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Welcome to the Boston Mamas 2018 Summer Camp Guide! We created this guide as a helpful resource for Massachusetts families. All camps were welcome to submit a free listing (so if you don't see a camp you know and love, it means they did not submit their information...tell them to get in touch with us!). Any camps including a graphic treatment/testimonial opted to upgrade their listing through sponsorship. The information on this page was provided to us earlier this year by the camps; check their websites for the latest information. Happy camp exploring!
Delphi Academy Summer Camp (Milton, MA) offers the perfect balance of fun and learning. Daily reading and writing enrichment gives campers the edge they need for school. The rest of the day is filled with swimming, science, art and lots of outside game time. Six year olds and above enjoy weekly Friday beach trips! *Ages: 3-12. Dates: June 25-August 10. Hours: 8:30am-5pm (extended hours starting 7:30am). Rate: 4 weeks ($1,540), 5 weeks ($1,875), 6 weeks ($2,190), 7 weeks ($2,450) [Sibling discounts available. BostonMamas up to $150 off if signed up by 3/30. Discount starts at $75 for 4-weeks and goes up depending on number of weeks signed up].
"My girls have been going to Delphi Academy Summer Camp for 3 years now. They absolutely love the camp, the teachers and camp counselors. I love that they offer a reading program that keeps the kids up to speed during the summer."
Education Unlimited (Cambridge, Medford) offers academic and creative arts camps to 4th-12th graders. We believe that a summer spent in an enriching program that is fun and engaging is a great supplement to school year learning. Our programs are at Tufts and MIT. *Ages: 10-18. Dates: July 8-August 3. Hours: MIT 9am-5pm, Tufts 9a-9p or overnight.
Wordsmith Express (Wellesley, MA) is a small-group summer writing program for elementary students. Spending one to two hours a day in the world of words, students will gain valuable writing skills while unleashing their creativity in a lively and collaborative small-group setting. *Ages: 5-10. Dates: Running throughout the summer. Hours: 9am-11am, 3pm-5pm (extended hours: 8am-11am, 3pm-6pm). Rate: $400/week, 10% sibling discount or for early registration (Boston Mamas family receive 10% discount using coupon code: BMF10).
ADVENTURE + OUTDOOR SKILLS CAMPS
Rugged Adventures (Stowe, VT) is a leading outdoor camp that offers active day camps and unique overnight trips. During the 3-day, 2-night Stowe Backpack Adventure, campers learn valuable backpacking, camping, and mountaineering skills. *Ages: 7-12 for day camps, 9-14 for overnight trips. Dates: July 9-August 23. Hours: 9am-4pm. Rates: $379-579 depending on camp/duration.
ART, DESIGN + CREATIVITY CAMPS
Artech Girls Camp (Newton) combines art and technology in a fun and creative day camp. Girls will be able to create their own app or website while engaging in fun art projects (such as: bath bomb making, and woodworking). *Ages: 6-11. Dates: August 20-24. Hours: 8:30am-4pm. Rate: $300.
Camp Kaleidoscope (Newton, MA) is a creative Jewish day camp where summer days are filled with theater, arts, music, science, and outdoor fun. Located at JCC Greater Boston’s Leventhal-Sidman Center, Kaleidoscope is a welcoming community where kids spread their creative wings. Age range: entering K-10. Dates: June 25-August 17. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 8am-5:45pm). Rate: $518-$618/week depending on program type and weeks selected (2 week minimum). See site for other pricing details and discounts.
Camp Minni (Boston) is a new community arts center in the South End, offering eight individually themed weeks of art + design summer camp. The schedule offers rotating design themes led by artists + professional educators and daily outdoor art making and field trips to nearby artist’s studios and galleries! *Ages: 4-9. Dates: July 9-August 31. Hours: 9am-12pm. Rates: $300/week.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Visual Art Program (Natick, MA) is a three-week day program designed for artists interested in refining their skills in visual art while exploring new techniques. The three-week intensive program features a range of courses in ceramics, 2-D mixed media, sculpture, and technical drawing. *Ages: 12-17. Dates: July 23-August 10. Hours: 9am-6pm. Rate: $2,000.
