Aug 092015
 
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Boston Red Sox Baseball Summer Camp

I love living in the Boston area.  I always tell people that this is the best place in the country to live and I honestly mean it. One of the things I love the most about living here is our awesome sports teams. I love them all, but when I tell you that there is nothing like spending a day at Fenway Park watching the Red Sox play is one of the best ways to spend three hours in the city, I speak the truth. Sure, the Sox have their ups and downs, but whether they are winning or losing, they always put on a great show.  I learned something new about the Red Sox this year, though.  They hold a summer camp for ballplayers ages 5-13 every summer.  How did I not know about this before?

**Disclosure:  Both of my boys attended Red Sox Camp at no charge in order to share our experiences with you.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

I am happy to say that my boys recently had the opportunity to attend Red Sox Baseball Summer Camp.

The Red Sox Camps curriculum is highly organized based on age & ability and is infused with lots positive energy to get kids excited about baseball. Along with instruction, the camps include:

  • Full Red Sox uniform including hat, jersey, pants, socks & belt
  • Field trip to Fenway Park on a Major League charter bus, including exclusive tour of the stadium
  • World Series Ring or World Series Trophy Experience
  • An autographed photo of a player on the Red Sox current roster
  • Camp curriculum specific to campers’ age and ability that builds character, teamwork & develops leaders at all ages

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The goal at Red Sox Camps is to strengthen the bond between your ballplayer and his or her favorite team, while also developing individual skills, understanding of the game and building curiosity about the physical principles required to improve as a player and athlete. The application of the basic skills learned during Red Sox Camps will provide each player with a springboard for future baseball learning — regardless of whether your camper is just learning the game, or is a seasoned travel ball player.

At camp, they will learn about Hitting Mechanics (things like proper hitting stance and the 3 components of swing mechanics) and Pitching/Throwing Mechanics (body positioning and throwing mechanics).

At Red Sox Camp, they divide campers into groups and teams by age using these designations: “Rookie”, “Single-A”, “Double-A”, “Triple-A” and “Majors”. These designations are not connected (in level of instruction or otherwise) to similarly named divisions in local youth leagues with which you or your ballplayer may be familiar. The curriculum is tailored to the age and ability of each of campers, regardless of which Red Sox Camp division they are assigned to.

Sounds like fun, right? My boys thought so and after talking it over with their dad, I went ahead and registered them for camp. I signed the boys up online and the whole process for both boys took about 20 minutes & it was really easy. When we arrived at the school for their first day of camp, everything was clearly marked so we knew exactly where to go when we got there.

Full uniforms were handed out on the first day of camp (Monday) at check-in.  The kids were then sent to the bathrooms to go change into them and were told to wear them to camp every day for the rest of the week. My two went to camp on Monday in a regular t-shirt and shorts & I just took them back home with me once they were in their uniform.

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Know Before You Go:

1.  You will need to do laundry every night that the kids attend camp.  Did you notice that the uniforms come with white pants?  Let’s just say that after a day of sliding into home, they’re not so white anymore.

2.  In addition to packing your camper a lunch everyday, you will need to pack them some extra sunblock and lots of extra water! My boys told me that they took lots of water breaks throughout the day.  I sunblocked my boys before I dropped them off each morning and was really happy that the camp staff took time for the kids to reapply more sunblock several times each day. Don’t worry, if you forget to pack the sunblock or extra waters, the camp has some if the kids need either one.

If you don’t have time to pack your camper a lunch every day, Red Sox Camps have partnered with Smart Lunches this summer to provide healthy, locally prepared lunches delivered straight to camp as an optional add-on. Lunches can be ordered by the week or the day with just two business days notice. What an awesome solution for busy families!  Visit www.smartlunches.com for more information.

3.  Bring a photo ID for pick up.  When you register your child for camp online, you will be able to list all people who are authorized to pick up the kids from camp (including yourself). If your name is not on the list and/or you don’t have proper identification, they are not going to let you take your kids.

4. You will be required to fill out some health forms before your child can attend camp.  It’s pretty standard stuff (vaccination and last physical records), but you need to obtain them and upload them to your account.

5. You should send your child (or children) to camp with a baseball glove. They have enough helmets and bats for campers to share but if you prefer, you can also bring their own.

