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, 2017! Early-bird registration: Feb 1-15

Dates and Times: June 19 – Sept 1. 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).

Ages: Grade based upon current 2016-17 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 $60.  Before and after-care are an additional $20/each per session.  Extended care not available for Nature Tykes or Travel Camps.

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! Camp InformationPick-Up Car SignWhat to Bring to Camp.  Any questions, contact Katey at knelson@bayrestoration.org.

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 all welcome!  More information here.  College interns, please visit: https://www.bayrestoration.org/college-internships/.

Summer Camp 2017 Schedule – Check it out!

June 19-23 Cool & Unusual Critters of the Chesapeake, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 1A and 1B: Cool and Unusual Critters of the Chesapeake (Grades K-2) AND (Grades 3-6)

  • Did you know there’s nothing boring about a boring sponge, hognose snakes will play dead when threatened, coyotes are great swimmers, and horseshoe crab blood is worth more than gold? Get up close and personal as we search for and discover the cool and unusual critters who call CBEC home.
  • Session 1B will kayak during the week.  Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

June 26-30 Survival Camp, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 2A and 2B: Survival Camp (Grades K-2) and (Grades 3-6)

  • 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 2B will kayak during the week.  Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

June 26-30 Junior Naturalist Camp, Grades 7-12th

Session 2C: Junior Naturalist Camp (Grades 7-12th)

  • Nature is full of wonders to explore, understand, and enjoy!  Campers will learn how to identify commonly found 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 of 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!

July 10-14 Nature Tykes: Critters of the Bay, Ages 4-5

Session 3A: Nature Tykes – Critters of the Bay (4-5 years old)

  • Little ones will have hands-on fun discovering who lives at CBEC – in our water, our forests, and even under our rotting logs. Half day camp, 9-12pm.

July 10-14 Chesapeake Explorers - Travel Camp, Grades 5-9th

Session 3B: Chesapeake Explorers – Travel Camp (Grades 5-9th)

  • 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, search for fossils at Calvert Cliffs, practice Native American hunting and fire-making technologies, assist environmental scientists with field work, and meander creeks by kayak while determining water quality.  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.
  • Session 3B will participate in water sports during the week.  Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!  Additional permission form for off-site travel will be emailed to you.

July 17-21 Livin’ the Bay Life, Grades K-2 AND 3-6th

Sessions 4A and 4B: Livin’ the Bay Life (Grades K-2) AND (Grades 3-6)

  • Discover the way of the waterman from shucking oysters, to crab picking, to reeling in a fish! 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!

July 24-28 Treasure Island Camp, Grades K-2 and 3-6th

Sessions 5A and 5B: Treasure Island Camp (Grades K-2) AND (Grades 3-6)

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

August 7-11 Once Upon A Time, Grades pK-2nd

Session 6A: Once Upon a Time (Grades pK-2)

  • Get swept up in this grand adventure as we take inspiration from storybooks and fairytales and journey into the magical woods and water around us. We’ll read, explore, play games, and create art guided by some of our favorite characters like Chadwick the Crab and Chessie the… Monster?! By the end of the week, we’re sure to have enough adventures to fill our own book and that’s just what we’ll do!

August 7-11 Chesapeake Adventure Seekers - Travel Camp, Grades 5-9th

Session 6B: Chesapeake Adventure Seekers – Travel Camp (Grades 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 help ensure these resources for future generations to enjoy!  Specialty session for older campers with extended hours, 8:30am-5pm. 
  • Session 6B will participate in water sports during the week.  Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!  Additional permission form for off-site travel will be emailed to you.

August 14-18 Time Travelers: Chesapeake Edition, Grades K-2 and 3-6th

Session 7A and 7B – Time Travelers: Chesapeake Edition (Grades K-2) AND (Grades 3-6)

  • Travel through time with us as we visit the past and venture into the future on the shores of our beautiful Bay. Discover how Native Americans, early colonists (including pirates!) and watermen relied on the Bay for survival and how its future survival depends on YOU!
  • Session 7B will kayak during the week.  Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

August 14-18 More than Just Tech Toys: Science Nerds Unite!, Grades 7-9th

Session 7C – More than Just Tech Toys: Science Nerds Unite! (Grades 6-9th)

  • Explore a variety of creative field data collection methods, including NASA-engineered technologies, AEROKATS and ROVERs (kite- and water-based platforms), and designing your own equipment, all to better understand local water and atmospheric conditions.  Hands-on wildlife investigations, such as monitoring fish populations and bird migrations will also be conducted to discover more about the environment affects our flora and fauna.  This data will better inform future restoration at CBEC and give campers an in-depth experience with field research.
  • Session 7C will kayak during the week.  Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

August 21-25 Art in Nature, Grades K-2 and 3-6th

Session 8A and 8B: Art in Nature (Grades K-2) AND (Grades 3-6)

  • 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.  Showcase your work for family and friends to enjoy at our annual Art Show on Friday August 25!
  • Session 8B will kayak during the week.  Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

August 28-September 1 Nature Tykes: Wonders of Water, Ages 4-5

Session 9A – Nature Tykes: Wonders of Water (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.

August 28-September 1 Weird and Wacky Science, Grades K-6th

Session 9B: Weird and Wacky Science (Grades K-6)

  • Embark on a series of weird and wacky scientific adventures to discover how the world around us works. See how sweet science can be through edible experiments, create cool chemical reactions, investigate how nature inspires technology, and unearth the secrets of earth and environmental science. 
  • Campers who have complete grades 3+ will kayak during the week. Parents be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering! Younger campers will enjoy time wading in the Bay.