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, 2018! Early-bird registration: Feb 1-15

Dates and Times: June 18 – Aug 31. Camps run 9-3:30pm, except Nature Tykes (9-12pm OR 1-4pm) and Chesapeake Explorers (8:30-5pm).  Before & after-care available for camps running 9-3:30 (8-9am; 3:30-5pm).  Extended care not available for Nature Tykes or Travel Camps.

Ages: Grade based upon current 2017-18 school year. See schedule below.

Cost: Per session, excluding specialty sessions – Members: $225/session, Non-members: $250. Specialty sessions Nature Tykes: $125/ half-day camp and Travel Camps: additional activity fee of $75.  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.  *Discounts cannot be applied to travel camps.

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 Katey at knelson@bayrestoration.org.

Cancellation Policy: If it is more than 3 weeks prior to start of camp session you are cancelling, you can receive a full refund OR credit towards future camp sessions (for this summer or future).  If it is less than 3 weeks prior to start of the camp session, but more than 5 days before, you can receive a full credit OR 50% refund – your choice.  If less than 5 days before the start of the camp session, you can receive a 50% credit – no refund option available.

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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2018 Summer Camp Calendar

Session 1A/B - June 18-22 - Catch of the Day, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 1A and 1B: Catch of the Day (Grades K-2) AND (Grades 3-6)

  • Knock, knock. Who’s there?  Let’s find out!  Using dip nets, sweep nets, fishing rods, microscopes and other tools of the trade, campers will become scientists collecting and identifying animals in their natural habitats to appreciate the beauty and importance of biodiversity.  Scavenger hunts, marsh mucking, games and more will add a fun twist to our investigative pursuits.
  • Session 1B will kayak during the week.  Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 2A/B - June 25-29 - It’s Easy Being Green, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 2A and 2B: It’s Easy Being Green (Grades K-2) AND (Grades 3-6)

  • Kermit might think it’s not easy being green, but at CBEC, it is! We always say reduce, reuse, recycle, but what does that actually mean?  We’ll focus on ways to reduce our ecological footprint, such as exploring renewable energy and composting, while enjoying natural recreation opportunities including repurposed art, gardening, and Leave No Trace challenges. 
  • Session 2B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 2C - June 25-29 - Junior Naturalist Camp, Grades 7-12th

Session 2C: Junior Naturalist Camp

  • Nature is full of wonders to explore, understand, and enjoy!  Campers will learn how to identify common flora and fauna found at CBEC.  Led by certified Maryland Master Naturalists, campers will explore CBEC’s habitats using field guides and field collecting equipment with the goal of discovery and understanding our natural world.  Field investigations will be complimented with eco-recreation activities, games, and nature-inspired art.
  • Session 2C will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 3A - July 9-13 - Nature Tykes: Animal Babies, Ages 4-5 years old

Nature Tykes: Animal Babies (for ages 4-5 years old)

  • Ducklings, fawns, kits, chicks, larvae, tadpoles, fingerlings… so many baby animals! Campers will get to know the baby animals that live around CBEC through nature activities, games, crafts, and stories. Half-day camp, 9-12pm.

Session 3B: July 9-13 - Chesapeake Explorers Travel Camp, Grades 5-9th

Session 3B: Chesapeake Explorers Travel Camp

  • Explore the wonders of the Chesapeake as we get hands-on at parks and museums throughout the watershed. Be prepared to investigate Bay ecology by boat, witness how Native Americans and early colonists used natural resources, assist environmental scientists with field work, and traverse the watershed by land and water.  Leave camp with a closer connection to the Bay and be inspired to protect its legacy.  Specialty session for older campers with extended hours, 8:30am-5pm, and additional activity fee of $75.

Session 4A/B - July 16-20 - Livin’ the Bay Life, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 4A/B: Livin’ the Bay Life

  • Discover the ways of the waterman from reeling in a fish, to setting crab pots, and shucking oysters! Enjoy all the recreation and relaxation the Bay has to offer, create awesome Maryland themed art, and discover unique ways to better the bay!
  • Session 4B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 5A/B - July 23-27 - Survival Camp, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 5A/B: Survival Camp

  • 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 5B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 6A/B - July 30 - August 3 - Up in the Air: Birds, Bats, Bottle Rockets and more! Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 6: Up in the Air: Birds, Bats, Bottle Rockets, and More!

  • Just like scientists often draw inspiration from nature, we’ll investigate how a variety of things take flight and take to the skies. From birds to bats and bottle rockets to paper airplanes, we’ll discover the physics of flight, analyze the skies for atmospheric conditions, and become experienced fliers in our own right.
  • Session 6B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 7A - August 6-10 - Sensational Summer, Grades pK-2nd

Session 7A: Sensational Summer

  • Hear, see, touch, smell, and taste all that nature has to offer! Campers will use their five senses to investigate the importance of a different sense each day by listening for sounds in nature, searching for treasures during scavenger hunts, exploring animal and plant textures, planting aromatic herbs, tasting edible plants, and so much more!
  • Campers must be at least 5 years old by the start of this session to participate.  This is a full-day, 9-3:30pm camp.

Session 7B - August 6-10 - Chesapeake Adventure Seekers, Grades 5-9th

Session 7B: Chesapeake Adventure Seekers – Travel Camp (5-9th)

  • Adventure Seekers love the Chesapeake! We’ll explore the watershed near and far by hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, ziplining, and so much more!  Through our adventures we’ll become better stewards of the Bay and work to ensure these resources for future generations to enjoy!  Specialty session for older campers with extended hours, 8:30am-5pm, and additional activity fee of $75. 

Session 8 - August 13-17 - Nature Tykes: Wonders of Water, Ages 4-5 years old

Session 8: Nature Tykes: Wonders of Water, for ages 4-5 years old

  • 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 9A/B - August 20-24 - Art in Nature, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 9A/B: Art in Nature

  • 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.  Showcase your work for family and friends to enjoy at our annual Art Show on Friday August 24!
  • Session 9B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 9C - August 20-24 - Adventure Paddling Camp, Grades 6-12th

Session 9C: Adventure Paddling Camp

  • Learn the fundamentals of stand-up paddleboarding and sit-on-top kayaking on the waters surrounding the CBEC peninsula. Our team of certified American Canoe Association Instructors will teach skills including paddling preparations, techniques, balance, steering, and rescue procedures. Our learning adventure will be comprised of on and off water games, on and off water team building activities, and long distance paddling tours (3-6 miles).

Session 10A/B - August 27-31 - Treasure Island Camp, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 10A/B: Treasure Island camp

  • There’s treasure in the woods and water at CBEC, but you won’t find it unless you attend this camp! Build a fort community in the woods, discover the history of pirates in the Chesapeake, master land and water navigation, search for treasure, and compete in camp-wide “Capture the Flag.”
  • Session 10B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!