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Summer Camp will Resume in Summer 2021
Due to the ongoing pandemic and our desire to focus all our efforts on safely returning to campus for the 2020-21 school year, we have made the decision to suspend camp at HVWS this summer. Campers who have already registered are being contacted directly and will be refunded any payments already made. If you have questions, please e-mail Camp Director, Marcela Perez, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back at camp next summer!
Please note: our friends at the Apple Blossom School and Family Center in Wilton are holding in-person Waldorf summer programs for campers 2-7 years old. More information can be found on their website.
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.
Our Explorers play with water and mud; participate in group games; enjoy organic gardening, cooking and snacks; 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. Our Artists learn specific skills such as theater improvisation, shelter and vehicle building, wilderness survival, musical instrument construction and playing, archery, and circus arts.
The Summer Camp day runs from 9 AM to 3 PM. We provide an organic, allergen-free, non-GMO snack and campers bring their own lunch 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!
MUSIC & MERRIMENT
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!
CIRCUS & CLOWNS
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.
SHELTERS & TUNNELS
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!
BOATS, TRAINS & TRAVELING
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.
BUTTERFLIES, BUGS & BEES
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!
GROWING & GIVING
“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!
FAIRIES, KNIGHTS & DRAGONS
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.
LIFE IN THE WOODS
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
MUSIC AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
This is a week dedicated to the creation of musical instruments and music. On this week’s last day, musicians Andes Manta from Ecuador will offer our campers the opportunity to create an instrument from the Andean music tradition (different than the one they fabricated at last summer camp!) and perform for their parents a few musical pieces under their guidance.
This week our campers will have fun creating theater improvisation performances. They will create plots, characters, stories, and games drawing inspiration from various sources. Depending on the participants, the improvisations may be dramatic or comedic. Campers will have the opportunity to invent their own costumes and sets as their stories unfold.
ARCHERY AND LIFE IN THE FOREST (ages 9-14)
Participants will alternate between their Archery training–exploring the fundamentals of archery including safety and proper target techniques–and learning about traditional and contemporary ways of surviving in the forest.
SHELTER DESIGN AND BUILDING
Campers will explore creating and building shelters out of different materials. Campers from 5th to 8th grade may also be interested in learning the basics of drawing architectural plans and designing a small shelter on paper with our camp director, a trained architect.
LIFE SIZE PUPPETS
Participants will develop a plot, story, dance, or game to be performed by life size puppets. Campers will learn how to build puppets and also how to bring them to life during a performance.
VEHICLE DESIGN AND BUILDING
Campers will explore creating and building vehicles out of different materials. The vehicles maybe tiny, or big enough to carry a camper or two! Campers will also have the opportunity to paint, draw, and imagine the lands they will visit and the different vehicles they may use to do so.
Campers will develop skills that will culminate in a circus performance extraordinaire at the end of each week. Campers will practice skills such as unicycle riding, stilt walking, advanced tumbling, and juggling with everything except fire! Each week is sure to be full of testing and challenging physical limits while “clowning” around with new friends.