Explore the great outdoors, acquire valuable team-building skills, and challenge the adventurer within you at the seventh annual Junior Naturalist Outdoor Adventure Camp (JNOAC) at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Offered in cooperation with American Adventure Sports and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the camp is open to children ages eight through 12, and will be held Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22. 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, kayaking, canoeing, performing tyrolean traverse, learning wilderness survival and Ultimate Frisbee are just a few of the 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, develop team building skills, and challenge themselves. Participants also visit the Quemahoming Reservoir.
The theme for this year’s camps is “Understanding the Environment: Mother Nature and Me.” Campers will focus on the importance of watersheds and conservation.
Other activities for the week include orienteering, water safety and rescue, yoga, fishing, swimming, fresh water snorkeling, hiking, “Learning Body Maintenance While Being Active,” and environmental conservation education.
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, May 25. 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.pitt-johnstown.pitt.edu/outreach and click on the Junior Naturalist Outdoor Adventure Camp link.
Pitt-Johnstown is proud to acknowledge Lee Initiatives Health and Wellness Endowment and The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for their generous support of scholarships in our summer children’s programs.