Summer camps where kids can learn from sports pros
Pro sports training camps are work, but summer camp under the watchful eye of a local franchise is a whole new world.
No matter what sport your child is passionate about, a local team’s summer camp can give him or her a taste of the professional experience — and a chance to meet a member of the defending Super Bowl or World Series champs.
Bruins Academy Summer Camps
Campers: coed, ages 5-16
Meet the pros: Bruins alumni will stop by.
Highlights: Daily four-hour sessions of on-ice training, with the option of focusing on goalie skills. There is one trainer for every five players. Day camps are located from Boston to Providence and on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Cost: $249 to $799, depending on location and duration.
Contact: 617-624-1917, nhl.com/bruins/community/summer-camps
Campers: coed, ages 9-15
Meet the pros: Appearances by former Celtics players and coaches. Coach Brad Stevens has stopped by.
Highlights: One of the six day camp locations the new Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters in Brighton — where the Celtics practice. Kids work on basketball skills and participate in activities that focus on character and perseverance.
Cost: $575/week; need-based assistance available.
Contact: 508-404-5053, nba.com/celtics/jrceltics/camps
Julian Edelman Football Clinic
Campers: coed, grades 1-8
Meet the player: The MVP of Super Bowl LIII, wide receiver Julian Edelman, will give hands-on instructions to kids.
Highlights: The one-day clinic, on July 20 in Sudbury, includes football tips from trainers. Kids walk away with a group photo with Edelman and an autograph.
Contact: 513-793-2267, procamps.com/julianedelman
Red Sox Youth Baseball Camps
Campers: coed, ages 9-13
Meet the pros: Have your baseball questions answered and a photo autographed by a current or former Red Sox player.
Highlights: From Beverly to Providence, the team offers eight camps. All include a daylong visit to Fenway Park, where kids can try on World Series rings and pose for a photo with the World Series trophy. Activities on other days include batting practice, fielding exercises, and position-specific instruction. The day camp offers the option for an extended day. New in 2019, kids can sign up for an overnight version.
Cost: Day camp $599/week, overnight camp $1,095/week; 10% sibling discount.
Contact: 617-279-0921, https://www.mlb.com/redsox/fans/baseball-camps
Campers: coed, birth years 2005-2011
Meet the players: New England Revolution pros occasionally visit.
Highlights: The many day and overnight options include Skills Academy, which focuses on ball mastery, and the Elite Program, which develops players who compete on a higher level. A goalkeeper-focused option is available.
Cost: $185 to $700/week, depending on format and location.
Contact: 508-431-5655, revolutionsocceracademy.configio.com
Sports International Football Academy
Campers: coed, ages 7-18
Meet the players: In the past, New England Patriots stars Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower have helped coach. Other Pats players are expected this summer.
Highlights: During the four-day camp (July 8-11), campers can choose a position-specific program — with a Patriots player providing some of the training — or general camp, which allows trying out multiple positions. Helmets and shoulder pads are provided. Options include a half-day clinic, full days, and overnight stays at UMass Lowell.
Cost: Half-day clinic $159; overnight camp $799.
Contact: 301-575-9400, footballcamps.com