Winter Adventures Camp
This camp is full. To be placed on the wait list please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office during business hours, 410-535-5327.
For children in Grades 3-5
Do you like to play outside? Want to try something new on your day off from school? We need you for this winter adventure!
During the day, we will trek around the park – playing games and searching for cool things.We will take advantage of what nature provides for us – whether it is snow and ice or driftwood - and try shelter-building.
Fire is important in winter for keeping warm and for cooking, so we will practice different fire building techniques – and put them to practice cooking our dinner.
Our awesome day will end with a frosty night walk, followed by a campfire and s’mores.
Don’t worry about getting too cold – this camp will include indoor, as well as outdoor activities with plenty of hot chocolate and warm fires.
The overnight will be in the education building.
Dinner, breakfast, and snacks included. Lunch is not provided.
Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park
Online registration is not available at this time.
Space is limited to 10 campers.
Fee is per child.
$45 for BCNES members
$60 for nonmembers
WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR TO WINTER CAMP--
“Winter Camp 2014” camp checklist
What to bring – in a duffel bag or separate backpack
___extra pair of gloves or mittens
___extra full set of clothes (pants, tops, and underwear)
___extra long johns (top and bottom –if you have them)
___plastic bag for wet clothes
___slippers for wearing inside the building
___personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste...)
___medications (if needed)
___Extra shoes – could be sneakers
___2 plastic small bags for feet (like bread bags, to put on over dry socks if shoes are soaked)
___black T-shirt or sweatshirt for decorating with glow paint
___sleeping bag and pillow
___sleeping pad (optional)
**tents will be provided**
Day Pack - for carrying gear for Saturday’s hikes with the following packed inside:
____a small trail snack – like GORP or granola bar
What to wear -
_____Warm hat – one that covers your ears
_____Scarf or neck gaiter
Upper Body: wear layers – avoid cotton if possible
____ Long Underwear shirt, turtle neck or other long sleeved shirt (a fabric with as little cotton as possible, could be 50/50 blend)
_____ Wool/poly fleece or sweater (not a cotton sweatshirt)
_____Warm, winter coat
_____ Wool/Synthetic gloves or mittens
Lower Body: - avoid cotton if possible (jeans will get wet and be cold)
_____ Long Underwear pants (tights work too)
_____ Poly fleece pants
_____ Wind/rain Pants – nylon/Gore-Tex – if you’ve got them
_____ Wool/synthetic socks (heavy, warm ones or 2 pairs of thinner ones, no cotton)
_____Boots – winter boots if they are comfortable to walk in or hiking boots if they are treated with water repellant spray
Shell Layer: optional
_____ Waterproof/Breathable Jacket or rain poncho - - must fit over the other layers
_____ Rain Pants - nylon, Gore-Tex - must fit over the other layers
**tents will be provided, we will be sleeping inside**
Take the Unplug challenge! Please do not bring electronic games or MP3 players. Cameras are OK – but camp staff cannot be responsible for them
Why Not Cotton Clothes?
Once wet, cotton clothes tend to stay wet. Wet cotton clothes will not insulate and do their job of keeping the person wearing them warm. Jeans and cotton sweat shirts will not make great winter camp wear. While we will not be doing extended wilderness hikes, we will be spending a good portion of the camp outside – and it will be chilly. Campers will, of course, be much happier if they are comfortable and warm. Here are some other fibers to consider -
1. Wool - derives its insulating quality from the elastic, three-dimensional wavy crimp in the fiber that traps air between fibers. Depending on the texture and thickness of the fabric, as much as 60-80% of wool cloth can be air. Wool can absorb a fair amount of moisture without imparting a damp feeling because the water "disappears" into the fiber spaces. Even with water in the fabric wool still retains dead air space and will still insulate you.
2. Poly Fleece fabrics - synthetic material often made of a plastic (polyester, polyolefin, polypropylene, etc.). This material has a similar insulative capacity as wool. Its advantages are that it holds less water (than wool) and dries more quickly. Poly fleece is manufactured in a variety of different weights (thicknesses) offering different amounts of loft and insulation. This allows for numerous layering possibilities. The disadvantage of pile is that it has very poor wind resistance and hence a wind shell on top is almost always required.