Growing Green is our overnight camp held on the beautiful campus of the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in the Pocono Mountains. Camp provides incredible opportunities for growth and development in a safe, nurturing environment staffed by Easterseals trained counselors. You can rest easy knowing your family member is in the care of compassionate, qualified individuals.
Campers gain environmental awareness and learn organic gardening in specially designed gardens while also enjoying traditional camp activities like hiking, canoeing, sports, and arts & crafts. Reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and getting along in a group are situations that require campers to practice communication skills, flexibility, cooperation and compromise. These critical skills are essential to success in school and at work. Living away from family members and with peers helps campers discover their inner resources and builds self-esteem.
Growing Green runs for 6 weeks each summer and campers attend for one or more weeks. Campers range in age from 10 to adult.
Campers may also choose to participate in a hands-on vocational experience, spending part of each day exploring different career tracks, including clerical, merchandising, kitchen/dining room and assistant counselor in the PEEC day camp. The vocational experience includes job shadowing and hands-on skill practice. Campers in the vocational track also participate in regular camp activities.
Growing Green is held in conjunction with other summer camps on the PEEC campus, so there are ongoing activities with campers who attend the other camps. In addition to all campers eating together, there is a weekly whiffle ball tournament, ice cream socials, canoeing, trips, shared gardening and more.
One week of camp costs $1,250. Payment is required in full by the first day of camp. Many families pay in one or two installments. We recommend you speak to your service coordinator/case worker about how to include Camp Growing Green in your waiver funding plan. There are camp scholarships available. These dollars are distributed according to availability and camper need and cannot be guaranteed.
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