Young Explorers’ Camp 2021

In- Person Camp

This year we are back! We will be able to host our fun summer day camp for all the young explorers in the area. The camp’s programs and activities are focused on exploration, improving observational and outdoor skills, encouraging critical thinking, increasing knowledge of Missouri’s native species, physical activities, and, of course, having fun! Our activities fall under the Missouri Learning Standards and can further reinforce concepts your student is learning in school. Our campers have fun and go home with new knowledge and new friendships.

Who: Register if you are a Young Explorer between the ages of 8-11.

For safety and to make sure every child has a quality experience, we are limiting the number of participants each week to 12 campers, so sign up soon!

Where: Camp is held at our offices in Arrow Rock, MO. Arrow Rock is a National Historic Landmark and a great site for camp because of its rich natural and cultural history. *If you live in Marshall, MO see transportation options below.

When: The dates for camp are a bit different this year. Camp will be held Monday – Friday for two weeks in June. The first week is June 7th – June 11th (Registration Full). The second week will be June 21st – June 25th. You can sign-up for one week or both!

Camp runs from 8:30 am until 4 pm. Drop off anytime from 8-8:30 am and pick-up anytime from 4- 4:30 pm. Note: We are a small camp and therefore have the ability to be quite flexible with drop-off and pick-up times, so let us know if there is a conflict. If you live in Marshall, MO there is another transportation option described below.

Cost: $90 for one week and $160 for two weeks per camper. Note: You need to sign-up for both weeks ahead of time to receive the discount. Cost includes a healthy lunch, two snacks, a reusable water bottle, and an Exploration Kit!

Scholarships: We have scholarships available for interested young explorers who require financial assistance. To apply, fill out the form below and email to Camp Director, Paige Witek, at by Friday, May 28th.

Transportation: This summer we are excited to be able to provide a transportation option for the young explorers who live in the Marshall, MO area. We have partnered with OATS Transit to provide buses to and from Arrow Rock from multiple pick-up points around Marshall.* Pick-up time will be around 8 am and drop-off time will be around 4:30 pm. If you are interested in this option please fill out this form and email it to Camp Director, Paige Witek, at

*Pick-up points will be determined based on where campers who sign-up are located.


Register here for in-person camp!

After you register you will receive more camper information, our COVID- 19 procedures outline, and be asked to fill out an additional medical form.

Registration Deadlines:

Week 1 (June 7th – 11th) : REGISTRATION FULL

Week 2 (June 21st – June 25th) register by June 14th.

NOTE! If you are applying for a scholarship, you do not need to fill out this registration form.

Virtual Camp

Each young explorer who registers will receive an ‘Exploration Kit’ in the mail with all the tools and instructions for individual nature exploration and discovery. Each day’s activities will focus on a certain topic pertaining to nature and exploration. In the kit, you will receive written instructions on how to do each activity as well as instructions on how to access video instructions online. Then, at the end of camp, each participant will become a Certified Young Explorer by the Missouri River Bird Observatory!
ALSO! There will be optional Virtual Socials in the morning Mon. – Thurs. during the two weeks of camp. These Virtual Socials will allow the explorers to share what they discover and ask questions!

Who: Register if you are are a Young Explorer between the ages of 8-11! 

Due to limited supplies, we are limiting the number of participants to around 20, so sign up soon!

When: Register by June 27th to receive your Exploration Kit in time to participate! See weekly topics and dates below. The time for the Virtual Socials will be determined when we know how many will be participating, but they will occur during the morning hours. 

Cost: Registration costs $30 per child and includes the Exploration Kit (see contents below), written instructions for daily activities, access to video instructions for activities and priority access to Camp Director, Paige Witek, for any questions that come along.   

Weekly Topics and Dates

Week 1: Adaptation and Observation

Dates: July 12th – July 15th

Week 2: Ecology and Outdoor Skills

Dates: July 19th – July 22nd

July 22nd at 6:30 pm – Certified Young Explorer Online Ceremony

Exploration Kits Include:

  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Nature Journal
  • Navigation Compass
  • Butterfly Net
  • Aquatic Insect Net
  • Hand Magnifier
  • Bug Observation Container
  • Pencils and Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Case


Register here for virtual camp!

Registration Deadline: June 27th!

Questions or Concerns?

Feel free to call or email Paige Witek, Camp Director, with any questions or concerns you may have.


Phone: (660)837-3888