The 2018 Guide to Summer Camps

– American Camp Association New England

What would summer be without camp? Those magical places full of friends and adventures, learning and play, activities and leisure? The region’s camps come in all shapes and sizes, and each offers something distinctive. How lucky to be able to select from among scores of enticing programs. So, with your own fond memories as your touchstone and your child’s unique interests as your guide, enjoy this journey through summer-land. You’ll be surprised and delighted by what you’ll find. So will your kids.

Arsenal Soccer Schools
New York, NY | 212-796-8351 | [email protected]

Join an Arsenal Soccer Schools Residential Camp in 2018. Open to boys and girls ages 10-16, Arsenal Soccer Schools offer young field players and keepers of all talent levels the opportunity to work with youth coaches from one of the elite English and European clubs. Players will learn the same drills and tactics that Arsenal’s first team uses for the ultimate soccer experience. Players can choose between Connecticut or New York. Come improve your skills, get better, and have fun while doing it. To learn more and to register, please visit www.arsenalsoccerschoolsusa. com. Spaces are limited.

Weston, MA | 781-314-9230 |


The best way to have a summer to remember is to build it yourself. At Mazemakers, participants spend time doing the things that excite them most: programming a flight ofmusical stairs in the Makers lab, writing and performing an original play in drama, or playing a round of Capture the Flag. In choosing from fifteen different course options (ranging from the artistic to the athletic to the technological), participants open endless possibilities and create the summer that fits them best. Located on the Meadowbrook School campus in Weston, Mazemakers is a small, dynamic learning community of young people entering grades two through eight. In contrast to traditional summer programs, at Mazemakers we emphasize creativity, choice, challenge, and community. Whatever choices participants make, some things are constant: The size (about 80 campers per session) is just right for building relationships, staff members (primarily educators and college students) return each year, courses reflect the passion, knowledge, and skills of their participants, and together, we build a flourishing community of respect, intellectual vitality, and imagination. Facilities are conveniently located (just off Rtes. 128 and 90) and feature computer and science labs, a dance studio, a performance auditorium, playing fields, tennis courts, and an outdoor swimming pool.


ACA New England
Lexington, MA | 781-541-6080 |

Selecting a summer camp can be a daunting task for any parent. Which camp will be a good “fit” for your youngster? What about transportation? And what’s the difference between one camp and another? So many questions. And so many decisions. That’s where the American Camp Association New England can help out. The non-profit ACA New England offers a free online guide to summer camps that’s enough to calm every parent’s camp jitters. Not only does the guide offer advice on how to choose the right camp for your child, ACA New England’s website also has a built-in “Find A Camp” search feature that connects web visitors to day camps, overnight camps, and even adult camps nationwide. “There’s a camp out there for everyone regardless of the type of program and in every price range,” says ACA New England Executive Director Bette Bussel. It’s also nice to know that almost every camp on the camp association’s website is ACA Accredited, which means each camp voluntarily complies with high, peer-reviewed standards aimed at health, safety, and quality programming, Bussel says. The group isn’t just about matching campers up with day and overnight camps, however. ACA New England’s mission centers around advocating for the whole camp experience. Whether providing resources and advice to camp owners or training camp professionals at its annual camp conference right down to making sure kids have a fun and interesting summer, ACA New England is informed and involved. As if all that isn’t enough, the organization also has created a Campership Program that has sent more than 1,000 young people to camp who might never have had the experience.


Camp Sewataro
Sudbury, MA | 978-443-3100 |

Since 1960, Camp Sewataro, located in Sudbury, has been sharing the joys of traditional day camping with boys and girls ages 3-15. In an atmosphere that is unplugged and group- oriented, the programming is diverse and challenging. Values such as teamwork, fair play, cooperation, and sportsmanship are instilled and encouraged. This helps build self-confidence and a sense of community, resulting in children who come away feeling good about themselves and believing they have something valuable to offer others. From our Sprouts pre-school program, all the way through to our CIT program, campers are exposed to our beautiful north woods setting, including swimming pond, four pools, boating pond, zip line, rock wall, low and high ropes courses, music studio, tennis courts, golf, paintball, and archery range. Lunch service is available. Bus transportation is also available from Arlington, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Charlestown, Newton, Somerville, Winchester, and the Metro West area. Our campers gather from as close by as Sudbury, Weston, Wayland, Concord, and Lexington, and as far away as Beijing, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, and Colombia. Camp Sewataro is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).

Xaverian Brothers High School Summer Program
Westwood, MA 02090 | 781-326-6392 |

Xaverian Brothers High School offers summer educational workshops for boys and girls in grades 4-12. Xaverian’s exceptional teachers facilitate all programs and help participants make the most of their summer. With astronomy, creative writing, robotics, video design, theater, visual programming, sports psychology, and more, there are engaging activities for every interest. Xaverian’s Summer Program runs from June 9 through July 26. Participants can mix and match workshops for a truly unique summer of creativity, fun, and learning.


