Summer Dreamin’

Discover the perfect summer camp on the South Shore.


After 21 years of teaching art in the Boston Public Schools, Weymouth resident Rosemary Igoe decided to take an early retirement so that she could pursue her passion for art education in a new way. She now runs an art camp and preschool designed to promote creativity on the grounds of her home. Each day is filled with several different art experiences designed to develop children’s artistic and creative skills. The garden and woods provide inspiration. Children spend time each day in Igoe’s extensive flower and vegetable gardens, sketching and practicing their observation skills. Later, the classes move into the barn (the 900-square-foot studio also hosts kid’s birthday parties) to practice painting, printmaking, ceramics, collage and other skills. Classes are kept small to ensure that students receive lots of individual attention and at the end of each session the children have an art show of their finished work. 24 King Oak Terrace, Weymouth, 617-780-7730,


Calling all artists! Join the artistic team and fill each week with your creativity, passion and energy at the Emilson YMCA’s Arts and Education Department. Specialized artist educators lead a multitude of arts centered camps in Laura’s Center for the Arts. After a morning in the studios, cool off during afternoon with a swim before spending the afternoon in your specialty class of choice, which varies each week. No experience necessary just a desire to create. Laura’s Center for the Arts, 97 Mill St., Hanover,


Bay Farm Montessori Academy’s summer program features creative arts, cooking, drama, music, tennis skills, swimming and various field sports. The summer sessions are tailored to children ages 18 months to 15 years and are managed by a summer staff made up of experienced, certified teachers. Bay Farm will also host a summer theater workshop based on the DreamWorks animated film “Madagascar JR.” This musical will give students the chance to learn a variety of theater skills, from acting and singing to set and costume design. Families can attend the one-hour performances the last week of the summer theater session. Bay Farm Montessori Academy, 145 Loring St., Duxbury, 781-934-7101,


What better place for a bird’s eye view of nature than from The Norman Smith Environmental Education Center located at the peak of Chickatawbut Hill, the second highest point in the Blue Hills Reservation? Though there is much in the way of activities—science, crafts, hikes, and guided exploration—there is also time set aside for imaginative play with friends. Hands-on learning, crafts, songs, games, and short hikes for younger campers, and lengthier hiking to and exploration of habitats including Ponkapoag Bog and Houghton’s Pond, plus overnights for older campers. Like other Mass Audubon day camps, age groups come together at the end of the day to join a sharing circle. Chickatawbut Road, Milton, 617-696-0920,


This is a sleepover boys’ sports oriented summer camp in its 73rd year, located on 15 acres of Great Herring Pond waterfront. If water sports like tubing, knee boarding, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, scuba and a 25 ft. floating water trampoline won’t suffice, there are more traditional sports on the camp’s lighted facilities, including basketball, tennis, street hockey and golf. Horseback lessons nearby. Students come from as far as France, Spain, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. There are trips to Red Sox games, paintball and arcades, Canobie Lake Park, and three-day visits to Newport, R.I. and Springfield for white water rafting. Campers write home via email from the computer lab. Heated cabins with showers and restrooms house seven to eight campers. Campers range from 6 to 16. 110 Valley Road, Plymouth, 508-888-2634,


Old Colony YMCA’s Camp Clark acknowledges the important role camp plays in a child’s development, something it bolsters by encouraging caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Activities include swimming, archery, ropes course, music, outdoor play, and sports. There are family nights on the second Thursday of each two-week session with talent shows, entertainers, and movies. Campers range in age from 4 to 16. Hedges Pond Road, Plymouth, 508-888-2290,


Camp Gordon Clark offers traditional and specialty sports and arts day camp experiences for children ages 3 to 15. Situated on 46 beautifully wooded acres, the camp includes spacious athletic fields, three outdoor pools, a games court, archery range, basketball court, tennis courts, low ropes course, climbing wall, volleyball court, a bathhouse/changing area and Laura’s Center for the Arts. Emilson YMCA, 75 Mill St., Hanover,


A decidedly non-competitive atmosphere prevails at Camp Thayer’s sports programs, including field and track, tennis, swimming, and more. There are also science, theater, Photoshop and other courses to choose from. The staff of professional teachers and college students who serve as counselors emphasize having fun and making friends in the process. For ages 3.9 to 5 for lower camp; grades 1 through 8 (or ages 6 through 13) for the general camp; and ages 14 through 16 for the counselor in training program. 745 Washington St., Braintree, 781-848-7255,


Not every active child wants to spend their summer at a sports camp, and not every child with a creative side wants to spend a week at a theater or arts & crafts camp. Camp Viva gives kids the chance to craft their week according to their individual preferences. Kids sign up for a specialty (like crafts or acting) where they spend a few hours each day, and then they select two electives (like circus arts or cupcake decorating), each morning to experiment with that afternoon. With over 75 different electives offered, Camp Viva has lots for kids to experiment with. Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center, 25 Brow Ave, Braintree, 781-794-8420,


