February 7, 2008
Time to sign up the kids for summer fun
By Sarah LaPlante • firstname.lastname@example.org
Some kids can barely wait to get back to their favorite summer camp.
Camp is where lifelong friendships are made, where kids can play outside and learn cool things without the pressures of school or even home.
If you’re enrolling your child in summer camp this year for the first time, get ready to shop around. Many New Hampshire summer camps are small, with low camper-to-counselor ratios, allowing campers to lots of attention and support from counselors. Some camps put priority on placing repeat campers in their programs first.
Some residential (overnight) camps offer “starter sessions,” usually two weeks in length, that are designed to introduce kids to the camp without dedicating a whole summer to it.
Lexy Heatley is the director of Fleur de Lis, a residential summer camp for girls in Fitzwilliam. Heatly explained that Fleur de Lis has only offered starter sessions for the past five years, but the response has been everything they had hoped.
“[Starter sessions] help kids who are hesitant to spend a whole summer away ... we hope they leave wanting more than [two weeks] next year,” Heatley said. There are still spots open for summer 2008 at Fleur de Lis. However, this might not be the case for many specialized camps. Heatley offered valuable advice for first-time applicants to any camp: “[Parents] need to figure out what kind of strengths they want their child to have ... for a specialized activity, community living — there are so many targets. Become educated on how to weed out camps and find the one that’s best for your child and family.” She also suggests looking a year ahead.
If you are planning on enrolling your child in summer camp, don’t wait until the last minute. Giving yourself a year to shop around can give you a great advantage in pricing and placement.
“You wouldn’t send your kid to a school without seeing it first ... a lot of camps offer open houses — that way you can see the camp working [at full capacity] ... then you’ll know much more instinctively if that camp is right for you,” Heatley said.
Most summer camps across the country are certified by the American Camp Association. Their Web site, www.acane-camps.org, can be a great resource for parents during and after the application process. The New Hampshire Camp Directors Association, www.nhcamps.org, also has great resources for parents, including links to Web sites that can help parents narrow the field of specialty camps to fit their needs.
General recreation camps
• Greater Concord YMCA (15 North State St., Concord, 288-9622, www.concordymca.org)
Who: Children in grades K through 5
What: Day camps provided in seven week-long sessions: June 25 to 29, July 2 to 6, July 9 to 13, July16 to 20, July 23 to 27, July 30 to Aug. 3, Aug. 6 to 10, Aug. 13 to 17 and Aug. 20 to 24. Each session has a theme, pertaining to sports, the arts and specialty camps.
Cost: Ranges from $130 to $190, depending on membership status and theme of the camp.
• Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire
(Administrative office at 815 Elm St., Ste 4A, Manchester, 625-1296, www.girlsincnewhampshire.org.)
Who: Girls aged 6 to 18 at various locations across New Hampshire.
What: Themed weeks on outdoor recreation, sports and the arts. Programs run from June to August.
Cost: Fees are based on a sliding scale and financial assistance and scholarships are available.
• Greater Manchester YMCA (30 Mechanic St., Manchester; Allard Center, Goffstown; 623-3558, manchesterymca.org)
Who: Children from preschool age to teenagers in the greater Manchester area.
What: Day camps follow a four-day format in age-appropriate groups, starting the week of June 18 and continuing until Aug. 31. Day camps follow weekly themes pertaining to outdoor recreation, sports and the arts. Registration begins March 5 for facility members and March 12 for program members.
Cost: $70 to $500, depending on duration of the camp, camp theme and membership.
• Greater Nashua YMCA/Teen Adventure (17 Prospect St., Nashua, 882-2011; 6 Henry Clay Dr., Merrimack, 881-7778; nmymca.org)
Who: Children from preschool age to teenagers in the greater Nashua area.
What: Day camp season runs from June 16 to Aug. 22, featuring weekly themes.
Cost: One-week sessions cost $30 per child.
• Boys & Girls Club of Concord (55 Bradly St., Concord, 224-1061, www.concordkids.org)
Who: Ages 6 to 12 and 13 to 18
What: Week-long sessions focused on traditional summer camp recreation, including trips to state parks. Season runs from the middle of June to the end of August.
Cost: $130 per session
• Boys & Girls Club of Manchester (Camp Foster in Manchester, Camp Allen Road in Bedford; 625-2449, www.mbgcnh.org)
Who: Ages 6 to 13
What: Themed week-long sessions at Camp Foster; requires children to travel from the clubhouse to the camp each morning. Summer season lasts from June 23 to Aug. 29.
Cost: $90 per week, $75 for week two.
• Melody Pines (510 Corning Road, Manchester, www.melodypines.com)
Who: Ages 5 to 13
What: Private day camp located on Crystal Lake, offering 11 week-long sessions beginning on Mondays and ending on Fridays.
Cost: $150 per camper, per week.
• Camp Naticook (116 Naticook Road, Wasserman Park on Lake Naticook, Merrimack, 882-1046)
Who: Ages 5 to 12
What: A relaxed and fun camp atmosphere that caters to Merrimack residents but welcomes non-residents as well. Camp days run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $250 per session for Merrimack residents, $320 for non-residents.
• YMCA Camp Sargent (Camp Sargent Road, Merrimack, 882-2011, www.campsargent.org)
Who: Grades K to 11
What: One- and two-week sessions offering children opportunities for outdoor recreation, the arts and leadership, located on Lake Naticook in Merrimack. Camp season runs from June 18 to Aug. 24.
Cost: $22 per child for one-week sessions, $44 per child for two-week sessions.
