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Adventure Day Camp

Contact: Leslie Dorsey, ldorsey@uidaho.edu

Program Overview

MOSS is a place where students ages 3-12 years old can learn, play and have fun. Spread your wings and explore the wonderful world of nature just outside our door. Let your imagination be the guide as you help create your own outdoor adventure. Our field campus inside Ponderosa State Park on the shores of stunning Payette Lake is the perfect location for kids to just be kids in a creative, fun, adventure filled environment. We will mirror school year learning styles by emphasizing practicing taking care of ourselves, others and this place. Each day, and week will have a different science focus to guide the learning experience. 

Dates: Monday-Friday, June 11 -Aug. 10 (We will be running a program on July the 4th!); 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Adventurers (Ages 3 - 5): The adventurers will be operating out of their own space this summer! They will be working on the skills of being independent while interacting efficiently with others. They will spend time learning science outside and have some quiet, rest time in the afternoons.

Explorers (Ages 6 - 9): They will be diving in to exploring this place through the lenses of science and fun! The focus this summer will be identifying interactions at play, whether between people, plants, animals, or ecosystems.

Investigators (Ages 10 - 12): This summer, the older students will be challenged like never before! They will be learning games, how to teach the basics of canoeing, hiking to Osprey Point, carrying out week-long experiments and so much more! 

Key Principles:

From David Sobel’s book, Childhood and Nature: Design principles for educators we will incorporate 6 principles for children learning outside.

  • Adventure
  • Fantasy and Imagination
  • Animal [and plant] Allies
  • Maps and Paths
  • Special Places
  • Small Worlds

Program Options and Fees 

 Standard 

Drop off  8:45 -9:00 a.m.
Pick up   3:50 - 4:00 p.m.
 Extended Hours 

Drop off  7:45-9:00 a.m.
Pick up   3:50-5:00 p.m.
 Standard Registration - Must be completed by 4 pm the day prior
 $45  $55
 Walk-In’s -We accept walk ins if there is space available. 
 $55  $55
 5 Day Punch Cards:  You can use these any day you want (please call to confirm space in advance). No refunds, but transferable to a friend!
 $200  $245
 10 Day Punch Cards:  You can use these any day you want (please call to confirm space in advance). No refunds, but transferable to a friend!
 $380  $450
                           

 *Cancellations require a 48 hour notice for a partial refund; a $10 administrative fee will be retained.


Frequently Asked Questions

Backpack with everything they need to be comfortable for a full day.

  • Layers- long sleeves, rain jacket, extra socks (Full change of clothes is recommended if they are less than 5 years old)
  • Lunch, water bottle, am and pm snack (please avoid peanut ingredients)
  • Swimsuit and towel if the weather is warm
  • Optional: Sunblock, bug spray, medications (inhaler, epi-pens, etc)
  • Optional: Favorite book to read

MOSS is located inside of Ponderosa State Park PSP so we are fortunate to have the park as our playground. We will also canoe to the day use beach in PSP or over the McCall City Brown’s Park and back.

The program will run from 9am- 4pm. Extended drop off is between 7:45am - 9am and pick up is between 4pm- 5pm, depending of your selection. (See pricing above).

 Adventurers Explorers  Investigators 
  • Science stories
  • Arts and crafts
  • Nature connections
  • Science stories
  • Arts and crafts
  • Nature connections
 
  • Science stories
  • Arts and crafts
  • Nature connections
 
 
  • Build models and forts
  • Explore Ponderosa Park
  • Ask Questions and Solve Mysteries

  • Build models and forts
  • Explore Ponderosa Park
 
   
  •  Ask Questions and Solve Mysteries
     
  • Engineering
  • Science Experiments
  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Counselor in training style leadership

Submit your interest to reserve a spot on the site link above, or email Leslie Dorsey at Ldorsey@uidaho.edu with your child’s name(s), age(s) and dates you would like them to attend. Also include your contact information and Leslie or Day camp staff will call you back to confirm. Emergency contact information and signatures are completed in person the morning of your first program day. Payment generally happens then. Exact cash or check only in person.

Each week we will take on a different theme as a means of connected our activities and learning. The themes listed below have been used in the past. Our list for the summer of 2018 will be finalized in June.

  • Prairies, Deserts, & Jungles
  • Island biogeography, The Arctic, & Microhabitats
  • Aquatic Ecosystems and Water Science
  • Chemistry, Physics & Energy
  • The 5 Senses
  • Astronomy & Weather
  • Geology, Archeology & Geography
  • IdaHome- animals, plants, cultural history

   8:00  Extended option- drop off window
   8:45   Program option Drop off
   9:00   Put down our things and get settled
   9:15   Active time, use our bodies
   9:45   Bathroom break, snack, story time
 10:10   Introduction to topic of the day, game
 10:30   Guided activity (i.e. animal skulls and pelts)
 11:30  Break - Free play
 12:00   Lunch
 12:30   Quiet time, nap, read, rest, draw, quiet games, special places
 12:30   Hike, explore, science investigation, canoing
   2:00   Beach time, Free Play
   3:00  Change, pack up, play a game or read a story, wrap up
   4:00  Program option Pick Up
   5:00  Extended option- pick up window
                                                                                                                       

McCall Outdoor Science School

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 208-885-1080

Fax: 208-634-5244

Email: mccall@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/moss

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