Wellesley Theatre Project (Wellesley, MA) offers grade-based production camps + one-week camps for Pre-K to 12th grade. Production camps include Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark (Grades 2-8), James and the Giant Peach (Grades 2-12), and 1776: An American Musical (Grades 9-12). *Age range: 4-18. Dates: June 25-August 18. Hours: 9am-4pm (Pre-K camps are 9am-12pm). Rate: $275-$1,776 depending on program selected.
Babson Sports Camps (Wellesley, MA) understands that athletics are an integral part of a child’s development. The goal of our summer camps program is to help your child learn new skills in a specific sport, meet new friends, and have fun. *Ages: 6-17. Dates: June 11-August 10. Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm. Rate: $495 for all camps except ice hockey which is $630 (10% off for siblings in the same camp session.
Boston Soccer Academy (multiple MA locations) has been conducting summer clinics in Greater Boston since 1991. We offer coed soccer training for field players/goalkeepers grades 1-10. Sessions are directed by recent New England Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Ralph Ferrigno. *Ages: grades 1-10. Dates: June 19-August 16. Hours: 9am-4pm (half day available). Rate: $160-300 depending on program selected.
Commonwealth Circus Center Youth Summer Program (Boston) offers kids and teens the opportunity to explore aerials, ground acrobatics, juggling, clowning, performance, and more! *Ages: 5-16. Dates: July 9-August 31. Hours: 9am-3:30pm (early start time of 8:30am available). Rate: $65-525 depending on program selected (sibling and multi-week discounts: 5% off each week).
Community Boating Junior Program (Boston) offers classes in sailing, windsurfing and paddling for kids. Membership includes all classes and sailing privileges for the full summer season, daily environmental science activities, leadership opportunities, theme days, racing and more! *Age: 10-17. Dates: June 18-August 24. Hours: 8:30am-3pm. Rate: Sliding scale from $325 - $1 for a full summer membership.
GPS Soccer Camps (multiple MA locations) are taught at a level where children will be challenged while having an incredible soccer experience. Each day our professional trainers will cover a different theme to keep the players immersed in a world of soccer. *Age range: 3-14. Dates: June 25-August 31. Hours: 9-11am for 3-5 years, 9am-4pm for 6-14 years (extended hours 8:15am-4pm). Rate: $125-$325/week depending on program. Use code ZXRCXS for $30 discount.
Moe Youth Fencing Camp (Somerville) offers a great intro for kids who are new to fencing and a great booster for kids who already fence but are not competing regularly via developmentally appropriate games and fencing drills. Equipment and uniform provided by club. *Ages: 6-12. Dates: August 20-24. Hours: 10am-3:30pm (extended hours until 6pm). Rates: $110-400 (50% discount for siblings, 20% discount for one child using promo code “Beantown”).
Town of Lexington (Lexington, MA) is offering over 40 athletic lessons and clinics in archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, boating, dodgeball, flag football, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, skateboarding, soccer, street hockey, tennis, track, ultimate frisbee, Viking Warrior Ninja, and volleyball, as well as Thundercat Kiddie Cat Jam, ultimate team games, sports mania, and multi-sports options. Ages range from 3-18 and dates from June 25-August 24 depending on program selected.
Summer Fencing Camp For Beginners at Olympia Fencing Center (Cambridge) offers one-week fencing camps geared toward kids with little or no fencing experience, of all body types and athletic levels. *Age range: 6-12. Dates: July 9-13, July 23-27. Hours: 9am-3pm (extended hours until 5pm). Rate: $95/day (10% sibling discount), a minimum of 3 days required; $10.00 non-competitive USFA membership is required for all fencing activities.
Walnut Hill School of the Arts Summer Dance (Natick, MA) includes two programs: 1) A 3-week boarding or day program for ages 10-13 (July 23-August 11) including a full range of dance classes. 2) A 5-week boarding intensive for ages 13-17 (June 23-July 28) including a comprehensive ballet-based program where students take daily classes in various dance styles and physical training. Both programs are taught by world-renowned dance educators.
