Join Us for Rock Detectives Camp or Throw One Yourself

The kids just started their last nine weeks of school which means it is time to think about signing up for summer camp. If you live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area or plan to visit us this summer, we would love to have you join us for our annual Rock Detectives Camp. The camp will be held at the Park West Recreation Building in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on June 16 through 20, 2014 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Each day of the camp has a different theme.

  • Day 1 = Minerals
  • Day 2 = Igneous Rocks
  • Day 3 = Sedimentary Rocks
  • Day 4 = Metamorphic Rocks
  • Day 5 = The Rock Cycle

On the first day, the kids receive and decorate a rock box to hold their collection that they assemble during the camp. Each day begins with a puzzle related to the day’s theme then a short lesson about minerals, rocks or the rock cycle. Each day of the camp, the kids receive two mineral or rock samples to identify and keep for their own collection that coincide with the day’s theme. On Rock Cycle day, the campers receive “mystery” samples that may be either minerals or rocks.

Each day, the kids will perform experiments related to mineral and rock formation including growing salt crystals, making and exploding a volcano, making edible metamorphic rocks, panning for crystals and more. During the camp, kids will participate in a Rock Bingo tournament and play Rock Jeopardy. You can sign up for the camp here.

If you do not live in our area but know a group of kids who might love attending Rock Detectives Camp, you can throw one yourself! My entire Rock Detectives Camp plan is available in our Rock Detectives Camp Guide. The guide includes the information you need to teach a week-long camp including, handouts, activity plans, supply lists, suggested rock and mineral samples for each day, the Rock Bingo game cards and call slips and the Rock Jeopardy board, questions and answers, and additional activities for extra time at camp. If you need rock and mineral samples, we give you a code for a discount on anything in our store for your camp. You can view details about the camp guide here.

If you have questions about our camp in June 2014 or about our Rock Detectives Camp Guide, please email me and I’ll be happy to help!


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