Schedule & Themes

SCHEDULE AND THEMES

Summer Camp 2020 COVID-19 Updates

WeekThemeAges

Pre/Post ?

June 1-5

Animal Lovers6-11

Yes

June 8-12

Mad Science6-11Yes

June 15-19

Nature Artists

Junior Naturalists

6-11

10-12

Yes

June 22-26

Wild West6-11

Yes

June 29-July 3

NO CAMP

July 6-10

Animal Lovers6-11

Yes

July 13-17Mad Science6-11

Yes

July 20-24

Nature Artists

Junior Naturalists

6-11

10-12

Yes

July 27-31

Wild West6-11

Yes

August 3-7

Best of Bluff Lake7-11

No

August 10-14Best of Bluff Lake7-11

No

CAMP 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, including live animal visitors through Nature’s Educators. Campers’ families will also receive emails from camp leaders that describe the week’s events and discoveries, and include photos of the adventures!

Animal Lovers (Ages 6-11)
Experience animals firsthand through nature hikes, wildlife tracking, frog hunts, bird-watching, examining mammal skulls and skins, catching crayfish, bug hunts, and more! Campers will not only learn about the different animals of Bluff Lake, but also have the chance to search for them on the site and complete related crafts and activities. Weekly visits from Nature’s Educators with live animal guests are always a hit!

Mad Science (Ages 6-11) *NEW THIS YEAR*
Practice your field science and eco-engineering through Nature Observation Journals, building projects, water quality testing, solar oven s’mores, and more! Our fun, hands-on activities and projects let campers enjoy all that science has to offer in a real nature setting. The popsicle-stick bridge-building challenge is especially popular, when campers break into teams for a friendly competition to see whose bridge can support the most weight!

Nature Artists (Ages 6-11)
Inspired by nature, create art such as wildlife collages, landscape paintings, sun catchers, animal sculptures, rain sticks, paracord bracelets, poetry, and stories! Campers will not only create art each day, but also have plenty of time to learn, explore, and play in our beautiful natural settings. Many campers especially enjoy the skit activity, when they team up to write their own stories and act them out for for the other groups.

Wild West (Ages 6-11) *NEW THIS YEAR*
Follow in the footsteps of Native Americans and first settlers with outdoor survival and navigation skills, farm activities and animal visits, and homemade goods! Campers will learn about early pioneers, try their hand with a lasso, make their own compasses, weave paracord survival bracelets, and complete a scavenger hunt quest. Real Native American stories, songs, and dances will also be an exciting highlight of the week!

Best of Bluff Lake (Ages 7-11)
Have a week full of wild adventures, each chosen from across the summer based on campers’ favorite activities, lessons, crafts, and presentations! Especially popular activities include the Bird Beak Relay, live animal visitors with Nature’s Educators, paracord survival bracelets, Native American songs and stories, bug and frog hunts, and a scavenger hunt quest! Campers will also get plenty of extra time for creek exploration and the “camouflage” game.

Junior Naturalists (Ages 10-12)
Junior Naturalists is an opportunity for older campers to blend science and adventure while following their own unique interests! Smaller group size (15 campers max) will give campers the chance for plenty of personal attention, and more flexibility to focus on the activities that interest them most. Options will include more advanced nature hikes, outdoor survival skills, field science, art, animal tracking, habitat restoration projects, paracord survival bracelets, and more!

Junior Naturalists is limited to the first 15 campers who register

Junior Counselors (Ages 12-15)
This program is perfect for teens to gain valuable leadership experience working with kids and outdoor skills–all while having a great time! Junior Counselors (affectionately known as “JCs”) will receive mentoring and guidance from adult counselors as they assist with daily activities. They’ll create rewarding bonds with the younger campers and with each other. Camp fees are discounted due to the valuable help they provide. Learn more about this fun and rewarding program HERE.