CLASSIC DAY CAMPS
Power Kids Summer Enrichment Program (Medford, MA) helps children support their peers and community. It’s different from other summer programs; our lead counselors are experienced classroom teachers who teach positive social skills while the kids have summertime fun. Unlock your child’s potential by enrolling them today and give your Kids the POWER to succeed. *Ages: 5-12. Dates: July 9-August 10. Hours: 9am-3pm (extended hours 8am-5pm). Rate: $289-$1289 depending on number of weeks selected (5% sibling discount).
“Power Kids was a blast! The counselors were real teachers, so they always made us feel safe. I know the friendships I made there will be ones that last.”
Arlington Community Education SummerFun! (Arlington, MA) offers full and half day programs for students of all interests. Programs are taught by experienced classroom teachers and include art, music, theater, dance, languages, nature, sports, and STEM. *Age range: grades 1-9. Dates: July 9-August 10. Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm (extended hours until 5:30pm). Rate: ~$150/week.
Beaver Summer Camp (Chestnut Hill, MA) has been educating and engaging children for 80 years. We provide the best of a traditional day camp with many specialty programs that fuel emerging interests and talents -- all in a safe, nurturing community highlighted by our exceptional staff. *Age range: 3-15. Dates: June 25-August 17. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 7:30am-6pm). Rate: information here.
Camp Grossman (Dover, MA) is vibrant Jewish day camp where summer days are filled with aquatics, sports, arts, and nature. With an amazing array of activities to choose from, everyone can explore their interests, try new things and build self-confidence. *Age range: 4.5-15. Dates: June 25-August 24. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours until 5:45pm). Rate: $517 - $572/week depending on program type and weeks selected (2 weeks minimum). See site for other pricing details and discounts.
Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp (Chestnut Hill, MA) provides numerous art, drama, music, science, sport and swim experiences for all ages. Camp experiences are tailored for different age groups and by interest; older campers have access to day excursions and on-site camp electives. *Ages: 3-15. Dates: June 25-August 17. Hours: 9am-4pm (1/2 day option for ages 3-5; extended hours: 7:45am-5:45pm. Rate: $772-$1,224/two-week session depending on option selected, 5% sibling discount.
Everwood Day Camp (Sharon, MA) immerses campers in opportunities for social and emotional growth all summer long. And the very best part is that it doesn't feel like learning - it feels like fun! Transportation INCLUDED in tuition! *Age range: 4-15. Dates: June 25-August 24. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours 7:15am-6pm). Rate: ~$645 per week (3-week minimum through primary weeks).
Fessenden Summer Camps (West Newton, MA) include a range of programs for kids. Whether in the Day Camp, the English Explorers Summer ELL program, or one of the Sports or Specialty Camps, campers participate in fun activities and learn core life skills. *Age range: 3.5-grade 10. Dates: June 11-August 24. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 8am-6pm). Rate: $455-$680/week.
Fidelity House (Arlington) offers day camp programs including activities such as sports, arts & crafts, science, computer time, talent shows, and swimming lessons. Field trips around the Boston area are available for older kids. Special basketball clinics also are available in July and August (see site for details). *Ages: entering K-9. Dates: June 25-August 17. Hours: 8am-4:30pm (extended hours until 6:30pm). Rate: $250-325/week depending on program.
Hale Day Camp (Westwood, MA) is situated on 1,130 acres of unspoiled woodlands, winding streams, extensive hiking trails and scenic ponds, and offers the perfect backdrop for a summer of outdoor exploration and learning. *Ages: 4-14. Dates: June 25-August 24. Hours: 8:30am-4pm (extended hours until 6pm). Rate: $800-1000 (discount: e-mail BMFHDC to HDC@halereservation.org to get 3% off total purchase).
Hill House Kiddie Kamp (Boston, MA) is the perfect combination of new, exciting experiences and a safe environment. Join our staff for a summer of games, crafts, stories, songs, age-appropriate athletics and outdoor fun. Your child will build confidence, independence and friendships. *Ages: 3-5. Dates: June 18-August 30. Hours: 8:30am-1:30pm. Rate: $305/week, 5% sibling discount.
