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Camp 2017: Coming Soon!


As winter starts to come to a close, many of us are starting to think about summer. We’re beginning to think about sun, vacations, gorgeous warm weather, and the question of, “where should I send my child this summer?” To help with that decision, might I suggest Strawberry Hill’s Summer Adventure Camp?

I started out as a camper and will always carry with me what I learned back then. Being a Strawberry Hill camper helped develop my love for the outdoors and led me to where I am today. That love of nature that I learned will stick with me for the rest of my life. I still find it hard to believe that just from that one camp, that I am now working and doing something I love for an organization that I hold near and dear to me.

Teaming up with the YWCA of Gettysburg, Strawberry Hill offers a unique camp experience. Today in the age of electronics, children don’t receive as much “outside time” as they could. Kids are inundated so much with technology that they miss out on what is happening right outside their front door. Summer Adventure Camp gives kids the opportunity to explore, learn, and develop skills that will stay with them forever.

Strawberry Hill’s Summer Adventure Camp offers something for every child—sports, hiking, wildlife, water activities, plant activities, and more—all joining together with environmental topics. Each week of camp will consist of several educational lessons, two chances to swim at the YWCA pool, and a fun field trip.

Every week of camp will consist of a theme with activities focused around that theme. Some of our themes will focus on art, water, history, survival, animals, science experiments, plants, and more.

Some of the activities that campers in the past have always enjoyed are making edible art, bottle rockets with coke and mentos, fishing, feeding animals in the nature center, hiking, kickball, learning about pollinators, and more. You can expect fun activities like these at Summer Adventure Camp 2017.

Adventure Camp is offered for kids in grades Pre-K to seventh grade. Children will be broken down into age appropriate groups and will be given age-appropriate activities. New this year are weeks that we like to call “Discovery Weeks.” Designed for children in preschool and kindergarten, Discovery Weeks will focus on environmental concepts blended in with core learning topics such as shapes, colors, the five senses, and more.

Strawberry Hill’s Adventure Camp has well-trained counselors who are dedicated to environmental education as well as childhood development. Counselors are trained in Wilderness and Remote First Aid and CPR/AED practices, as well as environmental education.

If you are still unsure about choosing the right summer camp, come to our camp open house on June 10th to learn more and to meet the counselors. Location is to be announced.

Camp registration is now open. Visit the camp page for more information. We hope to see you there!

For more than 30 years, the non-profit Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve has been a living classroom for the community. Open to the public year-round, Strawberry Hill offers a picnic area, nature center, and 10 miles of walking trails through wooded hillsides and mountain streams. It provides educational programs and special events throughout the year.


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