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 35 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.

New for 2017!

  • Expanded Tadpole Program: Due to popular demand, we are now expanding our Tadpole camp for three year olds to five days a week! Tadpole camp runs from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday- Friday.

Summer Camp 2017 Registration Opens December 1st!

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

 

 

 

 

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Registration

Registration opens December 1st!

Register early: Space is limited and sessions fill quickly!


REGISTER HERE



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, 2017. 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 cannot 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

 

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

Educators- In- Training Volunteers have been a very important part of the success of Riverbend's summer camp. Our goals with this program is to create confident leaders, role models, and caring staff and community members for many years to come. 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.

Pre-requisites:

  • 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.

Requirements:

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

  • Attend our mandatory EIT training session in May.
  • Commitment to volunteer for at least three but up to eight full weeks (weeks need not be consecutive) during the summer of 2017, hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00. Weeks must be scheduled prior to the start of the summer.

Responsibilities:

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

 

 

 

 

Latest News

11.28.2016

Help Riverbend Bump It Up!

Riverbend recently received an extremely generous pledge of $150,000 from friends Nick and Dee Adams. One-third goes directly to our annual fund, but only if we are able to raise $50,000 in new and increased gifts. Help Riverbend BUMP IT UP with a gift this season....

12.05.2016

Summer Camp Registration now OPEN!

Visit our summer camp page to see the exciting camp themes and adventures.

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