As busy moms ourselves, we know that finding summer camps in and around Boston is often high on your to-do list! We are so fortunate to live in an area where camp options abound. But how do you decide which one is the right fit? Are there camps you haven’t thought of or discovered yet? When are the registration dates, and how do you find one that fits the interests of each of your children?
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 Boston + Beyond, brought to you in part by LINX Camps and NEOC provides the insight you need to plan a fun and stress-free summer.
We are grateful to each of the camps that elected to sponsor this guide for a featured listing, and we encourage you to scroll to the bottom to see a COMPREHENSIVE list of more than 100 local summer camp options! Looking for other ideas for a fun summer? Start here!
NEOC connects campers to nature with programming that encourages their personal interests. It is a throwback to vintage summer camps where children explored and played outside at an easy pace and without any technology at all.
NEOC’s campus is the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, an expansive property that includes river access, trails, forested areas, gardens, and the opportunity for campfires. Camp activities include canoeing, archery, hiking, orienteering, outdoor survival skills, gardening, arts and crafts, music, cooking, games, sports, and wellness. As the camp welcomes campers ages 3-15, all of these activities are offered as age appropriate. A camp culture of inclusion and appreciation allows for friendships to blossom and for campers to mentor one another. As campers grow at NEOC, they will be encouraged to wonder about, investigate, and build their understanding of nature.
NEOC connects campers age 3 – 15, to nature with activities that spark their excitement, curiosity, and individuality! Campers love discovering new passions and talents during activities like archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, games, gardening, hiking and more. Runs June 12th – Sept 1st, 9am – 4pm.
Based on the Dana Hall School campus in Wellesley, LINX Camps proudly serves the Greater Boston area with premier camps for kids age 3-15, including junior (half and full day), general, adventure, empowerment, performing arts, sports, and STEAM camps. These fun-filled, enriching, and innovative summer programs are rich with traditions and choices. The expert staff recognize each camper’s strengths to support the growth of younger campers while building character in older ones. The flexible sessions make for an all-encompassing experience that creates an inclusive community in which everyone thrives.
When you send your child to LINX Camps in 2023, they will experience just how special each summer there can be! LINX Camps proudly serves the greater Boston area with premier camps for kids age 3 – 15 including junior (half and full day), general, adventure, performing arts, sports, and STEAM camps.
These fun-filled, enriching, and innovative summer programs are rich with traditions and choices. The expert staff recognizes each camper’s strengths to support the growth of younger campers while building character in older ones. Flexible sessions make for an all-encompassing experience that creates an inclusive community in which everyone thrives.
Every summer, 7-15-year-olds embrace Creative Arts at Park to explore and experience a full range of visual and performing arts and sports. On the beautiful Park School campus, campers create their own schedules from a variety of classes in visual arts, dance, theatre, music, video, computers, photography, writing, and sports. Under the guidance of professional artists and educators, children discover talents and develop skills that will provide life-long enjoyment. CAAP is truly an unforgettable arts experience – and a place to grow, find friendship, and have lots of fun! View 2023 Dates and Rates and Register online at www.creativeartsatpark.org.
Hale’s ACA-accredited summer camps—Hale Day Camp, Hale Adventure Camp, and Hale Mountain Biking Camp—serve ages 4 and up and start filling as early as October, so check availability and be sure to join a waitlist if the program you’re interested in is currently at capacity. Older campers thrive in Teen Camp: Canoe competitions, extended time on the ropes course and archery range, an overnight campout at Hale, and a trip to Nantasket Beach round out laid-back sessions led by counselors who act as mentors and friends. Youth Leadership Development Programs prepare future
Established in 1971, Brooks School Summer Programs has earned the reputation as New England’s leader in summer programs. The historic 251-acre campus in North Andover bustles with young campers, theater enthusiasts, academically focused students, and aspiring leaders. More than just a summer camp, Brooks is the flexible option offering day camp, theater camp, summer school, and teen leadership development. In addition, convenient transportation throughout the Merrimack Valley and North Shore makes Brooks the perfect option to accommodate working parents and busy schedules. Summer programs operate from June 26 through August 18, 2023, with various start and end dates per program.
Branches at Meadowbrook is an unparalleled set of experiences that gives kids an opportunity to learn, explore, and create in a safe, supportive community. Branches offers programs for every child and every interest. Campers is their traditional day camp, with swimming, sports, music, and more. Mazemakers lets kids choose their own collaborative courses as part of a unique community. Explorers delve into specific interests from cooking to entrepreneurship under the guidance of a specialist, while Adventurers embark on a different Boston-area trip every day. The Leaders program (grades 9-10) allows students to develop leadership skills and put them into action. Registration is now open!
