Splish Splashin’ in Elachee Creek

What’s the best way to start off a kid’s summer vacation? Water Week at Camp Elachee!

“I love coming to camp,” confided a 2nd grader to Camp Elachee Director Amy Bradford. “I want to come every week!” This is an awesome endorsement for Camp Elachee named 2017 Best of Hall Summer Camp.

Camp Elachee 2017: Week 1 Highlights

While very much a fun and games week, a bit of water education made it into the mix with hikes to Elachee Creek and more.

Camp Elachee 2017, Week 1, featured water play in Elachee Creek.Nature came alive through hands-on activities, crafts and simple experiments that helped campers become acquainted with the water cycle. They made color-coded bead bracelets representing water cycle stages, as well as taking an Incredible Journey-type adventure where they ‘voyaged’ to various water states, spending time acting out different water properties. To better grasp the properties of water, field day activities included water balloon tosses, sponge relays, the always hilarious frozen tshirt race, tug of war and the water balloon stomp.

Our preschool campers spent most of their camp exploring Elachee Creek. They LOVED it! Here they learned properties of water through sink-n-float and sensory matching games, serenading the forest with never ending choruses of the Water Cycle song and discovering habitats of the various aquatic creatures they encountered while playing.

Camp Elachee 2017, Week 1, featured water and helped campers understand its properties.Elementary campers thoroughly enjoyed the freedom camp offered this week. In particular, Kindergarteners through 2nd Graders self-started an imaginative play activity at Elachee Creek. Before the counselors could blink, campers began working together to collect and build a rock tower. This engineering project not only captured their brains, but gave this group a chance to gell.

Campers, 3rd to 5th Grades, simply enjoyed their time at Elachee Creek splashing around, just being kids doing kid things! Sometimes there is nothing better than unstructured play time to make a good time become cherished childhood memories.

Camping 101 with Middle School

Camp Elachee 2017 Middle School camp week featured Camping 101 skill building funMiddle Schoolers had a great variety of adventures in and around the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve as they became immersed in gaining outdoor camping skills.

After learning how to build a variety of shelters and the basics of fire-starting, they also crafted para-cord bracelets making it easy to carry this essential survival tool along with them. The highlight of their week was an overnight at Elachee, a la Night at the Museum-esque. As is tradition, this group had an incredible game of Capture the Flag, eating tacos and making s’mores.

Getting Ready for the Natural Phenomenon of a Lifetime

Campers were also treated this week to a solar eclipse program to help prepare them for the upcoming August 21, 2017 show taking place in the sky. Big news! Elachee Nature Science Center will host a Solar Eclipse Festival on Saturday, August 19 to help the community prepare for this once in a lifetime event! Be sure to join us so your family may safely enjoy this natural phenomenon.

Camp Elachee: Looking Ahead

Parents remember to visit Elachee’s Blog Nature Mixed In to see weekly Camp Elachee 2017 recaps. You can also ‘like’ us at www.facebook.com/elachee.

We invite you to take time to meet the Camp Elachee 2017 counselors.

Please be aware, remaining June and July camp weeks are filling up, so register your camper today!

  • Explore Elachee’s Pre-K Day Camp
    This camp is for children ages 3, 4, and 5 who are not entering kindergarten in the fall. All campers must be fully toilet trained. 
  • Discover Elachee’s Elementary Day Camp
    This camp is for children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall. 
  • Experience Elachee’s Middle School Day Camp
    This camp is for young people entering grades 6-8 in the fall. 

Questions?

Call 770-535-1976 or email the Camp Elachee Director.