Events, features and things to do for families in New Hampshire
Held at three convenient locations, these free interactive events allow parents and their children the one-on-one opportunity to speak directly with these representatives about their summer camps and programs.
This year's Summer Camp Expos will be held on:
|Saturday, March 9, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua
Saturday, March 16, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Derryfield Country Club
625 Mammoth Road, Manchester
Saturday, March 16, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel & Conference Center
250 Market St., Portsmouth
Camp Fair Sponsors:
Stop by any of the 3 Camp Expos for a chance to win:
Wondering how to prepare your kids for camp this summer?
Don't forget to pick up the March issue of Parenting NH, which will feature a special section containing articles and advice for parents, such as how to choose the best summer program, getting ready for camp, preparing kids for the first time away from home, what to pack and more.
If you can't grab a copy of the March issue ahead of time, we'll have plenty on hand at the Summer Camp and Program Expos.
Why summer camp?
If your child wants to explore something new or develop an existing interest, summer camps offer a great opportunity to learn in a fun environment. Summer camps also help create memories and friends that will last a lifetime.
What kind of summer camps or programs will be at the Expos?
More than 50 camps will exhibit at the three Summer Camp and Program Expo such as:
Why attend Parenting NH's Summer Camp & Programs Expo?
Gain peace of mind knowing that you can meet with the people who will be watching over your children this summer. Each Expo offers a unique opportunity for parents and children to talk with the counselors and professionals who can answer all the questions you may have about what your children will learn – and what you need to know to plan for your child's experience in both day and overnight programs.
And as an added bonus…
When you visit the Camp Fair Expos, be sure to pick up an entry for a chance to win one of three great prizes: $150 Hannaford gift card, $100 Target gift card or $50 gas card. A winner will be drawn from each location and will be notified within one week of the event.
Participating Summer Camps & Programs (as of 1/22/13) include:
NASHUA (March 9)
MANCHESTER (March 16)
PORTSMOUTH (March 16)
More about this year's camps (March 16)
4-H Camp Middlesex
1031 Erickson Rd.
4-H Camp Middlesex offers day and overnight camp programs for children ages 6-15. Located in Central Massachusetts, we offer a wide-variety of programs that build on life skills.
ALPs at Kimball Union Academy
7 Campus Center Drive
Meriden, NH 03770
Learn to speak French, Chinese, Spanish, or English as a Second Language (ESL), or dramatically improve your fluency in these languages, at KUA this summer. Kimball Union Academy partners with Dartmouth College's Rassias Center to bring you the renowed Accelerated Language Programs (ALPs). Participants can take full advantage of the exclusive language instruction expertise of the Rassias Center- home to the nation's premiere intensive language learning program started by Dartmouth Professor John Rassias
thirty years ago.
Appalachian Mountain Club - Teen Wilderness Adventure
Gorham, NH 03581
AMC Teen Wilderness Adventures is a unique summer outdoor program in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Teen Wilderness Adventures let you discover more of the great outdoors in the company of exceptional leaders and newfound friends. We have programs designed for young people with previous experience, as well as, those new to outdoor experiences. This year we're offering ultra-light backpacking trips in the White Mountains for all ages! The Berkshires program will expand for 13-15 year olds and we are adding trips for older teens including Wilderness First Aid and Rescue Training and our brand new Apprenticeship in Wilderness Leadership Program! Finally youth adventures will enjoy the comforts of Carter Notch Hut during the new Basecamp Adventure!
Apple Tree Farm
PO Box 463
Hollis, NH 03049
Bedford Martial Arts Academy
334 Route 101, Bedford, NH
Bedford Martial Arts Academy Vacation Camp, By the Day or By the Week! Kids have a Blast, Register Now!
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
47 Grand Avenue
Nashua, NH 03060
PO Box 158
Casco, ME 04015
207-627-4605 (summer); 203-956-0936 (winter)
Camp Arcadia is a residential girls camp located 45 minutes from Portland, ME. Arcadia has been in the same family for 4 generations. We offer 175 campers ages 7-17 an opportunity to experience 22 different activities. Our goal is to encourage campers to develop self-confidence in the out-of-doors, under close guidance from our staff.
