for campers entering grades K-6 in the fall, regardless of age.
Our day at Summerkids (our program for children entering K-6th grades) is divided into four “periods”--blocks of time that last from 45 minutes to an hour. At the beginning of each period, our counselors offer/announce a wide range of activities--from gardening to games, crafts to cooking, with theater, dance, hikes, fort building, nature lore and more.
Campers are given the opportunity to choose what they want to do. These activities may be repeated in subsequent “periods” if they are exceedingly popular, but there will also be new activities each period. In a day, your camper may have as many as 50 or 60 different choices.
Some activities, such as archery, swimming and hiking, are divided by age for safety reasons (and when they are, we always make sure that all campers have the opportunity to do those activities within a given day). But the major portion of our activities allow for children of different ages to come together and enjoy each other’s company and enthusiasm.
Each day, campers meet in "Buddy Groups" with specific counselors for their age group, which gives them a chance to meet campers of their own age as well. Campers do some shared activities together in Buddy Groups, especially around our occasional themed days e.g. Super Hero Day, Circus Day, Winter in July Day, Crazy Backwards Day (these change yearly).
Theme days allow us to create activities, have performers visit, and do selected crafts and games following our theme. Certain major theme days such as Carnival (replete with booths, prizes, cotton candy etc.) are a “must” summer after summer. We will make a detailed calendar listing all of our special days available to parents on this website some time around June 1.
Please click on any of the images above to see a slideshow about a "typical" day at Summerkids.
CAMP HOURS (Summerkids)
For both Summerkids and Summer Challenge, the regular camp day begins promptly at 9 a.m., with drop-off between 8:30 a.m. and 9. Camp concludes (also promptly!) at 3 p.m., and pickup is any time between 3 and 3:30 p.m. We offer a snack and juice at around 10:30 and milk with lunch.
Times outside these hours are designated “extended day” and must be reserved with your camp enrollment.
For those parents needing additional care, we offer a flexible fee-based "Extended Day" program from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. That program is an extension of our regular camp day, and counselors will be on hand to lead your camper or campers in a variety of activities, including swimming in the afternoon.
You will be able to sign up for "Extended Care" for mornings or afternoons or both, for the days of the week you need the care, as part of our registration process.
If you have another child who will be attending SK-PreK, please see here for information on that program’s hours and dropoff and pickup times.