Vacation Programs Overview

A unique experience filled with fun and learning

Open to all students in grades K – 8. Students from all four Belmont elementary schools and Chenery Middle School attend BASEC Vacation Programs, making it a great place to connect with old friends and meet new ones! Classes are taught by our professional BASEC teachers and are designed to build the 21st Century skills so important to our youth.

Please click links below for 2017 BASEC Vacation Program offerings:

Belmont BASEC February Vacation ProgramBelmont BASEC April Vacation ProgramBelmont BASEC Summer Vacation Camps

What grades attend BASEC Vacation Programs?

BASEC Vacation Programs are school-age programs open to students in grades K – 8.

To meet our licensing requirements, we can only accept students during the summer that attended school between the grades of K – 8 during the previous school year; therefore, a student entering kindergarten in September is not yet eligible for BASEC Summer Vacation Programming.

BASEC programs are intentionally designed to be developmentally-appropriate for students of different ages (e.g.: K students are automatically enrolled in their own specialized curriculum). To best engage our students, certain curriculum choices are available only to students in specific grades. Please see our curriculum choices page for more information.

When are Vacation Camps and how much do they cost?

Get Rates & Dates of our Vacation Programs

Field Trips

February & April Vacation Field Trips

Each Friday, all students (including Kindergarten and Outing Club) attend a special field trip. February and April 2017 field trips are to be announced soon!

Summer Vacation Field Trips

A field trip on Friday every week. This summer, we’ll be heading to Georges Island in Boston Harbor, Water Country, Canobie Lake Park, Blue Hills Reservation, Stage Fort Park, and more! Please click here for a list of our summer field trips! Our field trip-based camp will incorporate a full-day or half-day field trip for every day of camp, June 26 – July 28. Please email us at for a complete list of our full-day and half-day field trips.

What else should I know?

Curriculum Choices

Students in grades 1 – 8 choose one curriculum per week. Choices include film making, basketball, performing arts, visual arts, science and more! Outing Club is available to middle-school students.**
**PLEASE NOTE: We will make every effort to give you your first or second curriculum choice, but our first priority is making a spot in camp for every enrolling family. If your first choices are full when you enroll, we will work with you to find a good fit for your child.

Outing Club

A curriculum option for students entering grades 5 – 8, offered during the last four weeks of camp  this year. Field trips every day to Greater Boston cultural and historic sites with an emphasis on navigating public transportation and walking in the city safely.


We swim at the fabulous new Belmont Underwood Pool. Students entering grades 2-8 head to the pool for free swim in the afternoon. This year: students entering first grade can opt in to morning swim lessons offered by the Belmont Recreation Department. To participate in swim lessons, families of 1st grade students must register for a pool pass with the Belmont Recreation Department (summer 2017 Belmont Recreation registration begins March 6, 2017) and make payment for swim lessons directly with Belmont Recreation. Important: Due to our field trip model for camp weeks of June 26 – July 28, we will no longer be able to utilize swimming lessons for 1st graders for those camp weeks.

Counselor-In-Training (CIT):

Students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to attend camp as CITs. Please contact Andrew Mountford for more information.

Your child’s vacation week is centered on one area of interest–our choices span a broad range of subjects, from science to Shakespeare. In addition, each day includes camp-wide offerings, such as group games, climbing wall, and even swimming during the summer! Our model is based on best practices developed by research into positive youth outcomes, and informed by our own experience providing enriching camp programming to our community for six years.

BASEC Academy
(weeks of August 21 & 28 for students entering grades 1 – 4)

Based on the latest research to counteract academic “summer slip.” Students spend half the day in summer activities and the other half refreshing their academic skills to hit the ground running in September. With a focus on language arts and math, our programming provides students with rote practice of skills, as well as the engaging, open-ended lessons that promote deep understanding of concepts.

Students entering grades 5 – 8 will participate in our outing club  or middle school coding for the weeks of August 21 and August 28.

BASEC Camp Behavior Management Guidelines

Please click here for more information.

During vacation programs, students have the opportunity of engaging with their peers in experiential learning–but don’t take our word for it; please watch the video below from our April 2015 program, produced by our student broadcasting team!

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BASEC February and April Vacation Programs are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Early Education and Care.

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430.00) and be licensed by the Belmont Board of Health.

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