“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that last their whole life through.”
2017 Residential Summer Camp Dates are Here!
Our residential camp programs allow campers to experience the adventure of camping in a national park and explore the great outdoors. We offer three different experiences - see below for program details as well as information about financial assistance.
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River Expedition: July 24th to July 28th, 2017
Live an extraordinary life on this three-night river expedition. Spend your days paddling a canoe and nights camping in tents at riverside campsites. Can beginner paddlers join? They shore can! This is also a fun way for more advanced paddlers to hone their skills.
Outdoor Adventures: July 31st to August 4th, 2017
Practice outdoor living skills, Leave No Trace philosophies, and learn to use a compass on this adventurous week. Campers will master primitive shelter building skills throughout the week and have the option to sleep under the stars in their shelters on Thursday's campout.
Appalachian Trail Expedition: August 7th to August 11th, 2017
Make memories to last a lifetime on this three-night backpacking trip. Wake up in a tent surrounded by trees and new friends, hike along the historic Appalachian Trail, and experience the great outdoors. Campers will also learn how to plan a backpacking trip from tent setup to cooking a meal on the trail.
Please see PEEC's Discounts and Camperships page for a complete list of ways to help offset the cost of sending your child to camp at PEEC. A unique merit-based campership opportunity for residential programs is included below.
Merit Based Camperships for Residential Camp
PEEC will award four merit based camperships to attend residential camp programs to those who show interest in environmental education, sustainable living, and an appreciation for nature. These camperships will cover 50% ($375) of a residential program, leaving the family to fund the remaining 50% ($375).
To be eligible, potential campers must submit a typed essay describing 1) why attending a week of residential camp at PEEC is important to them and 2) how they incorporate environmental education, sustainable living, and/or an appreciation for nature into their lives in the past, the present and/or potentially the future.
Essays must be typed and 400-500 words (usually about 2-3 pages double spaced) and submitted as a Microsoft Word document or PDF. Qualified campers will be entering grades 5 through 11 in the fall of 2017 and must write the essay themselves. One entry per camper.
- Full name of camper and grade they will be entering in the fall of 2017
- The specific residential program applicant is interested in attending
- Parent(s)’ name, email, address, and phone number where they can be reached
- Attached Word document or PDF
Friday, April 14 at 4:30pm
- Essays will be judged based on sincere or meaningful discussion of the impact of PEEC’s camp and its mission
- Awarded recipients will be notified on May 1 via email. Upon accepting the campership, families will have until May 14 to register and pay the deposit on their camp week
- Any unclaimed or remaining campership awards will be dispersed on a rolling basis – please check back to this page for updates