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Themes and Activities

Our programs are designed to meet as many of the developmental needs of our campers as we can. We are here to help children grow, not simply have fun.

Ponkiwanee aims to increase our campers’ ability to make choices, to try new things, to feel like a part of a community, to feel supported by adults and peers, to gain an understanding and openness of others and their differences, to have their parents be more involved in our community, to act responsibly with honesty and integrity, to express themselves, to gain an understanding of their world, and to gain an awareness of their impact on their environment.

At Camp Ponkawiwanee, campers have the opportunity to learn and have fun in a beautiful natural setting of ponds, woodlands, and wildflower meadows while making friends with other children from all the south shore and Boston communities. Your child will become a part of a multi-cultural, inclusive, and diverse community which practices mutual respect. We look forward to welcoming your child into this unique and enriching camp community.

Camp Specialties

Our camp specialties will provide a focus to each session, each day will be filled with swimming, arts and crafts, games, nature, fishing and will be overseen by our caring well trained staff who make Camp Ponkiwanee such a special place each summer. Campers may choose our general program if they are not interested in the week's specialty program.

Session 1 June 24-June 28 Outdoor Adventures 1

This week will include many exciting outdoor activities.  Campers will cook on a campfire, learn to canoe, go fishing, build forts and much more!

Session 2 July 1-5  Stars & Stripes (No camp on July 4th)

Let's get Patriotic!! Come to camp ready to celebrate independence day!  We have crafts, games and relay races planned!  Each group will create a float and participate in a camp parade!

Session 3 July 8-12 A Wizard's Life

Learn how to be a wizard with magical potions, solve dilemmas, dress like your favorite wizard, an wizard games including a version of Quidditch.

Session 4 July 15-19 Inventor's Workshop

Come to camp with your thinking cap on!  We will get creative this week, inventing arcade games, board games, & model cars!  Bring your ideas too!!

Session 5 July 22-26 So Sporty

Get ready to jump, run, kick and pass!  During this week, children will learn new sports, play their favorites and even create a sport of their own!  The week ends with an exciting field day.

Session 6 July 29 - Aug 2 Time Traveler's

Camp Ponkiwanee will be stepping back in time this week.  We will go on a treasure hunt as pirates and fight a dragon as knights and lords!  There will be exciting crafts, games and scavenger hunts that take us through time.

Session 7 August 5-9 Outdoor Adventures 2

Due to the popularity of this program we have added a second round of fun!!  Campers will continue to have fun in the out of doors!, hiking on trails, building forts, outdoor cooking, fishing and so much more!

Session 8 August 12-16 Ponkiwanee's Got Talent

Learn new magic tricks, dance moves and acting skills at camp this week.  Create a new camp song with your group or build an instrument.  With "Talent" the possibilities are endless!  On Friday, campers will have the opportunity to showcase their talents at a camp wide talent show.

Session 1 June 24 - July 12 Ponkiwanee Teens 1

Session 2 July 29-Aug 16 Ponkiwanee Teens 2

Camp Ponk is excited to offer two three week Leader In Training programs for teens ages 12-13.  During these sessions, youth will learn various leadership skills including managing behavior, communicating, listening, and decision making.  There will e opportunities for team building activities, planning camp activities, and attending field trips, having an overnight at camp and swimming, canoeing and all the fun that camp allows! Campers may come to 1 or 2 teen programs.  Those who attend both sessions will gain more experience and will be given more leadership opportunities.


Our camp site facility offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, nature study and outdoor fun! The site also offers a sparkling, sandy pond, playing fields, woods to explore, cabins and covered pavilions for inclement weather.

Our daily program will consist of swimming, swimming enrichment lessons, nature activities, arts & crafts, team building, games, sports, canoeing, fishing and drama as well as our Camp Fire USA outdoor adventure program.

Children are placed in small, age appropriate co-ed groups with two camp counselors each session. Staff are hired to work with the specific aged campers. Our campers have a strong voice and are decision makers in choosing daily activities with the support of their staff. Our certified lifeguards, nature & team building specialist and program director support our counselors by providing daily programs for the different groups.

A sample day is listed below.

7-8:45 am Early Care Program
9:00 am All Camp Welcome, Check In, Songs and Announcements
9:30 am Nature Exploration & Team Bldg. Games
10:15 am Swimming Enrichment Lesson
11:00 am Fun Swim
11:45 am Lunch
12:15 pm Art
1:00 pm Specialty Program
1:45 pm Specialty Program
2:45 pm
Specialty Program
3:40 pm Small Group Debrief and Clean Up
3:50 pm All Camp Reflections, People of the Day, Songs and Dismissal
4:00 pm Camp End and After Care Begins
4:15 pm After Care Program

Our first and last camp days are slightly different to incorporate site, staff and group orientations and celebrations.

Camp Open Houses

If you would like to meet our camp director and a few of our summer staff as well as tour the camp site and have your questions answered, please come to one of our open houses. We ask that you This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to our open house in case of weather cancellations.

April 17, Wednesday  3:45-4:30pm  (after school vacation program)

May 4, Saturday  10:30am-12pm

June 8, Saturday  9-10:30am