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MIT All Sports Summer Camp


Location: Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, 120 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
Age: 6-13
Duration: June 19-August 11
Time: 9-4, extendable to 8-5:30
Cost: $345
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Rebecca: My son went here last year. He swam twice a day. It does get a bit tiring, but could just be my kid. I've heard that they dont' really have their own space, so more sort of move from one space to another. Probably best for active kids.

tina: This is a multisport camp where each day the kids do 2 different sports - basketball, soccer, tennis, floor hockey, whiffle-ball - for an hour each and then swim twice a day. Their touch down area is the ice skating rink at the Z-center where they meet in between activities and eat lunch on the bleachers/floor. My son went there for two years when he was a rising first grader (for 9 weeks -- too much), and then a second grader (for 6 weeks -- still a lot). We tried out a bunch of other things last year when he was a rising third grader (Dexter/Southfield Hockey, MoS, New School of Music, Outback), and found that it is good to have a bit of a mix - makes the summer go by quicker (sadly). Our experience: the good is that he is always ready to go back, and calls it a favorite summer camp. The counselors are young (young college students, with high school CITs), really good, and many many many of them. The camp director is very responsive, is a full-time MIT employee, and has been running the camp for many (15? 20?) years. The annoyance for me was that in his second year at the camp (a rising second grader), he went into camp being a swimming lover and came out a swimming hater. Probably because no one wants to stand in line four times a day in the locker room with 20 other boys - get into swimsuit, get out swim suit, now get back in again, now get back out again... and get whacked with towels by your "besties" for that week. For this summer, when he will be a rising 4th grader, a draw of MIT day camp is that he may finally be able to go sailing. I can't remember whether it is age or swimming level based, but I think that he might finally be there!

Christina: lots of different sports

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