Wachusett Meadow Nature Camp | Registration Information

Adventurers campers on the pond dock at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

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How to Register


Session Limit & Waitlist

To provide equal access to camp for everyone, we request that you register each child for no more than three half-day camp sessions or four full-day camp sessions per child. We are happy to place you on a waitlist for extra weeks and will open up spaces to waitlisted campers on May 1.

Counselors-In-Training (CIT) Registration

Teens ages 14–17 who are interested in registering for our CIT program must submit an application and pay a fee ($150 for members or $220 for nonmembers). The fee covers the mandatory training plus a two-week commitment between June 20–August 19. Additional weeks may be available for $50/week at the Camp Director’s discretion. CIT positions are limited, so please apply early! PLEASE NOTE: All CITs are required to attend a training on June 18, 2022. Request an application >

Registration Confirmation

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


Sliding Scale Pricing


With the sliding scale structure, every family will enroll for camp at a tuition rate based on their family's Annual Gross Income (AGI). At registration, you will have the opportunity to select the price that best fits your family’s income tier. The deposit will be due at the time of registration; you have until May 2 to pay your balance in full. Please reach out to the Camp Director if you have unique circumstances or need additional financial support.

At the second stage of registration, when we request information about your camper securely via CampDoc, a new section allows for the upload of income verification documents, including tax returns, pay stubs, or alternative forms of income verification. Camp administrative staff with Personal Information Protection (PIP) training will privately review the provided income verification and confirm or adjust the tiered rate based on your reported adjusted gross income. Registrants at Tier 5 are not required to submit income verification.

Half-day Nature Camp (Preschool Naturalists)

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $36/$106
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $90/$160
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $117/$187
Tier 4 $100,000–$174,999 $153/$223
Tier 5 (no financial aid requested) $180/$250

Full-day Nature Camp*

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $80/$150
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $200/$270
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $260/$330
Tier 4 $100,000–$174,999 $340/$410
Tier 5 (no financial aid requested) $400/$470

Specialty & Teen Camps* (excludes CIT)

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $90/$160
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $225/$295
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $293/$363
Tier 4 $100,000–$174,999 $383/$453
Tier 5 (no financial aid requested) $450/$520

Half-day Before Camp (Preschool Naturalists)

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $7/$10
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $18/$25
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $23/$33
Tier 4 $100,000–$174,999 $31/$43
Tier 5 (no financial aid requested) $36/$50

Full-day Before Camp

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $12/$15
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $30/$38
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $39/$49
Tier 4 $100,000–$174,999 $51/$64
Tier 5 (no financial aid requested) $60/$75

Full-day After Camp

Tier Family Annual Gross Income Member/Nonmember
Tier 1 <$50,000 $15/$19
Tier 2 $50,000–$74,999 $38/$48
Tier 3 $75,000–$99,999 $49/$62
Tier 4 $100,000–$174,999 $64/$81
Tier 5 (no aid requested) $75/$95

*Fees for for July 5–8 sessions will be prorated since there is no camp on Monday, July 4.


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 at least 2 weeks prior to the start of a session. 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.

Payment Plans

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

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 Wachusett Meadow 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 a scholarship application >

Membership Discount

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 >


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. All camp forms and waivers, are due two weeks prior to your arrival at camp. A camper cannot attend camp and their spot is not guaranteed until all forms, waivers, and payments are completed (or a payment plan has been established). A fee of $10 per camper will be charged for incomplete or late forms and waivers.


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 Princeton 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, 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 by contacting the Camp Director.

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 the session.

Session Transfers

Session transfer requests will be honored if there is space available and if the request is made at least two weeks prior to the session start date, after which time transfers are not permitted.