Summer Camp


Great News!  Nature Adventures Camp 2020 is expected to open on Monday, June 29!

The South Shore YMCA has worked with other YMCA’s in Massachusetts to create plans to provide a safe Y Camp experience for children this summer.  With safety as our utmost priority, we at the South Shore Y believe that this summer, more than ever, children need camp and the experience of being outside, making friends, and building relationships that will last a lifetime. 

With the safety of your children as our number one priority, the state guidelines have provided us with the direction needed to develop enhanced safety and sanitation protocols in respect to COVID-19 for the summer of 2020.

This summer you can expect:

  • Engaging, nature-based STEAM programs and experiences.  Nature Adventures Camp utilizes 30 acres of trails, woods, meadows and wetlands in addition to 200 acres of adjacent town conservation land.
  • Small group sizes with added staff supervision dedicated to each group
  • Physical distancing while staying socially engaged in an outdoor environment
  • Extended camp day (8:30a-5:00p) with staggered drop-off and pick-up to provide flexibility for families
  • Full refunds for cancellation with notification up to two weeks prior to the start of the camp week

We look forward to welcoming your child at Nature Adventures Camp.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact me directly at

Click HERE to register for Summer 2020!

Chris Jacobs
Executive Director
South Shore Natural Science Center  

About Our Camp

The SSNSC Nature Adventures  Camp offers exciting opportunities for children to learn about the natural world.

Campers will…

  •  Develop an awareness, appreciation, and concern for our environment and the creatures in it.
  •  Explore the habits and habitats of animals living in our woods, ponds, meadows, and along the shore.
  •  Have fun, use their imaginations, and just be kids in a low stress, outdoor environment.
  •  Learn about natural science through stories, hikes, games, crafts, and a host of other fun-filled activities.
  •  Renew old friendships and make new pals.

Location & Grounds

The South Shore Natural Science Center is located at 48 Jacobs Lane in Norwell, minutes from Route 3 (exit 13) and across from Jacobs Pond. Our camp is situated on 30 acres of woodlands and fields, with rambling nature trails, numerous vernal pools and quick access to Jacobs Pond.

Our Camp

At 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 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.

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.