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Summer 2022 Core Programs

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Please register your child for programs marked for the grade they will be going into in fall 2022.

Little Friends

Ages 3-4
June 13-August 5 (Register weekly) | Full or half day

Little Friends summer camp at Friends AcademyDesigned for those new to the summer camp experience, Little Friends provides a safe and exciting environment for our youngest campers. Friends Academy favorite Marissa Vargas leads our team to create a nurturing first camp experience. Our instructors are skilled at organizing activities specifically for preschool-aged children, pacing the day to best help each camper navigate camp successfully.

Whether you choose the half or full-day program, this camp offers a safe, enriching environment for all! Children must be 3 to 4 years of age and potty trained to attend Little Friends.

Cost:

  • Full Day: $295/week ($236/week June 21-24 and July 5-8); 10% discount if you register for four or more weeks of full-day Little Friends
  • Half Day: $195/week ($156/week June 21-24 and July 5-8)

Summer Friends

Grades K-3
June 13-August 5 (Register weekly) | Full day

Summer Friends is the camp that started it all here at Friends Academy. After getting requests and inquiries from parents, we decided to start a camp that would feel safe and nurturing for our students and their friends. More than 20 years later, Summer Friends still focuses on small groups and personal attention for each camper, centered around educational theme-driven activities led by familiar and caring staff. It’s a great way to build new friendships and make lasting connections that will carry on throughout the school year and for many summers to come!

New for 2022 – Summer Friends will be split into two groups: K/1 and 2/3. Our instructors include Friends Academy teacher Ashley Wall and long-time camp counselor Abigail DeRego.

Each week of Summer Friends will feature a “theme day,” where campers will embark on a field trip or be visited by a special guest.

  • Week 1: Animal Adventures
  • Week 2: Nature Exploration
  • Week 3: Ocean Voyagers
  • Week 4: Treasure Hunters
  • Week 5: Music & More
  • Week 6: Mad Science
  • Week 7: Under the Sea
  • Week 8: Blast Off! (Space Theme)

Cost: $295/week ($236/week June 21-24 and July 5-8); 10% discount if you register for four or more weeks of Summer Friends

Adventure Friends

Grades 4-6
June 13-July 8 (Register weekly) | Full day

Campers canoeing during Adventure Friends summer camp at Friends AcademyAdventure Friends is a fun and educational outdoor program that makes extensive use of the fields, woods, and river on the Friends Academy campus. Campers learn a variety of useful skills, such as map and compass skills, knots and lashings, and canoe and water safety so they can enjoy, appreciate, and conserve the outdoors. Campers will also explore some of the elements on the Friends Academy ropes course.

Weeks two and four offer an optional overnight campout on the Friends Academy campus!

Cost: $295/week ($236/week June 21-24 and July 5-8); 10% discount if you register for four or more weeks of Adventure/Survival Friends

Outdoor Explorers

Grades 4-6
June 13-June 24 (Register weekly) | Full day

Outdoor Explorers is a fun and educational outdoor program that makes extensive use of the fields, woods, and river on the Friends Academy campus. Campers learn a variety of useful skills, such as map and compass skills, knots and lashings, and canoe and water safety so they can enjoy, appreciate, and conserve the outdoors. Campers will also explore some of the elements on the Friends Academy ropes course.

Cost: $295/week ($236/week June 21-24); 10% discount if you register for four or more weeks of Adventure/Survival Friends and Outdoor Explorers

Survival Friends

Grades 5-8
July 11-22 (Register weekly) | Full day

Survival Friends summer camp at Friends AcademyHow do you make a fire, cook outdoors, stay warm and dry in the rain, plan ahead and prepare for trips, navigate the trails, and “leave no trace”? During Survival Friends, campers will learn these skills (and more!) to help them build confidence and have fun. Other skills will include proper care and safe handing of knives, how to create a shelter, how to tie a knot, and basic first aid.

Friday, July 22 will be an exciting full day of on-the-water adventures at New Bedford’s Community Boating Center. Campers will need to be dropped off at Fort Taber at 8:30am and picked up at 2:30pm. (We can help to arrange carpools if needed.)

Cost: $295/week; 10% discount if you register for four or more weeks of Adventure/Survival Friends