Each adventure week has a different theme which informs our destinations, activities, music, crafts, reading, and games. Often there are clues or puzzles for the campers to find and figure out before moving on to the next location. We aim for a healthy balance of organized activities and guided free play/exploration time in interesting and varied locations.
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Nature Time: hiking, exploring, boating, fishing, and more
Water Time: swimming in lakes, exploring river banks, creek walks and island hopping
Library Visits: on hot days we often visit a local library - reading is fun, and it lets the kids relax out of the hot sun
Snacks and Lunch: refueling is mandatory
Playground Visits: lots of playgrounds in the surrounding areas, some old favorites and new ones each summer
Music: an important part of each day - singing familiar songs, and creating new ones!
Art: themed projects often reflect where we've been that day and use materials we've found along the way - often done in beautiful park settings
Educational Visits: farms, gardens, parks, historical sites, and more
Summer 2017 Adventures We will again be running three weeks of camp this summer.
Birds, Beasts, and Bugs (June 5 – June 9) A fun combination of our favorite 'Animal Adventures' and 'Birds, Bugs, and Backwaters' sites. This week we'll check in at some of our favorite animal spots, including Witty Kitties and Grandma Micki's Farm. We'll also visit the Raptor Center, and have a backyard visit with Grandma Joan and her raptors, a great horned owl, kestrel, turkey vulture, and red-tailed hawk. Lots of swimming, time in nature, animal songs, games, and crafts, and other camp activities as well.
Fossils, Fields, and Forests (June 12 – June 16) This week's adventures will include the Devonian Fossil Gorge, Clam-Shellica (near the Iowa River & Power Bridge), and a trip to the UI Museums. We'll also visit a number of fields and farms, including Scattergood and Draco Hill Farms, as well as our usual parks and preserves, swimming spots, and libraries. The week will also include a creek walk, treasure/scavenger hunt, and lots of fossil and farm-themed art and music.
Wind, Waves, and Water (June 19 – June 23) As the summer heats up, Outdoor Adventures heads to the water to cool down and explore. We'll be adventuring in and around various water spots; lakes, rivers, pools, splash-pads, streams, and creek-beds, as well as sailing in kayaks, pontoon boats, and hopefully a sailboat, and building and launching rafts of various kinds! The week will also include building and flying kites, fishing, exploration of Iowa's marine life, and lots of water-themed art and music.