JCC Specialty Camps (Newton, MA) offers specialty camp weeks for interests ranging from sports and swimming to theater and technology. Whichever camp you choose, your child gets the benefit of high-quality instructors, coaches and professionals. *Age range: 3-14. Dates: June 19-September 1. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 8am-5:45pm). Rate: $225-$645/week depending on program type and full or half day. See site for other pricing details and discounts.
LINX Camps (Wellesley, MA) provides award-winning camps (3yrs-10th grade), including Junior, General, Adventure, Performing Arts, Sports, Leadership, and STEAM. We provide a traditional day camp experience (like a sleepaway camp) that builds community and character as kids explore their interests. *Ages: 3 years-10th grade. Dates: June 18-August 27. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 8am-6pm). Rate: see website.
Monomoy Day Camp (Brewster, MA) is a traditional day camp serving most of Cape Cod. Bus and Lunch included. Semi-elective program with daily Red Cross lessons in our heated pool. Extensive activity offerings. Intro to Overnight Camping available. *Age range: 4-15. Dates: July 2-August 17. Hours: 9am-3pm. Rate: $795 per week, discount for multiple weeks.
Nobles Day Camp (Dedham, MA) is owned and operated by Noble and Greenough School, offering access to state of the art facilities and 187-acre campus. Our philosophy is to create a nurturing safe environment, concentrating on individual camper development while having fun. *Ages: 3-14. Dates: June 25-August 17. Hours: 9am-2pm/4pm (extended hours: 7am-6pm). Rate: $590-$795 depending on program choice.
Outback Summer Program (Cambridge, MA) offers daily activities in drama, sports, arts, science, dance, gardening, cooking, music, and more! Beach trips, field trips, and special events add unique opportunities. We strive for a balance of structure and freedom for a safe, fun summer. *Ages: 4-12. Dates: July 2-August 24. Hours: 8:30am-3:00pm (extended hours until 5:45). Rate: $345/week.
Roxbury Latin Summer Programs (West Roxbury) offers academic, athletic, and artistic enrichment programs, for boys and girls, at The Roxbury Latin School. *Ages: 5-18. Dates: June 18-August 16. Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm (extended hours until 4:30pm). Rate: $125-$899 depending on program selected (5% sibling discount).
Summer at Park (Brookline, MA) is an ACA accredited camp that provides PreK through 10th grade campers a safe, nurturing, and fun camp atmosphere in over 25 general or specialty day camp programs on The Park School's beautiful 34-acre campus. *Ages: 4-15. Dates: June 18-August 17. Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm (extended hours 7:30am-6pm). Rate: ~$700/week.
Tenacre Day Camp (Wellesley, MA) offers experienced staff, a nurturing environment, and excellent swim program (in NEW heated pools). In addition to our day camp, we offer one-week specialty programs (swim, sports, STEM, art, science, dance, and more). *Age range: 3-12. Dates: June 25-August 24. Hours: 8:25am-3:15pm (extended hours: 8am-6pm). Rate: $530-663/week depending on program (8-week, sibling, and referral discounts).
Town of Lexington (Lexington, MA) offers two classic day camps: Discover the Fun Day Camp, a theme-based day camp program open to children entering Grades 1-5 as of September 2018 (June 25-August 17, 8:30am-3:30pm, extended hours until 4:30pm, $230.00/week), and the Teddy Bear Picnic Preschool Program for kids ages 3-6 (June 25-August 17, 9am-12pm, extended hours until 1pm, $110/week), which includes singing and movement activities, story and project time, group games, and swimming.
INCLUSIVE + SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS
Camp Alsing (Unity, ME) is a premier, residential coed camp in Maine for kids ages 9-15 with high-functioning autism and other social challenges. Alsing's specially-trained staff guide campers to develop connections and expand their boundaries in a traditional camp setting. *Age range: 9-17. Dates: July 1-15. Rate: $3,550.
