Anyone living in Connecticut looking for a summer day camp opportunity for a young writer, artist or photographer should check out two camps at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol.
Youth Journalism International is excited to be providing the educational component for two camps in July: Environmental Reporting and Photography, and Capturing Nature in Words and Pictures.
The camps are for students entering grades seven, eight and nine and are held at the 280-acre, idyllic Indian Rock Nature Preserve on Route 69, which is part of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. The camp day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students enrolled in the Environmental Reporting and Photography camp will work with a teacher from Youth Journalism International, learning about interviewing, reporting, photography and writing about environmental issues. Using the same tools as real journalists, including both video and still cameras, they’ll chronicle the construction of a Native American wigwam, finishing with photos and stories for publication.
Those enrolled in Capturing Nature in Words and Pictures will use cameras and journals to record their thoughts, observations and ideas as they study the natural world. A teacher from Youth Journalism International will help them emerge with a collection of images and writings that will be a personal keepsake and, possibly, for publication.
As with all camps at Indian Rock, participants will have a chance to swim in Indian Lake and relax in a natural setting. The Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut has a stellar record of offering a nature-based, education experience at an affordable $215 for a full week. Here's a link that will take you to the camp brochure.
]The Preserve's resources include the pristine nine acre Indian Lake with two swimming areas, a farm, a fleet of canoes & kayaks, miles of trails upon which to explore the forest, and many indoor program areas.
The camp director and full time staff are environmental education professionals who, along with our summer staff, encourage and facilitate discovery and exploration through hands-on experiences. The camp is licensed by the state of Connecticut.
We’re going to have a great time this summer. If you’re the right age and lucky enough to live in or near Bristol, come join us!