Camps

Fall Camps 2019

Alien

Animal Aliens Living Among Us

September 30th

9am-1:30pm Mini Campers (Ages 3-6) $55

9am-4pm (Ages 5-11 and Counselors in Training - 12+) $85

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African Safari

October 9th

9am-1:30pm Mini Campers (Ages 3-6) $55

9am-4pm (Ages 5-11 and Counselors in Training - 12+) $85

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Croctober

October 15th

9am-1:30pm Mini Campers (Ages 3-6) $55

9am-4pm (Ages 5-11 and Counselors in Training - 12+) $85

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Survivor

October 16th

9am-1:30pm Mini Campers (Ages 3-6) $55

9am-4pm (Ages 5-11 and Counselors in Training - 12+) $85

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 and animal rescues, and more!

We pride ourselves with our training from animal safety to first aide/CPR certifications and are certified with NO violations in 2017 from the MD Dept. of Health Camp Association

Instructor/ Student ratio:

We split up campers into age appropriate groups of 10-12 campers. Our ratio is 2:12. We try to accommodate sibling requests and friend requests when needed. Included, is at least one instructor aide, volunteer and/or Junior Assistant to assist the Lead instructor. Since our instructors all have all different expertise, we try to expose them to as many instructors as possible that lead and teach rotations in the morning and rotations in the afternoon. The Instructor's aides, Jr. Assistants, and volunteers, take the campers to their rotations within the building. Our Executive Director and Camp Director are always present on site to assist where needed so there is plenty of supervision. We have extra staff on Friday Fieldtrips. If parents are interested in chaperoning, please contact us.

What to Expect

What to Expect- 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. $15 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 1 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 Wed. 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 will help them cool off with snow cones on Wed- only for full day campers. (no $ needed).

Friday- 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 EA 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 “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 One day training prior to camp in June TBA.

Activities:

What sets us apart from other camps are our themed hands-on activities. Whether it is with animals, on a scavenger hunt, art, or a game…we equate learning and fun as one. The best part, is that your kids do not even know they are learning!

Creative Snacks:

We don't provide campers with a mundane morning and afternoon snacks- instead campers create snacks related to the weeks theme. We make banana millipedes, bug and mud cups, “Fossil Tar Pit” pudding, Watermelon butterflies, and more!

Games:

Whats a camp without games? Our dynamic and fun games encourage cooperative learning and team-building skills. We provide outdoor games and obstacles courses as well as trivia games for the mind.

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.

Conservation Awareness Activities:

Want to make a difference? We do! Campers can assist with current Eco Adventure conservation projects, research, and education initiatives. Help set up camera traps for research, help with a woods clean-up, build habitats, analyze animal scat, make new hiking trails, plant in our garden, assist with composting, make bird houses and a bird bath area. Some camps even participate in day field trips to State Parks or conservation/nature/rescue centers nearby.

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, and more!

Parent Volunteers:

We welcome parent volunteers on field trip days on a first come first serve basis. Please see us for more details.

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.

SPACE IS LIMITED

Camp Policies

Registration/Cancellation/refund Policy:

SPACE IS LIMITED! 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. If you cancel at least 3 weeks prior to your camp date, you can receive a refund minus $25 registration/cancellation fee for each cancelled camp. After that, credit will be issued for any future programs. For one day camps there is a $10 cancellation fee per day. Multiple changes may incur an additional $5 re-registration fee.

Sick policy:

We follow Anne Arundel County school sickness policy. Your child cannot come back to camp if your child has a fever or vomits the day before. Must have at least 24 hours fever/vomit free. We encourage parents NOT to bring a sick child to camp, so we give you credit for ONE missed day for another day camp. Many camps do NOT do this. Repeated sick days may result in change of camp fee of $5.

Before & After Care

Before & After Care Hours for School Year Camps:

Before Care from 8am Or After Care until 5pm

 

New Before & After Care Hours For Summer Camps:

Before Care from 7:45am Or After Care until 5:30pm

 

Price is $10/day or Both for $15/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:

We are a peanut-free facility and only provide snack alternatives for peanut/nut allergies. Please let us know of any allergies in advance on the form. We encourage children with peanut/nut allergies to bring snacks from home. Multiple allergies other than nuts must bring their own snacks from home. 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, except if you pay by check or cash for totals of $300+ receive an additional $5 off. As a small family business, we thank you for helping us keep our costs down. Payment plans and scholarships are available, please call to inquire.

  • Early Bird: $15 off full day camps or $10 off mini camps until March 1st
  • Military: 5% off. Email us proof of ID to get the code
  • Sibling: $20 off additional siblings for week long camps-Mini camps and one day camps are $5 off
  • Multi-Week: $15 off each camp after the first week when you sign up for 2-3 weeks. 15% off when you sign up for more than 4 weeks
  • All 11 Weeks: When you sign up for all 11 weeks of camp, receive $50 off of each regularly priced camp
  • Open House Discounts:

    $30 off full day camps or $20 off mini camps at January Open House (no  other discount can be applied)

    $20 off full day camps or $10 off mini camps at March Open House (no  other discount can be applied)

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

    $20 off at the Annapolis Area Christian Chesapeake Family Camp Fair, March 2nd 10am-2pm