The Hippo


May 25, 2020








Summer fun, with wierd wedu formatting boxes around each section
had me a blast Summer camp sign-up happened so fast



For a kid, there’s nothing better than a summer filled with adventure. 

Lucky for us, New Hampshire happens to be a hotbed, er, bunk bed, of summer camps that can match any child’s interest. Whether they wish to fill their days with theater, sports, nature, robotics, science, dancing, horseback riding or a combination of the above, they’ve got options. Most camps cater to skill level and age, making the experience that much more personal.

For working parents, summer camp can be a saving grace or even a necessity. And if the kids get to spend their time doing something they love, building friendships or developing a healthy lifestyle, so much the better. Summers spent at camp can encompass some of the most important memories of their childhood.

Though it’s hard to envision sun, heat or even what the beach looks like now, many camp registration periods have already begun and are filling up quickly. So if you can, look beyond the monstrous snowbank and you may just see a marshmallow being roasted on an August campfire.


 General summer camps
• Adventure camps from the Greater Manchester Family YMCA 
What/Who: Week-long day camps and overnight camps with sessions for kids in grades 5 through 10. Camps involve trips to locations where campers participate in wilderness-based activities.  When: Programs run in July and August, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. most days. Where: Days start at Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road. Cost: $235 through $440, depending on camp and membership. Contact: 232-8617,

• Adventure Camp Summer Vacation
What: All-day camp featuring two field trips each week, swimming at a local pool, sports and games and children in age groups. Who: Elementary school children. When: Camp runs during summer vacation from 7:15 a.m. (with a 6:30 a.m. option) to 6 p.m. through August.  Where: 40 Arlington St. in Nashua. Cost: Based on the child’s individual schedule; reduced rate available.  Contact: 882-9080 ext. 238;

• Bounce-U
What: Three-day week of arts, playtime and physical activities with a different theme each week. Who: Ages 4-10. When: Sessions run from June 27 through the end of August, 9:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays. Where: 21 Commerce Park North, Bedford. Cost: About $150 (exact price TBA) per three-day session. Contact: 621-4011,

• Boys & Girls Club of 
Greater Nashua 
What/Who/When: Camp Doucet is an outdoor camp for ages 8 through 12 in south Nashua offering swimming, games, sports, arts and craft and more; nine one-week sessions run from June 27 through Aug. 26. The Kids Club Summer Day Camp for ages 5 through 8 is a full-day program with swimming, games, arts & crafts, indoor and outdoor play. There is also a summer-long drop-in program, though all campers must be members of the Boys & Girls Club.   Where: 47 Grand Ave., Nashua  Cost: Varies according to program, with discounts for siblings. Financial assistance is available.  Contact: 883-0523,

• Boys & Girls Club of 
Souhegan Valley
What: Weekly sessions include sports camps, theater camps, “Summer Chefs,” rock-climbing, general recreation, cheerleading, dance, camps specifically for teens and more.  Who: Kids entering grades 1 through 10 as well as a preschool program for ages 3 to 5. CIT (Counselor in Training) programs for teens in grades 9 through 11.  When: Nine one-week sessions run from end of June through late August, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with before and after care available. Where: 56 Mont Vernon Road, Milford. Cost: Varies depending on camp program, extra cost for extended care. Contact: 673-6820,

• Camp Carpenter
What: A Boy Scouts of America camp offering overnight and day camps, as well as Akela, a parent-and-son overnight camp  Who: Cub Scouts (boys) entering grades 1 through 5 When: Overnight camp runs for seven sessions, Sunday through Thursday, starting June 26. Day camps July 11-Aug. 1, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Akela has four sessions, each three days and two nights, June 26-28, June 29-July 1, July 6-8, Aug 7-9.  Where: 300 Blondin Road in Manchester. Cost: Varies depending on when you sign up and program. Day camps start at $160.  Contact: 623-5962,

• Camp Chenoa
What: An overnight camp from the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Campers and staff in each unit will brainstorm, plan and carry out their own unique camp experience. Busing to and from camp is available. Camp is on a 300-acre site with archery, beach, lake, climbing tower, trails, etc.; camp offers family weekends. Camp info nights will be held in March; see website for details.  Who: Girls ages 6 to 17. When: One- and two-week sessions are run throughout the summer, as well as a four-day adventure camp in August. Where: Antrim (contact: 1 Commerce Drive, Bedford, 627-4158) Cost: Prices depend on factors such as age and program chosen. Contact: Camp hotline for info through April is 877-817-9896,

• Camp Foss
What: The Greater Manchester Family YMCA overnight camp features traditional summer camp activities (swimming, sports, archery, climbing, horseback riding, water sports, drama and dance). Who: Girls ages 7 to 15 When: Two-week and week-long sessions start June 25 and run through the week of Aug. 7. Mini-camps are also available in June (for campers of all ages). Where: Willey Pond, Strafford  Cost: For one week, $610 to $635 depending on residency and YMCA membership; for two weeks, $940 to $995. Some programs (such as horseback riding and white water rafting) have additional costs. Contact:, 232-8642.

• Camp Foster Day Camp Boys & Girls Club of Manchester
What: 10 week-long camps with different themes each week. Who: Boys and girls ages 6 to 13. When: June 20 through Aug. 26, drop-off between 7 and 8:20 a.m., pick-up between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Where: Campers are picked up and dropped off at the Boys & Girls Club, 555 Union St., Manchester with transportation to Camp Foster in Bedford.  Cost: $90-$105 per week.  Contact: 625-5031,,

• Camp Lovewell
What: American Camp Association-accredited outdoor camp with traditional summer camp activities and working farm, offering one-week sessions. Who: Ages 4 to 14. When: Tentatively June 28 to Aug. 27, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m.; late pick-up until 6 p.m. Half-day program available for preschoolers. Where: 10 Groton Road, Nashua Cost: Fees in the past have ranged from $120 to $230 per week. Extended care costs extra. Discounts available for registering by March 15, siblings or full-summer enrollment.  Contact:, 881-4815 ext. 4

• Camp Merrimack
What: From YMCA of Greater Nashua, week-long day camp sessions as well as specialized camps in basketball, dance, art, acting, cooking, photography, princess camp, etc. Who: Age 3 to 10th grade. When: June 20 through Aug. 26; full-day camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pre-camp at 7 a.m. and post-camp until 6 p.m. Where: 6 Henry Clay Drive, Merrimack (some camps are at Nashua YMCA; busing is available). Cost: Varies depending on program and extended care; financial assistance available. Contact:; 881-7778.

• Camp Mi-Te-Na
What: Overnight camp on 70 acres on the shores of Halfmoon Lake, with 23 cabins. Offers swimming, water sports, theater, paintball, basketball, 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. Who: Boys ages 7 to 15.  When: One-week minimum, eight-week maximum sessions start June 25 and run through Aug. 20.  Where: Halfmoon Lake, 65 YMCA Road, Alton.  Cost: $620 for one week, $965 for two, etc. Some programs (such as horseback riding and white water rafting) have additional costs. Contact:,

• Camp Pa-Gon-Ki
What: A traditional day camp for kids featuring different themes each week with swimming, ropes courses, sports, arts and crafts, etc. Specialty camps include sports, cheerleading, baton-twirling, cooking, theater, and leader and counselor training for teens. Campers in grades 6 through 10 can enroll in Y Trip Camp, which takes day trips to locations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Who: Kindergarten through eighth grade. When: Weeklong sessions run late June through August. Call for times.  Where: YMCA Greater Londonderry, 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry Cost: $170 per week / $219 for weeks with trips. Prices vary for specialty camps. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available. Contact: 437-9622,,

