The Brookline Recreation Department offers three types of day summer programs to children ages 5-6, 7-9, and 10-13. Each camp provides various activities and pre-established schedules where children can build confidence, develop skills, make new friends, and have fun! Children take part in arts and craft activities, non-competitive sports and games, aquatic activities, recreational play and theme activities.
Little Acorns (Age 5-6)
Young naturalists can explore the natural areas of Brookline this summer. Little Acorns will have the opportunity to visit many of Brookline's parks and sanctuaries and unravel the mysteries of the natural world through hands-on exploration, stories, arts and crafts, nature walks and games. Each day will feature a different theme and a new location for campers to enjoy.
Sprouts (Age 7-8)
This older group will explore Brookline, focusing on the native plant life and varied habitats found in our natural area. Sprouts will have the opportunity to visit many of Brookline's parks and sanctuaries, and discover the growth cycle through hands-on exploration, stories, arts and crafts, nature walks and games. They will also participate in the maintenance and harvesting of a community garden.
Junior Rangers (Age 9-10)
These rangers will experience nature based learning in the outdoors as they work towards earning a Junior Ranger badge. While visiting Brookline's parks, as well as exciting destinations such as Halibut Point and Purgatory Chasm State Parks, campers will be introduced to many different environmental topics: wildlife, habitats, ecology, biodiversity, and conservation.
Adventurers (Age 11-13)
This program will begin with explorations in Brookline and move beyond the town's boundaries. This oldest group of naturalists will expand their knowledge and skill set and experience nature by being active in it! Excursions include hiking trips, canoeing, kayaking, and a ropes challenge course.
- Participants in this camp will experience the fun and challenging process of puppet design, resulting in the creation of never-before-seen puppet creatures. You will have the chance to explore the materials and mechanisms used by professional puppet builders to create and control imaginative characters.
Puppetry Building and Design Camp: Discovering Secrets of Life
- From hand puppets to giant puppets to Muppet-style puppets, puppetry is an exercise for your imagination. Kids will learn how to bring puppet character to life using breath, focus, and a specialized "movement vocabulary". They will also be exposed to general theatre skills such as voice acting, scene study, and ensemble performance.
Summer Swim Camp
Summer Swim Camp is a week-long, comprehensive camp for simmers ages 8-18 who have competitive swim team experience and/or who have passed American Red Cross Level 4 and are proficient in all four competitive strokes. It includes dry-land training, two daily swim sessions, instructional videos and underwater videotaping.
NETRESULTS Tennis Jr. Jam Weeks
The Junior Summer "Jam Week" camp program is a games-based approach that adds excitement and enjoy for the kids as they learn to play the game through a progression of drills and games. Last year, the program facilitated over 560 juniors. The 12-week program focused on the "Play to Learn" theme, getting kids right into point and game play to develop the "passion to play".
Viking Sports Camps
Viking Sports conducts a fun variety of weekly multi-sports camps. Sports include dodge ball, capture the flag, soccer, flag football, floor hockey, and much more. All camps last one week, but children are encouraged to attend as many weeks of the camp as possible. The coaching and instruction of Viking Sports Camps is intended to meet the needs of all ages, from entering kindergarteners to seventh graders. Children will not only work on individual skill development, but on how to effectively participate on teams as well.