Sandy Island Campers 

Welcome to the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Sandy Island Family Camp. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming vacation after reading the information below. Our goal is to provide you and your entire family with a pleasant experience and an unforgettable vacation.


We transport luggage, but it must be strong and self-contained. Please limit weight of individual bags to 35 lbs. or less. Small personal items, fishing rods, beverages and open bags should be carried on the boat.  Consider packing your clothing in plastic bags within your luggage in case of rain.

Don’t burden yourself with non-essentials when packing.  Life at Sandy Island is simple and casual.  Bring a warm jacket for cool evenings, raingear, swimsuits and plenty of informal clothing.

We provide the following:
  • Bedding
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows and Pillow Cases
You should bring:
  • Toiletries
  • Towels for swimming and bathing
  • A flashlight
  • Sunscreen and Bug Repellant

You may want to consider bringing a sleeping bag for extra comfort. Electrical items are discouraged. Please reserve cribs, strollers or mobility scooters a minimum of one week prior to your arrival at camp.

Equipment is available at camp. You may wish to bring personal equipment such as tennis racquets, fishing tackle or softball gloves. For tennis players, smooth-soled shoes are required on our clay courts.


Sandy Island Family Camp is open to all families regardless of income ability, race and religion. Through the YMCA’s ACCESS program, families who cannot afford the full price of camp’s tuition may qualify for reduced rates (up to 40% based on income and family size).  CLICK HERE for an application, or call our business office at 603-569-2725 for more information.


Please bring food for your baby.  Kitchen staff will happily assist you in heating and refrigerating your food.


Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for camper use. Biodegradable soap is available and sold at the camp store. Use of regular detergent is not permitted in order to protect the Sandy Island septic system.


Luggage tags are available on check in day at the Sandy dock area. Print your total number of bags and bag number, cabin name, and your last name and attach them to your luggage. Luggage will be delivered to your cabin upon arrival.


For your convenience, our camp store has some common toiletry goods for sale. In addition, the store also sells a variety of snacks, drinks, clothing items and knick knacks. An account must be set up upon your arrival and payment must be made before you depart from camp. Our Craft Shop has painting, jewelry designing, tie-dying, leather crafting, photography and woodworking. Project kits and individual pieces are available — alone or with instruction — for a modest fee.


Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the common camp areas (i.e. the dining hall, the beach, Juliette’s Point, etc.) Limit the use of alcoholic beverages to your individual private areas (i.e. cabin & cabin porch). All staff and campers are expected to comply with all local, state and federal laws. Underage consumption of alcohol is illegal for both campers and staff. Please do not supply alcohol to anyone you don’t know or staff regardless of if they are on or off duty. Smoking is not allowed at Sandy Island outside of the two desgnated smoking areas. Those two areas are behind the dining hall, and at Val Hal. Please dispose of butts appropriately.


The YMCA of Greater Boston does not provide health or accident insurance for its participants.  Campers are responsible for personal health/accident coverage.  A completed health form is required for each family member including insurance coverage information.

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming vacation after reading the information below. Our goal is to provide you and your entire family with a most pleasant experience and an unforgettable vacation.

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