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Coastal Rivers welcomes Camp Mummichog staff

Camp Mummichog staff, left to right: Camp Director Angela DesVeaux, counselors Jonas Stepanauskas, Jaiya Valentin-Chase, Kendra Gladu and Elliott Chapman, and instructor Jake Galluzzo. (Photo courtesy of Coastal Rivers)

Coastal Rivers Camp Mummichog opened on Tuesday, July 5, but prep work for a summer camp is starting much earlier. Four new camp counselors and one returning camp instructor received a full week of training to learn the ins and outs of supporting campers in nature exploration.

The new counselors include high school students Elliott Chapman, from Newcastle, Kendra Gladu, from Waldoboro, Jonas Stepanauskas, from Nobleboro and Jaya Valentin-Chase, from Newcastle and Massachusetts. All four attended Camp Mummichog as campers. Jake Galluzzo, of South Bristol and South Carolina, returns to Camp Mummichog this year as a camp instructor.

Coastal Rivers education assistant Angela DesVeaux is now camp director, taking over this year from director of education Sarah Gladu, who started Camp Mummichog in 2006.

According to DesVeaux, camp counselors learn “the art of teaching.” In addition to learning about ecological concepts and commonly encountered plant and animal species, they learn how to lead nature walks and encourage safe exploration. They develop their own lesson plans and programs and explain how to handle any emergencies that may arise.

In May, counselors participated in a full weekend of wilderness first aid training with other Coastal Rivers staff.

Camp Mummichog offers nature education in many forms: hands-on exploration, physical activity, art, music, writing, games, field trips, and more. Campers explore the forests, marshes and fields of Coastal Rivers Salt Bay Farm and take trips to nearby reserves.

Offered from Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, August 19, camp sessions last four or five days. Each week focuses on a different theme and is aimed at a specific age group. There is also a counselor training program for young people aged 12 and over. More information about Camp Mummichog can be found online at coastrivers.org/events-programs/camp-mummichog.

Coastal Rivers is a nationally accredited, member-supported, non-profit land trust that cares for the lands and waters of the Damariscotta-Pemaquid region by conserving special places, protecting water quality , creating trails and public access, and deepening connections to nature through education. programs. For more information, email [email protected] or visit coastalrivers.org.