Why 5 Weeks?
Safe, socially nourishing, crafted for skill-building, and schedulable with your other summer plans!PLAY 'WHY 5?' VIDEO
The Formula for a Smooth and Fulfilling Summer
In Summers 2020 and 2021, we enrolled all campers for a 5-week-long camp experience! Though our primary purpose for an ‘all-aboard’ 5-week-season is safety, we discovered it boasts a host of other mission-fulfilling virtues.
Times have certainly changed, but our number one priority has not. Your child’s safety continues to be our chief concern. In Summers 2020 and 2021, we mitigated the risk of COVID-19 by following this five week model and other safety-minded protocols. Setting up camp so that all campers come for all five weeks ensures that we have the same children in each group for the entire summer, creating the most static groupings with the least amount of risk (per current State Guidelines). You can feel confident sending your child to The Nature Place, knowing that they will not be exposed to frequently changing groups of children or staff.
The friends your child makes on the first day of camp are the friends they’ll be bittersweetly saying goodbye to on the last day of camp, hopefully with a future playdate already lined up! Five weeks gives a rare opportunity for lifelong friendships to grow and blossom, and for each camper to feel socially nourished at an unhurried pace. Throughout the five-week period, campers also get to form deep relationships with their counselors and specialists – their mentors – who over the duration of the summer can truly know and understand each camper. An unmistakable bond also forms between the entire group when all campers are together for the whole summer. Together as a ‘camp family’, the group experiences team-building, shares challenges and triumphs, creates jokes and comradery, and makes memories that will last a lifetime. As so many children are now divided from friends, and hybrid models have extinguished the feeling of community in so many schools–camp is the antidote!
Crafted for Skill-Building
When all campers start and end camp at the same time, and attend for five solid weeks, an entire world of programming opens up! It means skill-building and camp activities can truly be progressive–continually building on themselves. With this model, campers can see elaborate projects through from start to finish, master a skill (or many!), find what really makes them tick, up the ante on a challenging activity each week, collaborate on summer-long group initiatives, make vast strides in critical life-skill areas such as swimming, and come out of the summer with real confidence in a variety of areas–rather than having just dipped their toes in.
Schedulable with Other Summer Plans
Family vacation, SCUBA camp, cousins visiting from out of town…you name it! With our five week session, you’ve got time to do it all. Five weeks is the perfect amount of time to have an immersive camp experience while still leaving room in your family’s schedule for those other things that are only possible during the summer months. And, for those looking for more camp, consider staying with us for our ‘Place Your Nature’ program. Make this summer your family’s smoothest one yet!