Wellfleet Bay Nature Camp | About Camp

Campers exploring Wellfleet Bay's salt marsh with their counselor

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Our Philosophy

Our goals are to instill awareness and appreciation of nature, to demonstrate responsibility for the environment, and to promote a sense of place, where nature is accessible and inclusive for all. Above all, we seek to create memorable outdoor experiences for our campers!

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

At Mass Audubon Camps, we strive to create a safe, inclusive, and caring camp environment where each person is respected and supported in their learning and growth. We believe that diversity—both in nature and in our human communities—is essential to strength, resilience, and innovation, and we are committed to recognizing the unique contributions of each community member.

A Day at Camp

No two days are alike at Wellfleet Bay Nature Camp! However, this sample schedule will give you an idea of activity types and daily flow.

9:00 am

Camper Drop-off & Craft Activity

Counselors welcome their campers and hand out nametags. Campers spend time creating simple arts and crafts projects.

9:15–9:45 am

Morning Circle & Schedule

The whole camp gathers together for an introductory activity, playing name games, and going over the schedule for the day.

9:45–10:15 am

"Theme of the Day" Introduction

Each small group has its own daily theme that supports nature and science learning. Activities and objectives are unique to each age group.

10:15–10:40 am

Snack & Bathrooms

Campers enjoy a snack brought from home and take a break.

10:40 am–12:00 pm

Habitat Hike

Groups explore the trails and habitats as they learn more about their themes. This may include activities such as catching frogs, looking for caterpillars, or searching for signs of deer, to name just a few.

12:00–12:30 pm

Lunch & Bathrooms

Campers enjoy the lunch they brought from home and take a break.

12:30 pm Camper Pick-up (half-day)
12:30–1:00 pm

Afternoon Games

Counselors reinforce concepts about the Theme of the Day through special games.

1:00–2:00 pm

Science Activity

Campers continue to explore their daily theme through hands-on experiments and science learning.

2:00–2:15 pm

Nature Free Play & Closing Circle

Campers enjoy supervised free play time before the whole camp gathers together to share their favorite parts of the day.

2:15-2:45 pm Camper Pick-up (full-day)

Camp Staff

Our staff members are chosen for their enthusiasm, experience, knowledge, inclusivity, and ability to work with children in the outdoors. They are college graduates or undergraduates currently enrolled in an environmental and/or educational field of study. All staff undergo background checks, are certified in CPR and first aid, and receive training in health and safety procedures, child development, natural history, and environmental education best practices.

Camp Leadership

Camp Director Morgan Peck (she/her) has been an educator with Mass Audubon since 2013 and based at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary since 2016. Throughout the year, Morgan teaches and coordinates educational nature programming for schools and visiting groups. When not teaching, Morgan helps stranded/entangled sea turtles and other marine wildlife as well as organizing local efforts to combat the climate crisis on Cape Cod with the Youth Climate Leadership Program.

Assistant Camp Director Laura Baghetti (she/her) has been an educator with Mass Audubon since April 2022. During the school year, Laura teaches environmental programs to area school groups. Laura’s favorite camp activity is hiking with campers to the tidal flats and making observations along the way!

Camp Handbook

The Camp Handbook packet contains important information for families, including drop-off and pick-up instructions, health and safety procedures, packing lists, and more. Please be sure to read this prior to the start of your camper’s first session.

The 2023 Camp Handbook will be available for download in spring 2023.

Credentials

Camp License

Our camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430) and is licensed by the Wellfleet Board of Health.

American Camp Association (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, health care, discipline, bullying, and grievance policies at any time. Request copies of our policies >

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