Ecocamp at Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center
Experience community. Connect with nature. Find joy.
Since 1974, Ecocamp has provided countless opportunities for campers to experience the beauty of Glen Helen Nature Preserve up close, while creating a safe space for them to build community, connect with friends - old and new - and gain new skills as they build self-confidence.
After careful consideration, we are happy to announce that we are offering the following Day Camp programs for Summer 2021. We apologize that this is not the full range of programs typically available at Ecocamp, and we hope to expand this slate of offerings as our community health situation improves, state public health mandates are lifted and our staff capacity is expanded. We would prefer to add programs than have to cancel them. Future program additions and updates will be communicated directly to our Ecocamp families through CampBrain as well as on this webpage and Facebook page.
Day Camp programs run 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday, with staggered drop-off between 8:30-9:00 am and pick-up between 4:00-4:30 pm; there will be no end of week parent program
Campers will participate in small groups of 10 individuals or less, no more than 9 campers per counselor
These small groups are organized by age and programmatic materials will be adjusted accordingly
All counselors and staff are FBI/BCI background checked and trained in CPR and First Aid
Registration and camper paperwork can be completed at: https://glenhelenecocamp.campbrainregistration.com
Camps are $220 per week of camp; this includes lunch and a snack each day and all program supplies
A $50 deposit is due at time of registration; Camp fees are due in full by May 15, 2021 for all June camp weeks and June 15, 2021 for all July camp weeks
We accept checks, cash, VISA, MasterCard and Discover.
Checks should be made payable to Glen Helen Association
Credit card charges will appear on your statement as “Glen Helen Association”
After you complete your registration form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from our registration software system. This will verify your registration status, and include a tentative Ecocamp Family Guide and forms you may need to bring for Monday’s drop-off.
Two weeks before your camp session, you will also receive an email from the office that provides more specific information about your camp week, up-to date COVID-19 procedures, etc.
If your child is unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.
A $50.00 deposit is non-refundable and is required to hold your camper’s spot. The remaining balance will be refunded to those who notify us in writing at least 14 days prior to the Monday of the camp session. No refunds will be made to those who cancel after this date.
If for any reason Glen Helen cancels a camp, or changes in state public health mandates or regulations cause us to have to cancel camp, your full fee, including the deposit, will be refunded. The full fee will also be refunded if the camper or another member of the household is tested positive and being treated for COVID-19. A dated memo from a doctor is required if the camper is unable to attend for this reason.
If you need to transfer your camper to a different week of camp, please call as soon as possible to discuss the available options.
Our ability to provide financial support to those in need has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider donating today to help provide an Ecocamp experience to kids in need. If you are interested in learning more about potential scholarships available for your camper, please email Sarah at email@example.com.
Summer 2021 Camp Schedule & Descriptions
This week campers will immerse themselves in the woods and learn to use their superpower senses to experience the world as wildlife does. Campers will help care for our animal ambassadors and participate in animal themed games and crafts. We’ll hunt for toads, build like beavers, camouflage like tree frogs, and dance like salamanders!
Do you like to create, build, and experiment? Spend the week searching for inspiration from nature’s engineers, ants, bees, birds, and plants, all while experimenting with designs of your own! Test out different materials to create things that blend in, provide shelter, float, or soar at the Glen.
Nature + Art=Nart! The beauty of Glen Helen will provide inspiration; campers must bring their imaginations! Our artists will sculpt mud, weave leaves, paint, draw and make messes as they create nature inspired art projects to leave behind and share back home.
Explore the Glen’s pond and streams in search of the amazing creatures that call them home. Campers will participate in all sorts of water themed crafts and games. Come ready for a wet week, no puddle will go un-splashed!
Are you up for a little fairy tale fun? Using beloved stories as inspiration, Campers will explore some of the Glen’s most magical spots. We will meet creatures real and mythical, build gnome homes and fairy forts, and maybe even find buried treasure. Then we’ll get creative and write our own story about a week at Glen Helen!
How many ways do you know to start a fire? Can you build a shelter to weather out a storm? Take your survival skills to the next level and test your strength and creativity as you take on a variety of challenges as a team. Do you have what it takes? Be ready for adventure!
Water flows through and around every one of us - we cannot live without it! Spend a week immersed in this delightful, precious resource. We will look for it in hidden places, conduct a stream study to learn more about the creatures that call our streams and ponds home, learn about how water shapes the landscapes around us and make some water-based art.
Safety Precautions & COVID-19 Response
As we continue to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments closely, the health and well-being of our campers, staff, and guests remains our primary planning consideration. Ecocamp will look different this year. The purpose of this set-up is to allow us to operate a safe and meaningful camp experience within State Mandates. As we get closer to summer, and our community health situation hopefully improves, we will evaluate our program and make adjustments to maximize our offerings as we maintain safe operations. With this in mind, we are beginning Ecocamp 2021 registration with the following fluid plans in place:
We will continue to monitor and make decisions on future programs, sending updates directly to registered families and posting information on this page and on our Facebook.
Plans are being made based on the following sources:
Questions or Concerns?
Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. To reach us by phone please call 937.767.7648. We are currently operating with minimal staff and will begin expanding soon in preparation for Ecocamp. Until then, our small team is not often at our desks. If you leave a message at the office, expect someone to return your call in 2-3 business days. Emails can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to prepare amazing summer experiences for our campers while safe guarding the wellbeing of your family and our staff!