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Season of Fun
Your guide to summer camps

By Kelly Sennott

Summer may feel a world away, but now is the time to sign kids up for summer camps. There’s a wide range of options: science camps, tech camps, arts camps, horse-riding camps and of course traditional outdoor-recreation camps. Many cost as little as $100 per week; some are day camps for just a couple hours a day, while others involve overnight stays. Take a peek ahead and find the camp that’s right for you. Once summer arrives, you’ll be glad you did.

General summer camps

• Adventure Camps through YMCA Allard Center

What: Fun-filled week of challenges including a day each of rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and hiking. All trips are held off-site at locations throughout New Hampshire. Meet at the Allard Center each day for drop-off and pick-up. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 5 through 7. High Adventure Camp is also available for boys and girls entering grades 7 through 10. When: July 9-13, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 13-17, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High Adventure is July 16-20, Aug. 6-10. Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. Cost: $230 for a week of camp. Contact:, 232-8617,

• Amoskeag Fishways

What/Who/When: A series of summer vacation programs for kids of all ages. Play, discover, create and investigate in the Explorers program (July24-26, 9 a.m. to noon, ages 5-6) or the Adventurers Program (June 31-Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, ages 7-9). The Voyagers program (Aug. 6-10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is for kids ages 10-13 to engage in fishing, paddling, exploring and outdoor fun. For teens (ages 14-16) there will be a canoe trip on July 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: 6 Fletcher St., Manchester. Cost: Call or check the website in March for details. Contact: 626-3474,

• Aquatics Adventure Camp

What: Campers build their confidence in and around the water and develop boating safety and water survival skills as they swim and participate in sports, games, and water exercise at the Y pool. Guest speakers will teach campers about synchronized swim, competitive swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, waterfalls, kayaking, and fishing. Who: Boys and girls 8 through 14. When: Aug. 20-24, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. Cost: $230. Contact:, 232-8622,

• BounceU Camp

What: Children will create art projects and crafts while getting plenty of play and bounce time in BounceU’s bounce houses. Snacks, structured physical activities, lessons, games and special guest appearances are all part of BounceU’s camp this year. Who: BounceU is intended for children 5 through 10 years old. Where: BounceU, 21 Commerce Park North, Bedford. When: Camp is held throughout the summer. Cost: The three-day camp (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) costs $145, which includes registration, snacks, materials, etc. Full-week day camps, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., are also available. Contact: 621-4011,

• Boy Scouts of America

What/Who/When: Camps include Camp Carpenter Cub World (ages 7-10, Manchester, residential), Cub World Akela Camp (ages 7-10, Manchester, parent/day camp), Camp World Day Camp (ages 6-10, Manchester, day camp), Hidden Valley Scout Camp (ages 11-18, Gilmanton, residential) and Camp Bell (ages 11-20, Gilmanton, residential). Each camp offers a variety of activities, which might include swimming, archery instruction, nature, crafts, sports, boating, water skiing, rock climbing and more. When: Each camp offers approximately four to eight camp sessions per summer, each of which is typically three to six days. Cost: Camp Carpenter is $275/session, Cub World Akela is $195/session, Cub World Day Camp is $160/session, Hidden Valley is $320/session, and Camp Bell is $345. Contact:, 625-6431.

• Camp Chenoa

What: Overnight camp offered through the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. This 300-acre site is a place where girls will expand their horizons and challenge themselves. Open house  Sunday, May 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Who: Girls age 6 through 17. When: One- and two-week sessions are run through the summer. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 25-Aug. 10. Where: 4 Brimstone Corner Road, Antrim. Cost: $190-$360. Contact:

• Camp Cocheco

What: Camp activities include fun physical activity, nutritional education, sports and group games, arts and crafts, cooking, science, and group fitness classes. Swimming field trips offered. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1 through 6. Where: 35 Industrial Way, Rochester. When: One-week sessions offered June 18-Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Five-day camp costs $199, three-day camp $150. Contact:

• Concord Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp

What: Art camp, adventure camp and more, which all include swimming, crafts, sports and field trips. Who: Kids in grades 1 through 9. When/Where: Junior and Senior camps take place June 18 to Aug. 24. Camps are run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are located in Concord (56 Bradley St.) Suncook (8 Whitten St., Allenstown), Hopkinton (195 Park Ave, Contoocook), and Kearsage Middle School. Cost: Weekly fee for each program is $115 if paid before April 27, $135 if paid after April 27. Contact:, 224-1061.

• Camp Coney Pine

What: Campers learn new skills, and make new friends as they cool off in the pool, conquer their fears on the challenge course, learn about nature, express their creativity in arts and crafts, shoot arrows, and take part in field trips, theme days and more. Who: Boys and girls grades 1 through 7. When: There are 10 one-week sessions, June 18-Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Camp Coney Pine, 63 Lowell St., Rochester. Cost: A five-day week costs $155; a three-day week costs $144. Contact:

• Discovery Camp

What: Camp activities include physical activity, nutritional education and more. Along with traditional day camp activities, curriculum will include enrichment through reading and science in weekly activities. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1-5. Where: YMCA Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. When: Nine one-week sessions, June 25 through Aug. 24, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Three-day is $155, five-day is $208. State reimbursement accepted and some scholarships are available. Contact:, 232-8663,

• Camp Doucet

What: Outdoor fun with swimming daily at the Camp’s swimming pool; initiative games and team-building, outdoor adventure activities, athletics, arts & crafts and weekly specials. Who: Ages 8-12; all campers must be members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua in order to attend. When: There will be nine one-week sessions June 25 to Aug. 24. Drop-off is scheduled between 8:30 and 9 a.m., and pick-up is between 5 and 5:30. Where: 47 Grand Ave., Nashua. Cost: $100 per one-week session. Contact:,

• Camp Foss

What: Sleep-away camp on 270 acres in Strafford with a waterfront location, numerous hiking trails, a climbing tower, horseback riding ring, a ropes course and more. Who: Girls 8 through 15 years old. Where: Camp Foss, Willy Pond Road, Strafford. When: Sign up for one week or two weeks of camp. Sessions start June 24. Cost: $620 for one week or $1,065 for two weeks of camp. Contact:, 232-8642.

