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DEC summer camp registration to open April 2



DEC Summer Camp program is in its 76th year

2023 NYS DEC camp registration

A group of summer camp attendees learning to fly fish

DEC Summer Camp program is in its 76th year! Online registration for the 2023 Summer Camps will open Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 1 p.m. Applications should be submitted through the online registration program available through a link on the Summer Camps website. Spaces fill quickly! Parents and guardians are encouraged to register early to ensure a spot. Children ages 11-17 can enjoy week-long adventures at Camp Colby in Saranac Lake (Franklin County); Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor (Sullivan County); Camp Rushford in Caneadea (Allegany County); and Camp Pack Forest in Warrensburg (Warren County).

"DEC's Summer Camps program has a long tradition of introducing youth to the outdoors through fun, hands-on, minds-on activities that create life-long connections to nature," Commissioner Seggos said. "Our camps provide increasingly rare opportunities for children to unplug and immerse themselves in the natural world. Kids at DEC Summer Camps are guided by highly qualified staff in hiking, canoeing, and overnight camping adventures each week."

DEC Summer Camps are Special

DEC camps combine environmental education, hunter education programs, and outdoor recreation into a fun adventure. We use a hands-on approach to teach about the environment. Camps run Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

Campers will have the opportunity to learn outdoor skills including backpacking, camping, and canoeing. They will explore New York's diverse habitats, have the chance to learn basic ecological concepts, and how human activities affect the environment. Campers solve challenges, explore environmental concepts, practice outdoor skills, and spend the week immersed in nature. 

Learn more about this year’s summer camps program.



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