Lincoln Summer Camp

Lincoln Parks and Recreation – Lincoln, MA


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CampTivites have begun!

Hello Everyone,

This week we began CampTivites at Lincoln Summer Camp. While we are still disappointed we could not oppertate our traditional camp this summer, we have been having a blast getting to see some familiar faces, while doing some of our very favorite camp activities.

On Monday we had an Egg Drop Challenge! There were so many creative designs. A special shout out to Lucy for her parachute design that saved her egg from the high drop AND the SUPER HIGH DROP!

Today we held a Mini Color War Competition! The competition was tight as teams played sponge and broken cup relay, target toss, and of course, socially distant tug-o-war. Congratulations to Nicholas and Nicklaus of the Red team for their big win!

The Winners with the Color War Cup!

Tomorrow we have a great group of campers coming down for Kiddie Pool Kickball and we can’t wait for the fun! If you missed out on tomorrow’s game don’t worry we are playing again on August 5th!

Here’s a sneak peak at what the game looks like!

On Thursday we are holding FAMILY FEUD matches on the big screen!

Bring your family down to challenge our house team or encourage another family to sign up with you! Campers enter grades 5 and up can also sign up to come down and form teams with friends.

Be sure to check back on the blog at the end of the week to more of the fun we had! We hope to see you all this summer at a CampTivity!


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Updates and Information and Lincoln Summer Camp 2020

THIS IS A NEW PROGRAM!

The world has changed, and our camp program has changed with it. We have worked with updated State Requirements for Camper Health and Safety to develop a program that maximizes safety for all, while maintaining high quality, age-appropriate programming.

Camp will run in three, 2-week sessions:  
Session 1 runs July 6 – July 17 
Session 2 runs July 20 – July 31
Session 3 runs August 3 – August 14. 
Campers entering Gr 2-4 attend from 9-12 noon and campers entering Gr 5-9 attend from 12:30-3:30 pm. 

Due to the stringent requirements for social distancing and mask wearing, we are not offering programs for our campers entering Gr K – 1 this summer.

Our website explains the rest. Our Frequently Asked Questions provides a high level answer to your most common questions, while our new family handbook provides the details… we strongly encourage you to review it, so you understand what you are agreeing to when you register for camp! Tired of reading?  Let our directors talk you through the program!

Please understand that, although we have made significant modifications to reduce the risk of COVID spread through camp, there is no way to remove all risk. Please consider the risk to your camper, your household and anyone in your life who may be considered high-risk prior to making this decision.

REGISTRATION!

Online registration is highly recommended, but you can download a registration form to mail in as well.

LINCOLN RESIDENT REGISTRATION will begin tomorrow morning, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 at 9:00 am. For more information visit our Registration Information page.

LINCOLN COMMUNITY MEMBERS that do not reside in the 01773-zip code 

(METCO Families, Hanscom Families, Birches Families, Carroll school Families, Town Employees, etc.) will also begin registration tomorrow morning, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 at 9:00 am. Please email Laurie Dumont and provide your camper name, fall 2020 Grade, and which session(s) you would like to attend.

NON-RESIDENT REGISTRATION will begin FRIDAY, JUNE 19 at 12:00 NOON. For more information visit our Registration Information page.

Because we need to ensure a minimum number of campers in attendance each week, ALL CAMP REGISTRATIONS CLOSE NEXT WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 AT 5 PM

At that time, we will decide if we are financially able to run camp this summer!

FINANCIAL AID!

We will do our best to assist, but aid is limited this year. Download a financial aid form and return it to us (email is fine) no later than WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 AT 5 PM.  Final notification of the program, as well as any financial aid awards, will be made by Friday, June 26.

REFUNDS!

Anyone who had already registered for Lincoln Summer Camp will find a credit in their account for any fees you paid. You may apply these fees towards your new camp registration or any Parks and Recreation Department programs going forward, OR you may request a refund check. 

Please email Office Manager Laurie Dumont (ldumont@lincnet.org) or call 781-259-0784 to request a refund or if you need assistance in accessing your credit.

CAMP OPERATIONS MAY CONTINUE TO CHANGE!

