Sleepaway Camps in New England with Short Sessions for First-Timers

Waterfront activities are a favorite at Awosting. Photo courtesy of Camp Awosting
Waterfront activities are a favorite at Awosting. Photo courtesy of Camp Awosting

Going to sleepaway camp is a rite of passage for many kids in BostonConnecticut, and the rest of New England. But the idea of being away from home for more than a couple weeks can be a deal breaker for many kids, especially if they're on the younger side or tend to have separation anxiety. Luckily, many overnight camps offer one- or two-week (or even shorter) sessions that are specially designed to introduce children to the independence and kid bonding of sleepaway without forcing them to "stick it out" for longer than they may be ready to handle.

Established on shorelines and lakefronts across six states, we've rounded up popular overnight summer camps with first-timer-focused starter sessions for children 6 to 12 years old. The only catch may be if you're not sure you can part with your kiddo for more than a night. (Trust me—you can!)

Look to our complete camp directory for more ideas on summer enrichment for kids in Boston and Connecticut.

Please click the links to the individual camps below for the latest information.

Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off
Harvard Museum of Natural History - 11:00 AM
West Branch Storytime with Alison
Somerville Public Library West Branch - 11:00 AM
Teen Gaming Club
Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library - 3:00 PM
LEGO Club
Boston Public Library - Roslindale Branch - 4:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides