OUR MISSION: We inspire children to develop a positive self-image and to increase their social skills while building new and everlasting friendships. We create a space for campers to learn new skills and work as a group while gaining confidence in their unique abilities as individuals. Our goal at Naticook Day Camp is to create a fun and safe environment that promotes self-confidence, respect, and good sportsmanship.
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Extended Care Available:
AM: 7:00 - 8:00 am, $20/week
PM: 4:00 - 5:30pm, $30/week
4-14 years old.
Camper must turn 4 years old prior to the start of the session that they wish to attend. All children must be toilet trained to attend camp.
Merrimack Resident: $225.00/week
-Sibling discounts and scholarship assistance available. See Parent Handbook for details.
Aloha Summer! The first week of summer is here and we are ready to welcome friends new and old. Come kick off summer in paradise with hula-hoop, limbo competition, and much more.
Could you imagine celebrating all of your favorite holidays in one week? Get ready for three days of fun as we celebrate some of your favorite holidays. We will start with Christmas on Monday, head into Halloween on Tuesday, and end with early Fourth of July celebrations on Wednesday.
If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go? This theme will lead us to new places and help us learn more about the world. During the week you will be able to compete in Naticook Olympics where you’ll participate in games and challenges to earn points for your country.
It’s going to be a topsy-curvy circus kind of week! This week you’ll be able to play all kinds of carnival games and create-themes crafts all week.
Come explore your inner scientist! This week will be full of ooey gooey fun, interactive science experiments, and hands on activities. Our 2nd annual egg-drop competition will also take place at the end of the week. This week is full of STEM activities and experimenting.
Ahoy matey! All ye pirates out their, come discover your inner PIRATE with a week full o’adventure. This week we will have pirate journeys, treasure huntin’, map makin’, walkin’ t’ plank, and many other excitin’ activities.
Camp Naticook has been taken over by bandits! Stop the bandits from stealing all the gold. Mine for gold around camp and participate in a Gold Rush competition. Campers will go on a journey through the frontier towns and troubles, helping the sheriffs and upholding the law.
It’s time to show your Camp Naticook pride! This week will be full of themed dress-up days and plenty of ways to showcase your talents. At the end of the week you will have the opportunity to participate in our very own Naticook’s Got Talent competition. What will your talent be?
End the summer with wacky water fun! Come ready to get wet and enjoy lots of swimming, water games, relays, and water balloon shenanigans. You may need to bring your submarine...it’s time to get super-soaked!
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.
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.
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.
If you would like to request an Aide for your child at Camp, please complete this questionnaire.
Most Pediatricians will print out their own form for you. If they don't you can give them this form to complete.
If your child has an Epi Pen, Inhaler or will need to take any medication during the camp day this form is required.
Each year, the Parks & Recreation Department hires a limited number of 1:1 Aides to work at Naticook Summer Day Camp and provide support for those children who require additional assistance in order to have a successful experience at Camp.
While we are not a Special Needs Camp, the Town will be hiring two (2) staff members this summer to work as 1:1 Aides at Naticook Day Camp. If your child has an I.E.P, we can work to try and incorporate the goals of your child's I.E.P. into the daily Camp program. Any family who requests to have an Aide with them at Camp will need to first complete a Special Needs Questionnaire which will be reviewed by our Camp Director Ashley Prindle to determine if Naticook Day Camp is an appropriate placement for your child.
Children who require a 1:1 Aide will be accepted on a first come first serve basis and so you are encouraged to register early. If we feel that your child will not be successful at Naticook Day Camp, we will provide you some recommendations of other programs where they might be more successful.
Current Number of Aids Available: (as of 1/14)
In addition to the general Camp Registration forms, please complete and return the Special Needs Questionnaire listed above so that we can ensure your child has a wonderful Camp experience and so that we can help to support the goals on your child’s I.E.P. The purpose of this questionnaire is to provide the best summer experience for your child. This information will be given to our Camp Director who with assistance from the parks and recreation's department professional staff, will be the only person reviewing this information. She will provide only the necessary details to the Staff that will be working with your child. By providing honest input concerning your camper’s emotional, physical, and social needs you will help us ensure that your child has the best summer ever! Please be candid and additional sheets if necessary.
Note: If your child has been violent or has been actively restrained at school or a different summer camp, we ask that you provide that information and be honest. Again, the safety of your child, other campers and our staff is in our best interest.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 603-882-1046 or by emailing Matt Casparius, Director of Parks & Recreation at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: