Families Encouraged to Register Now for Camps
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos urged families and sponsors to register campers as soon as possible for the 2020 Summer Camp season. Online registration opened Sunday, January 26, at 1 p.m. and within less than 24 hours, 90 percent of spaces were filled, with 22 weeks for boys and 13 for girls totally booked.
"Since 1947, DEC's four summer camps have provided opportunities for youth to develop life-long connections to outdoor recreation and education through science-based, hands-on activities," said Commissioner Seggos. "Our camps' popularity was demonstrated by how fast registration filled up after just one day, and I thank DEC's camp staff who helped with registration and provided great customer service this weekend. I encourage anyone still interested in signing their child up for this year's camp to act soon."
Applications should be submitted through the online registration program available on DEC's Summer Camps website. Parents and guardians can view the complete schedule of camp weeks and ages on this page, and find camp weeks that still have spaces available.
DEC operates four residential camps for children ages 11 to 17: Camp Colby in Saranac Lake (Franklin County); Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor (Sullivan County); Camp Rushford in Caneadea (Allegany County), and Pack Forest in Warrensburg (Warren County). There are different weeks for 11 to 13-year-olds and 14 to 17-year-olds.
Along with adventure experiences, DEC campers engage in fun, hands-on activities and outdoor exploration focused on field, forest, stream, and pond ecological principles as well as a human dimension component. One hunter education program for either gun, bow, or trapping is offered at each camp each week. Class size is limited for hunter education programs and campers must sign up for it during registration and complete the homework in advance.
Drop-off time is 3 p.m. on Sunday, and the closing ceremony and pick-up time is Friday at 4:30 p.m. One week of camp remains $350 per child for 2020, and includes meals, local trips, an overnight outdoor camping experience, and a camp t-shirt.
For more information, visit DEC's website, call 518-402-8014, visit "NYS DEC Summer Camps" on Facebook, or write to DEC Camps, 3rd Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-5256.