The Summer Adventure Camp for children ages 3 to 11, has many activities to choose from, including swimming, sports, yoga, art, music and movement, African drumming and dance, and gardening. In 2014, three 2-week sessions are available. Camp hours are from 9 to 3. Before care and after care are available for a small fee.
- Session 1: June 30 – July 11
- Session 2: July 14 – July 25
- Session 3: July 28 – August 8
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Music, movement, and art
African drum and dance
One of the aspects that makes Summer Adventure the matchless camp that it has become is the pulse of Guinea rhythms that can be heard throughout the day! For the 14th summer, we are honored to include the vibrant duo of Mimo and Pam Camara in our program.
About Mimo and Pam: Mimo Camara is a former lead member of Guinea’s national troupe and an inspiring drum and dance teacher. Pam Lord Camara has taught at the Woodstock Day School for 25 years and is well versed in bringing her love of African culture to even our youngest campers.
We are delighted to have Tim Sutton as our resident minstrel. Campers will spend each week learning camp classics, songs by artists such as Ween, They Might Be Giants, The Flaming Lips, Weird Al, Woody Guthrie, and original songs by Tim. Every Friday, Tim will bring the campers together at the end of week gathering to perform the songs they’ve learned.
About Tim: Tim Sutton has toured with the Ramones, opened for Levon Helm, and sung back-up vocals on a Pete Seeger album. He won the first and only talent contest at Phish show. He is a veteran of the Hudson Valley Music scene whose current projects are Ratboy and Ratboy Jr. During the school year, Tim teaches Media Arts at WDS.
Kristi Klinger’s hip hop classes keep campers moving and laughing! Teaching age appropriate classes from ages 2-13, every class works toward an exciting and liberating performance. Kristi uses popular dance moves and music to get the kids energized through incorporating easy-to-remember choreography. Her favorite part of teaching is witnessing the growing confidence as children come out of their shells and rock the stage!
Arts and crafts
Draw! Paint! Sculpt! Build! Come. Be inspired. Make yourself at home in the art studio!
For the fourth year, Rebecca Black brings her expertise, infectious energy, and creative ideas to our summer program. Creative art making is about experimenting, sharing, and having fun, without the stress of competition. We offer an abundance of inspiring art activities and materials to create, express, connect and explore with. While our campers cultivate many skills and produce amazing creations throughout the summer, we emphasize the “process over the product.” We want campers to feel comfortable being who they are, as they become a valued part of our small, caring community.
Sports and fitness
Sports is not only friendly games of soccer, basketball, kickball, dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee, but also wacky tag games, fun with the giant parachute, water play, bouncy balls, scooters, jump ropes, hula hoops, relay races, and Capture the Flag!
Sports focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship, accomplishing physical challenges, and the joy of active play. Campers offer their suggestions for favorite sports and games and even share new games for all.
Headed up by WSI Stacie Kremper, certified instructors teach children how to swim. According to age and ability, children will have daily Red Cross swimming instruction and Free Swim in our two filtered pools, while under constant supervision.
Water games and activities will delight and challenge campers. Small group swim lessons can be scheduled after hours for an additional charge.
Nature and science
Campers will explore our pond to find frogs, insects and salamanders, and use microscopes to take a closer look at the treasures uncovered. Mary Henry, our knowledgeable Lower School science teacher, will be showing us the natural world in new and exciting ways. The looseness of a summer program will allow exploration to happen for its own sake. Campers should bring all their questions and curiosity about the natural world.
We are delighted that Grian McGregor of Ivy Vine Players will return to run the summer garden program for a third summer. In her words:
Greetings, Garden Adventurers!
As the first born of nine kids whose parents grew much of our food, it feels quite natural to find myself surrounded by eager, inquisitive kids with garden tools in their hands.
Peak garden experiences of 2011: a weedy scavenger hunt; making our own heavenly pesto; singing garden songs accompanied on a sparkly green ukulele; observing a hummingbird-like sphinx moth in the butterfly bush and dubbing it the “Flying Lobster”, then later discovering that those gigantic tomato hornworms were actually the larval stage of the very same moth!