River Exploration Camp

For the second summer, the Buzzards Bay Coalition is proud to offer River Exploration Camp, a weeklong day camp delivered in partnership with YMCA Southcoast. River Exploration Camp will allow campers to get up close and personal with the outdoors while exploring Buzzards Bay and the Mattapoisett River.

If your child or grandchild loves to explore the outdoors and get a little dirty in the process, then “River X” camp is the perfect opportunity! Campers will learn how to catch blue crabs, net fish, identify plants, and wrangle toads at Camp Massasoit and at the Y’s Rochester property at Snipatuit Pond. In addition to swimming and boating, campers will participate in traditional camp activities at Camp Massasoit throughout the week.

River Exploration Camp is offered to nine- to 12-year-old girls and boys during two one-week sessions: July 22-26 (Session E) and July 29-August 2 (Session F). The cost is $238 per week for Coalition and YMCA Southcoast members, $264 per week for non-members.

River Exploration Camp is just one of the ways the Coalition and YMCA Southcoast are partnering to get kids exploring the Bay and watershed this summer. As part of a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coalition will provide Bay stewardship programs for campers at Camp Massasoit in Mattapoisett and Camp Frederick Douglass in New Bedford. Campers of all ages will engage in hands-on, exploratory activities designed to connect them to their Bay. This partnership allows the Coalition to further its mission of helping people discover Buzzards Bay while providing new opportunities for the Y’s summer camp programming.

YMCA Southcoast has been a leading provider of quality day camp programs for more than 50 years. Camp Massasoit and Camp Frederick Douglass collectively serve hundreds of local children, ranging from ages five to 14. This summer, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will put a Bay stewardship focus on camp activities. Children at Camp Frederick Douglass will help to clean up New Bedford by learning about recycling, conducting litter cleanups, and exploring some creatures that call New Bedford harbor their home. At Camp Massasoit, campers will muck around in the salt marsh, explore the intertidal zone, and discover the diversity of plant life at camp. All activities are designed to tap into campers’ natural curiosity and desire to explore. They will form a bond with the natural environment that will last a lifetime.

Through River Exploration Camp and other YMCA Southcoast summer camps, your children will form lasting relationships with their peers and the local environment. To register for a camp, visit www.ymcasouthcoast.org. For more information about the Coalition’s summer camp programs, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/camps.

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