The mission of the Bolton Conservation Trust, as stated in its charter, is to assist in and promote the preservation of the rural character of the Town of Bolton in order to preserve and maintain areas: for conservation of public water resources; for preservation of marshland, swamps and other wetlands and the animal life therein, sections of unique historical significance or natural beauty, green-belt and similar open sections; for the education of the public concerning the wise use of natural resources; for general public outdoor passive recreation; and for the encouragement of the study of plants, animals, birds and other wildlife, and the sylvan culture of the Town of Bolton.
Tom Denney Nature Camp
The Bolton Conservation Trust’s summer day camp is a unique camp experience that offers campers going into Kindergarten-9th grades five one week sessions of fun and learning in the beautiful natural setting of Bolton's Bower Springs conservation area. The Tom Denney Nature Camp was founded in 1976 and is sponsored by the Trust. Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff supports Bolton’s commitment to environmental education and to kids.
The goal of our camp is to create a safe, enjoyable outdoor learning experience that provides opportunities for children to learn about themselves and develop understanding, respect and responsibility for the environment while making new friends, taking on new challenges and most of all having fun!
Activities include swimming, group games in the fields and woods, all-camp Predator and Prey search and tag running game, The Amazing Race with team challenges, arts & crafts, songs, stories, tracking, scavenger hunt, hiking, exploring, campfires with hot dogs and s'mores, building a shelter & more.
There is also an older campers program for middle schoolers where they will play kayaking games on the pond, compete to build the best raft and then race, play laser tag in the woods, navigate a ropes course, camp overnight (eat dinner, hang out around the campfire and roast s'mores, play nighttime games, sleep in the tent, eat breakfast and go to camp), participate in team building activities and work on a conservation project.
9th graders and above can become Counselors-in-Training.