Lincoln Summer Camp

Lincoln Parks and Recreation – Lincoln, MA


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Registration for K-5 Camp Opens Today

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Hello Lincoln Summer Camp Families,

We are so excited that registration for summer 2021 is now underway. We can’t wait to welcome our campers back this summer!

Lincoln Parks and Recreation has switched to a new more user friendly registration platform so when you register for camp you will have to create a new account even if you are a returning family. You can find the link to the registration site here.

For a full description of what this summer will look like visit our homepage, individual program pages, and our frequently asked question page. Of course you can always email us directors@lincolnsummercamp.com with any questions or if you would like to know more about an aspect of this summer’s program.

We also want you all to know we have not forgotten about our 6-9 campers! The state released some new guidance this past week and we are awaiting further guidelines on field trips. We have some great things planned and a draft of what we anticipate the program looking like that will be out in April. We appreciate your patience!

Looking forward to summer,

Erin Dotson, Sarah Costa, and Joe Colombo

Lincoln Summer Camp Directors


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A New Name

Back in 2015 Lincoln Summer Camp went under a revitalization. What was formally known as Lincoln Summer Day Camp, became Lincoln Summer Camp. A new director was brought in and the camp headed in a new direction with new structures. It was this year that our Pioneers, Ramblers, Crusaders, and Trailblazers were introduced. In deciding on these names the the team at the time wanted to capture the adventure and discovery that happens at summer camp; from making new friends, to trying new activities, to visiting new places, summer camp embodies this spirit.

For our youngest campers they choose Pioneers – which is defined by Merriam Webster “as a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method.” It was the perfect name for these campers who are just starting out, who are pioneering new friendships, new preferences, and new skills in their first two years at camp.

For our second and third grade campers they choose Ramblers – Ramblers is a word of British origin that refers to walking, wondering, and enjoying the outdoors. Ramblers organizations across the pond are champions of preserving green spaces and of getting outside to explore the natural world. This name felt like a great name for our second and third graders who are ready to travel further, try new things that older kids can do, and of course aligns with our values of spending time outdoors and off screens.

For our fourth and fifth graders they selected the Crusaders. Below are the definitions from Merriam Webster.

When they selected this name, they were of course thinking of “definition b” as these older campers are ready to be the leaders of our K-5 camp, and are becoming more aware of the world around them. And while their intention was for the name to refer to “definition b” the reality is this is a multiple meaning word, and “definition a” refers to conquest perpetrated against another group because of their religion.

At Lincoln Summer Camp two of our Core Camp Philosophies are:

  • Summer camp should be a place where ALL campers feel free to express themselves and celebrate all the joys of childhood.
  • Camper safety, both physical and emotional, should always come first.

And, put simply, the name Crusaders has the potential to make some campers feel unsafe, uncomfortable, and therefore unable to express themselves fully. It is with this in mind that we are happy to announce a brand new name for our fourth and fifth graders…

The Pathfinders

Pathfinders are defined as those who are “discovering a new way.” As our fourth and fifth graders get older they are learning more about who they are as people and are becoming more firm in their preferences. It is why at this age we begin to offer some choice blocks in their schedule to help them chart their own paths. At camp we hope by continuing to expose these campers to a variety of activities and experiences they will continue their journey of self discovery and embody the spirit of Pathfinders. And when they are ready, they will move on to our Trailblazers (grades 6 & 7) and Trailbreakers (Grades 8 & 9) where they will accelerate down their paths.


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Welcome to Summer 2021

Hello LSC Families and Welcome to Summer 2021!

We are pleased to announce that planning for Summer 2021 is underway and our website now reflects our most current thinking about what camp will look like this summer.

Obviously no one knows for sure how the pandemic will play out in the coming months but we believe we have designed a model that can work under more restrictive times, and can easily be expanded if we are fortunate enough to find ourselves in less restrictive times.

Please visit us at http://www.lincolnsummercamp.com for more information and feel free to contact us at directors@lincolnsummercamp.com with any questions.


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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.