EXPLO at Wheaton
Norton, MA | 781-762-7400|

Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? Bold. Spirited. Adventurous. Fun. It’s time to take back summer. Imagine engineering your own hovercraft, solving math equations that could save the world from “Dr. Diablo,” curating your first blog, creating a cloud in a jar, or designing your own fashion line for the EXPLO runway—all while meeting friends from places like Alaska, Beijing, and Colombia. One, two, and three-week day and residential programs available for students in grades 2-7. Free bus transportation available for day students in the Greater Boston area.

Beaver Country Day
Chestnut Hill, MA | 617-738-2750| | [email protected]

Nestled in the heart of Chestnut Hill, Beaver Country Day has been educating, entertaining, and engaging children for the past 80 years. Designed to offer unforgettable experiences that grow with our campers, we provide all the best of a traditional day camp with many specialty programs that fuel emerging interests and talents. And, what’s more, it’s all in a safe and nurturing community highlighted by our exceptional staff. Whether your child is making lasting friendships, learning how to work as part of a team, gaining independence, or developing the confidence to try new things, one thing is for certain: Beaver offers a summer that your son or daughter won’t soon forget. Our two-week general camp sessions for ages 3–13 include swimming in three outdoor heated pools and more than 35 different activities, ranging from woodworking and performing arts to rock climbing and archery. Beaver also offers one or two-week specialty camps for ages 6-15, such as Beaver Off-Broadway, Peak and Paddle, Extreme Sports, and Boston Children’s Circus.


Dana Hall School
Wellesley, MA | 781-235-3010 |

Dana Hall’s Girls Summer Leadership Program (GSLP) provides girls going from eighth to ninth grade with the opportunity to prepare themselves for the challenges and choices they will face as high school students. Whether participants will enter a co-ed or single-sex high school environment, the Girls Summer Leadership Program helps girls find the tools they need to navigate this transition with confidence and self-awareness. “At Dana Hall, we understand that girls learn differently than boys,” says Program Director Kristin Ryan. “We know that each girl can lead in her own way. We encourage young women to take risks, discover their strengths, and find their voices.” Dana Hall’s Girls Summer Leadership Program provides a unique setting for girls to work with strong female mentors in high school, college, and beyond to gain valuable skills and resources that they can take with them. This 7-day/6-night residential program runs June 23-29 and is open to girls who have completed eighth grade and will enter high school in the fall of 2018.

Camp Christopher
Danvers, MA | 978-774-1427 |

Every day at Camp Christopher brings fun adventures. Summer is the perfect time to make friends, develop self-confidence, and gain skills—all while having fun at camp. With the 175-acre campus of St. John’s Prep in Danvers as home base, we have plenty of room for swimming, games, sports, and much more. Our swim program is led by certified instructors who know how to work with all levels, from campers who have no experience to advanced swimmers. We offer eight one-week sessions, beginning June 25. We also offer fun one-week specialty sessions for campers who are interested in exploring everything from aviation, robotics, and building to outdoor adventure. Our energetic, friendly counselors create a safe, welcoming environment for girls and boys ages 5-12 to explore and enjoy all that camp has to offer. And because we know summer is a busy time for families, transportation and lunch are available. Make this the best summer ever. To learn more, visit our Open House on Sunday, April 8, from 12-3 p.m.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Boston, MA | 617-350-8335 |

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ camps are for any girl seeking a safe, inclusive haven where her unique needs are met and gender gaps do not exist. At Girl Scout camp, adventure and fun are around every corner and nothing stands in the way of a girl taking the lead. Backed by more than 100 years of experience and girl-centric research, Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent girl-leadership organization. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ day and resident camps offer programming designed with and for girls, customized by grade level and interest. Typical Girl Scout camp activities include archery, nature hikes, swimming, STEM and environmental education, arts & crafts, and of course, campfires for singing songs and making s’mores (invented by Girl Scouts). All camps offer traditional camp activities, while some also offer water sports, including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, horseback riding, high ropes challenge courses, adventure travel, or theater arts. In the mountains, on the shores of Cape Cod, along the banks of a quiet pond, and up lush hiking trails, their eight properties throughout eastern Massachusetts and southern NH are host to six day camps and four resident camps where thousands of girls in grades K-12 build courage, confidence, and character each summer.

