Summer Offerings

We have a variety of different offerings each summer. All of our camps fall under 5 main types of camps:

  • LA Day Camps
  • Double the Fun Camps
  • Specialty Camps
  • Leadership Training
  • Overnight Camp

Quick Facts for ALL Day Camps:

  • Our day camp day runs Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM.
  • Our Active Drop off car line begins at 8:45 AM. We ask that all campers are at camp by 9:00 AM. Campers who arrive to camp prior to 8:45 AM, are signed into AM Care and the daily drop in fee ($15/day) will be automatically charged to your card on your account.
  • Our Active Pick up car line dismissal begins at 4:00 PM. We end active pick up at 4:15 PM. Any campers who are still on campus at 4:15 PM are checked into PM Extended Care and the daily drop in rate is applied to the family account.
  • We offer extended care before and after camp. We open at 7:15 AM and close at 6:00 PM. Campers who remain in our care past 6:00 PM will have a $5 per minute fee automatically charged to their card on their account.
  • We offer bus transportation to and from camp! We have 3 stops: Acton (K-Mart Parking lot), Littleton (Emerson Urgent Care at The Point) and Westford (The Fletcher Library).
  • We are an ALL INCLUSIVE camp!! This means we provide all snacks, drinks, and lunch every day!
  • Free Swim is a daily option in all LA Day camps, as well as in all specialty camps. (Trip Camps do go swimming on days they return back to campus prior to 3:15 PM.)
  • Daily Swim Lessons are INCLUDED for all campers enrolled in LA Day BASE Camp in Preschool Camp and Lower Camp and are an included elective choice to Middle Campers.

LA Day Camp – Ages 3 – 15

LA Day is our flagship camp! It is our most popular and the most “traditional” of our day camps. What sets us apart from other traditional day camps? Our LA Day campers choose their own adventures! Campers ages 5 – 15 decide what their time at camp looks like. Try something new, or spend more time on an activity you already love. Your camp is your own personal adventure full of fun! 

LA Day is broken into 5 age levels and our elective options grow with our campers as they grow up at camp!  From arts and sports to STEM, cooking, baking and the outdoors; we have something for everyone. 

Daily swim lessons are included for all PRESCHOOL (ages 3 & 4) and LOWER Campers (ages 5 & 6), and MIDDLE Campers (ages 7 & 8) are able to choose swim lessons as an elective.  Daily free swim is also an elective for Lower, Middle, Upper and Senior campers. 

Preschool Camp (3 & 4 years old)

LA Day Preschool Camp is the perfect summer camp option for our youngest campers! Preschool campers get a taste of what it’s like to be a “big kid” at camp! With our low camper to staff ratios (3:1), a dedicated Preschool Camp Director, staff who are all college students or older and have backgrounds and experience in early childhood education, our campers safety and FUN are our top priorities! All preschool campers are lead through a variety of age-appropriate activities – from music and movement to arts and crafts, nature walks and science experiments, each day is an adventure at camp! Daily swim lessons with our dedicated pool staff of swim instructors and lifeguards are also part of each day!

**NEW** for 2020! Families are able to sign up for HALF Day Preschool camp (9:00 – 1:00) or FULL Day Preschool camp (9:00 – 4:00). Included in each HALF day is a morning snack and lunch and included in each FULL day is morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. Families can sign up for 2 days, 3 days or all 5 days of camp each week.

Lower Camp (5 & 6 years old)

Lower camp is what our 5 & 6 year old campers call home. Lower Campers begin and end each day as a home base group. Here they build friendships, learn how to work as a team, and connect with their small group counselors. After a morning gathering and activity, Lower Campers have daily swim lessons in our outdoor pool with our dedicated swim staff of swim instructors and lifeguards. Lower campers also have 4 elective periods each day that they get to choose which activity they want to participate in. A sample of electives from last summer: Wacky Wellness, Playground Games, Lego Challenge, Silly Science, Mystery Art, Destination Imagination, Little Chefs, Diggin’ in Dino Land, Tiny Tumblers, Slime Galore, and more! Elective selections are sent home prior to the start of camp and campers remain in their selected electives for the entire week of camp. Also included in each day are snacks and lunch (which is the highlight for many lower campers!)

