Camps 2020

Scroll to Bottom of Page for Important Camp Info & Policies. Please email us your questions and concerns and we would be happy to answer them!  ecoadventuresmd@gmail.com

 

We also offer virtual camps! Click Here

 

Eco Summer Camp Parent Meeting on Zoom

Saturday, June 6th at 11 AM

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Meeting ID: 717 2002 4585
Password: ECO

If you missed the meeting feel free to email us for our Frequently asked Q & A or email us your questions and concerns and we would be happy to answer them!  ecoadventuresmd@gmail.com

Award-winning Summer Camps 2020

Age categories:  Trailblazers (Ages 5-8) ECO Explorers ( Ages 9-11) & (CITs Ages 11+)

Camp Times: 9am - 4pm (unless otherwise noted)  with Before care and After care option

Eco Sampler : "Best of" Week

June 22nd - 26th Either $100 per day or  $370 per week

*Mini camps available

                                         *Single days: must have a min of 5 single day campers to go in their own group.  

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Camp Out

Monday, June 22nd

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Animal Trainers

Tuesday, June 23rd

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Treasure Quest

Wednesday, June 24th

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Creature Careers

Thursday, June 25th

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Brand New: Marvelous Marine Biology

Friday, June 26th

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Camp Out

June 29th - July 3rd $370

*Plus Mini Camp

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Real Camp Out Sleepover

June 27th - June 28th    - CANCELLED-

Saturday 6pm - Sunday 9am

Parent Child Team $70, Extra Children $50 Each

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Treasure Quest

July 6th - 10th $370

 

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All New Magnificent Marine Biology

July 13th - 17th $380

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Untamed Art: Art on the Wildside

July 20th - 24th $380

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WILD EXPOSURE: Nature Photography

July 20th - 24th $420

Ages 11 and up

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Animal Rescue 911

July 27th - 31st $380

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Animal Training & Enrichment

August 3rd - 7th $375

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Aquanauts Sea Camp

August 10th - 14th $375

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Brand New: World of Wizarding Triwizard Tournament

August 17th- 21st $390

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Creature Careers

August 24th - 28th $385

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Great Outdoors Wild & Wonderful

August 31st - September 4th $375

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Summer Fun Kindergarten Camp

Tuesday, September 8th- Friday, September 11th

Ages 4 - 6

$95 per day/$295 per week

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Keeper Apprentice Program

Every  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,  this Summer

*Ages 10 and up- must wear masks- must have a 2 person minimum to run the program.

10am - 2pm $125

 

Outdoor Field Camps- ON HOLD- Until we get further guidelines info and subject to change

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Hooray for the Bay

August 19th

Ages 6 - 14

$99

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Fossil Beach

June 24th

8:30am - 4pm

Ages 7 and Up

$99

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Nature Unleashed Outdoor Field Trip Camp

July 13th - 16th

Ages 9 and Up

$380

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July 15th

Campers Meet and Pick Up at Kinder Farm Park

Ages 6 and Up

$99

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Pontoon Boat Adventure on the Anacostia River

July 29th

Ages 6 and Up

$99

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Canoeing Adventure on the Anacostia River

August 5th

Ages 10 and Up

$99

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Ship’s Ahoy! Inner Harbor Submarine and Ships Excursion

August 12th

$99

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Gold Rush

TBA

9am - 1:30pm

Ages 5 and Up

$60

Each camp is themed and is designed to get kids excited about our natural world. Whether it's providing campers with a once in a lifetime experience with an endangered species, learn new skills from from an expert, discover new found confidence from one of our knowledgeable instructors, or simply make new friends in a safe and stimulating environment. From nature hikes, outdoor classrooms, animal interactions, crafts, games, field trips, guest speakers to learning about careers animal training and animal care. Do your child a favor and let them take a walk on the wild side at Eco Adventures this summer!  Go ahead... "Experience the Extraordinary"!!  

