Rapelling down the side of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center, performing a Tryolean traverse, and learning about wilderness survival are just a few of the activities planned for this year’s Junior Naturalist Outdoor Adventure Camp (JNOAC) at UPJ. Offered in partnership with the American Adventure Sports, the camp is open to children ages eight through 12, and will be held the week of June 25 through 29. JNOAC cultivates an active lifestyle and love for nature through participation in outdoor sports, conservation education, and environmental enhancement.
By building a foundation of trust with the campers, mentors encourage children to go outside their comfort zones. UPJ’s beautiful, natural setting provides the ideal location for children to explore the outdoors, achieve team building skills and challenge themselves.
Activities for the week include fresh water snorkeling; using maps and a compass; orienteering course; wilderness trekking; leave no trace camping principles; cpr familiarization; canoeing and water safety/rescue; “You Build it-Make it Float” design; junior nationalist training; group environmental enhancement project; wilderness survival; rapelling; tyrolean traverse, and recycling and environmental conservation.
The program is being presented by UPJ’s Conference Services and Outreach Office. The fee is $279 per child. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline is Friday, June 8. 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 and celebrating 80 years, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.