Lincoln Summer Camp

Lincoln Parks and Recreation – Lincoln, MA

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why did you switch to three-week sessions?

A: Due to COVID-19 protocols we had to reimagine what our camp program would look like in order to keep both campers and staff safe. 3-week sessions allow us to create stable cohorts that don’t have new members coming in and out. The flex week in between sessions allows us to more readily cope with any quarantine situations and ensure we have the proper staffing in place for all sessions. While we know this takes some flexibility away from our traditional one week sign ups, we hope both the safety benefits, coupled with the type of programing we will be able to offer across a 3 week session will make up for it!

Q: Are K-6 campers going on trips this summer?

A: Unfortunately, due to the Massachusetts reopening guidelines we will be unable to take our Pioneers, Ramblers, and Pathfinders on trips this year. However, we will still operate our grade 7-9 Trailblazer and Trailbreaker travel camp program with modifications to the types of trips they can go on.

Q: What steps are you taking to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Camp

A: The risk of viral spread at camp will be significantly reduced by layering the following six mitigation strategies on top of each other, at all times throughout the summer:

Here are some of the steps we are taking at Lincoln Summer Camp to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission: 

  • Screening and Protecting our Most Vulnerable 
    • Daily pre-screening completed at home prior to coming to camp which asks participants to monitor their symptoms. 
    • Visual screening by the Camp Head Staff upon arrival at camp. 
  • Social Distancing and Using Face Coverings
    • Camp groups will act as cohorts, staying 3 feet or more from other cohorts most of the time.  
    • All campers and staff will be advised to keep 3 feet of distance from others within their cohort as much as possible. but are permitted to come within 3ft while at play. 
    • All staff members and campers will come to camp with multiple, personal face coverings. These will be used at all times indoors.
  • Hand Washing and Promoting Good Hygiene
    • Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations will be set up at each activity and campers will be required to visit them before and after each activity. 
  • Holding Activities Outdoors
    • All activities will be held outdoors.
    • Tents will be utilized to provide shade. 
    • Emergency indoor space providing a minimum of 40 sq. ft. per participant is available for weather emergencies. 
  • Cleaning and Disinfection of Equipment and Facilities
    • Staff will disinfect all shared equipment between each activity.
    • All tables and surfaces will be disinfected between each activity. 
  • Remaining Vigilant and Responding Immediately to Threats
    • Campers or staff who are symptomatic will be sent home and enter COVID-suspect protocols 
    • A COVID-suspect individual must test negative using a PCR test and return to camp only after they have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
    • If a camper is a close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, whether the exposure occurred at camp or outside of camp, they must quarantine for 10 days. They can only return to camp with a negative PCR test dated 5 or more days after the last known exposure. 

Q: What is the earliest time I can drop my camper off?

A: Drop off begins at 8:50 am. You may park your car and walk your camper over or may drive through our drop off line, where counselors and staff will help campers out of their vehicles and escort them to their groups.

Q: When is pizza day?

A: Pizza day is on Wednesday and Friday this year. Slices can be purchased for $2 or $3 or 2 slices.

Q: Does my camper get a camp shirt and when do they wear it?

A: Since we are not going on trips this year we will not be distributing camp t-shirts

Q: Who can pick up my camper?

A: In order for a camper to be dismissed the caregiver picking up the child must be listed on the Camper Release Form (either the paper form or online at If you intend to have someone else pick up your child please call the office at (781) 259-0784 to have them added to the list. All persons picking up may be asked to provide photo ID so we can confirm he or she is permitted to pick up your child. Trailblazer and Trailbreaker Parents please refer to the family handbook for instructions about self-dismissal. 

Q: Can you help my child re-apply sunscreen?

A: It is recommended that you apply sunscreen to your child every day before camp as they will spend a good deal of time outdoors. We at camp are happy to help campers re-apply sunscreen however we are not permitted to do so unless we have received written permission via your Camp Sunscreen (either the paper form or online at Also please note we do not provide sunscreen, please send your child with his or her own bottle.

