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Summerfun 2019 Schedule

Summerfun Session 1:  June 24–28
8:30 – 3:30pm

Summerfun Session 2:  July 1–5
8:30 – 3:30pm
Note: There is no camp on July 4

Summerfun Session 3:  July 8–12
8:30 – 3:30pm

Summerfun Session 4:  July 15–19
8:30 – 3:30pm

Summerfun Session 5:  July 22–26
8:30 – 3:30pm

The Common School Summerfun programs keep kids physically active and intellectually engaged. Programs for ages 5-12 require a 5 day per week commitment and run from 8:30am-3:30pm. We offer a full day and half day 8:30am-12pm option only for our youngest campers ages 3 and 4. There are mutli-session discounts available for families who sign up for four or more weeks of camp.

See our complete Camp Policies here >

Down on the Farm
Ages 3-4
June 24 – July 26, One week up to five weeks optional.
8:30am-3:30pm (half day option 8:30am-12pm available for our youngest campers)

Our youngest campers will learn about skills related to homesteading and sustainable living through play. The children will go to learn at Bramble Hill with Farmer Hans twice a week to explore day-to-day life on a farm and to help with some farm and garden chores. Camp days will include artistic projects, gardening, singing, stories, visits to the conservation area at Larch Hill, and splashing in the wading pools.

Forest Playground
Ages 5-7
July 22 – July 26
8:30am-3:30pm

We will spend our day exploring the forest, learning about our local environment, listening to nature stories and playing in nature. Spending time in nature develops a relationship with the natural world, encourages us to care about our world, and helps cognitive development and problem solving skills. It is also fun! We will leave time for stories, free play, and water play. This camp has a dedicated air-conditioned classroom in case of excessive heat.

Ecosystem Adventures
Ages 5-7
June 24 – July 19, one week up to four weeks optional
8:30-3:30pm

Come explore the ecosystems in and around our school, including pond and stream life, forest flora and fauna, field habitats, and local animals. Using The Common School’s grounds, Larch Hill Conservation area, and Bramble Hill Farm as our laboratory, we will visit, study, and research the local habitat and reflect on it through artistic activities. Each day will also include time for free play, stories, games, and water play.

The Art of Nature
Ages 8-11
July 22 – July 26
8:30-3:30pm

Plants have so many powers and hidden potential. We’ll explore plant-based dyes, plant fibers for making yarn and cordage, and fibers for baskets, nests, paper, and other creative constructions. Hikes and observations on Larch Hill and Bramble Hill Farm will help us get to know and love the plants that grow all around us. Then we’ll turn to science and craft to smash, boil, twist, scrape, blend, soak, and squish to find the hidden mysteries within. On Tuesday and Thursday this group will walk to the Amherst College pool to go swimming. Pick-up on swimming days will be at Amherst College at 3:15pm.

Sew Plush
Ages 8-11
June 24 – June 28
8:30-3:30pm

Spend a week with fiber artist Michelle Parrish as you dream up, design, and create your own original stuffed animal. Learn how to create a character, design a pattern, and create textures and shapes using wool, felt, yarns, fleece and fabric to bring it to life. What will your imagination dream up?

Adventure Sport
Ages 8-11
July 1 – July 5 (no camp on July 4)
8:30-3:30pm

AdventureSport is a high energy, fast-paced camp designed to provide fun and exciting opportunities to enhance teamwork and skill development and introduce campers to a variety of sports and games that fit every interest. Children in all skill levels will come together for collaborative games like full-campus capture the flag, Infection in our forest, German dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee for team-building fun. Students will also have the opportunity to design new or re-create their favorite games to challenge the group to new heights! On Tuesday and Thursday this group will go swimming at the Amherst College pool. Pick-up on swimming days will be at Amherst College at 3:15pm.

Creative Coding
Ages 8-11
July 15 – July 19
8:30-3:30pm

Creative Coding is a place for new or existing coders to unleash their creativity and learn new skills. A tech-savvy instructor will guide small groups of campers as they build games, interactive stories, websites, programmable circuits, and more. Campers will receive personalized instruction and collaborate with new friends. After camp, kids will be able to share projects with family and friends and continue development through online access. On Tuesday and Thursday this group will walk to the Amherst College pool to go swimming. Pick-up on swimming days will be at Amherst College at 3:15pm.

Dungeons and Dragons
Ages 8-13
July 22 – July 26
8:30-3:30pm

**NEW WEEK ADDED!**
July 8 – 12

Let your child be a hero for a day! Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy pen and paper role playing game with epic heroes and legendary dragons. Imagination, role playing, social skills, problem solving and cooperation are a few of the skills that can be developed from playing Dungeons and Dragons. Audio, visual, kinesthetic and writing activities will give all types of children their own way to enjoy and learn from this experience. No prior knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons is necessary, and stories in the games will remain appropriate for all children attending. On Tuesday and Thursday this group will walk to the Amherst College pool to go swimming. Pick-up on swimming days will be at Amherst College at 3:15pm.

Weaving Whirlwind
Ages 9-13
July 1 – July 5 (no camp on July 4)
8:30-3:30pm

What could be better than a week of weaving? We will use different kinds of materials, including paper, cloth and yarn, to weave in a variety of ways.  Simple enough for beginners, with endless room for exploration. Multiple weaving and loom styles will be offered, and students will be able to receive one-on-one guidance and help from Master Weaver, Michelle Parrish. On Tuesday and Thursday this group will walk to the Amherst College pool to go swimming. Pick-up on swimming days will be at Amherst College at 3:15pm.

Fiber Arts
Ages 9-13
July 15 – July 19
8:30-3:30pm

Learn weaving, needle felting, drop spinning fiber, basic knitting stitches and fabric sewing skills. During group time students will learn new skills and work on projects together. There will also be plenty of time for students to choose which medium to work with and get creative. On Tuesday and Thursday this group will walk to the Amherst College pool to go swimming. Pick-up on swimming days will be at Amherst College at 3:15pm.

Design Squad
Ages 10-13
July 8 – July 12
8:30-3:30pm

Design Squad is for creative, problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinkers. Learn about design engineering and how design impacts the human experience through a series of design challenges. Can you build an unsinkable boat? How about a functional “bionic” arm? You’ll find out the answers to these questions and more. You’ll also learn a lot about yourself, the world, and solving big problems.

Titan Training
Ages 10-13
June 24 – June 28
8:30-3:30pm

Do you enjoy watching American Ninja Warrior or The Titan Games? Want to learn some skills to become an agile obstacle athlete? Our Extreme Obstacle Challenge camp has kid activities that benefit your child’s health and fitness. We will design and complete obstacles that build strength, endurance, balance, and coordination. All kids—regardless of physical strength—will benefit from and have fun while participating in our obstacle-based program. They’ll make friends and have a blast, and improve their overall agility with every step, swing, climb, and jump!