Things are looking a little bit different at The Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticutâ€™s Indian Rock Summer Day Camp this year.
The Indian Rock Summer Day Camp has a new look due to the covid-19 pandemic, but it is running as planned and is offering nine weeks of summer fun for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade.
â€śMany camps decided not to open this year but we worked hard to make sure the kids and their families could have this opportunity after being cooped up at home for so long,â€ť Executive Director Scott Heth said. â€śThey are thrilled to be getting outside and seeing their friends again.â€ť
Indian Rock Summer Camp runs from June 22 through August 21. There are still spaces available. Their camp takes place at the 280-acre Indian Rock Nature Preserve. Children interact with farm animals on Indian Rockâ€™s educational farm, canoe and swim in the 10-acre Indian Lake, discover the ancient â€śIndian Rockâ€ť and explore over five miles of trails. Each week features a different theme for each age group.
â€śOur protocols and procedures to keep everyone safe continue to be very well received by both the campers and their parents,â€ť Heth said.
Their protocols include curbside camper check-in and check-out, temperature and health checks for all campers and staff upon arrival, limited group size and constant separation between groups, increased cleaning and sanitation, masks worn by all staff and increased tent usage for covered outdoor activity space.
â€śEveryone from campers to staff to camper families are working together to ensure a safe and fun camp experience despite the challenges we face,â€ť Heth said. â€śWe require our counselors to be at least 18 years of age. Many were campers themselves, so they have a long history with our camp and create a great rapport with our campers.â€ť
Families can register for Indian Rock Summer Camp online. Financial assistance is available and families are encouraged to take advantage of scholarship opportunities. Further information on Indian Rockâ€™s Summer Camp, including online registration, its 2020 Camp Brochure, covid-19 Camp Guidelines and scholarship applications, can be obtained by visiting ELCCT.org or by contacting Kirsten Tomlinson, Director of Education, at 860-583-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indian Rock Nature Preserve, established in 1977, has educated hundreds of thousands of children about nature and the environmental since its inception. The Indian Rock Nature Preserve is owned and operated by the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that also owns the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center and over 750 acres of wildlife habitat in Bristol, Burlington and Southington.