Camp Thayer


For additional information, please contact Camp Director Cathy Turpel ( 781-848-7255).


NOTE: Camp Thayer will be closed June 19, July 4, and July 5, 2024.

Weeks have been pro-rated

Lower Camp

  • Weekly from June 17 through August 9, 2024; $475/week
  • For ages 3.9 to 5 years old
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Extended Day options are available (see below)

Camp Thayer’s Lower Camp features activities that are scaled to size for young children, with a staff-to-child ratio of 1:5. Kids in this program enjoy a set schedule of activities, and remain with their groups and counselors throughout the day. 

Packing List
Each day campers should bring: 

  • Bathing suit
  • Towel (please send a towel that is not too large, as campers often have difficulty carrying large beach towels)
  • Sunscreen
  • Slip on shoes for pool (Crocs, Natives, sandals, etc.)
  • Full change of clothes in case of an accident (shirt, shorts, underwear, and socks)

If desired, campers may bring:

  • Goggles
  • Hat
  • Water bottle (water stations with paper cups are located throughout the camp and are often easier for lower campers to use)
  • One lovey or stuffy can be brought to camp as needed for comfort. Please be aware that as we cannot guarantee the stuffy will be returned safely, do not pack an irreplaceable item. Other toys should remain at home. 

*Please label ALL items you send to camp.

What to wear to camp:

  • Clothes that fit your child comfortably and can get dirty
  • Sneakers that comfortably fit your child. Velcro or slip on is preferred. 

Please apply sunscreen to your camper prior to arriving to camp each day. Counselors will reapply sunscreen to your camper twice per day, prior to and post swimming.

If you are sending your child with spray sunscreen, please also include a face stick or lotion for their face as the spray is often irritating to their eyes. 

Lower camp campers must be independently potty trained on the toilet. Camp counselors do not wipe campers. 

Please send your camper with an extra set of clothes in case of bathroom accidents.

General Camp

  • Weekly from June 17 through August 9, 2024; $615/week
  • For ages 6 to 13 years old 
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Extended Day options are available

At Camp Thayer’s General Camp, children enjoy a variety of activities and are grouped with other campers their age. Groups are co-ed for grades 1 - 6. To encourage free expression and a sense of unity, girls and boys entering grades 7 and 8 are placed in single-sex groups. All activities provide kids with opportunities for new experiences or with time to spend on a favorite interest. 

CIT Program

  • Weekly from June 17 through August 9, 2024; $400/week
  • For ages 14 to 15 years old (limit 25)
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CITs (Counselors in Training) are assigned to groups or activities as apprentices to the head and senior counselors. Participants develop leadership and interpersonal skills. As part of their training, CITs get a working knowledge of the many activities and program areas offered by Camp Thayer. An interview and references are required. Candidates should submit an application, then contact Cathy Turpel ( to schedule an interview.

CIT Application

Extended Day

  • Weekly from June 17 thru August 9, 2024
  • For all ages

Extended Day options are available for students of all ages in ALL programs and are supervised by a head counselor who is assisted by senior and junior counselors. Activities may include arts & crafts, board games, recreational swimming, and four square. 

Morning Session: 7:30 to 9 a.m. - $80/week
Breakfast is provided in the Dining Hall.

Early Afternoon Session: 2 to 4 p.m. - $100/week
Held in Main Building for Lower Program children. Campers participate in activities for the remainder of the day. Snacks are provided.

Late Afternoon Session: 4 to 6 p.m. - $100/week
Held on the Upper School campus. Snacks are provided.

Sports Camp

Basketball Skills & Drills - $615/week
Camp Thayer's Basketball Skills & Drills camp allows kids to learn and develop their athletic skills in a fun, friendly, non-competitive environment. Highly skilled instructors and coaches teach game strategies and offer a full range of instruction. (Lunch and free swim included)

Co-Ed, Grades 3-8
July 15-19, 2024
July 29 - August 2, 2024
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Mark Fiedor and his group of talented staff provide positive and informative instruction about the game of basketball. Come participate in dynamic skill drills and stations during the morning session. In addition, competitive scrimmages and games will round out the day and highlight what you have learned.

Specialty Camps

Theater Camps
Directed by Thayer Upper School Arts faculty Kelly Hines, John Crampton, and Dan Alosa, each production is custom written and musically arranged to feature all students in their best light and create a meaningful collaborative ensemble theatre experience. Students receive professional instruction in all foundational aspects of theatre arts – singing, dance, acting, and basic stagecraft. Large casts offer mentorship and support, and every student finds their moment to shine. All weeks have lunch and free swim included.

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Willy Wonka Kids" - $615/week
Directed by John Crampton
Grades 1-4, limit 40
June 24-28, 2024

  • Oompa loompa doompety doo, if you are wise you’ll join us this summer! After winning their golden tickets in a contest, Charlie Bucket and four other lucky kids take an exciting tour through Willy Wonka’s candy factory. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. Songs include “The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination," “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket,” and more!

"Finding Nemo KIDS" - $615/week
Directed by Kelly Hines
Grades 5-8, limit 40
July 8-12, 2024

  • Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS is a musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.

"Fractured Musical Fairy Tales" - $615/week
Directed by John Crampton
Grades 1-4, limit 40
July 22-26, 2024

  • When you wish upon a star who knows what might happen?! Classic fairy tale characters get brand new stories and plenty of new friends this summer at Camp Thayer. With songs from Peter Pan, Cinderella, Pinocchio, and The Little Mermaid, dreams will come true this summer!

"Kids Love Broadway" - $615/week
Directed by Morganne Mutkoski
Grades 5-8, limit 30
July 29 - August 2, 2024

  • This original show follows a group of characters as they travel through the timeline of Broadway productions to discover what the true meaning of theater really is. A collaborative and creative production, this show will feature songs including "We Go Together" (Grease), "Friend Like Me" (Aladdin), and "Almost Home" (The Wizard of Oz).