Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp was started by Lori and Scott Martin in the summer of 1993 in its original humble home at Babler State Park. During that first summer, Lori took vacation time from her full-time job and offered three weeks of camp to about ten kids each week. Camp grew every year since and by 1998, Cub Creek had outgrown Babler State Park. The following year in 1999, Lori and Scott purchased what we now call Bear River Ranch. The property was previously a camp for the Campfire Girls called WoHeLo Woods that closed back in the 80’s. When they purchased it, there were only two buildings that were livable: a trailer and the still standing Romania.
Over the past 25 years, the camp you see today is vastly different than the place it once was. Our newest buildings include the staff lounge and art studios (introduced in 2013), lemur island (introduced in 2013), and our new, incredible dining hall. Started in the Fall of 2014, our new dining hall had its first summer in 2016. For the first time in many years, all of camp could eat all three meals together. And for the first time in camp history, campers were able to eat their meals alongside one of camp’s favorite animals, Ring-tailed Lemurs.
Cub Creek Science Camp has gained the reputation for being the only summer camp in the country with a hands on, interactive zoo. With more than 300 animals ranging over 100 species, camp is an animal lover’s paradise. We’re proud of our camp’s history! It is a true depiction of following your dreams and making a contribution to the world that benefits all. We hope that all who come here are inspires to accomplish their life’s goals and follow all their dreams.
As parents, we know you have many options when it comes to choosing a camp for your child. We are happy you chose to trust Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp and we want you to know that we will take care of your children as if they were our own! Browse our website and page through our Parent Handbook, as it answers many of the often asked questions and gives you a glimpse of a summer at Cub Creek. If at any time you need further clarification, or just a reassuring voice, please feel free to give us a call. We look forward to sharing a fun-filled summer with you soon!
Executive Director, Owner, and Creator