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Environmental Summer Camps: Review of the Green River Preserve Summer Camp

written by: Nicky LaMarco•edited by: Niki Fears•updated: 3/1/2010
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A close look at the Green River Preserve Summer Camp.

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    About

    The Green River Preserve Summer Camp is environmentally themed. The camp itself is located in a wildlife preserve of 3.400 acres in Blue Ridge Mountains in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. Bright Young Naturalists Camp is for kids from second to ninth grade. Parents can choose from one, two or three week sessions. There are three campers to every one staff member. Green River Expeditions is for kids in ninth through twelfth grade where they have camping, kayaking and canoeing adventures. Green River Preserve Camp believes in learning through exploration. The summer camp is accredited by the American Camping Association. There are less than one hundred places associated with Leave No Trace, and Green River Preserve Camp is one of them.

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    Options

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    Mini camp session is a five day experience for kids who will be second, third and fourth graders. It is a great introduction to kids who are new to camping.

    One week sessions are geared towards fourth, fifth and sixth graders. It has one night camping trip and is a little more laid back than the two week session. This one is also good for kids who will be camping for the first time and are not yet ready for two weeks.

    Two week sessions are for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. There is a variety of activities, including morning hikes, twenty four different afternoon activities that the kids can choose from, camp fires, story telling, singing, and games. There is one whole day dedicated to the group learning project in which the kids choose an activity to do for the day such as fly fishing, crafts, pioneer cooking, and rock climbing. There is also a two night camping trip.

    Three week sessions are recommended to seventh, eighth and ninth graders. Activities and learning experiences include wilderness, exploration, developing skills, and more.

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    Learning

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    Campers learn all about the environment through exploration. They will leave with a new sense of respect and responsibility for the environment. Kids learn about the earth by seeing and experiencing it.

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    Cost

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    You can spend extra money to be set aside as a credit line for your kids so they can purchase items while they are there. You can set it at a recommended amount of $30 per week. Fees for Green River Summer Camp vary from $725 to $2,900 depending on age, grade, session length, and type of camp.

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    Applying

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    You can apply right online. You can get all of the information you will need for this summer camp online, which is convenient. Download and print out guidelines, forms, worksheets, and a check list.