Arts and theater
• The Acting Loft (516 Pine St., Manchester, 666-5999, www.actingloft.org)
Who: Ages 5 and up
What: Theater performance camp divided into two-week-long sessions. Days run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and students are allowed to enroll in multiple sessions. Session one runs from July 7 to 18, session two from July 21 to Aug. 1, and session three from Aug. 4 to 15.
Cost: $300 per session.
• Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org)
Who: Grades 2 to 8
What: Four sessions of two-week-long camps running from July to August. Script-based camps focus on all aspects of theater, including set painting, props and costumes. Camp days run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $375 to $425 per session.
• Bedford Youth Performing Center (155 Route 101, Bedford; 472-3894, www.bypc.org)
Who: Ages 2 to 15
What: Theater, dance and music performance programs, starting June 18 and ending Aug. 31. Programs cater to different age ranges and require different levels of ability.
Cost: $185 to $225, depending on program.
• The Majestic Theatre (281 Cartier St., Manchester, 669-7469, www.majestictheatre.net)
Who: Ages 8 to 17
What: Intensive theater program with themed sessions, focusing on performance, improvisation, dance and other key acting components. Summer season runs from July 7 to Aug. 16.
Cost: $200 to $325 per session
Music and dance
• Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester, 644-4548, mcmusicschool.org)
Who: Grades 1 through 10
What: Week-long Summer Music Extravaganza for grades 5 through 10, held from July 9 to 13. Community Kids Music Day Camp for kids in grades 1 through 5, held from July 16 to 27. Various classes and instruction available throughout the summer as well.
Cost: Summer Music Extravaganza: $225 Community Kids Music Day Camp: $300
• Concord Dance Academy (26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, www.concorddanceacademy.com)
Who: Ages 5 to 12
What: Session one runs from July 21 to 25, session two from July 28 to Aug. 1 and session three from Aug. 4 to 8. Two levels of camp are offered, recreational and intensive. Students will be exposed to various dance styles, including tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, ballet, tumbling and musical theatre.
Cost: $175 per week
• New Hampshire Audubon Summer Camps (Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn; Concord Audubon McLane Center, Silk Farm Road, Concord; Prescott Farm, Laconia; 224-9909, www.nhaudubon.org)
Who: Boys and girls ages 4 to 12
What: Wildside summer camp serves Massabesic Audubon, Friends of the Eagle serves the McLane Center and Wildquest Summer is the program featured at Prescott Farm. Camps are divided into age-appropriate groups. Season runs from June 25 to Aug. 16, broken up into week-long sessions.
Cost: Prices range from $135 to $450, depending on member status and the session campers participate in.
• Beaver Brook Association (117 Mills Road, Hollis, 465-7787, www.beaverbrook.org)
Who: Preschool to ninth-grade students
What: Environmental program involving hands-on exploration and outdoor recreation activities.
Cost: Dependent upon duration of camper participation and activities in the program.
• Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia, 483-5623, www.visitthefarm.com)
Who: Ages 5 to 16
What: Camps divided into groups of 5- and 6-year-olds and 7- to 16-year-olds. Season is split up into week-long sessions with programs starting at 9 a.m. and ending by 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. Focus is on interaction with animals at Charmingfare Farm.
Cost: Age 5 and 6 program: $119 per week. Ages 7 to 16 program: $279 per week with additional charges for certain activities.
• The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford, 472-4724, www.theeducationalfarm.org)
Who: Ages 4 to 12
What: Season divided into age-appropriate, week-long sessions. Ages 4 and 5 are offered morning or afternoon half-day programs; programs for ages 6 to 12 run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The summer season runs from June 23 to Aug. 15.
Cost: Ages 4 and 5 programs cost $130 per session. Ages 6 to 12 programs cost $250 per session.
Science and math
• SEE Science Center (200 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-0400, www.see-sciencecenter.org)
Who: Grades 3 to 6
What: Two sessions available, July 21 to 25 and July 28 to Aug. 1, meeting in a day camp format. Days run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aftercare is available. Camp introduces children to science exploration through hands-on activities and creative projects. Choose one theme from the four offered each week: Lights & Optics; Energy; If I Ran the Science Center, and Reverse Engineering.
Cost: $200 per camper.
• Camp Sunapee (Deer Hill Road, Georges Mills, 763-4074, www.russianschool.com)
Who: Grades 5 to 10
What: Two-week sessions held from June 29 to July 12 and from July 13 to July 26. Located on 150 acres of forest land, campers participate in outdoor recreation activities, the arts and required daily math classes based on camper’s level of comprehension.
Cost: $1,350 to $2,600 depending upon duration of stay and registration standing.
• Camp Invention (several locations in New Hampshire, www.invent.org)
Who: Grades 1 to 6
What: Three programs are offered: Imagine, Create and Encounter. Day-long programs run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This national program encourages kids to problem solve and invent in a constructive and supportive environment.
• Camp RoboTech (Daniel Webster and Rivier colleges, www.robotechcenter.com)
Who: Grades 3 to 11
What: Program geared toward game design and robotics development. Daniel Webster program runs from July 9 to 13. Rivier program offered July 23 to 27 and Aug. 6 to 10. Students can earn college credits for participation while learning on state-of-the- art software and hardware and the most popular tools used for game design.
Cost: $525 per session.
• Windsor Mountain International Summer Camp (One World Way, Windsor, 478-3166, www.windsormountain.org)
Who: Boys and girls in grades 2 through 8
What: A cross-cultural summer camp experience that welcomes campers from around the world, specializing in English as a Second Language studies. Sessions are age-appropriate and vary in length. July session runs from June 28 to July 23. July intro session runs from June 28 to July 13. August session runs from July 26 to Aug. 20, August’s ESL session runs from July 26 to Aug. 20 and the August intro session runs from July 26 to Aug. 10.
