Summer 2017 Programs Schedule
Registration for Summer 2017 is now open.
All programs take place on Martha's Vineyard unless otherwise noted. All grades are based on the grade the student is currently in (2016-2017 school year).
Each program takes full advantage of all of the unique opportunities and adventures that the island of Martha's Vineyard has to offer. Relax on the beaches of Katama, enjoy the local towns, or explore the trails of Cedar Neck. Younger students spend a day sailing on a famous topsail schooner, and older students have opportunities to explore the cliffs of Aquinnah.
Located only minutes from Lambert's Cove beach, our 45-acre property fronts on Uncle Seth's Pond and offers tennis, basketball, and volleyball, as well as various lawn games. Our famously delicious meals are served family style on the covered porch of our Dining Hall, overlooking the freshwater pond. At the center of campus, the Lodge serves as a central gathering spot throughout the day for snacks, foosball tournaments, board games, or hanging out by the fireplace at night. Boys stay in the Upper and Lower bunkhouses, and girls stay in the "Palace," located on the opposite side of campus. Large group gatherings take place everyday in one of our property's oldest buildings, the Barn. Here, through straightforward talks, creative presentations, and open discussions, our programs offer age-appropriate conversations about God, Christianity, and other big issues.
For additional information and frequently asked questions, visit the What to Expect page.
Please note that all grades are based on the grade the student is currently in (2016-2017 school year).
Here is a breakdown of our current program offerings:
Our upper school programs offer students in grades 9-12 a fun week on the Vineyard. Students have the opportunity to enjoy the beaches on the island, explore the towns of the Vineyard, and relax with friends. Through straightforward talks and engaging discussions, students are invited to converse about the Christian faith and other big life issues. For June Weeks and August Weeks, a First Time Discount of $75 is available for students attending their first FOCUS Summer Program.
- Grades 9th-12th
- June Week One: June 12-19 (all areas)
- June Week Two: June 28-July 5 (all areas)
- Grades 9th-12th
- August Week One: August 4-11 (For Washington DC and points south)
- August Week Two: August 12-19 (For Baltimore and points north)
For students who are preparing to enter high school or have just completed their freshman year of high school, Crossroads is the perfect program. Students at Crossroads enjoy group activities in the morning and are able to choose from an array of activities in the afternoon.
- Grades 8th-9th
- July 26-August 2
This wonderful introduction to FOCUS offers an exciting activity each day, including a chartered sail, a bike ride across the island, and a beach trip.
- Grade 6th-8th
- Middle School Adventure A: June 20-26
- Middle School Adventure B: August 21-27
Service & Specialty Programs
*Admission to these programs is by application only.
In addition to our regular week-long programs, FOCUS offers several specialized programs for students interested in service. For more information about our service and cross-cultural programs and to apply, please click here.
- Grades 10-12
- June 18-24
A unique community service program, City Service includes hands-on work alongside residents at America’s oldest homeless shelter that allows for us to know those whom we serve. The program also gives students an insider's view of the city, as well as time for reflection and discussion on the meaning and purpose of service in a Christian context.
- Grades 10-12 and up
- July 23-29
- $860 (plus flights ~$700)
Join us as we travel to Central America and partner with local Christian ministries serving the children and communities in Guatemala. Come and explore the country while serving others and learning about the meaning of Christian service across cultural boundaries.
- Grades 11-12 and up
- July 6-17
- $785 (plus flights ~$600)
Travel abroad with FOCUS to be a counselor at a Christian summer camp for Jamaican young teens. In the mountains of the Jamaican countryside, participants will gain hands-on leadership training, while witnessing the Christian faith in a cross-cultural setting.
- Grades 11-12
- Vineyard Service A: June 18-26
- Vineyard Service B: August 19-27
A follow-up to Internship, students serve behind the scenes during a middle school program, enjoy time together on the Vineyard, and have discussions about service, faith, and community.
- Grades 10-12
- July 7-20
This two-week program for returning students combines fun activities with community building experiences and emphasizes learning more about Christianity, serving others, and leadership.
For our older returning students, recent high school graduates, and college students, FOCUS offers a variety of programs that encourage faith and leadership development.
- Undergraduate students
- May 21-27
Give back by spending a week helping staff prepare our facility for the summer while having fun with other college students, and engaging in interesting talks and discussions about how to be a person of faith in the college context.
A weekend forum for rising college freshmen, designed to help them prepare for the opportunities, challenges, and transitions involved in entering the college setting.
- Grades 12+
- July 24-August 2
This is a hands-on leadership training experience that takes place during Crossroads. Participants receive instruction in practical tasks as well as training in principles of leadership while serving and taking on specific responsibilities as part of the leadership team. Please contact your area staff
for the First-Time Leader application.
*Admission to these programs is by application only. Please contact your area staff to discuss whether or not a specific program is a good fit for you.