Ziptivity’s MetroWest Summer Camp ZipPicks

Here are Casey’s MetroWest ZipPicks from our Summer Camp Edition of ZipNews!  Read this special edition of ZipNews here to also learn about other camp recommendations from our Community Ambassadors in Metro Boston, the North Shore and the South Shore.

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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 ½ 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!


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 3-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

One Response to “Ziptivity’s MetroWest Summer Camp ZipPicks”
  1. zipmom says:

    Here’s a great list from a Wellesley mom:

    Kids Street
    Natick Community Organic Farm
    The public school system in Wellesley (runs at Sprague)
    Warren rec center
    Planet Gymnastics

    The most flexible programs are Kids Street and BSC (you can choose your days, and that can vary from week to week). Everyone else seems to require at least four days/week, and as kids get to be six they generally have to go for five full days. The exception to this is the farm, which does four half-days/week for both the younger and older age groups. A number of the programs offer a part-time, half-day option for the younger age groups (Longfellow, Linx). Also, most of the camps offer extended day as well.

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