Summer Program at the Tea House Park

WVIS is preparing for the 2016 Summer Program at the Tea House Park

WVIS Summer Program 2016 is scheduled to run from Monday June 27-Friday August 19th from 9am-12. (In the case of extended school year due to snow, the program may be delayed in starting until Monday July 5th.) As the year progresses we will update the status of the program here. The cost of the program will be $275 for Wenham Residents. Hamilton residents may be allowed in the program if space is available as of May 15. There is also a non-resident rate of  $325 for Hamilton participants. 

Camper and counselor in training registration will be available April 1st. New counselor applications will be available on March 1st and will be due on April 1st. Returning counselors will be invited back in February and will need to commit to the program by March 1st.

Please note:  CIT and Counselor positions are for Wenham residents only. Those with previous CIT experience are given preference for Counselor positions.  

The children of the town have always been a top priority of the Society, our summer program dates as far back as 1905.  The Tea House Program, located on the WVIS playground behind the Wenham Tea House, was organized in 1935 and has been offered every summer since inception.  The WVIS underwrites a large percentage of the operating costs of the program through its fund raising efforts.  It also provides meaningful summer employment to our local teenagers, many of whom attended the program as a child.



Counselor and CIT applications

The application deadline to be a Counselor was April 1.  We are currently reviewing all applicants and will be in contact with you at the email address provided by April 10th.  If you have any questions about this deadline, please contact us at

  • 2016 CIT application is available here 

There are a limited number of Counselor and CIT positions available. Please note that these positions are only available to WENHAM residents. Deadline 1 May 2016.  



Please note that acceptance of Hamilton residents is based on space available, as priority goes to Wenham residents.

  • Wenham Resident application for WVIS Summer Program Participants is available here
  • Hamilton resident application for WVIS Summer Program Participants is available here
  • Scholarship application for financial assistance for the 2016 WVIS Summer Program Participants is available here.  


All applications, forms and payments must be sent to WVIS, PO Box 554, Wenham, MA 01984.

To inquire about the program, please email WVISSUMMER@GMAIL.COM.


  • The Summer Experience will run from June 27 - August 19.
  • Each morning our program will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m.
  • Children should arrive with sunscreen and/or bug repellant applied.
  • Due to allergy considerations, food will not be allowed at our program.
  • You will be able to view or download our current program information sheet here on April 1st..

Please address any questions and/or comments to us at WVISSUMMER@GMAIL.COM.


"I think this was the best-run year at Tea House camp yet....  It has been so wonderful to have my boys be so excited about going to camp each day!   My oldest wants to come back next year, as he has seen his brothers having so so much fun.  Thank you for all you do to make this such a fantastic program." - Lauren



“Ian, Sarah and Moira- 

Thank you so much for an amazing summer!!!   The kids had a blast and I really felt that the program was well organized and ran really smoothly!      Thank you for your tireless efforts to make everyone happy and a positive experience for the children of Wenham!   Thank you.” - Amy



“Ian-  my kids JUMP into the car every morning ( with their baseball binders of course!) looking forward to getting to camp!!  I think the activities that have been provided this year for the kids have been great and spaced perfectly throughout the summer so that there is something special for them to look forward to almost every week.   They loved curious creatures yesterday and thought fire day was AWESOME!  We appreciate all that the camp staff does every day for our kids and look forward to another year at Teahouse next year!” -  Anon.



 "..... from a parent perspective, I have to tell you how terrific camp was for my girls again this year. Here’s what seems to totally work to make it so fun: small groups; enthusiastic counselors who are aware and attentive, but also laid back; field trips have been a huge hit with Caroline (aged 10); the ability for the kids to either participate in planned activities or just hang out casually with their friends; and the tennis instructors. Also, the counselors instill in my girls this desire to be a camp counselor someday. I love the modeling and mentoring that takes place.   And my girls went to the Patton Park camp for the first two weeks of the summer, which I thought they would love because of the pool and the longer day and because Caroline goes to Cutler, so she has more classmates there. Not so. Both girls prefer the tea house."  -  Lisa B.



My son Carter has really enjoyed the camp and LOVES his counselor Megan. All the counselors are great. Ellen



I just wanted to e-mail that we think the camp is fantastic!  Tyler has had such a blast EVERY day!  The CIT's, counselors, you,  Ian...  everyone involved has been soo great.  I actually went to the camp as a child! :)  Anyway, we think you are doing an excellent job and I am excited to have two of my guys in it next summer. Meghan

If your child has a great WVIS Summer experience they would like to share with WVIS, please email us at!