SUMMER@GUS Day Camp
Campers join age-appropriate groups for a variety of explorations and activities on and off-campus.
Full and half-day camp opportunities designed for preschool and Pre-K campers ages 3.5 to 5. Activities include: science explorations, discovery time, arts + crafts, group activities, music + drama, outdoor play + games, and theme days.
2 Staff:8 Campers
Full-day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $430, Half-day, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, $220
4th of July week 3-day special rates $180 full, $90 half
A full day camp program designed especially for our campers entering grades 1 and 2. Activities, include: science explorations, archery, arts + crafts, swimming, drama + music, free play + sports, outdoor adventure, and theme days.
2 Staff:10 Campers
Full-day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $415
4th of July week 3-day special rate $165
A full day camp program for campers entering grades 3 and 4 that includes a variety of activities, a weekly field trip, daily sports and arts choice. Additional activities include: outdoor adventures, special entertainment, archery, and swimming.
2 Staff:12 Campers
Full-day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $415
4th of July week 3-day special rate $165
A full day camp program for campers entering grades 5 to 7 that includes a variety of activities, and two weekly adventure field trips on the North Shore. Additional activities include: coast to coast paddle, swimming, nature explorations, archery + games.
2 Staff:12 Campers
Full-day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $430
4th of July week 3-day special rate $180
Specialty Camps/Enrichment Programs
Enrichment Programs at Glen Urquhart School are designed to give a more intensive learning experience in a half day program. Our “Camp Stay” option allows participants to make a full day of their SUMMER@GUS experience.
Is SUMMER @GUS a licensed program?Every summer we are inspected and licensed by the City of Beverly Board of Health. In addition, we are members of the American Camp Association and have committed to being visited this summer for Accreditation. Accreditation Standards address all aspects of camp management and operation including site and facilities, transportation, health and wellness, operational management, human resources, and program areas.
What are your staff ratios, and do you complete a background check? Our staff ratios for day camp are a minimum of two staff for every eight Chickadees, 10 Hawks, 12 Osprey, and 12 Herons. Summer Enrichment programs are one staff member to 12 participants unless participants are under 5 years of age, then our ratio is one staff member to five participants. All of our staff our fingerprinted and must complete a National Public Sex Offender, Massachusetts CORI/Juvenile, Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Information Check. All staff go through an intensive interview process and a minimum of three reference checks. Find out more about our staff by clicking on the Leadership and Staffing information below.
How will I know if my child is ready to attend camp? Selecting the right camp experience for your child is an important decision. Consider what his or her interests are... Does she prefer lots of variety or a more intensive half day workshop? Does he enjoy meeting other children and respond well to direction and guidance given from other adults? If your child is a younger camper, is she toilet-trained and independent in her personal care? We are happy to speak with you and provide a tour of our campus to support a positive experience.
Do I have to sign up for a full session week? SUMMER @GUS is designed to provide an exceptional experience by supporting campers in developing sustaining friendships, trying new activities, and enjoying a variety of fun. We believe this is done by a minimal of a one week experience. We encourage campers to sign up for one week or many weeks! Each week is unique as our activity specialists ensure we do not repeat activities within their program areas. In addition each week features different themes and special events!
If I register for a half-day Summer Enrichment program may my camper stay for the full day? Summer Enrichment families may register for a "Camp Stay" option to create a full-day experience. They will join in with an age-appropriate group to complete their day.
Do you provide any discounts? Families who register for more than one week by May 15 will receive 10% off.
Do you have an early drop off and / or late pick up option? Families may choose to register for our Extended Care program, which offers morning care starting at 7:30 a.m. and afternoon care through 5:30 p.m. Families may sign up for this as needed on a daily or weekly option. Weekly: $50 a.m. or p.m. / Daily: $12 a.m or p.m.
Do you offer van transportation to and from camp? We offer van and bus transportation to and from Newburyport, Boxford, Topsfield, Lynnfield, Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly. Options include weekly round-trip, a.m. or p.m. only. Our vans can accommodate booster seats and a bus monitor rides with the driver on each van. Roundtrip van transportation is $75 and morning or afternoon only is $40.
