Classic Day Camps

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

2024  Summer Camps Registration is Open!

Registration for our 2024 Summer Camps is NOW OPEN! We encourage all camp families to register for our popular camp programs as early as possible to avoid the dreaded waitlist and get the best possible rates!
We look forward to seeing you this Summer at Day Camp!

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.

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.

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.

Crew Entering Grades 5 – 6
Summer days are filled with camp favorites and new age group activities. The Crew builds friendships, gains confidence and learns skills through an array of fun challenges. From thrilling scavenger hunts to friendly group competitions, we’ve got it all.

Rangers Entering Grades 7 – 8
Aimed for our oldest day campers, Rangers expand their horizons while experiencing adventures with new and old friends. With even more options than before the Rangers are sure to take the lead and have an adventurous time.




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!

2024 Classic Day Camps

Dates & Themes 

  • Week 1: Camp Safari
    June 10 – 14
  • Week 2: Space Shenanigans
    June 17 – 21

  • Week 3: Hollywood Stars
    June 24 – 28

  • Week 4: Superheroes vs. Villains
    July 1 – 3

  • Week 5: Pirates of Pleasant Lake
    July 8 – 12

  • Week 6: Dinosaurs Return
    July 15 – 19

  • Week 7: Wet, Wacky and Wild
    July 22 – 26

  • Week 8: Under the Sea Adventures
    July 29 – August 2

  • Week 9: Camp Wonder Olympics
    August 5 – 9

  • Week 10: The Wild West
    August 12 – 16

SOA Scholarships-Tuition Assistance

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 graciously funded by The Spirit of Alexandria Foundation. 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 SOA Scholarship Application- this electronic form is located in Step 3 of the online registration process. Then pay required deposits. You will be notified of your award amount via email after your application has been reviewed. Applications are reviewed on the first Monday of every month, January-May.

Please Note: SOA Scholarships are available based on financial need.

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
  • 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