• Camp Ponemah at Hampshire Hills 
What/Who: Camp I, for ages 3 through 5, is Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with three different day options available; includes swimming, tennis, field trips, nature walks, games, weekly themed programs such as Dinosaurs, Lost In Space, or Old MacDonald’s Farm. Camp I also includes bi-weekly field trips to Greenville Zoo, SEE Science Center, etc. Camp II, for ages 5 (entering kindergarten) through 12, is Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; campers are divided into groups according to which grade they will be entering in the fall, with games, sports, swim lessons, tennis lessons, field trips, arts and crafts, stories, music, and drama experiences. Troop T, for ages 13 through 15, builds character as campers focus on responsibility, respect, honesty and caring in two-week sessions. When: 10 weekly sessions from June 20 through Aug. 26. Pre-camp at 7:30 a.m. and extended care through 6 p.m.  Where: Hampshire Hills, 50 Emerson Road, Milford. Cost: Depends on number of weeks enrolled. Contact: 673-7122,

• Camp Sargent - YMCA
What: Co-ed day camp split into 10 one-week sessions that include general camp sessions as well as specialty camps such as CSI Camp, archery, fort building, Huck Finn and performing arts. Who: Boys and girls ages 5 through 16.  When: June 20 through Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pre-camp available at 7 a.m. and post-camp care available through 6 p.m. Where: Lake Naticook in Merrimack, 141 Camp Sargent Road. Cost: Varies based on membership and program; financial assistance available. Contact:; 881-7778 (winter) or 880-4845 (summer).

• Camp Shaker
What: The 50-acre campus offers swimming, golf, fitness trails, and kayaking from the off-site campus on the banks of the Merrimack River. Camp Shaker also has an overnight program called Aziscohos with field trips to New Hampshire state parks.   Who: Grades 1 through 9. When: 2011 dates are TBA.  Where: 131 Shaker Road, Concord. Cost: Depends on the days enrolled. Contact: 224-0161,

• Camp Spaulding
What: A residential summer camp on 56 acres of forest overlooking the Contoocook River, operated by Child and Family Services organization of Manchester. The camp offers a traditional recreational summer camp experience that includes a wide range of activities such as canoeing, hiking, fishing and archery. Counselors are college students or graduating high school seniors, as well as international counselors. Who: Ages 8 through 14 from low- to moderate-income families. When: Four sessions: June 27–July 8, July 11–22, July 25–Aug. 5, Aug. 8–19. Where: 125 River Road, Penacook. Cost: Fees are applied on a sliding scale and camperships are available. Contact: 800-640-6486 ext. 4110,

• Concord Boys & Girls Club 
What/Who/When: Camps in weeklong sessions from June 20 through Aug. 26 for those entering grades 1-8 plus two-week sessions in outdoor activities or art for older kids. Camps run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Camps are run at 55 Bradley St., in Concord, as well as in Suncook, Hopkinton and Warner. Cost: $110 per week if registered before April 29; $130 after; discounts for siblings; financial assistance available; Club can be linked to the State for childcare subsidies. Contact: 224-1061,

• Concord Family YMCA 
What/Who: The YMCA offers a traditional day camp and a field trip-focused camp for children entering grades 1 through 6. Sports camps (basketball, fitness boot camp, soccer, baseball and more) are also available for this age group. A teen camp for students in grade 6 and up also features a daily field trip. Where: Concord Family YMCA, 15 N. State St. in Concord. When/Cost: Call for 2011’s dates and pricing. Contact: 228-9622 ext. 145,

• Concord Recreation Department
What: Mainly week-long day camp sessions. Kids Kamp for grades 1 and 2 offers traditional camp activities and field trips. Recreation camps for grades 3 through 5 offers sports and swimming activities. Adventure camps for grades 6 through 8 offer day trips to beaches, mountains, rivers and climbing gyms. Themed camps are also available in dance, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, field hockey, baseball and softball, track and field, sports, science and video. Who: Sessions are available for different age groups, ranging from age 3 through grade 10. Counselor-in-training program available for grades 9 through 11. When: June 20 through Aug. 19. Kids Kamp, Recreation Camps and Adventure Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with early drop-off available from 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up until 5:30 p.m. Themed camp dates vary; many are scheduled as three-hour morning or afternoon sessions. Many preschool programs meet for 90 minutes per day.  Where: Concord community centers, Concord TV Studio, Memorial Field, and Keach, Merrill and Rollins parks.  Cost: Fees range from about $60 to $185. Free breakfast and lunch at Recreation Camp and Keach Park for campers. Scholarships are available for Concord residents for youth programs. Contact: Register at, but call 225-8690 first for a user name and password. You must register by paper once before online registration is available to you. You can also register at the White Park Recreation office.

• Cosmic Camp at Liquid Planet Water Park 
What: Camp features arts, crafts, swimming, games, nature, model-building and more. Who: Ages 6 to 14 When: Weeklong sessions running June 20 through Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours available for additional fee. Where: Liquid Planet Water Park, 446 Route 27, Candia Cost: $150 before May 1., 483-2200

• Discovery Camp - YMCA
What: Specialty camp with the opportunity to participate in traditional day camp activities in a smaller setting. Campers enjoy gardening, nature walks, nature journaling, reading time, yoga, climbing gym and indoor sports. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1 through 5  When: Nine one-week sessions June 20 through Aug. 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Where: Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown Cost: TBA. Contact: 497-5186, Registration begins March 7.

• The Goddard School
What: In the past, the Goddard school has offered camp learning activities including arts and crafts, cooking, science and nature, sports and games, music and movement, literature and language, computers and technology and drama  Who: Ages 6 weeks to 12 years. When: Goddard opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Where: 12 Tsienneto Road, Derry Cost: Varies based on age and need. Call for details on fees and programs. Contact: 432-2210,

• Greater Manchester Family YMCA 
What/Who: Day camps and half-day camps for children of all ages in gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, basketball, flag football, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball and tennis as well as programs for teens including a field trip program and leadership course. When: June 20 through Aug. 26, full- and half-day camps and classes primarily in one-week sessions. Extended care is available. Where: Downtown Manchester YMCA, 30 Mechanic St. in Manchester; Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown (some camps feature off-site trips). Cost: Varies based on program and membership. Contact:

• Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum 
What/Who: Week-long sessions centered around art, science and nature for ages 6 through 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half-day camps for ages 4 through 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.  When: Mid-June through August. Where: Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum in the Waumbec Mill, 250 Commercial St., Manchester. Cost: Check website for updates on fees and program details.  Contact: 606-3381,

• Kettleford Day Camp
What: Run by the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, the camp is on 30 acres by the shore of Sebbins Pond. Includes activities such as swimming, boating, arts, drama, games and outdoor cooking. Themed units help develop skills in jewelry-making, theatrics, cooking a gourmet meal, etc. Emphasis is placed on the value of gaining independence, making friends, and creativity, based on age level. An optional overnight will take place during Session 3 for girls in fourth grade and up. Girls who participate in Sessions 1, 1A, 2, and 4A will be able to participate in Family Night.  Who: Girls in kindergarten through 10th grade. When: One- and two-week sessions. Session 1 is June 27-July 8; session 1A is June 27-July 1; session 1B is July 5-8; session 2 is July 11-22; session 4 is July 25-Aug. 5; session 4A is Aug. 8-12. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; extended hours run from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Camp Allen, 56 Camp Allen Road in Bedford. Cost: Session 1, 2, or 3 is $115; session 1A, 1B or 4A is $60.  Contact:

• Oasis Day Camp
What: One of few American Camp Association’s approved camps, Oasis is a day camp with outdoor and indoor activities including sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, swimming, and arts and crafts. Enrollment minimum is two consecutive weeks, maximum of seven or a combination.  Who: Ages 4 to 14 When: June 27 through Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off starting at 9 a.m. and late pick-up until 4:30 p.m.  Where: Southern NH University, 2500 North River Road, Manchester. Bus transportation to and from camp available for a fee.  Cost: $800 for two weeks, $2,425 for seven weeks.  Contact: 800-317-1392,

• Melody Pines Day Camp
What: A traditional camp featuring outdoor activities, sports, crafts, archery, riflery, swimming and more. Who: Boys and girls ages 5 to 13 When: Week-long sessions run June 20 through Aug. 26, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration began Feb. 1.  Where: Melody Pines, 510 Corning Road, Manchester.  Cost: $175 per child, per week. Contact: 669-9414,

• Nashua Parks and Recreation Department
What: In addition to the city’s SummerFun programming, Nashua Parks and Recreation organizes themed camps, programs and lessons. Baseball, skateboarding, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, football, theater, hockey and science are some of the topics. Lessons or clinics on cooking, tennis and archery are also available. Who: Ages 3 to 18. When: Starting June 28, mostly in one-week sessions. Where: Nashua parks, schools, stadiums and other facilities. Cost: Fees range from $55 to $225. Contact:, 589-3368.