6. Write your camper’s name on all belongings!  I’m talking their glove, the bottle of sunblock….everything.

7. The trip into Fenway is the last day of camp (Friday).  The kids will get a tour of the entire park, get to go on to the field and even meet a player.  My kids met rookie pitcher Matt Barnes! Barnes, a former 1st round draft pick out of the University of Connecticut, has pitched in 21 games for the Red Sox this year with a record of 3-2.

Parents are not allowed to accompany the group to the park (I asked) and kids are not allowed to bring cameras, iPods or their own memorabilia with them.  The camp will take photos of all the kids and you will get an email a few days after camp ends with an opportunity to buy photos from their day if you want them.

Times:

Each session of Red Sox Camp is one week long (Monday-Friday) and it goes from 9 am until 3 pm. Regular drop-off time begins at 8:55 am and afternoon dismissal begins at 2:55 pm.  On Monday mornings only (the first day), they segment drop-off times based on the camper’s age:

  • Rising 4th graders and older were told to arrive at 8:15 am
  • Rising 3rd graders and younger were to arrive at 8:45 am

**Note: Campers enrolled in morning extended day may arrive at normal extended day hours (as early as 7:30 a.m.)

At drop off, each camper was checked in by the Red Sox Camp staff and at pick up, the kids lined up on the grass next to the school according to their division.  As soon as ID’s were checked by the camp staff, the kids are free to go.

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The Fenway Park visit took place on the last day of camp (Friday) and pick up was a little later that day (3:15 as opposed to 2:55). Parents were sent multiple email reminders about it and were also reminded at drop off that morning.

If the regular camp hours of 9-3 don’t work for you, they offer Extended Day programming in the morning (from 7:30-9:00 am) and in the afternoon (from 3:00-6:00 pm) for your convenience. You can enroll either by the day or for the week, whichever you prefer based on your family’s schedule. Extended Day rates are:

  • AM Daily Rate – $10
  • AM Weekly Rate – $30 (save $20 by enrolling for the whole week)
  • PM Daily Rate – $25
  • PM Weekly Rate – $90 (save $35 by enrolling for the whole week)

I bet you are wondering by now where this camp is and I have good news for you – Red Sox Camp is held in multiple different locations. My boys attended Red Sox Camp at The Rashi School in  Dedham, MA, but camps are held at locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island all summer long.   All dates and locations can be found here.

I want to take a minute to give a shout out to the staff at the camp. They were truly, truly wonderful.  The first day the kids started, they were each assigned to a division based on age. The coaching staff made note of each child’s skill level and made appropriate changes the following day by holding a “draft” at camp.  My little man, who has never played baseball for a day in his life, needed to be moved down to a lower level (from AA to Single A)and one of the camp managers was waiting for me at drop off on Tuesday morning to talk to me and see how I felt about it.  Of course, I was totally fine with it because I really just wanted my kids to have fun and get something out of camp.

Well, that afternoon (the second day following the “draft”) when I picked up my little guy, I could tell he wasn’t happy.  He finally told me that he didn’t like his new team. Apparently he felt like he didn’t fit in and was having trouble making friends.  The next morning, I went back to that same camp manager and told him what my son told me.  He was super understanding and switched my son to a new team right then and there.   His third and final team ended up being a perfect fit for my son and he ended up having a great time. And that’s all I want for my kids.

I was extremely impressed with the way the camp was run, how the children were handled and by the staff in general.  Everyone that I dealt with personally was very helpful, understanding and it was easy to see that they all really enjoyed working with the kids.   This was the first time I have ever left my kids off at a day camp like this and I was pretty nervous about leaving them with complete strangers at first.  By the end of the week, all my fears were completely put to rest.

I am thrilled that my boys had such a great experience during their week in Red Sox Camp this summer.  Not only did they learn a lot about baseball, they had fun! My favorite part was that they both passed out around 7:30 pm every night that week.  Did you catch that – 7:30 pm. That’s basically unheard of in my house. If you’re kids love baseball or even if you just want them to have a little fun while learning about the game, consider sending them to Red Sox Camp this summer (or next).

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  124 Responses to “Boston Red Sox Baseball Summer Camp – What You Need To Know! #RedSoxMoms”

  1. How did you manage to score free camp? That is way too cool. I bet you were excited to share that news with the boys. Your boys do look handsome in a uniform I bet they loved every minute of their camp and came home worn out. Is this also for girls too ?

  2. What fun! My kids boys would love to go to a MLB summer camp. My kids are back in school already, but maybe next summer I’ll see what’s in our area. I’m in a Spring Training area so I bet we have something.

