Tanglewood Overnight Camps, ages 8-14

All About Tanglewood’s Overnight Summer Camps

A group crouches in to listen to a speakerSummer camp is a unique and special place: from making friends to learning skills, each day is filled with new possibilities. Our overnight camps are “unplugged”, to help campers experience friendships, and outdoor discovery, develop their self-confidence, and feel a sense of belonging. We aim to create a sense of community at camp that fosters creativity and respect.

Atypical day offers a lot of choices at camp. From family-style meals (with lots of different freshly prepared things to try) to different activities each day, and week-long focus programs. There are usually about 5-morning focus options, covering everything from creative arts, gardening and cooking, outdoors skills, nature and ecology, engineering design, and archery. 

Campers enjoy hikes, pond study, court and field sports, swimming, creative art projects, cultural activities, music, cooking, and water games! We try to make sure there’s enough variety at each elective period so that everyone can find something they would like to do. There is also plenty of time for swimming, playing field games, and just hanging out with friends.

a group of campers sits on a porchCreative evening programs include the entire camp community, culminating with a big campfire on the last evening of the session.

By bedtime, everyone is ready for a good night’s sleep!

Campers stay in cabins with up to 8 other campers of similar age, and two counselors. Cabin groups get to do a lot of things together, including creating a skit for a big campfire on the last evening of camp. Cabins are where a lot of long-lasting friendships are made.

Set in the middle of around 940 acres of state forest, Tanglewood has a lot of natural spaces to explore. The Ducktrap River is great for a refreshing dip (water games too!), we have a nearby canoeing site and often take trips to nearby beaches, hike in Camden Hills State Park, or explore our organic garden. There’s just about everything for any kind of person at Tanglewood.

learning about PolandLinks to learn more about camp

Daily Camp Schedule

About food and meals

Morning Focus

Afternoon Electives

Evening Programs


an adult and a camper stand on a mountainOne-week session dates and rates

Ages: 8-14                   Cost: $725       FAQ & Packing Lists

Program Dates:  (* indicates the program ends on Thursday, tuition is adjusted)

Week 1: June 23-28, 2024

Week 2: June 30-July 5, 2024

Week 3: July 7-12, 2024

Week 4: July 14-18, 2024*

Week 5: July 21-26, 2024

Week 6: July 28-August 2, 2024

Week 7: August 4-9, 2024

Week 8: August 11-15, 2024*

Two-week session dates, rates, and more!

If you’re looking for a longer camp experience, Tanglewood’s 2-week sessions are the answer! With 12 days to play, there’s all the fun of our single-week sessions + some extras….

  • Beach day. A whole-camp beach adventure, with all of the camp packing their bags and heading out for a day or evening at the ocean.
  • Cabin night. You + your cabin mates + fun! Not only do we go all-out in creating an extra-fancy meal for dinner, but after that, your cabin group gets the entire evening to do something special together. A lot of amazing things have been dreamt up in the past including tenting out, baking brownies, an evening at the beach, and much, much more.
  • Extended focus options
  • TANGLEWOODSTOCK and TANGLEPALOOZA, celebrations of the summertime. After an afternoon of fun on the field, we set about creating a special evening, usually including talent shows and live music.
  • Camper-inspired specialty programming: it truly is your camp! Since we’re together for 2 whole weeks, we have the ability to create one-of-a-kind programs just for you based on your interests. What can you imagine?

an outdoor space lit up with lights

Ages: 10-14                   Cost: $1500             FAQ & Packing List

Program Dates:          

Weeks 3 & 4b: July 7-18, 2024

Weeks 7 & 8b: August 4-15, 2024


If you would like to register for the two-week session, you will register for weeks 3 and 4-b or weeks 7 and 8-b resulting in a two-week registration including the weekends in between.

Registering for any other combination of sessions will result in attending multiple one-week sessions that do not include the weekends.