The well-rounded camper who wants an on-the-go schedule of activities will find a happy pace at this 200-acre facility. Staff is made up of returning counselors, some of them alumnae. Archery, swimming instruction and free swim, boating, a challenge course, and wall climbing are some of the activities that keep kids moving. There is overnight camping in tents once every other week with dinner cooked over a campfire. Other events range from a talent show and pool party to a scavenger hunt. Field trips take place once during every two-week session. Campers range in age from 5 to 16. 47 Myrtle St., Duxbury, 781-834-2700,


The CORSE Foundation provides a variety of summer camp programs for children with and without special needs. Programs include skateboarding (grades 1-8), a one-week summer program that introduces basic skills and is accessible for all children. All-Stars Summer Youth Camp (grades 1-4) is a popular one-week camp held in a structured professionally supervised setting to create an environment where children will have a fun, successful experience while participating in a variety of sports, gym activities, arts and crafts, water activities and story time etc. Maritime Adventures through AccesSport America (ages 6-22) is a water sports camp in which athletes will build skills in adaptive windsurfing, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing and stand-up paddling. All Stars Tennis with Aceing Autism (ages 6-22) is a six-week program that makes the sport of tennis available to children with special needs who cannot access a typical program. C.O.R.S.E. Foundation, Various Locations, 781-545-7736,


Fashion Focus is a confidence-building and personal empowerment program for girls. Using the runway as a tool, Fashion Focus promotes body confidence and positive body language. The summer program gives girls the platform (or runway) to step out of their comfort zone and do something that makes them feel proud of themselves. The program is comprised of girls from all over the South Shore, giving everyone the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Topics are covered in varying degrees of depth and perspective depending on age range. The topics include social icebreakers, DIY skincare masks, manners, runway, personal style, defining personal goals, personal grooming, poise posture and confidence, social etiquette, introduction to acting as a profession, hair care, inner beauty and virtues, positive body image, nail workshop, public speaking and more. Maria’s Fashion Focus, 31 Schoosett St., Pembroke, 781-826-0241,


Derby Academy’s Summer Arts is a comprehensive arts camp with programs for ages 3-15. Children can explore courses in drama, music, video, animation, dance, sports, gymnastics, visual arts, photography and writing. There are also one-week specialty camps, which include cryptography, super science explorers, musical theatre workshop, gone fishing, in stitches-create, design and sew, neighborhood playhouse, robotics, visual arts workshop, digital photo and Photoshop, digital video game design, and digital mod design. Derby Academy, 56 Burditt Ave, Hingham, 781-740-4766,

Summer Arts performance of The Jungle Book


The Fuller Craft Museum is hosting half-day sessions this summer, designed to spark the imagination and find the maker in children ages 6 to 12 (entering grades 1 through 6). Each week will explore a new theme based on five craft media—glass, wood, ceramic, metal, and fiber. Courses include creative glass, fiber art and pottery for teens, acrylic painting on canvas and printmaking techniques. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, 508-588-6000,


This year, Holly Hill Farm is celebrating 16 years of connecting children to the natural world through farming, exploration and outdoor adventures with friends. Campers meet the farm animals and explore the salt marsh meadows, woods and bountiful fields at the certified organic farm. Campers range in age from 3 to 18. Friends of Holly Hill Farm, 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset, 781-383-6565,


Mass Audubon’s North River Nature Camp in Marshfield encourages a child’s lasting curiosity and care for the natural world. One-week sessions teach campers in grades K–9 about local habitats and wildlife through hikes, nature activities, outdoor games, stories, crafts, songs and more. The 225-acre wildlife sanctuary setting provides lots of outdoor space to explore and experience new adventures each day. Specialty sessions focus on science, creative arts, authentic nature play, wilderness survival and team building, allowing older campers to discover their own unique interests. These offerings include Into the Wild (grades 4–6), Trail Stewards (grades 6-9), nature photography (grades 6-9), Wild Adventurers (grades 7-9) and Conservation Trailblazers (grades 7-9). North River Wildlife Sanctuary, 2000 Main St., Marshfield, 781-837-9400,


Located atop scenic Chickatawbut Hill, Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Summer Camp in Milton offers campers a unique location to discover nature through hands-on exploration, creative play, and active learning. One-week sessions, available for campers entering grades Pre-K-8, incorporate age-appropriate themes to deepen nature knowledge and awareness throughout the summer, and beyond. Experienced, caring staff create a welcoming atmosphere while small group sizes keep campers safe and engaged. Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave, Milton, 617-333-0690,


Every day is an adventure at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Camp in Sharon. Campers have fun, learn about nature, and make friends through a blend of outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, games, and songs. Themed weekly sessions take campers ages 3 to 16 to explore trails, discover farm fields, experiment with science, dabble in art, and venture to new places. Offerings include Peeper Camp (ages 3–4), Nature Camp (ages 4.5–12), Farm Camp (ages 8–12), Art Camp (ages 9–13), Adventure Camp (ages 10–14), Science Camp (ages 10–13) and Leadership Camp (ages 13.5–16).  Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon, 781-784-5691,


