Great Esker Park Nature Camp
Great Esker Park Nature Camp:
Participants will "rove" the park from the George A. Clark Jr. Nature Center to the Back River. These short hikes along with stories, arts and crafts, and plenty of hands-on nature discovery will introduce the participants to the basics of how the park works!
Participants will "discover" the fundamental concepts of the science of the park as they uncover the web of relationships between the physical elements and the bugs, birds, fish and plants through group walk-abouts and competitions. Hikes, stories, nature crafts, games, contests and plenty of hands-on nature discoveries will bring into focus some of the lesser-known mysteries of the park.
Esker Adventure Programs will provide your child with unique opportunities to take part in activities that will allow them to be outside, connect with nature, challenge themselves physically and mentally, and offer a reprieve from technology. Each option offers kids a natural setting to engage in outdoor activities such as biking, fishing, Tubing, canoeing, kayaking and more.
Children are grouped by age (t-shirt color) at each activity to allow for safe and age appropriate fun. Participants will further be divided into cohorts according to Massachusetts Camp guidelines and all CDC and DPH guidelines will be followed.
Adventure Program Activities
- Fishing - Trips to local fishing holes in Abington, Braintree, Norwell and Weymouth. Transportation, bait and fishing gear is included.
- Biking - Great opportunity and adventures in this program. Children will ride through Wompatuck State Park each day. Transportation and bikes are provided. Helmets are mandatory and must be supplied by participants.
- Tubing - Tubing on the Back River is a great way to spend the summer. Kids will enjoy their summer days lounging and playing in the water, seeing the sights of the Back River while floating the tidal currents. Shore exploration, is the inevitable along the way. Kids MUST be competent swimmers and be able to swim comfortably over their heads. Life jackets will be required by all.
- Geo Hiking - Croc Hunter for the terrestrial among us. No boating but a lot of exploring the very interesting woods, parks and trails throughout GEP, Wompatuck State Park, Ames Knoll and Turkey Hill. Emphasis will be on orienteering, hiking using GPS maps and compasses to explore and discover nature’s wonders.
- Canoeing/Kayaking - Develop basic skills and safety techniques; learn self and team rescues, trip planning and powering techniques. All classes will take advantage of any opportunity to explore the park but all will venture out to wherever the water “is” – both salt and fresh. Advanced classes may venture out further into area ponds and rivers, Quincy Bay, Hingham Harbor, Cohasset Harbor or Scituate. Canoeing participants will learn self and team rescues, practice boat swamping/recovery and the basic strokes- J, sweep, pull and back. Variations: Single, Tandem and Sit-ins.
Adventure Program New Structure
Adventure Program will look a little different this year. It will be a general group registration. That group will then partake in a couple of the available activities each day. This will give participants the opportunity to experience a variety of adventures. The staff will plan the activities based on equipment, weather, tides, staffing and the participants interests. There will always be more than one option (usually one that travels and one that will stay in the park). Participants will need to be prepared for all adventures. Participants will help prepare equipment and learn the importance of caring for said equipment. Participants who adventure out of the park will be transported via school bus and the equipment will be transported by staff.
- Weymouth Recreation requires an up to date health record to be submitted prior to a child attending our summer program. This is for the health and safety of participants and staff and required by the Weymouth Health Department.
- No child will be allowed at Camp with out a health record on file under any circumstance.
- A Weymouth Recreation t-shirt and photo I.D. are required.
- Great Esker Nature Camp is a licensed Camp for the Town of Weymouth and meets the Dept. of Public Health requirements 105 CMR 430.000.
- State Vouchers are accepted for Great Esker Nature Camp.
- **Important: Adventure Program is not included in the licensed camp and vouchers cannot be used for this program**
Early, Extended, Single and Half Day Options
Please see the Activity List for Great Esker Park Early and Extended Day options.
**Covid-19 Modification - we will be having no single day or 1/2 Day (with exception to Little Sprouts), option for Summer 2021 initially. This may be implemented later**
Leaders in Training
Weymouth Recreation offers a rewarding opportunity for young teens in our summer program with an emphasis on personal growth, role modeling and team-building.
Under the guidance of staff, Leaders In Training (LIT's) will actively work with children in our summer programs at Great Esker Park and Wey-Fun. They will build confidence in themselves while working in front of a group. Independence skills will be practiced by taking on responsibilities and challenges. LIT’s will spend time together in peer groups and work on leadership and performance skills through team building, activity planning, brainstorming and preparation.
All LIT’s will be evaluated on their performance. Time as a LIT is eligible to be counted as community service for Weymouth High School. (up to 35 hours)
Registration is required and starts with the regular registration date.