Camp Avocet is based at the mouth of Delaware Bay in Lewes, Delaware, within easy reach of some of North America’s most celebrated birding hotspots including Bombay Hook, Prime Hook, and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuges, Cape May, NJ and many more.

American Oystercatcher by Tommy Quarles

2022 Dates & Registration TBA

Base Camp Location: Lewes, DE

Camp Fee: $TBD – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and shuttle from and to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

ABA Camps are open to all birders ages 13 to 18 (during the camp session).

Membership in the ABA is required to attend (can be added at checkout).

Are you looking for migrating shorebirds? Thousands of birds? Camp Avocet will be stacked full of migrants from their northern breeding grounds such as dowitchers, Black-necked Stilt, Semipalmated, Western, and Least Sandpipers, and of course American Avocets numbering in the hundreds. Delaware boasts an outstanding fall migration of shorebirds with easy access and fabulous viewing opportunities. There truly are birds EVERYWHERE! In this hotspot region for world-class birding, there’s always a chance for a rarity! Due to the grand diversity of southern Delaware’s bird-rich habitats, nearly 150 species of birds are regularly seen and studied during this eight-day camp extravaganza!

Daily itineraries include fabulous outings and field trips led by ABA Staff along with featured guest instructors. Full days of birding and natural history study will be punctuated by educational workshops, photography, illustration techniques, and discovering current technological advances in birding, making Camp Avocet a truly exceptional experience!

Scholarships for all camps are available! The American Birding Association, through the generous support of our sponsors and ABA members, provides limited scholarships to help young people who are interested in advancing their interest in birds and bird conservation study to attend our summer camps. To apply, please visit – Young Birder Scholarships ~ Young Birders ~ American Birding Association

The ABA would like to thank Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures, lead sponsor of the ABA Young Birder Camps!