Read Gay Parent magazine's list of quick descriptions of day camps, overnight camps and summer programs for your child.


Benchmark School


Build your child’s self-confidence with Benchmark Camp summer programs! Benchmark Camp, for children in grades 1-6:

• Enhances academic skills and strategies
• Builds confidence and self-esteem
• Provides the best-loved recreation program in the Philadelphia area

This five-week day camp program from June 28-July 30 in Media, PA includes Benchmark's internationally recognized language arts program, executive function skills instruction, and design thinking activities, as well as swimming, art, science, and sports on our 23-acre wooded campus. In addition, Benchmark campers are challenged and supported as they take on our 35-event Confidence Course, which includes a 40-foot high, 250-foot long zipline. Benchmark Camp is especially well-suited for children with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences. A summer at Benchmark Camp is a summer filled with learning, creating, and fun!


Broadway is not just a destination; it is a state of mind. At Broadway Bound Kids, being "Broadway Bound" means being inspired to express yourself, empowered with confidence and new skills, and transformed through inclusion in a community. In our K-12 weekly Musical Theatre Summer Programs, young people will not only learn from the best but will grow personally, learn to be more mindful, and make friends for life. This summer, we are offering both In-Person and Virtual Programs with weekly themes from Musical Magical Kingdom and One Shot!, to Epic Broadway and Movie Musicals!

Students will make life-long memories as they belt out show tunes, play hilarious theatre games, write original scripts based on their own imaginations, and perform their hard work. We are so excited to provide students with a place to belong and be heard this summer!

For more information on programs and our COVID Safety Protocol,  please visit our website:


(718) 638-5660
126 St. Felix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Brooklyn Music School is a community arts organization that has been changing lives through music for more than a century. We are proud to offer an expansive range of programming for all ages and disciplines, both online and in person. We believe in providing our students with opportunities to learn, connect and perform. Our programming reflects our commitment to our mission of increasing the accessibility of high quality Music Education. We cater classes and lessons to all skill levels and everything we offer is available at an affordable cost with some Financial Aid available.

At BMS, you can explore: Private Lessons for all instruments, Group Classes, Outreach, Summer, Program, Early Childhood Music, Musical Theatre, Music Ensembles, Music Therapy, Mentor Program, Opera, Artist Certificate, Rehearsal Room Rentals, Theatre Practice Rentals, Performance Opportunities, Arts Reaching Youth, After School ProgramDance, and the Home-school Program.

Learn more today about filling yours or your child’s life with the joy of music by visiting!


Camp Ballibay is a residential fine and performing arts summer camp located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Since its inception in 1964, Ballibay has been an inclusive and supportive environment for young artists aged 8-17 for exploration and collaboration within their preferred artistic medium. We offer programming in theater arts, dance, rock music, instrumental and vocal music, visual arts, film and media, technical theater, radio, horseback riding, gardening, sports and swimming, and food education! With never more than 160 campers on campus at any time, our intimate community provides a safe and nurturing experience for all of our campers. Since 2011, we have been the #1 rated arts camp in North America, and we pride ourselves on being a safe and inclusive environment for every type of young artist. We are in-person for our 2021 season and are so looking forward to a summer surrounded by nature and friends after this long year. There are still spots available to register in most of our sessions, but we are filling up quickly. Head to our website for more information on registration and to give your young artists a summer of memories and a lifetime of creativity!

Camp Clio

A Seriously Fun Place for Adopted Kids... And Now Teens Too.


Come to Common Ground Center this summer for a week-long family camp vacation in beautiful Vermont. Our signature program is Camp Common Ground, an all-inclusive, week-long family camp founded in 1994.

Fun structured morning programming for kids ages 3-12 gives parents a break and an opportunity to pursue their own interests. Our adult program teachers are professionals with years of teaching experience. Each week teens and adults choose from classes in arts, music, movement, and reflection.

Afternoons and evenings offer a variety of multi-age activities for the entire family. Our professional kitchen staff prepares inspired vegetarian meals and freshly baked delicacies using local and organic ingredients that meet a wide variety of dietary needs. The meat-eaters and picky eaters will love the food too!

