Vacation Programs Overview
A unique experience filled with fun and learning
*Please note that the information outlined below reflects programming during a normal year. BASEC has made modifications to its vacation programs to ensure safety during the pandemic. Please visit our FAQ page or review the 20-21 Family Handbook to learn more.
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.
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.
February & April Vacation Field Trips
For 2021, we will not be able to take field trips as part of any February or April camp offering. Please click here for more field trip information during a typical camp year!
Summer Vacation Field Trips
For 2021, we will not be able to take field trips as part of our summer camp offering. Please click here for a list of previous years’ summer field trips!
What else should I know?
Students will be grouped based on curriculum choices chosen at registration. Teachers and Curriculum Specialists will implement choices across a broad spectrum, including STEM, Sports, Performing and Visual Arts and much more!
This curriculum option will not be available for 2021.
We await guidance from the Belmont Health Department and information about Underwood Pool opening before determining the role of swimming in BASEC Summer Camp 2021.
CIT programming will not be available for 2021 camp.
BASEC Camp Behavior Management Guidelines
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.