What is Summer Ink?
Summer Ink day camps transform the writing skills of students in 5th through 10th grade through adventure, sports, and arts activities. The camps, based at Simmons College in Boston, run in July and August.
OUR WRITING PROGRAM
Inspiring Students to Find Their Voice
- Parent,Simmons CampI find that now when my daughter has done something, she doesn’t want to just tell me about it, she wants to WRITE about it! She can’t wait until next summer! Thank you for offering such a special program!
- 5th Grader,Simmons CampI loved that we got to do so many fun things and then write about it because sometimes I’m burning to write about my experiences. Summer Ink helped me learn to write and edit my work and to write more descriptive and interesting pieces.
- Parent,Simmons CampAfter the canoe trip on the first day, our son transformed from a reluctant writer to an enthusiastic one. He worked hard on his writing with the support of incredibly nurturing and attentive counselors.
- 8th grader,Simmons CampI thought we’d be writing all day and it would be like a typical school day, but it wasn’t. The program made you want to write, and I was always excited to see what we would do next. I was able to let go and be myself while also learning important tools that I would take back to school.
- Parent,Simmons CampI feel like our son walks a little taller after having attended Summer Ink. I sent him hoping he would work on his writing, and he got so much more. He is more confident in the city, met friends from different places and tried so many new activities.
- Parent, Dorchester,Simmons CampBefore Summer Ink my daughter would complain about writing, but the way the writing was done at camp made it fun. I was amazed at how quickly she shared her writing and commented on her peer’s writing at camp. She felt very comfortable and safe there.
- Parent,Boston & BeyondWhile learning how to expand on her writing skills, my daughter also had a lot of fun. Because of this she is doing great in her honors creative writing and other classes.
- Parent,Boston & BeyondSummer Ink helped develop my daughter’s love of writing and her commitment to writing well. Before Summer Ink she hated the re-writing process. Now she shows me her work and says, ‘This is my first step and then I’m going to fix it.’ She has the foundation in writing she needs for college.
- Parent,Simmons CampHe had a blast last year and raved this year about canoeing and rock climbing. The outdoor adventures and indoor activities have truly inspired him to express himself.
- Parent,Boston & BeyondMy daughter blossomed socially at Summer Ink. The campers live in different towns, go to different schools, but they care about each other, and they keep in touch throughout the year. The kids who couldn’t return this year were texting their friends at camp: ‘What did you do today?’
- 8th grader,Simmons CampNow that I am back in school, the revisions made me realize that you can always improve your writing and there is nothing wrong with advice.
- Teacher,Simmons CampI learned so much that helped me grow as a teacher and will definitely bring my WEX knowledge into my classroom this year!
- 6th grader,Simmons CampAfter Summer Ink, I now can focus on one moment and blow it up, and really describe it thoroughly, and it makes my stories more detailed.
- 8th grader,Simmons CampI want to come back to Summer Ink to make friends and to be ready for my high school essay.
- 7th grader,Simmons CampSummer Ink is the best camp ever and every day is learning and having fun.
- 5th grader,Simmons CampThe staff was very cool and funny. You are never stuck in the room, you are either doing an activity or writing a story or sharing your story. I love to stay active and that’s what I like about Summer Ink.
- Parent, Brookline, MA,Simmons CampSummer Ink was the best camp experience my daughter has ever had… I was thrilled to see her so engaged in writing, and I saw dramatic improvement in her writing skills.
- 8th grader,Simmons CampMy favorite part about Summer Ink is when everyone gets to share. I shared my story and it seemed as if everyone loved it. That one moment makes me never want to give up on writing no matter what anyone says. I’m going to write till my hands fall off!