Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Summer
Nature Day Camp at Baltimore Woods?
Groups of no more than 11 children per counselor spend their day hiking and
exploring outdoors in a 182-acre nature preserve composed of woods, fields,
ponds, and streams. Informal nature lessons are presented throughout the week
on various plants and animals found at Baltimore Woods. Campers learn about nature
through observations, hands-on activities, playing games, participating in
nature-related programs, and simply exploring their immediate environment.
Summer Nature Day Camp?
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 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Is the camp
inspected or certified by a county agency?
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.
How old do you
have to be to go to camp?
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.
What are the camp
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.
What if it rains?
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).
How long is camp?
Each camp session is one week long. There are eight weeks of camp beginning
What is the cost?
Camp costs $140 per child per week.
You must have a BWNC Family Membership ($40) to attend
camp which can be obtained at the time of registration. There is a $5 sibling
discount. In addition, if you sign up for more than one week of camp there is a
$5 discount for each additional week. See the Camp Registration Packet for full
details and policies.
Yes! Please call
(315) 673-1350 if you need financial assistance.
What does a
camper need to 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
Each camper should bring:
Who are the camp
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.
What's a Typical
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
different activities for the different ages?
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.
How many campers
are returning campers?
Approximately 75-80 percent of the campers return.
What is your
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.
Can my child
be grouped with his/her friend?
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. See the
registration packets for more details.