We know you have camp questions, and we have answers!

Good news! Camp registration is 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. Medical forms are 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 (click here for instructions) or ask your doctor’s office to fax the records to 315-673-3671.

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.

Summer Nature Day Camp at Baltimore Woods has been 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 and health personnel remain in or near the main office throughout the day and are able to contact each counselor via walkie-talkie or cell phone. During Summer Camp, the main office is open from 8am to 4:30pm.

Summer Nature Adventure Day Camp is for children entering grades K-8 in the fall; 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 grades 5-8 in the fall; children must be 10 by July 1st.

Camp hours run from 9am to 3pm for Classic and Voyager Camps. Nature’s Little Explorer’s Camp runs from 9am – noon. We are working to be able to offer after care for Classic and Voyager camps this summer and will notify registered families if that becomes available.

Each camp session is five days long, running Monday through Friday. There are eight weeks of camp beginning in early July.

$240 per session for Classic and Voyager Camps. $115 per session for Nature’s Little Explorers Camps.

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. Not sure if you are a member or whether your membership is active? Call the office at 315-673-1350.

Yes! Full and partial scholarships are available. You can visit our camp scholarship page for more information and an application form or you can call our office at (315) 673-1350 if you need financial assistance.

Campers are grouped primarily by grade level. This ensures that campers with similar maturity, physical abilities, and educational levels are grouped together, which helps our counselors plan age-appropriate activities, lessons, and hikes. 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 (not 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 through heavy brush
• Sneakers or hiking boots (no open-toed sandals)
• Rain jacket
•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 Interpretive Center, log cabin, or deep woods.

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.

Typically during summer nature day camp, each counselor works with a group of no more than 9 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 14-18 who volunteer to help counselors.

Campers spend the entire day outside immersed in nature. A typical day may consist of nature games/lessons, hiking and exploring (looking for snakes, catching frogs, finding salamanders, etc.), and adventure!  Our counselors are constantly on the lookout for teachable moments and open to opportunities that may arise for imaginative play and camper-led discovery. 

Yes, the activities are geared to the age groups. Each age group will travel to different destinations on the preserve, engaging in different games and activities each day that are geared toward the group’s interests and ability levels. Our counselors  Our counselors have access to a variety of field equipment (nets, bug jars, field guides, binoculars) and are always ready to help campers learn about their discoveries. When hiking, children ages 5 & 6 will hike about a mile each day as they go about exploring the fields, woods, pond and streams. Older children hike faster and farther, and may put in 3-4 miles in a day. The Nature’s Little Explorers program for 4 and 5 year olds hike just under a mile on a typical day.

Approximately 75-80 percent of our campers return. Many of our campers become Teen Volunteers and even Counselors. Parents who were campers at Baltimore Woods as children now send their own children to have the same great nature experience. Camp has become a true multigenerational family experience.  

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 camp inspections throughout the camp season.

Cancellations for any reason must be made prior to two weeks before your registered session to receive a refund. All refunds will be charged a $30 non-refundable deposit. Within the two weeks prior to your session, refunds will only be given for documented medical or family emergencies. Cancellation requests should be submitted in writing via email, directed to [email protected].

During the registration process, you will see the option to add registration protection and Active Refund from Active Network, which can protect you for refund needs outside of the Baltimore Woods Nature Center refund policy. This is a third-party purchase and is NOT required as part of camp registration. This purchase is also NOT directly associated with Baltimore Woods Nature Center and may not be refundable.  

Yes! Campers are encouraged to come back throughout the summer. It is a good idea to spread return sessions across the weeksDue to limited space and our desire to keep campers engaged while they are here, we recommend not coming for more than four weeks. This allows other families to benefit from the experience, as well.  

Yescamp sessions that are full will show “waitlist only” next to the session or tuition name. There is no fee for signing up on the waitlists. We will notify families on the waitlist when openings are available in the order which they signed onto the waitlist.  

We believe that all children should have access to nature and want to do everything in our capabilities to make sure your child has an enjoyable experience at camp. Please give us a call at (315) 673-1350 before registering so we can discuss your child’s needs and make plan together to ensure your child has a great week.  

Portable toilets will be available at the upper parking lot, the lower parking lot, and the “Miami Beach” area on the north end of the preserve. Portable toilets and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly once daily, and spot cleaned between stable camp groups’ usage using a bleach solution recommended by the CDC. 

If your child is unfamiliar or uncomfortable using portable toilets, we encourage you to bring your child to Baltimore Woods before summer camp begins to become familiarized with these facilities – it can go a long way toward reducing anxiety and accidents at camp.