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SummerQuest, Ipswich

At the Crane Estate. Nature and culture exploration, swimming, weekly quests, and more!

Camp registration for Summer 2023 opens for Members on January 12 and for everyone on January 17.

Become a Family Member today or during registration to save $100 off each week of camp for each of your campers AND register early.

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Monday-Friday June 27-August 26
Full-Day 9AM-4PM for ages 5-12
Half-Day 9AM-12PM for ages 4-6

Stewards Weeks for ages 12-15:
July 11-August 26

Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM

At the Crane Estate in Ipswich, campers roam over a 2,100-acre property, a gorgeous expanse of salt marsh and barrier beach habitat situated between the Atlantic Ocean, Ipswich River, and Essex Bay. Based at the estate’s base, Castle Hill, the camp is within easy walking distance of the 59-room Great House, the formal gardens, and an expansive lawn rolling over half a mile to the sea. 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 exploring nature, history, art, culture, coast, and more. Each afternoon, campers enjoy swim time on Steep Hill Beach, engage in creative craft projects, and play active games.

Our stewardship of the estate, which started in 1945, and our place-based practice is inspired by this exceptional coastal property. Our work today builds further on The Trustees’ legacy of protecting special places, forever, for public use and enjoyment.

All programs will follow the 2022 Massachusetts State guidelines for Covid-19.

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SummerQuest Parent Testimonials

Meghan creates such an incredibly nurturing environment through her presence, the staff she hires, the weeks activities and adapting for weather/variants etc.. Not only is there tons of fun, exploration and learning but we have witnessed Questing continuously peak curiosity, support personal growth and provide guidance in understanding respect and boundaries in a way that children can digest and adapt to. Additionally it is so nice as a parent to know your child is safe, having fun and Meghan was always readily and easily accessible. She always has such a positive energy, even at the end of HOT green head filled days!!

– Camp Parent

Lucas was exhausted but so happy at the end of every day. He talked about everything his group did, recalling how many crabs they had caught that day and even teaching us how to play foursquare (now drawn out in our driveway!).

– Camp Parent

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