February 25, 2010
Sign up for adventure
Your guide to summer camps
The calendar still says winter but summer camp season is already under way. Don’t worry, though, if signing the kids up for outdoor fun or extra enrichment has slipped your mind. There are oodles of camps to pick from — everything from traditional summer camps with a mix of sports and crafts to high-tech experiences unlike anything else your kid does.
Most of the camps listed here are day camps in the immediate southern New Hampshire area. The details are according to most recently available information — so call to double check pricing and dates.
And tell the kids to break out their sneaks and their sunscreen — it’s going to be a busy summer.
General summer camps
• Adventure camps from the Greater Manchester Family YMCA (232-8617, gmfymca.org, firstname.lastname@example.org)
What/Who: Week-long day camps and overnight camps with sessions for kids in 5th grade through 10th grade. Camps involve trips to locations where campers participate in wilderness-based activities.
Where: Camps start the day at Goffstown Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road.
When: Programs run in July and August, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days.
Cost: $235 through $440, depending on camp and membership.
• Adventure Camp Summer Vacation (Adult Learning Center, 40 Arlington St. in Nashua, 882-9080 ext. 238, www.adultlearningcenter.org/programs_schoolage_children/adventure_camp.htm)
What: An all-day camp featuring two field trips each week, swimming at a local pool, sports and games and children in age groups.
Who: Elementary school children.
When: Camp runs during summer vacation from 7:15 a.m. (with a 6:30 a.m. option) to 6 p.m.
Where: 40 Arlington St. in Nashua.
Cost: Based on the child’s individual schedule; scholarships and tuition assistance is available.
• Bounce-U (21 Commerce Park North in Bedford, 621-4011, www.bounceu.com)
What: Three-day arts, playtime and physical activities with a different theme each week.
Who: Children 4 to 10.
When: Sessions run from July 7 through Aug. 27, 9:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Where: Bounce-U in Bedford.
Cost: $135 per camp three-day session.
• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua (47 Grand Ave., Nashua, 883-0523, www.bgcn.com)
What/when/who/where: Camp Ducet is an outdoor camp for ages 8 to 12 in south Nashua offering swimming, games, sports, arts and craft and more; nine-one-week sessions run June 28 through Aug. 27. Edge Camp is an adventure camp for incoming sixth- through eighth-graders at Twin Bridges Park in Merrimack. There are eight one-week sessions, with the camp running from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids Club Summer Camp for ages 5 to 10 offers breakfast, lunch and snacks plus a weekly field trip, math and English classes, cooking, sewing, science, dance, art, games, playtime and more. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Cost varies according to program, with discounts for multiple weeks and siblings. Campers must be members of the Boys & Girls Club. See Web site for brochures and specific information on each camp.
• Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley (56 Mont Vernon Road, Milford, 673-6820, www.svbgc.org)
What/when: Nine one-week sessions for different age groups. Week sessions include sports camps, theater camps, “Summer Chefs,” rock climbing, general recreation, cheerleading, dance, camps specifically for teens and more. Sessions run from end of June through late August, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with before and after care available.
Who: Kids entering 1st through 9th grades as well as a preschool program for kids 3 to 5 years old.
Where: Boys & Girls Club in Milford.
Cost: Varies depending on camp program, extra cost for extended care.
• Camp Allen (56 Camp Allen Road in Bedford, www.campallennh.org, 622-8471)
What/who/where: Bedford residential and day camp programs for people with physical and developmental disabilities.
When: Day camp programs run from the week of June 21 through the week of Aug. 16.
Cost: Varies according to program and camper’s needs.
• Camp Carpenter (300 Blondin Road in Manchester, 623-5962, www.nhscouting.org)
Who: Cub Scouts (boys) entering grades 2 through 5.
What: A Boy Scouts of America camp offering overnight and day camp sessions, each about a few days long.
When: The first sessions begin on June 28.
Cost: Varies depending on when you sign up and whether the campers’ entire pack signs up as well. Day camps start around $110.
• Camp Chenoa (camp is in Antrim, contact: 1 Commerce Drive, Bedford, 627-4158, www.girlscoutsgwm.org; Camp Hotline for info through April is 877-817-9896)
Who: Girls ages 6 to 17.
What: A residential (overnight) camp from the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Campers come from across New England as well as other parts of the U.S. Campers and staff in each unit will brainstorm, plan and carry out their own unique camp experience. Busing to and from camp is available. Camp is on a 300-acre site with archery, beach, lake, climbing tower, trails, etc.; camp offers family weekends. Camp info nights will be held in March; see Web site for details. Placement began Feb. 14.
When: One- and two-week sessions are run throughout the summer, as well as a four-day adventure camp in August.
Cost: Prices depend on factors such as age and program chosen.
• Camp Foss (www.campfoss.org, 232-8642)
What/who/where: The Greater Manchester Family YMCA overnight camp for girls ages 7 to 15 on Willey Pond in Strafford. Camp features traditional summer camp activities (swimming, sports, archery, climbing, horseback riding, water sports, drama and dance).
When: Two-week and weeklong sessions start June 26 and run through the week of Aug. 7. Mini-camps are also available in June (for campers of all ages) and August (for campers age 5 to 7).
Cost: For one week, $600 to $625 depending on residency and YMCA membership; for two weeks, $920 to $975. Some programs (such as horseback riding and white water rafting) have additional costs.
• Camp Foster Day Camp Boys & Girls Club of Manchester (555 Union St. in Manchester, 625-5031, www.mbgcnh.org)
What: 10 week-long camps with different themes each week.
Who: Boys and girls 6 to 13.
When: June 21 through Aug. 27, drop-off between 7 and 8:20 a.m., pick-up between 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Where: Campers are transported to Camp Foster in Bedford, with pick-up and drop-off at the Boys & Girls Club in Manchester.
Cost: $100 per week. Registration starts April 5 for past campers. Registration for the general public starts April 12. More information will be available at www.begreatmanchester.org in late February.
• Camp Lovewell (www.naturesacademy.com, 881-4815)
What: American Camp Association-accredited outdoor camp with traditional summer camp activities and working farm offers one-week sessions.
Who: For ages 4 to 14.
Where: 10 Groton Road in Nashua
When: Tentatively June 28 to Aug. 27, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop off starts at 7:30 p.m.; late pick-up until 6 p.m. Half-day program available for preschoolers.
Cost: Fees range from $120 to $230 per week. Extended care costs extra. Discounts available for registering by March 15, siblings or full-summer enrollment.
• Camp Merrimack (www.nmymca.org; 881-7778)
What/Who: From YMCA of Greater Nashua, weeklong day camp sessions for kids ages 3 to 10th grade as well as specialized camps in basketball, dance, art, acting, cooking, photography and princess camp.
When: June 21 through Aug. 27; full-day camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pre-camp at 7 a.m. and post-camp until 6 p.m.
Where: Merrimack YMCA, 6 Henry Clay Drive (some camps are at Nashua YMCA; busing is available).
Cost: Varies depending on program and extended care; financial assistance available.