Camp Birch Hill
333C Birch Hill Road
New Durham, NH 03855
Camp Birch Hill is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Our elective program lets campers choose from 50 activities throughout their 2, 4, or 6 week stay. Our camp is dedicated to building self esteem, fostering friendships, and discovering new challenges and adventures. Friendly staff, healthy food options. FRIENDSHIPS AND MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME.
98 Bishopswood Rd
Hope, ME 04818
Nestled on the midcoast of Maine on the shores of pristine Lake Megunticook, Bishopswood offers one of the best summer camping experiences found anywhere. For more than 50 summers, kids have been coming to Bishopswood to have the time of their lives. Bishopswood offers a summer experience rich in fun, friendship, learning, tradition and adventure!
9 Cody Road
Freedom, NH 03836
Camp Cody for Boys and Girls is part of a camping heritage that goes back to 1926. Nestled on the sandy beaches of beautiful Lake Ossipee amidst the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Cody offers a summer experience rich in fun, friendship, learning and adventure. Cody is a traditional summer camp for campers ages seven to fifteen.
234 Red Hill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254
Camp Hawkeye is a small traditional-style overnight camp for boys and girls ages 8-16 with a commitment to creating a diverse community. With 50 campers and 25 staff, Hawkeye is perfect for first-time campers and families at any age. Hawkeye includes campers and staff from a variety of social, ethnic, economic, religious, and geographic backgrounds.
Camp Invention - Invent Now
3701 Highland Park NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention programs immerse elementary school children in exciting, hands-on learning disguised as fun, summer activities. Children will survive harsh living conditions on an alien planet, "green up" a polluted city's infrastructure, and dismantle broken machines! For more information visit our website www.campinvention.org
10 Groton Road
Nashua, NH 03062
Working farm with acres of fields, forest, ponds and pastures right in Nashua! Camp Lovewell co-ed day camp for children ages 4-14, offers swimming in our salt-water pool, low ropes, team building, horseback riding, kayaking, archery, drama, arts & crafts, sports, games, and more. Energetic, enthusiastic trained staff provides a safe and nurturing environment. Low ratios. ACA accredited.
22 Abel Boulevard
Effingham, NH 03882
Camp Marist is located on Ossipee Lake in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Marist Brothers, an international Catholic teaching order, established Camp Marist where children learn about character and community, develop strong self-esteem, and grow in confidence while learning new skills. Our dedicated and professional staff provides a traditional activity which includes horseback riding, go-karts, tennis, water skiing, soccer, ropes challenge, baseball, and archery just to name a few.
Camp Ponemah @ Hampshire Hills Sports & Fitness Club
50 Emerson Road, PO Box 404
Milford, NH 03055
Camp Ponemah is held at our award winning 115,000 square foot sports and fitness club. Campers participate in daily swim lessons, group field trips, tennis, sports, arts and crafts, wall climbing and so much more! Rain or shine, our campers get to participate in sports and fitness activities each and every day. Bus transportation is available from local towns.
Quinebarge - a small camp that soon feels like a big family of campers and staff. Living, playing and learning together builds
friendships fast - friendships that often last a lifetime. Our 70 acres of woods and fields and 1500 feet of waterfront offer
everything a traditional camp should give your kids.
530 Mill Hill Rd
Featured on the Disney show, “BugJuice”, Camp Waziyatah has been the premiere coed overnight summer camp in Maine since 1922, with 130 acres of gorgeous woods and fields on a 3.5 mile private lake. Offering 40+ activities in a “kid's choice” program and an inclusive, close-knit community, Wazi promotes individual attention and lifelong friendships in a traditional camp setting.
Canobie Lake Park
85 North Policy Street
Canobie Lake Park features over 85 games, rides, shows and attractions including our newest thrill
ride Equinox. Check out our new interactive educational programs...a hands-on learning experience.
Cardigan Mountain School
62 Alumni Drive
Canaan, NH 03741
Cardigan Mountain School Summer Session combines academic review and enrichment with all of the recreation and fun of a traditional summer camp for boys and girls in grades 3-9.
Catholic Medical Center
100 McGregor Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Cave Girl Field Hockey & Lacrosse
P.O. Box 3853
Manchester, NH 03105
For 16 years, Cave Girlhasprovided quality field hockey and lacrosseprograms in a healthy, competitive, and funatmosphere. Players receive individual and group instruction under excellent player/coach ratios. All players from preschool through collegiate are exposed to advanced techniques and the fundamental skills of field hockey and lacrosse. Join the best! Cave Girl Field Hockey and Lacrosse!
Community Child Care Center of Portsmouth
100 Campus Dr., Ste., 20,
Summer PEAK is a full-day camp for children graduating 1st grade through 5th grade in Portsmouth. PEAK directors plan fun and enriching trips throughout the summer. Trips include walks to local parks and events, weekly visits to the public pool and public library, traveling to museums, a water park, beaches, indoor rock climbing, Fun Town, sporting events, and much more.
Educational Farm at Joppa Hill
174 Joppa Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
Campers will have the opportunity to learn about animals, work in the garden, take nature hikes, explore the pond and help with farm chores. Please see our website for more information.
Evolution Rock & Fitness
10 Langdon Street
Concord, NH 03301
Evolution Rock & Fitness is a full service rock climbing and fitness facility located in the heart of Concord. Evolution offers extensive programming for youths and adults catering to beginner climbers and elite athletes alike including after school programs, groups and parties. Evolution also offers numerous fitness classes including Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba.
Executive Health & Sports Center
0ne Highlander Way
Manchester, NH 03103
Your child will enjoy our “NEW” outdoor pool and tennis courts while they also experience all the Executive has to offer. Racquetball, basketball, healthy eating, arts & crafts, team games, and Zumba are just some of the activities they will enjoy. Ages 5-13, Full or half day rates available.
Fleur de Lis Camp
120 Howeville Road
Fitzwilliam, NH 03449
Fleur de Lis Camp is an all-girls, non-profit traditional summer camp for girls 8-15. Girls choose Fleur de Lis for adventure, fun, to try new activities, and to make new friends. Girls return to Fleur de Lis for generations because of friendship, fun and a love of their “second home.” A small intimate community provides the backdrop for each girl to challenge herself, share her talents, explore her world and develop self-confidence. 2013 dates are June 22-August 11, 2013. Full session is 3 or 4 weeks with a 2 week first time camper opportunity. www.fleurdeliscamp.org, 603-585-7751. Director Carrie Kashawlic
Foster's Golf Camp
240 Tory Road
Manchester, NH 03104
2013 marks our 20th year offering boys and girls, ages 8 to 16 the ultimate junior golf experience. Students can sign up for one week, multiple weeks or all summer long with our season pass. The season pass is a guaranteed spot for all 11 weeks! Last year over 700 students were enrolled, making Foster's Golf Camp the largest of its kind in the region. Campers travel to a different par 3 course each day aboard the camp's state of the art surround sound multimedia bus and enjoy instructional videos and movies. A typical day at Foster's includes practice clinics, chipping and putting contests, time on the driving range and a least 9 holes of golf with instruction. Trophies are awarded at the end of each week to the top three scoring boys and girls. All campers are presented with a Certificate of Achievement.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
P.O. Box 10832, 1 Commerce Drive
Bedford, NH 03110
Girl Scout camp is traditional camping at its best! Girls have fun and try new things in a beautiful outdoor setting. Each camp allows girls the opportunity to try traditional camp activities that may include swimming, boating, arts and crafts, ecology, hiking, and cooking out. At Girl Scout camp, girls are involved in creating the camp experience that they want. Girls brainstorm, make decisions and plan with their counselors to create a session of adventure!