Why Eco Adventures Camp? We are UNIQUE and like no other. Here is why:

Our Staff

Meet Eco Adventures staff who just so happen to be world renowned explorers from National Geographic, scientists, vet techs, biologists/marine biologists, certified teachers, animal rescuers, animal trainers, and more! Our staff, are not the ordinary “camp counselors”. We are professional trained educators. The Executive Director has 24+ years of experience with leading, organizing, and developing camps from the Miami Seaquarium, Parrot Jungle and Gardens, National Audubon Society, National Aquarium and more! Many of our Lead instructors are experts in their field: from Conservation education, herpetology, art, photography, field research, animal training, animal rescues, and more!

We pride ourselves with our training from animal safety to first aide/CPR certifications and are certified with NO violations from the MD Dept. of Health Camp Association! Lastly, all of our staff has been additionally trained on the new CDC safety guidelines and safety procedures for preventing illness.

COVID-19 Protocols and Safety:

The safety of your children, our staff and animals are the upmost priority.   We are working on finalizing the new protocols and procedures.  Here are just a few guidelines.

IMPORTANT PROTOCOL AND PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES WE ARE TAKING TO ENSURE A SAFE HEALTHY FACILITY:
Eco Adventures will only be accepting a very limited number of children for camps (far less than usual), and they will be placed into small groups of ten or less, with each group having the same instructor each and every day. There will not be any mixing of groups and social distancing will be enforced in a competitive, but fun manner.
Eco Adventures staff will be the same staff the entire camp. All adults will wear masks and children 9 an up are also required to wear masks when not able to social distance.
The facility will be thoroughly disinfected several times throughout the day and after each rotation.
Every child will be screened/have their temperature taken at our new outside reception area, before admittance each day. Any child running a fever or showing signs of illness will not be admitted. There will be staggered outside car drop offs and pick ups.
Parents will be required to sign a pre-screening health questionnaire.
All persons entering Eco Adventures will be required to use alcohol based hand sanitizer before entry, that we will provide.
Hand washing will take place numerous times a day, in addition to other sanitizing procedures, all under the direction and auspices of our newly appointed "Queen of Clean" staff!
There are many more changes, and safety procedures that we have implemented, to ensure a fun yet safe learning environment for all, in which the details will be forthcoming.

 Please join us for an informational  ZOOM Summer Camp Meeting  with guidelines, safety measures, activities, and Q & A session with Director Mei Len Sanchez-Barr. 

Topic: ECO Summer Camp Parent meeting
Time: Jun 6, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 717 2002 4585
Password: ECO

Instructor/ Student ratio:

As per the CDC, we will be splitting up campers into age-appropriate groups of 12 or less with one instructor and one possible Counselor in training or Junior Assistant.  We try to accommodate sibling requests and friend requests when needed. Each group will be with their own instructor the whole time without mixing groups.  They will rotate from station to station (crafts, games/activity, animals, snack, inside air-conditioning downtime) following one way only directions and will travel to each station holding on to a rope with flags, spaced 6 ft apart so kids can social distance.    Instructor's aides, and trained staff/Jr. Assistants/volunteers will stand-by as "floaters" to get campers from a station and take them to the restroom inside/help with the next station set up and sanitation in between stations. Lastly, the Director will be there to oversee the camp and her administrative staff to assist with the logistics and safety of the camp. 

What to Expect

What to Expect Letter- ECO Camp (GENERAL)

We’re on our way to a FUN week! Here is additional information and reminders you need to know:

