BNC Summer Camp Registration Information

campers at Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center

We offer a variety of one- and two-week sessions for campers ages 4–14. Register today, and get ready to discover, explore, and play outside this summer!

How to Register | Payment | Health Forms & Waivers |
Important Dates | Additional Information


How to Register

  • Register online beginning in late January
  • By phone: Call 617-983-8500
  • By mail or in person: Complete the registration form and mail or bring it with payment to: Boston Nature Center Day Camps, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126

Registration Confirmation

A confirmation e-mail containing links to important documents and information will be sent once your camper’s registration has been processed.

Maximum Enrollment

To ensure that many families have access to camp, registration for each camper is limited to four weeks per site (Mattapan and West Roxbury).


Payment

Sliding Scale

The sliding scale is available to all families. To use the sliding scale, pay only the deposit during registration. At the time of registration or afterwards, please fill out an application and provide documents that verify your income. You can do this any time before the full balance is due.

Deposit

A nonrefundable deposit of $25/child/week is required to register for camp. The deposit will be applied to your camp tuition and cannot be transferred to another camper, family, or camp location. If registering after June 1, payment in full is required (unless a payment plan has been established).

Mass Audubon Member Discount

All summer camp participants must be current Mass Audubon members at the Family level or above. 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 at the time of registration.

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Financial Aid

Additional financial assistance is available based on demonstrated economic need and available funds, and is generally limited to one session per child; however, all applications are considered.

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Payment Plans

Payment plan options are available. Please contact the Camp Office for more information.

Refund Policy

A full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit, is provided to camp families who cancel in writing on or before June 1. After June 1, no refund is available. Lost deposits are not transferable, and refunds are not given for participant dismissal, failure to attend, absence, or sick days. If we must cancel a session, you will receive a full refund.


Health Forms & Waivers

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 online 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 Office.

Medications

Camp staff can only administer oral or topical medications with the exception of an EpiPen. For any medication questions or concerns please contact the Camp Office.

Prescription medicine needed during camp hours (including inhalers and EpiPens) must:

  • Be listed on health forms
  • Be in original containers
  • Have a pharmacy label

Non-prescription medications needed during camp hours must:

  • Be accompanied by a written note from a parent or guardian
  • Be in original containers that include the directions

Important Deadlines

All camp forms, waivers, and the balance of your camp tuition are due by June 1 (unless a payment plan has been established). If registering after June 1, 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.


Additional Information

Camper Age

The age your child will be at the start of his/her session will determine his/her assigned age group. Please sign your child up for either Younger Camper sessions or Older Camper sessions based on the age they will be at the start of their session. The camp director will create smaller age groups as follows: Owls (age 5), Hawks (ages 6–7), Falcons (ages 8–9), Ravens (ages 10–11), and Adventurers (ages 12–13).

Camper Requirements

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. If your camper has special conditions, needs, or limitations, you must speak with the Camp Director annually prior to registering to determine whether your camper can be accommodated at camp. Non-disclosure may result in dismissal without refund.

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 fully in our camp program, please contact the Camp Office.

Session Transfers

Session 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.

Buddy Requests

One buddy request per camper will be honored when possible. Both campers must be the same age and both must request each other. 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.

Transportation

Drop-off time is between 8:30 and 9:30 am, and pick-up time is between 4:30 and 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 his/her health form. Identification is required every time at pick-up.

Early Pick-up & Late Pick-up

To pick up your child early, please notify camp by morning drop-off. Note that 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 $30.00 After Care fee for the current week, with the exception of emergencies.

Camp Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding camp or your child’s attendance at camp, please contact the Camp Office.