We are closely monitoring the requirements at the state and local level related to children’s camp operations and what they mean for our campers at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Everyone’s safety will be of paramount concern, and while camp will be somewhat different, the core values of our camp remain the same – the benefits of playing outside for children cannot be overestimated, and the personal connection with nature they develop at camp will last their whole lives.

The following FAQs summarize our most up-to-date COVID-19 safety protocols. As new information emerges from health officials, these protocols may change. Registered camp families will be notified via email of any changes.

Click here to read the official summary of day camp guidelines issued by the NYS Department of Health.

FAQs surrounding COVID Safety Protocols

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For themed camp experiences, check out
Voyager camps (grades 5-8) or
Nature’s Little Explorers (ages 4 & 5)

Classic Summer Camp

A Baltimore Woods summer tradition for over 35 years!

Summer Camp registration is closed, and our waitlists are all full. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate all children looking for a summer nature day camp experience with us this year. We know how important it is for children to get outside, to explore, and to play. We invite you to visit our Nature in Your Hands at Home web page where you’ll find activities and games that our environmental educators have designed especially for families looking for ways to stay connected to nature whether it’s at a park, a nature preserve, or right in their own backyards. Watch our website for other summer programs and we hope to see you out hiking at Baltimore Woods.

This is the core of our summer camp programming, week long day camp adventures that promote discovery, physical fitness, problem-solving skills, social interaction, and awareness through direct contact with the natural world. Campers will find crayfish in the streams, build forts on Peanut Hill, explore the wonders of the beaver pond, catch frogs at Phillips Pond, build a campfire, roast hot dogs, get up close and personal with the swamp, play classic Baltimore Woods camp games like Camouflage and Kick the Can, make new friends, learn about the trees and birds, and get connected to the natural world in real and meaningful ways.

Our camp counselors are experienced in working with children, including NYS certified teachers, who have an eye for safety and know how to have healthy fun outdoors. Counselors are all certified in CPR and carry walkie-talkies and first aid kits at all times. Our camp health director is on site during camp hours to support the counselors and oversee the health and safety of camp

Camp runs daily from 9am-3pm, children sign up on a week-by week basis. Campers are encouraged to attend multiple sessions, as every week provides something new and unexpected.

Check out some of the fun features at Classic Camp!

The Swamp:

A highlight of camp for more than a decade has been the Swamp Romp, when the campers voluntarily immerse themselves in mud, getting as muddy as they possibly can.  

fort building at summer camp kids with sticks

Fort Building:

A favorite childhood activity for generations, campers build shelters from logs, sticks, and leaves on Peanut Hill. 

girl makes homemade candle dipping string in hot wax

Candle Making:

Harkening back to the original establishment of Baltimore Woods as a nature center, campers will have the opportunity to make their own hand-dipped candles.

little girl holding frog from pond

Phillips Pond:

Where turtles and frogs reign in abundance, an old farm pond ripe for exploration.

hotdog roasting over fire

Cookout Day:

Almost a rite of passage, campers learn how to cook hot dogs over an open fire. Don’t forget the marshmallows!  

kids hiking through the woods in a line

Hiking:

Campers have 180 acres and six miles of trails to explore throughout the week – each trail brings new discoveries and adventures! 

Details:

The camps will be led by experienced environmental educators and local schoolteachers. 
Campers can attend multiple sessions. 
Camp will begin daily at 9am and end at 3pm. 

Pricing:

$240 per session.

Multiple week and multiple child discounts ($5) are automatically applied when you register. Discounts apply beginning with the second child and/or the second week.

All camp families must have a Baltimore Woods Nature Center Family Membership ($40) to attend camp, active both when you register and when your child attends camp. A family membership can be purchased or renewed at registration.