Stony Brook Day Camp | Sample Schedule

Campers at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

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

8:50–9:15 am

Camper Drop-Off & Choice Time

Counselors welcome their campers, remind them of where to put their backpacks and lunchboxes, and help them to decide which activity to try during this supervised, free-choice time. Campers can choose from active games, coloring or drawing, playing in Stony Brook’s Nature Play Area, or simply hanging out with friends.

9:15–9:30 am

Opening Circle & Songs

The whole camp joins together to learn about what special activities await them and sing silly camp songs. The first clues to the day’s Nature Riddle are given, and the Mystery Object of the Day is unveiled.

9:30–Noon

Activities, Exploration, & Hikes

Campers explore the sanctuary’s trails and habitats as they learn more about the week’s theme. Activities that engage and deepen learning may include catching insects in the pond, looking for frogs and turtles, building a model of a stream, and arts and crafts projects. We even find time to include camper favorites such as making prehistoric dragonflies and playing the game Camouflage.

Noon–1:00 pm

Lunch & Free Play

Campers enjoy lunch and participate in unstructured activities such as visiting the sanctuary’s butterfly garden, playing table games, and/or participating in a game of tag!

1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Camper's Choice

The second Nature Riddle clue is presented and campers join in hands-on nature study, games, crafts, and other structured Choice Time activities.

2:30 pm–3:15 pm

More Explorations, Hikes, & Games

3:15 pm–3:30 pm

Closing Circle & Songs

The whole camp joins together and the final clue to the day’s Nature Riddle is given. Campers take turns making guesses before the answer is revealed. They also find out what the day’s Mystery Object is. We then pass around the camp mascot, Boris the Bullfrog, and learn about each camper’s favorite part of the day before ending with a silly camp song!

3:30 pm

Camper Pick-Up

3:30 pm–6:00 pm

After Camp Program* (optional)

During this optional period, full-day campers can choose from a variety of activities including active games, quiet table games or reading. Registration required.

*Only available during designated weeks.

What Others Are Saying . . .

“This was a great first experience. Our daughter came home dirty, exhausted, and full of stories! This is exactly what summer camp should be. We plan to sign her up again next summer!”—Camp Parent