Summer Programs will be back in full 2022!  Registration open for available programs on a first come, first serve basis

The Wellesley Youth Commission is excited to announce the 2022 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 2022. The programs are held at various locations throughout Wellesley.

Applicants apply online beginning February 1, 2022 and may choose to apply to any of the summer exploration programs, but applicants can attend only one program per summer.  The lottery has closed, but interested participants will be placed based on availability and first come first serve basis. You will receive a confirmation email confirming your spot in the program.

Fire Rescuers - *SPOTS AVAILABLE*

Fire Rescuers is a week-long exploration for 20 youth with the Wellesley Fire Department the week of  July 11 - July 15, 2022, 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 local Fire Academy
  • Visits and demonstrations from the MBTA Bomb Squad.

Wellesley Eco Summer Program *CLOSED - NO SPOTS*

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 18 - July 22, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  
* This is a Shine only program, if it rains the activities may be cancelled for that day.

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 (Must take a swim test to participate in this days activities)
  • Learn about how to protect and preserve the natural environment in Wellesley

DPW/WMLP Exploration Program 



Wellesley Department of Public Works and the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant have teamed up to offer and exclusive opportunity to experience the behind the scenes of ...The DPW/WMLP Exploration Program is a week-long exploration for 15 youth the week of July 25 - July 29, 2022,  from  9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Highlights for this program include:

  • Learn about the different divisions of the DPW - Engineering, Highway, Water and Sewer
  • Explore all that WMLP offers the Wellesley community
  • Get a behind the scenes look at the Recycling and Disposal Facility
  • Hands-on service project with the Park and Tree Division whom are responsible for the care and upkeep of all of the Town's parkland, conservation land and other open spaces. It maintains all of the Town's athletic fields and active and passive recreation areas. It also maintains all Town-owned trees.

Wellesley Police Department (WPD) Youth Academy *CLOSED - NO SPOTS*

WPD Youth Academy is a week-long exploration for 25 youth with the Wellesley Police Department the week of August 1 - August 5, 2022, 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.