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March 28, 2011

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Dear ZipFamily,   

In just a few months, school's out and summer camp's in.  So we asked our local Community Ambassadors to find some of their (or their friends') favorite local camps (or not so local - Tara picked a NH overnight camp to include in her Metro Boston ZipPicks!).

No, these are not paid ads, just some helpful ideas and insights from local moms who live in your community.  Whether you live in Metro Boston, MetroWest, North Shore, or South Shore, we found you camps for various ages and interests,

We hope you find something that fits your family.  Got any favorites we missed?  Email us or post a comment on our blog.

Now c'mon, let's get going!

  Cary and Casey

 

MWCary & Casey's Metro West ZipPicks

 

What:  Emerson Umbrella: Summer Arts Program

Where:  Concord

Who:  Ages 5-8

When:  9 am- 12:30 half day or full day 9am -3pm. July 5- August 27th, choose one week out of the 8 total weeks 

How much:  $235 (half day) $420 (full day) 

Why:  We are thinking of this camp for my 7-yr old daughter who loves crafts and prefers some calmness in her day. They are also offering an April vacation camp, a great "staycation" treat.

 

What: Aquatics Leadership Program - GuardStart

The Aquatics Leadership Program is designed to provide swimmers with an opportunity to learn more about employment opportunities in aquatics, learn about the operation of pools, gain knowledge and certification in various Red Cross programs and learn the fundamentals of swim team participation and coaching.

Where: Beede Swim &Fitness Center Concord MA

Who:  Ages 11-15

When:  9 am- 3:00 half day program, June 27- July 15 (Registration closes June 25)

How much:  $600

Why: Seems like this is a great idea for a kid who is thinking of being a lifeguard - great way for them to get their "feet wet".

 

What: Summer Riding Camp

Where: North Gate Farm Sudbury

Who:  Ages 6-15

When:  9 am- 3:00, June 13- Aug 26

How much:  $550/wk. There is also the option of AM Extended Day: $75 per week, 7:30AM to 9:00AM or PM Extended Day: $100 per week, 3:00PM to 5:00PM

Why: The camp is open to all levels of riders from complete beginners to polished show riders ages 6 to 15 years.  NO prior riding experience is required!  Camp is an ideal place to start your child riding.

 

What: Camp Glee

During Camp Glee!, you will have the chance to create your own condensed episode of the television show Glee! Kids will get to work on creating a story line and then as a group, decide on the music to serve as the episode's soundtrack.

Where: Middlesex Community College, Bedford MA

Who:  Ages 8-15

When:  8:30 am- 4:30, July 18- July 22

How much:  $289/wk.  

Why: Middlesex offers a variety of camps from July 11-August 18. Of the 29 camps, there is something for everyone from scrap booking, fitness, animation to even veterinarian training.

 

What: Summer Fenn Multi-Media Art

Each student artist will create a scene using custom-made wooden bases, kiln fired ceramic clay, glazes, glass, fabric, beads, marbles, wood, paints, and polymer clay. Phyllis Biegun, veteran Summer Fenn ceramicist and program leader, will facilitate this workshop.

Where: The Fenn School, Concord MA

Who:  Boys AND girls ages 8-15

When:  9am-4pm, one week sessions starting Aug1- August 18

How much: $600/Wk

Why: Many great things about The Fenn camp, one being that hot lunch is included in your tuition. That in itself is a vacation for me! Another is that they offer transportation (extra charge) but it goes to 4 surrounding towns: Maynard, Sudbury, Acton and Wayland. Also on the Summer Fenn website they offer a carpool list that you can add your name to and it will be shared with other families interested in carpooling. Sometimes it is the little things that make the difference.  Fenn offers a general camp that includes swimming, arts and sports.

 

What: Camp Nara

The NARA Summer Camp, held at NARA Park in Acton, is operated by the Town of Acton Recreation Department and is open to both residents and non-residents ages 4 to 15. The camp runs from June to August offering 10 weekly themed sessions and providing age appropriate activities including arts and crafts, nature, boating, music, drama, sports activities, group challenges, swimming, optional field trips and more.