Charles River School
Dover, MA | 508-785-0068|

Prioritizing the arts and understanding its critical role in helping young people search and find themselves is so rare these days!” –CRCAP Parent

The Charles River Creative Arts Program offers more than 120 diverse and innovative courses. Young people discover and develop their artistic talents and form lasting friendships at CRCAP. Our classes offer meaningful, rigorous engagement with the artistic process in a fun, supportive environment. Our daily Noontime Shows celebrate the talents and creativity of the entire CRCAP community. Campers perform for an engaged and supportive audience. Festival periods present new options each day for campers to explore, experiment, and enjoy. Swimming, sports, clubs, and arts activities are offered daily. At the end of each session we welcome friends and family to attend Festival Day. Galleries, performances, and video screenings showcase the work of our campers. Over 100 programs around the world have been built on the model created by Priscilla Dewey in 1970 right here in Dover. Now entering its 49th season, CRCAP maintains its mission to offer meaningful learning through creative experience and collaboration. Guest artists like Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Matt and Kim, Tracy Chapman, and William Hurt bring their experience and passion for the arts to our campus, inspiring students through direct involvement with classes.

Summerfuel at Tufts
Medford, MA | 800-752-2250 |

Summerfuel’s Pre-College Program at Tufts University offers an exciting opportunity for curious and passionate students who thrive in a supportive and engaging environment. Experience college life just outside of Boston on the campus of a top-ranked US university, and prepare intellectually and socially for a successful college career. The Summerfuel program inspires exploration and discovery with dynamic seminar and workshop options. Courses are structured to encourage hands- on participation, while activities are customized based on student interest, ensuring a highly personal experience. Students come from near and far for a dynamic summer of learning and fun.

Camp Nashoba
Littleton, MA | 978-486-8088 |

Located on Fort Pond in Littleton, Nashoba Day Camp offers two to eight-week programs for boys and girls ages 4 through 15. Nashoba is a traditional summer camp that has the facility and character of a true New England overnight camp. Instruction by mature and skilled counselors is offered through the day in over 25 activities. Daily Red Cross instructional swim lessons are held in the pool and the lake. Boys and girls enjoy lakeside activities, including swimming, paddle-boarding, water skiing, wake boarding, tubing, fishing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing. Creative arts encourage expression in crafts, woodworking, pottery, candle making, basket weaving, drama, and fine arts. Outdoor skills in nature crafts, gardening, low ropes, climbing wall, archery, and animal care promote appreciation for the environment. Plus, horseback riding, sports, tennis, and basketball lessons are offered. Camp Nashoba encourages fun and friendship and strengthens boys’ and girls’ skills and self-esteem. Transportation is included in the tuition from the surrounding towns, and extended day is available. Come join us in celebrating 61 years.

Lesley Ellis Summer Program
Arlington, MA |781-641-5987

Located just northwest of Boston in Arlington, the Lesley Ellis Summer Program is led by an enthusiastic staff who are all experienced early childhood, elementary, and middle school teachers. The Summer Program is open to any child between the ages of 2 years and 9 months through grade 8. Each section of the program is specifically designed with activities that are age appropriate. Depending on age, campers may swim, have playground time, participate in arts and crafts, play outdoor games, explore nature, play music, or go on field trips. The Lesley Ellis Summer Program provides a wonderful opportunity for campers to learn new skills, try different activities, and achieve a sense of accomplishment in a setting that is supportive, safe, and encouraging. Led by adults who are educators, the Summer Program at Lesley Ellis includes full and half-day options. Swimming lessons are offered to children enrolled in the Junior Discoverers and Senior Explorers programs. If you’re interested in a summer camp experience for your child that is creative, active, engaging, and education oriented, the Lesley Ellis Summer program is for you. Sign up now. Space is limited. Contact: Jeanette Keller at [email protected] or at the phone number above. Join us for a summer of fun and learning.

EXPLO at Wellesley
Wellesley, MA | 781-762-7400 |

Imagine a place where the world comes together. Where individuality strengthens community. Where you can play with purpose and prepare for the future. A place where you can find yourself, with others, and learn to be that person everyday and everywhere. That’s EXPLO. With more courses and workshops than any other summer program, diverse perspectives from across the globe, and a supportive community that begs you to be yourself, EXPLO is a place where what you’ve only imagined becomes possible. Manage a stock portfolio on the “EXPLO Exchange,” engineer a Mars rover for a NASA mission, or go inside the EXPLO Actors’ Studio to hone your craft. Learn to sail on Lake Waban, write a graphic novella, or discover the science behind baking the perfect cookie. At EXPLO you choose what you want to explore alongside students from as near as Boston to as far away as Brazil, Korea, and Morocco. One, two, and three-week day and residential programs available for students in grades 8 and 9. Bus transportation is available for day students in the Greater Boston area.

EXPLO at Yale
New Haven, CT | 781-762-7400 |

When is the last time you did something daring? Step outside of your comfort zone and try something new this summer at EXPLO. Dissect a sheep’s brain. Develop a design solution for one of the nation’s leading land development projects. Pitch your advertising ideas to PEZ International. Join a student- led club, voice your perspectives in discussion and debate sessions, or connect with professionals who can advise your college or career path. From engineering to theater and finance, EXPLO at Yale is where curious students from around the world come to explore their interests and develop their strengths. With more than 25 trips to choose from each weekend, along with students from 40 states and 70 countries, EXPLO at Yale is a pre-college program designed to meet the needs of high school students. One, two, and three-week day and residential programs available for students in grades 10-12.

