Camp FAQ

2021 CREA Summer Camp OPEN HOUSE

Meet our team of counselors and Camp Director, pick up your 2021 camp t-shirt early, see our Ecology Center, explore the surrounding trails and ask all of the questions you have remaining!

Sunday – June 27th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Please park at the Ecology Center parking area and walk down the dirt road “Rensenbrink Way” or take the Vernal Pool trail to the red Ecology Center building – we’ll be there to greet your family! 

What are hours will camp run each day in 2021? 

All weeks of camp for the 2021 season run 5 days/week, Monday – Friday. 

           CIT Arrival: 8:30am

Camper Drop Off: 8:30am – 9:00am 

Camp Day: 9am – 3:45pm

Camper Pick Up: 3:45pm – 4:00pm 

CIT Pick Up: 3:45 – 4:00pm

How will I receive information about camp?

Since 2019, we have been communicating with CREA camp families via text messages through the Remind App. This app allows you to receive up to the minute information about camp, Covid-19-related updates, pictures from the camp day, and  changes in schedule for inclement weather days.

 Download the Remind App.

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

CREA SUMMER CAMP 2021 or @creacamp21

We’ll also communicate via email to reduce our paper footprint at camp this summer.

“We have been to many summer camps. Overnight even. We never really know what our daughter does at camp? That email and those pictures were awesome! Well done! No other camp does that.”

– 2019 Camper Parent

Can I register for camp online?

YES! … well you could. At this time camp registration is full for the 2021 camp season. Check back next summer! 

When we receive your online camp registration and payment, your family will receive a confirmation email. This email will include links to additional forms that need to be completed and submitted prior to June 2021.

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 4. The Camp Director will have access to this number during the camp day.

You can also message the Camp Director through the Remind App with a quick note – see details above.

The Camp Director plays an active role with groups during the camp day, so please leave a message if they do not answer right away. 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 make an effort to accommodate parents’ needs whenever possible given the day’s activities. If you know in advance that your child needs to leave early for an appointment, we will work with you to find a time when we’ll be at the Ecology Center so that pickup will be easy and quick.  Families should not show up without notice and expect to find their child right away.  Groups are often hiking in the woods and it takes some time to bring them back to the Ecology Center.

Please note that the morning gathering and end-of-day closing time are key parts of the camp experience, particularly for coming together as a group. At our “Morning Circle,” we discuss plans for the day, play group and name games. At “Closing Circle,” we debrief about the day, share suggestions and hopes for the next day, recognize individuals who made a special contribution during the day, and more. These rituals are key to your child’s camp experience and help her/him feel like part of the group.  Please try to ensure your child misses as few of these as possible.

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

Science & Art & Nature, oh my! Each day campers will work on at least 1 hands-on science project and 1 creative nature-based art adventure based around the weekly theme. We also fill the day with active group games and nature exploration. Four days/week, campers are given the opportunity to choose the activity of their choice during afternoon “Choice Time”! 

Choice time activities include additional arts and camp craft projects (friendship bracelets, dream catcher creations, etc.), active games, naturalist hikes, exploring the Heath while blueberry & raspberry picking, fishing in the Cathance River, and more.

Adventure activities include: Hiking on the CRNP, scooping for invertebrates in the vernal pool, catching frogs, cooling off in the Cathance River, and exploring the mud bogs, just to name a few!

Campers will be introduced to some of the ongoing ecological 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 have the opportunity to participate 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 an integral part of our day. Our staff is dedicated to creating a welcoming atmosphere, and building confidence and friendships is always a major focus.

What is a typical day of camp like?

Each day varies based on the theme of the week and the weather of the day. But in general, you can expect the following schedule:

  • Camper & CIT Drop off 
  • Morning Circle & Games 
  • Snack
  • Science Activity
  • Art Activity
  • Lunch
  • CIT Leadership Hour (CIT’s only)
  • Nature & River Exploration
  • Closing Circle 
  • Camper & CIT Pick up 

What does the schedule look like for Jr. Biologist & Sr. Biologist Weeks?

Science Immersion Weeks:

Our 2021 Jr & Sr. Biologist and Noble Naturalist programs are designed to serve campers who are looking for a more hands-on, science-centered camp experience. We will begin our morning with team building activities, then will head out in the woods to investigate the daily research questions for the rest of the morning. Each day will feature a different ecological topic. Students will learn how to use a variety of tools and fieldwork techniques to explore the topic and collect specific data. On some days, we might have lunch in the forest, as our schedule will be dictated by wherever the river (or bird or turtle…) leads us. 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 curiosity and a desire to explore, investigate, and get dirty!

During these science-focused sessions, nature-based art options will only be offered during afternoon Choice Time. 

Can my child bring electronics to camp?

We unplug! We ask that electronic devices be left at home. Electronics are strictly forbidden at camp. CREA is not responsible for any lost or damaged items and to avoid this, please do not bring any to camp. If an electronic device is found with a camper, the Camp Director will place it in a locked area in the camp office for the remainder of the camp day until pick up. 

CREA Camp Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel a camp session at anytime before June 1, we are happy to offer you a credit for the 2022 camp season. For 2021, if a camper is required to leave camp due to Covid-19 a pro-rated refund will be offered for the remaining days of camp (or you are welcome to donate the balance to CREA to help cover fixed camp costs). All other cancellations made after June 1, are not eligible for a refund or credit. 

Contact Camp Director Jenny Mueller, or (207)331-3202 with questions.