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Mass Audubon Stony Brook Day Camp
Norfolk, Massachusetts

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508-528-3140
mcohen[AT]massaudubon.org
stonybrookcamp[AT]massaudubon.org
108 North Street
Norfolk, Massachusetts 02056

CAMPER AGES: 4-14

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Daily 9:00-3:30 for 5yo and up and 9:00-12:00 for 4-5yo. After Camp Care available for from 3:30-6:00 some weeks

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: At Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Nature Day Camp in Norfolk, campers ages 4–16 have fun and learn about nature through outdoor exploration and hands-on activities. Our well-trained and energetic staff, ACA accreditation, and 244-acre sanctuary provide a one-of-a-kind summer experience.

CAMP INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED:
Science, Wilderness/Nature, and more.

TOP MASSACHUSETTS SUMMER CAMP: Mass Audubon Stony Brook Day Camp is a Top Summer Camp located in Norfolk Massachusetts offering many fun and enriching camp programs. Mass Audubon Stony Brook Day Camp also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: Known for its extensive boardwalk system that goes through forest, fields, and wetlands, Stony Brook offers up-close views of wildlife above and under the water. Located adjacent to the 140-acre Bristol Blake State Reservation and cooperatively managed with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), this former 18th-century mill site now supports native wildlife.

CAMP FACILITIES: The sanctuary encompasses 245 acres of forest, field, and wetland habitats, each offering exciting opportunities for nature exploration. The 2 miles of trails on the sanctuary include a scenic boardwalk across a pond and marsh, and a trail for the visually impaired. Indoors, the visitor center contains displays on various natural history topics, program space, and a gift shop with nature-oriented items.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Stony Brook Day Camp gives children the chance to do what comes naturally—explore! Weekly sessions have campers ages 3–15 discovering our wildlife sanctuary’s forest, fields, and wetlands. Trail explorations, hands–on activities, games, crafts, and more provide full ecosystem immersion for an enhanced learning experience, while small group sizes ensure a welcoming, supportive environment.

Our goal is to provide an engaging and educational experience in a safe, supportive setting where campers learn to grow both as individuals and as part of a team and to understand, enjoy and appreciate the nature of Massachusetts

Campers at Stony Brook have the opportunity to investigate four varied habitats - pond, wetland, field, and forest as they form friendships that last a lifetime. Through a combination of outdoor investigations, non-competitive games, crafts and other activities, campers use the sanctuary as a living laboratory where they can observe and enjoy numerous plants and animals. They become young naturalists as they begin to identify wildlife species; junior scientists while critically thinking about environmental problems and solutions; and amateur ecologists predicting where they might find salamanders on a hot day.

Campers can attend multiple weeks without repetition and are encouraged to do so. Each session has a theme, and each week features different age-appropriate activities ensuring that each session is a unique experience. Children who return year after year achieve new levels of confidence and natural history proficiency.

Our staff’s enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious and quickly spreads to the campers. Marla Cohen has been camp director since 2002. A majority of the counselors are undergraduate students majoring in education or environmental science and are selected for their maturity and experience working with children in outdoor settings. This combination of youth and experience generates a highly motivated and vibrant atmosphere.

All camp staff are trained in First Aid and CPR. Prior to the beginning of camp, all staff participate in a week-long training session that includes program preparation and health and safety guidelines.

As an ACA-accredited camp, Stony Brook Camp meets both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and American Camp Association standards for its program, staffing, counselor/camper ratios, health and safety policies, site and facilities, and administration.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: The CIT program provides an opportunity for teens and young adults to experience camp and receive leadership guidance and training, while acting as volunteer assistants to day camp counselors. This program is for youth ages 15-17 who are interested in learning about leadership and working with children. Teenagers are invited to experience the fun, stress, and rewards of camp as they assist Stony Brook Camp Counselors. CITs are expected to participate in the overall planning and implementation of weekly activities such as crafts, nature projects, camp songs and games. Our CIT’s Learn valuable job training and leadership skills as they work side by side with Counselors. The responsibilities given to CITs will help sculpt them into responsible adults and future stewards of our community.

CIT’s are looked up to and admired by campers. It is expected that our CIT’s will be enthusiastic about everything that they participate in and lead. CIT’s must set the example for the rest of camp—campers watch what CIT’s do. It is expected that a CIT will lead by example! CIT’s will not have sole responsibility for campers. The CIT’s will have the opportunity to help lead campers, but they will be supervised by staff at all times.
Application Deadline: May 26
Fee: $50

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: limited financial assistance to qualified families by application

OTHER CAMP INFO: Each session has a different theme to investigate. Age-appropriate activities deepen each camper’s knowledge and awareness as he/she returns throughout the summer and over the years.

All sessions except Discoverers are full day from 9:00am - 3:30pm. Campers can attend multiple weeks without repetition and are encouraged to do so. Discoverers sessions are half day from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Before camp care is available selected weeks from 8:00am -9:00am.

CAMP SESSION DATES & FEES:
For Session Dates and Fees, please refer to our website at: Our Camp Website Link: www.massaudubon.org.

SUMMER CAMP JOBS:
Day Camp Counselors
Look no further for the best summer job you will ever have! Stony Brook Day Camp, a Mass Audubon camp, is looking for some outstanding day camp instructors for the summer of 2020! Are you looking for a stimulating and rewarding experience where you can make a difference in a child's life? Then this is the place for you! Have fun exploring our 240 acre sanctuary and the diversity of life found in our ponds, marshes, meadows and forests with small groups of campers ranging in age from 4-14.
Our staff are role models to our campers and committed to the highest possible standards. Join our staff for the opportunity to meet some great kids and colleagues! It is truly is the hardest job you will ever love, and one which will make memories that last a lifetime! Instructors share in all camp activities including the supervision of campers’ health and safety; teach nature-based activities, communication with camp staff and parents, and supervision of high-school aged volunteers. Staff works cooperatively to create age-appropriate lessons, games and crafts.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or have two years camp experience in a leadership role. Have an interest and general knowledge of natural history and/or education and at least 2 years of experience working with and enjoy being with children; have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain. Must be able to work both cooperatively and independently. Current certification in Red Cross Community CPR and First Aid or an equivalent current certification is required (training opportunities provided).
Schedule: Training begins June 9, 2020 (some flexibility may be granted). Camp runs Monday-Friday June 22- August 21 (some flexibility may be granted).
Benefits: Earn from $14.00 – $14.20 per hour depending on experience. No housing available.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Marla Cohen, Camp Director, Stony Brook Nature Center, 108 North Street, Norfolk, MA 02056 or email stonybrookcamp[AT]massaudubon.org.


Lead Preschool Counselor
Look no further for the best summer job you will ever have! Stony Brook Day Camp, a Mass Audubon camp, is looking for an outstanding lead preschool counselor for the summer of 2020! Are you looking for a stimulating and rewarding experience where you can make a difference in a child's life? Then this is the place for you! Have fun exploring our 240 acre sanctuary and the diversity of life found in our ponds, marshes, meadows and forests with small groups of campers ranging in age from 4-5.
Our staff are role models to our campers and committed to the highest possible standards. Join our staff for the opportunity to meet some great kids and colleagues! It is truly is the hardest job you will ever love, and one which will make memories that last a lifetime! Instructors share in all camp activities including the supervision of campers’ health and safety; teach nature-based activities, communication with camp staff and parents, and supervision of high-school aged volunteers. Staff works cooperatively to create age-appropriate lessons, games and crafts.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or have two years camp experience in a leadership role. Have experience and/or training focused on providing care for young children and teaching outdoors with children ages 4 to 5 years old. Have an interest and general knowledge of natural history and enjoy being with children. Have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain. Must be able to work both cooperatively and independently. Current certification in Red Cross Community CPR and First Aid or an equivalent current certification is required (training opportunities provided).
Schedule: Training begins June 9, 2020 (some flexibility may be granted). Camp runs Monday-Friday June 22- August 21 (some flexibility may be granted).
Benefits: Earn from $14.00 – $14.20 per hour depending on experience. No housing available.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Marla Cohen, Camp Director, Stony Brook Nature Center, 108 North Street, Norfolk, MA 02056 or email stonybrookcamp[AT]massaudubon.org.


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