLY program. If you have questions about this, please contact us. We will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests.



Get a virtual tour

Request more information and we’ll send you access to our Virtual Brochure – a visual walkthrough of our entire program. (A great way to talk about camp with your future camper!)
Note: The virtual brochure does not yet feature the Seedlings program.