Summer Camps at Delaware Nature Society

Parent’s Corner – Get Ready For Your Summer Camp

Read below for more information about our Summer Camps to help get your camper ready!

See the overview of our Summer Camp program and search Summer Camps online.

Is there additional info I should know for my child’s specific camp?

In addition to the other info on this page, some camps have special things you should know just for that camp. If your camp is one of these, you’ll see it listed below about 2 weeks before your camp begins.

What should I pack for the week?

Backpack with:

  • Lunch for full day camps
  • Snacks
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Rain jacket/poncho, change of clothes
  • Extra sunscreen and/or insect repellent
  • Closed-toe water shoes (keens, Crocs, old sneakers, or hiking shoes – no flip-flops or sandals)
  • An extra pair of socks
  • Labeled medications in original packaging with instructions
  • Masks, if required*
  • Labeled medications in original packaging with instructions – medication must be handed to an adult.  Please do not send the medication with your child.  Parents will need to complete a medication form.
  • Please label everything with your child’s name

What should my child wear?

  • Clothes that can get wet and dirty and that can be worn in all kinds of weather
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Hat

Will camp be cancelled for inclement weather?

Camps run rain or shine! Each camp has a space indoors to use and activities throughout the week may be adjusted for weather.

Can I pack a cell phone with my child?

Cell phones are permitted but must stay off and away during all activities.

My child’s birthday is after the camp week starts. Can I still sign them up?

Programing is designed to be age appropriate and progressive. Campers must be the correct age by the first day of the session. Unfortunately, We cannot make exceptions. Campers who sign up and are not the correct age will be canceled out of the session.

How does drop-off and pick-up work?

Parents will be asked to stay in their cars for drop-off. A camp staff member will meet each camper at their car and escort the camper to their camp group. During pick-up, parents will also be asked to remain in their vehicles. Parents will notify staff at the designated pick-up area of camper name. Camper will be called and delivered to parent in car and signed out by the individual picking up the child. Drop off begins 10 minutes before the camp day begins and pick up begins 10 minutes before the end of the day.

How do lunch and snacks work?

Campers will be required to bring their own water, lunch, and snacks.  If refrigeration is needed, campers will be asked to use an “Igloo” or similar personal lunch box with a cold pack. Water bottles can be refilled at the water fountain under supervision, and the water bottle “mouth” may not touch the fountain. No one should drink directly from the water fountain.

Do you offer scholarships for camp?

Scholarships may be available for those needing assistance. For information contact Candy Farr, Programs Registrar.

Do I have to turn in immunization information?

Parents will need to document Covid, MMR, and TD vaccination dates in the registration questions when they register their child.

*COVID Promise and Information

The goal of all DelNature camps is to ensure all our campers have a wonderful, safe outdoor experience.

Our highest priority is protecting the health and safety of our campers and staff.

This year, to ensure the safety and health of our campers and staff, we are, again, implementing safety procedures required by the State of Delaware, and are following CDC recommendations for recreational camps.  This includes current requirements regarding masks, vaccination status, social distancing, cleaning, handwashing and cohorts.

Cohorts are small groups of no more than 15 people, that will not mix with other groups.

Updates will be posted on this site as they become available. Please check back frequently.

Delaware Nature Society encourages everyone participating in programs to consider getting vaccinated.

Water bottles can be refilled at the water fountain under supervision, and the water bottle “mouth” may not touch the fountain. No one should drink directly from the water fountain.

Learn more about our Summer Camps and view Summer Camps online now or in our online Summer Camp Guide magazine.