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Pathways Online Resource Directory

Summer Camps
The following directory includes on-line resource directories, local day camps, and specialized residential summer camps.

When choosing the right summer camp for your child, the key is the match between the needs of your child (particular interests, structure) and the characteristics of the camp (staff: camper ratio, activities, philosophy). Before choosing a camp, be sure to visit the camp with your child to determine if it is the right choice. It is important to ask questions, particularly with regards to the following aspects of each camp:

  • Staff: What is their background? What are their ages? What is the ratio of staff to campers?

  • General: What is the camp's philosophy? What percentage of campers return each year? What is the profile of the typical camper? Are there any additional expenses? Is the camp accredited by the American Camping Association? What is the camp's refund policy? Are references available?

  • Special Needs: What experience does camp staff have working with my child's disability? Are all camp activities available to my child? What methods of communication/ limit setting are used? What educational or therapeutic services are offered (such as speech, OT, social skills)? Is the camp integrated (children with and without disabilities and/or children with many kinds of disabilities) or is it targeted to a specific population?

  • Open Houses: Attend any available open houses if you can, in order to meet the counselor and tour the grounds of the camp.

In addition, call or speak with the staff before the beginning of camp to discuss particular needs or concerning behaviors. You should also maintain ongoing communication with camp staff and let them know that you are available to discuss any concerns and situations that may arise. And, don't be afraid to voice a complaint or ask to speak with a camp staff supervisor, especially if there is an ongoing concern.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about choosing or accessing an appropriate camp for your child. 

On-line Resource Directories

Annual Special Camp Guide - Resources for Children with Special Needs; because all children have the right to learn, grow, play and participate. Find a camp designed for children with special needs in your area.

Frost's Summer Camp Guide - Use this directory to find a traditional day or overnight summer camp or a specialty, sports, arts, travel or academic program.

American Camping Association - Use this searchable database to help identify ACA-accredited summer camps in the six New England states that match your specific search criteria. The search results will yield brief summer camp profiles and links to summer camp websites. Keep your search broad at first by entering only one or a few criteria.

Summer Camps and Trips - a free national and international referral service that matches a child's needs with appropriate summer programs - day camps, teen camps, community service, special needs, conventional camps, cultural camps, therapeutic programs.

Student Camp and Trip Advisors, Inc. - a directory of camps for children age 8-18, including academic, drama, sports, arts, outdoor adventure. Day and overnight trips include Massachusetts, New England, across the United States, Canada, and other countries.

Local Summer Day Camps

The Bridge Center - formerly HandiKids, the Bridge Center provides therapeutic recreation to children, teens and young adults with physical, cognitive and/or developmental disabilities. In our encouraging, yet challenging environment, caring counselors help individuals have fun as they develop self-confidence, meet new friends, exercise, socialize and develop important life skills through play.

Delphi Academy - Summer Camp is the perfect time to give Delphi Academy a try. Most of our regular school year curriculum is available to students, but we spend a lot of our time during summer weeks just having fun. Camp is available for students from the age of two through fourteen. Each student gets a personalized program for both academics and recreation.

JCC Jacob and Rose Grossman Camp - Seventy-five acres of the pine-studded Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA make Grossman Camp the perfect setting for activities on land and water! Varied activities give Grossman campers a sense of the world around them -- and supportive, experienced counselors and staff give them the confidence to tackle them in a Jewish camping environment.

Creative Vacation at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Creative Vacation is a rigorous and fun program for young artists in grades 4 through 12 to develop their creative voice and skills in disciplines they love. Options include painting, sculpture, fashion, computer animation, and more. Creative Vacation is for students of all abilities who have a desire to expand their knowledge in the visual arts. Through daily art classes, visits to nearby museums and studios, and meetings with visiting artists, students learn about making a connection between their own artwork and the world around them.

Meadowcroft Day Camp - established in 1936, is... people... a forest... a forest and people full of love and experiences to give each child a sense of being which allows them to say "I am, I exist, I accept me as a wonderful person totally in tune with myself, my environment, my universe... I am happy." 

Mass Audubon - at Mass Audubon's summer camp programs, children spend time outdoors, discover the natural world, meet new friends, play noncompetitive games and have fun! And with 16 day camps from the Berkshires to the Cape & Islands, and everywhere in between, there's a Mass Audubon camp in your neighborhood.

The South Shore Natural Science Center Nature Adventures Summer Camp - offers exciting opportunities for children to learn about the natural world. Campers will develop an awareness, appreciation and concern for our environment; explore the habitats of animals; learn about natural science through stories, hikes, games and crafts; and most of all, have fun! We offer 1/2 day camps for our younger campers, ages 3 through Kindergarten, and 1/2 or full day options for campers entering grades 1 through 6.

Nobles Day Camp - Our beautiful 187 acre campus is located in Dedham, MA, abutting the Charles River. We have been providing a high quality day camp program for boys and girls since 1948! As you browse through the following web pages, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Boy Scouts, Camp Sayre - occupies 110 acres, and borders the state-owned MDC Blue Hills Reservation, which is made up of more than 5000 acres of woods, hiking trails and paths. Sayre has the one of the best stocked Camp Stores in the Massachusetts area. They have a pond for swimming and offer tent campsites, Adonrondack (lean-to) shelters, and winter cabins for overnight groups, and activity field for athletics and camporees, boats and/or canoes for overnight groups, a Cub Day Camp Program, and a C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Physical Experience) course. Their 100 seat Dining Hall is fully heated and has a complete kitchen.

