Nature Adventures Camp Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Camp Director?
Tricia DeGiulio is the Director of Environmental Education and Camping for the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell. Tricia joined the staff of the Science Center in January 2016 after spending more than 10 years at the Museum of Science in Boston developing and facilitating a nationally recognized hands-on, design-based engineering program. Tricia received a B.S. in Biology from Tufts University and an M.D. from Tufts Medical School. Her early exposure and exploration of the outdoors inspired in her a love of nature and equipped her with the skills of observation, critical thinking and problem solving which have served her well in all aspects of her life
What does my child need to bring to camp?
Campers of all ages should bring a PEANUT FREE snack, refillable water bottle, a change of clothes and appropriate close-toed shoes; Crocs and sandals are not allowed. Insect repellent and sunscreen should be applied to campers before being dropped off. If your camper is attending Lunch Bunch, please send your child to camp with a PEANUT FREE lunch. If your child requires medication to be taken during the camp day or has allergies, please contact the Camp Director to make arrangements. Please consider packing a Trashless Lunch.
How many counselors will be supervising my child?
Nature Adventures Summer Day Camp maintains a ratio of 1 staff to every 5 campers age 3-6and 1 staff to every 7 campers age 7 and up. Each group is led by a Senior Counselor and a Junior Counselor, both are trained in CPR and First AID and are CORI and SORI checked. Counselors are overseen by the Camp Director.
If my child attends multiple sessions, will the program vary?
Yes! We have built a summer program that offers a variety of exciting and engaging opportunities all summer long for campers to explore nature while discovering and strengthening their abilities and developing lasting friendships. Activities and experiences vary and are based on each session’s theme. Some program elements such as ponding and/or canoeing on Jacobs Pond and exploring the EcoZone Museum are repeated; however they are designed to fit the session’s theme. Each session’s curriculum is overseen by the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director/Curriculum Coordinator.
Does Nature Camp offer care before and after regular camp hours?
Nature Camp offers three extended day camp options this year:
Before Care 8:00am-9:00am $25/$30 per week members/nonmembers
Lunch Bunch 12:00pm-1:00pm $25/$30 per week members/nonmembers
After Care I 3:30pm-4:30pm $25/$30 per week members/nonmembers
After Care II 3:30pm-5:30pm $50/$60 per week members/nonmembers
Can I register my child for two different groups if his/her birthday occurs during camp?
Campers must reach the age required by/on the first day of camp to enter the camp group. Campers with mid-summer birthdays may register for the group appropriate for his/her age at the start of the session.
Is there a discount for siblings attending camp?
A discount is not available for multiple campers; however, families are encouraged to become members to save on fees and tuition. Please contact the Camp Director for information regarding financial assistance.
Can my child be in a group with his/her friend?
Camp is an opportunity for new experiences and to make new friends. For this reason we do not accept camper grouping requests.
Does the camp provide meals?
Nature Adventures Camp does not provide meals. We are a PEANUT FREE camp and require all snacks and lunches sent to camp be free of peanuts and their oils. There is a morning snack time for all campers, lunch for all day campers, and an optional Lunch Bunch for half day campers. Soy nut butter and Sunflower seed butter are good alternatives to peanut butter, please put a note on your child’s sandwich if you prepare your child’s lunch with one of these alternatives.
My child has a food allergy, how do you avoid contact with food allergens?
Summer Adventures Nature Day Camp is a PEANUT FREE camp and has enjoyed many successful years of welcoming campers with food allergies. Food allergies must be listed on the required health forms as well as any medication that is prescribed to the camper. This information as well as communication with the parent or guardian about the allergy helps the camp staff to take all necessary precautions to help the camper avoid contact with allergens and ensure the camper enjoys a safe, healthy and fun experience at camp. At meal times, campers are placed next to children who have meals which do not contain the allergen. For more specific concerns, please contact the Camp Director.
Do campers swim at Nature Camp?
When campers visit nearby Jacobs Pond for exploration or canoeing, swimming is not allowed. You will be notified at the start of the session which day your child’s group will be participating in activities at the pond. Campers Ages 3 – Grade 1 should bring rain boots or old sneakers that can get wet and a change of dry shoes and clothes in a bag for after their pond visit. Campers in grades 2 and up who will be exploring by canoe are encouraged to bring clothes that may get wet (campers often wear a bathing suit under their clothes), old sneakers or close-toed sandals, a towel, and a change of clothes.
What if my child doesn’t know how to canoe?
Each canoeing session begins with a basic canoeing and safety lesson provided by a Small Craft and Water Safety Certified staff member. Campers share canoes and experienced canoers are placed with beginner canoers when possible. At least one staff member is in a canoe with campers and one staff member is in a kayak to easily move between canoes and assist as needed.