Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

Phone (717) 642-5840

Endorsed by Gettysburg Area School District
and Fairfield Area School District

ADVENTURE CAMP is back with Strawberry Hill and YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County! “Adventurers” will explore more than 600 acres of forests and creeks at Strawberry Hill through fun and educational science-based programs, enjoy 2 afternoon free-swim sessions (swim lessons not included), and take a Field Trip Day!

For children entering Grades 1 – 7
Monday – Friday          9am – 4pm            
$165/wk    ($145/wk members*)

REGISTRATION SPECIAL: Register for all 8 weeks of camp for the price of 7 (July 5-7 week free)!
Please call (717) 642-5840 to use this special registration discount.

Discovery Weeks: for Preschool and Kindergarten children!
Minimum Age 3 yrs
Monday – Friday
Full Day     9am – 4pm    Regular Camp Rates
OR      Half Day   9am – 12:30pm  $110/wk ($90/wk members*)

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*memberships at family level for above for Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve or YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County qualify for discounted camp rates

 

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Camp Details

The overarching goal of the Adventure Camp Program is to provide children with a safe place to learn about their environment.  Children will participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities based on the weekly theme, including hikes, stream exploration, sports, games, and crafts.  A description of each of the weekly themes is provided below!

All programming will be held at Strawberry Hill with some additional swim afternoons at the YWCA and field trips to exciting environmental education destinations.

Strawberry Hill’s fun environmental education programs meet state and federal academic standards for science and ecology, bridging an important summer learning gap.

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Inspiration: Nature
June 12 – 16
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Did you ever notice the word “art” is in the word “earth”? This week campers will get in touch with both while creating art using the environment around them.  Expect lots of fun projects including natural materials, land art and recycled art! Field trip to Fuller Lake and the Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.*

EcoEngineers
June 19 – 23
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EcoEngineers will investigate and discover how our planet’s natural power sources and renewable resources are at work right here at Strawberry Hill. Daily hands-on activities, crafts, and experiments will guide campers on their exploration of solar, wind, and hydropower. Campers will use the energy from water and wind to sail hand-made boats as well as harness the power of the sun to cook a snack in a solar oven. This camp is for every kid with some energy to play and to build a strong future for themselves and the planet. Field trip TBD.*

DISCOVERY WEEK: Shapes & Colors in Nature
June 19 – 23
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Discovery Week is for preschool and Kindergarten children!
There are shapes and colors all around nature if you can find them. This week, Discoverers will be immersed in the various shapes and colors in nature. The color wheel will be an important factor in learning about colors and color mixing. Field trip TBD.*

Enrollment Options
Half Day (Thursday is a full day due to Field Trip: 9am – 4pm)
9am – 12:30pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, except Thursday pick up at YWCA

Full Day
9am – 4pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

Time Trekkers
June 26 – 30
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Adams County is a pretty historical place, but did you know that the T-Rex was actually native to Pennsylvania?  During this week campers will dive into the natural and cultural history of Strawberry Hill and the surrounding area. Adventurers will find out who and what roamed these lands before us and what they left behind. We’ll visit the Pennsylvania State Museum and Gifford Pinchot State Park* in Harrisburg to explore our local natural history.

Survivor: Mount Hope
July 5 – 7
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Do you have what it takes to be a survivor? Find out in our fourth week of camp, Survivor: Mt. Hope! Campers will learn all sorts of survival skills and attempt to complete some unique challenges! Expect activities including orienteering, shelter building and fire starting. Though this is a shorter week, our extra-special field trip takes us to Roundtop Resort’s* challenge courses and OGO balls!

No camp on Monday, July 3rd or Tuesday, July 4th.

Budding Botanists
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July 10 – 14
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This week, campers will get to learn all about the flora of Strawberry Hill. Campers will get to learn about forests, invasive plants, gardening! Days will include planting their own seeds, discovering how a scientist uses dichotomous keys to identify plants, composting, and more! On Thursday we’ll travel to the sweetest place on earth to visit the trees, flowers, and butterflies at Hershey Gardens*.

DISCOVERY WEEK: Sensational Seasons
July 10 – 14
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Discovery Week is for preschool and Kindergarten children!
It may be summer, but this week, campers will focus on the four seasons. Each day will be focused on a season, and on Thursday we’ll travel to the sweetest place on earth to visit the trees, flowers, and butterflies at Hershey Gardens*.

