A Free Ecology Day Camp for Children
July 27-31, 2020
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Enroll your children, ages 5-12, for a free week-long day camp with the goal of learning how to be ecologically friendly. Children who are 5 years old will be accepted if they will be in First Grade in August. EcoCamp takes place from Monday to Friday.
Campers (and families) are invited to participate in a Saturday action in Springfield (August 1, 2020) and a Sunday graduation program and celebration at ALUUC (August 2, 2020), which will be the weekend after camp.
About Eco Camp – Ecology, Activities, Meals, and Magic!
Daily themes explore the earth’s traditional basic elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Spirit.
Activities galore include scientific demonstrations, games, songs, art/crafts, stories, nature activities, scavenger hunts, green technology, growing food, recycling and much MORE. We bring in presenters from all over the community and central Illinois area – every day is fun-filled, educational, and exciting! We also have the EarthKeepers Choir, an opportunity for campers and teens to sing in a children’s choir, which rehearses Tuesday-Friday at camp.
Campers get a cinchbag to carry all of their camp supplies, and a FREE camp tee-shirt. We encourage campers to be sustainable and bring a water bottle from home if possible. We also want campers to be safe, and require that everyone wear closed-toed shoes.
Our volunteers are very good about accomodating dietary restrictions for Eco Camp meals – we serve 2 snacks (morning and afternoon) and lunch every day.
On top of that, we wrap ALL of this in a Harry Potter-ish framework:
- Campers and Teen Counselors are sorted into 4 Houses while they are at camp: Alclaw, Darwinton, Emerstonian, & Fullerpuff. Each house has campers from ages 5-12, with older Prefects (teen counselors) to help and guide them at camp.
- Campers and Teens get class robes in the house colors (red, yellow, green, and blue) to wear while they are at camp.
- Campers earn “galleons” for good behavior during camp which they can spend at Friday’s “Hogsmeade” reward party, where there are lots of activities, games, books, and snacks to enjoy.
- New Campers get a wand – every camper needs a wand!
Registration will open to the public in mid- to late-May 2020.
Volunteer at Eco Camp
Eco Camp depends on your financial and physical support to make it a great success. We hope to leave a lasting impression on these young children of the importance of protecting Planet Earth. They are our future leaders. If you find a volunteer opportunity that suits you, please know that all times are flexible. We appreciate any time you can give to helping us teach these children.
Our Next Planning Meeting: March 26, 2020, 6:30pm at ALUUC.
Some Volunteer Opportunities Include:
- Set up (Sunday)
- Registration Assistant (Monday morning)
- Playground Monitor
- Food Donations
- Classroom Coordinators
- House Cup Judge
- Hogsmeade Activities (Friday afternoon)
- Tear down (Friday afternoon)
- Saturday Action at the Farmer’s Market
- …and others!
Make a Donation!
We are asking for donations of any amount to support Eco Camp. We estimate that $50 will sponsor one camper. Your support allows us to offer this wonderful camp for free. Please give generously. We will use your contribution to educate the environmental stewards of tomorrow. These kids may one day save the planet!
To contribute financially or sponsor a child, contact . We will be accepting donations for Eco Camp after church services. You can also mail your donation to ALUUC, 745 Woodside Road, Springfield, IL 62711. Write Eco Camp in the memo line.
Previous Eco Camps
Eco Camp 2019: Protectors of the Realms
Dates: July 22nd through July 26th, 2019
Eco Camp 2018: The Many Forms of Bravery
Dates: July 23rd through July 27th, 2018
Eco Camp 2017: Guardians of the Phoenix Fire
Dates: July 24th through July 28th, 2017
Eco Camp 2016: Stewards of the Earth
Dates: July 25th through July 29th, 2016
Eco Camp 2015: Mysteries of the Web
Dates: July 27th through July 31st, 2015
Eco Camp 2014: Guardians of the Orb
Dates: July 28th through August 1st, 2014
Eco Camp 2013: Earth University
Dates: July 29th through August 2nd, 2013
*Eco Camp logos are original artworks by Zion Engel.