- Summer Day Camp
- SUMMER DAY CAMP FAQS
- COUNSELOR In Training (CIT)
- Nature Camp
- Junior Golf Clinics
- Summer Swim Camp
- Recreation Therapy at Camp
Week 2 - July 10 - 14
Week 3 - July 17 - 21
Week 4 - July 24 - 28
Week 5 - Aug/July 31 - 4
Week 6 - August 7 - 11
Week 7 - August 14 - 18
Camp Chestnut (Grades K-1), Lawrence School, $285 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 once a week for instruction and free swim.
Camp Coolidge (Grades 2-4), Heath School, $285 per week
Camp Washington (Grades 5-8), Ridley School, $285 per week
Registration Deadline and Refund Policy
Registration for each session of camp closes 5 days before the start of the session. There is no late registration.
Refunds will be granted up to May 6th 2023, minus 20% deposit. After May 6th no refunds will be issued unless BREC closes due to Board of Health decisions based on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Brookline Recreation a licensed program?
Yes. We are licensed by the Town of Brookline Board of Health and uphold standards required to develop and run a safe and structured program.
How many children attend each camp?
Camp Chestnut and Camp Coolidge has approximately 80. Camp Washington has approximately 40 campers.
What if I do not have my camper’s paperwork completed?
If your paperwork is not completed, your camper will NOT be allowed on site, no exception. If we find a camper onsite with incomplete forms they will be brought to the office and remain there until a parent or guardian comes and/or completes the form. If you are in need of assistance with your CampDoc.com account or have any questions regarding paperwork call (617)730-2069 or email the coordinator.
Can Counselors apply sunscreen?
No. Under no circumstance will counselors be able to apply sunscreen to your child. This is for the safety of both our counselors and campers. Your camper will be reminded to apply sunscreen multiple times during the day. We recommend that you provide spray sunscreen as it is much easier to apply.
Is there air conditioning?
Unfortunately, the schools are not fully equipped with air conditioning units. We have portable units and fans that we provide onsite. Certain rooms do have air condition and are used as frequent as possible. Access to these rooms is granted at the discretion of the school principal. All counselors are mindful of the heat and programming is adapted to ensure the safety of all campers.
Is there an option for early drop off?
No. There is no early drop off for any campers. Doors will open promptly at 8:30 am and all campers are welcomed to check in at this time. Do not leave any child unattended before camp doors open.
May I visit my child during the day?
Not at this time.
For any other questions, call Recreation office at (617)730-2069
Counselor In Training (CIT)
The Counselor in Training Program (CIT) is a unique training experience for teens. The two-week training program is designed to give hands-on training to teens looking to be future Summer Camp counselors. CIT’s will participate in workshops as well as assist with the management of summer camp groups. They will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and work with children directly while working alongside other full-time staff in the field. The CIT program is 2 weeks and participants must attend all days. All CIT’s will have the opportunity to be certified in CPR and First Aid.
All CIT applicants will go through a formal interview process and provide a completed recommendation form (form will be provided by the BREC coordinator).
PLEASE EMAIL US AT RECREATION@BROOKLINEMA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUMMER 2023 CIT PROGRAMS.
Welcome to Nature Camp!
The largest and most popular Environmental Education programs are our summer Nature Camps. Nature Camp provides children in grades K-8 with a full-day, camp-style, nature experience. Our small groups allow campers to take daily field trips to the parks and sanctuaries of Brookline and beyond. Campers learn about the world around them through activities, games, themed lessons, and personal experience all in the spirit fun, environmental stewardship, and recreation. See the bottom of the page for descriptions for each session!
2023 Registration Information
Registration for all nature camps will open on Wednesday, February 1st at 10AM. You are welcome to log into your account (click Register Now on the top of this page) or call (617) 730-2069 to register at that time. We suggest registering as early as possible, as spots are limited and are expected to fill up very quickly! Make sure all of your account and camper info is accurate in our system prior to registration day.
Click HERE for a link to our registration page!