• Naticook Day Camp
What: One-week sessions featuring lunch, swim lessons and activities including woodworking and theater. Teen campers program includes cooking, painting, hiking, golf, dances, sports and more. A counselor-in-training program is available for 15-year-olds. Brochures will be available after March 1. Who: A day camp is available for campers ages 5 to 12; a teen camp is offered for ages 12 and 14. When: June 27 through Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with morning drop-off open at 8:30 a.m. Extended hours (for an additional fee) are available from 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Where: The camp is on lakefront property in Wasserman Park in Merrimack. Cost: $212.50 per child per week ($162.50 for Merrimack residents).; 882-1046.

• Pelham Parks and Recreation
What/Who: Camps run by the town’s recreation department for kids ages 3 through 14: a tot playground camp runs Tuesdays and Thursdays for ages 3 through 5, and a full-week camp runs Monday through Friday for ages 6 through 14. Both camps run for six weeks. When/Where: Last year the camp was held Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Pelham, with extended care available for an additional cost.  Cost: Camp options include full six weeks, first three weeks or last three weeks, or first two weeks, middle two, or last two weeks. See the details of 2011 summer camp on the website in March. Contact:, 635-2721.

• Racquet Club of Concord 
What/Who: Day camps for ages 5 to 14, with older kids taking regular field trips. When: Nine weeklong sessions run June 20 through Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care starting at 7:30 a.m. and running through 6 p.m. Where: 10 Garvins Falls Road, Concord. Cost: $100 to $205 depending on camp program. Contact: 224-7787,

• Squeaky Sneakers 
What/Who: Program for children age 3 through entering kindergarten featuring swimming, music, arts, stories, field trips and more. When: June 20 through Aug. 19, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Downtown Manchester YMCA, 30 Mechanic St. in Manchester. Cost: $165 per week plus $50 for registration; sibling discount. Free facility membership to YMCA with cost.  Contact:, 232-8656.

• Southern NH Montessori Academy 
What/Who: Camp Leonardo, for 3- to 5-year-olds, runs eight weeks both full-day and half-day programs including Dino Camp, Gardening Camp, Seashells by the Seashore, Fairy Tale Camp, Cooking Camp, Camping Camp, Camp Construction and Art Camp. Camp DaVinci, for 6- to 9-year-olds, runs eight weeks both full-day and half-day programs including Veterinarian Camp, Physicians Camp, Space Camp, Spy Camp, Toy Makers Workshop, Cartooning and Comic Book Making, Fine Arts Camp, Foodie Camp, Theater Camps, Robotics Camp, Lego Camp and Rock Star Camp. When: June 20 through Aug. 12. Where: 1E Commons Drive #28, Londonderry,. Cost: Camp Leonardo: $125 morning; $225 full day. Camp DaVinci: $150 morning/afternoon; $275 full day.  Contact: 818-8613,

• The World Schools
What/Who: Junior Camp, for kids entering K and grade 1, is tailored for younger campers who need the security of an all-day counselor and base camp. Children can sign up in two-week increments. Counselors will customize activities and games around a theme to meet their groups’ needs and interests. Includes organized thematic activities, as well as free time in areas such as arts & crafts, drama, manipulative and quiet games, scavenger hunts, pool splashes, bubble games and karaoke. Senior Camp, for kids entering grades 2 through 5, allows older campers to sign up weekly. Campers can choose their fun while spending time with . friends. Popular options include the game cabin (skeeball, Wii, ping pong, foosball, etc); the arts & crafts area; natural playground and swimming pools. Wizards Camp, for kids entering grades 6 through 8, allows tweens to do a variety of activities. Sign up weekly. For children age six weeks to four years, World Schools offers developmentally appropriate activities on a monthly basis (choosing from two to five days per week to attend). When: Summer camp begins the last day of school in June and runs until the end of August. Where: 138 Spit Brook Road, Nashua.  Cost: Call for info. Contact: 888-1982,

• YMCA Camp Half Moon
What: Camp is held on 10 acres of woods. Each week has a different theme, including pool time, challenge courses, nature lessons, arts and crafts, arrow shooting and team sports. Half Moon also offers LIT and CIT camps for boys and girls entering grades 8 and 9.  Who: Boys and girls entering grades 1 through 5. When: 10 one-week sessions run June 20 through Aug. 26, 8:45 a.m. through 4 p.m. Where: Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown Cost: Price varies between $119 and $195 depending on days in camp and membership level. Contact: 497-5186, Registration begins March 7.

• YMCA Camp Half Moon Teen Scene
What: A traditional day camp program with a focus on leadership skills development and fun programming. Campers will have an opportunity for more choice in activities such as canoeing, challenge course ropes, mountain biking, sports and team building. Who: Boys and girls entering grades 6 and 7. When: 10 one-week sessions run June 20 through Aug. 26, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown Cost: TBA  Contact: 497-5186, Registration begins March 7.

• YMCA Camp Lincoln
What/Who: One- and two-week traditional day camp sessions for kindergarten through grade 9. Can be combined with half-day specialty camps that focus on topics like cooking, fort-building, magic, sports and horses. Counselor and leader in training programs available for ages 12 through 15. When: June 20 through Aug. 26. Day camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with drop-off starting at 7 a.m. and pick-up until 6 p.m. Where: 67 Ball Road in Kingston.  Cost: One-week sessions $190 each; two-week sessions $375 each. Contact:, 642-3361.

• YMCA Camp Otter
What: On the shores of Captain’s Pond in Salem, Camp Otter offers swimming, boating, basketball/volleyball courts, baseball/soccer field, archery and air rifle range, arts and crafts, and low and high ropes courses in week-long day camp sessions, each week with a different theme.  Who: Boy and girls ages 6 to 13. When: June 20 through Sept. 2.  Where: 66 Hooker Farm Road in Salem. Cost: $205 per week, 978-975-1330.

