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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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Day Camp Programs

Age Group Descriptions


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July 2 to July 6 - Mud Monsters

Water + Dirt = Tons of fun! We're celebrating this classic camp recipe with tons of water games, mud painting, and just plain getting dirty! Campers will go muckraking, creek splashing and participate in Wet & Wild Relay Races!

July 9 to July 13 - Forest Adventures

Campers will learn the ways of forest living by designing and building their own base camp. From fire building to water purification, we'll cover all the outdoor skills. Friday All Camp will be lessons from Archery Addictions. 

July 16 to July 20 - Salamanders & Spells

There's a little magic in all that nature offers. Campers will build fairy villages, hunt for dragon treasure and learn some science tricks along the way! Beware those pesky trolls and gnomes; they may be up to no good on the grounds of PEEC!

July 23 to July 27 - Creepy Crawly Critters

Does your camper love bugs? How about snakes and salamanders? From arachnids to zoraptera, our campers will explore all thins that creep and crawl. 

July 30 to August 3 -Wild Quest

Walk on the wild side of PEEC! Campers will learn how to track native mammals and scope out birds in this animal themed week. Friday afternoon all camp featuring Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. 

August 6 to August 10 - Something Fishy

We'll have a swimmingly good time looking for anything aquatic! Campers should come prepared with water shoes all week as we romp in PEEC's creeks, explore the ponds and get wet!

August 13 to August 17 - Keepers of PEEC

Take a week to save PEEC! From farmland to forest, campers will learn how the Delaware Water Gap came to be through first hand exploration! This week we dedicate to our environmental heroes like Teddy Roosevelt and Jane Goodall. Polliwogs through Senior Naturalists will be inspired by a trip to Luna Parc. 

August 21 to August 25 - Anything Goes!

From frog catching to camouflage, we say anything goes! Campers will design their own crafts and contraptions, choose their favorite camp games and select their favorite hikes around the Delaware Water Gap. 


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 Age groups are based on the grade campers will be entering in fall 2018.

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 - 11th 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.

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