Q: Do you have a lost and found?

A: Yes! Located inside the doorway to the Trailreakers Lounge (Hartwell A-pod) you will find our lost and found items. Do note Codman Pool has their own lost and found so it is possible campers’ items could be there as well.

Q: Does my camper need a bathing suit everyday?

A: At Lincoln Summer Camp campers receive swimming lessons and have free swim Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Fridays we have field trips, some of which will require bathing suits (Coco Key, Water Country, Davis Farmland, Canobie Lake etc.) Best practice is to send your camper in his or her bathing suit daily, and pack a set of regular clothing in their bag for them to change into later.

Q: What type of footwear should my child wear?

A: Please send your child to camp with sneakers or closed-toed shoes. Closed-toed shoes provide the safety necessary to participate in athletic activities and are required for such participation.

Q: Can my child bring games or electronics to camp?

A: No. Do not send your child with cell phones*, toys, radios, or similar items! This includes card games (playing, fantasy, trading or others). *Due to the nature of the Trailbreakers Camp, cell phones may be permitted on some trips. Please refer to the Trailbreakers Family Handbook for more information.

Q: Do you refrigerate lunches and or microwave items at camp?

A: No. Each day please provide your child with a snack and a lunch that do not require refrigeration or heating. We do make every effort to keep lunches in the shade or indoors. On trip days please be sure that both lunch and snack are in a disposable bag.

Q: How are swim levels determined?

A: Campers will be evaluated the first day of each session and divided into appropriate swim levels. The camper will receive a written progress report or level card at the end of each week. Campers returning for subsequent sessions should keep their progress report or level card to ensure proper placement the following session.

Q: What is this “swim test” my camper is telling me about?

A: The swim test is administered at the beginning and throughout every swim season for your child’s safety. The shallow end of the pool is open to all swimmers. Campers must pass the swim test in order to use any other area of the pool. The swim test must be administered by a supervisor, and consists of swimming 2 lengths of the pool on their front (any stroke as long as body position is horizontal, not vertical) in 2.5 minutes, followed by a submersion of the head without holding their nose, and treading water for 1 minute. This must all be done with no break. While passing the swim test is a wonderful accomplishment, not passing it can cause some campers to become upset. If this happens to your camper please remind him or her they can keep trying until they pass, and there is plenty to do at the pool even without the deep end.

Q: Why did rising 6th graders move to Pathfinders?

A: Typically our rising 6th graders join our Trailblazer Travel Camp program. This Spring due to the evolving state guidelines around the pandemic there was uncertainty about whether or not this program could run, and if it could what the limitations/safety precautions will be. What we were sure of is that the group size will have to be smaller, thus limiting our ability to offer spots to all interested campers. 

We knew know that our current 5th graders didn’t get to have a final year of our K-5 camp. No final Camp Show, no final Color War, no final swim lessons, and they missed out on many of other projects that only our older campers get to complete.

As 2 of our directors are 5th grade teachers in the Lincoln Public Schools we also knew first hand what students have missing this year. With all their specials taking place inside of their classrooms, art, music, and wellness weren’t the same and we know that students (and those specialist teachers) missed them. 

Finally, while we know that our 5th graders are growing in their independence, we also know that many families of campers this age are still looking for a safe and fun place to send their campers when they might be working.  

Moving rising 6th graders to Pathfinders will gave us the ability to: 

  • Offer a plethora of spots to rising 6th graders for a full 5 day a week program 
  • Offer our Extended Day program to them (which will run until 5:00 pm)  
  • Give campers the final year of camp they missed
  • Allow campers to partake in the full on campus experience: Music and Drama, Arts and Crafts, Archery, Swim Lessons, Free Swim, Sports and Games, and Epic Adventures with its giant inflatables, slip and slides, water blaster battles and so much more!