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About PEEC's Nature Adventure Camps

Day Camp: PEEC day camp is for children ages 3 through 15 and runs June, July and August. Six different programs, for campers of different ages, are offered every week. Each week of camp, for each age group, has a different specific theme--from nature photography to fishing--so that campers enrolled for multiple weeks will learn different things and have different experiences. Programs challenge each age group appropriately and include both educational and recreational activities. The camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Resident Camp: For middle school and high school students, PEEC also offers five-night "sleepaway" camp . Like the day camp, each week has a specific outdoor adventure focus, from backpacking to biking to canoeing. Nights may be spent in PEEC cabins or at campsites along the river or the Appalachian trail, depending on the program. The overnight camps provide students with real challenges and a great sense of accomplishment.

 

Special Needs Camp - "Growing Green": PEEC works closely with Easter Seals of Eastern Pennsylvania to offer the "Growing Green" residential camp program for children with special needs. Five week-long camp sessions are held, and campers may join either a children's group or a young adult group for ages 15 and up. Growing Green campers experience nature first hand by maintaining PEEC organic garden and assisting in trail maintenance. We also focus on life skills that provide a sense of independence. A compassionate and qualified staff trained by Easter Seals helps campers tap into their strengths. Growing Green campers live on the same campus, and at the same time, as PEEC day camp and resident camp, providing many opportunities for joint activities.

 

PEEC summer camps are led by instructors and counselors with training in childhood behavior, special needs, wilderness first aid and risk management, as well as expertise in subjects relevant to PEEC's mission including ecology, botany, astronomy, boating and orienteering.

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Nature Adventure Day Camp - Summer Camp Campfire 

 2019 DAY CAMP PROGRAMS

 

July 1 to July 5 - Biodiversity Bash

School's out and we're off on adventures! We will be tracking wildlife through the forest and learning the secrets of the native plants. This week will be all about the amazing habitats creatures call home!

July 8 to July 12 - PEEC Rocks!

We dig fossils! Join us for a gneiss week of camp where we will explore the unique geology of the Delaware Water Gap. We will search the local quarry for fossils. Junior and Senior Naturalist will take a trip to Sterling Hill Mining Museum. 

July 15 to July 19 - Salamanders & Spells

Back by popular demand! Campers will create wands, test new potions and maybe meet a dragon during their stay at PEEC. Join us for a magical all camp with Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. 

July 22 to July 26 - Water World

Beat the heat with this week of camp. We'll explore the ponds for fish and frogs, see waterfalls and get really wet! Campers should be prepared with swimsuits and creek shoes!

July 29 to August 2 -Counselor's Specialty

From outdoor survival to crafts galore. Our counselors have their top favorite games, activities and tricks to share with campers. This week we'll enjoy a variety of fun for a classic week of camp, ending with our favorite Counselor Hunt All-Camp!

August 5 to August 9 - Wild Child Challenge

Can your camper survive? We'll build debris shelters, make mud camouflage, and learn how to navigate the forest. Friday All Camp will feature lessons from Archery Addictions. 

August 12 to August 16 - Art in Nature

Nature is beautiful. This week we'll get up close and personal (and maybe a little messy) through creating natural and upcycled artwork. Campers will get inspired by a trip to Luna Park

August 21 to August 25 - History Hunters

Explore the past of the park and its people. We'll travel to Millbrook Village and High Point State Park to learn about how different life was only a few centuries ago! 

 

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AGE GROUP DESCRIPTIONS

 Age groups are based on the grade campers will be entering in fall 2019.

TIKE HIKE (3-5 year old with adult)

These specialty weeks are for those who would like there first experience with camp with a familiar adult. Tike Hikes will take little ones and their loved one exploring the ponds, making crafts and taking nature walks all with the guidance of one of our PEEC staff members. Sessions from 9:00am to 1:00pm with maximum group of 10 children plus their adult.

TADPOLE (4 years old - kindergarten)

Tadpole camp focuses on introducing young ones to the outside world. They will enjoy games, crafts and plenty of discoveries. Maximum group size is 12 children. 

POLLIWOG (1st - 2nd grade)

Learn by doing while exploring the outside world under the supervision of trained camp staff.  Your child will enjoy games, crafts, and outdoor discoveries in a group with a maximum of 14 children.

WET AND SLIMY (3rd - 4th grade) 

Wet and Slimy campers experience fun craft projects, games, hikes, and nature discovery sessions. Campers are encouraged to explore the natural world around them while being closely supervised by our experienced staff in a group of maximum 16 children. 

JUNIOR NATURALIST (5th - 7th grade)

Junior Naturalist campers participate in creative activities that nurture their natural curiosity about the environment, including interpretive hikes, educational games, fun projects, and much more! Thursdays feature an optional late-night program for an additional $10 that includes campfire cooking and ends at 8pm (van transportation is not available for the late night activity). 

SENIOR NATURALIST (8th - 10th grade)

Senior Naturalist camp weeks are designed to encourage campers to experience new things. Each week is filled with exciting adventures and challenges. The experiences they have and the skills they learn will prepare them for the future. Non-residential weeks include a Thursday overnight at PEEC's tent site and dinner over a campfire.

VOLUNTEER COUNSELOR (9th - 12th grade)

Our Volunteer Counselor program is a leadership position for young adults interested in working at summer camp, changing children's lives, and gaining real-life job experience. This is considered a training position and not a camper program, the applicant is responsible for communication and following through with the application process. See Employment for more details. 

 

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