Lincoln Summer Camp

Lincoln Parks and Recreation – Lincoln, MA

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: Drop off begins at 8:50 am in front of the Brooks Gym. You may park your car and walk your camper over to The Arena (Brooks Gym) 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. However we now offer a Early Riser Program that features a 7:45am drop off. For more information check out the program page here.

Q: Does my camper get a camp shirt and when does he or she wear it?

A: Camp shirts are provided for all campers and are worn on of our field trips days (Fridays) in the Pioneers, Ramblers, and Crusaders camps. Shirts will be distributed on Monday of each week.

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 him or her 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 Parents please refer to the parent 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 Trailblazers Camp, cell phones may be permitted on some trips. Please refer to the Trailblazer Parent Handbook for more information.

Q: When is Pizza Day?

A: We provide pizza on Tuesday and Thursdays for $2 per slice or 2 slices for $3.

Q: Can my camper purchase snacks from the Codman Snack Shack?

A: Yes. However please note that we are not responsible for any lost money or for monitoring campers’ purchases. We suggest that if you do not wish for your camper to purchase multiple snacks you send a limited amount of money.

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.