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SummerQuest at the Crane Estat...

Our goal is to get children outside, using creativity and curiosity to foster individual development, community, and personal connection to nature.

Welcome to SummerQuest at the Crane Estate


Registration is open

Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM & 9AM-12PM

At the Crane Estate in Ipswich, campers roam over a 2100-acre property across a gorgeous expanse of salt marsh and barrier beach habitat sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean, Ipswich River, and Essex Bay. Based out of the historical barn at Castle Hill overlooking Fox Creek, the camp is within easy walking distance of a gilded age mansion, manicured gardens, and an expansive half-mile lawn! With so much to explore and discover, there’s no wonder why we call SummerQuest the Ultimate Summer Adventure!

At SummerQuest, our goal is to get children outside, using creativity and curiosity to foster individual development, community, and personal connection to nature while inspiring lifelong confidence in and respect for the environment. Our weekly themes use imagination and story to present a wide range of nature-based topics. No matter which week you choose, our staff of environmental educators encourages exploration and inquiry – and of course, fun – in everything we do!

Every morning, campers start their day with songs and games in morning circle then break into small groups to dive into theme-based activities. Every afternoon, campers enjoy swim time on a private, camp-only section of Steep Hill Beach, engage in creative craft projects, and play active games!

Our place-based practice is inspired by this exceptional property while building on The Trustees’ expertise in nature conservation, historic landscapes, coastal resiliency, and outdoor recreation.

SummerQuest Camp Information
SummerQuest Parent Testimonials

Rory loved his 3 weeks at SummerQuest. We will definitely sign him up again for a few weeks next year. We understand this was very challenging for the staff and counselors, but they helped make for a fantastic, and almost normal experience – something that was even more needed after months of zoom school and not much of an opportunity to share time with peers and great counselors. Thank you! Thank you!

– Camp Parent

My daughter loved camp! Given the restrictions and the closure of the camp she normally attends, we had to scramble to find another open and safe option. We are Trustees members and I was so happy when I got word that some of your camps would be outside and still running. I don’t usually consider SummerQuest because we are in Salem and Ipswich feels like a trek. Realistically, the drive isn’t bad and it was always a nice relaxing way to start the morning/afternoon. My daughter, an only child, has been stuck with us since March (since the school closure) and it was starting to show how much she missed being around other kids. When we picked her up on that very first day, she couldn’t stop talking! It was as if she was lit up! As the days progressed, her enthusiasm for camp only continued. She was definitely sad to say goodbye on her final day. Thank you so much for providing a camp option this year that had safety protocols that helped us feel comfortable sending her to camp at all this year. We have seen a significant benefit to her being out of the house and with other children in such a beautiful and enriching setting. Thank you! Thank you!

– Camp Parent

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