Cost: July, August & ESL sessions: $4,150. July & August intro: $2,550.
• Kimball Union Academy Enrichment Programs (Meriden, 469-2000, www.kua.org)
Who: Boys and girls age 8 to 18, boarding options available for 11- to 17-year-olds only.
What: Offers English as a Second Language from June 29 to July 19. Lessons in French, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and other foreign languages are available from July 6 through July 19. Environmental Leadership Program offered July 20 to Aug. 2. Abroad programs are offered to France and Costa Rica.
Cost: ESL program costs $2,700. Foreign Language Institute and Environmental Leadership Program costs $1,800.
• Waterville Valley Sports Camp (Northstar Inn, Waterville Valley, 236-4900, www.wvsportscamp.com)
Who: Coed day and resident camp for kids age 8 to 14
What: Focus on instilling sports for a lifetime, including tennis, golf, biking, swimming and hiking. Offers one- and two-week sessions. Day camps run from July 14 to 18 and July 21 to 25. Resident camp runs from July 13 to 20 and July 20 to 27.
Cost: Day camps cost $400 for one week, $780 for two weeks. Resident camp costs $875 for one week, $1,700 for two weeks.
• Camp Tecumseh (975 Moultonboro Neck Road, Moultonboro, 253-4010, www.camptecumseh.net)
Who: Boys age 8 to 16
What: Founded by three Olympic athletes, camp focuses on “making good boys better,” via healthy athletic competition and exposure to mountain hiking. Located on Lake Winnipesaukee. Seven-week comprehensive session held from June 22 to Aug. 10. Three-and-a-half-week sessions available from June 22 to July 16 and July 17 to Aug. 10.
Cost: Full session costs $6,500, half-sessions cost $4,500.
• Camp Winaukee (432 Winaukee Road, Moultonboro, 253-0272, www.winaukee.com)
Who: Boys age 7 to 12 on main land site, boys age 13 to 15 on island site.
What: Dual campus sports camp aimed at instilling enthusiasm, loyalty, sportsmanship, friendship, achievement and cooperation in campers. Both campuses boast their own sports facilities. Camp opens on June 28 and closes Aug. 17.
Cost: $9,300 per camper
• Road’s End Farm Horsemanship Camp (Chesterfield, 363-4900, www.roadsendfarm.com)
Who: Girls age 8 to 16
What: Girls-only horsemanship program featuring a herd of 45 horses. Breeds include Morgans, Arabians, Quarterhorses, Standardbreds and Hackneys. Offers basic outdoor recreation options such as swimming and canoeing. Season is divided into sessions that vary in length from one to nine weeks, starting on June 8 and ending Aug. 30.
Cost: Two-week stay: $2,050, Three-week stay: $3,075, Four-week stay: $4,100, Five-week stay: $5,050, Six-week stay: $6,000, Seven-week stay: $6,950, Eight-week stay: $7,900, Nine-week stay: $8,850.
• Revolution Field Hockey Camps (Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, 800-944-7112, www.fhcamps.com)
Who: Field hockey players aged 10 to 18, of all skill levels.
What: Residential field hockey camp held at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, headed by Julie Smith Ryan, head coach for Babson College. The only session available in New Hampshire runs from Aug. 3 to 6. Some goalie training is available.
Cost: Overnight: $475, extended day: $395
• Adidas Tennis Camps (Durham, 800-944-7122, tenniscamper.com)
Who: Tennis players of all levels.
What: Overnight and extended day tennis camp, held from Aug. 3 to 8, coached by Middlebury men’s tennis coach Dave Schwarz. This edition the camp will be held at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Cost: Overnight: $825, extended day: $595, day: $445
• The Executive Health and Sports Center (1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 624-9300, www.ehsc.com)
Who: Ages 3 to 12
What: Junior fitness summer camp for ages 7 to 12 offered in weekly sessions. Held Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids will be introduced to tennis, healthy eating class, racquetball, group exercise, team games, arts & crafts and pool games. Sunshine Kids ½-Day Camp offered for ages 3 to 6 on a weekly basis, from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids participate in yoga-motion, alpha-cise, crafty critters and outside play.
• Racquet Club of Concord (10 Garvin Falls Road, Concord, 224-7787, www.racquetclubofconcord.com)
Who: Ages 3 to 15
What: Summer season runs from June 25 to Aug. 24 and is divided into one- and two-week units. Activities include swimming, tumbling, dancing, baseball, racquetball, soccer, basketball and more. Each week has a theme. Trip and Travel Camps require campers to participate in road-trips and out-of-state destination sleepovers. Some trips require outdoor overnights, while others visit youth hostels.
Cost: $80 to $450, depending on camper’s age and program participation.
• Hampshire Hills (50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, www.hampshirehills.com)
Who: Ages 3 to 16
What: Offers sports camps for basketball, field hockey, lacrosse and tennis and multisport camps. Also offers the popular Camp Ponemah, a summer day camp program focused on introducing campers to various sports and encouraging physical activity.
Cost: Sports camps are available to members. Inquire with a membership representative. Camp Ponemah costs $50 per week.
• Foster’s Golf Camp (240 Tory Road, Manchester, 622-1553, www.fostersgolfcamp.com)
Who: Ages 8 to 16
What: Season runs from April 23 to Aug. 24, divided into 12 week-long sessions. Focuses on development of the fundamentals of golf. Advanced camp now available for ages 10 to 16.
