The 2019 Summer Programs will run from June 10, 2019 to August 2, 2019.

The new Summer Programs brochure is coming soon. To see last year’s brochure and get a feel for our offerings, click here! Online registration for Summer 2019 will open on February 1st; you can register online directly through this link.


New expedition camps for teens are here!

From cycling across Massachusetts to arts and woodworking on Penikese island, our amazing new summer offerings are starting pre-registration now! Looking for the perfect experiential holiday gift?  These camps offer unplugged, outdoor, hands-on memories that will last a lifetime.  Serving all students (you do not have to be a student of Friends Academy to enroll) entering grades 8 – 11.

For pre-registration contact Charley Pelissier. A non-refundable $100.00 deposit is required upon registration, with the balance due by May 1st. Limited spaces are available – registrations are available on a first come, first served basis.


Grades 8-11 | Weeklong: Sunday 7/14 -1:00-4:00, Monday 7/15 9:00am – Friday 7/19 3:00pm.

Ride with Mr. Pelissier and Mr. Kennedy as we cycle and camp our way across the state. From the mountainous Berkshires to the rolling hills of our local area, we’ll pedal our way each day to a new camping site. We will travel as a community, riding, planning menus and cooking, setting up camp, and having fun together. We will learn to be be our own mechanics, and travel carrying all we need to be self sufficient. We’ll stop along our way as needed, and when something interesting catches our eye. Our travel will be on bike paths and public roads, so good riding skills are essential for this expedition.

Upon registration a packing list and further instructions will be forwarded to you. Participants must supply their own bicycle appropriate for long distance travel and carrying of both personal and group gear. Saddle bags and racks will be provided if necessary.

Cost: $795/week


Grades 8-11 | Weeklong: Sunday 7/21 -1:00-4:00, Monday 7/22 – 9:00am -Friday 7/26 3:00pm.

Come join Mr. Zine and Ms. Bingham as they explore the trails, waterways and coastal islands of Southeastern Massachusetts. We will begin this five day overnight adventure on the Westport River canoeing to our first campsite on Great Island. After a hearty breakfast we’ll break camp and travel on to our next camp at Round the Bend Farm. From there we strike out over land toward Demarest Lloyd State Park, and some swimming. From here we will board a boat to Cuttyhunk Island where we will hike to our next campsite on Gosnold Island in Westend Pond. There we will spend our time exploring the natural history of the Elizabeth Islands, working for a brief spell at Cuttyhunk Oyster Farm, foraging, observing seals and other wildlife, learning camp-craft and making lifelong friends. You’ll bring with you, find, or make along the way all you need for this exciting journey. Upon registration a packing list and further instructions will be forwarded to you.

Cost: $795/week


Grades 8-11 | Weeklong: Sunday 7/28 -1:00-4:00, Monday 7/29 9:00am – Friday 8/2 3:00pm.

Join your friends both old and new on Penikese Island for a week of creativity, mindfulness, service, and fun. We’ll use their shop to create masterpieces out of wood,

we’ll spin wool to make yarn, and learn to knit useful items throughout the week. We’ll cook together and eat as a “family”, while we leave the digital world behind. There’ll be plenty of time for quiet reflection and bird study on this beautiful natural space that also serves as a bird sanctuary for endangered terns and other seabirds. Your creativity will soar with them as we unplug, create, observe nature, write, and much more. Upon registration a packing list and further instructions will be forwarded to you.

Cost: $795/week

Download the 2018 Summer Brochure >>

Parent Reminder Letter

Parent Handbook


Thank you for taking an interest in the Friends Academy Summer Programs. Whether your child is a student at Friends Academy or attends school elsewhere, there are many reasons for kids to spend some time with us this summer, but two of the most compelling are the quality of our programs, and the safe, family friendly environment that we promote.  Whether you’re looking for academics, sports, themed weeks for younger campers, or adventure programs for older campers there is something here for you.  There are opportunities for everyone to have fun, learn new skills, and enhance current talents.

We make this happen in a few ways.

  • Our counselors are highly trained. Most are teachers in their fields.
  • They are energetic and fun loving: this is evident in the experiences they help create for campers.
  • We have a low camper to staff ratio. Counselors get to know campers better, so they can better meet their individual needs.
  • Our programs are designed with specific ages in mind. They cater to the developmental needs of each age group.
  • We keep campers busy with plenty of structure, but allow them opportunities and some choice in their day.

Hope to see you this summer!

Charley Pelissier, Director of External Programs

Children will have fun adventures as they learn new skills in a safe and nurturing environment.
New friends and memories will be made, as they grow in an atmosphere of challenge and acceptance.