• YMCA Camp Quarter Moon 
What/Who: Half-day camp for kindergarteners and first-graders in the woods behind the Allard Center in Goffstown. Each week has a different theme. When: One-week sessions run July 27-Aug. 12, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road in Goffstown. Cost: Varies between $85 and $130 depending on days in camp and membership level. Contact: 497-5186,

(Visual & performing arts)

• The Acting Loft 
What/When: The Loft will offer summer camps sessions July 5-15, July 18-29 and Aug. 1-12, with camps running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Where: 670 N. Commercial St., Manchester Cost: Call for updated details.  Contact: 666-5999,

• Andy’s Summer Playhouse 
What/Who: Innovative summer children’s productions involve rehearsal and performance for ages 8 through 18. Apprenticeships for technical work back stage are available to students who are at least 12, and younger students (11 or 12) can help in the box office. Main stage productions for 2011 include King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, The Lost World and Kung-Fu Beach Party, a Musical.  When: Auditions for Andy’s are Sunday, March 13, at Temple Elementary School, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 19, at the Amato Theater in Milford, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Contact Andy’s or 654-2613 to reserve an audition time and for details on summer program dates. Where: 582 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton Cost: Contact Andy’s for information about production or program fees. Scholarships available. Contact: 654-2613,

• Beck’s Art Express
What: Four three-day sessions, 9 a.m. to noon, each session with its own theme.  Who: Ages 7-12. When: July 11-13, July 18-20, July 25-27, Aug. 1-3 Where: 6 Gaffney St., Nashua Cost: $75 per session Contact: 889-1670,

• Bedford Youth Performing Center 
What/Who: Full- and part-day camps in theater, music and dance for campers preschool (as young as 2) through high school.  When: July and August.  Where: 155 Route 101, Bedford Cost: Varies based on program, with discounts for early registration and multiple classes. Call for current info.  Contact: 472-3894,

• Capital City Dance Center
What: Dance Camp 2011 Who: Ages 4 through 13 When: July 11-15. Camp for ages 4 through 6 is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camp for ages 5 through 13 is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: 128 Hall St #J, Concord. Cost: Ages 4 through 6, $100 for the week or $35 per day. Ages 5 through 13, $160 for the week or $50 per day — includes two days of gymnastics.  Contact: 228-1012,

• Concord Community Music School 
What/Who/When/Cost: The school offers a variety of music programs (for a variety of ages) in June and July. Last year’s programs included a jazz camp, music and movement classes, a singing seminar, programs for young children and more. Call for 2011 information and prices. Where: 23 Wall St., Concord. Contact: 228-1196,

• Concord Dance Academy 
What/Who: Classes in tap, jazz, ballet and karate for ages 3 through 10, as well as evening classes for ages 3 to adult. When: Three week-long sessions run June 27-July 1, July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5. Where: The Academy, 26 Commercial St., Concord Cost: Varies depending on program. Contact: 226-0200,

• Currier Museum Art Center 
What/Who: Summer Art Camp for Kids! features programs for students ages 5 through 12 and ArtVentures! features programs for ages 12 through 15. Students age 15 and older can join teen/adult summer art courses.   When: Art Camp for Kids! is offered in one-week themed sessions, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ArtVentures themed sessions are available weekdays, times TBA.   Where: Currier Art Center, 180 Pearl St., Manchester.  Cost: TBA. Contact:  669-6144 ext. 122,

• Kimball Jenkins School of Art 
What/When: Sessions (weeklong and less) in July and August, each focusing on a different aspect of visual arts. Classes are for a full day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with aftercare available until 6 p.m. for additional cost).  Who: Students are divided by age group and must have already been enrolled in full-day kindergarten or first grade. Where: 266 N. Main St., Concord.  Cost: $200 per week plus additional costs for extended care. Contact:, 225-3932.

• Londonderry Dance Academy
Who/What/When: LDA offers two summer camps. Story Dance Camp, for ages 3 through 7, runs in one-week sessions July 18-22 and Aug. 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon, and explores creative movement, theater games, arts and crafts, music and madness and ending production performance. Call for details about the Summer Dance Intensive program. The summer Dance Intensive program with international guest teacher Philip Peglar will feature classes in ballet, contemporary, character, yoga and African, and will run Aug. 18-21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 9-18. Where: 21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry. Cost: Call for prices. Contact: 432-0032,

• Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts
What/Who/When: Splish Splash camp for ages 4 through 10, July 11-16, is a half-day morning program including acting, music and movement activities in the water. Magical Land of Oz camp, for ages 4 through 7 (half day) and 8 through 17 (full day), July 18-30, includes two weeks of acting, music, and movement exercises. Night at the Wax Museum musical camp for ages 8 through 17, July 31-Aug. 28, Sunday through Tuesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m., involves a comedy about six unlucky students forced to set up a new wax museum as a class project during summer school; this four-week production-based evening camp will culminate in performances Aug. 26-28, and the rehearsal process will include studies in every aspect of theater through 12 different workshops led by local professionals.  Where: The Majestic Theatre, 281 Cartier St., Manchester.  Cost: $150 (half day), $275 (full day), $200 (four-week program). Scholarships are available. Contact: 669-7469,

• Manchester Community Music School 
What/Who: Music lessons, summer music camps and music therapy classes for kids as young as six months and adults at the Manchester school. Where: 2291 Elm St., Manchester. When/Cost: Check the website in March for program dates and costs. Contact: 644-4548,

• Merrimack Repertory Theatre 
What/When: Young Artists at Play at MRT offers summer camps in theater, performance seminars and musical theater workshops for kids. Classes are held in July and August and most run from 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. One- to four-week programs. Who: Kids entering grades 1 through 12. Where: 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, Mass Cost: Vary according to program.  Contact: 978-654-7550,,

• Nashua Community Music School 
What/Who/Cost: Camps focus on a specific instrument or musical style. Flute Camp (grades 5 through 12), Piano Camp (grades 2 through 5), Musical Theater Camp (grades 2 through 5) and Band Camp (grades 4 through 6, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for two consecutive weeks). Special multi-generational choir and hand bell session in the evenings. Private lessons will continue throughout the summer based on student and teacher availability. Call or check the web for detailed information and pricing. When: Weeklong camps in July and August, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Specific dates TBA.   Where: 5 Pine St., Nashua. Contact: 881-7030,

• New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts
What/Who: Programs for children as young as 2 (with parent) in dance including ballet, jazz, hip-hop and more. When: Camps and sessions run in July. Programs are half-day and less. Where: Academy of Performing Arts, 875 Lafayette Road, Seabrook. Cost: $75 through $265, depending on programming.  Contact: 474-2444,

• New Hampshire Institute of Art 
What/Who: The Pre-College Summer Program is for high school students age 16 and older seeking to build visual art portfolios for college application and earn college-level course credits. Participants stay in the Institute’s dorms and meals are provided. Continuing Education courses are open to teens 15 and older. When: Pre-College Summer Workshop runs July 10-22. Continuing education courses run from May 3 to late August. Where: NHIA campus, 148 Concord St., Manchester Cost: The Pre-College Summer Program cost is $2,050, which includes tuition, accommodations, most meals and some materials. The application fee is $100. Some scholarships are available. See web for continuing education cost.  Contact:, 836-2513.

• NH Theatre Project
What: Weeklong half-day and full-day classes, plus evening classes, for ages 6 through 17. Who/When/Cost: Adult Performance Intensive, for ages 16 and older, runs Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., June 6 through July 2 ($300). Kids Theatre Camp, for ages 6 through 9, runs July 5-9, 9 a.m. to noon ($275). Story Theatre Camp, for ages 8 through 12, runs July 18-30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($450). Teen Theatre Camp, for ages 13 through 17, runs July 5-17 (1 to 4 p.m. July 5-9; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11-15); cost is $475. Camps end in performances. Scholarships available. All camp fees include a non-refundable registration fee of $25. Where: West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. Contact: 431-6644, e-mail,

• Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Centre
What/Who/When/Cost: Little Princess Camp Session 1 is Aug. 8, 10 & 12; Session 2 is Aug. 15, 17 & 19 for ages 3 through 5 (from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and ages 6 and 7 (from 1 to 3 p.m.), $100/$125 per session. Young Dancers Program for ages 8 through 12, Aug. 8-19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., daily ballet class plus additional styles, $300 for one week, $500 for two weeks. Intermediate/Advanced Summer Intensive for ages 13+ with at least three dance classes daily Aug. 8 to 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $400 for one week, $650 for two weeks. Where: 36 Arlington St., Nashua Contact: 889-8404,

