About Viking Summer Camps at Camp Gan
All of our Multi-Sport Summer Camps at Camp Gan include a fun variety of sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, flag football, dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, floor hockey, team handball, watermelon, gaga ball, reindeer tails, and many other sports, gym games, and camp activities. Our camps are designed to promote regular physical activity, sportsmanship, and values. At Viking, we strive to create the best possible experience and atmosphere of engagement and teamwork for all of our campers. All participants receive a Viking T-shirt and Trophy!
Our Newton Camp offerings take full advantage of the Solomon Schechter Lower School’s facilities.
Our Newton Sports Camp at Camp Gan runs from 9am-3:30pm. We also offer early drop off (8am-9am) and extended day (3:30pm-6pm) options each week. Camp range in age from 5 – 13 (grades K through 8th). All Viking camps are one week long. Players may register for one or more weeks.
Multi-Sports Summer Camps
For our Multi-Sports Camps, we will introduce the kids to a variety of sports, games, and activities. Our games are simple to learn and really fun to play. We like to introduce kids to games that they in turn can bring home and play with their friends. This approach allows kids to focus more on playing and having fun versus listening to a laundry list of rules and watching elaborate set ups. Games we play include (but are not limited to):
- World Cup
- Goalie Wars
- Shoot Out
- Home Run Derby
- Whiffle Ball
- Fenway Baseball
- 3 Point Contest
- King of the Court
- Street/Floor Hockey
- Flag Football
- Team Handball
- Gaga Ball
- Capture the Flag
- Reindeer Tails
- Pony Express
- Head Catch/Flinch
- Many variations of Tag
All Viking camps must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the Newton Board of Health.
Viking Summer Camp Details
The coaching and instruction offered at all Viking Sports Camps is intended to meet the needs of players of all ages and skill levels. Children will not only work on individual skill development, but on how to effectively participate on teams. All camps are co-ed. The philosophy at all Viking camps is safety, good sportsmanship, and fun.
Viking Sports Camp Coaches
All coaches are carefully selected based on their enthusiasm, professionalism, and experience. Our pool of highly qualified coaches includes athletes, teachers, established coaches, and undergraduate and graduate college students. Every Viking coach is dedicated to helping children learn and play sports. Our coaches & CITs serve as role models for campers. Positive relationships between coaches and campers build confidence and self-esteem. The coach to camper ratio complies with Massachusetts Health Department guidelines and is as follows: 1 coach per 5 campers for children 6 and under; 1 coach per 10 campers for children 7 and older.
A Typical Daily Schedule
|8:00am||Campers enrolled in Early Drop-Off arrive and check-in* Extended Day campers arrive|
|8:55am||Campers arrive and check-in|
|9:00am||Campers go to their groups and begin morning stretches|
|9:20am||Instruction and games begin|
|11:00am||Instruction and games resume|
|12:30pm||Lunch period (time to relax)|
|1:25pm||Instruction and games resume|
|3:00pm||Campers check-out and depart*|
|6:00pm||Extended Day concludes|
*Early Drop-Off, Extended Day, and Camp Check-Out time vary for each location
Note: Every group takes multiple water, shade, and sunscreen breaks throughout the day
Early Drop-off/Extended Day
For some locations, we are able to offer pre-registered early drop-off (8:00am-9:00am) and extended day (3:00pm-6:00pm) options are available for campers. During early drop-off and extended day, children may choose to read, write, draw, play board games, watch sports/other videos, learn chess/checkers, play more sports/games and more.
Rain Day & Excessive Heat Days
In the event of rain or excessive heat, Viking will move camp into the gymnasium
What To Bring To Camp
All players should bring appropriate clothing for the climate and to participate in a fun day of sports. All campers should bring a light snack, plenty of drinks, and a packed lunch to camp. Although water will be provided, campers must bring their own water bottle. All players should apply sunscreen at home before coming to camp and should bring a bottle of sunscreen to camp so that coaches can remind them to reapply it in the afternoon; Viking Sports Camps will also have sunscreen available (Water Babies Hypoallergenic SPF 50) for players who forget to bring their own. Players that bring cleats must also bring sneakers in case we play inside the gymnasium or on the basketball court.
What To Bring To Camp: Lunch & Snack
As per our agreement with the Solomon Schechter School, lunches and snacks must be vegan, vegetarian, or dairy only. Meat is NOT allowed.
Sports equipment to be provided by parent/guardian:
- Multi-Sports camp: shin-guards are recommended.
*Although cleats are optional, players MUST bring sneakers to camp each day in case we use the basketball court or gym.
Each week our camps for kids ages 4 and up feature a theme day. Participation is optional, but the day is always a lot of fun. Our photographer also captures the day to share the memories with you.
Here are a few of our 2018 planned Theme Days:
American Pride: (for the week of the fourth of July) dress in red white and blue ‘cuz you’re proud to be an American where at least you know you’re free.
Jersey Day: GO PATRIOTS! Show your team pride by wearing your favorite sports jersey or dressing as your favorite sports pro!
Character Day: What a crazy cast of characters you’ll meet on this day with everyone dressed as their favorite TV, book, video game, or movie character.
Super Thursday: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Viking campers dressed as their favorite superhero or super villian. Some you may recognize and some may be new ones imagined by the camper themselves. Just remember with great power comes great responsibility.