Registration is now open! Check out dates and program descriptions below. Summerfun 2022 will run from June 27th – July 29th. Fees are $375/week for full day programs and $225/week for half day programs for our 3 and 4 year olds.
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 multi-session discounts available for families who sign up for four or more weeks of camp.
Down on the Farm
(two programs will be run simultaneously, Green and Blue)
June 27 – July 29
One option is available just the week of June 27th, after that, we ask families to sign up for at least two weeks to help support campers’ adjustment to the program. (*no camp July 4th)
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 Robert twice a week to explore day-to-day life on a farm and to help with farm and garden projects. Camp days will include artistic projects, gardening, singing, stories, visits to the conservation area at Larch Hill, and splashing in the wading pools.
(Two programs will be run simultaneously, 1 and 2)
June 27 – July 29, one week to five weeks optional (*no camp July 4th)
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 games.
June 27-July 1
This creative space would allow your child to create art using mostly recycled materials. Campers will have a blast learning sustainable practices through a variety of art practices and will learn to see the beauty in using recycled materials to create something new! During this week, campers will learn new artistic skills while also engaging in conversations about sustainability. This camp will have the opportunity to visit the Groff Park splash pads and/or the Mill River during some afternoons to cool off and have some water fun.
Dungeons and Dragons
June 27- July 1 and July 5-8 (*no camp July 4th)
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. This camp will have the opportunity to visit the Groff Park splash pads and/or the Mill River during some afternoons to cool off and have some water fun.
If your child loves to run, play, and explore outside, sign up for Let’s Play! The focus of this week is for campers to engage in different activities to build interpersonal and analytical skills. There will be a range of activities from classic games like tag and soccer to creating brand new games! In addition to outside play, there will be time for indoor board games and activities as well. Campers will also learn how to make refreshing summer drinks and snacks to help nourish their bodies after physical activity. This camp will have the opportunity to visit the Groff Park splash pads and/or the Mill River during some afternoons to cool off and have some water fun after a day’s play.
Design Squad introduces kids to engineering and invention activities focused on environmental sustainability through fun hands-on activities. Throughout the week, we will design, invent, and build projects that help solve environmental problems in a spirit of risk-taking and collaboration. Your child will have a great time while strengthening their problem-solving skills, creativity, confidence, and ability to collaborate with new friends. Children who have participated in this camp before may have some opportunities to build on the knowledge they’ve gained in the past as well as apply their skills to new challenges.
Does your child love to bake or want to learn how? This camp is ideal for both campers who love to bake and for those who are interested in learning how to bake. First campers will learn the science and safety involved in baking and then will get to put their skills to the test in a variety of baking projects. Campers will also have the opportunity to share what baking traditions are important in their homes and learn new recipes along the way. In the afternoon, after enjoying their snacks, the baking squad will engage in different outdoor and indoor games.
*please notify instructor of any dietary restrictions prior to the camp
Clay in Nature
Experience clay where it came from, in nature! Your children will be making projects that include the beauty of the natural world while learning about the fundamentals of ceramics. Kids will make pinch pot chia monsters, press flora and foliage into slabs of clay, and make coil vases (for the rest of those beautiful flowers we find!) and then they will be able to take what they’ve learned to make their own creative masterpiece. In addition to hikes and explorations to appreciate and be inspired by nature, this camp will have the opportunity to visit the Groff Park splash pads and/or the Mill River during some afternoons to cool off and have some water fun.
Summer Olympic Games
Has your child ever dreamed of being an Olympian? This year the Olympic Games are coming to the Common School! The focus of this week is for campers to get ready to work in teams and compete like true Olympians. Each day campers will compete in a variety of games and challenges and learn teamwork and learn new skills along the way! Summer Olympics Games will be a fun week for all those campers who are full of energy and have love playing with others. Get ready to sweat and have lots of fun! This camp will have the opportunity to visit the Groff Park splash pads and/or the Mill River during some afternoons to cool off and have some water fun.
Ages 8 – 12
This week you can dream up, design, and create your own fiber art creations. Learn how to use needle and thread for a variety of projects – freehand embroidery, cross-stitch, and creating stuffed creatures and other creations! What will your imagination dream up? Along with crafting and creating, we will explore the outdoors, and have the opportunity to visit the Groff Park Splash pads and/or the Mill River during some afternoons to cool off and have some water fun.
Superheroes to the Rescue!
In this camp, your child gets to be a superhero! Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. We will explore all the usual superhero qualities, but campers will also learn how to embody real-life superheroes and changemakers so they can bring meaningful change to their communities. This program will build on campers’ interests to discuss the different kinds of superheroes all around us. Campers will also engage in hands-on activities such as making superhero masks and writing miniature superhero comic books. This superhero community is all about celebrating individual talents as well as collaboration and teamwork. Each day will be a combination of playing, creating, and discussing what it truly means to be a superhero. What powers will your child recognize in themselves that they bring to their community – and beyond?