As busy moms ourselves, we know that finding summer camps in and around Boston is on the top of many moms’ lists of things to figure out. We’ve seen the posts all over social media asking for camp recommendations, and we’ve been right there with you having the conversations, trying to figure out how to make sure our kids have the best summer possible.
While we long for the lazy days of summer, we also know there are childcare and entertainment needs week after week. We hope this guide to summer camps in and around the Boston area, brought to you by Mass Audubon’s Wild at Art Camp and Dexter Southfield Summer Camp, provides the insight you need to plan a fun and stress-free summer.
Wild at Art Camp
Give your child the chance to experience the transformative power of art and nature! The Wild at Art Camp unique camp setting — part wildlife sanctuary, part art museum and studio — inspires creativity, promotes well-being, and enhances connections to nature. The Wild at Art Camp provides a safe, fun-filled camp experience specially designed to foster a child’s creativity, sense of wonder, and bond with nature. Campers have fun and build lasting friendships as naturalists, teaching artists, and trained counselors lead them in outdoor explorations and creative art projects, including pottery, painting, mixed media, printmaking, and much more.
One- and two-week sessions blend art, nature, science, and engineering for a stimulating experience. Camp staff are selected for their compassion, enthusiasm, creativity, and ability to work with children in an outdoor setting. Most of our counselors are college students or graduates pursuing a career in art or environmental sciences, while professional art educators plan and direct camp art activities.
Dexter Southfield Summer Camp
Dexter Southfield believes that all children should be campers, because the power of a summer camp experience is life changing. Summer camp builds character, self-esteem, and is a great way to meet friends and, of course, have fun!
The key to a successful summer camp experience is exposure to a variety of camps and programs that inspire creativity, happiness, and excitement. With 13 different program offerings available to children 3.5-14 years old, Dexter Southfield has a camp for every child. When you enroll in Dexter Southfield Summer Camp, you will receive exceptional customer service and enjoy the benefits of faculty-driven school buses, best-in-class facilities, and a highly-trained staff. Above all else, your child will laugh, learn, and grow.
Camp Bauercrest is a traditional overnight sports camp for boys located in Amesbury, MA, about 40 miles north of Boston on the beautiful shores of Lake Attitash. Since 1931, Bauercrest has been providing a safe, meaningful, and fun experience for generations of campers. Camp Bauercrest’s mission is to build independence and self-esteem, both on and off the field, using the S.T.A.R. Principles: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Achievement, and Responsibility. Camp Bauercrest believes the summer camping experience is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child, and the friendships made at Bauercrest truly do last “for a lifetime.”
Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K–6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex, and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles, and be confident in their innovative ideas. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).
iD Tech Camps for Kids & Teens
iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 450,000 alumni and 20+ years of experience. Weeklong, day and overnight programs for ages 7-18 held at 150+ prestigious campuses including Bentley, Curry, Olin, Caltech, and NYU. Kids and teens learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Students explore a top campus with new friends, learn from world-class instructors, and create impressive projects for their portfolios. Small class sizes are guaranteed (no more than 10 students per instructor) to ensure proper pacing for all skill levels
Held at Bentley, Curry, and Olin College of Engineering June – August
Maine Camp Experience
Experience the magic of Maine! Give your kids the opportunity to have fun, make lifelong friendships, learn new skills, unplug from their tech devices, connect with nature, gain confidence and independence, and more at the best overnight summer camps in the country! Maine Camp Experience is a community of 30+ premier Maine camps and a comprehensive camp-planning resource. Located throughout the state of Maine, the camps are each situated on beautiful lakes and offer top-notch activities, instruction, trips, and traditions. Maine is an easy trip from Boston for campers to attend; and parents, too, get to enjoy Maine (a.k.a. “Vacationland”) during visiting day weekends. These amazing camps are for kids ages 7–17, are either coed or single gender, and feature sessions from 2–8 weeks. Many families choose to tour a few camps the summer before attending. Let the Campcierge™ help you find the best camp for your kids: [email protected]
LINX Camps offers over 40 premier camps that are perfect for your family! LINX Camps provides fun-filled, enriching, and innovative summer programs that are rich with traditions and choices. LINX Camps’ expert staff recognizes each campers’ strengths to support the growth of younger campers while building character in older ones. The flexible sessions and extensive services provided make for an all-encompassing experience that creates an inclusive community in which everyone thrives.
