W. Alton Jones Camp
With 2,300 acres, a 75-acre lake, miles of trails, and a nineteenth-century farm, the University of Rhode Island's Alton Jones Camp for ages 5-16 offers a big backyard for learning, exploring, adventure, and fun. Day and overnight camps highlight nature, farming, and outdoor skills. Activities include sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, exploring farm life, nature art, extreme outdoor sports, and more. At Alton Jones we pack a whole summer of adventure into one week. New Programs This Summer. American Camp Association Accredited. Discounts: 15% off until May 15th.
DAY CAMP PROGRAMS
Farm Camp (ages 5-8): Friendly staff welcome you to explore lush gardens, rocky pastures and a country barn to learn about life on an old New England farm. Care for farm animals like ducks, chickens, pigs, rabbits, cows and goats. Explore the gardens and learn how to plant, grow, and harvest. Prepare food using ingredients you've gathered. Enjoy hiking, swimming, making crafts, and having a whole lot of fun down on the farm. Running weeks 1-8.
Eco Zone (ages 8-12): It's all about nature at Eco-Zone! Search our ponds for frogs, fish and insects, hike, canoe, swim, play games and investigate the wonders of nature. The camp offers a wonderland of trails that weaves through forests, brooks, swamps and wildflower meadows. On Thursday evenings, campers can stay for an optional overnight tent campout --including a campfire and night hike. Running weeks 1-8.
Earth Camp (ages 9-13): Select from a variety of exciting activities highlighting outdoor skills and the natural environment. Choose carefully since you won’t be able to do everything in one week! You will make your own schedule based on your own interests to create your ultimate camp experience. Activity options may include paddle boarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, ponding, wilderness skills, compass course, arts and crafts, insecting, an epic adventure hike, archery, fire building, shelter building, visiting the farm, a swamp tromp, stream hike, animal tracking, cooking, and many more. NEW this year, we will have a rock wall for everyone to climb! Whatever you choose, you will still get the all-camp favorites that make Earth Camp special: camp programs, meals in the dining hall, recreation time after meals, campfires, evening programs, friendships, and a lot of fun! Running weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Teen X Adventure (ages 13-16): Experience the best of Alton Jones multi-sport activities all wrapped into one week. Spend your week participating in a variety of sport adventures while enjoying the camaraderie of other like-minded teens. Wet & Wild includes activities like sailing on the bay, river kayaking and rafting. Rocky & Rugged weeks include tree climbing, zip lining and high ropes. Both feature the popular Brownstone Adventure Park. Each night you will enjoy a “teens only” evening program. Come with an open mind and sense of adventure. If you have never done some of the activities, relax. Experience is not a requirement, but a positive, cooperative attitude and a willingness to have fun while learning is! Running: wet & wild weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8/ rocky & rugged weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
NEW Teen X Epic Adventure (ages 13-16): Participate in an action packed week full of extreme adventure activities. Start the week off indoor skydiving in New Hampshire and visiting the popular Brownstone Adventure Park. Spend the second half of the week camping in tents, zip lining, and whitewater rafter in the Berkshires. In the evenings enjoy delicious dinners, and special teen activities and games. Make sure to come with an open mind and sense of adventure. Experience is not a requirement, but a positive, cooperative attitude and a willingness to have fun while learning is! Running weeks 4 and 6.
Forth of July Camp (ages 8-13): Celebrate Independence Week at Alton Jones! Enjoy all of our Earth Camp offerings with a focus on celebrating our nation’s birthday. Includes patriotic games, a traditional Fourth of July barbecue and a trip to see fireworks viewed from an appropriate kid-friendly distance (weather permitting). Running week 2
Outdoor Skills (ages 11-13)(ages 14-16): Spend the week learning wilderness skills and putting them to the test. Start out at Alton Jones to learn the foundations of outdoor skills: map and compass reading, building fires, cooking outdoors, shelter building, environmental hazards, dealing with weather, using tents, using backpacking equipment, and leave-no-trace camping techniques. Then use those skills on a three-day, two-night hiking/backpacking/tent camping adventure that will be safe, challenging, strenuous, and fun. Carry all the gear that you need on your back while hiking from one campsite to the next. The goal of Outdoor Skills is to learn how to enjoy a demanding outdoor experience with others through responsible decision-making, physical exertion, and using skills appropriate for natural conditions. The week will be spent learning and practicing outdoor living skills, in the forests of the 2,300 acre W. Alton Jones Campus and the adjoining 14,200 acre Arcadia Management Area. Your backpack hike of 2-4 miles each day will include some of Rhode Island’s nicest forested scenery. Some highlights include Step Stone Falls, the Falls River, Breakheart Pond, Frosty Hollow, and Penny Hill. NOTE: This program is physically challenging. Running weeks 3, 5, 7.