• N-Step Dance Center
What/Who: N-Step offers three programs including Dance Camp for ages 3-7 where campers perform their work in front of friends and family at the end of each week; Summer Dance Intensive for ages 8-12 or ages 13-plus where campers learn from some of the best teachers in the area about theater jazz, theater tap, hip-hop, contemporary funk, lyrical, and more.  When: Dance camp runs Aug. 1-5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Summer Dance Intensive (ages 8 through 12) runs July 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Summer Dance Intensive (ages 13+) runs July 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All camps have early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up until 5:30 p.m.  Where: 2626 Brown Ave., Manchester Cost: Call or fill out form online for info. Contact:  641-6787,

• Palace Theatre 
What/Who/When: Script-based camps; children must have basic reading skills. Includes music, dance and acting coaching experience as well as experience with set-painting, props and costumes. Topsy Turvy Disney camp, June 27-July 8, for grades 2 through 6, is a camp with Disney stories for $375. Seusstales camp, July 11-22, for grades 4 through 8, features favorite Dr. Seuss characters for $425. Christmas in July camp, July 25-Aug. 5, for grades 2 through 6, celebrates holiday season in the summer for $425. Ghostbusters camp, Aug. 8-19, for grades 4 through 8, discovers whether the Palace Theatre is haunted for $425. Camps run in four two-week sessions Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an evening production scheduled at the end of the second week. Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester Cost: Call for costs; financial assistance may be available. Contact: 668-5588,

• Peacock Players
What: Two separate three-week summer theatre camps that offer theater arts education and culminate with a Camp Showcase production on Peacock Players Main stage. Who: Ages 5 through 18. When: “Act One” session runs July 11-29; “Act Two” session runs Aug. 1-19; both sessions take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Camp Showcases are performed on Peacock Players Mainstage, located at 14 Court St., Nashua. Cost: $475 per student. Discounts available for attending both sessions, and for families with multiple siblings. Contact: 889-2330,

• Rock Right Academy
What/Who/When: Weeklong camps that teach kids ages 11 and older a chance to form a real rock band and learn how to prepare for a live show. Camps are usually held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and begin in July.  Where: 474 Central Ave., Dover. Cost: TBA. Contact: 749-7473,

• Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre
What/Who/When/Cost: Pirate Camp, for boys ages 4 through 8, Aug. 16-18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $100. Princess Camp, for girls ages 3 through 5,  July 12-14 or Aug. 23-25, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $100. Children’s Summer Dance Camp, “Dance Adventures with Barbie,” for ages 6 through 8, July 18-22, $145 for half-day and $300 for full-day. Young Dancers Program, beginner and intermediate girls and boys ages 9 through 12, July 25-29, daily ballet plus jazz, modern, and/or stretch and strengthening, $145 half day, $300 full day. Two-week summer intensive program, for ages 10+, daily ballet plus additional classes in modern, jazz, theater dance, character, African dance, injury prevention or dance history, and more, Monday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 13, attend a placement class before the summer program, two weeks $700, one week $500 if registering before June 1.  Where: Englewood Park, 19 Harvey Road, Bedford. Contact:

• Triple Threat Theater Camp
What: One-, two- and three- week programs with classes taught daily by professionals from New York City in acting, theater dance and voice. Workshops are held weekly and include a professional headshot session, stage makeup and yoga. Extracurricular activities include daily swim, arts and crafts, pool party, in-studio sleepover and a field trip to see a musical. Students attending full three-week program will perform in a theatrical production.  Who: Boys and girls ages 6 through 16.  When: One-week program is July 11-15; two-week program is July 11-22; three-week is July 11-29. Each camp runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with aftercare available.  Where: Londonderry Dance Academy, 21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry Cost: Call for prices.

• Turning Pointe Center of Dance
What: Ballet technique class is available to elementary, intermediate and advanced students; Pointe class is available to intermediate and advanced students; Private lessons are available upon request through summer months. Who: Ages 5 through 11.  When: Week-long camp offered either June 27-July 1 or July 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Where: 371 Pembroke St, Pembroke Contact: 485-8710,

• White Birch Fine Art
What: Art camp for all artistic levels. Each day offers a different fine art experience working in different media. Each project will consist of a drawing then rendered into a painting. Who: Grades 3 through 10. When: Camp for grades 7 through 10 is Aug. 1-4 from 9 a.m. to noon, instructed by Elaine Farmer. Camp for grades 3 through 6 is Aug. 8-11 from 9 a.m. to noon, instructed by Sharon Allen. Where: 106 Chase Road, Londonderry Cost: $135, includes all art supplies plus snack and drink. Contact: 434-0399,

Future careers 
& leadership

• Camp Fully Involved
What: A physically challenging, aggressive, hands-on, live-in weeklong summer camp for young women interested in exploring the career of firefighting. No experience or affiliation with a fire department is required. There is no residency requirement for attendance. Cadets will engage in rappelling, live fire evolutions, engine and truck company operations and much more. Cadets will also participate in evening classroom programs.  Who: Young women between age 14 (and having completed eighth grade) and 20. Class size is limited to 16 to 25 cadets. When: Sunday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 5. Completed application must be postmarked by May 1. Where: New Hampshire State Fire Academy, 222 Sheep Davis Road, Concord ( Cost: $300, includes all meals, snacks and lodging in the NH Fire Academy dormitory. Contact:; Jess Wyman, cirector, at
• Mission Possible Work Camp
What: A traveling camp that helps repair, rebuild and make safer dwellings for persons who cannot not do the work themselves Who: Kids and adults.  When: Aug. 8-12 Where: The First Congregational Church of Pembroke, 301 Pembroke St., Pembroke  Contact: 485-9639, or

Horseback riding
• Apple Tree Farm
What/when: Apple Tree farm offers a Younger Riders week, July 11-15 or July 25-29; a Tiny Tots program, July 18-19 or Aug. 8-9; and an Advanced week, Aug. 22-26. Who: Ages 3 and older Where: 49-2 Wheeler Road, Hollis Cost: Ranges from $115/week for Tiny Tots program to $500/week for clinic Contact:, 465-9592

• Barnyard Buddies
What: A unique day camp experience on a farm with horses, goats, sheep, chickens and rabbits. Every day campers will groom, lead, learn about horses, have a cart ride, ride bareback and have a trail ride. Daily outdoor games include singing, arts and crafts, a tractor-pulled hayride and a small parade at the end of the week. Ratio is one to one with camper and volunteer counselor. Who: Ages 4-10 and children with special needs ages 4 and up. When: June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29 and Aug. 8-12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Where: 13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple Cost: $350 per week. Contact: 654-6308,

• Gelinas Farm 
What/Who/When: Gelinas offers Farm Camp July 25-29 and Aug. 15-19 and Youth Horsemanship Camp Aug. 8-12 for ages 8 through 12. The camps are offered through the Concord Recreation Department. Where: 471 4th Range Road, Pembroke  Cost: Call for updated prices.  Contact: 225-7024,

• Perry Hill Farm
What: A crash course in horseback riding and care. Camp runs on a weekly basis, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and each day includes a private riding lesson, instruction in horse and stable care, arts and crafts, and horse-related games. When: Eight weeklong sessions, depending on school schedule.  Where: Perry Hill Farm, 32 Perry Road, Bedford  Cost: $450/week  Contact: 471-2929,

• Pony Farm
What: Residential riding camp with riding twice a day except Sunday. Campers learn how to jump their horse, go trail riding down a country lane or in the woods, and generally learn how to handle and enjoy the farm’s 60 head of horses and ponies. Who: Girls ages 8 to 14 When: Five sessions: June 19-25 “Early Bird Week,” June 26-July 9, July 10-23, July 24-Aug. 6, and Aug. 7-20. Session Five (Aug. 7-20) has a one- or two-week option. Where: 13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple  Cost: $1,500 a week, all-inclusive. $750 deposit for each week. Contact: 654-6308,

