Cumming Nature Center

Summer Curiosity Camps

Stay curious with a hefty helping of hands-on, minds-on nature exploration with Summer Curiosity Camps at the Cumming Nature Center!

  • Cumming Nature Center, Naples NY

  • 8 Week-Long Sessions | July 5 – August 25, 2023

  • Ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-15

  • Busing available for select camps

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Join us this summer at the Cumming Nature Center in Naples NY, as we search for salamanders, build gnome homes, climb trees, and dig for artifacts. Each week of camp offers a different theme to immerse children in the natural world and spark their curiosity. With 900+ acres and 15 miles of hiking trails, the beautiful surroundings of the Nature Center are the perfect setting for campers to learn basic wilderness skills, nature science, outdoor team-building activities, nature awareness, and more!

Please note: All CNC camps take place at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY. Transportation from/to Rochester is available on select weeks for an additional fee.

Important Camp Information | Scholarships | Drop-Off & Pick-Up | Extended Care | FAQs


IMPORTANT CAMP INFORMATION

  • All CNC Camps take place at Cumming Nature Center in Naples NY. Unless otherwise noted, check-in takes place at the Nature Center .
  • All CNC camps run from 9am until 4pm. Extended Care is available.
  • Busing from the RMSC’s Rochester campus to the Nature Center is available during Weeks 2-7 for an additional fee. These camps can be identified with the bus icon: 47295-8-school-bus-free-transparent-image-hd.png
  • Prior to registering, please review our CNC Summer Camp Information & Policies for all of the additional information you’ll need to know before your campers first day. We’ll also send this document via email the week before you attend camp.
  • Registration is required prior to the start of camp.  Enrollment is limited; early registration recommended.  Members receive priority registration!  Not a member?  Become an RMSC member today!
  • You may not register another person’s camper.  If your camper plans to attend camp with a friend, please let us know during registration so that we can group them accordingly.
  • Campers are grouped based on the age of the child at the time of the camp.
  • Campers must bring their own lunch and snacks.
  • Need help registering or have a question about our program? Call 585.374.6160 or email Winona Brown at wbrown@rmsc.org.

Curiosity Camp Scholarships

Financial assistance is available for Summer Curiosity Camps at CNC. Need-based scholarships can be used to cover camp tuition, as well as bussing fees to transport campers to the Nature Center.

Applications for summer Curiosity Camps are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are reviewed regularly.  Applications must be submitted before June 1, 2023 for consideration.  

Parents may apply for scholarships when they register for camps.  Paper applications available.

SCHOLARSHIP Criteria

Scholarships cover 50% or 90% of the camp registration fee based on your child’s reduced or free lunch status:

  • If your camper receives reduced lunch, you are eligible to receive a 50% scholarship. If your application is accepted, you will need to pay 50% of the registration fee.
  • If your camper receives free lunch, you are eligible to receive a 90% scholarship.  If your application is accepted, you will need to pay 10% of the registration fee.

SCHOLARsHIP FUND DONORS

The RMSC is grateful to our many generous donors who make this support possible:

  • L3Harris
  • The RMSC Council
  • Avangrid Foundation in partnership with RG&E
  • The Eva Howe Stevens Scholarship Fund
  • The Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation
  • Foundation Dorthea Haus Ross
  • The Bosch Community Fund
  • Bertha L. Guptil
  • The Mittra Family Foundation
  • Richard A. Lewis

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP PROCEDURES

BUSING FROM ROCHESTER

Busing will be offered for camps during Weeks 2-7, with limited spaces available to campers participating in the Walden Summer Experience. The bus will depart from the RMSC’s downtown Rochester campus for the Cumming Nature Center at the beginning of the day and return to the same location at the end of the day. There will be a CNC staff member on the bus riding to and from camp. To register for busing, click “Register” on the camp you’re interested in and you will be directed to a page with an additional link to register for busing.

  • Buses will depart from the RMSC downtown Rochester campus at 7:45am and arrive at CNC by 9am.
  • Buses will depart from CNC at 3:45pm and arrive at the RMSC downtown Rochester campus by 5pm.
  • If your child is participating in the Walden Summer Experience and you would like to bus, please inquire about transportation by emailing Winona Brown at wbrown@rmsc.org.

AT THE NATURE CENTER

For those transporting their children to and from camp, drop-off and pick-up take place at the Cumming Nature Center, located at 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512. If your child is participating in Digging Through Time or Archaeology Adventure, drop-off and pick-up will take place at the RMSC at 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 on Wednesday only.