Experience the transformative power of art and nature at Mass Audubon’s Wild at Art Summer Camp. The unique setting—part wildlife sanctuary and part art museum—inspires creativity and wonder and enhances a camper’s bond with nature. Campers build lasting friendships as naturalists, teaching artists and trained counselors lead them in outdoor investigations and reflective art projects via printmaking, painting, ceramics, and much more. Programs intertwine art, science, engineering, and nature for a stimulating camp experience. Programs include Animal Acrobatics and Clay Creations (ages 4–6), Build a Digital Camera and Create Wild Art (ages 7–8; 9–10; 11–13), Exploring Watery Worlds: Painting and Printmaking (ages 9–10; 11–13), Nature CSI (ages 9–10; 11–13), Soaring Owls and Nature Photography (ages 9–10; 11–13), Wild Designs: Exploring Animal Architecture (ages 9–10; 11–13), Metamorphosis: Ceramics, Pottery, & Painting (ages 9–10; 11–13), Nature Journaling, Field Biology and Painting (ages 9–10; 11–13). Museum of American Bird Art, 963 Washington St., Canton, 781-821-8853,


Massachusetts Maritime Academy Summer Sailing School places an emphasis on sailing instruction using U.S. Sailing’s Reach Program. The staff is comprised of MMA Sailing Team coaches and members. Campers develop the habits of teamwork, responsibility and leadership for sailors of varied experience. There are overnight programs available for children interested in Academy Cadet Life. Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay,


The South Shore Natural Science Center Nature Adventures Camp offers exciting opportunities for children to learn about the natural world. Campers will develop an awareness, appreciation, and concern for our environment and the creatures in it, explore the habits and habitats of animals living in our woods, ponds, meadows, and along the shore, have fun, use their imaginations, and just be kids in a low stress, outdoor environment. Learn about natural science through stories, hikes, games, crafts, and a host of other fun-filled activities. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell,


Summer ballet is an extension of the curriculum offered in South Shore Ballet Theatre’s year-round program and open to ballet students age 8 to 18 from all schools. There are full- and half-day programs, which include guest teachers as well as enrichment classes such as jazz, modern, musical theatre, and character. Placement classes are required for ages 10 and older. South Shore Ballet Theatre, 24 Rockland St. Suite 4, Hanover, 781-312-7224,


Students who play an instrument or love to sing are invited to participate in long-running programs such as Summer Music Festival, Summer Vocal Institute, American Music Camp for Strings or Flute Symphony. Students interested in pop/rock music can attend Rock Camp for middle and high school students for any instrument or voice. New this summer, SSC Summer Piano Camp offers a full-day camp experience for piano students ages 5 to 18 at SSC’s Hingham campus. Students interested in dance can participate in Summer Ballet Camp for ages 7 to 18. Music educators are invited to SSC’s second annual SSC music educator retreat. Adults may also participate in American Music Camp for Strings teacher training and Flute Symphony. Other music and arts programs available this summer include The Arts Tell a Story for ages 3 to 7, Drum & Sing for ages 4 to 6, Primo Voice Class for ages 7 to 9, and Mezzo Voice Class for ages 10 to 13. SSC’s Music Together class offers young students, infant through age 4, a gentle introduction to the world of music. Drama takes center stage this summer with Curtain Going Up for ages 4 to 6 and Let’s Put on a Show for ages 6 to 12. South Shore Conservatory, Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George St., Duxbury and 1 Conservatory Drive, Hingham,


YMCA Quincy Day Camp offers traditional, arts, sports and specialty enrichment day camps for children ages 4 to 15. At camp you are able to create your ideal summer experience. From animation to animals, golf to gaga ball, swimming to skateboarding, the wide variety of programs truly provides a summer adventure for everyone. Snug Harbor Elementary School, 333 Palmer St., Quincy, 781-829-8585,


Working parents will appreciate the breakfast and transportation provided to campers residing in the towns of Abington, Randolph, Weymouth and Quincy. The 1,200-acre site that is Hale Reservation in Westwood has a freshwater pond and nature trail.  Swim instruction, martial arts, dance, engineering and robotics, boating, and summer reading activities are only some of the choices available. Clubs and overnights for older campers, too. The staff is comprised of teachers, college students, and childcare workers. Diverse backgrounds of children from various towns lead to broadening friendships and appreciation of other cultures. Afternoon snacks provided. The camp is for children entering grades one through six. 80 Carby St., Westwood, 781-331-8505,


ACT Summer Workshop performing arts program sparks creativity and builds self-confidence through the arts in a challenging, supportive and fun environment. Students are able to choose six classes per day from over 70 offerings in the performing and visual arts. Early registration is recommended. An extended-day theatre-intensive program is offered for  students ages 14 and up. This exploration into acting and performing hones skills for the serious student who seeks a greater challenge in theatre arts. The Company Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, 781-871-2787,


South Shore Adventures has two camp options for area families—Weir River Farm Camp and World’s End Adventure Camp. At Weir River Farm Camp campers get to meet and help out with barnyard animals, learn how to grow vegetables, play games, and take part in farm crafts. World’s End Adventure Camp gets campers outside exploring the natural world while learning about insects, crabs, birds and other critters who call World’s End home. Each day is a new adventure as campers hit the trails exploring, playing games, and making new friends. Weir River Farm, 227 East St., Hingham, and World’s End, Martin’s Lane, Hingham, 781-740-7233,

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