Middle Camp
(7 & 8 years old)

Middle camp takes Lower camp to the next level! Middle campers have 5 elective periods each day, plus (new this year) a special Middle Camp – “Campers Choice” period each day. Elective choices cover a wide variety of interests, including: Archery, Scavengers, Nature Art, So you think you can Dance, Karate, Nerf Battle, Free Swim, Mad Science, Pottery Paradise, Chef Supreme, Rainbow Science, Pool Noodle Sports, Not your Average Gym Class, Lego Challenge, Over the Net games and more! Swim lessons are always an elective option as well as free swim. Elective selections are sent home prior to the start of camp and campers remain in their selected electives for the entire week of camp. Also included in each day are snacks and lunch.

Upper Camp (9 – 11 years old)

Once campers reach upper camp, they have additional elective opportunities open up to them (along with many additional camp opportunities!) Upper campers have 5 elective periods each day along with a special Upper Camp Team Building/Campers Choice period each day. A sampling of electives for Upper Camp that took place last summer include: Wilderness Survival, Competitive Games, Minute to Win it, Duct Tape Art, Elm Tree Derby, Nail Art, Harry Potter School, Check Mate, Nerf Battle, Digital Photography, Archery, Cardboard Boat Regatta, Backyard Games, Supreme Chef’s, Summer at LA Idol, Stop Motion Video, Up-cycle This, Free Swim and more! Elective selections are sent home prior to the start of camp and campers remain in their selected electives for the entire week of camp. Also included in each day are snacks and lunch.

Senior Camp
(12 – 15 years old)

Senior camp is where all the younger campers aspire to be! A little more freedom, a lot more choice, and amazing friendships are found in Senior Camp! Our dedicated Senior Camp staff, consisting of college students and young adults, plus their fearless leader – an experienced middle school teacher – makes Senior Camp a safe zone for our oldest campers. With electives that challenge, inspire and excite, Senior Campers are able to pursue their passions and find new ones. With 5 electives each day, plus a dedicated Senior Camp Team Building time, lasting friendships are formed. A sampling of Senior Camp electives that took place last summer are: Creative Writing, Hand Lettering, Wood Shop, Design it – Build it, Ultimate Frisbee, STEM Challenges, Crack the Code, Extreme Sports, Zentangles, Hyperrealistic Art, Kicking it Back with Karaoke, and more!
Elective selections are sent home prior to the start of camp and campers remain in their selected electives for the entire week of camp. Also included in each day are snacks and lunch.

DOUBLE THE FUN CAMPS

Double the Fun is just that – double the amount of Summer at LA fun!  Double the Fun camps allow a camper to dive deeper into an area that they love each morning, while also still enjoying our LA Day Camp.  At Double the Fun camps, about 3 hours of each day is spent in their specialty – ie:  Baking, Cooking, Nature & Orienteering, Basketball, Soccer, Dr. Summer @ LA, Summer Spa and more!  The remaining hours of the day are spent in their respective age groups in LA Day Camp. Campers select their afternoon electives and remain in those electives for the entire week. Free swim is always an options in the afternoon.

**Middle Campers who choose a Double the Fun camp, will NOT have a swim lesson choice during that week of camp. We do offer before and after camp private and semi-private swim lessons if you still wish for your child to have a lesson that week.**

A note for Lower Campers for Basketball and Soccer Camps: Based on feedback from families in 2019, during the weeks basketball and soccer are Double the Fun options, one of the morning electives for Lower Campers will be that sport. This will allow Lower Campers to still have their swim lesson each day, and then those who wish to participate in one of those sports camps, to choose it. We have found that our younger campers struggle to participate for 3 hours of consecutive sport play. This model will allow lower campers to still receive skills and drills as well as some scrimmage play, but not the intensity and longevity of 3 full hours.