Drop-off

  • Please be prompt so that all camps can start at their scheduled times! All campers must be accompanied by an adult each morning and signed in.
  • Your camper will only be released to the authorized contacts listed during registration and on the camp sign-in sheet. Authorized pick-ups must present a photo ID every time they come to pick up a camper.
  • Drop-off is between 9 AM – 9:15 AM. Campers arriving before 9:00 AM will need to register for Before Care.

Pick-Up

  • Pick up is between 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Campers who are not picked up by 4:00 PM will be placed in After Care, and families will be charged accordingly.
  • In the event your camper needs to be picked up early, please notify your camp counselors.
  • In the event of an emergency, call Cumming Nature Center at (585) 374-6160.

Extended Care Options

Extended care is available Monday – Friday at the Cumming Nature Center for campers getting picked up or dropped off at the CNC. Registration for Extended Care is required.

Need extra time before and after the camp day? Sign up for extended care when you register and your camper will enjoy supervised, unstructured playtime monitored by camp staff. Save $5 when you sign up for the whole week!

  • Before Care (7:45am – 9:00am): $7/day or $30/week
  • After Care (4:00pm-5:30pm): $7/day or $30/week
  • Extended Care Combo (Before & After Care): $50/week

Campers that have not been picked up by 4:00 PM will be enrolled in After Care and charged accordingly. Campers that have not been picked up by 5:30 PM will be charged a $10 late fee. Campers that have not been picked up by 5:45 will be charged a $25 late fee.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

RMSC Cumming Nature Center is located at 6472 Gulick Road, Naples NY 14512. We are about an hour south of Rochester. Busing from the RMSC’s Rochester location (657 East Ave) is available for a fee during Weeks 2-7 of camp.

Are CAMPERS OUTDOORS ALL DAY?

Yes! Campers will be outdoors in the woods all day, so please pack and plan accordingly. On sunny days, this can mean a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. On rainy days, this can mean a raincoat and rainboots.

In the case of severe weather events, such as lightning, campers will come indoors until it is safe to return outside.

WHAT SHOULD MY CAMPER BRING TO CAMP?

Please send your camper with a backpack, sunscreen, insect repellent, snack, lunch, and drink/water bottle. Note that refrigeration is not available. Campers should wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that can get dirty. Please pack rain gear (coat and boots) on rainy days, as campers will still be outdoors.

We ask that you do not send your camper with a cell phone or other personal electronic devices. We do not receive cell reception on the trails and we try to keep our camp experience screen-free! The RMSC and CNC are not responsible for the loss, destruction, or theft of any personal items that your child may bring to camp. We highly encourage your camper to keep valuables and other personal items at home.

HOW DO YOU MANAGE ALLERGIES AND MEDICAL NEEDS?

Curiosity Camps strives to provide an accessible and safe environment for all campers.  If your camper has a medical condition, severe allergies, dietary restrictions, or a disability, please note this information during registration.  Camp Administration may contact you if there are questions or concerns regarding the successful accommodation of your camper.  For more detailed information, please review our CNC Curiosity Camps 2023 Information & Policies.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

To plan appropriately for staff and supplies and to maintain a safe, healthy environment, it is critical for us to accurately anticipate enrollment and attendance. Please note that all camp registration fees include a $75 non-refundable deposit (scholarship applications include a $15 non-refundable deposit).

Withdrawals that occur more than 10 days before the start of camp will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable deposit). For more detailed information, please review our CNC Curiosity Camps 2023 Information & Policies.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE? WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT PLANS?

Scholarships for summer Curiosity Camps are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cover 50% or 90% of the camp registration fee based on your child’s reduced or free lunch status.  When you register for camp you will be able to apply for a scholarship online.  Paper applications are also available.

During registration, you can select our payment plan option.  You’ll pay a non-refundable deposit when you register, then 50% is due on March 1, 2023 and the remainder on June 1, 2023.  Please note that the payment plan is set to auto-pay, meaning you will need to provide a credit card in order to use the plan.

What are your covid-19 policies?

Check out our Health & Well-being Protocols to learn how our staff members will be working to ensure your campers stay safe and healthy.  Please note these protocols are updated regularly as new guidance is received.

CAn I VOlunteer?

Yes! Volunteering at the Cumming Nature Center is a great opportunity to gain experience in outdoor education, work with kids, share your skills, and get outdoors. Hours on volunteer days are between 9am and 3:30pm, and you may volunteer for specific weeks or days during the camp season (July 5-August 25). Note that a background check will be required for all volunteers.

Please fill out the CNC Camp Volunteer Application and a staff member will be in touch with you.