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Tom Denney Nature Camp

TDNC is held at the Bower Springs conservation area in Bolton, MA where we welcome children from Kindergarten through high school to come play with us.

We specialize in helping children develop understanding, respect and responsibility for the environment while growing as individuals through creative play, exploration, and physical skill building.

Our wide range of activities include games, arts and crafts, kayaking, camp fires, exotic animals, camper created performances, environmental education, field sports, course challenges, hiking, tracking, and more!

Camp runs for five one-week sessions during the months of July and August, weekdays from 9am-3pm, for children who are entering Kindergarten through 9th grades. High Schoolers are invited to be part of our Counselor-in-Training program.

There is a low ratio of campers to counselors and camp fills up every year, so register early. Session lists tend to fluctuate, so don't be discouraged if the session you want has a wait list since we will most likely be able to fit you in. Scholarships are available as we never want to turn a child away from camp.

 

Camp Logistics & Facilities

Camp is held on the beautiful Bower Springs conservation land in Bolton, MA.

Two ponds for swimming, kayaking, raft building contest, and ponding (catching frogs and fish)

A large mowed field for games

Woods for games and shelter building which also keep out the hot sun and most of the rain

Miles of well-maintained hiking trails

Camp Circle with logs for sitting, picnic tables for arts & crafts, sheds and a campfire pit

There is a large tent with sides and port-a potties

Camp is only canceled if there is thunder/lightening.

We play in the rain!

The GPS address is 40 Flanagan Road. There is a parking lot on the left at the end of the road.

 

The camp day is 9:00am–3:00pm.

Before/After Camp Options:

7:00am-9:00am

3:00pm–whenever you need to pick-up

You pay counselors hourly at the end of the week for what you need.

Please contact the camp to work out your individual needs.

 

Programs

Experience a variety of habitats and wildlife at Tom Denney Nature Camp! Explore the outdoors, do hands-on activities, observe wildlife, play active games, make crafts, and more. Different age groups will explore weekly themes through age-appropriate activities and outings. Sign up for one or more of these exciting weeks! 

Tom Denney
Entering Grades K–8 

Activities we play include games in the woods and fields, Predator & Prey, The Amazing Race, swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, songs, campfires to cook hot dogs and marshmallows, shelter building, exotic animals from Animal Adventures & more!

Eco Adventures

Entering Grades 6-9 

Campers will play kayaking games on the pond, laser tag in the woods, sleep overnight in the big tent and play night games and roast marshmallows, have a raft building competition, go an adventure hike, do team building activities, have a weekly surprise activity & more!

Counnselor in Training
Entering Grades 9 and above 

CITs attend a 3-day Orientation and work a minimum of 2 weeks.

CITs gain valuable work experience and have fun!

 

Our Staff and Credentials

Our staff does everything with the campers. We couldn’t get them to not play the games!

Each staff member completes a file with health and legal records, CORI/SORI, concussion training and recommendations.

There is a pre-camp staff orientation for training. The first thing they learn is the camp motto: Safe, Fun, Nature!

Lifeguards are certified with their lifeguarding certificates we all as First Aid and CPR.

The Camp Health Care Consultant reviews all our policies and procedures.

The Camp Inspector reviews all of our staff and camper’s files, facilities and policies and procedures.

TDNC complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the Town of Bolton Board of Health.

Since the Bolton Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization this donation may be tax deductible. Please contact your financial advisor. The tax identification number is 510-143-182.

 

Registration Information

Registration Opens February 1

Go to the camp website at http://tdnc.boltonconservationtrust.org

1) Choose a week below and enter your information. There are two different programs and five weeks for each program, so make sure to choose the correct one.

2) Complete your registration payment

Be sure to complete registration payment online here or by check via mail to:

Bolton Conservation Trust - TDNC

P.O. Box 14

Bolton, MA 01740

Once you've paid online, you will receive a separate email confirmation of your payment.

Since the Bolton Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization, some portion of your donation may be tax deductible. Please contact your financial advisor. The tax identification number is 510-143-182.

3) Sign and mail all the necessary forms by April 1:

If all forms are not received by April 1, a late fee of $25 will be added. If you register after April 1, your forms must be received within one week. After one week, the $25 late fee will be added.

Do not fax or email your forms. Forms must be mailed to:

Bolton Conservation Trust - TDNC

P.O. Box 14,

Bolton, MA 01740

Each camper needs their own form so do NOT put siblings on same form.

  • A Physician's Form from your child's latest well visit to their doctor (photocopy is fine).
    The visit must have occurred within 18 months of the camp session. The form must list all immunizations received and confirm your child is able to attend camp with no restrictions. (Note: if your child has not received all their immunizations, please send an original parent/guardian signed letter explaining the reason).

When will you hear from us?

You will receive three separate confirmation emails from us:

1) Online registration confirmation

2) Online credit card payment confirmation (if you pay that way or you can send a check)

3) Final confirmation from the Bolton Conservation Trust Tom Denney Nature Camp that your registration is complete. This final confirmation will arrive in May, and only once the above steps have been received and approved.

What if you have a question?

If you have questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website or contact the Bolton Conservation Trust. The fastest way to receive an answer back from the Trust is via email at . Otherwise, feel free to leave a voicemail message at 978-429-3004

To view or revise your registration, click here to log into your account where you will be able to update your information.

Thank you,

Bolton Conservation Trust

 

 

Since the Bolton Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization this donation may be tax deductible. Please contact your financial advisor. The tax identification number is 510-143-182.


If you have questions please contact the Bolton Conservation Trust. The fastest way to receive an answer back from the Trust is via email at and we will either email you back or you can leave a phone number and we will call you back. Otherwise, feel free to leave a voice mail message at 978-429-3004 (and please answer your phone when we call you back even if the number does not look familiar since it won't be the one listed here).

 

 

What Campers Say About Tom Denney Nature Camp

“I liked the 'Predator-Prey' game and the fun and funny counselors.”
JTL, Grade 3

“I really liked that the counselors play all the games with us. ‘Tracking' was fun. I like free choice; you can do different outdoor activities every day.”
LB Grade 1

“I loved ‘The Amazing Race’ and toasting marshmallows over the campfire. I learned some new crafts, we went for nature hikes and they showed us plants that were in the woods.”
RA Grade 3


“I enjoyed learning about survival in the woods. It was exciting when our group built a shelter and the counselors poured water over it to see if we got wet.”
ER Grade 5


“Kayaking in the pond and playing games in the boats was cool."
SM Grade 8


“Sleeping in the tent after swimming in the dark and sitting around the campfire was an experience I'll never forget."
OB Grade 7


“I liked being outside and playing ‘Camouflage.'”
BF Grade 6

“I enjoyed the treasure hunt, arts and crafts and swimming.”
MM Grade 2

“Our skit on Friday was so much fun to perform for the parents.”
DM Grade 5

“I never knew all the fun I could have in my own backyard, but after being at camp I see how fun and exciting nature can be.”
BW Grade 4

“Climbing through the ropes course and maze was excellent.”
 
GM Grade 8


“It’s an exciting and different camp. I caught a snake; it was cool.”
CG Grade 3