Programs & Activities

Programs & Activities

Summer Exploration & Adventure Camps

Hiking, stream-stomping and bug-catching are a few of the key ingredients that have made Riverbend's summer exploration camp a sensation for over 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 science-based learning that only nature can provide.

At Riverbend, we understand that children’s interests and abilities change as they age and their mind matures. This year, we are breaking out our camps into three age categories, offering different themes to better meet the needs of children as they grow-up. Younger campers are focused on exploring their senses, strengthening their motor skills and working together; while older campers are ready to take on more challenges and apply their knowledge. To reflect their changing needs, we are offering programs that cater to each stage of childhood development

New for 2016!

  • Expanded Tadpole Program: Due to popular demand, we are now excited to offer nine weeks of Tadpole camp for three year olds! Tadpole camp runs from 9:30-11:30 am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 13th to August 19th and is a great introductory camp experience for your curious little bundles of energy!
  • NEW Advanced Science Exploration Camps: We have added two new and exciting spins on our Advanced Science Exploration Camp for ages 7-11. Each week is chock full of field trips, experiments, challenges, and interesting people!
  • NEW Adventure Camps: This year’s Adventure Camp line up is full of some great new programs including an additional Adventure Excursions week, an exciting Hunger Games themed week that takes place at wild and beautiful Rolling Hill Park, and a science week that focuses on the intersection of nature and technology that will get your young adults gears turning and excited about science!

Summer Camp 2016 Registration Opens December 1st!

Camp Open House
Saturday, February 27th
10 am -12:00 p.m.
Camper Orientation
Saturday, June 11th
10am -12:00 p.m.

Camps for 3-6 year olds
Camps for 7-11 year olds
Camps for 10-13 year olds






Brochure: 2016 Summer Exploration & Adventure Camp



Registration opens December 1st!

Register early: Space is limited and sessions fill quickly!


To register for camp weeks click the "NEW" or "RETURNING USER" buttons. To access your online account to pay balances, update camper information, or review your purchase click the blue "ONLINE ACCOUNT" button.

Registration Policies

  • Tuition Balances must be paid by June 1, 2016. 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 2016
  • 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!



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
12:45   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


Educator-In-Training (formerly known as Camp Junior Volunteer)

Camp Junior Volunteers have been a very important part of the success of Riverbend’s summer camp. As we continue to grow, we are constantly reevaluating and tweaking the program to ensure that campers, staff, and teen volunteer’s get the most out of their summer experience at Riverbend. With that in mind, 2016 brings several new changes to the program in an effort to provide a more personal and hands on experience for each volunteer. One such change is our new name. We believe that the name Educators-In-Training better fits our mission and goals for the program- to create confident leaders, role models, and caring staff and community members for many years to come. To ensure a high quality experience for all, we will only be accepting six EIT’s into our summer leadership program.

Riverbend is looking for six energetic and motivated students between the ages of 15 and 18, to assist with our summer camp program and have a positive impact on the lives and education of younger children. Educators-In-Training will spend their time observing and assisting professional educators and assistant educators with group management, daily activities, modeling of appropriate behavior, and providing nurturing support of campers. In addition, volunteers will get to participate in activities with the children, including games, nature exploration, field trips, and more. Volunteers work primarily with our youngest campers and are a vital part to the success of the program.


  • 25 hours of cumulative experience working with children in a CIT program, babysitting, community experience, or similar experience.
  • Experience working with multiple age groups of children.
  • An excitement for the great outdoors and a passion for sharing it with children.


Teens who are accepted into the program must complete the following requirements:

  • Attend our mandatory EIT training session on Sunday, May 15th 2016 from 10:00-4:00 pm.
  • Commitment to volunteer for at least three but up to eight full weeks (weeks need not be consecutive) during the summer of 2016, hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00. Weeks must be scheduled prior to the start of the summer.


EIT’s perform a vital role in Riverbend's summer camp program. Depending on the EIT’s time and growth in the position there will be potential for increased responsibilities throughout the summer including but not limited to check in and check out, leading an Activity Day program, and planning and implementing lessons. Basic duties include:

  • Assisting camp staff with assigned tasks that help with the general management of educational groups, primarily for children 4-6 years of age.
  • Providing a role model for the younger children on the appropriate ways to behave at camp and how to successfully explore the natural world.
  • Assisting with the leading of Circle Time and Activity Day.
  • Assisting with implementation of lesson plans and activities.
  • Assisting with the clean-up of education spaces, including picnic areas, outdoor classroom, supply room and others.
  • Assisting with 4 year old lunch.

Thank you so much for considering joining Riverbend’s growing summer camp community! By taking part in our EIT program, you will build your resume, gain valuable leadership experience, meet new people, and have a fantastic summer outdoors!

Educator-In-Training Program Application Form

Thank you for your interest. We are currently not accepting any more applications for the 2016 Summer Season.





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