• Camp Mi-Te-Na (www.campmitena.org)
What/who/where: Greater Manchester Family YMCA’s overnight camp for boys ages 7 to 15 is on Halfmoon Lake in Alton. Camp offers traditional summer camp activities (sports, swimming, water sports, climbing, drama and more as well as paintball.
When: Two-week and weeklong sessions start June 26 and run through Aug. 21. Mini-camps are also available in June (for campers of all ages) and August (for ages 5 to 7).
Cost: For one week, $600 to $625 depending on residency and YMCA membership; for two weeks, $920 to $975. Some programs (such as horseback riding and white water rafting) have additional costs.
• Camp Pa-Gon-Ki at YMCA of Greater Londonderry (206 Rockingham Road in Londonderry, 437-9622, www.gmfymca.org).
What/Who: A traditional day camp for kids entering kindergarten through 8th grade features different themes each week. Specialty camps include sports, cheerleading, baton twirling, cooking, theater and leader and counselor training for teens. Campers in 6th through 10th grade can enroll in Y Trip Camp, which takes day trips to locations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Where: YMCA Greater Londonderry.
When: Weeklong sessions run June 21 through Aug. 20. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care available at 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. at no additional charge.
Cost: Traditional day camp cost $170 for five days a week. Prices vary for specialty camps. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.
• Camp Ponemah at Hampshire Hills (50 Emerson Road in Milford, 673-7122, www.hampshirehills.com)
What/who/when: 10 weekly sessions from June 21 through Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (plus extended care through 6 p.m.) for ages 5 to 12 with shorter camps available for 3 to 5 years old. Each week has different themes and campers will go swimming, play tennis, do arts and crafts, field trips and more.
Where: Hampshire Hills in Milford.
Cost: Call for updated fees.
• Camp Sargent (www.campsargent.org; 881-7778)
What: From YMCA of Greater Nashua, weeklong general camp sessions as well as specialty camps including CSI Camp, archery, nature and exploration, performing arts and a teen camp.
Who: ages 5 through 10th grade.
Where: Lake Naticook in Merrimack, 141 Camp Sargent Road.
When: June 21 through Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pre-camp available at 7 a.m. and post-camp available through 6 p.m.
Cost: Varies based on membership and program; financial assistance available.
• Camp Shaker (131 Shaker Road, Concord, 224-0161, www.shakerroadschool.com/summer.html)
What/who/where: The 50-acre campus offers swimming, golf, fitness trails, and kayaking from the off-site campus on the banks of the Merrimack River for kids in grades 1 to 9. Camp Shaker also has an overnight program.
When: The summer-long session offers daily camping as early at 6:30 a.m.
Cost: Price depends on the days enrolled.
• Camp Spaulding (125 River Road, Penacook, 800-640-6486 ext. 4110, www.cfsnh.org)
Who: Kids ages 8 to 14 from low- to moderate-income families.
What: A residential summer camp on 56 acres of forest overlooking the Contoocook River, operated by Child and Family Services organization of Manchester. The camp offers a traditional recreational summer camp experience that includes a wide range of activities like canoeing, hiking, fishing, archery etc. Counselors are college students or graduating high school seniors, as well as international counselors.
When: Four sessions: June 28-July 9, July 12-23, July 26-Aug. 6, and Aug. 9-20.
Cost: Fees are operated on a sliding scale with camperships available.
• Concord Boys & Girls Club (55 Bradley St. in Concord, 224-1061, www.concordkids.org)
What: Camps in weeklong sessions from June 21 through Aug. 27 for ages 6 to 13 plus two-week sessions in outdoor activities or art for older kids. Camps run from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended care 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. There is also a teen drop-in program for ages 14 to 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Camps are run in Concord as well as Suncook and Hopkinton.
Cost: $110 per week (if registered before April 30; $130 after); additional cost for early/late pick-up; discounts for siblings; financial assistance available.
• Concord Family YMCA (15 N. State St. in Concord, 224-5351, www.concordymca.org)
What/Who: The YMCA offers a traditional day camp and a field trip-focused camp for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade. Sports camps (basketball, fitness boot camp, soccer, baseball and more) are also available for this age group. A teen camp for students grade 6 and up also features a daily field trip.
Where: Concord Family YMCA.
When/cost: Call for 2010’s dates and pricing.
• Concord Recreation Department (www.ci.concord.nh.us, 225-8690)
What: Mainly week-long day camp sessions. Kids Kamp for grades 1 and 2 offers traditional camp activities and field trips. Rec camps for grades 3 to 5 offers sports and swimming activities. Adventure camps for grades 6 to 8 offer day trips to beaches, mountains, rivers and climbing gyms. Themed camps are also available in dance, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, field hockey, baseball and softball, track and field, sports, science and video.
Who: Sessions are available for different age groups, ranging from age 3 through grade 10. Counselor-in-training program available for grades 9 to 11.
Where: Locations include Concord community centers, Concord TV Studio, Memorial Field, and Keach, Merrill and Rollins parks.
When: June 21 through Aug. 20. Kids Kamp, Rec Camps, and Adventure Camps run from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., with early drop-off available from 7:30 a.m., and late pick-up until 5:30 p.m. Themed camp dates vary; many are scheduled as three-hour morning or afternoon sessions. Many preschool programs meet for 90 minutes per day.
Cost: Fees range from about $60 to $185. Nonresidents typically pay $10 more. Free breakfast and lunch at Rec Camp and Keach Park for campers. Scholarships are available for Concord residents for youth programs. Register at www.concordnh.gov/recreation, but call 225-8690 first for a user name and password. You must register by paper once before online registration is available to you. You can also register at the White Park Recreation office.
• Cosmic Camp at Liquid Planet Water Park (446 Route 27 in Candia, www.liquidplanetwaterpark.com, 483-2200)
What: Camp features arts, crafts, swimming, games, nature, model-building and more.
Who: Ages 6 to 14.
Where: Liquid Planet Water Park.
When: Weeklong sessions running June 28 through Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours available for additional fee.
Cost: $150 before March 1.
• Executive Health & Sports Center (1 Highlander Way in Manchester, 668-4753, ehsc.com)
What/who/when: Fitness-based camps for ages 7 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring racquetball, tennis, yoga and more. A half-day camp for ages 3 to 6 features yoga, arts, water games and more from 9 a.m. to noon (with extended care from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Eight weeklong programs run from June 28 through Aug. 20.
Where: Executive Health & Sports Center in Manchester.
Cost: Call for costs.
• The Goddard School (12 Tsienneto Road, Derry, 432-2210,www.goddardschool.com)
What/Who: Year-round care for ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
When: Goddard opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
Cost: Varies based on age and need. Call for details on fees and programs.
• Greater Manchester Family YMCA (Downtown Manchester YMCA, 30 Mechanic St. in Manchester; Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown; www.gmfymca.org)
What/Who: Day camps and half-day camps for children of all ages in gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, basketball, flag football, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball and tennis as well as programs for teens including a field trip program and leadership course.
Where: Programs at YMCA facilities in Manchester and Goffstown (some camps feature off-site trips).
When: June 21 through Aug. 27, full and half-day camps and classes primarily in one-week sessions. Extended care is available.
