, Derry, New Hampshire


March 14, 2013

So many camps, so little summer

Explore the options in New Hampshire and Massachusetts at two weekend expos


For outdoor fun and physical activity, Merrimack Valley parents can check out some of the many camps offered by places like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and athletic clubs. Among them is Cedardale Health & Fitness in Haverhill, which offers multi-week camps for kids ranging in age from 3 to 18 years old.

“The kids really get to use a lot of the facility that Cedardale offers,” says manager Matt Crocker. “You don’t have to be a member to go to the camp.”

For example, campers get access to the batting cages, indoor playspaces, mini-golf, 30-foot ropes course, multiple pools and splash pads, and indoor athletic equipment and facilities.

“There’re a lot of different things that you get to do that you may not” do elsewhere, Crocker says.

To explore all of your options, check out the upcoming camp fairs and visit online resources such as, which features a directory of summer camps in all six New England states. Check out a few more local camps here:

YMCA Camp Lincoln, Kingston, N.H.

Set on the shores of Kingston Lake, Camp Lincoln offers day and overnight camps, as well as arts-themed and adventure camps and counselor training programs. Learn more at 603-642-3361 or

Camp Tasker, Newton, N.H.

The summer day camp of the Boys & Girls Club of Haverhill offers activities such as swimming in Country Pond or in the camp’s pool, boating, fishing, soccer, baseball/softball, arts and crafts, basketball, and tennis. Learn more at 978-374-6171 or

Merrimack Valley YMCA Camps, various locations

The Merrimack Valley YMCA operates two overnight camps on Lake Winnipesaukee’s Bear Island in New Hampshire: Camp Lawrence for boys and Camp Nokomis for girls. It also runs a Family Camp for nine days at the end of the summer at Camp Lawrence. There’s also a day camp and travel camp located on Captain’s Pond in Salem, NH. Learn more at 978-975-1330,, or

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