About working at Blueberry Cove’s summer camp
The following paragraphs describe what camp here is typically like. Due to COVID, 2021 will look different. We will have fewer staff, fewer campers, and fewer program options. While we do not deny that this will lead to a very different experience for both campers and staff, our goal is to preserve the spirit of camp by keeping the most important aspects of life at camp. We will not stop:
Learning by doing
Practicing inclusivity, kindness, and respect
In a typical year…
At Blueberry Cove we believe that youth, who are given the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Maine, will become adults who love the natural world. The first step in the education process is to give children the outdoor experiences that lead to a love of our natural world. In today’s over-scheduled cyber childhood there are fewer and fewer opportunities for this to happen. Blueberry Cove is an unplugged zone, where children are immersed in the outdoors under the guidance of caring adults!
In residential camp, from 9:00 AM to Noon each day, campers will spend time learning and exploring in a focus area that they chose for the week. The four focus areas and resources for each are listed below. Focus leaders will have a combination of support and independence when designing the curriculum during the preparation week. As environmental educators, we all hope the next generation of youth will become adults who want to care for and protect the natural world.
- Farm & Garden: A 1/4-acre, organic vegetable garden, composting system, hoop house, meadows and fields, hens, goats, rabbits, pigs and sheep. In addition to animal and garden care, this focus creates butterfly gardens, plans to encourage helpful bugs and discourage pests, birdhouses to attract bug-eating birds … the possibilities are endless.
- Marine Discovery: 1400 feet of intertidal zone, access to an island and sand bars, rowboats, recreational and instructional lobster licenses, high-powered microscopes, plankton tows, a local lobsterman who supports the program, a designated building, and lots of curriculum resources.
- Sustainable Arts: It is our hope that every camper goes home with a treasured keepsake that was created at camp. The sustainable arts program will have the budget to support this goal. Examples of potential projects include felting with the wool from the sheep, painting from natural dyes, and mobiles made with beach treasures.
- Sailing: is run by the Saint George Community Sailing Foundation. Evening sails are offered to staff and campers when a skilled sailing instructor is available.
At Blueberry Cove sustainability includes the physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of life in balance, so activity choices are very broad. Each camp session will complete a group project that supports the long-term sustainability of Blueberry Cove. Weekly project examples include: create a frog pond for day camp, make a bird blind or create a rain barrel system. Daily activity examples include baking bread for the camp, washing day camp table linens using an old wringer washer, making ice cream for dessert, harvesting from the garden, field games, trips to a local beach, hiking to Roaring Spout, boating as a means to reach a destination (rather than driving).
Our day camp staff are the seed planters for the future generations of caring citizens on the Earth. Day campers follow a similar flow to the residential day with mornings for in-depth explorations and afternoons for more relaxed free-time and free-play in activity periods geared toward age-specific abilities.