The family pool at the Emilson Y (Hanover) will be closed on Thursday, July 11.

Camp Gordon Clark – Day Camp, Hanover

Located at the Emilson YMCA, Hanover MA


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

Now, more than ever, kids need outdoor activity and the connections of camp. 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.

Serving children ages 3-15, South Shore YMCA Camp Gordon Clark is situated on 46 beautifully wooded acres and includes spacious athletic fields, brand new outdoor pools and splash park, 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 and play in our new outdoor pools & splash park is included in most Camp Gordon Clark Programs.

Find your summer adventure at Camp Gordon Clark!

Camp Gordon Clark Location

Emilson YMCA
75 Mill St, Hanover, MA 02339


3 – 15 years old


  • Drop Off: 8:00-9:00 AM
  • Half-Day Pick Up: 12:00 PM
  • Full-Day Pick Up: 3:30-5:00 PM

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.

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.

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.

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Directors & 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.


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


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

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

Financial Assistance

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.

Get ready for Camp Gordon Clark!

Find your summer adventure at Camp Gordon Clark! Registration begins for South Shore Y members on Saturday, January 6. SEARCH & REGISTER

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.