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Summer Camp

Hiking, stream-stomping and bug-catching are a few of the key ingredients that have made Riverbend's summer camp a sensation since 1982. Riverbend campers aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in our weekly program that runs from mid-June to Labor Day. Children have fun as they connect with nature and build upon skills and knowledge. Our qualified and enthusiastic educators (some who were campers themselves!) guide children in hands-on nature exploration and investigation, games, crafts, hikes and more. Your child’s favorite summer memories await!

Program Description by Age Group

Rangers: Age 4

  • Rangers will create and imagine through hands on science activities and nature exploration.
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Adventurers: Ages 5 - 6

  • Adventurers will explore natural habitats and conduct investigations to discover something new.

Explorers: Ages 7 - 8

  • Explorers will conduct science-based experiments in nature and embark on hikes around the preserve.
  • Explorers will have the opportunity to stay on Thursday evenings for a cook-out from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. (Additional fee of $25 per camper.)
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Discoverers: Ages 9 - 10

  • Discoverers will practice new skills and hike to various habitats around the preserve for exploration.
  • Discoverers will have the opportunity to stay on Thursday evenings for a cook-out from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. (Price included in tuition.)
  • This age group is offered select weeks as denoted by astrisks on the Camp Week Schedule below.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program: Ages 11 - 13 

Join a team of CITs that will help Riverbend Camp as nature stewards, environmental educators, or animal care experts. Each week, the group will work on a project of their choice that benefits the Riverbend community. CITs will meet Riverbend staff, interns, and younger campers to learn what goes on behind the scenes on the preserve. Each week will involve about 15 hours of volunteer service and end in a field trip (location changes weekly - see schedule below).  Camper's project track can be selected during the registration process. 

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Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Field Trips Schedule - Summer 2022

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2022 Camp Theme Descriptions

Messy Science

Invent, discover, and get messy. Campers will lead experiments, do science crafts and think like scientists!

Mini-Worlds

Campers will create their own worlds using Riverbend habitats as inspiration. Activities include creating languages, habitat explorations and team building games. 

Riverbend Rangers

Join us this week for outdoor adventure. Activities like hike safety, orienteering and fort building will help campers become confident nature explorers.

Riverbend in Space

Riverbend looks beyond Earth. Campers will talk astronomy and space travel, as well as ponder aliens and our favorite space fandoms.

Caring for Critters

Campers will experience what it takes to care for Riverbend's  animal ambassadors and wild creatures of the preserve.

Camp Classics

For the end of the season, the theme is all the classics. Campers will do all the best hikes, activities and crafts that made this summer so special. 

2022 Camp Week Schedule

Camp Hours: 

  • Monday through Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm (After care is available until 6:00pm)
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Schedule Notes:

  • (*) Denotes a week that the Discoverers Group (Ages 9-10) is available. 
  • Riverbend does not offer a Rangers (Age 4) group in Week 11
  • Weekly Dress up Theme: Each Wednesday, Riverbend is encouraging campers to dress up for the weekly theme! Show camp spirit and learn more about friends with silly outfits.

2022 Summer Camp Registration

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Camp Tuition:

Riverbend Summer Camp is committed to providing a nature based, child centric camp experience. Our counselors are integral in creating the community and activities that make your children's summer so great. To give our staff the living wage they deserve, we have increased our camp prices. We thank you for your help in keeping Riverbend a desirable place for talented folks to work with your families.    

$595 for Rangers (age 4), Adventurers (ages 5 - 6), and Explorers (ages 7 - 8) per week

$620 for Discovers (ages 9 - 10) per week

$670 for CITs (ages 11 - 13) per week 

Aftercare is available until 6:00pm and is $125 per week

Registration Policies

  • $100 per week deposit due upon booking. Please note: This is an administration fee and is non-refundable.

  • Transaction fees will be charged in addition to tuition fees and are non-refundable.

