Grotonwood is a welcoming and affirming Christian summer camp and retreat center based in central Massachusetts. Our home is the quaint and peaceful town of Groton, which is only 1 hour from Boston (Route 495: old exit 31) on Route 119. Its unique amenities include a full-size gymnasium that features a climbing wall with plenty of space for basketball, volleyball and other physical activities, a 1.5 mile waterfront on Lost Lake for daily afternoon swim blocks, there is also a lovely chapel that campers visit each day for 'chapel time'
Grotonwood offers miles of wooded trails for hiking and mountain biking, a low and high ropes challenge course, archery range, campfire areas, a sports field equipped with a baseball diamond and soccer goals, a variety of bunking options and a well established Day Camp program for local kids. We have a dining room that serves over 200 campers and staff for breakfast lunch and dinner.
TYPICAL CAMP ACTIVITIES: Typical activities include daily supervised swimming, archery, high and low ropes, Segways, biking, boating and kayaking, tubing, blobbing, sports, talent shows, fishing, relay races, wilderness survival skills building, chapel time, and messy games!
FAITH-BASED ACTIVITIES: We plan our faith-based programming on the assumption that most campers are experiencing a Christian environment for the first time. Practical activities include group prayer, mostly before each meal. During chapel, campers will have the opportunity to learn action songs and learn about a different bible story each day. Chapel is highly engaging and high. Our overnight campers will enjoy evening Vespers, which are short reflective evening services. Participation in faith based activities in voluntary and campers do not have to be affiliated with any religious organization to take part. We simply ask that campers and families respect the Christian values we uphold and conversely we meet each camper wherever they are at in their spiritual walk. We encourages curiosity, tolerance and respect through open discussion using Christianity as the foundation and spring board for understanding.
OVERNIGHT CAMPS FOR KIDS AGE 7-16
Our co-ed weeklong Overnight Camps are geared to kids age 7-16.
TUITION: Varies between sessions - $790 and $900
RATIOS OF CARE: The ratio of staff to camper care is 1:10.
LODGING: Kids stay in modern cabins that include bathrooms with showers (no separate shower blocks!). Our overnight lodging can be viewed by clicking the video link:
The Larkin Family Center: https://youtu.be/RKRu131MzbA?si=DA7l7XDOtujp3Ooy
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SESSION ONE: Quest Camp for ages 7 to 12, July 7-12, 2024 ($790) - To learn more , click here: https://grotonwood.org/quest-camp
Our most traditional camp experience has a focus on outdoor recreation. Activities include archery, boating, and an end of week Talent Show.
SESSION TWO: Create Camp for ages 7 to 12, July 14-19, 2024 ($790) - To learn more , click here: https://grotonwood.org/create-camp
This session is ideal for kids preferring to design, create and build, or, creatives that enjoy performing arts including music, singing, dancing and acting. There will be a daily curriculum devoted to various concentrations that campers sign up for at the beginning of the week.
SESSION THREE: Challenge Camp for ages 7 to 12, July 21-26, 2024 ($790) - To learn more , click here: https://grotonwood.org/challenge-camp-
Campers go head to head with other cabins in daily challenges including a color war, food fight, cleanest cabin competition, all-camp relay race and more! Points accumulate until the last day of camp when the wining cabin is announced. Idea for campers who enjoy healthy competition. Campers will also celebrate Christmas in July with us - a wonderful camp tradition that features the nativity story, Santa and his mischievous elves!
SESSION FOUR: Waddaweek! Trips Camp for ages 7 to 16, July 28 - August 2, 2024 ($900) - To learn more , click here: https://grotonwood.org/waddaweek-trips
Our most popular week of camp featuring two off-campus trips. The first is to Canobie Lake Park and the second is riding Segways along the Nashua River Rail Trail. Tuition includes entry, complimentary t-shirt and backpack, transportation, lunch, and off-site medical supervision. Campers will participate in the usual fun camp activities outside of their scheduled trips. This session is ideal for sibling groups of various ages as enrollment is open to middle and high school students.
SESSION FIVE: Quest Camp for ages 7-16, August 4-9, 2024 ($790) - To learn more , click here: https://grotonwood.org/quest-camp
Our most traditional camp experience has a focus on outdoor recreation. Activities include archery, boating, and an end of week Talent Show. This session is ideal for sibling groups of various ages as enrollment is open to middle and high school students.
Take a peek at a typical week of overnight camp: https://youtu.be/1D2pkkv2GvI?si=gas1C96bIhMohdkH
DAY CAMP FOR KIDS AGE 5-12
Day Camp is designed for neuro-typical kids between 5-12 years of age.
TUITION: $450 per week or $95 per day.
FLEXI-DAY OPTION: Our Flexi-Day option offers full control and complete flexibility over your booking. Our desire is that your child would want to spend every second of their summer at camp, BUT we know the key to success is making camp work around your busy summer schedule. Flexi-Day offers you the ability to register for as little as one day out of the whole summer for a reasonable tuition fee of $95 per day. Flexi-day also covers two, three or four days per week. Tuition includes a hot lunch, afternoon snack, daily supervised swim and a registered camp nurse available to assist your camper in case of emergency.
RATIOS OF CARE: The ratio of staff to camper care is 1:5 for kids age 5-7, and 1:10 for kids age 8-11.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Our Day Camp schedule runs from 9am to 5pm daily, with the option of breakfast and dinner club daily.
BREAKFAST & DINNER CLUBS: Breakfast Club begins at 7:30am daily and includes a hot breakfast - $20 per day. Dinner Club extends your campers time at camp until 6:00pm and includes hot dinner for $20 per day.
FOOD: A hot kid-friendly lunch and an afternoon snack are provided daily. We cater to all dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian, vegan, lacto-free and gluten free. Please specify allergies and dietary requirements during online registration so that our kitchen team can prepare accordingly. A typical Day Camp meal would be a chicken patty, with tater tots and a green/macaroni salad. Our afternoon snack may be a fruit cup, popcorn or a popsicle. We are a nut free environment. Picky eaters can be catered for with advance notice. Alternatively, families are welcome to pack a lunch.
1:1 SUPPORT: A 1:1 option is available for children requiring extra behavioral/learning support. Our 1:1 service is limited and subject to an in-person meet and greet with the camp director. There is an additional fee of $1,000 per week to secure our 1:1 service. Please call 978 448 5763 to inquire.
Week 1 - June 17-21, 2024Theme: Where it All Began
Week 2 - June 24-28, 2024Theme: Magic of Camp
Week 3 - July 1-5, 2024Theme: Party in the USA (open for 4th July)
Week 4 - July 8-12, 2024Theme: Neon Glow!
Week 5 - July 15-19, 2024Theme: Global Adventure
Week 6 - July 22-26, 2024Theme: Christmas in July! (popular week)
Week 7 - July 29 - Aug. 2, 2024 Theme: Kaleidoscope
Week 8 - August 5-9, 2024Theme: The Olympic Games
Take a peek at a typical week of Day Camp! https://youtu.be/WRt3_FzUEJ4?si=kECttMT80ITQDv6_
OPEN HOUSE: May 5, 2024 from 1-4pm - Come enjoy Grotonwood's hospitality, meet the staff, check out the facilities, learn more about our programs. There will be a FREE cookout and some activities on the day.
Pre-registration for Open House is required: https://grotonwood.org/open-house-2024
VIRTUAL TOURS: Visit camp from the comfort of your own home by clicking here: https://kuula.co/share/collection/7PRJL?fs=1&info=0&initload=0&logo=0&sd=1&thumbs=1&vr=1
FINANCIAL AID: Click the link to learn more about Grotonwood’s Campership Program: https://grotonwood.org/financial-aid-2024
EARLY BIRD RATES: Register before January 31, 2024 and receive a 10% discount on your total booking (excludes Military Kids Camp, Day Camp Flexi-Day and Foster Kids Camp).
FOSTER KIDS CAMP: If you are currently fostering a child or in the first year of adoption, please contact the camp office at 978 448 5763 to discuss tuition rates.
MILITARY KIDS CAMP: Grotonwood offers heavily subsidized rates to children of military families wanting to register for overnight camp. To learn more, click here: https://grotonwood.org/summer-military-kids-camp
TECH-FREE CAMP: Camp is a place for personal growth and development; learning social skills and independence is part of the total experience. As such we are a tech-free camp. Mobile phones and other electronic devices are strictly not permitted. Rest assured that in the event of an emergency, ill-health, or, extreme homesickness the Program Unit Leader or Camp Director will contact you.
To discuss camp with the Camp Director or arrange a tour please call 978 448 5763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
167 Prescott St
Groton MA 01450
Google Review: ***** Wonderful place for kids camp and church retreats, we loved it. Beautiful location on a lake. - Michael Dempsey
Facebook Review: Grotonwood is the best camp. I really do enjoy a lot making friends, it is a very great deal to me. I love everybody at camp see you all this summer. - Rex Young
Yelp Review: My three sons have attended as campers or worked here for the past 12 summers, and have also attended retreats and other youth events. It is like a second home for our family. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a classic camp experience and for the working family who needs childcare/activities for the summer! - Caroline Poser
Facebook Review: I went Grotonwood when I was a child over 30 years ago. My sister & brother did too. It’s a great summer camp! 😊 - Bonnie Bisceglia
Facebook Review: My kids and grand children have been going here for years since early 1980s. They absolutely love it! - Joanne Jerz
Google Review: *****Growing up I did multiple weeks at this incredible campgrounds. Starting at 10 years old up until I was about 16. I did 2 or 3 week long visits and have nothing but the best to say about the staff, the grounds and the experience. I wish I could go back (I’m almost 40 now). If you have children and are a Christian I highly recommend giving Grotonwood a shot. The chapel is beautiful, the ponds is a great way to beat the heat and the foods actually really good. Mix it up with a trip to the water park or an afternoon bike ride. Or get some excitement with a game in the woods. I was terrified the first night, it was my first time away from home with strangers but Mark (the head counselor at the time) helped me to be more comfortable. Every day spent there after the first night was a gift. Am I rambling?… I’m rambling. Take care folks - Max Walton
Indeed Staff Review: ***** Working for Grotonwood was quite possibly the most fulfilling job I've ever had. The community and culture that is fostered there each summer is beyond comparison, and the fact that everyone is there to glorify God makes it all that much better. While the summer positions are not the most well-paid jobs, they more than make up for it in the experience and relationships that you gain throughout the summer. Some of my best memories and friendships have been a result of my time at Grotonwood.
Jobs at the camp vary wildly, from cooking in the kitchen, to running games with the kids in Day Camp, to helping our special-needs adult campers, and everything in between. No matter what your job is, though, you will always come away with a rewarding sense of satisfaction knowing that you were able to pour love into the campers that you interacted with, and gave them a glimpse (sometimes for the first time!) of the love that Jesus Christ has for each of us.