Youth Summer Programs

  • Superstars & Counselors of the Week - All Day Discovery
    Each week over the summer Andover Recreation recognizes outstanding kids and counselors from one of our summer programs to highlight as Superstars of the Week. This week, we are honoring the All Day Discovery program, with honorees Lennon Gearin, 11, as their Superstar of the Week and Kat Grygiel, 17, as their Counselor of the Week.
  • FC Academy Introduction to Filmmaking
    (Ages 10-14) In this class, students can bring their creative ideas to fruition in a fun, collaborative and exciting environment. Students will learn skills in scriptwriting, storyboard sketching, character development, improvisation, and camera skills. Together, the group will write, shoot, and edit a film in a genre of their choosing. Students will learn to edit their films using professional editing software like Final Cut Pro. All films will also be made eligible to be screened at the Boston International Kids Film Festival at the Somerville Theater in November 2017. Please bring a snack, drink and a lunch.
  • Mixed Media Art
    (Entering Grades K-5) Kids will be taught step-by-step painting instruction on several different mediums. There will be two days of ready-made pottery, two days of fused glass work, and one day of canvas art. All pottery pieces will be functional, such as mugs, bowls, or vases (pieces will vary). Art pieces that need to be kiln fired will not be taken home from class but will be ready for pick up at the Rec office 2 weeks after course completion. On Friday please wear or bring a shirt that can get paint on it as acrylic paint will not come out. All materials included. Please bring a drink and a snack.
  • Summer Sewing Workshop (NEW!)
    (Ages 10-15) Students will be stitching up a stylish storm in our 4-day summer workshop! Sewing projects will include a variety of upcycled clothing and student-selected accessory and clothing items. This class will encourage creative fashion design while practicing basic sewing skills - all while stitching some fantastic me-made projects. Bringing a personal sewing machine is recommended or loaner machines are available with advance notice. Basic familiarity with using a sewing machine is preferred. Students with no sewing experience may be admitted to workshop by special request. Please contact Carrie at for more information. Materials list will be emailed prior to the first class. Please also bring a snack, lunch and water.
  • Andover Soccer Clinic
    (Ages 5-14) Come participate, with friends and a great staff, in fun-filled soccer activities that will improve your skills and your love of the game! Participants will be grouped by age, gender, and ability. Please bring water, a soccer ball, shin pads, sneakers, and sunscreen.
  • Swimming Lessons
    Swim classes, beginner through advanced, are offered. Children will be tested the first day of class and grouped according to ability. All swimmers must complete all of the Red Cross requirements before they may advance to the next level. Call the Pond at 978-749-9423 if weather is questionable. Registrations for lessons are not accepted at the pond.
  • Warrior Track Clinic
    (Ages 6-11) Learn the fundamentals of running track & field events. Some of the skills that will be taught are hurdles, sprints, relays, discus throwing, and long jump. A track meet will be held the last day of the program. Bring a water bottle.
  • Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)
    (Ages 7-15) Join East Coast Style Stand Up Paddle for a half day stand up paddle boarding program! In this program, kids will be given the opportunity to explore and experience a new world on the water via stand up paddling. Activities will include SUP instruction & safety, swimming, treasure hunting, water & beach games, SUP fitness, eco-awareness, contests, and arts and crafts projects. Every day will be a new adventure! Please wear a bathing suit and bring a towel, sunscreen, and a snack. Weekly program schedule will be passed out to parents/guardians at the first class.
  • Tennis Academy
    (Ages 6-14) All aspects of the game are taught including fore and backhand, serve, volley, game strategy, and scoring. The Academy is divided by individual’s ability. Includes contests and competitions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own racquet, however racquets will be available. Bring a water bottle. T-shirt is included.
  • NEAA Grand Slam Tennis (NEW!)
    (Ages 6-14) New England Athletic Academy's Grand Slam Tennis programs will teach a variety of shot techniques along with an introduction to match play, strategy and the rules of Tennis! All lessons are conducted using a variety of high energy games and drills, designed to improve the game of your future tennis star! Players will be broken up by age and skill level. All equipment is provided by NEAA although players are welcome to bring their own racket if they would like!
  • Beach Buddies
    (Ages 4-7) Looking for a fun-filled morning or full day at the beach? Does your child enjoy small group activities? If so, Beach Buddies, held at Pomps Pond, is the perfect place to be this summer. Children will enjoy swimming lessons, along with boating, beach activities, arts and crafts, nature walks, and a weekly pancake breakfast. A special event will be scheduled for each Wednesday! Please bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and snack each day. Full day, please also bring a lunch.
  • Outer Limits
    (Entering Grades 7-9) OPEN TO ANDOVER RESIDENTS ONLY. Outer Limits is where it’s at this summer, with exciting Tuesday field trips geared towards the middle school age group, daily games and activities, and fun group projects and adventures! Enjoy daily trips to Pomps Pond along with an additional weekly trip to a local hot spot to enjoy activities like hiking, biking, local shows/events, and the great outdoors. Trips to the Cormier Youth Center for fun activities like tournaments, games, cooking and art projects will also take place as well as trips to downtown Andover. Participants will also have the chance to help plan, design and help execute community events weekly, and partner up with other local departments to work on fun projects like community gardening and painting. This program is definitely on the move, but also lends time for self-directed activity, free-choice sessions, and good old summer fun! Please bring a lunch, snack, drink, bathing suit, towel and sunscreen each day. A weekly schedule will be emailed out prior to each week with specifics on daily activities, trips and events.
