2024 Summer Camp Info
Discover a summer of wonder at The Rowe Center! For 100 years, our camps have been a vibrant playground of exploration, where every day is an invitation to adventure and self-discovery. Nestled in the heart of nature and steeped in the rich heritage of Unitarian Universalist values, our camps offer a tapestry of experiences that resonate with the spirited essence of the past while igniting the passions of the future in a safe, fun and inclusive space. Whether it's through the serene moments in chapel or the laughter-filled activities under the sun, we craft journeys that speak to every young heart eager to make a difference. Be the first to know about registration dates and all the details of our upcoming summer camps by signing up for our 2024 Camp Interest newsletter. Join a legacy of changemakers and let the journey of lifetime friendships and community begin!
Young People's Camp (YPC)
1 & 2-week sleep-away summer camps
Junior & Senior High Camp (JHC, SHC)
2-week sleep-away summer camps
History of Rowe Camp
For almost one hundred years, Rowe has been a place for young people to live, learn, grow and explore.
Since 1924 our camps have been dedicated to creating confident and self-directed young people who feel accepted and welcome exactly how they are. Rowe is a place to be silly, let your hair down and have fun as well as safely explore the serious and uncomfortable topics of life. To be at Rowe is to live in community and to walk the line between self expression and civic responsibility. Our camps empower youth to stand up for what they believe and exercise their voice and vote in the world around them. They also surround campers with a sense of wonder, creativity and play.
You are welcome here!
You are welcome and accepted at Rowe exactly as you are. Since our very first camp in 1924, inclusion and acceptance have been at the cornerstone of what we do.
We were one of the first summer camps in the country to offer gender-neutral cabin options, and respecting your pronouns is a given part of camp life.
Dietary diversity can be stressful. Regardless of whether you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free or anywhere in between, you are a first class citizen at Rowe.
We also have scholarships specifically tailored to support economic and cultural diversity at camp, because we want the camp community to look more and more like the global community. Although we cannot accommodate all needs, our staff bends over backwards to ensure that every child feels welcome and accepted and can fully participate in camp life. Please don't hesitate to reach out below with any specific questions.
Rowe Camp Statement of Purpose
“We believe that every human being has inherent worth and dignity. At camp, we practice this by empowering young people to play, explore, and learn about themselves and others in an environment that is both liberating and nurturing.
Our programming fosters age-appropriate critical thinking and reflection as much as it does curiosity, creativity, and joy. This provides the means to explore essential topics like power and diversity, friendship and intimacy, and technology and society at any developmental level.
Campers are challenged to balance freedom and self-expression with compassion for and responsibility to themselves and others. Campers, as a body, take an active role in decision-making and envisioning the future of camp, and their contributions are what make each session unique.
By doing these things, we aim to empower campers with a strong sense of community and sense of self, to be active voices in their own communities and their lives, and to make the world a better place for all.”
Unanimously approved in 2020 by the youth programing advisory committee, the Rowe Camp statement of purpose serves as the foundation and guiding principles of all decisions related to camp.
This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.
Literally nothing, including summer camp, has been left untouched by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Rowe has made a number of changes that have allowed us to succesuflly hold COVID free camps the past two summers. We continue to update our policies using the best available guidance from state and federal agencies.
With the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12, we are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all campers and staff. Please click below to read our full COVID-19 FAQ and our coronavirus safety policy. Closer to camp, we will update this page with our policy for 2023.