For Parents

2018 New England Camp Fair t0 be held
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 from 11:30-2:30pm

Snow Date: Sunday, Mar 4, 2018


CAMP FAIR FAQs

If you have done a Google search, you know there is a dizzying array of camps serving kids ages 5-14 in the greater New England area. In addition to traditional day and overnight camps, today you can find themed camps focused on sports, art, music, theater, computer, horseback riding, and even foreign languages.

Visiting our camp fair will help you narrow and refine the search process. Our event brings together over 30 different day and overnight camps into a single space and affords both you AND your prospective camper the opportunity to meet in person with Camp Directors and to learn more about various camps.

Where and when will the fair be held?
New England Camp Fair Location:
Bigelow Middle School Gymnasium
42 Vernon St
Newton, MA 02458

Date and Time:
Sunday, February 11, 2018
11:30am-2:30pm

Is there a fee to attend the fair?
No. The Camp Fair is free to the public. All are welcome!

Will there be refreshments?
Yes. Complimentary refreshments will be available to all attendees.

Should I bring my children?
Yes. Although it’s often best to leave younger siblings at home, do bring your prospective camper with you. She or he can see the displays, get to know camp staff, and ask any questions she or he may have.

Which camps will be attending?
Over 30 day and overnight camps from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut are scheduled to participate. See the list of attending camps in the sidebar (right side of page on desktop and tablet, bottom of page on mobile)

Where are you located?
Bigelow Middle School is conveniently located off Exit 17 in Newton Corner.  The address is 42 Vernon St, Newton, MA 02458. You may park in the school parking lot or on Park St. The fair will be held in the gymnasium. Look for signs to direct you into the building.

What happens when we get there?
When you arrive, you will receive a Camp Fair Guide divided into Overnight and Day Camps. Use this to decide which booths to visit first or simply head to a display that catches your camper’s eye.

As you stop at each booth, allow your child to ask questions about activities and so forth. You should also be sure to ask about important behind-the-scenes details such as:

  • Staff experience and ages
    • Staff-to-camper ratios
    • Return rate for campers

Do we sign up for camps at the Fair?
Generally, no. Camp fairs are primarily a place for information gathering. After the fair, you will want to talk with your camper about his/her preferred camps. You may also want to follow-up with further questions and to ask for references of past and current camper families.