Applications are now available for the Coatesville Youth Initiative’s Brandywine Watershed Discovery Camp, which will run from July 8-12.
The camp is open to students who will be in grades 4-6 in the 2019-20 school year and offers them an exciting journey into the Brandywine Watershed. The camp offers environmental, science, history, and cultural education activities, as well as wildlife study, water study, outdoor play, exploration of natural areas, field trips, and team-building activities.
Each day, from 9 AM-4 PM, youth will engage in hands-on, fun, and interesting activities that are designed to help them learn about the science, culture, history, and economics of the Brandywine Creek, the Brandywine River Valley, and the Brandywine Watershed. Through exciting activities, field trips, and guest speakers, students will learn the importance of protecting our most precious resource and become stewards of the Brandywine Watershed.
Camp activities include:
- Rock Climbing
- Hanging out with a Lenape Indian Chief
- Experimenting with Water Creatures
- Exploring Streams and Woodlands
Modeled after Stroud Water Research Center’s “Mountain Top to Tap” project in New York’s Hudson River Valley, the Brandywine Trek was brought to the Brandywine Watershed in 2011 by Stroud Water Research Center in partnership with CYI. Throughout the trek, students learned about the science, culture, history, and economics of the Brandywine River valley, which is the source of drinking water for nearly one million people.
In 2012, CYI launched the Brandywine Trek, under the Brandywine Health Foundation and in partnership with the Stroud Water Research Center. An overnight Trek was created to provide an opportunity for youth from the Coatesville area to connect with their peers, develop leadership and life skills, and learn critical lessons of ecological and watershed conservation.
“This summer’s camp will have the same components as the previous treks and will allow us to impact youth at an earlier age, which research shows is critical for long-term, positive youth development,” said Jarvis Berry, CYI’s Associate Director of Data and Evaluation. “Participants will continue to engage in an intensive five-day/week-long trek along the Brandywine Creek, albeit in a format that allows them to go home to be with their families after the daily trek activities.”