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Summer Camp Info

Summer Camp Info
Posted on 03/31/2015
Camp registration 
forms for all the camps mentioned here (and more) are in the front lobby at G&P!

Did you know? Some summer camps take state vouchers.

NOW is the time to inquire at camps and to apply for Massachusetts state subsidies. To be added to the state's childcare waitlist, contact: Wanda Castle at wanda.castle@boston.org, Childcare Choices of Boston (which serves Cambridge) at 617-542-5437.

You can help get students in need into summer camp!

Message from the Friends of G&P:
For some children, summer camp is much more than a fun activity; it is a need. Many would otherwise be home while parents are working. Please consider helping out by making a contribution in any amount to our camp fund. Money from this fund helps students go to the best value camps Cambridge offers, and many include an academic component along with typical camp activities. Your donation is both well and wisely spent.

Make checks payable to:
The Friends of Graham & Parks
Please be sure to write 
CAMP FUND in the memo line.

Thank you!

Summer Camp Planning for Parents of Grades K-4

Grades K-4
If you need help either selecting a camp or filing out forms, this is your opportunity! Register for an appointment with either of our family liaisons - Judy Amendola or Mildrid Gédéon: jamendola@cpsd.us or 617-349-6577 x115 and mgedeon@cpsd.us or 617-349-6577 x120. If you need translation help, please let us know.
IMPORTANT: To make the most of our time together, to the best of your ability, please fill out forms and gather the information required before attending this planning appointment. Typical information required: medical immunization records that will be less than a year old at the time camp begins; knowledge of your household income (in some cases documentation of household income is also required).

Avoid the Summer Camp Scramble! Enroll NOW!

How to prepare for camp applications
1. Pull together copies of current immunizations and schedule doctor's appointments NOW for any anticipated required immunizations. Immunizations must be up to date, and no less than one year old AT THE TIME of the CAMP SESSION.
2. If you plan to apply for financial aid, get your scholarship applications in early. Depending on the application, you may need to submit tax filing information. It is helpful to get your taxes done earlier rather than later, and make extra copies.
3. Apply as early as possible, preferably as soon as camp offices begin to open.
4. Consider putting money aside in your budget each month for camp registration fees.

Best Value Opportunities in Cambridge
While Cambridge offers many diverse camp opportunities for students, the very BEST VALUES in SUMMER CAMPS that Cambridge has to offer are below. Be proactive and contact CYEP and/or CADC now!
  • CYEP/Phillips Brooks House: 
A mix of academics and fun activities for students currently in grades K-7. Robert Bridgeman, bridgem@fas.harvard.edu or 617-548-4670. Leave a message. 
Soon you will be able to register online at http://programs.pbha.org/sup/campers/ 
If the link is not yet active, try in a few days, or pick up a paper registration in the lobby and send it in the mail.
  • CADC Cambridge Adventure Day Camp
: Busing provided. Breakfast, lunch and a snack provided. Scholarships available - cost can be as low as $6.60 per day for income qualified families. You can register independently now by contacting the director. Email Kristina Cook, Camp Registrar, k.cook@cambridgecamping.org or call 617-864-0960. Registration materials are available now online: http://cambridge.camping.org/enroll/
  • The city-wide Dept. of Human Resources Community Schools: Community Schools located in each elementary school also run summer camps with scholarship programs. Contacts for all the Community Schools are at www.cambridgema.gov/DHSP/programsforkidsandyouth/ages6to10/communityschools. For the Linnaean Street Community School, located here within Graham & Parks, contact Mary Ellen Breen at 617-349-6267 or mbreen@cambridgema.gov.