Summer Camp

Download a copy of our 2013 Summer Camp brochure: 

Brochure will be available March 8, 2013:     brochure2013page1

Brochure will be available March 8, 2013:     brochure13 page2

Scroll down for 2013 dates and weekly camp descriptions.

New for 2013: Children can attend one or two week sessions. Please take note of new age groups and dates.

View our Summer Camp 2010 Highlights

Registration for 2013 will begin on March 8. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. 

Summer Camp at Dyken Pond CenterThe Dyken Pond Center serves thousands of students per year in environmental education programs.  Many Capital District residents who love the outdoors venture here for hiking, bird watching, wildlife observation, and nature study.  The Center offers countless opportunities to explore various natural habitats on more than 500 acres.

The natural world is filled with mystery and beauty.  One can spend a lifetime exploring any one of its many secrets.  The SUMMER OUTDOOR LEARNING ADVENTURE will kindle interest and spark curiosity about the natural world in which we live.  Each one-week session will offer age-appropriate activities in outdoor living skills, ecology, plants and wildlife, and pond study.  Each day will be an exciting blend of fun and learning taught through games, crafts, hikes, and hands-on discoveries.SOLA09 003


Professional environmental educators and competent staff members enjoy sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with young people.  We limit group size to 20 children per week to ensure a safe and optimal experience for participants.


All programs run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.  A morning snack and drink will be provided.  Participants must bring their own lunches.  There will be no overnight sessions.  Parents will be responsible for transportation to and from the Center on a daily basis.  Efforts will be made to coordinate car-pooling.


One week session: $175 per participant or $155 members

Two week session: $325 or $300 members

Membership rate is given to those holding a current FAMILY MEMBERSHIP.  Pre-registration for all programs is required.  Full payment must be received with registration.  Upon receipt of your reservation form and fee, you will receive confirmation of acceptance and information/health forms.  Acceptance is on a first-come—first-served basis.  Those not accepted will be offered a place on a waiting list.  If the registration is cancelled before the program begins, fees will be refunded only if the place can be filled.  No refunds will be given after the session begins.

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After care hours will be available from 3 until 5 pm for an additional $5 per hour. Please send a note along with the application stating hours needed.


If you do not have a FAMILY membership of the FRIENDS OF DYKEN POND CENTER, LTD., you may wish to join those who support the Center and receive a discount on the cost of registration


Limited full scholarships are available for those who would be unable to attend otherwise.  Scholarships will be awarded based upon financial need and the child’s desire to attend.

Download an application here:   scholarship application.2013

 Camp Sessions for 2013:

Registration will open on March 8, 2013. NEW for 2013: Children can attend one OR two week sessions. Please note new age groups and dates. We accept 20 kids per session and accept campers on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you would like be on our email list to receive a camp brochure, please go to the Contact page and opt-in or send an email to : .


JULY 22  – JULY 26


Discover ways to get a closer look at wild things.  Playful activities focus on developing a connection with nature through expanding a sensory awareness of the environment.  Creative expression and self-awareness are encouraged while exploring the world with all of the senses.




Venture into the world of ecological relationships through adventure-based learning.  Go on all-day hikes on forested trails, navigate orienteering courses, learn outdoor living skills, practice archery and paddle a canoe or kayak. Examine in more detail the habitats around you.

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REGISTRATION FORM: Will ONLY be Accepted After March 8.

Summer Outdoor Learning Adventure – Register Early as space is limited!

Only one child per form. Please copy this form or write on separate paper for additional   children.

CHILD’S NAME:        ___________________________

T-SHIRT SIZE:  Adult or Youth  S   M    L    XL         Circle One

GENDER/ AGE IN AUG.       ___________________________

PARENT’S NAME:    ___________________________

ADDRESS:                ___________________________


TELEPHONE:______________________ e-mail:_______________________

_____ 6 –9 YEAR OLD July 22 – July 26

_____6 –9 YEAR OLD July 29 – August 2

____  10-13 YEARS OLD August 5– August 9

_____10-13 YEARS OLD August 12– August 16

I request after care hours until___________  ($5 per hour. After care hours 3 – 5pm)


One Week:       $175 or $155 for Family Members of the Friends.                           Two Weeks:  $325 or $300 Members

Make your check payable to “Friends of the Dyken Pond Center,” and mail to:

Friends of the Dyken Pond Center 475 Dyken Pond Rd., Cropseyville, New York 12052