CREA Summer Camp Additional Information
IF CREA NEEDS TO CANCEL A CAMP SESSION DUE TO COVID-19 WE WILL OFFER A FULL REFUND, LESS A $25 PROCESSING FEE PER FAMILY.
As availability for each week of camp is limited we have a no refund policy. Once registered, if your family needs to cancel a camp session prior to 6/1/20, a credit can be made available for future camp weeks in 2020 based on availability or for 2021 camps.
Drop Off / Pick Up:
Camp is based at the CREA Ecology Center, which is adjacent to the Highland Green community in Topsham. If you need directions to Highland Green, they are available here. Once entering the Highland Green community, continue on the winding main road (Evergreen Circle) for 1.4 miles. Once you see Junco Drive on your left, the parking area for the Ecology Center will be just ahead on the left. You won’t be able to see the Ecology Center from the road, but you can see the sign that marks the visitor entrance.
Our parking area has a limited number of spaces and parking on the adjacent streets of Highland Green is prohibited, so we ask that you do a reasonably quick drop off to free up a parking space for the next arriving family. Camp staff will be at the bench next to the visitor entrance sign from 8:30 to 9 a.m. each day to welcome campers, check them in, and escort them to the Ecology Center, which is a 2-3 minute walk down a dirt road. If all parking spaces are occupied, you can pull up alongside the sign/bench for a moment to drop off. Take care not to park on the opposite side of the road from our parking area, since it impedes traffic flow.
We understand that families want to make sure their children feel comfortable about going to camp, particularly on the first day. Please consider coming to the Open House if you’d like to see the space where camp will take place and help your child feel comfortable. While we don’t typically have families accompany children to the Ecology Center when dropping off in the morning, we can be flexible if your child is having a hard time. Just let a camp staffer know.
For pick up, camp staff will be at the bench next to the visitor entrance sign from 3:45 to 4:00 p.m. each day. Campers will be playing a game nearby while waiting to be picked up. Please feel free to arrive anytime between 3:45 and 4:00pm.
We designed this system to be more convenient and provide more flexibility for parents on varied schedules who may prefer to drop off / pick up a little later or earlier. Please bear in mind that you are driving through a residential community and obey the posted speed limit.
If you know other families who are coming to camp, why not carpool?
The Ecology Center serves as our home base, but we’ll be outside for much of each day, even if it rains, so please help your child to dress for the weather.
- Back pack
- Snack and lunch (due to our off-grid facility, refrigeration is not available)
- Reusable water bottle
- Clothes that are good for active play and outside exploration (layers work well)
- Extra change of clothing, including socks
- Closed-toed shoes that are good for active play and exploration
- Shoes that can get wet (rain boots, old sneakers, Crocs, etc.) No flip-flops please.
- Hat & sunscreen (please apply at home prior to arrival)
- Bug spray (optional)
- Medications, including inhalers or Epi-pens
Parents/Guardians MUST check-in ALL medications, epi-pens, inhalers, etc. (including over the counter medications) with the Camp Director each morning of camp, and proper paperwork for dispensing medications must be completed.
Any medical supplies must be clearly labeled in a bag with your child’s name, including detailed instructions on dosage and use completed via our Medication Log (linked below). Please make a point of talking directly with our Camp Director prior to the first day of camp if there are any additional medical instructions we should be made aware of.
Medication that does not need to stay with a camper at all times will be kept in a double-locked area in the CREA Ecology Center. Medications that need to stay with a camper (Epi-Pen/inhaler/etc.) will be held by the counselor of that group and will stay with the camper as they move through their activities. Safety is our top priority.
*Self-Administering Medication: If you child will be bringing an Epi-Pen or Inhaler to camp and you would like them to carry the medication to be able to self-administer when needed, the following documentation must be submitted per Maine State Camp Licensing requirements.
1.) A written note from the Parent/Guardian
2.) A written note from the PCP confirming that the camper has the knowledge and skills to safely self-administer the emergency medication at camp.
If your camper will be taking medications while at camp, please send a week’s worth of medication. This will stay on campus in a double locked cabinet for the duration of the week, and the bottle will be sent home with the child (staff passing off to parents), on the last day of the week the camper will attend. If campers are attending multiple weeks, the medication will need to be restocked and sent in with the camper on Monday.
Schedule & Activities:
Camp runs each day from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m for campers and 8:30am to 4:00pm for CITs. Drop off is between 8:30am and 9:00am, and pick up is from 3:45pm – 4:00pm. If your child needs to arrive late or leave early on any of the days, please let a staff person know in advance.
As with any other outdoor area in coastal Maine, there are ticks at the Cathance River Preserve. We remind the campers to check for ticks throughout camp, but you should do a more thorough check with your child each day. Several other deterrents against ticks include changing out of outdoor clothes after camp and taking a bath or shower each day following camp. Ticks in Maine is an excellent resource from Maine Medical Center that has tips on prevention, effective tick checks, and how to safely remove a tick.
If a tick is found imbedded on a camper during the camp day, it will be removed by the Camp Director and given to the camper to take home that day. Families can then send the tick to be tested if they choose.
Required Camper & CIT Forms:
Between now and your camper’s weeks with us this summer, feel free to contact our Camp Director, Jenny Mueller at or (207) 331-3202 x 4 with any remaining questions or needs.
We’re looking forward to an amazing 2020 Summer Camp season at CREA!