Ipswich River Nature Day Camp | Sample Schedule

Ipswich River Nature Campers walking on the boardwalk in summer (by Scott Santino/Mass Audubon)

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No two days are alike at camp, but this sample schedule gives an overview of daily activities and flow.

8:30–9:30 am

Camper Check-In, Health Screening, & Games

Each morning, campers and their parent or guardian check in with camp staff and complete a health screening before campers join a morning activity, which can include games, arts and crafts, and hanging out with friends.

9:30–9:45 am

Opening Circle

The entire camp gathers to enjoy a community activity. Staff and campers sing songs, conduct team-building exercises, or act out nature skits to introduce the day.

9:45 am–12:00 pm

Morning Hike & Activities

After opening circle campers join their subgroups and with their counselors delve into a particular nature topic. For example, a group will discuss life cycles then hike to a pond and find frogs and tadpoles.

12:00–12:45 pm


Campers break for lunch and enjoy some restful time.

12:45–1:45 pm

Game, Craft, or Nature Play

Campers enjoy some time engaging in nature play, origami, and/or water games on hot days.

1:45–2:45 pm

Theme-based Activity Time

Campers have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities developed by staff, all related to the day's nature theme.

2:45–3:00 pm

Closing Circle

At the end of each day the whole camp gathers to share stories of where they went, what they saw, and what they made.

3:00–3:15 pm

Camper Check-out

Each afternoon, campers and their parent/guardians check-out with their counselor before leaving camp.