• Camp Foster Day Camp

What: Traditional recreational camp run by the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Who: Girls and boys ages 6 through 13. Youngsters are grouped by birthday into camps. Where: Campers are picked up and dropped off at Boys & Girls Club at 555 Union St., Manchester, and transported to Camp Foster in Bedford. When: There are nine weeks of camp offered, each with a different theme. Drop-off occurs between 7 and 8:20 a.m., and pick-up is between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Cost: Each week of camp may be reserved with a deposit of $25 per week. Each camp may also be paid in full at the time of registration, which comes to approximately $90 per week. Financial assistance is available. Contact:, 625-5031, ext. 228,

• Camp Gundalow

What: Campers will cool off in an outdoor pool, challenge themselves on a low ropes course, express their creativity with arts and crafts, play sports, and participate in camp-wide activities. Who: Ages 2 through 14. Kids are categorized by age into camp groups (Curious Kids, Explorers, Trailblazers and Voyagers). Where: Camp Gundalow is on 13 acres of wooded land, 176 Tuttle Lane, Greenland. When: There are 10 one-week sessions, June 18-Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $219 for a five-day week. Contact:, 431-2334.

• Camp HalfMoon

What: Camp HalfMoon is a traditional camp on a 10-acre wooded site located at the YMCA Allard Center. Activities include gymnastics, tennis, arts and crafts, archery, swimming and more. Challenge course, field trips, theme days are all part of the camp. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1 through 5. Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. When: There are 11 one-week sessions, June 18-Aug. 31, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: A five-day week costs $208, and a three-day week costs $155. Contact:

• Camp Kettleford

What: Campers participate in activities such as archery, swimming, theme days, overnights, family nights and more on 30 forested acres. These seven-day camps are offered through Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Who: Girls in kindergarten through 10th grade. Where: Camp Allen, 56 Camp Allen Road, Bedford. When: Camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 25-Aug. 10. Extended care is offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $190-$360. Contact:

• Kids Club Summer Camp

What: Summer camp that includes breakfast, lunch, two snacks, a field trip every week, math and English classes, cooking, sewing, science, dance, computers and cognitive art. The camp also provides game tables, an outdoor playground and gym time. Who: Ages 5 through 8. When: Week-long programs run daily, 8:30 to 5 p.m. Extended hours available. Where: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, 47 Grand Ave., Nashua. Cost: $110 per week. Camp with extended hours costs $125 per week. Contact:, 883-0523, ext. 222.

• Camp Lincoln

What: 16 cabins, three sports fields, two archery ranges, a climbing wall, high and low ropes courses, a one-mile waterfront  and a historic dining hall. Camp Lincoln also offers specialty day camps for those particularly interested in spending more time on activities such as pottery, science, cooking, mountain biking, archery and movie production. Who: Kids age 3 through ninth grade. When: Day camps vary with age, but are offered June 25 through Aug. 17. Where: Southern District YMCA/Camp Lincoln, Inc., 67 Ball Road, Kingston. Cost: About $195 for a two-week session. On-site specialty camps cost $425 per two-week session, and off-site specialty camps cost $490 per two-week session. Contact: 642-4340,

• Liquid Planet Water Park Camp

What: Arts, crafts, swimming, games, nature, model-building and more. Who: Ages 6-14. When: The week-long sessions will begin June 18 and last through Aug. 24. Camp is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Where: Liquid Planet Water Park, 446 Route 27, Candia. Cost: $150 before May 1. Contact:, 483-2200.

• Melody Pines Day Camp

What: This day camp includes games and sports, daily swimming lessons, free swim, boating, waterskiing, archery, arts and crafts, Frisbee golf, climbing, treasure hunts, and many more activities and special events. Who: Ages 5 through 13. Where: Crystal Lake, Manchester. Cost: $180 per child per week. When: There are 10 sessions, June 18-Aug. 24. Contact:, 669-9414.

• Camp Mi-Te-Na

Two-week and one-week camp sessions between June 24 and Aug. 18. Located along 70 acres on the shores of Halfmoon Lake in Alton, this overnight camp features basketball and tennis courts, soccer and football fields, in-line hockey rink, beach volleyball court, environmental center, rifle and archery ranges, climbing tower and high and low ropes challenge courses. There will be an open house on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will include lunch and a tour. Who: Boys ages 8 through 15. Cost: Two-week sessions cost $1,064, one-week sessions $620. Contact:, 232-8642,

 • Camp Pa-Gon-Ki

This traditional camp involves arts & crafts, theme events, sports, water games, nature, swim lessons, adventure, archery and more. Children entering grades 3 through 8 may choose how they would like to spend their day at camp through many different themed weeks, such as Summer Chef’s Camp (June 25-29, July 16-20, Aug. 6-10), Lacrosse Camp (Aug. 13-17), All Stars Cheerleading Camp (July 30-Aug. 3), Irish Step Dancing Camp (Aug. 13-17), British Multi-Sports Camp (July 16-20), Soccer Camp (July 9-13, July 30-Aug. 3), Center State Theatre Camp (July 9-13) and Talented Twirlers Camp (July 23-27). There are 10 one-week sessions of traditional day camp, June 18-Aug. 24. Who: Age 2 to Grade 8. Certain themed camps are geared toward particular age groups. Where: 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $179 per five-day week, $134 per three-day week. Themed camps cost about $190 per week. Contact: 437-9622,

• Peak Experience Rock Climbing Camp

What/Where: Packed with learning skills from mountain guides, campers will enjoy the thrill of New Hampshire’s beautiful rock faces while rock climbing and bouldering Rumney Cliffs. Group is based near White Mountain National Forest Campground. Swimming, a nightly campfire, cooking and hanging out together will be important parts of each trip. Trips are based out of camp on Monday (sleep at home), followed by a four-day, three-night trip Tuesday-Friday. Meals provided during the trip. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 7 through 11. Camp held through YMCA Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. When: July 23-27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $450. Contact:, 232-8617,

• Camp Ponemah at Hampshire Hills

What: Day camp at an award-winning sports and fitness club. Children will take swimming lessons, learn to play tennis with a pro, and try aerobics, wall climbing, soccer, volleyball and basketball. Weekly field trips give campers opportunities to swim, kayak, hike, and explore state and local lakes and parks. A wide variety of arts & crafts, stories, music and drama experiences are also offered to the campers. Who/When: Camp 1 is for 3- to 5-year-olds, Monday-Friday, 1 to 6 p.m. Weekly programs such as Dinosaurs, Lost In Space, or Old MacDonald’s Farm are offered. Camp 2 is for ages 5 through 12, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers are divided into groups according to their grade. Extended care is also available. Where: Bus services are available; bus stops are in Bedford, Merrimack, Nashua and Hollis. Contact:

