Activities

 

At Nature Camps, children and teens choose what activities they want to do each day.  

Activities include hiking, nature journaling, nature crafts, challenge courses, singing, swimming, canoeing, and more. Each session, we also host a Family Overnight and Concert in the Woods for all campers, families, and staff. Learn more about these activities below.

Hiking

We offer all-day and half-day hikes exploring the 230 acres of beautiful woods surrounding camp and the nearby Gunpowder and Little Falls Rivers.  Examples of past hikes include “All day stream hike”, “Half day hike to be wizards”, and other imaginative adventures!

Ropes Courses

Nature Camps has two ropes courses: the Lower Ropes Course, which is an individual challenge course, and the Upper Ropes Course, comprised of various team challenges.  Participants learn and experience respect, trust, team building, enhanced communication skills, conflict resolution, self-esteem, empathy, and solution-focused techniques. The ropes course experience is rooted in our Challenge By Choice philosophy.

Canoeing

Canoeing instruction takes place on Prettyboy Reservoir with specially-trained staff members. Children and staff wear Type II personal flotation devices at all times.

Natural Crafts

Throughout the summer, we offer pottery, soapstone and wood carving, rock paint making, slate tool making, leprechaun/fairy houses, friendship bracelets, dreamcatchers, cordage, and more.  Counselors often go beyond our typical crafts and introduce new ones, like printmaking and embroidery.

Singing

At the beginning of each day, after lunch, and before leaving, we gather in Big Circle to sing songs, both silly and meaningful, and reflect on our day.  Big Circle is a whole-camp circle of togetherness and gladness. The Circle Song​ by Harry Chapin was our camp song in the 1970s. Then along came Jean Ritchie's Bluebird Song, which remains with us today.

And More!

One of the most amazing things about Nature Camps is that children have the ability to choose their own activities. With this in mind, children and counselors come up with original and silly activities every day, ranging from "Half day hike to be upside-down" to "Nature bureaucrats!"

Nature Journaling

Campers and staff alike make their own cloth-bound nature journals that they use throughout the session during small circles time with their groups and during activities.  Campers use ink and stick pens to write and draw, and many add leaves, flowers, and other discoveries to their journals.

Swimming

Swimming in the pool is offered as an activity every afternoon, with two certified lifeguards present.

Family Overnights & Concerts

On the second Wednesday evening of each session, Nature Camps hosts a Family Overnight and Concert in the Woods. Campers of all ages plus their families and friends come together to share time at camp. For all the dates and details, please check out the Family Overnight & Concert in the Woods page.

Camp Address:

17433 Big Falls Rd

Monkton, MD 21111

(No Mail Service)

 

Mailing Address:

Nature Camps, Inc., P.O. Box 418

Manheim, PA 17545

Email: naturecampsinc@gmail.com

Camp: 410-343-0223

(summer only)

Don Webb, director: 410-935-1545

(year round)

I only went for a walk and finally concluded to stay out 'til sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir