SUMMER PROGRAMS

Martha's Vineyard
Programs

ABOUT THE VINEYARD

Unforgettable
Summer Experiences

For more than 45 years, Martha’s Vineyard has been home to FOCUS Summer Programs. Countless students and leaders have come to programs and had life-changing experiences and friendships. Our 30-acre Study Center, Lambert’s Cove Beach, Uncle Seth’s Pond, and all the Vineyard has to offer are waiting for you. We hope to see you next summer!

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Why the Vineyard?

With award winning sunsets and refreshing ocean water, the Vineyard offers students a place to explore the island, enjoy great meals, and meet new people, while exploring questions of faith in a relevant way.

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Why the Vineyard?

With award winning sunsets and refreshing ocean water, the Vineyard offers students a place to explore the island, enjoy great meals, and meet new people, while exploring questions of faith in a relevant way.

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Vineyard Schedule

*COVID NOTES*

As always student safety is our first priority. FOCUS strictly adheres to the applicable guidelines established by state and local authorities.

For Summer Programs 2021, we are limiting program size and requiring negative COVID tests prior to arrival. We are also in the process of implementing the necessary safety measures at our property on Martha's Vineyard and are confident that we will be able to provide safe and fun programs.

Each summer, nearly 600 students visit the property for a weekend, a week, or sometimes even longer. 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.

All programs listed below take place on Martha’s Vineyard. We also offer several Service and Specialty Programs. All grades are based on the grade the student is currently in (2020-2021 school year).

Middle School Programs

Our middle school programs offer students completing grades 6-8 a fun week on the Vineyard. Each week is full of adventure, time to relax with friends, and age-appropriate conversations about God, Christianity, and other big life issues.

Island Cruise

Grades 6-7
$995
July 11-17, 2021

Experience a ship under sail and unforgettable fun while living aboard the 108-foot topsail schooner Shenandoah as it sails around the island of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Sound. The many activities include participating in sailing the vessel, swimming off the boat, and trips ashore to remote beaches and coastal towns.

Middle School Adventure

Grades 6-8
$995
August 17-23, 2021

This ideal introduction to FOCUS offers an exciting activity each day, including a chartered sail, a bike ride across the island, and a beach trip.

Crossroads

Grades 8-9
$995
June 22-28, 2021

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 enjoy group activities in the morning and are able to choose from time in town, mini-golf, Lambert’s Cove Beach, and an array of other activities in the afternoon.

Upper School Programs

Our upper school programs offer students completing grades 9-12 a fun week on the Vineyard. Each week is full of adventure, time to relax with friends, and age-appropriate conversations about God, Christianity, and other big life issues.

Crossroads

Grades 8-9
$995
June 22-28, 2021

For students who are preparing to enter high school or have just completed their freshman year of high school, Crossroads is the ideal program. Students enjoy group activities in the morning and are able to choose from time in town, mini-golf, Lambert’s Cove Beach, and an array of other activities in the afternoon.

Upper School Weeks

GRADES 9-12
$895

JUNE WEEK 1 (Washington DC & South) - June 5-12, 2021
JUNE WEEK 2 (Baltimore & North) - June 13-20, 2021
JULY WEEK (all areas) - July 22-29, 2021
AUGUST WEEK 1 (Washington DC & South) - July 31 - August 7, 2021
AUGUST WEEK 2 (Baltimore & North) - August 8-15, 2021

Our upper school programs offer students an exciting week on the Vineyard. Students have the opportunity to enjoy the beaches on the island, explore the towns of Martha’s Vineyard, and relax with friends.

A First-Time Discount of $75 is available for students attending their first FOCUS Summer Program.

Internship (A & B)*

Grades 11-12
$1,450
Internship A (All Areas): June 29 - July 9, 2021
Internship B (Washington DC & South): July 11-21, 2021

This two-week program for returning students combines fun activities with community building experiences and emphasizes learning more about Christianity, serving others, and leadership.

Pre-College Weekend

GRADE 12
Price, dates, and location TBD
A weekend forum for rising college freshmen, designed to help them prepare for the opportunities, challenges, and transitions involved in entering the college setting.

First-Time Leader (1 & 2)*

GRADE 12 & UP
$425
First-Time Leader 1: June 20-28, 2021
First-Time Leader 2: August 15-23, 2021
This is a hands-on leadership training experience that takes place during our Crossroads and Middle School Adventure programs. 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.

College Programs

For our older returning students, recent high school graduates, and college students, FOCUS offers a variety of programs that encourage faith and leadership development.

Pre-College Weekend

GRADE 12
Price, dates, and location TBD
A weekend forum for rising college freshmen, designed to help them prepare for the opportunities, challenges, and transitions involved in entering the college setting.

First-Time Leader (1 & 2)*

GRADE 12 & UP
$425
First-Time Leader 1: June 20-28, 2021
First-Time Leader 2: August 15-23, 2021
This is a hands-on leadership training experience that takes place during our Crossroads and Middle School Adventure programs. 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.

College Week

$350
May 16-22, 2021
Give back by spending a week helping staff prepare our facility for the summer, 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.

Vineyard Staff*

UNDERGRADUATES
No Cost
May 24-August 15, 2021
This summer-long paid internship program combines real-world elements of work, Christian studies, and life together in community. The program is designed for people who desire to join our summer staff in serving behind the scenes to provide an environment where students can enjoy a summer program.

*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.

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Vineyard Information

In 1973, FOCUS was given the property on Martha’s Vineyard now known as the FOCUS Study Center. Only minutes from Lambert’s Cove Beach, our 30-acre facility offers basketball, biking, tennis, volleyball, swimming, and a host of other outdoor activities. Additionally, each Vineyard program offers a full island experience: from relaxing on the beautiful beach of Katama, to checking out the cliffs of Aquinnah, to exploring Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, and Oak Bluffs, and much more.

At the center of campus, the Lodge serves as the primary place for students to gather for activities, games, foosball, snacks, or just hanging out. Meals are served on the covered porch of the Dining Hall overlooking Uncle Seth’s Pond, a small freshwater lake. Large group gatherings take place each day in the Barn, one of the property’s original buildings. Here, through engaging talks, creatives presentations, and open discussions, our programs offer age-appropriate conversations about God, Christianity, and other big issues.

Grade levels refer to the student’s grade in the 2020-2021 school year. Students may register for only one week-long program. Programs are open to students from all areas unless otherwise specified. Students from all schools are welcome. FOCUS reserves the right to give priority to first-time participants and NAIS school students in cases where programs are oversubscribed.

Click here to register through our online registration portal. If you prefer to mail in your registration or are not able to register online, please contact [email protected].

Program Fees
Program fees cover room and board, direct program expenses, and activities. Transportation to the program is not included.

Scholarships
Program scholarships may be available. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact your local area staff for an application prior to registration.

Discounts
First-Time Discounts are available at June Weeks 1 and 2, July Week, and August Weeks 1 and 2 for students who have never attended a FOCUS Summer Program.

Payment
Program fees are due at the time of registration. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Credit cards are automatically processed online. Checks can be made payable to FOCUS Programs Office, PO Box 1027, New Canaan, CT 06840. If you have been approved for a scholarship, please select that option on the payment page of the online registration. If you would like to set up a payment plan, please select the four month payment plan option. Partial payment can be made by logging into your account and clicking "View Details".

Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation and refund policy is as follows: full refund with more than 15 days notice; no refund within a 15-day period of the start of the program, except in the case of an emergency. If for any reason you are not accepted into a specialty program to which you applied, we will refund the full program fee. Group travel is refundable at the discretion of the Area Director or the Director of National Programs.

Medical and Travel Forms will be made available to fill out in April. To fill out the follow-up forms you will need your child's insurance information and travel plans. For travel guidelines for FOCUS programs on Martha's Vineyard, please see the travel section below.

Directions:
1.  Please follow this link to log back into your account.
2.  Select "View Details" under the appropriate season.
3.  Under forms, please fill out and submit the "Student Medical Form and Waiver", "Travel Form", and any additional required forms for your child.

NOTE: If your son or daughter participated in a previous FOCUS program, you will still need to submit a new medical form online.
If you are unable to fill out the medical and travel forms online, please contact [email protected].