Cost: Varies based on program and membership.
• Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum (250 Commercial Street, Suite 1004, in Manchester, 606-3381, www.kaleidoscopechildrensmuseum.net)
What/Who: Weeklong sessions centered around art, science and nature for ages 6 to 12.
When: Mid-June through August, from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.
Where: At Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum in the Waumbec Mill in Manchester.
Cost: Call 606-3381 or check Web site for updates on fees and program details.
• Kettleford Day Camp (www.girlscoutsgwm.org)
What: One- and two-week sessions run by the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Different kinds of sports, crafts and skills will be the focus, based on age level. See a brochure and upcoming info nights online.
Who: Sessions are available for girls in kindergarten through 10th grade.
When: Two-week sessions start June 28, July 12 and July 26; one-week sessions start June 28, July 5 and Aug. 13. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; extended hours run from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Camp Allen, 56 Camp Allen Road in Bedford.
Cost: Week-long camps cost $180; two-week camps cost $300 to $320 with additional costs for extended care.
• Melody Pines Day Camp (510 Corning Road, Manchester, 669-9414, www.melodypines.com)
What: A traditional camp featuring outdoor activities, sports, crafts, archery, riflery, swimming and more.
Who: Programs for boys and girls ages 5 to 13.
Where: Melody Pines in south Manchester.
When: Weeklong sessions run June 21 through Aug. 27, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $165 per child, per week.
• Nashua Parks and Recreation Department (www.gonashua.com, 589-3368)
What: In addition to the city’s SummerFun programming, Nashua Parks and Recreation organizes themed camps, programs and lessons. Baseball, skateboarding, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, football, theater, hockey and science are some of the topics. Lessons or clinics on cooking, tennis and archery are also available.
Who: Programs for children ages 3 to 18.
When: June 21 through Aug. 27, mostly in one-week sessions.
Where: Nashua parks, schools, stadiums and other facilities.
Cost: Fees range from $55 to $225.
• Naticook Day Camp (www.merrimacknh.gov/town/departments/parks_and_recreation/naticook_day_camp; 882-1046)
What: One-week sessions from June 21 through Aug. 13 featuring lunch, swim lessons and activities including woodworking and theater. Teen campers program includes cooking, painting, hiking, golf, dances, sports and more. A counselor-in-training program is available for 15-year-olds. Brochures with programs will be available after March 1.
When: June 21 through Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with morning drop-off open at 8:30 a.m. Extended hours (for an additional fee) are available at 7:30 a.m. and through 5:30 p.m.
Where: The camp is on a lakefront property in Merrimack.
Who: A day camp is available for campers ages 5 to 12; a teen camp is offered for ages 13 and 14.
Cost: $200 per child per week ($155 for Merrimack residents).
• Pelham Parks and Recreation (www.pelhamweb.com/recreation)
What/Who: Camps run by the town’s recreation department for kids ages 3 through 14; a tot playground camp runs part of the day and camp for older children include extended care (for an additional cost).
When/where/cost: See the details of this summer’s camp on the Web site after April 1.
• Racquet Club of Concord (10 Garvins Falls Road, Concord, 224-7787, rccofconcord.com)
What/who/where: Day camps at the Racquet Club for children ages 5 to 14, with older kids taking regular field trips.
When: Nine weeklong sessions run June 21 through Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care starting at 7 a.m. running through 6 p.m.
Cost: $120 to $205 depending on membership and the age of the student.
• Squeaky Sneakers (Downtown Manchester YMCA, 30 Mechanic St. in Manchester, www.gmfymca.org, 232-8656)
What/who/where: Program for children ages 3 through entering kindergarten at downtown Manchester YMCA featuring swimming, music, arts, stories, field trips and more.
When: June 21 to Aug. 20, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $160 per week plus $60 for registration; sibling discount. Call 232-8656 to register.
• Southern NH Montessori Academy (1E Commons Drive #28, Londonderry, 818-8613, www.snhma.org)
What/Who: Full- and half-day summer programs for ages 5 to 9. Sessions include “Lego Vehicle Engineering,” “Space Camp” and “Rock Star Camp.” Call 818-8613 for details.
• The World Schools (138 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 888-1982, www.TheWorldSchools.com)
What/Who: Junior Camp is tailored for children entering Grade K or 1; campers may sign up in two-week blocks to attend three, four or five days a week; campers have an all-day counselor and base camp, with activities centered around weekly themes. Senior Camp is designed for children entering grades 2 through 5; campers may attend for one week or for the entire summer, and are encouraged to move between designated areas and participate in organized activities. The Wizards camp group is for children entering grades 6 and 7 and allows them the freedom to join a variety of activities and field trips.
When: Summer camp begins the last day of school in June and runs until the end of August.
Cost: Call for info.
• YMCA Camp Half Moon (116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown, 497-5186, www.gmfymca.org)
What/where: Camp run by the YMCA in the woods behind the Allard Center in Goffstown. Each week has a different theme. (Nine one-week programs offering camp activities in smaller groups are also available.)
Who: Boys and girls in grades 1 through 6.
When: 10 one-week sessions run June 21 through Aug. 27, 8:45 a.m. through 4 p.m.
Cost: Price varies between $119 and $195 depending on days in camp and membership level.
• YMCA Camp Lincoln (67 Ball Road in Kingston, www.ymcacamplincoln.org, 642-3361)
What/Who: One- and two-week traditional day camp sessions for kindergarten through grade 9. Can be combined with half-day specialty camps that focus on topics like cooking, fort-building, magic, sports and horses. Campers work on budgeting and trip-planning in one-week “On the Road” sessions for grades 7 to 9. One and two-week “Adventure Trips” are available for ages 12 to 15. Counselor in training programs available for ages 14 and 15.
When: June 21 through Aug. 20. Day camps run from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., with drop-off starting at 7 a.m., and pick-up until 6 p.m.
Where: Buses for day camps are available from towns including Londonderry, Derry, Windham and Salem. Adventure Trip destinations include the Canadian Maritimes.
Cost: $185-$1,050, sibling discounts and scholarships available. Information session at Camp Lincoln Saturday, March 6, at 1 p.m.
• YMCA Camp Otter (www.mvymca.org, 978-975-1330)
What/when: week-long camp sessions, each week with a different theme, running from June 21 through Aug. 27
Who: boy and girls ages 6 to 13
Where: 66 Hooker Farm Road in Salem
• YMCA Camp QuarterMoon (116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown, 497-5186, www.gmfymca.org)
What/who/where: Half-day camp for kindergarteners and first-graders run by the YMCA in the woods behind the Allard Center in Goffstown. Each week has a different theme.
When: 10 one-week sessions run June 21 through Aug. 27, 8:45 a.m. through 1 p.m.
Cost: Price varies between $85 and $130 depending on days in camp and membership level.
Arts (Visual & performing arts)
• The Acting Loft (516 Pine St., Manchester, 666-5999, www.actingloft.org)
What/who/when/where: The Loft will offer summer camps sessions July 5 through July 16, July 19 through July 30 and Aug. 2 through Aug. 13, with camps running from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. daily. Specifics of this summer’s camp will be announced soon.
