Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp 2020

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We are running 3 types of camps this summer!

  1. Customizable “Bubble” camp- families and friends team up and we provide the camp. If you have a group of 4 or more and want to make your own camp, complete the bubble camp interest list here.
  2. Outdoor Explorers- for kids going into grades 3-6.
  3. Outdoor Leaders- for teens going into grades 7-9

Please register by July 1st to help us plan. If we do not have enough sign ups in a session by that point, we may have to cancel it and will offer to switch those enrolled to other weeks still open.  As always, please give us a call (907) 463-1500 or send an email info@discoverysoutheast.org if you have any questions. 

Outdoor Explorers and Outdoor Leaders Weekly Themes:

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June 22nd-26th

Kids entering 4th-6th Grade  Oceans & Streams Week!  9:00 am- 2:00 pm 

Ocean, streams, rivers, lakes, and even rain. Grab your tallest pair of boots and join us for a wet and wild week in Alaska’s great rainforest. This week we’ll be focusing on Juneau’s aquatic ecosystems and all the fun they have to offer.

Kids entering 7th-9th Grade  Outdoor Skills and Leadership Week! 9:30 am- 2:30 pm 

Do you have the skills to thrive in the wilderness? This week we’ll be building shelters, identifying edible plants, learning navigation, and outdoor leadership skills.

 

June 29th-July 3rd

Kids entering 3rd-5th Grade  *New Theme* Bushwhack Camp 9:00 am- 2:30 pm (Downtown/Douglas)

Be an Off-trail explorer! Learn to navigate and play in Juneau’s wildest backyards. No Trails? No problem. We’ll use our senses as tools, read the landscape and learn about maps and compasses. Adventure locations may include forests, wetlands, streams, and basins!

Kids entering 6th-9th Grade  *New Theme* Treadwell Ditch Adventure Hike! 9:00 am- 3:30 pm Douglas 

 Cancelled due to low enrollment. 

 

July 8th-10th (3 longer days)

Kids entering 4th-6th Grade  3 Peaks in 3 days! 9:00 am- 5:00 pm 

*Must be experienced/avid Hiker

This fun and rigorous camp is all about getting up high. Longer days will give the group the time needed to attempt summits! Based on strong teamwork, leadership building, and trail safety, we venture up some of Juneau’s most beautiful peaks. Mt. Juneau, Mt. Roberts, John Muir Cabin, Dan Moller Cabin, Thunder Mountain and Eaglecrest have all been peak destinations of past years. Bring your best boots, your best trail energy, and a big bottle of water — this week is all about the climb! 

Kids entering 7th-9th Grade  3 Peaks in 3 days! 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

This fun and rigorous camp is all about getting up high. Longer days will give the group the time needed to attempt summits! Based on strong teamwork, leadership building, and trail safety, we venture up some of Juneau’s most beautiful peaks. Middle Schoolers: email us requests for where you want to climb! We’ll try to bring us to some new heights and views from your elementary school days.  Bring your best boots, your best trail energy, and a big bottle of water — this week is all about the climb! 

 

July 13th-17th

Kids entering 3rd-6th Grade Outdoor Skills Week! roughly 9:00 am- 2:30 pm (Valley)

Do you have the skills to thrive in the wilderness? We’ll be building shelters, learning navigation skills, practicing leadership, and identifying edible plants along the way to becoming experienced wilderness explorers.

Kids entering 7th-9th Grade Peak Week! roughly 9:00 am- 5:00 pm 4 days Only Monday-Thursday

Cancelled due to low enrollment. 

 

July 20th-24th 

Kids entering 3rd-6th Grade Oceans and Streams! 9:00 am- 2:30 pm (Downtown/Douglas)

Cancelled due to low enrollment. 

Kids entering 6th-9th Grade Photography Camp! 9:00 am- 3:00 pm (Central Locations)

Do you like to connect with nature through pictures? We will visit a variety of habitats for a variety of photography opportunities. Mountaintop Monday, Tidepool Tuesday, Wetland Wednesday, Tributary Thursday, Forest Friday. No experience necessary; must have your own camera (phone is acceptable, but must be on airplane mode). 

