Summer Camp 2020
Priority Registration for returning campers starts January 25th at 9am
Our summer day camp is open to ages 6-11 and takes place Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, with morning and evening wrap-around care available.
Our camp programs provide an enriching experience filled with: 35 hours of outside time each week, filled with friendships, hiking, yoga, survival skills, tree identification, a stewardship project with the Park Rangers, crafting, field games, fort building, nature art, a play production and of course Fun Friday with face painting and lots of fun activities.
Each day of Summer Camp is full of forest play, hiking, crafting, yoga, games, nature study, and exploration. Each week also includes time spent swimming at the lake, self-defense and growth mindset curriculum, mindfulness, and a lot of free choice. Our campers play a lot, learn a lot, and make lasting connections, all 100% outdoors.
Camp Roots is our original summer camp, set in the East Ball Field Field (the big field to the left as you drive into the park) at Saint Edward State Park. With a large, open field for field games; shaded tables for legos, art, and board games; and a forest area filled with sticks for fort building; Camp Roots is the perfect place for active and creative kids to spend their summer. Camp Roots 2019 is directed by Katherine Hales.
Camp Salal is the more secluded sister-camp of Camp Roots. Camp Salal is set in the Orchard (near the playground) at Saint Edward State Park. A shaded, green space with easy access to trails and fields, the Orchard is the perfect summer oasis. Camp Salal is filled with opportunities for arts and crafts, legos, chess, fort building, field games, and nature exploration.
Alternate Location for Inclement weather and smoke from wildfires
For our 2019 Summer Camp season if we have to close as advised by the National Weather Service for inclement weather or smoke from wildfires we will move our camp to a nearby indoor location. Guardians will be notified of our closure as soon as possible and will be given the address of our alternate location. Our location is 3 miles from Saint Edward State Park.
Summer 2020 Themes- TBD
Summer 2020 Dates:
Week 1: July 6-10
Week 2: July 13-17
Week 3: July 20-24
Week 4: July 27-31
Week 5: August 3-7
Week 6: August 10-14
Our 2019 Themes
Week 1: July 8-12 Birds & Raptors
Look up! This week is all about the birds and raptors that call our park home. We will learn the basics of bird watching, explore the special adaptations that help birds and raptors survive, and find out ways we can help protect these amazing animals.
Week 2: July 15-19 Survival Skills: Shelters, Knots, and Fire
What would you do if you were lost in the wilderness? This week is all about survival and being prepared for an emergency. Campers will learn principles of survival and explore how to make basic shelters, tie useful knots, and build a fire.
Week 3: July 22-26 Survival Skills: Navigation and Foraging
Do you know how to find your way without GPS? What can you eat if you get hungry in the woods? This week, campers will practice using maps and compasses as navigation tools and will learn what to do if they get lost. They will also learn which local plants are edible or beneficial, and which could be harmful!
Week 4: July 29-August 2 Nature Connections
This week, nature lovers will get to know the plants and animals that call our park home, and explore the ways they are connected. Through games, exploration, and investigation, campers will gain a greater understanding of the natural world and our place in it.
Week 5: August 5-9 Drama Week
Get ready to put on a show! During Drama Week, Camp Roots campers will play drama games, create costumes, memorize lines, and practice being bold and expressive. Groups will work together to put on a nature-themed play, which will be performed for Camp Salal at the end of the week.
Week 6: August 12-16 Nature Art
This week, campers will explore color, shape, and texture as they create art in and of nature. We will play with different art concepts and techniques, closely observe the beauty of the world around us, and use natural materials to create both permanent and ephemeral art projects.
Is your child ready for camp?: Link to readiness checklist
PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR RETURNING FAMILIES RUNS JANUARY 25TH-28TH, 2020
OPEN REGISTRATION FOR NEW FAMILIES BEGINS FEBRUARY 1, 2020
We operate 2 camps at Saint Edward State Park: Camp Roots and Camp Salal. Themes, curricula and pricing are the same for the 2 camps. Camp Roots and Camp Salal are each limited to 40 campers per week.
*We conditionally accept 5-year-old siblings and those children with outdoor experience. *
Tuition and Discounts
Tuition for our summer camp is $245 for the week: M-F (9am-4pm)
Sibling discount: 10%- Applies to the second sibling
Camp t-shirt provided for every camper
Multiple-week discount (3 or more): 10% - Applies to your third week and beyond
Discounts cannot be combined
Monthly Payments: you may select to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit upon registering. The remainder of camp tuition will be due in monthly installments, to be paid in full 30 days before your child's first day of camp
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available: please contact April at for more information.
AM (7:30am-9am): $10.50 per day
PM (4pm-6pm): $14 per day
AM and PM: $22 per day
For those not signed up for wrap-around care: Pick-up is between 3:55 and 4pm. At 4:05 remaining campers will be checked into Wrap-Around Care. If your child was not pre-registered, staff will call you once your child is at Wrap-Around Care, and you will be charged the $14 fee. For those signed up for wrap-around care: A late fee will be assessed (per child) for pick up after 6:00 pm sharp ($3 dollars per minute for every minute past 6:00 up to 6:10 and 6:10 on it is $6 a minute). You will be invoiced and will be asked to pay the same day.
Camp Roots is free of charge for all Junior Counselors, ages 12-17. 6 Junior Counselor spaces are available per camp each week. To learn more and apply, please visit the Junior Counselor Program Page.
Sample Daily Schedule
Activities page for more details about daily/weekly activities offeredSee
* Our nature curriculum, mindfulness, yoga, and Growth Mindset are taught during rotation time.*
7:30-9 Wrap-around Care (free choice)
9:00 Campers arrive, free choice
9:30 Whole camp meeting
9:45 Divide into teams: Name games, team building activity, go over the day’s schedule
10:30 Rotation 1: Nature Curriculum
11:15 Rotation 2: Yoga and Mindfulness
12:00 Sunscreen, Wash up for lunch by team
12:45 Free choice
2:45 Free Choice
3:30 Whole Camp Meeting (Team roll call, cheers/songs, announcements)
3:45 All campers in teams with backpacks, ready for pick up (circle games)
4:00 Pick Up
4:00-6:00 Wrap-around Care (free choice) and take-down
Nourishing food and water
Hat & Sunscreen (no spray please)
Jacket or Sweatshirt for Cooler Days
Please be sure to label all personal belongings.
No electronic items are necessary at camp.
Camp Roots is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Camp Roots is a very active camp no matter what the location or the weather. We are at camp to play and socialize outside and will do so despite rainy weather or hot temperatures.
Campers are expected to participate as they are able throughout the day and to come home tired and dirty, but with a smile.