Summer Camp 2021 FAQ: Return to the Outdoors
January 26, 2021 — Connecticut Audubon’s popular day camp will return for summer 2021 promising great outdoor fun for kids. We’re planning camp sessions for the Center at Fairfield, Coastal Center at Milford Point, Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme, and the Center at Pomfret.
Registration starts February 22.
Camp programs will follow policies and guidelines specific to Covid-19 provided by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Education.
What is unique about the Connecticut Audubon Society summer camp experience?
The Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer day camps offer an inviting recipe for both fun and learning at our centers in Fairfield, Milford, Old Lyme, and Pomfret. Campers have many opportunities to explore and thrive in the natural environment. Key ingredients include interactive hands-on learning, up-close animal/wildlife encounters, chances to develop outdoor savvy, and knowledge and conservation skills to care for natural resources at home, school, and at our centers and sanctuaries.
Age-specific themes are planned each week. It’s an excellent balance of fun and discovery through activities that take advantage of the natural features and habitats right at each center’s doorstep.
Do I have to be a member of the Connecticut Audubon Society?
You have to be a member for your child to attend camp. You must have a Chickadee ($55 family) or higher-level membership to register. If you’re not a qualifying member, you may renew or join at the time of registration or online by clicking here.
What is the background of summer camp staff?
Our summer camps are staffed by experienced teacher-naturalists from our centers, and college-educated men and women who have subject-area knowledge and experience working with children. Low staff-to-camper ratios ensure all campers have a safe, fun, and educational camp experience. Our summer camp staff is first-aid, CPR and EpiPen trained.
When does registration begin?
Registration for our summer camps begins at the end of February. All information will be posted on our website, and emails will be sent to our email lists. Registration is online or by mail.
What is your mask policy?
- Adults must wear a mask at drop off and pick up
- Campers and staff must use face coverings when indoors.
- Campers may remove their face coverings during snack, lunch, and/or water breaks as long as they remain physically distanced whether indoors or outdoors.
- Campers may remove their face coverings when participating in outdoor activities where they can remain physically distanced from one another.
- We will continue to monitor OEC and CDC guidelines and adjust as needed. If the mask mandate is reissued, we will follow the appropriate guidelines.
What forms are needed to complete the camp registration?
There are several forms that must be filled out before registration is complete. Registration and medical forms for camp programs, as well as detailed camp brochures, policies, procedures, and equipment lists, will be posted on each center’s website when registration opens.
What if our family plans change for the summer? Are there refunds if we need to cancel or change the number of sessions attending?
We recommend purchasing Registration Protection when you register your child(ren). You can purchase this protection at checkout and if you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund of the purchase price and processing fee should you be unable to attend your event due to a specified reason, such as:
- Injury or illness
- Vehicle breakdown or theft
- Adverse weather resulting in travel warnings
- Work relocation
- And more
Please note the following if you do not purchase Registration Protection: All requests must be made by email. Requests for changes must be received at least two weeks prior to the program session for which the change is being requested. For cancellation requests before June 1, you will receive a refund minus a 20% fee per program canceled. Membership fees will not be refunded. After June 1, there are no summer program refunds. If we cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.
What if I travel outside of Connecticut during summer camp?
As of March 19, 2021, Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No.9S, Section 1 regarding travel is no longer in effect.
Connecticut residents and travelers to Connecticut should follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Mandates and requirements are not currently in place in Connecticut.
For Covid-19 refunds:
In the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the program, depending on the number of people affected, closure of a particular room in the program or the entire program might need to be considered.
If summer camp is shut down by Connecticut Audubon or a local, state, or federal government agency, you may choose from the following options:
- Receive a refund for any unused portion
Donate the funds already paid
Receive a credit towards another week of camp during the summer of 2021 if we have space in future weeks.
Please note: Refunds are not given for normal sick days.
Can my child and friends be in the same camp group?
We make every effort to accommodate requests for friends and siblings to be placed in the same class but cannot guarantee such placement. Requests can be made on the registration form or sent in writing and received at least two weeks prior to the week attending.