Hampshire First Bank
80 Canal Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Hampshire First Bank is a community bank providing personal banking and business services from five banking centers located in Manchester, Nashua, Keene, Londonderry and Portsmouth. A division of Norwich, N.Y.-based NBT Bank, Hampshire First is part of a larger network with nearly 140 locations including Hampshire First Bank locations in New Hampshire; NBT Bank locations in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts; and Pennstar Bank locations in Pennsylvania.
We support our customers and communities through responsive, locally-focused banking. One example of this commitment is Strive, our financial literacy initiative that focuses on building much-needed financial skills for youth and young adults. We are pleased to partner with local educators to deliver this important information to young people in our communities.
Highland Mountain Bike Park – Ayr Academy
75 Ski Hill Drive
Northfield, NH 03276
At Highland, we understand how important choosing a summer camp is for you and your family. Imagine the traditional camp experience, meshed with the thrill of lift-access mountain biking! Ayr Academy's multi-day overnight camp accepts riders of all levels and abilities ages 12 to 18. Half and full day camps are available to children 6 to 14 years of age. Experience Highland!
Huntington Learning Center
2 Cellu Drive, Suite 2
Success in school begins at Huntington. Huntington Learning Centers help students of all ages build the skills, confidence and motivation to attain better grades. Whether your child is struggling in school or simply seeking a more enriching academic experience, our individual, personalized programs and certified teachers will make a difference. We're located at 2 Cellu Dr., Nashua, NH. Call us today at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.
JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood
104 Wildwood Rd
JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood is a dynamic Jewish overnight camp that has provided life changing summer experiences for almost 100 years. Located on Woods Pond in southern Maine, boys and girls entering grades 3-11 enjoy unforgetable, fun summer experience filled with sports, outdoor adventure, water sports and the cultural and creative arts. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
LEtGO Your Mind
2 Wood Avenue
Concord, NH 03301
LEtGO Your Mind offers creative and enriching programs in the areas of simple machines, robotics, music videos, art and stop animation. Summer day camps are for ages 4-13 and focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Kids have lots of fun while gaining “skills for a lifetime”!
Liberty Mutual Insurance
33 Trafalgar Square
Nashua, NH 03063
Macaroni Kid - Merrimack Valley NH
Manchester Community Music School
2291 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03104
The Manchester Community Music School offers fun, quality music education camps for students aged 3 years and up. Students new to music education are introduced to foundational elements and more experienced students have the opportunity to advance their musical skills. Camps include jazz, classical, world music and more. The school also offers a music technology camp. Safe, fun, arts-based camps.
Moose River Outpost
PO Box 555
Jackman, ME 04945
Moose River Outpost is a High quality Christian Camping experience for teens 11-17 years of age. This wilderness camp develops strong, positive relationships and an appreciation for Maine's beautiful woods and waterways. Come explore over 7,000 acres of woods, streams and lakes. As great as our property is, our hard-working, devoted counselors are even more a source of pride for us. Your children's role models are the most important element of their camp experience.
Activities include: Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Mountain Bikes, Hiking, Knee Boarding, Swimming, White Water Rafting, Paintball, Climbing Wall, Brook Trout Fishing, Basketball, Orienteering, Canoeing, Sailing, Campcraft, Archery and Skeet Shooting!
Call us for additional information, or visit our web site for the latest up-to-date information.
Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School
6 Bartlett Avenue
Nashua, NH 03064
Don't miss out on Nashua Catholic's dynamic Summer Stars Enrichment Courses! Spend a week or more with us to update your study skills, learn to succeed in Junior High, and develop your artistic, musical and athletic skills! Courses fill quickly, so visit our website today at www.ncrjhs.org or call 603-882-7011. See you this summer!
Nashua Parks and Recreation Department
100 Concord Street
Nashua, NH 03064
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department strives to offer camps/clinics which are as informative as they are fun. Programs are offered to kids of all abilities between the ages of 5-18. Programs include football, ice hockey, cheerleading, volleyball, theatre, and many more. Costs range from $65-$170, depending on residency status and type of camp.
New Heights: Adventures for Teens
100 Campus Drive Suite 23
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Since 1987, New Heights has provided experiential learning and adventure programs for greater Seacoast Youth in grades 5 through 12 after school and in summer. A dynamic and highly experienced staff helps youth explore and discover new interests through Rock-Climbing, Hiking, Surfing, Canoeing, Camping, Extended Wilderness Treks to national and state parks, stilting, cooking, robotics, geocaching and digital film making.
NUThin' but GOOD TIMES!
746 DW Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
Painted Blessings Ranch
50 Manchester Drive
Webster, NH 03303
Horse camp at Painted Blessings Ranch is designed to teach basic to advanced horsemanship, allowing each camper to advance independently, as well as, a group. Campers will be taught safe horse handling, care, health and dietary needs of the horse, as well as, good barn keeping! Horseback riding will be the main focus and having fun will be priority!
Ponemah Green Family Golf Center
55 Ponemah Rd.
Amherst, NH 03031
Ponemah Green Family Golf Center, located in Amherst, NH is a place where everyone can have some fun! Play golf, learn to play golf, enjoy mini golf, hit a bucket of balls, or just come to indulge in some ice cream, there is plenty to do for the whole family at Ponemah Green!
3i Taggart Drive
Nashua, NH 03060
Rochester Opera House
City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street
Rochester Opera House Summer Theatre Camp is a joyous hands-on theatre experience for children ages four and up. Our program, offering all levels of training in theatre techniques, is a great opportunity for children around the region to dance, sing and grow on the stage at our grand historic theatre.
Science Island Extreme
278 Whites Bridge Rd.
College credit and adventure are woven into a one week Science Island Extreme experience at Saint Joseph's College in Maine! Under the supervision of camp staff, students will challenge themselves to find food and water, build a shelter, care for group members and discover ways to collaborate on a mock shipwreck and rescue simulation.
Southern NH Montessori Academy
1E Commons Drive #28
Londonderry, NH 03053
Ste. Marie Child Care Center
133 Wayne Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Ste. Marie summer program offers a variety of summer fun through swimming, weekly field trips and a special guest. We strive to create a warm, relaxed and caring atmosphere where your children can explore the environment through hands on activities.
Summer Rangers/Planet Rangers
245 Highland Street
"The British are Coming Soccer Camp" by Manchester North Soccer League
P.O. Box 58
This special summer soccer camp is devoted to proper training for both beginning and experienced players. Our British coaches will take players through a progressive series of skill-building practices - unopposed, opposed, game related and finally into games.
Full ($175) and half day ($125) programs offered. Family discounts available. Camp held at Livingston Park in Manchester. Register online at www.mnsl.org.
The Salvation Army
1 Montgomery Avenue
Nashua, NH 03060
8 week - Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Summer Day Camp. Begins June 24 for ages 6 -12 years old.
Fee: $85 per week. For more information, call Amie Groff at 603-889-5151 or email Amie.Groff@use.salvationarmy.org.
The Works Summer Camps
246 Route 108
Tidewater Waldorf School
228 Beech Road
Tidewater Waldorf Summer Program 2012! Sparking imagination, wonder and exploration - Our Summer Program will be held at our beautiful new campus in Eliot, Maine. Located 5 minutes from I95, it sits on five acres surrounded by woodlands and a cottontail rabbit preserve. We will provide 2 week long sessions that run the weeks of July 8 and 15. Each week is themed according to the two age groups. Both programs feature wholesome, age-appropriate activities in a natural setting. We strive to provide a mix of hands-on, teacher-led activities and supervised child-directed play. Days are filled with singing, play, movement, handcrafts, art and nature walks. To learn more visit www.tidewaterschool.org or call 207-439-7911
TI Fitness Training
83 Hanover Street, 4th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
603-370-0250/603-860-6275 Fax: 603-665-4454
Little Side Kicks TI Fitness -
"Where Kids Get A Kick Out Of Fitness"
Our children's fitness classes are an educational health program for children ages 2 to 12 years of age. Our classes are geared towards introducing the importance of health through hands on learning experiences in both fitness and nutrition, all while having fun!
