Summer Camp 2018

A nature-based day camp for children age 6-14

(Click here for Preschool Camp)

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View our 2018 Summer Camp Brochure

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Fill out the 2018 Summer Camp Application, and return it to the Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Road, Bristol, PA 19007!

Summer Camp at Silver Lake Nature Center:

Silver Lake Nature Center’s grounds have about 4.5 miles of trails routed through a variety of habitats, including; Coastal Plain woodlands, lake, marshes, fields, wet meadows, and an unglaciated bog. Our facilities house animals, classrooms, and offices, providing ample space for campers to thrive.

The camp runs for nine weeks from June 25 to August 24, full day from 9 am to 4 pm, with before and after care also available. Our camp is one of the most affordable in the county, with rates of $200 per week, and you can sign up for one week or all nine! Children ages 6 to 14 will get the personal attention of an average staff to camper ratio of 1:5.

Our camp features: college educated, adult staff; small group size; ability for campers to choose their own activities; a combination of structured and free time; interactions with peers in a safe setting; and endless memories!

Daily Schedule Sample:

Unlike other camps, our day offers structure with plenty of free time and social interactions built-in.  Campers will wake up their bodies and minds during their “Challenge of the Morning”, with all age groups, followed by a morning hike with children their own age.  Morning duties assigned to each of the age groups teach children responsibility and help to create a sense of place.  During choice activities, children of all ages will grow and challenge themselves while having fun (and learning!). Lunch and free time provide campers with unstructured play time to be kids.  Age groups will then reconvene and take some time to wind down through quiet journal and reflection time. Your child will learn and grow as a person without even knowing it!

Choice Activities:

Our unique camp format ensures that campers will never be bored!  Campers get to choose from 5 different activities, twice daily.  While our focus is on nature, we also offer art, cooking, engineering, poetry, and sports!  Our staff is constantly adding more activities from day-to-day and week-to-week, so even campers that attend all 9 weeks of camp will be entertained!

Popular choice activities during the 2017 camp season: kayaking, fishing, watercolors at the lake, natural dyes, healthy cooking, waterfall explorations, wildlife photography, dream catcher weaving, and fire building. 

Counselors in Training (CIT’s)

*All CIT positions have been filled for the 2018 Camp Season.  Please check back next year*

For young adults (age 15 and up), we offer a volunteer opportunity guaranteed to provide them with invaluable job experience and training.  Whether your child wants to become a teacher, biologist, or architect, volunteering as a CIT is the place to start.  CIT’s must commit to at least two weeks of camp (Mon-Fri; 8:30am-4:30pm).  There will be a mandatory training the week before camp, June 21st-22nd from 10:00am-4:00pm. CIT’s must be able to pass a criminal background check and child abuse history clearance (free of charge). Please complete application and return to Camp Director no later than June 15th, 2018.

2018 CIT Description

Please contact Camp Director, Kassandra Archer, with any questions regarding 2018 Summer Camp:


Phone: (267)880-5024


Calling All Preschoolers!

SLNC’s Preschool Nature Camp provides a half day of fun-filled outdoor play and exploration. Our Early Childhood Education Specialist, PattiAnn Cutter, designed this program to increase children’s awareness of and connection to our Natural world.

4 – 5 Year Olds* are invited to join us for TWO weeks this summer, from July 9th to 13th and August 20th to 24th, from 9am to 12pm.

Preschool Campers will get to engage in Nature exploration excursions, outdoor games, creative arts, free-play in our “Natural Play Area,” science experiments, being Nature detectives, making new friends, and much more!

Fee per Preschool Camper is $120 per week. ($35 Household Membership is required.)For more info on Preschool Nature Camp, contact PattiAnn Cutter at 267-880-5022 or

*Must be at least 4 years old and “potty-trained” for Preschool Nature Camp.

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