Amazing Aquaworld

Grades: 1st-2nd & 3rd-4th

All Programs

Make a splash this summer! Campers will find out what’s in the water as they learn about some of the amazing life forms, from microscopic tardigrades to massive blue whales, that exist there. Everyone will be amazed to see how much there is inside a single water drop! 

This theme may be run in a park or out of an indoor facility, with walking excursions on the property or in the surrounding area. This nature theme also has a Guest Presenter at the site each week. Take a look at our sample presenter schedule for Summer 2020.

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Collaboration, Initiative, Problem Solving, Empathy, Critical Thinking, Creativity. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.

Take a look at your camper's daily schedule below, under sample projects!

Sample Projects

Pond Water Scopes

Pond Water Scopes

Campers will examine life that exists in a single drop of pond water. They will learn about microorganisms, like protists and amoeba, as well as look for other creatures. They will practice using microscopes, utilizing safe handling techniques, making hypotheses and recording their observations. 

Campers will learn not only about the complexities of life that exists in a single drop of water but also how to practice making astute observations. They will learn about the scientific method, how to make hypotheses and how to record data. Campers will also learn how intricate and sophisticated some of the “simpler” life forms really are.

Penguin Suit

Penguin Suit

In this fun activity, campers will learn about camouflage in aquatic environments to better understand how some animals have evolved simple color patterns that allow them to avoid being seen. Campers will examine sharks, penguins and manta rays that share a similar camouflage pattern, and make inferences on how these camouflage patterns are effective. Campers will also make their very own miniature penguin suit to wear as camouflage. Bow tie optional! 

Campers will learn how certain morphological adaptations allow for better survival in an aquatic habitat. For example, it is harder to see darker coloring on the back of an animal from above because it blends in with the deeper, darker waters. Likewise, lighter coloration is common on the belly of animals, because it is more difficult to see from below when looking up towards the sun and photic zone of the water.

Salmon Life Cycle

Salmon Life Cycle

Campers will fish for salmon in an interactive game that emphasizes the importance of sustainable fishing practices. They will “fish” for toy fish in a communal fishing pond in which fish are replenished at the end of each round. If there are not enough fish caught in a season, then their fishing village will starve. But if they take too many fish, the fish will not be able to repopulate. Only time will tell how the eager fisherpeople’s strategy will affect the fish population. 

Campers will learn that an unregulated resource, such as fish, needs to be conscientiously thought of and sustainably sourced. They will learn that it is unwise to take more than ones’ share needed for survival and that taking only what we need is the responsible way to consume resources.

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

PARK Schedule (1-2)

DAY/TIME: 1st-2nd sample schedule
Early Care
8:00-9:00AM

Need to get to work early? We understand. By 8 am our staff is already hard at work helping our campers make new friends, doing arts & crafts projects and playing games.

Drop-Off
8:50-9:00AM

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

Morning Rally
9:00-9:30AM

Although we have a strict “No Nuts” food policy, we have also have a strict “Go Nuts” rally policy. You never know what surprises await when staff and kids take the stage for songs, skits, dress up days, and ridiculous contests.

Enrichment 1
9:30-10:30AM

During enrichment stations, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into to the weekly subject and concepts, learn new skills and facts, and design, create and build daily and weekly projects.

Snack
10:30-10:45AM

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch, you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

Hike
10:45-11:45AM (Monday/Tuesday)

Park campers will take hikes that showcase the nature of the region and foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

Guest Presenters
10:45-11:45AM (Wednesday)

Just another way we make our park locations extra special are with weekly guest presenters. These presenters vary by week and location but always bring a little of the outside world into camp. These amazing presenters may come from museums or from the worlds of marine biology, magic, dance, and more!

All Camp Hike/Activity
9:30AM-2:30PM (Friday)

Each Friday our camp staff plan and design a special all camp game or hike! This could be a group relay, love for outdoor adventure, camp capture the flag, water games, etc. This changes weekly and parents will be notified if there are any special instructions for the week.

Lunch
11:45AM-12:30PM

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing you own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “‘Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

Enrichment 2
12:30-1:30PM

During enrichment stations, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers are introduced to the weekly subject and concepts, learn new skills and facts, and design, create and build daily and weekly projects.

Tree Time
1:30-2:30PM (Monday/Tuesday)

In Tree Time, we focus on team building and community. We get to know our teammates names, meet our Kimochis’ friends, create team names and cheers, and play the EDMO Vibe™ Game. Tree time will also focus on nature awareness and outdoor appreciation.

Hike/Tree Time (Thursday)
12:30-2:30PM

Campers will take hikes that showcase the nature of the region and foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure. In Tree Time, we focus on team building and community. We get to know our teammates names, meet our Kimochis’ friends, create team names and cheers, and play the EDMO Vibe™ Game. Tree time will also focus on nature awareness and outdoor appreciation.

Closing Rally
2:30-3:00PM

Our Afternoon rally ends the day in an upbeat way. This gives staff a chance to wrap up the day, make announcements for the days to follow and give SNAPS!

Pick-Up
3:00-3:15PM

Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

After Care, PM Snack & Free Play
3:15-6:00PM

Need a little more time in your day? Our After Care Program is a great option. Campers stay safe while parents or guardians finish up the work day or sneak in that last appointment before picking up the kids. While you’re away, campers can play as they enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. After Care goes from 3 pm – 6 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 pm please! Our staff needs to get home too.

PARK Schedule (3-4)

DAY/TIME: 3rd-4th sample schedule
Early Care
8:00-9:00AM

Need to get to work early? We understand. By 8 am our staff is already hard at work helping our campers make new friends, doing arts & crafts projects and playing games.

Drop-Off
8:50-9:00AM

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

Morning Rally
9:00-9:30AM

Although we have a strict “No Nuts” food policy, we have also have a strict “Go Nuts” rally policy. You never know what surprises await when staff and kids take the stage for songs, skits, dress up days, and ridiculous contests.

Tree Time
9:30-10:30AM (Monday/Tuesday)

In Tree Time, we focus on team building and community. We get to know our teammates names, meet our Kimochis’ friends, create team names and cheers, and play the EDMO Vibe™ Game. Tree time will also focus on nature awareness and outdoor appreciation.

Guest Presenters
9:30AM - 2:30PM (typically Wednesday)

Just another way we make our park locations extra special are with weekly guest presenters. These presenters vary by week and location but always bring a little of the outside world into camp. These amazing presenters may come from museums or from the worlds of marine biology, magic, dance, and more!

Snack
10:30-10:45AM

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch, you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

All Camp Hike/Activity
9:30AM-2:30PM (Friday)

Each Friday, our camp staff plan and design a special all camp game! This could be a group relay, a special carnival, camp capture the flag, water games, etc. This changes weekly and parents will be notified if there are any special instructions for the week.

Enrichment
10:45-11:45AM

During enrichment stations, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers are introduced to the weekly subject and concepts, learn new skills and facts, and design, create and build daily and weekly projects.

Lunch
11:45AM-12:30PM

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing you own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “‘Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

Hike
12:30-1:30PM (Monday/Tuesday)

Park campers will take a hike that showcases the nature of the region and will foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

Hike/Tree Time
12:30-1:30PM (Thursday)

Park campers will take a hike that showcases the nature of the region and will foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

Enrichment 2
1:30-2:30PM (Monday/Tuesday)

During enrichment stations, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers are introduced to the weekly subject and concepts, learn new skills and facts, and design, create and build daily and weekly projects.

Closing Rally
2:30-3:00PM

Our Afternoon rally ends the day in an upbeat way. This gives staff  a chance to wrap up the day, make announcements for the days to follow and give SNAPS!

Pick-Up
3:00-3:15PM

Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

After Care, PM Snack & Free Play
3:15-6:00PM

Need a little more time in your day? Our After Care Program is a great option. Campers stay safe while parents or guardians finish up the work day or sneak in that last appointment before picking up the kids. While you’re away, campers can play as they enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. After Care goes from 3 pm – 6 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 pm please! Our staff needs to get home too.

 

“These programs are INVALUABLE for children and my passion for what I believe a good day camp can do for a child's life is strong. THANK YOU all for doing what you do, and for sending these kids home so happy about this new experience.”
– 3rd Grade Folsom Parent