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FAQs

Can I see the camp before registering?

Yes! A great way to learn whether Summer at Chestnut Hill is the best match for your camper, is to visit us for a personal tour. This will give you a chance to meet with the Director, tour facilities, and to hear about our many programs that may be of interest to your child.

Tours are available Monday through Friday and on select weekends. Please call the Camp office at 617-264-1346 or email campdirector@tchs.org to arrange a convenient time for you, and your child; friends are also welcome to come together. 

How do I register for your program?

Online registration is available, and you can register on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2019. To learn more about registering Click Here.  Contact us at 617-264-1335 with any questions.

 

Does the camp provide transportation?

We offer bus transportation from downtown Boston (Cheers), Brookline, and Newton Centre. Based on interest, it is possible we would make other routes available.  The Chestnut Hill School is T-accessible (Chestnut Hill Stop on the Green line D). If you are interested in bus transportation, please contact Tara Hathaway at thathaway@tchs.org.

 

Do you have Early and Extended Day Programs?

Early drop-off is available beginning at 7:45am and extended day is available until 5:45pm for an additional fee. Micro-STEAM and STEAM Specialty Camps have extended day until 5:00pm.  In the morning, campers can choose art or gym activities.  In extended day, options include: art, gym, swim and playground options.

Do you provide lunch, snacks and/or birthday treats?

On Fridays, the camp provides a hot BBQ, Pizza or Pasta lunch each Friday.  Our provided lunches are peanut free, and have kosher, vegetarian and dairy free options.

Monday through Thursday campers must bring their own lunch. When packing your camper's lunch, please note that refrigeration and heating are not available; please use an ice pack if necessary. 

The camp provides a morning and afternoon snack for all campers. Snack items include  Cheeze-Its, graham crackers, fruit, Corn Chex cereal, pretzels and/or popsicles. Families may choose to send in an alternative snack.

All campers should bring one or two beverages to have with snack and/or lunch. Water bottles are strongly encouraged and can be readily filled up throughout the day.

Please see our nut-aware policy below.

Birthdays!  Campers who wish to celebrate their birthday at camp should send in a note their counselor.  Counselors will arrange for the birthday campers' group to have popsicles and sing Happy Birthday at the morning snack.  Sorry, outside birthday treats are not permitted.

 

Is the camp nut-aware?

Yes, we have a nut-aware campus. We ask families and staff to refrain from packing/bringing nut products for lunch and/or snack. Campers' lunches are monitored by staff. The camp provides nut-free snacks and nut-free lunches on Fridays; ingredient lists are provided when requested. For birthdays, the camp will provide campers and their group with a special popsicle treat. Please contact the director at campdirector@tchs.org for more information about our nut aware policies.

Can my child be in a group with his/her friends?

You are welcome to make friendship requests for your camper. The friend(s) must be in the same age group/grade in order for us to be able to place them together. We can only guarantee one friend, however, we can typically accommodate multiple friends. You may submit your requests during the registration process.

Do lower campers need to be potty trained?

All campers are required to be potty-trained in order to participate in our program. Due to local Board of Health regulations, campers are not permitted to wear pull-ups. Our directors and staff will work with and meet with families, as we understand that this is sometimes an ongoing process for our younger campers. If you are unsure whether your child will be ready in time for camp, you may register risk-free. Refunds and/or credits are available for families who many need more time. We ask that you notify us as early as possible if you need to postpone your child's start date, or withdraw.