Brooks School Summer Programs
North Andover, MA | 978-725-6253 |

Established in 1971, Brooks School Summer Programs has earned the reputation as New England’s leader in summer programs. The historic 251-acre campus on the shores of Lake Cochichewick in North Andover bustles with young campers, academically focused students, aspiring leaders, young robotic engineers, and computer programmers. More than just a summer camp, Brooks is the flexible option offering day camp, summer school, STEM opportunities, computer-based camps, and teen leadership development. In addition to extended day services, convenient transportation throughout the Merrimack Valley and North Shore makes Brooks the perfect option to accommodate working parents and busy schedules. Children enrolled at Brooks stay busy throughout their time here. Day Camp offers many events, ranging from boating and petting zoos to crafts and talent shows. Summer School provides a variety of non-graded courses, focusing on academic enrichment instead of credit. Those interested in STEM will enjoy Computer Camp where they will be engaged using LEGO robotics, computer programming, multimedia communication, and engineering design challenges. The Leaders-in-Training program helps participants develop and hone their leadership skills, build confi- dence, and show responsibility as a role model. No matter which program you choose, now is the perfect time to start planning for the Summer Programs at Brooks. Summer programs operate from June 25 through August 17, with various session start and end dates. Whether you choose to spend one or all eight weeks, children ages 4-18 create memories and partake in life-changing experiences. Be part of this 47-year tradition; your summer begins at Brooks.

Shady Hill School, The Summer STEAM Program
Cambridge, MA | 617-721-9013 |

At Shady Hill, students learn by doing. The recent construction of a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary learn- ing center has infused Shady Hill’s expansive tradition of integrated learning even more deeply with 21st century tools, skills, and thinking. The Summer Program is no exception. This June and July, we would like to invite your rising 1st-5th grader to join us for a unique STEAM (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) program, taught by our renowned faculty on our 11-acre campus in Cambridge. Projects include: Building and programming with LEGO; 3-D printing with TinkerCAD; Coding with Osmo; Performing theater and expressive arts; Etching with a laser cutter; Designing electrical circuits with electronic components, conductive materials, and Chibitronics; Creating puzzles on a foam cutter; Applying design- thinking to sports; Having fun free-play with friends. There are four weeklong sessions. Register for 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks. The cost is $550 per week. The day runs 8 a.m.–3 p.m. with Extended Day available. For more information, visit the Summer Programs page of the Shady Hill website,

Boston Ballet Summer School
Boston, MA | 617-456-6333 |

Summer is an enriching time at Boston Ballet School, the Official School of Boston Ballet. Programs for students of all ages provide unique dance experiences in a creative, fun, and engaging environment, all under the direction of professional dance education experts. Ballet Stories and Ballet Journeys for children ages 3-7 introduce young students to ballet elements and the relationship between dance and music through creative activities. Summer Dance Workshop for students ages 8-18 pairs ballet training with engaging enrichments such as modern dance, drama and voice lessons, dance history, and musical theater to expose students to a more diverse curriculum. In the Master Class Series, students ages 12-18 enhance their dance education by learning classical repertoire and variations with Boston Ballet School’s expert faculty. Join us this summer and experience all that Boston Ballet School has to offer.

The Belmont Hill Summer Program
Belmont, MA | 617-993-5215 |

For more than 35 years, students have been welcomed to the Belmont Hill School campus to participate in a multi-faceted summer program. Whether interested in sport camps, academic courses, art workshops, or tennis clinics, girls and boys have developed skills and friendships on our campus. The Belmont Hill Sport Camps (July 2- August 10) offers one week camps in baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, strength & conditioning, and multi-sports for students from ages 6-17. Belmont Hill Summer School (June 25-August 3), for students from grades 6-12, includes six-week and three-week courses in math, science, English, history, ESL, speech and debate, technology, and SAT and ACT prep. The Summer Arts Program allows students to explore the visual arts in three-week sessions. All courses are taught by artists and teachers and are suited for beginners and experienced artists. In the Summer Tennis Program, students in grades 6-12 participate in three-week sessions designed to improve their game. Many families find the tennis program a fine complement to academic classes. Enrollment in the tennis program is limited to students who are also enrolled in summer school classes or workshops.

