Youth Summer Programs

  • 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.
  • American Girl Doll Crafts and Fun - NEW!
    Does your child love American Girl? Come join the fun! They will have the opportunity to meet new friends just like them while having the American Girl experience - with fun games, interesting stories, and crafts!
  • 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.
  • Elementary Cheerleading
    Elementary school children will learn the fundamentals of cheerleading including motions, jumps, cheers, and dance, as well as participate in basic stunting and tumbling too!
  • Children's Studio for the Arts (CSA)
    Led by professional artists and educators, CSA offers exciting and challenging experiences through daily workshops in visual arts, stagecraft, drama, dance, and musical theater!
  • E Sports
    Entering Grades 6-12 Esports, or competitive video gaming, is a rapidly growing field at both the collegiate and professional level. Players from all over the globe compete in online and in-person tournaments for cash, prestige, and bragging rights! This summer Andover Recreation is pleased to offer an Esports program designed to introduce students to the exciting world of esports, get them playing their favorite games in a professionally coached environment, and educate them on the opportunities that are developing here in Massachusetts. SNHU, Becker, and Assumption College are some of the first in the state to offer Esports programs and scholarships, but they won’t be the last. If your student loves gaming, this is the program for them! Games include Super Smash Bros., League of Legends, Apex Legends, and more! Your student will work with a curriculum designed by collegiate coaches and industry experts. All coaches have experience in the collegiate or semi-pro Esports and gaming scenes.
  • 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 2019. Please bring a snack, drink, and a lunch.
  • Follow Me Robot
    Ages 7-12 How would you like to build a robot that has four built-in microphones? It will detect the sound source, and in turn, it will move and turn accordingly. It is your own robot to build and take home. Wow! It starts flashing and plays Do-Re-Me. Make it move the way you want it to move. It is so smart. It will move in its own routine if it does not get a signal in one minute. It will go to sleep if you do not issue any commands in 90 seconds. However, you can wake it up. Learn about the different gears and sensors as you build it. Get to build other robots working in groups. Join in our Sumo wrestling and obstacle course events with what you have built. See everything happening as you build. That’s the Sciensational way! Bring a beverage, snack, and a lunch.
  • REC Golf School
    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 participants, also bring a lunch. Golf clubs will be provided; however, participants can bring their own clubs if they choose. Thursday will be used as a rain date. For weather related cancellations, call Sarkisian after 8:30 am at 978-688-5522.
  • Mixed Media Arts
    One week of pure fun! We will create with pottery, glass, and canvas. We will teach the kids to paint with sponges, brushes, paper, and lots more. Pottery pieces are functional and food safe! Class will consist of projects that will be easy and fun for kids to do. Please bring a snack/lunch as we will take a break and go outside to eat. We will teach step-by-step directions with several different mediums and techniques. Pottery, clay, and the fuse glass pieces need to be fired. Kids will take their canvas home with them on Thursday. Any pieces that are not returned during the class week will be dropped off at the Recreation Department within 2 weeks after the class ends. Recreation will send an email when pieces are ready for pickup.
  • Summer Music Adventures
    For ages 5-8 The goal of Summer Music Adventures is to introduce musical concepts such as pitch, rhythm, tempo, tone, and dynamics through games, songs, poems and folk dances. Merrimack Valley Community Music School instructors, Tad Hitchcock and Kyoko Hida Battaglia have years of experience and are all about learning music and having fun. Students will be playing percussion, xylophones, recorder and singing with an informal performance at the end. For more information contact instructor Tad Hitchcock 617-694-9653 or Valerie Walton 617-694-9656.
  • 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.
  • Private Music Lessons
    Ages 7+ Try a few lessons while you have some time off! Three lessons. Schedule to be arranged with the instructor. We also coach ensembles. Let us know what you are looking for. Instruments: Guitar, ukulele, bass, voice, saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, piano, violin, cello, percussion and more. After registering with Andover Rec, a Merrimack Valley Community Music School representative will contact you to schedule your lessons.
  • Rec Park Playground
    (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.
  • Slime and Potions Exploration 3 Day Workshop (NEW!)
    The “slime” sensation is still going strong, but our Kidcasso Art Educators have taken a different spin on it! Join us during the dog days of summer as turn into mad scientists and explore through a workshop inspired by slime and potions! Artists will mix up their own special batch of ooey gooey slime, essential oil infused play-doughs, and a variety and magic potions. We will also draw, paint, and collage in this three day science exploration workshop. Students may pack a small nut-free snack and bottle of water. Please dress for mess!
  • Sportacular
    (Grades K-5) This program caters to kids who are on the move! Join us during February vacation for a fun filled morning of gym games, arts & crafts, and outside play. Sign up by the day or for the whole week.
  • Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)
    Join East Coast Style Stand Up Paddle for one of our stand up paddle board programs down at Pomps Pond!
  • 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 and 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.
  • Warrior Track Clinic
    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.
  • Fishing Workshop
    (Ages 7-14) We will provide a fishing rod, bait, and some learn-to-fish instructions followed by casting practice and a healthy dose of fishing. Novice anglers are welcome. Parents are encouraged to stay and help bait the line!
  • Hype Basketball Clinic
    Co-ed, Ages 6-12 Join us for the Summer Basketball Clinic under the direction of Guy Robinson of HYPE Basketball Academy! HYPE is committed to educating youth with the proper skills and training to become a more effective and productive basketball player. The clinic will work on passing, rebounding, dribbling, defense, shooting, sportsmanship, teamwork, conditioning, fundamentals, and more!
  • Mass Gold Volleyball 3 Day Clinic
    Co-ed, Entering grades 1-6 Players will learn the basics of volleyball in this energetic and fun-filled three day clinic. All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercises that focus on passing, setting, hitting, and serving. This co-ed program is designed for the beginner to early-intermediate player and will incorporate life-lessons such as teamwork and sportsmanship. Please note your T-shirt size during registration.
  • UK Elite Soccer School
    (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**)
  • 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 Girls Soccer Academy Preseason Clinic
    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.
  • Warrior Boys Soccer School
    Boys, Entering Grades 8-12 Here is your chance to check your fitness level, sharpen your technical ball skills, perfect your goalkeeping skills, and play small and full side matches. Please bring water, a soccer ball, shin pads, cleats, and bug spray.
  • Viking Ninja Warrior - NEW!
    Viking Ninja Warrior is where Boot Camp meets Ninja Warrior. In this program, kids engage in a variety of activities that improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, and agility. Each day, kids engage in a specific set of exercises that will help them tackle the Viking Warrior Ninja obstacle course at the conclusion of each class. We incorporate many different obstacles including boxes, hurdles, balance beams, gates, ladders, slack lines, and more. We even use at 42 foot long 12 foot high inflatable obstacle course! Most importantly, we make fitness fun by having supportive coaches who engage the participants ensuring everyone stays on task and improves. All participants will receive a Viking t-Shirt and trophy.
  • Brick Building with Light & Sound (NEW!)
    Ages 7-12 How about becoming an architect and electronics scientist? Combine everything into one. Make endless combinations of brick construction and electronics. Invent anything and make it work all by doing it the Sciensational Way! How about building your own light post with color effects? Build and design your own brick tower, light it up, play music, and turn on your LEDs. Build your own brick bridge with melody and sound. Construct a brick mammal, a three level house, and light house. Put in overhead lights. Now it is your time to design, think, and use your inventors skills. The sky is the limit! All of this you take home. STEAM your way to the future! Bring a beverage, snack, and a lunch.
  • 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.
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