Summerfun Sun
SING. RUN. PLAY. SUN.

Our current plan is to hold Summerfun 2021 in person from July 5 to July 30th. See our 2021 program offerings below. Registration opens Feb 23rd.

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.

See our complete Camp Policies here >

Down on the Farm
Ages 3-4
July 5 – July 30, One week up to four 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 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.

Ecosystem Adventures
Ages 5-7
July 5 – July 30, one week to four weeks optional
8:30am-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.

Dungeons and Dragons
Ages 8-12
July 5-9 and July 19-23
8:30-3:30pm  

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.

Global Design Inventing Green
Ages 8-12
July 12 – 16
8:30-3:30pm 

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.  We’ll engage in the sneaker challenge, the light pipes challenge, and the flight test challenge, as well as constructing a Rube Goldberg-inspired “crazy contraption” and possibly creating nature artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.  In addition, we may play around with physical computing using the MakeyMakey and the micro: bit,  a handheld, programmable micro-computer that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments, and invention literacy.

Sew Plush
Ages 8 – 12
July 26 – July 30
8:30-3:30pm  

This week you can 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? 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.

Carpentry 101: Design and Build a Model Building 1
Ages 8 – 12
July 5 – July 9
8:30-3:30pm  

While working with paper and cardboard, campers will learn the elements of drawing to scale, developing multiple views of structure, and solving structural challenges. This camp is a prerequisite for Carpentry 102, in which students will work with wood to create the model they plan in Carpentry 101. 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.

Carpentry 102: Design and Build a Model Building 2
Ages 8 – 12
July 12 – July 16
8:30-3:30pm  

** Campers must have attended Carpentry 101 to attend this camp. In Carpentry 102, campers will use wood and carpentry tools to make the model building they designed in Carpentry 101. Campers will practice the safe use of hammers, drills, saws, sanders and other hand tools. 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.

Bat and Birdhouse Construction
Ages 8 – 12
July 19 – July 23
8:30-3:30pm  

Learn about the specific needs of different birds (or bats) and how to personalize the appearance of structures that fit each creature. Campers will practice the safe use of hammers, saws, drills, sanders and other hand tools. 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.

Paper Engineering
Ages 8 – 12
July 26 – July 30
8:30-3:30pm  

Learn all about the amazing things you can do with paper – Moebius magic, flexagons and more. Campers will learn the techniques to create Origami, Kirigami, Topological oddities, Pop-ups, and a variety of other projects. 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.