“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that last their whole life through.”

Rachel Carson

2018 Residential Summer Camp Are Now OPEN!

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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Appalachian Trail Expedition: July 23rd to July 27th, 2018

Senior Naturalist (8th – 11th grade)

Make memories to last a lifetime on this two-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 learn how to plan a backpacking trip from tent setup to cooking a meal on the trail. 

Cost: $750


Wilderness Voyagers: July 30th to August 3rd, 2018 

Junior Naturalist (5th-7th grade)

Spend a week exploring the vast wilds of Nother eastern PA and Northern NJ! Campers will go on daily excursions into the Delaware Water Gap and surrounding State Parks/Forests to learn about wildlife. Parents are invited to join our campers at 2:30pm on Friday for a presentation with Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. 


Cost: $750


River Riders: August 6th to August 10th, 2018

Senior Naturalist (8th-11th grade)

See the Delaware up close and personal! We welcome beginner and experienced paddlers to spend a day rafting the Upper Delaware River followed by canoeing and camping through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. 

Cost: $750


Financial Assistance

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 2018 and must write the essay themselves. One entry per camper.


Submit the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Full name of camper and grade they will be entering in the fall of 2018
  • 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, May 13 at 4:30pm

Other details:

  • 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


Do you have questions about our program? Would you like to visit PEEC and take a tour before registering? Contact our Camp Directors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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