Boston Nature Center Summer Camp | Registration Information
We offer a variety of one-week sessions for campers ages 5–15. Register today, and get ready to discover, explore, and play outside this summer!
- Register online beginning January 30, 2020, at 8:30 am.
- In person: Complete the registration form and bring it with payment to the BNC on January 30, 2020, or after (get directions)
- By mail: Download and complete the registration form and mail it with payment to Boston Nature Center Day Camps, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126 (forms will be processed on January 30)
Preparing for Registration
Before registration opens, please log in to make sure you know your password and check your membership status.
A confirmation email containing links to important documents and information will be sent once your camper’s registration has been processed.
4 Weeks Maximum
To ensure that many families have access to camp, registration for each camper is limited to 4 weeks per site (Mattapan and West Roxbury). If you register for more than four weeks at one site, we will contact you about the registration and a full refund will be given.
We cannot process your registration and reserve a space for your child until a deposit has been received. A nonrefundable deposit of $25 per child/per week is required to register for camp and will be applied to your total tuition. The nonrefundable deposit cannot be transferred to another camper, family or camp location.
Check your school calendar for conflicts before registering. If the program you choose is full at the time your registration is received, we will contact you to see if you would like to choose a different week or be put on a waiting list.
Sliding Scale & Financial Aid
The sliding scale is available to all families. To use the sliding scale, pay only the deposit during registration. Complete the sliding scale application and provide documents that verify your income. You can do this any time before the full balance is due. To protect your personal information, fax and email submissions of income forms are discouraged.
Additional financial assistance is available based on demonstrated economic need and available funds. Please email the Camp Director or call 617-983-8500 to request an application. You can also download an application for financial aid.
Payment plan options are available. Please contact the Camp Office for more information.
A full refund—minus the nonrefundable deposit—is provided to camp families if cancellation requests are received by June 1. If you are utilizing a payment plan, the camp fee, less the deposit, will be refunded if cancellations are received 2 weeks before the start of the session. Refunds are not made for dismissal, failure to attend, absence or sick days. If the program you choose is full at the time your registration is received, we will contact you to see if you would like to choose a different week or be put on a waiting list. If we must cancel a session, you will receive a full refund.
Mass Audubon Member Discount
Mass Audubon members at the Family level or above receive a discounted rate. To qualify, your membership must be current through your camper’s last session, and you must be the parent, grandparent, or legal guardian of the camper being enrolled. Membership can be purchased or renewed at the time of registration. Learn more about membership >
All camp health forms and waivers, as well as the balance of your camp tuition, are due by May 15. If registering after May 15, payment in full is required and a specific camp form deadline will be set for you. A camper cannot attend camp and his/her spot is not guaranteed until all forms, waivers, and payments are completed, or a payment plan has been established. If you are utilizing a payment plan, the final payment will be due the first day of the session.
Under Massachusetts state law, all campers must have a health form on file at least 24 hours before attending camp. This includes an immunization record signed by a physician. Health forms will be completed via CampDoc, an on-line health care management system. You will receive an email from CampDoc to fill out your camper’s health information. For any camper health questions or concerns please contact the Camp Director.
Camp staff can only administer oral or topical medications with the exception of an Epi-pen. Prescription medicine needed during camp hours (including inhalers and Epi-pens):
- Must be listed on health forms
- Must be in original containers
- Must have a pharmacy label
Non-prescription medications needed during camp hours require a written note from the family and must be in the original container that includes the directions.
Due to the outdoor and exploratory nature of our camp program, campers must be able to move about on uneven terrain. Campers are expected to meaningfully participate in age-appropriate activities, including nature study. All campers must follow stated behavior expectations and safety rules.
The Camp Director reserves the right to dismiss a camper when, in his/her judgement, the camper’s behavior interferes with the rights of others or the smooth functioning of the group or activity, or violates the camp’s behavior policy. In such cases no refunds will be provided. If you have any questions regarding your child’s ability to participate in our camp program, please contact the Camp Director.
Sessions transfer requests will be honored if there is space available and if a request is made at least two weeks prior to the session start date, after which time transfers are not permitted.
One buddy request per camper will be honored when possible. Both campers must be the same age. All buddy requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the first day of camp. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like your camper to be placed with a friend of the same age.
Drop-off time is between 8:30–9:30 am, and pick-up time is between 4:30–5:30 pm. We do not provide transportation to or from camp. Please list the people who are authorized to pick up your child on their health form. Identification is required every time at pick-up.
Early Pick-up & Late Pick-up
To pick your child up from camp, please notify us no later than morning drop-off. We cannot accommodate early pick-up at field trip locations. Families that pick up children late will be given one warning before being charged the $35 After-Camp fee for the current week, with the exception of emergencies.
Camp BNC complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430) and is licensed by the local Board of Health. Copies of staff background check, discipline, healthcare, and grievance policies are available upon request.
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.