Teen Electives

In addition to our core activities, the MLDC also offers what we call our elective choices that offer the ability to specialize for two-hour blocks of time. Some of our most popular options are listed below.

Although all of the activities are open to our teens, we have a number of options that are open to other age groups as well. If you would like to see the entire schedule at a glance, what age groups may participate and what activities are held when, then click onto the “Calendar-at-a-Glance” link below. If you would like to view more of the core activities that happen on a daily basis, then please visit our Activity Areas page by clicking here.  If you would like to see what we line up for our extremely cool 2-hour electives or our Friday Special Events, then click here for the Calendar-at-a-Glance.


Instruction is provided using recurve bows specific to the size and ability of the campers. Using progressions in the lesson plan, campers are taught basic archery skills and move on with greater measurable distances and varying targets. Our Archery Specialist has an NAA Level I Archery Certification.

  • Water Balloon Archery
  • Archery Explosion
  • Veggie Shoot Archery
  • Sure Shot Archery
  • Battleship Archery
  • Blindfold Archery

Use a variety of mediums to express your creativity! Play with paint on a canvas, create jewelry, woodwork, and do scrap booking. Our Art Specialist will guide you to use your imagination through painting, sculpting, and drawing.

  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Candy Making Workshop
  • Cartooning Create a Superhero
  • Candle Making
  • Etched Glass
  • Day Of Beauty
  • Stepping Stones
  • Sand Sculpture


Campers will create a unique kaleidoscope using their imagination by making whatever they think up. This craft will inspire the campers creativity by allowing them to use all sorts of materials to create beautiful pieces of art they can call their own.

Candy Making Workshop
Everyone loves candy and this is the day our campers will learn how it is done. Campers fill candy molds with special chocolate and create a mouth watering filling. Yummmm!

Cartooning Create a Superhero
Using both their imagination and skill, campers will create their very own “Man of Steel” or “Fairy Godmother”.

Campers make candles the old fashion way using bee’s wax and natural colors and scents.

Etched Glass
Artist Dave Negrin, of The Carlisle Public Schools, will be on hand to teach our campers the art of Etched Glass. Campers will be able to bring home their pieces for their families enjoyment.

Day Of Beauty
Campers will work with different hairstyles, like French braiding and “up dos”. Campers will also learn to make their own lip gloss and bath salts using all natural ingredients.

Stepping Stones
Your home garden will have a permanent memory of your campers’ summer at MLDC with a hand made stepping stone designed by each camper.

Sand Sculpture
Campers will create their own castle, moat, animal or anything else in their imagination by using the medium of sand.


Campers will ride from Bedford to Lexington and back on the Minuteman Bikeway. This bikeway passes through one of the most historic areas in the country where the American Revolution began in April 1775. Today the bikeway is the most popular and successful bike trail in the U.S.


Fun on the water! We spend time learning the fundamentals of each watercraft at our beautiful waterfront . Regattas, canoe racing, and treasure hunts are incorporated into these electives. Our Boating Specialist, who is a certified Small Crafts Instructor, teaches the sailing, canoeing, and fun-yaking portion of our boating program.


“Gotta Dance”, a local dance company, will provide an enjoyable hip hop and Zumba dance classes. Campers learn new moves and fun footwork. Listen to great music and learn an exciting dance routine!


One of the most popular areas of camp, you will get to spend time fishing for Trout and Bass at our Great Pond. Use different lures and techniques provided by our Fishing Specialist, an avid fisherman!


  • Catch & Release Fishing
  • Fishing Derby
  • Fish For Fun
  • Reel Expectations

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970’s, and shares with “golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, the fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole®, which is an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. (Excerpt from PDGA.com)

Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting, non-contact team sport, played by thousands the world over. It mixes the best features of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, and Football into an elegantly simple yet fascinating game.


Campers will be allowed to experience scuba diving under the supervision of a professional Scuba Instructor. We provide basic diving equipment such as masks, fins, tanks, snorkels and wetsuits. This introduction to scuba diving provides teen campers with basic scuba diving skills.


Fun, fun, fun!!! Campers will learn fundamental skills and positioning pertaining to each sport. Time will be spent assessing the strategy of each game. In individual sports, such as golf and archery, time will be spent learning proper technique as well as playing the game. Our Land Sports Specialist is an avid lacrosse, soccer, and basketball player.


  • Dodge Ball/Flag Football
  • Quidditch
  • Mini Golf @ Kimballs
  • Camouflage
  • 4 Square
  • Knockout
  • Soccer Stars
  • Shooting Hoops

Dynamic experiments and intriguing projects that is what you will find in these electives. Hands-on experiments are sure to spark the minds of all participants!

  • All About Air
  • Yuck Science
  • Forensics
  • Totally Gross Chemistry
  • Geysers and Volcanos
  • Sun Rocks and Dirt


All About Air
Create a tornado in a bottle. Turn the excitement of the Tornado Tube into an unforgettable science experience. Also campers will experiment with FIZZ.

Yuck Science
This is for the camper who really loves yuck science. Campers will learn the secrets for making realistic looking gooey things!!!

Under the watchful eye of a State Police Crime Lab official, campers will learn how cases are solved through the use of fingerprinting and DNA. This thriller elective will have campers on the edge of their seats!!!

Totally Gross Chemistry
When is science fun? When it is gross!! Campers will learn about the disgusting scientific world of messy gross creations.

Volcanoes and Geyser
This elective is a favorite with our campers. They will create their very own volcano and geyser and watch it erupt right in front of them.

Sun, Rocks and Dirt
Campers can get ready to get dirty with diggin dirty science. This Mad Science elective will get their hands dirty while learning and performing some real cool stuff!!


Improvisation, small skits, miming, song writing, scenery/props and more are part of our drama workshops. Campers will have the opportunity to develop, discuss, write and even perform their expressions. They will work towards bringing their imaginations to life. Additionally, campers will be able to adapt traditional camp songs by modifying them into today’s top 40 hits. Learn how to use a digital camcorder and create a video! Learn editing, filming and create your own montage.


  • Karaoke
  • Costume Making
  • Talent Show Hunt
  • Talent Show Prep
  • Talent Show Rehersals
  • MLDC Talent Show
  • Video Production
Build and Design

Come explore the world of Robotics by building different models in Robotics as well as using different power sources to make them run. How would you like to build and launch your own rocket? Make it from scratch and prepare for blast off! We offer various creations that campers build and design using different materials.


  • Balloon and Paper Airplane Making Workshop
  • Rocketry
  • Gingerbread Construction
  • Robotics
  • Design Your own Board Games
  • Woodworking
  • Balsawood Structures

Royal Tea Parties by Lady J provide a time travel adventure. She will take campers back in time to the Victorian Era of 1890. As campers sip tea and nibble on fine pastries, campers will escape the present and explore America at a time when coca cola was a medicine for headaches and when nobody needed to wash their hair more than once a month!


Test your ability to climb, balance and work with others at challenging heights; the climbing tower is the answer. This 50-foot structure is designed to allow for the incorporation of both beginner and intermediate level tasks that will keep campers intensely engaged during their use of the element. In keeping with MLDC standards, only professionally trained instructors operate the tower to ensure the highest level of safety possible.