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Creative Arts and Sports Camp

Creative Arts and Sports Program

Provides a fun, safe, and enriching environment, where campers build positive attributes as they pursue activity interests, learn and strengthen skills, and collaborate with friends. Camper groups and lessons are led by our experienced, engaging, and caring staff; many of which, return each summer and hold teaching degrees.

Camper Divisions:

  • Lower (ages 3-5/entering preschool-Kindergarten)
  • Intermediate (entering grades 1-3)
  • Upper (entering grades 4-6)
  • Senior (entering grades 7-8)

Fostering School Readiness

In a structured and supportive environment, lower campers (ages 3-5) develop activity and social skills through hands-on art, music, sports, science, art and swim lessons. These activities, along with our weekly special events, will be centered around our 2019 summer themes: Safari Adventures, Camp Hollywood, Pack Your Passport, and Treasure Island. Each day provides creative opportunities for campers to move, play, explore, and learn.

Design your own schedule!

Campers entering grades 1-8 (with guidance from their families) create their own camp activity schedules for each session. Schedules consist of six 45-60 minute class periods each day. Within each period campers can choose from a range of art, swim, drama, STEM, and sport experiences. Campers can be an artist, engineer, athlete, actor, Chess Wizard, musician and more. New activity offerings are added to our core classes each year. Our three-day a week (M, W, F) Learn-to-Scull and Rock Wall Climbing classes will again be offered to our Upper and Senior Campers (grade 4-8).

See more details and sample schedules below.

Creative Arts and Sports Camp 2020 Dates:

  • Session 1       June 22 - July 2*
  • Session II       July 6 - July 17
  • Session III      July 20 - July 31
  • Session IV     August 3 - August 14

*Camp closed on Friday, July 3rd (Independence Day Observed)

**Camp closes early on Friday, August 14th​

“My child and I were thrilled with the opportunity to pre-select  activities. I particularly loved the variety between arts/crafts type activities, dance class, instruments and sports. Truly something for everyone!”

Additional highlights include:

  • American Red Cross Certified Swim Program
  • Daily community gatherings
  • Special guests/artists
  • Weekly performances
  • Camp wide theme days such as Boston Sports Day, Super Hero Day, etc..
  • Field trip options (once per session) for upper camp. Past trips have included: McGolf, bowling, Puzzle Break, Launch, and Laser Quest
  • Field trips for senior camp 2019 - click here.
  • Lunch provided by Summer at Chestnut Hill every Friday; campers may purchase a lunch from Smart Lunches Monday through Thursday
Lower Camp - Age 3 through entering Kindergarten

Our lower camp group (caterpillars, butterflies, crickets, bumblebees, dragonflies) boasts a 4 to 1 ratio. Each group has a staffing team of one lead teacher (college graduates), three assistant counselors, and one counselor-in-training. Staff members are hired based on their experience, passion for working with children and favorable references/background checks. Each day, staff provides a nurturing and supportive environment where campers can feel comfortable building new skills, confidence, and friendships.

Half Day / Full Day / Combo

Lower campers may choose the half-day, full-day, or combo program.  All campers have lunch in their respective homerooms at noon.

Half Day (9:00am-1:00pm) includes a rotating schedule of art, instructional swim, playground time, story time, music, STEM, and sports (gross motor play). Instructional swim is taught daily for a 30-minute period by our Red Cross certified staff. Campers can expect a balance of outdoor and indoor activities.

Full Day (9:00am-3:45pm) is comprised of additional periods of swimming (free swim with staff), playground, art and/or music. Campers will also have a quiet or resting period from 1:00-1:30pm. During this time, campers (based on developmental needs) will have the opportunity to play quietly with assorted toys or nap/rest in an adjoining classroom.

Combo Program is 3 full days and 2 half days; families determine which days are full and half.

Communication Directors and group counselors are available during arrival and dismissal to answer any questions and to share stories about the day. Our weekly newsletters also capture lesson highlights. Newsletters from each group along with swim reports will be sent at the end of each session.


Lower camp families are welcome to join us during their campers group performances, which take place from 9:15am-9:30am on the last Thursday or Friday of each session. The dates and times are listed on each group's schedule, which are mailed to families in June. During their stage performance, campers present an art project and a song.

2019 Lower Camp Themes: Safari Adventures, Camp Hollywood, Pack Your Passport, and Treasure Island.

Please click here to see what a day in the life of a Lower Camper looks like!




Intermediate Camp - Entering grades 1, 2 and 3

Art , basketball, clay, drama, dance, movie making, piano, pillow making, science, soccer, swim instruction, tennis, woodworking, science, and so much more.


Grade 1 - Combines the structure of lower camp with the growing independence of intermediate camp.  Each 1st grade group is consists of 15-20 campers and a staffing team of one lead counselor, three assistant counselors, and one counselor-in-training.  Staff are hired based on their experience, passion for working with children and favorable reference/background checks. First grade campers start and finish each camp day engaged in hands-on activities with their assigned group. During the morning, first graders have instructional swim, and either science or art. During the middle of the day, first graders have the opportunity to select three activities of interest.  The selection process is done online prior to each session, thus allowing for family input and guidance. See sample schedule below to view the variety of indoor and outdoor options. Selected classes run for the full two-week session. Each session campers will have a chance to make new selections; new activities are added each session. At the end of the day, first graders come together for a community building opportunity ("Mixers"). These activities are developmentally designed to provide first graders with collaboration, team building, problem solving skills, etc.

