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Mission Statement

Cambridge Camping Association is committed to enabling any child who wants to attend camp to do so. Particular care is taken to ensure at-risk, low-income, minority and other traditionally excluded children are afforded this opportunity. The Association believes a healthy camping experience stimulates lasting social, physical and educational growth. Our programs continue to evolve to reflect the needs of our campers and their families


In 2005, CCA sent 515 children from 35 cities and towns in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts to 2281 weeks of camp, providing $486,496.21 in financial aid and subsidies. Through our programs, families paid an average of $36.56 per week of camp per child. To this end we run 7 programs: Cambridge Adventure Day Camp is our own camp. Since 1968, we have been bringing together more than 200 children from every neighborhood of Cambridge. At CADC having fun goes hand in hand with social, emotional and intellectual growth. The average family payment is $28 per child per week. The camp runs 7 weeks. Daybreak Day Camp is also our camp. Here we provide supportive, therapeutic summers for children with emotional and behavioral special needs. We have a camper to staff ratio of 2:1 for 33 children ages 5-11 from Cambridge and Somerville, The camp is 4 weeks long, and parents pay $32 a week. During the winter, Daybreak has 6 reunions. Counselor-in-Training Program is an intensive 10-session winter training program for 18 teenagers. This enables them to work at Cambridge Adventure Day Camp during the summer. Former campers train to be counselor-in-training. We work with Cambridge Mayor's Summer Youth Program, Just a Start and Harvard University who fund the program's participants Overnight Scholarship Program is a partnership with 7 overnight camps. We provide a placement service and administer camperships for children from families throughout Greater Boston. Families pay between $60 and $150 per two-week session. Department of Social Services Placement is our ongoing contract with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. We provide camp referrals and placement for DSS-involved children throughout the state at no cost to the families. Buckingham Browne & Nichols Day Camp is the summer day camp of a private school in Cambridge. Through Cambridge Camping Association, BB&N provides scholarships for children throughout Greater Boston.

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