A Day at Habitat Nature Camp | Sample Schedule

Habitat campers ponding

No two days are alike at Habitat Summer Camp in Belmont, but this sample schedule provides an idea of activity types and daily flow.

9–9:30 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, or spend quiet time in the Education Center. 

9:30–9:45 am

Opening Circle

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

9:45 am–noon

Group Time

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.

noon–1 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.

1–3 pm

Group Time or Options

3–3:15 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 parents, they can run around in the field and play games or hang out in the covered pavilion with friends. 

3:30–5:30 pm

Optional After Camp Program

Campers enjoy a snack brought from home and then continue to explore their favorite activities. They can play games, draw, or participate in similar quiet activities. Preregistration required.

What Others Are Saying

“I appreciated that he was outdoors and playing, and that he came home happy and tired.”