• Sport Nature Riding & Recreation Center
What: Each child is matched with a horse or pony to ride and care for all week. For beginners each day includes a mounted riding lesson and horsemanship lessons. Intermediate and advanced riders may ride twice during the day. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in swimming, tennis, basketball, archery and other activities. Camp has an indoor ring for rainy days. Who: Ages 7 through 15  When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dates TBA.  Where: Pine Hill Road, Hollis  Cost: $450 per week Contact: 236-2132, 

• Amoskeag Fishways
What: Fishways summer vacation programs will bring kids outdoors to discover the natural wonders of southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack River watershed. Who: Explorers (ages 5 and 6), Adventurers (ages 7 through 9), Voyagers (ages 10 through 13) When: Throughout July, dates depending on age group. Explorers: Tuesdays (July 5, 12, 19, 26) from 10 a.m. to noon or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Adventurers: Wednesdays (July 6, 13, 20, 27) from 10 a.m. to noon or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Voyagers: July 25-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: 4 Fletcher St., Manchester Cost: Call or check website in March for details. Contact: 626-3474,

• Beaver Brook
What: Programs are nature-related with different themes each week. Who: Age 4 through 10th grade  Where: Beaver Brook, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis with some field trips. When: Weeklong sessions June 13 through the week of Aug. 12. Classes for younger children run 9 a.m. to noon; classes for older children run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a few classes for teens running 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Call for cost info. Some early-bird registration discounts are available. Contact: 465-7787,

• Charmingfare Farm
What: Day camp programs offering educational, non-competitive, up-close experience with animals, other campers and staff. The program aims to enhance self-esteem, encourage responsibility and promote clear communication while making friends — human and animal — and learning new skills. 
Who/When: A Tuesday-through-Thursday camp for ages 5 and 6 runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 5 through Aug. 4. Subjects include “Barnyard Buddies,” “Jr. Zoo Keepers” and “Little Riders,” which features horseback riding. A camp for ages 7 through 16 runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care of an hour before and after. These weeklong camps run June 27 through Aug. 19 and focus on subjects such as animal careers or horseback riding. Where: The farm at 774 High St., Candia Cost: $279 per week for older-kid camps with additional fees for extra horseback riding and extended care; $139 for the half-day camp. Contact: 483-5623,

• The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill 
What/Who/When: Farm Camp for ages 4 and 5 runs 9 a.m. to noon weekly June 27 through Aug. 19. Kids go on hikes, make crafts and learn about the farm and its animals. Agricultural Camp programs for ages 6 through 11 run weekly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids learn about animal science, go on ecological adventures and learn about farming, as well as check for eggs, work in the garden, go for walks and help with farm chores. Where: 174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford. Cost: $130 per week for ages 4-5; $240 per week ages 6-11  Contact: 472-4724,

• Hartshorn summer program 
What/Who: Half-day programs (9 a.m.-noon) for children K through eighth grade, with shorter programs for younger children. Extended care is available for kids first grade and older from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Programs focus on a specific subject related to nature, animals, the environment, science or native Americans. When: Eight consecutive weeks June 27 through Aug. 15. Most programs are weeklong. Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center, Amherst. Cost: Varies according to program and residency. Contact:, 673-1141

• New Hampshire Audubon Summer Camps
What: Campers will explore weekly themes that focus on birds, cycles of life, New Hampshire ecosystems, exploration of fields and forests, conservation and sustainability, wilderness survival skills, and insect investigations.  Who: Ages 4 through 12; leaders and training (LIT) for ages 13 through 15 When: Week long sessions from June 27 through Aug. 12. Camps for kids ages 4 and 5 run from 9 a.m. to noon. All other camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn; and NH Audubon’s McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord  Cost: $88-$275, depending on the age of the camper, the length of the camp and programming. Contact: 

• Summerscape
What: Summer playground day camp with a different theme each week. Activities will revolve around that theme including Water Week, Nature Explorer, Animals Galore, etc. Who: Children entering grades 1 through 6 may attend the whole week or a single day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with extended care available 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. When: Eight consecutive weeks June 27 through Aug. 15. Most programs are weeklong. Where: Amherst Middle School, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst Cost: Varies according to residency. Contact:, 673-1141

• Seacoast Science Center 
What/Who: Treks-4-Tots is an introductory camp experience for preschoolers (ages 4 and 5) and meets for three mornings or afternoons per week, Wednesday through Friday; activities include discovering the beach, art in nature, learning about pirates, hiking the woodlands and more. Seaside Safari camp for grades K through 8 is offered by the day during the first and last session, or by the week; campers learn about tide-pooling, science experiments, wildlife, and how animals survive in the wild. Safari’s Stewards is for grades 6 through 8; campers actively learn to become responsible stewards of the environment and go on field trips. New this year is kayaking. Different weeks have different themes. Days run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before- and after-hours care available.  When: Treks runs June 22-Aug. 17. Safari starts June 20-Aug. 22  Where: Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye. Cost: Treks-4-Tots $135 per session; Safari $250 per week. Contact: 436-8043,

Science and technology
• Camp Invention
What: In the SPARK program, children will explore chemistry, biology, nanotechnology and biomimicry, as well as creative problem-solving and team-building. Children will build 21st-century learning skills as they explore the science behind bouncy balls, uncover who has been sending coded messages to the Curious Cypher Club, embark on a wild animal safari, and take apart the inner workings of an old appliance to invent new machines. Who: Grades 1 through 6 Where: Bedford, Brookline, Concord, Manchester, Merrimack and Milford. When: Various weeklong sessions, one in each location, starting June 28. Classes run from 8:30 or 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. Cost: $215 ($190 if registered by March 31) Contact:

• FIRST Place
What: Last year, FIRST Place offered four-day and weeklong camps featuring a different machine- or robot-related challenge. Who: Ages 6 to 15 When: Specific dates TBA  Where: FIRST Place, 200 Bedford St. in Manchester. Cost: Last year camp prices varied between $275 through $350 depending on the program; scholarships available. Contact: for updated information on 2011

• Keepers Science Camp
What: KEEPERS (Kids Eager for Engineering Program with Elementary Research-based Science) Science Camp features a week-long half-day program learning about science and engineering with a one-day field trip to Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. When: TBD in July  Who: Kids entering grades 2-5. Where: UNH Durham. Cost: $145. Contact:, 862-0718

• Mad Science camps
What: Full- and half-day science camps; three themes available. New this summer is a preschool summer camp for ages 3½ through 5. Who: Grades 1 through 6 or ages 6 through 12 When: June, July and August. Where: Camps will be offered throughout the summer in Bedford, Concord, Exeter, Londonderry, Nashua, Plaistow, Salem, and Windham with more locations to be added.  Cost: Varies depending on the program. Contact:, 362-9800

• McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center 
What/Who/When: Seven summer camps for kids ages 5 to 17 in July and August. Most camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with aftercare available until 6 p.m. Camps have themes such as environmental science, living in space, astronomy and aeronautics. Some camps for younger children run only in the morning.   Where: Discovery Center, 2 Institute Drive, Concord. Cost: $125 to $275 with early-bird and multi-child discounts. Contact:, 271-7827

• Project S.M.A.R.T.
What: A four-week-long live-in program that educates high school students in science and mathematics  Who: Students currently in 10th or 11th grade When: July 5-29. Where: UNH in Durham. Cost: $2,500 for those who go home during the weekends; $3,000 for those who stay for the weekend programs. Students receive 4 UNH credits with waived tuition. Scholarships available.  Contact:

