summer camps

Summer Camp

IMG_1243Summer Camp

Summertime…Or, Oops I forgot to sign up for camp! While most of you have camps already in progress, you just might be looking to fill in an odd week here or there. There are still tons of options – not to worry!

Camp Seekers.com

Campseekers makes summer scheduling easier by giving parents a targeted list of summer camp sessions that meet specific criteria.

You can search for camp by location, date and camp type (i.e. sports) to find camp sessions that meet specific criteria – you can then filter by activity (i.e. soccer) or age to find the camp sessions that best fit their summer goals.

Currently, Campseekers includes approximately 250 camps representing close to 10,000 sessions in the greater Boston area. It is completely free to become a member of Campseekers.

Land’s Sake

Our family has loved this camp for many years. Low-key, educational, fun and in the dirt. What could be better? From the site: Kids learn about gardening and farm ecosytems, care for our chickens and rabbits, explore, and create! From kindergarten to high school, our experienced and highly trained educators lead exciting, age appropriate activities all summer long.

Environmental Science Program

From the site:
The Envi Sci program combines fun outdoor activities with learning about the environment. Each year it builds on the “peer education” principle by having the student leaders design, develop, and deliver the materials that the students use. New students are encouraged to return and become leaders in subsequent years, continuing the thread of responsibility for care and teaching about the environment.

A typical activity would be a hike to an area of interest, often in Newton but sometimes elsewhere, such as the Arnold Arboretum. Other activities range from bicycle trips to night walks for learning about nocturnal wildlife. We go on a 12-mile canoe trip on the Charles River, and we take water samples to report on the water quality. The learning materials for each day may cover ecology, geology, botany, pollution issues, or other areas that the student leaders select.

Each year there is an environmental cleanup project in which participants get hands-on involvement with improving an environmental sit

Learnivore (Build your own camp)

Find an Instructor

Search and message instructors directly, or create a Request and let them come to you.

Get to know each other; and if the fit is good, schedule your lesson. Take a lesson (or two) online, at home, at your instructor’s studio.

Find Classes Get inspired. Just sign in, and you’ll be able to see every new class that’s created in your area in your activity feed.

 

There are also great city and town camps – check with your town – Newton Community Education is where I generally start.

Still Need Summer Plans? Try this Virtual Camp Fair from ACA New England

Still Need Summer Plans? Try this Virtual Camp Fair from ACA New England (You can sign up in your jammies).

Still don’t have summer plans for the kiddos? Same here – I missed yesterday’s time slot to chat but it’s open today 4-8 pm and I’ll be home, because of, you know, the snow. What is it now #Marcus? Sheesh.

Anyway, check out the great camps and plan your summer.

There’s no better time to think about summer planning than during a massive snowstorm! 

Join us February 8th & 9th at the Virtual Camp Fair!
Sign up today!

What’s a Virtual Camp Fair? You can easily “attend” this camp fair from the comfort of your favorite computer. It’ll be will be a great place to start your camp search! During fair hours you can browse virtual booths, explore what camps are doing, watch some videos AND, most importantly, interact with camp reps from the ACA Accredited camps in New England who are participating.

– See more at: http://www.acanewengland.org/families-public/smore-about-camp-a-blog-for-camp-families/find-your-new-england-summer-camp#sthash.vw3T68YE.dpuf

See more here! From the ACA New England website:

Mission

The American Camp Association, New England enriches the lives of children and families through quality camp experiences.

– See more at: http://www.acanewengland.org/about-us#sthash.xtE9cee6.dpuf

The American Camp Association, New England is a community of camp professionals who, for more than one hundred years, have joined together to share knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. ACA New England accredits nearly 400 day and overnight summer camps in the six New England states. ACA New England fulfills its mission and advances camp excellence by:

  • Promoting – as New England’s camp knowledge center for families, child-serving professionals, and media – the value of a quality camp experience.
  • Providing the most comprehensive and reliable camp-related resources in print and online.
  • Administering the ACA Accreditation program in New England and educating the public about its importance.
  • Establishing and furthering best practices in the summer camp industry through excellent educational opportunities for camp owners, directors, and staff in fourteen essential areas of quality camp management.
  • Offering educational programs in a variety of settings (corporate, university, school, and community) on how to choose a well-suited camp, and on the benefits of a summer camp experience for children.

 

ACA New England is an Affiliate of the American Camp Association, Inc.

– See more at: http://www.acanewengland.org/about-us#sthash.xtE9cee6.dpuf

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