Summer Adventure 2018

 A day in the life of a Summer Adventure camper includes of an array of enriching activities such as African Drumming & Dance, Singing, Hip-Hop, Art & Ceramics, Sports & Fitness, Swimming, Nature & Science, and Gardening. Our camp is designed for children age 3-11. In 2018, we will shift our scheduling choice from three two-week sessions to any or all weeks listed below. Summer Adventure Camps are $325 per week.  Our Specialty Camps offer a variety of special interest themes for campers from ages 5 to 18. Click here for a complete list, schedule and pricing of our .  Click here for our Specialty Camps .

Please contact Summer Adventure at summer@woodstockdayschool.org if you require more information.

Camp Schedule
Summer Adventure is 9am to 3pm Monday – Friday. ONLY children age 3 and 4 years old can attend for three or four days a week. Inquire as to cost.  Before Care (beginning at 8:30) and After Care (until 5:30) is available at additional cost.

Week 1: July 2 – July 6 (There is camp on Wednesday, July 4th)
Week 2: July 9 – July 13
Week 3: July 16 – July 20
Week 4: July 23 – July 27
Week 5: July 30 – August 3
Week 6: August 6 – August 10

WDS Summer Adventure Camp

African Drumming and Dance

African Drumming CampOne 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 18th 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 30 years and is well-versed in bringing her love of African culture to campers of all ages.

Singing

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.Tim will bring the campers together at the Friday Gatherings 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

Ruby leads fun, upbeat dance classes designed to get campers moving and smiling. Using popular age-appropriate music and easy to learn choreography campers learn group stunts and partner work to create an awesome performance in just a few classes! We experiment with Hip-hop, Jazz, Creative Movement, and are even known to appear for an occasional Flash Mob. Come share in the joy of our dance when we present on the stage Friday afternoons at the All Camp Gatherings!

About Ruby: Ruby has been dancing since the age of 7. She is presently on two hip-hop dance teams, one in Kingston, NY and one in New York City. This will be Ruby’s 3rd summer as our dance teacher at Summer Adventure.

Arts and Ceramics

Draw! Paint! Sculpt! Build! Come. Be inspired. Make yourself at home in the art studio!

Creative art making is about experimenting, sharing and exploring. Visual arts at Summer Adventure provide an abundance of inspiring activities and materials with which to create, express, connect, and have fun. Campers practice some basic art skills as well as learning new ones. It is magic. Everyone leaves smiling.

About Danielle: Danielle Payette has been an art teacher for 20 years.  Her experiences have offered her the opportunity to work with students ranging in age from 3 to 80 years old.  She has taught in public schools, own and taught at an art focused preschool, offered continuing education classes in painting and jewelry at Ulster and Columbia-Greene Community Colleges, and currently loves being a part of the WDS community teaching art to preschoolers on up through 12th grade, and during The Summer Adventures program.  When she is not teaching art she enjoys drawing, painting and making jewelry, as well as spending time in nature and with her family.

About Inyo: Ceramics will be taught by our beloved Inyo Charbonneau. Inyo has been teaching for 30 years and still enjoys bringing her expertise and love of clay to her students. Campers learn to make and glaze a variety of pieces. The clay studio is a happy destination in their rich and varied camp experience!

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.

Swimming

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 are scheduled after camp 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. Marie Daniels, our knowledgeable science guide, 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.

Gardening

GardeningWe are delighted that Grian McGregor of Ivy Vine Players will return to run the summer garden program for a tenth summer. In her words:

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 Summer Adventure garden experiences: 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.