Summer Camp

2022 Registration is Open!

With questions about camp, please e-mail our Camp Director, Marcela Perez, at

HVWS Summer Camp is a day camp for children ages 3-14. Offering two groups—Explorers, for PreK-1st grade students—and Artists, for 1st-8th graders—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. Our day summer camp is proud to welcome campers throughout Connecticut, including the communities of Newtown, Bethel, Danbury, CT, and the surrounding areas.

The Summer Camp day runs from 9 AM to 3 PM. Each session/group will be limited to 20 campers. The fee for each camp session is $315; the week of July 4 is $252. (Register before June 1 and receive a $10/child/week discount).

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  We look forward to seeing you at camp!

Explorers, Prek-1st Grade

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 toilet trained before the start of camp.

WEEK 1: June 20-24
“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 2: June 27-July 1
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 5-8
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 4: July 11-July 15 (WAITLIST ONLY)
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 5: July 18-22 (WAITLIST ONLY)
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 6: July 25-July 29
Adventures are the theme of this week! We may use our imagination to transform our play structures into boats to travel along the course of a river or ships to sail with our friends and explore the oceans. We may also draw and paint sea creatures and the wonderful lands we may visit!

WEEK 7: August 1-5
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!

WEEK 8: August 8-12
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!

Artists, 1st-8th Grade

WEEK 1: June 20-24
Campers will learn and practice skills such as unicycle riding, stilt walking, advanced tumbling, and juggling with everything except fire!

WEEK 2: June 27-July1
Campers will refine their skills and end the week with a performance. Prerequisite: week 1 of Circus Arts.

WEEK 3: July 5-July 8

WEEK 4: July 11-15

WEEK 5: July 18-22

WEEK 6: July 25-29

WEEK 7: August 1-5
Campers will explore the fundamentals of archery including safety and proper target techniques.

WEEK 8: August 8-12
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.

Camp Scholarships
We have had inquiries regarding financial aid for our summer camp. At present we are unable to offer scholarships. However, we are in the process of applying for a grant with the State of Connecticut which would allow us to offer a limited number of camp scholarships to our school community as well as our broader community, including Danbury and other surrounding towns. We will be notified about the grant by the State of Connecticut after June 1, 2022, at which point we will provide further details about the scholarship application, which will be similar to the variable tuition application.

Please email the Camp Director at if you would like your student(s)’ name(s) to be put on a waitlist for these opportunities. A committee will evaluate all requests and notify the recipient as soon as possible. Please note that camp begins 6/20/2022 and we would need camp medical forms and other registration documentation in place prior to attending the camp.

Becas para le Campo de Verano
Hemos recibido preguntas sobre ayuda financiera para participar en nuestro Campo de Verano. Por el momento no podemos ofrecer becas. Sin embargo, estamos aplicando para recibir una subvencion del Estado de Connecticut que nos permitiria ofrecer un numero limitado de becas a nuestra comunidad, y a las comunidades de Danbury y los pueblos aledaños. El Estado de Connecticut nos hara saber el resultado de nuestra peticion el primero de Junio del presente año. Apenas tengamos noticia del resultado les daremos mas detalles del proceso para aplicar a estas becas.

Por favor envien un correo electronico a la Directora del Campo, Marcela Perez (, si desean inscribir a sus hijos en una lista de espera para tener acceso a esta oportunidad. Un comite evaluara las aplicaciones y notificara inmediatamente a aquellos que reciban la beca. Por favor tomen nota de las fechas del campo de vacaciones, 6/20/2022 y de los documentos necesarios para participar en el campo de vaciones. Es necesario llenar el formulario de registro y el proporcionar el formulario de salud del aplicante.