Summer Camp Info

bccd summer camp logo REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 1ST


wheelchairThe Boone County Conservation District welcomes campers of all abilities to our summer camps. For information about compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Tina Dawson Scott at (815) 547-7935.


The Boone County Conservation District offers 3 environmental education summer camps to area youth. Registration begins on the first weekday in April. Stop by the Roger D. Gustafson Nature Center for more information or to register.


Camp Ducktails is offered once a week on Thursday for preschool children ages 4 and 5. Camp is based out of the Rec Hall in Spencer Conservation Area and goes from 9:00AM to 11:30PM. Each session a new nature topic is introduced. Campers will learn songs, go on nature hikes, and have story, craft, and snack times. A free camp T-shirt is included with the first registered session.


Camp Redwing is a 5-week day camp open to children ages 6-11. Camp is based in Spencer Conservation Area and goes from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Activities each week include a field trip, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts. There is a Family Night every Thursday. A free camp T-shirt is included with the first registered week. *There is no camp the week of July 4th.


Camp Redtail is an adventure-based camp and introduces minimum impact camping and outdoor adventure skills to pre-teens ages 12-15. There are two 4-day camping trips. While Redtail has no prerequisite regarding camping experience, campers are warned that some trips are more challenging than others. Campers may encounter rugged terrain, physical exertion, and primitive to non-existent amenities. Campers are responsible for sleeping bags, personal items, and spending money. All other gear is provided. There is a mandatory pre-camp parent meeting before the trips to answer any questions. A free camp T-shirt is included with the first registered trip.

Camp Price List

Camp Ducktails
Boone County Resident $90 for all 5 sessions OR $20 per session
Non-resident $110 for all 5 sessions OR $25 per session
Scholarship $40 for full-summer (5 sessions) enrollment. No individual session scholarships.
Deposit $50 for full summer/family. Individual sessions are paid in full at time of registration.


Camp Redwing
Boone County Resident $100* *$10 Family Discount – Must be enrolled in the same week of camp. Does not apply to scholarship recipients.*Attend all 5 weeks, get a $50 credit per family for the last week of camp!
Non-resident $120*
Scholarship $50
Deposit $50/week per family


Camp Redtail
Please Note
Boone County Resident $200 There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on June 27th at 6:00 p.m. which campers and parents MUST attend.
Non-resident $220
Scholarship $100
Deposit $100/trip

     Limited scholarships for all camps are available to qualifying families.

:: 2017 Camp Ducktails Session Themes (ages 4 – 5)

  • Session 1: June 29th – “Lunch for a Bear”
    ECampers will learn about the foods that black bears eat and will get a peek into a bear’s “lunchbox.”
  • Session 2: July 13th – “Tracks”
    Campers will explore animals tracks and make and compare tracks of their own.
  • Session 3: July 20th – “Spider Web Wonders”
    Campers will learn about spiders and spider webs. They will even get to make their very own web!
  • Session 4: July 27th – “Backbone Bonanza”
    Campers will learn about animal backbones and the characteristics that distinguish them.
  • Session 5: August 3rd – “Wildlife Water Safari”
    Campers will learn why water is important to wildlife and what kinds of animals live near water.

No camp the week of July 4th.


:: 2017 Camp Redwing Weekly Themes (ages 6 – 11)

Each week includes lab, crafts, fishing, swimming, prairie planting, and Family Night!!

  • Week 1    June 26th – June 30th     CREEPY CRAWLIES
    There are more insects on our planet than there are humans! You’re probably thinking, “Gross!!!” It may be true that insects aren’t cute and cuddly, but we can’t live without ‘em! There are mterore helpful insects than harmful ones. We’ll learn all about the different types of insects and the important roles they play. Field trip to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.
  • Week 2    July 10th – 14th      REPTILE RAP
    Are you afraid of snakes? Do you think they are slimy and gross? Reptiles sure get a bad rap sometimes! In fact, they’re not slimy or gross at all. We’ll have a chance to meet some reptiles this week and learn they are not scary. We’ll discover reptiles’ unique qualities and what makes them an important part of the animal kingdom. Field trip to Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest.
  • Week 3    July 17th – 21st     HABITAT HANGOUTS
    Where do you live? What does your home have that keeps you happy and healthy? Humans have houses that keep us safe and convenient stores that provide the things that we need, but what about animals? Where do they live and how do they get it? They rely on their habitat! This week we’ll learn about habitats and what animals (and humans) need to survive. Field trip to Atwood Center in Rockford. 
  • Week 4    July 24th – 28th     GALACTIC GALAXIES
    In a galaxy far, far away…just kidding! We’re not talkin’ Star Wars – we’re talkin’ about the stars! We’ll learn about our galaxy and that it’s not the only one out there. We’ll talk about what stars are, what a planet is (including Pluto!), and why the sun is so important. Field trip to Adler Planetarium in Chicago
  • Week 5    July 31st – August 4th    GOING, GOING, GONE
    Dozens of animals become extinct every day, and when they’re gone, they’re gone forever! This week we will learn what it means when an animal becomes endangered, some of the animals that are currently endangered, and what we can do to help. Field trip to International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI.

No camp the week of July 4th.

:: 2017 Camp Redtail (ages 12 – 15)

Note: Campers will engage in a variety of activities, some of which include; canoe, hike, sleep in a tent, ride horses, cook meals, pump water, swim, use outdoor restrooms, set up tents, and exposure to biting insects and inclement weather. A long car ride is also a necessary part of the camp. In wilderness settings, emergency evacuation can be delayed.

Caving in Maquoketa Caves State Park, Iowa – Date: July 11th – July 14th

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This trip will include caving, hiking, swimming, and camping.

It is a moderate activity trip.

Canoe Camping in the Sylvania Wilderness Area, Michigan  – Date: July 25th – July 28th

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This trip will include canoeing and camping in a wilderness area with no amenities.

It is a more strenuous trip but no experience is required.

:: Age of Campers

Our recommended age range for campers enables us to have camp groups that understand the camp activity and can participate safely and enjoyably. We reserve the right to allow campers of a different age in a group.