Where: Nara Park, Acton MA

Who:  Ages 4-15

When:  8 am- 4pm, June 20- Aug 26

How much:  $125-250/wk. half day and full day options

Why: NARA park is located on a man-made lake in North Acton. It is very reasonably priced and has a mighty-mini half day program for 4 & 5 year olds, so no one gets left out! Also each week has a theme such as, Wild Wild West Adventure, Treasure Hunt and Olympics.

 

What: Camp Sewataro

Where:  Sudbury

Who: Ages 4-13

When: June 13-Aug 19.  2- to 8-week sessions. 8:15-3:30 with extended day starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.  Also there is a day preschool experience (3-day or 5-day) for children ages 4-5 during the first two weeks.  Cost for preschoolers is $180 for the 3-day session or $300 for the 5-day.

How much:  $1550-4800 (get a $250 referral fee for every family you refer!). Busy parents can purchase lunches from Concord Teacakes - YUM!

Why:  Came highly recommended from friends who live in Wayland.  Just read these testimonials!  New for 2011: adventure challenge course, canoeing on the Concord River, overnight camping in NH, and a new treehouse for their youngest campers ages Pre-K to 1st grade!

Registration Deadline: Tuition due by May 1.

 

What: Drumlin Farm Summer Day Camp

Aims to create an experience that is both educational and fun, and uses the diverse habitats that our sanctuary has to offer. Campers will do farm chores, and learn about agriculture and livestock. They will also learn about various natural habitats, mainly the fields, forests, and ponds and wetlands that dot the sanctuary, doing activities such as ponding, bug catching, bird watching, and log rolling to learn about the various inhabitants of each ecosystem.

Where: Lincoln

Who:  Ages 4-18

When:  8:30 am- 3:30pm, June 20- Aug 2. Read the online brochure to find the camp session that fits your child.

How much:  $180-840/wk. Member and non-member prices.

Why:  Drumlin's camp fills up fast and has one of the best reputations around - just about everyone we polled dropped the Drumlin name!  If you have a child that likes nature, even just a little, Drumlin has a camp for you. Nature camps are for your explorer, naturalist or adventurist. Farm camp has an offering for every camper in the family from 4 years old to 18. Also, new this year, Drumlin has partnered with Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Center to teach mini camps at the new center in Sudbury. I have signed my son up for "pond on" - a frog, turtle and fishing expedition via canoe on the Assabet  River.  He is going to love this! Cary is also exploring options for her almost 5-year old boy who obsesses over frogs, salamanders and all things creepy-crawly. 

 

What: Pilgram Day  

Located on 113 acres of fields and woods in Framingham, Pilgrim Day Camp offers children safe, summer fun in the out-of-doors. It's a traditional summer day camp with an emphasis on wide welcome, care of the natural world, a respect for differences, and fun.  The Camp offers children an opportunity to learn respect for one another and for the natural world, to be challenged, to learn new skills, and to make lifelong friendships.  Whether your children come for one week, one session, or the whole summer, they will enjoy a dedicated staff, lots of open space, and a wide range of activities that will make their summer a memorable experience.

Where: Framingham

Who:  Ages 3-13

When:  9 am- 4pm, half day 9am-12:45pm or half day afternoon 1pm-4pm

How much:  $337-522/wk. Half/full day options.

Why:  I love their motto "summer the way you remember it". Kids come home tired and dirty - just what a good day at camp should be. A few extra features: every Friday they have a cookout for lunch, the swim program is very strong and options of riding BMX bikes or doing a rope course are included.

 

What: Camp Nashoba Day

Instruction by a talented and mature staff in aquatics, land and water sports, horsemanship, creative arts and nature are offered as well as fishing, nature, dance, archery, woodworking, tennis, Red Cross swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and much more.

