The Trustees Announce Expanded SummerQuest Camp Programs at The Crane Estate in Ipswich

SummerQuest Registration and Information Available Online

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Dorothy Antczak
SummerQuest Camp Director
978.356.4351 x4052

Ipswich, MAJanuary 30, 2015SummerQuest, a popular day camp operated by The Trustees of Reservations at the nationally renowned 2,000 acre Crane Estate in Ipswich, is proud to announce its 8th season. An outdoors-based camp with a focus on engaging kids with nature and the environment, SummerQuest is open to children ages 5-14. Sessions run June 22 through August 21 and online registration begins February 1, 2015.

With the spectacular Crane Estate as the home base, campers embark on a weekly-themed “Quest” to help understand the broader natural and cultural world around them and, in turn, learn a little more about themselves. Every day brings a new adventure from touring the expansive Castle Hill Great House mansion – a National Historic Landmark – to discovering uninhabited islands by kayak, tide pooling along the shoreline, swimming with friends in the pristine waters of the Atlantic, creating great works of art, singing and playing games in the gardens, or exploring the surrounding marshes, forests, and dunes.

“One of the focal points of our mission at The Trustees is to provide more opportunities for young people to unplug and experience the many natural, scenic, and cultural wonders around them,” says Terry Cook, Trustees’ Northeast Regional Director. “Our SummerQuest camp program is a great example of how we are committed to using our collection of special places to encourage exploration and learning in a truly unique and inspiring setting.”

Campers ages 7-12, also known as Questers, can choose from weeklong themes like Seacoast Safari, CSI: Crane Scene Investigators, Crane Castaways, The Amazing Race through Time and Space, and Expedition XV: Into the Wild. For campers ages 5-6, a half-day Periwinkle program is available.

Camp mother Nicole Loring shared about her child’s SummerQuest experience, commenting that it was “wonderful…everything I could ask for in summer camp. I love that the program leverages the beautiful surroundings with so much imagination and a great variety of activities!”

Expanded this summer, the Stewards program is designed for teens, ages 12-14, looking for a camp experience with a challenging twist. At its core, the program is about working together to make the world a better place through environmental awareness and action. The adventure-packed sessions include hikes, kayak paddles, field trips, and an overnight trip campout, as well as hands-on stewardship projects focused on skill building and volunteerism. New Stewards sessions include “The Last Stand: Waterworlds,” “The Last Stand: Terra Firma,” “Survivor!” and “You Are Here: The Mapping Project.”

SummerQuest offers before care for parents who need to drop children off before heading to work as well as provides scholarships for those who require financial assistance. The scholarship program is funded by Crane Co. as well as private contributions from individual donors.

“No matter what quest you choose, we have a program for your child,” said SummerQuest Director Dorothy Antczak. “So join us. The quest is just beginning.”  For more information and to register, visit To contact the camp office, email or call at 978.356.4351, ext. 4052. These programs are made possible, in part, through the generous support of New England Biolabs.

The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, historic, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation non profits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations – from working farms, historic homesteads, and landscaped gardens, to community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials -- located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: