Camp Thoreau

Tradition, Fun and Family Run for 68 Years

Since 1951 Camp Thoreau has been fostering youth development by building confidence, teamwork, responsibility and friendship in our campers. We pride ourselves on a truly unique and fulfilling camp experience. Our natural, outdoor environment is the perfect setting for our low and high ropes course, two swimming pools (shallow and deep), playing fields, archery range and plenty of rainy day space. It's no wonder campers and staff return every year - they know every day is a great day at camp!

For more information or to take a tour, contact us at (978) 831-1300 or email:

*This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health.

2020 Camp Dates

Camp Thoreau believes that children have the best camp experience participating in full day camp for 2 weeks. We call each set of two weeks a "Session." Counselors-In-Training have Sessions that last 4 weeks so that they can gain the most experience working with several groups of kids and all of our camp programs.

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2020 Camp Rates

Each Session of Camp Thoreau includes a cookout, evening program or an overnight stay, two "Wacky Wednesdays" full of fun activities and an opportunity to dress-up and a feature event such as Gold Rush, Talent Shows and more. During the summer, we host a family picnic to help prepare and familiarize new campers with camp or to allow current campers to showcase what they've been doing.

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Camper Resources

KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES! Find resources for Camp Thoreau 2020 here (i.e. the Camp Thoreau shop, ordering lunch for your camper, the camp calendar, etc.)

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Camp Thoreau Schedule

Campers are greeted at the drop-off area, welcomed by counselors and friends and take a short morning hike to our main stage where mornings at Camp Thoreau begin! The combination of instructional and elective activities make for a fun and rewarding camp experience!

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