Earthplace-Mahackeno Summer Camp 2013
Welcome to a summer of fun, learning, and investigation!
Let's join together for a summer experiencing the outdoors in a fun and creative way! We hope to give your child an experience that fosters an appreciation for all that nature has to offer. At Earthplace we use our 62-acre wildlife sanctuary for exploration, fun and learning. The woods, meadow, stream, and pond become our classroom. We often spot wildlife in their natural surroundings. Frogs, tadpoles, butterflies, deer, turtles, salamanders, snakes, hawks, turkeys, and groundhogs are among the many wild animals students might see while enjoying our sanctuary.
Each week at camp your child will participate in a variety of activities including trail walks, animal encounters with the Earthplace Species Ambassadors, a visit to the pond, arts and crafts, camp sing-a-long, playground time, and so much more. Older campers will also enjoy, theater, field games, archery (3rd grade & up), field trips, swimming at The Y, and outdoor living.
The themes change every week and are camp-wide. There are many opportunities to explore new aspects of nature through hands-on activities, group games, field trips, hikes and crafts. Once a session, on Wednesdays or Thursdays, children in grades 1 through 7 go on area field trips. The 5th-8th grade Trackers alternate weeks between canoeing and camping overnight at Earthplace. Each age group will experience and learn about the subject at their appropriate age level.
Each group has at least one group leader and two assistant counselors. Our staff is all experienced in working with children either here at Earthplace or at Camp Mahackeno as teachers, counselors, naturalists or professionals in local school systems. The camper to staff ratio ranges from 5:1 for the 3’s to 7:1 for most of the other groups. The staff is selected for their enjoyment of and experience with their assigned age group and their love and knowledge of nature.
If you are interesed in working for Earthplace and Camp Mahackeno Summer 2013 please apply here.
The camp has a nurse on the premises who is in charge of first aid and collecting camper medical forms. Parents must fill out page one of the medical form; a doctor must fill out the second page. If you would like to use your child's school medical form you must provide us with one or both pages to provide the remaining information listed on the camp medical form. If it expires during camp you must bring the new form in ASAP. All group leaders have First Aid, CPR, Medication and Epi-Pen training. We are also happy to have air-conditioned indoor classrooms to use on hot summer days. The medical form is due by May 1, 2013.
Allergies and Food Intolerances
Children with allergies who need to have an Epi-pen and/benadryl at camp or children with other medical issues who need medication at camp, must have the Medical Authorization Form and Emergency Health Care Plan Form filled out by their medical practioner. It must be returned to us along with the appropriate medications, 2 weeks prior to attending camp. Children with food intolerances in the 3's, 4's and Kindergarten group must supply their own snacks.
Every Wednesday is Earthplace T-shirt Day! Your children can wear the shirt that they receive for being a camper this year or a camp shirt from a previous year. Fridays will feature our camp wide Sing-a-long, Spirit Day and a Special Event in the afternoon.
Earthplace offers childcare before and after each session for campers in the 4's & up. The 3’s are not eligible for this program. For all pre-K students early morning care runs from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., and afternoon care from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. For 1st graders & up early morning care runs 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and afternoon care from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sign up is for the whole week. All groups can attend 5 mornings. Sign up is at time of enrollment. Morning care is $50 per week and afternoon care is $100 per week.
Preschool age camp: payment in full is due at the time of registration. 75% of tuition will be refunded if a written request for refund is submitted prior to April 15th, 2013. No refunds will be given after April 15th, 2013.
1st-9th Grade campers: a $200 non-refundable deposit for each session is due at the time of registration. Balance for Sessions 1-4 is due April 15th & balance for Sessions 5-Special Events Week is due by June 1st. Payment in full is due at the time of registration if after June 1st. Refund requests must be submitted prior to April 15th and must be made in writing. Refunds do not include the $200 deposit per session.
Please contact us if you have any questions.