The Camp at Teaneck Creek, offered by the Teaneck Creek Conservancy in collaboration with the Teaneck Community Education Center, and funded by the Puffin Foundation, will provide a wonderfully creative end-of-summer experience for Teaneck children entering grades 2-5. Camp will be held in “the Great Outdoors” on the grounds of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and in the Puffin, at 20 Puffin Way, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., August 11-15 for 4th and 5th graders, and August 18-22 for 2nd and 3rd graders. Exciting programs, run by experienced school teachers, will stimulate the imagination, develop new skills, encourage collaboration, provide intellectual stimulation - and hours of fun! Thanks to a generous grant from the Puffin Foundation, the cost per child will be just $135 per week and will come with an added bonus: an included special rate membership to the Conservancy. Since there are spots for only 15 children in each session, early registration is recommended.
During the first week, campers entering grades 4-5 will participate in Fairy Tale Trials - Out of the Woods and Into the Courtroom, an award-winning program that introduces concepts of ethics, justice, and fairness by giving fairy tale trials a day in court. Children participate as lawyers, witnesses, defendants, and storytellers as they explore moral dilemmas at the core of each tale, and learn about our legal system while doing it. Finally, they will present a case to the jurors and a verdict will be rendered. Nature and Discovery, the second program offered during the first week, will involve children in an exploration of the Teaneck Creek. They will get wet in the stream, dig in the dirt, and look under rocks to discover and learn about the importance of this natural area - what lives here, how humans impact the area, and more. Campers will create art inspired by their finds.
During week two, campers entering grades 2-3 will enjoy two wonderful Hobby Quest programs. Kids and Cameras - New Techniques in Photography will provide children with professional quality digital cameras to point, click, and capture scenery and people through a lens. There will be an exhibition of camper’s photographs at the end of the session, an online “gallery” of their work, and an album of their pictures to take home. In Making Magic, a real magician will provide the tools and secrets that ensure mastery of tricks that will wow audiences. Magic tricks created by campers are theirs to keep at the end of the session.
Applications are available at the Teaneck Community Education Center, One Merrison Street; The Puffin Foundation, 20 Puffin Way; and at the Teaneck Public Library. If you have questions or would like an application mailed to your home, please contact Karen Yucht, Camp Coordinator (201) 836-0142.