Schedule & Themes

SCHEDULE AND THEMES

2019 Bluff Lake Summer Camp will run from June 3rd to August 16th (no camp the week of July 4).

SCHEDULE

Week

Dates

Ages 6-11

Ages 11-13

Ages 12-15

Pre/Post Care

1

June 3-7

Outdoor Explorers

Junior Counselors

Available

2

June 10-14

Eco-Engineers

Junior Counselors

Available

3

June 17-21Nature ArtistsJunior NaturalistsJunior Counselors

4

June 24-28

Animal Lovers

Junior Counselors

Available

5

July 8-12

Outdoor Explorers

Junior Naturalists

Junior Counselors

Available

6

July 15-19

Eco-Engineers

Junior Naturalists

Junior Counselors

7

July 22-26

Nature Artists

Junior Counselors

Available

8

July 29-Aug 2

Animal Lovers

   *Ages 7-11 only

Junior NaturalistsJunior Counselors

9

August 5-9

Best of Bluff Lake

   *Ages 7-11 only

Junior Counselors

10

August 12-16

Best of Bluff Lake

   *Ages 7-11 only

Junior Counselors

*Due to licensing requirements, Weeks 8-10 are not open to 6 year olds.

THEMES

Our weekly themes are designed to delve deep into environmental education topics while also giving campers plenty of time for creek play, hands-on science activities, animal encounters, crafts, and hikes. Each week’s discoveries and exploration will be enhanced with presentations from science and nature experts. Campers’ families will also receive emails from camp leaders that describe the week’s events and discoveries, and include photos of the adventures!

Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-11)
Outdoor Explorers will feel the excitement of discovery through nature expeditions and outdoor skills such as shelter building, map-making, DIY compasses, plant identification, wildlife tracking, and paracord survival bracelets! Campers will explore the many plants and animals living right here at Bluff Lake, and discuss how people can help care for these habitats over time. They will also connect with our rich local history as they learn how different groups of people have lived and worked on this land over the years.

EcoEngineers (Ages 6-11)
Eco-Engineers will use outdoor expeditions, firsthand nature encounters, and problem-solving challenges to think like scientists about the natural world! Campers will visit nature’s master builders at a beaver dam, then build their own popsicle stick bridges. They’ll watch ducks float and dive from the bird blind, then design boats to test in the creek. Solar oven S’mores will be a delicious snack after a scavenger hunt for different leaf shapes that harness sunlight. Engage your child’s natural curiosity with these activities and more!

Nature Artists (Ages 6-11)
Nature Artists will encourage campers’ creativity as they immerse themselves in the beautiful animals, plants, and scenery right here at Bluff Lake! Firsthand nature encounters and free exploration will inspire daily art projects in this joyful, all-senses-engaged outdoor experience. Activities such as wildlife collages, landscape reflection paintings, sun catchers, animal sculptures, rain sticks, poems, stories, and more will bring out the science- and nature-loving artist in your child!

Animal Lovers (Ages 6-11)
Are you a lover of all animals, from butterflies to coyotes? You are not alone! One of the best parts of nature is getting to interact with the animals that call Bluff Lake home. Science will transform into exciting, firsthand encounters as campers go on frog hunts, track white tailed deer, watch hawks through binoculars, and search for snakeskin sheddings. Campers will also examine mammal skulls and skins, look for insects, hide in the bird blind, explore prairie dog colonies, catch crayfish in the creek, and more!

Best of Bluff Lake (Ages 7-11)
Our experienced staff will choose the best activities, lessons, crafts, and presentations from across the summer to create a week full of wild adventures! Campers’ favorite activities often include frog and bug hunts, S’mores from solar ovens, paracord survival bracelets, teepee building, creek exploration, wildlife searches, examining mammal skulls and skins, nature collages, scavenger hunts, creating water filters, designing aluminum foil boats, and landscape reflection paintings. This is a week not to miss!

NEW THIS YEAR:
Junior Naturalists (Ages 11-13)
Junior Naturalists is an opportunity for older campers to blend science and adventure while following their own unique interests! Flexible programming and diverse options over a wide range of topics will allow time for campers to dive deeply into whichever areas they find most exciting. Project options will include guided nature expeditions, outdoor survival skills, “eco-engineering” projects, a prairie dog colony census, naturalist journals, nature-inspired art, independent exploration, and assisting with the ongoing site maintenance of Bluff Lake’s natural habitats. Each week will be one of a kind! Junior Naturalists is offered for 4 weeks: June 17-21, July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 29-Aug 2.

Junior Counselors (Ages 12-15)
This program is perfect for teens to gain valuable leadership experience while having a great time! To learn more about this program click HERE.

HOURS AND LOCATION

All camp sessions run Monday-Friday with half- and full-day options. We also have extended hours both before and after the camp day during the weeks of June 3-7, June 10-14, June 24-28, July 8-12, and July 22-26.

Pre-Camp Hours: 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Half-Day Camp: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Full-Day Camp: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Post-Camp Hours: 3 – 5 p.m.

Extended hours must be purchased at a weekly rate. (There must be a minimum of 4 campers registered for a week of pre-/post-camp care or it will be cancelled).

OTHER SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS

Bluff Lake Camp Leaders

Work 30-40 hours a week from June 3 – August 16, and gain valuable experience in mentorship, outdoor education, leadership skills and working with kids ages 6-11.