Camp Gordon Clark – Day Camp, Hanover

Located at the Emilson YMCA, Hanover MA



At YMCA camp, children build memories that last a lifetime, in a place where they truly belong. YMCA camp is a place for kids to make friends, build character and actively explore their imagination.

South Shore YMCA Camp Gordon Clark is our traditional Y summer day camp located at the Emilson Y campus in Hanover, MA.

Serving children ages 4-15, South Shore YMCA Camp Gordon Clark is situated on 46 beautifully wooded acres and includes spacious athletic fields, three outdoor pools, a games court, archery range, basketball court, organic farm, tennis courts, low ropes course, traverse climbing wall, volleyball court, a bathhouse/changing area and access to SSYMCA Laura’s Center for the Arts cultural center.

Daily swim included in most Camp Gordon Clark Programs.

Camp Registration for the 2022 Camp Season will open in early 2022. Stay tuned for more details!

Camp Gordon Clark Location

Emilson YMCA
75 Mill St
Hanover, MA 02339


4 – 15 years old


Camp: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Drop-Off: 8:30 – 9:00am
Pick-Up: 3:30 – 5:00pm


Camp Philosophy

Our philosophy is to make the most of our opportunity to have a positive influence on the lives of children. Everything we do here at camp — every activity we lead, every decision we make, every policy we apply — is guided by the firm belief that we are responsible for the children we lead. We are responsible for showing them how to be honest, caring, respectful and responsible members of the community.


Camp Safety

Safety is our number one priority. All camps comply with YMCA Day Camp and MA Department of Public Health Regulations. We are also licensed by the Hanover Board of Health.

Camp Gordon Clark Safety Guidelines

Inclusive Camp Programming

At Camp Gordon Clark 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.

If your child requires supports and/or is on an IEP, click here to learn about our intake process prior to registering your child for camp.

National Inclusion Project

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Directors & Staff

Camp Director
Christopher Crossen-Sills

Camp Registrar

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 reference, CORI, and SORI background checks completed.

Camp Gordon Clark 2020 group


2021 Dates & Rates

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Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is made possible through charitable donations and is awarded based on need. For information on financial assistance, contact Chris Crossen-Sills at

Registration for the 2022 Camp season opens early 2022

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

  • Parent/guardian contact info
  • Emergency contact/authorized pickup contact info
  • Allergies & medication and health information
  • 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 two years. Physicals must be submitted to Camp Gordon Clark prior to attending the first day of camp.

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 781-924-6170 ext. 8400 or email

Third-Party Payment / State Vouchers

If camp payments are being made by a 3rd party, registration must be made in-house. At the time of registration, you must provide proof that the camper has funding for camp and contact information for the funder. If you receive a state voucher, a current school year voucher or blank Confirmation of Provider form is required to register. The camp balance will remain the parents’/guardians’ responsibility until funding has been verified.

For campers on vouchers, fill out a physical camp application and contact Chris Crossen-Sills at

At camp, everyone is a family. It’s like you’ve known each other your whole life. I want to be a CIT so I can pass on this great experience to younger kids. Anna

Get ready for Camp Gordon Clark 2022!

Camp Registration for the 2022 Camp Season will open in early 2022. Stay tuned for more details!

Your Gift Can Send a Child to Camp

The South Shore YMCA is a charitable organization, and we never turn anyone away. Your generosity can send a child to camp to find the better self within.