Summer camp roundup

A few weeks ago, the clocks went forward by an hour to herald a new season. So it’s time for parents to start thinking about how they’re going to occupy their kids this summer. In the next three months, Metro Kids will focus on summer camps – and this month we look at some of the best options available to parents seeking a sporting theme.

Frozen Ropes

Frozen Ropes Natick offers a variety of baseball and softball instruction for kids ages 3-18. Programs include: classes for those aged 3-5, afterschool academy, developmental lesson plans, diamond strength and conditioning classes, end-game baseball and softball pitching classes, personal training as well as hitting leagues.
14 Tech Circle
Natick, MA 01760
508-653-ROPE (7673)
Cost: TBA
Ages: 3+

Guard Up! Family Swordsmanship

Guard Up! Family Swordsmanship, Fencing and Martial Arts offers classes and events for children, teens and adults.
103 Terrace Hall Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
Hours: Mon. to Fri. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: Moderate
Ages: 4+

Tennis Camps at Harvard

The Tennis Camps at Harvard provide an ideal environment for young people from 4 to 17 who are interested in having fun while also learning to become better tennis players and athletes. Participants at every level benefit from competitive, “game-based” activities.
65 N. Harvard St.
Cambridge, MA 02238
Hours: Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Varies; see website
Ages: 4-17

Exxcel Gymnastics and Climbing

The 15,000-square-foot facility includes an extra-large capacity tumbling floor, a 60-foot spring tumbling strip, a huge cube foam pit, an Olympic-sized tumble track, a trampoline with bungee rope, USAG-certified gymnastics equipment and a 45×20 indoor climbing wall.
88 Wells Avenue
Newton Center, MA 02459
Hours: Check website for schedules
Cost: Varies according to activity
Ages: 2+

Thundercat Sports

Thundercat Sports works at a grassroots level with Recreation Departments and Community Centers to bring in specialty sports programming, including afterschool programs, weekend programs and summer camps. Sports include baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football, floor hockey, sports jam, games galore and more.
Boston, MA; 617-499-4820
Cost: $65-$175
Ages: 5-14

Celtics Youth Basketball Camps, Summer 2011

If your son or daughter between the ages of 8 and 17 wants to improve his or her basketball skills, sign up for Reebok Youth Basketball Camp! This summer’s schedule features four weeks at the Celtics’ official practice facility in Waltham and a week at the Celtics’ 2010 training camp location — Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

New England Sports Academy

NESA, a leading Massachusetts-based sports academy, has announced its Summer Camp 2011, which will begin on June 2 and run till Sept. 2. Now kids can enjoy and learn soccer, basketball, aerial arts, parkour, dance, chess, math and more! NESA has been conducting summer camps since it opened in 2003 with an objective to change the way sports are taught and delivered in U.S.

During this summer camp, New England Sports Academy will focus on mixed sports, basketball and soccer.

MB Sports camps

Camps for baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, golf, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Belmont Hill School Summer Athletic Camps

The Belmont Hill School’s Summer Athletic Camps are co-educational and open to children ages 6 to 16. Each camp is dedicated to improving individual fundamentals and level of play in a particular sport. Baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, tennis and sports are offered. Full-day camp sessions are one-week long. Some sessions are coed; others are not. A ratio of one staff member to eight campers is maintained in all programs.
350 Prospect St.
Belmont, MA 02478
Dates: Middle of June to mid-August
Cost: Varies
Ages: 6+

Passport at Cambridge Montessori School – Summer Camp

Passport at Cambridge Montessori School offers a summer day camp for children 21 months to 15 years old. It provides a vibrant and caring community that encourages cooperation, independence and self-discovery.
161 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
Cost: TBA
Ages: 1-15

Camp Lenox, Residential Coed Summer Camp

Camp Lenox is one of the premier summer camps in New England for children ages 7 to 16. Since 1918, the camp has been enriching lives through community spirit, dynamic programming, strong skills training and lasting traditions. Camp Lenox has been ran by one family since 1964 and is currently owned and directed by Richard and Stephanie Moss.

Activities include baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, hockey, lacrosse, water sports, hobbies, challenge/ropes and arts/theatre courses. The program runs for seven weeks.
2042 N. Main Rd.
Lee, MA 01238

Camp Timanous, Residential Boys’ Summer Camp

After a summer at Timanous, which opened in 1917, boys return home more independent, self-confident and self-sufficient. Campers choose from a variety of activities including sailing, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, soccer, riflery, tennis, archery, lacrosse, wood-working, pottery and handicrafts.
Raymond, Maine

Camp Winadu, Residential Boys’ Summer Sports Camp

Established in 1927, Camp Winadu is one of America’s finest full-season sports camp for boys. It is located in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts less than three hours from NYC and Boston. Winadu combines the high-quality instruction of a sports specialty camp and the fun and camaraderie of a traditional overnight camp.

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