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Core Values at Camp Chris


At Camp Chris, kindness is the cornerstone of our community.  We teach campers to be compassionate, to lend a helping hand, and to understand that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference.  From helping a friend with a challenging task to practicing empathy for others, our campers learn the value of kindness every day.


We believe in the power of community and fostering a sense of belonging.  Campers come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, but at Camp Chris we’re one big family.  From our first community meetings where our campers craft their own Community Contracts, to our closing ceremonies, we celebrate a week of fun, growth, and being together.


Honesty is the bedrock of trust, and at Camp Chris, we prioritize it.  We encourage campers to be truthful and open, fostering an environment where they feel safe to express themselves.  This honesty extends to self-reflection, personal growth, and accepting responsibility for one’s actions.


Respect for oneself and others is fundamental to our camp’s culture.  Campers learn that differences are to be celebrated, and everyone’s voice deserves to be heard.  Through activities and discussions, we cultivate an understanding of the importance of treating people, animals, and the environment with respect.

From 9am to 4pm, Camp Chris is a whirlwind of activity, learning, and friendship.  Campers participate in a variety of engaging activities, from games and swimming to arts and crafts.  In every interaction and experience, our core values are woven into the fabric of camp life. Camp Chris offers kids ages 4-15 a summer full of hands-on, engaging activities that will keep them returning year after year!

Parents, let us take some of the stress away from planning amazing summers for your kids!  Our programs grow with your camper- try our Program Finder to discover new programs that your child will love!  We know life in the summer can be hectic- so we offer add ons to your camp experience like lunch, buses, extended day, tutoring and music lessons!  Register your campers for as many weeks as needed around your family’s schedule.

As a parent, you can expect a lot from Camp Chris.  We are dedicated to providing a positive and enriching experience for your child.  Here are some of the things you can expect from us this coming summer:

A Safe, Supervised Environment

Safety is a top priority at Camp Chris.  You can expect a well-organized and supervised environment where trained staff members ensure your child’s well-being.  Camp Chris follows safety protocols and guidelines to create a secure space for all campers.

Professional and Caring Staff

Camp Chris prides itself on having a team of experienced and caring counselors who are dedicated to the well-being and growth of your child.  They provide mentorship, guidance, and support throughout the camp experience.

Skill Development

Camp Chris offers a variety of activities and programs designed to help campers develop new skills.  From outdoor exploration, swimming, and creative endeavors like arts and crafts, your child will have the opportunity to explore their interests and talents.

Social and Emotional Growth

Camp Chris is a place where your child can build self-confidence, make new friends, and develop important social skills.  The camp encourages teamwork, communication, and problem solving in a group setting.

Fun and Memorable Activities

Camp Chris offers a wide range of fun and memorable activities, including games, arts and crafts, archery, swimming, and more . Each age group opens up new opportunities, growing with your child for as many summers as they return.  Our youngest campers have daily swim lessons, and our oldest campers go on weekly field trips - there really is something for everyone here!


Most camps, including Camp Chris, maintain open lines of communication with parents.  We send out emails in advance of each session with a detailed breakdown of what theme weeks we have planned, as well as invaluable information about what to pack, counselor information, and nurse information.  During camp we update families as needed, and reach out individually to caregivers to make sure their child is having the best experience possible.  We update our social media accounts daily, showing amazing pictures of kids having fun, and also share images on our SmugMug page.

A Sense of Independence

Camp Chris is a place where your child can gain a sense of independence and self-reliance.  They will have the opportunity to make decisions, take on age-appropriate responsibilities, and grow as an individual.

An Unplugged Experience

We focus on connection, and encourage campers to engage in the world around them.  This means less reliance on technology and screens, and finding ways to encourage campers to be involved in their camp group - their own little organic community.

Lasting Friendships

Camp Chris is a place where lifelong friendships can be formed.  Your child will have the opportunity to meet peers from diverse backgrounds and create bonds that can last a lifetime.

Each of our age-based camp groups offers something a little different.  Explore your child’s summer camp in more depth by clicking on the links below.

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Camp Chris has been a North Shore tradition for almost 80 years!

Our campers enjoy summer days full of swimming, sports, and specialist activities guided by trained and enthusiastic staff. We use every inch of St. John’s Prep’s gorgeous 175-acre campus, two swimming pools, and state of the art facilities. Whether your child joins us for one week or nine, we guarantee this will be their best summer ever!