• Allegro Dance Academy (100 Factory St., Nashua, 886-7989, allegrodanceonline.com)
Who/What/When/Cost: 2009’s summer camps included day camp offerings in July and August for a variety of ages up to 13 with a variety of themes, e.g. one-week Princess Camp for ages 4-6, one-week musical theater camp for age 5, a cheer dance camp at different levels, and a boys-only hip-hop class. Call for info about 2010 camps.
• Andy’s Summer Playhouse (582 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, 654-2613, andyssummerplayhouse.org)
What/Who: Innovative summer children’s productions involve rehearsal and performance for ages 8 to 18. A youth playwriting workshop, introduction-to-theater conservatory program and production internships are also offered. Shows scheduled for 2010 include an adaptation of the noir comic strip Dick Tracy, a musical stage version of the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still, and a reinvention of Swiss Family Robinson.
When: Auditions for Andy’s are Sunday, March 7, at the Amato Center in Milford, and Saturday, March 13, at Club Cannon in Peterborough. Contact Andy’s at email@example.com or 654-2613 to reserve an audition time, and for details on summer program dates.
Where: Andy’ Summer Playhouse in Wilton.
Cost: Contact Andy’s for information about production or program fees. Scholarships available.
• Bedford Youth Performing Center (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, www.bypc.org)
What/who/where/when: Full- and part-day camps in theater, music and dance for campers preschool (as young as 2) through high school at the Bedford center. Programs run in July and August.
Cost: Varies based on program, with discounts for early registration and multiple classes.
• Capital City Dance Center (128 Hall St # J, Concord, 228-1012, capitalcitydancecenter.com)
What/Who: Dance Camp 2010 for ages 3 to 12
When: July 19-23. Camp for ages 3-7 is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camp for ages 6-12 is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Ages 3-7, $100 for the week or $30/day. Ages 6-12, $150 for the week or $40/day.
• Concord Community Music School (23 Wall St., Concord, 228-1196, ccmusicschool.org)
What/who/when/when/cost: The school offers a variety of music programs (for a variety of ages) in June and July. Last year’s programs included a jazz camp, a singing seminar, programs for young children and more. Call for 2010 information and prices.
• Concord Dance Academy (26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, concorddanceacademy.com)
What/who/when: Evening classes in July and August in tap, jazz, ballet and karate for ages 3 through 10.
Where: The Academy in Concord
Cost: Varies depending on program
• Currier Museum Art Center (180 Pearl St. in Manchester, 669-6144 ext. 172, www.currier.org)
What/Who: Summer Art Camp for Kids! features programs for students ages 5 to 12 and ArtVentures! features programs for ages 12 to 15. Students age 15 and older can join teen/adult summer art courses.
When: Art Camp for Kids! one-week themed sessions run from July 5 through Aug. 13, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ArtVentures themed sessions are available weekdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m. Teen/adult courses are offered weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Art in the Evening” for teens and adults runs Mondays, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., July 5 through Aug. 9.
Where: At the Currier Art Center near the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.
Cost: Call 669-6144 ext. 122 for more information on details, fees, or the Art Center Scholarship Fund.
• KAT CAMP Kearsarge Arts Theater Company (www.katcompany.org, 526-7144)
What/Who: A four-week summer program for ages 4 to 18 in theater, dance, music and visual arts.
Where: Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton
When: Sessions take place in July. Most classes are two days a week for a little over an hour a day with some daily sessions.
Cost: $65 to $350, depending on the program.
• Kimball Jenkins School of Art (266 N. Main St. in Concord, www.kimballjenkins.com, 225-3932)
What/who/when: Sessions (weeklong and less) in July and August, each focusing on a different aspect of visual arts. Classes are full day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with aftercare available until 6 p.m. for additional cost). Students are divided by age group and must have already been enrolled in full-day kindergarten or first grade.
Where: Kimball Jenkins in Concord
Cost: Last year, $200 per week plus additional costs for extended care.
• Londonderry Dance Academy (21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 432-0032, londonderrydance.com)
Who/What/When/Cost: LDA has in the past offered a summer dance intensive camp with daily classes and workshops in ballet, pointe, contemporary and conditioning, and a Triple Threat Summer Camp, open to boys and girls ages 5-17, with classes taught by experienced professionals in acting, theater dance and voice, plus extracurricular activities. Check the Web site for a summer 2010 schedule as it becomes available.
• Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts (281 Cartier St., Manchester, 669-7469, www.majestictheatre.net)
What: Two-week theater camps focus on dance, acting, music, movement and storytelling with opportunities to learn about set and costume design and choreography among other theater-related subjects.
Who: Half-day camp for ages 4 to 7; full-day camp for ages 8 to 17.
When: “Story Theatre” runs from July 5 through July 16; “Fables & Fairy Tales” runs from July 19 through July 23; and “The Cinderella Tales” runs from Aug. 2 through Aug. 13 (for ages 8 to 17). Full-day hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Majestic Theatre is at the former Sainte Marie School Building in west Manchester.
Cost: A half-day camp session fee is $150, and full-day costs $275. Scholarships are available.
• Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester, 644-4548, www.mcmusicschool.org)
What/Who: Music lessons, summer music camps and music therapy classes for kids as young as six months and adults at the Manchester school
When/cost: Check the Web site in March for program dates and costs.
• Merrimack Repertory Theatre (50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, Mass, 978-654-4678, www.merrimackrep.org)
Who: Kids entering grades 1 through 12
What/when/where: Young Artists At Play at MRT offers summer camps in theater, performance seminars and musical theater workshops for kids. Classes are held in July and August and most run between 9 a.m. and 3 or 4 p.m. One- to four-week programs.
Cost: Vary according to program.
• Nashua Community Music School (5 Pine St., Nashua, 881-7030, nashuacms.org)
What/when/who/where/cost: Last summer, the school offered weeklong camps from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in July and early August focusing on a specific instrument or musical style. The school also offers private lessons throughout the summer. Call for this year’s information.
• New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts (875 Lafayette Road in Seabrook, 474-2444, www.nhapa.org)
What/Who: Programs for children as young as 2 (with parent) in dance including ballet, jazz, hip-hop and more.
When: Sessions run in July. Programs are half-day and less.
Where: Academy of Performing Arts in Seabrook
Cost: $75 through $265, depending on programming, with discounts for registering before March 31.
• New Hampshire Institute of Art (148 Concord St., Manchester, www.nhia.edu, 836-2513)
What/Who: The Precollege Summer Workshop is for high school students age 16 and older seeking to build visual art portfolios for college application and earn college-level course credits. Participants stay in NHIA dorms and meals are provided. Also, NHIA’s summer Continuing Education courses are open to teens 15 and older.
When: The Precollege Summer Workshop runs July 11 through July 23. The summer CE term runs from May 3 through late August.
Where: NHIA’s downtown Manchester facilities.
Cost: The Precollege Summer Workshop cost is $2,050, which includes tuition, accommodations, most meals and some materials. The application fee is $100. Some scholarships are available. Call for details about CE courses.
