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Dunes Learning Center
Chesterton, Indiana

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(219) 395-9555
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700 Howe Rd
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

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CAMPER AGES: 5-17

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: A week of summer camp at Dunes Learning Center builds confidence, skills and friendships that last a lifetime. With professionally-trained staff leading the fun, campers explore the unique ecology of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore while hiking the dunes, playing in Lake Michigan and singing around the campfire.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Dunes Learning Center programs are inclusive and welcome special needs campers.

CAMP INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED:
Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Science, Technology, Academics, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, and more. Dune Climb
Lake Michigan Hike
Beach Party
Night Hike
Camp Fires
Environmental Stewardship
Kayaking
Nature Photography
Camp Crafts

TOP INDIANA SPORTS CAMP: Dunes Learning Center is a Top Sports Summer Camp located in Chesterton Indiana offering many fun and enriching Sports and other camp programs.

CAMP LOCATION: Standing on the grounds of the former Good Fellow Club Youth Camp, Dunes Learning Center is located in the heart of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in northwest Indiana, less than an hour from Chicago. Built in 1998, our modern facility is encircled by scenic trails, historic sites and one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the nation.

CAMP FACILITIES: Located inside Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, our 63 acre national park campus features ecological diversity seen few places in the world.

Ten, group-style modern cabins, each accommodating eight people (seven campers with one cabin leader), are equipped with comfortable bunk beds, bathroom facilities, and a shower. Heating and air conditioning allow for year-round comfort. Male and female campers use separate cabins, and are supervised by adults both inside the cabins and during all guided adventures.

A large multi-purpose dining hall and activity center, Cowles Lodge, is the central hub of camp life. Meal times are an important parts of the camp day, providing opportunities for socializing, fun activities and learning about food as a natural resource. A full-service kitchen is staffed by our own staff and can meet most special dietary needs.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Dunes Learning Center is American Camp Association (ACA) accredited.

Led by first aid and CPR certified education staff and National Park rangers, Dunes Learning Center camps offer a variety of ways for kids age 6-17 to explore the beaches, prairies, dunes and woodlands of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Campers spend their days outdoors where they experience native and historic cultures, play games, try their hand at camp crafts, and sing around the campfire with new friends.

Established in 1998, Dunes Learning Center programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature. Learn more at Our Camp Website Link: www.duneslearningcenter.org

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Scholarships available.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Lightning Bug Music Festival Family Overnight Campout
June 30-July 1, 2018
This weekend adventure includes the chance to paddle the Little Calumet River, explore historic Bailly Homestead, meet the animals at Chellberg Farm and participate in a scavenger hunt, night hike, campfire and music festival. Registration $75 per person (12 & under free) includes
ticket to Lightning Bug Music Festival, Dunes Learning Center tie-dye t-shirt and tent campsite.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Dunes Learning Center operates in partnership with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore delivering year-round curriculum and standards-based education programs that inspire curiosity, scientific literacy and environmental stewardship.

CAMP SESSION DATES & FEES:
Dunes Discovery Camp
Campers ages 9-13 spend 5 days and 4 nights exploring rivers, identifying insects, hiking dunes, playing in Lake Michigan, laughing with new friends and singing around the campfire at this summer camp like no other.

Dunes Adventure Camp
Campers ages 14-17 spend 5 days and 4 nights immersed in the unique ecology of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Kayaking, night-time insect investigations, nature photography, a beach party, camp-out and campfire are just a few of the planned adventures, designed to thrill, challenge and engage teens.

Critter Camp
Critter Camp gets kids ages 6–8 outside, where they spend their days exploring the park's forests, streams, meadows and trails with new friends. Activities range from traditional camp crafts to themed hikes and a day at the beach. Day camp (Monday-Friday) hours are 9am–3pm.

Chellberg Farm Camp
Historic Chellberg Farm is the backdrop for our newest day camp where kids can interact with the animals, explore the forest and play fun games to learn more about life at the farm. Sessions for campers 5-6 (Tuesdays) and 7-8 (Thursdays) from 9am–3pm.

Learn more and register Our Camp Website Link: www.duneslearningcenter.org

SUMMER CAMP JOBS:
Cabin Leader
General Description: Dunes Learning Center (DLC) is a residential education facility within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that works in close partnership with the National Park Service (NPS). Cabin Leaders are members of the program staff at the DLC. They supervise summer camp residents while developing their outdoor education and resource interpretation skills and techniques. Cabin Leaders are an integral part of the program, being positive role models for our campers.

Specific duties include overnight supervision of campers in cabins, leading evening activities (campfires, group games, night hikes, etc.), leading meal and flag raising activities, and hosting a tent camp out with campers. Cabin Leaders also have the opportunity for professional development by shadowing NPS staff and Dunes Learning Center Naturalists.

Term of Internship: Summer, June 6, 2019 – August 2, 2019 (includes training). Involves evening hours and special weekend events.

Responsibilities: • Attend program staff training workshops and regularly scheduled staff meetings • Supervise and be responsible for up to 8 children overnight in cabins on the DLC campus • Lead evening activities and other DLC summer camp programs for children; ages 8-17 • Conduct research and make preparations needed for all assigned educational programs • Ensure safety and well-being of program participants • Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities • Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) • Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. • Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center • Assist with other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications: • Must be at least 18 years of age • Currently enrolled in an Associate or BA/BS academic program • Enthusiastic about working with children in an outdoor setting • Great independent worker and team player • Official government identification • Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and hike several miles over hilly dunes terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack

Desired Qualifications: • Prior experience in outdoor education, residential camp setting, nature centers, or day camps

All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening.

Benefits: $290 weekly stipend (average 40 hours per week), housing in cabins shared with summer camp residents on the campus of DLC, uniforms, First Aid/CPR training, meals and weekly s’mores when groups are in residence, and professional development opportunities.

To apply send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director at employment[AT]duneslearningcenter.org


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