Public health indicators at the National, State, or Local level may necessitate changes to our camp program at any point. If indicators improve and Massachusetts moves into phase 3, protocols may relax, and camp programming may be able to expand. 

If indicators decline and Massachusetts moves BACKWARDS into phase 1, or we see concerning trends at a local level, the camp may need to close entirely. In that instance, families would receive a refund for any missed days of camp. We always need to prioritize personal safety and public health. 

WHAT WILL NEVER CHANGE!

Your camper will be cared for and nurtured! Your camper will have the opportunity to bond with peers and staff! Your camper will get to join a vibrant camp community with all its cheers, songs, and traditions! Safety will be our top priority!

Once you have reviewed the information please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. We are happy to answer them and hope you decide to join us this summer… we miss you!


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LSC At Home – Cheer Camp

Hello Lincoln Summer Camp Families,

Right now we know many of you are at home with your campers and that we all could use a little cheer in our days.

The LSC directors put together a series of videos of our favorite camp cheers that you and your campers can do at home. We will be posting new cheers here on our blog every week so be sure to check back.


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Registration Opens Today!

We cannot contain our excitement anymore! Registration for Lincoln Summer Camp 2020 opens this morning at 9:00 am.

We have so many fun things planned for this summer – check out our calendar of events and trips below!

Click the Calendar to Download a Copy!

Have middle schooler? Check out how to get them off their devices and engaged with their friends and the world this summer at LSC!

Stay tuned to the blog for updates on how camp is gearing up for a summer of fun, and making plans for how to keep things rolling smoothly during construction on campus.


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Familiar Face, New Director

Hello Everyone,

We hope you are having a wonderful start to the school year, and are enjoying the fall!

Last week it was so great to see so many of you at Parks and Recreation’s Trunk or Treat where we were on hand with our “Camp Graveyard.” If you missed it check out some pictures below!

If you stopped by the graveyard you might have noticed 3 zombie directors in our classic blue shirts.

From Left to right, Joe Colombo, Sarah Costa, and Erin Dotson, Lincoln Summer Camp directors.

That’s right folks, Erin Dotson, our Music and Drama specialist for the past 4 years, will be joining the directorial team as a new director of Lincoln Summer Camp.

Erin brings with her tremendous experience. In addition to working at LSC for the past 4 years, Erin is also a 5th grade teacher in Lincoln Public schools on the Hansom Air Force Base. There she serves as 5th Grade Team Leader as well as Coordinator of the Mentor Program. Erin holds a Masters in Elementary Education and Reading Specialty, and a bachelors in Psychology.

Erin has jumped right in, and planning for summer 2020 is underway. We can’t wait to share with you all the exciting things we have planned, and some of the new ideas Erin has brought to the team.

Be on the lookout for updates this winter!


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C.I.T and Trailbreaker Service

In our last post we forgot to mention that our C.I.T’s and Trailbreakers had another week of exciting service projects. On Monday they returned to Codman farm to help with a potato harvest. They worked in teams to fork the potatoes from the ground, then had to search the dirt around them for any straggling taters. It was hard, hot work, but in a little over an hour they had filled 4 buckets with beautiful purple potatoes.

Throughout the rest of the week our C.I.T’s helped us pack up camp and even organized our lost and found. Remember to stop by far left door of Hartwell A-Pod to look for any missing items from camp.

This off-campus service component was new to camp this summer and we are so glad we did it. We volunteered at the St. Vincent/St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, helped the Rural Land Foundation and Lincoln Conservation with their Pollinator Meadow, and made 3 trips to Codman Farm to help with weeding and harvesting. Throughout their service we know our oldest campers gained an appreciation for how these local organizations support our town, and we are glad to be supporting them in their efforts.

If your camper or C.I.T was part of this service and needs it documented for credit please email us at directors@lincolnsummercamp.com and we will send out an official letter.


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Week 6 – Camp Went Live and We Said Goodbye

We had an amazing last week of Lincoln Summer Camp.

Here’s what we were up to in specials:

Specials

Archery

This week in archery we did two different performance themed activities for we go live. The first activity we did was trying to shoot and pop balloons! The second activity we did was a game where all of the campers started out as magicians in training. There were multiple magician hats on each target and some of the hats had bunnies underneath. If a magician in training shoots a hat with a bunny inside, they completed their magic trick and they become a real magician and get a star sticker! We had an awesome summer at camp and we hope to see you again next year!

