Our Guide to Summer Camp is here! We’re proud to present our picks for the best South Shore Area Day Camps for your kiddos! Making the decision to send your child to camp can be so exciting for everyone in the family. And with so many wonderful camps to chose from, it can also be overwhelming. How do you know which is the right one for your child? Check out our list below to help you and your child chose the best camp for a truly amazing summer!
“‘The Dalby Farm Experience’: Exploring Farm Animals” is an interactive summer learning program for children entering K-2nd grade, MWF 9am-1pm. Their small family operated, educational rare breeds farm in Scituate MA, provides an ideal environment for children to learn about farm animals and their habitats, via stories, hands-on activities and crafts. Each day is themed differently so a child can attend both sessions without redundant material. Being on a farm, the children are able to explore them through their senses. They will hear the rooster crow, feel the softness of sheep’s wool and see the rich color and beauty of a chicken’s feather. Space is limited, register here!
Session 1:Monday July 18, Wednesday July 20 and Friday July 22
Session 2: Monday July 25, Wednesday July 27 and Friday July 29
Summer Arts is a five-week multi-arts program for students ages 8 to 15. Students pick their own classes from a wide range of choices which include offerings in the visual and performing arts, sports, STEAM, media, writing, dance, textiles, and more. Students pick their classes; everything is by choice! Each camper has a unique, individualized schedule which includes five classes a day, lunch, a performance showcasing works in progress, and a daily free choice period. Summer Arts staff are experts in their fields with a passion for working with children and sharing their crafts. The Derby Academy campus is an idyllic summer setting for creativity, exploration, growth, friendships and fun!
The 5 week program runs from June 27 to July 29. Campers can also come for just the first 2 weeks (June 27 – July 8) or the last 3 weeks (July 11 – July 29). Extended day is available till 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Pricing is as follows:
5 weeks – $3250
3 weeks – $2450
2 weeks – $1800
Financial aid is available. Information can be found on the website. The link to online registration is also on the website which can be found here.
Derby Academy | 56 Burditt Ave, Hingham, MA 02043 | 781-749-0746| DerbyAcademy.org
Edge on Science is a place where your child explores applied science and engineering. Individual and team projects make it a hands-on experience! Your child can choose from ten different topics and 43 week-long, day sessions. Programs are geared for 3rd through 12th graders. Edge on Science Camp features a project-based immersive experience where campers learn to use tools, drawings, computer applications and scientific instruments. They will also experience the practice of presenting and communicating ideas! Small groups (child to instructor & assistant ratio of 7:1 or less) are lead by engineers, scientists and/or scholars.
Here are some of the AMAZING activities they can experience:
- Build a bridge.
- Design, model, simulate, build, test and fly a model rocket.
- Understand basic optics and then assemble a refractor telescope.
- Learn to observe and record your observations.
- Code and fly that code with a drone.
- Learn about 3D printers, design objects, prepare them, print them and assess the results.
- Team build a catapult and then use it outside to hit a mock castle wall.
- Collect and prepare samples for viewing under a microscope.
- Envision hydraulic machines and then build them in a makerspace.
- Tinker with water rockets and discover the right mix of water volume, air volume and air pressure.
- Communicate your ideas on paper.
- Share and present your findings to the other children.
- Showcase your accomplishments at the end of the week to family and friends!
- Engage in games and challenges that reinforce concepts learned, all while having fun.
- Embrace safety, quality control and ethics.
Edge on Science Summer Camp is located at two different college campuses; Endicott College in Beverly, MA and Lasell University in Newton, MA. To register, visit their website.
Dates for Lasell University: July 5 to 8, July 11 to 15, July 25 to 29, August 1 to 5, August 8 to 12, August 15 to 19
Dates for Endicott College: June 27 to July 1, July 25 to 29, August 1 to 5, August 8 to 12, August 15 to 19
Edge On Science | 315-773-5673 | edgeonscience.com
For kids who like to spend all summer in the water, learn to surf at Northeast Surfing Academy! This an education based National Surf Schools and Instructors Association Surf Academy located on Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts. They focus on building inner self confidence for children and at the same time teaching them respect for the environment, while experiencing the thrill of surfing. Accredited by the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association, NSSIA Certified Lifeguard Surf Instructors, Red Cross CPR – First Aid Trained, State CORI and SORI checked, State Permitted, Insure. They offer Surf Lessons, Adult & Youth Surf Camps, Surfing Birthday Parties, Surfboard & Paddleboard Rentals.