Maine Camp Experience (MCE) is a community of 40 premier overnight Maine summer camps and a comprehensive camp-planning resource. MCE has coed, all girls, and all boys camps for kids ages 7-17. Each camp has a big, beautiful natural lake for daily waterfront activity. The camps feature top-notch activities, instruction, special events, trips, traditions, facilities, directors, staff, and supervision. Campers enjoy land and water sports, arts, nature, and active adventures. Kids unplug from their tech devices, have fun, make lifelong friendships, learn new skills, and gain confidence, independence, and resilience. Full summer, half summer, and shorter sessions are available. Maine Camps are the “gold standard” and many have been operating for over 100 years. Each summer, more than 20,000 kids enjoy camp in Maine. Parents also enjoy time in the “Pine Tree” state (aka “Vacationland”) when they come for Visiting Days and camp tours. Research and enroll today! www.mainecampexperience.com; 877-92-MAINE; email the Campcierge™ for free, personalized guidance: [email protected]
At the Pine Village Summer Camp, campers will jump into Spanish immersion on their adventure through Spanish-speaking countries and regions! Pine Village offers two four-week summer sessions for children from 15 months to 5 years old. If you are interested, please fill out the Pine Village Summer Camp inquiry form to receive more information.
As with the school year, families can choose anywhere from two- to five-day schedules. Each day, children and teachers will embark on a magnificent imaginary journey to explore Spanish-speaking countries and experience life as a child in a different country. Activities include dancing and crafts, cooking, and games.
BLI offers award-winning programs in Medicine, Engineering, Science, and Business in Wellesley, Waltham, and Boston. Three-week research programs include Biomedical & Surgical Research, Astrophysics, Finance, Electronics & Robotics, and more. These are competitive admissions and provide valuable credentials for college applications. One-week options, available for both middle school and high school students, include Intro to Surgery, Forensics, Architecture, and Investment Banking. These are ideal for students who would like to try out areas of STEM that they don’t often see in high school. Day and residential options are available for both three-week and one-week programs.
Make 2023 a summer to remember! Build an arcade game, program a robot, or write an original song! Learn wilderness survival skills, tackle LEGO design challenges, and create your own augmented reality game! At Acera, children nurture their natural desire to inquire, create, innovate and experiment – developing kids’ leadership and self-esteem through STEM skill building, artistic expression, and project-based learning. Acera’s Summer Programs enable kids ages 5 and older to take on enticing projects, from electronic art and robotics to woodworking and science experiments. Sessions run mornings, afternoons, or full days. Learn more at aceraschool.org.
Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge of their own learning experience. Kids choose from a variety of activities in real-time, including sewing, coding, maker crafts, baking, sports, and more! As kids try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of the world with creativity and confidence.
Families can buy any number of days, to use at any time–no weekly reservations required. Or, buy a Summer Pass, which covers the whole season. Either way, any unused Passes are automatically refunded at summer’s end.
Ages: 4–12 | Lunch, snacks & all hours (8am–6pm) included.Boston-Hyde Park
Jun 19 – Aug 4 Boston Trinity| 17 Hale St. Boston, MA 02136
Jun 26 – Aug 25 Boston-Fenway Emmanuel College | 400 Fenway Boston, MA 02115
Jun 19 – Aug 25 Saint Theresa Catholic School | 192 Summer Street Somerville, MA 02143
Summer should be a time for children and teenagers to explore, learn, grow and – above all else – have FUN. CRS Summer programs have something for every camper. Whether you’re returning for another season of CRCAP or you’re interested in trying something new (or both!), we hope you find everything you need on these summer camp pages. Still have questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out or schedule a tour to learn more. We can’t wait to see you this summer!
|Crest Collaborative||Programming for ages 3 to 22 that have moderate to intensive/severe developmental delays or multiple disabilities.||Andover|
|Rising Hope Farm||Inclusion Equestrian Program||Attleboro|
|Camp Triumph||For children with ADHD, Executive Functioning Disorder, Aspergers, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Pragmatic Language Deficit, and Anxiety Disorders.||Bedford|
|ABLE Berklee||Summer Music Program for Musicians with Disabilities for children ages 9 – 17.||Boston|
|Camp Shriver||A Free Inclusive Summer Camp for Children with and without Disabilities.||Boston|
|Camp Joy||Available to Boston residents with disabilities, ages 3 – 15, and their siblings, ages 3 – 7.||Boston|
|Franciscan Hospital||Adaptive Sports Camp||Brighton|
|Camp Rainbow||Serving young people with disabilities, ages 6-22.||Cambridge|
|MGH Aspire Program||For individuals ages 5 – adult with diagnoses including, but not limited to, Asperger’s Syndrome , High Functioning Autism, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, anxiety disorder, or similar social-cognitive profile.||Charlestown|
|Pathfinders Dedham||Dedicated to providing recreational opportunities for the special needs citizens of Dedham and our surrounding communities||Dedham|
|Camp Blue||For children ages 6 – 17 with Autism Spectrum Disorders||Fairhaven|
|F.U.S.E.||Lexington + Norwood|
|Bina Farm||Inclusive equine summer program for children with and without special needs, including siblings.||Lexington + Wellesley|
|Boston Ability Center – Therapy Intensive||For children ages 3-10 with neuromuscular impairments.||Natick|
|Caroll Camp||Summer youth programs for children ages 8-13 who are blind and visually impaired.||Newton|