  3. That sounds like an amazing experience for the kiddos. They look happy!

  4. What a lifetime opportunity that is! The boys will remember that experience forever.

  5. That might be one of the coolest summer camps I’ve ever seen! My son would be SO excited.

  6. This looks like it is such a great experience for all the kids. I love that they wear authentic uniforms and that there is so much structure.

  7. That sounds like a really cool camp! I love that they get a uniform. And both boys look so professional in theirs 🙂

  8. I had no idea there was a Boston Red Sox Summer Camp program, that’s pretty sweet, I have former co-worker friends out there who I am going to share this with, a company I used to work for is still headquartered out there and I have friends who live there I will totally let them know. I wonder if Yankee Stadium here in New York has one too? I will have to look into that for my nephews, I’m not sure their mom would want to commute out to Rhode Island though.

    • That would be really cool if there was. I would think that if one Major League team had a summer camp that maybe they all do. I am by no means an expert, that’s just my opinion.

    • I would love to see a Chicago Cubs club for kids here. They just bought out our minor league team, so that would be easily accessed for my girls!

  9. The boys look so handsome in their uniforms. I bet they had so much fun in the camp.

  10. Great way to encourage the children to engage in sports. I love the huge discounts if you pay for the entire week! I hope you enjoyed a quiet house at 7:30pm. That was a very welcome bonus!

  11. What a fun way to get kids active. I love summer camps it helps to keep kids busy and engaged.

  12. This is SO fun! I would have loved to do something like this when I was a kid. What a bummer that you couldn’t go to the park, though. That would have been my first question, too. LOL.

  13. What a great time your kids ultimately had (once your youngest was in a compatible group!). I think it is great that the Red Sox do this for the kids in the area -even though I am a Yankees/Mets fan!!

  14. What an amazing opportunity!
    I can’t imagine trying to get those pants that white every day… you must have gone through a lot of bleach! I would have loved to do something like this as a kid.

  15. I bet they LOVED this! How fun! We don’t have a very known baseball team here. My nephew is crazy about baseball. When he was 6 he pitched for the group older than him. He was born to play.

  16. My son would be ALL over this. We are be sports fans. I’m a little jealous that we didn’t gave something like this when we were kids. I bet your kiddos had a great time.

  17. This sounds like a great day camp! I love the fact that they place so much emphasis on safety and security. It would really put my mind at ease.

  18. That would be a really cool way for a baseball fan to spend a week in the summer. There aren’t any Major League teams that close to us, and we don’ really have any baseball fans in the house. But, I do see where someone who loves baseball would really get into this.

  19. You boys look adorable. They have the best experiences

  20. This sounds like such a great time for any baseball lover. Your sons look so cool in their uniforms!

  21. My son had a similar experience with Phillies camp. He loved it!

  22. That looks like so much fun. I wonder if the Braves do anything like this.

  23. It is so cool that the Red Sox do this. It looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids.

  24. This is so cool! My son is too young for this but it looks like a lot of fun for kids.

  25. What a lucky group of boys! I have a friend–old adult– that is obsessed with the Boston Red Sox. I am sure he wishes he could go.

  26. This is a great idea that are baseball enthusiast. It will definitely leave them with a sense of pride in being able to wear a full Boston Red Sox baseball outfit.

  27. It’s great that there are so many locations for parents to drop their kids off- I am a girl but I would have loved a camp like this when I was younger. Are girls allowed?

  28. Sounds like a great experience. I love finding new camps for our kids to attend… especially when they are things they are interested in. I liked that you had a choice on the lunch… either make your own or purchase through the program.

  29. That is such a cute experience for kids. I Would have loved doing that camp when I was younger.

  30. This is pretty neat! Can’t wait for my son to be old enough to do things like this.

  31. I have heard about this before, sounds like such a great experience! My sons are not into baseball, boo hoo. I wish they were. The price is super affordable!

  32. Wow, what an awesome experience! I love that they were able to accomodate your son when he wasn’t happy with the new team, and that the third team was a better fit him and his personality. That’s all it takes – the right crowd – to bring out the happiness in a kid! They are definitely never going to forget this!

  33. How fun is this camp! My boys aren’t into baseball – we’re a hockey family! – but this sounds like an amazing experience for kids!

  34. OMG! What an experience!! My DH, nevermind by boys, would LOVE this opportunity! To play like the big boys is definitely something you would never forget!

