Summer at Wooster expands activities, hours

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From extended hours to additional activities and workshops, campers attending this year’s 23rd annual Summer at Wooster program can expect an elevated experience, focused on the core mission: That summer is a time for kids to be kids.

“We want to encourage them to explore and discover and see what makes them happy,” said Jeff Carone, now in his second year as camp director. “That’s our goal.”

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Summer at Wooster is expanding this year, offering more programs, focused on fun and exploration for children entering pre-K to ninth grade.
Summer at Wooster is expanding this year, offering more programs, focused on fun and exploration for children entering pre-K to ninth grade.

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Held on the private school’s campus in Danbury, this year’s camp runs from June 25 through August 10 and includes seven one-week sessions for students entering pre-K through ninth grade this fall. Campers may attend any or all sessions.

Wooster’s summer program is divided into three age-based groups: Mighty Explorers (pre-K and kindergarten); Trailblazers (first and second grades); and Generals (third through ninth grade). Each teacher led group is designed specifically for campers at those age and grade levels, with the Generals now divided into groups of third-fifth graders and sixth-ninth graders.

Campers in the Trailblazers and Generals programs have morning and afternoon blocks in which they attend workshops based on several formats: Maker/STEM, Visual Arts, Exploration, and Recreation. In the Generals program, campers are free to choose which workshops they want to attend.  

Among the biggest changes this summer are expanded hours. The camp will now begin an hour earlier, running from 8 to 4 each day for all first through ninth grade main campers; pre-K and kindergarten campers have the option of full-day (8 to 4) or half-day (8 to noon) programs.

“A lot of parents need the earlier drop off,” said Carone. “We’re trying to make their lives easier.”

Another revision comes in the cafeteria, as lunch will be included for all full-day campers.

“Last year it was a la carte,” said Carone. “This year there will be hot and cold selections each week; the chef at Wooster School does the cooking and is also teaching a cooking class.”

After proving a hit last summer, the Friday afternoon activities session has been expanded to include weekly video journals prepared by campers in the WiNK (Wooster Ink) program. Those videos will be shown along with a weekly recap produced by staff members.

Also new is a daily 30-minute reading period in the Wooster School library designed to give campers a chance to explore books in a casual, comfortable setting. “The campers can read anything they want including school assigned summer reading,” said Carone.

Several sports and specialty programs have also been added or expanded, including the musical camp, which will have two two-week sessions culminating in performances of the Aristocats and Jungle Book.

In addition, week seven (the final camp session) will feature three day trips and two days of all-camp fun activities.

One new program is already a hit. “The coding and robotics camp has had a second week added due to demand,” said Carone.

For more information, including registration, visit summeratwooster.org.

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