Summer 2021 Day Camp
Due to the ongoing global pandemic, Campus Recreation will not be offering our Summer Day Camp in 2021. At this time, we anticipate most youth programs will return in Fall 2021 and Summer Day Camp in 2022, but this is subject to public health guidance at that time.
For our most updated youth programming available, visit our Youth Programs page.
Online Resources for Campers
Looking something to do this summer? Campus Recreation has compiled a list of resources and suggestions for campers and their parents.
Note: Participating in any of the activities below is completely voluntary. The websites listed are suggestions to help you plan summer activities for your family. We recommend that you view them first to make sure they are appropriate for your child.
Try a theme day! For instance, Make-It Monday (Crafts/Artwork), Take a trip Tuesday (virtual field trip, walk/bike ride), Wet Wednesday (water activities/games), Thinking Thursday, Friend Friday (connect with a friend virtually)
|Scavenger Hunt||Child-Friendly Yoga|
|Minute to Win It Games||"How-To" Activities|
|Water Games||Indoor Active Games|
Virtual Field Trips
|San Diego Zoo||Aquarium Cams|
|Museum of Natural History||Metkids|
|Boston Children's Museum||NASA Trip to Mars|
|Stargazing||Great Wall of China|
Other Fun Activities
|Learn to Draw||Read-a-Thon|
|Trick Shot Challenges||Tye-dying|
|Easy Kids Choreography||Can't Stop The Feeling|
|How to do the Floss||Kidz Bop Dance Along|
|Welcome to My Gym||Fit Factor Kids|
Virtual Summer Camps
|45 Virtual Summer Camps||30 Best Virtual Summer Camp Ideas|
|Free Virtual Summer Camps|
|Brooklyn Public Library||Epic! Library|
|National Geographic Kids||NASA|
|The Nature Conservancy||Camping with Babies|
Please note: all sessions for Summer 2020 Day Camp have been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
The Boston College Recreational Day Camp must comply with the Regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In consideration of the safety of the children enrolled, the camp activities are structured for children 7-12 years old. Campers must fall within the age range as of the first day they intend to attend camp to be eligible to participate.
Registration opens February 17th
- Full payment is required to secure enrollment. Registration and payment are accepted over the phone through Member Services at 617-552-0797.
- Once registered and paid, a paperwork packet will be required for each camper. The paperwork will be sent electronically through email or can be found on our website.
- Each session is limited to 60 campers. Enrollment will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Camp sessions are non-refundable.
- All required camper forms must be submitted four weeks prior to the first day of the first camp session the camper is registered for. If all health forms are not up-to-date, the camper will not be permitted to attend camp.
Copies of our staff background checks, health care and discipline policies, and grievance procedures are available upon request. Please refer to the contact information listed above.
Keep your kids active, socially engaged, and entertained at Boston College Recreational Day Camp! Here children will have a safe and fun place where they can participate in a variety of games, crafts, and group activities.
Kickball, water balloon games, Ga Ga Ball, and pool time are just a few of the things that keep our camp schedule packed! Activities will be varied on a daily basis to make sure the campers have opportunities to play some traditional favorites and learn some awesome new games as well. Our camp counselors work hard to make sure everyone has fun, stays safe, and enjoys their time at camp. Check out some of the fun we've had over the past few summers in our Flickr album!
As with the Boston College tradition, we strive to follow the motto ‘Ever to excel’. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best camp experience possible. Each session is dedicated to give the children a healthy outlet for their energy, a fun environment to meet friends, and a safe place to be themselves.
Schedule & Activities
Camp programming combines a variety of recreational activities. Camp begins each morning with an all camp stretch and group activity. Campers will then separate into their respective groups and rotate between the various locations inside and outside the Margot Connell Recreation Center.
The pool is one of the camper highlights of the day. Campers will be tested to assess their swim level. Campers who pass the swim test may enjoy time in the dive well which has two 1-meter diving boards, also a camper favorite!
The indoor MAC (Multi Activity Court) and outdoor recreational spaces are areas where campers play four-square, dodgeball and other group games. Campers will also participate in group recreational games such as ‘jail’, ‘king of the court’, and ‘messy backyard’.
The class room is an indoor spot where campers can cool down and participate in activities such as arts and crafts, board games, trivia, and dance.
Camp concludes each week with ‘Fun Fridays’, which consist of a series of relay races and other team activities, and a lunchtime pizza party.
A majority of the camp counselors are Boston College students who have a combination of past experiences working with children in camp counseling, childcare, elementary education courses with the Lynch School of Education, and various other youth organizations.
All Campus Recreation Full Time Staff are certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. All of the pool staff carry current certifications in American Red Cross Life Guarding/First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.
All of the camp staff have undergone background checks and provided at least three positive references. This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.
For policies provided to parents before each camper is admitted to camp, including policy for care of mildly ill campers, administration of medication, and procedures for emergency care please see the camp manual.
For information regarding the H1N1 influenza (commonly known as swine flu) please see Factsheet, Parent Information, and Symptom Checklist.
THINGS TO BRING
- Brown Bag Lunches (refrigeration is provided)
- Comfortable clothing for both indoor and outdoor activities
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How many sessions can I register my child for?
A. You can register your child for as many as you would like.
Q. What age groups can attend the camp?
A. Campers must fall within the age range 7 - 12 years old as of the first day they intend to attend camp to be eligible to participate. Due to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps for Children, there is a required ratio of supervisory staff to campers for children under the age of 7. In addition, in consideration of the safety of the children enrolled, the structure of the camp activities is specific to children in the 7-12 year old age range.
Q. Do you offer junior councilor positions to current high school students?
A. No. Each of our camp councilors is required to be at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate, provide a resume that includes the past 5 years of work experience (such as childcare, nanny experience, education majors), three (3) positive letters of reference from individuals of no relation, and passing of CORI/SORI background checks.
Q. Does your camp qualify as a flexible spending account (FSA) or dependent care expense?
A. The cost of the camp may qualify as a tax deductible dependent care expense. Please contact your tax consultant. For further questions, contact Member Services at 617-552-0797.