  • You must have filled out all ONLINE forms at campdoc.com prior to the first day of camp. You would have to accept an invitation we sent you via email  if you signed up with us over the phone. If you didn’t receive one, check spam (it’s from campdoc.com) or email us and we can resend it.
  • CHECK IN: First day, we will open 8:50 after that regular drop off is 9am unless you have before care (8am)  If you need before care (7:45am) or after care (5:30pm) just let us know. After 4:05pm it is aftercare and $10 charge will take effect.   $10 for either before care or after care. $17 both per day.
  • Check in for Mini campers 9am-1:30pm. Please proceed straight into the Under water Discovery room.
  • CHECK OUT:  is at the front desk. We will call your children during check out.  If you have any other person picking up, please write their names on the notes/ROSTER.  When signing out –if your “out” box is highlighted –please ask a staff member.
  • WHAT TO BRING: *Apply Sunscreen before camp every day and bring a small backpack with a water bottle and peanut free lunch. Please do not bring any toys, electronics, or valuables.   Please LABEL everything with your child’s name on it and remember to pick up crafts daily. Any lost and found items after 2 weeks will be donated.  
  • We also need any old newspaper please and toilet paper empty rolls.
  • Tick season: Although we spray for ticks and mosquitos professionally, we put some off on camper’s shoes and do a tick check after they come in from the field. Please do a tick check every day after camp.
  • Who’s who:  We usually have at least one camp administrators to assist with registration, camp administration, boo boos, behavior/special needs/allergies,/anything parents need as well as camp rotations and supervision.  Tie dyed shirts or polo shirts are instructors, Black shirts are either Aides/volunteers/Jr. Assistants 2yrs+, white shirts are 1st year- JAs/ volunteers or Counselors in Training. If you need to give any information on your child, please go to the front desk. We will have some guest speakers and trainers throughout the week.
  • Special Needs/allergies/meds: Please let us know BEFORE camp of any special needs so we can be prepared and better assist your child and remind us during drop off time.  Any meds, you must have filled out an additional form signed by pediatrician.  Please write in the notes on the roster if any allergies and bring your own snacks or check our daily snack ingredients in the morning.

Water Wednesday & Field trip days:   We will have field games, sluice water stop and water play outside on Fridays. Please have them WEAR their bathing suits, cap/hat, and bring a change of clothes/towel and dry shoes.  Water shoes are preferred, or shoes they can get wet. NO FLIP FLOPS!! Don’t forget to apply suncreen before camp each day! Mr. Rob's Snow cones will help them cool off with snow cones (no $ needed).

Field trips-  Specific info will be emailed to you one week before camp  (Tues) before.


****If there are thunderstorms the day of an outdoor field trip, we will be taking the campers to a movie.
**Parent Chaperones are welcomed. Please let us know if you can drive behind the bus. There is an entrance fee you would have to pay. Please inquire. First come first serve.

JUNGLE SHOP:  At the end of the day on Friday, we will announce jungle shopping,  you may bring $ for small souvenirs  items are .50-$18 If you would like. Please label $ in a zip lock bag.  We will give those kids that do not bring anything something from the treasure box.

Don’t miss out on National Geographic’s Dr. Brady Barr (owner of ECO)  Nat Geo Chapter books “Scrapes with Snakes” or “Crocodile Encounter” ($7) “Chomp”  “Everything Reptiles” books ($13) personalized and autographed.  Award winning “After A While…Crocodile” ($10) .  Fill this portion out and bring with you before Friday.

Fossil Dig/ECO Mining Sluice

Campers will experience the ECO Mining Co. a “Wild West Water Stop” feature just out back of the ECO Bunkhouse, where we have our sluices set up and the ore is rich (we hope…). Prospectors will learn all about gold/silver mining, how to prospect, pan for gold and look for fossils, how to use a sluice, introduction to critters we may run into in the wild west, different ways to excavate, and even how to identify precious gems and real fossils!! At the end of their shift, the lucky miners (everyone) will get to weigh their findings at the Gold Dust Gulch Trading Post, where they can swap their nuggets for something they can actually take home!! The sluice boxes are a little leaky and the old Water Stop is unpredictable at best, so on this day, bring your swim suits and prepare to get wet!!

New this year:   ECO Oyster Reef!

Participants will putting on their waterman hats and tonging for Oysters at the all new Eco Oyster Reef!  Utilizing, age old techniques and tools, campers will test their skill at bringing up oysters, shark teeth, and other fossils with their tonging skills.  Many of our oysters contain pearls, so if campers get lucky, you will find an oyster with a pearl!  Learn about how it makes this precious jewel and learn about its anatomy! 

NEW “CIT” (Counselor in Training) Program:

For ages 11+ . Does your child have a high interest in animals, assisting with children, developing real world skills, (teamwork, leadership, responsibility), and learning about creature careers? We open up 5 spots for each camp and pair them up with an ECO Jr. Assistant that will help mentor them. Each CIT and Jr. Assistant will assist the Lead instructor in a group rotation. CITS will also participate in all the activities such as snack, craft, games, interactions etc while assisting with the group. Do you have what it takes? This is requirement for aspiring Jr. Assistants. Fee is the same as the themed camp. Call to inquire. Must attend a ZOOM meeting training prior to camp in June TBA. MUST be 11 years old or older.