  35. This looks like SO much fun! You are lucky to live in the Boston area and can take advantage of awesome programs like this. My youngest daughter participated in hockey school over the winter break and enjoyed herself. Sports are a great learning experience for kids.

  36. This sounds like it would be a really fun camp! I bet baseball fan would enjoy this a lot!

  37. Such a fun event. i like how involving these kinds of events are

  38. I would love to send my sons to a camp like that! Boston is a pretty sweet place to live!

  39. What a fun camp for your boys! My son always attended Duke basketball camp every summer when he was growing up. He has the best memories of camp and Coach K.

  40. You really are lucky to be in Boston. What a great experience for your boys!

  41. This sounds like an amazing opportunity for kids. I can imagine your boys were very excited. Hopefully I can find something like this in our area for my kids when they get a little older.

  42. How fortunate your boys were to attend this camp. I can only imagine the stories they will tell of their experiences playing ball and all they learned.

  43. Red Sox camp sounds like so much fun and I love that they got a full uniforma! I grew up watching a ton of baseball with my dad, so something like this brings back awesome memories.

  44. What a total blast for your kids! I can imagine how excited kids who adore baseball would be attending camp each day in a real uniform taught by real baseball players.

  45. I love Boston so much! This is a baseball player’s dream!!

  46. Summer camps are so much fan! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  47. What a fun summer camp for baseball fans. I was surprised at the affordable rates.

  48. This sounds like a great opportunity for your boys. The camp sounds great and really safe.

  49. This is so awesome! What a great opportunity for the boys, and one they will not soon forget. Besides developing their baseball skills, playing with a professional team! Great score Mom.

  50. It would be really cool to go to a camp with an actual baseball team. I also bet this would look great on college applications.

  51. How wonderful for your boys they were able to enjoy the baseball camp! Good for them!

  52. This seems like such a cool camp. The Uniform and tours are very cool. Thanks for the tips too, they will be great to keep in mind for any future sports camps.

  53. The daily washing I am sure is nothing compared to the fun your boys must have had. I am sure my son would love this too.

  54. This is definitely a cool camp! I like these types of camps that are not the typical. Those Boys look super happy in their uniforms 🙂

  55. Look how fun. Your boys are getting so big. Thank you for sharing.

  56. This looks like so much fun even though we are Mets fans;). The boys look like they had a blast!

  57. That is so incredibly awesome! My boys would so love to spend time at a camp like that.

  58. Sports camps are a great way to encourage kids to get into sports. The boys look handsome intheir uniforms.

  59. I bet my husband would of liked this when he was little! There are so many great camps offered nowadays.

  60. What an amazing opportunity. Your boys will remember this for years to come. My son would love this type of opportunity in our city.

  61. Okay, this has to be one of the coolest camps I have heard of. My little man goes to camp every Summer, but it is not like this. Thanks so much for sharing.

  62. This is definitely a life changing experience. Wayyyy better than the summer camps we went to for sure.

  63. I don’t know why I think the red sock signs is so cute, but they are! What a fun camp for the kids to be a part of!

  64. What a great opportunity for locals!! I would definitely try it out for my boys.

  65. What an awesome experience for your boys. So neat they met Barnes.

  66. This would be such a fun camp for baseball lovers. I would have loved this when i was little.

  67. What an AWESOME camp!! San Antonio is not known for its baseball – so we aren’t huge fans, but that camp still sounds like it would be an amazing experience!

  68. This is so cool! It was be an awesome experience!

  69. Wow, what a neat experience! I bet your son had a ball, I know my son sure would!

  70. This sounds like so much fun, I wish we had a camp like this nearby!

  71. That is so fun! I am sure the boys had an amazing time. I don’t envy your laundry though.

  72. Oh my goodness, this looks like every little boy’s dream! What a cool experience!

  73. Sounds like an awesome summer camp for kids who enjoy baseball! It is great that they get their own uniforms!

  74. What an amazing experience for your boys!! Mine aren’t baseball fans, but many I’d love to go to this!

  75. This sounds so awesome for the kids. My sons played sports from the time they were in kinder and one played baseball through college. They loved experiences like this. It is a great opportunity for kids to really experience the sport.

  76. its a life changing experience! Good for them! My kids never been to any baseball camps or competition

  77. It sounds like your boys had a fabulous experience! I love the life lessons that are taught along with lessons that are specific to the sport itself. I also love the partnership with a local provider for healthy lunches.

  78. oh wow. this looks so fun and cool. i totally love the reds! very fun.