Tokyo Joe's Studio
143 West Pearl St.
Tokyo Joe's instructors are personally selected by Grand Master Bobby LaMattina. The instructors are dedicated to passing along that special quality of instruction of Martial Arts. The instructor's energy and enthusiasm at the Summer Fun Karate Camp and Kid Safe Martial Art Program will be a memorable experience for your child, which will last a lifetime. Visit our website at www.tokyojoes.net.
UNH Camp Wildcat
128 Main St
William Lawrence Camp
PO Box 52
Ctr Tuftonboro, NH
Since 1913, William Lawrence is a traditional residential camp for boys located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Our extensive program allows campers safe and supportive opportunities to extend their base of skills while enhancing self-confidence and self-esteem. A relatively small camp with an excellent camper to staff ratio, boys feel at home in our family atmosphere.
Windridge Tennis & Sports Camps
PO Box 4501
Burlington, VT 05406
Windridge Tennis & Sports Camps stand unique among camps. We incorporate highly specialized tennis, soccer & horseback riding programs within the traditional framework of a rural New England camp setting. Tennis Magazine chose Windridge as “one of the top ten tennis camps in the United States.”
Workout Club & Wellness Center
18 Orchard View Drive
16 Pelham Rd
The Workout Club offers Power Kidz Enrichment programs for ages 18 mos. - 5 years that blends learning with fitness activities. We host vacation camps for children ages 3-12 with our indoor pools, Salem splash park, water slides, and rock climbing walls. Kids ages 4- 16 can choose Club Rush - our video gaming room. We also offer birthday parties as well!
138 Spit Brook Road
World Academy offers fun-filled summer camp programs for children of all ages! WIth our onsite pools, three developmentally-appropriate playgrounds, natural playground, brand new soccer field, gymnasium, and our recreation cabin, it's a guaranteed fun-in-the-sun good time! Programs begins June 17th and run through August 23rd. Call 603-888-1982 for pricing and availability or visit us at WorldAcademyNH.com to learn more!
YMCA Camp of Maine
305 Winthrop Ctr. Rd.
Winthrop, ME 04364
The YMCA Camp of Maine is an overnight camp for boys and girls ages8-16, offering excellent non-competitive, camper elected programs in aquatics, arts, sports, and camping. Emphasis on cabin life & friendship, Leader In Training and Trip Camp as well.
YMCA of Greater Nashua
6 Henry Clay Drive
Merrimack, NH 03054
The YMCA of Greater Nashua is a non-profit organization and is celebrating 125 years. Day camps are offered at its three facilities: Nashua Y, Merrimack Y and Camp Sargent. Kids and teens experience traditional and specialty camps in supervised, safe and fun environments! Camps include Arts, Dance, Sports, Swimming, Fort Building, Cooking, CSI Teen Quest and more! Contact Gail Lucey at 603-598-1533, e-mail email@example.com.
YMCA Camp Wiyaka
100 Sandy Pond Road
Camp Wiyaka is a residential summer camp for children ages 7-15. Campers enjoy water activities, playing games. learning
about nature, doing arts and crafts, a campfire sing-a-long and much more. We offer coed and single gender weeks, and mini
camps are available for campers ages 7-11. Campers ages 13-15 are invited to apply for our Leaders-In-Training program.
Financial aid available.
2300 Lafayette Rd
New England's largest, safest, cleanest & friendliest water park! Gallons of fun for every one and so close to home. Big savings for groups, plus day tickets, season passes, corporate outings & birthday party packages available.
Windsor Mountain Summer Camp
One World Way
Windsor, NH 03244
Windsor Mountain is a non-competitive camp (for ages 7-16) that stresses the importance of trying new things,
learning and improving skills and respecting differences among people. Our 365-acre camp is located on a
beautiful private lake, and offers traditional activities (sports, music, waterfront, arts, theater, farm/garden, ropes,
wilderness trips, film-making, sailing) and creative activities that our community creates daily.