Summer Camp Guide for North Andover

Enrollment is starting soon for many summer camps. Here's a selection of summer camps in and around our region.

With the choice and variety of summer camps available in New England in 2013, boredom won't be an option.

Organizations, from the YMCA to your local parks and recreation department, offer dozens of camp choices for recreation, science, reading, sports, music and more. Whether you're looking for an all-around experience or a more focused camp, this list can easily launch your camp search with examples in your town and surrounding areas.

Overnight Camps


PrimeTime Lacrosse 

Location: Babson College, Wellesley, MA

Type: Overnight Lacrosse

Dates: 1 week sessions, July 14-August 8

Details: With PrimeTime Lacrosse you see a staff of individuals that is always engaged with the campers, holding themselves and the players to the highest level of sportsmanship and integrity on and off the field.

Information: www.primetimelacrosse.com

Camp Emerson 

Location: Hinsdale, MA

Type: Traditional cam

Dates: 2, 4, 6 week sessions, June 30-August 10

Details: The program is designed to bring out each campers’ talents and to challenge them to try new things.

Information: www.campemerson.com


Location: Boston, MA

Type: Seafaring adventure

Dates: July 27-August 7

Details: Seafaring Camp is a one-week co-educational learning adventure for teens  aged 13-16, exploring the marine environment of coastal New England to discover the sea’s rich diversity of life, history, and lore.

Information: www.oceanclassroom.org

Camp Danbee 

Location: Hinsdale, MA

Type: Girls traditional

Dates: June 22-August 10

Details: Camp Danbee offers girls a well-rounded, comprehensive, and instructionally oriented program. The skilled and enthusiastic staff of specialized instructors help campers to improve their abilities whether in the pool, on the soccer field, in gymnastics, in art, at dance, on the lake or on stage.

Information: www.campdanbee.com 

Wizards & Warriors 

Location: Westford, MA

Type: Adventure

Dates: 3 sessions; June 30-August 9

Details: This is the most immersive summer camp experience with outdoor battles and encounters, late night events, and special events planned.  All meals are provided. Campers reside in either wooden cabins with screen windows and doors, or platform cabin tents with screen windows and doors.

Information: swordsummercamp.com  

John Smith Sports

Location: Needham, Marlboro, North Andover, Weston, MA

Type: Soccer

Dates: June 24-August 16

Details: Each morning is concentrated on individual techniques, while in the afternoon, on tactics. Each session is followed by our 6v6 tournament to give campers the opportunity to utilize their new skills in a match situation.

Information: johnsmithsports.com

Emagination Camp

Location: Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Type: Technology

Dates: June 30-August 16

Details: This core computer camp program is for 8-17 year olds and balances technology learning with fun summer camp activities in two-week sessions. It also offers a one week mini session at the end of the summer. It also offers over 20 Technology Workshops plus five recreation choices including Retro Games, Tennis, Swimming and Drama.

Information: www.computercamps.com/massachusetts/summer_camp.html 

New Hampshire

Camp Cody 

Location: 9 Cody Road, Freedom, NH

Type: Traditional overnight camp

Dates: 2 & 4 week sessions, June 23-August 17

Details: Nestled on the sandy beaches of beautiful Lake Ossipee amidst the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Cody offers a summer experience rich in fun, friendship, learning and adventure for ages 7 to 15.

Information: www.campcody.com, 800-399-4436


Location: Rindge, NH

Type: Overnight nature camp

Dates: 1 & 2 week sessions, June 30-August 24

Details: Wildwood is a multidimensional summer program for young people ages 9 to 17 focusing on active exploration of the natural world, owned and operated by Mass Audubon.

Information: www.massaudubon.org

Adventure Camp Sargent Center 

Location: Hancock, NH

Type: Adventure/wilderness

Dates: 6 & 13 day sessions, July 3-August 12

Details: In-camp adventures include: low & high ropes courses, group initiatives, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, archery, waterfront activities, and on-site backpacking trips. Our Wilderness Trip program features off-site trips for 3-8 days in rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking and canoeing through New England.

Information: www.naturesclassroom.org/sargent

Beam Camp 

Location: Strafford, NH

Type: Building, Arts, Science, Creative Problem-solving

Dates: 2 4-week sessions, June 29-August 21

Details: At Beam kids learn to make their ideas happen through fine and manual arts, technology and collaboration. Campers collaborate on the spectacular Beam Project and engage with the full-time and visiting staff of professional architects, videographers, builders, engineers, designers, and makers of all kinds.

