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Youth Environmental Leadership Camp (YELC)

Help the environment and make new friends!

YELC is an immersive summer program for students entering the 6th or 7th grade in the Fall*. Campers will connect with nature, learn about human impacts on the environment, and discover the many career opportunities that make a difference, while participating in hands-on activities. Small groups of 15 campers will attend a one-week camp M-F from 8:30am-5:30pm. Campers will take field trips each day, but the day starts and ends at the Splash Science Center, located at 4426 Excelsior Road, in Mather, CA.

We want to inspire campers to make a positive impact within their communities, so we require that each camper participate in at least two (2) environmentally-focused volunteer events with identified partner organizations. Note: Preference will be given to applicants who complete one (1) of the two (2) volunteering events, between February 01 and March 31. Campers will also run a personal fundraising campaign for one of the organizations**. Campers will make brief presentations to their peers in early December, about their experience. Guidance will be provided on the volunteering, fundraiser, and presentation.

YELC will lay the foundation for an on-going, youth-led movement to conserve energy and protect air quality, water, and ecosystems from the impacts of urban life. Please read on to learn more about the program.

As of 01March24, applications are closed due to the number of applications already submitted.

*Prior year campers are not eligible to participate in this program again.

**Splash will not be an eligible recipient of these fundraising campaigns.

WHAT WILL CAMPERS LEARN?

During the week-long camp, each day will cover topics related to:

  • Climate Change / Air Quality
  • Energy & Transportation
  • Water
  • Food Production / Consumption / Waste Management
  • Land Use / Natural Habitats
  • Project Management

The campers visit local sites for guided tours and experiences related to the topics listed above.  Campers will sample and collect data, gain experience using some of the tools and materials that scientists and engineers use in their work, as well as participate in hands-on activities at the Splash Science Center.

Campers will get the chance to engage with professional environmental scientists, engineers, social scientists, and environmental protection activists to learn about their careers and what they did in order to work in specific fields of expertise.

HELPING YOUR COMMUNITY!

Campers will participate in at least two (2) volunteer events with identified partner organizations, to deliver a positive impact within their community – things like tree plantings and creek cleanups. Preference will be given to applicants who complete one (1) of the two (2) volunteer events before March 31. The second must be completed by the end of November (more is always wonderful). A list of organizations that frequently have such events, will be provided. Campers will also run a small personal fundraising campaign for one of the organizations (not Splash), with a $40 minimum goal. Campers will make brief presentations to their peers in early December, about their experience. Guidance will be provided on the fundraiser and presentation.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Students entering 6th and 7th grades in the coming Fall* who already have some interest in the environment or natural habitats and are interested in growing their knowledge through hands-on learning would make great YELC’rs!

Check out these short videos showing the campers havING a blast learning and just being kids!

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

What do campers need?

  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen already applied
  • Water shoes and swim suit/water play clothes at least for Water Day (we’ll let you know if others)

What do we provide?

In addition to the experience,

  • FUN
  • All Program Materials
  • Transportation to all field excursions
  • Backpack, refillable water bottle, and more!

What does it cost?

It may be hard to believe, but this program is FREE for campers!  Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, we are able to provide this program at no cost to participants. For this reason, Splash will emphasize recruiting campers from groups that are underrepresented in the outdoors and STEM.

Special thanks to these organizations for supporting this program!

When is the camp?

Campers will attend one of the weeks in June.

2024 Dates: June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28

how can we apply?

  • Applications are now closed for 2024. If your child will be heading into 6th grade this Fall, please check back in February, subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to be among the first to know when applications are open for the new year.

*Prior year campers are not eligible to participate in this program again.

Splash will let parents of current year applicants know by the middle of April if their child’s application has been accepted and, if so, for which camp week their child is registered.