Cost: Each session costs $199, advanced program costs $299 per week.
• Paul Hogan Basketball Camps (NHTI, Concord, 340-1719, www.hogancamps.com)
Who: Boys and girls in grades 1 through 11
What: Coach Paul Hogan of NHTI offers four basketball programs that focus on advancing players’ abilities and technical understanding of the game. Point Guard/Post Player Camp, Rip City Basketball Camp, Shooter’s Gold Camps and Specialty Camps are offered for different age ranges, day or residential style, and are held in multiple locations.
Cost: Prices range from $55 to $550, depending upon the program.
• Hot Laps Karting Center (Sugar Hill Speedway, Weare, 529-2929, www.hot-laps.com)
Who: Ages 7 to 14
What: Hands-on introduction to track racing. Only six students per class with no classroom time, just getting behind the wheel. Intro level and Race Day Simulation levels are priced separately, but can be booked together. Dates are dependent upon student interest.
Cost: Both programs cost $229, $400 when booked together.
• Ramp camp (Rye Airfield, Rye, 964-2800, ext. 13, www.ryeairfield.com)
Who: Ages 8 to 14
What: Skateboarding camp offered at Rye Airfield at their indoor skate park. Skateboarding, BMX and inline skating are covered. Sessions are two to five days in length and accommodate all levels of riders. Dates will vary, call for details.
Cost: $79 per camper
Overnight coed camps
• Camp Allen (56 Camp Allen Road, Bedford, 622-8471, www.campallennh.org)
Who: Children and adults with developmental disabilities, ages 6 to elderly.
What: A traditional summer camp setting that caters to individuals with physical and developmental needs. Located in Bedford, Camp Allen provides 10 sessions of residential and day camps, organized in age and ability appropriate groups. Sessions are held June 15 to 20, June 22 to 27, June 29 to July 10, July 20 to 31, Aug. 3 to 8, Aug. 10 to 21 and Aug. 24 to 29.
Cost: $675 to $1550, depending on the session.
• Camp Quinebarge
(100 Sibley Road, Center Harbor, 253-6029, www.campquinebarge.com)
Who: Middle and high school campers
What: Traditional summer camp providing varied and exciting programs for boys and girls, focused on camper’s personal achievements. Located on Lake Kanasatka in the Lakes Region. Facilities include waterfront property and horse barn. Activities are focused on sports, nature, crafts and horseback riding.
Cost: $5,000 for seven weeks, $3,500 for four weeks, $3,000 for three weeks and $2,000 for two weeks. $750 deposit, applied toward tuition, is required.
• Camp Cody
(9 Cody Road, Freedom, 539-4997, www.cody.org)
Who: Ages 8 to teen
What: Traditional summer camp that focuses on allowing campers personal input on the activities they participate in, including outdoor recreation, and boasts having the country’s “best-equipped summer camp facility.” Facilities include an arts and crafts building, woodworking shop, bike shop and nature center. Two-week sessions held June 22 to July 5, July 6 to July 19, July 20 to Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 to Aug. 16. Four-week sessions held June 22 to July 19 and July 20 to Aug. 16. Six-week sessions held June 22 to Aug. 2 and July 6 to Aug. 16. Eight-week session held from June 22 to Aug. 16.
Cost: $1,795 to $6,595, depending on duration of stay and activities held during that time period.
• Camp Glenn Brook
(35 Glenbrook Road, Marlborough, 876-3342, www.glennbrook.org)
Who: Ages 8 to 13
What: Session I runs from June 29 to July 19, Session II from July 20 to Aug. 9, or participate in the full season. Glenn Brook is a summer camp based on the principles of the Waldorf Schools, an educational model that focuses on developing a child’s physical, creative and moral capacities.
Cost: $2,550 for three weeks, $4,500 for six weeks.
• Camp Walt Whitman
(1000 Camp Moonshine Road, Piermont, 764-5521, www.campwalt.com)
Who: Grades 2 to 7
What: The full summer session runs from June 28 to Aug. 16. The July session runs from June 28 to July 27 and the August session runs from July 27 to Aug. 16. Camp Walt Whitman is located in the White Mountains and provides campers with the perfect setting for a traditional summer camp experience.
Cost: Full session costs $9,050; July session costs $5,700; August session costs $4,600
Overnight girls’ camps
• Camp Foss (Greater Manchester YMCA, Mechanic St., Manchester, 232-8642, www.campfoss.org)
Who: Girls aged 7 to 15
What: YMCA girls’ camp offering two-week and one-week sessions from June 21 to Aug. 16. Activities meet traditional outdoor recreation criteria, as well as horseback riding and whitewater rafting, which require additional charges.
Cost: One-week sessions cost $400 for NH residents, $470 for non-residents. Two-week sessions cost $800 for NH residents, $830 for non-residents.
• Camp Runels and Machagamee (Long Island Pond, Pelham, www.ssgsc.org)
Who: Girls age 7 to 17
What: Resident camp from the Girl Scouts of Spar and Spindle Council. Offers themed week-long sessions that run from July 6 to Aug. 14.
Cost: Prices vary depending on age of camper and the specific program.
• Camp Chenoa (One Commerce Drive, Bedford, swgirlscouts.org)
Who: Girls age 7 to 17
What: Resident camp from the Girl Scouts of Swift Water Council. Located on Gregg Lake, offers themed one- and two-week sessions, starting June 29 and ending Aug. 13.
Cost: Prices range from $200 to $425, depending on the duration of a camper’s stay and the theme of the week they choose to participate in.