Real Madrid Soccer Camps
Soccer summer camp in Boston carried by Real Madrid Foundation is a unique and exciting opportunity to improve your soccer skills under the direction of UEFA licensed coaches, have serious fun, and make new friends.
Real Madrid worldwide recognized methodology
Real Madrid Adidas Foundation Uniform
Reduced groups to ensure training quality
Players grouped by level
High-quality full pitches
Dates: July 6–10
Location: Hellenic College and Holy Cross
Boys and Girls 6 to 15yo — players and goalkeepers
*$399 Early bird discount until January 31
Orchard Hill Equestrian Center
Ride horses, make friends, and have fun at Orchard Hill Summer Camp! Horseback riding is a sport where kids build confidence, make friends, and have lots of outdoor fun! Summer camp is an ideal starting place for many years of learning and enjoyment with horses.
Orchard Hill’s day camp is open to girls and boys ages 6 through 13. Campers team up with one of the farm’s gentle school horses or ponies and learn to care for their equine partner while socializing with other horse-crazy kids. Daily riding lessons are tailored to each student’s riding ability .
Between mounted rides, kids learn horse anatomy and horse care, enjoy lunch and snacks, practice vaulting, and create equine-inspired arts and crafts — all on our 70+ acre farm.
2020 schedule (one-week sessions): July 6–10, July 13–17, July 20–24, July 27–31, Aug 3–7, Aug 10–14
Pricing: 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday, $475/week
9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday, $525/week
Mass Audubon Summer Camps
Mass Audubon summer camps (multiple locations statewide) offer summer adventures in the great outdoors! Mass Audubon offers day and overnight camp options for ages 3.5 to 17, and adventure, travel, and leadership sessions for teens. Campers have fun and explore nature at wildlife sanctuaries and beyond.
Dates: June 17–August 26
Hours + rates vary by location.
“It’s a tremendously well-run camp. There is a special, relaxed, happy, thoughtful, caring feel throughout. It’s a welcoming place for kids to grow and feel a sense of belonging.” — 2019 Camp Parent
BC High Summer Programs
Summer at BC High is located on the beautiful BC High School campus on Morrisey Blvd. in Boston, a five-minute walk from the Red Line and Commuter Rail train stops at JFK/UMass. Campers entering grades 5–11 will experience a wide variety of sports camps, academic courses, and specialty camps instructed by highly educated teachers and state champion coaches. Join for an enriching summer June 22–August 14, 2020, for SAT test prep, college essay and the Common App, baseball, basketball, and football camps, art camp, cooking camp, and so much more! Visit BC High’s summer pages on their website for more information and to register.
Boston College BIRDBALL Youth Baseball Camps
Boston College BIRDBALL Youth Baseball Camps provides a fun learning environment for all of our campers while teaching the fundamentals of baseball. We promote, develop and assist in the development of each camper in all aspects in the game for children between the ages of 6 and 12. We accommodate players of all ability levels from the novice player to the more advanced youth player. Our program stresses and develops the qualities of citizenship, discipline, integrity, courage, teamwork and physical well-being. Through our program campers will not only enjoy themselves but they will be building skills that will help them achieve their goals and thrive, both as teammates and as citizens. Camps run from July 6th-10th, July 13th-17th & July 20th-24th, 2020
Leaders 4SC is a set of two week-long workshops for middle school students on leadership, communication, decision-making, and advocacy. The workshop aims to train the next generation of civic leaders: members of a community who actively participate in society.
Public Speaking: Students will receive practice and instruction on developing good public speaking habits and crafting a rhetorically powerful speech.
Argumentative Writing: Students will work on developing a persuasive and well-reasoned editorial (op-ed style) article on a topic of interest to them.
Current Events: Each week students will discuss topics directly pertains to the students, as well as, national, global, and futuristic topics.
Interdisciplinary: Students will be exposed to topics in philosophy, psychology, economics, sociology, history, civics, statistics, and more!
Speaking Focus Week: July 13th to July 17th
Hale Day Camp
Hale’s 1,137 acres of adventure in nearby Westwood and Dover feature 20+ miles of trails, two ropes courses, four ponds, and multiple beaches. They’re home to ACA-accredited Hale Day Camp and Boston’s best family camp, Hale Summer Club.
Hale Day Camp offers experiences that inspire exploration, promote growth, and empower campers to develop as individuals as they establish friendships and build community. The Traditional Camp features classic camp activities for campers age 4–12, and the Adventure Camp features tracks in hiking and mountain biking for ages 9–13. A four- and eight-week Counselor-in-Training program is also available.
