Summer Kids 2022 FAQ

Summer Kids 2022 FAQ

Hi parents, we are so excited to welcome your children for another summer with Newton Community Education! We hope this FAQ about our summer programs is helpful in choosing a great camp for your child(ren). Have a question that’s not on here? Email us at and we’d be glad to answer it. 


Q: What ages do you serve in your camps?

We have camps for kindergarten through eighth grade (your child's grade for Fall 2022). We also have some opportunities for 13-15-year-old counselors in training (CITs) and many opportunities for camp counselors 15 years old and up. Continue reading to learn more. 

Q: My kid wants to sign up for the Garden City Stage musical theater camp; it sounds exciting! When will we know what show they’ll be performing?

We know! It's Annie Jr. ©

Q: My child’s favorite camp is in a different location than usual. Why is that?

This year, all of our camps are centralized in two locations: Newton North & South. This makes our camps more accessible for students who take the bus to our programs. Keeping our programs in two locations also allows us to have excellent staffing coverage and fewer dropoff locations for families with more than one child attending camp.

Q: The price of my child’s favorite camp seems to have gone up. Why is that?

Our personnel, facility, and material costs have risen significantly. As a self-sustaining part of NPS, these cost increases are now reflected in tuition.

Q: Why are most of your classroom offerings full-day this year?

Last year, many families asked for their children to spend all day with the same group of other campers. Previously, a student who joined us for two different half day classes would be joining two different cohorts of students: this year they are only joining one. Not only is cohorting one of our best tools for mitigating COVID spread, it allows your child to have a consistent community of friends while exploring two different classes/interests.

Q: How did you decide which classes to pair for your full-day exploration camps?

Our pairings were chosen to allow campers to grow existing interests and explore new ones. We have tried to provide a mix of pairings to create a well-balanced day of activity. 

Q: What is the deal with themed weeks?

We’re so glad you asked! Below is the chart of each week’s theme.  Most classes in a given week will draw inspiration from that week’s theme. For instance, in ceramics class in Pirate week, your child might make some pirate figurines, or in baking class in pirate week, your child might learn how to use Vitamin C to ward off scurvy! Please note that not every class will follow the theme. For example, tennis will just be tennis!  So, even if your child is not inspired by a particular theme, but interested in a class, the class will likely still be a great fit! 

Week Theme Dates
A Around the World 6/27-7/1
1 Future Week 7/5-7/8
2 Shark Week 7/11-7/15
3 Spy Week 7/18- 7/22
4 STEAM Week 7/25-7/29
5 Fantasy Week 8/1 -8/5
6 ECO Week 8/8-8/12
7 Pirate Week 8/15-8/19


Q: Can I search by themed weeks online?

You can! Just visit our Advanced Search feature and click the drop-down next to “Program.” You’ll be able to search by week and theme.

Q: What COVID protection measures do you have in place?

We follow the same policies as the Newton Public Schools, and when they adjust their policies, we adapt accordingly. For more specific information, click here. 

Q: What medical information is required to attend camp?

A copy of your up-to-date medical form/immunization record is required for participation in this camp; please return it to our office at least two weeks in advance of camp. Note on the form which camp(s) you are attending.

By Mail: Newton Community Education, 457 Walnut St, Newton, MA 02460
By Fax: 617-559-6998
By Email:

This camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the Newton Health Department.

Q: Why do some camps start at 8:30 and some start at 9am?

All Newton South programs start at 8:30am and all Newton North programs start at 9am. This staggered start makes it possible for families with children in both programs or students riding the bus to arrive at either location on time. 

Q: Will I see my favorite coach/instructor?

Almost certainly! Newton Community Education is proud of our retention of beloved staff from year to year, so you’ll see many of your favorite adults and also some new, exciting faces!

Q: Is there financial aid for your programs?

Yes! We strongly encourage you to apply if you need help to attend. The deadline for scholarship application is May 15th  and you can apply online here. If you have questions or need help, feel free to email

Q: My child wants to take a class for a higher grade level than they are currently in (e.g. they are in 3rd grade and want to take a class aimed at Grades 4-6). Can you make an exception?

We make exception determinations closer to the start date of a class. Email us at, and we will get back to you once we have a sense of enrollment and the age distribution of the class.

Q: Will there be an extended day program?

Unfortunately, not enough families enrolled in this option to make it viable.

Q: Will lunch be provided for your programs?

Families provide lunch, snacks, and beverages for their children.

Q: Why do your classroom-based programs cost more than your sports camps?

Our classroom-based programs cost more to run and generally have much smaller class sizes.

Q: What discounts do you offer?

We don’t offer discounts; however we do offer need-based scholarships. We strongly encourage you to apply if you need help to attend. The deadline for scholarship application is May 15th and you can apply online here. If you have questions or need help, feel free to email

Q: I want to be a summer camp counselor or lifeguard. How can I apply?

Great, we’d love to see your application! Applicants must be 15 years old by June 1, 2022. Apply online here.

Q: Will you have a CIT training program this year?

This year we are putting all of our energy into making fantastic camp programs, so we are not running a larger CIT program. We plan to run one next year. This year we are running the CIT program only for Camp Invention which you can sign up for here. (grades 7-9).


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