Naticook Summer Day Camp program offers a unique Summer Day Camp experience in the Town of Merrimack, NH. Located within Wasserman Park, the park was formerly the site of a private overnight camp. In 1989, the Town of Merrimack made arrangements to purchase the camp and turned the land into a public park. Naticook Day Camp operates under the direction of the Parks & Recreation Department and has been continuously accredited by the American Camp Association since 1993.
Our Summer Camp is geared towards children entering Pr-Kindergarten up through 8th Grade. Our goal is to create a one-of-a-kind experience in a fun and safe environment that promotes self-confidence, respect, and good sportsmanship. We provide Campers with the opportunity to try new activities learn new skills and develop new friendships. Our Campers participate in a wide variety of activities including free swim and swimming lessons, boating, group games, team building, archery, drama, nature exploration, sports, arts & crafts, special events and much more!
Day Camp Director: Ashley Prindle
Assistant Camp Director: Major Wheelock
Medical Staff: Kevin Lake, EMT-Advanced
Waterfront Director: Devon Pearson
Camp Cook: Cathy Snyder
Week 1: 6/22-6/26 Aloha Summer
Week 2: 6/29 -7/3 Holiday Hullabaloo
Week 3: 7/6 - 7/10 Sail on the High Seas
Week 4: 7/13 - 7/17 Imaginarium
Week 5: 7/20 - 7/24 Carnival Week
Week 6: 7/27 - 7/31 Blast from the Past
Week 7: 8/3 - 8/7 Naticook Olympics
Week 8: 8/10 - 8/14 Best of Naticook
Week 9: 8/17 - 8/21 H2-O'Yeah!
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Extended Care Available:
AM Extended Care: 7:00 - 8:00 am
PM Extended Care: 4:00 - 5:30pm
Grades: Entering Pre-K up thru 6th Grade
Merrimack Resident: $225.00/week
Extended Care Tuition:
AM Extended Care: $20.00 per week
PM Extended Care: $30.00 per week
Sibling Discount Available: First child in household pays full tuition rate. 2nd or more children in the same household pays reduced rate.
All campers must submit a record of immunizations and a record of a physical from within the past 2 years. Most Pediatricians will print their own form. If you need a form you can use the form below. If your child will need to take medication during the camp day; we will need you to complete an authorization form.
Each year, Naticook Day Camp hires two 1:1 Aides to provide support for those children who require additional assistance in order to have a successful experience at Camp. Parents must complete an application and spaces are limited.
A limited number of Summer Camp Scholarships are available to Merrimack Residents. Please contact Pat Murphy in the Welfare Dept for an application.
Entering Grades Pre-K, Kindergarten
& 1st Grade in Fall 2020
*Week 8 & 9 is full - wait list started
Limited spaces in remaining sessions
Entering 2nd Grade in Fall 2020
*Weeks 5, and 9 are full - wait list started
Entering 3rd Grade in Fall 2020
Entering 4th Grade in Fall 2020
Entering 5th Grade in Fall 2020
*Weeks 1, and 9 are full - wait list started
Entering 6th Grade in Fall 2020
*Week 9 is full - wait list started
Swimming lessons are included in the cost of Camp. We teach American Red Cross Swimming Lessons and all staff are certified instructors.
Our Camp sits right on Naticook Lake and campers get to explore this beautiful lake on canoe trips. In addition to boating campers will get to enjoy the waterfront and beach during free swim time.
In our on site theater building campers will get the chance to prepare skits and plays with performances throughout the summer and our big camp wide talent show at the end of week 7.
One of our many camp activities includes archery at our on-site archery range. Archery Lessons are taught by a certified instructor. Open to campers ages 7 and Up.
In our Arts & Crafts building that was renovated in 2015 all Campers participate in a variety of Arts & Crafts projects on a daily basis.
Our Park is home to a great network of protected hiking trails and natural area. Campers participate in daily nature activities games, hikes and more!
Campers get to participate in a wide variety of age appropriate sports & games and be physically active during the summer. Sports & games are geared for each age group in camp.
Fridays are Special Event Days at Camp and may feature entertainment, special games and contests or other fun activities.
All campers get a hot lunch daily as part of the Camp Tuition Fee. Meals are prepared by our Camp Cook in the Function Hall. Most days, Campers eat outside on the picnic tables underneath tents. On rainy days, Campers eat inside the Function Hall. Options include a daily hot lunch,fruit, salad bar, and dessert. A sample menu can be found here.
Research has shown that camp experiences often increase a child’s confidence, self-esteem, social skills, independence, leadership qualities, sense of adventure, and positive connection to nature. Combined with the strong supportive relationships between staff and campers, safety, and opportunities for skill-building and involvement, the camp experience offers a learning environment that contributes to the positive development of your child.
The American Camp Association (ACA) recently implemented the largest and most comprehensive study of the camp experience ever conducted in the United States. The results of the research confirm that camp builds the kind of skills that help children become successful adults.
Spend their day being physically active – As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing!
Experience success and become more confident – Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people.
Gain resiliency – The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try.
Unplug from technology – When kids take a break from TV,cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do.
Develop life-long skills – Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents, and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp, makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do.
Grow more independent – Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions.
Have free time for unstructured play – Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. Camp is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh, and be silly all day long.
Learn social skills – Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other.
Reconnect with nature – Camp is a wonderful antidote to “nature deficit disorder,” to the narrow experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor experience enriches kid’s perception of the world and supports healthy child development.
Make true friends – Camp is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. Every day, camp creates friendships.
From The American Camp Association,because of Camp Video: