We know you have camp questions, and we have answers!
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.
Camper medical information, including vaccination records, must be updated every year, as per NYS law. Baltimore Woods does not keep medical records from year to year. There is good news starting in 2020 – the medical forms are now included in the online registration process! Vaccination records do need to be submitted annually via official documentation from the physician’s office. You can upload a copy directly into Active Network, mail a paper copy to Baltimore Woods Nature Center P.O. Box 133, Marcellus, NY 13108, or ask your doctor’s office to fax the records to 315-673-3671.
Summer Nature Day Camp at Baltimore Woods is run and managed by Baltimore Woods for more than three decades. The camp director and all counselors are certified in First-Aid and CPR. Local emergency response teams 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 or cell phone. During Summer Camp, the main office is open from 8am to 5pm.
Summer Nature Adventure Day Camp is for children in grades K-8; children must be 5 years old before July 1st. Nature’s Little Explorers ½ day camp is for 4 or 5 year olds; children must be 4 by July 1st. Voyager Camp is for children entering 5th through 8th grades; children must be 10 by July 1st.
Camp hours run from 9am to 3pm for Traditional and Voyager Camps. Nature’s Little Explorer’s Camp runs from 9am – noon. There are extended before and after care hours available from 8-9am and 3-5pm.
Each camp session is five days long, running Monday through Friday. There are eight weeks of camp beginning in early July.
$207 per session for Traditional and Voyager Camps. $97 per session for Nature’s Little Explorers Camps.
Early Registration – Register by April 15th and deduct $10 from the total camp registration fee.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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), and adventure! 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.
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.
Requests for cancelling registrations must be made before the first day of Summer Nature Day Camp (July 6, 2020) to receive a refund. All refunds will be assessed a $30 non-refundable deposit. After the first day of camp, refunds will only be given for documented medical or family emergencies.
Purchases of Registration Protection and Active Refund from Active Network can protect you for refund needs outside of the Baltimore Woods Nature Center refund policy. These third-party purchases are not directly associated with Baltimore Woods and may not be refundable.