 • Camp QuarterMoon

What: Camp QuarterMoon is a part-time day camp for young children who are not ready for a full-day experience. After joining in the opening ceremonies at the council ring, campers participate in recreational swimming, arts & crafts, games and nature activities. Who: Boys and girls entering kindergarten or first grade. When: There are seven one-week sessions, July 2-Aug. 13, 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: YMCA Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. Cost: $142 for a five-day week, $109 for a three-day week. Contact:

• Camp Sargent

What/Who: YMCA Camp Sargent provides boys and girls 5 through 16 years old a positive and safe day camp experience. Both traditional and specialty camps are offered all summer long. Where: Lake Naticook, Merrimack. When: Sessions range from one to 10 weeks. Cost: Camp tuition starts at $135/week, but is based on session length and membership level at the YMCA of Greater Nashua. Contact:,, 689-2433.

• Camp Seawood

What: Camp Seawood features pine trees, wetland and wildlife. Girls will have fun-filled adventures and enjoy making friends, learning new skills and swimming in the Portsmouth town pool. Horseback riding programs are also available. Who: Girls in kindergarten through 10th grade. Where: 350 Banfield Road, Portsmouth. When: June 25 through Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended care is offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $190-$360. Contact:

• Camp Shaker

What: Daily activities include athletics, swimming and golf lessons, arts & crafts, drama, music, nature study, video games, camping, media center, canoeing, kayaking and more. Who: Grades 1-9. When: 10-week day camp program June 18 to Aug. 24. Where: 131 Shaker Road, Concord. Cost: $47 per day, and a minimum of two days are required. Contact:, 224-0161.

• Camp Souhegan

What: Nine one-week summer day camp sessions, with recreational camps, specialty camps and before/after-care. Daily camp options are also available. Specialty camps include creative arts camp, cheerleading camp, dance camp, summer sports camp, summer chefs cooking camp, rock climbing camp and more. Who: Ages 6 through teen. Where: Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Contact:, 672-1002, ext. 18,

• Camp Spaulding

What/Who: Overnight summer camp operated by Child and Family Services of Manchester for boys and girls ages 8 through 14 on 56 acres of forest overlooking the Contoocook River. Activities include canoeing, horseback riding, arts & crafts, hiking, archery, fishing, special events and activity days, songs by the campfire, wilderness programs, a low ropes course and a high ropes course. When: Sessions are July 2-13, July 16-27, July 30 to Aug. 10, and Aug. 13-24. Where: 125 River Road, Penacook. Cost: Fees are applied on a sliding scale. Camperships are available. Contact:,,, 800-640-6486.

• Camp Whispering Pines

What: Campers will discover the outdoors in 110 acres of heavily wooded pine forest near Lake Winnipesauke. Camp is offered through the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Who: Girls from kindergarten through 10th grade. Where: Camp Menotomy, Meredith. When: Camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 25-Aug. 10. Extended care is offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $190 to $360. Contact:, 888-474-9686.

• World Academy

What: World Academy features a six-acre campus with access to indoor, air-conditioned classroom space to go along with the camp cabin and natural playground area that offer the traditional camp feel. Arts & crafts, organized sports and physical education activities are all part of camp life. Who: Children ages 5 through 13. When: Camp schedules start at three days a week, in one- and two-week increments starting June 18, and all campers have access to the programs that run all summer long, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: World Academy, 138 Spit Brook Road, Nashua. Cost: Tuition starts at $250/week (which includes meals). Contact:, 888-1982.

• Y Trip Camp

What: Campers spend the day with experienced staff traveling all over the state and New England. Last year’s camp included a trip to Six Flags New England. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 6 through 10. When: Five-day and three-day week options available, June 18 through Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: YMCA, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. Cost: Three-day week costs $169; five-day week costs $225. Contact:, 232-8695,


• Andy’s Summer Playhouse

Children’s productions are put on at Andy’s Summer Playhouse. Stage productions in 2012 include The BFG, The Grimm’s Project and Moby Dick. Who: Children ages 8 through 18. Apprenticeships and backstage work are available for students over 12. When: Auditions will be held Sunday, March 11, and Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at Temple Elementary School (Route 45, Temple). Pre-registration is recommended. Where: Andy’s Summer Playhouse, 582 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton. Cost: program fees vary; scholarships are available. Contact:,, 654-2613.

• Bedford Youth Performing Center

What: Summer camps for those who wish to learn about music, dance and theater. Who: Preschool through high school. When/Cost: Prices, dates and times are TBA. Where: 155 Route 101, Bedford. Contact:,, 472-3894.

• Beck’s Arts Express

What: Beck’s Arts Express will be holding various art camps throughout the summer that follow along various themes, such as fairies, princesses, pirates, food, animals and more. Each camp offers the chance for kids to draw, paint and sculpt in a number of different media. Who: All camps are for children ages 7-12 except for the Tweens and Teens camp, which is for ages 10-14. When: These week-long camps are offered July 9 through Aug. 8, 9 a.m. to noon. Where: Beck’s Arts Express, 6 Gaffney St., Nashua. Cost: $75 per week. Contact:, 781-910-3438.

