Wild About Nature
Pioneers Registration

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

Camp Information

Fee: $375/wk ($330 for multiple children/weeks)
Schedule: 9am drop-off; 3pm pick-up (4pm pick-up option for an additional $35/child)
Group size: 12 campers, 2 counselors

Week 1: June 27 – July 1 – I Will Survive! – FULL

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: July 5 – 8 – Wild Wood Crafting – FULL

Reduced fee ($300) due to a 4 day week

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 3: July 11 – 15 – Salamanders, Snakes, and Turtles – FULL

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.

Week 4: July 18 – 22 – Predator v. Prey – plenty of spots remain!

It’s a bird eat bug world out there. But, what if that bug doesn’t want to be dinner for that bird? How might it protect itself? And doesn’t that bird need to be on the lookout for hungry hawks? During this week we will delve into the world of predator/prey relationships and what adaptations animals have that either enhance their ability to find food or protect them from becoming food.

Week 5: July 25 – 29 – I Will Survive II – FULL

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: August 1 – 5 – Wetland Wonders – plenty of spots remain!

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 7: August 8 – 12 – Introduction to Adventure – FULL

A new offering for adventurous 9-11 year olds! This week will include a mix of moderate mountain biking, canoeing on Baldpate Pond, as well as hiking to the far reaches of Baldpate State Forest and Camp Denison to learning basic wilderness skills. This week is perfect for active campers who want to push the boundaries of exploration!

Week 8: August 15 – 19 – Wild Wood Crafting II – FULL

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!

Cancellation policy: If a week or weeks of camp need to be cancelled due to COVID-19, all camp families will receive a full refund.

All payments are fully refundable prior to May 1. After May 1, you are entitled to a refund (less deposit) only if we can fill your camper’s spot off our wait list.