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Environmental Summer Camps 2013

Camp Muddy Sneakers
Session: 5 Days
Location: Brevard, N.C.
Age Group: rising 4th-7th graders
Cost: $295
A new day camp in western North Carolina educates youth about the natural world through hands-on, nature-based exploration.
Camp Muddy Sneakers offers an innovative day camp that seeks to build on recognized environmental education programming while filling a niche in the current summer camp offerings.
Sea Turtle Camp
Date: 6/6-6/28
Location: Topsail Island, NC
Age Group: 13-17, boys only
Cost: $3,295 (including $995 deposit)
At the Sea Turtle Open Water SCUBA Camp, campers will be trained by the best divers on the East Coast, and by the end of the session they will receive their SCUBA certification from the National Association of Underwater instructors. Camp tuition includes suites on Topsail Island, all meals, all equipment, professional scuba instruction, transportation, 24-hour same-gender adult supervision, and more.
Sea Turtle Camp
Date: 6/23-7/3 (both male and female)
and 7/14-7/24 (male only)
Location: Topsail Island, NC
Age Group: 13-17
Cost:$2,695 (including $795 deposit)
Marine Biology Immersion Camp
An 11-day session where campers will spend 15 hours working with the volunteers of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital. Campers will participate in rehabilitation at the hospital, conduct sea turtle nest walks, learn about salt marshes and sea turtles and study marine debris in the Sargasso Sea and other oceanic surface currents. Campers will earn up to 25 hours of community service.
Green River Preserve
Session: One to three weeks
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Age Group: 7-19
Cost: $1250-$3900
Green River Preserve provides opportunities for young children and teens to connect with nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Campers will spend time on hiking, campouts, afternoon activities and group learning projects. Through the activities, campers will learn healthy and rewarding ways to spend their free time.
Eagle’s Nest
Session: One to three weeks; sessions open from 6/8-8/11
Location: Pisgah Forest, N.C.
Age Group: 5th-9th graders
Cost: $1400-$3800
Join Eagle’s Nest Camp, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in N.C., with campers from all around the world. Campers are encouraged to grow simply with activities that promote self-expression, personal growth, skill building and fun. Camp activities are related to wilderness, arts and music, athletics, classes and other special activities.
UNCW Marine Quest
Session: One to three weeks
Location: Wilmington, N.C.
Age Group: 5-17
Cost: Varies
UNCW MarineQuest offers a variety of different programs for that suit different age groups. Campers can observe marine organisms up close, conduct hands-on science experiments, play educational field games and crafts, or explore the ocean through more service learning programs.
Camp Explore
Session: One week
Location: Greeneville, Tenn.
Age Group: 4th-6th graders
Cost: $25 for day trip, $100 for overnight trip
Camp Explore is committed to enhance student awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment by teaching and modeling good character traits while exploring nature. The camp features environmental education, character education, hands-on experiential activities, critical-thinking development, cooperative learning and more.
Smoky Mountain Adventure Camp
Session: 5 days to 4 weeks
Location: Smoky Mountains, Tenn.
Age Group 8-18
Cost: $795 – $2795
Have a summer of exploring with Smoky Mountain Adventure Camp. Adventures include backcountry hikes, caving, rock climbing rafting, tubing, horseback riding and overnight backpacking expeditions in the foothills of East Tennessee.
Tate’s Day Camp
Session: 4 to 5 days
Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
Age: 3-13
Cost: $209- $286
Tate’s Day Camp offers traditional camp activities. Through hands-on activities and low counselor-to-camper ratios, campers are given opportunities to build self-esteem and allowed individual growth and maturity.
Camp Idyllwild
Session: One-night sleepover, and 4 to 5 days
Location: Duck River, Tenn.
Age Group: 5-11
Cost: $300 for weekly sessions. Discount may apply.
Camp Idyllwild provides opportunities for campers to explore nature in an unstructured way and use their imaginations to discover their environment. Campers will build forts, explore creeks, hike, make arts and crafts, and learn about organic gardening. Camp Idyllwild’s child-centered camp philosophy allows campers to make choices throughout the day and encourages independent thinking and decision-making.
Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass
Session: 5 days
Location: Versailles, Ky.
Age: 7-14
Cost: $325-$375
Life Adventure Center is an educational nonprofit that offers campers various programs from environmental education to wilderness living, to the challenge course and equestrian program. Campers are encouraged to engage, educate and empower each participant.
West Virginia State Conservation Camp
Session: One six-day session
Location: Webster County, W.Va.
Age Group: 14-18
Cost: $185 (scholarship may apply)
WV State Conservation Camp is located on the edge of Monongahela National Forest in the towering mountains of southern Webster County, West Virginia. Campers can enjoy an action-packed week filled with interactive workshops, group assemblies, recreation opportunities, evening campfires and social events.
Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies
Session: 3-12 days
Location: Capon Bridge, W.Va.
Age Group: Ages 8-21+
Cost: $415- $1475
Located in a remote valley of the West Virginian Appalachians, the Burgundy Center offers campers great ways to explore nature. Small camp size fosters camaraderie.Campers may get to see deer, dragonflies, red-spotted newts and more.
Camp Greenbrier for Boys
Session: 3-6 weeks
Location: Alderson, W.Va.
Age Group: 7-18
Cost: $2775- $4750
Camp Greenbrier For Boys, found in 1898, is located on the banks of the Greenbrier River in Alderson, West Virginia. Operated by the same family for three generations, Camp Greenbrier is a safe haven where boys have fun, gain self-confidence, and make lifelong friends.
Camp Rim Rock for Girls
Session: 1-4 weeks
Location: Yellow Spring, W.Va.
Age Group: 6-16
Cost: $1300-$4200
Operating for over sixty years and regarded by campers and camp professionals as one of the finest camps for girls, Camp Rim Rock Camp for Girls offers a well-rounded program. Activities include performing arts, arts and crafts, horseback riding, various sports and more.
Nature Camp
Session: 2-3 weeks
Location: Rockbridge County, Va.
Age Group: 7-15
Cost: $775
Nature Camp offers educational and recreational programs. Founded by Lillian Schilling of Afton, Va., in 1942, this camp educates its campers the importance of conserving and protecting the environment and to become more informed on the earth’s natural resources.
Browne Summer Camp
Session: 8 weeks, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Alexandria, Va.
Age Group: 3-13
Cost: $270-$390 per week for mini camp. $390 for both junior and senior camps.
Activities include daily swimming with certified lifeguards, art, sports, music, dance, technology, nature, drama and more. The staff members use an effective blend of gentle encouragement and support to help each and every child achieve his or her potential.
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing
Session: 1-4 weeks
Location: New Castle, Va.
Age Group: 8-18
Cost: $795- $2995
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing lies on 500 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 35 miles northwest of Roanoke, Va. Campers can explore the outdoors and the wildlife that comes with it. Programs are designed to challenge children both physically and mentally, but the ultimate goal is fun, friendship and camaraderie that can only be found around a campfire and sleeping under the stars.

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