  • Video Game Design & Coding 101 (NEW)
    (Entering Grades 3-6) Stop playing video games and start creating them! In this introductory class participants will learn how to program and create their very own video games. We will learn how to create sprites, objects, levels, backgrounds, sound effects and much more as we create several games that can be shared with family and friends! We’ll create games with fire-breathing dragons, a game with spaceships and asteroids, as well as a multi-level, customized adventure game complete with zombies, potions, coins, trap doors, and so much more!
  • All Day Discovery
    (Entering Grades K-6) All Day Discovery will give children an experience that will last a lifetime by providing challenging activities under the guidance of caring, well-trained staff members. All Day Discovery maintains a staff-camper ratio of 1:5. This ratio allows counselors to build relationships and provide each child with the attention he or she needs. Children take part in arts & crafts, sports & games, swimming & boating, and tennis. A weekly field trip is the highlight of the weeks’ activities. Bring lunch, snack, drink, bathing suit, and towel each day.
  • Cheerleading Program
    (Ages 3-5, Grades K-5) Get ready for fall cheerleading! Learn the most current routines! Girls and boys will be introduced to the fundamental skills of cheerleading. Wear sneakers, and bring a snack and water bottle each day.
  • Rec Park Playground (Multiple Registration Options Available)
    (Entering grades 1-6) Rec Park Playground brings to mind hot days, swimming at the Pond, cookouts, and the kind of special friendships that last far beyond Labor Day. Children will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of age-appropriate fun activities. Arts & crafts, swimming, boating, tennis, inline skating, and games are among the daily activities. T-shirt included. Bring a lunch, snack, drink, bathing suit, and towel each day.
  • Fun to Run Race Series - New Location - Registration Deadlines Added
    (Grades Pre-K-5) Join Andover Recreation on Sundays for the Fun to Run Race Series! No running experience required. This program introduces participants to running races in a fun and encouraging environment. Each week a race will take place, with a cross country race set up in mind. Once each race is completed, participants will be awarded with a participation certificate as well as “points”. Once the entire series has ended, the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division will be presented with a trophy and will be highlighted by local media.
  • 3D Art in the Park
    (Entering Grades 3-5) Explore the world of 3-dimensional design through experimenting with height, width and depth. Children will demonstrate their creativity through experimenting with mosaics, book making, and sculpture! They will have the opportunity to write, design and construct their own short stories, create relief mosaics using mixed media, and build and paint their own standing sculptures. All material included. Please bring a snack and a drink.
  • Warrior Soccer Academy Preseason Clinic (GIRLS)
    (Girls, Entering Grades 9-12) This preseason clinic prepares female high school soccer players for the start of the upcoming fall season. Players will focus on technical skill, team tactics, and preparation fitness.
    (Grades K-5) This program caters to kids who are on the move! Join us during February vacation for a fun filled morning of gym games, arts & crafts, and outside play. Sign up by the day or for the whole week.
  • Warrior Boys Soccer School (NEW!)
    (Boys, Grades 9 - 12) Here is your chance to check your fitness level, sharpen your technical ball skills, perfect your goal keeping skills, play small and full side matches. Please bring water, soccer ball, shin pads, cleats and bug spray.
  • Amazing Middle School Science
    Explore physics, simple machines, forms of energy, crazy chemistry, science games, science magic and more! Work on 20 weird and wacky hands-on science experiments each day and take home at least 10 projects. The staff is fast paced and funny and you will be thoroughly entertained while learning problem solving, critical thinking and scientific reasoning. Bring a snack, lunch and beverage.
  • John Smith Soccer School
    (Ages 5-12) This soccer program is designed to cater to each player’s individual development, with planned progression throughout the week. Excellent player/coach ratio for this program. Tuition includes a ball, t-shirt, and water bottle. All participants should bring a water bottle. Full day bring a lunch.
  • Goals for Girls Soccer Academy
    (Ages 6-14 & incoming HS Freshman) This soccer program is designed specifically for girls. Each day athletes will develop technical and tactical skills through well organized training sessions, small-sided games, and individual goal setting. The last hour of each day is “Game Time!”
  • Top Secret Science
    Conduct exciting experiments in the areas of chemistry, physics, geology, and electricity! Our goal is to provide fun, entertaining, and educational activities with a clear understanding of what science is about and how it affects the world around us. Bring a snack, lunch and beverage. If you have taken this program before, there will be fifty percent new and exciting projects!
  • Pee Wee Tennis Academy
    (Ages 4-6) An age-appropriate tennis program that introduces your child to the sport by using fun games and contests. Basic fundamentals will be explored with a child to staff ratio of 5:1. Racquets are available, however participants are encouraged to bring their own, along with a water bottle. T-shirt is included.
  • REC Golf School
    (Entering Grades 1-8) This program is for beginner throughadvanced golfers. Golfers will be grouped by age and ability. Morning sessions are held at Sarkisian Driving Range. Full day golfers are then bussed to Tewksbury Country Club to play 9 holes of golf. Appropriate dress is required. Bring a snack and beverage. Full day also bring a lunch. Golf clubs will be provided, however, participants can bring their own clubs if they choose. Friday will be used as a rain date. For weather related cancelations call Sarkisian after 8:30 am at 978-688-5522.
  • Online College & Advanced Studies Prep
    The classroom is open 24/7! Our online courses are available at the above website. Classes are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.
  • Fishing Workshop
    (Ages 7-14) We will provide a fishing rod (if you don’t have one), bait, and some learn to fish instructions followed by casting practice and a healthy dose of fishing. Novice anglers are welcomed. Parents are encouraged to help bait the line!
  • Club Invention
    (Entering Grades 1-5) Boys and girls are challenged to explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation in this hands-on adventure. Build original prototypes and create a personalized motor-powered vehicle, while designing, improving and analyzing inventions in a team setting. All new challenges are explored when you take apart electronics to construct an epic insect-themed pinball machine. Early and alumni registration discounts are available!
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