ArtsCamp at LCA – Day Camp

Located at Emilson YMCA


Calling all artists! Join our artistic team as we explore and foster your creativity, talent, and energy this summer at ArtsCamp, part of the SSYMCA Camp Gordon Clark summer day camp program at the Emilson YMCA campus in Hanover. Discover performing arts, musical theatre, dance, theatre production,  digital media classes, visual arts, photography and more at Laura’s Center for the Arts, our vibrant community cultural center dedicated to the exploration of the arts.

Find your summer adventure at ArtsCamp! 


Laura’s Center for the Arts
Emilson YMCA
97 Mill St, Hanover, MA 02339


Grades 1-9


  • Drop Off: 8:00-9:00 AM
  • Pick Up: 3:30-5:00 PM

ArtsCamp participants are dropped off and picked up at Laura’s Center for Arts. After a morning in the studio, participants cool off with a swim in the afternoon before heading to a specialty class of choice, which varies each week.


ArtsCamp takes place at Laura’s Center for the Arts, a gift to the community that allows the Y to provide access to the arts. This vibrant cultural center provides an opportunity for both indoor and outdoor art experiences, productions, choreography, music, state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology. Campers enjoy performances from musicians and artists in a myriad of styles and genres, providing a cultural playground for the South Shore. Ample visual art space rouses campers to embrace and celebrate their creativity, explore their creative world, and challenge them to experience the arts not only as an audience but also as an active participant.


National Inclusion Project

At South Shore YMCA Day Camp we support a traditional camp environment that is welcoming to all campers. By partnering with families and identified support systems, campers with developmental or other challenges will be provided with the opportunity for a successful camp experience. Through the National Inclusion Project partnership, we are able to offer inclusion training for all camp staff under the direction of the SSYMCA’s inclusion leadership staff. Campers are fully integrated into this traditional day camp experience and should be able to participate independently in standard staff ratios. In order to ensure success at camp, please indicate interest in accessing inclusion supports when registering for camp. A staff member will contact you to learn more about your child and to discuss the type of support needed to make the experience successful for your camper. For more information about inclusion supports contact:

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Director & Staff

We take great pride in our dedicated camp staff of teaching professionals and local college and high school students who go through comprehensive camp counselor training. YMCA day camp is run by a full-time, year-round YMCA director with extensive camp experience. We also have a fully licensed nurse on-site during regular camp hours. Each year approximately 75% of our camp staff are returning counselors. All have been interviewed, and have references, CORI, and SORI background checks completed.


2024 Day Camp Registration

  • South Shore YMCA Members: Begins Saturday, January 6, 8:30 am
  • Returning Camp Families: Begins Saturday, January 13, 8:30 am
  • Public Registration: Begins Saturday, January 20, 8:30 am

When registering, parents will need to provide the following information:

  • Parent/guardian contact info
  • $50 deposit per camper, per week of camp registering
  • Any additional information to help ensure the child has a successful camp experience

All campers and staff attending camp must have an updated physical. According to Massachusetts state regulations, camp physicals are valid from the day of the physical for 18 months. Physicals must be submitted to Camp Gordon Clark prior to attending the first day of camp.

Once registration is complete parents/guardians will be prompted to complete multiple forms. These forms must be completed before your child can attend camp. If forms are incomplete two weeks prior to attending the program, Camp Gordon Clark reserves the right to unenroll your child.

Online Registration for each week of camp will close on Thursday of the week prior. To register for the next upcoming week of camp after online registration has closed, please call 781-924-8338 or email


Financial assistance for Y camps is made possible through charitable donations to our South Shore YMCA Annual Campaign and is awarded based on the need demonstrated by household income and/or extenuating circumstances, Click HERE for a South Shore YMCA Financial Assistance Application, or click the blue box below. Completed Financial Assistance applications can be dropped off at the Emilson YMCA Welcome Center (please indicate you are applying for Day Camp Financial Assistance), or sent to:

  • South Shore YMCA
    75 Mill St, Hanover, MA 02339
    ATTN: Summer Camp Financial Assistance

Camp financial assistance is not retroactive and can only be applied to camp sessions that occur on or after the date the financial assistance is awarded. A $50 non-refundable and nontransferable (per child, per week) deposit is due upon registration. Scholarship applications take at least two weeks to be assessed and are assessed in the order that they are received.

For more information on Financial Assistance, contact our Camp Registrar at or (781) 924-8338.

Download our 2024 Camp Guide

Download a copy of our 2024 Day Camp Guide to browse all of our camp offerings and find your summer adventure at Y camp. DOWNLOAD CAMP GUIDE


Find your summer adventure at ArtsCamp! Registration begins January 6 for South Shore YMCA members. SEARCH & REGISTER

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