• RoboTech Center Programs
What: Summer programs in Creating Video Games for XBOX/PC, Android Smart phones, Build and program Android/NXT Robots, 3D Video Game Design and Animations, Build Hovercrafts, Electric Air Boats and Fuel Cell Cars.  Who: Grades 2 through 12, boys and girls When: July and August, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most programs run for one week.  Where: RoboTech Center, 3 I Taggart Drive, Green Ridge Park, Nashua, as well as Rivier College, the Boston Museum of Science and the YMCA Cost: Varies depending on program. Contact:, 888-6102,

• SEE Science Center
What: Weeklong science programs on reverse engineering, “If I Ran the Science Center,” brain games and slimy science.  Who: Kids entering grades 3 through 6 When: July 18-22 and July 25-29, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with aftercare available Monday through Thursday until 5:30 p.m.  Where: 200 Bedford St., Manchester  Cost: $200 per camper ($185 before May 15); aftercare is available for extra fee. Contact: 669-0400,

 • UNH Tech camps

What: Engaging, hands-on, problem-solving activities featuring computer animation, robotics, civil engineering, 3-D modeling, alternative energy and building an underwater vehicle. Who/When: Engineeristas: Girls & Engineering, for girls entering grades 6-7, from July 11 through July 15; Engineering Explorations & Projects, a two-week coed program, for students entering grades 7-8 and grades 9-10, from July 18 through July 29. Both camps offer a residential option. Commuter class runs 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; residential option has a Sunday drop-off and Friday afternoon pick-up. Where: UNH in Durham. Cost: Tuition is $350 for Engineeristas; $700 for Engineering Explorations & Projects. Residential option is $350 per week. Numerous full or partial scholarships are available. Space is limited to the first 25 girls for Engineeristas and 50 campers for Explorations & Projects.  Contact: 731-1087,

• Amherst Country Club golf camp
What: Golf instruction daily or three times a week. Who: Programs for children as young as 4 as well as teens and adults. When: May through August, morning sessions. Where: 72 and 55 Ponemah Road, Amherst (Ponemah Green Family Golf Center at Amherst Country Club).  Cost: Varies depending on program and frequency. Call for updated 2011 information.  Contact: 673-9908,

• “British Are Coming” soccer camp
What: Full- and half-day soccer camps. Who: Boys and girls ages 5 through 15. When: Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Where: Manchester North Fields in Livingston Park in Manchester. Cost: $160 full day; $110 half day. Contact: 647-1766,

• British Soccer Camps 
What/Who: Full-day soccer camp for grades 5 and 6; half-day soccer camp for grades 1 to 4; mini-camp for children ages 4 and 5. When: Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24: mini camp at 9 a.m., half day from 9 a.m. to noon for first- and second-graders and 1 to 4 p.m. for third- and-fourth graders; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for full-day camps. Where: New London Outing Club in New London. Cost: $78 for mini camps; $134 for half-day camps; $171 for full-day camps (discounts for Outing Club members; register Contact:; 526-8321.

• Capital Kickers Soccer Camp
What/Who: Full-day camp for ages 8 to 17; half-day camps for ages 5 to 7. When: Summer 2011 dates have not yet been announced. Where: Soccer fields at NHTI in Concord. Cost: Call for price. Contact:, 524-5445, 428-3856.

• Championship Soccer Camp
What: Residential soccer camp. Who: Ages 12 to 17. When: TBA. Where: Daniel Webster College, 20 University Drive in Nashua. Cost: Last year, the clinic cost $499 for participants who stayed at the college and $299 for those who commuted., 203-248-3976.

• The Executive Health and Sports Center 
What/Who/When: Last year, the Center offered weeklong camps for students age 3 through 6 and students age 7 through 12. Older kids will do yoga, tennis, racquetball, team sports, pool games, arts and crafts, group exercise and more. Younger kids will do arts and crafts, team games, playground time and water games and enjoy snacks.  When: Call for 2011 dates Where: 1 Highlander Way, Manchester  Cost: Call for fees. Contact: 668-4753,

• Fit 4 Me
What: A camp dedicated to helping develop children physically, intellectually and socially. Fit 4 Me offers a fun, non-intimidating, non-competitive wellness program combining strength, cardiovascular exercises and nutrition education in a structured, supervised format. FIT Helpers for boys and girls ages 14 and 15 is held in two-week sessions, June 27-July 22 or July 25-Aug. 19, for older children to help younger campers learn how to be fit.  Who: Kindergarten through grade 5  When: June through August, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Downtown YMCA, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester Cost: $119 to $195 per week, based on membership and days at camp.

• Foster’s Golf Camp
What: Campers will travel to a different 3-par course each day, participating in practice clinics, chipping and putting contests, driving range time and nine holes of golf with instruction.   Who: Boys and girls ages 8 to 16, beginner or advanced. When: June 20 through Aug. 26, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up for one week, multiple weeks or all summer with a season pass (a guaranteed spot for 11 weeks at 40 percent savings).  Where: 240 Tory Road, Manchester. Bus picks up at Derryfield Park in Manchester at 7:30 a.m. and drops off at 4 p.m. Cost: $275 per week (more for an advanced week in August). Contact: 622-1553,

• Granite State Gymnastics Center 
What/Who: Recreation camp for boys & girls age 6+ and toddler camp for boys & girls age 3-5, with weekly and daily rates throughout the summer, full days and half days, including swimming and open gym time. When: Begins first week in July and runs for eight consecutive weeks.  Where: 71 River Road, Bow Cost: Depends on program. Full day for a full week is $175. $20 registration fee.  Contact: 228-8424,

• Granite State Lacrosse
What: Lacrosse skills and play. Who: Boys 7 through 17
When/Where: July 11-14, 9 a.m.-noon at Joppa Hill Field in Bedford. Dates for sessions in Derryfield and the Bedford Sportsplex TBA.  Cost: Call for prices.; 471-9299.

• High School Elite Preseason Camp and Jamboree
What/Who: A four-day soccer camp for boys in high school When: Aug. 8-11, 6-9 p.m. Each team will have two hours.   Where: Larkin Field (SNHU campus) Cost: $660 per team. Minimum of 11 to participate, $60 per person. For example, if 16 participate, the camp will be roughly $40 per person.  Contact: 645-9703;

• In the Net Sports Academy
What: Soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, golf, tennis, running, speed/strength, baseball, softball, skateboarding, football and general sports. Who: Age 2 through high school. When: Morning, evening, half-day and full-day for week-long sessions running the last week of June through the last week of August.  Where: Locations include 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, Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown, Legacy Park in Bedford, MCAA Field in Milford, Tyngsboro Sports Center, Livingston Park in Manchester, Mines Falls Park in Nashua, Griffin Park in Windham, Bedford/Merrimack/Windham/Pelham Skate Parks, and Dracut, Mass. Cost: Varies by program.  Contact:, 429-0592,

• New England Gymnastics Training Center
What: Full- and half-day programs with a variety of activities including arts & crafts, swimming, basketball, volleyball, contests, theme weeks and more. Full days run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; half days run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Extended care hours 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Who: Ages 4 and older, toilet-trained. When: Nine week-long sessions. Week 1 is June 27-July 1; Week 9 is Aug. 22-26. Where: 5 Tracy Lane, Hudson. Cost: Call for updated 2011 pricing. Contact: 880-8482,

• Nike Tennis Camp
What: Tennis skills taught by Dave Hagymas, MIT varsity men’s tennis coach  Who: Ages 8 to 18, all skill levels  When: July 18-22 or July 25-29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Where: New Hampton School, 70 Main St., New Hampton  Cost: $295/week, 800-645-3226.

