Youth Summer Programs

  • C.I.T Program
    WHAT IS THE C.I.T PROGRAM? New this summer, Andover Recreation will be offering a Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T) program for Andover residents entering grades 8, 9, or 10. This program is designed to give those selected the opportunity to learn and develop leadership and teamwork skills at one of our popular summer day programs. The C.I.T program is the perfect fit for those students who want to not only improve on leadership and responsibility, but also want to experience aspects of being a true program counselor. The program will provide students with training and hands on experience with day to day activities, under the supervision of program Directors and Recreation Staff.
  • Beach Buddies
    (Ages 4-7) Looking for a fun-filled morning or full day at the beach? Does your child enjoy small group activities? If so, Beach Buddies, held at Pomps Pond, is the perfect place to be this summer. Children will enjoy swimming lessons, along with boating, beach activities, arts and crafts, nature walks, and a weekly pancake breakfast. A special event will be scheduled for each Wednesday! Please bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and snack each day. Full day, please also bring a lunch.
  • Rec Park Playground (Multiple Registration Options Available)
    (Entering grades 1-6) Rec Park Playground brings to mind hot days, swimming at the Pond, cookouts, and the kind of special friendships that last far beyond Labor Day. Children will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of age-appropriate fun activities. Arts & crafts, swimming, boating, tennis, inline skating, and games are among the daily activities. T-shirt included. Bring a lunch, snack, drink, bathing suit, and towel each day.
  • Viking Ninja Warrior
    Ages 7-12 Viking Ninja Warrior is where Boot Camp meets
  • Viking Basketball
    (Grades K-2) At Viking Basketball, we teach athletes all the skills required to become the next LeBron James. Our coaches will teach both basic and advanced techniques that are important on both sides of the ball. The skills include, but are not limited to, dribbling, shooting, passing, defensive positioning and more. The coaches will also teach the athletes different plays and different defensive strategies. At our Basketball program, we will also play a variety of games including Knockout, Dynasty, Steal the Cookies, and more. All Viking Basketball programs conclude with the Viking Final Four! All participants will receive a Viking t-shirt and trophy.
  • REC Golf School
    (Entering Grades 4-8) This program is for beginner through advanced golfers. Golfers will be grouped by age and ability. Morning sessions are held at Sarkisian Driving Range. Full day golfers are then bussed to Tewksbury Country Club to play 9 holes of golf. Appropriate dress is required. Bring a snack and beverage. Full day also bring a lunch. Golf clubs will be provided, however, participants can bring their own clubs if they choose. Friday will be used as a rain date. For weather related cancelations call Sarkisian after 8:30 am at 978-688-5522.
  • Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)
    (Ages 7-15) Join East Coast Style Stand Up Paddle for a half day stand up paddle boarding program! In this program, kids will be given the opportunity to explore and experience a new world on the water via stand up paddling. Activities will include SUP instruction & safety, swimming, treasure hunting, water & beach games, SUP fitness, eco-awareness, contests, and arts and crafts projects. Every day will be a new adventure! Please wear a bathing suit and bring a towel, sunscreen, and a snack. Weekly program schedule will be passed out to parents/guardians at the first class.
  • Warrior Boys Soccer School
    (Boys, Grades 9 - 12) Here is your chance to check your fitness level, sharpen your technical ball skills, perfect your goal keeping skills, play small and full side matches. Please bring water, soccer ball, shin pads, cleats and bug spray.
  • Little Bumpers Week Long Volleyball Clinic (NEW)
    (Co-ed, grades K-2) This five day introductory clinic is designed to teach the smallest of volleyball players the fundamentals of volleyball including serving, passing, setting, and hitting. All skills will be taught through fun, age appropriate drills and games. Players will not only learn basic skills, but they will learn how to be good teammates.
  • Warrior Girls Soccer
    Girls, Entering Grades 9-12 This preseason clinic prepares female high school soccer players for the start of the upcoming fall season. Players will focus on technical skill, team tactics, and preparation fitness.
