Camps and School Vacation Options

Summer vacations can be challenging for working parents this year more than ever.  Below you will find information about summer and school vacation programming. Be sure to contact the program directly to see if it’s a good fit for your family.

Summer Camps and Programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many summer camps are not opening, and others are offering limited hours and options. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can use Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help locate in-person camps that meet your family's needs. The EAP will provide a list of summer camps that meet your specific criteria, free of charge. Call 877-EAP-HARV (877-327-4278) for assistance.

Harvard Campus Programs

Various summer programs typically operate on Harvard’s campuses:

  • The Harvard Museum of Natural History typically offers half-day, weeklong summer science programs, with a wide range of activities, games, and hands-on learning activities for various ages, taught by the museum's professional educators. This year, these programs are virtual.
  • Harvard Athletics facilities typically host various sports-focused summer camps, most of which are operated by coaches’ associations and other private entities. Many of these are canceled for 2020, but check the list for details.
  • Harvard generally offers a one-week School Vacation Program during the last week of August (depending on school district calendars and when Labor Day falls). This is cancelled for 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other resources for identifying summer programs include:

  • The American Camp Association allows you to search accredited camps by geography or interest area, as well as access a wealth of camp-related resources and information.
  • Boston Summer Stuff provides information on sports, jobs, courses, internships, volunteer opportunities, recreation programs, projects, and activities for Boston youth, produced by the Boston Public Schools.
  • The Cambridge Department of Human Services provides information on summer programs, camps and services in Cambridge.

School Vacation Programs

For benefits-eligible faculty and staff, Harvard has previously offered a School Vacation Camp program for children ages 5 to 12. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer the camp in 2021.

Other organizations to consider include: