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Registration Questions

Q. How do I get to see the camp before registering?

A. You may stop by to visit our facility and discuss whether Beaver is the right match for your child. Please call us at 617-738-2750 to arrange a personal tour and information session with the Director or Assistant Director.

Q. Where and how do I register for your summer camp programs?

A. You can register safely and securely online. Simply click, “Register Now,” and then select your programs. You’ll receive a confirmation email once you complete your online registration. Please note, we accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.

Q. Is financial aid available?

A. Beaver Summer Camp provides financial assistance to campers through two specific organizations, Steps to Success and Wildflower Camp Foundation. We do not provide direct scholarships to families outside of these two organizations.

General Questions

Q. Is transportation provided by the camp?

A. We offer daily bus transportation to and from camp serving a variety of local communities. More information can be found here.

Q. Do you have an Extended Day program?

A. Yes. We offer an extended day, both in the morning and in the afternoon, for general and specialty campers. Your child may be dropped off as early as 7:30 am and stay as late as 6:00 pm.  Learn more.

Q. Do you provide lunch and snacks?

A. Yes. Daily morning snacks and lunches are provided by the camp. For lunch, hot and cold entrees are served, as well as a variety of sandwiches, salads, fruits, desserts and drinks. Please notify us in advance if your child has a food allergy and feel free to stop by our office and view our menu and comprehensive ingredients list.  Learn more.

Q. Is there a full time nurse on staff?

A. Yes. We have two full time Registered Nurses on staff at camp at all times. Our nurses handle everyday medical occurrences, dispense medications and communicate with you if your child is sick or injured.

Q. Is there communication between the camp and parents?

A. Yes. Because we value clear lines of communication, our Head Counselors make introductory phone calls to all children before the first day of camp. With your child’s help, we also produce an informative newsletter that goes home at the end of each session. But, you don’t have to wait until then to see what your child has been up to. Parents are always welcome to call or visit the camp at any time. We only ask that you first check in at the main office and pick up a Visitor’s Badge before seeing your camper. We also send out frequent camp updates via email, so make sure we have your current address so we can keep you in the loop.

Q. Do you have any special events?

A. Yes. We offer a variety of special events throughout the summer, including a Carnival, family picnics, a Fourth of July celebration, and many camper performances. Check your email or mailbox for invitations to visit camp and watch your child perform during our special events.

Q. Is it possible to use the swimming pools and playground outside of camp hours?

A. Yes, as long as you become a member of our Family Swim Club. Learn more here.

Q. What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?

A. We don’t push. We gently encourage each child to at least give everything a try. Our staff is great at helping campers overcome fears and to discover skills that they never knew they had.

Q. Do you have a camper discipline policy?

A. We do have a discipline policy that’s outlined in our Parent Handbook. We believe in taking a positive approach to behavior management, by providing structure, excellent role models and praise for good behavior.

Q. What happens on rainy days?

A. If it’s just drizzling, most outdoor activities will continue as planned. So, please remember to send your child to camp with a raincoat on days with iffy weather. If the rain is heavy, we simply move the fun indoors.

Q. What are electives and how do they work?

A. Electives are a unique feature of our Upper and Senior Camp programs. Each Monday morning, campers choose three different activities to focus on for the entire week. This gives them the freedom of having more choice and also allows them to delve deeper into more of the things they love like art, musicals or adventure courses.

Specialty Camp Questions

Q. Can specialty campers participate in the Extended Day program?

A. Yes. We offer an extended day both in the morning and in the afternoon for all specialty campers. Campers can be dropped off as early as 7:30 am and stay as late as 6:00 pm. Snacks are provided.

Q. Do you provide lunch and snacks for off-campus programs?

A. Yes, we provide all specialty campers with a morning snack and lunch.

Q. Do specialty campers swim during the day?

A. All on-campus specialty program campers have the option of a free swim each day. For off-campus specialty program campers, it will depend on the program and what their destination is for that given day. Some programs do involve swimming and water, while others may not.

Counselor-in-Training Program Questions

Q. How does the application process work?

A. The CIT application process involves five steps:

1.) Completed camp registration form
2.) A completed CIT application form
3.) Letter of recommendation
4.) Personal Statement
5.) Personal Interview

Counselors-in-training are accepted on a rolling-admission basis. To maximize their chance for acceptance, teens should submit their completed applications by December 31st.

Q. How many CITs are selected for the program?

A. Generally, a total of 25 CIT applicants are selected per summer session (each session is four weeks).

Q. Are CITs guaranteed a junior counselor position when they become old enough to work at camp?

A. CITs must turn 16 by the start of camp to be considered for employment. While many of our CITs do go on to become successful staff members, there is no guarantee of employment. All candidates must go through the camp’s thorough hiring process.

Pick-up/Drop-off Questions

Q. Where do I drop off my child?

A. Drop-off and pick-up locations are specifically outlined in materials that we send out to all families in June. Plus, at each location, we have staff on hand to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

Q. Where do I park my car for pick-up/drop-off?

A. We’ve designed our pick-up and drop-off so our staff help load and unload campers into their vehicles without parents every needing to leave their cars.

However, there are several short-term parking spots on your right as you drive in and you can also always park on Woodland Rd. When doing so, please be very considerate of our neighbors and their property.

Q. What do I do if I arrive late for drop-off?

A. Simply bring your child directly to the camp office so we can mark down his or her attendance and get him or her to the proper group.

Q. What should I expect on the first day?

A. We have a very organized drop-off procedure and plenty of staff on hand to point you in the right direction. Pick-up follows the same process, but we also ask you to verify your name to make sure you are on the campers’ “authorized pick-up list.”

If you plan to have someone other than yourself pick up your child (nanny, friend of another camper, etc.), please fill out an “Authorized Pick-up” form beforehand and return it to us.

Q. What do I do if I need to pick up my camper early?

A. If you plan to pick up your child early, please let the counselor know at the time of drop off that day.  We ask that all parents provide a note detailing the time of pick up so we can make sure your child is ready at the camp office when you arrive.

Q. What happens if I am late picking up my camper?

A. All campers who have yet to be picked up after 4:00 pm, will be brought to the camp office to wait while we make phone calls to their parents.

Group Assignment Questions

Q. How are campers assigned to a group?

A. Campers are assigned to groups based on a variety of variables including grade, age, gender, length of stay and whether they are new or returning. Our goal is to create coed groups of similarly aged children in which new friendships can thrive.

Q. What if my child wants to be in a group with his/her friends?

A. Campers may make friend requests via our on line friend request form.  This form needs to be submitted by March 1.   We do our best to match at least one friend, but cannot guarantee.

Q. When will we be informed about our campers groups?

A. Children get their group assignments in June.

Staff Questions

Q. How thorough is your staff hiring process?

A. All of our candidates go through an extensive application and screening process that includes a written application, personal interview, three references and checks with both the Criminal Offender Registry and the Sex Offender Registry. We’re fortunate that three-fourths of our staff return to work at Beaver year after year.

Q. What are the ages of the staff?

A. Our staff range in age from 16 to over 60 years old, with an average age of 25. Each member of our team has a knack for working with kids and an enthusiasm for life that rubs off on all of our campers.

Q. Who leads the activities?

A. Our adult specialists are experts in leading and making activities fun. We’re lucky to count professional teachers, artists, sports coaches, photographers, actors, circus performers, and many more, among them.