 

July 27th-31st

Kids entering 3rd-5th Grade BushWhack Camp 9:00 am- 2:30 pm (Valley)

Be an Off-trail explorer! Learn to navigate and play in Juneau’s wildest backyards. No Trails? No problem. We’ll use our senses as tools, read the landscape, and learn about maps and compasses. Adventure locations may include forests, wetlands, streams, and basins!

Kids entering 4th-6th Grade Nature Art & Writing 9:00 am- 3:00 pm (Central Locations)

Cancelled due to low enrollment.

Kids entering 6th-9th Grade Ecology Camp 9:30 am- 3:30 pm (Valley)

Cancelled due to low enrollment. 

 

August 3rd-7th

Kids entering 3rd-5th Grade  Outdoor Skills! 9:00 am- 2:30 pm (Douglas)

Do you have the skills to thrive in the wilderness? We’ll be building shelters, learning navigation skills, practicing leadership, and identifying edible plants along the way to becoming experienced wilderness explorers.

Kids entering 6th-9th Grade Ecology Camp 9:30 am- 3:30 pm (Douglas) 

Looking to ‘dig deep’ into Juneau’s nature? Practice being a naturalist with us this summer! This camp is for budding ecologists who will learn to think like a naturalist, expanding their outdoor knowledge and observation skills. We will be exploring a variety of habitats and follow our curiosity, documenting our most interesting finds in a field notebook of the participant’s making.

 

August 10th -14th

Kids entering 3rd-6th Grade  Botany/Wild Edibles! 9:00 am- 2:30 pm (Central Locations)

We’re headed out to find out what our backyard, the forest, and our kitchen have in common: food! From berries to seaweed to labrador tea, join us on a tasty week of adventures, games, and discovery. In forests, muskegs, tidal flats, and riverbanks, we’ll get to know what is edible, what is medicinal, and what look-alikes to wisely avoid.

Kids entering 6th-9th Grade  Traverses and Verses! 9:30 am- 3:30 pm (Central Locations)

Cancelled due to low enrollment. 


What are we doing for COVID-19? Detalis are in a blog post here, but the basics include daily health screenings, smaller groups, social distancing and mask wearing (with breaks!), staying outdoors and avoiding shared supplies, no van transportation, and slightly older kids than prior years.

Registration Guidelines:

  • Children may enroll in multiple weeks, but must take at least a week off in between camps.
  • Regular tuition is $260, but if that isn’t appropriate for your family, you can name your own price. If you’re enrolling multiple children, list the price per child, the internet will do that math.  *Like last year, we’ll ask anyone paying $150 or less to apply for the city-wide scholarship funds, linked below.
  • After registering you’ll need to complete both our Participant Agreement and a special acknowledgment pertaining to the pandemic, which are linked below.
  • Note that this year parents pick-up and drop-off children at the day’s trailhead!  (Accomodating COVID, we’re not using the van).

If a week is full (”out of stock”), or if you are unsure, sign up for our waitlist – we almost always pull from it.

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Description

Discovery Southeast’s Outdoor Explorers summer camp focuses on outdoor exploration and hands-on learning in the many incredible forests and beaches of Juneau. Small groups of 4 to 10 children spend the day discovering, playing, and reconnecting with each other and our natural surroundings. Groups will meet directly at the trailhead of the day and will carry all they need in their backpacks. The weekly theme will be the guiding focus of the week and due to small size, leaders can also cater to the curiosities within the small groups. 

Our camp is making adjustments to the structure of our camp in response to the current pandemic. We expect to continue to adjust as the summer progresses and will update this page as we go. 

What should my child bring? 
  • In a daypack: Please pack a sack lunch, water, and a snack.
  • Please come to camp wearing a well-fitting, comfortable face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Having a dry spare on wet days is really nice!
  • Clothes for the weather… usually rain gear, boots, warm layers, and a change of clothes. *If these are hard to come by, just let us know; we may have clothing to loan or give.
How does tuition work?

Full tuition is $260 per week.  However, we proudly offer sliding-scale tuition.  If full tuition is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child. 

While tuition is the same as last summer, the price is higher per hour since current camps are shorter days than before. We apologize. It reflects higher staffing costs associated with the pandemic.  We want your family’s participation and encourage you to list a lower price if the full price isn’t appropriate for you.