Camp Starfish (Rindge, NH) is an overnight camp that fosters the success and growth of children with emotional, behavioral, and learning problems by providing individualized attention as part of structured, nurturing and fun group programs. *Ages: 6-16. Dates: June 24-August 24. Rate: $850-$5,350 depending on the session.
Harbor Camps (NH) runs two camps: Camp Aranu'tiq for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and Camp Seneb for youth with skeletal dysplasia. *Age range: 8-15, depending on camp. Dates: June 24-August 11. Rate: $700 - $750 per week; financial aid available.
Explore Japan Summer Cultural Exchange Program (Milton, MA) is a series of 2.5-week programs where local students learn about the many facets of Japanese culture (art, language, cuisine, etc.) while hosting and spending time with visiting Japanese exchange students. *Ages: 8-18. Dates: July 23-August 8 (girls program), July 26-August 12 (boys program). Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 8am-4:30pm). Rate: See website; host one Japanese high student and one of your children participates for FREE. Families who complete their application process by March 31 will receive a $100 Amazon gift card upon completion of the program.
International School of Boston (Arlington + Cambridge, MA) gives your children a safe and fun day camp experience that they will never forget. Under the guidance of French speaking teachers, campers participate in academic, creative, and playful activities that encourage them to speak authentically. *Age range: 3-11. Dates: June 18-July 20. Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm (extended hours until 5:30pm). Rate: $550 per week_+ $11.00 an hour for extended hours.
MUSIC + THEATRE CAMPS
BCC Summer (Boston, MA) is thrilled to announce a new summer program! Led by nationally recognized choral clinicians, BCC SUMMER offers 6 individual weeks that expand your child’s horizons musically, culturally, and artistically. Each week culminates in a performance - open to the public! *Ages: 7-12. Dates: July 23-August 31. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 7:30am-6pm). Rate: $500 (basic hours).
"BCC has motivated me to be a better person. There are so many role models here. I am inspired to be like them." — Matthew A., Young Men’s Ensemble, age 14
Bach to Rock Music Camp (Wellesley, MA) makes it possible for students with no previous musical training to rock out with a band in a matter of hours. Students perform in a weekly public concert and record a CD in our state-of-the-art studios. *Ages: 4+. Dates: June 25-August 31. Hours: 9am-12pm/5pm (8:30am drop off available). Rate: $199-399 dependent on camp duration (10% sibling discount; use code SummerCampSocialDisc for 10% off).
Brookline Music School (Brookline, MA) offers diverse and exciting options for all ages including full- and half-day programs, weekly music classes, and private lessons. *Ages, dates, hours, and rates vary by program.
Keys for Kids Musical Theater Camp (Lexington, MA) offers group piano, singing, guitar, percussion, creative music theater, arts and crafts and more! Students are encouraged to explore their individuality while learning what it means to collaborate as an ensemble. *Ages: 5-12. Dates: June 25-August 24. Hours: 9am-12 or 3pm (extended hours 8am-5pm). Rate: $345-$585/one-week session (enroll in 3+ sessions for 30% off camp tuition; enroll with a friend/sibling to receive $50 off).
MRT's Young Company (Lowell, MA) is a professional theatre training program for high school students interested in all aspects of performing arts and new play development as a career. A three-week summer session is followed by year-round insider opportunities at the theatre. *Ages: entering Grades 9-12. Dates: July 16-August 3. Hours: 9am-3pm. Rate: $450 (early bird rate of $425 before May 1).
Walnut Hill School of the Arts Summer Theater Program (Natick, MA) is an intensive five-week boarding program; participants take daily classes in acting, musical theater, and dance and are cast in a play and a musical, as well as the ensemble of a second musical production. *Ages: 13-17. Dates: June 18-July 22. Rate: $5,950 for a five-week boarding program.
Allandale Farm Outdoor Summer Program (Chestnut Hill, MA) gives children a comprehensive exposure to outdoor fun and learning on a working farm in the city. Kids enjoy gardening, composting, bird and plant identification, farm animals and outdoor games in the natural environment of our farm. *Ages: 4-10. Dates: June 25-August 10. Hours: 8:45am-12pm (extended hours until 2:30pm). Rate: $475/Week (10% sibling discount).