Where: Fort Pond , Littleton MA

Who:  Ages 4-14

When:  2,3 or 4 week sessions 9am-3:30pm

How much: $1500-$2950 (transportation included)

Why:  Fort Pond is a mile long, just the right size to swim, waterski, wakeboard, windsurf, sail, kayak, paddle a canoe, row a boat and catch sunfish, perch, or a bass.  Other fun adventures include archery, horseback riding and even weaving baskets!

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Here's a list of several other metrowest camps local moms have recommended:

 

Gymnastic Academy of Boston (ages 3+), Acton  (gymnastics + swimming, arts & crafts and more)  

 

LEAP School Summer Fun in Arts & Nature, Bedford, Lexington & Sudbury

 

Concord Academy, Concord   

 

Creative Dance, Art & Drama at the Performing Arts Center (Concord) with Miss Helena - children as young as 3! (My 2.5-year old already takes ballet with the wonderful Miss Helena and will attend this camp!). July 11-Aug 26: one-week sessions from 9-11:30 each day for $235. No website: call Helena at (978) 369-4486.

 

Camp Thoreau, West Concord

 

Metrowest YMCA, Framingham and Hopkinton

   

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary Summer Camp, Natick

 

Pegasus, Wayland 

 

Wayland Swim & Tennis Club, Wayland (July)

 

Camp Chickami, West Suburban YMCA, Wayland

 

LINX Summer Camps at Elm Bank, Wellesley  

 

The Camp at Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford  

 

MetroBostonTara's Metro Boston ZipPicks

What:  Arlington Center for the Arts, Vacation Arts Camp

Fill your summer with fun and creativity! We focus on imaginative problem solving through the arts. We develop your child's creative potential in a structured, nurturing environment. We introduce your child to the collaborative and social aspects of theater, movement and music.

Where:  Arlington, MA

Who:  Kids entering Grades 1-6

When: Weekly, June 27th - September 9th, 9am - 4pm.

Extended Day available:

Early Bird: 8 to 9 am, Monday through Friday. $10 per child, per day.  Afternoon: 4:30 to 6 pm, $15 per child per day, Monday through Thursday only, due to Open House every Friday from 4 - 4:30 pm.

How much:  $285 per week for members, $305 per week for non-members.

Why: The activities revolve around a different theme each week, there is outdoor playtime each day, and this is one of the few camps that covers the whole summer. Plus, you can take a tour of place and meet the staff at an Info session on Sunday, April 17th from 2-4pm. They have programs for younger children and teens, too.

 

What:  Camp New Connections

Camp New Connections is a four-week, summer day camp for children, ages 7 through 17, who have Asperger's Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders and non-verbal learning disabilities. The camp, a component of McLean Hospital's Child and Adolescent Program, Center for Neurodevelopmental Services, is designed to help children develop social skills through fun activities, such as drama, arts and crafts, communication games, swimming and field trips-all within a therapeutic context. As part of the core camp curriculum, children receive direct instruction on social skills, body language and non-verbal communication, conversation, problem solving and awareness of self and others.

Where:  Belmont, MA

Who:  Children, ages 7 through 17, who have Asperger's Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders and non-verbal learning disabilities.

When:  August 1st-26th, 2011. Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm (pre-camp is from 8:30 am to 9 am and post-camp is from 2 pm to 4 pm). Both pre- and post-camp hours are included in the camp fee.

How much:  $4500

Why:  Fee Includes pre- and post-camp hours, daily lunch, snack and field trips, counselor consults by appointment (during post-camp hours), mid-camp meeting with parents, end-of-camp written report that can be shared with the camper's school and service providers, and professional resources and support, such as psychopharmacology, occupational therapy and speech and language specialists, which are available for consultation on an as-needed basis.

 

What: Wheelock Family Theatre: Story Troupers

Join a select ensemble of teen-age actors! For two weeks, Story Troupers rehearse an original show based on children's literature, then tour and perform daily for young children at daycare centers, camps, public libraries, and other venues throughout greater Boston. Previous experience and a full 4-week commitment are necessary; an audition or permission of the instructors is required.