Camp Marist
Effingham, NH | 603-539-4552 |

Camp Marist is located on Ossipee Lake in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Marist Brothers, an international Catholic teaching order, founded Camp Marist in 1949. They wanted to establish a place where children could learn about character and community, develop strong self- esteem and self-awareness, and grow in confidence while learning new skills. That mission still continues today. Our outstanding professional staff consists of dedicated Marist Brothers, teachers, parents, many former campers, and college-aged students. Our staff to camper ratio is one to three. The Camp Marist program provides a variety of activities, including horseback riding, go-karts, tennis, water skiing, sailing, drama, soccer, ropes challenge, baseball, archery, and more. Before arriving at camp, each camper, along with the help of their parents, selects their own personalized activity schedule. Yes, Camp Marist offers many fun activities, but they are only the means to an end in the overall growth of your child. We believe that our camp is a special place for campers to learn, grow, and thrive in positive and unique ways that will enhance their lives forever. ACA Accredited.

Acadia Institute of Oceanography
Seal Harbor, ME | 800-375-0058 |

AIO introduces young people to the exciting world of marine science through a unique hands-on curriculum that combines biological, physical, and chemical oceanography with field, classroom, offshore, and laboratory work. More than 200 young people attend AIO from all over the United States and around the world each year. Students attend sessions limited to 44 students and spend two exciting weeks working together with our experienced staff. Depending on the student’s age, Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced sessions are offered in the summer. There is also one Advanced session which students can take for college credit through the University of Maine Machias’ Early College program. For students who perform well in the summer, a winter program is available. Students 14 years and older can apply for the Florida Exploration Program, and Advanced session alums may apply for the Tropical Program in Belize. These programs are offered in alternating years during Thanksgiving week in November. At the heart of the AIO program is an experienced and qualified core of educators trained in the field of oceanography. These are classroom teachers, practicing scientists, and researchers— many with advanced graduate degrees. The student to instructor ratio is approximately four to one.

Alton Jones Camp
West Greenwich, RI | 401-874-8200 |

With 2,300 acres, a 75-acre lake, miles of trails, and a nineteenth-century farm, the University of Rhode Island’s Alton Jones Camp for ages 5-16 offers a big backyard for learning, exploring, adventure, and fun. Day and overnight camps highlight nature, farming, and outdoor skills. Activities include sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, exploring farm life, nature art, extreme outdoor sports, and more. At Alton Jones we pack a whole summer of adventure into one week. New programs this summer. American Camp Association Accredited. Discounts: 15 percent off until May 12.

Falmouth Academy
Falmouth, MA | 508-457-9696 |

FA SUMMER transforms the campus of Falmouth Academy into a summer-camp extravaganza for eight weeks with programs for everyone: the aspiring artist, mad scientist, innovative technologist, outdoor enthusiast, fleet-footed soccer player, Francophile, or basketball Jones. There are half- and full-day programs, including studio arts, music, foreign language, lacrosse, soccer, theater, animation, robotics, fort-building, tennis, ecology, nature exploration, biking, basketball, printmaking, beekeeping, and leadership—just to name a few. Programs are organized by the week beginning June 25 through August 17 with options for children, teens, and adults. Extended day is available. Falmouth Academy has been educating students from the Cape, Coast, and Islands for over forty years. The campus Falmouth Academy sits on 34 acres in the heart of the Upper Cape’s vibrant artistic community just a mile from the ocean and at the doorstep of the world-renowned scientific hub of Woods Hole. Come and see why at Falmouth Academy, students can do it all. Visit our website to learn more about FA SUMMER. Don’t let the cold weather fool you; summer is just around the corner.

BC High Summer Program
Boston, MA | 617-436-3900 |

Parents looking for a place where their child can explore new interests, build confidence, and make lasting friendships this summer need look no further than the BC High Summer Program. Here, girls and boys in grades 4 through 11 can challenge themselves while enhancing their interests thanks to more than 30 specialized programs, including sports clinics, academic classes, and specialty programs. Specialty programs for 4th through 6th grades allow kids to experience a full day of programming for many weeks throughout July and August. Offerings include theater camp, Dronebots, Minecraft, and Day Trippers. Our sports clinics provide instruction where players can have fun and improve their skill in an encouraging atmosphere. The clinics are designed for players of all ability levels and the program of instruction is intended to target specific skills and to promote improvement at every level. Various games and competitions are integrated into the clinics to make the athletes’ experience both educational and fun.

Cushing Academy Summer Session
Ashburnham, MA | 978-827-7000 |

If you are looking for an outstanding summer opportunity for students ages 12-18, consider Summer Session at Cushing Academy. Located one hour from Boston, Cushing will become home to approximately 250 students from around the world from July 1-August 3. Endless opportunities allow students to create an experience based on their academic pursuits, talents, and extracurricular interests. Core programs include Prep for Success (STEM, Literature & Writing, Mathematics, Robotics, ESL); College Prep (one year of academic credit for successful completion of one course in Literature, Mathematics, Sciences, US History); Critical Skills (Reading & Writing, Mathematics, Learning Skills); College-level Scientific Research; College Advising Workshop; English as a Second Language; and Studio Art (instruction and practice in drawing, painting, metalsmithing, pottery; portfolio prep- aration for advanced students intending to pursue art in college). Choose from afternoon electives such as soccer, basketball, photography, dance, advanced computer applications, jewelry making, and competitive athletics. Educational class trips and weekend excursions include visits to historic landmarks, museums, amusement parks, shopping meccas, sporting events, and other destinations throughout New England. Annual highlights include the International Night, talent show, art showcase, and all-school cruise on Boston Harbor. Please inquire about available financial aid.

