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The Best Boston-Area Summer Camps

campers participating in archeryAs the unofficial capital of New England, Boston is surrounded by terrific options for summer camps, both in and outside the city. Once your child graduates from day camp, the sleepaway camp meccas of Maine and New Hampshire are just a few hours away. The following are a few of the most well-known camps in the region for elementary through high school kids, including our own Pioneer Camp for your child’s first sleepaway experience.

Boston-Area Day Camps

Nobles Day Camp

From preschool to junior high, Nobles offers flexible camp options that cater to your child’s interests. You can choose from one-week-long specialty camps for various sports or STEM projects, or opt for the minimum two-week-long day camp.

Beaver Summer Camp

This Chestnut Hill day camp offers a well-rounded, general day camp option combining arts and athletics as well as specialty camps for older campers, who can opt for “Trips” that take them on outings ranging from neighboring farms to overnight camping trips.

Hale Day Camp

Located a half-hour outside of Boston on 1,137 acres of land, Hale offers both traditional and adventure camp sessions that take advantage of its top-notch facilities and natural attractions. It’s convenient too: the camp provides free bussing from multiple Boston neighborhoods.

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Sleepaway Camps Near Boston

Camp Walt Whitman


Set in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Camp Walt Whitman offers the best well-rounded, co-ed sleepaway camp experience in New England. Hikes and overnight trips, water sports on our private lake, pottery, woodworking, athletics, and adventure courses are all woven into a campers’ day-to-day activities, while cabin counselors and staff foster a sense of community, friendship and pride in personal growth.

And for young campers making the transition from a Boston day camp to a sleepaway camp, our Pioneer Camp offers the perfect one-week introduction to life at Camp Walt Whitman.

Camp Cobbossee

(All boys)

Founded in the early 1900s, Camp Cobbossee in Maine has a longstanding tradition as a camp for athletically minded boys. From the illuminated soccer field to the lakefront playspace, there are endless options for sports and play.

Camp Winaukee

(All boys)

The two campuses at this New Hampshire sleepaway camp–a mainland one for younger boys, and an island camp for the 13- to 15-year old boys–creates an intimate feel at both camps, where sports and adventure reign.

Camp Kippewa

(All girls)

At Kippewa in Maine, girls can select from a wide range of activities each week to customize their perfect camp experience, be it focused on the arts, equestrian activities, drama, sports, adventure or all of the above.

Camp Wicosuta

(All girls)

This traditional girls camp in New Hampshire offers just 4-week sessions and promotes confidence, competence in all activities and community, through its uniform policy, elective activities, and a social-emotional toolkit that allows each camper’s voice to be heard.

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