Our Pre-K Program

Days at NEOC are designed to support the social, emotional, and physical growth of Pre-K-age campers, within a safe and supportive framework that encourages their comfort in exploring the natural world, an active lifestyle, and an ease in making friends. The camp curricula includes familiar activities to help them practice and master skills. New activities encourage them to develop trust, make new discoveries about themselves, and build confidence!

Our 1-to-5 counselor-to-camper ratio ensures the personalized attention that each young camper deserves. Each Pre-K camp group is limited to 10 campers. Pre-K campers are affectionately called Ducklings. Each group of Ducklings has a home base where they hold opening and closing circles, as well as leave their backpacks during the day. Their home base is referred to as their nest.

No matter how many weeks a Pre-K camper chooses to spend at NEOC, our team is eager to help them foster a love of the great outdoors and the joy of a summer camp tradition!

5 Key Program Features

  • Outdoor confidence
  • Empathy development
  • Active living
  • Fun-based learning
  • Multicultural exposure
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Activities

Camp days are divided into six activity periods, plus lunchtime. Pre-K campers have core activities that they do each day, like field games, art & crafts, music, and nature discovery. They have specialty activities that change through the week, both to match the interests of the group and to keep their days exciting.

Examples of specialty activities are:

  • Art journaling
  • Basics of cooking (measuring, mixing, etc.)
  • Conservation
  • Dance
  • Gardening
  • Sandbox play
  • Science
  • Storytime
  • Trail walks
  • Water games
  • Zoology

Structure of a Week

Pre-K campers arrive at NEOC and immediately meet their counselors. Their week begins with very familiar activities that helps them settle into camp with comfort and security, while beginning to make friends with the other campers in their group. With their counselors and fellow campers, they attend a whole camp gathering where they are introduced to all the adults they will see at camp and get to learn the week's theme!

Each day ends with Pre-K campers having an opportunity to share their favorite part of the day and what they are most excited about for the next day.

Thursday's theme day, which is new each week, is a chance for Pre-K campers to dress-up, exercise their imagination, and enjoy twists on familiar activities.

Camp ends each week with a camp-wide campfire that includes singing, skits, and more!

Potty Training Requirements

All campers must be able to independently use the bathroom while at camp. This includes lowering and raising their bottoms and cleaning themselves post-bathroom use. Campers should also be able to communicate to counselors when they need to use the bathroom. Campers are not permitted to wear diapers or pull-ups at camp, even as a preventative measure.

We realize that accidents may occur. Campers must be able to clean and change themself after an accident.

To ensure a safe and sanitary environment for all, NEOC has two policies for repeated bathroom accidents at camp:

  • After three accidents within a one-week period, the camper will be asked to take a break from camp for the remainder of the week.
  • After three more accidents, the camper will need to take a break for the rest of the summer; we will then apply 100% of their tuition for unused camp weeks as a NEOC credit on the family's account in the hopes that the camper will be ready next year. This credit will never expire and can be used by any child in the family for future camps.

Rates

2023 Rates

You won’t see a better rate than you see today! As summer gets closer, each future promotion will never be quite as awesome as the one before it.

We offer a sibling discount on bus service which is $10 less per week for each sibling. Please use the calculator below, rather than the chart, for an estimate that reflects your rate with bus savings.

Read a full description of our billing, cancellation, and changes policies.

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My daughter just finished her 2 weeks at NEOC and I just wanted to send a note to say that she had a wonderful time ... it was her first time doing an outdoors camp and she loved it. Thank you for organizing such a great camp program for her age group. We will definitely be back next year!" My daughter just finished her 2 weeks at NEOC and I just wanted to send a note to say that she had a wonderful time ... it was her first time doing an outdoors camp and she loved it. Thank you for organizing such a great camp program for her age group. We will definitely be back next year!" L.P., Wellesley
We couldn’t be happier with our first ever camp experience for our 5 year old! We are so impressed by the organized, friendly, diverse, and energetic NEOC team. My daughter had the best time at her two weeks there and we are already looking forward to next summer!" We couldn’t be happier with our first ever camp experience for our 5 year old! We are so impressed by the organized, friendly, diverse, and energetic NEOC team. My daughter had the best time at her two weeks there and we are already looking forward to next summer!" K.E., Natick