Camp Information

  1. Summer Day Camp
  2. FAQS
  3. Leaders In Training (LIT)
  4. Nature Camps
  5. Junior Golf Clinics
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  7. Summer Swim Camp
  8. Recreation Therapy at Camp

Summer Day Camps - 2021 Registration opens TBD

The Brookline Recreation Department offers three summer day camp programs to children grades K-1, 2-4 and 5-8. Each camp provides various activities and pre-established schedules where children can build confidence, develop skills, make new friends, and have fun! Our camp gives children an experience that lasts a lifetime by providing challenging activities under the guidance of caring, well-trained staff members. Children take part in arts & crafts, non-competitive sports & games, aquatics activities, recreational play, and theme activities. Each camp will feature entertainment activities and field trips. Recreation Summer Day Camps are for Brookline Residents only for children who attend Brookline Public Schools.
All camps comply with regulations set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105CMR 4.30) and are licensed by the Brookline Health Department.

Camp Chestnut (Grades K-1), Lawrence School, $275 per week
We invite our youngest campers to experience Camp Chestnut.  We are committed to giving all our campers a friendly, welcoming summer camp environment, where process over product and fair play are always our top priority. Our camp’s program is planned with a special emphasis on arts and crafts, non-competitive games, and activities that are integrated with fast paced fun and down time interaction. All Chestnut campers will be traveling to the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center twice a week for instruction and free swim.

Camp Coolidge(Grades 2-4), Heath School, $275 per week

Camp Coolidge is designed for our more experienced campers who are looking for an active day, with a mix of high energy activities, team challenges, and daily specials; such as Science, Arts & Crafts and more. This active program is all about team-building, cooperative winning and FUN! Our high energy counselors create a positive “All for One” atmosphere promoting cooperation, individual growth and community. All Collidge campers will be traveling to the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center twice a week for instruction and free swim.

Camp Washington (Grades 5-8), Ridley School, $275 per week 
Camp Washington is for our oldest campers who are looking to expand their camp experience to include adventure based, highly active, mind stimulating activities.  Our program is packed with games, activities, arts and crafts, specialty theme days, field trips, special guests and visits to the Brookline Interactive Group, BIG, which is an integrated media and technology education center and a community media hub.    

Extended Day, $15 per day
Need extra care for your camper? Brookline Recreation Summer Day Camps offer extended day services from 4:00PM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday. The cost is $12 per day and you may sign up for one day a session or all five. Please note that Extended Day slots are limited to each camp and your child must be enrolled in camp. Bus transportation is not offered for extended day campers.

Bus Transportation, $50 per week 
Bus transportation is available for the summer day camps. You must be registered for camp to be eligible for bus transportation for camp. Transportation fees must be paid through the Recreation Office.  Bus routes are pre-set and you must select your stop from the choices provided. Morning bus routes are from 7:45 am to 8:30 am and afternoon bus routes are from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. All buses will have an assigned bus monitor to ensure proper drop off and pick up procedures.  

Lunch Services 
Daily lunch is available at Day Camps for an additional cost. Through a partnership with the Public School's Food Services, healthy options include cold sandwiches, salads, and bagels. Families who receive free and reduced lunch services during the school year may extend this through the summer.  This service is through My School Bucks and the Brookline Public School Food Service Department.

Registration Deadline
Registration for each session of camp closes 5 days before the start of the session.  There is no late registration.

Once your camper has been registered through Brookline Recreation, you will need to complete the registration process in CampDocs.  You will receive an email directly from CampDocs—please do not ignore this email—you will need to log into or create an account in order to complete the registration process.   Your camper will not be allowed to camp unless all required information including a current physical conducted within the last 18 months with a certificate of immunization is uploaded to CampDocs.

Camp to Counselor Ratio
Brookline Recreation Summer Day Camps provide supervision in ratios to allow our counselors the opportunity to build relationships and provide each child with the attention he or she deserves. Our ratios are as follows: Camp Chestnut 1:5, Camp Coolidge 1:10, Camp Washington 1:10

Our staff is made up of teachers, human service professionals, college and high school aged individuals who are committed to challenging the campers, cultivating creativity and providing a fun and safe camp experience for all campers. Each year we receive many applicants and every counselor is screen and interviewed by our full time Camp program director. Our staff is held to the highest standards to ensure that our campers are safe and their summers are the most successful possible.  All staff are CORI & SORI checked before working at camp.