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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 

 2021 DAY CAMP PROGRAMS (Stay tuned for 2022 Themes)

 

June 28 to July 2 - Critter Camp

Kick of the 2021 camp season by making new friends, whether they walk on two, four, six, or even no legs! Meet animals like our snake, Garrett, or our toad, Gretta.  Learn what makes animals unique and how they live. 

July 5 to July 9 -Wild Wizardry

One of PEEC's most popular themes returns! Did you know that some frogs can freeze solid? Or that flowers can move as they follow the sun?  Make your own wand or staff and learn about the magic nature has to offer!

July 12 to July 16 - Geology Gems

From glowing crystals in the EcoZone to the fossils of prehistoric critters right under our feet, campers will discover all the things that make PEEC rock! 

July 19 to July 23 - Winged Wonders

Soar along the ridge like an eagle, or camouflage yourself in the brush like a sparrow! Campers will earn their flight feathers learning adaptations and ID tips to native PEEC birds. Special presentation featuring Delaware Valley Raptor Center! 

July 26 to July 30 -Chemical Creativity

Oobleck and slim plus bottle rockets and cola volcanoes is just the start to our recipes for fun this week! We'll explore some classic science principles through fun experiments. Senior Naturalist Overnight will include star gazing and Astronomy!

August 2 to August 6 - Park Protectors

Even you can help protect nature! From battling invasive plant species to restoring balance by composting and recycling, every little bit helps. Learn how nature needs rescuing and find out that not all superheroes need capes. 

August 9 to August 13 - PEEC's Greatest Hits

PEEC camp has had 24 years to learn all of the best activities! Experience all of PEEC's greatest hits in a week packed full of fun! 

August 16 to August 20 - Tour de PEEC

Explore the park PEEC calls home! We'll travel to Millbrook Village, High Point State Park, Zimmerman Farm and all of the best sites!

 

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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 (9th - 12th grade)

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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