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New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches Kennedy Summer Day Program offers kids an opportunity for exploration and adventure!


Does spending the summer swimming at the beach, boating, playing sports, doing arts and crafts and going on exciting field trips sound fun? With the Kennedy Summer Day Program offered by New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches you can pick from 4 separate two-week sessions that offer all this and more!

The program is an immersive experience with hands-on learning, games and activities at a very low cost. The Kennedy Summer Day Program operates out of beautiful Fort Taber park and includes breakfast, lunch and transporation. The program is open to children who are eligible for kindergarten September of 2019 through the age of 14.

• SESSION 2: JULY 15-26

The Kennedy Summer Day Program (KSDP) provides children from across the city with a high-quality summer camp type experience at an extremely reduced rate and most often provides financial aid to eligible participants. This program offers the full-range of services by providing daily transportation to and from camp, serving a healthy nutritious breakfast & lunch while providing a fun and educational summer experience to children.

KSDP offers a safe, structured environment for 8 weeks of the summer. Weekly participants (125 max.) are divided into age groups (Grades 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7, 8 & 9). Also, pre-teens are given the opportunity to learn counselor in training skills and assist staff during the program.

Each day participants travel from one learning experience to another. Activities include: arts & crafts, games, sports, swimming, boating, nature programs, field trips and partnering agencies who conduct hands-on learning workshops to further enhance the experience.

Previous partnerships include the National Park Service, National Recreation and Park Association, New Bedford Art Museum Art-Mobile, Community Boating Center, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford Fire Department, and SMAST.

The program provides participants with a high-quality summer experience for a very minimal cost. Register today!

This year for New Bedford residents it’s $240 for each two week session and $270 for non-residents. There are scholarships for qualifying New Bedford residents that would bring the cost down to $100 for each two week session. Fifty-five percent of kids that attend the Kennedy Summer Day Program receive a scholarship.

Applications are available at our office at 181 Hillman St. (bldg. 3) New Bedford, Ma 02740 or you can download a fill-able version below. Financial aid is subject to availability and for New Bedford residents only.

Want to register? There are applications available in English and Español.

Kennedy Summer Day Program

Fort Taber
1000 Rodney French Blvd,
New Bedford, MA 02744
Email: KSDP@NewBedford-MA.gov

Facebook: facebook.com/NBParksRecreationBeaches.
Website: newbedfordma.myrec.com.

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