Summer Exploration Camp

Hiking, stream-stomping and bug-catching are a few of the key ingredients that have made Riverbend's summer exploration camp a sensation for almost 30 years. Our eleven-week program offers children the opportunity to unwind, explore nature and most importantly, have fun! Through nature study and investigation, games, crafts, hikes and more, our professional educators will guide your children in hands-on exploration and discovery.

Camp Open House - Saturday, March 8th from 10:00-1:00 p.m.
Camper Orientation - Saturday, June 7th from 10:00-12:00 p.m.


New for 2014!
Exploration Camps for 3 year-olds
Exploration Camps for 4 year-olds
Exploration Camps for 5 and 6 year-olds
Exploration Camps for 7 and 8 years-olds
Exploration Camps for 9 to 11 year-olds
Adventure Camps for 10 to 14 year-olds
Parent Information/Registration Policies
Schedule
Camp Jr. Volunteer

 

 

New for 2014!

  • Full Day Option for 4 year-olds:  Due to popular demand we are now offering a full day option for our 4 year old program! Parents will have the option of choosing a full day (9:00-3:30 pm) or half day (9:00-1:00 pm) program for their 4 year old camper during registration. Due to the high level of activity during our summer camp days, the full day option is only recommended for children who are already participating in full day programs and are accustomed to the longer day.

  • 3-year-old Tadpole Program:  We are so excited to announce a brand new camp program for 3 year olds! This new program is a great introduction to camp for young explorers where they can discover the wonders of nature in a safe and friendly atmosphere. The program will be offered Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30-11:30 am during two weeks in July.

 

Exploration Camps for 3 year-olds: Tadpoles

Riverbend’s youngest campers are curious little bundles of energy ready to explore the world through this exciting introductory camp experience. Through nature walks, live animals, sensory exploration, games and hands-on nature discovery Tadpoles will be introduced to the outdoors in a safe and friendly camp environment. Our Tadpole sessions are offered Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9:30-11:30am.

July 15th-17th: Gone Buggy
From the meadow to the forest to the ponds, insects can be found all over Riverbend. Campers will learn about these fascinating six-legged creatures while they explore all that Riverbend has to offer!
Price: $75
July 29th-July 31st: Peek in the Creek
Crayfish, salamanders, and of course "magic rocks" make the stream an inviting place for all of campers. This week will explore the many creatures that live in the stream and will be full of lots of wet fun!
Price: $75

View camp schedule, themes and price Register online

 

Exploration Camps for 4-year-olds: Rangers

Rangers are full of energy and imagination! To introduce these young learners to the wonders of the natural world, we offer nature walks, sensory exploration, crafts, games, and nature discovery. Our Ranger sessions cover a new theme each week and are offered either as a half-day option from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or as a full-day option from 9:00-3:30. (*The full-day option is only recommended for children who are already participating in full-day programs*).

June 9th-13th: Buggin’ Out
Join us as we kick off the summer exploring Riverbend’s nooks and crannies for all sorts of creepy crawlies! As we romp through the stream, use nets in the meadow, and dig under logs we will uncover millipedes, worms, butterflies, praying mantises, and so much more!
Full Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
June 16th- 20th: Where the Wild Things Roam
Let’s discover where the wild things roam here at Riverbend! Campers will spend the week exploring what is lurking in the stream, ponds, forest, and meadow while learning all about habitats and what animals need to survive.
Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
June 23rd-27th: Legends of the Forest
From fairies to Big Foot to Native Americans, the woods are full of mysteries of its past and present inhabitants! Join us as we explore the forest and unravel the truth behind the legends, the stories, and the facts!
Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
July 7th-11th: Up, up and away!
This week is all about our feathered friends from majestic eagles and hawks to tiny warblers and chickadees! Campers will spend the week bird watching and learning how every bird is perfectly adapted for their ecosystem from their talons and beaks to feathers and feet!
Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
July 14th-18th: Ooey Gooey Science
From ooey-gooey slime and volcanic explosions to Aye-ayes and naked mole rats this week is all about weird science! We will explore chemical reactions, conduct all sorts of exciting experiments that ooze and bubble and reveal the mysteries behind some of nature’s weirdest creatures!
Full Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
July 21st-25th: Splash-tacular!
Water is very important to life on earth! This week we will learn all about why water is so important, explore aquatic ecosystems like our ponds and stream and uncover creatures from crayfish to frogs!
Full Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
July 28th-Aug 1st: NSI: Nature Scene Investigators
Where did the tadpoles go? Who ate Ms. Jeanne’s Oak Trees? Learn to follow the clues that have been left behind and use some good old-fashion science to solve these and other natural mysteries!
Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
Aug 4th-8th: What’s for dinner?
From predators, like red tail hawks and foxes, stalking their prey to vital producers like Oak trees, supplying much more than just acorns, campers will investigate who is eating who at Riverbend! We will play games like “predator and prey”, investigate skulls and talons, and visit with our resident live animals to learn all about what animals eat.
Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
Aug 11th-15th: Wild Inspirations
Have you ever noticed the vibrant colors of a sunset or looked closely at a butterfly’s wing or really studied the bright colors of meadow flowers? Mother Nature has inspired many artists from Van Gogh to Picasso to Audubon with its awe-inspiring beauty. Campers will also find their inspiration this week through dancing, singing, drawing, and painting as they learn and explore nature.
Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
Aug 18th-22nd: Green Giants
Trees are TREE-mendous! From ancient Redwoods 1,000’s of years old to whimsical Sassafras trees, campers will learn all about how we and are fellow animals depend on trees for oxygen, food, shelter, and so much more!
Price: $220 half day/$350 full day
Aug 25th-29th: Wild Child!
Let’s end the summer with a big summer camp hurrah! This week is all about having fun and enjoying our last week of summer adventures as we roll down the hills, build forts, splash in the stream, and enjoy being a wild child!
Price: $220 half day/$350 full day

