Eco Camp at Home is taking registrations now. You can register right now for July and August sessions.
For over ten years, Happy Dancing Turtle has been home to Eco Camp, week-long day camps focused on coaxing out a curiosity for sustainability and nature in young ones. It is, without a doubt, the highlight of our year. We love interacting with the kids, showing them new things, and just being goofy. Just look:
However, we made the prudent decision to suspend our in-person camping experiences this year, due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Staying distant at this time just makes sense even though it just breaks our hearts to be away from your smiling faces.
However, that does not mean we are going to suspend the mission of getting you an environmentally focused educational curriculum. Oh no! We’re not going to give up that easily.
That’s why we’ve designed our new program that gives you (essentially) the same experience of Eco Camp, only in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Introducing Eco Camp At Home, one our Home Grown Stewards programs. We will deliver to your home a box of activities that will bring the Eco Camp experience to you.
Each morning, campers will have a chance to meet with their camp counselors in a brief Zoom meeting, where they’ll set the theme for the day, do a group activity, and connect with their fellow eco-campers to share what they’ve been working on.
Then, your kids will have the day to complete a few hands-on Eco Camp activities at their leisure. There will even be a chance for an optional afternoon connection with the group and an end-of-the-week celebration.
On a side note: We wanted to be hyper vigilant on the use of screen time during our activities. We feel that experiencing the world without the lens of a screen is much more effective in developing a respect for nature. Therefore, we are limiting our virtual instruction to these morning meetings to let your child explore their own world, sans screen. Check out the links provided if you would like more information on the impacts of screen time on children.
Our Eco Camp at Home schedule is as follows:
July 13-17: 4th-6th Grade
August 3-7: Pre-K-Kindergarten
Shipping the activity box costs $15, but if you’re in the area, we’ll have them ready for pick-up for free. Just let us know when you’ll be there so we can have proper safety protocols in place.