Acera STEAM Summer Camp
Winchester, MA | 781-729-348 |

Become your own potions master, hack a toy, build a skateboard, record a music album, or construct origami-inspired chairs. At Acera, children nurture their natural desire to inquire, create, innovate, and experiment with content usually reserved for older students. Our staff consists of professionals with significant experience in the classroom and in their own fields of expertise. Among them are award winners, active research scientists, and working artists. Acera’s summer program runs from June 11 through August 24, enabling kids 5 to 17 years old to tackle enticing problems—from fashion technology to physical computing, raft building to food systems— individually and in groups. Sessions run in mornings, afternoons, or for full days. Our new offerings for 5-7 year olds include: Woodshop Jr., Printmaking Jr., Fairy and Troll House Construction, Messy Science, and more. The GirlPower Series (ages 10-15) draws out girls’ leadership and self-esteem through STEM skill building, artistic expression, and project-based learning. For 12-17 year olds, Acera offers the unique Principal Investigator Series. Where else can you spend a two-week Research Internship with our resident neuroscientist? Or learn how to edit genes using CRISPR technology? Visit our Open House March 3 from 1-3 p.m. to learn more.

Meadowbrook Day Camp
Weston MA | 781-647-0546 |

Conveniently located at the intersection of Route 95 and the Mass Pike, Meadowbrook Day Camp is set on the beautiful grounds of the Meadowbrook School of Weston. Our facilities include two outdoor pools, archery range, pond, two gymnasiums, and indoor and outdoor space galore. Group-based programs foster the growth of friendships, old and new. Camp groups for children entering K-7th grade in the fall, follow schedules, including a swim lesson and free swim every day. Or try our 2018 Drobot Sessions to learn about Drones and Robotics. At Meadowbrook, campers have the opportunity to try new activities or to improve skills in familiar ones, to become more independent, to become a team leader or player, and to create lasting memories. Our experienced staff are committed and dedicated to connecting with your child. Meadowbrook Teen Adventures Program is for teens entering 8th and 9th grade in the fall. Teens meet at Meadowbrook, then head off to activities such as paddle boarding, sea kayaking, or F1 race car driving. Check out our website for the full schedule. Visit us at our Open House on March 4 from 1-3 p.m. We hope you will join us for camp in the summer of 2018.

JCC Greater Boston Camps
Newton, MA | 617-244-5124 |

For a summer to remember, choose a JCC Greater Boston camp. JCC Greater Boston is the largest provider of Jewish day camps in New England—including Camp Grossman in Dover, MA, and Camp Kaleidoscope in Newton, MA,—with an overnight option at Camp Kingswood in beautiful Bridgton, ME. We also offer week-long summer and school vacation camps at the Leventhal-Sidman Center in Newton. JCC summer and vacation camps are ideal for learning new skills, developing self-confidence, and making new friends. All are held to the highest standards of quality in facilities, programming, care, and supervision. No matter which option you select, you can feel good knowing your child will have the opportunity to thrive in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Transportation is available from over 40 communities throughout Greater Boston. Contact us for more information about early registration discounts and financial assistance. Everyone is welcome.

Tabor Academy Marine Science Camp
Marion, MA | 508-291-8526 |

Tabor Academy Summer Program: Join us for an unforgettable summer by the sea full of friends, sports, adventures, and learning. Established in 1917, the Tabor Academy Summer Program allows young people ages 6-17 the opportunity to develop their full potential as individuals. Under the guidance of highly qualified and energetic counselors, coaches, and teachers, the program encourages young people to have fun and take pride in their personal achievement in our optional enrichment courses, on the playing fields, and on the waterfront. The program provides a variety of engaging and enjoyable activities on the beautiful 85-acre seaside campus of Tabor Academy in Marion. Tabor Academy Marine Science Camp: The goal of the program is to immerse students in an ocean environment for the purpose of exploration, education, and the development of global responsibility. Campers learn about Marine Biology and the Scientific Method during the first week of the program by setting lobster, crab, and eel traps, and fishing. A whale watch, which allows campers to observe the behavior of these incredible marine mammals, is always a highlight of the week. Week two integrates Marine Science Research Technology to show campers how drones and remotely operated vehicles work in the study of marine life. During the third week, which focuses on Oceanography and Research Presentations, campers learn how to analyze the chemical and physical parameters of nearby Sippican Harbor using both hands-on and digital sampling techniques. A summer of fun and learning await you at the Tabor Academy Summer Program and Marine Science Camp.

