Programs

Summer Camp

Creating outdoor experiences and memories that last a lifetime
Photo: Wendy Miller/Sharon Audubon Center

**2022 Camp Registration opens on March 3, 2022 at 9:00am. **

To access the online registration and waitlist option, click here

Summer Camp registration begins in March.

Week-long sessions for 2022 begin the week of June 27 and run through August 19.

View 2022 Summer Camp Brochure

2022 Camp Overview

Dates

SPROUTS

K - 2nd Grade

$330 per week

EXPLORERS

3rd - 6th Grade

$330 per week

SPECIALTY CAMPS

3 & 4 Year Olds w/adult

9th-12th Grade

June 27-July 1

Muddy Buddies

No Backbone Required

 
July 5-8

Red, White, and You

Stars & Stripes, Red, White, & Blue

 
July 11-15

The Best Nest

Wild Jobs

 
July 18-22

Aquatic Adventures

Beyond the Pond

 
July 25-29

It's Not Easy Being Green

Icky-ology

Early Childhood Discovery (Ages 3-4 with an adult) $175/week

Aug 1-5

Daylight/Moonlight

Wildlife in Focus

Aug 8-12

Animal Superpowers

Search & Discover  
Aug 15-19

Fairies & Gnomes

Hogwarts at Audubon  
July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10

T.R.I.P. (9th-12th grade)  $385 per session

The Sharon Audubon Center Summer Nature Program offers themed and general nature camps for children ages 3 through entering Grade 12. The camps have a small student-to-teacher ratio and are interactive, educational, and lots of fun! Get ready for an exciting outdoor adventure, learning about animals and plants. Sessions include outdoor exploration, hikes, live animal programs, hands-on activities and experiments, games, and crafts—so there is something of interest for everyone.

BRAND NEW for 2022 is our Junior Buddies program, a "Counselor in Training" program for kids ages 12-15 years. This new program is for any Sharon Audubon Center Nature Camp alum who has aged out of our regular camp sessions but is still too young to be a Summer Camp Assistant. Junior Buddies will help our first-time younger campers adjuts to each camp day, assist with crafts, participate in games and activities with their younger camp buddies, and be an overall great helper alongside our Head and Assistant Counselors. Space is limited to only three Junior Buddies per week (2 week max per Jr. Buddy to start.)  Please read more info on becoming a Junior Buddy in the 2022 Summer Camp Brochure. 

The Sharon Audubon Center Summer Nature Program is a Connecticut state-certified day camp. Camp sessions are week-long and take place at the Sharon Audubon Center, located on Route 4 in Sharon, Connecticut.

For Sharon Audubon Center camp questions and queries, contact Wendy Miller, Camp Director, at wendy.miller@audubon.org or 860-364-0520 ext. 105.

CAMP HOURS

Sprouts and Explorers: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday - Friday

Early Childhood Discovery: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., One week only

T.R.I.P.- Teen Rehabilitation Internship Program: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Every Wednesday from July 13-Aug 10

Payments / Cancellation / Refund Policy

Camp fees must be paid in full at the time of registration unless special circumstances are approved by Audubon staff. We are not able to register children for camp over the phone or hold spaces without payment.

Payment (minus 20%) will be refunded for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp to be attended. Refund requests must be received in writing (can be in email form) within two weeks after that camp session ends. If a participant is canceling due to a potential or confirmed COVID exposure or illness, Sharon Audubon Center will issue a full refund, less $25 per participant per session. If Audubon must cancel a session, you will receive a full refund for that session only, less $25 per participant per session, or the opportunity to donate or apply the amount towards a future program.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Limited financial assistance is available. If you are in need of assistance, contact the center for scholarship information and applications, preferably before camp registration opens. Those receiving financial assistance will be asked to write a short essay telling why they would like to attend Sharon Audubon Center’s Summer Nature Programs. Scholarships will only be awarded for one camp session per student.

Lend a Helping Hand - Camp scholarship donations provide critical assistance to families in need. If you are interested in helping another student attend summer camp, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

Please send donation checks payable to Sharon Audubon Center (with “Camp Scholarship Fund” written in the memo) to: Sharon Audubon Center, Summer Nature Camp, 325 Cornwall Bridge Road, Sharon, CT 06069.

COVID-RELATED GUIDELINES (last updated 2-9-22)

Be sure to familiarize yourself with our current COVID-19 guidelines. Please note, in-person camp may be canceled at any time up until and during the camp season if COVID cases rise and we feel it would not be safe for our staff and campers (see our Cancellation Policy).  Due to the ever-changing local recommendations, these guidelines are subject to change at any time.

  • If you or your child are feeling ill, or are showing any signs of COVID symptoms, DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO CAMP! Contact our Camp Director of First Aid to notify us of any illness.
  • Camp will primarily be held outdoors and under tents, unless there is severe weather such as a thunderstorm. If the weather forecast is calling for rain, please be sure to send your camper with a raincoat, rain boots, or even a change of clothes, as we will be outside.
  • Masks will be required at all times when indoors, as well as outdoors when campers cannot be properly distanced. Please send a mask or two with your child each day.
  • Social distancing will be practiced as much as possible, but some activities may bring campers (within the same group) closer than 3 feet. Sprouts and Explorers campers will not be intermingling during activities.
  • Hand washing and sanitizer will be encouraged throughout the day
  • Frequent, in-depth cleaning and sanitizing of supplies, restrooms, and program areas will be practiced.
  • Temperature checks may be done each morning for staff and participants.
  • Parents/Guardians may be required to complete a daily COVID pre-screening form in order for their child(ren) to attend camp for the day.
  • If a camper becomes ill and tests positive for COVID-19, guardians of campers in that session will be notified and will need to quarantine.
  • Contact tracing and notifications will follow CDC and CT State Guidelines.
  • At this time, Friday camp presentations for families are under evaluation. Parents/Guardians will be notified if they resume.
  • There will be no before or after-care offered this year.
  • Only campers and staff/volunteers will be permitted inside the center building.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES

  • Drop off and pick up will be the same as last year, as parents/guardians will be required to stay in their vehicle.
  • Drop off will take place from 8:45 - 9:10 a.m. Follow the signs around the driveway circle to the drop-off area. Staff may then do a camper temperature check and perform a COVID checklist questionnaire. At that time, campers will be escorted out of the vehicle to their correct camp group on the front lawn.
  • Please be sure to have any sunscreen and bug spray on your child and give big hugs and kisses before coming to camp.
  • At the end of the camp day, parents will again line up in the driveway circle and your child will be escorted to the vehicle for pick up. Again, parents/guardians are to stay in the vehicle. Pick-up will be from 2:50 - 3:10 p.m.

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