Assabet River Camp (Sudbury, MA) offers five-day, nature-focused sessions that provide a unique behind-the-scenes look at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the refuge and get a close look at endangered species and conservation efforts. Each week will include fishing and canoeing. *Ages: entering grades 2-5. Dates: June 25-August 10. Hours: 8:30am-3pm. Rate: $460-560.
Broadmoor Nature Camp (Natick, MA) gives kids a chance to experience nature through guided outdoor explorations and nature-inspired games, activities, and crafts. They also come to understand their place in nature, as well as the importance of preserving it. *Ages: 4-14. Dates: June 25-August 17. Hours: 9am-3pm (extended hours: 8am-5:30pm). Rate: $240-1,250 depending on age/length of session.
Chatham Natural History Day Camp (Chatham, MA) offers themed weekly sessions where campers explore trails, discover tidal flats, catch frogs, experiment with science, and dabble in art. Our counselors develop a relationship with each child, creating a caring, supporting environment. *Ages: 4-13, plus LIT program for ages 14-17. Dates: July 9-August 17. Hours: 9am-12:30 or 2:30pm. Rate: $225-$425 ($65 discount to Mass Audubon members; Cape Cod resident discount of $40 off for half-day programs and $60 off for full-day camp programs.
Drumlin Farm Camp (Lincoln & Sudbury, MA) programs encourage campers to explore local habitats while connecting them to the joys and wonders of the natural landscape. *Ages: 4-17. Dates: June 18-August 17. Hours: 8:30am-3pm (extended hours 7am-6pm). $460/week (discount for Mass Audubon members)
Mass Audubon Adventure Camp at Redbrook (Plymouth, MA) inspires children's curiosity about the natural world while getting them moving outside. Campers enjoy active exploration of Redbrook's trails, bogs and special habitats and also play team, sports onsite in partnership with the Old Colony YMCA. *Ages: 4-10. Dates: July 16-27. Hours: 9am-3pm (extended hours: 7am-6pm). Rate: $240-325.
Mass Audubon's North River Nature Camp (Marshfield, MA) provides a high-quality educational experience in a welcoming, supportive environment. Our goal is to nurture each child’s curiosity and inspire them to better understand, enjoy, and appreciate the natural world. *Ages: 4.5-14. Dates: June 25-August 17. Hours: 9am-3pm (some sessions have extended hours until 4:30pm). Rate: $300/week; $20 refund for each friend referral (terms outlined on website).
Moose Hill Camp (Sharon, MA) offers weekly sessions where campers discover the sanctuary, get dirty in farm fields, catch frogs by the pond, experiment with science, dabble in art, connect with nature, and venture to new places. *Ages: 3-16. Dates: June 18-August 31. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 7:15am-6pm. Rate: $320 Mass Audubon members; $385 nonmembers. Specialty camps vary in price.
Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids, Inc. (Chatham) is calling all ocean lovers and explorers to join us for half-day marine science, art and advocacy workshops on Cape Cod! *Ages 7-13. Dates: July 25-August 16. Hours/Rates: vary by program (Code BOSTONMAMAS18 will get you 5% OFF any single program; does not include packages).
PUDDLESTOMPERS Nature Exploration (Newton, Wellesley, Wayland, MA) has something for every young explorer! Discover pollinators, build a beaver lodge, and observe the best that nature has to offer with our teacher naturalists. *Age range: 3-8. Dates: June 4-August 31. Hours: 9am-1pm (extended hours 8:30am-3pm). Rate: $350/week.
