Summer Camp

ERS Summer Camp 2020

At Eastern Ridge, children experience summer the way it was meant to be: fun, active and full of adventure. Joyful — and often muddy — children and teachers are outside most of the day enjoying uninterrupted play, exploration and child-inspired projects.

The Eastern Ridge School is the perfect setting for the long, lazy days of summer. Children work in the gardens, explore our natural habitats, tell stories, sing songs, splash and play in our mud pit, and work with inspirational and messy art materials.

In the midst of all of that old-fashioned fun, we work with them to develop projects they are passionate about. Our camps are staffed by our highly respected teachers and are an extension of our school-year programs, where our mission is to inspire independence, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning. 

Schedule

The core day is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before (8 a.m.) and after care (until 5 p.m.) are available for an additional charge.

2020 Summer Camp Programs


Acorn Summertime (ages 1.5 to 3)
Our youngest campers spend their days working with their hands and exploring their friendships. They will be gardening, painting, immersing themselves in water and mud play, climbing, exploring, and working with nature-based art materials. We will offer 10 weekly programs from June 15 through August 21. Children can attend two days (Th-F), three days (M-W) or five days (M-F).*
Week of June 15 is available to currently enrolled (2019-20 school year) ERS students only.
Note: Acorn campers new to ERS must register for a minimum of three weeks of camp to ensure they have ample time to transition into the group and fully benefit from our program.  We strongly recommend the 5 day option for optimal adjustment to the program.

Early Childhood Explorations (ages 3 to 5.5)
Join us for a child-inspired summer! Our campers will spend the majority of their days outside, exploring our natural surroundings, harvesting from the gardens, creating with art materials, and most definitely getting wet! Our projects will be inspired by the children’s passions and curiosities, engaging their bodies and minds. Past activities have included: journal making, bird study, mask creation, fort building, fairy houses, recycled creations, building animal habitats, dramatic play and much, much more! We will offer week-long programs from June 15 through August 21. *
Week of June 15 is available to currently enrolled (2019-20 school year) ERS students only.
Note: For children new to ERS, we strongly recommend registering for two or more weeks to allow your child to form new friendships and become immersed in our program.

K-1 Adventures (rising K and 1st graders)
Fun in the sun is the name of the game for our 5 and 6 year olds.  Outdoor adventures abound through active games building cooperation and teamwork plus nature explorations and projects inspired by our sprawling property…planting, tending, harvesting and cooking from our big garden…and observing, tracking and researching the creatures that call our meadow and play spaces their home.  All of this will be the backdrop and inspiration for creative hands on projects from nature arts and crafts, to dramatic play, to STEM based projects. There will also be plenty of opportunities for climbing, loose parts play, and a hearty dose of water and mud play throughout each week to keep our active campers cool and content. We will offer week-long programs from June 15 through August 21. *
* Week of June 15 is available to currently enrolled (2019-20 school year) ERS students only.
Note: 
For children new to ERS, we strongly recommend registering for two or more weeks to allow your child to form new friendships and become immersed in our program.

K-1 Adventures Weekly Themes:

Week 1: Interim Week — June 15-19
The season of fireflies and watermelon and sunshine has arrived.  We’ll get the summer off to a great start with art projects, visits to the garden, meadow play, water and mud, and tree climbing. This interim week is a chance for ERS friends to come together as a close-knit mixed-age grouping for some good old-fashioned summer fun and games. Come explore the summer world here at ERS!

Week 2: Leap into Summer – June 22-26
Get ready for old-fashioned summer fun the ERS way.  We will be exploring the garden and sampling its home-grown produce, hunting for bugs, making forts, swinging in trees, and splashing in puddles. Team building and cooperation will be our focus as we spend time outdoors crafting, creating, gardening, and playing.

Week 3: Act it Out(side)! – June 29-July 3
Bring your imaginations ready to soar for this drama themed week where stories from nature will inspire dramatic play, simple drama games, and projects such as mask-making, costume design, and puppetry.

Week 4: Outdoor Explore – July 6-10
Get ready for another action filled week of ERS style summer fun.  Imagine climbing trees, making art, and picking flowers and eating tomatoes fresh off the vine.  Bring your ideas and your enthusiasm to this week of camp, where our emphasis will be on team building and cooperation as we spend time in the vegetable garden and the meadow working, playing and creating.

Week 5: Full STEAM Ahead – July 13-17
Get ready for a week of experiments, design projects, and hands-on fun with tools and gadgets.  Materials at our disposal such as water, wood, and loose parts will inspire our science, technology, engineering, arts and math-based explorations, with plenty of outdoor play thrown in for good measure.

Week 6: Outdoor Explore – July 20-24
See week 4 description

Week 7: Cooking & Garden – July 27-31
Yum! Food is tasty, but have you ever wondered how it got on your plate? In this camp, you’ll follow the journey of food from seed to belly. We’ll try out a new recipe every day, featuring ingredients harvested from our garden. And we’ll take responsibility for the garden—planting, watering, weeding, harvesting and enjoying! Gain skills in the kitchen, eat delicious food that you make, and get out into the garden to connect with your food on a whole new level.

Week 8: Outdoor Explore – August 3-7
See week 4 description

Week 9: Nature Crafts Camp – August 10-14
The world outside your door is filled with so many beautiful things, and they can inspire beautiful crafts. Collecting materials from nature, we’ll collage, construct, sculpt, design and more! If you are a collector and are constantly spotting a pretty pebble or a colorful leaf, this camp is for you! That keen eye will come in handy on our collecting expedition and your creativity will soar!

Week 10: Wondrous Water – August 17-21
Do you like water? Playing in it, splashing in it, drinking it. Have you ever wondered where all that water comes from? Where does the rain come from? What happens when water gets very cold or hot? Come investigate these questions and more in a wet, wonderful, water-filled week of camp! We’ll build rivers in the sandbox, conduct experiments, answer your questions, and of course have water play as we say goodbye to summer.

Costs (includes afternoon snack)

Acorn Summertime: $440 for a full week, $305 for Monday to Wednesday, $205 for Thursday and Friday. Please note that if your toddler is new to ERS, we require a minimum three-session camp commitment, and we strongly recommend the 5 day option for optimal adjustment to the program.
Early Childhood Explorations: $400, full week only
K-1 Adventures: $400, full week only 

Registration is now open!   ERS Enrollment Agreement SUMMER 2020  is available for you to print, fill out and return with your deposit/payment to secure your spots.  Priority enrollment (for currently enrolled and returning summer families) takes place through February 21.  After that date, spaces will be filled in the order they are received. All applicants, including new summer families, may apply at any time and we will consider your application based on the order in which it was received, after those priority applicants have been considered.  Some weeks fill quickly, so sending your applications (with deposit/payment) early is always recommended!