Sandy Creek Teen Camps (13-15 years)
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Camp is held at Sandy Creek Nature Center & Sandy Creek Park. Sessions are June 6–July 22, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Early and late care is available. Registration is limited to 3 weeks per camper. SCNC Members receive a 10% discount.
Designed as an outdoor oriented and active camp. Campers will swim, enjoy outdoor games, hike, and more. Weekly themes focus on the outdoors, nature, science, and outdoor recreation. Sessions include swimming, kayaking, hiking, archery, and outdoor skills/activities. (weather permitting) Participants visit local parks, trails, unique places all around town & beyond.
At this time, campers will not be required to wear masks or socially distance. Camps will operate at full capacity. Staff will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions.
June 6-10 Nature Lab
For this camp week, the outdoors becomes your lab for nature exploration. Kayak Lake Chapman in search of creatures from the microscopic to larger than life. Check out native wildlife throughout the Athens area and meet some local scientists & discover what’s unique about our local plants & animals.
June 13-17 Spatial Webs – Finding Connections
As humans, we’re all connected to each other and the world around us. GPS units, maps, drones, cameras, and even social networks help us understand, relate to, and be part of all aspects of life. Use these devices to create your personal map of places from space to your own backyard.
June 20-24 Around Athens
Trek around the Classic City and discover unique natural sites, museums, parks, and more. Hike the Greenway, discover local art, and visit special sites that make our city an amazing place. We have miles of new trails and other venues to visit. Maybe you have a favorite place to share with your fellow campers this week.
June 27-July 1 All About Animal Care
Do you ever wonder how we take care of our venomous snakes? Interested in what we feed to our animals? Discover what it takes to keep our animals fed and exhibits maintained. Set up an aquarium and terrarium for the week with our animal caretaker. Take a trip to Bear Hollow Zoo & see what it takes to be a zookeeper. Check out farm animals at a local rehab center and see how they run their operation.
July 5-8 Looking for Lost History
From the ruins of a 1915 brick factory to the oldest log home in Clarke County, we’ll explore places, people, and clues about Athens’ human and natural past. Visit an active archaeological site and help with an active excavation. Discover prehistoric traces of long ago cultures and learn how Athens’ early residents lived. Meet with an expert on genealogy and get some help discovering your roots. Search for traces of life long ago and check out technology available to us today to help with our search.
July 11-15 Water Wanderers
Let the soothing sounds of water lead you on an adventure this week. Follow the sounds of a rushing waterfall, explore a creek to find where it flows and kayak around the quiet coves of Lake Chapman. Use nets, fishing gear, and depth finders to learn what lives in the lake & creek, Trace raindrops from the sky to the sea using a larger than life giant map. Follow the path of stormwater to our local creeks & rivers and see how you can help improve the quality of the Oconee River, our watersource.
July 18-22 Campopoly
Join in a week long camp-related game that continues throughout the week. Each day, campers will plan out destinations and activities for the following day. Using a unique gameboard made just for this week, we’ll keep track of our progress and work toward participating in as many activities as possible. Biology, ecology, limnology, and other “ologies” are just a part of this week.