Where: Boston, MA

Who: Teens with previous theater acting experience

When: Tuesday 7/5 - Friday 7/8, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (note extended hours due to Monday holiday) & Monday 7/11 - Friday 7/29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

How much: $850

Why: This is a wonderful experience for teens, especially those who are thinking about a career in theatre. This gives them a real sense of what it's like to perform in many different venues, in front of a variety of audiences. Wheelock's other summer classes and workshops sound amazing, too. Check them out.

 

What: MIT Summer Day Camp

Since 1960, MIT Summer Day Camp has strived to offer an inclusive environment where all children are encouraged to participate and learn new skills. Our programs are designed to ensure each camper a safe and enjoyable experience. We hire only highly qualified individuals with tremendous experience working with children and knowledge in a broad spectrum of recreational activities. MIT Summer Day Camp is a member of the Massachusetts Camp Association.

Where: Cambridge, MA

Who: Ages 6-13

When: June 13th-August 12th, 9:00am-3:45pm. Early Arrival 8-9am, Late Stay 4-5:30pm.

How much: $635 per two-week session. Sessions and tuition vary. See the website.

Registration and payment: In order to reserve your space in any camp session, your registration must be accompanied by a RESERVATION FEE of $50.00 per camper per session that will be applied towards your camper's tuition. RESERVATION FEES are non-refundable and non-transferable. This fee will be charged for any session in which your camper is enrolled. This fee will be applied to your tuition for that enrolled session only, and cannot be refunded or applied to any other camp session or camp balance at any other time. Final payment for all fees is due by Wednesday, May 4, 2011.Applications submitted after Wednesday, May 4, 2011 must be paid in full at the time of submission.

Why: I've heard this camp is very low-stress and the kids are active all day, with lots of time out in the fresh air and sunshine. They swim twice a day, play sports galore, and have down time for crafts and reading. Be aware that boys and girls are in separate groups - this could be a good thing, or not, depending on your kid. This is one of the more affordable camps around.

 

What: Brimmer and May: Global Explorers

Global Explorers gives children entering pre-K through 6th grade an introduction to a variety of world cultures and languages including French, Spanish, and Mandarin. Campers are immersed in these cultures and languages through interactive play and exploration.

Where: Chestnut Hill, MA

Who: Children entering PK-6th Grade

When: August 22nd - 26th, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Extended Day: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

How much: Program - $450 per week. Extended Day - $50 per week

Why: This is a wonderful and unique experience for your kids!

Brimmer & May also offers other terrific-sounding summer programs. Check them out on their website.

 

What:  Mt. Ida Day Camp

Where:  Newton, MA

Who:  Ages 3  - 13

Dates:  June 27-August 18, 8:40am-4:00pm. Extended Day: EXTENDED AM - 7:30 am - Start of camp day, $60.00 per week. EXTENDED PM 1 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, $60.00 per week. EXTENDED PM 2 - 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm, $100.00 per week.

How much:  $510/wk ($75 less for 4-day weeks). Multiple Week Discount and Sibling Discounts offered.

Registration Deadline: Registration and camp fees due by April 30, 2011.

Why: One of the few camps offered all day, all summer for younger campers. There is a camp nurse on site, and - super bonus - they feed your kids lunch! For more info, visit their website.

 

What: Beam Camp

Beam Camp offers two 4 week summer sessions for kids aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Every year Beam commissions unique large-scale collaborative Projects from notable artists, architects and designers that serve as centerpieces of each Beam session. Beam Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. They swim, hike, play games and enjoy 750 acres of mountain, forests and lakes, while transforming ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success.

Where: Strafford, NH

Who: Ages 7-17

When: June 29th-July 24th and July 27th-August 21st

How much: $4,500 (Refer to coupon code ZipBeam during registration to a receive 15% discount on camp tuition!)

Registration and payment deadline: A $800 deposit is due at time of registration with full tuition payment and medical paperwork due by April 1st.

Why: Your kids will have a great time, get the full summer camp experience, and amaze you and themselves with what they can accomplish. Find out about this year's Beam Projects at http://www.beamcamp.com/.

