Adventure Camp Enrollment Rule

In order to ensure each child gets a chance to participate in our camps, on the sign up day you will be allowed to sign your child up for only one session of any particular Adventure Camp. If you would like your child to participate in multiple sessions of a camp, their name will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list. If a spot becomes available, you will be called and your child may attend that camp if you are still interested.

Adventure Camps Special Note

Our camps do not meet the definition of children’s camps under New York State regulations; therefore, they are not regulated by the NYS Department of Health. An Assumption of Risk waiver form (PDF, 290kb) is required and must be signed by a parent or guardian for all camp participants and submitted to the Sports Center two weeks in advance of the camp starting date.

Member Registration

Member registration for Sports Camps will begin on Monday, May 4 at the Main Desk. Member registration for Adventure Camps will begin on Saturday, May 9 in the Conference Room. Please note that in order to qualify for member registration, the participating youth must be a current member at the time of registration and camp.

Non-member Registration

Non-member registration for both Sports and Adventure Camps will begin Saturday, May 16 at the Main Desk.

How To Register

Both members and non-members need to fill out the 2015 Adventure Camp registration form (PDF, 114kb) and submit it with your payment at the time of registration.

Where To Meet & What To Bring

Bookworm, Red Sails to Capri & Science Camp: Biological Field Station

Other Adventure Camps and Trips will meet in the Main Lobby of the Sports Center unless otherwise noted on registration materials.

Please refer to the paperwork issued at the time of registration for a required list of items to bring.


Directions to Science and Bookworm Camps

The camp is now based at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station/Cooperstown Graduate Program on West Lake Road. Plan to arrive by 8:30am.

  • To get to the new facility, drive north on Lake Street (Route 80) out of the village and continue past the Farmer's Museum, on your left.
  • You will then pass the Fenimore House Art Museum, on your right.
  • Continue less than 0.1 miles until you pass the Yellow Trolley Lot, on your right. Look for the Biological Field Station sign.
  • Take the very first right after the trolly lot and you will follow that driveway to the BFS parking lot. We will meet parents and children at the front door.

Pickup will be at this same location at 3:30pm.

Adirondack Explorers

Ages: 12–14 Level: Moderate
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm on Monday; 9:00am drop off on Tuesday;
Overnights Tuesday–Friday; Pickup 4:00pm Friday
Date: August 3–August 7

Cost: $285 Members or $385 Non-members • Limit: 8
Join us for a week long canoe trip in the Adirondacks! Monday will be spent working on canoeing basics, packing up gear and getting to know each other. Tuesday morning we will drive up to the Adirondacks for 4 days of paddling on some of the state’s most beautiful lakes. We will camp under the stars, learn to cook in the back country, and paddle to each campsite. Weather permitting, the group can take day hikes along their journey. No previous technical or wilderness experience is needed for this trip, just a willingness to have fun, learn, and meet new people. All back country equipment will be provided by the Sports Center.

Adirondack Mountain Biking

Ages: 12–15 Level: Challenging
Time: Drop off at 9:00am, Tuesday, August 11 and Pickup TBA, Friday, August 14
Cost: $460 Members or $560 Non-members • Limit 7

Four days of mountain biking on the most premier single-track in New York, right in the heart of the Adironacks. Our instructors are certified in Wilderness First Aid and are excellent riders ready to share riding tips to help you to the next level. If you want an adventure, this course is for you! Previous experience is neccessary. The Sports Center will provide all camping equipment needed.


Grades: K–5 Level: Easy Limit: 9 Location: Biological Field Station
Cost: $160/Members or $260 Non-members

Grades K–2
July 20–24
Time: 9:00am–1:00pm

Grades 3–5
July 27–July 31
Time: 9:00am–1:00pm

Caldecott award winning books by favorite authors will come alive in this summer camp. Through art activities, games, and exploring, campers will interact with the worlds of Robert McCloskey, Virginia Lee Burton, Jane Yolen, Allen Say and William Stieg.

Extreme Adventure Discovery

Grades: 5–6 Level: Moderate
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm. There will be an overnight on Thursday.
Cost: $250 Members or $350 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session One: June 29–July 3
Session Two: July 27–31
Session Three: August 10–14

If you’re looking to challenge yourself, join our action packed week! Learn to paddle a canoe and take a trip to one of our local waterways. Test out your beginner mountain biking skills, and try out climbing at Moss Island. End the week with a night under the stars.

GPS Geocaching Camp

Ages: 11–16 Level: Easy to Moderate
Time: 8:30am–3:30pm
Dates: Monday, August 10–Friday, August 14
Cost: $250 Members or $350 Non-members • Limit: 9

Come join the exciting new high tech global treasure hunt known as geocaching. Campers will be using hand held GPS receivers to search for hidden caches all over Otsego County and the surrounding area. The camp activities will include learning to use a GPS device, seeking caches locally, creating and hiding our own geocaches, and sending a “travel bug”. Campers will also be hiking, swimming and taking field trips.