We ask that anyone paying less than $150 per week apply for the city-wide summer scholarships form here.  If the city-wide scholarship is awarded, we’ll expect some of it to be used for Outdoor Explorers camp.  If a family does not qualify for a city-wide scholarship, we’ll ask that families pay at least $100 per week for camp, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please fill out the CBJ scholarship form within a week of registering.

Is there transportation? 

This year families are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child at the day’s trailhead.  

Each week will have a different regional area of focus: Valley, Downtown/Douglas or Central Locations. We will email the day by day schedule to registered families the week before camp begins. 

If getting to or from the daily drop off location is a challenge for your family, please reach out to us by phone 463-1500 or email info@discoverysoutheast.org.

Can we sign up for multiple weeks?

Children may now enroll for every-other week, that is, they must take a week (or more) off in between camps.

Will I ever get off the waitlist?

Yes. We regularly enroll children from the waitlist.  If a camp is full, please do sign up on the waitlist, and there’s a good chance we can make it happen. We plan to pull from the waitlist to open up additional groups each week, as well as if a child cancels.

What’s the paperwork?

After registering we have some important paperwork that includes Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers.  It’s all contained in our online Participant Agreement, which needs to be completed more than 10 days before camp starts. 

This year we’ll also require an online addendum specific to the pandemic.

(If you’d like to preview either form, you’re welcome to download a review pdf of the Participant Agreement, and a review pdf of the Pandemic Addendum.)

Registration is voluntary, so if you don’t agree with the terms there, please don’t register, and instead let us know at info@discoverysoutheast.org.

Is there a camp for younger kids? 

Families can enroll in “bubble camp” (described below), but otherwise we currently only  have options for those going into 3rd – 9th grade.  While we share the desire to serve younger kids, we want to avoid disease transmission through our camps, as well as protect our naturalists.  While upper elementary and middle schoolers have basic ability to monitor their masks, supplies, and social distance, we have not developed that comfort with younger kids, yet.

What’s °°°Bubble Camp°°°?

For extended families or families who have expanded their bubble to include a trusted friend or neighbor, we are offering a custom camp that supports already-defined groups, even younger kids. This can allow children to play and explore with those they’re already exposed to, or simply let families have more say in their children’s groups.  While the regular price is slightly higher, we still offer pay as you like tuition for this program!  Complete the bubble camp interest list here.

Can I cancel?
  • If you cancel more than 10 days in advance, there’s a $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel 10 or fewer days in advance, a refund is only possible if we can fill your spot, and if so there’s still the $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you don’t submit a completed Participant Agreement within 10 days of the camp, or if a child is not allowed to participate due to behavior reasons, that is considered a cancellation 10 or fewer days in advance.
  • If your cancellation is due to a participant or household member experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, you can opt to be rescheduled for a later week of camp in lieu of a refund. 
What is Discovery doing for the coronavirus pandemic?

Many of the above details are new this year for the pandemic.  For additional discussion, you are welcome to read our blog post summarizing some considerations here. You can also review our protocols here

As described above, we will  have smaller groups this summer than in the past.  We also will be minimizing supplies to avoid touching similar items, minimizing or totally avoiding group transportation, and supporting social distancing and mask-wearing. Campers will regularly be expected to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth. Campers are expected to stay 6 ft apart from others outside their household during the whole day, and we will help them learn what 6 feet looks like. 

Those with symptoms of COVID-19, or living with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, will not be able to take part in camp. Upon arrival to camp each day, we will conduct a health screening of each participant. We will take the participant’s temperature with  no-touch thermometers as well as ask about any COVID-19 symptoms. We expect parents and children to answer these questions on a daily basis and let us know if anyone in their household develops symptoms of COVID-19. 

If the participant or anyone in their household has traveled, we expect families to be complying with the new health mandate requiring testing if traveling here from out of state.  We will be reliant on you and your family for your open communication about these things to keep our camps running.  

For the safety of our staff and other participants, we ask that you cover your face at drop off and pick up and maintain at least 6 ft from anyone outside of your household. We also remind you to practice social distancing even when you’re not at camp, to avoid large gatherings, and to keep a record of anyone you have come into close contact with.

What’s expected of my child in camp?

Campers are expected to follow directions from the adult leaders in order to keep them and the group safe. Any camper unable to follow safety directions, especially with regard to our pandemic protocols may be asked to be picked up, stay home the next day, or to not return to camp. 

Outdoor Explorers summer camp is possible thanks to a community of support.