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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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Day Camp Programs

Age Group Descriptions

 

2020 Summer Camp Now Enrolling!

 

Nature Adventure Day Camp - Summer Camp Campfire 

 2020 DAY CAMP PROGRAMS

 

June 15 to June 19 - Early Camp Session 1

  • Grades K-4 -- $180
  • Grades 5-9 -- $190

June 22 to June 26 - Early Camp Session 2 

  • Grades K-4 -- $180
  • Grades 5-9 -- $190

June 29 to July 3 - Pond Pals

Beat the heat with this week of camp. We'll explore the ponds for fish and frogs, see waterfalls and get really wet! Campers should be prepared with swimsuits and creek shoes!

July 6 to July 10 -The Sky's the Limit

Whether it's birds soaring through the air or rain falling from it, campers will take flight and explore the sky! Learn the stories in the stars, visit the tallest mountains in the area, and make paper airplanes! 

July 13 to July 17 - Subterranean Shenanigans 

From ancient arthropods to modern moles, learn about what we have under the ground! Make your own fossils, dig for worms, and learn about the roots plants grow underground! 

July 20 to July 24 - In Your Element

Water, earth, fire, air! All exist in harmony here at PEEC! Meet the animals that live in our ponds and streams, look for fossils in our rock beds, learn to build a fire, and take in some fresh air! 

July 27 to July 31 -Wacky Science

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 3 to August 7 - Mystical Mayhem

Nature is magical! Campers will make wands, potions and other enchanting crafts while learning about all mysteries nature has to offer! 

August 10 to August 14 - PEEC's Greatest Hits

PEEC camp has had 22 years to learn all of the best activities! Experience all of PEEC's greatest hits in a week packed full of fun! 

August 17 to August 21 - PEEC Adventures

Explore the wild side of PEEC! Hiking, creek adventures and some good outdoor fun before summer is done!

 

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AGE GROUP DESCRIPTIONS

 Age groups are based on the grade campers will be entering in fall 2020.

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 12 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 14 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 16 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 $10 that includes campfire cooking and ends at 8pm (van transportation is not available for the late night activity). 

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. Non-residential weeks include a Thursday overnight at PEEC's tent site and dinner over a campfire.

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 Employment for more details. 

 

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