2021 Weekly Themes
June 7 – 11, Week 1 – Animal Planet
Ready for a WILD adventure? We are going to kick off summer with an in-depth look at the animals that live in and around El Tesoro. From mammals and fish to insects, discovering the animals we share our space with leads to eye-opening discoveries and allows campers to build observation skills. We’ll also create nature journals to keep track of all the new information and express personal creativity.
June 14 – 18, Week 2 – Towering Trees and Pollinator Power
They can’t grow without it! Flowers and trees rely on many systems and factors to help them grow and remain healthy. Together, campers will unlock the secret power of nature’s mighty pollinators, like monarch butterflies, who often go unnoticed and try their own hand at the task by making seed balls and more.
June 19 – 25, Week 3 – Earth, Wind, & Fire (and Water, too)
Let’s discover the powers of the Earth! Campers will explore the forces that shape our planet every day. Together the wind, water, sun, and rock make our planet unique and beautiful. Let’s spend the week investigating not only how these elements work together but also how they collide.
June 26 – July 2, Week 4 – Wilderness Survival
You belong in the woods. Campers will spend this week investigating ways to live outdoors! We will practice outdoor survival skills and master the art of tent camping while embracing the seven concepts of the “Leave No Trace” movement. We’ll have up–close experiences exploring nature and discovering countless lifelong skills so campers can continue to spend their time outside.
July 5 – 9, Week 5 – Nature’s Builders and Explorers
Have you ever wondered how a beaver builds a dam? Or how a bat explores a forest? Join us for a week of building forts and exploring at Camp El Tesoro. We’ll learn about how plants and animals survive. We’ll also learn how to use our environment as a place to find tools, make arts and crafts, and work on our agility with new challenges for all ages.
July 12 – 16, Week 6 – Treasure Hunters
Adventure and mystery are all around us if we know where – and how – to look for it. After this week, campers will learn how to read global positioning coordinates and finish the week with a firm command of orienteering skills. Treasure hunts, adventure races and scavenger hunts will set the stage for interactive learning and practical application of these important skills.
July 19 – 23, Week 7 – Backbone Not Required
Join us for a buggin’ good time! Help us investigate the mysteries of camps spiders and insects. We’ll examine how not having a backbone helps them in their environment and where we can find them around camp. Invertebrates appear to be incredibly different, but upon closer exploration, campers will discover their similarities as well. Up-close encounters with these critters are sure to spark curiosity and satisfy the desire to explore nature.
July 26 – 30, Week 8 – Service Learning: Learning to live in the world we share
We are going to cap off the summer by learning to give back right where we are. The biggest impact is made when we work together. Come out to camp for a week of hands-on projects to help beautify Camp El Tesoro. Campers will plant a new garden, build animal shelters, and discover even more ways to plan, create and build. Our projects will not only help the people at camp but will also support the wildlife that lives here. These projects give campers the tools and confidence to continue making an impact in their community, schools and neighborhoods.