What’s New at Hitchcock’s Nature Summer Camp in 2017?
Returning Hitchcock families, take note!
- Our New Living Building! This will be our first camp season at our new home at 845 West St in Amherst. Our building was designed to take care of the earth and we’re excited to share it with our camp families. You can read more about the details of our building.
- New Age Group! We’ve carved out a new age group between the Young Naturalists and Nature Explorers called the Eco-Investigators. Now we have more age groups, thus more room at camp to meet demand! The Leaders in Training have been shifted to slightly older children as well. The age groups are now as follows:
- Counselors in Training! Hitchcock is expanding its offerings for youth. Our Counselor in Training program (formerly our Junior Counselor program) is for ages 13-15 and is a chance for youth who love Hitchcock to participate and assist with younger campers. For the first time, there will be a fee of $125 associated with being a CIT. Read more about our CIT program.
- Junior Counselor Program! What was formerly our Junior Counselor program is now our CIT program. The newly minted Junior Counselor program is for teens ages 15 and up who are ready to take on more of a leadership role at camp and assist with younger campers. There is a $25 fee for JCs to cover their background check. Read more about our JC program.
- Travel Day Changes! We are excited to explore our new land at Hampshire College on long hikes with all age groups. We have removed offsite field trips from the Young Naturalists’ curriculum so that the entire group can be together for longer hiking excursions. The Eco-Investigators and Nature Explorers will travel by van on field trips. In addition, due to decreasing popularity and to align more closely to our mission of environmental education, we have removed regular visits to the Mill River Recreation Area pool from our curriculum. This summer only “Wild About Water” (Session 2) campers will be visiting the pool. Finally, now that we are no longer in walking distance from Groff Park, we will celebrate the final day of camp in a different way, possibly by journeying far into the woods of Hampshire to play in the stream.