Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Information for Camp Attendees

Registration for the 2022 DEC Summer Camp season opens Sunday, April 10, 2022, at 1 PM. Camp Rushford and Pack Forest will open for seven weeks and Camp DeBruce will be open for six weeks this season. Camp Colby will remain closed until 2023 to complete major renovations to the camp.Updates and changes can be found on the Camps main web page and on both DEC's Facebook and Summer Camps' Facebook pages.

For information on COVID-19 protocols, see below. Please contact EducationCamps@dec.ny.gov if you have any questions.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirements necessary to keep campers, families, and staff safe and healthy, please be aware that the specific details of how camp may operate are subject to change based on the guidance from the New York State Department of Health and Governor's Office.

To attend a session, DEC requires that all campers bring a copy of the camper's negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be either a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) result within 72 hours prior to arrival at camp, or a rapid antigen test collected within six hours prior to arrival at camp or boarding transportation to camp. The camper must provide either a dated negative laboratory result or a time-stamped photograph of the negative rapid test result (see sample below).

In accordance with the New York State Department of Health's Camp Safety Advisory Council Summer Camp Guidelines, DEC Summer Camps strongly encourage that campers be up to date with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is available under Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 5 to 15 and is fully approved for those age 16 and older. Vaccination information is available at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Adolescents page (link leaves DEC website).

Please contact DEC Camps staff via email at EducationCamps@dec.ny.gov with questions or for clarification. Staff will return your email as soon as possible.

image of Negative COVID Test with date & time on it
Negative COVID Test with Date & Time Stamp

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 and waivers which are available during the registration process. All forms and waivers are completed online, before or during registration. They can be found in the 'Document Center' in either the Forms or Waivers section, as indicated below. These forms and waivers must be completed in order to complete registration for a week of camp:

  • Accommodation Request Form
  • Camper Medical History Form
  • Camper T-shirt size Form
  • Completion Acknowledgement Form
  • Custody Information Form
  • Model Consent Waiver
  • Movies at Camp Waiver
  • Off-site Swimming Waiver
  • Permission to be tested for COVID-19 while participating in a NYS Summer Camp Program Waiver
  • Permission to Shoot Waiver (for campers taking Hunter Education)
  • Refunds and Cancellations Waiver
  • Transportation Waiver
  • Cabin-Mate Request Form (optional)
  • Camper's Ethnic Group Form (optional)
  • Dear Counselor Letter (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 can scan and upload the Health Care Provider Form in the online registration website or bring them 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. To upload the signed healthcare provider form, visit the 'document center' and select 'Upload Document'. Choose the correct form for your camp and follow the instructions to upload the scanned form.

You will also need to provide a copy of your health insurance card (front and back). You may bring a copy with your child to check in at camp or take a photo of your health insurance card and upload it to the 'document center'.

Where to Find Forms

All the camper forms are available on DEC's online registration website (leaves DEC website) in the 'Document Center'. The Document Center can be found by clicking the menu icon on the top left of the screen. 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


More about Information for Camp Attendees:

  • PDF Help
  • For help with PDFs on this page, please call 518-402-8014.
  • Contact for this Page
  • NYSDEC Camps
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233-5256
    518-402-8014
    Send us an email
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to all NYS regions