 

Tip: To find sleepaway camps like Beam Camp on Ziptivity.com, make sure you expand your range of miles in the "Within [      ] miles of zip code" field. I recommend changing it to within 100 miles of your zip code.

 

 

 

NorthShoreAnn's North Shore ZipPicks  


What:  Wenham Museum: Summer Programs 

Where:  Wenham

Who:  5-13

When:  9am-3pm weekly July 11-29, half day program weekly August 1-12, last group meets August 15-17 (3 days) 9am-3pm 

Why: "Choose from themes like; history, the arts, soldiers, dolls, lego's - something for every child..." 

How much:  from $145-250 per session 

Registration Deadline: N/A

 

What: Manchester Athletic Club: Summer Camps

Where:  Manchester

Who:  3-15

When:  9am-3pm daily Monday-Friday, 1/2 day available.  June 6-August 26. 

Why: "AMAZING outdoor camp: tennis, swimming, soccer, loads of silly games, more, more, more! We enjoy it every summer."  

How much:  varies, daily $45 and up, weekly $230 and up 

Registration Deadline: Discount applied if registered before April 1

 

What: SummerQuest at the Crane Estate

Where:  Ipswich

Who:  6-15

When:  9am-4pm weekly, Monday-Friday, 1/2 day available.  July 05, 2011 - August 26 

Why: "WHAT an amazing backdrop!  The Crane Estate is unbelievably gorgeous.  Kids will swim, hike, kayak and explore an incredible landscape."  

How much:  varies, daily $45 and up, weekly $230 and up 

Registration Deadline: N/A

 

What: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Day Camps

Where:  Topsfield

Who:  4-14

When:  9am-3pm daily, Monday-Friday 

Why: "They just do everything right at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary...  This is for the kid who loves nature and exploring..."

How much:  from $150-300 per weekly session 

Registration Deadline: N/A

 

What:  Shore Country Day School: Summer Shore Camps

Where:  Beverly

Who:  5-15

When:  9am-4pm daily, Monday-Friday 

Why: "From sports to enrichment activities like ceramics and chess, this is the Ivy League of summer camps."

How much:  from $195 (1/2 day) to $400 per weekly session. 

Registration Deadline: 6/15 to avoid late fees

 

What: Summer at Brookwood

Where:  Manchester

Who:  3-14

When:  9am-12:30pm daily, Monday-Friday 

Why: "One of the few options for the young ones, Brookwood is a gorgeous campus offering exceptional variety and quality of programs."

How much:  from $85 (1/2 day) to $290 per weekly session. 

Registration Deadline: registration form as well as a $100 deposit due by 3/31.  Deposit non-refundable after this date.

 

What: Glen Urquhart School: Summer Program

Where:  Beverly

Who:  4-14

When:  8am-4pm daily, Monday-Friday 

Why: "The best camp I could find for parents who need longer hours.  They even bus campers to a local beach

where they swim, build sand castles, play chess and beach games and explore tide pools!"

How much:  from $175 to $495 per 2-week sessions. 

Registration Deadline: N/A

 

What: The Tower School: Summer at Tower 2011

Where:  Marblehead

Who:  3-14

When:  9am-4pm daily, Monday-Friday 

Why: "This school offers it all!  Workshops include: Studio Art, Drama, Dance, Athletics, Music and Musical Theater, Creative Cooking, science and technology."

How much:  from $175 to $495 per 2-week sessions. 

