Share the joy of summer with friends new and old

Day Camp

At Fessenden Day Camp, children have fun at activities they love and discover new and exciting passions to pursue. Every day, campers participate in a wide range of activities, from our renowned swimming program, archery and sports, to arts and crafts and multimedia arts. Through exposure to a range of activities, campers learn which ones they enjoy most, while building self-confidence and creating friendships that will last beyond the summer.

Just Right – Not too Big, Not too Small!

Fessenden Day Camp makes the summer such a fun and warm learning experience for children because we’re big enough to provide the full range of activities and facilities found at large camps, yet small enough so that we get to know every child well.

Why Campers Keep Coming Back

Many campers come back to Fessenden summer after summer – here’s why:

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An incredible staff of passionate, experienced educators and mature counselors who dedicate themselves every day to ensuring campers are happy, healthy, and engaged. On average we have a 1:5 staff-to-camper ratio.

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A range of program options, including flexible weekly enrollment and morning and afternoon extended day options that work around your family’s schedule and fit seamlessly into children’s plans for summer fun.

Fessenden Summer Camps Facilities

Exceptional facilities – like beautiful pools, our state-of-the-art Center for Innovation, brand new playgrounds, top-notch fields, and a hands-on science center – that make the camp experience energetic, fun, and diverse. 

Day Camp Activity Highlights

Fessenden offers many different activities for all age groups and tailors them to the age of the campers.


Most Full Day Campers Swim twice each day, once for an instructional swim lesson in our Red Cross swim program, and one free swim to play with friends. All specialty camps swim once per day for a free swim block.

Learn more about our swim program.

Arts and Crafts

Enjoy a broad range of craft projects geared to age and ability in our art classrooms. Skilled specialists teach art through painting, sculpture, and a variety of other imaginative media. 


Work with clay, make wind chimes, create Claymation videos, and for younger campers, learn how to make cups and pots, animals, faces and more in our ceramics studio.


Sing, play instruments, learn the fundamentals of music, and discover a wide range of familiar and new camp songs.


Explore the many aspects of theater, including set design, improvisation, scene development, producing, and acting in the Fessenden Auditorium.


Explore self-expression through dance and movement while learning basic to more advanced steps in different genres, and even get the opportunity to choreograph routines in our Center for the Arts.

Media Arts

Become director, writer, producer in video making and capture the excitement on campus in digital photography.



Focusing on teamwork, coordination, and skill-building, play a variety of outdoor and indoor sports, including soccer, floor hockey, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and gaga ball.


Become a young Robin Hood, learning the basic techniques of aim, stance and safety and gaining expertise in hitting the target, all under the guidance of a certified instructor. Bullseye!


Go on nature walks and learn about organic gardening and wildlife, survival skills and how to build a fire! 


Become your own Mad Scientist and explore engineering with Hexbug mazes, gyroscopes, and geodesic domes, and discover what goes on in volcanoes.

Imagination Station

Be creative and collaborative. Build a skyscraper to the ceiling out of blocks, put on a show with or for friends at the puppet theater, or create a restaurant. This is an unstructured free play space where campers guide their own play while counselors join in their games.


Build pinewood derby cars, bird houses, plaques, animals, and other wooden toys while learning the techniques of sanding, shaping, and design and how to work safely with tools in the shop.

Challenge Course

Explore the trees and perfect your balance on our low ropes course including the whale watch balance board and many other obstacles! 

Special Events

Special events during the summer include Carnival, Fessy Games, Halloween and more! Get the chance to play on our bouncy houses and meet outside entertainers, such as magicians, jugglers, puppet shows or musical variety acts.

Preschool Activities

Lower Camp Only

Specialized, age appropriate, activities for our youngest campers to enjoy such as model magic, story time, crafts, and group games! 

Special Events

Special events during the summer include Carnival, Fessy Games, Halloween and more! Get the chance to play on our bouncy houses and meet outside entertainers, such as magicians, jugglers, puppet shows or musical variety acts.

Day Camp Programs