Hill House
Boston, MA | 617-227-5838 |

Your outdoor summer adventure begins right in Downtown Boston. On June 18, Hill House’s fabulous summer staff will kick off the organization’s 19th summer of camp for ages 3-12. Weekly themes, a balance of structure and play, field trips, and age-appropriate daily activities promise a well-rounded experience. Our goal is simple: to provide your family with a high-quality, safety-conscious summer camp in Downtown Boston. It is our hope that Hill House’s summer programming and structure will allow campers to build positive, life-long friendships and mentor relationships; take advantage of all that city- living has to offer, especially the outdoors; gain confidence; and have fun. Day Camp (ages 5-12): New and experienced campers alike can join us for an action-packed summer full of exciting outdoor activities and weekly field trips. Whether creating artistic masterpieces at the Firehouse, swimming in the outdoor pool at the Clubs at Charles River Park, playing field games on the Esplanade,; your camper will enjoy something new every day. Kiddie Kamp (ages 3-5): Join our staff of beloved counselors for a summer full of games, crafts, stories, songs, age-appropriate athletics, and outdoor fun. Each week, campers explore playful themes through crafts, songs, and active games that allow their imaginations and creativity to flourish.

Camp Invention
Multiple Locations in Greater Boston Area | 800-968-4332 |

Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! A non-profit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork— all while having FUN. Activities include challenges and achievements from the brightest thinkers around—National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees— to inspire children. This year, campers will bring their “smart” home to life with smart furniture and eco- smart energy, design a robotic dog and diagnose puppy problems, explore sensors by designing tracks for an Optibot—a robot that senses dark and light surfaces—and build Cake Catapults. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up. Early registration discounts are available. Visit the website or call to register. Use promo code BGlobe25 to save $25 (expires 3/23) and BGlobe15 to save $15 (expires 5/4).

Middlesex School Summer Arts
Concord, MA | 978-371-6550 |

If you like to sing, make videos, dance, paint, act, play an instrument, write, swim, take and edit photos, have fun, meet new friends—or all of the above—then Middlesex School Summer Arts (MSSA) is the place for you. MSSA is a multi-arts day camp located on the beautiful campus of Middlesex School in Concord. Campers entering grades 1 through 11 develop their skills in a fun, nurturing environment where creative endeavors are encouraged and supported. Junior Artists (entering grades 1, 2, Middlesex School Summer Arts and 3) spend mornings sampling visual arts, theater/music, and recreation. After lunch and the noontime show, Junior Artists attend their choice of afternoon courses. Creative Artists (entering grades 4 through 11) design their own schedule based on their areas of interest. Choices include music, dance, technical theater, visual arts, ceramics, recreation, theater, singing, and photography. All three- and five-week campers can also participate in a full-scale theatrical production. Our Apprentice Program is exclusive to campers entering grade 11 who wish to specialize in a particular art. Apprentices are paired with an instructor in their area of interest and also have the opportunity to participate in the full array of classes and our theatrical productions. All instructors are professional artists/educators whose enthusiasm and experience energize the camp. In 2018 MSSA will celebrate our 33rd season of nurturing creative campers. We hope you will join us at MSSA—Where Creative Minds Play!

Roxbury Latin Summer
West Roxbury, MA | 617-477-058 |

Summer at Roxbury Latin means growth and skill-building, fun and excitement, making new friends, and doing what you love. With more than 25 athletic, academic, and artistic enrichment programs to choose from, students from in and around Boston can spend summer days honing skills in a favorite sport, developing experiments in a biotech laboratory, learning the basics of Latin, writing songs, making movies, practicing test- taking skills, or exploring the outdoors. Boys and girls, ages 5 through 18, can create and investigate, learn new skills, or further develop their interests on Roxbury Latin’s beautiful and intimate 117-acre campus in West Roxbury. RL Summer programs are conducted with the same expertise and dedication that the school offers its own students throughout the academic year. The program is flexible, offering a broad range of full- and half-day programs, which you can mix and match to create your child’s own, rich summer experience. Offering extended day care, we promise you and your child a safe, fun, and enriching summer experience. Explore the site, learn what RL Summer is all about, and join us in 2018.