View camp schedule, themes and price Register online

 

Exploration Camps for 5 and 6 year-olds: Adventurers

Adventurers arrive at Riverbend ready to embark on a full-day nature voyage! From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, skilled educators lead campers in hikes, games, hands-on exploration, crafts and nature discovery. Inspired by weekly themes, children will return home brimming over with stories about all of their adventures.

June 9th-13th: Buggin’ Out
Join us as we kick off the summer exploring Riverbend’s nooks and crannies for all sorts of creepy crawlies! As we romp through the stream, use nets in the meadow, and dig under logs we will uncover millipedes, worms, butterflies, praying mantises, and so much more!
Price: $350
June 16th- 20th: Where the Wild Things Roam
Let’s discover where the wild things roam here at Riverbend! Campers will spend the week exploring what is lurking in the stream, ponds, forest, and meadow while learning all about habitats and what animals need to survive.
Price: $350
June 23rd-27th: Legends of the Forest
From fairies to Big Foot to Native Americans, the woods are full of mysteries of its past and present inhabitants! Join us as we explore the forest and unravel the truth behind the legends, the stories, and the facts!
Price: $350
July 7th-11th: Up, up and away!
This week is all about our feathered friends from majestic eagles and hawks to tiny warblers and chickadees! Campers will spend the week bird watching and learning how every bird is perfectly adapted for their ecosystem from their talons and beaks to feathers and feet!
Full Price: $350
July 14th-18th: Ooey Gooey Science
From ooey-gooey slime and volcanic explosions to Aye-ayes and naked mole rats this week is all about weird science! We will explore chemical reactions, conduct all sorts of exciting experiments that ooze and bubble and reveal the mysteries behind some of nature’s weirdest creatures!
Full Price: $350
July 21st-25th: Splash-tacular!
Water is very important to life on earth! This week we will learn all about why water is so important, explore aquatic ecosystems like our ponds and stream and uncover creatures from crayfish to frogs!
Full Price: $350
July 28th-Aug 1st: NSI: Nature Scene Investigators
Where did the tadpoles go? Who ate Ms. Jeanne’s Oak Trees? Learn to follow the clues that have been left behind and use some good old-fashion science to solve these and other natural mysteries!
Price: $350
Aug 4th-8th: What’s for dinner?
From predators, like red tail hawks and foxes, stalking their prey to vital producers like Oak trees, supplying much more than just acorns, campers will investigate who is eating who at Riverbend! We will play games like “predator and prey”, investigate skulls and talons, and visit with our resident live animals to learn all about what animals eat.
Price: $350
Aug 11th-15th: Wild Inspirations
Have you ever noticed the vibrant colors of a sunset or looked closely at a butterfly’s wing or really studied the bright colors of meadow flowers? Mother Nature has inspired many artists from Van Gogh to Picasso to Audubon with its awe-inspiring beauty. Campers will also find their inspiration this week through dancing, singing, drawing, and painting as they learn and explore nature.
Price: $350
Aug 18th-22nd: Green Giants
Trees are TREE-mendous! From ancient Redwoods 1,000’s of years old to whimsical Sassafras trees, campers will learn all about how we and are fellow animals depend on trees for oxygen, food, shelter, and so much more!
Price: $350
Aug 25th-29th: Wild Child!
Let’s end the summer with a big summer camp hurrah! This week is all about having fun and enjoying our last week of summer adventures as we roll down the hills, build forts, splash in the stream, and enjoy being a wild child!
Full Price: $350

