Elementary & Middle School Program

Camp ProgramBDC’s flexible weekly schedule is designed to accommodate the needs of individual campers and their families.

The following describes the BDC schedule and our activities.

Spanning seven 1-week sessions, BDC offers full-day full-week schedules (Monday through Friday) for campers eight years old and up, and partial-week schedules for young children.


The following is the daily camp schedule for campers ages 8 to 13 (rising 3rd through 9th grade):

9:00Early drop-off & check-in
9:30 CAMP DAY BEGINS Camp Starts
9:30-12:00Activity Periods & Swim Lessons
12:30 - 1:00Group Time
1:00 - 3:00Activity Periods & Free-Swim
3:30CAMP DAY ENDS Camp Ends
3:30-4:00Closing assemblies, snack, pick-up

Summer Programs




Groups  – 3rd-9th grade campers are divided by age into co-ed Groups. A camper’s group is their family for the week at BDC. Groups are generally between 15-25 campers with 3 university students or professional teachers as Counselors. This unit of 4 adults and as many as 25 campers engage in various activities, challenges, and games within their program. Each group will have a daily Red-Cross certified Swim Lesson, the opportunity to shoot arrows on our Archery range, and jump in our pool for a Free-Swim every afternoon!

Our additional programs include:

Young Children’s Program (YCP): Under 5 year olds (Infant through Pre-K)
Camper Leader Program: 15-16 year olds (10th grade)

BDC Programs – Program Heads create scope and sequence curricula in each area. Because the Counselors engage with the campers during the activities, BDC campers enjoy an adult to camper ratio of approximately 1:6. Many BDC Activities are of our own creation. These activities emphasize creative play and interpersonal skills building in various ways.




The following is a list of all BDC Programs:

ART: (both performing and fine arts) is offered in our open-air studios. Campers enjoy a unique curriculum created with equal emphasis given to the art process, art production, art history, and art critique. Campers enjoy honing their skills in making as well as discussing art and exploring personal expression in our program. Campers will also enjoy a variety of team-building, competitive, and social-emotional skill-building activities within the context of the arts.
BASE: Boating And Sailing Experience is BDC's idyllic freshwater lakefront program. In an extremely safe environment, campers explore canoes, kayaks, Day Sailors, Sunfish, and 420 sailboats in both Little and Big Cliff Ponds in Nickerson State Park. Campers and counselors always wear Personal Floatation Devices and are overseen by our certified staff from our launch boat and from within the camper boats. At BASE, campers have the opportunity to learn boating and sailing skills and enjoy the beautiful Cape Cod waterfront.
BDOC: Brewster Day Camp Outdoor Challenge Brewster Day Camp Outdoor Challenge is home to our camp's Low Ropes Challenge Course, comprising a ten-element course and fostering teamwork through group and individual challenges. The BDOC Activity Head is a certified and experienced Low Ropes Instructor who facilitates communication within the group, as well as teaches problem-solving and individual leadership skills.
ECOD: Everything Cape Cod is our nature activity thus named to entice campers to become environmentalists and naturalists while learning the joys of living on a healthy planet and embracing ways to take care of our precious Earth. ECOD has its home base in our Science Yurt though campers travel by foot into the adjoining park to explore frog ponds as well as travel off campus by bus to all sorts of interesting venues. This activity also incorporates STEAM concepts into its curriculum.
LEAP: Learn Explore Adventure Program focuses on campers’ ability to explore interpersonal relationships and their connections to each other as well as the larger community by exploring the 70+ locations around Cape Cod that BDC frequently travels to. This program offers campers the opportunity for social coaching and oversight of group play. Campers will sharpen their social/emotional tools while embracing community service projects and work together in exciting ways to make the world a better place for all while exploring and adventuring - hiking and biking around Cape Cod's ponds, beaches, bogs, and parks.
SPORTS: Our Sports program encompassing our traditional Field Sports, MUGS (Mixed Up Games and Stuff), and Archery programs. This program teaches campers basic athletic skills focusing on multiple sports per week. Campers have the opportunity to learn traditional games as well as create their own rules for existing or new games. In our Sports program, campers learn that creativity can be found on a big sandy ball field while also learning the values around sportsmanship. Additionally, campers follow the established standards of the National Archery Association to learn safety, technique, and concentration while enjoying the thrills of shooting arrows into targets with bows.
Swimming Opportunities: Regardless of age or skill level, every camper has the opportunity to sign up for a private Red Cross Swim Lesson in our environmentally-friendly pool in the morning in addition to their other weekly program. Each afternoon, every camper - no matter what program they have chosen for the week - will visit the pool for a free-swim which is included in the enrollment fee for the week. BDC's many Red Cross Certified lifeguards remain vigilant about safety when campers are in or near any water. Additionally, our pool is open and lifeguarded every evening so that campers may enjoy a Family Swim with their loved ones - picnics are welcome!