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 is one 4-day camping trip. 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 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 July 9th 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.

:: 2019 Camp Ducktails Session Themes (ages 4 – 5)

  • Session 1: June 27th – “Lunch for a Bear”
    What does a bear eat? Not me! Or you! Campers will learn about the foods that black bears eat and will get a peek into a bear’s “lunchbox.”
  • Session 2: July 11th – “Tracks!”
    Who made these tracks? Tracks are one of the clues animals leave behind. Campers will explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own.
  • Session 3: July 18th – “Spider Web Wonders”
    Are you afraid of spiders? You don’t need to be. They are here to help us! Campers will learn about spiders and spider webs. They will even get to make their very own web!
  • Session 4: July 25th – “Backbone Bonanza”
    What is a backbone? Do all animals have one? Do you? Campers will learn about animal backbones and the characteristics that distinguish them.
  • Session 5: August 1st – “Wildlife Water Safari”
    Everybody needs water and lots of animals and insects live in or near the water. Campers will learn why water is important to wildlife and what kinds of animals live near water.

No camp the week of July 4th.


:: 2019 Camp Redwing Weekly Themes (ages 6 – 11)

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

  • Week 1    June 24th – June 28th     FLYING WILD
    What has feathers, wings, and lays eggs? Birds, of course! From the tiny bee hummingbird to the large ostrich, there are over 10,000 different species of birds, and we’ll learn what makes them so special! Field trip to Atwood Environmental Center in Rockford to see the raptors!
  • Week 2    July 8th – 12th      DIRT MADE MY LUNCH
    Did you know that all the food we eat comes from the dirt? Without the dirt, you wouldn’t have those delicious hamburgers for dinner or cookies for dessert. Do you have what it takes to grow your own food? We’ll find out by getting down in the dirt! Be prepared to get a little messy! Field trip to Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford.
  • Week 3    July 15th – 19th     CANINE COUSINS
    What does your dog have in common with foxes, coyotes, and wolves? They are all canines! Learn what is unique about this group of animals and why we have dogs for pets but not foxes or wolves. We may even have some special visitors this week! Field trip to Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Week 4    July 22nd – 26th     ADAPT OR DIE!
    Our planet is constantly changing and, in order to survive, animals need to adapt. What exactly does is mean to adapt how do they do it? We will learn about animal adaptations like flight, fur, feathers, and beaks. Field trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum.
  • Week 5    July 29th – August 2nd    THE LORAX
    “I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees!” This week we’ll all become like Dr. Seuss’s Lorax and become environmental stewards. Campers will learn that we can all do simple things to protect the earth like recycling and conserving energy. Field trip to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

No camp the week of July 4th.

:: 2019 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.


Backpacking in the Porcupines Wilderness State Park, Michigan  – Date: July 23rd – July 26th

Click here to visit park website

This trip will include backpacking in a wilderness area with no amenities.

It is a somewhat 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.