ART, DESIGN + CREATIVITY CAMPS
Middlesex School Summer Arts Camp
Middlesex School Summer Arts (MSSA) is a multi-arts immersion day camp in Concord, MA. We provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which young artists entering grades 1-11 of all interests and abilities can pursue and develop their skills in and passions for the arts. We offer a variety of classes in visual arts, performing arts, music, media arts, writing, and recreation, as well as multiple full-scale theatrical productions for various age groups.
CLASSIC DAY CAMPS
Transportation available from various towns
Situated on 80+ acres in Littleton, Massachusetts, Camp Nashoba® has offered traditional camp experiences since 1957. The camp property is comprised of pasture, diverse woodlands and forest, foot paths for hiking, trails for horseback riding, nature observation and bird watching, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, berry bushes, and farmland for raising animals and is surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservation land including the Sarah Doublet Forest and the Nagog Orchard. Rich in history and character, the natural beauty of camp and surrounding properties on Fort Pond remain mostly unchanged since the early 1900s. Instruction by a talented and mature staff at Nashoba encourages campers to gain an appreciation for the environment while learning skills in aquatics, land and water sports, horsemanship, nature, fishing, archery, woodworking, tennis, Red Cross swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and much more. Horseback riding lessons and boarding of ponies is offered year-round.
Pompositticut Farm Day Camp
Pompositticut Farm Day Camp is the only ACA accredited camp in Hudson, Massachusetts. As a full service day camp for co-ed children ages 4-16, Pompositticut offers 2 week sessions including daily English Horseback Riding Lessons as part of the all-inclusive tuition. Stimulating curriculum creates an enriching summer for children through our Adventure Ropes Course, Red Cross Swimming, Theater-Dance-Music, Game-On, Creative Arts, Nature, and Archery Programs.
ADVENTURE + OUTDOOR SKILLS CAMPS
Drumlin Farm Camp | Assabet River
Ages: Grades 2-6
One-week sessions for campers entering grades 2–6 offer a unique blend of outdoor activities (like canoeing, archery, and fishing), wilderness skills including orienteering and shelter building, and hands-on exploration of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the trails, forest, and pond while learning from Drumlin Farm staff, and get a close-up look at endangered species and conservation efforts.
An engaging outdoor camp and tennis camp nestled on 35 wooded acres in Concord, MA.
Ages: Pre-K-10th Grade
Since 1951 Camp Thoreau has been fostering youth development by building confidence, teamwork, responsibility and friendship in our campers. We pride ourselves on a truly unique and fulfilling camp experience.
Kieve Summer Camp
Camp for Boys
42 Kieve Road
Nobleboro, ME 04555
Located on the shores of Lake Damariscotta in Maine, Kieve has been building boys’ character and teaching them wilderness skills since 1926. With a heavy focus on excursions—only half the campers are usually on-site, with the other half exploring during the regular camping trips and half-day adventures—activities also include an extensive ropes course, lacrosse, baseball, woodworking, riflery, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailing, tennis, soccer, and photography. A more traditional camp where each boy has a duty, plus takes part in daily activities such as a flag raising and evening prayer, campers are encouraged to try new activities and widen their comfort zones. A sister camp around the lake—Wavus Camp for Girls—operates under a similar philosophy, teaching bravery, resilience, and a reverence for nature
1218 Pond Rd,
Mt Vernon, Maine, 04352
Divided into six campuses organized by age (three for the 240 boy campers and three for the 240 girl campers), Camp Laurel enjoys the best of both worlds: a huge campus with state of the art facilities while still providing a smaller, more intimate experience with personal attention and traditional activities like a morning campus-wide meeting. Laurel has been fully updated for the modern era: there are laundry services, an FM radio station, two fully equipped cooking studios for budding Bourdains, activities like Zumba and Pilates, and a 3,000 square foot indoor gymnastics facility. Other highlights include 15 tennis courts, a roller hockey arena, beach volleyball court, ropes courses and zipline towers, and impressive equestrian facilities, including 22 horses. For those wanting a taste of the Laurel lifestyle, there’s Camp Laurel South, outside Portland, Maine, offering 4-week and 6-week sessions.
Camp for Boys
47 Camp Manitou Cove
Oakland, Maine 04963
Opened in 1947, all-boys Camp Manitou is now owned by a former Manitou camper and counselor. Offering a balance between choice and all-camp activities, Manitou is a traditional camp with a traditional 8 a.m. Reveille and milk and cookies at 9 p.m. Activities run the gamut from tennis to BMX to ice hockey, as well as SAT prep, whitewater rafting, and riflery, yoga, and track and field. It has a 10,000-square-foot dining hall specializing in seasonal and locally grown ingredients, with formal dinners on theater night and stations for those with food restrictions and aversions. Their head chef trained at the Four Seasons and advocates sustainable farming. Each cabin has single beds and bunk beds, bathrooms and showers, and a screened-in porch.
Camp for Girls
317 Echo Lake Rd
Fayette, Maine, 04349
Founded in 1936, Camp Vega is an all-girls camp named after the brightest star in the summer sky, with the motto, “the most exciting thing a girl will find at Vega is herself.” Campers wear uniforms and participate in a weekly “Sunset Circle” friendship-building campfire. Unlike many other camps, Vega is choice-based, allowing girls to pick what they’d like to focus on—everything from tennis to softball to crew to wakeboarding to lacrosse to figure-skating—and then designing their own schedules for the second half of camp. Other programs on offer include hip-hop dance, jazz, and ballet, as well as horseback riding, sailing, windsurfing, field hockey, jewelry, gymnastics, mountain biking, Stained Glass, and Zumba. Vega’s return rate is exceptionally high, at 97%.
Brown Ledge Camp
Camp for Girls
71 Brown Ledge Road
Celebrating 90+ years in 2019, the all-girls, uniform-free Brown Ledge Camp is known for its “freedom of choice” philosophy designed to foster independence—campers decide themselves what they’ll do with their time, and girls also live in cabins without a counselor. Activities include horsemanship, tennis, archery, riflery, diving, wakeboarding, and aquaplaning, with facilities including a sailing fleet and a theater seating 250. Famous alumni include Gwyneth Paltrow and Stephanie Zimbalist. The camp prides itself an on all-inclusive tuition (unlike most top camps), covering costs like laundry, transport, overnight excursions, and horseback riding.