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Nature Adventures Day Camp

Located at South Shore Science Center

Welcome to Nature Adventures Camp!


Address: South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center
48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell, MA 02061

The South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center in Norwell is situated on 30 acres of woodlands and fields, with rambling nature trails, numerous vernal pools, and access to Jacobs Pond.


Phone: 781-659-2559
fax: 781-659-5924

Our Camp

At Nature Adventures Camp, campers develop an awareness, appreciation, and concern for our environment and the creatures in it. They will explore the habits and habitats of animals living in our woods, ponds, meadows, and along the shore. Most importantly, they have fun using their imaginations, and just being kids in a low-stress, outdoor environment. Campers learn about natural science through stories, hikes, games, crafts, and a host of other fun-filled activities. Here, campers renew old friendships and make new pals.

Our camp is an outdoor recreational camp. We make use of tents, pavilions and indoor spaces as needed during inclement weather. In all but the most severe weather, children will be outside. Children should be dressed for the conditions.

Safey First

At South Shore YMCA Nature Adventures Camp, safety is our number one priority. All of our camps comply with YMCA Day Camp and Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations. In addition, we are licensed by the Norwell Board of Health.

Our Staff

Our staff members are mature high school and college students and adults with camping or teaching experience. All are required to participate in a comprehensive training program including First Aid, CPR, Epi-Pen Administration and Inhalation Treatment for Asthma. The counselor-to-camper ratio is 1:5 for campers under age 7, 1:8 for campers 7 and older.


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


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 should be 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 Staff at cgc@ssymca.org 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

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.