Summer 2020 Double the Fun Offerings:

All Sport Elite:
Ages 12 – 15
Week 7 (August 3 – 7, 2020)
For the die hard sports fanatic who just loves any and all sports. Each day will bring a new sport or two that campers will participate in. From traditional team sports like soccer and basketball to more non-traditional sports like flag football, floor hockey, ultimate frisbee, and more!

Baking:
Ages 9-15
Week 2 (June 29 – July 3, 2020)
Week 4 (July 13 – 17, 2020)

From muffins, to cookies; from cakes to turnovers – we’ll be learning all that goes into the art of baking in this specialty track. We’ll also dive into cake decorating and may even have time to learn about candy making too. We can only accommodate nut allergies.

Basketball:
Ages 7 – 15
Week 3 (July 6 – 10, 2020)
Week 7 (August 3 – 7, 2020)
Want more coaching, direction and playing on the court? Each day will be spent diving into the skills of the game through a variety of drills and game play. Campers will be in groups based on age and playing ability. All levels are welcome!  Our skilled coaching staff includes High School and College Basketball Coaches, as well as current Lawrence Academy Varsity Basketball Players and current college level players.

Cooking:
Ages 9 – 15
Week 1 (June 22 – 26, 2020)
Week 3 (July 6 – 10, 2020)

Emerging culinary artists, this is the specialty track for you! The amount we create is amazing. Bread from scratch, tacos, pulled pork, and even try your hand at homemade pizza! You will certainly never go home hungry! Learning all the ins and outs of food service and cooking from beginning to end is a part of this specialty track. Working in groups to create different aspects of the meals, campers will come home with a recipe book of all tasty food they created and the skills to wow you back at home! *We can only accommodate nut allergies.

Dodgeball:
Ages 7 – 11
Week 4 (July 13 – 17, 2020)
Week 8 (August 10 – 14, 2020)
Dodge, duck, dip, dive and have fun! One of our campers favorite electives has now become a Double the Fun! Come test out your dodgeball skills through a variety of versions of the game that will test your skills, mind and creativity on the court. Get ready to explore Island Dodgeball, Powerball, Hoop Shoot and even Jedi Dodgeball. All levels of play are welcome! *We use special soft dodgeballs that do not hurt when hit.

ELL (English Language Learners):
Ages 9 – 15
Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
(June 29 – August 7, 2020)

A special Double the Fun for our campers whose first language is not English. Our skilled teachers will lead this special course for our English Language Learners. Campers will focus on the spoken English language, although written language will also be explored.

LA Acts!:
Ages 7 – 15
Week 4 (July 13 – 17, 2020)
Week 5 (July 20 – 24, 2020)
Do you love to act? Have a dream to be on stage and under the lights? In LA Acts, through a variety of acting exercises, theater games, dance numbers and improv, campers will explore the different aspects of theater and acting. During the week, campers will work on a short production to perform on the last Friday of each session.

Dek Hockey: **NEW**
Ages 9 – 15
Week 6 (July 27 – 31, 2020)
Campers will learn the essentials of Raymond Leclerc to become the best dek hockey player! From stick handling, proper passing and shooting techniques, correct defensive positioning to learning basic plays, campers adrenaline will be pumping! Campers will be playing multiple games and tournaments throughout the week leading up to the First Annual Summer at LA Spartan Cup on the last day!

Shark Tank:
Ages 12 – 15
Week 3 (July 6 – 10, 2020)
Shark tank, Ooh Ha Ha! Up and coming camp entrepreneurs will be challenged to bring their dreams to the table. It’s time to put your creativity to the test and turn your own ideas into products and creations. Through team work, public speaking opportunities and fun spirits, Shark Tank Campers will get to present their ideas to the five titans of the business industry (aka Summer at LA Staff!).

Summer Spa:
Ages 12 – 15
Week 7 (August 3 – 7, 2020)
Have you ever wondered what goes into products such as body scrubs, lotions, perfumes, facial masks and even candles? We will use every day items to create these products and learn about their natural chemical components and how they help our skin, health, etc. It’s time to understand the chemistry behind our favorite products and then create them!

