Summer Camp

Registration is now closed.

With questions about camp, please e-mail our Camp Director, Marcela Perez, at We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

HVWS Summer Camp is a day camp for children ages 3-14. Offering two groups—Explorers for 3- to 8-year-olds and Artists for 9- to 14-year-olds—HVWS Summer Camp is the perfect place for natural and exciting summer fun! Led by caring and talented educators, HVWS Summer Camp invites children to enjoy the summer through participating in a variety of activities. Campers join us from Newtown, Bethel, Danbury, and the surrounding areas. The Summer Camp day runs from 9 AM to 3 PM. Each session/group will be limited to 20 campers. 

Our Explorers play with water and mud; participate in group games; enjoy organic gardening; and make arts and crafts related to the theme of the week using natural materials such as wool, beeswax, silk, wood, etc. We follow a simple daily rhythm that provides the campers with a sense of trust and ease while they explore nature, make new friends, and learn new skills.

Our Artists are more capable of challenging themselves physically and socially. Our goal is to provide opportunities that meet our older campers developmentally in a safe, natural environment.

With questions about summer camp, please e-mail Camp Director, Marcela Perez, at, or submit an inquiry below to join our mailing list. We look forward to seeing you back at camp!

Please take a moment to review our Summer Camp COVID-19 Operational Plan (Version 2 – May 25 2021). This summer we will not prepare snack at camp; campers will bring their own lunch and snack daily.

Explorers, Ages 3-8

There is no better time than the summer to enjoy water play. Sand, mud and water are great companions in the summertime. Throughout our summer we have plenty of outdoor time and fun building, creating, and relaxing in the warm weather. The sprinkler showers playtime and turns sand into a building material! Please note: Explorers must be potty trained before the start of camp.

  • The fee for each camp session is $285 ($275 when you register before June 1).

WEEK 1: June 21-June 25

While summer can be a time to relax, it is still fun to add a little music and merriment to your days! Join us as we create simple percussion instruments, colorful hats, and wave our batons to the melody of the summer sounds around us. We will lead a musical parade as we serenade the birds, bees and butterflies!

WEEK 2: June 28-July 2

Tumbling, juggling, and “walking the tightrope,” are all activities our inner clown enjoys! Have fun this week making your own juggling balls, playing with circus toys, and clowning around with friends.

WEEK 3: July 5-July 9

How fun it is to build different size shelters and tunnels! We will use a variety of materials–including sand, mud, and water–to build tiny structures to use in our imaginative play and larger structures to shelter ourselves and our friends. We may also paint, draw, and even make a little town together!

WEEK 4: July 12-July 16

Adventures by boat, train, and many other modes of travel make up theme of this week! We may build some tiny vehicles to use in our imaginative play or transform our play structures into bigger ships to
sail with our friends! We will draw and paint the wonderful lands we may visit.

WEEK 5: July 19-July 23

Summertime is the perfect time to observe and run alongside our winged and multi-legged friends. We will build bug houses to safely keep an eye on our friends before we release them back into their habitats. Watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, and more are ways for us to bring our friends home with us without taking them from the garden!

WEEK 6: July 26-July 30

“Oh what abundance the summer doth give…” Spend the week with friends, flora, and fauna as we cultivate our summer garden! You will enjoy planting seeds that you’ll bring home to watch grow in the summer sun. Working together to grow the land is mighty fun with friends by your side!

WEEK 7: August 2-August 6

The woodland creatures need protecting! Together we will build houses to keep our fairy friends safe, ride on “horses” into the sunset, and build castles in the sandbox, all the while keeping an eye out for the dragon we will attempt to tame.

WEEK 8: August 9-August 13

Deer, squirrels, foxes, turkeys, owls and many more animals will show us this week how they live in the woods! We will use different materials to make them tiny and see what they look like when we have them in our hands. We may also explore the places where they hide through stories, drawings, watercolor and beeswax modeling. We may even turn into one of these forest creatures to play with our friends!

Artists, Ages 9-14
  • The fee for the two-week Circus Arts session is $590 ($570 when you register before June 1).
  • The fee for every other session is $285 ($275 when you register before June 1).

WEEKS 1 and 2 (2-week session): June 21-July 2
Campers will practice skills such as unicycle riding, stilt walking, advanced tumbling, and juggling with everything except fire! Our Circus Arts weeks are sure to be full of testing and challenging physical limits while “clowning” around with new friends.

WEEK 3: July 5-July 9

WEEK 4: July 12-July 16

WEEK 5: July 19-July 23

WEEK 6: July 26-July 30

WEEK 7: August 2-August 6
Campers will explore the fundamentals of archery including safety and proper target techniques.

WEEK 8: August 9-August 13
Campers will explore the fundamentals of archery including safety and proper target techniques.

Extended Care

Extended Care will be available daily from 8-9 AM and 3-6 PM. Pre-registration is requested. The rate is $10/hour, payable each week. Please register by emailing our Summer Camp Director, Marcela Perez, at in advance of the day in question, to confirm space.