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, 2019! Early-bird registration: Feb 1-15

Dates and Times: June 17 – Aug 30. 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 2018-19 school year. 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 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.

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 the start of the 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 the 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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2019 Camp Calendar is HERE!

Session 1A/B - June 17-21 - Water, Water Everywhere! Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 1A and 1B: Water, Water Everywhere! (Grades K-2) AND (Grades 3-6)

  • 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 online Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 2A - June 24-28 - Nature Tykes: Habitat Hunt, AGES 4-5

Session 2A:  Nature Tykes: Habitat Hunt

  • 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 for our youngest explorers, ages 4-5

Session 2B/C - June 24-28 - Time Travelers: Chesapeake Edition, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 2B and 2C: 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 2B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 3A - July 8-12 - Sensational Summer, Grades K-2

Session 3A: Sensational Summer (Grades K-2)

  • Hear, see, touch, smell, and taste all that nature has to offer! Campers will use their senses to investigate each day by listening for sounds in nature, discovering treasures on scavenger hunts, exploring animal and plant textures, searching the garden for aromatic herbs, tasting edible plants, and so much more!

Session 3B: July 8-12 - Nuts about Nature, Grades 3-5th

Session 3B: Nuts about Nature (Grades 3-5th)

  • Join us for a week-long adventure led by CBEC’s Executive Director, Judy Wink, with daily treks to the woods, marsh or shoreline to explore the happenings that occur each day with the wildlife, plants and interactions in the natural world. We will seize the moment of the “who, what, when and why” of the wildlife claiming CBEC as home. Each day we will uncover wildlife “finds,” photograph the “finds” and figure out what nature happening occurred. Bring a device for picture taking. Journaling our “finds” is the end product. Your eyes will be opened to wildlife’s secrets!
  • Session 3B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 4A/B - July 15-19 -Art in Nature, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 4A and 4B: 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, including a theatrical presentation, for family and friends to enjoy at our annual Art Show on Thursday July 18!
  • Session 4B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 5A - July 22-26 - Nature Tykes: Wonders of Water, AGES 4-5

Session 5A: 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 5B/C - July 22-26 - 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 online Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 6A/B - July 29 - August 2 - Treasure Island Camp, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 6A and 6B: 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 6B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 7A - August 5-9 - Nature Tykes: Fairy Tale Fun, AGES 4-5

Session 7A: Fairy Tale Fun AGES 4-5

  • Can you find Cinderella’s glass slipper? Or sneak candy from the witch’s cottage without getting caught? How about growing some magic beans? Let’s read some of our favorite fairy tales and see what happens when they come to life!
  • Half day camp from 9-12pm

Session 7B - August 5-9 - Chesapeake Explorers, Grades 5-10th

Session 7B: Chesapeake Explorers – Travel Camp (5-10th)

  • Explore the wonders of the Chesapeake as we travel the watershed, seeking adventure, hands-on learning, and stewardship opportunities! Be prepared to experience the thrills and beauty of the Bay by hiking, biking, paddling, and ziplining.  Campers will also enjoy investigating Bay ecology by boat, assisting environmental scientists with field work, and even camping under the stars at CBEC for a one-night overnight on Thursday August 8!  Through our adventures and volunteer work, we’ll become better stewards of the Bay and work to ensure these resources for future generations to enjoy!  This is a specialty session for older campers with extended hours, (8:30am-5pm Mon-Wed, 8:30 drop off on Thurs and 3:30pm pick up on Fri) and additional activity fee of $75.
  • Campers will participate in numerous watercraft activities during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!
  • There may be additional permission slips to complete as we finalize the field trip plans.  If needed, these will be emailed.

Session 8A/B - August 19-23 - Catch of the Day, Grades K-2 and 3-6

Session 8A and 8B: 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.
  • Campers in 8B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!

Session 9A/B - August 26-30 - It’s Easy Being Green, Grades K-2nd and 3-6th

Session 9A and 9B: 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 9B will kayak during the week.  Parents, be sure to complete the online Watercraft Permission form after registering!