PlayOUT Summer Junior Naturalists

We are excited to invite youth ages 12--17 to Camp PlayOUT as Summer Junior Naturalists. This is a great opportunity to build your leadership skills while spending your days having fun in the outdoors! We have spots for six Summer Junior Naturalists during each week of Camp PlayOUT at Linwood Park. Summer Junior Naturalist hours will be 9 am--4 pm each day. Camp PlayOUT is free for all Summer Junior Naturalists. 


Spots Available

Six Junior Naturalist spaces are available each week.


10 staff members (4 teachers and 6 Junior Naturalists) to engage and care for 45 children.

Wrap-around Care provided

7:30 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Camp PlayOUT is free for Junior Naturalists ages 12---17. Summer Junior Naturalists are eligible to receive service hours for their time.

We would love to have you!​

To learn more and apply, please visit the Summer Junior Naturalists page. 

Camp PlayOUT is excited to offer 6 sessions during the summer of 2020!

Themes will be explored daily through hands-on immersive learning stations and story time during lunch.

Summer Session 1: July 6--July 10. Junior Naturalist: Enrich your child’s natural curiosity and encourage physical activity in the outdoors through this hands-on environmental awareness experience. Campers will explore a variety of topics relating to the natural world each day and gain an understanding of their important role in helping to protect it. Each camper will have the opportunity to earn a Junior Naturalist Certificate.


Summer Session 2: July 13--July 17. Maker's Space: Let your imagination guide you as you make inventive creations. This week we will encourage tinkering, play, and open-ended exploration with a variety of projects and materials.


Summer Session 3: July 20--July 24. Life Skills: This week is all about learning a variety of useful life skills. Campers will learn ways to stay safe when they are home alone, principles of outdoor survival including shelter building and fire making, what to do if you are lost, basic first-aid/CPR, and self defense. Each camper will have the opportunity to earn a Life Skills Certificate.


Summer Session 4: July 27--July 31. Storytellers: Join in on the fun as we explore many ways to share and be part of a story. Our days will be filled with plays, poetry, projects, and games that will foster each camper's storytelling skills.


Summer Session 5: August 3--August 7. Let's Play: From field games to board games, this week is all about playing games! Campers will have the opportunity to flex relationship building skills while playing a variety of team sports. Each camper will have the opportunity to earn a TrueSport Certificate for learning and practicing teamwork and sportsmanship.

Summer Session 6: August 10--August 14. Art Outside: This week campers will explore color, shape, and texture as they create art in and from 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 works.

Requirements and Responsibilities

You would be a fantastic Summer Junior Naturalist with Camp PlayOUT if you:

  • have a desire to work with young children.

  • are motivated to become a role model.

  • are ready to hone your leadership skills.

  • have an interest in the natural environment.

  • can commit to the hours of 9 am--4 pm daily at least one full summer week.

Typical Summer Junior Naturalist responsibilities include:

  • assisting with group management.

  • leading songs, games, and activities.

  • gathering materials and supplies.

  • participating in clean-up.

  • learning new things about nature.

  • helping with end-of-week festivities. 


Training and Program Commitment


Mandatory meeting: June 14, 2020 or June 26, 2020 

Time: 1 pm--4 pm

Location: Linwood Park

Summer Junior Naturalists commit to a minimum of one full week, 9 am--4 pm, during July or August.​



To apply for a Summer Junior Naturalist position, please submit one letter of recommendation and a personal essay speaking to your counselor skills and aptitude (hint: the ones listed above). These will be submitted through the online registration form. Letters of recommendation can also be sent through email. 

Daily Schedule

7:30--9 am: Wrap-around Care (free choice)

9 am: Campers arrive, free choice

9:30 am: Whole camp meeting

9:45 am: Divide into teams for name games, a team building activity, and review of the day’s schedule

10:00 am: Snack

10:30 am: Theme Stations/Free Choice

12:00 noon: Wash up for lunch by team

12:15 pm: Lunch/Storytime

12:45 pm: Theme Stations/Free Choice

2:30 pm: Snack

2:45 pm: Theme Stations/Free Choice

3:30 pm: Whole Camp Meeting including team roll call, cheers/songs, and announcements

3:45 pm: All campers in teams with backpacks, ready for pick up (circle games)

4:00 pm: Pick up

4:00--5:00 pm: Wrap-around Care (free choice) and take down

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