Enrollment Options
Half Day (Thursday is a full day due to Field Trip: 9am – 4pm)
9am – 12:30pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, except Thursday pick up at YWCA

Full Day
9am – 4pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

Mad Scientists
July 17 – 21
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Become a mad scientist! Join us for a week of awesome experiments! During this week of camp, Adventurers will learn to answer questions and solve problems through experimentation and the scientific method. Field trip to Indian Echo Caverns and Wildwood Park in Harrisburg, PA.*

Animal Planet
July 24 – 28
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Join us for the seventh week of camp where we will explore the wild world of animals! During this week, Adventurers will learn about all of the animals and habitats around the world.  Expect activities focused around birds, mammals, insects, aquatic animals and the adaptations that make them so amazing! At ZooAmerica* in Hershey, PA, we will check out the animals of North America! 

DISCOVERY WEEK: Senses in Nature
July 24 – 28
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Discovery Week is for preschool and Kindergarten children!
Each day of the week will focus on one of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. This week, Discoverers will learn to use their five senses to explore nature. We will see if you can smell the flowers, see insects crawling on the ground, hear the birds calling, taste some delicious snacks, and touch the bark of the tree. At ZooAmerica* in Hershey, PA, we will check out the animals of North America! 

Enrollment Options
Half Day (Thursday is a full day due to Field Trip: 9am – 4pm)
9am – 12:30pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, except Thursday pick up at YWCA

Full Day
9am – 4pm
Drop off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County or Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Pick up at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

Chesapeake Challenge
July 31 – Aug 4
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Join us for Chesapeake Challenge! During this week, campers will learn what it means to have a “healthy” watershed.  Expect lots of creek exploration and an introduction to the macroinvertebrate organisms of Strawberry Hill. For our last field trip of the summer, we will go canoeing on Lake Marburg at Codorus State Park* in Hanover, PA! 

*all field trip locations are tentative and subject to change.

More information about our camp themes & age groups:

Entering pre-K & Kindergarten: “DISCOVERY WEEKS”
Designed to fit the needs of the youngest campers, Discovery Weeks will incorporate exploratory activities to give children an introduction to nature. Discoverers will get the opportunity to craft, learn, and play in an outdoor environment. Campers will develop their gross motor skills, social behavior, listening abilities, as well as color and number recognition. Discovery Weeks encourage natural curiosity.

Please note: Children enrolled in Discovery Weeks must be able to independently use the restroom (toilet trained); no diapers or pull-ups. Minimum age 3 yrs.

Entering grades 1-2 and 3-4
Campers will be able to play, explore, and learn about our ever-changing environment. Children will learn to use natural materials, observe and explain relationships between organisms,  use problem solving skills, and develop the self-confidence to interact with their peers. Art, science, hiking, and natural history lessons will be incorporated throughout the weeks.

Entering grades 5-7
For our oldest group of campers, camp activities are designed to be flexible to the group’s interests, allowing this age group more choice in their theme-related activities. They will develop the knowledge to explain how humans impact the world, be encouraged to ask questions about the world around them, and advance their problem solving skills.

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Drop-Off and Pick-up For Adventure Camp

On Field Trip Days (Thursdays unless otherwise noted), ALL children MUST be dropped off at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, no later than 9:10 am.

Morning drop-off at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County:
Sign your child in at the check-in station each morning when you arrive at the YWCA. Sign in may occur no earlier than 8:50am. We do not and will not assume responsibility for children before they are signed in.   Children may not be left unattended at a bus stop and MUST be signed in before boarding the bus. The bus will leave the YWCA at 9:10 and will not be held later.

Morning drop-off at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve:
UNAVAILABLE on Field Trip Day (Thursday unless otherwise noted).
Sign your child in at the check-in station each morning when you arrive at the Preserve. Sign in may occur no earlier than 8:50am. We do not and will not assume responsibility for children before they are signed in. Children may not be left unattended.

FULL DAY Afternoon pick-up:
All full day children must be picked up at the YWCA every day.
Pick-up always occurs at the YWCA at 4:00pm, unless you have made alternate arrangements ahead of time.

HALF DAY Afternoon pick-up:
All half day children must be picked up at Strawberry Hill at 12:30 pm every day, EXCEPT:
Half day children attend the full day field trip on THURSDAYS, and must be picked up at the YWCA at 4:00 pm on Thursdays.

 

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