Summer School Traditions
Founded in 1902, The Culver Summer Schools and Camps are full of many rich traditions. From Opening Ceremony to Final Ball, today’s campers are eager to continue Culver’s legacy while creating new traditions of their own.
- Independence Day Ceremony
- Moonlight Serenade
- Garrison and Retreat Parades
- Upper Camp Troop and Deck 7 Girls' Hikes
- Upper Camp Air/Cav Pegasus Drill and Challenge
- Upper Camp Girls' Great Race
- Upper Camp Naval School Communications Relay
- Woodcraft Drill-down
- Final Ball and Officer's Figure
Members of the Naval Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band board the square rigged flagship of the Culver Summer Naval School fleet, the RH Ledbetter under the full moon to serenade town and lake residents and the traditional flotilla of boats, by playing old favorite tunes along the East and West shores of Lake Maxinkuckee. This tradition began in 1942 aboard the OW Fowler, the predecessor to the Ledbetter.
The Summer School of Horsemanship and the girls enrolled in the horsemanship deck take turns camping out in the tradition of the US Cavalry. Highlights include the ride to the camp site, living in old-fashioned Cavalry style tents, taking care of the horses in the field, cooking out, games and activities on horseback, campfires and sing-alongs.
Girls Decks compete in a relay that incorporates signature strengths of the Culver Summer School for Girls-- teamwork, spirit, fun and purpose -- into a relay that includes each member of the Deck in Naval and athletic events, culminating in the each Deck singing their Deck song when their last runner arrives.
The Communications Relay for the Naval Companies tests the skill of each group in the areas of Naval Competition: Code flags, semaphore and signaling, Wherries, surfboats, kayaks, sailing, and cryptography in an intense relay that involves every member of the Company and reaffirms the Culver focus on TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More.