Adventure Camp 2017 has ended. Check back in January 2018 for next year’s details!
Want to volunteer or work for Adventure Camp? Join the staff!
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.
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.
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.