There are two Youth Surf Academy “Camps” a Week. Both are Monday thru Friday. The first Academy Camp is mornings 9:00am to 12:00pm. The second camp is afternoons 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Afternoons 25 Max, mornings 25 Max. Space is limited. You are welcome to signup for mornings and afternoons for the same week, this is considered two camps. To register, click here.
Northeast Surfing Academy | 99 Hull Shore Drive, Hull, MA 02045 | 617-297-7872 | northeastsurfing.com
SELA’s Summer Program is full Spanish immersion, designed to engage children with or without prior language exposure! This educational experience is based on the STEAM approach to learning, grounded in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Each week children will learn and play, guided by a weekly theme. Themes are the same for all ages, but the depth of the projects vary greatly by age groups. Their award-winning Summer Program offers full and part time schedules, with flexible day options! To register, click here.
Su Escuela Language Academy | 75 Sgt. William B Terry Drive Ste. 1001 | Hingham, MA 02043 | suescuela.com
Summer Sports Camp at the South Shore Sports Center keeps kids running and moving with activities like Capture the flag, dodgeball, whiffle ball, basketball, soccer, flag football… The fun never ends at our Summer Sports Camp for girls and boys ages 5-12. Grab a friend and register today!
Sessions: June 27-July 1, July 11-15, and July 25-29 from 9am-12pm or 9am-3pm (includes pizza lunch). Register Here!
South Shore Sports Center | 55 Recreation Drive | Hingham, MA | 781- 740-1105| sssc.community
Take your soccer to the next level at Select Summer Soccer Camp! Join their professional soccer coaches at Select Soccer Camp being held at Carlson Field, Hingham. Perfect for beginners to more advanced players, this camp will offer skill development, drills, game play, crazy dress days, and tons of fun for soccer players ages 4-14. Open to all players regardless of club affiliation. Your kids won’t want to miss this!
Sessions: June 27-30, July 11-14, and August 1-4. Register Here!
Camp Gordon Clark
South Shore YMCA Camp Gordon Clark is a traditional Y summer day camp located at the Emilson YMCA campus in Hanover, MA. Serving children ages 4-15, SSYMCA Camp Gordon Clark is situated on 46 beautifully wooded acres and includes athletic fields, three outdoor pools, games court, archery range, basketball court, organic farm, tennis courts, low ropes course, traverse climbing wall, volleyball court, and access to SSYMCA Laura’s Center for the Arts. Extended 9-5pm days available at no extra cost, and daily swim included in most camp programs. Check out the Y Match Point Tennis Camp and ArtsCamp too! Registration now open. Financial Assistance is available. Registration now open, click here!
SOUTH SHORE YMCA CAMP GORDON CLARK, HANOVER, MA| Emilson YMCA branch, 75 Mill Street, Hanover MA
Nature Adventures Camp
At Y Nature Adventures Camp, campers develop an awareness, appreciation, and concern for our environment as they explore the habits and habitats of animals living in our woods, ponds, meadows, and along the shore. Campers have fun using their imaginations and “being kids” in a no-stress, outdoor environment. Campers learn about natural science through stories, hikes, games, crafts, and a host of other fun-filled activities. Financial Assistance is available. To register, click here!
SOUTH SHORE YMCA NATURE ADVENTURES CAMP | South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA 02061
South Shore YMCA Camp Quirk is our traditional Y summer day camp for campers ages 4-12. Located at Quincy YMCA and Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, their extensive variety of programs provides an inclusive summer adventure for everyone. For decades, YMCA Camp Quirk has provided children with a rich, engaging day camp experience rooted in the YMCA core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, and caring. At Camp Quirk, campers explore the outdoors, discover new talents, form connections with new friends, and create memories that last a lifetime. Daily swim included in many camp programs, and extended 9-5pm camp day available at no additional cost. Financial Assistance is available. Registration is open, click here!
SOUTH SHORE YMCA CAMP QUIRK, QUINCY, MA | Quincy YMCA & Eastern Nazarene College
Summer at Inly offers 10 weeks of programs that invite children to explore the outdoors, express themselves creatively, and keep their bodies moving all summer long. Parents can choose as many one-week sessions as they like, between June 21 and August 26.
Summer at Inly sessions begin June 21 and run through August 26; most are one-week sessions. The camp day is 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, with an early dismissal option of 1:00 pm for preschoolers. Extended day is available beginning at 7:30 am until 5:00 pm.
INLY SUMMER | Inly School, 46 Watch Hill Dr, Scituate, MA 02066