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
    (Ages 10-14) In this class, students can bring their creative ideas to fruition in a fun, collaborative and exciting environment. Students will learn skills in scriptwriting, storyboard sketching, character development, improvisation, and camera skills. Together, the group will write, shoot, and edit a film in a genre of their choosing. Students will learn to edit their films using professional editing software like Final Cut Pro. All films will also be made eligible to be screened at the Boston International Kids Film Festival at the Somerville Theater in November 2018. Please bring a snack, drink and a lunch.
  • Goals for Girls Soccer Academy
    (Ages 6-14 & incoming HS Freshman) This soccer program is designed specifically for girls. Each day athletes will develop technical and tactical skills through well organized training sessions, small-sided games, and individual goal setting. The last hour of each day is “Game Time!”
  • Andover Soccer Clinic
    (Ages 5-14) Come participate, with friends and a great staff, in fun-filled soccer activities that will improve your skills and your love of the game! Participants will be grouped by age, gender, and ability. Please bring water, a soccer ball, shin pads, sneakers, and sunscreen.
  • Warrior Football School
    (Ages 7-15) The goal of this program is to teach the fundamentals of each specific football skill and position so that players will better comprehend and appreciate this fun and exciting sport. Wear sneakers and bring a snack, lunch, and beverage.
  • Children's Studio for the Arts
    (Entering Grades 1-6, Intern Program: Grades 7-8) CSA offers exciting and challenging experiences through daily workshops in visual arts, stagecraft, drama, dance, and musical theater, led by professional artist/educators. Each week includes either a trip to a noted gallery or a visit by guest artists, as well as CSA’s culminating showcase performance for family & friends on the auditorium stage. Interns gain valuable leadership experience as teacher aides and serving as role models for younger children.
  • Swimming Lessons
    Swim classes, beginner through advanced, are offered. Children will be tested the first day of class and grouped according to ability. All swimmers must complete all of the Red Cross requirements before they may advance to the next level. Call the Pond at 978-749-9423 if weather is questionable. Registrations for lessons are not accepted at the pond.
  • Warrior Track Clinic
    (Ages 6-11) Learn the fundamentals of running track & field events. Some of the skills that will be taught are hurdles, sprints, relays, discus throwing, and long jump. A track meet will be held the last day of the program. Bring a water bottle.
  • Kidsports
    (Ages 4-6) This exciting program motivates young athletes to explore soccer, baseball, and basketball. Children will not only learn the fundamentals, but also have a lot of fun! Coaches are committed to helping children take their first step into athletics. Bring a snack, water bottle, and baseball glove labeled with your child’s full name.
  • All Day Discovery
    (Entering Grades K-6) All Day Discovery will give children an experience that will last a lifetime by providing challenging activities under the guidance of caring, well-trained staff members. All Day Discovery maintains a staff-camper ratio of 1:5. This ratio allows counselors to build relationships and provide each child with the attention he or she needs. Children take part in arts & crafts, sports & games, swimming & boating, and tennis. A weekly field trip is the highlight of the weeks’ activities. Bring lunch, snack, drink, bathing suit, and towel each day.
  • Club Invention -SUPERCHARGED!
    (Entering Grades 1-5) Participants will work in teams to rebuild ships and design underwater equipment in Supercharged Deep Sea Mystery! Get ready to explore circuit boards, motors and gears and design a remote-control bot to take on obstacles from sports to dance. Code bots will turn a polluted wasteland into a money-making machine and will also create devices to save animals. Collaborate with inventor superheroes and take on roles of engineers, fabricators and innovators to conquer villains during this supercharged week! For information and registration, visit, or call 800.968.4332.
  • Lego Mindstorms Programmer
    Entering Grades 2-6 Using latest LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 and the LEGO® NXT, participants will design, build, and program a variety of incredible LEGO® robots! From crawling scorpions that can attack enemies to battle tanks that can launch projectiles, this class has something for everyone! Have your own idea? Then dig your hands into over 50,000 specialized LEGO® technic parts, motors, and sensors to create your own robot. Then use LEGO’s® easy-to-use drag-and-drop software to bring your creation to life! Note: Participants do not take projects home.
