At Baltimore Woods, we believe that the benefits of connections to nature throughout childhood cannot be overestimated. Baltimore Woods has been running a successful nature day camp program for more than 25 years. We focus on natural history education through spending as much time as possible outside, in the woods, and on the trails. We believe that the best way to help children learn about nature is to experience it first hand, at their own pace.
Our counselors are all certified teachers in NYS, an unusual practice for camps in this area, and one that we feel is vital to our approach. Our counselors understand children. They are creative, fun, engaging, and never lose sight of keeping your children safe. They also understand the value of “natural play”, of giving the campers a little freedom to explore. Research has shown that this approach is very effective and has lasting benefits on many levels: physical development, socialization, self-confidence, and instilling a lasting sense of environmental stewardship. Our campers learn ecological concepts and become connected to the natural world in a very personal and very authentic way. Send your child to Baltimore Woods Day Camp!
Good news! Camp registration is now entirely online – saving everyone time and paper, and a few trees in the process. On each camp description page, find the link that says “Register Now!” You will be redirected to our registration portal. Simply fill out the forms, submit your payment, and you will get instant confirmation through your email. Be sure to set up an account to make future registrations even easier.
Medical forms have to be renewed and updated every year, as per NYS law. Baltimore Woods does not keep medical forms from year to year. When you register for camp you will be emailed a medical form, you’ll need to fill that out and send it in to Baltimore Woods, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY 13108, or fax it to 315.673.3671. Vaccination records must be included
Summer Nature Day Camp at Baltimore Woods is run and managed by Baltimore Woods for more than two decades. The camp director is Red Cross certified in First-Aid Responding to Emergencies and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Counselors have similar medical training. As part of the permit process with Onondaga County Health Department, the local hospital, the local emergency response team,Sheriff’s Department and a local doctor are all notified about camp and, where necessary, have maps of the complete camp grounds. The Camp Director remains in or near the main office throughout the day and is able to contact each counselor via walkie-talkie. During Summer Camp, the main office is open from 8a.m. to 5 p.m.
Onondaga County Health Department inspects the camp each year and issues a camp permit upon satisfactory inspection of the facilities and acceptance of application. They will conduct two to three unannounced camp inspections throughout the camp session.
Summer Nature Adventure Day Camp is for children in grades K-8. Nature’s Little Explorers ½ day camp is for 4 or 5 year olds. Voyager Camp is for children entering 5th through 8th grades. Teen camp is for teenagers in grades 8-11. Nature and Art Camp is for children entering 4th-6th grades.
Camp hours run from 10 am to 3 pm. There are extended before care and after care hours available from 8-10 am and 3-5 pm.
Camp is “on” even if it rains. There are all kinds of creatures and plants that become visible in the rain so the campers should be prepared to go hiking in the rain. During a dangerous thunder and lightning storm, campers will seek shelter (in the deep woods, Interpretive Center, or Log Cabin).
Each camp session is five days long, running Monday through Friday. There are eight weeks of camp beginning in early July.
$160 per session for Tradition, Teen, Voyager, and Nature and Art Camps. $70 per session for Nature’s Little Explorers Camps.
Early Registration – Register by April 15, 2014 and deduct $10 from the total camp registration fee.
Multiple Week – $5 discount per week when you register your child for more than one week.
Multiple Child – $5 discount per child when you register more than one camper
Multiple Child Multiple Week – $10 discount per week when you register more than one child for more than one week.
You must have a BWNC Family Membership ($40) to attend camp which can be obtained at the time of registration.
Yes! Please call(315) 673-1350 if you need financial assistance.
Each camper should bring:
• Their own food (including snack) and drink for the day
• At least one or two bottles (no glass) of water each day
• A sturdy backpack. They cannot use hand-held packs or lunch boxes. Campers’ hands and arms will get too tired and they need their arms for balance when walking through woods and along streams.
• A hat
• Long pants for walking though heavy brush
• Sneakers or hiking boots (no open-toed sandals)
• A book to read or journal to write in during quiet rest times.
The camp counselors are highly qualified adults. They enjoy working with children, being outdoors and staying active. Most are certified teachers (BS/MS degrees) with years of experience working with children. Others have years of experience as camp counselors or environmental educators. Each must go through an interview process including verification of their references and an orientation program. In addition, all names and addresses are submitted to the County Health Department.
Each counselor is equipped with a walkie-talkie so they can stay in touch with all the other counselors and the main office at all times. Each counselor is supplied with a small first-aid kit.
Each counselor works with a group of no more than 11 children similar in age and physical abilities. When possible, one or more Teen Volunteers are assigned to a group. TVs are former campers running in age from 14-17 who volunteer to help counselors
A typical day may consist of nature games/lessons, hiking and exploring(looking for snakes, catching frogs, finding salamanders, etc). In the last hour of camp each day, various groups come together to participate in games and activities.
Yes, the activities are geared to the age groups. When hiking, children ages 5& 6 will hike approximately a total of 1 mile each day as they go about exploring the fields, woods, pond and streams. Older children may put in 3-4 miles a day.
Approximately 75-80 percent of the campers return.
Campers are grouped primarily by grade level. This ensures that campers with similar maturity, physical abilities, and educational levels are grouped together.Groupings typically are: Kindergarten and First graders, Second and Third graders, Fourth and Fifth graders, and Sixth through Eighth graders.
Campers wishing to be grouped together must be in the same grade (or within the grade groupings listed in the previous question). Due to the difficulty of arranging the most balanced camp groups, campers can only request one friend with which to be placed, and both campers must request one another. Friend requests are subject to available space within a group, and cannot be guaranteed.