Suggested Packing List

  • Appropriate clothing for outdoor play and activities
  • A sweater and/or sweatshirt
  • Light-weight jacket or raincoat
  • Long pants and possibly a pair of sweatpants
  • Shorts and/or casual skirts
  • T-shirts and a couple long-sleeve shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Summer shoes (casual sandals or flip-flops)
  • A pair of tennis or running shoes
  • Adequate socks and underwear for the week
  • Bathing suit(s) -- 1 or 2
  • A set of single bed sheets or sleeping bag (Pillow, pillowcase and blanket are provided)
  • Bath towel and wash cloth
  • Beach towel
  • Toiletries
    Please note that students will be unable to do laundry.

 

Please Do NOT Bring

  • The FOCUS Study Center and all other FOCUS rental facilities are alcohol, tobacco, and drug free campuses. To that end, we ask that you do not bring alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia (including electronic smoking devices, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, Juuls, etc.).
  • Speakers, computers, iPads, tablets, or other devices that stream videos.
  • If anyone is found with such items, they will either be confiscated for the remainder of the program, or (in the case of alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia) may result in the student being sent home early. Please note that FOCUS is not responsible for lost or stolen items during the program.

Other Suggestions

  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Tennis racquet, lacrosse stick, basketball, or other athletic equipment
  • Notebook, sketchbook, or journal
  • Guitar, if you'd like to play or learn, or other musical instruments
  • Pocket money for snacks, outings, and shopping in town

Cell Phone Policy

 

  • Upper School Programs: Cell phones are allowed, but please be aware that cell coverage on the Vineyard is variable. The use of cell phones is limited and all phones must be turned off in the evenings.
  • Middle School and Crossroads programs: Cell phones are not permitted during the program and will be collected upon arrival and returned at the end of the program.

Contact Information

To leave a message for your child, please call the FOCUS Study Center Office: (508) 693-1359 or send an email with your child’s name in the subject line to [email protected].

Due to COVID-19, the FOCUS Study Center is not currently available for off-season use.

Off-Season Amenities

  • 2 Cottages (24 People)
  • Year-Round Dormitory (48 People)
  • Dining Hall (Seats 90)
  • Meeting Hall (Fits 100)
  • Outdoor Chapel
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Wireless Internet
  • Vehicles available

Activities (On Property)

  • Beach Volleyball
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
    Lakefront access (Kayaks, Paddleboards)
  • Bikes
  • Lawn games
  • Access to Lambert's Cove Beach (3/4 mile)

Island Activities (Off Property)

  • Beaches
  • Sailing
  • Miles of biking trails
  • Shopping and dining
  • Arts (galleries, etc.)

    Programs Registration Contact Information (Year-Round):
    [email protected]
    (203) 505-7522
    PO Box 1027
    New Canaan, CT 06840

    Martha’s Vineyard Programs Contact Information (June to August):
    [email protected]
    (508) 693-1359

    Mailing Address (via USPS):
    FOCUS Study Center
    450 Lambert’s Cove Rd.
    Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

    Mailing Address (via UPS, FedEx, or other shippers):
    FOCUS Study Center
    450 Lambert’s Cove Rd.
    West Tisbury, MA 02575

    Travel Information

    Students should plan on arriving between 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm on the day the program begins (arrival day), and departing between 9:00 am & 12:00 pm on the day the program ends (departure day). FOCUS is able to pick up students at the Martha's Vineyard Airport and the Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven ferry docks. Below are four different ways for students to get to the FOCUS property. Please do not make any travel plans until you have received the acceptance email (not just the submission confirmation email).

    Area Travel

    Your local FOCUS staff may organize group transportation. Even if group travel plans are not being arranged, your local FOCUS staff is an excellent resource, as they know the best travel routes from your area.

    Ferry

    We recommend the following ferry options:
    Steamship Authority
    Arrival Day: embarking from Woods Hole, MA at 3:45 pm
    Departure Day: embarking from Martha's Vineyard at 9:30 am (arriving into Woods Hole at 10:15 am)
    Seastreak (also called New England Fast Ferry)
    Arrival Day: embarking from New Bedford, MA at 2:00 pm
    Departure Day: embarking from Martha’s Vineyard at 10:15 am (arriving into New Bedford at 11:15 am)

    We can also pick up at other ferry docks and times. Other ferry options include:
    Steamship Authority
    Departs from Woods Hole, MA and Hyannis, MA and arrives at Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs ferry docks depending on what time of day you depart. Bus service to the Steamship Authority ferry dock in Wood’s Hole, MA is available from New York City and Boston. Please go directly to the Peter Pan website to see the exact times of their bus schedules. Steamship Authority does not require that tickets be purchased in advance for walk-on passengers. Reservations are required for bringing a vehicle over.

