Berkshire Nature Camp | Registration Information

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Berkshire Nature Camp offers half-day and full-day weekly sessions for campers ages 3–17. Experience and learn about a variety of habitats and wildlife found at our 1,400-acre sanctuary in Lenox or our 250-acre sanctuary in Pittsfield.


How to Register


Families may now register for sessions at our Pleasant Valley location. NOTE: Registration for our Canoe Meadows location will open at a later date. Please check back for updates.

→ To provide equal access to camp for everyone, we request that you register for no more than four camp sessions per child.

Counselors-In-Training (CIT) Application

Teens ages 14–17 who are interested in joining our CIT program must submit an application. We will then notify CITs and families of the sessions each CIT will be placed in. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but CIT positions are limited, so please apply early! PLEASE NOTE: All CITs are required to attend training June 24, 2022. Request a CIT application >

Registration Confirmation

A confirmation letter or email with links to important documents and information will be sent once your camper's registration has been processed.


Sliding Scale Pricing


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 that best fits your family’s gross income bracket. You will be asked to upload income verification documentation at a later time if you selected Tiers 1–4. Registrants at Tier 5 are not required to provide income verification. A deposit is due at the time of registration; the final balance and all paperwork are due by May 2, 2022. If cost is still a barrier under the tiered structure, financial assistance (in the form of scholarships) is also available.

Half-day Camp Session

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $56/$126
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $140/$210
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $182/$252
Tier 4 $100,000–$149,999 $246/$316
Tier 5 (no aid requested) $280/$350

Full-day Camp Session

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $85/$155
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $213/$283
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $276/$346
Tier 4 $100,000–$149,999 $374/$444
Tier 5 (no aid requested) $425/$495

Teen Camp Session* (Environmental Leadership & Canoe Camp)

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $94/$164
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $235/$305
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $306/$376
Tier 4 $100,000–$149,999 $414/$484
Tier 5 (no aid requested) $470/$540

*Excludes the Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program, which has no fee.


Payment


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 2, 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 31. After May 31 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.

Membership & 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 >

Financial Aid

We believe connection with the natural world should be available to all. If finances are getting in the way of a summer at Berkshire Nature Camp, financial assistance is 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. Download an application >

Payment Plans

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


Important Deadlines


All camp health forms and waivers, as well as the balance of your camp tuition, are due by May 2. If registering after May 2, 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 be able to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols, to be determined by the start of camp based on the latest guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Visit massaudubon.org/camps for the latest information about COVID-19 safety at Mass Audubon Camps.

All campers must follow stated behavior expectations and safety rules. To ensure a successful camp experience, please discuss any pertinent information regarding your child’s needs with the Camp Director. We strive to make camp a great experience for all, and we can accommodate on a case-by-case basis. The Camp Director reserves the right to dismiss a camper when, in their judgment, the camper’s behavior interferes with the rights of others or violates the camp’s safety and behavior policies. 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 Tri-Town Board 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, and 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. Request a copy of our policies >

Session Transfers

Sessions transfer requests will be honored if there is space available and if a request is made at least two weeks prior to your camper’s session start date.

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. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like your camper to be placed with a friend of the same age.