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CEAD Camp 2014

 

Adventure, Science, Discovery, Friends, and Fun!  That’s what we’re all about this summer. 

Cross Timbers Eco-Adventure Day Camp (CEAD Camp) is summer camp with a difference!  All summer long, your child will learn about fascinating science topics through a hands-on, experiential learning based program with acres upon acres of cross-timbers wilderness to explore.  They will have the opportunity to make observations on the trail, share with their peers, ask questions, and search for answers.  

No summer camp would be complete without some fun ways to cool down though.  We break up the day with plenty of fun and games, water play, and always something artsy to pull it all together.

Plan on your children coming home with a smile on their face, leaves in their hair, quite possibly some grit in their teeth, and best of all…excitement about our ecosystem and the mind to pursue MORE! (not to mention, a very well exercised and mellowed out child at the end of the day).

 

Dandelion Den (Ages 3-5)

Campers will meet Tuesday-Friday for a three hour session (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm).  A snack will be served daily.  Please make sure your camper is dressed to have fun.  We will be outside, getting dirty, getting wet, and having a blast.  Bring a refillable, leak proof water bottle each day.  Make sure your child is slathered in sunscreen and insect repellant (we will not be able to do this here).  Lastly, it is imperative that every camper wears socks and lace-up shoes for their safety and comfort. 

**All children attending Summer Camp must be potty independent.

Minimum: 4

Maximum: 12

Members: $140

Non-Members: $170

 

Fox Trotters (Ages 5-7)

Campers will meet Tuesday-Friday for a full day session (9:15 am-4:15 pm, 7 hours).  A snack will be served daily.  Please make sure your camper is dressed to have fun.  We will be outside, getting dirty, getting wet, and having a blast.  Bring a packed lunch (preferably in a non-disposable container) and a refillable, leak proof water bottle each day.  Make sure your child is slathered in sunscreen and insect repellant (we will not be able to do this here).  Lastly, it is imperative that every camper wears socks and lace-up shoes for their safety and comfort. 

Minimum: 4

Maximum: 12

Members: $190

Non-Members: $210

 

Eagle’s Nest (ages 7-9)

Campers will meet Tuesday-Friday for a full day session (9:20 am-4:20 pm, 7 hours).  A snack will be served daily.  Please make sure your camper is dressed to have fun.  We will be outside, getting dirty, getting wet, and having a blast.  Bring a packed lunch (preferably in a non-disposable container) and a refillable, leak proof water bottle each day.  Make sure your child is slathered in sunscreen and insect repellant (we will not be able to do this here).  Lastly, it is imperative that every camper wears socks and lace-up shoes for their safety and comfort. 

 Minimum: 4

Maximum: 12

Members: $190

Non-Members: $210

 

Junior Naturalists (ages 9-11)

Campers will meet Tuesday-Friday for a full day session (9:00 am-4:00 pm, 7 hours).  A snack will be served daily.  Please make sure your camper is dressed to have fun.  We will be outside, getting dirty, getting wet, and having a blast.  Bring a packed lunch (preferably in a non-disposable container) and a refillable, leak proof water bottle each day.  Make sure your child is slathered in sunscreen and insect repellant (we will not be able to do this here).  Lastly, it is imperative that every camper wears socks and lace-up shoes for their safety and comfort. 

 Minimum: 4

Maximum: 12

Members: $190

Non-Members: $210

 

 

Monthly/Weekly Themes

 

June-Growing Green (Adventures in Gardening)

Campers will start the summer off with time spent on the trail and in our gardens.  Gardens are a wonderful way to learn about a variety of living things, including plants, insects, microbes, and fungi.  We will have a ton of fun getting dirty while exploring a variety of life cycles, food webs, and the essentials of how to make a garden grow.

Don’t forget the games though!  No summer camp experience is complete without some wet and wild summer fun games.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

 Week 1 (10th-13th)- Seeds, Weeds, and Tree-ds

Campers will get down and dirty learning about seeds, sprouts, and plants through hands-on activities such as helping to tend the garden, learning to make mini greenhouses, and starting their very own seedlings to take home or watch grow at camp all summer long.

After getting dirty, campers will have plenty of time to get cleaned up playing water games galore with all their friends.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

Week 2 (17th-20th)- Underground Odyssey

Campers will get down and dirty once again as they learn about the amazing ecosystem located just beneath their feet.  We will explore the lives of arthropods, worms, fungi, protozoa, and more.  Did you know that one handful of soil contains more living organisms than there are people on Earth?!  We will learn about this complex food web in all its dramatic glory while digging in the garden, checking out the compost heap, and getting nose to ground with the forest floor.

After getting dirty, campers will have plenty of time to get cleaned up playing water games galore with all their friends.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

Week 3 (24th-27th)- Super Insect Exploration

Campers will learn to identify insects, learn whether they are considered beneficial or a pest, and discover all the fascinating secrets of their life cycles and habits.  Insects are important and very often beautiful too.  It will be an awesome week of discovery and appreciation for these tiny creatures we share our world with.

Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee (or pretend to) while we play plenty of games, dance, sing, and just flat out…have a great time.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

 

July- Creatures Big and Small

Campers will have a ball learning about animals… big, small, short, and tall!  We’ve got them all.  We will be out and about on the trail, through the fields, by the lake, and in our garden learning through hands-on activities and observations.  Don’t forget the games though!  No summer camp experience is complete without some wet and wild summer fun games.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

Week 1 (1st-3rd)- Water Wonderland (3 days, prorated)

Campers will get wet this week while they learn about animals big and small that call the water their home.  We will visit Grapevine Lake, Bob Jones Park Pond, and more.  Learn to use a microscope, identify arthropods, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish that call the water home.  Some rubber boots will probably be handy this week!

After getting wet, we will have plenty of time to air dry as we run around outside playing games and creating summer memories to last a lifetime.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends

 

Week 2 (8th-11th)- Forest Friends

Campers will get plenty of exercise this week as we explore the cross timbers habitat…looking under logs, among the trees, and in the brush to learn more about the animals that call this environment home.  We will look for larger animals such as deer all the way down to smaller animals such as millipedes and even ants (including important lessons and observations on the Harvester Ant).

After a thrilling trail experience, we will spend some time being silly and letting it all hang out while we play some fun games with our new friends.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends

 

 Week 3 (15th-18th)-Among the Trees

We will be looking up this week to learn about animals that live primarily in the trees.  Squirrels, insects, birds, and more live most of their lives clambering around in the trees.  Break out the binoculars and let’s go find out what makes these animals so unique.

After an exciting trail experience of looking up, we might need to give our necks a rest by coming back to the nature center for some friendly games and competition that involves looking down…three legged races? Ice bowling?  It’s all in a day here at Adventure Day Camp.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

Week 4 (22nd-25th)- Life on the Prairie

Did you know that our prairies are disappearing at an alarming rate?  Did you know that prairies are a very important ecosystem that we can’t afford to lose?  At BJNC, we are dedicated to restoring our own prairie.  Campers this week will visit our prairie restoration area, get a chance to help with restoration projects, and learn about the animals that live in our prairie now and about the animals we hope to soon attract as our prairie becomes more and more of the balanced ecosystem it should be.  Sun hats would be a wise choice this week.  Insects, reptiles, rodents, coyotes, and more are part of this diverse ecosystem and a very important food web. 

After a little time on the prairie, getting dirty, sweaty, and full of facts, we will come back and participate in some good ol’ fashioned games (Little House on the Prairie style…potato sack races and such) and water play to cool down on a hot summer day.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends

 

Week 5 (29th-Aug 1st)- The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Friends

If you have ever read The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, you have had a glimpse (albeit fictional) into the interesting world of animals that live mostly underground.  We will learn about tunneling animals big and small, the why’s, how’s, and when’s of it all.

After plenty of time looking for burrows and learning to identify one type from another, we will come back and try some tunneling of our own.  Expect plenty of fun in the dirt and sun…with a little water play to cool us all down in between.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

 

August- Rock Hounds

Whether your camper is interested in rocks, fossils, crystals, or gems…this is a month of camp they won’t want to miss!  This month, we will be exploring various rock formations on our trails, and around the lake.  Your camper is sure to find a fossil or two this week, learn how crystals form and grow one themselves, and so much more.  Bring your sun hat and be ready to be a rock hound for the next two weeks. As always, learning is through hands-on experiential activities.  Don’t forget the games though!  No summer camp experience is complete without some wet and wild summer fun games.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

Week 1 (5th-8th)- Rock and Roll (Geology and Gems)

This week campers will hit the trail in pursuit of various types of rock found along our trails and down by Grapevine Lake.  We will find out what they are made of, how they were formed, and which rocks are common to this area.  In addition to this, we will learn about the special conditions that need to occur to form crystals and gems and perhaps even find some of our own.  Whether found in nature or created in our secret lab, your budding scientist is sure to come home with a fancy crystal they will be proud to show off to their friends.

When we are done looking for rocks, we will create some rockin’ good times of our own with art projects and games galore…all using rocks!

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

Week 2 (12th-15th)- Fossil Finds (and Dinosaurs!)

Did you know that Grapevine Lake and the surrounding area is actually a global hotspot for unique fossil finds?  Your camper will get a chance to learn what makes this area so unique for fossils, the types of fossils found here, and learn how and where to look for fossils of their own.  Your child may be moments away from being the next person to find a major paleontological treasure right here in our own backyard! 

After an exciting prehistoric adventure on the trail, let’s come back and play some awesome dinosaur games, water play and more.

It’s a week that’s sure to please with plenty of scientific discoveries, time to create artistic masterpieces, experience amazing adventures, and make new friends.

 

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Regarding cancellations and transfers-

Please note that all cancellation requests submitted 3 weeks or more prior to the registered camp week will receive a full refund if a wait list is in place and we can fill the spot.  A 75% refund of original amount will be paid if there is not another child available to take the spot at that time. 

Cancellation requests received within 3 weeks of registered camp week or sooner will not receive a refund unless we can immediately fill the spot.  

If you would like to request a change of week instead of cancelling your child’s camp enrollment, please contact our office for assistance.  817-491-6333

 

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