Camp FAQ

How will I receive information about camp?

We’re thrilled to offer a new way to communicate with CREA’s camp families this summer, its easy to use and will allow you to receive up to the minute information about camp, pictures from the camp day, weather plans, and even questions to ask your camper…daily!

We’re using the Remind App

Once you have downloaded the app, search for our class:

CREA SUMMER CAMP 2019 or @creacamps

We’ll also be communicating via email in efforts to reduce our paper-footprint at camp this summer.

What are the hours of camp? 

All weeks of camp for the 2019 camp season are 5 day weeks Monday – Friday. 

Drop Off Window: 8:30am – 9:00am (Camper & CIT)

Camp Day: 9am – 2:45pm

Camper Pick Up Window: 2:45pm – 3:00pm 

2019 CIT Leadership Hour: 3:00 – 4:00pm (CIT’s only)

CIT Pick Up Window: 4:00 – 4:05pm 

Can I register for camp online?

Unfortunately at this time you cannot register online. We hope to offer this feature in the future.

You can PAY ONLINE for your camp weeks. Please note camper details in the “Notes or Messages to CREA” section. Once you make a payment online, you must still mail in a paper registration form to our P.O. Box in order to secure a spot in camp.

2019 CAMPER  & CIT REGISTRATION PACKET     

Once we receive your registration packet and payment for camp, your family will receive a confirmation email noting camp weeks and confirmation of payment.

During the day while my child is at camp, how can I reach camp staff?
We highly recommend emailing the Camp Director with any questions or concerns prior to the camp day. If you need to contact our staff during camp hours, please call (207) 331-3202 extension 0. The Camp Director will have access to this number during the camp day.

The Camp Director plays an active role with groups during the camp day, please leave a message if they do not answer right away and they will be sure to return your call as soon as they are able.

Can my child arrive late/ get picked up early from camp?
Please contact the Camp Director to talk about these specifics. We will often make a special effort to accommodate parents’ needs. If you know in advance your child will need to leave early on a certain day of camp for a appointment, we can work with you to find a time when we know we’ll be at the Ecology Center so that pickup will be easy and quick.  If families show up without notice and expect to find their child right away, chances are groups will be off hiking in the woods and it will take some time to track us down.

Please realize that the morning arrival time and the end-of-day time are some of the most important times of day for coming together as a group. This is when we have our “Morning Circle” (when we discuss our plans for the day, play group games and name games, etc) and “Closing Circle” (when we debrief the day, share suggestions and hopes for the next day, recognize individuals who made a special contribution during the day, etc etc). These transition times of the day are especially important for your child to participate in so that s/he can really feel like a part of the group.

What kinds of camp activities can my child expect at camp?

Every child will do at least one science activity & one art activity each day, as well as group games, and will be given opportunities during afternoon “Choice Time” to choose an activity that sounds most interesting to them.

We’ll explore a variety of activities each week based on the weekly theme. Adventure activities may include: scooping for bugs in the pond, fishing, catching frogs, “water walking” in the cool Cathance River, exploring the mud bogs and more.

Campers will also be introduced to some of the ongoing ecology research underway at CREA. Water Quality Monitoring at the river, Bat Detectors in the field, motion-sensor Wildlife Cameras in the forest, Turtle Traps in the pond. Campers will get the chance to engage in these ongoing research studies. 

6th – 8th Grade camper weeks will include longer hikes and more advanced science investigations.

Group games and camp songs are also an integral part of our day! Our staff is dedicated to creating a welcoming atmosphere, and building confidence and friendships are always a major focus of our weeks together.

What is a typical day of camp like?

Each day varies based on the theme of the week and the weather of the day. That said a general you can expect the following schedule:

Camper & CIT Drop off 

Morning Circle & Games 

Science Activity

Snack

Art Activity

Lunch

Big-Group Activity

Choice Time

Closing Circle 

Camper Pick up 

CIT Leadership Hour (CIT’s Only)

CIT Pick up from Camp 

What does the schedule look like for Super Science Immersion Weeks?

In both programs, campers will spent most of the day outdoors, exploring the forest, pond, and river at CREA’s 235-acre nature preserve. 

Our 2019 Super Science Immersion program is meant to serve campers who are looking for a more hands-on science centered camp experience. We will still begin our morning with group team building activities, but for the rest of the day we will head out in the woods to investigate our research question for the day. Each day will have a specific ecological topic to explore, and students will learn how to use a variety of tools and fieldwork techniques to approach the topic and collect specific data. Some days we might bring our lunches with us, as our schedule will be dictated by wherever the river (or bird or turtle, etc) leads us, and we may not come back to the Ecology Center until after lunch. Campers who enroll in this program should have an interest in learning more about the plants, animals, and ecosystems at CREA. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary; just a desire to explore, investigate, and get dirty!

Can my child bring electronics to camp?

We ask that all i-devices, phones, and any electronic equipment/games be left at home. While at camp electronics are strictly forbidden. CREA is not responsible for any lost or damaged items and to avoid this, please do not bring any to camp. If an electronic devise is found with a camper the Camp Director will place this in a locked area in the camp office for the remainder of the camp day until pick up.