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!
Summer Camp 2016 Registration Opens December 1st!
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.
Riverbend's Summer Exploration Day Camp
Week at a Glance
|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|
|6:00||PM Extended Pick-up|
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.
Teens who are accepted into the program must complete the following requirements:
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:
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!
Riverbend has two wonderful summer programs for teens to be outside and making a difference. Click here to learn more.