Berkshire Nature Camp | Rates & Dates

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Below are the available camp programs and session dates for summer 2023. The camp brochure contains complete information about our camp, including full session descriptions, weekly themes, and pricing. Download the brochure >

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2023 Camp Sessions & Dates

View full descriptions, session themes, & sliding scale pricing in the brochure > 

Nature Camps

Weekly sessions from June 26–August 18
Monday–Friday • 9:00 am–3:00 pm (except where noted)

Age Groups

Knee-High Naturalists (HALF-DAY) • Ages 3–4
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
NOTE: This is a half-day camp program that runs 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Discoverers • Ages 5–6
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5

Explorers • Ages 7–9
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 7

Naturalists • Ages 10–13
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 7

Teen Programs

Environmental Leadership for Teens • Ages 13–17
August 7–11

Counselors-in-Training (CIT) • Ages 14–17
This is not a paid staff position, but there is no cost to participate in CIT. An application is required and CITs must attend training on Friday, June 23. To request an application, please contact the camp office at 413-637-0320 or [email protected]. CIT positions are limited, so please apply early!

Pricing & Affordability

Sliding Scale Pricing

Mass Audubon is committed to ensuring that every family that wants their child to experience summer camp should have the opportunity to do so. A sliding scale model helps us work toward that goal through an easy and dependable process for families.

Under the sliding scale model, every family will enroll for camp at a tuition rate based on their annual gross income. At registration, you will have the opportunity to select the pricing tier that best fits your family’s gross income. If you select Tiers 1–4, you will be asked to upload income verification documentation at a later time. Registrants at Tier 5 do not need to provide income verification. 

Financial Aid

If cost is still a barrier under the sliding scale structure, financial aid is also available based on demonstrated financial need and available funds. Scholarships are limited to one session per child; however, all applications are considered and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Payment plan options are also available. Download a financial aid application >

Member Discount

Mass Audubon members at the Family level or above receive a discounted rate. To qualify, your Mass Audubon membership must be current through the end of 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. If you are unsure of your member status, please contact Mass Audubon Member Services.

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.

Deposit

A nonrefundable deposit of $50/camper/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.

2023 Camp Session Pricing

Sliding Scale Update 

Due to overwhelming need for financial assistance, we have closed registration for Tiers 1-4. Full-price registration at Tier 5 will remain open until all available spaces are filled. As we continue to secure funding across the state, we will open more spaces at lower tiers where possible. If you are unable to pay the full tuition for camp, we encourage you to add your name to our waitlist.

Our statewide goal is to have a healthy balance of campers from all income tiers attend Mass Audubon camps in order to increase equitable access to camp for as many families as possible while still securing enough revenue to continue providing the excellent camp experience our communities have come to expect from Mass Audubon Camps.

Please note that the prices below are rounded to the nearest dollar for simplicity. Actual prices may include cents.

 

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

Tier 5

Gross Family Income

<$50,000

(member/nonmember)

$50,000–$74,999

(member/nonmember)

$75,000–$99,999

(member/nonmember)

$100,000–$149,999

(member/nonmember)

No income verification required

(member/nonmember)

Half-day Nature Camp
(Knee-high Naturalists)
$60/$130 $150/$220 $210/$280 $255/$325 $300/$370
Full-day Nature Camp $90/$160 $225/$295 $315/$385 $383/$453 $450/$520
Environmental Leadership for Teens $93/$163 $233/$303 $326/$396 $395/$465 $465/$535

More information about registration and other policies for Mass Audubon Camps is available here >