• Radius Edge Power Skating Camp 
What/Who: Power skating camp for hockey players, boys and girls age 7 through 13. Daily classroom, forms, dryland, plyometrics, 17.5 hours on the ice total. When: June 27-July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Conway Arena, Nashua, Route 3 Exit 5W Cost: $475 per week or $100 per day; bring your own lunch  Contact: 490-6325,

• Ramp Camp 
What/Who: Overnight, full- and half-day, three- and five-day camps focusing on skateboarding, BMX bikes and inline skating for kids as young as six.  When: Camps start June 20 and run through Aug. 26. Overnight camps run six consecutive weeks, July 10 through Aug. 19, Sunday at 6 p.m. through Friday at 3 p.m.  Where: 170 Lafayette Road, Rye Airfield, Rye.  Cost: $154 to $249, if registering before April 30. Contact: 964-2800 ext. 13,

• Relentless Training Football Camp
What: A camp teaching the fundamentals of football. Who: Players in grades 7 through 12 When: Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 21, from 8 to 11 a.m.  Where: Bedford High School stadium. Cost: $175 ($150 before April 1).

• Soccer Dimensions
What: Week-long coed soccer camps directed by UNH head men’s soccer coach. Who/When: Day camp in Durham is Aug. 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half-day camp in Epping is July 18-21 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 8 through 12. Overnight camp for boys only is July 31-Aug. 4, for ages 9-18.  Where: Durham and Epping.  Cost: $570/week for overnight; $105 for day camp; $255 for half day.; 674-2521;

• Soccer Sphere 
What/Who: Full- and half-day soccer camps (both skills-based and more competitive) for ages 5 through 16. Where: Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. When: Monday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; an elite program for male high school players runs Aug. 8-11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $235 full day; $135 half day; $660 per team for elite program.; 645-9703;

• Schubert Football Camp
What: Semi-contact football for pee-wee through sophomore. Who: Ages 7 through 16. When: July 18-22 Where: Chabot & McDonough Football Field, Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Manchester. Cost: $275 (lunch included).; 391-5759.

• Tae Kwon Do at YMCA
What: Children can build inner strength and confidence through the philosophy and Korean art of self-defense. Who: Boys and girls ages 8 through 12. When: July 18-22, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Where: Downtown Manchester YMCA, 30 Mechanic St. in Manchester;  Cost: TBA Contact:

• Tennis Camps at YMCA
What/Who/When: Aces and Hitters, for boys and girls entering grades 1 through 7, runs June 27 through Aug. 19 in eight one-week sessions, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tiny Tennis Tots Day Camp for boys and girls ages 4 through 6 runs July 5-8 or July 25-29 in two one-week sessions, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. YMCA Tennis Academy for boys and girls in middle and high school runs June 27-Aug. 19 in eight one-week sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tennis academy is for competitive players focused on stroke development, strategy sessions, developmental and completive drills.  Where: Goffstown Allard Center, 116 Goffstown Back Road. Cost: TBA. Contact:

• Tokyo Joe’s Studios 
What/Who: Summer fun camp includes morning, afternoon and evening classes for teens and children. When: Classes begin in June with an end-of-the-school-year block party, date TBD.  Where: 143 W. Pearl St., Nashua. Cost: Pre-registration will be available in February and March for $99, which includes a free uniform and three months of summer classes. Contact: 889-4165,

• Tumble Town Gymnastics 
What/Who/When: Last year, Tumble Town offered weeklong sessions for girls who are upper-level gymnasts as well as camps for girls at all levels age 5 and up.  Where: 215 Canal St., Manchester. Cost: $125 per week. Contact: 641-9591,

• UNH Wildcats summer camps
What: Overnight, week-long, weekend and one-day camps for basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics, football, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, track and field, and ice hockey. Where: UNH in Durham. When: Various dates June 27 through Aug. 7. Cost: Varies. Contact:

• summer camp
What: Lacrosse camps geared toward developing lacrosse across the country and creating excitement and confidence in young lacrosse players. Who: Girls entering K through seventh grade, as well as entering grades 8 through 12. When: July 5-8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Where: Bedford Cost: $338/week. Contact: Gina Riitano 847-563-8671,

• The Workout Club & Wellness Center Summer Camp
What: Details for summer 2011 have not been finalized, but the Wellness Center will be offering summer camp in Salem and Londonderry in week-long half- or full-day sessions, with weekly field trips. Who: Ages 3 through 12.  When: June 20 through Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for half day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for full day.  Where: 18 Orchard View Drive, Londonderry, and a location in Salem.  Cost: Call for prices. Contact: 434-6565,

General camps - a bit of a travel

• Camp Birch Hill 
What: A traditional residential camp on 2,000 feet of shoreline with horse stables, a climbing tower, an arts and crafts pavilion complete with pottery wheels, four tennis courts, fields for any sport, basketball courts, a street hockey arena, beach volleyball, golf driving range and a new go-cart course. Who: Boys and girls ages 6 through 16 When: June 26-Aug. 6 in two-, four- or six-week sessions Where: 333C Birch Hill Road, New Durham Cost: $2,200-$5,600 depending on duration Contact: 859-4525,

• Camp Cody
What: Two-, four-, six- and eight-week overnight sessions including land sports, water sports, individual activities, arts and trips on the shores of Lake Ossipee in the White Mountains Who: Boys and girls ages 7 through 15 When: June 26 through Aug. 20. Where: 9 Cody Road, Freedom Cost: $2,500 for two-weeks, $4,400 for four weeks, etc.  Contact: 800-399-4436,

• Fleur de Lis camp
What: A residential camp for girls on Laurel Lake. Campers learn swimming, lifeguarding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing, diving, browbeating, riflery, archery, arts and crafts, ceramics, dance, theater, horseback riding and other sports. Who: Girls ages 8 through 15 When: June 25 through Aug. 14 Where: 120 Howeville Road, Fitzwilliam Cost: $2,500 for two weeks, through $5,950 for seven weeks. Depends on length of stay. Contact:,, 585-7751

• Camp Robin Hood 
What: Campers learn new skills sailing, climbing mountains, playing sports, riding trails, in theater in two-, four- or seven-week sessions with separate boys’ and girls’ programs on Lake Ossipee in the White Mountains with the theme “the magic is in the trees.” Who: Girls and boys ages 7 through 16 When: June 24 through Aug. 11 Where: 65 Robin Hood Lane, Freedom Cost: Call for prices Contact:,

• Camp Quinebarge
What: On the shores of Lake Kanasatka, a small, mile-long lake north of Center Harbor at the top of Lake Winnipesaukee, this camp is on 75 acres of pine forest and 1500 feet of lakeshore including a 150-foot sandy beach. Quinebarge is a traditional co-ed camp that lasts a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of seven, includes horses, hikes, kayaks, mountain bikes, gymnastics, contra dances, raft trips, wood shop, art loft, archery, climbing, soccer, tennis, swimming, etc. Who: Girls and boys ages 7 through 15 When: June 26 through Aug. 13. Day campers stay from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Where: 100 Sibley Road, Center Harbor Cost: $1,750 to $5,250 depending on duration of stay  Contact: 253-6029,, 

Specialized camps

• Camp Starfish
What: Overnight and day camps for boys and girls focused on individualized attention, structure and support for children with emotional, behavioral social and learning challenges.  Who/When: Overnight camp for boys and girls ages 7 through 13 has three sessions. Session 1: June 26-July 9; Session 2: July 10-July 23; Session 3: July 31-Aug. 20. Day camp for boys and girls ages 5 through 12 has five one-week sessions running June 27 through Aug. 19. Overnight camp for boys with autism ages 7 through 16 has two sessions, either June 26-July 9 or July 10-July 23. Teen camps for ages 14 through 16 run June 26 through Aug. 20. New this year is Beachcombers for teens July 31 through Aug. 20 in two different nine-day sessions. Where: 1121 Main St., Lancaster, Mass. 
Cost: Call for prices. Contact: 978-368-6580,

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