Summer Day Camp

Maharishi School Nature Explore Summer Camp for children ages 4-12 will begin June 8 and offer eight theme-based weeks. Camp hours are from 9-12, and children may attend one week at a time or the entire summer.

Early Bird Special deadline is May 15, offering a reduced rate of $100/week comparable to regular rate of $125/week. To register or to request additional information, contact Rebecca Bellonci, Preschool Director, at 641-472-9400, ext. 5100, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or pick up a Registration Form at the Central Office or Preschool.

Every week of camp will include traditional nature explorations, nature-inspired crafts, team building games and sports, local field trips, and swimming twice a week. The theme each week will give a focus for all other activities to center around. Fridays will be Special Event Day, including activities such as a Scavenger Hunt, Crazy Hat Day, Animal Parade, etc. Special activities for 8-12 year olds will be included.

Meet the Counselors

Jake Haldeman developed a passion to help others while attending The School in Rose Valley, a highly progressive and nature-based environment. He began volunteering at a young age and even started a donation tent that raised $1,297 for Hurricane Katrina victims. During high school, Jake participated in varsity baseball, freshman football, and student service clubs. He also volunteered as a firefighter, ambulance attendant, snowboard instructor, and baseball coach.

During his gap year, Jake gained invaluable experience volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Headquarters and at the impoverished Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage in Zimbabwe, Africa. He majored in Emergency Management at Canton State University of New York, before transferring to Colorado State to pursue his passion for horticulture. Jake’s connectability, gentleness, leadership, and passion for human development have proven to be effective qualities as a role model and mentor for children.

Rachael Kunzler is a mother of three and a full-time student at Maharishi University of Management. She has a love for learning and a passion for service. She and her children spent 2 years volunteering for an organization known as WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). Last summer Rachael co-directed Evolution Camp in Springfield, MO, a highly successful summer camp that was featured on the front page of the Springfield News-Leader's Religious Section. She currently lives in Fairfield, Iowa.

Weekly Themes

Week 1: June 8-12
We Dig Dirt

This first week of camp, children will use their senses and power of observation to explore the different textures, smells, colors and size of dirt. Whether they are looking for cool rocks, examining shiny minerals, casting fossils, digging for artifacts, or searching for hidden treasures, campers will get their hands dirty exploring the ground below.

Week 2: June 15-19
Nature Scientists

What do you wonder about the forest, prairie, or meadow? During this week become a scientific investigator! Ask questions, make predictions, record observations, and draw conclusions. Through your natural discoveries, draw, photograph or create your own nature journal.

Week 3: June 22-26
Creepy Crawlers

Kids love bugs! They are just plain fun, especially when they can spend a whole week turning over logs and pushing through tall grasses in search of wiggling, slithering, sliding and mysterious creatures of the underworld. Find out where they hide, what they eat, and how they survive!

Week 4: June 29-July 3
The World is Our Family

Embrace diversity! Learn how can children from all over the world be so different, yet so much the same. Campers will explore different cultures through stories, multicultural crafts, and unusual wildlife. Learn a bit about geography by "virtually" exploring ecosystems from around the world. This week will celebrate our uniqueness!

Week 5: July 6-10
The Food We Eat

Where does food come from? Become a nutrition detective, learn to read labels, create recipes and cook fun foods. What are fun Farm 2 Table ideas? This week will include bread making, cheese making, and all about healthy snacks. We even will allow campers to play with their food with a few craft-snack hybrids… children love it!

Week 6: July 13-17
Animal Kingdom

Observe our local animal community in action! What pets live in our neighborhood or in our local animal shelters? Take a bird watching hike with binoculars, explore pond life, play charades and mimic the squirrels all around you. Keep a field journal to document what you observe, including when/where they were sighted, drawings, identifying marks, or observed behavior.

Week 7: July 20-24
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!

What can you do with old egg cartons, plastic bottles or even baby food jars? Lots of creative craft activities this week! How can you reuse that stuff you just don’t want to throw away? Learn how to make your own recycled paper. What is the difference between reducing, recycling, reusing and why do it?

Week 8: July 27-31
Water World

Did you know that our bodies are at least 60% water? Why is water so important? Experiment with making your own Earth Jar. Learn about water evaporation, water conservation and water condensation. Play fun water games and create really cool science experiments and craft activities.

 

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