View camp schedule, themes and price Register online

 

Camps for 7- and 8-year-olds: Explorers

Explorers are ready to discover natural wonders within and beyond Riverbend. Each day is chock-full of classic Riverbend fun including hikes, science experiments, art projects, and games, but Thursday offers something special: a field trip to a local nature area or museum. Your children will learn there is a whole world out there to explore! Daily schedules run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an optional Thursday night cookout complete with campfire and s'mores for an additional $20/week/child (cookout runs until 7:30pm).

June 9th-13th: Buggin’ Out
Join us as we kick off the summer exploring Riverbend’s nooks and crannies for all sorts of creepy crawlies! As we romp through the stream, use nets in the meadow, and dig under logs we will uncover millipedes, worms, butterflies, praying mantises, and so much more!
Price: $375
June 16th- 20th: Where the Wild Things Roam
Let’s discover where the wild things roam here at Riverbend! Campers will spend the week exploring what is lurking in the stream, ponds, forest, and meadow while learning all about habitats and what animals need to survive.
Price: $375
June 23rd-27th: Legends of the Forest
From fairies to Big Foot to Native Americans, the woods are full of mysteries of its past and present inhabitants! Join us as we explore the forest and unravel the truth behind the legends, the stories, and the facts!
Price: $375
July 7th-11th: Wilderness Survival
Are you interested in learning how to survive and thrive in the wilderness? Join us as we spend the week in the woods learning the basics of how to start a fire, build a shelter, navigate with a compass and map, make an underground still, and so much more. Campers will even get an opportunity to test their survival knowledge on a Thursday night camp out!
Price: $400
July 14th-18th: Ooey Gooey Science
From ooey-gooey slime and volcanic explosions to Aye-ayes and naked mole rats this week is all about weird science! We will explore chemical reactions, conduct all sorts of exciting experiments that ooze and bubble and reveal the mysteries behind some of nature’s weirdest creatures!
Price: $375
July 21st-25th: Splash-tacular!
Water is very important to life on earth! This week we will learn all about why water is so important, explore aquatic ecosystems like our ponds and stream and uncover creatures from crayfish to frogs!
Full Price: $375
July 28th-Aug 1st: NSI: Nature Scene Investigators
Where did the tadpoles go? Who ate Ms. Jeanne’s Oak Trees? Learn to follow the clues that have been left behind and use some good old-fashion science to solve these and other natural mysteries!
Price: $375
Aug 4th-8th: What’s for dinner?
From predators, like red tail hawks and foxes, stalking their prey to vital producers like Oak trees, supplying much more than just acorns, campers will investigate who is eating who at Riverbend! We will play games like “predator and prey”, investigate skulls and talons, and visit with our resident live animals to learn all about what animals eat.
Price: $375
Aug 11th-15th: Wild Inspirations
Have you ever noticed the vibrant colors of a sunset or looked closely at a butterfly’s wing or really studied the bright colors of meadow flowers? Mother Nature has inspired many artists from Van Gogh to Picasso to Audubon with its awe-inspiring beauty. Campers will also find their inspiration this week through dancing, singing, drawing, and painting as they learn and explore nature.
Price: $375
Aug 11th-15th: Advanced Science Exploration (special option for ages 7-11)
Did you love ooey gooey science week? Then this is the week for you! We will kick our science experiments up a notch, meet some guest speakers, go on an exciting field trip and take on some new and thrilling scientific challenges like making s’mores on a home-made solar oven!
Full Price: $425
Aug 18th-22nd: Green Giants
Trees are TREE-mendous! From ancient Redwoods 1,000’s of years old to whimsical Sassafras trees, campers will learn all about how we and are fellow animals depend on trees for oxygen, food, shelter, and so much more!
Price: $375
Aug 25th-29th: Wild Child!
Let’s end the summer with a big summer camp hurrah! This week is all about having fun and enjoying our last week of summer adventures as we roll down the hills, build forts, splash in the stream, and enjoy being a wild child!
Price: $375

View camp schedule, themes and price Register online

 

Exploration Camps for 9- to 11-year-olds: Discoverers

Discoverers explore nature from morning 'til night! Armed with knowledge already, these campers expand their understanding of the natural world through exhilarating hikes, art projects, science experiments as well as a weekly field trip to a complimentary nature area or museum. Discoverers also explore nature at nighttime through our Thursday night camp-out complete with campfire, s'mores, and tents in the field. Daily schedules (except Thursday and Friday) run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and weeks vary in theme.

