We have six main
activity periods each day at camp. Two course periods,
two class periods, one free period and an evening activity. Our campers
choose their own activities. Campers choose two course
for each week of camp (course are listed below). A course is a week long
activity that takes place for one hour of each day. Everyday,
campers enjoy a new hands-on project that
focuses on the courses theme.
Summer camp classes are one
hour, one time activities, that offer a very wide variety of
choices. Campers choose two classes each day
(many of our classes are listed below).
They sign up for their classes at camp
each evening (we offer over 100 different classes each week
of summer camp.)
What would you
like to do at camp?
Below is a list
of our Summer Camp Courses. What sounds the most fun
ADOPT AN ANIMAL:
Animal Science - Choose your favorite animal
and become its adoptive parent for the week. As an adoptive parent you will (under the supervision of our
staff) learn about your animal, take responsibility for its care and handling, and teach other
campers about your adopted friend. - We have 6 different adopt an animal course. Each focuses on
a different animal location and different kinds of
Animal Science - If you can't get enough of animals then this is your course!
You will have the chance to get up close and personal with every animal at the Ranch. You will hold
snakes, feed our armadillo, play with the baby goats and more. You will visit all our animal homes including the Barn,
Wallaby Country, The Jungle, Pentagon, Glider Pavilion, Animal Room, Reptile Room and The Habitats.
Field Biology -Explore the different parts of the Ranch and search for
local wildlife including snakes, lizards, frogs,
salamanders, deer, raccoon, fox and more. Bring
along a camera or sketch book journal to record your
Did you know that archery involves physics? - If you love archery and want the
opportunity to improve your skills then this is the
summer camp course for you. You will learn the basics of how hold and shoot a bow
and arrow, as well as the more advanced skills of making your own arrow point and bowstring.
You will also learn how to throw a spear known as an atlatl.
BEYOND LIMITS:It's all about awareness.
Play games blindfolded and decipher codes in Braille.
Lean how to fingerspell using sign language or navigate
an obstacle course using a wheelchair. By the end
of this summer camp course, you will appreciate your own abilities
as well as the unique abilities and talents of others.
BUILD IT YOURSELF (PHYSICS LAB):
Physics is the science that studies how and why things work. (the study of motion, matter and energy) - Learn how things work and why
they sometimes don't. Take common household items apart and put them back together
again. Make your own flashlight, assemble circuits, build aerodynamic paper airplanes and discover ways to
harness your own strength.
CREEPY CRAWLY CRITTERS:
Entomology is the science that studies insects - So, you think life is tough? Try spending a day as an
ant. Watch a meal worm metamorphosis into a beetle or a
caterpillar into a butterfly. Attract and identify
nocturnal as well as diurnal insects, build habitats or
compete in the bug Olympics!
Become a forensic scientist as you analyze the evidence
gathered from a fictional crime scene. From fake
blood testing to fingerprints, handwriting analysis to
mystery powders. Work to gather clues and vote to
convict the suspect in a mock jury.
Anthropologists have been studying other cultures though art for a very long time. During this
summer camp course you
will learn to appreciate the time, skill and dedication
of other cultures by learning some of their crafts
including: jewelry, beading and dream catchers.
Learn how to photograph
animals with ease. Photograph a nature alphabet.
Learn photo tricks to create funny pics (like your mom
standing on your hand!) Upload your photos and
alter them in fun ways in the computer lab. This
is the ultimate summer camp course for the aspiring digital
Do you love to cook? Then this is the
summer camp course for
you. Learn to bake ice cream that doesn't melt in
the oven. Try out some amazing experiments with
eggs. Grind whole wheat into flour to make
delicious pancakes and top them with the butter you made
by hand. Chill out with your own concoction of
home made ice cream or decorate a cake like the pro's.
If you want to amaze your family and friends with
science you can eat, then come learn a few tricks from
Botany is science that deals with plants. Plants are all around us. They can be used to make
everything from clothes and food, to medicine and
perfume. Without plants our planet would not survive.
Become a Botanist for a week and learn all about the
mysteries of our common plants.
Do you love animals? Have you thought about becoming
a veterinarian? Then this is the summer camp
course for you. Learn
all about caring for animals, what vets look for during
a routine check up and how they treat the common and not
so common ailments of our furred, feathered and scaled
Advanced Jr Vet: This course is for those
campers who have completed the original Jr Vet course
and would like to go more in depth into the field of
Oh no! Your friend has fallen out of your tree fort.
What should you do? Okay, so it didn't really happen,
but you will have fun learning how to handle a variety
of emergency situations. Practice responding
to emergency situations just like real paramedics.
Geology is the science that studies the earth, rocks and
minerals. - Calling all rock hounds. If you are fascinated by the
earth and what it's made of, then this is the summer
camp course for
you. Learn how to classify different types of rocks and
use geologists' methods for discovering their
structure. Everyone one will go home with their own
Learn all about your favorite summer hangout.