• Capital City Dance Center

What/When/Who: Dance Camp 2012 will feature a Princess/Prince Camp for ages 4-7 and a Rock the House Camp for ages 8-12 from July 9 through July 13; A Dance Party Camp July 30 through Aug. 2; and a Stylized Evening Camp for dancers 13 and older Aug. 20 through Aug. 23. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: 128 Hall St., Concord.  Cost: $175 per week; Stylized Evening Camp is $125. Contact: 228-1012,

• Camp Leonardo Summer Programs

What/Who/When: This summer program offers a blend of science and technology with the arts for children ages 3-5. Programs begin June 20 and end Aug. 12. Morning sessions are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and full-day sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics include Camp Sprout, Once Upon a Time, Young at Art, Through the Woods, Wee Cook, Camposaurus Trex, Construction Junction and Seashells by the Seashore. Where: 1E Commons Drive Unit 28, Londonderry. Cost: Half-day program is $125 per week, full-day is $225 per week. Contact: 818-8613,

• Camp DaVinci Summer Programs

What: This camp is a blend of science, technology and the arts and offers both full- and half-day options. Camp themes include Secret agent camp, Lego Robotics, ImagiNation Station, Introduction to Lego Machines, Camp MD and Moving with Science. Who: Children ages 6-9, grades 1-3. When: Week-long camps take place June 20 through Aug. 8. Half-day sessions are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., mid-day sessions are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., afternoon sessions are 1 to 4 p.m., and full-day sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: 1E Commons Drive Unit 28, Londonderry. Cost: Half day is $150/week, mid-day is $35/week, afternoon is $150/week, and full-day is $275/week. Contact: 818-8613,

• Concord Dance Academy Summer Dance Camp

What: This performing arts summer program features a variety of dance styles, such as tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, ballet, tumbling and musical theater. Arts and crafts, nature walks, scavenger hunts and field trips are also part of this recreational camp, allowing children to learn all different aspects of theatrical profession. Who: Children age 5 through 10 with minimal dance training. Intensive camp also available for dancers expecting more of a challenge, age 8 and older. When: Session 1 occurs June 25 through June 29; Session 2 is July 23 through July 27; Session 3 is July 30 through Aug. 3. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (5:30 p.m.) options are also available. Where: Concord Dance Academy, 26 Commercial St., Concord. Cost: Tuition is $175 per week, which includes all field trips and camp T-shirt. Contact:, 226-0200.

• Concord Community Music School

What/When: This creative arts camp will be held the weeks of July 16 and July 23. Activities will include singing, choreography and instrumental music with Maria Isaak; dance and creative movement with Heather Oberheim; visual arts with Cathy Kaplan; and activities outside in Fletcher-Murphy Park. Who: Students grades 1-6. Where: Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall St., Concord. Cost: Registration prices will be available soon. Contact: 228-1196,

• Currier Museum Summer Art Camp

What: Week-long classroom art experience for children ages 5 through 12 via a multimedia approach. ArtVentures! for preteens and Summer School for teens and adults provide emphasis on specific disciplines and materials. Professional artists and art educators provide instruction. Who: Kids ranging in age from 3 to teens. When: July 9-Aug. 17. Where: Currier Museum of Art, 180 Pearl St., Manchester. Cost: TBA. Contact:, 669-6144 ext. 122.

• Kimball Jenkins Art Camp

This summer camp offers six weeks of art camp themes for children ages 6 through 13. Animal Week is July 9-13; Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Myths Week is July 16-20; World Passport to Art Adventures is July 23-27; Cartoons, Comics and Manga is July 30-Aug. 3; Earth Week is Aug. 6-10; and Great Artist Week is Aug. 13-17. The camp day is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended care available. Where: 266 N. Main St., Concord. Cost: $245 per week. Contact:, 225-3932.

• Londonderry Access Center’s Beginner Summer Media Camp

What: Beginner and advanced camps in which campers will learn all aspects of video production, producing their own TV shows with a screening of their work at the end of the two weeks for family and friends to see. Who: The beginner camp is for students entering grades 6 through 8 in Fall 2012. The advanced camp is for students entering grades 7 through 9 in Fall 2012; students in the advanced camp must have completed the beginner Summer Media Camp or have had training with the LAC. Where: Londonderry Access Center, 281 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. When: The beginner camp is July 16-27, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The advanced camp is Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $20 for the entire two weeks in the beginner camp, $25 for the advanced camp. Contact: 432-1147,

• Majestic Theatre Camp

What: Daily schedule includes classes that help build skills in acting, movement, improvisation, music, and more. Students will learn all aspects of theater in this hands-on learning opportunity. Who: Half-day camps will be open for ages 4 through 7, full-day for ages 8 through 17. When: Three weeklong camps are available July 9-Aug. 1. Full-day camps run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and half-day camps run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: 922 Elm St., Manchester (Ted Herbert Music & Arts building). Cost: Tuition ranges from $125 to $300 and includes camp materials, camp T-shirts and afternoon snacks. Partial scholarship assistance is available. Contact:, 669-7469.

• Manchester Community Music School Summer Camp

What/Who: The music school offers jazz camp, Apple’s GarageBand (music composition through Apple’s GarageBand), Joy of Music Camp, Percussion Camp, Licks and Riffs Guitar Camp, Band, Orchestra and Chorus Camp and more. Each camp follows a particular theme in music and is geared toward a target age group between 5 and 15. Where: Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester. When: Different themed camps are all held on different weeks; visit Cost: Price varies, but it’s dependent on the camp and the time duration. Camps range between $125 and $235.

• New Hampshire Institute of Art

What: The Pre-College Summer Program is offered for high school students to build their college application portfolios and earn college-level credit. Choose from digital imaging, photography, ceramics, drawing, illustration, metalworking, printmaking and liberal arts. Students will stay in the Institute’s dorms and most meals will be provided. Who: For high school students 16 and older. When: July 8-20. Where: New Hampshire Institute of Art, 148 Concord St., Manchester. Cost: Program costs $2,100, which includes the $100 application fee, tuition, room, most meals, studio fees and some materials. Contact: 836-2513, e-mail

• New Hampshire Theatre Project

Students create and present their work in a professional theater venue. Camps include “Kids Theatre Camp,” which features creative drama, movement and visual arts activities, with a performance on Saturday; “Teen Theatre Camp” for kids age 13 through 17, “Story Theatre Camp” for kids age 8 through 12, and “Adult Performance Intensive” for ages 16 and older. When: Kids Theatre Camp is July 9-14, from 9 a.m. to noon, Teen Theatre Camp is July 9-13, from 1 to 4 p.m., July 16-20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Story Theatre Camp is July 23-Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Adult Performance Intensive is June 11-July 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. Where: New Hampshire Theatre Project, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. Contact:,, 431-6644, ext. 4. Cost: $275 to $475, depending on the class.

• Rock Right Academy

What/Who: Rock camps for anyone who’s ever wanted to start a band. Anyone is welcome, but the camp is intended for students in middle or high school. When: Camp classes begin Tuesday, July 10, and will run all summer long, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $275. Where: 474 Central Ave., Dover. Contact: 749-7473.

