Broad Meadow Brook Nature Camp | Sample Schedule

Campers wearing face masks exploring a brook together at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

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No two days are alike at Broad Meadow Brook Nature Camp in Worcester! However, this sample schedule provides an idea of activity types and daily flow.

8:00–9:00 am — Before Camp Program (optional)

Campers gather to engage in quiet, supervised activities such as playing a game of Uno, sculpting with clay, or drawing. Registration required.

 9:00–9:30 am — Camper Drop-Off & Choice Time Activities

Campers are greeted by their counselors and can draw, color, or complete word searches as they wait for other campers to arrive. During Choice Time, they can choose to play active games, go on a nature walk, participate in Counselor Choice activities. 

9:30–9:45 am — Opening Circle

The whole camp gathers together to sing songs, look at the day’s weather, learn the “daily mystery” clue, and hear what each group will be doing.

9:45–10:30 am — Activity Block #1

Campers join their groups for a variety of activities. Each day we hike the trails and explore our ponds and streams in search of crayfish, frogs, and aquatic insects. We might also begin a science experiment or work on a craft project.

10:30–10:45 am — Snack

Campers enjoy a snack brought from home.

10:45 am–12:00 pm — Activity Block #2

Campers might build gnome homes; overturn rotting logs to find worms, millipedes, and salamanders; or head to Wilson Meadow with our nets to “sweep” for insects.

12:00–1:00 pm — Lunch & Free Play Time

Campers eat lunch brought from home and then head outside to play. We provide a variety of balls, cones, jump ropes, and other outdoor recreation items for campers to use during this unstructured Free Play Time. We conclude with a story before transitioning into afternoon activities.

1:00 pm — Half-day Camper Pick-Up

1:00–2:00 pm — Activity Block #3

During this activity block, campers will work on experiments or projects with their group. Or they might head back out on the sanctuary to play games or explore something in a new way.

2:00–3:00 pm — Activity Block #4

During this activity block, campers are often involved in playing camp games such as Predator-Prey, playing in the Nature Play area or cooling off with water games.

3:00–3:15 pm — Closing Circle

The whole camp gathers once more to talk about our favorite things that happened during the day, using our camp mascot, Ruckus the Raccoon, as our talking stick.

3:15–3:45 pm — Camper Pick-Up

Campers are picked up on a rolling basis. While waiting for their trusted adult to arrive, they can run around in the field and play games or hang out in the covered pavilion with friends. 

3:30–5:30 pm — After Camp Program (optional)

Campers enjoy a snack brought from home and then continue to explore their favorite activities. All return to the Nature Center at 4:45 pm, at which point trusted adults may begin to arrive for pick-up. Registration required.

What Others Are Saying . . .

"My child has special needs. She was able to participate fully in camp activities and enjoyed camp very much. She has a very positive view of summer camp now. Thank you for all your hard work, we are so grateful!" —Camp Parent