GLENCOE, Ill. (November 7, 2013) – Camp CBG, the summer day-camp program at the Chicago Botanic Garden, has received accreditation from the American Camp Association, an industry group committed to ensuring safe and nurturing camp experiences.
“The ACA accreditation confirms that we’re operating—and have been for years—according to the best practices for day camps,” said Amy Wells, manager of camps at the Chicago Botanic Garden. “It’s the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ for summer camps.”
Camp CBG offers outdoor science, nature, art, ecology, and cooking camps for children from ages 2 to 15 in a series of morning, afternoon, supervised-lunch, and full-day camps. The Bloomin’ Garden Strollers social play program meets on Fridays to allow caregivers to explore the Garden with children ages six to 24 months. Registration for the 2014 summer session, which runs from June 16 to August 15, opens December 9, 2013. To learn more click here.
The ACA accreditation signifies that a camp meets rigorous criteria for safety, curriculum, staff training, and operations. Everything from drop-off and pick-up procedures to program design and activity standards is thoroughly evaluated to determine whether a camp provides for the development of the whole child, Wells said. “In the camping world, this is a really big thing.” Among other things, the ACA considers staff hiring, training, and review processes, health programs, and emergency procedures.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has provided a summer camp program for the past 15 years, drawing children from Chicago and the North Shore suburbs, including the nearby communities of Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, and Winnetka. Here’s an overview of the program:
- My First Camp 2 is a one-hour, Tuesday-and-Thursday camp focusing on parent and child interaction with nature, science, art, and garden activities. Programming is designed for two-year-olds’fine and gross motor skills and social development. My First Camp 3, designed for three-year-olds,meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- Green Sprouts invites campers ages 4 and 5 to investigate science and nature through such one-week, half-day programs as “Bug Brigade,” “Fun with Physics,” “Garden Expedition,” and “Super Seedlings.”
- Green Thumbs allows children ages 6 and 7 to dig a little deeper into science and nature with such camps as “Expert Wizardry,” “Incredible Edibles” and “Grossology.” The half-day programs run for one week.
- Rovers offers full-day, two-week programs for campers ages 7, 8, and 9. “Create & Grow” explores the Garden through art, music, cooking, yoga, and planting. “Science Explorer” is a new two-week camp where ecology plus botany, physics, and chemistry, equals a whole lot of fun.
- Explorers engages children ages 8 and 9 in hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Camp offerings include “Camera Craft,” “Garden Caching,” and “Surviving Outdoors.”
- Adventurers offers full-day camps enabling middle-schoolers ages 10 to 12 to discover the role plants play in art, chemistry, cuisine, and ecology.
- Leaders in Training is the perfect summer experience for teens interested in pursuing careers in science and education. Participants help prepare camps, assist teachers, and acquire job-related skills.