At Blueberry Cove we believe that youth, who are given the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Maine, will become adults who love the natural world. The first step in the education process is to give children the outdoor experiences that lead to a love of our natural world. In today’s over-scheduled cyber childhood there are fewer and fewer opportunities for this to happen. Blueberry Cove is an unplugged zone, where children are immersed in the outdoors under the guidance of caring adults!
In residential camp, from 9AM to Noon each day, campers will spend time learning and exploring in a focus area that they chose for the week. The four focus areas and resources for each are listed below. Focus leaders will have a combination of support and independence when designing the curriculum during the preparation week. As environmental educators we all hope the next generation of youth will become adults who want to care for and protect the natural world.
At Blueberry Cove sustainability includes the physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of life in balance, so activity choices are very broad. Each camp session will complete a group project that supports the long term sustainability of Blueberry Cove. Weekly project examples include: create a frog pond for day camp, make a bird blind or create a rain barrel system. Daily activity examples include baking bread for the camp, washing day camp table linens using an old wringer washer, making ice cream for dessert, harvesting from the garden, field games, trips to a local beach, hiking to Roaring Spout, boating as a means to reach a destination (rather than driving)…
Our day camp staff are the seed planters for the future generations of caring citizens on the Earth. Day campers follow a similar flow to the residential day with mornings for in-depth explorations and afternoons for more relaxed free-time and free-play in activity periods geared toward age-specific abilities.