Beacon Recreation is offering five weeks of camp designed to deepen children's relationship to our local ecology, nourish their own creativity, build community, and simply play outdoors. The rich legacy of the Settlement Camp lives on and provides the backdrop for a fun filled summer! Join us! Rain or shine, children ages 5-11 will play outside and get creative! Every week, regardless of the theme, we will;
- Swim/ swim instruction
- Play field games
- Sing, write songs, perform
- Design, make art
- Explore The Camp
- Tell stories and grow camp community spirit.
The Camp is located at the Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave. Camp day runs Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m- 3:15p.m. Daily snacks will be served, and children will bring their lunch from home. Our group size will be about 8 children, with at least one grown-up per group, so we can provide individual attention and opportunities for collaboration between campers. The children will be placed in age-appropriate activity groups. Registration is required and space is limited. Tuition for a full week is $175 per child, including materials and snacks, until April 30. Beginning May 1, weekly tuition is $195. Extended Day program is available until 5:00 pm for an additional $50 per week. Tuition assistance is available. Contact the Recreation Department to discuss your needs.
Counselors In Training (CIT) Program: For youth ages 13 to 16. The Counselor-in-Training Program at Camp @ the Camp is designed to offer qualified young people an opportunity to prepare for positions as camp counselors or recreation leaders. Emphasis is placed upon developing leadership skills, sensitivity to children, and program skills. Participation in the CIT program is by selection. Those interested in the program must complete an application process, which includes an application, references, and an interview. Tuition is $75 per week with a one-time $30 First Aid/CPR fee. The CITs must also attend additional training days.
Dates and Themes:
*Week 1, July 10-14 ~ Great Group Games - Get out and play! Embrace the Olympic spirit through cooperative play. We will be travelling around the world and beyond, playing age-old games and new ones, too!
*Week 2, July 17-21 ~ Can You Dig It? Archeology Then & Now: Who used The Settlement Camp property before us, who might use it in the future, and how will it be used? Become archaeologists and examine the treasures of the Settlement Camp by digging up the past and imagining the future!
*Week 3, July 24-28 ~ Home Sweet Tree ~ Woodland Dwelling: From root tips to branch tops, trees are homes, too. Together, they form an intricate life-sustaining system! Who calls them home? How can humans survive in the woods? We’ll investigate the mosses, fungi, and animals that call trees home, and we’ll build shelters from fallen branches. Let’s get to know the trees and tell the stories of the understory!
*Week 4, July 31-August 4 ~ Hidden Kingdoms - Get close: No, closer. CLOSER, STILL! What wonderful little worlds await when we zero in through proximity? What critters have their habitats there? What if there were worlds within worlds and the inhabitants needed help from their giant friends (us!)? We’ll recognize that regardless of size, everything has a place in this world!
*Week 5, August 7-11 ~ That’s Where Beacon Lives -Between the Mountain and the River: Our camp sits in the shadow of majestic mountains along the mighty Hudson River. We will let our imaginations soar on the wings of the turkey vultures and bounce along on the flood tide. Inspect the rocks and contours of the hills, create trails in the woods with a designer’s eye, hike, and discover the inhabitants of the Hudson Valley.
Registration begins Monday March 20th. Click here for forms