Field Notes Blog

Bird Research in Action!

Bird Research in Action! Bring your group staying at Cape Cod Sea Camps to the Wellfleet Bay’s Wildlife Sanctuary to see live birds at their Bird Banding Research Station.   What is Bird Banding? Once a bird is captured in one of our 24 mist nets, a series of data is collected from the bird, and it is given a small aluminum “anklet” with a unique number, much like a fingerprint. It is the only bird in the world now wearing that ID number! Banding can reveal how, and where, migrant songbirds are using habitats to stop and refuel. This […]

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Disconnect to Reconnect at Cape Cod Sea Camps

Phone Vacation A new craze is starting to form in the United States and this is a special vacation. It is not a vacation to an exotic destination or to visit family and friends. This vacation is a break from phones and other tech devices. There are many reasons people have decided to take a step back from their phones and these reasons can be very beneficial to an overall healthier life and mindset. Here are some of the reasons, thoughts and benefits of why people are taking steps back from their phones: Promotes a work-life balance When people are […]

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Going Alfresco-Benefits of bringing your group outside at Cape Cod Sea Camps

Going Alfresco As the seasons change, the daylight switches from the long days of summer to the short grey days of winter, our motivation to step outside seems to dwindle. During the cold/ grey months, we often forget about the importance of carving out time to step outside and take in the sunshine. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93% of their time indoors and as individuals get older, they are less inclined to spend time outdoors. 8 With this sobering statistic, it is important to understand the benefits and reasons why it is important […]

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What are the benefits of taking students on an Outdoor Education trip?

In todays world, children spend an average of 6 hours in front of a screen instead of outside enjoying the fresh air, being active and curiously exploring this amazing planet we get to call home. Many kids today, have not played outside until the street lights came on, chased lightening bugs like maniacs, or even made the biggest wish on a dandelion flower. One of the best ways to introduce kids to the outdoors, even if they do not get to experience it often in their home life, is by offering a school outdoor education trip. These trips can be […]

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Cape Cod Sea Camps hosts 20th Year “Leadership Weekend” Event

The Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster celebrated the 20th Year of their annual “Leadership Weekend” April 29 – May 1, 2016.  The weekend is for group leaders looking to plan a trip to Cape Cod and was very well attended with over thirty five participants from thirteen different school districts.  The leaders were from both current groups travelling this season to Cape Cod and prospective groups looking to plan a trip.  Attendees came from schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and traveling from as far as Albany, NY. The three day weekend event held the last weekend in April was planned to […]

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Kellsie Sedlak welcomed as Group Manager

We are excited to welcome Kellsie Sedlak to our staff as our new Group Manager. Kellsie has worked the last two years at Camp as both an Assistant Head Counselor and Head Counselor in our Resident Camp summer program. Since leaving CCSC at the end of the summer 2014, she accepted a job at a YMCA Camp in Wisconsin as a Group Program Manager where she has been actively involved in overseeing the groups that use their 500 acre property.  She helps to run academic and recreational programs, scheduling of grounds and meals, helped with budgeting and oversees the facility […]

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20th Annual Leadership Weekend Celebration

20th Annual Celebration of Leadership Weekend – April 29 – May 1, 2016 Dear Group Leader, You are invited to the 20th Annual Cape Cod Sea Camps Leadership Weekend. It will be held here on the grounds of the Cape Cod Sea Camps from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1st, 2016. The purpose of this weekend remains constant:  to give leaders some time “on-Cape” before arriving at a later date with a group and to offer new learning and teaching opportunities about Cape Cod. The weekend is planned to provide you with time with your leadership team, the Cape […]

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Leadership Weekend 2015

LEADERSHIP WEEKEND INVITATION   May 1 to 3, 2015                       Dear Group Leader, You are invited to the 19th Annual Cape Cod Sea Camps Leadership Weekend. It will be held here on the grounds of the Cape Cod Sea Camps from Friday, May 1st to Sunday, May 3rd, 2015. The purpose of this weekend remains constant:  to give leaders some time “on-Cape” before arriving at a later date with a group and to offer new learning opportunities about Cape Cod. The weekend provides time with your leadership team, the Cape Cod Sea Camps staff,  other like-minded educators and encourages you to feel […]

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Overnight Field Trip Check List

FIELD TRIP CHECKLIST   ____ GROUP LEADER:  Have you designated a contact person/organizer for your group? ____ APPROVAL:  Has your field trip been approved by the school board and superintendent? ____ CONTRACT & DEPOSIT:  Have you communicated your needs, costs and signed the appropriate contract and submitted your deposit? ____ CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE:  Have you submitted for your insurance to provide to the vendors that require a copy?  Are they listed as “additionally insured” on the policy for your trip? ____ TAX EXEMPT STATUS:  Have you provided vendors you are using with a copy of your tax exempt certificate and/or […]

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Cell phones at Camp – What’s your policy?

Just imagine – sitting by the crackling campfire, stars out, beautiful Cape Cod night with owls hooting from the trees.  RINNNNNG “Hello, Mom, yes everything is fine…” Cell phones are now an important part of our work, personal life and habits.  But does the constant use of your cell phone take away from the experience of being at Camp?  Well, the short answer is YES.  However, there are some proactive approaches you can take when planning a Field Trip or Retreat to keep outside interference from impacting the overall experience of the members or the group. 1)  Come up with […]

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