[Editor’s Note: The camp programs for ages 3-12 are Full with waitlists. The CIT program for 13-14 year olds still had room at the start of the summer.]
At midnight last night, Southborough Recreation opened registration for this year’s summer camp. By early afternoon, some of the more popular weeks already sold out for the full day campers. Some other choices followed and some have only a handful of slots left. So, don’t wait too long to sign up.
(If your family is disappointed about not getting into one of the sold out weeks, be sure to add your name to their waitlist.)
Last summer was the launch of a revamped format for the Town run camp. Those changes remain for this year:
- Both age groups are on one campus (Woodward School) with some combined activities – [Except for Week 6 this summer]
- Young “Fayville” Campers (ages 3-6) and CITs (ages 13-14) can choose half or full day sessions
- Older “Cordaville” Campers (ages 7-12) can sign up for full day only
There are a couple of changes that impact the CIT program this summer. It’s only for 13-14 year olds this year. And CITs no longer register by the age group of campers they want to work with:
CITs will work across both age groups to be exposed to as many situations and experiences as possible. CITs will be assigned at the start of each week and rotated as needed throughout the summer weeks. Spaces are extremely limited.
As for the 3-12 year olds, Rec promotes:
Southborough Recreation Summer camp exposes children to a wide variety of programming on site and off site. From traditional activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and special events – to offsite visits to surrounding Southborough facilities; your child will enjoy an active summer with friends! Fields Trips are TBD and will be an additional fee. Field Trips will not be mandatory!
Below are some moments of fun captured last summer:
You can check out a “sample schedule” for the full day campers here.
There is no early bird signup and I should warn that the costs did shoot up compared to last year.* But they still appear to be significantly cheaper than other camps around.
Here are this year’s details.
Summer Day Camps will be run Mondays – Fridays from June 27th to August 12th, except for July 4th. (In case you were wondering, the last day of school is currently scheduled as Tuesday, June 21st and the next school year begins Wednesday, August 31st.)
As usual, there will be weekly themes for camps. Details on special visitors and field trips are still TBD. (No mention is made of St. Mark’s School’s pool which had been utilized in prior summers but was eliminated last year due to Covid safety issues.)
The full day option is 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and available to all of the age groups is $235 per week (or $188 for the shortened week of July 4th). CITs can participate for $160/week (or $128 the week of the 4th). Any field trips will require an extra, unspecified fee.
- Note: Week 6 “Field Day” will split off the 7-12 year old campers and full day CITs. Their activities will be held at “Northborough Recreation”. According to Northborough Rec’s summer camp information, that is held at Lincoln St. Elementary School.
The half day option (8:30 am – 12:30 pm) is only available to 3-5 year olds and CITs. The cost for campers is $185 per week (or $148 for the shortened week of July 4th). CITs can participate for $120/week (or $96 the week of the 4th). Any field trips will require an extra, unspecified fee.
For the CIT program, the website describes:
Southborough Recreation’s Counselor in Training program is a specialized part of our summer camp program for children ages 13-14 , looking to acquire counselor skills while assisting in the work of our summer camp program. CITs will learn behavior management, team-building, communication and activity leadership by helping counselors work with younger campers. CITs will work directly with the Camp Program Supervisor as well as the full time Recreation office staff.
*In 2020, Recreation Director Tim Davis told selectmen that based on public feedback, the department was working to lower the cost of its programs for the public. In summer 2021, the camp only charged $150 for a full week of full day camp and $125 for half day. That was less expensive than the 2019, the early bird rate of $155 for the half day camp, and the regular rate of $165, which included weekly field trips at no additional cost. (There was no full day camp.)
Updated (6/21/22 4:37 pm): Only the CIT Program for 13-14 year olds still has room for registration. The rest filled up earlier this spring with waitlists.