DEC announces summer stay registrations

November 12, 2017 - summer camp


RAY BROOK — Online registration for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2018 summer camps will open during 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24. 

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced a starting registration date on Friday and speedy families to register early as some weeks fill adult quickly. 


“DEC’s Summer Camps module is a good approach to deliver kids to a outside and all it offers,” Seggos said.

“Our camps yield opportunities for kids to knowledge camping, canoeing and hiking while training about environmental stewardship. It’s journey and an preparation that is scheming a subsequent era of conservationists.”


Now in a 71st year, a Summer Camps module offers week-long adventures in charge preparation for children age 11 to 17.

DEC operates 4 residential camps for children: Camp Colby in Saranac Lake; Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County; Camp Rushford in Caneadea, Allegany County and Pack Forest in Warrensburg, Warren County.

Camps Colby and DeBruce will offer dual weeks of programming for children age 14 to 17 as “returnee weeks” and offers programming for ages 11 to 13 a rest of a summer.

Camp Pack Forest will continue to horde children age 14 to 17 for 6 weeks and age 11 to 13 for dual weeks.

Camp Rushford will continue to offer dual weeks of programming for children age 14 to 17 and 5 weeks of programming for ages 11 to 13.



Campers will have a event to attend in a far-reaching accumulation of outside adventures and are speedy to try new things.

Activities competence embody fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering and hunter reserve education.

One hunter preparation module for possibly gun, crawl or trapping is offering during any stay any week. Class distance is singular for hunter preparation programs and campers contingency pointer adult for it during registration and finish a task in advance.

Along with journey experiences, DEC campers rivet in fun, hands-on activities, and outside scrutiny focused on field, forest, stream, and pool ecological principles.

Campers competence collect insects in a field, use nets in a stream, examine dirt composition, magnitude tree sizes or use holding margin records and essay in journals.

Trips to circuitously state lands competence embody kettle bogs, state parks, fish hatcheries or inlet museums.


Also new this year, Camp Pack Forest will offer Outdoor Adventure Week 2.0 during Week 5 from Jul 22 to 27.

DEC encourages teenagers age 14 to 17 who adore being outside to pointer adult for this redesign of a Outdoor Adventure Week that will assistance lower their delight and dilate their horizons while exploring environmental careers during Camp Pack Forest.

During this week, campers will rise hands-on outside skills that go above and over a normal stay week.

Alongside canoeing, fishing, and games, campers will rivet in forestry, citizen science, charge grant and more.



Guest DEC, aloft preparation and healthy apparatus professionals will yield opportunities to cruise career paths.

All 4 camps will work for 7 one-week sessions — using from Sunday to Friday — commencement Jun 24, 2018. Pack Forest operates for 8 weeks.

Drop-off time is 3 p.m. on Sunday and a shutting rite and pick-up time is Friday during 4:30 p.m.

One week of stay stays $350 per child for a 2018 year, and includes meals, trips and a stay t-shirt.


Sporting clubs, county groups and environmental organizations are speedy to unite one or some-more children for a week during camp.

Groups that deposition supports to unite 6 paid campers in one transaction will accept a grant to send a seventh child to stay for free.

The seventh camper will use a sponsorship formula generated by a Albany Camps administrative.

Information about apropos a unite and handling unite accounts is accessible on DEC’s website at


The finish report of stay weeks and ages is accessible on a Summer Camps website at

For some-more information greatfully revisit a DEC’s website during, call 518-402-8014, revisit “NYS DEC Summer Camps” on Facebook or write to DEC Camps, 3rd Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-5256.

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