Everything from water chemistry to why some things float
and others sink. You will wear your bathing suit for
this class and have lots of fun in and out of the water.
A plane crash
leaves you lost in the woods. How will you survive?
You will learn to prioritize your needs including food,
water and shelter. You will learn how make a fire,
guild a shelter, find, trap and cook your wild cuisine
and become self reliant in the wild.
Pond Study- Limnology is the science that deals with the study of
ponds, lakes and streams. - Put on your boots, grab your
collection nets and let's go explore the life in a pond.
During this summer camp course you will view life under a
microscope, as well as all the plants and animals that
call a pond (above, below or beside) their home. Be
prepared to get wet, muddy and have loads of fun.
INDIVIDUAL SUMMER CAMP CLASSES
Campers take part in two classes each day.
Below are brief descriptions of some of our classes.
These classes include old camp favorites and many other
activities found nowhere else but at Cub Creek Science
Camp. No matter what you choose, you are sure to have a
Learn how to draw animals.
Animals - Reptiles and Amphibians:
Hold a snake, feed a tortoise, catch a frog and learn
all about these amazing cold blooded creatures and how
they compare to one another.
Animals - Mammals: Hold a
hedgehog, feed a wallaby, time a hamster as it races
through its favorite maze. You may even be lucky enough
to see the birth of a baby goat.
Animals - Birds: Collect
guinea fowl eggs and put them into the incubator, talk
to a parrot and listen as he talks back, run with an emu
(the second largest bird in the world). Learn all about
feathers, eggs and everything else that make birds
unique in the animal kingdom.
Animals - Invertebrates:
Scorpions, hermit crabs, millipedes, oh my! Get up close
and personal with these unusual animals.
Adopt an Animal:
Campers choose their favorite animal from our camp zoo
to learn about and take care of for the class period.
If you didn't take Adopt an Animal as a summer camp
course you can
always choose to care for an animal one day at a time.
Learn how to use fruits, vegetables, wood scraps and
other household objects to make great toys for your
pets. Discover why toys and playing are so important to
the health of an animal.
Animals - Jr. Keeper: Work
side by side with one of the animal specialists and
assist with the daily chores of keeping over 200 animals
healthy and happy.
Animals - Edibles for animals:
You would be surprised how many healthy snacks you can
collect for the animals at camp right from our own
backyard. It's amazing how a handful of edible greens
can turn an ordinarily shy animal into an instant
Animals - Grooming: Learn how
to bathe a pet, trim the feathers on a bird's wings, cut
the nails of a dog or cat, and other ways to help keep
animals clean, safe and parasite free.
Animals - Vaccinations and
injections: Learn how and why a vet would give a
vaccination or other injection to an animal.
: Unearth ancient mysteries at a simulated dig site.
Will you hit the bulls eye? In our shooting games,
Practice your skills with an ancient spear thrower.
Learn all about the variety of animals that call our
barn their home.
Make your favorite animal out of beads.
These puzzles and games are no match for the clever
Camp Fire Cooking:
Learn the tricks of cooking over an open fire.
Get at least 4 friends together and you can become the
leader of your own activity. (With a counselor along to
Yes, there is even science involved in decorating
cookies and cakes. Make your masterpiece and then enjoy
eating it when you are finished.
Dip your own candle the way pioneers did two hundred
Magic or science? You will have to decide.
Make a beautiful pen with unusual details and designs to
Learn some great dance moves and even choreograph your
own routine for our skit night.
Learn to take pictures with a digital camera and then
download and edit them on the computer. Your picture
may even be chosen to be posted on our web site.
Make one of these to hang above your bed to keep bad
Make a light bulb light up and an alarm sound all by
creating simple circuits.
How do electro magnets work? Make one of your own to
Finger Prints: Learn how
to pull finger prints from evidence and determine who
they belong to.
There are many ways to start a fire; we will teach three
of the best.
Bluegill, bass or catfish. . . which will you catch?
Make your own arrow point.
Identification: Learn to identify the common flowers
around camp. Make a flower press to take home.
Dig in the sand pit and find shells and fossils that you
can take home.
Cool off in the pool, play a game of Marco Polo, dive
after foreign coins or just float on some pool toys.
Gem Stone Quarry: Dig in
the earth and uncovered your very own gemstone to keep,
including, rose quartz, amethyst, iron pyrite and more.
Mix and measure until you discover the perfect bubble
solution for creating HUGE 5 foot bubbles.
Hiking at the Ranch:
Explore the Ranch from top to bottom including our
glades, deer trails and hidden camp sites.
Ice cream / Butter:
Have fun making homemade butter and ice cream.
We will collect, identify and release as many types of
insects as we can.
