Camp Descriptions

Fishing Camps (Big Fish and Young Anglers Retail $550, Fly Fishing Retail $575)

A day on the still waters of a local lake or pond, another day wading in a river or stream, the next day out on the Chesapeake Bay with a Coast Guard Certified Charter to experience salt water fishing, another day fishing from small boats or float fishing a river in a raft.

Each day Campers will explore new fishing environments which include ponds, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, creeks, and the Chesapeake Bay.  Each day there is a new lesson that builds confidence, improves skills and teaches your child how to succeed at fishing. Campers will learn to target specific species of fish, read the water to locate fish and identify fish species they catch.

Fish and Explore camps are fun, and to keep them that way we focus on exploring the outdoors safely. Campers will wear lifejackets when in the water or on a boat. Fishing is about relaxing outdoors, having fun and catching fish, so all Campers will wear lifejackets and learn how to understand different types of water to increase their awareness of how to play safely in and around all bodies of water. An introduction to river navigation and moving water safety helps prepare Campers to fish independently.

Campers will learn to find and catch fish through our proprietary lesson plan that has been created specifically for children.  Fish and Explore makes it easy for kids to understand how to use fishing equipment and learn techniques that result in more fish caught.  The first day of camp is focused on basic fishing skills like casting and knot tying.  As each student progresses, instructors introduce more in depth fishing concepts and skills.

Campers learn from instructor demonstrations and examples and then quickly move to hands on practice where we incorporate a methodology that teaches success and honing of skills through repetition. 1 to 4 ratio (instructor to student) ensures lots of individual attention.  ALL CAMPERS WILL CATCH FISH.

Fish and Explore provides all gear and safety equipment, bait and tackle, rods and reels, and lifejackets.

FISH AND EXPLORE Campers will gain core knowledge of fishing and related equipment, including rods, reels, line, lures and terminal tackle, watercraft, such as river rafts and small boats.  Campers are instructed on identifying and understanding differing bodies of water, such as ponds, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, creeks, and the Chesapeake Bay as well as water safety techniques required to enjoy fishing safely and responsibly. 

Ultimately, FISH AND EXPLORE Campers will use all of the above training to locate and catch fish!

We offer Young Anglers for ages 7-10, Big Fish Camp for ages 10-16 and Fly Fishing for ages 9-16

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Nature Photography and Hiking Programs (Retail $495)

Want a cool way to expand your child’s creativity and appreciation for nature? Fish and Explore offers camps that combine nature and technology. Each day of camp includes trail and nature exploration in some of the region’s most scenic areas. Students learn to capture creative photos of animals and nature and then learn how to enhance and refine their prize snapshots in our digital lab.

We offer Nature Photography & Hiking camps for ages 10 – 17

Please visit our PhotoBucket Gallery to see our students’ impressive camera work.

 

 

Native Animal Explorers (Retail $450)

Fish and Explore is proud to offers camps that are all about our local creeks, ponds, and lakes and the animals that live in them.  Nothing gets children more interested in the outdoors than encountering the animals that call it home.

Campers will hike trails and wade streams, walk pond and lake shores to find native wildlife. Campers will observe, catch, photograph and release Frogs, Toads, Tadpoles (hey, they grow into frogs and toads don’t they!), Salamanders, Lizards, Turtles, Crayfish, Minnows, and many more small critters that live the life aquatic, and their nearby woodland neighbors.

Fish and Explore proudly practices Wildlife Catch, Photograph, and Release (Wildlife CPR).

Young explorers will be equipped with nets, magnifying glasses, and containers as they embark on their journey to a different trail, park or body of water each day. Campers learn how to observe and identify a wide variety of small creatures that live in our backyards, parks, fields and waters.   

Fish and Explore makes it easy for kids to understand how to use equipment along with safe capture and handling techniques that result in a better understanding and appreciation of small animals. We teach campers about the importance and beneficial roles of our native creatures and their place in our lives.

Campers learn catch, photograph and release from instructor demonstrations and examples and then quickly move to hands on practice. We incorporate principles of appreciation and understanding, so that campers learn to enjoy the wild animals as part of our ecosystem not as pets.  1 to 6 ratio (instructor to student) ensures lots of individual attention. 

ALL CAMPERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CATCH SMALL ANIMALS, OBSERVE THEM AND THEN RELEASE THEM BACK INTO THEIR NATURAL WORLD.

All campers should have good hiking shoes or sneakers, dress appropriately for the weather and outdoor activities. All of the hikes will take place in natural and wilderness environments, campers should be willing and comfortable spending time outdoors.

Fish and Explore provides all gear and safety equipment, nets and containers

 We offer Native Animal Explorers for ages 7-11.

 

 

SUP & Explore – Stand-Up Paddleboard (Retail $550)

Fish & Explore transports campers off-site to learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) along local waterways, ponds and lakes. Campers will learn paddleboard skills safely while exploring native wildlife. Afternoons will include fishing, swimming and beach stops. Campers will also wade and observe, catch, photograph and release frogs, toads, tadpoles, salamanders, lizards, turtles, crayfish, minnows, and many more small critters that live the life aquatic. Students will wear lifejackets when in the water or on a paddleboard. Bring lunch, snack change of clothes, sneakers or river shoes and towel. Everything else is provided. 

We offer SUP & Explore for ages 11-16

 

 

Paddle & Explore Camps (Retail $550)

 

Fish and Explore transports campers off-site to paddle 2 person kayaks along local waterways, ponds and lakes. Campers will learn kayaking skills while getting up close to native wildlife. Campers will paddle through animal habitats allowing them the opportunity to take amazing photographs. Beach stops allow campers to wade and observe, catch, photograph and release frogs, toads, tadpoles, salamanders, lizards, turtles, crayfish, minnows, and many more small critters that live the life aquatic. Students will wear lifejackets when in the water or on a boat. Bring lunch, snack change of clothes, sneakers or river shoes and towel. Everything else is provided.

We offer Paddle & Explore 1 for ages 8-12 and Paddle & Explore 2 for ages 11-17.

 

 

 

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Tell us what activities you would like to take part in and when you’re available and we’ll do the rest.