25 Free and Affordable Summer Camps in Connecticut
Once school ends, parents are suddenly faced with a whole lot of unstructured time for the kids. But don't stress: This is where summer camps come into the picture—and they don't have to break the bank. We've made it easy for Connecticut parents with our picks for affordable (some even free!) Connecticut summer camps. Remember also to inquire with your local parks and recreation department; these camps tend to be very affordable options, too.
Soccer is just one athletic offering at the US Sports Institute. Photo courtesy of the camp
Affordable Summer Camps around Fairfield, CT
1. US Sports Institute - multiple locations
US Sports Institute offers sports camps throughout the Southern Connecticut region. Children ages 2 to 19 can choose from a multi-sports camp or a camp that focuses on a specific sport such as tennis, basketball, or soccer. The camp also offers parents the opportunity to pay less if they offer to become a "community parent."
Price: $115 and up
2. Stratford Parks and Recreation Camp - Stratford
Parks and Recreation offer summer sports camps for children in grades 1 through 8. Kids can choose from basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and more. A Theater Workshop is also offered. Camps are weekly, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
Price: $25 and up
3. Westport Parks and Recreation Day Camp - Westport (2020 schedule not yet available).
Camps offered for children ages 3 to 5, grades K-4, and grades 5-8. Seven different sessions are available and run in different locations throughout town in July and August. Full camp day runs from 9am to 3pm.
4. Camp Looper - Wilton
Camp Looper is for children in grades K-8. All camps are held at the Comstock Community Center. Children will spend time in nature, swim, create arts and crafts, and play games. Choose from eight different sessions running from late June to mid-August.
Price: $285 ($164 for 3-day camp during the second session).
5. Seaside Park Summer Day Camp - Bridgeport
Join Seaside for an extremely affordable five-week summer camp program. The program begins in early July and runs through early August from 8:30am to 2:45pm daily. It's available for Bridgeport residents only, ages 5-12.
6. Shehan Center Summer Day Camp - Bridgeport
At this fun summer program for ages 4.5 to 13, children will enjoy traditional activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, sports, as well as cultural and educational activities for an affordable price.
Price: Derived upon application
7. Camp Sunrise - Norwalk
Held at Silvermine Elementary School, Sunrise is for children in grades K-5. The camp day runs Monday through Friday from 8am to 3pm in late July through mid-August, with an additional after-hours opportunity available. Children will love Zumba, yoga, arts and crafts, swimming, and field trips.
Kids develop friendships and confidence as part of the "Leadership Experience." Photo courtesy of Camp Courant
Affordable Summer Camps around Hartford, CT
8. Camp Courant - Farmington
At this free summer camp for Hartford residents ages 5 to 12, kids enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, sports, leadership training, time in the computer lab, and more. Applications are available in April. A bus is available for transportation to camp. Registration begins in April.
9. Summer Fun Camp - Windsor
This camp is for children ages 5 to 13. There are seven sessions to choose from. Campers will enjoy arts and crafts, STEM, swimming, games and sports. Camp runs from 9am to 4pm with an extended day option and is located at Windsor High School.
10. Camp Foxfire - Windsor
What is not to love about a good, old fashioned nature camp? NWP offers Camp Foxfire, a full day (with extended hours available) of hiking, shelter building, outdoor games, field trips to state parks, and pond exploration. There are eight themed weeks to choose from for children in grades pre-K through 8.
Price: $145 and up
11. Boys and Girls Club of Bristol Camp - Bristol
Kids in grades 1-8 enjoy a full day of programming during the summer. Age-appropriate activities including swimming, gym, arts and crafts, STEM, and weekly field trips.
Price: $185 and up
12. Skyhawks Sports Camp - Rocky Hill
An affordable summer sports camp for children ages 4 to 12. Your child will be able to perfect their skills in tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, and...capture the flag! Camp is available late June through mid-July.
Price: $69 and up
13. Playground Program - Southington
There are three sessions available beginning in late June until early August for children (must be a Southington resident) in grades 1 through 6. The program is held rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm. Kids will enjoy a field trip and a pizza party, as well as plenty of outdoor playtime.