In addition to our traditional family camps we are proud to partner with different organizations and community groups to offer a variety of programs for young people and families including Camp Outright, a camp for LGBTQA teens; Camp Kaleidoscope, a camp for families with children on the autism spectrum; and multiple day camps for local youth.

Anya, a previous board member, states, "Plenty of spaces simply claim to be open to gay and lesbian families, but Camp Common Ground truly achieves the integrated, open and affirming community so many of us hope to create.


Common Ground Center welcomes people of all ages, lifestyles, ethnicities, abilities and economic backgrounds. Site rental is available for your own programs, weddings, reunions, meetings or other events.

Check out our website today at We look forward to seeing you this summer!


Camp Hawkeye is the untraditional camp!

Camp Hawkeye is for ALL HUMANS! A sleep-away camp for 8 to 17 year olds that maintains an organizational commitment to creating a diverse community.

With 60 campers and 25 staff Hawkeye is perfect for first time campers of any age. Hawkeye includes campers and staff from a variety of social, ethnic, economic, religious, and geographic backgrounds as well as across the gender spectrum.

Camp Hawkeye strives to be the most diverse and inclusive camp community possible.

Hawkeye is different; with the feel of family and the healthy experience of the outdoors, Camp Hawkeye uses the joy and fun of camp to break down social and cultural prejudices, misconceptions and barriers. The Hawkeye leadership is deeply committed to each member of the community and look forward to joining you in the healthy development of your child.

Visit our web site or call 781-315-1297.


Camp Wigwam, founded in 1910, is a private boys camp, located in southwestern Maine, in the foothills of the White Mountains. The entire property is cradled in a majestic pine grove on the natural white sand beach of the 250 acre Bear Lake. Each camper is encouraged to participate, on a regular basis, in tennis, golf, and a wide variety of waterfront programs, including a world class water-skiing program. Additionally, Wigwam boasts extensive creative arts programs including ceramics, jewelry craft, music/ theatre, woodworking, and model rocketry. Golf lessons are offered daily, and nine hole outings, at no extra charge, are arranged five days a week to one of four local courses. Wigwam offers four or six week programs in a very low-key, personalized, traditional approach to overnight camping. Contact

CAMP WISE – The Home of Happiness

Est. 1907

Mission Statement

Camp Wise provides a friendly, supportive, and cooperative atmosphere that fosters individual growth at each camper’s own pace. Campers are encouraged to learn new skills and master old ones, to make decisions, to take responsibility, to be expressive, to live with others, and to have fun. Complemented by our Jewish environment, campers develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Jewish heritage and traditions while also developing a true sense of community. Camp Wise is committed to making sure that every camper leaves with a greater sense of self-esteem and self-confidence; and with memories that will last a lifetime.

At Camp Wise, we strongly believe that when every member of our community feels a sense of belonging, they are able to explore who they are and who they want to be, try new things, and venture outside their comfort zone. campers can experience the adventure of a 40-foot high zip line, the thrill of jet skiing on a private lake, the excitement of learning to ride a horse, the joy of playing sports and creating art alongside friends and so much more all while developing self-confidence, independence, and friendships to last a lifetime.


Cultivate your children’s interests with summer experiences that speak to them! Nationally recognized as The Aspen Institute’s 2019 Project Play Champion, ESF is a place where every child is free to explore their curiosity and power their potential. Through best-in-class curriculum, boys and girls, ages 3-15, ignite their interests and prepare for bright futures in any field—whether it’s sports, STEM, the arts, or all of the above.

Our experienced, all-adult staff knows that the most important role they play in campers’ lives is to provide a safe place to build character, inspire gratitude and spark friendships. Our 2021 line-up includes 60+ award-winning activities, uniquely designed to encourage exploration and personal growth. Be assured that our 2021 in-person camp experiences will be chock-full of enrichment opportunities and action-packed, fun!

ESF has implemented a new Advanced Safety Plan ™, which exceeds recommendations by the CDC and ACA, as well as, local and state restrictions. Our exceptional standards include providing a safe and comfortable environment, and we have prioritized the health and well-being of our campers and staff by implementing increased safety measures. These protocols and best practices will ensure that all camp programs operate in a safe and effective manner. All indoor and outdoor facilities utilized throughout our premier campuses allow space for proper social distancing and limited gatherings of campers and staff, rain or shine.