Grades 2 and 3 - Continue to build campers' self-confidence, as they learn and strengthen skills while engaging with peers. Our wide range of activity offerings allow our 2nd and 3rd grade campers to follow their interests, try something new, and to challenge themselves.  Activity selection is done online prior to each session allowing for family input in making choices. Selected classes run for the full two-week session. Each session, campers will have a chance to make new selections with new activities rotating throughout the summer. Average class size is 10-12 campers with a 6 to 1 camper to staff ratio. Classes are lead by an experienced adult staff member. Swim instruction is not mandatory; campers may choose one 45-minute swim instruction period per day.

Please click here for a sample intermediate camp schedule.


Upper Camp - Entering grades 4, 5 and 6

Archery, basketball, drama, dance, free swim, movie making, rockband, set design, swim instruction, tennis, woodworking, engineering, wheel working, and so much more.

Upper campers look forward to strengthening talents, building friendships, and designing their camp schedule. Offerings include technology, performance, visual arts, and athletics. The selection process is done online prior to each session, thus allowing for family guidance. Selected classes run for the full two-week session. Rowing and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing are held off campus on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; campers participating in these courses will make on-campus selections for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each session, campers will have a chance to make new selections with new activities rotating throughout the summer. Average class size is 8 to 12 with a 5 to 1 camper to staff ratio. Classes are lead by our creative, warm, and engaging adult staff. Swim instruction is not mandatory; campers may choose one 45-minute swim instruction and/or free swim period per day.

Archery, swim, and tennis are taught off-campus at the nearby Pine Manor College campus (400 Heath St. Brookline, MA.) Campers are transported to and from PMC by the CHS camp shuttle and trained driver, or by Local Motion.  Families are required to indicate permission to travel off-campus when signing up for any off-site activity or field trip.

Additional highlights for Upper Camp include:

  • Team Building - Twice a week campers work together in small 'house groups' as they encourage and lead others in wacky physical team challenges; the “shoe game” is always a group favorite.
  • Optional Field Trips - Each session, upper campers are invited to partake in one afternoon field trip. Past trips have included Puzzle Break, Laser Quest, Launch miniature golf, and bowling. Nominal trip fees may apply.
  • New programs added each session - Chess Wizards,  Learn-to-Scull, and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing in Watertown will be offered again this year. 
  • Mid-day divisional gatherings - Twice a week from 12:30-1:00pm, upper campers and counselors come together to share their creativity, knowledge, and talents.  As a result of this half-hour program, campers and staff have fun, build community, and share talents. At the end of each session, families are invited to attend the class performances such as dance, guitar, rock band, and piano. Families are notified if their camper will be performing.
  • Special Guests - Past guests have included:  Ooch, High-flying Frisbee dogs, and a representative from the New England Aquarium.                                                 

Please click here for a sample of an Upper Camp schedule.


    Senior Camp - Entering grades 7 and 8

    This program is designed specifically for young teenagers, with a focus on leadership, increased peer engagement and skill development. Senior campers form special bonds as they share common experiences, and participate in off-site excursions (Tuesdays and Thursdays), and on-site class electives (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.) 

    Each summer, the locations of our field trip destinations change to ensure new experiences for all our returning senior campers. On-site class electives include: gaga, swimming, basketball, archery, art, cooking, poetry, wood burning, portrait art, squash carvings, Learn-to-Scull, Rock Wall climbing, tennis, and more. Senior campers have the option of continuing with their initial selections for the full session (two weeks) or changing them each week. Activity choices are sent to campers and families prior to each session.

    Senior camp off-site programs/trips such as Boda Borg, zip-lining, indoor skydiving, and beaches, provide a unique opportunity for our campers to learn new skills, collaborate with peers, and to model leadership. Each trip destination is selected based on attention to high safety standard (staff training, certified personnel, staff background checks, and approved safety equipment).

    Senior Camp enrollment is limited to 30 campers per session. The senior camp group is led by the senior camp director and four adult counselors. We provide a 6 to 1 ratio on all trips, plus a certified lifeguard on all beach trips. Beaches are selected for their cleanliness, ample facilities, medical station, and on-duty lifeguards.

    Please click here for a sample of a Senior Camp schedule and click here for a Senior Camp Trip list.





    CIT program - Entering grades 9 and 10

    CIT’s are important members of our team. Once approved to participate in the program, CIT’s will be placed in an age appropriate division, receive pre-camp training (June Meeting) and ongoing support during their time with us. CITs can expect to collaborate with staff, engage with campers, attend weekly meetings (individual and whole group), partake in field trips (optional), and receive weekly feedback and mentoring from experienced staff and directors.

    Weekly meetings provide CITs with individual feedback and goal setting opportunities. CITs may have the opportunity to teach a brief lesson during their camp experience and will be evaluated by their director. 

    An application, reference checks, and an interview is required for all new and returning CIT positions (see steps below). A deposit is required with the application, but will be refunded if not accepted to the program. Space is limited; we encourage you to apply early.

    1. Register for the CIT program (deposit of $100)
    2. Complete CIT Application that will be sent to you via email.
    3. New CITs will be contacted to arrange an interview.
    4. If accepted into the program, complete all required forms.

    New/1st year CITs are limited to one of the these four-week blocks.

    Returning CITs ​may be permitted to select one or both of these four-week blocks.

    Assignments are based on acceptance into the program and availability.

    • CIT Block 1 (June 24 - July 19) and/or
    • CIT Block 2 (July 22 - August 16)

    Click here to register