Woodstock Day School Summer Adventure Camp, for children ages 3 to 11, offers a lively, enriching program. With a wide variety of activities -- including African drumming and dance, hip hop, music, swimming, sports, yoga, art, ceramics, and gardening -- our campers stay active, make new friends, and learn new skills. Friday afternoons find campers racing to the All Camp Gathering, an opportunity for parents (and fellow campers) to enjoy student-led showcases of their weekly activities.
Speciality Camps (see sidebar) offer opportunities for specific enrichment, from yoga to engineering to wilderness survival skills, and run for individual weeks.
In 2017, three 2-week sessions Summer Adventure sessions are available. Camp hours are from 9 to 3. Before and after care are available for a small fee.
Session A: July 3 – July 14
Session B: July 17 – July 28
Session C: July 31 – August 11
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 15th 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 28 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.
Hip Hop is about fun, upbeat dance classes designed to get campers moving and smiling. Using popular age-appropriate music and easy to learn choreography, sprinkling pieces with a few props, campers learn group stunts and partner work to create an awesome performance in just a few classes! We experiment with Hip-hop, Jazz, Break Dancing, Creative Movement, and are even known to appear for an occasional Flash Mob. Every class also includes a group challenge to inspire teamwork and cooperation. Come see the culmination of all of our hard work on stage Friday afternoons at the All Camp Gatherings!
Our sports program encompasses friendly games of soccer, basketball, kickball, dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee, and 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, WDS's 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.
Campers will explore our pond to find frogs, insects and salamanders, and use microscopes to take a closer look at the treasures uncovered. Our science counselor shares the natural world in new and exciting ways. Campers should bring all their questions and curiosity about the natural world.
Greetings, Garden Adventurers! It’s true; back by popular demand, organic produce from the WDS garden, planted and nurtured by adventurous little hands, will be offered for sale on Garden Cart Fridays. Basil, kale, tomatoes, cukes, and more, along with seedlings for your home garden will be available.
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 2016: learning about edible wild plants (some of which turn out to be weeds of the abundant sort), gathering them into amazing, colorful salads, and eating them on the spot!; learning garden songs, accompanied on a sparkly green ukulele; using dibble sticks to transplant tray after tray of basil seedlings; singing The Farmer’s Anthem:
Let the wealthy and great live in splendor and state,
I envy them not, I declare it.
For I raise my own bees, my own hens and fruit trees,
And I shear my own fleece and I wear it.
Rutabagas and greens, blue potatoes and beans
Are the bounty I bring to the table.
Our cuisine is our own, it is locally grown,
And there’s no GMO and no label.