Bus transportation and before/after camp care are NOT options for Nature Camp. Lunch, snacks, and reusable water bottles MUST be packed and brought from home.
|Little Acorns||K-1||7/10 - 7/21||$650|
|Sprouts||2-4||7/24 - 8/4||$650|
|Junior Rangers||5-6||8/1- 8/12||$650|
|Adventurers||7-8||8/15 - 8/19|| $350|
|Note: There will be two locations for Nature Camp this summer and they will run simultaneously with identical programming. Decide if you would like to register for BEEC (Brookline Environmental Education Center at 654 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467) or Eliot (133 Eliot St., Brookline, MA 02467). If you have further questions regarding choosing a location, contact the office prior to registration day.|
As a Little Acorn, your young nature lover will have the opportunity to visit and explore Brookline's parks and sanctuaries in this unique camp. We will focus on local wildlife and plants, unraveling the mysteries of the natural world through interactive lessons, stories, games, arts & crafts, hands-on exploration and nature walks. Each day will feature a new theme and location for campers to enjoy. Nature Camp is designed to encourage children to discover, enjoy, and respect nature through personal experiences and hands-on education.
As a Sprout, your young nature lover will have the opportunity to visit and explore Brookline's parks and sanctuaries in this unique camp. We will focus on local wildlife and plants, unraveling the mysteries of the natural world through interactive lessons, stories, games, arts & crafts, hands-on exploration and nature walks. Each day will feature a new theme and location for campers to enjoy. Nature Camp is designed to encourage children to discover, enjoy, and respect nature through personal experiences and hands-on education.
Junior Rangers at this unique camp will experience nature based learning in the outdoors as they work towards earning their Junior Ranger badges. While visiting Brookline's parks and sanctuaries, campers will explore the outdoors with themes and activities including: ecology, biology, team-building, orienteering, conservation and more! Junior Rangers Camp will provide a memorable learning experience while encouraging the exploration and stewardship of our natural areas through hands-on experiences.
Naturalists at Adventurers Nature Camp will expand their outdoors knowledge and skills as they experience nature through adventure! Daily field trips will reinforce our themes of outdoor skills, team-building, animal and plant studies, and more. Our week together will culminate in a local overnight camping trip, introducing and reinforcing principles of recreating while caring for our environment! This program emphasizes hands-on, field-based, experiential learning and aims to foster stewardship of our natural world.
Junior Golf Players Clinics
The four-day clinic is geared toward the young golfer ages 8-16 who is serious about improving their game. This program concentrates on improving golf skills, chipping, putting and course management. Practice techniques are covered and on-course playing instructions are included on a daily basis. Additionally, players will be paired in a competitive format of play the last day of the clinic.
Fee(Res/NR): $595 per session
Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Code no. 115004
|Session 1||Session 2||Session 3|
|7/8 - 7/11||7/15 - 7/18||7/22 - 7/25|
|Location: Robert T Lynch Municipal Golf Course|
Comprehensive week-long camp for swimmers ages 8-18 who have competitive swim team experience and/or who have passed American Red Cross Level 4 and are proficient in all four competitive strokes. Includes dry-land training, two daily swim sessions, instructional videos and underwater video taping. Open swim is from 3:00PM-5:00PM Monday through Thursday, and swimmers 10 and over may participate without adult supervision. Please note: The camp runs from 9:00AM -3:00PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00AM - 1:00PM on Friday.
|Dates||Code no||Fee (Res/NR)|
|8/20 - 8/24||105408||$250 / $338|
|Location: Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center|
Recreation Therapy/Summer ServicesBrookline Recreation Summer Day camps are inclusive and aim to provide a positive recreation experience for children of any ability. Our summer camps offer participants opportunities to enjoy traditional recreation activities, as well as new experiences through leisure exploration. Adaptions can be made individually, but most benefit the camp as a whole to support each child enrolled in the summer camp program.
Staff are well trained to ensure that all participants enjoy a safe, fun, and memorable camp experience while offering reasonable accommodations to support our campers. One-on-one support staff is not offered at camp.
Recreation and the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB) collaborate to provide services for the children of Brookline each summer. Children attending a PSB program located at one of our day camp locations may also participate in the recreation camps once their school program ends for a full day experience. Summer camp is not an extension of PSB services. Anyone choosing to participate in summer camp at the conclusion of their PSB program must register separately with Brookline Recreation.
Recreation Therapy Inclusion Strategies Include:
- Visual Schedules posted on white Boards
- Sensory Toys
- Pocket sized daily schedules
- Collection of camper IEPs
- Development of Individualized Camp Plans
- Hiring of staff with Inclusion Background
- Staff Training at Orientation
- Camp schedule transparency