    Seastreak (also called New England Fast Ferry)
    Departs from New Bedford, MA and arrives at either Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs ferry docks depending on the time of day you depart. Tickets are available for purchase online, but Seastreak does not take reservations. Boarding is first come, first served.

    Hy-Line Cruises
    Departs from Hyannis, MA and arrives at Oak Bluffs ferry dock. Hy-Line Cruises requires that tickets be purchased online in advance.

    Island Queen
    Departs from Falmouth, MA and arrives at Oak Bluffs ferry dock. Island Queen does not accept reservations in advance, but recommends that passengers arrive at least 45-minutes prior to your departure to ensure space.

    Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry
    Departs from Quonset Point, RI and arrives at Oak Bluffs ferry dock. Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry offers a shuttle from the Providence Airport and from the Providence Amtrak Station. More information can be found on their website. Tickets are available for purchase online.

    Plane

    Students can fly into the Martha's Vineyard Airport via JetBlue, Cape Air, Delta, and American Airlines. Changing planes may be required at Logan International Airport in Boston or John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

    Car

    Students can be dropped off at the FOCUS property. The address is 450 Lamberts Cove Road, West Tisbury, MA. If your child will be arriving by car, please let us know who will be dropping them off and when they will arrive at the property.

    Additional Information

    For additional transportation information, please visit the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce or this Massachusetts Vacation Guide.

    Martha's Vineyard FAQs

    Below are a few of our frequently asked Vineyard questions. For a full list of questions, check out our FAQ page.

    What is the FOCUS Study Center?

    The FOCUS Study Center is located on 30 acres in West Tisbury, MA on Martha’s Vineyard. Our property is situated on Lambert’s Cove Road, 10 minutes from Vineyard Haven, MA and 15 minutes from Edgartown, MA. The Study Center offers 10 buildings designed for housing, dining, and gathering. Also onsite are the tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball, and the ever popular Seth’s Pond.

    What does a typical day at the Vineyard look like?

    FOCUS is dedicated to making a student’s time with us unforgettable. While every program is slightly different, a typical day may look like the following. Our mornings start each day at 8:30am with breakfast, followed by a time for personal reflection, free time, a morning meeting, small group discussions, and a camp wide game or activity. Lunch is followed by afternoon activities which take advantage of all the island has to offer. Afternoon activities can include anything from swimming in the pond, going to Lambert’s Cove Beach, a bike ride to Edgartown, playing famous FOCUS games, sailing off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, going on a hike, seeing the cliffs at Aquinnah, or having a foosball tournament. This is a time for students to choose what they want to do from each days’ offerings. Everyone meets back at the property by 4pm for “tea time” – a delicious snack. Students then have free time or can attend optional special sessions about culturally relevant topics. Another camp wide activity will follow dinner, then evening meeting, “coffee house” (another snack and hang out time), and back to the cabins for cabin time before a 10:30pm lights out. Morning and evening meetings are for the whole program and include a variety of elements including a fun game or icebreaker, music and singing (both familiar and new songs), a personal story from a leader, and a brief time of teaching on the Christian faith.

    Where do the students stay?

    Housing is provided in two dormitories located on opposite sides of the property. Our girls stay in “The Palace,” while boys are in the upper and lower “Bunk Houses.” The Palace has six cabins that open both into a central hallway and out onto the porch. Bathrooms are accessed through the central hall. Each room houses 4-6 students and 1-2 leaders. There are four cabins in each of the bunk houses. (The upper and lower bunk houses are adjacent.) Each cabin opens to both the front and rear side of the porch. Each room houses 3-6 students and 1-2 leaders. The “Barn-Ex” is a separate cabin that is used for additional housing at larger programs. It is located near the middle of campus and is a favorite among those who have had the privilege of staying there. In the spirit of the Vineyard, all housing has both indoor and outdoor private showers, fans, and screened doors.

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