Groton’s got woods, lakes and ponds… perfect summer camp territory. At least four camps are running programs in town this summer, and the Nashua River Watershed Association has a series of camp-like classes that would qualify.
If the kids — or you — are looking for something kid-worthy to do for July and August, we’ve brought together the best summer camps that Groton offers so you can compare the offerings in one place. Each organization, 3Rivers Arts Artworks Camps, the Groton Pool and Golf Center, Grotonwood, Lawrence Academy, and the NRWA is summarized in the sections below, and at the end of the article we’ve set up a summary table. Most information is quoted from the camps’ web sites.
It’s not too late to sign up. Although some particular programs are full, many are still accepting enrollments — 3Rivers Arts, for example, is offering a $50 discount on a third week-long specialty camp session when signing up for a regular two-week session.
Each has something unique to recommend it. 3Rivers concentrates heavily on the arts, from painting to theater. Grotonwood stresses traditional camp-in-the-woods activities in a “supportive Christian environment,” and a unique offering for grandparents to camp with grandchildren. Lawrence has the broadest range of programs, from language immersion programs to game design and survival skills. NRWA emphasizes the environment and interacting with the outdoors in a relaxed small group atmosphere in which each class is the entire “camp.”
3Rivers Arts Artworks Camps
3Rivers Arts Artworks Camps
3Rivers Arts is carrying on a long-time program touching most of the performing and creative arts plus basketball, tennis, and Legos this year. The camp is on the grounds of Groton School, off Farmer’s Row.
Two week sessions are planned in Art, Theatre, Music, Dance, Swimming, Tennis, and a Counselor-in-Training Program. One-week specialty camps are planned in LEGOS, Jam Session, Art + Word, and basketball.
Prices range from $325-$625, but there is a special for people who sign up for a two-week session — they can add on a one-week specialty camp (LEGOS, Jam Session, Art + Word, Basketball) for $50 off. When registering on the web site, use the Promo code: PROMO2013.
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.(9:00 – 1:00 available for Jr. Campers)
Located at Groton School, 282 Farmers Row, Groton, MA
For more than 30 years, 3Rivers Arts summer camp ArtWorks has provided the ideal environment and a unique opportunity for children to appreciate the arts, as well as develop physical and mental skills through programs that are enriching, educational and fun. 3Rivers Arts believes participation in the arts plays a key role in a childâ€™s intellectual development; therefore our camp is one of the few in the area whose primary focus is the arts, but also includes outdoor recreational time, swimming, basketball, tennis, and Lego camp. We offer programs for children ages 4-16. We believe camp provides an opportunity for personal growth, to develop leadership skills and build lasting friendships.
Childrenâ€™s before- and after-care is available, and all campers participate in recreational swimming.
Artworks may offer the best lunch of any of the local camps. An option available to campers who want to eat healthy is 3Rivers Arts’ box lunch partnership with Groton Wellness.
The camp wrote in a press release, “We are proud to partner with Groton Wellness to serve amazingly healthy lunches to our campers! 3Rivers Arts Executive Director Monica Hinojos has consulted with Chef Paul from the Farm to Table Cafe at Groton Wellness to plan a menu of local, farm fresh, healthy, delicious lunches your kids will love, with affordable convenience you will love!
We need a minimum of 30 sign-ups per session to offer this program. To kick it off, we’ll give you 15% off when you sign up! Give yourself a break this summer, and let us serve up a lunch you know will be healthy and fun! Choices include yogurt and fruit parfaits, healthy wraps, homemade mac and cheese and more. Sign up for box lunches when you register for camp!”
Groton Pool and Golf Center
The Groton Pool and Golf Center offers concentrations in tennis, swimming, and golf for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Healthy snacks and lunches, use of golf clubs and tennis racquets are included in the tuition. Children who have completed grades K-6 are invited to attend our camp. CIT program is available for children who have completed grades 8 and 9. The camper to staff ratio is 5:1.
Before & After Care Programs are available!
Please remember to include a towel, swimsuit, change of clothes, sunscreen, sneakers, water bottle and a hat as children are outdoors most of the day.
Children are grouped in the following age groups:
Group A : Completed grades K – 2
Group B : Completed grades 3 & 4
Group C : Completed grades 5 & 6
CIT Program: Completed grades 8 & 9
Counselor in Training Program
This program is for young adults who have completed grades 8 and 9. Cost is half of regular tuition and includes daily lunch. C.I.T.’s are mentored and supervised by Lead Counselors and will receive an evaluation upon completion. Two week minimum attendance is required.
Each of our summer camps is specially designed to cater to the unique needs of our campers. For over fifty years families, young youth, teens, and adults with disabilities have found fun, faith, and fellowship at Grotonwood!
Our general camp program is designed to create a warm, nurturing, safe and supportive Christian environment. It is our hope that campers will grow in their faith, make lifelong friendships, and develop strong Christian values.
We are excited to have you join us at camp where we offer three types of camping sessions for adults with disabilities. Each type of camp is designed to meet specific needs and foster abilities through appropriately designed activities and outings.
The kids have been cooped up in their classrooms at school long enough! Summer is on its way and itâ€™s time to cool their craving for some outdoor adventure at summer camp! Grotonwood camp offers unique day camp programs for kids ages 5-12 that provide your child the opportunity to experience all the daytime fun that our overnight campers enjoy. Our trained day camp counselors are all geared up to gather your little ones and keep them safely engaged, entertained, and energetic all day long.
New for 2013! Come to camp with your grandchild and spend your week sharing stories around camp fires, swimming and boating in the lake, and building memories that will last a lifetime!
Lawrence Academy is dedicated to providing children and international students recreational and educational summer programs. We strive to maintain a staff of career educators who are skilled in the programs they direct and of counselors who will serve as positive role models for our campers at all times. The 100-acre Lawrence Academy campus provides the setting for over 30 day camp offerings for children entering grades Kâ€“12 and overnight English, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, and French immersion programs.
The camp day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Early drop-off is available at 7:30 a.m. and Extended Day until 6:00 p.m.
Most camps include time in the Lawrence Academy outdoor pool.
Transportation is available to and from Acton and Westford.
LA Day is Lawrence Academy’s signature day camp. The camp is offered during all ten summer programs sessions. The theme of the camp is good old-fashioned summer camp fun. Each week is filled with a wide range of activities: swimming, tennis, sports, outdoor games, and arts & crafts. This camp offers a fun, well-rounded summer camp experience offering campers a little bit of everything from water balloon races to tug-o-war. Campers are placed in coed groups by age and enjoy new friendships while participating in activities of their choice. All campers participate in daily swim and tennis lessons. Lunch, drinks, and snacks are provided.
Entering Grades: K-7th
Sessions: Offered all 10 weeks of camp
2013 Sports Camps
Flag Football/Ultimate Frisbee
Lawrence Academy Sports Camps offer campers a chance to spend a week learning and enjoying skills and games that focus on a specific sport. All of the camps include lunch, drinks, and outdoor swim and recreation time. Sports camps are available for campers entering grades K-12th. The age of participants for each camp is based on the school grade the camper will enter in the fall of 2013.
Board Game Design
Computer Game Development
Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
Fashion Design Camp
Remote Control Pirate Ships
Robotics and Jr. Robotics
Wilderness Survival Camp
Web Design Workshop
Lawrence Academy Specialty Camps offer campers the opportunity to spend a week or two learning and enjoying activities that focus on a specific subject. All of the camps include outdoor recreation and swim time. Lunch is provided to all campers. The ages of participants for each camp is based on the school grade the camper is entering in the fall of 2013.
Nashua River Watershed Association Eco-Adventures
Nashua River Watershed Association Eco-Adventures
The smallest camp offers a nice range of science and eco-based programs for kids, through July!
Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11-14
July 15 â€“ July 18, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Challenge yourself in nature with four adventurous, action-packed days of hiking Groton trails through numerous conservation properties, paddling the Squannacook River, developing summer survival skills, and exploring the inner world of our local river, woodlands and fields while making new friends. Outdoor adventure at its best with River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat. Program fees are $200 for NRWA members or $230 for non-members.
Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6-8
July 22 â€“ July 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Escape the heat of summer with a fun-filled four days all about water!! Collect aquatic critters from the Nashua River, make a fresh water aquarium, do water experiments, make mini-boats to race on mini streams, and stay cool each day with lots of water games. Perfect for nature & water loving kids! Led by NRWAâ€™s fun-loving naturalist educator Diane Lauber. Program fees are $180 for NRWA members or $210 for non-members.
â€œHow Do Fish Breathe Underwater?â€ & Other Wonders of Nature
The Science Behind Our Curious Questions for Ages 9-12
July 30 â€“ August 2, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Did you ever wonder why the sky is blue? How do birds fly? Or why are so many animals brown? Join NRWAâ€™s Education Director Mary Marro for this 4-day summer program where we will begin by asking questions about nature & science then design a method to answer those questions. Each camper will create their own investigation using scientific process and run their own scientific activities or â€œlabsâ€ to answer their question. At the end of the week, the participants will become â€œpublished scientistsâ€ as they write down and sketch out their projects to be published in the NRWA newsletter!
Program fees are $190 for NRWA members or $220 for non-members.
Pre-registration is required. To register for any of these programs, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Director, at MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org, or Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, at StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org, or call the NRWA at (978) 448-0299. Hope to see you in July!
Groton Camps Quick Reference Information
|Camp||Focus||Themes||Ages||For More Information||Location|
|3Rivers Arts Artworks Camps||At Artworks Camp, every day our campers are happy, having fun, learning something new, building confidence and self-esteem, and enjoying just being a kid!||Art, Theatre, Music, Dance, Jam Session, Swimming, Tennis, Counselor-in-Training Program, Lego Camp, Basketball Camp, and Art+Word||
Junior campers 4 – 6 years old
Senior campers 7 – 14 years old
Counselors-in-Training (CIT) Program 14 – 16 years old
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call one of the co-directors, Betsy Carbone at 978.785.9008 or Jennifer Hawes at 978.480.0441
|Groton School, Farmers Row, Groton|
|Groton Pool and Golf Center||
At the Summer Camp at Groton Pool & Golf Center, children who have completed grades K – 6 have fun learning and developing skills in golf, swimming and tennis. Our CIT program is offered to children who have completed 8th or 9th grade.
Equally as important, children develop self confidence, learn fair play and benefit from daily social interaction with their peers.
|Swimming, Golf and Tennis are taught by certified instructors. Healthy snacks and lunches, use of golf clubs and tennis racquets are included in the tuition. Children who have completed grades K-6 are invited to attend our camp. CIT program is available for children who have completed grades 8 and 9. The camper to staff ratio is 5:1.||Kindergarten through sixth grade.||
Groton Pool & Golf Center
94 Lovers Lane, Groton
|Grotonwood||Each of our summer camps is specially designed to cater to the unique needs of our campers. For over fifty years families, young youth, teens, and adults with disabilities have found fun, faith, and fellowship at Grotonwood!||From one-week introductory camps, to 2-week specialty camps, to our five-week Leadership Development Program, youâ€™re sure to find the camp thatâ€™s perfect for you! Each day is chock full of fun activities like swimming, archery, rock-climbing, arts and crafts, group sports, and more! Youâ€™ll learn about God and how to serve others in our daily Chapel times and cabin devotions.||Ages 5-12 and adults.||
|167 Prescott Street, Groton|
|Lawrence Academy||Lawrence Academy is dedicated to providing children and international students recreational and educational summer programs. We strive to maintain a staff of career educators who are skilled in the programs they direct and of counselors who will serve as positive role models for our campers at all times.||
The 100-acre Lawrence Academy campus provides the setting for over 30 day camp offerings for children entering grades Kâ€“12 and an overnight English, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, and French immersion program for American and international students.
Summer programs include traditional day camp, sports camps, and specialty day camps including Wilderness Survival Camp, Crafting Camp, Board Game Design, Jr. CIT, and 3D Computer Graphics.
|Kindergarten through high school.||
Michelle Waldie, Director of Summer Programs
|Powder House Road, Groton|
|NRWA Eco-Adventures||NRWA series of programs for kids aren’t really a camp, but a continuing series of classes that gets kids outdoors and thinking about the natural world.||6-14||
Web site. For more information or to register, email Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Director, or email Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, or call the NRWA at (978) 448-029.
||592 Main Street, Groton, MA|