Night Camp (ages 11-13): Night Camp will allow you to explore the nocturnal world—all night! Take night hikes to study the night sky and learn more about owls, bats, and other nocturnal animals. As a night camper you will gradually shift your schedule until you are awake all night and sleep during the day. Astronomy, owl calling, bat observation, night games, night hikes, and a night swamp tromp make up the week. You will also make comparisons between doing activities such as ponding and insect collection during the day and at night. Enjoy a visit from a University of Rhode Island astro-physicist who will teach you about the stars and planets visible in the night sky, trace constellations with lasers, discuss black holes and possibly spend time at the observatory using the telescopes. Of course there is also all camp activities, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding and so much more. The actual activities that you will be involved in may vary somewhat depending upon the weather, availability of guest speakers and the phase of the moon. Running weeks weeks 4, 6, 8.
Marine Madness (ages 11-13): Marine Madness will take you on an ocean adventure exploring coastal ecosystems and marine habitats along the Rhode Island and Connecticut coastlines. You will visit and examine rocky shores, tide pools, salt marshes, barrier beaches, estuaries and Long Island Sound using hands-on exploration. Dig beneath the surface to learn about the habitats of crabs, clams, algae, sea stars, and many other marine organisms. Top it all off by staying overnight at Mystic Aquarium! While at Mystic Aquarium you will have a chance to learn more about the marine world while making new friends and having fun. Go behind the scenes for a “backstage tour” of the aquarium, dissect a squid, participate in a variety of marine environment related games and activities, and sleep overnight in the undersea world at Mystic Aquarium. Campers get ready for bed and set-up their sleeping bags in the aquarium’s Undersea World right next to the exhibits! . While with the Mystic staff you will also visit other coastal areas in Connecticut. You will take a boat trip with Project Oceanology in Groton. On-board you will help conduct research by catching organisms in an otter trawl net and by testing various forms of water quality. You will go crabbing where you will be involved in all aspects of catching the crabs, including, baiting your own line! Time is spent learning about the different kinds of crabs and you may even have some fun with crab races. Also, you will visit a special permit-only area of Hammonasett Beach to explore the salt marsh and rocky shore. Wrap the week up by enjoying our lake and waterfront activities, and explore the aquatic life here at Alton Jones through ponding, stream hikes, and swamp tromps. Running weeks 3, 5, 7.
Coastal Craze (ages 11-13) (ages 14-16): Take a ferry ride to pristine Prudence Island, in the heart of the Narragansett Bay, for a three-day sleepover visit to the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve to explore salt marshes and tidal creeks. Learn about clams and oysters, and you will go crabbing, fishing, and swimming. Other activities include a tour of the island, sandy beach activities, a crab monitoring program, a sunset walk, and ecology games. This camp theme is offered in conjunction with the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NBNERR), which means that you will meet staff from the NBNERR who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm about Prudence Island and Narragansett Bay. Wrap the week up by enjoying our lake and waterfront activities, and explore the aquatic life here at Alton Jones through ponding, stream hikes, and swamp tromps. Running: ages 11-13 weeks 4, 8/ ages 14-16 week 6.
Art Camp (ages 9-13): Explore crafting, drawing, collage and more that focuses on the natural environment. Campers will create an assortment of individual and group projects culminating in a showcase of their work at the end of each session. Children can stretch their imaginations at week-long art camp sessions in various media. Sessions are taught by an experienced art instructor every morning. Each child will explore their creativity in a safe, encouraging environment. In the afternoon campers have the opportunity to pick their afternoon activity. Options may include paddle boarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, ponding, wilderness skills, compass course, arts and crafts, insecting, an epic adventure hike, archery, fire building, shelter building, visiting the farm, a swamp tromp, stream hike, animal tracking, cooking, and many more. Anyone who has ever dreamed of creating art should consider joining us for art classes that are instructive and encouraging of abilities. Art classes are taught during the morning session. Running weeks 3, 5, 7
Week 1: June 24 – 28 (week 1 is day camp only)
Week 2: June 30 – July 5
Week 3: July 7 – 12
Week 4: July 14 – 19
Week 5: July 21 – 26
Week 6: July 28 – August 2
Week 7: August 4 – 9
Week 8: August 11 – 16
Minimum Age 5
Maximum Age 16
Camp Dates week 1: june 24 – 28 (day camp only) week 2: june 30 – july 5 week 3: july 7 – 12 week 4: july 14 – 19 week 5: july 21 – 26 week 6: july 28 – august 2 week 7: august 4 – 9 week 8: august 11-16
Camp Cities West Greenwich, RI
Camp Director Email email@example.com
Camp Capacity 110
Camp Length 1 week
Cost Per Week Varied
Financial Aid Offered No
- 75-acre lake
- Historical farm
- 10 miles of hiking trails
- Wildflower meadows
- Streams and ponds
- Historical sites
- Renovated Cabins
- Day camp extended care
- Day camp shuttle bus