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 Summer Adventure Camps will start Saturday, May 7 at 8:00am in the Main Lobby (an Adventure Department staff person will be present to answer questions). Initially, a parent or guardian is only allowed to register members of one family. If you are also acting as a proxy for a friend or relative, you must return to the end of the line.

Non-member Registration

Non-member registration will begin Saturday, May 14 at 8:00am at the Main Desk. Fill out the Adventure Camp registration form found at the end of this brochure and submit it with your payment to the Main Desk staff.

How To Register

Both members and non-members need to fill out the 2016 Adventure Camp registration form (PDF, 93kb) and submit it with your payment at the time of registration.

Where To Meet & What To Bring

Science, GPS Geocaching
Biological Field Station

Summer Splash
Main Lobby

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: Overnights, Drop off at 7:00am Monday, August 15, and pickup 4:00pm Friday, August 19
Cost: $460 Members or $560 Non-members • Limit: 8

Adirondack Explorers is a week-long canoe trip in the Adirondacks. Join us Monday morning packing gear, getting to know each other and learning the basics of canoeing before you take off Monday afternoon for the Adirondacks. We will spend 5 days traveling on some of the state’s most beautiful lakes and taking in breath taking views at the top of some of the Adirondacks greatest peaks. We will camp under the stars, learn to cook in the backcountry, and paddle to each campsite. No previous technical or wilderness experience is needed for this trip, just willingness to have fun, learn, and meet new people. All backcountry equipment will be provided by the Clark Sports Center.

Adirondack Mountain Biking

Ages: 12–15 Level: Challenging
Time: Drop off at 9:00am, Tuesday, August 9, and Pickup TBA, Friday, August 12
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.

Extreme Adventure Discovery

Grades: 5–6 Level: Moderate
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm. Overnight on Thursday. Pickup at 3:00pm on Friday.
Session 1, Thursday, will start at 6:00am. Session2, Thursday, will start at 8:00am.
Cost: $300 Members or $400 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session One: Monday, July 18–Friday, July 22
Session One: Monday, July 18–Friday, July 22

Join us for an action packed week of Extreme Adventure Discovery! Paddle down rapids and hike to new heights. Spend a day at beautiful Moss Island in Little Falls climbing and caving. Learn the basics of mountain biking and ride around our local mountain biking trails.

Session 1 Thursday: Meet at the Sports Center at 6:00am. We will go white water rafting and finish out the day with a BBQ with our rafting buddies. We will finish the night with a camp out under the stars.

Session 2 Thursday: Meet at the Sports Center at 8:00am. We will take a trip to Enchanted Forest Water Safari and spend a day splashing down the water slides. We will finish our day with a BBQ and camp out under the stars.

GPS Geocaching Camp

Ages: 11–16 Level: Easy to Moderate
Time: 8:30am–3:30pm
Location: Biological Field Station
Dates: Tuesday, August 9–Friday, August 12
Cost: $260 Members or $360 Non-members • Limit: 9

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
Cost for Session 2: $128 Members or $228 Non-members

Session One: Monday, June 27–Friday July 1
Session Two: Tuesday, July 5–Friday, July 8 [4 days]
Session Three: Monday, July 18–Friday, July 22
Session Four: Monday, August 1–Friday, August 5
Session Five: Monday, August 8–Friday, August 12

Begin your Adventure with Little Caveman adventure camp. Spend your week hiking, exploring and caving all over Otsego County. Learn about insects, trees, and much more on your adventures. Little Caveman is a beginner adventure week where participants will learn all about the outdoors and the importance of nature.

Little Explorers

Grades: 3–4 Level: Easy
Time: 9:00am–3:30pm
Cost: $240 Members or $340 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session One: Monday, July 11–Friday, July 15
Session Two: Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29
Session Three: Monday, August 15–Friday, August 19

Join our fun filled week of Little Explorers. Explore local hiking trails, canoe local waterways, and take field trips to spectacular places including some waterfalls. Pack your bags for a great exploration and enjoy many new activities. At the end of the week we will spend the day splashing at Zoom Flume Water Park.

Mountain Biking Clinic

Ages: 10–14 Level: Easy to Moderate
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm
Dates: Tuesday, July 19–Thursday, July 21
Cost: $180 Members or $280 Non-members • Limit: 8

If you love to ride, and want to learn the skills to ride smooth and efficiently in the woods, then this mountain biking course is for you! Over three days you will learn the basic techniques associated with mountain biking and ride on local trails. Must be able to ride a bike on a trail. Mountain bikes and helmets can be provided by Clark Sports Center if necessary.

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Reading Adventures

Level: Easy
Time: 10:00am–3:00pm
Cost: $200 Members or $300 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session One: June 27–July 1. Grades: K–2
Session Two: July 11–15. Grades: 3–5

This camp will focus on adventures through reading. Each day, camp will be focused on a few books on nature and adventure, then campers will recreate the adventure!

Science Camp

Grades: 4–7 Level: Easy to Moderate Location: Biological Field Station
Time: 8:30am–3:30pm, Monday through Friday
Cost: $240 Members or $340 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session One: Monday, June 27–Friday, July 1
Session Two: Monday, July 4–Friday, July 8
Session Three: Monday, July 11–Friday, July 15
Session Four: Monday, July 18–Friday, July 22
Session Five: Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29
Session Six: Monday, August 1–Friday, August 5

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

Summer Splash Camp

Time: 8:30am–5:00pm, Tuesday–Friday (July), Monday–Thursday (August)
Cost: $240 Members or $340 Non-members • Limit: 9

Session 1: Grades 4 & 5. Tuesday, July 5–Friday, July 8
Session 2: Grades 6 & 7. Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
Session 3: Grades 4 & 5. Monday, August 15–Thursday, August 18
Session 4: Grades 6 & 7. Monday, August 22–Thursday, August 25

Summer Splash Camp returns with an additional session, and split by grade level 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 Glimmerglass State Park, Zoom Flume, and Enchanted Forest: Water Safari. There are rainy day options of Howe’s Caverns and Six Flags Great Escape Indoor Waterpark.

Three Day Rock Climbing

Ages 12-15 Level: Easy to Moderate
Time: Drop off at 9:00am, Monday, August 22 and Pickup at 6:00pm, Wednesday, August 24. Overnights.
Cost: $280 Members or $380 Non-members • Limit: 9

Rock climbing embodies the truest form of the love of nature and physical fitness. Spend 3 days with the Adventure Department gaining a fresh appreciation of both.

White Water Clinics

Ages: 10–14 Level: Moderate
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm, Wednesday, July 6–Friday, July 8
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. Equipment provided by the Clark Sports Center.

Intermediate - White Water Clinic on the Deerfield
Ages: 12–15 Level: Challenging
Time: Overnights Pickup and Dropoff time TBA, Tuesday, August 2–Friday, August 5
Cost: $460 members or $560 non-members • Limit: 7

This clinic is designated for whitewater kayakers with previous paddling experience. We offer instruction on Class ll and short sections of Class lll white water. This clinic will focus 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.