Boston Nature Center Summer Camp | Philosophy & Credentials

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Our Philosophy 

We believe camp is place where children can grow as individuals, spend quality time outdoors, and have a fun summer experience. Through engaging activities, free play, and wonderful camp traditions, children learn about themselves and others while having a great time. Our core camp values include:

Connect to Nature

Spending quality time outdoors teaching children about the world around them fosters a deep, life-long connection to nature.

Science Outdoors

Through a nature-based science curriculum, children learn and practice science skills such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, and environmental literacy in a real-world setting.

Play for All Ages

Children and young adults learn and relax by playing and participating in fun and age-appropriate activities. Play fosters independence, imagination, and socialization.

Building Strong Children

Building friendships, discovering new interests, and trying new activities nurtures children’s social, emotional, and physical growth.

A Community at Camp

To create a safe and inclusive camp atmosphere, we foster a camp staff that is diverse, well trained, and passionate about sharing its enthusiasm for nature and knowledge with children.

Our Credentials

Camp License

Our camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430) and is licensed by the Boston Board of Health.

American Camp Association (ACA) Accreditation

We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally recognized program focuses on program quality and health and safety issues, and requires us to review every facet of our operation. Mass Audubon camps have voluntarily submitted to this independent appraisal conducted by camp experts to earn this mark of distinction. Learn more about what it means to be ACA accredited >

Camp Policy Requests

You may request a copy of our background check, healthcare, discipline, bullying, and grievance policies at any time. Request copies of our policies >

What Others Are Saying . . .

"BNC camp is a great way for kids to learn about the natural environment right in their backyard. It's really an urban oasis of a camp. We're fortunate to have BNC camp. I can't imagine not having this amazing resource for my kids' summer experiences."

"Boston Nature Center summer camp is one of the top five reasons why I love Boston."