Information: www.beamcamp.com

Birchmont-A Pierce Camp 

Location: Wolfeboro, NH

Type: Private

Dates: 3, 4 or 7 week sessions, June 26-August 14

Details: Birchmont offers excellent programs in tennis, basketball, base/softball, soccer, golf, riflery, archery, nature, woodworking, ceramics, physical fitness, mountain biking, yoga, performing arts, high and low element ropes/challenge courses, horseback riding and fitness center.

Information: www.campbirchmont.com


Location: Peterborough, NH

Type: Traditional

Dates: 16 day sessions, June 26-August 18

Details: Founded in 1904, Brantwood Camp enrolls campers primarily from low-income and/or inner-city families from New England, New Jersey and New York. Brantwood fosters community spirit and building young men and women who are confident, independent and responsible leaders. Boys and girls experience camps on separate facilities.

Information: www.brantwood.org

Camp Allen

Location: Bedford, NH

Type: Developmental disabilities and outdoor challenges

Dates: 5 & 10 day sessions, June 12-August 26

Details: Camp Allen provides opportunities for growth, friendship and fun for children and adults with developmental disabilities and other challenges in an outdoor environment.  The ratio of counselor to camper is 1:2 and a 1:1 is available.

Information: www.campallennh.org

Camp Starfish 

Location: Rindge

Type: One-on-one camper to counselor

Dates: June 23-August 17

Details: Surrounded by the support of the staff and the increased confidence which comes from positive interactions with their peers, campers participate in "traditional" camp activities, such as arts and crafts, swim instruction, boating, nature exploration, sports, drama, music, athletics, and more.

Information: campstarfish.org

Day Camps


Camp Nashoba 

Location: 140 Nashoba Rd., Littleton, MA

Type: Traditional summer day camp

Cost/Dates: 2 weeks, $1500; 3 weeks, $2230; 4 weeks, $2,950; 8 weeks, $5600

When: June 24-August 16

Details: Camp Nashoba is a Massachusetts children's camp located northeast of Boston offering traditional summer camp experiences for boys and girls ages 4 to 15. Nashoba is often described as a day camp with a wide variety of land and water activities with the feel of a New England overnight camp.

Information: www.campnashobaday.com 978-486-8088


Location: 150 Foundry St. (Rte. 106), South Easton, MA

Type: Traditional summer day camp

Cost/Dates: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 weeks, June 24-August 16

Details: Maplewood tradition by offering campers, ages 3 to 14, an opportunity to express their creativity; to strive for achievement; to experience fun and adventure; to discover and develop skills in physical fitness with active non-competitive, a wide variety of activities, and individual attention.

Information: http://blog.maplewoodyearround.com/home/

Summer's Edge 

Location: Lexington/Salem

Type: Tennis day camp

Dates: Weekly, June 24-August 16

Details: Summer’s Edge Day Camp believes in offering campers group activities as well as  individual choices.  The afternoon schedule includes free choice activity periods and one free swim period.

Information: www.summersedgedaycamp.com, 781-391-EDGE

Hale Reservation

Location: 80 Carby St., Westwood

Type: Traditional summer day camp

Dates: Weekly, June 24-August 23

Details: Situated on 1,130 acres of unspoiled woodlands, winding streams, extensive hiking trails and scenic ponds, Hale Day Camp offers the perfect backdrop for a summer of outdoor exploration and learning.

Information: www.halereservation.org, 781-326-1770

Middlesex School Summer Arts Program 

Location: 1400 Lowell Rd., Concord, MA

Type: Performing arts, visual arts, recreation

Dates: 2, 3 5 week sessions, June 24-July 26

Details: The program offers over 100 courses for grades 2-11 in art, dance, drama, technical theater, gymnastics, music, video production, writing, photography, textiles, sports and other fields.

Information: www.mxschoolsummerarts.org, 978-371-6550

Green Apple Campus 

Location: Olin College, Needham, MA

Type: Science, technology, engineering, architecture, design and invention

Dates: Weekly, July 1-August 9

Details: Programs are categorized as Adventures with LEGO®, Robotics in Engineering & Invention and Digital Media & Technology. Staff provides assistance, instruction, sample projects, challenge projects and theme based outlines.

Information: www.greenapplecamps.com, 877-735-4550.

Camp Thoreau

Location: 275 Forest Ridge Rd., Concord

Type: Traditional day camp

Dates: 2 week sessions, June 24-August 23

Details: Mornings are filled with engaging instructional programs such as Red Cross swim lessons and archery. Campers choose how they want to spend their afternoons by signing up for hobbies (or electives). Some hobbies include candle making, hip-hop dancing and ultimate frisbee.

Information: www.campthoreau.com, 978-831-1349

Celtics Cowens Camp

Location: Waltham, Canton, Hanover, MA

Type: Basketball camp

Dates: 1 week sessions, July 8-August 23

Details: Celtics Cowens Camps will provide boys and girls ages 10-18 a structured learning experience focused on basketball fundamentals like offense, defense and shooting, while encouraging personal development in sportsmanship and team participation.

