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As you explore the world of summer camps, you will find that there are many opportunities available to you and your family. As a parent or caretaker, you will want to choose a program that supports the values you instill at home. Review our programs, activities, and overall philosophy and determine if it is a good fit for you and your child. If after reviewing all of our information you are still not sure, reach out to us and one of our leadership team would be more than happy to speak with you and/ or your child.
Our strongest asset is the community that has been established, one that is accepting of differences in others. This forms the basis of all that we do and forms a community that truly embraces and values the differences in each other. In a community of this kind, true life lessons can be experienced, learned, practiced and understood. In this environment youth have the freedom to explore their own personal biases, self-concepts and social pressures and the opportunity to make life effecting changes. We are committed to building on the community created to establish a more accepting environment more every season. We believe that by being an inclusive environment, all members of the community must be active in its success. As youth become more independent, our program is designed to create a sense of community in which everyone is supported at their individual level.
Camp Howe is divided by age or gender, each housed on separately at camp by cabins. We do offer a gender-inclusive cabin for each age group. Camp is further structured into three programs divided by age: Juniors, Teens and Counselors-In-Training. A day program is offered as an alternative for our Junior Campers who may not be ready for resident camp. In addition, we have a fully-inclusive program for youth with disabilities to enjoy a traditional fun-filled camp experience.
We limit each camper' stay to no more than 4 weeks, ideally taking a week or two off between registered sessions. All campers must go home at the end of a two-week session; campers enrolling for more than one two week session must therefore go home between sessions. Our goal is to ensure each child gets the most out of their stay with us.
Our activities are designed to challenge each child in a safe and fun way. The program's intent is to ensure that every camper is comfortable and happy with his or her achievements and limitations. Activities, while fun, are tools for assisting in the personal growth of an individual and the community as a whole. Campers get to choose some of your activities to fit their interests while other programs are enjoyed by their entire group to provide well-rounded experiences.
Camp Howe offers both one and two-week sessions for our sleepaway programs - Junior, Teen, and Echo Programs. Sleep away camp runs Sunday through Friday. Our day program is a weekly running Monday through Friday. Our CIT program is always a two week program.
If the cost of camp feels out of reach for your family, we are committed to making sure the camp experience is totally affordable for every family through our financial aid program.
Days Until the first camper of 2023 arrives!
Nothing about Camp Howe is TYPICAL! We have a schedule to offer structure to our program but activities change every day to keep the interest of our campers peaked.
Each day is balanced with high-energy activities with periods that allow campers to refresh and recharge.
For over 95 years, Camp Howe has welcomed thousands of campers from all across Massachusetts, the East Coast, the United States, and the world to experience just how amazing summer can be. Essential to our success is hiring a group of committed, creative, caring, and fun staff. A good camp staff is crucial to a good summer camp and we think are staff are amazing. Camp Howe is all about the people and relationships.
Food is key to a great camp experience. It keeps our campers happy and energized which is essential for the fast paced life at camp. Our chefs are hired from the local area and are committed to providing food which balances being healthy and kid friendly.
Our facilities are rustic, yet functionally and blends our site into the nature environment of the woods. We spend as much time as we can outdoors but we have a facility that allows campers to be creative and engaged indoors when needed.
Camp Howe is a private, independent, non profit organization with a long tradition of providing a 4-H based camp experience to youngsters each summer. Camp Howe receives no state or county funding, but does incorporate many aspects of “4-H” via the federally, state, and county supported UMass Extension and its Massachusetts 4-H Program. Together, we strive to provide youth with fun, safe, and educational experiences based on 4-H values. Children do not have to be, or are under no obligation to become, 4-H members to attend Camp Howe.
Providing a fun, safe, inclusive camp experience that promotes individual growth takes a lot of intentionality, planning and commitment. We fully understand that finding a camp that meets both yours and your child’s needs, wants and expectation is equally as complicated. We have compiled a list of questions and answers that hopefully answers all your questions and will assist you in assessing whether Camp Howe is the best fit for your family.
The Pillars of Camp Howe
Camp Howe is a licensed camp and complies with all of the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Local Board of Health. In addition to this, the camp has chosen to be accredited by the American Camp Association and annually meets or exceeds nearly 300 standards in the following areas; Health and Wellness; Program Design and Activities; Aquatics; Human Resources; Transportation; Site and Facility and Operational Management.
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