Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut gearing up for summer camp, offer tons of options

Published on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 09:47
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With all the disruptions children faced this school year, Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut is looking forward to providing high quality enrichment programs for children at its Indian Rock Summer Camp this summer. Last year, while other camps closed due to covid-19, Indian Rock Summer Camp opened, following all the covid regulations and recommendations.

“Parents and children were thrilled that we were open, and though camp looked different, and our enrollment was down about 30%, we were able to provide almost all of the activities Indian Rock Summer Camp has to offer,” said Scott Heth, executive director of ELCCT.

Summer 2021 is another story. Families are urgently looking for safe, fun and educational camps where their children can socialize with their peers, develop independence, hone their teamwork skills and explore nature.

“Indian Rock Summer Camp is booking up incredibly fast this year,” Heth said. “Though there still are openings, many sessions already have waitlists.”

ELCCT has applied for an AccelerateCT Summer Program Expansion Grant through the State of Connecticut. The purpose of this grant is to help summer camps and other summer enrichment programs expand to meet the demand.

“This is a great opportunity for us because it will not only enable us to open up our wait lists, but it will also help to expand our scholarship program allowing us to offer our program to families that might otherwise not be able to afford it,” said Kirsten Tomlinson, ELCCT director of education and Indian Rock Summer Camp director.

Indian Rock Summer Camp runs from June 21 to August 20, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after camp care is also available. Campers can sign up for one week to all nine.

The week-long programs are theme-based and range from topics like Reptiles and Amphibians, Water Wanderers, Nature Discovery and Gemstones and Geology, to the more adventurous programs like Canoeing and Kayaking, Recreational Tree Climbing, Survival Skills and Search and Rescue. Indian Rock also offers programs like Colonial Times, Life of a Farmer and Native American Adventures.

Altogether, IRSC offers 72 individual programs to campers entering kindergarten through 10th grade. The 280 acre preserve, 8 acre lake, educational farm and miles of trails provide the outdoor classroom.

There are still some camp counselor positions available. For more information about Indian Rock Summer Camp, visit elcct.org, call 860-583-1234, or email summercamp@elcct.org.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 09:47. Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2021 09:50.