Yes, TASP is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). The ACA’s Standards Program is the only nationally recognized program to monitor all aspects of a camp’s operation. Less than 2500 camps nationwide have earned this prestigious distinction.
What does being ACA accredited mean?
- The ACA-Accredited Camp sign has 50 years of parent trust behind it.
- Accreditation identifies those programs which offer a solid foundation of health, safety, and program quality.
- Assurance that TASP complies with up to 300 health, safety, and program quality standards.
- Solid proof of TASPs accountability, credibility, and commitment.
TASP is also a proud member of the Massachusetts Camping Association (MCA). Membership in MCA signifies a camp’s dedication to the camping industry and ensures that the camp is up-to-date on all of the latest legislative and regulatory requirements for operating a safe camp.
Since 1917, Tabor Academy has had a summer program to take advantage of its unique seaside setting. The program was for boys only until the winter school went coed in 1977. Academics have always played a part in the program, but activities are the major component of the summer program. Campers have attended the program for a variety of reasons, but the main goal has always been for a fun, safe, and productive summer experience away from home for both our day and residential campers. Parents want their children to make friends, learn new skills, gain independence, and have staff be wonderful role models.
TASP provides each camper with a myriad of opportunities to grow and explore the world around them. Our campers establish strong connections while learning the values of collaboration and respect in a unique seaside community.
TASP goals and objectives for child development:
- To provide opportunities that stimulate the development of each camper’s self-esteem.
- To help all campers appreciate their natural surroundings and take active roles in the stewardship of our environment.
- To provide situations for campers to set goals and challenge themselves while discovering their individual skills and abilities.
- To allow each child to experience and participate in group living.
Professional teachers and college students who love working with children comprise our staff. During the off-season, we spend countless hours visiting universities and interviewing the best possible candidates to guide our camper’s summer experience. We have chosen staff from these and other leading institutions: Bates, Colby, Amherst, William, Holy Cross, University of Vermont, Wellesley, and Columbia
First and foremost, our staff is chosen for their ability to teach certain skills, character and attitude, and their strong desire to work with children. Our staff requirements and training is based on best practices from the American Camping Association (ACA) Standards and Guidelines. All staff undergo thorough and intense training and work very hard to make TASP a great home for our campers.
TASP provides transportation to unaccompanied out-of-state and out-of-country campers arriving and departing from Boston’s Logan Airport, please visit http://taborsummer.org/tasp-transportation for more information. We do not provide daily transportation to/from the program.
Every airline is different with regards to unaccompanied minors, so please contact the airline directly with questions or concerns on how they handle unaccompanied minors. All airlines usually charge an additional fee for this service. You will need to pay this fee to the airline directly, for both the arrival and departure flights. Unaccompanied minors are met at Logan Airport by a TASP staff member and parents will find out the name person and their contact information prior to your child’s departure.
- This service is not available for children traveling with their parents.
- We can ONLY provide transportation on designated start/end dates.
- For our 1 week residential campers, we only provide pickup service.
We do not provide financial assistance, but you are welcome to make interest free payments on your registration balance through May 1 through your Camp in Touch account. We distribute scholarships each year directly to educational and charitable organizations, to provide support to educational programs and children in need. The organizations oversee the award/selection process directly. This allows children that could not otherwise participate in a summer program, the opportunity to attend TASP.
All expenses, such as food, boarding, laundry services, and field trips (as applicable) are included as part of the registration fee. For our residential campers, we do provide a Camper Bank via your Camp in Touch account and money you deposit into this account can be used for spending money on our weekend trips, the school store, or occasional off campus trips. It is suggested that parents make a minimum deposit of $100 (3 weeks) and $200 (6 weeks). If your child needs more money they can contact you and you can deposit additional money. Any additional amount of money will be returned after the child’s session is over.
You can send a package to your child at the following address:
[Your Child’s Name]
Tabor Summer Program
[Your Child’s Dormitory]
66 Spring Street
Marion, MA 02738
Requests for specific day groups can only be accepted if the campers are enrolled in the same program/session during the same week. Requests must be submitted on the online application in the field provided. Please note that both sets of parents must make the same request on their applications, we cannot coordinate this on parents behalf. VERY IMPORTANT: Half days and full day campers can NOT be grouped together.We make every effort to honor requests, but they are not guaranteed.
Requests for specific dorm mates can only be accepted if the children are the same age and gender. Requests must be submitted on the online application in the field provided. Please note that both sets of parents must make the same request on their applications, we cannot coordinate this on parents behalf.
Campers reside in either a single or double room and the dormitory will have a furnished common room where they will meet for check-ins or just socialize. At least 2 residential counselors, from our energetic and talented staff, will reside in each dorm. The number of students who live in a dorm will range from 10-20. Living with one’s peers allows participants the ability to develop relationships and share ideas with people from around the United States and the world. The contact between dorm mates might be one of those wonderful connections you make for the summer and beyond. We determine and place campers in dormitories based on age and gender. We also try to place campers together with similar interests. We make every effort to honor requests, but they are not guaranteed.
TASP provides a health center team of five registered nurses. Campers may visit the health center if they have any medical concerns at any time of the day. The health center is staffed 24 hours a day. A local pediatrician is available for emergencies. Tobey Hospital in Wareham is approximately 5 minutes from camp.
We ask families to refrain from calling their child for at least the first 3-4 days after their child arrives at Tabor. This time allows your child to get into a routine, meet new children, and start their summertime fun! After the children have been here 3-4 days you are free to contact them during rest period in the afternoon and in the evenings. These times are posted in our Parent Handbook which can be found on our website. If your child arrives by plane, unaccompanied by a parent, we will call you to let you know that your child has arrived safely.
It is not unusual for a camper to be a little homesick for a few days after their arrival at the Summer Program. Even experienced returning campers can experience homesickness as they adjust to new and different friends, new or different activities, and maybe some new counselors. Most often a camper who is homesick the first day of camp is totally absorbed in camp by the second day and they can’t recall having been homesick. Unless the homesickness is severe, our staff try to work with the child for at least 24-36 hours after arriving at camp, helping the camper get settled into a new routine, making friends, and participating fully in camp activities before taking any further action.