• Summer Dance Workshop

What: Classes in ballet, contemporary dance and conditioning. Who: Ages 8 through 18. When: Aug. 13-17, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for ages 8 through 13, from 1 to 4:15 p.m. for ages 13 through 18. Where: The Londonderry Dance Academy, 21 Buttrick Road,  Londonderry. Cost: $150 per student. Contact:,

• Story Dance Camp

What: Campers will begin each day with a creative movement class that incorporates various forms of dance including ballet and jazz. Arts and crafts follow, with a Story Dance performance at the end. A different story is presented daily and costumes are provided. Parents and caregivers are invited to a Story Dance performance at the end of each session. Who: Boys and girls ages 3 through 7. Where: Londonderry Dance Academy, 21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry. When: Sessions occur July 16-20, Aug. 6-10, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost:  Tuition is $150 per session, and before/after care is available. Contact:, 432-0032.

• Triple Threat Theater Camp

What: Dance, voice and acting. Daily classes include acting, on-camera, theater dance, voice and production, with workshops and “extracurriculars” in between, which include an in-studio sleepover, a pool party and a field trip to see the national touring company of Billy Elliot. One-, two- and three-week sessions available. Who: Ages 7 through 16. Where: The Londonderry Dance Academy, 21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry. When: Session 1 occurs July 9-13 or July 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Session 2 occurs July 9-20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Session 3 will be July 9-27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: One week costs $250, two weeks $450, and three weeks $625. Contact:,

• YMCA Arts Camp

What/Who: Offered for grades K through 8, this specialty arts camp is meant to spark self-expression, with a spacious art studio and a 1:10 counselor/student ratio. When: one-week sessions are offered June 18-Aug. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: 30 Linden St., Exeter, in the YMCA facility. Cost: $190-$200 per one-week session for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, $380 per two-week session for kids in grades 7 and 8. Contact:, 642-3361.


• Advanced Gymnastics Team

What: Competitive gymnasts work on higher-level skills to get a jump start on the 2013 competitive season. Campers must either be part of the Y gymnastics team or have permission to enroll. Who: Competitive team members levels 4 and up; children entering grades 1 and up. When: July 16-20, Aug. 13-17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $249. Contact: 232-8662,

• All-Star Soccer

What: This week consists of two days of skill stations followed by three days of game play. World Cup Finals and Sports Carnival on Friday with contests and prizes. Children age 10 and older will travel to Camp Mi-Te-Na in Alton on Wednesdays to play the boys in a soccer game. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1 through 9. When: July 16-20, July 23-27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Where: YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic St. Cost: The five-day week costs $142. Contact: 232-8632,

• Amherst Country Club Junior Golf Camp

What: This program is for kids with some golf experience and basic knowledge of the rules and of golf etiquette. Camp includes instruction, swing development, practice drills, and play time. Who: Boys and girls ages 9 through 16. Where: Amherst Country Club, 72 & 55 Ponemah Road, Amherst. When: June 27 through Aug. 19, in five-day morning sessions (Monday through Friday). Cost: $199. Contact:, 672-4732.

• Archery Camp

What: Fun while learning basic skills and safety from Dana White, a Level III certified instructor with the National Archery Association and the National Field Archery Association. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1-5. Where: Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. When: July 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Full-day costs $239, and morning sessions cost $142. Contact:

• Basketball Camp

What: Improve basketball skills at the Y in a three-hour skill camp covering dribbling, shooting, passing, three vs. three and full-court play. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1 through 5. When: Aug. 6-10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: YMCA Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. Cost: $229. Contact:

• British Soccer Camp @ Camp Quartermoon

What: British instructors, brought by Challenger Sports, come to Camp HalfMoon and hold a morning session of soccer drills and skills. Campers take part in Camp HalfMoon activities in the afternoon. Who: Boys and girls entering kindergarten or first grade. When: June 23-27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: YMCA Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. Cost: Five-day camp costs $153. Contact:

• Champions Basketball

What: The week consists of two days of skill stations followed by three days of game play and contests for prizes. Children 10 and older will travel to Camp Mi-Te-Na in Alton on Wednesdays to play the boys in a basketball game. NCAA Finals are on Thursday and Friday morning. Swimming every day. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1 through 9. Where: YMCA, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. When: There are two one-week sessions, July 9-13, July 30-Aug. 3, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: A three-day week costs $155, and a five-day week costs $208. Contact: 232-8632,

• Cheerleading Camp

What: This camp is for both beginner and advanced cheerleaders. Jump, stunt, dance, flip and cheer at this camp. It will be a fun experience for both beginner and advanced cheerleaders. Who: Girls entering grades 1 through 4. Middle School and teen options also available. When: Aug. 6-10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: YMCA Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. Cost: Full-week camp costs $249, three-day costs $187. Contact:, 232-8617,

• Foster’s Golf Camp

What: Junior instructors hold practice clinics and chipping and putting contests, which are followed by at least nine holes of golf. When: Every week, June 18-Aug. 31. Camp is Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off is at Derryfield Park. Where: Campers will leave from Derryfield Park and Baseball Field in Manchester at 8 a.m. and travel by bus to four different New England par 3 courses each week. Who: Boys and girls ages 8 through 16. Cost: $275 for a weekly camp, $1,800 for a season’s pass. Contact: 622-1553,

• Gymnastics Camp at the YMCA Allard Center

What: Camp provides a balance of gymnastics training and traditional summer camp experience. Who: Children grade 1 and older. When: There are nine one-week sessions, June 18-Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. Cost: $187-$249. Contact: 232-8662,

• Gridiron Flag Football on the Turf

What/Where: The week consists of two days of skill stations followed by three days of game play along with contests for prizes. Games are played on the West High School turf field. On Wednesday, travel to Camp Mi-Te-Na to play the boys in a flag football game. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 3-8. When: June 25-29, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half-day options also available. Cost: A five-day week costs $142. Contact: 232-8632,

• Ice Hockey Power Skating Development Program

What: Self-improvement training program designed for individual accomplishments. Includes three hours of daily ice time, an outdoor training program, team-building games, ice skating forums, timed skating tests, radar speed check and specialty drills. Who: Boys and girls ages 6-13. When: Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Tri-Town Ice Arena, 311 W. River Road, Hooksett. Cost: $450. Contact:,, 490-6325.