Information: www.nba.com/celtics/camps 

Mass. Audubon

Location: Throughout Massachusetts

Type: Nature day camps

Dates: 1 week sessions, June 24-August 16

Details: 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 18 day camps from the Berkshires to the Cape & Islands, and everywhere in between, there's a Mass audubon camp in your neighborhood.

Information: www.massaudubon.org/camps


New Hampshire

Celtics Cowens Camp

Location: Hampton, NH

Type: Basketball camp

Dates: 1 week sessions, July 8-August 23

Details: Celtics Cowens Camps will provide boys and girls ages 10-18 a structured learning experience focused on basketball fundamentals like offense, defense and shooting, while encouraging personal development in sportsmanship and team participation.

Information: www.nba.com/celtics/camps

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Location: Holderness, NH

Type: Nature

Dates: 1, 4 & 5 day sessions, July 8-August 12

Details: Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for over forty years about our natural world.

Information: www.nhnature.org/programs/guided_discoveries.php?gclid=COXCg57A9bUCFYdT4AodICMAgw

Camp Kettleford

Location: Bedford, NH

Type: Girl Scouts

Dates: June 27-August 12

Details: Camp Kettleford focuses on building community, creating connections and helping girls gain independence. Campers participate in general program activities such as swimming, boating, arts, drama, games and outdoor cooking.

Information: www.girlscoutsgwm.org


Location: Salem, NH

Type: Traditional

Dates: June 20-September 2

Details: Camp Sandlot includes a variety of activities: soccer, hip hop/ drama, wiffleball, dodgeball, crafts, football, musical theater, tug of war, swimming and kayaking.  A Special camp is held for a 2 week Musical Theater camp.

Information: www.sandlotsportsnh.com

Camp Shaker

Location: Concord, NH

Type: Recreation

Dates: June 20-August 26

Details: Camp Shaker is primarily a recreational program located in picturesque East Concord, NH.  The 50 acre campus offers swimming, golf, fitness trails, and kayaking from our offsite campus on the banks of the Merrimack.

Information: www.shakerroad.com

Melody Pines

Location: Manchester, NH

Type: Traditional

Dates: June 20-August 26

Details: Activities include group games and sports, daily swimming lessons, free swim, boating, waterskiing, archery, arts and crafts, frisbee golf, pond life, climbing, treasure hunts, and many more activities and special events.

Information: www.melodypines.com


Location: Merrimack, NH

Type: Town of Merrimack Parks and Recreation

Dates: June 27-August 19

Details: Facilities include the dining hall where campers enjoy daily hot lunch prepared on site by out camp cook, the theater where campers perform for their families and friends at the open-house, Naticook Lake for swim lessons and canoeing, nature, archery, arts & crafts and so much more.

Information: http://www.merrimacknh.gov/town/departments/parks_and_recreation/naticook_day_camp

Wildquest at Prescott Farm

Location: Laconia, NH

Type: Environmental education

Dates: June 27-August 26

Details: WildQuest camps enhance children's ecological awareness and provide fun learning opportunities in a community-minded and non-competitive atmosphere.  Camp is led by experienced environmental educators and includes nature activities, hiking, arts & crafts, quests, and hands-on learning.

Information: www.prescottfarm.org

Camp Starfish

Location: Rindge, NH

Type: One-on-one camper to counselor

Dates: June 24-August 16

Details: Camp Starfish is a unique environment, the only camp in New England to offer a one-to-one camper-to-counselor relationship. In our program, each year more than 200 young boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17 who struggle with debilitating psychological and learning disabilities have found the care and compassion needed to help them move forward in life.

Information: campstarfish.org


Is your camp not on this list? You can include the information about your camp in the comment section below.

Kelly Walsh March 19, 2013 at 04:30 PM
My kids are going to Creative Arts in Reading. They have wonderful music, visual and performing arts programs, http://creativeartsforkids.org.
Heather McNeil March 19, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Does anyone have information or an opinion about Camp Otter - YMCA day camp???
Brooks School Summer Programs March 21, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Brooks School Summer Programs Brooks School Summer Programs has provided thousands of youth throughout the Merrimack Valley with a great summer experience for the past 40 years. Nestled on the shores of Lake Cochichewick in North Andover, Massachusetts, Brooks' magnificent 250-acre rolling hillside campus, athletic fields and facilities provide a secure setting for our programs. Partnered with our loyal, experienced and professional staff, participants explore, learn and have fun in a very safe environment. Learn more at https://summer.brooksschool.org


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