Registration Deadline: N/A


SouthShoreKarly's South Shore Picks


Do you have younger kids who want to experience "camp" life or get them ready for pre-school?  Check out this one and still have Friday beach days together!
What: Easton Country Day School Summer Fun   

Where: Easton, MA
Who: Ages entering preschool or currently in preschool, pre-K and kindergarten (2.9-7yrs old)
When: June 20th-Sept.1st; Monday through Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm
How much: $185 per session. Registration fee of $50 for special art supplies and liability insurance.  $50 fee is waived if they are enrolled for the 2011 school year. 
Why: This camp offers 5 sessions that you can choose from - whether it's one session (a session consists of two 4day weeks) or all 5!  Visit the website to see all the themes for each session.  My oldest daughter goes there and the director is the picture perfect "what a nursery school teacher" should be like.  She's kind and sweet, but doesn't let the kids get away with anything - teaching them manners while still having fun.  My oldest has learned so much in just the few short months that she has attended nursery school.  This was offered to us before she started the school year and because she was so "attached" to me, I just couldn't bring myself to drop her off because I wasn't sure she was ready.  Well, what a crazy idea!  I totally should have done it because she would have been better prepared for school.  Since my daughter hadn't done day care a day in her life, school was a BIG step - what a great idea to get them ready!  I love it and I think we will be doing a session for my youngest this summer.  Preschool here she comes! 
Registration Deadline:  No deadline, but hurry to make sure you get your first pick for the special theme of the week.

 

In case you missed my blog about the next camp, it's a must read!

What: Everwood Day Camp

Where: Sharon, Ma

Who: Ages 4-12 (finished 6th grade and going into 7th grade)

When: Camp starts June 27th and ends August 26th.  9am-4pm are regular camp hours, but extended day is an option from 7:30am-9am or 4pm-6pm.

How much: There are lots of tuition discounts for siblings, occupational (children of police, firefighters, teachers and deployed military and inactive military), and referrals.  ($8 extra/day for extended morning) and  ($10 extra/day for extended afternoon ) or $14 combined. Tuition varies, but it ranges from $1275-$3450 for a five day program of 3 weeks up to 9 weeks.  If you choose a 3 day program it ranges from $975-$2625 for 3 weeks up to 9 weeks.  Price includes round trip bus rides to and from camp (not including those who choose extended day), daily afternoon snacks and juice (Kosher options available), and BBQ lunch every Friday!

Why: Everwood is very connected to the way in which a child evolves. The founder and staff of Everwood has a pulse on what's going on with the youth of today.  They just announced they are adding Dr. Michael Thompsonto their clinical staff.  He's a very dyamic psychologist who has written several well known books, "Raising Cain", "Best Friends, Worst Enemies", and several others.  I heard him speak at an event sponsored by Everwood Day Camp and it made me understand that they know what a kids goes through these days....life as a kid isn't easy, but Everwood will certaintly support the total child.  This camp is deeper than I can even explain.....check out the website and see where it can all begin for a summer of fun, learning, and growing as a camper! 

 

What: Dedham Community House Summer Day Camp

Where: Dedham, MA

Who: Those who are going into kindergarten through those going into 7th grade.

When: June 27th-August 26th with an additional 2 "mini camp" which occurs June 20th-June 24th and also August 29th-Sept. 2nd.  Hours are 9am-4pm, but extended day consists of either 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm or both.

How much: $245 per week for members; $258 per week for non-members.

Why: This grabbed my eye for a huge reason to pick DCH Summer Day Camp: High Touch High Tech Science Program:  New for 2011, High Touch High Tech Science of New England will come each week and provide each group with a 30 minute fun and educational science activity.  The campers will learn and participate in great science experiments which have incuded topics such as eyesight, dinosaurs, gems, volcanos, bugs and much more!!!  Very different, very cool.  Visit the website for more information.

Registration Deadline: Space in the program is limited. Each child must be registered for a minimum of two weeks which do not need to be consecutive. Enrollment may be extended on a weekly basis if space is available.

 

What: Academy at Foxborough - Summer at the Academy

Where: Foxborough, MA

Who: Ages 2.9-12 yrs. old

When: June 13th-Sept. 2nd; Monday-Friday 7am-6pm

How much: $175/week or $40/day; There is a $100 materials fee, but this serves as the registration deposit.  In total for the whole summer: $2,200.