14. Camp RECreate - Newington
RECreate is a Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored traditional day camp program for children entering kindergarten through 8th grade. Choose from seven themed weeks, including Amazing Animals, Carnival Week, Creative Characters, and Olympic week.
Price: $193 and up
15. Glastonbury Enrichment Camps - Glastonbury
Glastonbury offers several different themed camps, focused on foreign languages, robotics, coding, guitar playing, and Tomahawk Training Camp. Open to children in grades K-12.
Price: $50 and up
16. Specialty Camps - South Windsor
Each of these camps is based on a specific theme, including American Doll, Become a Published Author, Jumping Clay, Mad Science, Moana Camp, and more. Each camp is priced differently and runs for different age groups, ranging from kindergarten to 13 years old.
Price: $150 and up
17. Summer Escape Camp - Enfield
Enfield offers a seven-week camp for kids in grades 1 to 8. Day camp starts early July and runs through mid-August, and takes place at Eli Whitney School. Weekly themes include Happy Birthday, America!, Winter Wonderland, Lost in Space, and Fun in the Sun. Each week, children will participate in a variety of activities including sports, theater, crafts, and cooking.
Price: $85 to $199
Kids can cool off in between sports and crafts at Waterbury PAL. Photo courtesy of Waterbury Youth Services
Affordable Summer Camps around New Haven, CT
18. West Haven Summer Camp - West Haven (2020 schedule not yet available)
Children ages 3 to 12 are placed in three age-based sections. These are two-week sessions and range in prices. Activities include field trips, swimming, games, stories for the littles and arts and crafts.
Price: $90 and up
19. City of New Haven Summer Camp - New Haven (2020 schedule not yet available)
Super affordable, especially if you are a New Haven resident, this camp offers three sessions from June to early August. Choose from City Camp, Tiny Tots, Easy Breezy, Eco Adventure, Sports Camp, Theater Camp, and Music Camp.
20. Woodbridge Camps - Woodbridge
For children ages 3.5 to 8th grade. Extended day options available. Camp session runs from June 29 to August 7 and is held at Beecher South School. Activities include swimming, athletics, game room, water slide, and drama.
Price: Pricing information coming in mid-March
21. Waterbury PAL Summer Camp - Waterbury (2020 schedule not available yet)
Run in conjunction with the Kiwanis of Waterbury and Waterbury Youth Services, camp runs Monday through Thursday and is for children ages 4-13. They will enjoy sports, arts and crafts, and nature activities in a natural setting. "Camperships" are available.
Price: Varies by application, registration begins May 1st
Affordable Summer Camps around Litchfield, CT
22. Sharon Parks and Recreations - Sharon (2020 schedule not yet available)
There are a variety of sports camps to choose from in Sharon, include soccer, baseball, lacrosse, Play-Well Legos, and more.
Price: Varies by camp, $111 and up
23. Camp Kent - Kent
Park and Recreation offers an eight-week summer camp for kids in grades 1-8. The program, called Camp Kent, meets at Emery Park daily where campers sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, and Thursday lunch in the park. Limited scholarships are available.
Price: $45 and up
24. Camp BCG - Meriden
For children ages 6 to 13, BCG Camp offers both recreational and education experiences for campers. Running from June 15 to August 9, the camp features frequent field trips and a full day of programming
Price: $110/wk, extended care available
25. Robotics and Beyond Summer Camp - New Milford
Camp sessions are offered in July and August. Kids will meet at the New Milford High School library daily to take classes on STEM and robotics, graphic design, mechanical design, and coding.
Price: $200 and up
This article was originally published March 2013 and since updated.
Places featured in this article:
Comstock Community Center
Cardinal Shehan Community Center
Eli Whitney School
Beecher South School
South Windsor Community Center
South End Elementary School
Burying Hill Beach
New Milford High School
Washington Montessori School
Northwest Park Nature Center
L.P. Wilson Community Center