• In the Net Sports Academy

What: Soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, golf, running, tennis, football, baseball, softball, leadership and more. Who: Boys and girls age 5 through 18. Where: Camps are held in various locations throughout New Hampshire, including Sportsman Field in Bedford, Brickyard Field in Litchfield, Freedom Field in Hudson, Reed Ferry in Merrimack, Sportzone in Derry, Hampshire Dome in Milford, Douglas Street Field in Manchester, Mines Falls Park in Nashua, Griffin Park in Windham. Contact:, 429-0592,

• Lacrosse Camp 101

What: Three-hour introductory camp covering the basics of lacrosse, such as cradling, passing, shooting, positions and skills. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1-5. Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. When: July 30-Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morning sessions also available (9 a.m. to noon). Cost: Five-day camp costs $229, morning costs $138. Contact:

• New England Gymnastics Training Center

What: This gymnastic-themed camp includes gymnastics, swimming, arts & crafts, volleyball, basketball, chalk talk, group challenges and more. Who: Ages 4 and older. When: Full day is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Half day is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 5 p.m. Extended care options available. Where: New England Gymnastics Training Center, 5 Tracy Lane, Hudson. Cost: Registration costs $25. Full day costs $55 per day or $235 per week. Half day costs $40 per day or $165 per week. Contact: 880-8482,

• Olympics Track & Field

What/Where: Campers will learn the basics of 10 track and field events. Camp will be held at West High School in Manchester. Campers will learn the events at the beginning of the week and then hold a three-day Olympic-style competition. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1 through 9. When: June 25-29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $208 for five-day option, $155 for three-day week. Contact: 232-8632,

• Relentless Training Football Camp

What: This three-hour-a-day football camp will cover everything from learning the fundamentals to mastering specialty skills, to enhance players’ overall football ability. Who: The camp is open to all players in all towns in grades 7 through 12. Space is limited to the first 100 players. Where: Bedford High School Stadium (47B Nashua Road, Bedford). When: July 16-19, from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost: The week-long camp costs $175; register by April 1 and the fee is $150. Contact:,

• Schubert Football Camp for Youth

What: Semi-contact football camp for Pee-Wee, Jr. Midget, Midget Jr. High, freshmen and sophomores who wan to enhance football skills pertinent to certain positions. Who: Kids age 7-16. When: July 23-27. Where: Chabot & McDonough Football Field, Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Manchester. Cost: $285 (lunch included). Contact:,

• Soccer Sphere

What: Camp led by Southern New Hampshire Head Men’s Soccer Coach Marc Hubbard offering practice, daily contests, small sided games and more. Who: Girls and boys age 5 through 14, of all ages and abilities. When/Where: Full-day academy at Southern New Hampshire University is Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Half-day options are also available (9 a.m. to noon). U9-U14 players can play at Portsmouth High School (PCSC players only), 9 a.m. to noon. There is a camp for ages 5 through 14 at Gosling Fields in Bow, July 30-Aug. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Amherst will hold a camp at Bean Fields for ages 5 through 14 Aug. 6-10, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $120-$245, depending on the duration of the camp. Contact:, 645-9703.

• Soccer Dimensions

What/Where: Players will learn fundamentals and advanced skills at this soccer camp based at University of New Hampshire and directed by UNH Head Men’s Soccer Coach Rob Thompson. When/Who: This week-long camp offers three primary soccer sessions: Advanced Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 29-Aug. 2, co-ed ages 8-12; Residential Camp at UNH, July 29-Aug. 2, for boys ages 9-18 (overnight); and half-day Summer Camp, Aug. 6-10, 9 a.m. to noon, co-ed ages 5-12. Cost: $595 for residential campers, $255 for day camps. Contact:, 674-2521,

• Sports of All Sorts

What: This camp features a new sport played every day, including basketball, soccer, floor hockey, dodge ball and new games. Sports Carnival at the end of the week. Swimming every day. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1-9. When: There are five one-week sessions: July 2-6, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17, Aug. 20-24, Aug. 27-31, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Y of Greater Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. Contact: 232-8632,

• Sunshine Kids Camp

: A half-day camp for children ages 3 through 7 at The Executive Health and Sports Center (1 Highlander Way, Manchester). Camp day starts at 9 a.m. and ends sometime between noon and 3 p.m. Extended childcare is available. Kids can enjoy arts & crafts, team games, the playground, outdoor water games and more. Each day is themed. Cost: Call for fees. Contact: 668-4753,,

• Tae Kwon Do

What: Classes consist of a fast-paced warm-up, stretching, basics including blocks, kicks, strikes, and stances as well as forms, sparring, and self-defense techniques. Who: Boys and girls ages 8 through 12. When: July 16-20, Aug. 13-17, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Y of Greater Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. Cost: $230. Contact: 232-8616,,

• Tennis Camp at the YMCA

What/Who: Tennis camps include “Aces and Hitters,” “Tiny Tennis Tots” and “YMCA Tennis Academy,” all of which are aimed to help development in players age 4 through high school. Tiny Tennis Tots provides basic lessons to youngsters, Aces and Hitters teaches technique to beginner and intermediate levels, and Tennis Academy is a camp designed for the competitive tennis player. Where: YMCA Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown. When: One-week sessions June 25-Aug 24. Tiny Tots is 8:45 to noon, Aces and Hitters 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tennis Academy 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $125 to $234. Contact:

• Tumble Town Gym

What: Four weeks of summer gymnastics camp during July and August. Who: Ages 5 and older. Some sessions are reserved for certain gymnastics levels. Where: 215 Canal St., Manchester, 641-9591. When: The week-long camps begin July 9 and are offered until Aug. 17. Camp days last 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. USAG Team Camp is July 9-13, Aug. 6-10, and is open only to levels 4-8. Camps offered July 16-20 and Aug. 13-17 are for all levels for girls ages 5 and older. Cost: $150 per week. Contact:,

• Ultimate Sports Fan Trip Camp

What: Spend the week and travel around New England stopping at Fenway Park, the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Patriots Hall of Fame. The camp also includes going to a baseball game featuring Fisher Cats vs. Portland Seadogs. Activities at the Y complement the trips every day. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 4 through 10. When: July 9-13, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $225, which includes all admissions and paintball. Where: Y of Greater Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. Contact: 232-8632,

• UNH Boys Residential Soccer Camp

What/Who: This residential camp provides a competitive environment for soccer players and is grouped by age and ability. Technical and tactical training, small sided games and full sided “test” matches in the evenings. When: July 29 at 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 2 at 12:30 p.m. Where: University of New Hampshire, Durham. Cost: $595. Contact:,

• UNH Rowing Camp

What/Who/Where: The week-long camp will involve rowing and coxswain development, with two rows a day, videos, campfires and more. Rowers in grades 9-12 will stayin in dorms at UNH and row on the Oyster River under UNH Rowing coaches and rowers. Both beginner and experienced rowers and coxwains are encouraged to take part. When: Tentative camp date is July 7-15. Cost: Cost for rowers is $790, coxswains $700. Contact:,, 862-1829.

