Camp Information

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

Summer Day Camps

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.
Licensing: These 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  Coolidge  Washington Bus  
Grades K-1st 2nd-4th 5th-8th  
Location Lawrence
High School
Code no  108001  108002  108003  
Week 1 (7/2 - 7/6)  $200
 $176  $208 $28 
Week 2-7 (7/9 - 8/17)  $250
per week
per week
per week
 $35 per week

Camp Chestnut
We invite our youngest campers to experience Camp Kangaroo. At Camp Kangaroo, 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 curriculum 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 Kangaroo campers will be traveling to the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center twice a week for instruction and free swim.

Camp Coolidge

Camp Gator 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 Gator campers will be traveling to the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center twice a week for instruction and free swim.           

Camp Washington 
Camp Express 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, weekly field trips and frequent visits to the Brookline Interactive Group, BIG, which is an integrated media and technology education center and a community media hub.     

BIG Camp
Join BIG’s team of media professionals for an innovative week of media making specifically for teens! In addition to teaching campers classic elements of media, including using cameras, television studio equipment, green screens, and editing, this program will challenge them to create their own digital stories over the course of the week. 
Digital storytelling taps into writing, photography, filmmaking, and editing skills as campers create a short video story about their lives. After brainstorming and drafting their stories, campers will have the opportunity to go outside and use GoPros and digital cameras to capture footage of the activities they enjoy doing through Brookline Recreation and incorporate it into their final digital story.

Extended 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. Bus transportation is not offered for extended day campers.

Bus Transportation 
Bus transportation is available for the summer day camps. You must be registered for camp to be eligible for bus transportation to and from camp. 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. Bus Schedule / Locations

Lunch Services 
Daily lunch in 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. Download Lunch Menu

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 college and high school aged individuals who are studying or have an interest in the field of education or childcare. Each year we receive 100+ 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.