Summer is the time for kids to be kids. Recharging after the school year is vital to keep them from getting burned out after 180 days in the classroom. With hundreds of summer camp options available throughout Fairfield County, you and your children can decide the best way to make the most of their summer. From soccer and tennis to computers and farming, there is virtually something for everyone, and here are just some of the possibilities, according to descriptions provided by the camps:
Woodcock Nature Center
54 Deer Run Road, Wilton
Let your kids get “wild” at Woodcock Nature Center Camp this summer! At our state licensed summer camp for kids age pre-K through eighth grade, campers can explore our 149-acre preserve through hands-on activities led by experienced educators. Activities include woodland hikes, stream exploration, animal encounters, nature-inspired art, canoeing on our pond, wilderness skills, and more. A Friday night campout option for campers and their parents is also available: set up tents, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy all the wonders a star-filled Woodcock night has to offer! Weekly sessions fill quickly, and register is now open.
223 West Mountain Road, Ridgefield
Ridgefield Academy offers a broad range of summer programs for children ages 3 to 14. Camp Landmark allows families to get a glimpse of what goes on during the regular Landmark school year in a fun, condensed summer opportunity. Each week comprises a different theme. Patriot Camp is designed for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade. The program offers three weeks of a traditional day camp including activities such as swimming, sports, cooking, science, technology, and games. The other three weeks include Trip Week, Science Week, and Art Week. Middle school students in grades five to eight can enroll in the Explorer Programs, which offer workshops such as soccer with the New York Red Bulls Soccer Program, musical theater, coding, movie making, lacrosse, cooking, robotics, 3D design and printing.
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) Day Program at Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield
The SIG Day Program provides instruction in almost 30 courses during its regular academic schedule. Here, children have the opportunity to meet other gifted students who share common interests, abilities, and goals. Courses are taught at levels appropriate for gifted students who are ages 5 to12, covering humanities, mathematics, sciences, and multi-disciplinary courses, as well as recreation, fitness, art, and drama. Students enrolled in half-day programs can take two courses and they have the option to come to camp in the mornings or afternoons; children enrolled in the full-day program take four courses. “I love the freedom and flexibility of working with students in the summer, when we can help them pursue their passions, challenge them to think in creative and unusual ways about problems, and engage them in authentic and real content, apart from the restrictions often associated with traditional school year programs,” explains Barbara Swicord, CEO for SIG.
National Computer Camp
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield
Today, children are bombarded with countless ways to play, especially high-tech play through computers and video games, according to Michael Zabinski, Ph.D. professor of Engineering at Fairfield University and executive director of the National Computer Camp. “At National Computer Camp, held annually at Fairfield University, instruction is offered in 2D and 3D game design,” Zabinski explains. “Most campers arrive at camp as experienced game players, and at camp they look for an opportunity to design their own games. They come with an active imagination and a desire to transform their ideas into an actual game. Campers think creatively and logically while designing imaginative games that explore the power of 2D and 3D game design software. Game design fosters an imaginative spirit that can spark a whole new world of learning.” Residential, day, and morning camps sessions are available.
Summer at Wooster, a program of Wooster School
91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury
At Summer at Wooster, we believe summer is a time for kids to be kids. It is as simple as that. Our camp experience is designed around giving kids the chance to tap into what makes them happy, what challenges them, what sparks curiosity, what causes fits of giggles, what inspires creativity, what drives ambition, and what creates lasting friendships.
Summer at Wooster includes a longer camp day (8 a.m. start until 4 p.m. for full-day campers), hot lunch included in all-day camp programs, classroom teachers are part of the enrichment program, dedicated time to “moving” and “reading,” and the opportunity to make camp day choices. Camp dates are June 25 through August 10 for 4-year-olds through 9th grade.
207 Main Street, Ridgefield
We offer summer programs and one on one tutoring in your home with certified teachers from Ridgefield. Our program offers enrichment courses in creative writing, math, and study skills and promotes self-motivation, organization, and creativity. It is designed to meet the needs of middle-school students entering grades 6 – 9. (and grades 10 and 11 for creative writing).
Every child’s program is custom-tailored to meet his or her academic goals and needs. We strongly believe that “students who succeed, have the skills and drive that they need.” (Barbara Jennes, 2011). Our teachers strive to make learning engaging and fun and genuinely relate to each student which supports self-confidence and academic growth. With hard work and individual attention, students learn that they can accomplish their goals with ease. Successful learning requires a focus on the individual in order to unlock every child’s potential.
351 Post Road, Darien
“Without Music, life would be a mistake”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
We’ve all heard that music makes us smarter, but why? Through research, scientists have discovered evidence on the benefits of how music affects the brain, such as how it enhances fine motor skills and can improve average SAT scores. Kids may take music lessons during the school year, so why not continue their progress through the summer? Store summer hours from July 1 through Aug. 31 will be 12 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We will also offer a summer lesson special: Get four single lessons for the price of three throughout our summer session, which runs from June 1 through August 31.
Summer Farm Camp at the Unquowa School
981 Stratfield Road, Fairfield
At Summer Farm Camp, children are taught to be stewards of the Earth by experiencing firsthand the meaningful connections between the food we grow and the food we eat. We spend two mornings a week at Sport Hill Farm, a local organic farm where we help plant and harvest crops,tend to chickens and pigs and learn more about the challenges facing today’s farmers. On two other mornings we visit local community gardens where all of the proceeds go to Operation Hope. There are several community garden sites around town but a favorite is located next to a home for the elderly and features garden beds adapted to their needs.
Each day, students return to Unquowa with their harvest to cook our own ‘Farm to Fork’ lunch with the school chefs.The last day is spent on campus, where we buddy up with the Sweep Peas, our younger campers, for a day filled with crafts, yoga instruction and a hands-on snack with the chefs. In the afternoons campers enjoy exploring environmental art and science classes guided by experts in the fields.
Danbury Sports Dome Summer Camp
25 Shelter Rock Lane, Danbury
For parents who want to their kids to enjoy a summer camp filled with multi-sports including soccer, track, T-ball, and tug-of-war, games, and activities in an air-conditioned, bug-free setting, the Danbury Sports Dome could be the answer. Kids age 4 to 12 can enjoy full- and half-day programs (never canceled due to inclement weather), and this year, an integrated enrichment reading program and virtual reality field trips will be incorporated into the program.
Mead Farm Summer Horsemanship Riding Program
107 June Road, Stamford
Are you looking for an unforgettable summer equestrian experience for your children? Our summer day programs are a great way for kids to immerse themselves in riding and horsemanship, and have a lot of fun! The program is designed for children of every riding level, from those who have never ridden to those who are looking to strengthen their skills. Students must wear jeans or long pants and hard-soled boots with a heel. Riding helmets must be SEI- Certified and meet or exceed ASTM specifications. We have student riding helmets available for riders’ use.