Below is information about registration and our Summer Camps. For an overview of Summer Camp dates please visit our Summer Camp page.
Each year, our community grows and it takes time to process all of the interest for summer camp. Thank you for your attention to all the important details listed below. We look forward to another great year of summer camp!
We now use a rolling admissions process; additional spaces are added to our camps throughout the spring.
We are committed to ensuring that there is age and gender balance and that our summer camp enrollment represents our diverse community. To achieve this balance, we have a rolling admissions process that supports inclusion for all children.
We have a limited number of spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once those spaces are filled, additional spaces are added to our camps throughout the spring and we enroll the remaining youth in a manner that supports inclusion for all children. If you find a waitlist, please join our waitlist at no cost and our staff will reach out to you when a space becomes available.
So sign up for the waitlist! You will hear from us within a few weeks with your status on the waitlist.
Non-refundable deposits must be paid for every session at time of registration. We cannot hold your spot without a non-refundable deposit per session per child. If you are on the waitlist a deposit will not be required until we are able to offer you a space at camp.
For Kestrel, Raven, & Ropes Camps, a $150 deposit is required. For our accessibly-priced Kingfisher Camp, a $25 deposit is required. If you are unable to pay a deposit, enter the coupon code NOCREDITCARD and our office will be in touch about next steps.
For example: a single camper enrolling in two sessions will require two $150 deposits ($300 in total). Two campers each enrolling in two sessions will require four $150 deposits ($600 in total). Deposits are non-refundable. Canceled deposits cannot be applied toward other balances due.
Due to COVID restrictions, Wild Earth has decreased camp capacity significantly this year. Our hope is to get as many children out in the woods as is safely possible and to meet this goal, we are limiting the amount of sessions individuals can sign up for. In addition, it is difficult to meet the wide range of needs when some participants are showing up for day one and others have already been at camp for 2-4 weeks prior.
We are anticipating the children to have additional social and emotional needs, after experiencing all the traumas and challenges 2020 has presented. In an effort to make sure everyone is on similar footing, we are restricting enrollment to only one session so that everyone can start their session in a similar space to their peers.
Our financial aid philosophy is take what you need and give what you can. We recognize that there are economic hardships, and we want to be accessible to all, so we ask that you pay whatever it is that you can.
The more you can pay, the more children we are able to extend aid to. Before you request financial aid we ask families to consider if there are family members or friends who might help provide a scholarship to your family for this program.
Additional members of the same household registering for any of our summer camps will receive a 10% discount off the regular program fee. In order to receive this discount siblings must be registered at the same time.
Your camper must be of age before the start of the session.
The most important thing is that you do choose in advance. As our camps often enroll quickly, changing your mind after registering may not be possible.
You know your camper best. So, ask yourself, will my camper do best as one of the oldest in the camp or one of the youngest? Which camp are their friends attending?
Please know that the experience will be a bit more rugged and adventurous for older-aged camps than for our younger-aged camps. If you want to speak with someone at Wild Earth about this decision, please call us well in advance of open registration. Our staff can be reached at (845) 256-9830.
There is a prompt on the registration form to indicate a Friend Grouping Request. We will try to accommodate all requests, but there are many factors that go into creating our groups, including ages of campers. We cannot guarantee all requests will be fulfilled.
Cancellations 30 days or more before the first day a program begins will receive a full refund less each session’s non-refundable deposit. Cancellations from 7 days to 30 days prior to a program receive 50% program credit (non-transferable and valid for one year), 50% balance forfeited. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to a program will receive no credit and no refund.
Failure to make payment on or before June 1 may result in forfeiting your enrollment. Payment plans are available based on need. All payments for camp must be made before your camp begins.
You will receive an automated email confirming your enrollment at camp. In that confirmation email you will be asked to complete the Medical and Emergency Contact form (this is an online form, you do not need a doctors signature). Three weeks before your camper’s session start date, you will receive a complete camp package with: gear list, driving directions and additional camp information.
Yes, our camps are located in a large loop, and we have staggered arrival and departure times to ensure that drop off and pick up times are manageable for multi-camp families.
Does Wild Earth provide pre-camp or after-camp care?
Wild Earth partners with the Kingston YMCA to provide before and after care at our Kingfisher Camps.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare before or after our other camps. Each morning before camp begins our entire staff is busy planning for the day and gearing up for camp, likewise after camp our staff meets to debrief the day at camp. All campers need to be dropped off at the beginning of camp and picked up at the closing time for camp each day. We suggest families work together to help each other with before-camp and after-camp care. In the weeks before summer camp begins we will send families a list of other families and their contact info. Our hope is that this will support you in arranging carpools as well as before/after camp play dates.
Yes! Wild Earth offers busing options for all of our camps. Screech Owl, Kestrel, Ropes, Art, and Raven Camps use a bus to/from New Paltz. In addition, we provide busing from/to Kingston YMCA for our Kingfisher camp.
To support less driving, we will share enrolled family contact information in order to support you in self-arranging carpools (if you would like to do so).
Visit the Summer Camp page on our website at: https://wildearth.org/summer-camp
Did a member of your household attend an ongoing Wild Earth program this past fall or winter? You may be eligible for early registration. Early registration is available in mid-to-late January. If you miss the early registration window you can register on February 1 at noon.
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