• Camp Waukeela
(Eaton Center, 1-800-626-0207, www.waukeela.com)
Who: Girls age 8 to 15
What: Camp activities focus on less traditional outdoor sports and activities, such as whitewater canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. Other activities include arts programs like drama, pottery and music. Sessions are available in different durations. Camp season runs from June 22 to Aug. 16.
Cost: Eight weeks, $6,000. Four weeks, $4,250. Two weeks, $2,500, for girls age 8 to 10 only.
• Fleur de Lis Camp
(120 Howeville Road, Fitzwilliam, 585-7751, www.fleurdeliscamp.com)
Who: Girls age 8 to 15
What: Camp for girls offering a traditional summer camp experience with options for different session lengths. New campers are encouraged to apply for a two-week “starter session.”
Cost: Two-week starter session, $2,180. Four weeks, $3,300. Six weeks, $4,620. Eight weeks, $5,720.
Overnight boys’ camps
• Camp Kabeyun (Alton Bay, 746-3485, www.kabeyun.org)
Who: Boys ages 7 to 16
What: Located on Lake Winnipesaukee, Camp Kabeyun offers more than 20 activities daily that campers can choose to participate in. The camp’s mission is based on individual growth and understanding of problem-solving and peaceful interaction. Summer season runs from June 21 to Aug. 17, with options for half-summer sessions (running from June 21 to July 19 and July 20 to Aug. 17) and extended-stay session that runs from June 21 to Aug. 9.
Cost: Full-summer session costs $6,800. Half-summer sessions cost $3,650 and extended-stay session costs $6,257.
• Sandy Island Family Camp (Sandy Island, Laconia, 253-5339, si.bostonycamps.org)
Who: Families of all sizes with children ages 3 to teen.
What: Located on Sandy Island in Lake Winnipesaukee, the camp has family accommodations in lakeside cabins. Facilities include a craft shop, camp store, water sports, athletic fields and campfire areas. Supported by the YMCA of Greater Boston. Nine week-long sessions are scheduled between June 28 and Aug. 30.
Cost: Weekly rates range from $315 to $600 per camper, depending upon camper’s age and duration of stay.
• Camp Spaulding (125 River Road, Penacook, 753-8990, www.campspaulding.org)
Who: Ages 8 to 14
What: A private, nonprofit program of Child and Family Services. Income-based recreational camp that serves children from low- and moderate-income families. Features three two-week sessions and one one-week session. Camp Spaulding offers a traditional outdoor recreational summer camp experience with different themes for each day.
Cost: Tuition is on a sliding scale based on family income. Financial aid is available.
• Camp Onaway
(Newfound Lake, Hebron, 518-443-0004, www.camponaway.org)
Who: Girls ages 9 to 15
What: Traditional summer camp for girls, with a strong arts program and an environmental program. Emphasis is put on girls’ growth and personal development. Camp season runs from June 21 to Aug. 10. Camp uniforms are required.
Cost: $5,500 for the summer.
• Camp Wicosuta
(Newfound Lake, Hebron, 800-846-9426, www.campwicosuta.com)
Who: Girls in grades 1 to 12
What: Summer camp focusing on instilling confidence, competence and community in female campers. Two sessions are four weeks long, from June 25 to July 20 and from July 23 to Aug. 17. Uniforms are required.
Cost: $5,600 per session. Two-week “starter sessions” cost $2,800.
• Camp Wa-Klo
(Jaffrey, 800-352-9102, www.campwaklo.com)
Who: Girls in grades 4 through 9
What: A traditional summer camp experience for girls. Season starts June 29 and ends Aug. 23. Comprized of two four-week-long sessions. Two-week sessions available for younger and new campers. Special activities include animal care and horsemanship.
Cost: Full summer session costs $8,500, four-week sessions cost $5,400, two-week intro sessions cost $2,700. Additional charges may be applied for special activities.
• Camp Merriwood
(11 Camp Road, Orford, 353-9882, www.merriwood.com)
Who: Girls age 8 to 15
What: Traditional girls’ summer camp with emphasis on comprehensive tennis instruction. Two four-week sessions are available. Camp opens June 28 and closes Aug. 15.
Cost: Full season costs $7,500, first four-week session costs $4,800, second session costs $3,500.
• Camp Mi-Te-Na
(65 YMCA Road, Alton, 776-3000, www.campmitena.org)
Who: Ages 7 to 14
What: Resident boys’ camp split into three “villages” based on age range of campers. Activities follow the traditional summer camp outline. Supported by the Greater Manchester YMCA. One-week and two-week sessions are available from June 21 to Aug. 16.
Cost: $445 for New Hampshire residents, $470 for non-residents for week-long sessions. Two-week sessions cost $800 for NH residents and $830 for non-residents. Additional charges added for horseback riding and whitewater rafting activities.
• Masquebec Hill
(1600 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater, 744-5841)
Who: Boys age 10 to 16
What: Focused on mentoring boys to celebrate individual’s growing altruism, good judgment and integrity. Emphasis on ethics and tradition of civility. Activities centered around outdoor recreation opportunities, art, theater, band, natural history and camper’s personal interests. Two-week sessions are held June 23 to July 15 and July 21 to Aug. 12.
Cost: $2,150 per session.
• William Lawrence Camp
(139 Federal Corner Road, Center Tuftonboro, 569-3698, wlcamp.org)
Who: Boys age 8 to 15
What: Small traditional summer camp that offers a camper-to-staff ratio of 2:1, located on Lake Winnipesaukee. Seven-week session held from June 22 to Aug. 10, four-week session held from June 22 to July 19 and three-week session held from July 20 to Aug. 10. Special two-week sessions available for returning campers in grades 2 through 5 only.
