Summer Camp Basics

Some basic information and important logistics to get you oriented for your weeks with us this summer!

Camp Hours & Procedures

Summer 2021 drop off and pick up times are staggered to keep the density of campers at any given time to a minimum.

If you are dropping off or picking up children of different ages, you will receive more information closer to the start of camp. Your drop off and pick up times may change, please refer to your confirmation email. Camp staff will meet you at your vehicle each day to do an in-person health check and receive your child.

4-H Acres Location

Drop Off Times

  • 8:40-9:00 AM: Pathfinders, Advanced and Specialty Camps
  • 9:00-9:20 AM: Forest Village Camp and Forest Explorer Camp
  • 9:30-9:40 AM: Growing Wild

Pick Up Times

  • 1:30-1:40 PM: Growing Wild
  • 2:50-3:00 PM: Forest Village Camp and Forest Explorers Camp
  • 3:00-3:15 PM: Pathfinders, Advanced and Specialty Camps

Alternate Locations

Drop off and pick up times for camps meeting at Ellis Hollow, West Hill Area and the Finger Lakes National Forest will be communicated to you through the registrar.

    Traveling camps

    Wilderness Explorers and River Scouts will meet at various locations in the Ithaca area. Prior to camp, families will receive an email with a sample itinerary for the week. Families will then drop their campers off at a different location each day for wild adventures and fun exploration! The drop off and pick up times listed below are subject to change – please look out for additional confirmation emails leading up the week of camp.

    Drop Off:

    • 9:00-9:10 AM  

    Pick Up:

    • 3:10-3:20 PM 

    Your drop off and pick up times may be subject to change, please refer to your confirmation email or call the office with questions.

      Primitive Pursuits is a non-profit 4-H program in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. We provide leadership and place-based wilderness skills education to toddlers, youth, teens and adults throughout our geographical region.  

      Each year hundreds of diverse youth from Tompkins County and beyond reconnect with the natural world through our year-round nature immersion programs and mentorship from our talented and dedicated staff.

      Summer Health and Safety 2021 Protocols:

      We are currently planning to follow the Protocols we established in 2020! But much like last summer we will be nimble and up to date with all state and local guidelines.

      Thank YOU. They are both thoroughly enjoying themselves each day! I’m absolutely thankful for the precautions allowing them to do so as well! It has definitely been a load of anxiety off as I catch up on much-needed errands, shop stuff, and unpacking after our move! Thank you SO much!”
      A.D., Parent

      Summer Camp 2020