Summer Camp

Dyken Pond Center’s

Outdoor Adventure Camp 2024

Exploring nature is  the best way to enjoy summer.  Catching salamanders, fishing, roasting s’mores and building new skills engages the mind and fosters a love of nature and continued learning in the summer.  Each one-week session will offer age-appropriate activities. Kids learn to build their own campfire, discover what animals live here, how plants were used as medicine and great tips for fishing.  Each day will be an exciting blend of fun and learning taught through games, crafts, hikes, and hands-on discoveries.

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

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

The Dyken Pond Center has over 600 pristine acres and eleven 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.  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 trained 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 are available until 4pm for $10 per hour.  Participants must bring their own lunch, snack and drink.


One week session: $250 per participant or $225 members.

Two week session: $480 per child or $430 members.

Membership rate is given to those holding a current FAMILY MEMBERSHIP.  Upon receipt of your reservation form and fee, you will receive confirmation of acceptance.  Acceptance is on a first-come—first-served basis.  Membership forms can be found here

Camp Sessions for 2024:

Children can attend one OR two week sessions.  

TOUCH THE EARTH—AGES 6 -10  July 15  – July 19   and/or  July 22 – July 26

Let’s get curious!  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.  A focus on nature discovery keeps young minds growing and learning while fostering a comfort in and love of nature.

SIBLINGS WEEK :   AGES 6 – 13       July 29 – August 2

 This week is for all ages.  Campers will break up into different age groups for activities. Adventure continues for all ages with more advanced activities for older campers and a focus on connections for younger kids.

ADVENTURERS—AGES 10 -13     August 5 – August 9

Venture into the  natural world through adventure-based learning.  Build confidence through learning new outdoor skills. Wander your way 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 Online!

Click here to register your child online

Click here to pay by check

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SCHOLARSHIPS are available for 2024

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

You’ve Registered for Camp. Now What? Please download these four information files. Return the Health Information Form, the Authorization Form and your child’s immunization records to us as soon as possible but no later than JUNE 30th.  Return by email to: or  print and mail to: Dyken Pond Center, 475 Dyken Pond Road, Cropseyville, New York 12052.

If you prefer to have forms mailed to you, please let us know!

2024 Camp Information

Authorization form


NYS childrens camp blue brochure

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