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 young adult staff and high school 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 each groups designated area. Each week features a different theme, appealing to children ages 4-10, abilities and interests.

Our Tween Camp is designed for kids ages 11-13
 
Children are engaged in small groups and individual activities.
At the center of it all is the belief that kids should be kids.

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AGE GROUPS
EXPLORERS (4-5)  -  RANGERS (6-8)  -  ADVENTURERS (9-10)

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HALF DAY SESSION
Mornings (9am - 12pm) or Afternoons (12:30-3:30pm)
NIA Members: $150 per session / Non Members: $200 per session

FULL DAY SESSION
9am - 3:30pm
NIA Members: $275 / Non Members: $350

EARLY / LATE CARE
Mornings (drop-off from 8-8:30am)
Afternoons (pick-up by 5pm)

Morning: $50 / Afternoon: $75

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CURRENT DISCOUNTs

Early Bird - Registrations received by April 30th will receive a $10 discount.
Siblings - A credit of $10 (per weekly session) will be issued at the end of camp for
each additional sibling registered/attending the same session(s).


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REFUND POLICY
A full refund will be issued if you notify us in writing at least 3 weeks prior to your camp session. Refunds will not be granted less than 3 weeks before the start of a session - unless we can fill your spot from the waitlist. If withdrawing for medical reasons, a physician's note is required at time of request. There is a $10 administration fee for all refunds.

WEEKLY TWEEN CAMP
SPECIAL FULL DAY PROGRAMING FOR AGES 11 through 8th grade

The tween age is a challenging age and behavior and attitude variation are hallmarks of this age.  Camp Starkweather's TWEEN CAMP aims to provide structured opportunities to reinforce responsibility through volunteerism and mentorship.  While balancing independent activity time to allow the tweens time to be independent while having fun and being respectful. Weekly themes will follow our larger camp program with age appropriate activities where applicable.

Sample Program Structure

9-10: Volunteer activities & service project

10-2: Games and Activities (i.e. PS4 Tournament, Kickball, Capture the Flag, etc) 

2-3: Camper Mentoring - work with younger campers during activities and learn how to be a role model

NOTE: We are looking into adding a special off-site field trip (i.e. Rock'n Jump, Discovery Museum Adventure Park, etc) each week. The cost associated with this will be passed through. Add-on costs should fall within the $35-$50 range per child.

Full Day 9am - 3:30pm
NIA Members: $275 / Non Members: $325

Week 1 (June 27-July 1st)

AM - Young Scientist

Campers will experiment with various scientific materials while creating slime, elephant toothpaste, rubber eggs, volcanoes and even grow their own rock candy. Rockets will be assembled and launched with the help of our tweens.

 

PM - Camping

Campers will learn different aspects of camping along with fun traditional camping games. Campers will construct their own shelter made of nature, create campfires, eat s’mores and play games such as potato sack races, human tic-tac-toe and hot potato. 

 

Water Day: Wednesday

REMAINING INVENTORY (0 morning / 16 afternoon / 0 full day)

In the event a session sells out before the inventory is updated, priority will be given on a first-come first-served basis and a wait-list will be created.

 

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Week 2 (July 5-8)

AM - Big Splash

Each day children will have fun with different water activities. Children will use squirt guns, sprinklers, water balloons and slip & slides. As always, staff will supervise each activity to ensure safety and rules. Please ensure appropriate and safe attire along with a towel. Water Day is EVERYDAY!

PM - Prank Wars

It’s on! Children will get creative and sneaky to create their own innocent pranks on their counselors, directors and friends such as; confetti surprises, fake bugs, sneak attacks with water balloons/water squirter on water day and more! Water Day: Wednesday

NOTE: Due to the July 4th holiday on Monday WEEK 2 Camp Fees will be prorated based on a 4 day camp schedule.

REMAINING INVENTORY (0 morning / 7 afternoon / 0 full day)

In the event a session sells out before the inventory is updated, priority will be given on a first-come first-served basis and a wait-list will be created.

 

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Week 3 (July 11-15)

AM - Holidays

During this week each day will feature a different holiday. Think gifts, egg hunts, costumes, scavenger hunts etc. Campers will play holiday games and make festive creations. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of july, Halloween, Winter Celebration, New Years and more!

 

PM - Around The World in 80 Minutes

Campers will race around the camp competing in games from around the world. Campers will only have hints and the help of their fellow campers to complete the challenges. The goal is to complete as many activities around the world by the end of the race.

 

Water Day: Wednesday

REMAINING INVENTORY (0 morning / 8 afternoon / 3 full day)

In the event a session sells out before the inventory is updated, priority will be given on a first-come first-served basis and a wait-list will be created.

 

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Week 4 (July 18-22)

AM & PM Career

What do you want to be when you grow up? We will be exploring the duties of many occupations such as; paleontologist, zoo keeper, superheros, marine biologist, secret agents, first responders, astronauts, circus ringleader, etc. Activities will include live animals, touch-a-truck, dinosaur fossil digs, homemade astronaut ice cream and so much more!

 

Water Day: Wednesday

REMAINING INVENTORY (0 morning / 13 afternoon / 1 full day)

In the event a session sells out before the inventory is updated, priority will be given on a first-come first-served basis and a wait-list will be created.

 

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Week 5 (July 25-29)

AM Pirates

ARGGGG! Climb aboard and experience a fun-filled week of activities such as walking the plank, cannonball-oon wars, creating pirate names, building pirate ships, etc! Let your scallywags embark on a pirate adventure to long lost Camp Starkweather gold!

 

PM He Said, She Said

It's a battle of the sexes! Boy’s and girl’s based activities such as friendship bracelets, capture the flag and everything in between. Finally, ending each day with a boys vs. girls game for some friendly competition.  

 

Water Day: Wednesday

REMAINING INVENTORY (0 morning / 24 afternoon / 9 full day)

In the event a session sells out before the inventory is updated, priority will be given on a first-come first-served basis and a wait-list will be created.

 

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Week 6 (August 1-5)

AM Magic

From card tricks to making things disappear, children will learn to perform magic tricks, learn about Harry Potter and put on a magic show at the end of the week! 

Water Day: Wednesday

 

PM Lego Engineers

Children will engage in stem activities such as; constructing bridges, wooden houses, popsicle stick catapults and Legos! All while learning about design, planning and material selection.

Water Day: Wednesday

REMAINING INVENTORY (0 morning / 8 afternoon / 0 full day)

In the event a session sells out before the inventory is updated, priority will be given on a first-come first-served basis and a wait-list will be created.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

15 & OLDER

In order to improve our volunteer service program we are requiring volunteers to apply by May 1st. We will no longer be taking last minute sign-ups. To apply for Volunteer service, you must be 15 and older and be able to work a consistent schedule.

Contact Todd Miller at kidconnections@gmail.com for an application and to schedule an interview.

If you have any questions regarding Camp Starkweather please feel free to contact Camp Director, Todd Miller at kidconnections@gmail.com