Restaurateurs: **NEW**
Ages 12 – 15
Week 5 (July 20 – 24, 2020)
Does your camper love to cook and wonder what it would be like to own a restaurant? With this brand new offering, campers will be able to learn the basics of what it takes to run a restaurant, from menu planning and decor design, to safe food preparation and service techniques. We will design our own mini restaurant concept from start to finish, including preparing and serving guests a multi-course meal at the end of the week.

Art Explorers:
Ages 9 – 15
Week 5 (July 20 – 24, 2020)
Week 7 (August 3 – 7, 2020)

Come explore different styles and types of art.  Ceramics, pottery, water colors, oil paints, mixed media, and more!  Art Explorers will be guided by an art instructor, but will follow the direction of the campers and their level of interests in different forms of art and creating!  Not your everyday arts and crafts!

All Sport:
Ages 9 – 15
Week 1 (June 22 – 26, 2020)
For the die hard sports fanatic who just loves any and all sports. Each day will bring a new sport or two that campers will participate in. From traditional team sports like soccer and basketball to more non-traditional sports like flag football, floor hockey, ultimate frisbee, and more!

Abracadabra! **NEW**
Ages 9 – 15
Week 6 (July 27 – 31, 2020)
Do you love magic? Have you ever wondered, how did they do that?! Come be an insider and learn the power of illusion. You’ll learn a variety of different magic tricks and work together to create an end of the week Magic Show for all of camp (and your families too!)

Chopped Champions: **NEW**
Ages 12 – 15
Week 6 (July 27 – 31, 2020)
Are you creative in the kitchen? Do you like to think up new and unique meals for your family and friends? Come see what’s in your basket each day as you work in teams to create the yummiest, most creative and out of this world creations! **Some cooking skills required. If you have previously taken a Double the Fun: Cooking camp at Summer at LA, you’ll be all set for this camp! New campers: you should be comfortable in the kitchen, know your basic kitchen utensils (measuring items, mixers, etc) and knowledge and practice in using chef knives safely and appropriately.

Dr. Summer @ LA:
Ages 12 – 15
Week 5 (July 22 – 26, 2019)
Act like a camper, think like a Doctor! Medically-minded campers: get ready to engage with fellow campers as an Emergency room doctor or EMT. It’s time to gain some vital skills and techniques that you can put into action, including getting certified in first aid and CPR, learning how to assess patient symptoms and check vitals, and even the chance to dig out some medical tools and dissect a non-human organ!

Kaboom Chemistry:
Ages 7 – 11
Week 8 (August 10 – 14, 2020)
We’ll have our goggles ready as campers experiment with chemistry that fizzes, bangs and pops as you blast off film canister rockets or make an explosion in a bag, erupt a mini geyser, mix up fizzy bath poppers and create a bubbling density concoction! The chemistry labs will examine changes in matter from solids and liquids to gases.

Minecraft:
Ages 7 – 11
Week 2 (June 29 – July 3, 2020)
Week 5 (July 20 – 24, 2020)
Ready to build a world of your own? Our team introduces a brand new group server that allows cool building and team design work on brand new castles. Tips for game play and individual character work all allow Minecraft to be an even cooler experience. Research shows some benefits of Minecraft are engaging campers in STEM fields such as coding, video game design and development, as well as navigating their own creativity.

Nature & Orienteering:
Ages 7 – 11
Week 7 (August 3 – 7, 2020)
Take to the beautiful outdoors and go explore the enormous campus we sit on!  From learning how to read a map to using a compass; identifying different trees, plants and insects as well as spotting as many different species of birds known in Massachusetts. Learn to tie knots, pitch a tent, make a solar oven, and more!

