Where kids can be kids - explore nature and enjoy outdoor adventures
Camp Starkweather was developed and is supervised by Todd Miller, with a group of teen volunteers to assist in engaging children in fun activities. Todd has a B.S. in physical education, M.S. in special education, and is certified by High5 adventure education. The camp utilizes the entire property from the NIA playground and fields to the frog pond and trails leading to it.
Camp activities begin and end at Starkweather house. Each week features a different theme, appealing to children of all ages, abilities and interests. Children are engaged in large group, small group and individual activities. At the center of it all is the belief that kids should be kids.
Children will be grouped by age
Explorers (4-5) Rangers (6-8) Adventurers (9-11) Counselors in Training (12-13)
HALF DAY SESSIONS:
Mornings (9am - 12pm) or Afternoons (12:30-3:30pm)
NIA Members: $135 per session / Non Members: $175 per session / CITs $100
FULL DAY SESSIONS
NIA Members: $250 / Non Members: $290 / CITs $125
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Camp registrations paid prior to April 1st will receive $10off.
Discount will automatically be calculated at checkout.
A credit of $10 (per weekly session) will be issued at the end of camp for each additional sibling registration. In order to receive the discount siblings must be registered/attend the same session(s).
Week 1 June 29- July 3
AM Rockets & Airplanes
In the morning session, children build a variety of airplanes, helicopters and working rockets.
PM Young Scientist
Campers will go on a fossil dig, create elephant toothpaste and slime as well as explore the many trails and frog pond, learn magic tricks as well as perform science experiments for example creating slime, elephant toothpaste.
SPECIAL SESSION: Adventures for All
Regardless of ability, we believe that kids should be kids. This special camp program bridges school services and summer school services, where each child will be assigned extra support based on their level of needs under the supervision of a certified special educator.
Camp Director Todd Miller has a B.S. in physical education, M.S. in special education, and is certified by High5 adventure education.
Week 2 July 6-10
Big Splash (AM & PM)
Each day the children will have fun with a different water activity. Children will use squirt guns, sprinklers, water balloons, slip and slides and inflatable water slides. Each activity has the potential for slipping. All camp staff will supervise each activity to review safety rules and supervise activities.
Week 3 July 13-17
AM Treasure Hunters
Camper will hike the trails to find hidden clues treasure buried on the NIA property. Some activities will involve age groups working together.
PM - OPT 1: Lego Engineers Extreme Builders
With over 10,000 legos the sky's the limit, children will attempt to build skyscrapers and castles as tall as themselves in one week.
PM - OPT2: Extreme Sports
Campers will participate in activities that involve team out of the box activities such as rolling in inflatable balls or colliding in the inflatable balls, balancing on a slackline, crawling in the mud and climbing over obstacles. Climbing and abide by the project adventure principle, “challenge by choice”.
Week 4 July 20-24
AM All Star Week
A mix of all the campers favorite games and activities. Gaga, Capture the Flag, neverending ball tag, zombie tag as well as favorite crafts like slime making.
PM The Amazing Race
Like the tv show, campers will race around the world competing in games from around the world. Campers will have only there map and passport to get to the next check in. But watch out for detours. The goal is to get your passport stamped at each country while collecting as many points(souvenirs) as possible by the end of the race.
Week 5 July 27-31
AM Girl Power
This camp features games and activities for girls only. Girls will participate in games and activities that are noncompetitive and social.
AM Heroes vs Villain’s
Boys will become their favorite superhero. Games and activities will be supervised by counselors.
PM Sports Camp
Campers will play a variety of games to develop sports skills such as racket baseball, Frisbee football, Gaga kick ball, Alaskan kick ball, Matt Ball, capture the flag.
Week 6 August 3-7
AM Co-op, Collab, and Conquer
Children will learn through adventure. They will have to problem solve together using balance at times physically supporting each other lifting each other to cross over a height. Activities will use counselors and teen volunteers to safety spot for falls. For the younger camper cooperative games that encourage team work to tag, to move to escape.
PM Big Splash
Each day the children will have fun with a different water activity. Children will use squirt guns, sprinklers, water balloons, slip and slides and inflatable water slides. Each activity has the potential for slipping. All camp staff will supervise each activity to review safety rules and supervise activities
NEW FOR 2020!
Tween Camp for Campers Ages 10-12
Campers ages 10-12 will go on weekly trips to a variety of fun outings. Activities planned but not limited to are trampoline park, laser tag, water park Lake Compounce or Brown Stone, Adventure Park. Fees for the trip are not included in the camp payment. Pricing & Details to follow.
CITs & VOLUNTEERS
In order to improve our volunteer service program we will no longer be taking last minute sign ups. CITs & Volunteers need to apply by June 1st. CITs must be at least 13 or in the 8th grade. Volunteers must be at least 15 or a sophomore.