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Information for Camp Attendees

At this time, DEC is planning to celebrate the Summer Camps' 75th Anniversary this summer with an in-person program. DEC's primary motivation in planning camp experiences continues to be the health and safety of campers, families, and staff. Please understand that DEC will provide updates on this webpage with new information as the State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is updated to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

DEC will continue to work with the New York State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and other experts to evaluate the guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of campers and staff for the 2022 season, and to maintain the DEC Camp Program's exploration and learning opportunities. Please contact DEC Camps staff via email at EducationCamps@dec.ny.gov. Staff will return your email as soon as possible.

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 educationcamps@dec.ny.gov


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