Drumlin Farm Camps | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Have a question for us? We might have the answer. Review these commonly asked questions and answers before giving us a call.
The health and welfare of our campers and staff remains our highest priority. We feel confident that the success of Mass Audubon Camps in designing and offering a safe summer of camping in 2020 will guide us into another great summer in 2021. More details >
What’s the difference between Nature Camp and Theme Camps?
Theme weeks focus on one specific topic for a single week, while Nature Camp explores the larger sanctuary over two weeks. We structure these programs so that, while certain themes overlap, the activities differ. Some camper sessions—like Earthkeepers, Biologists, Nature Discovery, and Nature Builders—do not spend time on the farmyard.
If I send my child to two sessions of the same camp, will they be bored?
Different sessions of camp bring different campers and ideas into the fold. While there would be significant overlap if joining the same camp group/program for multiple sessions, there will also be differences: your campers will make new friends and counselors will alter their lessons. We have many campers who attend more than one session each summer and numerous campers who match a two-week Nature Camp session with other one-week options.
Older campers are split up by grade level in Nature Camp: Biologists (grades 4–5, ages 9-10), Earthkeepers (grades 5–6, ages 10-11), Apprentices (grades 6–8, ages 11-13). Each program covers a unique topic and therefore little overlap exists between groups.
Do you provide transportation? How does the carpool group work?
Drumlin Farm Camp does not have the capability to provide bus transportation at this time.
I have children going into different grades. Will they be able to have lunch together? Will they see each other?
Camp programs are separated by age group, and unless noted, each group encompasses a single grade. While moving about the sanctuary, your children may see each other, but they will not have a reliable time on a daily basis to do so.
Do you have a waterfront? How do you deal with extreme heat?
While Drumlin Farm does not have a place to swim, we take care to keep our campers cool. We have several sprinklers around the campuses and encourage our counselors to play water games to help campers cool off during hot days. Our sites offer plenty of shade to cool down and stay out of the sun, and staff carry spray bottles to keep campers cool while moving from place to place.
While we encourage campers to bring a set of clothing to wear in the sprinkler, they may get wet in their normal clothes, as cooling off is a constant practice during New England summers—especially on the hottest days.
Since camp predominantly takes place outdoors, what do you do when it rains?
With the exception of thunderstorms or a true deluge, we encourage our counselors to run their normal lessons and activities, even in the rain. Each camp group has either an indoor space or a large tent where they can gather and do activities. Campers should bring a rain jacket and boots (to be worn the day of, or stored overnight on-site) and be ready to have fun in the rain!
How old are your counselors? Are they background checked?
All of our counselors are 18 or older. We do not hire anyone under the age of 18. Our Counselors-in-Training (ages 13–17) work alongside counselors and are never left alone with campers.
All of our counselors are background checked through local and national databases.
What precautions are you taking related to the COVID-19 pandemic?
The health and welfare of our campers and staff remains our highest priority. Mass Audubon Camps will continue to stay informed and engaged with the work of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the American Camp Association to ensure best practices with regard to staying safe as we move through the developing phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information >
Why are counselors and campers not wearing face masks in some of your images?
Any photos depicting staff or campers without face coverings were taken prior to 2020. All Mass Audubon program participants and staff are now required to wear masks at all times.
How do you deal with sun and bugs during a long day of camp?
Campers should arrive each morning with bug spray and sunscreen already applied. Counselors will remind and/or help campers re-apply sunscreen and bug spray at lunchtime.
Please note that, even if campers wear bug spray, we cannot guarantee their protection from biting insects and ticks. You should check your campers for ticks every evening after camp; more information on this is available in the parent packet sent out before summer camp begins.
What are your counselor-to-camper ratios? How many counselors and campers are in a group?
We keep our camp groups at a 1:5 ratio for Pre-K to Grade 1 (ages 4-6) and a 1:7 ratio for Grades 2–12 (ages 7-17). Most camp groups have either three or four counselors at the above ratios. If you have a question about the size of your camper’s group, please contact the Camp Office.
How do you deal with food allergies at mealtimes and during cooking activities?
Our kitchens are nut-free. Any ingredient used while cooking is certified allergen-free for that specific product. For example, the wheat flour we use is not processed in a facility that processes nuts, and the corn flour we use is not processed in a facility that processes wheat.
Campers bring their own lunches that may contain allergens. Counselors will designate a specific area as allergen-free and ensure that all campers wash their hands before and after lunch to avoid contact. All counselors are also trained in the administration of Epi-pens if necessary. If you have a severe or unique allergy concern, please contact our Camp Office.
My child has special needs; how will your camp meet them?
Drumlin Farm Camp is an inclusive camp. We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that every camper has the best experience possible. We can accommodate on a case-by-case basis, and we are happy to discuss your child’s needs in order to establish the best strategy for a successful summer camp experience! Please contact our Camp Office at 781-259-2244 for more information.