Sew Cool:
Ages 9 – 15
Week 6 (July 27 – July 31, 2020)
Aprons, skirts, shirts, gifts and more!  From novice to advanced, Sew Cool is for you!  Learn both machine and hand sewing skills.  Work with patterns and learn how to create your own designs.  Turn something old into something new!  Sew Cool will also include a trip to a local fabric and craft store.

Soccer:
Ages 7 – 15
Week 5 (July 20 – 24, 2020)
Week 6 (July 27 – 31, 2020)

It’s time to bend it like Beckham, and bring your skills to the pitch! Open to all skill levels, this camp will include skill based groups working on footwork, shooting, passing, kicking and more.  You’ll then be able to take what you have learned and bring it on the field for scrimmages.

Flag Football: **NEW**
Ages 9 – 15
Week 3 (July 6 – 10, 2020)
Our new Flag Football Double the Fun is the perfect outlet for any campers football passion. Players will learn catching, throwing, flag pulling, as well as offensive and defensive fundamentals all in a fun, safe, and high energy environment!

Photography: **NEW**
Ages 12 – 15
Week 4 (July 13 – 17, 2020)
Week 8 (August 10 – 14, 2020)
Is your camper obsessed with taking photos? Double the Fun Photography is for you then! Where fun and creativity are tops on our list, campers will learn photographic knowledge and get inspired! Campers will learn how to operate their camera and use it to take the photos they want. From abstract, still life, landscape, and portraiture, to learning to keep a close eye on technical qualities such as grain, saturation and contrast; campers will embark on a photographic journey sure to wow their friends and family.

Law & Order: **NEW**
Ages 12 – 15
Weeks 6 & 7 (July 27 – August 7, 2020)* This is a 2 week camp
Come be submerged into the worlds of crime scene investigating and the judicial system as we solve and try our very own Summer at LA Criminal Case. Learn how detectives find clues to solve cases. From lifting fingerprints, to finding DNA, to learning about criminal psychology – we’ll all be the detectives as we investigate the case. After we’ve investigated and made an arrest, we’ll head to court to try the case. Learning about the criminal judicial system and the inner workings of the court, each camper will play a role in our trial as we put our suspect to trial in front of a live jury that you’ll select.

SPECIALTY CAMPS

Specialty Camps at Summer at LA are week long, FULL day camps that focus on a specific theme. From Robotics and Marine Science to Adventure and Service camps, each week is bound to challenge you in new and exciting ways.

Robotics Camps

Explore the limitless world of robotics and engineering working hands-on with our LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 sets and software. LEGO’s intuitive drag-and-drop programming and the endless possibilities of their building system, campers will experience teamwork, creativity and friendships from day one.

Robotics Jr: Ages 6 – 8
Week 1 (June 22 – 26, 2020)
Week 3 (July 6 – 10, 2020)

Robotics: Ages 8 – 11
Week 2 (June 29 – July 3, 2020)
Week 4 (July 13 – 17, 2020)

Advanced Robotics: Ages 12 – 15
Week 5 (July 20 – 24, 2020)

Adventure Trip Camps (Ages 10 – 15)

A summary video from one of our Adventure Trip Camps!

An array of amazing activities await our campers on each week of Adventure Trip Camps! Each day a new adventure awaits as we travel to exciting destinations! Snacks, meals, entrance fees and the occasional treats are included.

**Please note: All proposed trip itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions, facility availability, and other factors. We will do our best to adhere to the proposed schedule of each Trip Camp program. Occasionally, a trip will require an early drop off or late pick up, which will be communicated well in advance.

Adventure Trip Camps are offered the following weeks:
Week 3 (July 6 – 10, 2020)
Week 4 (July 13 – 17, 2020)
Week 5 (July 20 – 24, 2020)
Week 6 (July 27 – 31, 2020)
Week 7 (August 3 – 7, 2020)

Each weeks trips are planned around a broad theme. Below you will find the weekly “themes” for each week of Everyday Adventure Camp as well as a sample schedule of what each week might look like. The trip schedule is subject to change and will be communicated to families when/if that happens. *please note some trips require early departure and/or late arrival. Siblings of Everyday Adventure campers are extended free AM and/or PM care when their sibling has an early and/or late arrival/departure.

