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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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Nature Adventure Day Camp - Summer Camp Campfire 



July 3 to July 7 - Rambunctious Recreation

State summer with some fun times! Explore PEEC, waterfall tours, and other areas within the park. Enjoy the ponds, take your time on the trails, or get to know our animals in our EcoZone! Whatever it is, we'll have a blast doing it! 

July 10 to July 14 -Extravagant Experiments

Go above and beyond this week with experiments that test the limits of homemade science! Create and launch bottle rockets, or see who can build the best egg drop device!  Learn all about the scientific process with fun and exciting hypotheses to test out! 

July 17 to July 21 - Insect Insanity

Explore under rocks, logs, and leaves for the crawliest creatures we have. Head to the ponds for some muckraking and learn about the aquatic ones too! Spend the week learning about insects from the water, land, and sky, and what makes them so unique!

July 24 to July 28 - Fantastic Fauna

Spend a week learning about the wonderful creatures that make PEEC their home! Take to the woods for the four-legged friends, the ponds for the water-breathing pals, and to the trees for the once that know how to climb! Whether it is hiking our trails or exploring the woods, there is sure to be something fantastic! 

July 31 to August 4 - Bodacious Birds

Take to the sky and learn about the feathered friends of the area! Learn what makes song birds sing, and how birds of prey do what they do best! No matter the size, they have something unique to themselves. 

August 7 to August 11 - Prehistoric Pals

Go back in time and relive the Devonian Era! Learn about PEEC and the area before it was a mountain, and what it makes it so special geologically. Hunt down fossils, and look for evidence of what used to be here! 

August 14 to August 18 - PEEC into the Past

Spend the last week diving into the past! Whether it is a past week, fan favorite activities, or learning about the history of PEEC before it was PEEC! Go questing to uncover the past of the campus, or enjoy some of the best things we have to offer all over again!


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 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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