Our Camp Delaware Bay visits many of North America’s most celebrated birding hotspots at the peak of shorebird migration. From Cape May to Bombay Hook NWR and all around the Delaware Bay, we’ll bird the beaches, bayshores, marshes, and woodlands, finding a wonderful variety of species.

Camp Delaware Bay

Philadelphia, PA to Cape May, NJ to Coastal Delaware
August 3—10, 2023

Open to all birders ages 13 to 17

Membership in the ABA is required for attendance.

CAMP FEE: $1,795.00
Includes all lodging, meals, instructional sessions, transportation during camp events, and transportation to and from Philadelphia International Airport.

Our base camps include the Virden Center in Lewes, DE and the group cabin at Belleplain State Forest in Cape May County, NJ. Both locations have full amenities and will provide a memorable camp atmosphere!

Camp Delaware Bay Director: Holly Merker

This camp session is FULL. Please sign up for the waitlist to be considered for any cancelled spots.

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 highlighted by educational workshops, photography, illustration techniques, and discovering current technological advances in birding, making Camp Delaware Bay 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 need-based scholarships to help young people attend our summer camps. To apply, please visit ABA Young Birder Scholarships.

Cancellations and Refunds:
All cancellations must be made in WRITING. A full refund less a $100 administration fee will be made for cancellations received by April 30, 2023. Cancellations received after April 30, 2023 will forfeit 20% of the registration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after May 31, 2023.

Travel insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of a comprehensive travel insurance policy, which includes “cancel for any reason” type coverage.

Waitlist: Please be sure to register for your preferred session early and sign up for the waitlist to be considered for any cancelled spots. As space is limited, registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions about registration, please contact LeAnn Pilger at 800-850-2473 or email lpilger@aba.org.


Beginning November 1st, 2021, and until further notice, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to participate in any and all ABA travel and events. The purpose of this policy is to help prevent COVID-19 transmission and safeguard the health and safety of our participants, staff, volunteers, guests, and the community at large.