Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

You must apply online here Online Application. If you have trouble accessing the form online, please call 617-379-5500 and request a paper copy be mailed to you.

Once we receive your request for application we will contact you with instructions on how to access and complete the full application. The full application must be completed and returned to us. After we review your full application, we will get in touch with you to let you know whether or not there is a spot available at Camp Harbor View.

How much does it cost?

The camp costs $5 for the four week session. Campers receive round trip transportation, apparel, three meals per day, and access to school year programming and social services for no additional cost.

Where is Camp Harbor View?

Camp Harbor View has two locations.  Our Summer Camp is located on Long Island in Boston Harbor and Camp Harbor View in the City is located in Roxbury. See addresses

What are the qualifications for a child to become a camper?

Campers must live within the City of Boston. They must be between the ages of 11-14 on July 1st. There are a certain number of slots per neighborhood in the city and the campers are accepted on a first come first serve basis from each of those neighborhoods.

When is camp in session?

Session 1 is from July 2nd to July 26th. Session 2 is from July 31st to August 23rd. Summer sessions run Monday through Friday.

Camp Harbor View will be closed July 4th, 2017.

Who staffs Camp Harbor View?

Camp Harbor View is run by Executive Director Lisa Fortenberry, our camp leaders, and their carefully chosen staff of over 90 exceptional counselors. Most of the counselors are college students from Boston, teachers, or others who have worked with youth for a long time.

Where do the campers come from?

The campers come from every different neighborhood in Boston. They attend 191 different schools. Campers come from all different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and races. The diversity is what helps make the camp so awesome!!

How do I get to Camp Harbor View?

Campers are picked up each morning from 14 different bus stops in Boston and brought to the World Trade Center Pier where they will board the Provincetown II ferry to Camp Harbor View. At the end of each day, campers will take the ferry from Camp Harbor View back to the World Trade Center where buses will be waiting to return them to their bus stop. Parents and guardians should be available for drop off and pick up at the bus stops daily.

What do I need to bring?

Campers are given a backpack, water bottle, and three t-shirts on the first day of camp. CHV t-shirts MUST be worn daily. It is recommended that campers wear sneakers, shorts/comfortable sport-wear and bring a sweatshirt, swimsuit and towel daily. On rainy days, campers should bring a change of clothes and dress warmly, as the island does get chilly. Prohibited Items: Use of iPods, cell phones, PS2s or any electronic games are not permitted at Camp Harbor View.

What activities are at Camp Harbor View?

The activities that Camp Harbor View provides fall under five different focus areas: The Arts, Aquatics, Leadership Development, Sports & Fitness and Knowledge is Power. In each program area there are many activities, including but not limited to sailing, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, dance, music, crafts, group games, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, golf, tennis, baseball, biking… the list goes on and on.

What are the facilities like?

Camp Harbor View has every type of field for all the different sports we play there; soccer, football, baseball, etc. There are basketball courts and tennis courts. A beach lines the North side of the island. The Thomas M. Menino Great Hall is where the whole camp gathers for morning meetings and family-style meals. There’s an art pavilion for crafts and music. One of the favorite parts of Camp Harbor View is the large swimming pool. Behind the pool is the classroom space for learning programs with a stage and amphitheater off the back for performances and talent shows. Behind that is the Leader in Training Building for Staff & LITs to hold meetings & workshops. The highest spot on the island is the top of our 55 foot high climbing wall and the high ropes course. The sailing program is located at the pier, using the Camp Harbor View’s 9 sailboats.

How does a camper enter the Leader-in-Training (LIT) program?

Campers who have attended Camp Harbor View in the past are eligible to apply for the Leader In Training program when they turn 15. The application process includes an interview for which there are mandatory preparation workshops over April vacation.

Contact the LIT Director, Al Simpson, at alsimpson@bgcb.org for more information.

What if a camper gets hurt or sick?

There are nurses on staff at all times to respond to any medical need a camper may have. There is an infirmary where the campers can rest and be treated if they are sick or injured mildly. Anytime a camper comes to the nurse the parent is notified. If the injury or illness is more serious, arrangements with the Boston Police Department Harbor Patrol are made immediately to bring the child home or to a local hospital. Staff will remain with the child until the parent arrives.

What is Camp Harbor View’s immunization policy?

Camp Harbor View follows the same immunization regulations and policies as the Massachusetts Public School System.

Do you accept children with disabilities?

Yes, we accept children with disabilities. If your child does have a disability it is important that you include any relevant information in the application so that we can make sure that any special needs your child may have are met at Camp Harbor View.

Does Camp Harbor View have any religious or political affiliation?

No, Camp Harbor View does not have any religious or political affiliations.

What background checks and trainings do the staff complete?

All of our staff go through both the national and state Criminal Offender Registration Info (CORI) check and the Sexual Offender Registration Info (SORI) check.

The staff receive two weeks of training prior to the start of camp. This training includes CPR/First Aid, Child Development, Leadership Development, Positive Discipline and much more.

What if a camper doesn’t like swimming/can’t swim?

Each camper will have the opportunity to learn to swim, or strengthen their swimming abilities, in a safe, monitored environment by a staff of experienced, certified lifeguards. We strongly encourage all the campers to try to participate in every activity, including swimming. It is important that the campers come prepared to get in the pool every day.

Does Camp Harbor View provide lunch?

Yes. We serve three meals a day at Camp Harbor View. Breakfast and dinner will be served on the Provincetown II ferry, and lunch will be served family-style in the Thomas M. Menino Great Hall. Through our health and wellness initiative, campers receive three carefully selected, well balanced meals primarily made up of all natural, local ingredients.

Can a camper attend both sessions?

Unfortunately your camper can not attend both sessions. Each camper must choose one. In limiting the campers to only one session we are able to serve twice as many youth.

Is Camp Harbor View licensed?

Yes, Camp Harbor View must comply with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.

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