LINX Camps proudly offers a traditional day camp experience for the entire family! We have many rituals and traditions that unite the entire community as one. We are often referred to as a day camp with an overnight camp feel. If you are looking for a traditional camp try our general camps: Freedom and Explorers Camps. Within these camps, your camper will get a taste of everything LINX Camps has to offer.
LINX Camps offer a wide array of program options to meet the growing needs and interests of every member of your family. Each child can explore his/her personal interests under the direction of expert counselors, while enjoying a communal camp experience. Campers unite for opening and closing ceremonies, dine together and enjoy fun Friday Special Events that bring the entire family together. A family of four can easily have each child in a different program, while the campers come home with the same hysterical stories about what happened throughout the days and weeks.
LINX Camps is comprised of the best of the best within youth services industries. Unique to LINX Camps, over 30 year-round team members work in the summer as directors, coordinators and counselors. This gives LINX a true advantage, as they are able to train their core team for 12 months instead of just a few weekends. The rest of the staff is comprised mostly of teachers and college students who are training to become teachers. Each person must meet with Executive Director, Meesh Farrell, or founder and CEO, Joe Kahn. LINX Camps prides ourselves on only hiring those we would trust to work with our own children. We receive over 500 applications per year and only select the top 8-9% to join the LINX Camps team.
Our general camp is called FREEDOM CAMP because it gives campers the freedom to choose some of their daily activities. In a 6 period day, the program directors have carefully selected 4 out of the 6 activity periods that make up the Freedom Campers' mornings and early afternoons. Those four periods include lunch, swim, and a variety of other activities throughout that week that include archery, rock climbing, crafts, sports and more! See: http://www.linxcamps.com/Details/Activities .
Campers meet with their counselors and select their two freedom choice periods each day (selections can be made as individuals or with clusters of friends - offerings change from day to day to meet the needs of the groups).
We review the number of weeks and types of programs each camper is registered for and match the campers up with other campers who have similar schedules. We then match them up with counselors to provide them with as much continuity as possible.
Every week counselors send parents up to date information on their child's progress and activities at camp via LINX Scrapbook. This custom tool enables parents to view pictures and updates of THEIR child at camp. All information about your child is password-protected and only available to families whose children appear in each of the updates. It's a great conversation starter between parents and children. Ask your child to share more specifics about their camp experience with you.
If your child will be arriving late, please try your best to notify us in advance! To report a late drop off at camp, please go to your personalized schedule. Then click the date your camper will be dropped off late and follow the directions you see. Please note there is no late bus to camp for late drop offs. Late drop off instructions by time period are as follows. 8:55 - 9:05am arrival: Drop your camper off at Dana Hall in Line C and check in with the late drop off staff. 9:10 - 9:30am arrival: At Dana Hall, follow signs to Line C. Park your car. Walk your camper into the camp office. To request an early pick up from camp, please go to your personalized schedule. Then click the date you want to make an early pick up and specify the pick up time. Please note: Pick ups must be made before 3:00pm Please provide 24 hours notice if any early pickups are required for your camper. We do our best not to disrupt our campers' scheduled day, and having ample notice will allow our staff to make sure your camper is where they need to be with little interruption. In an emergency, late notice situation please let us know about your early pick up requests no later than first thing in the morning.
All Pick ups and Drop offs are at our Dana Hall Campus. Your family will be given access to print an AD Card (arrival and dismissal) to keep on your dash and to give to those authorized to pick up. We have 8 different car lines on campus (signs and staff direct you where to go). The system in place is safe, fast and very efficient! Parents are in and out quicker than you can imagine! You can also load a picture of your AD Card onto your phone so that you always have it with you.
AD Cards serve as your authorized ID at camp. Only give AD Cards to those you approve to pick up your child (AD = Arrival and Dismissal). Our staff members are equipped with iDevices and tapped into our custom database so they can also easily access your account to see who is authorized to pick up your child!
Campers are encouraged to take one of the 12 buses we have that serve over 15 towns with convenient locations to get to and from camp. Camper Families will receive an AD Card for ID purposes. Trained LINX Counselors will be there every step of the way to ensure your child gets on and off the bus and is delivered to an authorized adult each day. Bus rides are safe, fun and spirited - a true extension of the camp day! The Commonwealth of MA does not require all buses to have seatbelts. Buses have been designed (with high foam seatbacks) to protect campers at all times.
We proudly maintain a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for any acts of meanness, cruelty, or bullying of any kind. LINX Camps works to build positive group dynamics that ensure all campers are in an emotionally safe place and that they are surrounded by caring and inclusive staff and campers. If bullying behavior is identified, the staff members act swiftly and remove the aggressor and work with parents to address the issue immediately. In the event a parent learns of a problem within a group, we strongly advise that you call the camp office immediately so it can be addressed. Our staff members work to build trusting relationships with each camper so the campers know they can count on the staff to be there for them as needed. We train our staff to know, "We will remove 10 campers from a group by our choosing, before we will lose a single camper by his/her choosing when it comes to negative behavior affecting the group or individual." All staff members know we are serious about positive character development!
Each counselor is trained extensively to help campers feel right at home and make friends. From ice-breakers and 'getting to know you' games every Monday to buddying campers up throughout the week, the campers can't help but get to know and appreciate each other for their differences and similarities. We can often make play date suggestions as we work to facilitate the bonds of friendship each and every day!
We conduct swim assessments on their first day of camp and after a camper returns to us after being away for more than a week. We rely on parent's swim assessment forms (completed by parents prior to camp) to establish the initial placement of each camper. As campers progress (at their own pace), we are able to move them up to the next level!
LINX SPORTS CAMPS: Campers enjoy 3 out of 6 periods training within their chosen sport. There is a period for lunch, a period for swim (lessons and free swim) and a bonus period (traditional camp games such as capture the flag, dodgeball, etc.). These LINX Campers also participate in the general camp opening and closing ceremonies and enjoy the camp-wide Friday Special Events. The level of intensity within their training is the same as LX (LX has 5 periods of training and LINX provides 3). LX SPORTS CAMPS: Campers are immersed in an intense sports development training program. 5 out of 6 periods are spent training and developing skills and technique. Campers receive a lunch period and join opening and closing ceremonies with all campers. ALL STAR SPORTS: These campers receive 3 out of 6 periods within a wide array of sports (Basketball, Baseball, Flag Football, Soccer and Street Hockey). They receive a period for lunch and swim period (lessons and free swim). They are part of the general camp's opening and closing ceremonies and camp-wide Friday Special Events.
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The programs and physical layout allow each child to explore his/her own interests and passions, to make his/her own set of friends and have a unique camp experience while still sharing in the same camp rituals and traditions. You will love gathering around the dinner table and hearing them have common stories about camp, while they also have found their own niche and circle of friends. It truly is a perfect camp experience they can enjoy as individuals and as a family!
Campers with EpiPens must first have their EpiPens arrive through the camp nurse. Epis must be in the original container and have the prescription label on the packaging. Then, the Epi is given to the child's counselor and it travels with the counselor at all times. Should the child change activities throughout the day, the Epi travels with whichever counselor is responsible for the camper at any given time!