Activities:

Each of our AWARD WINNING specialty camps are themed and designed to get kids excited about our natural world. Our expertise is a hands on, up close and personal, interactive approach to learning. At Eco Adventures we believe in kids "doing" not watching. Whether its through a hands-on encounter with one of our over one hundred live animal ambassadors, an experience in our simulated rain forest, an activity in our outdoor classroom, wild crafts and games, fossil dig, a demonstration by a visiting scientist, or guided lesson by one of our professional staff members, will all ignite your child's senses and passion for our natural world. Let your kids "go wild" this summer, at a rainforest near you...Eco Adventures...they may never come home!

2020 changes:  *Due to Covid-19 and CDC requirements some activities will be changing to meet the safety guidelines. *Subject to change as restrictions lessen.

*This year we are committed to making this summer- EXTRA special, EXTRA FUN for the kids! They deserve and need it!  On top of the weekly themes, we will have friendly competitions between groups/teams to encourage spirit, fun, and following the new rules such as social distancing.   Teams/groups can gain points for good behaviors, following rules, spirit, and teamwork, but can also get deducted points for not following rules (such as social distancing). Perhaps this will encourage them to try! Winner gets extra special treasure box gift at the end of the camp. (all of them get something at the end) and a picture with their group and trophy to post winners on our FB page.

Most of the camp will be conducted outside.  We will have water at each station Tarps/tent coverings for shade and wherever possible may be able to provide fans.  There will be one air-conditioning station inside with only one group at a time with down time such as a movie. 

*Field trips unfortunately are cancelled for the summer but in lieu of FTs, we will be bringing in some FUN entertainment, whether it is a Magician, guest speaker, a submarine, Rescue Dogs, or Dog Show... kids won't know what they are missing!

*Fridays will be FIELD Days- where kids can play fun, outdoor field games and have Mr. Rob's Famous Snow cones!

Snack Time:

This year, unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, we ask that parents pack one snack and a lunch.   We feel the kids deserve a little cooling off and break from the norm.  As a result, we will be providing a daily afternoon "pop" for kids to cool off. Should you not want this, please make sure you pack an extra snack.  As always, let us know if your child has allergies.  Fridays- Mr. Rob will be coming with SNOW CONES!

Games:

Whats a camp without games? Our dynamic and fun games encourage cooperative learning, physical activity, and team-building skills. We provide outdoor relay games and obstacles courses, creative games, as well as trivia games for the mind all while social distancing.  

Arts and crafts:

At Eco Adventures, kids are encouraged use their imagination and allow their inner Picasso to shine as they create crafts, art projects, and experiments to take home. The Art Camp provides them to get more in-depth with various mediums of art forms.

Guest Speakers:

We provide guest speakers that provide demonstrations from various institutions such as DNR, National Geographic, National Aquarium in Baltimore, falconers, animal trainers, marine biologists, divers, Dog training shows, and this year anything goes- with possible performers, fire truck visit, magicians, submarines, and more!

Parent Volunteers:

Due to Covid-19 safety requirements we will not be allowing parents to enter the building or volunteer.  

Scholarships:

We have a limited number of scholarships for those in financial need. Please send us an email explaining why your child is in need and deserves a chance at the scholarship. First come first serve. Deadline is April 1st, 2020.  

Camp Policies

Registration/Cancellation/refund Policy:

Registration closes on the Thursday before the week of camp begins. If trying to register for a camp after the Thursday before, please call 410-987-1300 for space availability.

Due to restrictions from CDC, SPACE IS LIMITED now more than ever! and we like to be organized and prepared! If possible, we ask that you please register at least two weeks in advance so we can make the appropriate staff/materials/supplies preparations. We do take last minute registrations but know that it is based on space availability and not sure how likely that will be this year since we are operating at 55% capacity

We charge a $15 registration fee.

Eco Adventures 2020 Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy- see top of the page and click on the button

If the need arises to cancel a registration, no refunds will be given at this time. However, you can change to a different camp based on availability OR a credit will be issued for our future programs such as one day camps or summer in-house camps, birthday parties, Earth Day/any special events, Scout sleepover programs, Open Plays/Jungle Expresses, Behind the scenes "Feeding Frenzies", and even gift cards to give-away.  Cancellation insurance IS available through camp docs. Please note this policy may change at any time. We thank you for your understanding during the temporary closure of our facility and these difficult times for all of us.  We will keep you updated as the situation unfolds.  Our Eco Family, staff, and animals would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding.  We welcome concerns and questions via email.

Sick policy/health prescreening:

This year, our sick policy is extremely rigid in order to keep your children and our staff safe.  We will be prescreening campers and temperature checking daily.  If a child shows up exhibiting cold or flu like symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, fever, or stomach bug we cannot let your child participate.   

*If your child has seasonal allergies (and thus a runny nose) or an underlying medical condition, we must have a doctor's note stating this and permission to participate.  No exceptions. 

*If your child gets sick during camp, the child will be isolated in the triage tent where he/she will wait with an adult to be picked up.

*In the past, we have been very flexible with make ups but this year, we are not allowing make ups unless the child has a doctor's note to come back and there is availability in another camp.  No refunds or credits will be given.  You may still purchase camp insurance should your child get sick during the camp (not COVID related reason to cancel). Please see campdocs.com for details.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this very serious policy.

Before & After Care

Before Care from 8am Or After Care until 5pm

New Before & After Care Hours For Summer Camps:

Before Care from 7:45 am- After Care until 5:00 pm- this will be indoors. A movie will be provided- campers will be at least 6 feet apart . Please let us know if you need until 5:30pm.

Price is $10/day or Both for $17/day

Tax Information

Our TAX EIN # 80-0921094. If you need a customized receipt for tax purposes, please give us at least 2 weeks notice due to the high amount of requests. Otherwise, you can print out your campdocs account receipt with our tax ID number.

Allergies:

Please let us know of any allergies in advance on the form. Must have Doctor's form filled out for any epipens or oral medications.  We ask that children with peanut/nut allergies and multiple allergies bring snacks from home. Please note that we do have some animals that eat peanuts/nuts but will not be around any human eating areas.   Parents must check the ingredients for that day to make sure it is OK for their child to eat.

 

Special Needs:

Parents MUST notify us upon registration (prior) to the camp if your child has ANY special needs (ADHD, autism, or any physical or behavioral problems), allergies, or any other special requirements so we can be prepared and staffed appropriately. Although we have had experience with, we are not trained professionals for special needs. Please note that this high energy camp may not be for everyone. Some of our rotations may switch thirty minutes at a time. Children with difficulties in making transitions, noise, high stimuli, may not respond well to this camp. We recommend to continue school routines with your child: If your child has ADHD medication, a weighted vest, or is in a program at school we recommend you continue the routine.

Failure to do this or improper/unmanageable behavior during camp can result in cancellation of your child's registration without a refund. Thank you for your understanding.

Discounts:

Please note that you can only use ONE discount per camper. For example: you can use either sibling or multi week, military discount, or early bird whichever is greater.   As a small family business, we thank you for helping us keep our costs down. Receive 2 free open play/Jungle Express/Earth Passes if you pay by cash or checks. (value of $26) Payment plans and limited scholarships are available, please call to inquire.

  • Early Bird: $15 off full day week long  camps or $10 off mini camps until March 1st
  • Military: $15 off full day week long camps. Email us proof of ID to get the code
  • Sibling: $20 off additional siblings for week long camps-$10 off Mini camps, and $5 off one day camps.
  • Multi-Week: $15 off each camp after the first week when you sign up for up to 3 weeks.  Four weeks or more $20 off.
  • All 11 Weeks: When you sign up for all 11 weeks of camp, receive $40 off of each regularly priced camp
  • Open House Discounts:

    $30 off full day regular week long camps (not specialty or outdoors) or $15 off mini camps at January Open House (no  other discount can be applied)

    $10 off full day week long camps or $5 off mini camps at March Open House (no  other discount can be applied)

    $15 off full day week long camps or $10 off mini camps Early Bird Discount until March on website

    $20 off at the Chesapeake Family Camp Fair, March 7th  10am- 2pm Westfield Annapolis Mall or Nantucket Elem Camp Fair Feb 12th 4-7:00pm