Camp Resource List 2017
Partners Child Care Summer Programs
The MGH and BWH Backup Child Care Centers: offer flexible summer programming including daily or week-long Vacation Clubs and Summer Fun Days. Programming includes a variety of child centered activities that take advantage of the outdoors and the greater Boston area such as: visits to local playgrounds, picnics in the park, outdoor games, field trips and arts and crafts. Visit their website for details and eligibility requirements.
Camp Search Websites
The American Camping Association: Free information and referral service to parents and campers interested in overnight camps throughout New England. (781-541-6080)
Boston Parents Paper Kids’ Camp Directory: A virtual camp directory to search for summer camp, private schools and class options.
Campsource: Free referral service for summer camps (primarily overnight) and teen programs in the US and abroad. Experienced staff dedicated to simplifying the camp selection process at no cost and with no obligation. (617-244-3316)
Mass Audubon: At Mass Audubon's summer camp programs, children spend time outdoors, discover the natural world, meet new friends, play noncompetitive games and have fun! There are 17 day camps from the Berkshires to the Cape & Islands. They also have an overnight, in Rindge, New Hampshire.
Student Camp and Trip Advisory: (617-558-7005 or 800-542-1233) This website has teen and overnight summer camps, academic enrichment, cross country travel, wilderness trips, community service/enviromental projects and worldwide touring resources. They will do a free search based on your child’s needs/interests. http://www.campadvisors.com
Massachusetts Recreational Camps
Massachusetts Recreational Camps are licensed by the local board of health in the community where the camp is located. The following link is to the MA Department of Public Health brochure describing Recreational Camps in MA: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/environmental/sanitation/recreational-camps-faqs-parents.pdf.
The Massachusetts City and Town Directory lists all MA towns/cities alphabetically on their website. This is where you can find information about what recreational camps may be offered in your town. (Check the Parks and Recreation Department).
Boys and Girls Club- in a community near you
Many Boys and Girls Clubs offer summer camps and programs for children and teens which are fun, educational and safe. Type in your zip code and go http://bgca.org/Pages/index.aspx or try calling the Boys and Girls Club in your neighborhood to see if they offer summer programs.
YMCA Nearly two dozen Y day camp and summer program experiences are offered around the Boston metro area, ensuring kids have a fun and exciting summer! At the Y, kids spend the day creating arts and crafts, exploring science and technology, swimming, participating in field trips, exploring nature, learning about our many cultures and making new friends and memories. Summer learning, including literacy activities, is also part of the Y summer experience. Type in your zip code or try calling the YMCA in your neighborhood to locate and see if they provide summer camps. http://ymca.net/
A list of co-ed, boys and girls resident camps which are located in different parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The summer section of the city of Boston’s website
Boston Navigator: The place to search for youth programs in Boston.
Boston Schools Summer Activities
Summer Stuff Jr. (Elementary School)
Summer Stuff Sr. (Middle School and High School)
Youth and Community Centers for Massachusetts Youth
Youth and community centers offer a variety of after-school and summer programs such as sports and fitness, the arts, homework help, technology training, game rooms, health education, leadership training, camping, and teen centers. Centers are open to children of all faiths, ages and incomes.
Boston Centers for Youth and Families
Aspire/Youth Care – Massachusetts General Hospital
MGH Aspire helps children, teens, and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related social profile make social connections and develop independence.
Dr Hallowell’s Summer Family Camp
Psychiatrist and ADHD expert, Dr Edward Hallowell, hosts a weeklong day camp in Michigan for students 5th – 12th grade and their parents the week of July 17 - 21, 2017.
Girl Scout Camp: All campers will take part in all-camp activities, crafts, songs, games, swimming and more! Daily schedules vary based on the weekly theme, grade level, and girl interest. Some of the themes for day camp are: Art Express, Fantasy Camp, Go Cook and Artsy Smartsy. Overnight camp themes are: Mermaids (swim, boat, play water games), Fireflies (fairy houses, search for mermaids), Teddy Bear Cam, Snazzy Snackers, CSI: CGE Investigate, Splish Splash, Camp Hogwarts, Kaleidoscope Sampler, Foodies, Slimy Scientist and Star Chasers
Central Western MA http://www.gscwm.org/en/camp/camp---outdoors.html
Eastern MA http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/summer-camp.html
Southeastern NE: http://www.gssne.org/en/camp/Camp.html (If link is not working please call (401) 331-4500.)
Boy Scout Camp: Massachusetts has 20 Boy Scout camps throughout the state. This link will provide you with the names of the Towns in which they are located and contact information to learn more about the individual camps. http://www.usscouts.org/databases/camp/ocd.cgi
Days in the Arts (DARTS): Each summer since 1968 in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the BSO operates the Days in the Arts residential education program that invites middle school students from across Massachusetts to gather together to explore the arts. DARTS offers students the opportunity to spend five of their summer days immersed in the arts, engaged in intensive arts workshops and to experience a variety of partner cultural organizations throughout the Berkshires.
Special Needs Camps: Two websites with lists of Massachusetts camps for children with special needs. Lists include diabetes, asthma, life threatening illnesses, developmental problems.
Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program
Tenacity serves over 5,000 Boston and Worcester youth at neighborhood sites each summer, providing tennis and structured reading sessions designed to keep children’s minds and bodies active while preparing them for school in the fall.
Boston Summer and Tennis and Reading Program
Worcester summer and Tennis and Reading Program
The Courageous Youth Program does so much more than just teach sailing. At Courageous they aim to transform kids’ lives through the sport of sailing. Their instruction team works to foster a love of sailing, adventure and the outdoors. They give students the values, skills and confidence that they will need to thrive in their communities and their lives.
Camperships: Many camps have programs where they offer free or reduced camp enrollment based on family income. This is often referred to as a campership. If you are looking for some financial assistance for summer camp you need to start looking as early as January. Contact the camp your child is interested in and inquire if they have any camperships, if there is an application process and when the application is due.
Cambridge Camping Association: (617-864-0960) Cambridge Camping Association is a non-profit organization that has a day camp in Cambridge and overnight camps that have fees based on a sliding scale. A week of day camp can cost as little as $50 a week depending on income. Some eligibility is limited to Cambridge residents only. Application fee is put toward camp cost.
There are charitable organizations called fraternal organizations that may also provide financial assistance. View the following links to find a club near you: Lions Club, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Rotary Club.
Hale Reservation: Offsite at the beautiful Hale Reservation, this camp offers an enriching outdoor experience featuring swimming, boating, sports, archery, crafts, a rope course, nature activities and hiking. Join the fun and build character, self-confidence and responsibility. Some of the programs listed below have camperships at Hale.
Hale Reservation Day Camp
Waltham Boys and Girls Club Camp
Watertown Boys and Girls Club Camp
South Shore STARS
Camp Grossman – Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston
Bird Street Community Center
Disclaimer: These listings do not constitute an endorsement by Partners EAP as we do not do screen each resource. Employees must use their own judgment as to whether the camp and/or resource would be appropriate for their family.
If you would like to talk to a Partners EAP Consultant for assistance with issues related to child care, please call 866-724-4EAP.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 08/28/2017