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Information for Camp Attendees

DEC regrets to announce that its in-person summer camps program will not operate in 2021.

The health and safety of our campers and staff have always been the top priority for DEC summer youth camps. Camp staff worked diligently to review guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, American Camp Association, and other residential camps to develop a plan to be able to welcome campers this summer.

After careful consideration we determined there are too many uncertainties beyond our control to ensure our camps could open and operate safely.

While we are sad to make this announcement, we are making plans to create fun virtual opportunities for the summer of 2021 so campers and their families can stay connected to the DEC camp program.

Check out the DEC camps webpage to find out what we're planning and contact us at if you have any topics you'd like to see in our line-up. And mark your calendars-2022 is the 75th anniversary of the camp program and we want you to help us celebrate!

Parent/Camper Handbook

Camp staff have created a handbook you can download (PDF) that we hope answers many of the questions that parents and campers have about DEC summer camp. Please review the handbook and contact us if you have any additional questions. After registering your camper for this season you will receive a copy of the handbook with your registration confirmation email. Please save it and refer to as the summer approaches.

Operating Hours

Check-in for camp is between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Sunday.
Camper pickup and closing ceremony is at 4:30 PM on Friday.

Required Forms

These are the camper forms which are available during the registration process. All forms are completed online, before or during registration. These forms must be completed in order to complete registration for a week of camp:

  • Camper Medical History
  • Model Consent
  • Camper Custody form
  • Authorized pick up forms
  • Camper T-Shirt size
  • Off-site swimming waiver
  • Permission to Shoot waiver (for hunter safety or shooting sports)
  • Accommodation Request
  • Dear counselor letter (optional)
  • Cabin mate request form (optional)

Lastly the Health Care Provider Form must be printed and signed by your child's physician prior to coming to camp. You can find this form in the "document center" on your account page. It is also attached as a PDF in your reservation confirmation email. You must bring the Health Care Provider Forms with your child to check in at camp and give it to the health director. Campers without this form will NOT be able to stay at camp.

Where to find forms

All the camper forms are available on DEC's online registration website (leaves DEC website) in the "Document Center". All forms must be filled out before you arrive at camp. A camper with incomplete forms may not be able to stay at camp.

More information

Please visit our FAQ for answers to most questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, you can contact us from 8:30 AM - 4 PM at 518-402-8014 or by emailing

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