Explore the great outdoors, acquire valuable team-building skills, and challenge the adventurer within you at the fourth annual Junior Naturalist Outdoor Adventure Camp (JNOAC) at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Offered in partnership with the American Adventure Sports, the camp is open to children ages eight through 12, and will be held Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25. JNOAC cultivates an active lifestyle and love for nature through participation in outdoor sports, conservation education, and environmental enhancement.
Rappelling down the side of the Pitt-Johnstown Living/Learning Center, performing a Tyrolean traverse, and learning about wilderness survival are just a few activities for campers. By building a foundation of trust with the campers, mentors encourage children to go outside their comfort zones. Pitt-Johnstown’s beautiful, natural setting provides the ideal location for children to explore the outdoors, achieve team building skills and challenge themselves. Participants will also visit the Quemahoming Reservoir.
New this year, campers will be learning the importance of environmental health and forest preservation as they explore ways to improve personal and environmental health, how to identify trees, and how to properly manage a woodlot. Each participant will receive eight hours of conservation education, and will be certified as a Junior Naturalist.
Other activities for the week include fire starting; shelter building; food gathering; fresh-water snorkeling; map reading and compass use; wilderness trekking; leave-no-trace camping principles; CPR familiarization; canoeing and water safety/rescue; “You Build it Make a Float” design; junior naturalist training; group environmental enhancement project; wilderness survival; tyrolean traverse, and recycling and environmental conservation.
The program is being presented by Pitt-Johnstown’s Office of Community Education and Outreach. The fee is $299 per child. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline is Friday, June 11. Space is limited, so register early.
For more information about the Junior Naturalist Outdoor Adventure Camp, call the Outreach Office at 814-269-2099. For additional information, visit the Outreach website at www.upj.pitt.edu/outreach and click on the Junior Naturalist Outdoor Adventure Camp link.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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