Cost: Seven-week session costs $4,375, four-week session costs $2,800, three-week session costs $2,400.
• Camp Pasquaney
(19 Pasquaney Lane, Hebron, 744-8043, www.pasquaney.org)
Who: 95 boys, ages 12 to 16
What: One seven-week session running from June 21 to Aug. 10. Camp strives to develop honesty, integrity, humor, initiative, thoughtfulness, respect, positive attitude and “doing for others.” Activities include outdoor recreation, performance, hiking and sailing. Campers must purchase or rent camp uniforms for the summer.
Cost: $5,250 per camper for the seven-week season.
• Camp Mowglis
(Newfound Lake, Hebron, 744-8095, www.mowglis.org)
Who: Boys age 7 to 17
What: Program was granted permission by Rudyard Kipling to use names from his works, and camp program continues to be influenced by the lessons taught in Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Activities include rifling, axemanship, photography, windsurfing and woodworking. Uniforms are required at this camp. Season lasts from June 21 to Aug. 9.
Cost: $5,450 per camper.
• Camp Deerwood
(Route 3, Deerwood Road, Holderness, 279-4237, www.campdeerwood.com)
Who: 130 boys ages 8 to 15
What: Deerwood offers a host of outdoor recreation options as well as traditional sports and craft classes, such as blacksmithing and woodworking. Session 1 runs from June 22 to July 16; Session 2 runs from July 16 to Aug. 10. Full session is available from June 22 to Aug. 10.
Cost: Prices differ depending on duration of stay and participation in various activities.
• Camp Tohkomeupog
Who: Boys in grades 2 through 10
What: Tohkomeupog means “pure spring water.” Focus is on outdoor activities, including survival skills. Boys are separated into age-appropriate “clans” for the duration of the sessions, available in seven-, five-, four-, three- and two-week durations. Camp opens on June 29 and closes Aug. 16.
Cost: Seven weeks $4,995; five weeks $4,075; four weeks $3,450; three weeks $2,670; two weeks $1,990.
• Camp Moosilauke
(35 Camp Road, Orford, 353-4545, www.moosilauke.com)
Who: 140 boys ages 8 to 15
What: Close-knit camp based around controlled risk-taking and personal development. Two sessions are offered: one from June 26 to July 26, the other from July 26 to Aug. 13.
Cost: 4½ weeks, $5,500; 2½ weeks, $3,150.
Registration times vary for camps — some have already begun registration for camp this year. Many camps offer an early registration option for continuing campers, so it might be worth taking a less-than-perfect camp session this year to get a better chance and the dates or programs you want next year. If you see something that looks interesting, contact the camp immediately to find out what their timetable is. Camps can fill up fast.
Many camps are still working on the final details of their summer programs. The following are some groups that didn’t have full details available at press time. Check with these organizations for more information and check www.hippopress.com for updates to the camp list.
• Currier Museum Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org)
Who: Ages 3 to adult
What: Weekly classes for every range of artist. Full- and half-day programs are available, depending on the age of the camper. Programs, dates and pricing to come.
• Christa McAuliffe Planetarium (2 Institute Dr., Concord, 271-7827, www.starhop.com)
Who: Ages 5 to 17
What: Little Astronaut Camp, ages 5 to 7. Junior Space Adventure Camp, ages 8 to 12. Teen Space Explorer Camp, ages 13 to 17. Rocket Camp for ages 8 and up. Fun and educational programs to encourage children’s curiosity about the universe. Dates and pricing to come.
• Magic Touch Soccer Academy (199 Bremer St., Manchester, 232-2314, www.magictouchsoccer.com)
Who: Middle and high school students
What: Soccer development camp divided into one-week sessions. Program focuses on technical skill development, music-based training and a player-centered curriculum. Dates and pricing to come.
• Rock Band 101 (474 Central Ave., Dover, 749-7473, www.rockrightacademy.com)
Who: Ages 8 and up.
What: A camp focused on how to play rock music. Students learn to play their instrument, form a band, practice songs, promote a performance and eventually perform as a group. Dates and pricing to come.
• Blended Solutions Technical Institute (1000 Elm St., Manchester, 622-4922, www.bsticamp.com)
Who: Ages 8 to 17
What: Web design and digital photography sessions. Dates are still being negotiated.
Cost: $275 on average, though prices may vary depending upon the program.
• Revised Camp Sargent (YMCA of Greater Nashua, 141 Camp Sargent Road, (summer address) Henry Clay Drive (winter address), Merrimack, 881-7778, www.campsargent.org)
Who: Ages five to 17
What: One- to four-week sessions, offering kids the opportunity for outdoor recreation in arts, drama and all outdoor education (nature and media, etc.) June 16 to Aug. 22.
Cost: $120 to $210, per week-long session; prices depend on duration and membership type.
• Currier Summer Art Camp for Kids (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 12, www.currier.org)
Who: Ages 5 to 12
What: Full-day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages six to 12. Five- and six-year-olds have a morning-only option from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions are four days long, starting July 7 and ending Aug. 15. Themes include “The Artist's Palette,” “Native American Masters,” “Medieval Times,” “The Sky is the Limit,” “Secrets of Illustion,” “Back to the Drawing Board.”
Cost: full day $240, half day $140.
• Currier ArtVentures! for Pre-Teens (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 12, www.currier.org)
Who: Ages 12 to 15
What: One-week intensive day classes for pre-teens. Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $180 to $240, depending on the class and materials involved.
• Currier Summer School for Teens and Adults
(180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 12, www.currier.org)
Who: Ages 15 to adult
What: One-week intensive classes for teens and adults. Monday through Friday with options from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $180 to $240, depending on the class and materials involved.