Storytime

This week in story we read multiple performance books for camp goes live. The first book we read was “The Cranky Ballerina” by Élise Gravel. In the story, Ada finds that her true talent is not ballet, it is actually karate! We then drew and shared our own talents with our fellow campers. The second book we read was “Worst in Show” by William Bee. For our activity we made our own pet monsters out of model magic, markers, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes! We had an amazing summer and can’t wait to see everyone next year!

Music and Drama

Music and Drama this week was a fantastic storm of rehearsals for our variety show. Every group, from the Trailblazers down to the Pioneers, worked tirelessly to rehearse for their time on the stage. From dancing to “Beep Beep I’m a Sheep” to creating a Ramblers camp skit, the campers gave excellent effort. Everyone, including the counselors and directors, were buzzing with excitement. Their hard work paid off Thursday afternoon with a fantastic Variety Show and surprise flash mob dance in honor of director Audrey. We hope you came and enjoyed the show-what a way to end the summer!!

Sports and Games

In our final week of the summer, sports and games started off with the Pioneers playing pillow-polo guard the pin which tested hockey skills and precision shooting. They ended the week playing pac-man tag and dodgeball teaming up to take over the sports court. The Ramblers and Crusaders started off week six with 4-goal street hockey and ended with an intense game of dodgeball which tested our dodge, duck, dip and dive ability. The Trailblazers and breakers played a classic game of street hockey on the sports court earning ice cream league points, then ended the week on the clay courts playing tennis. It has been an exciting and fun summer for sports and games, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the awesome campers. 

S.T.E.M.

We wrapped up another awesome summer here in STEM at Lincoln Summer Camp. At the beginning of the week we brought back a camper favorite: SLIME! Campers of all ages got to mix and color their very own slime to take home. Our Trailblazers and Trailbreakers got the opportunity to make their very own ice cream in a bag. At the end of the week, campers built their own boats. We tested the buoyancy and structural integrity of the boats by placing them in water and seeing how many pennies they could hold. Thanks for another great summer! 

Arts and Crafts

To celebrate the last week of camp, Arts and Crafts had plenty of campers choice blocks! We made tons of jewelry with rainbow loom and beads, and we learned to make our own beaded keychains. Campers also got to make their own crayons by breaking up pieces of old crayons and melting them together in the oven! 

We also learned how to make our own rainbow scratch paper. We colored in sheets with vibrant pastels, then painted them black. Campers got to test out and take home their papers once they dried!

Epic Adventures

Here at Lincoln Summer Camp, our Epic Adventures always have a grand ending. For week six, campers tested their agility, strength and speed in our classic American Ninja Warrior Challenge. The gym was converted into a course filled with climbing obstacles, balance beams, ropes swings and more! Campers raced around improving their time everyday. Epic Adventures was a blast this summer, and we’re so thankful for all the campers bringing their energy and excitement everyday!

This Week’s Trips

Pioneers at Boston Children’s Museum

For their final outing of the summer, the Pioneers journeyed into Boston to explore and play at the Children’s Museum! Campers and counselors divided into small groups to travel through all the museum had to offer. Pioneers got to experience working on a construction site, being in a Boston neighborhood, and imagining what it would be like to walk with dinosaurs! They also interacted with exhibits that had them adventuring up rock walls, shooting hoops, climbing several stories, and making kid-sized bubbles! It was a super fun and interactive day for all! 

Ramblers at CoCo Keys

Today the Ramblers cruised on up to CoCo Keys for some water park fun! They got to splash around the play structure and zip around the numerous waterslides. Campers enjoyed yet another fun day at CoCo Keys. It was the perfect traditional way to end the summer for the Ramblers!

Crusaders at Boda Borg

The Crusaders set out on a quest to Boda Borg this week where they found themselves swinging through the jungle, crawling through a battlefield, making their way through a haunted house, and answering quiz show questions among other adventures. It was an awesome experience testing mind, body, and teamwork. Ask your camper how many missions they completed and which one was their favorite! Sorry there aren’t many pictures, it’s hard to catch them in the rooms, but here is everyone enjoying lunch.