Little Caveman

Grades: K–2 Level: Easy
Time: 9:00am–1:00pm • Limit: 9
$160 Members or $260 Non-members $160 Members or $260 Non-members

Session One • July 6–July 10
Session Two • July 20–July 24

Begin your adventure with Little Caveman Camp. Discover insects, birds, plants and animals. Hike to new heights and bring out your adventurous side caving in local caves.

Little Explorers

Grades: 3–4 Level: Easy
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm
Cost: $225 Members or $325 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session One: July 13–July 17
Session Two: August 17–August 21

Come and join our fun filled week of Little Explorers. Explore local hiking trails, discovering insects, animals, trees, and plants. Learn to canoe and spend the day on a local waterway. Finish off the week at Zoom Flume.

Mountain Biking Clinic

Ages: 10–14 Level: Easy to Moderate
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm
Dates: Wednesday, July 1–Friday, July 3
Cost: $180 Members or $280 Non-members • Limit: 8

If you love to ride and learn new tricks on your bike, then this mountain biking course is for you! Over three days you will learn the basic techniques associated with Mountain Biking. No experience necessary. Mountain bikes and helmets can be provided.

New Hampshire Rock Climbing

Ages 12-15 Level: Moderate
Time: Drop off at 9:00am, Tuesday, August 18 and Pickup TBA, Friday, August 21
Cost: $460 Members or $560 Non-members • Limit: 9

Learn about this amazing lifetime sport in the destination climbing area of Rumney, New Hampshire. During this four-day course, you will explore a new cliff every day and put our skills to the test. You will get a chance to learn more about climbing equipment, safety practices, and perfect your movement techniques for climbing all while in an epicenter for rock climbing. No outdoor climbing experience necessary. Hiking is mandatory. All equipment will be supplied by the Sports Center.

Red Sails to Capri

Grades: 4–7 Level: Easy to Moderate
Time: 9:00am–3:00pm • Location: Biological Field Station
Dates: July 13–17
Cost: $260 Members or $360 Non-members • Limit: 9

Using the Ann Weil’s Newberry Award Winning book, campers will go on an imaginitive adventure to the Isle of Capri. Activities will be based on the book and will include making sailboats and exploring to find adventure and beauty in nature. Campers do not need to read the book in advance.

Science Camp

Grades: 4–7 Level: Easy Location: Biological Field Station
Time: 8:30am–3:30pm, Monday through Friday
Cost: $225 Members or $325 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session One: June 29–July 3
Session Two: July 6–July 10
Session Three: July 13–July 17
Session Four: July 20–July 24
Session Five: July 27–July 31
Session Six: August 3–7

Science Camp is full of experiments, model rockets, chromatography, games and field trips! We will travel around experimenting with science in different places and creating new experiences. We will build rockets and watch them launch. Every day will be a new scientific adventure!

Summer Splash Camp

Time: 8:00am–5:00pm, Tuesday–Friday; Overnight Thursday–Friday
Cost: $250 Members or $350 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session 1: Ages 10–12. Tuesday, July 7–Friday, July 10
Session 2: Ages 13–15. Tuesday, July 21–Friday, July 24
Session 3: Ages 10–12. Tuesday, August 25–Friday, August 28

Summer Splash Camp returns this summer with an additional session and split by age groups to allow more opportunity to enjoy this fun packed summer camp. The camp gives participants a chance at a whole summer of fun activities packed into four days. Each camp will start out with trips to Water Safari: Enchanted Forest and Zoom Flume, with a rainy day option of Howe’s Caverns and indoor activities. The fun doesn’t stop there! The camp ends with an overnight stay at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark with a day at Six Flags Great Escape Theme Park.

White Water Clinics

Ages: 10–14 Level: Moderate
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm, Wednesday, July 8–Friday, July 10
Cost: $180 members or $280 non-members • Limit: 7

This is the perfect introductory course to paddling on rivers. Our American Canoe Association certified instructors will progressively share proper paddling techniques, as well as, responsible white water kayaking practices. This clinic takes place on Class I–II rivers and can be strenuous.

Ages: 12–15 Level: Challenging
Time: Overnights Pickup and Dropoff time TBA, Wednesday, August 5–Friday, August 7
Cost: $400 or $500 non-members • Limit: 7

For whitewater kayakers with previous paddling experience. We offer instruction on Class II and Class III white water. This clinic focuses on the skills needed to advance to the next level of the sport with control and finesse. This is a fast paced clinic, focused on giving you confidence in running more difficult rapids. Experience is necessary.