Stony Brook Day Camp (Norfolk, MA) gives children the chance to do what comes naturally—explore! Themed weekly sessions have campers discovering our wildlife sanctuary’s forest, fields, and wetlands. Trail explorations, hands–on activities, games, crafts, and more provide full ecosystem immersion. *Ages: 3-15. Dates: June 25-August 24. Hours: 9am-3:30pm (extended hours until 6pm). Rate: $269 Mass Audubon members; $334 nonmembers
Waltham Fields Community Farm Learning Garden (Waltham) offers weeklong farm educational programs. From growing your own food to learning about ecosystems on the farm, to becoming expert chefs, this program is perfect for young farmers excited by science and the great outdoors! *Ages: 5-13. Dates: July 9-August 30. Hours/Rates: 8:30am-2pm ($275); 2-5:30pm ($155).
Wellfleet Bay Natural History Day Camp (South Wellfleet, MA) offers themed weekly sessions that blend outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, games, songs, and crafts. Some sessions incorporate offsite travel for special activities, such as kayaking, whale watching, and snorkeling. *Ages: Ages: 4-13, plus LIT program for ages 14-17. Dates: June 18-August 31.Hours: 9am-12:30 or 2:30pm. Rate: $225-$435 (discounts for Mass Audubon members and Cape Cod residents).
Wolbach Farm Camp (Sudbury, MA) offers five-day, nature-focused sessions that help kids develop comfort and connections with nature. Through sensory explorations of scenic Wolbach Farm, campers will gain confidence while being outdoors and interacting with all that nature has to offer. *Ages: entering Pre-K to 1st grade. Dates: June 25-August 10. Hours: 8:30am-3pm. Rate: $498-598.
STEM + STEAM CAMPS
Acera Summer STEAM Camp (Winchester, MA) nurtures children’s natural desire to inquire, create, innovate, and experiment. 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. *Ages: 5-17. Dates: June 11-August 24. Hours: 9am-4pm (8am-6pm). Rate: varies based on choice; see site for detail (Early bird discount 20% through 2/28/2018).
"There is a strong emphasis on celebrating the independence and diversity of each child, which allows their confidence and creativity to flourish." — Rachel Klopfer, mom of Maya (11) and Owen (13)
iD Tech Camps (Cambridge, Boston, MetroWest) teaches kids and teens to learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! *Ages: 7-17. Dates: June 18-August 10. Hours: 8:30am-5pm. Rate: starting at $899 ($75 off with promo code BOSTONMOMS18).
"This was Brady's second year at iD Tech, and he continued to have an amazing experience. I am very impressed by what he's been able to learn in just five days. our staff is amazing."
Pinky Inc (Marlborough) provides activities involving science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. We begin and end each day as a team. Students learn as a byproduct of curiosity. *Ages: 7-14. Dates: June 18-August 31 (minus July 4 week). Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours: 8am-5:30pm). Rate: $350-550 (10% sibling discount, 15% discount using code “BOSTONMAMA”).
“My child had a blast and didn’t want to stop even for a pizza, which he loves more than life.”
Coding with Kids (various locations across MA) is a computer programming academy. Our proven, progressive curriculum grows with our students, from foundations of coding to professional skills. Coding with Kids offers the opportunity to mix-and-match your summer STEM program with a variety of camps. *Ages: 5-18. Dates: July 2-August 31. Hours: 9am-4pm (half days available). Rate: $279-$579 depending on program selected.
"e" Inc Summer Science Discovery Program (Charlestown, MA) will help kids gain an appreciation for the natural world, as well as learn skills to become environmental stewards. Activities include learning about dinosaurs, conducting science experiments, building models, observing live specimens, artistic expression, field trips, etc. *Ages: 6-12. Dates: August 20-31. Hours: 9am-3:30pm (extended hours until 5:30pm). Rate: $425/week.
Empow Camp (multiple MA locations) includes: 1) Tech & Design Camp (kids build projects in robotics, video game design, animation, programming/coding, 3D modeling & 3D printing, digital audio & video, music production); and 2) Minecraft Camp (we teach electrical engineering, architecture, game design, world creation). *Age range: 7-13. Dates: June 25-August 31. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours until 5:30 available Monday-Thursday). Rate: Full Day - $595+, Half Day - $335+, 5% multi-week and multi-sibling discounts offered.
