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Nantucket Summer Kids Camps

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:

nantucket summer kids camps

Nantucket Community School 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.

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.

nantucket summer kids campsDreamland Summer Children’s Theatre Programs:

Offering two-week and six-week options, the Dreamland Stage Company sessions run from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. This year, the entire season will be influenced by the Lion King, the signature musical of the summer. Learn more on their website, or see their 2019 Nantucket summer kids camp schedule here.

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 Summer Kids Camps

Murray Camp Nantucket:

Murray Camp of Nantucket is based at the Nantucket New 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 camps for kids. (SUP) paddle boarding lessons are also available. All equipment is provided, which includes boards and wetsuits. Surfs up over at

Maria Mitchell Summer Discovery Programs

With the understanding that students learn best through experience, the Summer Discovery Programs are dedicated to developing students’ knowledge and interest in the outdoor world. Maria Mitchell camps connect students to Nantucket’s local environment, and inspiring youth to discover ways that they can work to protect our natural world. For instance, children can participate in activities such as beach exploration, snorkeling, kayaking, discovery hikes, wetland studies, survival skill instruction, animal inspired engineering, live animal programs, orienteering, nature related games, art projects, insect collecting, and more. More about the Summer Discovery Programs.

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!

KiteSurfing 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.

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!

Nantucket Hotel:

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, arents 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.

If we’ve missed your camp offering and you’d like to be included in our list, please email

Jennifer Shalley Allen

Jen first stepped foot on the shores of Nantucket while working a summer job at the White Elephant while studying at the University of Virginia. It wasn’t until 2008, after having spent six years in the financial sector at Citigroup and then Wachovia, that she was drawn back to the island more permanently. Since that time, Jen has worked on an impressive array of real estate transactions exceeding $240 million. This includes, among others, two of the island’s largest and most complex vacant land transfers, several commercial transactions, and many single-family home sales, from high-end residential estates to lender-owned asset dispositions. Capitalizing on her extensive background in finance and market knowledge, Jen is well known for her unparalleled “Nantucket Real Estate Report,” an in-depth monthly market commentary and analysis that has been quoted by CNBC and The Boston Globe.

When not showing properties or researching the Nantucket real estate market, Jen can be found volunteering with Swim Across America Nantucket, a local fundraising event for cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital or sitting on committees for other Nantucket nonprofits. She loves traveling, spending time outdoors with husband Mike and lab Sammy, and is an avid runner, cyclist and triathlete.