Camp Sewataro is “Summer as it should be!”
Located on 44 acres of beautiful land just outside of Boston, Camp Sewataro has been the gold standard of day camps for over 63 years. Founder, Alba Taylor, believed that every child benefits physically, socially, and emotionally from being exposed to a broad range of experiences in a safe environment, as well as a strong connection with nature. The Sewataro leadership is committed to Alba’s vision and direct the program with these ideals as our building blocks.
Described as “a day camp with an overnight camp feel,” Sewataro is all about community, friendship, tradition, learning…and having an outrageous amount of fun!
What sets us apart?
- A consistent vision; focus on social/emotional learning
- Programming that is diverse, structured, outdoor-focused and “unplugged”
- Staff retention and experience
- North woods setting and facilities
- Camp is our one focus
Focus on Social/Emotional Learning
Summer day camp allows time for learning of life skills that are simply not possible in school. At Sewataro, we’re able to model for and guide children on how to:
- Make meaningful and lasting friendships.
- Process through conflicts and manage conflicting personalities.
- Become a member of a community and work with others toward a common goal.
- Communicate with peers and adults – how to use verbal and non-verbal language to be successful and respectful.
- Lean on others for support when you need it, ask for help, and use others as a resource.
In just 2 weeks my kids grew and matured. It was exciting to see. I feel after their camp experience, the transition to kindergarten will be much easier. Their experience here challenged them and helped them to grow in confidence and self-esteem. And amazingly, they play better together and need less parental attention/supervision since attending camp. We will be sending them for at least a month next summer.
The kind of emotional and social growth that my sons experience in their eight weeks of Sewataro is as essential to their learning as the ten months spent in the classroom. We cannot thank you enough for creating the environment and staff support to make this kind of magic happen.
In keeping with the Sewataro mission, our programming is both diverse and structured. It is designed to give children a broad experience and encourage them to try new things in a safe and supportive environment. We promote a “challenge by choice” philosophy and campers are taught how to encourage and build each other up no matter the outcome.
Staff members role model by participating in each activity, even when it may not be their strength. Equal respect is given to every type of activity – the arts, sports, adventure challenges, etc, so that every child has the opportunity to participate in their favorites and to learn and grow in new areas.
Our activities are primarily outdoor-focused and “unplugged” – a much needed vacation from technology. There is a large body of research indicating that “direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children,” and Sewataro offers our campers these opportunities in spades!
Staff Retention and Experience
Approximately 75% of our staff return every year. Many staff members have made a long term commitment to Sewataro and feel a personal dedication and enthusiasm for their summer role. Many began their Sewataro career as campers themselves! A large percentage of our staff members are experienced teachers and college students studying to be teachers; people who have chosen to devote themselves to enriching children’s lives.
I was really amazed and impressed by the level of professionalism displayed by all of the counselors. The way that they are present with the campers is remarkable and the way that they teach is consistently positive.
Drew was such a great role model for young boys. His singing, risk taking, and willingness to be goofy in front of a large audience were so great for young kids to see. So many of our young male counselors are awesome in this way. They make activities that young boys might not touch with a 10 foot pole, look cool! Jenny was a rock star. So positive, enthusiastic. She said that Mia asked her one day, “Are you practicing to be a kid?” What a compliment. And her experience as a mom helped a great deal too. I trusted her right from the start.
North-Woods Setting and Facilities
Sewataro offers an unequaled setting in our area. When you walk onto the grounds, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a camp in Maine or New Hampshire. Following a long-standing commitment to excellence, we take great pride in maintaining the facilities and natural beauty of our property.
Camp is Our One Focus
Our day camp season is eight weeks long and we use the rest of the year to plan for the upcoming season. Camp is our one and only focus. We are committed to excellence and improvement each year, pouring over your survey feedback and meticulously reviewing the previous season to make adjustments to our program, while still maintaining the integrity of our core values.
If you’d like to learn more about Sewataro and our history, click here!.
Each year, the bar is raised. Somehow…its amazing!