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Patch Picks: Top Local Summer Camps for the Kids

Seven local camps to keep the kids busy this summer.

It may be winter for another two weeks, but some parents are already thinking about summer and getting those kids out of the house.

Planning for summer camp can never be done too early, and Patch is here to help! Here's our list of the top summer camps in Portsmouth.

  1. Portsmouth Action for Youth—Located at , the camp has a different theme each week and includes trips to Sandy Point Beach and various field trips. Open to grades kindergarten to grade 8.  For more information, call (401) 683-7899 or payprogramri@gmail.com.
  2. Glen Farm Equestrian Center—Learn to ride or sharpen your skills!  Weeklong sessions focus on the essentials of horseback riding essentials from safety to grooming as well as riding lessons.  All ages and skill levels. Click here for more info.
  3. Camp Invention-The Spark Program—Have fun and learn! For grades 1-6, this five-day camp at focuses on teaching children to solve real world problems using their imagination and creative thinking. Click here for more info.
  4. Beach Dogs Lacrosse Camp—Discover the “oldest team sport in America”! Suitable for grades 1-12, this five-day camp is held on the polo fields at in Portsmouth. For more info, click here.
  5. Portsmouth Youth Sailing Program—Learn to sail in the familiar water off . Ages 5-14. Classes are half day (both a.m. and p.m. sessions) with different weeks allotted for different levels of experience. For more information, click here.
  6. Newport Gulls Baseball Summer Camp—It’s never too early to learn America’s National Pastime! Ages 6-12. All skill levels are welcome. Runs for five days, with two session held in Portsmouth. For more information, click here.
  7. Camp Happy Tails—Sponsored by The Potter League and the Newport YMCA, children learn about the animal kingdom through crafts, guest speakers and more. Grades 2-6. For more information, visit the Potter League Web site here.
Christina Lantz March 11, 2011 at 12:09 PM
Those are great suggestions, Chris and Megan! I would love to hear some more ideas everyone!
Dr. James DeVecchi March 11, 2011 at 02:46 PM
If you are looking for academic enrichment and summer fun, Portsmouth Abbey runs a Summer Program from June 26-July 23 for rising 7th through 10th graders. Beyond traditional courses that emphasize reading, writing and public speaking, students may participate in our hands-on enrichment activities including Environmental and Marine Sciences and Landscape Painting. Whether in seminars, exploring marine environments, or trying new painting techniques, students will explore subjects with instructors who are passionate about what they do and who will share that enthusiasm with your child. Courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Economics, Film & Culture, Algebra, 2-D Design, Latin for English and more. Sail a boat in Newport…visit Rhode Island’s world-class beaches…walk the historic Freedom Trail in Boston…meet students from around the world…feast on a real New England clambake on Martha’s Vineyard…and ride the roller coaster at Six Flags…all while discovering the joy of learning in the classroom and through enrichment activities. Visit: http://www.portsmouthabbey.org/page/summerprogram For more program details, as well as scholarship information, contact: Elizabeth Benestad, Head of Classics Department/Director of the Summer Program at summer@portsmouthabbey.org or call 401-643-1225.
Christina Lantz March 11, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Great! I saw this camp, but ran out of spots in the column to list it. I'm so happy that you did, thank you!
Brittany March 13, 2011 at 09:16 PM
The Pennfield School is offering a great variety of summer programs for all children ages 3 through 8th grade. The facilities are excellent and the staff is very nurturing. Your child will learn new things, make new friends and have fun being active. The summer programs are held at The Pennfield School which is located at Little Slocum Farm, 110 Sandy Point Avenue, Portsmouth, RI. If you would like more information about the summer programs, please feel free to stop in, check out the brochure online at http://www.pennfield.org/studentprogram/files/SummerBroch_web11.pdf or call the school at 401-849-4646.
Ann June 06, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Both the Aquidneck Island Day Camp in Middletown and the Portsmouth Action for Youth camps sound great. I can't decide. I need a full day camp for the whole summer. I have a 10 and 12 year old.

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