Trailblazers and Trailbreakers

Brownstone Adventure Park – The Trailblazers and Trailbreakers had another week of exciting field trips starting with a trip Brownstone Adventure Park in Portland, CT. Brownstone is an old rock quarry that has been transformed into an epic thrill spot, with 14 ziplines that sent campers from the tops of cliffs to the water down below, cliff dives that had campers facing their fears, water slides, giant inflatables, rock climbing, wake boarding and so much more. It was an awesome day with so much do. Check out some pictures below.

After Brownstone, we headed back to camp to prepare for our camp overnight. Campers pitched their tents and then headed to the pool, while the counselors prepared a dinner of hot dogs, hamburgers, and haddock that the campers caught on their deep sea fishing trip.

Next it was time for the games to begin. First, we headed to the Arena for our American Ninja Warrior Finals. Congratulations to Chris for coming in first place, and Austin and Kyle coming in second!

After America Ninja Warrior it was time for Flashlight Tag. Campers got their maps, got their flashlights, and then spread out across the campus to hide. In no time at all the specialists and counselors were searching for them. Ask your camper if they were found and became a seeker, or if they made it to the end.

Then it was back to the campfire for s’mores and stories before bed!

The next morning we were up early for breakfast and then it was off to Urban Air Adventures in place of our rained out trip to Canobie Lake Park.

Urban Air Adventures: At Urban Air campers got to do a plethora of activities. There were climbing walls, trapeze, a sky rider coaster, a ropes course, battle beam, a warrior obstacle course, flying trapeze, a tubes playground and trampolines.

Breakout Boston at APEX: On Thursday the Trailbreakers headed off on their exclusive trip to Breakout Boston to do an escape room. One group headed into the Casino to solve the mystery of the missing agent James Bond and one group headed to a Museum to figure out who stole the art work. Then it was off to the Pitstop Tavern for a pizza lunch before campers got to set off to do whatever they wanted within the APEX center. Some campers headed for the arcade while many headed to our week 1 favorite Altitude Trampoline Park.

Boda Borg: On Friday it was time for our last trip of the season and the conclusion of Ice Cream League at Boda Borg. At Boda Borg they found themselves swinging through the jungle, breaking out of prison, on a gameshow, crawling through a battlefield, and making their way through a haunted house, among other adventures. It was an awesome experience testing mind, body, and teamwork and for each mission they completed their earned a stamp and all important Ice Cream League Points. Oreo went into the day with a good lead but Avocado charged back, completing 10 missions as a group, to take the final ice cream of the summer. Congratulations to David, Azzure, Alexander, Aubie, Narai, Xzavyer, Marissa and Emma!

Special Events

Costume Contest

This week’s dress up theme was Kids’ Choice!  Kids were able to choose whatever they wanted to dress up in for the week.  We were treated to a wide array of costumes, from princesses, to dragons, to a chef, to dressing as a fossil!! Congrats to Myles who won the competition dressed as Mario’s brother Luigi! 

Camp Show

As we drew this summer to a close, campers readied themselves for a stage performance at our annual variety show. All week long, campers prepared and practiced for their time in the spotlight. Campers hit the stage Thursday afternoon to perform for a packed auditorium filled with camp friends and families. From dance mashups to skits and cheers and more – extraordinary talent delighted the audience. Campers also learned a special flash mob dance to surprise Director Audrey for her last summer here at Lincoln Summer Camp! Check out some of the acts below! 

Goodbye

Thank you all for a remarkable camp season. Again, we loved getting to know all your campers and had so much fun. We hope this summer was full of memories for them that will last a lifetime.

If you are missing something from this camp season our Lost and Found items will remain at the Parks and Recreation office and the Codman Pool until the end of the month, after which all unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Also be on the lookout for a Feedback Survey about camp this year. We want to hear from you about what your camper(s) loved, and what we might improve for next year!

Finally, we hope you will join us in wishing Audrey well as she retires from LSC.

One last time we will sign off as,

Sarah, Audrey, and Joe

Directors

Lincoln Summer Camp