Summer Camp FAQs

How will Briar Bush approach COVID-19 in Summer 2022?

Briar Bush Nature Center understands the importance of nature play and scientific discovery in a child’s development. Since Summer 2020, we have modified the Summer Camp program in an effort to limit the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 while continuing to offer an opportunity for children to safely experience the wonders of nature at their favorite backyard nature center. We will continue to be a COVID responsible site and protect the health of campers, families, and staff.
In Summer 2022, Briar Bush Nature Center will most likely implement requirements for masking, distancing, testing, and/or vaccination based on recommendations from local public health experts and/or government agencies. We will issue updates to our policies on an ongoing basis. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Will I receive additional information about my child's camps?

Yes, after camp registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the Camp Handbook attached. Approximately two weeks before the camp, you will also receive a Camp Itinerary that outlines general camp activities as well as some friendly reminders.

What should my child wear to camp?

Your child should dress for outdoor play - it’s nature camp and we’re gonna get wet and dirty! Your child should wear shorts/pants, a t-shirt, and closed-toed shoes or sandals. Flip-flops and other open-toed shoes are not allowed.

What should my child bring to camp?

Your child should come to camp with a backpack complete with a filled reusable water bottle between 20oz-32oz, snacks, lunch (Full-Day Campers), a full set of extra clothes, a pair of water-only closed-toes shoes/sandals, rain jacket, a plastic bag for wet/dirty clothing, insect repellent, and sunscreen.

Do I need to complete a medical form?

Yes, you must complete a medical form after camp registration. In the confirmation email, you will find a link to our electronic medical form. We must have this form completed at least two weeks before your child’s camp in order for them to participate. This medical form also includes a pick-up authorization section, as we check IDs at pick-up. Only one form is required for the camp season.

What if my child is sick?

If your child isn’t feeling well, please keep them at home and report the absence. If your child isn’t feeling well at camp, we will notify you and early pick-up may be necessary. 

Will my child be going off-site?

Campers registered for Full-Day Travel Camps for Ages 8-9 or 10-12 will participate in regional field trips relating to the theme of the camp. The campers travel in the Briar Bush vans in which all passengers must wear seat belts. If your child requires a booster seat, please note this on the medical form. Campers in Saplings Full-Day Camps for Ages 6-7 may walk to Highland Elementary School to utilize the playground and field.

What if it rains?

In the case of rain, campers will put on their rain gear and keep exploring! We seek shelter in heavy rain, thunderstorms, and excessive heat. We will contact families in the event of cancellation or early dismissal due to extreme weather conditions.

Should I be concerned about poison ivy or ticks?

Our camp staff is trained to identify and avoid hazards like poison ivy and ticks, and they teach the campers these skills as well. However, be sure to check your child for ticks after each camp day.

If you have any questions,

please call Briar Bush at (215) 887-6603.