June 23rd-27th: Legends of the Forest
From fairies to Big Foot to Native Americans, the woods are full of mysteries of its past and present inhabitants! Join us as we explore the forest and unravel the truth behind the legends, the stories, and the facts!
Price: $400
July 7th-11th: Wilderness Survival
Are you interested in learning how to survive and thrive in the wilderness? Join us as we spend the week in the woods learning the basics of how to start a fire, build a shelter, navigate with a compass and map, make an underground still, and so much more. Campers will even get an opportunity to test their survival knowledge on a Thursday night camp out!
Price: $400
July 14th-18th: Ooey Gooey Science
From ooey-gooey slime and volcanic explosions to Aye-ayes and naked mole rats this week is all about weird science! We will explore chemical reactions, conduct all sorts of exciting experiments that ooze and bubble and reveal the mysteries behind some of nature’s weirdest creatures!
Price: $400
July 21st-25th: Splash-tacular!
Water is very important to life on earth! This week we will learn all about why water is so important, explore aquatic ecosystems like our ponds and stream and uncover creatures from crayfish to frogs!
Price: $400
July 21st-25th: Advanced Wilderness Survival (special option for ages 9-11)
Let’s take our survival skills to the next level! If campers participated in our Wilderness Survival camp this summer, or last, they can take part in our advanced survival camp. This week will also include a one night camping trip to French Creek State Park and have an opportunity to go fishing.
Price: $425
July 28th-Aug 1st: NSI: Nature Scene Investigators
Where did the tadpoles go? Who ate Ms. Jeanne’s Oak Trees? Learn to follow the clues that have been left behind and use some good old-fashion science to solve these and other natural mysteries!
Price: $400
Aug 4th-8th: What’s for dinner?
From predators, like red tail hawks and foxes, stalking their prey to vital producers like Oak trees, supplying much more than just acorns, campers will investigate who is eating who at Riverbend! We will play games like “predator and prey”, investigate skulls and talons, and visit with our resident live animals to learn all about what animals eat.
Price: $400
Aug 11th-15th: Wild Inspirations
Have you ever noticed the vibrant colors of a sunset or looked closely at a butterfly’s wing or really studied the bright colors of meadow flowers? Mother Nature has inspired many artists from Van Gogh to Picasso to Audubon with its awe-inspiring beauty. Campers will also find their inspiration this week through dancing, singing, drawing, and painting as they learn and explore nature.
Price: $400
Aug 11th-15th: Advanced Science Exploration (special option for ages 7-11)
Did you love ooey gooey science week? Then this is the week for you! We will kick our science experiments up a notch, meet some guest speakers, go on an exciting field trip and take on some new and thrilling scientific challenges like making s’mores on a home-made solar oven!
Full Price: $425
Aug 18th-22nd: Green Giants
Trees are TREE-mendous! From ancient Redwoods 1,000’s of years old to whimsical Sassafras trees, campers will learn all about how we and are fellow animals depend on trees for oxygen, food, shelter, and so much more!
Price: $400
Aug 25th-29th: Wild Child!
Let’s end the summer with a big summer camp hurrah! This week is all about having fun and enjoying our last week of summer adventures as we roll down the hills, build forts, splash in the stream, and enjoy being a wild child!
Full Price: $400

View camp schedule, themes and price Register online

 

Adventure Camps for 10-14 year-olds

As campers get older, we understand that they want more options in their summer experiences. So for 2014, we have taken the Riverbend fun and excitement we all know and love and kicked it up a notch! The activities throughout the week take adventure to the next level while fostering teamwork, confidence and lifelong summer memories. Some sessions include overnight camping trips while others are strictly day programs.

