Summer Programs will be back in full 2022!

The Youth Commission is making the tough decision to not offer our usual summer programs for 2021.  It has been a challenging year, and we would not be able to offer the full experience and with that, we have decided to look to the future and plan for 2022!  Check back in January 2022 for next summer's line-up with some possible new additions and registration information. 

The Wellesley Youth Commission is excited to announce the 2020 lineup of summer programs. Get an insider view of the Town of Wellesley by experiencing one of our amazing programs!

All summer programs offered through the Wellesley Youth Commission are free and for Wellesley youth (residents) and students attending WPS and must be entering grades 6, 7, and 8 Fall of 2020. The programs are held at various locations throughout Wellesley with lunch provided daily.

Applicants apply online in early January and may choose to apply to any of the summer exploration programs, but applicants can attend only one program per summer.  Participants will be chosen by lottery (lottery closes January 31- ENROLLMENT EXTENDED) the first week of February, so please identify 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices appropriately. You will receive a confirmation email once the lottery has been completed confirming your spot in the program.

Wellesley Eco Summer Program

Eco Summer Program is a week-long exploration for 20 youth with the Natural Resource Commission and Wellesley Conservation Council the Summer 2020 week of July 20 - July 24, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  
* This is a Shine only program, if it rains the activities for that day will be canceled.

Highlights for this program include:

  • Hands-on fishing demonstrations by the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game
  • Wilderness survival and fire-building
  • Experimentation with drones
  • Kayaking, swimming and shoreline restoration
  • Learn about how to protect and preserve the natural environment in Wellesley

Fire Rescuers

Fire Rescuers is a week-long exploration for 20 youth with the Wellesley Fire Department the week of     July 13 - July 17, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Highlights for this program include:

  • Experience a working Fire Department with hands-on training including fire extinguishing, knot tying, water rescue, and much more.
  • Field trip to the Boston Academy on Moon Island Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Visits and demonstrations from the MBTA Bomb Squad.

Wellesley Police Department (WPD) Youth Academy

WPD Youth Academy is a week-long exploration for 25 youth with the Wellesley Police Department the week of August 3 - August 7, 2020, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Highlights for this program include:

  • Learning the importance of law enforcement in their community and beyond.
  • Experiencing hands-on demonstrations involving radar, motor vehicle stops, mock arrests and crime scene search.
  • Discover the valuable collaboration between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Field trips to Boston area law enforcement agencies, FBI, and State Police.

Wellesley Media Program

Wellesley Media Summer Program is a week-long exploration for 10 youth ENTERING 8th GRADE with Wellesley Public  Media Tuesday, April 21 - April 24, 2020, from  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Highlights for this program include:

  • Learning the art of program planning.
  • Learning to operate Wellesley Media studio equipment including cameras, audio, and editing devices.
  • Gaining the skills to produce a public service announcement or news piece for Wellesley Media.