• UNH Wildcats Overnight Summer Camps

What/Where: The University of New Hampshire offers a number of sports camps throughout the summer. Camps begin June 25 and end Aug. 5. Sports include girls’ and boys’ basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics, field hockey, football, volleyball, ice hockey, soccer, cross-country/track and field (one week is for distance, one week is for sprinters/field events), and more. Cost: varies. When: There are various dates for each camp. Contact:

Fitness/Wellness camps

• Fit 4 Me

What: A non-competitive wellness program combining strength, cardiovascular exercises, and nutrition and literary education in a structured, supervised format. A typical day may include working with a stability ball, yoga, Pilates, running or walking, jumping rope, swim lessons and free swim time, scavenger hunts, team-building exercises, and various other games and fitness activities. Who: Boys and girls entering grades K through 5. When: There are 10 one-week sessions, June 25-Aug. 31, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. Cost: A five-day week costs $208, and a three-day week costs $155. Contact: 232-8616,,

• Junior Chefs

What: Campers learn the basics of kitchen safety, measurements for cooking, healthful eating and portion control. Each child will create a cookbook to take home filled with the recipes from camp and helpful conversion charts. Who: Boys and girls 8 through 12 years old. When: There are four one-week sessions: July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10, and Aug. 20-24, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. Cost: $230 for a five-day week. Contact: 232-8616,,

• Junior Fitness Summer Camp

What/Who/When: A full-day camp for kids ages 7 through 11 will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the summer at The Executive Health and Sports Center (1 Highlander Way, Manchester). Kids can enjoy all that the center has to offer, including yoga, tennis, racquetball, team games, pool games, arts and crafts, group exercises and healthy eating classes. Cost: Call for fees. Contact: 668-4753,,

• Kids Boot Camp

What: Learning about cardiovascular endurance, building strength and flexibility, and getting in shape. Train in the morning, and enjoy nutrition, swimming and yoga in the afternoon. Who: Boys and girls ages 8 through 14. Where: YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester. When: July 30-Aug. 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $230. Contact: 232-8616,,

• PowerKidz Summer Camp at the Workout Club and Wellness Center

What: Campers will get the chance to enjoy swim lessons, open swim, rock climbing, Club Rush and arts & crafts. The full-day camp also has theme days, team-building, playground games and field trips. Who: Children 3 through 12 years old. Where: This camp takes place at the Workout Club in Salem (16 Pelham Road, Salem) or Londonderry (18 Orchard View, Londonderry). When: There is a full-day camp (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for children 6 through 12 and a half-day camp (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) for children age 3 through 5. Early drop-off from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., late pick-up from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost: Price is dependent on how many days the child is enrolled for. One half-day costs $22.50 for members, $27.50 for non-members. Five days costs $80 for members, $85 for non-members. Contact: 894-4800 (Salem), 434-6565 (Londonderry),

Horseback riding

• Apple Tree Farm Riding Camp

What: Summer riding camp that includes daily horseback riding lessons. Who: Camps are offered for “Tiny Tots” (ages 4-6) and “Young Riders” (ages 4-16). Where: Apple Tree Farm, Hollis. When: Tiny Tots Camp will occur June 26-27, July 17-18, and Aug. 14-15. These are shorter introductory courses. Young Riders Camp occurs July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 20-24, 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: Younger Riders Week costs $350 per week. Contact:,, 465-9592.

• Barnyard Buddies Summer Day Camp

What/Who: Barnyard Buddies is Horse Power’s unique summer day camp for children in grades K through 5 and for children and adults with specials needs. It offers theme days, horseback riding, carriage driving, arts and crafts, playing with parachutes, hay rides, dancing, scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, pony parades and more. When: There are six sessions, June 18-Aug. 3, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $350 per person. Where: 13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple. Contact: 654-6308,

• Perry Hill Farm

What/When: Camp is limited to a certain number of campers each week and runs on a weekly basis, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each day includes private riding lessons, instruction in various aspects of horse and stable care, arts and crafts and horse-related games. Cost: $450. Before and after care is also available at no additional cost. Camp begins July 2 and the last session ends Aug. 17. Where: Perry Hill Farm, Bedford. Contact: 471-2929,,

Educational camps

• Educational Farm at Joppa Hill

What: Half- and full-day summer farm classes for children, with age-oriented tasks. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about animals, work in the garden, take nature hikes and help with farm chores. Camps for ages 4 and 5 will include crafts and stories. Who: Children ages 4 through 14. When: Weekly sessions are available Monday through Friday, June 25-Aug. 17. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon for ages 4 and 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the agricultural camp. Where: 174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford. Cost: $130 per week for ages 4 and 5, $240 per week for ages 6-11. Contact:, 472-4724,

• FIRST Robotics Camp

What/Who/When: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) week-long robotics camps explore simple machines and robots and encourage children through invention challenges. Campers utilize Legos, Lego Mindstorms systems, Tetrix building systems and more, using problem-solving skills and learning real-world applications of concepts. Camps are offered in age groups: 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 12-15, in varying weeks, June 23-Aug. 17. Camps run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Where: FIRST Place, 200 Bedford St., Manchester. Cost: $300. Contact:,

• Mad Science Camp

What: Each day, children will make or get something to take with them at this camp that will enable children to explore and learn. Who: Ages 7 through 12. A nature science camp for ages 4 through 6 is also available. When: Full- and half-day science enrichment camps are available with three different themes. Where: Camps will be offered in Amherst, Bedford, Concord, Derry, Dover, Exeter, Greenland, Londonderry, Nashua, Plaistow, Salem, Stratham, and Windham, with more locations to be added. Contact:,, 362-9800.

• McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Summer Camps

What: Programs include the Little Astronaut Camp, the Rocket Adventure Camp, the Mars Explorers Camp, Space Adventure Camp, Aviation Adventure Camp and Lunar Explorers Camp. Activities will range (depending on the program) from building rockets to learning about what it’s like to travel through space. Who: Kids ranging in age from 5 to 17, depending on the program. Where: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Drive, Concord. When: Camps begin in July and last through mid-August. Camps last from 9 to 11 a.m., 9 a.m. to noon and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Depends on the camp; prices for the week-long camps range from $125 to $295. Extended care options available. Contact:, 271-7827, ext. 110.

• Project Smart

What: Project Smart is a program that challenges, educates and motivates talented high school students in science and mathematics while acquainting them with the environment and resources at UNH. Participants will study advanced topics in science, math and computers through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on lab experience and field trips. Who: Open to talented high school students enrolled in 10th or 11th grade. Where: University of New Hampshire, Durham. When: July 2-27. Students are housed in UNH dormitories under supervision of a hall director and residential assistants. Transportation to and from UNH is the responsibility of the students/parents. Cost: $2,700 for those not participating in the weekend program and $3,200 for those staying for the three weekends. Students also receive 4.0 UNH credits through the program. Scholarships are available. Contact:, 862-3840 or 862-3205.

• SEE Science Center

What: Science-based camp based on hands-on exploration of topics such as light and optics, energy, and reverse engineering (taking objects apart to see how they work). Who: Children entering grades 3-6. Where: SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester. When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., July 16-20 or July 23-27. Cost: Registration is $200 per camper ($185 if paid before May 15). Contact:,

• UNH Engineeristas: Girls and Engineering

What/Who: One-week camp for girls entering grades 6 and 7 that focuses on a wide range of engineering, with planned explorations into environmental engineering, oceanographic engineering, computer science and more. Field trips and residential and day camper options available. Where: University of New Hampshire, Durham. When: July 9-13. Cost: $350; residential option costs an additional $350. Scholarships available. Contact: 731-1087,,

• UNH Tech Camp

What/Who: Two-week camp for boys and girls that offers concurrent programs for campers entering grades 7 through 10. This camp explores electrical, mechanical, aerospace, biomedical and naval engineering, as well as robotics and computer technology. Campers will go on local field trips and work in small groups to create and present a project. When: July 16-27. Where: University of New Hampshire, Durham. Cost: $700 for tuition, $700 additional for residential option. Contact: 731-1087,,


• Beaver Brook Nature Center

What: Programs combine nature exploration with yoga, art, photography, chemistry, astronomy, backwoods backpacking, building survival shelters and more. The camp offers 35 different classes over an eight-week period. Who: Ages 4 through 16. Where: Beaver Brook Nature Center, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis. Contact:, 465-7787. Cost: $110-$210 depending on the program.

• Hartshorn Camp

This program, offered for children in grades 1 through 8, offers weekly summer classes, 9 a.m. to noon, June 25-Aug. 17. Before and after care is available. Programs focus on specific subjects related to nature, animals, the environment, science and more. Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center, at the end of Brook Road in Amherst. Contact:, 673-1141.

• NH Audubon Summer Camp

What: These week-long camps offer programs for kids ranging in age from 4 through 12, with each camp focusing on a particular nature-based theme. Programs include “Winged Wonders,” “Cycles of Life,” Habitat Detectives,” “Patterns in Nature,” “Keepers of the Earth,” “Survival,” and “Wild Challenge.” Camps may also include team-building exercises, rope and hipline courses, hiking, canoeing, swimming, crafts and games. Where: The McLane Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord). When: Week-long camps begin June 25 and last until Aug. 10. Camp for kids age 4 and 5 occur 9 a.m. to noon. All other camp days last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $110-$275 per week, depending not the program. Financial assistance is available. Contact: 224-9909,

• Summer Farm Camp at Gelinas Farm

What: A week-long half-day educational summer camp with hands-on discovery and learning. Children participate in daily farm life, collecting eggs, cleaning stalls and feeding livestock. Each week features a theme with games, lessons and activities. Who: Ages 6-10. When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact: 225-7024,

• Summer Scape at Baboosic Lake

What: Games, arts & crafts, stories, beach volleyball and swimming. Weekly activities are centered on a theme, and daily activities will be planned based on the theme of the week. When: Offered weekly, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 25 to Aug. 17. Where: Baboosic Lake. Contact:, 6783-1141.

• Seacoast Science Center Summer Safari Camp

What/Who: Safari camp is offered by the day or by the week throughout the summer, and sessions are organized around grade and camp themes, which include learning how animals survive in the wild, exploring a tide pool at the rocky shore, creating art in nature, lighthouses, local legends, pirates and more. Kids in grades 6 through 8 engage in activities that teach how to become responsible stewards of the environment. When: Camp days occur 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the summer. Where: Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye. Cost: $275 per week. Contact: 436-8043,

• Treks 4 Tots Seacoast Science Center Summer Camp

What: Treks for Tots is an environmental day camp in which campers explore Odiorne Point State Park’s wide range of habitats. Camp includes lessons, activities, crafts and games. Who/When: Treks 4 Tots is a half-day camp for children ages 3 through 5 and meets either 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., with limited full-day options. Where: Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye. Cost: Half-day sessions $150/week. Contact: 436-8043,

Other camps

• Enterprise City

What/Who: Hands-on learning experience for middle and high school students. Students take on the role of employers, employees, government officials, consumers and citizens as they work in a variety of businesses, organizations and government agencies. Students learn to apply lessons learned in the classroom in a real-life setting. Where: 1 Washington St., Suite 106, Dover. When: Monday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $195. Contact:, 430-0091,

• Camp Fully Involved

: This six-day live-in program is for young women ages 14 through 20 who are interested in a career in the fire service, and involves an aggressive, physically demanding, hands-on program that covers many aspects of the fire service, which includes multiple live-fire evolutions. Cadets come from all over the United States, Canada and Europe. Where: NH Fire Academy (98 Smokey Bear Blvd., Concord). When: Camp runs Sunday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 3. Cost: $300. Contact:,

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