  • Lego Robotics Programmer
    Entering Grades 1-6 Using LEGO® Power Functions and LEGO® WeDo 1.0 & 2.0 technology, participants will have an opportunity to explore the amazing world of LEGO® robotics and engineering. We will learn about gears, circuits, and computer programming as we design, build, and program a variety of different robotics and engineering projects. Over 50 different projects are available including motorized cars and walkers, remote-controlled tanks, and amusement park rides. Note: Participants do not take projects home.
  • Outer Limits
    (Entering Grades 7-9) OPEN TO ANDOVER RESIDENTS ONLY. Outer Limits is where it’s at this summer, with exciting Tuesday field trips geared towards the middle school age group, daily games and activities, and fun group projects and adventures! Enjoy daily trips to Pomps Pond along with an additional weekly trip to a local hot spot to enjoy activities like hiking, biking, local shows/events, and the great outdoors. Trips to the Cormier Youth Center for fun activities like tournaments, games, cooking and art projects will also take place as well as trips to downtown Andover. Participants will also have the chance to help plan, design and help execute community events weekly, and partner up with other local departments to work on fun projects like community gardening and painting. This program is definitely on the move, but also lends time for self-directed activity, free-choice sessions, and good old summer fun! Please bring a lunch, snack, drink, bathing suit, towel and sunscreen each day. A weekly schedule will be emailed out prior to each week with specifics on daily activities, trips and events.
  • UK Elite Soccer School (Formerly John Smith Soccer)
    (Ages 5-12) This soccer program is designed to cater to each player’s individual development, with planned progression throughout the week. Excellent player/coach ratio for the program. Tuition includes a, t-shirt, and an end of the week award. All participants should bring a water bottle. Full day bring a lunch. (**Program was formerly named John Smith Soccer**)
  • Tennis Academy
    (Ages 6-14) All aspects of the game are taught including fore and backhand, serve, volley, game strategy, and scoring. The Academy is divided by individual’s ability. Includes contests and competitions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own racquet, however racquets will be available. Bring a water bottle. T-shirt is included.
  • Pee Wee Tennis Academy
    (Ages 4-6) An age-appropriate tennis program that introduces your child to the sport by using fun games and contests. Basic fundamentals will be explored with a child to staff ratio of 5:1. Racquets are available, however participants are encouraged to bring their own, along with a water bottle. T-shirt is included.
  • Video-Game Designer 1
    (Entering Grades 3-6) Make an epic world of adventure in this beginner Role Playing Video Game Design class! Combine your imagination, creativity and dedication at our RPG Video Game Design workshop to create a world of heroes, villains and dungeons. Customize every aspect of the game and impress your friends with your own RPG masterpiece! Participants will learn about tile based map systems, scripted events, level design, storyboarding, inventory, and item customization. RPG’s, or Role Playing Games, are wide, open-world based games where the player takes their characters through the levels, gaining experience through battles in order to face their journey.
  • Video-Game Designer 2
    Entering Grades 3-6 In this afternoon session of Video-Game Designer we will explore different types of video-games. Participants will learn how to create scrolling-screen and platform style games. We will also learn how to program and incorporate gravity into our games as we create a Mario Brothers style game. Participants should bring a flash drive in order to save and take their games home with them.
  • Warrior Baseball School
    (Ages 7-15) Athletes focus on improving fundamental skills such as hitting, bunting, fielding, throwing, pitching and catching. Staff provides dynamic individual instruction to harness the potential of each athlete. Bring a water bottle, lunch, glove, and bat.
  • Warrior Soccer Academy Preseason Clinic (GIRLS)
    (Girls, Entering Grades 9-12) This preseason clinic prepares female high school soccer players for the start of the upcoming fall season. Players will focus on technical skill, team tactics, and preparation fitness.
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