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Adventure Camps

Climbing high ropes at Camp Wilder
NLA Camp Wilder 2018

We are back! NLA is coming once again to Camp Wilder in Springfield, MA and we’re offering the best outdoor adventure camp in all of New England.

Come take the Wilder Side challenge and you can judge for yourself. This will be our 12th summer running camp and our staff can’t wait to see you all again and meet some new young adventurers.

July 2 – August 3

Monday–Friday, 8am-3pm

$300/week
($250 for Springfield city residents)

5 consecutive weeks for ages 6-14:

  • Session 1: July 2-July 6
  • Session 2: July 9-13
  • Session 3: July 16-20    
  • Session 4: July 23-27
  • Session 5: July 30-Aug 3

A free bag lunch program is provided through the city or you are free to bring your own.

Ready to take the lead?

We also offer a leader in training (LIT) program for those who are 15-16 years old and interested in learning how to become an outdoor educator.

Camp party

Camp Wilder provides a low-stress environment with no pressure to do any particular activity, and "challenge by choice" is our philosophy.

There is no better place to make new friends, learn new skills, challenge and amaze yourself, and experience the beauty of nature. For all kids looking for an incredible week or weeks outdoors, with a wide variety of adventure activities, this is the camp for you.

Trying the high ropes

Next Level Challenges

team building games, low and high ropes adventure challenge courses

Playing in the pond at camp

Aquatic Adventures

swimming, snorkeling, sailing, paddle board, kayak, canoe, and fishing

Starting a bonfire at camp

Building Survival Skills

shelter and fire making, archery, orienteering, and wilderness first aid

Shelter building - Carrying a log

Wilderness Exploration

hikes, bird watching, tracking, and making our own Wilder Tea

The Wilder classics will endure, so if you are a returning camper, fear not!

We will always find time to:

  • Play dodge ball indoors
  • Llama Ball on the court
  • Rock the Dock on Quarry Pond
  • Ultimate Kayak and fishing derby on bass Pond
  • World Domination and camouflage in the woods
  • Triathlon through the whole camp
  • Run the Wilder mile through the sumac jungle (staghorn sumac – not poisonous)
  • Don’t forget Treasure Hunts, the Wilder Olympics and, of course, all countries will be represented in the World Cup of soccer for those who want to play.
  • And yes, Chuck the camp Hawk is still soaring even higher than our zip line and high ropes course.

Come explore your potential at Camp Wilder this summer!