Fifteen older campers and four counselors-in-training recently joined the younger campers at the Watershed Nature Camp this summer on the newly expanded Watershed Reserve.
The older campers will do a backpacking trip in New York State. The CITs have been trained in camper supervision, group dynamics, and teaching nature to young children.
In a typical week, campers have fun outside, chasing butterflies, catching crayfish, and building shelters. From tie dyeing T-shirts to canoeing on local waterways, campers at the Watershed Nature Camp revel in natural wonders.
Each week, the camp has different themes for the various age groups. Some groups hike on local trails, other campers identify plants and wildlife tracks, while others build shelters from twigs and leaves. Campers spend time at the Stony Brook and explore nature through microscopes in the laboratory.
Watershed Nature Camp has been in operation for 40 summers on the Watershed Reserve and runs weekly programs July 5 until August 18.