• NH Theater Project (959 Islington St. in Portsmouth, 431-6644, nhtheatreproject.wordpress.com)
What/who/when/cost: Evening classes, weeklong half-day classes and full-day classes for kids as young as 6 years old through actors over 17 years old. Adult Performance Intensive, for ages 17 and up, runs Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., June 14 through July 11 ($225). Kids Theatre Camp for ages 6 to 9 runs July 5-9, 9 a.m. to noon ($250). Story Theatre Camp for ages 8 to 12 runs July 19-21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($435). Teen Theatre Camp for ages 13 to 17 runs July 5-17 (1 to 4 p.m. July 5-8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 12-16); cost is $460. Camps end in performances. Scholarships available.
Where: West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St. in Portsmouth
• Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Centre (36 Arlington St., Nashua, 889-8404, nbtdc.com)
Who/What/When/Cost: Little Princess Camp is July 27-29 for ages 3-5 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) and 6-7 (1-3 p.m.), $100/$125. Young Dancer’s Program for ages 8-12, Aug. 2-14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., daily ballet class plus additional styles, $300 for one week, $500 for two weeks. Intermediate/Advanced Summer Intensive for ages 13+ with at least three dance classes daily plus rehearsal for an end-of-session repertory performance, Aug. 2-14, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $400 for one week, $650 for two weeks.
• N-Step Dance Center (2626 Brown Ave., Manchester, 641-6787, nstepdance.com)
Who: new and current members ages 3-12; children must be potty-trained
What: Five-week summer session in all forms of dance, all levels welcome. Campers perform their work in front of friends and family at the end of each week.
When: July 17-Aug. 20. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off and late pick-up available
Cost: Call or fill out form online for info.
• Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, www.palacetheatre.org, firstname.lastname@example.org)
What/who/when/: Two-week theater skills camps focused on different themes: CandyLand for grades 2-6 June 28 through July 9, Glee Camp for grades 4-8 July 12-23, Under the Sea camp from July 26 through Aug. 6 for grades 2-6 and Time Machine camp Aug. 9-20 for grades 4-8. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Palace Theatre in Manchester
Cost: Call for costs; financial assistance may be available.
• Peacock Players (14 Court St., Nashua, 889-2330, peacockplayers.org)
What: Three-week camps offer theater exercises, classes and rehearsals, and close with a Camp Showcase production.
Who: Ages 5 to 18.
When: Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call for extended care information. The Act I Session runs from July 5 through July 23, and Act II runs from July 26 through Aug. 13.
Where: Camps are held at the Rivier College campus, 450 South Main St. in Nashua. Camp Showcases are performed at 14 Court St.
Cost: $475. Discount available for siblings, or attending both sessions.
• Rock Right Academy (474 Central Ave., Dover, 749-7473, www.rockrightacademy.com)
What/who/when/where: In the past, Rock Right Academy has offered weeklong camps that teach kids ages 11 and up a chance to form a real rock band and learn how to prepare for a live show. Camps are usually 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Last year’s camps cost $275 per camper per week.
• Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre (Englewood Park, 19 Harvey Road, Bedford, snhdt.org)
Who/What/When/Cost: Pirate Camp: boys age 4-8, taught by male faculty members, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 17-19, $100. Princess Camp: ages 3-6, no experience needed, July 6-8 and Aug. 24-26, $100 ages 3-4, $125 ages 5-6. Children’s Summer Dance Camp: ages 5-8, no previous experience needed, study ballet, jazz, tap and student choreography, July 12-16 and July 19-23, $145 for half-day and $300 for full-day (age 6-8 only). Young Dancer’s Program: beginner and intermediate girls and boys ages 8-12, July 26-30, daily ballet plus jazz, modern, and/or stretch and strengthening, $145 half day, $300 full day. Two-Week Summer Intensive Program: ages 9+, daily ballet plus additional classes in modern, jazz, theater dance, character, African dance, injury prevention or dance history, and more, Mon. Aug. 2, through Sat., Aug. 14, attend a placement class before the summer program, two weeks $700, one week $500 if registering before June 1.
• Turning Pointe Center of Dance (371 Pembroke St, Pembroke, 485-8710, turningpointecenterofdance.com)
Who/What: Turning Pointe has previously offered a one-week summer day camp for ages 5-11. Call for current info.
• White Birch Fine Art (8 Mohawk Drive, Londonderry, 434-0399, whitebirchfineart.com)
Who: Grades 3-10
What: Art camp for all artistic levels. Each day offers a different fine art experience working in different media. Each project will consist of a drawing then rendered into a painting.
When: Camp for grades 7-10 is Aug. 2-5, from 9 a.m. to noon, instructed by Elaine Farmer. Camp for grades 3-6 is Aug. 9-12, from 9 a.m. to noon, instructed by Sharon Allen.
Cost: $135, includes all art supplies plus snack and drink.
Future careers & leadership
• Camp Fully Involved (www.campfullyinvolved.com; for more info, contact Jess Wyman, Nashua Fire Rescue, 494-7279, email@example.com)
What: A physically challenging, aggressive, hands-on, live-in weeklong summer camp for women interested in exploring the career of firefighting. No experience or affiliation with a fire department is required, and applications from young women who do not have any affiliation with the fire service are encouraged. There is no residency requirement for attendance. Campers will participate in rappelling, drills, engine and truck company operations and much more, plus evening classroom programs.
Who: Young women between age 14 (and having completed eighth grade) and 20. Class size is limited to 16-25 cadets.
When: Sunday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 6. Completed application must be postmarked by May 1.
Where: New Hampshire State Fire Academy, 222 Sheep Davis Road, Concord (www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/fstems/)
Cost: $300, includes all meals, snacks and lodging in the NH Fire Academy dormitory.
• GALS (Girls And Leadership Summer) from the YWCA of Manchester (72 Concord St., Manchester, ywcanh.org,
What/Who: Weeklong leadership development program for girls ages 13 to 16 featuring field trips, adventure activities, babysitter’s training, learning about women in leadership positions and more.
When/where/cost: Contact Megan Parnell, youth programs coordinator, at 625-5785 ext 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Apple Tree Farm (49 Wheeler Road, Hollis, 465-9592, appletreefarm.homestead.com)
What/Who: Riding clinics for children of all ages including a Young Rider’s Clinic with riding in small groups and barn lectures on safety and horse management. An Advanced Kid’s Clinic is geared toward preparing riders for riding events.
Where: the farm in Hollis
When/cost: Call for 2010 specifics.
• Gelinas Farm (471 4th Range Road, Pembroke, 225-7024, gelinasfarm.com)
What/who/where: Gelinas offers Farm Camp Aug. 2-6 and Youth Horsemanship Camp July 19-23 for ages 8 through 12. The camps are offered by the Concord Recreation Department.
• Perry Hill Farm (32 Perry Road, Bedford, 471-2929, phfnh.com)
What: A crash course in horseback riding and care. Camp runs on a weekly basis, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and each day includes a private riding lesson, instruction in horse and stable care, arts and crafts, and horse-related games.
When: Eight weeklong sessions, starting with June 28-July 2, ending with Aug. 16-20. Each day runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Perry Hill Farm in Bedford
Cost: Call for prices.