  • Tuition balances are due in full and become non-refundable as of June 1, 2022

  • Schedule changes will be accommodated to the best of Riverbend's ability. However, many weeks are full by summer and changes may not be possible.

  • Please Note: All children must be potty trained to participate in Riverbend's summer camp program.

Caregiver Guide and Health and Safety Information

Please click here to view our Health and Safety Guidelines for 2022

This guide will be evaluated and is subject to change prior to the first camp week. Watch this space for updated information.

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Registration FAQs

Friend Requests:

Our registration form contains a question that will allow you to request that your child be in a particular friend’s camp group. We ask that all friend requests be made at time of registration. We are sorry. We will not be able to accept friend requests via email.

Waitlists:  

We monitor waitlists to get as many campers into camp as possible. Some weeks are more popular than others. We often have plenty of capacity in several weeks of camp. If you prefer that siblings or friends be in the same group, we encourage you to look at available weeks in June and July. Due to the high volume of requests and the dynamic nature of waitlists, we cannot provide you with an estimate of when your child may be released from a waitlist.  

If a slot opens on the waitlist, you will revieve an time-sensitve email to claim your spot. Please note: if you miss the time window, the spot will be sent to the next family on the list.

Age Groups: 

We have arranged our camp by age group to benefit all children in the group. While we can be flexible if your child is within 2-3 weeks of their birthday, we generally will not be able to move children to a different age group.

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Registration Now Open!

We’re excited to announce a new partnership between McKaig Nature Centerand Riverbend Environmental Education Center.

This innovative partnership brings together McKaig's expertly preserved land with environmental education leadership from Riverbend to offer summer camp designed specifically for McKaig families. 

Camp will feature stream stomping, nature exploration and hands-on learning with the guidance of trained Riverbend camp counselors. Campers will spend their full day outdoors, exploring 91 acres of preserved parkland at McKaig.  

Nature Discovery Camp Powered by Riverbend

Ages: 5-9

Dates: July 11th - Aug 5th 2022

Group Size: 10-12 campers, 2 educators

Camp Schedule: Monday through Friday: 8:45am - 4:15pm

Camp Location: McKaig Nature Center (Drop off and Pickup at Old Roberts Schoolhouse by the Roberts Elementary School parking area.)

Weekly Themes

Week 1: Messy Science

Invent, discover, and get messy. Campers will lead experiments, do science crafts and think like scientists!

Week 2: McKaig Marauders

Join us this week for outdoor adventure. Activities like hike safety, orienteering and fort building will help campers become confident nature explorers.

Week 3: Caring for Critters

Campers will experience what it takes to care for McKaig’s wild creatures and their habitats.

Week 4: Camp Classics

For the end of the season, the theme is all the classics. Campers will do all the best hikes, activities and crafts that make this summer at McKaig so special. 

Camp Tuition

$550 per week

Registration Policies

  • $100 deposit due upon booking. Please note: This is an administration fee and is non-refundable.

  • Transaction fees will be charged in addition to tuition fees and are non-refundable.

  • Tuition balances are due in full and become non-refundable as of June 1, 2022

  • Schedule changes will be accommodated to the best of Riverbend's ability.

For more information about camp at McKaig, contact Riverbend's Camp Manager Julia Boyer at camps@riverbendeec.org, 610-527-5234 x 106

Teen Volunteers Needed!

Educators-In-Training Volunteers (EITs) are important helpers at Riverbend's summer camp. If you love kids and spending summer days outside consider applying to become an EIT to develop your leadership skills and positively impact younger children. Riverbend has six openings every summer for energetic, motivated students to assist with our camp program. EITs must be able to volunteer for a minimum of the three weeks over the course of the summer.

EITs will assist lead and assistant educators with group management, daily activities, modeling of appropriate behavior, and providing nurturing support of campers. They will participate in game playing, nature exploration, field trips, and more. EITs work primarily with our youngest campers and are a vital part to the success of the program.

Please head to our Job Opportunities page to apply TODAY!

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For more information please contact

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Julia Boyer

Education Coordinator