Camp Announcement

We have been closely following any COVID-19 recommendations from state and local government and we will be able to meet any guidelines set by the most recent executive order.  Our staff has been working hard to provide the safest camp experience possible. We have new PPE, sanitization, and social distancing protocols in place that will be followed for this camp season.

  • All campers 7 yrs and older must bring a mask to camp and will be required to wear it while indoors. For children under 7 years of age we recognize that masks can be a challenge. The State and health officials have given us the option of whether we require young children to wear masks. If you would like your child to wear one, please provide them with one and let us know.

  • Camps will be held outdoors unless weather does not allow it.

  • Campers will be encouraged to follow current social distancing guidelines whenever possible.

  • Check in for each camp session will be held as far apart as possible to help prevent cross contamination. Guardians will be asked to stand 6’ apart while waiting to check in.

  • A health screening checklist is REQUIRED to be filled out for each camper 24 hours before camp starts. This will be available on google forms and as a paper form and will be emailed to you the week before your camp. We ask that you monitor your camper’s health daily for 14 days prior to camp and then be prepared to report on their health at registration. You can find a copy of this form here.

  • Campers will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer if no restrooms are present as soon as they arrive on site each morning.

  • Our camp naturalists will be following strict sanitization protocols to help keep campers healthy.

  • If your camper falls in a high-risk category of contracting COVID-19, please check with your health provider to assist with decisions on whether to attend camp or not.

  • If your camper becomes COVID-19 positive within 14 days after camp, you must let the ODC Network know so we can respond appropriately with contact tracing.

  • We strictly follow HIPAA policy and will not share or disclose information publicly. In the case of a COVID-19 exposure during an ODC camp, the Health Department would become involved and they too would follow strict medical privacy laws.

2020 Summer Camps

Summer camps for 2020 are starting June 23rd!

  • Registration for camps will begin at 9 am on Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Members of the ODC Network will receive a 25% discount on all camps when they log-in during the registration process.
  • A child must be the age designated for a camp upon the first day of camp.
  • Parents or guardians must sign a waiver for their child(ren) upon registration. The on-line registration process will ask you to complete this as you register.
  • Once all slots are filled for a camp, a waiting list will be generated by our on-line registration system. Be sure to complete the registration even if it says a camp is full to ensure your child is added to the waiting list.
  • See the camp descriptions below to learn more and to reach our online registration. If you register for more than one camp or program, you can add items to your cart and pay all at once.
  • You can view our camp brochure here camp 2020 program guide.
  • If you want to use your membership discount please log into our registration system BEFORE FEBRUARY 3rd to check if your membership is up to date. This way we can help you renew before February 3rd so registration goes smoothly for you.
  • Please contact the office if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

100% refund 30 days before the camp start date

50% refund 29 – 14 days before the camp start date

0% refund 13 days or fewer before the camp start date

Temporary Refund/Cancellation Policy

Camps will be cancelled by the ODC Network no later than 14 days from the first day of camp

    • 100% refund (minus applicable credit card fees) up to 14 days before the camp start date
    • 0% refund 13 days or fewer before the camp start date
    • (If ODC Network cancels a camp within 14 days of its start, full refunds will be given minus credit card fees when applicable)

SORRY REGISTRATION FOR THIS CAMP IS FULL

Registration Required

Ages: 4-6 yrs old

Location: DeGraaf Nature Center

Time: 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Does your little one like to play in mud? Would they like to be an explorer for the day? In this camp, we will do all that and more! We will spend our time outside listening to stories, creating crafts, hiking, and exploring different habitats.

Registration Required

Ages: 7-9 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

This camp is for kids who love animals and want to learn what it means to take care of those that call the Outdoor Discovery Center or DeGraaf Nature Center home. Campers will have the opportunity to help care for some of the animals at the ODC/DeGraaf by learning about the different animal’s habitat, food, enclosure, and enrichment needs.

Registration Required

Ages: 10-16 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $80 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

In this three-day camp, campers will be coached by certified archery instructors to establish or reinforce good techniques and form. Even if your child has never shot before, this camp will help them learn the lifelong sport of archery. They will experience using a variety of tools from ancient atlatls to modern compound bows at the ODC’s archery range. 

All materials will be provided for the camp. 

Sorry, no bows from home may be used until inspected by our range officer.

SORRY REGISTRATION FOR THIS CAMP IS FULL

Registration Required

Ages: 4-6 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

This camp is for your little ones who are wild about animals!  From turtles and frogs, to birds and fish, we will go on daily explorations with tools in hand to help us uncover what animals live here.

Registration Required

Ages: 7-9 yrs old

Location: DeGraaf Nature Center

Time: 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Does your camper think they have what it takes to uncover clues and get to the bottom of daily nature mysteries? In this camp we will study the evidence and gain a deeper understanding of nature in order to solve mysteries. This camp will get camper’s hands dirty, bodies moving, and inspire curiosity about how the natural world works. 

Registration Required

Ages: 10-16 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $80 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

In this three-day camp, campers will be coached by certified archery instructors to establish or reinforce good techniques and form. Even if your child has never shot before, this camp will help them learn the lifelong sport of archery. They will experience using a variety of tools from ancient atlatls to modern compound bows at the ODC’s archery range. 

All materials will be provided for the camp. 

Sorry, no bows from home may be used until inspected by our range officer.

SORRY REGISTRATION FOR THIS CAMP IS FULL

Registration Required

Ages: 4-6 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Campers will explore some of the strange, gruesome, ‘yucky’ things animals do to survive. Throughout the week your little one will sift through the mud, dissect an owl pellet, and play a variety of games that teach them about why animals do the icky things they do. 