Girl Scouts, Patriot Trail Camps - Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offers an exciting and creative summer program for girls entering grades 1-12. Campers will have a rewarding experience whether they come for one week or all seven. Each week has a theme, and camp will include some activities related to it, as well as swimming, singing, arts and crafts, nature, outdoor skills and cookouts. Girls will be decision-makers with leadership opportunities in every program. Campers will work on and may complete Girl Scout recognitions.

South Shore Day Care Camps - offers children a wonderful program with a wide variety of activity choices. Our American Camping Association accredited site at Hale Reservation in Westwood is located in a 1200 acre wooded area with many natural camping resources, including a fresh water pond and several nature trails. Our carefully selected staff of professionals and college students work to create an environment for children where new friendships and experiences build both self-esteem and positive memories.

South Shore YMCA Summer Camps - Day camp for children is the YMCA's most widely offered program nationwide. For kids, Y camp is a fun way to enjoy the summer. For families, it's a way to give children a safe, positive developmental experience. The Quincy Branch offers two day camp locations during the summer. Our day camps serve children ages four through 14, and are located at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy (Camp Clark) and the Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton (Camp Blue).

Harbor Discoveries Camp - is a marine and environmental science program that includes traditional camp activities as well. Nature serves as our outdoor classroom as we explore a variety of aquatic environments.

Harbor Discoveries Camps - is a marine and environmental science program that includes traditional camp activities as well. Nature serves as our outdoor classroom as we explore a variety of aquatic environments.

Camp Thayer - is for children, and is a place where dedicated teachers ensure to making the summer a fun, relaxed, and socially exciting one. The philosophy of our program is to provide children an opportunity to develop in an atmosphere of respect, trust, and friendship. Our mission is to provide children with an opportunity to develop in an atmosphere of respect, trust and friendship.

Specialized Residential Summer Camps

YouthCare Summer Camps - offer therapeutically based programming to help children and young teens develop and maintain positive relationships with peers and staff. Along with the input from parents, our program goals are to improve self awareness and acceptance of themselves. develop pro-social behaviors and language through targeted social coaching, learn how to establish friendships by breaking down this complex process into simple steps, utilize more effective coping skills for anxiety and depression, and give the children opportunities to succeed in summer activities.

Nature's Classroom at Sargent Center -This wonderful facility, with a long history of excellence, serves thousands of students and teachers every year. Along with the school programs, Nature's Classroom at Sargent Center will continue the long history of summer camp programs, and will proudly continue to serve groups of all types for conferences and retreats.

Camp All Star - With a 3:1 camper to staff ratio, a customized schedule of over 20 activities, trips out of camp, evening programs, and days full of fun, Camp All-Star is the place to be during the summer! Located at Kents Hill School in the scenic Belgrade Lakes region of Maine, the ACA accredited Camp All-Star has emerged as a leader amongst premier camps in the U.S. Camp All-Star is not just about sports - we are about fun.

Birch Hill - is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Our elective program lets campers choose from over 40 activities throughout their 2. 4, or 6 week stay. Our Camp is dedicated to building self esteem, fostering friendships, and discovering new challenges and adventures. Birch Hill is situated on 50 acres in the "Lakes Region" of NH, just an hour and a half from Boston, MA.

South Shore YMCA Camp Burgess and Camp Hayward - Burgess and Hayward are overnight camps that offers one- and two-week sessions for boys (Burgess) and girls (Hayward) ages 7 to 15. We are located on Cape Cod on beautiful Spectacle Pond, across from our sister Camp Hayward. Our brother-sister structure allows campers to benefit from a same-gender environment while also experiencing safe and positive opportunities for co-ed social interaction.

Jewish Community Center's Maccabi Camp - Known through three generations as Camp Kingswood, JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood is an overnight camp for boys and girls entering grades 3-11. Located on a beautiful lake in southern Maine, JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood's flexible schedule emphasizes opportunities for campers to develop interests and to experiment with new ideas and activities in sports, outdoor life, and the cultural and creative arts in two, 3-1/2, 5-1/2, and seven week sessions.

Camp Nawaka - is a summer co-ed overnight and day camp located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Nawaka's overnight camp serves just 120 campers with 40 staff members. Campers from ages 8 to 15 attend Nawaka, coming from varied racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. All campers become Camp Fire USA members when they register for camp.

Camp Starfish - Our positive approach, engaging philosophy and overall experience is different. Camp Starfish provides a 1:1 staff-to-camper ratio at all times to enable success, build social skills, teach coping mechanisms, and help children who have difficulty finding success in traditional settings. We are a one-of-a-kind summer camp and year-round support program.

Wediko Summer Program - For over 70 years, Wediko's Summer Program has served thousands of children and teens. The intensive therapeutic setting provides an opportunity for children to challenge themselves in social, emotional, and academic areas.

Thompson Island Outward Bound Summer Programs - Thompson Island Outward Bound is located in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area in Boston, Massachusetts, and enjoys a course area rich in cultural and natural history. One of 34 islands to explore, Thompson Island boasts 204 acres of woodlands, beaches, salt marshes, meadows, and high challenge adventure courses. The Outward Bound Summer Connecting with Courage (girls), Passages (boys), and Environmental Expeditions (Co-ed) expeditions explore the Boston Harbor Islands and/or the Massachusetts Bay. Scholarships based on financial need are available on first come first serve basis.

 

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