(The Dublin School, Dublin, www.pianoscape.com)
Who: Adult piano students
What: In-depth piano study from Aug. 16 to 23 in the Monadnock region at the Dublin School in Dublin.
Cost: Day students: $975. Resident students: $1350.
• White Birch Community Center
(Hall St., Henniker, 428-7860, www.whitebirchcommunitycenter.org)
Who: Children aged 18 months to 13 years old
What: Hands-on, coed program for local students. Weekly themed sessions that encourage children to play and explore on their own terms. Includes weekly field trips to local state parks and points of interest. Program runs the length of the summer season, based on local school district schedule.
Cost: Call for dates, themes and costs.
• Camp Carpenter’s Cub World
Who: Cub Scout aged boys (grades 2 to 5)
What: Traditional day and resident summer camp that focuses on teaching boys scouting values and outdoor skills. Sessions divided into week-long programs, starting June 22 and ending Aug. 14.
Cost: $65 to $310, depending on length of session and activities involved.
• Cub Scout Day Camp
(Nine locations in New Hampshire, 625-6431, ext. 116, www.nhscouting.org)
Who: Grades 1 through 5
What: Programs run Monday through Friday, featuring challenging Cub Scout activities, adventures and more. Opening ceremonies start at 9 a.m. and camp closes at 4 p.m.
Cost: $110 to $130 per child. Transportation available for an additional $30.
• Weekend Family Camping
(Camp Carpenter, Manchester, 625-6431, ext. 116, www.nhscouting.org)
Who: Families with scouts in grades 1 to 5
What: Saturday to Sunday, three weekends throughout the summer. Campfire on Saturday night. An introduction for Cub Scouts and their parents to see what Camp Carpenter is all about.
Cost: Varies based on age of participants.
• Camp Carpenter
(Manchester, 625-6431, ext. 116, www.nhscouting.org)
Who: Boys entering grades 2 to 5 in September 2008
What: Sunday afternoon to Thursday evening sessions. Activities include swimming, archery, BB ranges, nature, sports and handicrafts. Each session has its own theme.
Cost: $255 to $310 based on payment deadlines.
• Griswold Scout Reservation — Hidden Valley
(Gilmanton Iron Works, 625-6431, ext. 116, www.nhscouting.org)
Who: Boys of scouting ages
What: Offered for eight weeks, from June to August Features day hikes, dozens of activities, top-notch facilities and good food.
Cost: $300 to $375 per week based on the program and payment deadline.
• Camp Bell
(625-6431, ext. 116, www.nhscouting.org)
Who: Boy Scout Troops in New Hampshire and across the country.
What: Troops of scouts strengthen their patrol structure through patrol cooking and day-long patrol activities. Patrols range from indoor and outdoor rock climbing to water skiing, tubing and sailing. Offered for eight weeks, from June to Aug.
Cost: $300 to $375 per week based on program and payment deadline.
• SPOKE Program
(625-6431, ext. 116, www.nhscouting.org)
Who: Scouts interested in more in-depth hiking and camping experiences.
What: Two overnight treks throughout the week take scouts to various memorable sights not accessible to the average camper. Treks include peaks, mountain biking, rock climbing and kayaking. Program finishes with camp-wide iron man triathlon competition.
Cost: $300 to $375 per week based on program and payment deadlines.
• Valley Voyageur Program for Boy Scouts
(625-6431, ext. 116, www.nhscouting.org)
Who: Older scouts
What: High adventure, out of camp experience. Five days and four nights of backpacking and camping in the wilderness. Scouts carry their tents, sleeping bags, stoves, food and clothes. Offered eight weeks, from June to August.
Cost: $300 to $375 per week, based on program and payment deadline.
• Registration for Nashua & Merrimack YMCA Summer Programs
(Nashua, 882-2011; Merrimack, 881-7778)
Who: YMCA members
What: Registration forms are available at the Y or can be downloaded from the Y’s Web site, www.nmymca.org or the Camp Sargent Web site, www.campsargent.org. Day camps open June 16 and run for 10 weeks.
Cost: Financial assistance is available for those living on a fixed or limited income.
• Acting Loft Summer Camp for Kids and Teens
Who: Kids from kindergarten to high school.
What: Session one, July 7 to 18. Session two, July 21 to Aug. 1. Session 3, Aug. 4 to 15. All camps run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; extended hours are available. Students explore acting, singing and dancing with their peers, then create a performance together.
Cost: $175 per week.
• Camp Kettleford
(Sebbins Pond, Bedford, www.swgirlscouts.org)
Who: Girls ages 6 to 17
What: Day camp offering more than 20 programs focusing on sports, performing arts, detective work, gourmet cooking, the environment, crafts, water activities and more.
Cost: Visit www.swgirlscouts.org for details.
• New England Gymnastics Training Center
(Hudson, 880-8482, www.negtc.com)
Who: Ages 4 and up
What: Full day, coed classes are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Half- day, coed classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. New in-ground pool and activities in gymnastics, swimming, arts and crafts, volleyball, basketball, chalk talk, group challenges and more.
Cost: Call for program prices.
• Little People Farm Programs
(The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill, Bedford, 472-4724, www.theeducationalfarm.org)
Who: Ages 4 & 5
What: Summer season runs from June 23 to Aug. 15, offering week-long programs with morning sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $130 per week.
• Agricultural Programs at Joppa Hill
(The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill, Bedford, 472-4724, www.theeducationalfarm.org)
Who: Ages 6 to 12
What: Summer season runs from June 23 to Aug. 15, featuring week-long, themed sessions that focus on primary farming activities and changes for discovery.
