Planning Packet: (328KB) (contains items 1-19 below) or download
each item separately: Please Note "Volunteer
For All Seasons" handbook is not included
in this packet, but can be downloaded separately.
Letter from the Naturalists
Program Planning Checklist: A checklist to help facilitate
planning an Ebersole Program.
- *Visiting Staff Training:
The State of Michigan requires that all visiting staff take part in
pre-visit staff training. This includes information and expectations for adults
who are attending Ebersole as instructors and chaperones. A
supplemental handbook for visiting staff and chaperones is also
available: "Volunteer For
All Seasons" as is a State published
guide to camper behavior management. We also have a few
videos available on YouTube that may help with
- *Group Roster: The State
of Michigan requires that Ebersole have an accurate group roster on
file at all times while a group is in residence.
- Activity Group
List: Groups need to be divided into smaller activity or study
groups for the various activities at Ebersole. This form can
Assignments:- Most groups assign each
person a bunk. This can help by keeping students with specific
needs near an adult or near the restrooms.
Daily Dorm Cleaning
Assignments: Having children assigned to specific cleaning tasks
can help keep the dorms tidy and make departure day cleanup much
Cleaning Assignments: Most groups choose to clean the Ebersole
Facilities themselves as a way to teach responsibility and keep
Day Cleaning Checklist: A checklist to make
sure the Ebersole buildings and campus are left in an appropriate
Supervisor Duties: Each group must have at least one adult
assigned to supervise meals- to help distribute food, make sure
students are getting enough to eat, but not wasting food and to help
supervise clean up after meals.
Most groups choose to assign tables in the dining room so students
and adults know where they are sitting. Dining room tables
each seat 6 unless arranged in advance with the Ebersole Center food service
Resource People: a list of outside people available to lead
supplementary activities such as storytelling or campfire sing
along. Resource people charges are in addition to regular
Ebersole program costs and must be scheduled well in advance.
Trip List: a compilation of nearby offsite trips that can be
scheduled. Most trips need to be scheduled in advance and
greatly depend on availability of transportation. Other
charges may apply.
Replacement Cost List: Supplemental materials available at
Ebersole and respective charges, if any.
- Sample Schedule: A sample schedule for a 3-day group, but can be modified
for a 4 or 5-day group as well!
Dear Parent Letter: A letter for parents giving background
information for a child's trip to Ebersole Center. Also
included is a list of suggested clothing and equipment each
student should bring to Ebersole Center. Also includes what NOT
to bring. Also feel free to encourage parents to view our
online YouTube videos for more information
about Ebersole Center.
Each student is required have a completed form on file at the Ebersole
Center office no less than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled visit.
(2 sided- usually printed on green paper)
Each adult teacher/ chaperone (18 years and over) must complete this form and submit to the
Ebersole Center office no less than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled
visit. (usually printed on pink paper)
- Souvenir Store Price Sheet
updated!:A form to help group
leaders know what store items their students would like to purchase.
It lists most of the items available at our store and their current
prices. Not all groups visit the store. It is up to
the individual teacher/ leader.
Store item availability and prices are subject to change.
*denotes materials required by the State
of Michigan: Department of Human Services
Additional Teacher Information not included
in above packet:
- "Volunteer For All
Seasons": supplemental handbook for visiting staff and
"Positive Approaches to Managing Campers": - A guide to camper
behavior management- published by the State of Michigan.
A map showing the placement of the various buildings, Lake, and Trails
at Ebersole Center.
Directions to Ebersole: A map
showing the best routes to take to get to Ebersole, as well as a link
to Google directions.
With school budget cuts, many groups are finding it more challenging
to pay for camp. We are compiling helpful funding ideas here.
Please share your own as well!
there other forms or information you would like to see here? Please let us know!
Informational videos about Ebersole Environmental Center are available
produced in October 2009 by Lansing Cable Channel 21:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCIOUaFxfHQ
Older Video Produced in
Fall of 1999: "Environmental Education and Group Building"