Ipswich River Nature Day Camps | Registration Information

Campers at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

How to RegisterPayment | Important Deadlines | Additional Information


How to Register

  • Register online beginning in mid-January
  • By phone: 978-887-9264
  • By mail or in person: Print and complete the registration form attached to our camp brochure, and mail or bring it with payment to: Ipswich River Nature Day Camps, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983

Registration Confirmation

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


Payment

Deposit

A nonrefundable deposit of $50 per camper, per session 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 May 15, payment in full is required (unless a payment plan has been established with the Camp Director).

Refund Policy

A full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit, is provided to camp families who cancel in writing on or before May 15. After May 15 no refund is available. 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.

Memberships & Discounts

Mass Audubon members at the Family level or above receive a discounted rate. 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 or renewed at the time of registration. Learn more about membership >

Multi-session discounts are available for select sessions.

Financial Aid

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. Applications are due by April 30. Download an application >

Payment Plans

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


Important Deadlines

All camp forms and waivers, as well as the balance of your camp tuition, are due by May 15. This includes immunization records signed by your physician within the 12 months prior to camp attendance. If registering after May 15, 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 Requirements

Campers are expected to meaningfully participate in age-appropriate activities, including outdoor exploration and nature study. To ensure a successful camp experience, please discuss any pertinent information regarding your child’s special needs with the Camp Director. We can accommodate on a case-by-case basis in order to establish the best strategy for a great summer camp experience. All campers must follow stated behavior expectations and safety rules.

The Camp Director reserves the right to dismiss a camper when, in his/her judgment, 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 in our camp program, please contact the Camp Director.

Camp License

Our camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430) and is licensed by the Topsfield, Marblehead, and Essex Boards of Health.

ACA Accreditation

We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally recognized program focuses on program quality, health and safety, management, and camp operations.

Camp Policy Requests

You may request copies of our background check, healthcare, discipline, bullying, and grievance policies at any time.

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. We will try to honor requests for one friend to be placed in the same group with your child, depending on the experience and ages of both campers. Requests must be written submitted in writing.