Conduct fun experiments with items found in almost
the secrets behind some of the greatest magic tricks and
how science is involved.
Stamp Carving: Design and
carve your own rubber stamp.
Use a microscope to discover what can be living in a
drop of water.
Have fun with this amazing goo. Is it a solid or a
liquid? It can roll into a ball and ooze between your
Find a treasure using only a map and compass.
What do owls eat for dinner? Discover your answer and a
hidden skeleton as you dissect a real owl pellet.
Pancakes: Grind wheat
into flour and make your own pancakes, top with butter
that you churned from cream.
Create new paper from trash.
the things we eat and drink acids or bases?
Physics of flight:
Learn how birds and planes fly while you make and fly
your own plane. Build and launch your own rocket.
Capture an animal's track with plaster.
Make your own potpourri, lotions and perfumes.
Make a sculpture, pot or vase from clay or spin a pot
using a potters wheel.
Rainbow in a Jar:
Layer one liquid on top of another while creating a
rainbow in a jar.
Riflery: Take a safety course and
learn how to shoot a 22 cal rifle
and launch your own rocket.
Rocks and Minerals:
Start or expand your own rock collection while exploring
our dry creek bed, glade and many trails.
Use an antique machine to spin binders twine into a jump
rope to take home.
Shelter Building: Make
your own shelter. Learn what works and what doesn't.
Learn to communicate without using your voice.
Sink or Swim:
Discover what and why things float or sink while having
fun in the pool.
Slime Factory: Create
your own slime, ooze and flubber.
your lanterns and prepare to get muddy, while we explore
a nearby cave.
Who took the cookie from the cookie jar? Solve this and
other mysteries using science and reasoning.
Trees: By the end of one hour
you will be able to recognize 90% of the trees in our
forests. How many adults can do that?
Tie Dye: Be
sure to bring a shirt from home to make a one of a kind
memory of your camp experience.
Weigh, measure, mark and release locally caught box
turtles as part of a scientific study.
your own volcano and watch it explode.
Learn how to test the health of water. Will it support
Have you ever eaten cattail root, or drank rose hip
tea? What can and can't you eat in the wild? You'll
know at the end of this class.
And many many more!
Evenings are full of fun and laughter as
campers come together for large group activities. These
activities may include:
singing and roasting marshmallows.
Scavenger Hunt /
- One night during the week all the boys sleep
out and on a different night all the girls sleep out.
Campers may choose to stay in tents, hand made shelters
or under the stars.
Skit Night (on the last night of each camp session)
- Come to the Dining Hall. You bring your
pillow and we'll bring the popcorn and a great movie.
Night - Have you ever wanted to throw a pie
in someone's face? Well now is your chance. You will
enjoy cotton candy, face painting, carnival games and
- It's your party, so you and your cabin
mates will decide what type of party to have.
Life - You will
head to the cabins early for this evening activity,
because the animals will be coming around to visit you
in your cabin.
Creek - Using your imagination, the props
provide in a black trash bags and one volunteer
counselor each cabin will dress their counselor for
their debut on our camp runway.
Pool parties and more!
THEME OF THE DAY
Get in the camp spirit by dressing
up for the theme of the day. Themes are announced
before camp even starts so that you can come to camp
prepared, get creative the night before in your cabin, or
shop for fun items in the camp store. Many times the
theme of the day ties in with other cool events happening at
Popular themes include:
Animal Baby Shower
Creatures and more
Our science and animal camp activities are what set
us apart from other traditional and science summer camps!
Science Camp lets you choose the activities that sound the
most fun and interesting to you.
offer all of the favorite "traditional" camp activities such
as tie dyeing t-shirts, camping, archery,
fishing, swimming and crafts. Campers learn the "why" ,
"how" and "what if" behind what they are doing. Our
staff are trained to teach the science behind camp activities. (How does sunlight create the colors that we
see? Why are fish slimy? What is Plaster of Paris made
from and why does it get hot when it begins to harden?)
There is no other program
that offers what Cub Creek Science Camp does.
Our "Adopt an Animal Program" and Jr Vet Program
are unique to Our
Camp. Both programs are ideal for kids who are
considering a career with animals, or can just never seem to
spend enough time around our furred, feathered, or scaly friends.
Summer camp activities are designed to be appropriate for the
of campers, which makes them both fun and
Campers choose the activities that
interest them the most. This choice increases
interest and therefore learning.
Each camper will choose two summer
for each week at camp. These courses will focus on one
specific area of study and involve fun hands-on projects
or experiments that expand upon the course's subject
In addition to these summer camp
will participate in two classes each day. Classes are
specific projects that take just 1 hour to complete but
are sure to entertain, intrigue and educate.
All Cub Creek Science Camp activities
are fun and hands-on. Most activities leave the camper
with something memorable to take home.