Summer Camp

Dyken Pond Center’s

Outdoor Adventure Camp 2018

Why Choose Outdoor Adventure Camp?

The Outdoor Adventure Camp fosters a love of nature by:

  • allowing kids to “unplug” and explore their environment
  • dedicating time each day to unstructured outdoor play, which research shows nurtures creativity, problem solving skills, higher level thinking, and independence
  • keeping campers excited about learning and growing in ways that keep their minds engaged and focused throughout the school vacation
 The natural world is filled with mystery and beauty.  One can spend a lifetime exploring any one of its many secrets.  The  OUTDOOR  ADVENTURE CAMP will kindle interest and spark curiosity about the natural world in which we live.  Each one-week session will offer age-appropriate activities in outdoor living skills, ecology, plants and wildlife.  Each day will be an exciting blend of fun and learning taught through games, crafts, hikes, and hands-on discoveries.

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

The Dyken Pond Center has over 500 pristine acres and six miles of trail to explore. Kids will discover “Land of 1,000 Dead Trees” (wetlands), “Grandfather Rock” (bog), “Fern Meadow”, “Fantasy Forest” streams, ponds and Dyken Pond (lake).  We are a natural area filled with opportunities to explore, discover and learn about the natural world and our connection to it.

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Professional environmental educators and competent staff members enjoy sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with young people.  We limit group size to 25 children per week to ensure a safe and optimal experience for participants.


All programs run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. After care hours available until 5pm for $5 per hour.  A morning snack and drink will be provided.  Participants must bring their own lunches.

REGISTRATION AND FEES One week session: $175 per participant or $155 members Two week session: $325 or $300 members PayPal payments will incur an additional $5 to cover the fee.

Membership rate is given to those holding a current FAMILY MEMBERSHIP.  Full payment must be received with registration.  Upon receipt of your reservation form and fee, you will receive confirmation of acceptance and information/health forms.  Acceptance is on a first-come—first-served basis.  Those not accepted will be offered a place on a waiting list.  If the registration is cancelled before the program begins, fees will be refunded only if the place can be filled.  No refunds will be given after the session begins.

Camp Sessions for 2018:

Children can attend one OR two week sessions.  

TOUCH THE EARTH—AGES 6 -10  JULY 16  – JULY 20   and/or  JULY 23 – July 27

The basis of all science is observation. Kids get to “unplug” and discover fun ways to get a close look at wild things.  Playful activities   focus on developing a connection with nature through expanding a sensory awareness of the environment.  A focus on nature discovery keeps young minds growing and learning while fostering a comfort in and love of nature.

ADVENTURERS—AGES 11 -13   JULY 30 –  AUGUST 3  and/or  AUGUST 6 – AUGUST 10

Venture into the  natural world through adventure-based learning.  Build confidence through learning new outdoor skills. Wander your way on  hikes on forested trails, navigate a map and compass course,  build a campfire with one match, build a debris shelter, find and purify water, practice archery and paddle a canoe or kayak.  Learn to have fun unplugging and foster  a life long connection to the natural world.

Pay for Summer Camp now On-line!  

PayPal Logo Click here to register your child(ren) on line

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Limited full scholarships are available for those who would be unable to attend otherwise.  Scholarships will be awarded based upon financial need and the child’s desire to attend.

Download a scholarship application 2018


Forms:  Once your registration is confirmed, Please return Health Information and Authorization forms by email to: or  print and mail to: Dyken Pond Center, 475 Dyken Pond Road, Cropseyville, New York 12052.

registrationletter2018  (General Camp Information: Please download for all campers)

Health Information Form (To be returned by June 30th)

Authorization Form (To be returned by June 30th)

NYS childrens camp blue brochure


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