• Pony Farm (13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple, 654-6308, www.ponyfarm.com)
Who: Girls ages 8 to 14
What: Residential riding camp with riding twice a day except Sunday. Campers learn how to jump their horse, go trail riding down a country lane or in the woods, and generally learn how to handle and enjoy the farm’s 60 head of horses and ponies.
When: Five sessions: June 20-26 “Early Bird Week,” June 27 to July 10, July 11-24, July 25 to Aug. 7, and Aug. 8-21. Session Five (Aug. 8-21) has a one- or two-week option.
Cost: $2,000 per camper for the two-week session, $1,450 for the one-week session. Includes room, board, all activities, board for private horses, use of camp-owned horses, and tack and equipment.
• Sport Nature Riding & Recreation Center (Pine Hill Road, Hollis, 236-2132, www.sportnatureriding.com)
What: each child is matched with a horse or pony to ride and care for all week. For beginners each day includes a mounted riding lesson and horsemanship lessons. Intermediate and advanced riders may ride twice during the day. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in swimming, tennis, basketball, archery and other activities. Camp has an indoor ring for rainy days.
Who: ages 7-15
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. July 12-16 Beginner. July 19-23 Beginner. July 26-30 Intermediate. Aug. 2-6 Beginner. Aug. 9-13 Intermediate/Advanced.
Cost: $450 per week
• Amoskeag Fishways (6 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-3474, www.amoskeagfishways.org)
What: Summer vacation series will explore forest and river reptiles and bugs.
Who: Explorer series for ages 5 and 6; Adventurer series for ages 7 to 9. The Voyager series for ages 10 to 13 explores the natural wonders of the Merrimack River watershed.
When: Explorer and Adventurer sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 13 through Aug. 4. Explorers meet from 10 a.m. through noon; Adventurers meet 1:30-3:30 p.m. Voyagers meet from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Thursdays, July 15, 22 & 29 and Aug. 5.
Where: Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester.
Cost: $8 per Explorer or Adventurer session, or $30 for four. $28 per Voyager session, or $105 for four.
• Beaver Brook (117 Ridge Road in Hollis, 465-7787, www.beaverbrook.org)
What/who/when: Weeklong sessions June 14 through the week of Aug. 9 for ages 4 through 10th grade. Programs are nature-related with different themes each week. Classes for younger children run 9 a.m. to noon; classes for older children run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a few classes for teens running 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Beaver Brook in Hollis with some field trips.
Cost: Call for cost info. Some early-bird registration discounts are available.
• Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia, 483-5623, www.visitthefarm.com)
What/who/when/where: Charmingfare Farm camps are held at the farm. A Tuesday through Thursday camp for kids 5 to 6 runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 6 through Aug. 5. Subjects include “Barnyard Buddies,” “Jr. Zoo Keepers” and “Little Riders,” which features horseback riding. A camp for kids 7 to 16 runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care of an hour before and after. These weeklong camps run June 28 through Aug. 20 and focus on subjects such as animal careers or horseback riding.
Cost: $279 per week for older-kid camps with additional fees for extra horseback riding and extended care; $139 for the half-day camp.
• The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (174 Joppa Hill Road in Bedford, 472-4724, www.theeducationalfarm.org)
What/who/when: Little People Farm Programs for ages 4 and 5 run 9 a.m. to noon weekly June 28 through Aug. 20. Kids go on hikes, make crafts, learn about the farm and its animals and more. Agricultural Camp Programs for ages 6 to 11 run weekly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camps have weekly themes and in addition children learn about animals, check for eggs, work in the garden, go for walks and help with farm chores.
Where: Joppa Hill in Bedford.
Cost: $140 per week for the Little People programs; $275 per week for the older kid program.
• NH Audubon Summer Camps (Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn; Concord Audubon McLane Center, Silk Farm Road, Concord; www.nhaudubon.org)
Who: Kids ages 4 to 12.
What: Campers will enjoy campfires, astronomy sessions, shelter-building and wildlife sessions. NH Audubon also offers two survival leadership camps, for ages 12-14 and ages 13-15. The survival camps feature wilderness backpacking trips with a focus on teaching group management and leadership skills.
When: Weeklong and two-week programs run from June 28 through Aug. 12. Camps for kids ages 4 and 5 run from 9 a.m. to noon. All other camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $110 to $465, depending on the age of the camper, the length of the camp and programming.
• Peabody Mill Environmental Center (end of Brook Road in Amherst, amherstnh.gov/pmec, 673-1141)
What/who/when: In the past, the center has offered half-day programs (9 a.m. to noon) for children kindergarten through 8th grade with some shorter programs for younger children (extended care is available for kids first grade and older from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Programs focus on a specific subject related to nature, animals, the environment, science or native Americans. Most programs are weeklong.
Where: the Center in Amherst.
Cost: Varies according to program and residency.
• Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, 436-8043, www.seacoastsciencecenter.org)
What/Who: Safari camp for grades K through 8 is offered by the day during the first and last session, or by the week; campers learn about lighthouses, pirates, local legends, and how animals survive in the wild. Treks-4-Tots is an introductory camp experience for preschoolers (ages 4-5) and meets for three mornings or afternoons per week, Wednesday through Friday; trekkers comb the sandy beach, hunt for treasure, hike the woodlands and more. Safari’s Stewards is for grades 6-8; campers actively learn to become responsible stewards of the environment and go on field trips. Different weeks have different themes. Days run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before- and after-hours care available.
When: June 21-Aug. 27.
Where: Seacoast Science Center in Rye.
Cost: Treks-4-Tots $135 per session; Safari $225 per week.
Science and technology
• Camp Invention (Several locations throughout New Hampshire, www.invent.org)
Who: Kids in grade school.
What/where: This year’s camp is called Camp Innovate and will be held in Amherst, Bedford, Brookline, Concord, Londonderry, Manchester, Merrimack and Milford.
When: Weeklong sessions, one in each location, starting June 28. Classes run from 8:30 or 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.
• FIRST Place (www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/firstplace)
What: Four-day and weeklong camps each feature a different machine- or robot-related challenge.
Who: ages 6 to 15.
When: Camps start June 28 and run through the week of Aug. 16, 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.
Where: FIRST Place, 200 Bedford St. in Manchester.
Cost: Varies between $275 through $350 depending on the program; scholarships available.
• Keepers Science Camp (leitzelcenter.unh.edu/events.html, 862-0718)
What: KEEPERS (Kids Eager for Engineering Program with Elementary Research-based Science) Science Camp features a week-long half-day program learning about science and engineering with a one-day field trip to Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.
Who: kids entering grades 2-5.
Where: UNH Durham.
When: Sessions are July 5-9 and July 12-16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Mad Science (madscience.org/nhma, 362-9800)
What: Full- and half-day camps about different aspects of science.
Who: Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Where: Classes take place at Bedford Town Hall, Concord Recreation, Highland-Goffes Falls Elementary School in Goffstown, Nashua Recreation, Salem Recreation Department and Woodbury Middle School.
When: July and August.
Cost: Varies depending on the program.