All campers enjoy swimming and boating lessons with American Red Cross-certified lifeguards and water safety instructors, as well as archery, arts and crafts, field games, and more. HDC’s signature hobby time encourages kids to explore new interests, and its new STEAM activities ensure campers continue to learn as they have fun. Select sessions already have waitlists for 2020, so don’t delay if you plan to register. All payments and forms are due by May 1. Free transportation is included.
Hale also offers a family program you may have seen on WCVB’s Chronicle: Hale Summer Club. In addition to swimming and boating lessons, it includes childcare, adult classes in yoga and aqua aerobics, and access to special events throughout the season.
JCC Summer and Vacation Camps
When’s school’s out, the fun begins! At JCC Greater Boston Summer and Vacation Camps, children can experience the magic and excitement of overnight and day camp. Attend one of our day camps: Camp Grossman, a traditional camp experience; Camp Kaleidoscope, an arts and science camp; and Camp Thrive, which offers one-week programs centered around health and wellness, tennis, theater, and swim. Or explore Camp Kingswood, a traditional overnight camp in Southern Maine. Summer preschool and school vacation programs are also available. Find the camp that’s perfect for your child and family today at JCC Greater Boston!
Join JCC Greater Boston Summer and Vacation Camps on Sunday, February 9, or Sunday, March 22, for the JCC All Camps Fair! Staff members from all camps will be there to answer your questions and register your children for camp.
Pine Village "Avion Imaginario"
Pine Village is a highly respected Spanish Immersion School for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Founded in 2001, Pine Village Preschool offers parents of toddlers and preschoolers a modern approach to child development where the seeds of creativity, acceptance and inclusion are planted and encouraged to grow. We have 10 schools throughout the Greater Boston area including: Brighton, Brookline, 2 in Jamaica Plain, Kendall Square, Needham, Newton, Newton Highlands, Porter Square and South End.
The Skating Academy Summer Camp
Skate to your midsummer dreams and enhance your skills at The Skating Academy Summer Camp at Babson College! The campus at Babson College provides campers an oasis of outdoor green spaces, indoor studios for off-ice activities, a fully staffed cafeteria serving a broad selection of nutritional meals, and a full-size ice rink! Each week at Summer Camp focuses on sets of skills unique to figure skating that skaters will learn and practice with world-class coaches from The Skating Club of Boston.
The Skating Academy Summer Camp is staffed by U.S. Figure Skating certified coaches, a licensed registered athletic trainer, and counselors from The Skating Club of Boston. At the end of each week, skaters will join friends for an exhibition, showcasing all they learned during their week of summer fun!
Hill House Boston
On June 15, Hill House’s team of administrators and fun-loving summer staff will kick-off our 21st summer of camp for ages 3-12, along with our popular LIT program for 13-15 year olds. Weekly themes, a balance between structure and play, field trips, and age-appropriate daily activities promise a well-rounded experience. Our goal is simple – to provide each family with a high-quality, safety-conscious summer OUTDOORS in downtown Boston, while instilling confidence and encouraging friendships.
Registration opened for the public 1/16. Register now as some weeks are over 70% full already!
Kidstock! Creative Theater
Kidstock! Creative Theater summer programs provide a variety of options, fun, and flexibility for kids ages 4–12 and pre-teens and teens ages 12–15 to explore creative theater, develop acting skills in a low-pressure environment, and work together to create a fully staged show at the end of each session. The Kidstock! summer schedule is flexible for all families and calendars with individual day sessions at the beginning and end of the summer and one-week sessions throughout the heart of the season. There are also morning and afternoon extended-day options for busy families.
Each week, programs will explore a different theme. Summer programs are divided by age group to participate in unique and age-appropriate lessons plans, combining drama with art, movement, and music to help students create their own original presentation. Check the website for specific descriptions on each age-appropriate program, example schedules of the day, and information on school year opportunities and custom birthday parties.
Community Boating Youth Sailing
Community Boating (Boston) offers sailing, paddling, and windsurf classes, STEM lessons, games, and other activities to Greater Boston’s youth. What better way to spend a summer than learning to sail and making new friends in the heart of the city? This program fosters independence, problem solving, confidence, volunteerism, and leadership. It is located on the esplanade near MGH and the Hatch Shell. *Ages: 10–17. Dates: June 15–August 21. Hours: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Rate: sliding scale from $1–375.