Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2024

Eco-J Summer Camps are full-day outdoor, nature-based camps that get children excited about and engaged with the natural world. Each week-long camp explores a different focus within the summer’s theme with age appropriate hands-on investigations, art projects, games, and more. Each day features time for campers to participate in free choice activities, create, play, and discover.  

Cost for 1 week session: $250

Camps run: Monday-Friday

  • 9:00am-3:00pm: Monday-Thursday

  • 9:00am-1:30pm: Friday

*NEW* Early Care: 7:30-9:00am daily during camp

Introducing "Early Care," a brand-new offering this summer to make mornings a breeze for busy parents or guardians and provide a seamless transition into our exciting camp activities. Available from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, this optional early drop-off service ensures a stress-free start to your child's day.

For just $55 for the entire camp week, "Early Care" provides a nurturing setting where campers can gather, play games, and connect with friends before the official start of camp. Whether you have multiple drop-offs or are heading to work, this new program is designed to offer a convenient and engaging way to kickstart the day's adventures. Give your child the gift of a smooth morning routine with EJC’s Summer Camp Early Care!

Summer 2024 Camps Theme: Animal Care!

 

Individual Camp Programs:

Ages 6-8 – Critter Keepers: Animal Care

June 17-21 OR July 15-19

Hey future wildlife champions! Get ready for a wild and wonderful week of Critter Keepers: Animal Care Camp! Join us as we dive into the exciting world of caring for our animal friends, feeding goats their favorite treats, taking chickens for walks to their pastures, and playing detective to check on animal health. Unleash your creativity with fun crafts made with alpaca fur and master the art of goat brushing as part of their health care routine. Critter Keepers is not just a camp; it's your gateway to a week of outdoor adventure. Join us for a wild ride into the world of feathered, furry, and fuzzy friends at the Eco-Justice Center!

Register here for June 17-21 or July 15-19!

 

Ages 9-11 – Nature Guides: Animal Connections

June 24-28

Calling all budding nature enthusiasts! Immerse yourself in the excitement of the Nature Guides: Animal Connections Camp for an adventure packed week. Whip up delectable treats for our goats and chickens, play nature-inspired games, engage in mindfulness activities, and master the art of walking our amiable alpacas. From helping to feed and care for the animals to designing mindful and cozy enclosures, each day promises hands-on fun. Animal Connections Camp is your gateway to a week of adventures, fostering wellness and creating lasting memories with fantastic farm friends at the Eco-Justice Center!

Register here!

 

Ages 12-14 – Earth Guardians: Animal Stewardship

July 8-12

Get ready for an immersive adventure at Earth Guardians: Animal Stewardship Camp! This week-long journey plunges into the nuances of animal care, cultivating an appreciation for responsible stewardship and sustainable living. From formulating balanced diets to actively participating in animal chores such as feeding and giving belly baths to our friendly alpacas, and brushing our boisterous goats, each day unfolds with practical, hands-on experiences. Immerse yourself in the interactive exploration of domestic animals and their products, including collecting eggs and working with alpaca fiber. Plus, don't miss the unforgettable experience of walking our adorable alpacas to pasture. Join us for a week of experiential learning, engaging activities, and the joy of forging meaningful connections with animals at the Eco-Justice Center!

Register here!

 

About Our Summer Camp Team:

At Eco-J, we prioritize the safety and well-being of every child in our care, ensuring parents can rest easy knowing their children are in a secure environment. Under the leadership of our full time Education Program Manager & Developer, our dedicated team of paid college interns undergoes an extensive two-week training program prior to camp, covering essential instructional skills like developmentally appropriate teaching practices, emergency procedures, and child management techniques.

Our staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to create a nurturing and engaging environment for campers. The training received prior to camp and continued supervision and mentorship by the Education Manager throughout camp, ensures that each activity is not only fun but also tailored to meet the developmental needs of every child. Additionally, all staff are certified in first aid and CPR/AED, ready to respond swiftly and effectively in the rare event of an emergency.

Eco-J provides a secure space where your child can flourish, explore, and create lasting memories. We are committed to fostering an environment that encourages growth, friendship, and, most importantly, fun!

 

Additional Camp Information

Drop off time:

  • Early Care – 7:30-9:00am Monday - Friday
  • 8:50-9:00am Monday - Friday

 

Pick up time:

  • 3:00-3:10pm Monday - Thursday
  • 1:30pm Friday

 

Friday Lead & Learn Event:

Families are invited to join campers at the Eco-Justice Center from 11:30am-1:30pm on Friday, the last day of camp for the Lead & Learn event. Campers will give tours of the Eco-Justice grounds stopping by activity stations for families and campers to learn together and share about the week’s adventures. Pack a picnic lunch to share as a family and sample produce from the gardens in the dish prepared by campers for families to try.

 

Daily Schedule of Activities:

The week prior to the start of camp, families will receive an email with more information on the activities scheduled for each day of the week to help prepare for camp!

 

Packing List:

  • Children should bring the following items with them each day:

  • Water bottle

  • Lunch and snack (these will not be provided)

  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and being outdoors

  • Durable, comfortable shoes, like tennis shoes (no flip flops)

  • Bug spray and/or sunscreen (if needed)

  • Hat and/or sunglasses (if needed)

 

Tuition Help:

Eco-Justice is committed to making its programs available to all. Need-based tuition waivers are available while resources last, pending an application process. Contact Katie Flannery at (262) 681-8527 x2 or katie@ecojusticecenter.org for more information.

 

Safety Guidelines:

The Eco-Justice Center will follow regulations set by the Racine Health Department and guidelines for summer programming outlined by the CDC. We are implementing these policies to protect the safety of all participants and staff.

  • If you, your child or a member of your household is at higher risk for severe illness we advise you to seek advice from your primary care providers to assess risks and determine if attendance is appropriate.