• Manchester Summer Scholars (585-703-5269, www.manchesterscholars.com)
What/where: Weeklong hands-on academic day camp held on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester. Students choose one morning course (filmmaking, computer art & design, or crime scene investigation) and one afternoon course (Web site design, drama & theater, or astronomy & rocketry) for the week.
Who: Students entering grades 5 through 8.
When: July 19 through July 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $345; scholarships available.
• McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive in Concord, www.starhop.com, 271-7827)
What/who/when: Seven summer camps for kids ages 5 to 17 in July and August. Most camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with aftercare available until 6 p.m. Camps have themes such as environmental science, living in space, astronomy and aeronautics. Some camps for younger children run only in the morning and a camp for teenagers runs from 8 to 11 p.m. and offers a chance to see the night sky in the observatory.
Where: Discovery Center in Concord.
Cost: $125 to $275 with early bird and multi-child discounts.
• Project S.M.A.R.T. (www.smart.unh.edu)
What: A four-week-long, live-in program that educates high school students in science and mathematics.
Who: Students currently in 10th and 11th grade.
When: July 6 through July 30.
Where: UNH Durham.
Cost: $2,350 for those who go home during the weekends; $2,800 for those who stay for the weekend programs.
• RoboTech Center Programs (RoboTech Center, 3 I Taggart Drive, Green Ridge Park, in Nashua, www.robotechcenter.com, 888-6102)
What/when: Summer programs in designing and building robots, making 3-D movies, building hovercrafts and fuel cell cars, making video games and more run weekly in July and early August. Most programs run from 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m.
Who: programs are available for kids in kindergarten through high school.
Where: RoboTech Center in Nashua and Rivier College.
Cost: Varies depending on program.
• SEE Science Center (200 Bedford St. in Manchester, 669-0400, www.see-sciencecenter.org)
What: Weeklong science programs on electricity, chemistry, engineering and the science center itself.
Who: Kids entering grade 3 to 6.
Where: SEE Science Center in Manchester.
When: July 19-23 or July 26-30, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with aftercare available Monday through Thursday until 5:30 p.m.).
Cost: $200 per camper ($185 before May 15); aftercare is available for extra fee.
• UNH Tech camps (www.ceps.unh.edu/outreach/techcamp.html, 731-1087)
What/who/when: “Engineeristas: Girls & Engineering” for girls in grades 6 & 7 from Mon., July 12, through Fri., July 16; “Engineering Explorations & Projects,” a two-week program, for students in grades 7 & 8 and grades 9 & 10. Both camps offer a residential option. Commuter class runs 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; residential open has a Sunday drop-off.
Where: UNH Durham.
Cost: $350 for Engineeristas; $700 for the two-week Engineering Explorations & Projects (double for the residential option).
• Amherst Country Club golf camp (72 and 55 Ponemah Road, Amherst, 673-9908, www.amherstcountryclub.com)
What: Daily or three-times-a-week golf instruction.
Who: Programs for children as young as 4 as well as teens and adults.
Where: Ponemah Green Family Golf Center at Amherst Country Club.
When: May through August, morning sessions.
Cost: Varies depending on program and frequency.
• “British Are Coming” soccer camp (mnsl.org, 647-5843)
What: full- and half-day soccer camps.
Who: boys and girls ages 5 through 15
Where: Manchester North Fields in Livingston Park in Manchester.
When: Mon., July 26, through Fri., July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $160 full day; $110 half day.
• British Soccer Camps (www.theoutingclub.net/pages/britishsoccercamp.html; 526-8321)
What/Who: full-day soccer camp for grades 5 and 6; half-day soccer camp for grades 1 to 4; mini-camps for children ages 4 and 5.
Where: New London Outing Club in New London.
When: Mon., June 21, through Fri., June 25: mini camps at 9 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.; half day at 9 a.m. to noon for first- and second-graders and 1 to 4 p.m. for third- and-fourth graders; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for full-day camps.
Cost: $86 for mini camps; $131 for half-day camps; $169 for full-day camps (discounts for members; register at Challengersports.com).
• Capital Kickers Soccer Camp (www.capitalkickers.com, email@example.com, 524-5445, 428-3856)
What/Who: full-day camp for kids 8 to 17 years old; half day camps for 5- through 7-year-olds.
Where: soccer fields at NHTI in Concord.
When: Mon., July 12, through Fri., July 16, and Mon., Aug. 2, through Fri., Aug. 6, 9 a.m. to noon or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $230 for full day, $115 for half day plus extra for an additional shirt and ball.
• Championship Soccer Camp (www.championshipsoccercamp.com, 203-248-3976)
What: residential soccer camp.
Who: ages 12 to 17.
Where: Daniel Webster College, 20 University Drive in Nashua.
Cost: last year, the clinic cost $499 for participants who stayed at the college and $299 for those who commuted.
• The Executive Health and Sports Center (1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 668-4753, www.ehsc.com)
What/who/when/where: Weeklong camps running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with extended care available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for students 7 to 12 years old and 9 a.m. to noon (with extended care 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for kids ages 3 to 6. Older kids will do yoga, tennis, racquetball, team sports, pool games, arts and crafts, group exercise and more. Younger kids will do arts and crafts, team games, playground time, water games and enjoy snacks. Sessions run from Jun 28 through Aug. 20 and are open to nonmember as well as members.
Cost: Call for fees.
• Fit 4 Me (Downtown Manchester YMCA, 30 Mechanic St. in Manchester, www.gmfymca.org)
What/who/where: A fitness-focused program (strength, cardiovascular and nutrition education) for children in kindergarten through sixth grade at the Manchester YMCA. Each week has a different theme.
When: 10 one-week programs run from the week of June 28 through Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $119 to $195 per week, based on membership and days at camp.
• Foster’s Golf Camp (240 Tory Road, Manchester, 622-1553, www.fostersgolfcamp.com)
What/Who: Campers ages 8 through 16 will learn the game of golf through clinics, driving range practice and nine-hole play on golf courses throughout the state.
When/where: Week-long sessions run June 21 through Aug. 27. Bus picks up at Derryfield Park in Manchester at 7:30 a.m. and drops off at 4 p.m.
Cost: $275 per week (more for an advanced week in Aug.).
• Granite State Gymnastics Center (71 River Road, Bow, 228-8424, granitestategymnastics.org)
Last year offered recreation camp for boys & girls age 6+ and toddler camp for boys & girls age 3-5, with weekly and daily rates throughout the summer, full days and half days, including swimming and open gym time.
• Granite State Lacrosse (www.granitestatelacrosse.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; 471-9299)
What: lacrosse skills and play.
Who: boys 7 to 17 years old.
When/where: Mon., June 28, through Thurs., July 1, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at NH Sportsplex in Bedford; Mon., July 12, through Fri., July 16, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Joppa Hill Field in Bedford; Mon., July 19, through Thurs., July 22, 1 to 4:30 p.m., at NH Sportsplex in Bedford.
Cost: $315 for session one; $215 for sessions two and three.
• Hot Laps Karting Center (Sugar Hill Speeday, Weare, 529-2929, www.hot-laps.com).
