Nantucket Summer Kids Camps
If you’re visiting Nantucket for the summer or just a week, there are a wide variety of camps on the island for the youngest members of your group. From adventure camps, to nature camps and even camps for aspiring thespians, here is Fisher’s round-up of options to keep the young ones active while on vacation.
Please note: many of these photos are from 2019. In 2020, some camps did not operate due to Covid. Mask wearing, temperature checks and regular hand sanitization are all followed per state and town guidelines. You can find more information on the safety and cleaning protocols for each camp as linked below.
Nantucket Community School ACKventure Summer Camps
For campers of all ages, the Nantucket Community School camps offer everything from farming and gardening, to field hockey, gymnastics and basketball, as well as band camp! Out of their 22 camp offerings, one of their most popular camps is the tennis camp at Jetties Beach. Click here to sign up and click here to view their brochure for summer 2021.
Maria Mitchell Summer Discovery, Naturalist Leadership, and History Programs
Maria Mitchell offer six very popular camps that are week long sessions throughout the summer. Discovery programs include Pre-Wee Explorers (Ages 3.5 – 5 with an Adult Guardian), Wee Explorers (Ages 5 – 6), Habitat Hoppers (Ages 7 – 9) and Eco-Investigators (Ages 10 – 12). For teenagers ages 13-16, they offer a Teen Naturalist Leadership Program that offers 5 hours of community service with partners including the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and Safe Harbor for Animals. And finally, Junior Historians (Ages 7 – 11) dives into questions like What was Nantucket like when Maria Mitchell was a child growing up? What did it mean to be the “whaling capital of the world?”. Registration opens on February 13 at 8am for members only. Registration opens to all on February 16 at 8am.
Watersports Camp from Next Level Watersports
Each camp session lasts four days, Monday through Thursday from 10AM – 1PM each day. Kids are paired with an instructor throughout the week, with a maximum two student to one instructor ratio. Meet as a group at the start of each session and set the game plan for the day. If there is wind, they pump up kites and teach everyone to kiteboard. If there is no wind, you go wakeboarding, tubing, wake-surfing, hydrofoiling, and eFoiling as a group.
Nantucket Boys & Girls Club
For 2nd through 8th graders, the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club camp is a fan favorite. This year they are offering Club Junior for 1st graders. At $300 a week, this is one of the most affordable camp options and hours are from 9am to 4pm, with a 7:30 early drop-off. Click here to view their offering for summer 2021.
Nantucket Community Sailing
Nantucket Community Sailing offers a full range of private and group sailing programs. They also offer boat rentals for children and adults of all ages and ability levels at their Polpis Harbor, Jetties Sailing Center, and Children’s Beach Pier locations. Offering several one-week class options, you can also choose from more than just sailing. For example, they offer windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling. Click here for the NCS website.
Dreamland Stage Company – Children’s Theatre Programs
Offering two-week and six-week options, the Dreamland Stage Company sessions lead up to a grand performance of a full-length musical. Designed for students of all experience levels, this program is an opportunity for the kids to immerse themselves in the world of theatre. Stay tuned for news on summer 2021 camps. Learn more on their website.
Strong Wings Adventure Camp
Strong Wings focuses on providing outdoor adventure programming. They help build confidence through challenge, encourages respect and appreciation for nature, and fosters physical and emotional strength in students. First Explorers (ages 5-8), Young Explorers (8-9), Extreme Explorers (10-11), and Warrior Camp (12-13) run through 9 weeks of summer, Monday through Friday. Click here to learn more.
Nantucket New Camp
The Nantucket New Camp is a summer program serving all children, ages 4 to 11 at the New School on Nobadeer Farm Road. Their goal is to have as much fun as possible through a diverse program of sports, hands-on creative projects, adventure and exploration. They partner with Strong Wings for the training of their staff and the structure and tone of many of their activities. Click here to learn more.
Murray Camp Nantucket
Murray Camp of Nantucket is based at the Nantucket Lighthouse School. It provides youngsters ages 4 through 14 with the opportunity to experience social, academic and physical enrichment. Every day hosts fun and different activities from whiffle ball, swimming, ice skating and yoga to clay and mixed media and so much more. Click here for Murray Camp Nantucket summer kids camp.
Nantucket Island Surf School
Based out at Cisco Beach, Nantucket Island Surf School offers yet another outlet for kiddos to enjoy the island’s best asset – the ocean! They offer private lessons and group lessons as well as week-long mini surf clinics for kids. (SUP) paddle boarding lessons are also available. All equipment is provided, which includes boards and wetsuits. Surfs up over at nantucketsurfing.com.
Seafari Girls is an art, science and adventure day camp on Nantucket Island for girls ages 6-12. They say, “Seafari Girls uses ‘girl power’ everyday as we explore and play on the beautiful island of Nantucket. We take care of each other as well as our natural environment. Our days are spent working on exciting projects, swimming at the beach, and visiting parks and forests.” Click here to learn more.
Nantucket Island School of Design & The Arts
NISDA’s youth art studios offer hands-on art making with an emphasis on having a great personal adventure exploring imagination and ideas, experiencing creativity while learning studio techniques. Classes include photography, puppetry, music, storytelling, sculpture, painting and performances. Get creative this summer with NISDA!
Finally, don’t forget about the Nantucket Hotel drop-in Kids’ Club! This complimentary “camp” is for hotel guests and Nantucket Club members only. The morning drop-in Kids’ Club program enables kids to make new friends and participate in different fun activities. During Kids’ Club, parents have some time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, energizing workout, bike ride or exciting shopping excursion on Nantucket. Everyone is back together again by lunchtime. Ages 3 (potty-trained) to 12-years old. Sign up for the popular camps over at the Nantucket Hotel.
Dance(sing), Movement & Yoga Classes
Dance(sing) is held at Children’s Beach beginning on June 25, 2019 and led by Marjory Trott, who holds an MS in Dance/Movement Therapy. This class is for children of all ages, even as young as 10 months. Activities include teaching movement, dance, yoga, acting and art. Above all, she encourages playful, joyous exploration of songs and activities that promote expression and a sense of rhythm. Find out more about Majory Trott’s Nantucket yoga!
Kite Surfing School
KiteTucket offers professional kiteboarding/kitesurfing lessons, kiteboarding camps, foil boarding lessons, trips and gear rental. They teach according to IKO safety standards and use BbTalkin radio helmets to communicate with students. As they say, “We cannot direct the wind, but we can teach you how to catch it!” Take a kiteboarding lesson.
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