June 23rd to 27th: Adventure Excursions (Session #1)
July 14th to 18th: Adventure Excursions (Session #2)
Are you up for some adventure this summer!? Let’s kick this summer up a notch as we mountain bike and canoe with Wildlands Conservancy, outdoor rock climb with certified instructors from Philly Rock Gym, and practice the ancient skill of archery! We will spend Monday at Riverbend getting to know everyone and then embark on a new adventures Tuesday through Friday with our normal 9-3:30 day.
Price: $650 (Session #1 - FULL)
July 7th-11th: Trail Blazers
There is so much more to hiking then just having the right boots! Spend the week with us and leave as confident trail blazers. We will venture out to new hiking destinations where local experts will teach us about the essentials of hiking. We will learn how to prepare for a long hike and how to use compasses to navigate the forest and visit Spring Mountain to try out geocaching for some modern day treasure hunting. Thursday-Friday we will even test our skills on a guided backpacking trip!
Price: $550
August 4th to 8th: Ocean and Beach Exploration!
The ocean is a fascinating place to explore! Join us as we venture to Rehoboth Beach Delaware for a dose of some salt water thrills as we explore the ocean ecosystem by paddle board, kayak, and ship! We will go whale and dolphin watching off the coast with Fisherman’s Wharf, sightseeing via paddle board with DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures, and kayaking with Coastal Kayak through a salt marsh that is part of a wildlife refuge- home to ospreys, horseshoe crabs, egrets, oysters, and many others. Campers will spend the day at Riverbend on Monday (9-3:30) preparing for the trip and then the rest of the week is spent camping near the beach.
Price:  $750
August 11th to 15th: Earth Heroes!
The time is now to start thinking about how we can protect the Earth for future generations. As budding environmental stewards we are going to investigate the idea of sustainability this week and learn how it can be incorporated into our lives. The week will be full of field trips and guest speakers that will introduce us to topics such as aquaponics, organic farming at the unique Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley College's Green Market, a private waste water management tour at Baxter Treatment Plant and Southeast Sewage Treatment Plant, and innovative renewable energy!
Price: $475

View camp schedule, themes and price Register online

 

 

Registration


Register early:  Space is limited and sessions fill quickly!

To register for summer camp programs, click here to access the Active Network online registration system.

Registration Policies

  • Tuition Balances must be paid by June 1, 2014. Any unpaid balances will be charged a $25 late fee.  Payments should be made online through your Active Network account.
  • Schedule Changes will be accommodated to the best of Riverbend's ability. However, many weeks are full by summer and changes may not be possible.
  • Cancellations/Refunds: Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.  If cancellations are made after June 1st NO refund will be given.

 

Parent Information

  • Camp Parent's Guide 2014
  • Riverbend is very much aware of the health issues associated with spending time outdoors. We are especially mindful of issues caused by ticks. Although we can not eliminate these threats completely, Riverbend does take steps to mitigate these issues. Please check out our Parent Guide for more information on Ticks & Lyme Disease and don't forget do a through tick check of your camper every night!

 

Schedule:


Riverbend's Summer Exploration Day Camp 
Week at a Glance 

  Monday Tuesday Wed. Thursday Friday
8:00 AM Extended
8:50-9:10 Camper Drop-Off
9:00 Group Get-to-Know-You Morning Circle: Time for songs, games and stories with everyone in camp.
9:30 Morning Circle 10:00 Morning Nature Lesson Activity Day Morning Nature Lesson Morning Nature Lesson
11:30 Lunch: Rangers at 11:30, Adventurers at 11:45, Explorers, Discoverers and Travelers at 12:15
12:00
12:45   Half Day Ranger Extravaganza
1:00 Half Day Ranger Pick-Up All Camp Activity 1:00-2:00
Hikes, Games, Crafts, Science Experiments and much, much more! Campers choose their morning and afternoon activities! Explorers and Discoverers on field trip all day.
3:00 Afternoon Circle: Campers end each day together, singing songs, hearing stories and playing games. Extravaganza 3:00 Parents Welcome
3:30 Camper Pick-Up
6:00 PM Extended Pick-up

 

Camp Jr. Volunteer
Community service is a great way for teens to develop leadership skills and gain vital work experience.  In 2010, Riverbend created our Camp Junior Volunteer Program to help local teens gain these skills.  Teens, 14 years and older, can apply to be a part of this wonderful program.  The program includes a four hour training and a commitment of three weeks of camp during the summer of 2014.  Those who are interested in applying should contact Riverbend or download an application form from our website, www.riverbendeec.org/volunteer.

 

 

 

Latest News

02.11.2014

Kindergarten Enrichment Registration is Open!

Applications are now being accepted for our FALL 2014 Kindergarten Enrichment Program. We are excited to continue to provide a science-based, hands-on learning opportunity for Kindergarten-aged children! Children will learn to love nature and develop a foundation for this simp...

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