PBHA's Mission Hill Summer Program is a Summer Urban Program camp serving youth in Mission Hill for seven weeks each summer.
Henry Santana & Alexandra Welch
PBHA’s Mission Hill Summer Program (MHSP) provides an affordable, engaging seven-week academic summer program in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood.
Like all of our Summer Urban Program camps, Mission Hill Summer Program engages campers in mornings of academic enrichment, afternoons of educational field trips, and artistic, cultural, and service-learning workshops throughout the week, along with two overnight camping trips and a day-long final trip. In addition to a focus on academic and personal growth, Mission Hill Summer Program works to build community both within Mission Hill and between neighborhoods, collaborating with PBHA’s Keylatch Summer Program for a violence prevention program between young people in Mission Hill and the South End’s Villa Victoria.
Founded in 1989 at the request of Mission Hill parents, Mission Hill Summer Program has become an institution in the community, developing deep partnerships with parents and community-based organizations. The strength of PBHA volunteers’ year-round involvement in Mission Hill allows for long-term connections with children and consistent resources for the parents of Mission Hill.
Mission Hill Summer Program works closely with PBHA’s Mission Hill Afterschool and Mission Mentor to provide continuous, year-round academic, social, and personal support to young people in Mission Hill.
WORK AT Mission Hill Summer Program
Mission Hill Summer Program, like all Summer Urban Program camps, is run by college students who serve as directors and senior counselors, or teachers, in the camp.
Directors oversee all camp operations, working through the spring and summer to train and supervise camp staff, manage finances, and ensure high program quality. Learn more about directing MHSP.
Senior counselors manage a classroom of 10 children throughout the summer, implementing a self-designed academic curriculum, supervising field trips and community service projects, and supporting the operations of their camp. Learn more about working as a senior counselor.
In addition to its college-age staff, MHSP employs high school students as junior counselors. Teens partner with a senior counselor to co-teach a class and participate in leadership workshops throughout the summer. The majority of SUP’s junior counselors once attended the same camp in which they work; many junior counselors at MHSP were once campers in the program. Learn more about working as a junior counselor.
ENROLL IN Mission Hill Summer Program
MHSP costs only $130 per camper, with a sliding scale for siblings. Preference is given to returning campers and children who have particular academic or financial need for the program.
Families should submit one camper application for each child who wishes to enroll in camp.