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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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Age Group Descriptions

 

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Nature Adventure Day Camp - Summer Camp Campfire 

 2022 DAY CAMP PROGRAMS

 

July 4 to July 8 - Outdoor Odyssey

Put the camping back in camp! Campers will learn age-appropriate camping skills from out experienced instructors. Pack your bag, pitch a tent, start a fire, roast some marshmallows, and get ready for an exciting summer!

July 11 to July 15 -Scientific Shenanigans

We have a hypothesis that you'll have fun this week at camp. Let's run an experiment to find out! Methods will include activities like elephant toothpaste, slime, oobleck, and bottle rockets. Let's see what our results are and come to a conclusion!

July 18 to July 22 - Eco Enchantment

There's little bits of magic everywhere in nature! Campers will explore deep dark woods and enchanting waterfalls. They'll face fantastic beasts with custom wands and staffs in hand! Learn to make potions and unlock the secrets of a fun week at camp.

July 25 to July 29 - Curious Creatures

Come meet all of our animal friends at PEEC!  Whether it's old friends like Garret the Eastern Rat Snake or Gretta the American Toad, or new friends we make along the way, campers will learn about what makes animals unique through hands-on games and activities.  A special visit from Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will make the week complete!

August 1 to August 5 - Friends in Flight

Look up and see everything that happens in the sky! Campers will learn about cloud formation, launch homemade rockets, observe birds in their natural habitat. Featuring a visit from our feathered friends at Delaware Valley Raptor Center! 

August 8 to August 12 - Fossil Finders

Our Appalachian Mountains are among the oldest on Earth!  See the millions of years of history that are under our very feet! From Devoian Gastropod fossils to the signs of mile-high glaciers, come have a "rockin" good time!

August 15 to August 19 - PEEC Pursuits

Join us for one last week of camp to close out the 2022 season! Campers and counselors can work together to plan a week of all their favorite activities from the summer! 

 

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AGE GROUP DESCRIPTIONS

 Age groups are based on the grade campers will be entering in fall 2021.

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 8 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 10 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 12 children. 

JUNIOR NATURALIST (5th - 6th 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 late-night program for an additional $25 that includes campfire cooking and ends at 8pm (van transportation is not available for the late night activity). Maximum group size 14 children.

SENIOR NATURALIST (7th - 9th 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. Camp fee includes a Thursday overnight at PEEC's tent site and dinner over a campfire, Friday breakfast and Friday bagged lunch. Maximum group size 14 children. 

VOLUNTEER COUNSELOR (14 years to 17 years)

Our Volunteer Counselor program is a leadership position for high school students 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 Summer Camp page for more details. 

 

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