We are ready for Summer 2021. Spots are limited! Enroll today at Questions? 800.529.CAMP(2267)


Joy, creativity, gratitude, and community – these core values are what makes Ghostlight Theatre Camp in Oakland, Maine, such a special place. Considering the past year, your child has never been more ready to spend time away from a screen and on the stage. At Ghostlight, campers joyfully explore their creative side under close, supportive instruction, all while appreciating the beautiful landscape of Maine.

While some perceive acting camps as highly competitive, creating a cutthroat atmosphere,
Ghostlight works to break down these stereotypes and strives to eliminate the "drama" that is often associated with theater programs. Instead, we create a joyful and encouraging community for people of all abilities. At Ghostlight, the most important moment on stage is not a moment in the spotlight, but the moments when the entire cast and crew shines, as they are working together to create a unique theater experience.

The staff at Ghostlight, from Broadway and beyond, create from this ensemble philosophy. Every class, every show, focuses on the possibilities that come from celebrating self-expression, collaboration, and dedication. The result is not only productions that are above and beyond what you expect at camp, but lifelong values campers carry with them when they return home.

Harvey Summer Camp


The Harvey Summer Camp offers programs that appeal to most passions. Young people can spend their summer participating in activities like sports, art, theater, music, circus arts, science, and robotics in a safe and nurturing environment. Our program concentrations in art, sports, dance, and performance allow campers in grades 2 to 9 to explore the depths and dimensions of each discipline. For example, the Art Concentration has classes in a variety of studio settings including drawing, painting, sculpture, and design. In addition, students can choose from a series of electives outside of their concentration to customize their schedules. We also offer a program for first graders and week-long camps in Robotics, Circus Arts, and Basketball. Join us for up to eight weeks of summer fun and activity or simply just come for one week. Our summer program is flexible and designed to accommodate family vacation time and other summer commitments. Located in Westchester County in Katonah, New York, Harvey Summer Camp is located 50 minutes north of New York City and 20 minutes from the Eastern border of Connecticut.


Lawrence Woodmere Academy

One of the longest running summer day camps on Long Island’s South Shore, LWA Summer Day offers programs for ages 2-15 and a CIT program for grades 8-10. Offerings include specialized programs in sports, the arts, plus a traditional summer program.

Camp features include:

• Daily lunch (including Kosher option)
• 2 heated pools and American Red Cross Instructional Swim Program daily
• Air-conditioned facility
• Complete athletics program
• Academic enrichment
• Center for the Creative Arts and Champion Sports Academy—immersive arts and sports camps for grades 3 and up.

The outstanding nursery program boasts an adult staff with early childhood expertise; outstanding camper-staff ratios of 2:1 for 2-year-olds and 3:1 for 3-5 year olds; with a focus on school readiness. Daily bus transportation is available to and from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.


Silver Lake Conference Center, an ACA-accredited camp, is a place where young people experience nature, make new friends, and explore their faith. With more than 60 acres of wooded land on lakeside shores in Northwestern Connecticut, Silver Lake offers many opportunities for young people to take risks and try new things with the support of an intentional Christian community.

Time and again we hear from our campers: "Silver Lake is where I can be the real me!" We are committed to providing an experience of welcome and acceptance to youth and adults from diverse family situations and of all gender expressions and sexual identities. We invite you to take the plunge this summer and find your true self, new friends, and a closer connection to God.

We worship, learn, play, serve, and work together, respecting the right of private judgement. We seek to provide a safe environment of acceptance regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, reflecting our unity in Christ and respecting the faith journeys of all of God’s children.

Silver Lake is the year-round Outdoor Ministry of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. Visit us online at


Wizards & Warriors™ Summer Camp

Does your child have passion for imagination? Do you want a summer camp that promises loads of outdoor activities, educational yet engaging content, and a highly skilled staff dedicated to making every camper feel included? Welcome to The Story School!