  79. Sounds like an awesome experience and it looks like so much fun too. I bet my son would so love something like this.

  80. I bet your boys will have a blast! Looks like a fun camp.

  81. How exciting that your kids got to go to Fenway and meet and actual Red Sox pitcher! That must be a great experience for young fans!

  82. It is the best summer camps for kids. they keep learning and sporty the boys look handsome in their uniform . my son would love this.

  83. My boys would have so much fun at something like this. I should see if there is something like this where I live.

  84. Your boys are super Lucky. That would be awesome if my boys could do something like this with the Texas Rangers. They love playing baseball in the backyard.

  85. This Red Sox baseball camp had to be so much fun for the boys. They look adorable in their uniforms. I truly believe that these kind of camps are great for kids to attend during the summer. Thanks for sharing.

  86. Now that is a cool experience. I would love to have my son go through something that fun during the summer. The cool factor alone makes me smile. Great pics too!

  87. Awww, they look great in their sports uniform! It must be so nice to see your boys play!

  88. My husband would be so jealous of this! The Red Sox are his fave team and I know he’d want our son to attend camp

  89. What a great opportunity for your boys, or any Red Sox fans 🙂

  90. What a fun experience for your boys! I’m heading to Boston in 2 weeks for a little road trip and I’m excited to see what the city has to offer!

  91. What a totally awesome camp. I didn’t know that even existed! My youngest son who loves baseball would love to attend!

  92. What a fun Summer Camp! I have two girls so I doubt I will ever experience baseball or any sport camps besides dance.. I am definitely going to share this with my sister who has two boys and lives in Mass.

  93. How cute are your kiddos in their uniforms! We are baseball fans around here, and I have no doubt, a baseball camp is so much fun!

  94. The camp staff responded well! Had they not switched his team that would have been bad.

  95. Having twin girls make it a tad challenging to pick a sport that they would be interested in. But I want the discipline that players gain when playing baseball, there’s so much focus and teamwork in this sport. A camp sounds awesome and with a top notch team too!

  96. I used to love summer camp as a kid in this sounds like so much fun! Once my son is a little older I can’t wait to get him involved in summer camp!

  97. Wow that is so cool that the Red Sox came up with a themed baseball summer camp for boys! I wish there was a girl version of this when I was younger.

  98. This is so neat! I had no idea they put on these camps either.

  99. Omg how fun!!!! I love that all the kids got a red socks uniform. Those are the types of pictures they are going to love when they are older.

  100. What a great experience for your boys, I wish they had something like this for adults. I’d love to be a Laker girl for a day lol

  101. So much fun! My son would love to go to a MLB summer camp. He actually chose to stay home and not do any camps this year!

  102. Oh that is so fun! I know quite a few little guys who would get such a kick out of baseball camp.

  103. Even thought I spent most of my life in Oklahoma, and at the time they didn’t have any major sports teams, I grew up loving Detroit. My family is all rooted here in MI and my grandpa was a ball player; as was most of my family. I didnt get hit with the sports gene. So, I can appreciate ball seasons.

  104. What an awesome experience for your boys! I am sure they had a blast.

  105. This is one of those summer camps that boys will love. Even as a parent, I think I will enjoy it too!

  106. This is so awesome! Seems like a great experience for your boys and the prices seem pretty affordable compared to the costs of camps in NYC.

  107. Some of my fondest memories as a child was going to Red Sox games with my dad. We always visited my grandparents there and my uncle always got us tickets to the game.

  108. How fun and exciting! I have been considering on getting my son into sports more, especially baseball. 🙂

  109. Sounds like a fun and interesting experience for kids. Your boys looks very pretty with their uniforms. My husband like this kind of baseball camps for kids and he is vey much interested in it. Will share this with my cousin as her son would really love this.

  110. I wish we had something like this in my area. My son would go nuts about a summer camp with his favorite baseball team

  111. That looks like such a fun camp. What great memories they are making!

  112. How fun is that camp??? My kids would totally love something like this!

  113. This sounds like an amazing experience for kids that are into Baseball. My son, not so much but my nephew would be stoked!

  114. They look so great in their uniforms. Sounds like such a fun camp to attend!

  115. wow, that a great opportunity for them! they look so cute on their outfit.

  116. Our family’s not much into baseball but that looks like a fun experience for kids. It’s great that the staff is so understanding.

  117. The Red Sox Summer Camp must be a dream come true for Red Sox fans!