LA Gives (Ages 9-15)

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” A little more kindness in the world never hurts! We will spend the week going out and giving back to the communities around us. We will dive into the world of helping others, making people smile, and learning how even little acts of kindness can go a long way! Most of the week will include off campus trips where we will be able to engage in volunteer work both in Groton and in surrounding towns.

Week 3 (July 6 – 10, 2020)
Week 6 (July 27 – 31, 2020)

Marine Science Exploration (Ages 10 – 15)

Through field trips and hands-on activities, campers will become marine biologists! With Lawrence Academy science faculty and marine scientist Steve Engstrom, we will explore the local coasts to learn about everything from plankton and lobsters to seals and whales. Campers will collect creatures for our saltwater aquarium back in our lab to observe and investigate during the week. We will get a behind-the-scenes tour of a local aquarium and science center and get to see humpbacks feeding on a whale watching trip. Campers will get their hands wet this summer while pursuing their passion for the ocean.

Week 2 (June 29 – July 3, 2020)
Week 8 (August 10 – 14, 2020)

New England Fishing Academy (Ages 8 – 15)

New England Fishing Academy provides young people between the ages of 8 and 15 with the opportunity to gain a greater love and appreciation for the outdoors through a unique and hands on fishing experience. 

Looking for something new for your child?  The New England Fishing Academy is perfect for any child who loves the outdoors and fishing or who expresses an interest in wanting  to learn and try it out. They will not only have a great time, but they will learn  from professional educators who are experts in coaching and teaching children. We educate, develop and give the confidence that every child needs to enjoy the great outdoors!

Week 4 (July 13 – 17, 2020): Fresh Water Fishing Academy
Ages 8-15 (Monday thru Thursday; 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM).  Must be able to swim. We provide all of the tackle, and life jackets. We will provide anything your child needs to be successful and learn to fish.
*At the time of registration, there is an add on to extend your day until 4:00 PM for a small additional fee.

Week 9 (August 17 – 21, 2020): Advanced Fishing Academy
Ages 8-15  (Monday thru Thursday; 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM).  Must be able to swim.  Please note that this is an advanced session and prior fishing experience is required. We will meet on the campus of Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA.  The freshwater fishing will include fly fishing and the use of a float tube (all will be provided).

LEADERSHIP TRAINING INSTITUTE
(formerly our C.I.T Program)

(Ages 14 -15)

Leadership comes in many different shapes and forms. Leadership can hold different meaning for different people. Here at Summer at Lawrence Academy, Leadership isn’t about a title. Rather being a leader encompasses- the ways in which you act, how you care, how you show you care and make a difference, and the power to not only use your own voice, but simultaneously and most importantly using the power of listening to others around you. The Leadership Training Institute is a 4-week program for those interested in building skills to be used in life and camp- while taking part in the day to day life of Summer camp at Summer at Lawrence Academy.

LA STAYS

Our overnight experience for ages 9 – 15

Do you ever wish your camp day experience could extend into the night time?

LA Stays is an immersive, whole-camp experience that does not end until your head hits the pillow in your on-campus dorm room! During the daytime, campers get to choose their own journey, and take part in a variety of activities with our day campers.  LA Stay campers choose a camp from the many different day camp offerings to attend during their day. The fun does not stop at 4:00 PM when day camp ends!  LA Stays allows that growth and fun to continue past the camp day! Evenings are spent with special events, off campus trips, camp wide talent show and more!

LA Stays is a culturally immersive experience with campers coming from around the world, around the US and locally. You’ll meet people of varying backgrounds, customs and beliefs – explore, debate and add your own views to the mix! Every moment of the day – whether during classes or free time, mealtime, evening events or dorm life – you’ll encounter world views that will stretch your own, and beliefs that will challenge how you think about people and ideas. All the while, you’ll be learning the nuances, slang, customs and habits of your new American and International friends (who are sure to be a part of your life for years to come!)