Traditional Camps

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 over 65 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

Block Sessions 2021:

 A 1 June 21 - June 25
 1 2 June 28 - July 9
 2 2 July 12 - July 23
 3 2 July 26 - Aug 6
 4 2 Aug 9 - Aug 20





Ratios & Group Size:


 4-7 101-to-51-to-4 
 8-10 10-121-to-8 1-to-5
 11-14 10-121-to-101-to-8


Daily Red Cross Swim Lesson 

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

  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Canoeing*
  • 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:

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

Friday Notes: The last Friday of each two-week session provides a Camp-wide Special Event


Special Session Events

Learn more about the special session events happening throughout the summer.

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9th & 10th Graders

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