FRIENDS’ environmental summer camps are an exciting opportunity for Bahamian students to learn more about Abaco’s environment and spend time in the outdoors. Approximately 200 children participate each year; registration is first-come first-served. The camps are structured so that half the time is spent doing constructive games, crafts and other activities, and the other half of the time campers are outdoors exploring the very places they are learning about.
Camps are divided by age group and topic; please see the list below which is in date order (posted January 13, 2016). Please note that dates and camp themes are subject to change at this point. Registration forms will be posted when camp details are finalized.
Summer Camp 2016:
** Registration forms will be posted soon. Call our office for more info.
Junior Camp: Abaco Ecosystems (Ages 6-9): June 26 – June 30, Marsh Harbour
This camp is primarily for students age 6-9 who have attended our summer camp before. This camp includes exciting field trips to the Sawmill Sink blue hole, Mermaid Reef, and Broad Creek (near Camp Abaco). Campers will learn about the importance of Abaco’s ecosystems and the animals that live there. Each day students will learn about them in the classroom, then go on a field trip to see the ecosystems in person!
Junior Camp: Conservation (Ages 6-9): July 3-7, Marsh Harbour
This camp is primarily for students age 6-9 who have not attended our summer camp before (new campers). We are introducing a new curriculum with different field trips and activities to help maintain student interest. Campers will learn about the importance of Abaco’s ecosystems and the animals that live there. Each day students will learn about them in the classroom, then go on a field trip to see the ecosystems in person.
Sustainable Fishing Camp (Ages 10-12): July 11-12 and July 13-14, Locations TBA
This camp, sponsored by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is designed to introduce students to sustainable fishing. Campers will learn how to tie knots, bait a hook, safely remove a fish, and will have a chance to go fishing with their very own fishing rod. Campers will also learn about fishing regulations in The Bahamas, and important marine species.
Plastic Awareness Camp (Ages 12-15): TBA
FRIENDS and Bahamas Plastic Movement are partnering to bring some exciting programs to Abaco! Learn all about the challenges of plastic pollution, and explore solutions for small island living. Fun activities will engage participants in creative and scientific hands-on learning.
Sea Beans Camp (Ages 3-5): July 17-21
New this year, FRIENDS aims to encourage exploration of our natural surroundings at a young age in order to facilitate a genuine appreciation for nature. Curriculum will focus on ecosystems and animals found in Abaco incorporating arts and crafts, reading, outdoor play and field trips. 9am – 12 noon.
Nature Detectives (Ages 13-15): July 24-28
Campers take the reins as they learn to be junior scientists. Each day we will investigate a new habitat or animal and campers will design their own research projects on the chosen theme.
Grand Cay Camp: July 31 – August 3
This camp is for students in Grand Cay only. Campers will learn about the importance of Abaco’s ecosystems and the animals that live there. Each day students will learn about them in the classroom, then go on a field trip to see the ecosystems in person! Pick up registration forms from Mrs. Cassandra!
Camp runs from 9 – 3 p.m, Monday – Friday, unless specified otherwise. Students need to bring their own snack, lunch and water bottle. Schedules for field trips will be sent home the first day of camp. In Marsh Harbour children can be dropped off and picked up at the FRIENDS’ Office (other drop off locations TBA).
Registration forms may be emailed*, faxed* or delivered to FRIENDS’ office in Marsh Harbour. Acceptance will be first-come, first-served.
* Email forms to: Info@friendsoftheenvironment.org
If your child is 16 or older, take a look at our summer field course offerings! These courses are designed to introduce students to real science being done in Abaco – which they will participate in!