What about lunch and snacks at camp? Campers bring their own lunch daily, and we provide morning and afternoon snacks. We do share our weekly snack schedule with families so they can plan accordingly. Campers are welcome to bring their own snacks as we understand there are personal preferences and snacks are important! We support food allergies in partnership with parents and campers’ physician allergy management plans. All staff are fully informed about all allergy concerns.
Will my camper have the option to go swimming? Campers entering 1st grade and older have the choice to go swimming daily every afternoon at the Bennett Center at Gordon College. If a camper elects not to swim, he or she can choose from camp arts or sports activities. Camp counselors and lifeguards supervise swim sessions. Chickadees do not have the choice to swim, but instead enjoy fun outdoor play on campus.
+ Leadership + Staffing
Nancy Hartmann, Director of Auxiliary Programs Nancy oversees SUMMER@GUS and has dedicated her professional career to youth development, with 40 years as a camp professional.
In addition to her role at GUS, Nancy serves on the Massachusetts Camping Association Board of Directors, and the American Camp Association National Standards. Commission. When not at GUS, Nancy enjoys coaching volleyball, teaching swimming, and training lifeguards. Nancy, brings true meaning to our cheer, “GREAT DAY AT GUS!” with her commitment to ensure every camper had a very safe and fun experience at SUMMER @GUS. In March 2018 Nancy was awarded the George Marcus Award for ACA Accreditation Education Service. The award is given to a Standards Volunteer who exemplifies her role as the face of American Camp Association New England.
Colleen Martin, SUMMER @GUS Assistant Director Colleen supports SUMMER@GUS with 19 years of camp experience. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Colleen is currently teaching first grade in Reading Public Schools. She brings her professional experience, understanding of child development, and passion for summer camp!
Day camp staff are college students, teachers or activity specialists who have proven, successful experience working with children. Day camp staff must attend a comprehensive staff orientation before camp begins to embrace the SUMMER @GUS core program and values and build a cohesive staff team who work in the best interest of the campers at all times. Orientation includes health and safety protocols, risk management, behavior management, intentional program design, emergency procedures, use of resources, care of equipment, and overall knowledge of camp procedures.
GUS staff and independent contractors have undergone background checks, including a Massachusetts CORI, SORI, the National Sex Offender Public Registry, and fingerprinting. In addition, we conduct in-person interviews and check three provided references. Our staff-to-camper ratios are defined further on each program’s details and logistics page.
+ Summmer Programs + Grounds
SUMMER @GUS takes full advantage of the Glen Urquhart School beautiful campus, nestled within 23 acres of woodlands and marsh. Our academic buildings, gymnasium, and greenhouse provide tremendous indoor space for experiential learning and shelter from inclement weather. The real gem is our outdoor space, including age-appropriate play areas, athletic field, archery range, basketball and four square courts, gaga pit, volleyball court, nature trails, outdoor classroom, woodlands, wetlands, and rock ledges. We utilize North Shore resources to extend our programming, such as the Bennett Center indoor swimming pool, Coast to Coast Paddle, and adjacent parks and trails for hiking and exploration.
+ Health + Safety
SUMMER @GUS is licensed through the Beverly Board of Health and is a member of the following organizations: Association of Independent Schools of New England, Massachusetts Camp Association, and American Camping Association. SUMMER@GUS is in regulatory compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations for recreational camps 105 CMR 430.152.
Beverly DPH - Minimum Standards for Recreational Children Camps for Children (105 CMR 430.152)
- ACA (Working toward accreditation this summer)
To support the health and wellness of our community, SUMMER@GUS hires a health manager that is supported by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner. In addition to our health manger we train multiple health supervisors in allergy management, medication administration and are certified in first aid and CPR. In addition to Gordon College pool lifeguards, a certified lifeguard on the GUS staff will accompany our campers to the pool. Our van drivers are background checked including their driving records, and also trained as a health supervisor.
+ Parent Documents
- Parent Guide (Important Logistics and Procedures)
- Transportation Form (Permission for anyone but the parent/guardian to pick up your child)
- Food Allergy Intolerance Care Plan (Must be completed for any child with a food allergy)
- Medication Administration Authorization Form (Must be completed for any child bringing a prescription or over the counter medications to camp)
- Advisory Regarding the Parent/Guardian Authorization to Administer Medication to a Camper
- Meningococcal Disease and Camps