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deCordova Camps, Lincoln

For curious kids who want to think, discover, and make things together.

2023 Summer Camp Registration is Open!

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



Before registering, please read through our new program information on this and subsequent pages.

WHERE: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln is 30 acres featuring a Sculpture Park with 60 large-scale sculptures made by diverse artists and materials and an indoor museum featuring rotating exhibitions of contemporary art. We are surrounded by wooded conservation lands that, together with the Sculpture Park and the Museum, inspire the endless creativity and innovation of deCordova’s art and nature camps. In addition, our camps build on The Trustees’ expertise in nature conservation, collections care, and preservation and celebration of cultural heritage.

WHAT: Every day campers enjoy activities that align with our arts education mission and environmental ethic.

The Hive (ages 5-12)
The Hive provides an ideal atmosphere for young explorers to make connections to contemporary art, artists, nature, and ideas as well as to each other. Using the studios as a home base, campers venture through the Museum galleries, the Sculpture Park, and the natural landscape to discover how artists use artistic, scientific, and social tools to investigate ideas about self, community, and the environment.

A week at The Hive is more than artmaking. It’s about communicating, experimenting, seeing from new perspectives, and coming together as a group to create collaborative sculptures in the Park. Each camper’s personal interests and unique abilities are welcomed and complement those of new friends while everyone learns from each other. The campers’ joyful pride in their collective accomplishments is shared with family and friends each week at the Friday Celebration.

HIVE WEEKLY THEMES: See this summer’s inventive weekly themes connected to the upcoming exhibitions and artists on view.

Summer Studio for Teens (ages 13-16)
Summer Studio offers a space for participants to refine and expand techniques and explore new mediums as they dive into theme-inspired projects. They hone individual skills and their unique artistic voice while also collaborating on projects with peers inspired by sculptures in the 30-acre Park and topical exhibitions in the Museum. Whether a participant is new to making at deCordova or a long-time Hive camper, each week will bring their creative endeavors to new heights in a weekly Studio Showcase of individual and collaborative projects.

WHO: deCordova Camps are designed for campers who love the outdoors, making things from unexpected art materials, using their imagination, being part of a collaborative community, and creatively expressing themselves. Passionate and experienced artists and art educators support campers and teens in taking on challenges, solving problems, discovering themselves, and delving into visual culture and the natural world.

If you have any inquiries about whether your camper will thrive at deCordova Camps, please contact the camp office.

WHEN: For 2023 dates and tuition rates, proceed to The Hive Schedule & Pricing and Summer Studio for Teens

The hive Camp Information
The hive Parent Testimonials

My son was seen so holistically. I felt like the camp really got who is he and nurtured him and his creativity in the most empowering way. 

– Parent of hiver

Thinking about being an animal provided an opportunity to think like someone else, which is an important experience in building empathy. It also drove a lot of fun conversations in our household.

– Parent of hiver

My daughters are LOVING camp! The instructors have been so great. I’m impressed with how well they have been able to not just accommodate but really embrace each child’s learning and engagement style.

– Parent of hiver