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Posted on: February 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Enviro Camp and Joyce Ebbets Scholarship Fund Essay Contest

The City of Ormond Beach’s Enviro Camp offers two (2) sessions during the summer, June 4 – June 29, and July 9 – August 3, and is designed for children ages 7-10.  Children play games, do crafts and activities which teach them about the environment, nature, history and science and much more!  Camp will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Please note that there will not be Enviro Camp the week of Independence Day (July 2-6).

Registration begins on April 2, 2018, and the cost is $106.00 per week.  Campers may sign up for one week or up to eight weeks; however, each week is limited to a maximum of 16 campers and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Cancellations made less than two (2) weeks before the camp start date will be assessed a $25.00 supply fee. Please refer to the attached Enviro Camp flyer for specific camp details.

We are very proud and excited this year to announce the “Joyce Ebbets Children’s Environmental Education Scholarship Fund.”   The scholarships have been made possible through generous donations made in memory of Joyce Ebbets.  Joyce Ebbets moved from Miami to Ormond Beach in 1987.  She served as a City Commissioner from 2000 to 2003 and as a Goodwill Ambassador from 2004 to 2011.  She is well-known for her unwavering support of the City’s approximate 150 acre Central Park.  She diligently promoted the preservation of the City’s green space and was devoted to the community through volunteerism and other civic efforts.  Ms. Ebbets was an avid and superb photographer and generously offered her nature photographs for use in City grant applications.  Ms. Ebbets was instrumental in assisting the City in its efforts to secure Volusia County ECHO grant funding for the development of Central Park which included trail segments, boat launches, a pier and observation deck, a boardwalk, parking, and restroom renovations.  In 2007, the City named the pier and observation deck “Joyce Ebbets Fishing Pier and Observation Deck” to honor her for her consummate commitment and support of Central Park.

It was Ms. Ebbets’ dream that made the Environmental Discovery Center a reality.  The Environmental Discovery Center, 601 Division Avenue, is now the location for the City’s annual summer Enviro Camp program.  Through the scholarship fund, four (4) children will have the opportunity to attend this year’s Enviro Camp through a competitive essay writing contest.  

Children are asked to write an essay on the topic “What I do Everyday to help the Environment.”  Entries are due no later than 11:59 PM EST, Friday, March 23, 2018.  Essays can be submitted via email to, or mailed to: The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, Florida, 32176, Attn:  Siobhan Daly.  Staff is not responsible for essays received after the submission deadline.  Essays will be judged by an independent group of volunteers by March 30, and winners will be notified immediately.  Decisions of the judges are final.  For more specifics regarding the essay contest, please refer to the official rules which are attached.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Siobhan Daly, Casements Coordinator, at 386-676-3216.

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