Cost: $250 per session.
• Camp Allen
(56 Camp Allen Road, Bedford, 622-8471, www.campallennh.org)
Who: Children and adults with developmental disabilities and other challenges.
What: Traditional outdoor summer camp that caters to those with disabilities. Campers enjoy aquatics, gardening, arts, tent camping, crafts, field trips, physical recreation, nature, theater and puppetry. Seven week-long sessions offered between June 15 and Aug. 29.
Cost: $500 to $1,550, depending on the session.
• Henniker Youth Theater Camps
(John Stark Regional High School, Weare, 428-3544, email@example.com)
Who: Youth ages 6 to 18
What: Four weeks of theater camps during the month of July. Featuring Oliver, Mulan, short films and improvisation.
Cost: Call for details.
• Executive Health Club
(1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 668-4753, www.executivehealthclub.com)
Who: Ages 3 to 12, divided into age appropriate groups.
What: Four week-long sessions focusing on healthy eating, exercise and living well.
Cost: $165 to $280, depending on participation. Daily drop-off is $40 per member, $60 per non-member. Discounts for siblings.
• WildSide Summer Day Camp
(Massabesic Audubon Center, Auburn, 224-9909, ext. 333, www.nhaudubon.org)
Who: Children ages 4 to 14
What: Nine-day sessions comprised of age-appropriate activities, cooperative games, outdoor exploration and recreation and much more. Sessions run from June 23 to Aug. 14. Campers grouped by age.
Cost: Call for costs.
• Global Language Camp
(NHTI, Concord, 271-8938, www.nhti.edu/crosscultural)
Who: Ages 12 to 14
What: Language camp for pre-high-school-aged students. Offered from Aug. 11 to 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Designed to give students the opportunity to explore widely spoken world languages that might not be offered in the standard school curriculum.
Cost: $225 per student.
• All Access V.I.P Summer Performance Camps
Who: Ages 9 to 17
What: Intense and honest two-week educational program focusing on vocal technique, dance/movement, advanced acting and overall polish to be a quality actor. Cabaret Camp starts July 6, Hot Jazz and Cool Swing starts Aug. 4.
Cost: $275 per session
• Soccer Tots
Who: Ages 4 to 5
What: Campers introduced to many soccer skills and take part in fun games. At the end of the week there will be a parent-vs-camper game. Camp runs from July 14 to 18.
Cost: $95 per person ($75 for Concord/Penacook residents)
• World Cup 2008
Who: Grades 1 to 6
What: European coaches of PlaySoccer will develop camper skills through a series of games, drills and scrimmages. Camp runs from July 14 to 18.
Cost: $135 per person ($115 for Concord/Penacook residents)
• Wildcat Soccer School Overnight and Day Camps
(Kimball Union Academy, Meriden; Amherst; Pembroke, 774-5067, 996-1019, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who: High school and middle school players
What: Overnight sessions are Aug. 3 to 8 and Aug. 16 to 19. Day camp sessions are July 21 to 25, from 9 a.m.to noon and from 5 to 8 p.m. in Amherst; Aug. 11 to 14, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Pembroke. A challenging and practical program for campers who want to improve their soccer skills.
Cost: Contact Wildcat Soccer School for pricing details.
• Amoskeag Fishways Summer Vacation Series
(Manchester, 624-3474, www.amoskeagfishways.org)
Who: Series available for groups of ages 5 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10 to 13.
What: Environment- and nature-focused educational and entertaining camps that touch on a variety of themes throughout the sessions. Sessions begin July 8 and continue until July 30.
Cost: Per session for ages 5 to 9 is $8, $30 for all four sessions. Ages 10 to 13 cost $28 per session or $105 for all four sessions.
• Concord Recreation Camp
Who: Grades 3 to 5
What: June 23 to Aug. 22, campers take part in games, arts and crafts, dodgeball, daily swimming and field trips to beaches, Water Country and a Fisher Cats game.
Cost: Visit www.onconcord.com/recreation for prices for individual weeks
• Canterbury Shaker Village’s “History Comes Alive” Summer Day Camp
Who: Children of all ages
What: July 14 to 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Campers explore the Village, learn traditional crafts such as weaving, sewing, candle-dipping, bread-baking and woodworking, and play historic games, attend Shaker school and meet some of the Village demonstrators. Includes meeting Alberta MacMillan Kirkpatrick, the last little girl taken in by the Canterbury Shakers. Her birthday is on Sun., July 13. Other camps include “Our Amazing Forests, Fields & Ponds,” July 21 to 25; “Archaeology Adventure,” from July 28 to Aug. 1; and "Forts & Fairy Houses," from Aug. 4 to 8.
Cost: $195 per week ($175 for museum members)
• SEE Science Center Summer Camp
(Manchester, 669-0400, email@example.com)
Who: Children who love science
What: Limited number of partial scholarships available for each week of camp, July 21 to 25, and July 28 to Aug. 1. This year’s camp includes topics like energy, light and optics, reverse engineering and “If I Ran the Science Center.”
Cost: Contact Becky Mayhew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Leddy Center Summer Camps (Londonderry, www.school.leddycenter.org)
Who: Ages 7 to 16
What: Sing Out #1: singing camp for ages 7 to 11. Sing Out #2: singing camp for ages 12 to 16. Some Enchanted Evening: musical theater camp for ages 9 to 16. Sing Out camps run from June 23 to 27, Enchanted Evening runs from June 30 to July 12.
Cost: Visit the program's website for details.