What/who/where: Hot Laps Racing School offers classes for ages 7 through 14 that focus on track time. Students will get as much time behind the wheel as possible in this two-hour class. Classes are limited to six students. Racers will participate in an Intro program as well as a Race Day Simulation program.
When/cost: Call for 2010 schedule.
• In the Net Sports Academy (www.inthenetsportsacademy.com, 429-0592, email@example.com)
What: Soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, golf, tennis, running, football and general sports.
Who: 2 years old through high school
When: half-day and full-day sports for week-long sessions running the week of July 5 through the week of Aug. 16.
Where: Camp locations include Sportsman Field in Bedford, Brickyard Field in Litchfield, Freedom Field in Hudson, Reed Ferry in Merrimack, Sportzone in Derry, Douglas Street Field in Manchester, Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown and Legacy Park in Bedford.
Cost: varies by program.
• Magic Touch Soccer Academy (120 Huse Road, Manchester, 232-2314, www.magictouchsoccer.com)
What: soccer camps and clinics.
Who: last year’s camps included middle and high school players.
When/where/cost: Call for information on this year’s programs.
• New England Gymnastics Training Center (5 Tracy Lane, Hudson, 880-8482, negtc.com)
Who: ages 4+, toilet-trained
What: full- and half-day programs with a variety of activities including arts & crafts, swimming, basketball, volleyball, contests, theme weeks and more. Full days run 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; half days run 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 5 p.m. Extended care hours 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When: Nine weeklong sessions. Week 1 is June 28-July 2, Week 9 is Aug. 23-27.
Cost: Full days $45 per day, $200 per week. Half days $30 per day, $130 per week. Extended care $5 morning, $5 afternoon.
• Nike Tennis Camp (www.ussportscamps.com, 800-645-3226)
What: tennis skills by MIT’s men’s coach.
Who: ages 6 to 18.
When: Mon, Aug. 2, through Fri., Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester.
Cost: $215 for half day, $295 for a full day.
• Phantoms summer camps (www.thephanzone.com, 329-4422)
What/Who: camps for ages 6 to 14 in baseball, flag football, football, indoor lacrosse and indoor soccer.
Where: Phanzone Sports Center in East Hampstead.
When: July and August, dates and times TBA.
Cost: call for info on specific camps.
• Radius Edge Power Skating Camp (490-6325, www.radius-edge.com; meets at Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, north off Exit 10 of Interstate 93)
What/Who: Skating instruction for hockey players, boys and girls, ages 6 to 14.
When/where: Check Web site for information for summer 2010.
Cost: In the past, the camp has cost $425 per week or $90 per day with hot lunches available for an additional $30 per week.
• Ramp Camp (170 Lafayette Road, Rye Airfield, Rye, 964-2800 ext. 13, www.ryeairfield.com)
What/who/when/where: Full- and half-day, three- and five-day camps focusing on skateboarding, BMX bikes and inline skating for kids as young as six. Camps start June 21 and run through Sept. 1 at the Rye Airfield.
Cost: $154 to $249, if registering before April 30.
• Relentless Training Football Camp (relentlesstrainingcamp.weebly.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)
What: fundamentals of football.
Who: players in grades 7-12.
When: Monday, July 19, through Thursday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Where: Bedford High School stadium.
Cost: $175 ($150 before April 1).
• SNHU sports camps (www.snhu.edu/215.asp)
What: camps privately owned and operated by Southern New Hampshire University coaches in baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer.
Who: boys, girls and co-ed classes for a variety of ages.
Where: SNHU facilities, 2500 N. River Road in Manchester.
When: camps and one-day clinics in July and August.
Cost: See individual camps for cost.
• Soccer Dimensions (www.soccerdimensionsnh.com; 674-2521; Robert.email@example.com)
What: coed soccer day camp directed by UNH head men’s soccer coach.
Who: ages 8 to 12.
Where: UNH Durham.
When: day camp runs Monday, July 26, through Thursday, July 29.
• Soccer Sphere (www.soccersphere.org; 645-9703)
Who/what: full- and half-day soccer camps (both skills-based and more competitive) for ages 5 to 16.
Where: Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.
When: Monday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; an elite program for high school players runs Monday, Aug. 9, through Friday, Aug. 13.
Cost: $225 for full day; $120 for half day; TBA for elite program.
• Spectrum Gymnastics Academy (26 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-8388, spectrumgymnasticsacademy.com)
What/who/where/when: A four-day (Monday through Thursday) camp, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with extended care 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and half-day camps available), running the week of June 28 through the week of Aug. 16. The day will feature gymnastics, swimming, rock climbing wall and more at the Academy.
Cost: $144 to $175 per week, depending on when you register, with discounts for half-day and early registration.
• Steve Schubert Football Camp (www.schubertfootballcamp.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; 391-5759)
What: semi-contact football for pee-wee through sophomore.
Who: ages 7 to 16.
When: Mon., July 19, through Fri., July 23.
Where: Chabot & McDonough Football Field, Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way in Manchester.
Cost: $275 (lunch included).
• Tokyo Joe’s Studios (143 W. Pearl St. in Nashua, 889-4165, www.tokyojoes.net)
What/Who: Morning and afternoon summer classes for teens and children.
Cost: Discounts for signing up in March (early bird special including a free uniform).
• Tumble Town Gymnastics (215 Canal St., Manchester, 641-9591, tumbletownnh.com)
What/who/when: Weeklong sessions July 12 through Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, offer camps for girls who are upper-level gymnasts as well as camps for girls at all levels age 5 and up.
Cost: $125 per week.
• UNH Wildcats summer camps (www.unhwildcats.com)
What: week-long, weekend and one-day camps for basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics, football, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, track and field, and ice hockey.
Who: boys and girls of various ages.
Where: UNH in Durham.
When: the week of June 21 through the week of Aug. 9.
Cost: see individual camps for cost.
More fun to come
Keep an eye on the Children & Teens listings each week in Hippo’s Inside/Outside section for more camps and summer activities. If you have a camp not listed here, send it to email@example.com.
Working the camp system
• The first year of looking for a summer camp, it may be hard to get what you want. But returning campers usually get first dibs on camps — so consider taking a less desirable camp program or time slot this year to get your pick at that camp in the future.
• Many camps are offering early bird specials through March including discounts on the programs and/or on equipment.
• Many camps offer discounts for campers enrolling in multiple programs as well as discounts for families taking several children to one camp.
• Many of the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club camps offer bus pickups.
• Is your teen a little too old for camp but not quite ready to be left to his or her own designs all summer? Many camps (particularly YMCA and Boys & Girls Club camps) offer counselor training programs for teens who are at the top of the camp’s age group. Think résumé-building and training for a future summer job.
• Some camps offer weeklong and three-day-per-week camp options. Ask about these part-week camps (particularly at YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs) if you have a flexible schedule and are looking to save some cash.
After-school program summer session
After-school or extended care programs may also offer summer programming. For instance, students enrolled in extended care at a school with a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant might have the opportunity to enroll in 21st Century-run summer programs or camps. Inquire with your student’s school, school district or local extended-care program.