If you like rivers, ponds, oceans, puddles, canoeing, swimming,
experiencing water in a small group learning community, then this program is for you. Check-in is Sunday
between 2:00 and 3:00 PM. The program ends with a family
program Friday from 2:00-2:30 PM.
of Waterworlds is to experience water, wetlands, just how important
water is and how much fun it can be. You will explore different
aquatic environments to find out what makes each unique and special.
The week will be spent learning and enjoying the ponds, streams and
lake of the W. Alton Jones Campus and will include a trip to the ocean
to explore salt-water habitats.
Sunday through Wednesday will be spent on the W. Alton Jones Campus.
Sunday is devoted to moving in and meeting and getting to know your
fellow campers, junior counselors and counselors both in your cabin
and your Waterworlds field group. Sunday night also includes an “all
camp” campfire so you will meet and see other campers and counselors
in the overnight camp for the week. You will sleep in cabins with some campers
who are in your group and some who are in other themes, which will
allow you to get to know lots of other kids. You will eat your meals
in the dining hall, except Thursday lunch.
On Monday, you will participate in some group-building activities
to enhance communication between you and the other campers in your
group as well as your counselors. You will also
have an introduction to wetland ecology and you will be involved in
activities designed to orient you to your natural surroundings. Swim
checks, free-swim time and canoeing occur at Lake Eisenhower, so be
ready to get wet! After dinner you will be involved in the all-camp
Tuesday and Wednesday will include pond and stream explorations.
Through exploring ponds, streams, and other wetlands you will learn
about freshwater ecology, wetlands, wildlife and adaptations. You will
explore them hands-on with nets and buckets. You will go on a stream
hike: bring old shoes, because you’ll be walking down river in a
meandering the streambed, exploring the river as you go. A swamp tromp
will introduce you to the mysteries of life in a swamp. Boating is an
important part of experiencing water, so get ready for some time
either canoeing, kayaking or sailing.
Thursday is the field trip to the coast. We will drive to the ocean along the south coast of Rhode
Island. Here you will visit a water park, explore life in the barrier beach,
sand dunes, salt pond, salt marsh, ride the waves and have fun in
the surf. After a busy and exhausting
day, we will drive back to Alton Jones to change up for
Friday is spent putting the whole week together with review and
wrap-up plus closing activities. After lunch, there is some time
to spend with new friends before the family program begins at
and goodbyes follow at 2:30 PM as the week comes to a close.