Our Wizards & Warriors™ Summer Camp combines fantasy themed Live Action Role Playing with STEAM education to give children ages 8-18 the opportunity to become heroes in their own living stories. During their camp sessions, campers (the heroes) suit up as their own unique characters and immerse themselves in the ongoing adventures of the fantasy world known as Sidleterra. Campers complete STEAM lessons to earn strength points and magical abilities, which they’ll use to battle a range of monsters and save the day. With costumed actors, interactive props and environments, and a captivating tale, your child will come home from camp an adventuring hero.

Virtual summer camp options are also available to all heroes interested. In-person camp will be held at the beautiful and spacious Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge MA. Visit for more information.

Wizards & Warriors™ is a registered trademark of Guard Up!, Inc.


at Media-Providence Friends School

Summer Friends at MPFS is set to return for the 2021 season! Summer Friends provides children ages 3-10 (preschool - entering fifth grade) with an opportunity to participate in weekly thematic units taught by experienced counselors and certified elementary teachers. Weekly themes may include Nature Week, Magic Week, Sports Week, and Drama Week. Children enjoy the freedom of summer in a welcoming, safe, and relaxed environment. Enriching on-site programs are complemented by field trips* to museums, zoos, and other local venues.

The campers at Summer Friends are free to explore, play, and express themselves in the safe and nurturing environment found year-round at Media-Providence Friends School. COVID-19 precautions will be in place and group size will be limited. Smaller groups allow for interactions with the teachers as well as other children of similar ages and all activities are tailored for campers’ developmental and physical levels. The children at Summer Friends participate in a wide variety of experiences that help them shape their vision of the people and the world around them.

This summer, counselors, staff, and campers will observe COVID-19 precautions to assure that everyone has a safe and fun summer. These safety measures will include reduced class sizes, wearing face masks, daily temperature checks, frequent hand washing and sanitizing of surfaces, and social distancing while indoors.

*Please note: field trips will be assessed on a case-by-case basis given current COVID-19 restrictions.


It’s Happening… Summer@Stratford

Rediscover Summer Camp! Stratford has designed the perfect summer camp experience for your child, complete with all the fun, enriching activities they love, and the important safety measures you expect.

Each week, students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade jump into action as they explore science and nature, discover creative and performing arts, participate in sports and games, and so much more.

Looking for a more robust academic camp experience? Enhance your child's love of learning while focusing on a specific subject. From math and robotics to literature and creative writing, we have something for every student as they work independently and in small groups and apply real-life experiences to lessons learned in the classroom.

Add even more fun with our specialty camps that are packed with hands-on activities and experiences for campers to discover new STEAM skills and talents. Whatever your child's interests are, we have activities for them to explore!

Innovative and enriching programs are available for children ready for Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School. Give your child the Summer@Stratford experience they deserve and secure your space today!

Visit us online to learn more at – Summer Camp registration opens March 15, 2021!




66 Spring Street
Marion, MA 0278

Come join us at Tabor Summer Camp for an unforgettable summer by the sea full of friends, sports, adventures, and learning! You will enjoy the company of campers from all over the US and from around the world. You will learn new skills, appreciate new activities, and discover new aspects of yourself. A supportive staff will encourage you to explore, grow, and challenge yourself throughout summer. By the program’s end, you may have made a new friend from another country, mastered sailing, or simply learned to love being part of a community. Coed, Day, Residential and LIT programs are available from ages 6-17. If your child is ready to try a new sport, such as sailing on Sippican Harbor, and/or simply wants to learn more in our classrooms, like our Marine and Nautical Science center, please browse through our website at to find out more about our wonderful opportunities. A summer of friends, new experiences, and learning awaits you at Tabor Summer Camp.



At YMCA Camp Mason we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Since 1900, YMCA Camp Mason has inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships. Together, our proven programs and trained counselors engage and encourage young people and deliver meaningful and memorable experiences that keep families coming back year after year after year.

For children and young people, summer camp at Camp Mason builds confidence, self-esteem and relationships while developing independence and empathy. It’s also an opportunity to switch off, go tech-free and enjoy spending time outdoors.

Check out this video to see a snapshot of summer in action at YMCA Camp Mason: Join our caring, inclusive camp community and find out how your child can belong, grow and thrive at Camp Mason! We look forward to seeing you for the BEST SUMMER EVER!