Summer Day Camps at CBEC

Picture this: your kids spending the summer in the sun, exploring the Bay, hiking trails, and meeting friends new and old, all while learning about the environment through a “hands-on, feet-wet” approach that makes learning seem more like playing. Sound good? Explore day camps offered at CBEC!

For information on School’s Out Camps during the school year, please go here: https://www.bayrestoration.org/schools-out-camp/

Once registered, to log back into your account for any reason such as to check or pay balance due, upload required permission or health forms, or download receipts/tax documentation, follow this link: https://campsself.active.com/chesapeakebayenvironmentalcenter.

Summer Camp Registration begins February 1, 2020! Early-bird registration: Feb 1-15

Dates and Times: June 15 – Aug 28. Camps run 9-3:30pm, except Nature Tykes 9-12pm.  Before & after-care available for camps running 9-3:30 (8-9am; 3:30-5pm).  Extended care not available for Nature Tykes.

Ages: Grade based upon upcoming school year 2020-2021. See schedule below.

Cost: Per session, excluding specialty sessions – Members: $235/session, Non-members: $260. Specialty sessions Nature Tykes: $135/members and $150/non-members for half-day camp and Specialty Camps: additional activity fee of $30.  Before and after-care are an additional $20/each per session.  Scholarships available!  Just complete this application.

Discounts: Choose one for $25 off each session* – early-bird discount (apply before February 15), family discount (applies to all siblings) or multiple week discount (sign up for 3 or more sessions). Only one discount per camper per session can be applied.  To apply discounts, use coupon codes “SIBLING” for sibling discount or “MULTI” for multiple week discount.  Early bird discount will be automatically applied from Feb 1-15.

Forms: Once you have registered, you will receive an email if there are any additional forms required for your camper.

Important Camp Info: once registered, look here for what to bring and other reminders! These will also be emailed to you a week prior to your camp session(s).  Camp InformationPick-Up Car SignWhat to Bring to Camp.  Any questions, contact Anna at ayoungk@bayrestoration.org.

Cancellation Policy: If cancelling more than 2 weeks of the start of a camp session, CBEC will offer full credit to be used for another camp session.  If less than 2 weeks before the start of the camp session, you can receive a 50% credit.

Interested in Volunteering with Summer Camp?  We are looking for energetic, responsible counselors ages 16+ to join us.  High school students, college students, parents, grandparents, and community members are all welcome!  More information here.  College interns, please visit: https://www.bayrestoration.org/college-internships/.

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2020 Camp Calendar is HERE!

Session 1A -June 15-19- Nature Tykes: Habitat Hunt, Ages 4 -5

Nature Tykes: Habitat Hunt (4-5 years old)

  • Knock, knock – Who’s there? From pond to bay and everything in between, campers will explore the different habitats of CBEC and find out who lives there. Games, crafts, and hands-on exploration make this half day camp feel like all day fun. Half-day camp from 9-12pm.

Session 2A/B - June 22-26 Water, Water Everywhere Grades 1-3 and 4-6

  • Session 2A and 2B: Water, Water Everywhere!Entering grades 1-3 AND Entering grades 4-6
    • Jump into summer and make a splash with this water themed session! Get hands-on, feet-wet while catching and investigating Chesapeake critters, studying water chemistry, working to improve water quality, and creating cool water color art. Plus, what water week would be complete without epic water games!
    • Session 1B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 3A- June 29-July 3 - Nature Tykes: Summer Science, Ages 4-5

Session 3A Nature Tykes: Summer Science

  • Discover your inner scientist as we experiment, investigate, observe and create! From simple chemistry to simple machines, we’ll explore different aspects of science and have fun creating slime, ice cream, and more! Half-day camp from 9-12pm.

Session 4 A/B - July 6-10- Incredible Edibles, Grades 1-3 and 4-6

  • Session 4A and 4B: Incredible Edibles, Entering grades 1-3 and 4-6
    • Find out what’s growing in CBEC’s gardens and get a chance to cook up a new snack each day! Go on a wild edibles hike, learn how to compost, and even make your own natural tie dye.  Campers will learn how to make healthy choices and be a part of making a sustainable, farm to table dish from locally grown foods!
    • Session 4B will be kayaking throughout the week. Parents make sure to fill out the Watercraft Permission form after registering. 

Session 5A/B: July 27-31 - Art in Nature, Grades 1-3 and 4-6

Session 5A and 5B: Art in Nature, Entering grades 1-3 and 4-6

  • Draw inspiration from nature as we become better artists and work to create our own natural masterpieces. Bring your creativity and open mind as we delve into new and interesting mediums and work alongside local artists and musicians.
  • Session 5B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 6A/B - August 3-7 -Amazing Animal Kingdom, Grades 1-3 and 4-6

Session 6A and 6B: Amazing Animal Kingdom, Entering grades 1-3 and 4-6

  • Mammals, birds, reptiles Oh My! Each day we will explore a different class of animals and get up close and personal with live critters! Learn how to hoot like an owl and camouflage like a Katydid. At the end of the week your campers will be wildlife experts!
  • Session 6B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 7A - August 10-14 - Nature Tykes: Wonders of Water, AGES 4-5

Session 7A: Nature Tykes: Wonders of Water (AGES 4-5)

  • Water, water everywhere and nothing but fun to be had! From Bay explorations, water games, and experimenting with water, this camp for our youngest explorers will have little ones ready and raring to get wet.
  • Half-day camp from 9-12pm.

Session 8A/B - August 17-21- Eco Investigators, Grades 1-3 and 4-6

Session 8A and 8B: Eco Investigators, Entering grades 1-3 and 4-6

  • Put your detective skills to the test to discover more about our ecosystems! Spend the week exploring the marsh, forest and meadows of CBEC to find out which critters live among us. Campers will learn how to identify critters and even run their own investigations with fellow campers. At the end of the week we will put their skills to the test with an eco-themed escape room!
  • Session 8B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 9A/B - August 24-28 - Survival Camp, Grades 1-3 and 4-6

Session 9A and 9B: Survival Camp, Entering grades 1-3 and 4-6

  • See how well you can “rough it” out in the woods! We’ll learn survival skills from our wild neighbors, practice navigation, basic first aid, shelter and fire building, knot tying, campfire cooking, and identification of wild edibles.
  • Session 9B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!