Why: This is a great pick because the staff here is amazing.  I have had the pleasure of meeting the director and her staff.  When I was met at the door to introduce myself, I felt like I could take off my shoes and grab a tea with them!  They are extremely welcoming and it was very apparent.  They are a Christian based facility and really do a great job of integrating their belief into their every day work with the kids.  The summer program is a new program that they are offering and although not academic in nature, a lot of the activities will reinforce what children may have learned in the classroom, but in a new venue not typical to that of the school year.  So if you are looking for a Christian based camp, then you should give Summer at the Academy a call!  Check out the summer program on their website.

Registration Deadline: Registration opened March 1st.

 

What:  Winslow Farm Summer Green Sprouts Enrichment Program 

Where: Norton, MA

Who:  Ages 5-10
When:  June through August: 9am-3pm - extended hours available, contact Josephine White 352-410-2919 or email ryansheldonwhite@gmail.com.
How much:  $200/week
Why: This camp consists of all the things that I know kids love: hiking, archery, animal of the day, theme days, canoeing, gardening, cooking, sports, playground, grooming/cleaning of animals and farm, and much more!  Not many camps can say they have animals available to them every day!!  Sounds like a great place for kids to play and learn all at once.  Not to mention, they struggle on a day-to-day basis to stay afloat with the ever increasing costs of animal care, so not only are your kids learning with the hands-on activities of farm life, but they will be contributing to a wonderful cause. Visit their website to learn more about their efforts to rescue animals and create awareness.

Registration Deadline: Summer is fast approaching and the number of applicants is limited, so please act soon!  

 

What: Maplewood Country Day Camp 

Where: Easton, MA

Who: Ages 4-14

When: 9am-4pm Monday through Friday; extended hours available 7:30am and 6pm; July 27th-August 19th (with the addition and option for a 9th week of camp)
How much: Prices range because there are so many options to mix and match length of time and amount of days.  You can do anything from a 2 week camp to an 8 week camp, 5 days, 3 days, or 2days.  Whatever fits your busy summer with the family.  Tuition ranges from $1045-$3450, it all depends on what you decide to pick. As a reminder, there is a sibling discount!

Why: My kids take classes here and they love the staff.  Head over Heals and Wiggles Worms to be specific....and it's because we are there week-to-week, we know how the place operates and we love it!  And actually 3 of my closests friends growing up went there years ago (I won't date myself) and to this day the camp is operated by the same family.  They have added a few different options since the days of my friends going there like a summer reading program, a Circus Kids Create (3 day circus camp - sounds cool) under the direction of Circus Minimus, and a lot more that will keep your kids having fun and enjoying day camp! Check out their website or camp brochurefor more!

Registration Deadline: Enrollment is rolling so mail in those applications to reserve a spot!

What: Kidsports Summer Program 2011 
Where:
Stoughton, MA
Who: Ages 2.9 - 14yrs old
When: June 16-Sept. 2nd (*Summer program begins the 1st weekday after Stoughton Public Schools close AND Summer program ends the day before Stoughton Public Schools opens.) Regular day is from 9am-5pm, early drop-off (7am) and late pick-up (6pm) are options too.
How much: The range is from $137-$260 per week.  It all depends if you decide to pick 2, 3, 4, or all 5 days!  Sibling discounts and vouchers accepted.
Why: Each week features multiple exciting off-site field trips: CoCoKey Water Resort, Pirate Cruise, Paw Sox game - just to name a few.  The best part about Kidsports is when it's WAY too hot to run around outside (because you know we have at least 2 heat waves a summer), they have an airconditioned indoor playspace so that the kids can get their exercise in for the day without getting overheated.  Another nice piece of this offering is that you can pick whichever day you want per week....so if you know for sure you have a couple of activities planned during the week over the summer then you schedule around it.  This way you don't have to pay for camp days you know you will miss.  Or if you know for sure you are going away for several days on vacation, just don't pick those days for camp.  As long as you know ahead of time you can pick a la carte!  How nice!!  See their website or summer program line up for more details.
Registration Deadline: Kidsports just asks that you know your schedule of the days you would like by mid-June.   

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Thank you and have a great week!  -Cary and Casey