About Summer Camp
"My youngest just said that she can’t wait for summer so that camp will start and she can ‘have fun every day!"
—Long Time Summer Camp Parent
For campers entering Kindergarten through 8th grade in September
Since the 1920’s, the Dedham Community House Summer Camp has helped create lifelong childhood memories of summers filled with fun in the sun! We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, fun, enriching and reliable child care environment that promotes the physical, social, and intellectual well-being of the school-aged child. Through a variety of activities, your child will have the opportunity to make new friends, try new things and to just be a kid!
Swimming: Our beautiful pool, built in 2010, is 3 1/2 feet deep at the shallowest end and 5 feet at its deepest. Campers receive two swim lessons per week, taught by our American Red Cross / YMCA certified lifeguards. We also offer free swim in the afternoons. The campers also have use of the new pool house which includes locker rooms, a first aid station/office and a covered pavilion for kids to escape the sun for a bit!
Archery: Campers learn proper safety and form, and experience what it is like to shoot an arrow at our archery range, set in the woods on the banks of the Charles River. Classes are led by our certified Archery Instructor.
Drama: Campers learn to express themselves creatively through games, songs and role playing. They also prepare weekly skits that are performed on Fridays, right after the cookout.
Arts & Crafts: Children participate in one-day and long-term projects. Past projects include tie-dyeing, sculpture, muraling, crayon rubbing, collages, and jewelry making. Emphasis is on making interesting things out of everyday materials.
Woodworking: Campers learn how to properly use and care for equipment as they develop skills that will last them a lifetime. Strict safety procedures are followed. All long and short term projects are age appropriate.
Sports & Games: Emphasis is on both teamwork and individual success. Sample activities include basketball, kickball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, capture the flag, tug-o-war, duck, duck goose and much more.
Science: Campers participate in great science experiments and nature activities which may include topics such as chromotography, rockets, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, sound and more. Nature activities may include a camp garden, tree profiling, environmental projects among others.
Rec Room: Campers get the chance to relax for a little while each day in our rec room where they can play foosball, ping pong, board games, read a book or just hang out.
Friday Cookouts & Skits: Each Friday we host a cookout for the whole camp where hamburgers and hot dogs are provided to all campers. Each cookout day is accompanied with skits that each group prepares during the week in Drama.
Field Trips: Each week (except Weeks 1, 2 & 10) campers have the opportunity to attend one of our exciting field trips. Trips may include a Lowell Spinners game, Roger Williams Zoo, Davis Megamaze and Water Wizz among many exciting others. Field trips are optional and must be preregistered as space is limited. Campers not attending trips still enjoy a full day of camp activities.
June Pre-Camp Registration
Camp Registration Updates
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To be added to a waitlist call 781-329-5740 or e-mail
Summer Camp News
2017 Summer Camp Registration is now underway! Click HERE to register online.
Preschool Summer Program
The DCH Preschool Summer Program serves children 15 months old through entering Kindergarten. Click for more information.