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Homeschool Fridays

One Day every month from September through December

Facilitated by professional Camp Seymour Naturalists

Classes change each month, but always mix environmental education and outdoor recreation. Classes are designed to be active, hands-on, engaging, and interesting for all ages.

Program Goals and philosophy:

This program is designed for a home-school student to meet the following goals:

1.Develop relationships with other home-school students and camp staff.
2.Have fun while experiencing hands-on environmental education taught by professional naturalists. 
3.Learn outdoor and recreational skills in a safe setting.

To meet these goals, we strive to have a low student to staff ratio, have the same few naturalists lead every program, and encourage students and parents to attend each month by varying the classes and having a whole lot of fun!

Cost:

Session fees are $24 for current YMCA members and $29 for non-members. Students over the age of 9 may be dropped off for an additional fee. Adults may join us for lunch, the charge is $8. Non-participating children ages 5 and under are welcome with constant adult supervision, their lunch fee is $3. Program enrollment is limited; please sign up early.

  Printable Registration Form Registration now open!

Questions? Call or email Heidi at 253-884-3392 or hjohnson@ymcapkc.org

Basic Schedule:

9:45 -10:00 Arrive and check-in at the Camp Seymour upper parking lot. 
10:00 – 11:30 Class 1 
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 Class 2
2:00 Head to the upper parking lot to be picked up.

Dates and Themes

September 29-Water [Living Machine Tour, Boating, and Swimming]
Water is life! 75% of our planet is covered in water. Over 60% of our bodies are even made of water! Experience how Camp Seymour treats fresh water as a resource with the Living Machine (an alternative waste-water treatment center that uses plants and micro-organisms to naturally clean water) and then experience water recreationally with some salt water boating (canoes, kayaks, and row boats) in Glen Cove and finish the day with swimming in our heated outdoor pool!

October 20th-Zip Line / Forest Hike
Students at least nine years old and between 50 and 175 pounds can experience Camp Seymour's zip line. Alternatively, choose to spend the day encountering Camp Seymour's professionally managed forest with guided activities learning about forest ecology.

November 17 - Reptile and Archery Day [Live Reptiles and Archery]
Learn about reptiles and get a chance to hold some of Camp Seymour's captive bred and rescued cold blooded critters. Then improve your bow and arrow skills at our archery range.

December 1-Marine Science Investigations
Take Camp Seymour's famous marine science class and learn all about estuaries, plankton, tides, and the mighty barnacle. Then investigate some of Puget Sound's marine life through a hands-on encounter at Camp's touch tanks.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: What is the age range?

A: Short answer 6-12

Longer answer: We have had kids of all participate in this program. Our classes are meant to be fun and interesting for any age.

FAQ: Can my 13 to 17 year-old help?

A: Yes, there is a $15 fee for teen helpers that includes lunch.

FAQ: Why is there an additional fee for dropping off my child?

A: For the saftey of all participants in our program, we maintain high standards including a low student to adult ratio. The extra fee helps cover staffing costs of extra supervision. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

FAQ: How do I register?

A: Fill out the registration form. Fax the completed form to 253-460-8897 or email it to campseymour@ymcapkc.org. Please contact our office 253-884-3392 if you have questions or need help with your registration.

FAQ: Camp I bring my own lunch?

A: Yes, but please leave peanut butter and tree nuts at home.

FAQ: What's the cancellation policy?

A: Pre-payment is required to register as is non-refundable. Full credit is available for cancellations made with at least 48 hours notice.

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