Traditional Camp

An engaging outdoor traditional day camp nestled on 35 wooded acres in historic Concord, MA, where the spirit of Henry David Thoreau lives on as we focus on simplicity by providing a perfect blend of traditions, friendships, character development, recreational program instruction and fun.

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.

Standing the Test of Time:
For 70 years the Camp Thoreau mission remains the same as we set out to:

  • Empower campers to identify their individual strengths and to celebrate their unique personalities they bring to our camp community
  • Provide the nurturing, support and encouragement campers need to be happy and successful
  • Develop a program in which every lesson, activity and camp event relates to our character constellation and where each camper can strive to achieve their personal best

Ages Served:
4 years old through rising 10th graders


One Week Sessions 2021:

 SESSION      THEME DATES 
1 PARTY IN THE USA June 28 - July 2
2 HOLLYWOOD WEEK July 5 - July 9
3SPIRIT WEEK July 12 - July 16
4LET'S GO TO THE CIRCUS July 19 - July 23
5 OLYMPICS July 26 - July 30
6 WITCHES & WIZARDSAug 2 - Aug 6 
 7  OUTER SPACEAug 9 - Aug 13 
8 SHARK WEEKAug 16 - Aug 20 
9 WILD WEST WEEKAug 23 - Aug 27 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ratios & Group Size:

AGEGROUP
SIZE

GROUP
RATIO
SWIM
RATIO
 4-7 101-to-51-to-4 
 8-10 10-121-to-81-to-5
 11-14 10-121-to-101-to-8


Swim:

Daily Red Cross Swim Lesson 

Activities Included:
Daily rotations through age-appropriate, progressive program areas such as:

  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Drama
  • Field Sports
  • Tennis
  • Nature
  • Outdoor Adventure Skills
  • High and Low Ropes Challenge Course**
  • Hobbies (2 periods of free-choice each afternoon)***
  • Special Session Events

Sample Schedule:

TIME  ACTIVITY
8:45 - 9:00 Drop-Off
9:00 - 9:10 Opening Council
9:10 - 10:00 Camp Activity Period 1
10:00 - 10:50 Camp Activity Period 2
10:50 - 11:40 Camp Activity Period 3
11:40 - 12:30 Camp Activity Period 4
12:30 - 1:10 Lunch
1:15 - 2:05 Hobby Choice Period 1
2:15 - 3:05 Hobby Choice Period 2
3:15 - 3:30 Closing Council
3:35 - 3:45 Regular Dismissal/Pick-up