2nd - 5th Grades

Days at NEOC, for our Flying Squirrels ( 2nd-3rd graders) and River Otters (4th-5th graders), are filled with exploration, projects, discovery, and much, much more. They are encouraged to wonder about, investigate, and build their understanding of nature. Meanwhile, a camp culture of inclusion and appreciation creates a supportive community for self-expression and risk-taking.

Very unique to NEOC is how campers are empowered to find new interests, create new games, and mentor other campers. Special friendships have been born between campers of different ages during the afternoon sign-up activities. Some of the sign-up activities have come from campers wanting to teach games they had invented to the rest of the camp!

No matter how many weeks a Flying Squirrel or River Otter chooses to spend at NEOC, they leave with greater confidence in themself and new ideas about how to enjoy and preserve the natural world around them! They enjoy an immersion that is typical of an overnight camp experience, with the joy of sharing camp stories at home with their family each night.

Activities

Camp days are divided into five activity periods, plus lunchtime.

Flying Squirrels and River Otters have core activities that they do during their three morning activity periods through the week, like archery, canoeing, garden exploration with specialists from Mass Hort, shelter building, and trail walks. They opt into two afternoon activities each day, that change through the week.

Examples of the afternoon sign-ups are:

  • Capture-the-flag
  • Constellations
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Drawing
  • Dream catchers
  • Eco tag
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Leaf printing
  • Nature weaving
  • Ponding
  • Rock painting
  • Rounders (British baseball)
  • Rugby
  • Science experimentation
  • Sewing
  • Slip-n-slide
  • Soccer
  • Storytime
  • Wayfinding
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Yoga

Structure of a Week

Each week begins with the whole camp gathering for call-and-repeat songs, expectation setting, and introductions to the counselors. Then, age-divided groups head-out for team building.

Each day ends with time for Flying Squirrels and River Otters groups to reflect on their day and prioritize the sign-up activities offered the next afternoon.

Thursday's theme day, which is new each week and revealed with great excitement on the morning of, is a chance for Flying Squirrels and River Otters to conquer new challenges and enjoy twists on familiar activities.

Camp ends each week with s'mores!

Rates

2024 Rates

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We offer a sibling discount on bus service which is $10 less per week for each sibling. Please use the pricing calculator to estimate your rate with bus savings.

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It makes a huge difference that counselors know each child by name. Details like that are why we love NEOC. My kids also loved the camp songs. Thanks for a great few weeks of camp!" It makes a huge difference that counselors know each child by name. Details like that are why we love NEOC. My kids also loved the camp songs. Thanks for a great few weeks of camp!" J.L., Needham
My daughter loved her first day! Despite not knowing anyone at the camp, she came home talking about two new friends she'd met, as well as really lovely interactions with counselors and fun activities. It's very early, but at this point, she is really happy (and eager to try canoeing and archery). I... Show full review My daughter loved her first day! Despite not knowing anyone at the camp, she came home talking about two new friends she'd met, as well as really lovely interactions with counselors and fun activities. It's very early, but at this point, she is really happy (and eager to try canoeing and archery). It was wonderful to hear from her that (at least to her understanding) there's a specific counselor dedicated to helping kids feel connected, included, and comfortable. I love that!" H.M., Brookline
This was my son's first time at NEOC and he really enjoyed it! The games, the campers, and the size of the camp really suited him — he came home super happy every day. Another thing that he liked was when his group went canoeing and he didn't want to, he was allowed to join another group and plant a... Show full review This was my son's first time at NEOC and he really enjoyed it! The games, the campers, and the size of the camp really suited him — he came home super happy every day. Another thing that he liked was when his group went canoeing and he didn't want to, he was allowed to join another group and plant a flower (he's taking good care of it and named it George the Dinosaur). It was nice that he wasn't forced to go and that you all gave him that agency — he felt really respected! Thanks!" S.T., Wellesley
My son is LOVING his experience at NEOC and comes home regaling us with stories about his day and bubbling with energy as he talks about what the next day might bring (Armpit Fudge?!?). Thank you for creating such a fun and fulfilling experience." My son is LOVING his experience at NEOC and comes home regaling us with stories about his day and bubbling with energy as he talks about what the next day might bring (Armpit Fudge?!?). Thank you for creating such a fun and fulfilling experience." E.B., Wellesley
My daughter felt a sense of community which is hard for her as an only child who also lives out of her schools district. This experience has been so positive on her confidence to make new friendships and has just made her so happy. I notice her anxiety melted away and she was just embracing the adve... Show full review My daughter felt a sense of community which is hard for her as an only child who also lives out of her schools district. This experience has been so positive on her confidence to make new friendships and has just made her so happy. I notice her anxiety melted away and she was just embracing the adventures and excitement around being a kid. Thank you!" K.K.H., Hyde Park
Loved how the campers jumped into big activities on day 1 and 2, like archery and canoeing. Also love the energy from the counselors. All the familiar faces help build comfort and rapport!" Loved how the campers jumped into big activities on day 1 and 2, like archery and canoeing. Also love the energy from the counselors. All the familiar faces help build comfort and rapport!" Z.R., Needham
My son is having the best experience so far. He was very nervous and hesitant to start a new camp and now he’s already saying it’s his favorite camp. Thank you, thank you!" My son is having the best experience so far. He was very nervous and hesitant to start a new camp and now he’s already saying it’s his favorite camp. Thank you, thank you!" T.B., Waltham
My boys loved playing in the woods! It was what they looked forward to the most when we first showed them the website, and it lived up to their imaginations. The shelter building was their favorite, but they also just liked the hikes in the woods." My boys loved playing in the woods! It was what they looked forward to the most when we first showed them the website, and it lived up to their imaginations. The shelter building was their favorite, but they also just liked the hikes in the woods." A.M., Somerville
Our daughter loved NEOC so much that she says we need to sign her up every single year until she's 16, and at that point she wants to train to be a counselor there! We found it very well-organized and well-thought-out, and enjoyed the continuity from week-to-week. And we loved the counselors. I can'... Show full review Our daughter loved NEOC so much that she says we need to sign her up every single year until she's 16, and at that point she wants to train to be a counselor there! We found it very well-organized and well-thought-out, and enjoyed the continuity from week-to-week. And we loved the counselors. I can't say enough about how kind, engaging, and all around wonderful they were with our daughter. She still talks about them often and misses them. Our daughter especially loved canoeing, shelter-building, weaving with various botanicals, ponding, and archery. And, of course, Friday s'mores!" W.L., Needham Heights
This camp was made for my son. He loved everything about this experience — being outdoors, exploring the woods, learning more about nature, the amazing counselors, and getting to meet new friends. He truly adored the counselors, and looked forward to camp each and every day. He cried when we left on... Show full review This camp was made for my son. He loved everything about this experience — being outdoors, exploring the woods, learning more about nature, the amazing counselors, and getting to meet new friends. He truly adored the counselors, and looked forward to camp each and every day. He cried when we left on the last day, begging to keep going. He actually made a comment that if school was like NEOC, he would be happy to go every single day. Thank you SO MUCH for creating NEOC — this has been an experience of a lifetime for our son — and we cannot wait to sign up for next year!" B.R., Wellesley
You really did a stellar job. My kids were beyond happy to be there, asked for additional weeks, and want to return next summer. My daughter is already planning to be on staff some day! :-D" You really did a stellar job. My kids were beyond happy to be there, asked for additional weeks, and want to return next summer. My daughter is already planning to be on staff some day! :-D" S.S., Wellesley
My daughter's favorite activities were ponding, identifying rocks, and s'mores. She loved the big, warm welcome she received from counselors upon arrival. She loved earning badges! She really appreciated having a choice on her activities for the next day." My daughter's favorite activities were ponding, identifying rocks, and s'mores. She loved the big, warm welcome she received from counselors upon arrival. She loved earning badges! She really appreciated having a choice on her activities for the next day." E.F., Wellesley
Canoeing was a big hit! It was great to see the photos. Thank you to the team, and especially my son's counselor, for all the dedication to helping him enjoy his experience." Canoeing was a big hit! It was great to see the photos. Thank you to the team, and especially my son's counselor, for all the dedication to helping him enjoy his experience." H.H., Sudbury
We can't wait to sign up for next year. My 4th grade daughter loved the camp!" We can't wait to sign up for next year. My 4th grade daughter loved the camp!" J.O., Natick
I loved my son's experience (and so did he) of being outside all day long, and really taking advantage of all that Elm Bank has to offer." I loved my son's experience (and so did he) of being outside all day long, and really taking advantage of all that Elm Bank has to offer." M.T., Sherborn