We are closely monitoring the evolving CDC recommendations and any requirements at the state and local level related to summer camp operations and what they mean for our camp programs at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. The safety of our campers is always of paramount concern.

It may be necessary for Baltimore Woods Nature Center to implement certain safety precautions and protocols consistent with guidance offered from the Centers for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health and other public health agencies. If necessary, these measures may include physical distancing, daily health screenings, temperature checks, masking and other measures designed to provide protection against COVID-19 transmission and infection.

Campers will be required to bring a mask with them if a situation should arise when they need to wear one (for example, if someone else in their group develops symptoms or tests positive during the camp week). Any camper wishing to wear a mask even when not required will be supported in doing so.

These multi-layered strategies have helped us keep our campers safe over the past two years. We will keep in close communication with registered camp families regarding evolving COVID-19 safety precautions.

While camp has been somewhat different since 2020, 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.

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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!

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.