YMCA of Greater Boston
Boston, MA | (617) 927-8060 |

At the Y, we offer a camp program for everyone— boys and girls ages 5 to 12. From day and overnight to family and specialty camps, our 131 camps throughout greater Boston and New Hampshire meet each community’s diverse needs. Our energetic, dedicated camp staff focus on helping youth develop by experiencing accomplishment, building friendships, and creating a unique sense of belonging. Above all, we make summer fun. We recognize the importance of incorporating summer learning into our camp day. Research shows that by providing access to out-of- school physical and learning activities, kids are less likely to fall behind academically during summer. That’s why literacy and STEM activities are a part of the Y summer experience. Additionally, children spend their days creating with arts and crafts, exploring science and technology, swimming, participating in field trips, exploring nature, learning about our many cultures. As a leader in providing summer camp for over 130 years, our Y camp programs offer a fun, unique experience that gives children and teens the opportunity to have their best summer ever, by meeting new friends, exploring nature, discovering new interests, being physically active and creating memories that last a lifetime. Visit the website listed above for open house dates.

Pingree Day Camp
South Hamilton, MA | 978-468-4415 ext. 274 |

For over 30 years, our day camp has offered one of the best and most comprehensive summer programs on the North Shore. Located on Pingree School’s 100-acre campus, the camp offers a gymnasium, swimming pool, athletics fields, pond (for kayaking), computer labs, theater, and dance, music, and arts classrooms. All campers develop skills and confidence, increase self- esteem, and most importantly, have fun. Children from preschool through eighth grade are welcome and grouped with their peers: Little Wonders for preschool and kindergarten, Rainbows for grades 1-5, Explorers for grades 6-7, and Adventurers for grade 8. Scheduled activities begin at 9 a.m. and run through 3:30 p.m. with drop-off and pick-up at 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., respectively. Campers can be picked up early at 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. Every other Friday, campers put on a morning show for family and friends. Lunch and snacks are provided. The letter of one parent, Stephanie, says it all: “Sam’s having a total blast at camp! This is his first exposure to camp and I don’t think it could be at a better place. We love Pingree camp!” Visit the website to register. Earlybird registrations save 5 percent until March 31.

Bay Farm Montessori Academy
Duxbury, MA | 781-934-7101 |

Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury offers a wonderful summer program that features creative arts, cooking, drama, tennis skills, swimming, and various field sports. Our summer sessions are tailored to children ages 18 months to 12 years and managed by a summer staff made up of experienced, certified teachers. This year’s program runs weekly from June 11-August 17. Program hours are 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There are 3-day and 5-day programs. To accommodate the needs of working parents, Bay Farm also provides care for early drop-off and late pick-ups. Bay Farm will also host a summer theater workshop, featuring MTI’s “Seussical the Musical”. This musical will give students of all skill levels entering grades 1-8 the chance to learn a variety of theater skills, from acting and singing to set and costume design. Children will be involved in a full theatrical production, complete with costumes, sets, musical numbers, and choreography. Families will be invited to attend the one-hour performances held during the last week of the summer theater session. Summer Theater Workshop dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 19-August 11 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. A detailed brochure with program descriptions is available on our website. Bay Farm is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE).

Summer’s Edge Day Camp
Lexington, MA | 781-391-EDGE |

If you’re looking for a camp experience where building character and community is just as important as learning how to swim or play tennis, then you should check out the Summer’s Edge experience. Established in 1991, Summer’s Edge Day Camp is an ACA Accredited Camp for campers ages 3 1/2 to 14. The camp features a wide range of sports, daily swim lessons and free swim, arts and crafts, and classic camp events, including a carnival day, movie nights, talent show, Olympic games, tennis tournament, and so much more. Summer’s Edge Tennis School offers the SWING & SWIM® Program for players ages 6 to 14 with flexible, one-week, full- day sessions, half-day sessions, or single-day options. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; extended day services are available from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also, check out our new half-day program for preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Westwood, MA | 781-326-1770 |

Summer camp traditions live on at Hale. Located in nearby Westwood and Dover, Hale’s 1,137 acres of adventure feature 20+ miles of trails, two ropes courses, four ponds, and multiple beaches. Its expansive wilderness campus allows children and families to feel like they’ve spent the day exploring new frontiers even as they return home in time to exchange tales of adventure over dinner. Two programs in particular—Hale Day Camp (HDC) and Hale Summer Club (HSC)—offer classic camp activities that are Boston Parent Family Favorites. Both programs provide swimming and boating lessons with American Red Cross-certified lifeguards and water safety instructors. Other activities include archery, arts and crafts, field games, hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor skills. HDC runs traditional two-week camps, four- and eight- week leadership camps for teens, and specialty camps for outdoor adventures and mountain biking. Enrollment includes bus transportation from a host of surrounding communities. HSC offers fun for the whole family with programs tailored for specific age groups. Services and activities for parents include babysitting, yoga, and aqua aerobics. Pass holders enjoy access to its gated beach, activities, and lessons, and admission to special events. A pillar of outdoor education in the Greater Boston Area for 100 years, Hale has stood the test of time. Anyone who is passionate about old-fashioned fun in the great outdoors is wise to join the tens of thousands of people it serves every year.

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