Wild About Nature
Pioneers Registration

Ages 9-11 (entering 4th grade – entering 6th grade)

Camp Information

Fee: $300/wk ($275 for multiple children/weeks)
Schedule: 9am drop-off; 3pm pick-up (4pm pick-up option for an additional $25/child)
Group size: 12 campers, 2 counselors

Week 1: June 22-26 – I Will Survive!

If you decided to live in the woods, would you be able to survive? During this extremely popular week, we will provide you with the basic skills you need to make a “comfortable” home in the woods. Try your hand at building a weatherproof shelter, learn what plants are safe to eat, attempt to catch “large” game like fish and frogs using primitive tools, and learn how to start a fire without matches. While you may not be ready to leave your life of comfort, by the end of the week you’ll have the skills to do so.

Week 2: June 29 – July 3 – Wetland Wonders

There’s an entire world of creatures just below the surface of the water. Spend a week getting to know these underwater creatures as well as those that dwell above the waterline. We’ll study how beavers make their dams and lodges, how insects breathe underwater, and see if we can catch any of the fish that live in Baldpate Pond!

Week 3: July 6 – 10 – Tracking and Trailing

In order to be a great tracker, you must be patient and sneaky; are you up for the challenge? Spend a week learning how to find game trails, identify tracks and animal sign, as well as how to sneak up on unsuspecting prey. We will hone our stalking skills and learn how to camouflage our bodies and our scents. By the end of the week, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a skilled tracker!

Week 4: July 13 – 17 – Salamanders, Turtles, and Snakes – Oh My!

Do you know what a herpetologist is? (Psst – it’s someone who studies reptiles and amphibians.) Do you think you have what it takes to become one? During this week, campers will scour the woodlands and wetlands of Camp Denison for the myriad species of snakes, frogs, turtles, and salamanders that make Massachusetts home. Our young scientists will even learn how to track a turtle using radio telemetry!

Week 5: July 20 – 24 – I Will Survive II

If you decided to live in the woods, would you be able to survive? During this extremely popular week, we will provide you with the basic skills you need to make a “comfortable” home in the woods. Try your hand at building a weatherproof shelter, learn what plants are safe to eat, attempt to catch “large” game like fish and frogs using primitive tools, and learn how to start a fire without matches. While you may not be ready to leave your life of comfort, by the end of the week you’ll have the skills to do so.

Week 6: July 27 – 31 – Woodland Safari

The woods and wetlands that make up Camp Denison and the adjacent Baldpate State Forest are home to an astounding number of animals; which makes it a great place to go on a safari! Each day you’ll focus on a different local animal, learn about what makes it special, and then head to its habitat in the hopes of seeing it! Over the years we’ve seen deer, fox, muskrat, and otter just to name a few!

Week 7: August 3 – 7 – Wild Wood Crafting

The natural world provides us with a wealth of building materials such as wood, vines, leaves, and even pine sap. During this week at camp, we will roam the forests of Camp Denison, collecting these materials, and putting them to good use. We will build miniature sailboats, shelters, bows and arrows, rafts, and perhaps even a catapult using only what nature has to offer. You’ll be amazed by all that you can create!

Week 8: August 10 – 14 – I’ll Fly Away

The gift of flight allows certain animals to have a serious advantage in the wild. Spend a week studying birds and bugs and learning the secrets of flight. Be prepared to create your own airborne devices while also catching dragonflies, building bird blinds, and searching for baby ducks on Baldpate Pond!

Your camp week is not secured unless you have paid the deposit below.
Please check which weeks your child will be attending.