Registration Required

Ages: 7-9 yrs old

Location: DeGraaf Nature Center

Time: 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

This camp is for kids who love animals and want to learn what it means to take care of those that call the Outdoor Discovery Center or DeGraaf Nature Center home. Campers will have the opportunity to help care for some of the animals at the ODC/DeGraaf by learning about the different animal’s habitat, food, enclosure, and enrichment needs.

Registration Required

Ages: 9-16 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center, other sites TBD

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $80 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

This three-day Kayak Camp is designed for your beginner paddler. Campers will learn to paddle these crafts solo and develop skills that emphasize independence and self-reliance. Campers learn skills through a mix of instruction, demonstrations, games, and trips. The instructors demonstrate and discuss paddle strokes and techniques, rescue skills, and boating safety. The opportunity to explore local waterways from ponds to rivers makes this an exciting camp your child will not want to miss. 

All materials provided though paddlers can bring their own paddle or vest.

SORRY REGISTRATION FOR THIS CAMP IS FULL

Registration Required

Ages: 4-6 yrs old

Location: DeGraaf Nature Center

Time: 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Does your little one like to play in mud? Would they like to be an explorer for the day? In this camp, we will do all that and more! We will spend our time outside listening to stories, creating crafts, hiking, and exploring different habitats.

Registration Required

Ages: 8-12 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Star in your own Nature TV episode! Campers will channel famous TV personalities such as the Wild Kratts and Jeff Corwin as they work on episodes of “Lights, Camera, Animals”. Campers will put their wild knowledge to use in an entertaining and educational video. You will be sent a copy of the final cut to share with family and friends. 

All materials will be provided.

Registration Required

Ages: 10-16 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $80 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

This camp is for participants who have attended a previous ODC Network archery camp or have been through lessons with one of our staff. The camp is designed to build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Archery Camp and improve the archer’s shooting proficiency at greater distances and improve distance judgement. 

All materials will be provided for the camp. 

Sorry, no bows from home may be used until inspected by our range officer.

SORRY REGISTRATION FOR THIS CAMP IS FULL

Registration required

Ages: 4-6 yrs old

Location: DeGraaf Nature Center

Time: 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

This camp is for your little ones who are wild about animals!  From turtles and frogs, to birds and fish, we will go on daily explorations with tools in hand to help us uncover what animals live here.

Registration Required

Ages: 8-12 yrs old

Locations: Outdoor Discovery Center & DeGraaf Nature Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Take a peek into Michigan’s past with the ODC Network! We will explore artifacts and a recreated winter house of the Woodland Era Native Americans, try our hand at axe throwing and fire making with flint and steel like a 1700’s French Voyageur, and travel back to the 1800’s to explore a log cabin and discover how to work and play like a pioneer child. Kids will get hands-on with the past through the many activities and games planned. For one day, camp will be at DeGraaf Nature Center.

Details will be shared on the first day of camp.

Registration Required

Ages: 9-16 yrs old

Location: Sites TBD

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Fee: $110 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Campers who have already been through an ODC Network kayaking camp or who have experience paddling will enjoy this next level of kayaking! This camp will have the group visiting three different area kayaking sites each day including the Macatawa and surrounding watersheds. Campers will solo paddle their boat all three days for 3-4 hours each day.  This camp will meet at various launch sites. Details will be shared before the first day of camp. 

All materials provided though paddlers can bring their own paddle or vest.

Registration Required

Ages: 7-9 yrs old

Location: DeGraaf Nature Center

Time: 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Does your camper think they have what it takes to uncover clues and get to the bottom of daily nature mysteries? In this camp we will study the evidence and gain a deeper understanding of nature in order to solve mysteries. This camp will get camper’s hands dirty, bodies moving, and inspire curiosity about how the natural world works. 

Registration Required

Ages: 8-12 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Star in your own Nature TV episode! Campers will channel famous TV personalities such as the Wild Kratts and Jeff Corwin as they work on episodes of “Lights, Camera, Animals”. Campers will put their wild knowledge to use in an entertaining and educational video. You will be sent a copy of the final cut to share with family and friends. 

All materials will be provided.

Registration Required

Ages: 10-16 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center, other sites TBD

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $80 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Hone your outdoor skills at the ODC Nature Preserve and at other Holland area parks. While on daytime hikes, campers will learn to read a map, navigate, practice wilderness survival skills, build a fire and more! For two days, campers will need to be dropped off at an area park. Details will be shared on the first day of camp. 

All materials will be included for this camp.  

           – This includes a take-home survival kit. 

No pocket knives, weapons or matches may be brought by participants.

SORRY REGISTRATION FOR THIS CAMP IS FULL

Registration Required

Ages: 4-6 yrs old

Location: DeGraaf Nature Center

Time: 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

Campers will explore some of the strange, gruesome, ‘yucky’ things animals do to survive. Throughout the week your little one will sift through the mud, dissect an owl pellet, and play a variety of games that teach them about why animals do the icky things they do. 

SORRY REGISTRAIONT FOR THIS CAMP IS FULL

Registration Required

Ages: 7-9 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

White-tailed Deer high jump, Leopard Frog long jump, and an animal-themed obstacle course are just some of the activities planned for the ODC Olympics! This camp is great for your active camper, or one who wants to know which animals hold the record for the longest jump, fastest speed, or other feats. Campers will get to learn about some of these record-holding animals and see how they compare.

Registration Required

Ages: 10-12 yrs old

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $60 Non-Members, 25% off for Members

White-tailed Deer high jump, Leopard Frog long jump, and an animal-themed obstacle course are just some of the activities planned for the ODC Olympics! This camp is great for your active camper, or one who wants to know which animals hold the record for the longest jump, fastest speed, or other feats. Campers will get to learn about some of these record-holding animals and see how they compare.