Ivy Seed iOS Mobile App Development STEM Summer Camp at Harvard/MIT is lead by Harvard and MIT graduate and undergraduate students at Harvard/MIT campuses. *Ages 8-17. Dates: July 9-August 10. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended hours until 5:30pm). Rate: $1190 (scholarships available).
Play-Well TEKnologies (multiple locations) offers LEGO-inspired engineering summer camps that explore STEM concepts through building and playing with LEGO. Our curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by teachers, but the kids just think it's fun! *Ages: 5-12. Dates: June 25-August 10. Hours 9am-4pm.
The Advent School Engineering and Design Summer Program (Boston, MA) provides a makerspace where children become designers, tinkerers, and builders. Designers learn proper tool use, engage in the design process, gather inspiration in the city, and share their creations and prototypes. *Age range: 5-12. Dates: June 18-August 3). Hours: 8:30am-4pm (extended hours until 6pm). Rate: $1,200 per two-week session; $20 per day for extended day.
Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach Summer Camps (Medford, MA) offer week-long sessions that will challenge students to solve problems using the engineering design process. Each themed workshop explores different types of engineering, science, and programming skills in hands-on, open-ended projects! *Ages: K-12. Dates: June 25-August 17. Hours: 9am-3pm (extended hours: 8am-5pm). Rate: $550.
Young Hacks Academy (Multiple in MA) helps kids develop important skills through a problem-based learning model that employs a variety of fun, energetic activities to promote collaboration and creative thinking. *Ages: 9-15. Dates: July 9-27. Hours: 9am-4pm (extended horus: 8:20am-4:30pm). Rate: $375.
SLEEP AWAY (OVERNIGHT) CAMPS
Camp Birch Hill (New Durham, NH) offers a fun, elective based program where kids can choose from over 50 diverse activities. This traditional, overnight camp sits on 100+ acres of private, lakeside land. Campers have the time of their lives while making lasting friendships and memories. *Ages: 6-16. Dates: June 24-August 4 (2, 4, 6-week sessions). Rate: Contact camp office for information.
Camp Kingswood (Bridgton, ME) is a dynamic Jewish overnight camp where summer days are filled with adventure, sports, arts and friendship. Kingswood is a place where kids have a blast while they learn new skills, develop self-confidence, and make lifelong friends. *Age range: entering grades 3-10. Dates: June 27-August 15. Rate: $3000-7500 depending on weeks selected (2-week minimum). See site for other pricing details and discounts.
Camp Quinebarge (Moultonborough, NH), founded in 1936, is a traditional coed sleepaway camp for fun and friendship. Camper's choice activities, unique programming, and lifelong friendships keep campers returning year after year. *Ages: 7-15. Dates: June 24-August 18. Rate: 2 weeks $2200, 4 weeks $3900, 6 weeks $5700, 8 weeks $7000 ($100 off per child for sibling discount. 20% off to first 50 Boston Mama families who are new to Camp Quinebarge and register by March 1 with code BOSTONMAMA (available for Sessions 1 or 4 only).
Camp Winadu (Pittsfield, MA) has been building character, teaching sports, and celebrating summer camp traditions in the Berkshire Mountains since 1927. Camp Winadu provides the best of both worlds with a well-rounded program built upon our values of brotherhood, character-building, and compassion. *Age range: 7-15. Dates: June 22-August 10. Rate: Information here.
Cape Cod Sea Camps (Brewster, MA) is a traditional camp boasting one of the finest camp sailing programs. Other activities include archery, tennis, arts, land sports, drama, woodworking, swimming, and more. Elective Program with brand new art center, heated pool, and boathouse. *Age range: 8-15. Dates: July 1-August 18. Rate: $3,600 for 10 Days, $3,980 for 3.5 weeks.
Wildwood (Rindge, NH) is where kids can get away from busy schedules and everyday distractions and get outside and have fun! We offer Overnight Camp (ages 9-14), Leaders-In-Training (entering grades 10 & 12), Teen Adventure Trips (ages 14-17), and Family Camp (all ages). *Age range: 9-17. Dates: June 20-August 25. Rate: ~$1,000 per week of overnight camp, discount for registering prior to January 15, 2018.