FAQ – Camp Harbor View

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to complete the application?

In order to complete your application please have the following on hand: contact information including two emergency contacts, your insurance card and a listing of medications your camper will need to take during the camp day.

We highly encourage you also have a copy of your camper’s School/Camp Health History Form (immunizations and physical) dated no earlier than February 20, 2019. You do not need the School/Camp Health History Form to apply, but will need to submit it before June 1, 2020 in order for your camper to come to camp. This form must be uploaded to their application OR faxed to 617-224-5603.

How do I apply?

You must apply online here on a computer or mobile phone. If you need assistance with the application or access to technology, please call 617-379-5500 or email info@campharborview.org. There will be no paper applications this year.

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. If you are enrolled but we do not receive your physical or immunization records by June 1, 2020, your spot will be forfeited.

When is camp in session?

Session 1*: June 29 – July 23

Session 2: July 28 – August 20

Summer sessions run Monday through Friday.
*Please note camp will be closed July 3, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.

Can I complete a paper application instead of an online application?

There will be no paper applications this year. Because of this there will be two office hour days – for returners on March 9th from 11am to 7pm and for new applicants March 16th from 7am to 4pm – for those who need assistance or a computer to complete the application.

Please call 617-379-5500 to make an appointment if you plan to attend office hours. Our office is located at 46 Plympton Street, Boston, MA. If you come to our office to complete an application, please bring all the items required as stated above.

How much does it cost?

Camp Harbor View provides programs at no cost to our youth and their families. Each camper is eligible to participate in one four-week session each summer. Camp Harbor View also provides campers free round-trip transportation to and from camp each day, apparel, three meals per day, and access to school year resources and support.

Where is Camp Harbor View?

Camp Harbor View is located in Boston’s South End with our Summer Camp program taking place on Long Island in Boston Harbor in July and August. See addresses.

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

Campers must live within the City of Boston. They must be entering the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall following the camp session. 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.

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?

In order to be eligible for the LIT Program, former campers must complete Camp Harbor View’s 9th Grade Rise Program (RISE Program). The application process includes an in-person interview in the spring of their 9th grade year.

For more information on the 9th Grade Rise Program, contact Andrew Davids. For more information on the Leader in Training Program, contact Elise O’Meara.

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 and physical policy?

Camp Harbor View follows the same immunization and physical regulations and policies as the Massachusetts Public School System. Parents should submit the school/camp form dated no earlier than February 23, 2018.

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.

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. Take a look at 2019 menus for Session 1 and Session 2.

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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