Classic Day Camps

Classic Day Camp represents a progressive format designed for children to grow through the ages in learning new skills, building lasting friendships and gaining confidence and self-esteem.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Classic Day Camp, all our scheduled weeks are full!

You are welcome to add your child to the waitlist, however, please be aware that our waitlist is currently very extensive.
Registration for Day Camp 2022 will open in December of this year. We encourage all camp families to register for our popular camp programs as early as possible. Your child can still have an adventurous summer by visiting our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park and Alexandria’s NatureScape, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Purchase a membership and enjoy unlimited visits all year long!
Thank you for your support and understanding. Have a wonderful summer!

The Pups Entering Kindergarten
A perfect opportunity for the first-time camper experience, Pups explore and learn about nature in a nurturing environment. Our positive role models create a safe and fun experience that will enrich your child’s summer.

The Cubs Entering Grades 1 – 2
Cubs answers a child’s yearning for discovery and making new friends. Designed for small group participation, campers are geared up for new adventures, all while developing a love of nature and playing outside.

The Pack Entering Grades 3 – 4
Designed for an age group that loves exploring more challenging activities and has no problem getting messy, the Pack will gain an appreciation for the outdoors while jumping into exciting adventures and new skill development daily.

The Crew Entering Grades 5 – 6
Summer days are filled with camp favorites and “Camper’s Choice” activities, putting the Crew behind the wheel of their own experience. The Crew builds friendships, gains confidence and learns skills through an array of fun challenges.

The Rangers Entering Grades 7 – 8
Aimed for our oldest day campers, Rangers expand their horizons while experiencing adventures with new and old friends. Rangers help design their camp experience for the week, choosing activities that ignite their passions.




Weekly themes tap into a child’s imagination and appeal to their sense of adventure. Daily storylines are interwoven into the morning program and culminate into themed activities including an all-camp event full of adventure and fun!

2021 Classic Day Camp

Dates & Themes 

  • Week 1: Beach Party
    Summer Kick-off
    June 2 – 4
  • Week 2: The Wild West
    June 7 – 11

  • Week 3: Superheroes vs. Villains
    June 14 – 18

  • Week 4: Camp Safari
    June 21 – 25

  • Week 5: Wet, Wild & Wacky
    June 28 – July 2

  • Week 6: Medieval Times
    July 5 – 9

  • Week 7: Adventures Under the Sea
    July 12 – 16

  • Week 8: Jurassic Camp
    July 19 – 23
  • Week 9: Nature Olympics
    July 26 – 30
  • Week 10: Movie Magic
    August 2 – 6
  • Week 11: Out of this Galaxy
    August 9 – 13
  • Week 12: Pirates of Pleasant Lake
    August 16-20

Classic Day Camp Pricing Options

Register early for the best rates.


For HNC Classic & Specialty Day Camps and HNC Overnight & Excursion Camps

Because we believe every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp regardless of their inability to pay, the Howell Nature Center has a Tuition Assistance Program. If your family is in need of financial assistance for your child(ren) to attend summer camp, please start by creating an account and register your campers. Complete all required forms, then fill out the HNC Campership Application, this electronic form is located in Step 3 of the online registration process. Then pay required deposits. You will be notified of your scholarship within three weeks.

Please Note: HNC Campership Assistance is available based on financial need.

Campership Assistance based on availability.

Sample Camp Activities

  • Live Wildlife Presentations
  • Canoeing
  • Nature Study
  • 60-ft. Climbing Tower
  • Wild Wonders Wildlife Park
  • Swimming
  • Gaga Ball & Nine Square
  • High Ropes Challenge Course
  • Archery
  • Fishing for ‘Big Charlie’
  • 500-ft. Zip Line
  • Mountain Biking (Thanks to the DALMAC Fund)
  • Capture the Flag
  • Campfires & S’mores
  • Kayaking
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Low Ropes
  • Challenge Course
  • Survival Skills
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Hanging Out in Hammockville
  • All-Camp Theme Events
  • Dances
  • Sunrise Kayaking
  • Drama & Theatre
  • Fort Building