Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp 2017

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Let’s explore!

New this year, we have two kayak weeks for 12-14 year olds, and a cabin-to-cabin trip at Pt. Bridget for 10-12 year olds.  We hope you’re psyched for an awesome summer!

Discovery Southeast’s summer camp is outdoors exploring the gorgeous and fascinating natural areas around Juneau.  We offer small group size and an excellent staff of knowledgeable adults.  An open format allows inquiry-based learning and plenty of unstructured time, with activities emphasizing local natural sciences. Most of all, we’re outside having fun every day.  View the details, participant agreement, cancellation policy, and more info in the “Description” tab below.  No more than 3 weeks per child, please.

June 5-9

  • 7-12 y.o.: Rocks. This week will be spent exploring the world under our feet, learning about rocks and how they fit into our lives. We will visit river beds, beaches, and cliffs and carry out investigations to figure out what makes rocks different from one another.

June 12-16

  • 7-12 y.o.: Ocean.  Get ready for some tide pooling, wetland wandering, and marine mammal research. Trips include NOAA, DIPAC, and beaches all over Juneau. We will play in the sand, catch some plankton, and search for whales.
  • 12-14 y.o.: Kayak Expedition. A 5 day, 4 night paddle out-the-road. More info here.

June 19-23

  • 7-12 y.o.: Photo. For kids who love to take pictures, no experience necessary. We will find waterfalls, wild flowers, and hopefully some wildlife to practice the art of a beautiful shot. We will learn how to take action shots, close ups, landscapes and portraits from Discovery photographers as well as local experts.
  • 10-12 y.o.: Peak week.  Get your hiking boots ready! This week we will be exploring the alpine, looking for marmots and taking in the view. A different peak each day, a week for true Alaskan adventurers.
  • 12-14 y.o.: Kayak Expedition. A 5 day, 4 night paddle out-the-road. More info here.

June 26-30

  • 7-9 y.o.: Animal.  Ermine and porpoise and bears- oh my! Spend the week learning about the fascinating animals that call Juneau home, from the mountains to the ocean. Lots of games, exploration, and detective work.
  • 10-12 y.o.: Overnight (cabin to cabin).  A mission to Point Bridget State Park. The first day will be spent preparing and then on day two we will depart with full backpacks and travel to a new cabin each night. The journey starts at camping cove, then to cowee meadow and the final night at blue mussel.

BYE WEEK

July 10-14

  • 7-12 y.o.: Salmon.  We will travel from ocean to stream to forest learning about salmon in Southeast. Fishing, dissection, storytelling, and trips to NOAA, DIPAC, and Taku smokeries show how important this fish is in where we live.

July 17-21

  • 7-12 y.o.: Survival.  Can you thrive in the wilderness? This week is all about living in the wild: building shelter, fire, navigation and locating wild foods.

July 24-28

  • 7-12 y.o.: Adventure.  For those looking for some more excitement in their summer days. Activities include: paddle boarding, rock climbing, kayaking and more!

July 31-Aug 4

  • 7-12 y.o.: Botany/wild edibles.  This is where the real naturalists are in their element. With trips to Glacier Gardens, the Arboretum, and through the meadows, forests, and wetlands we will learn about the amazing plants that grow here. Berry picking anyone?

Add each week to your cart individually. When enrolling multiple children for one week, please list the price you’ll pay per child – the internet will do the math. If full tuition isn’t right for your family, just choose an amount that is.  If a day is full (or “Out of Stock”), you can join our wait list here.

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Description

Please heed the age ranges, and please do not enroll a child in more than 3 weeks of camp. Just let us know if you have questions, and thank you!

Drop-off and pick up will generally be at 8:30am and 4:00pm at Twin Lakes.  From there we will travel by 15 passenger van to our day’s destination, exploring the Tongass National Forest or other park lands in the CBJ. Itineraries change each week, and will be sent to parents in the week prior to camp.  Weekly themes indicate a general focus for the week, but all weeks prioritize open time to explore outdoors each day.

Cost:
Regular tuition is $260 per week, and overnight camps are $470.  This is thanks to financial support from Discovery Southeast members, the Forest Service, and many others.  In addition, we proudly offer sliding scale tuition.  If $260 or $470 is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child – you can even put $0.

IMPORTANT: Participant Agreement, including Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers:
After registering you’ll receive a link to our online Participant Agreement, which needs to be completed more than 10 days before camp starts. We recommend you take a moment now to look over a copy, so you’re comfortable with it before registering. 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.

 Expectations:
  • Please pack a sack lunch, water, and a snack.
  • Bring 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 have clothing to loan or give.
  • We expect children to behave in a manner that does not jeopardize the group’s safety or our ability to offer meaningful programs for all participants.

Cancellations:

  • If you cancel more than 10 days in advance, there’s a $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel 10 or fewer days in advance, 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.

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