Camp Gordon Clark – Day Camp

Located at the Emilson YMCA

Summer Starts Here!

Camp Gordon Clark is our traditional Y summer day camp located at the Emilson YMCA campus in Hanover, MA. Serving children ages 3-15, the camp 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, indoor Sky Trail® Explorer ropes course, and access to Laura’s Center for the Arts cultural center. Programs offered include Traditional, Specialty, Sports & Arts Day Camps.

Daily swim included in most Camp Gordon Clark Programs.


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Emilson YMCA
75 Mill St
Hanover, MA 02339


3 – 15 years old


Camp: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Drop-Off: 8:30 – 9:00am
Pick-Up: 3:30 – 4:00pm

Extended hours are available for all camps both before and after regular camp hours for additional registration fee.

Extended Hours

Families may register in advance for earlier drop-off and later pick-up times for an additional registration fee.

Early Drop-off (7:30–8:30 am)

During this time, campers can participate in a variety of activities to wake up and get ready for the fun day ahead. We ask that families register at least 2 weeks in advance for early drop-off if interested to ensure proper staffing.

Late Pick-up (4:00–6:00 pm)

During this time, children may participate in games, activities or relax after a fun filled day. Please note, only a weekly option is available. We ask that late pick-up registrations are placed at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure proper staffing. Parents who pick up campers after 6pm may risk an additional fee.

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.

Board of Health Camp Policies & Procedures

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.

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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, 9am – 4pm. Counselor to camper ratio is 1:10, except for Pioneers and Explorers with a ratio of 1:5 as well as Trailblazers at a 1:7 ratio.

Each year approximately 75% of our camp staff are returning counselors. All have been interviewed, and have reference, CORI and SORI background checks completed.

Employment Opportunities

Previous experience in a camp setting and a passion for working with children is preferred. All staff and volunteers are CORI and SORI checked, and participate in a comprehensive training program. For more information please call (781) 924-6170 ext. 8400. Openings may be available in the following areas:

Unit Directors, Activity Specialists, Camp Counselors, Van Drivers, Voyagers Leaders

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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 Elizabeth Coogan at or 781-829-8585 ext 8331.


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.

Register online below beginning February 3, 2020. 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 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 parent/guardians responsibility until funding has been verified.

For campers on vouchers, fill out a physical camp application and contact Laurie Fournier 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

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