Campers (ages 6-8) in the Bears Den will experience a summer full of adventure and fun, focusing on guided independence and responsibility, and building social skills. Our 1:4 staff to camper ratio allows counselors and leaders flexibility in planning daily activities to accommodate the skills and interests of campers in each den. Bears participate in a variety of activities across Park's beautiful 100-acre campus, both indoors and out, while forming lasting friendships with fellow den-mates. 

Camp Details

Dates Time Age Price
June 26–August 4 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. 6–8 $420 per week 
(2-week minimum, choose any 2 weeks)


A typical day for Bears includes swim lessons and free swim in our pool, stream exploration with greater attention to natural communities, tending to the Lower School garden, and burning off energy outdoors on our playgrounds, courtyards, and fields. Outside on the Appalachian Challenge Course, Bears will participate in activities focusing on teamwork, group problem solving, and goal setting. Indoor activities include more detailed short (and long) term arts and crafts projects, cooking, music, and games. Each day, campers pick an activity of their preference during “choosing time.”

In addition to the daily activities (mentioned above) guided by our excellent camp leaders and counselors, Park faculty and activity guests enrich the camp experience by offering hour-long workshops each day in a variety of special programs, including puppet making, Chinese language and culture, West African culture, Latino culture, robotics, group art projects, singing, dancing, and much more (check the program highlights below for more details).

Daily Activities:

Subject to change.

  • Instructional and free swim.
  • Challenge Course.
  • Stream walks and woods exploration.
  • Gardening.
  • Music, art, and dance.
  • Choosing time: campers pick from a variety of activities. 
  • Den time with counselors: games, crafts, and cooking.

Program Highlights:

Weeks 1-2: June 26-July 7
Daily 1-Hour Workshops

Cultural Exploration: Latin American Culture

Park Lower School modern language teacher Gabriela Villanueva leads this special program in which campers will explore Latin American language and culture, including food, music, dance, and art. Campers will travel “virtually” through some of the most beautiful places in South America, learning Spanish along the way. In a fun cook off, campers will decide which country has the best “arepas” — all food will be cooked, tasted, and judged by campers in this friendly competition. Campers will enjoy the games, songs, and activities learned on their journey through Latin America, and will remember this experience for years to come.

Imagine, Create, and Play with Beale Street Puppets

Why sit on the sidelines when you can be the whole show? Campers will learn the finer aspects of theater and puppetry, crafting several different styles of puppets over the course of the week, including marionettes, hand puppets, rod puppets, and shadow puppets. Beale Street Puppets is returning for its fourth summer as a creative partner with Park Camps, bringing 20 years of experience in children’s theater under the direction of resident artist Jill Kyle-Keith.  

Weeks 3-4: July 10-July 21
Daily 1-Hour Workshops

Cultural Exploration: Chinese Language and Culture

Park Upper School modern language teacher Xiaomu Hu leads this special program in which campers will explore Chinese culture through exciting activities, including learning basic Chinese language, cooking authentic Chinese food, writing and painting Chinese characters, Chinese face painting, dancing, singing, and playing games. Campers will learn a great deal about the Chinese language and culture, cultivating an interest that will stay with them for many years to come.

Tinkering, Robotics, and Engineering

In this special program, ideas will come to life through tinkering and engineering. Campers will build, play games, and create programs to explore machines and structures. Using programming applications such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms, campers will create anything from animations or video games to working robots. Campers will enjoy these engaging sessions full of inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Weeks 5-6: July 24-August 4
Daily 1-Hour Workshops

Cultural Exploration: West African Culture

Park Lower School teacher Akua Peprah leads this special program in which campers will explore the rich traditions of West African cultures through food, art, games, literacy, and the age-old processes of printmaking and weaving. Campers will learn about the Kente cloth from Ghana, Adire cloth from Nigeria, Bogolanfini (commonly known as mud cloth) from Mali, and much more. They will design and craft these beautiful textiles on paper and with fabric. Other activities include cooking, playing games, storytelling, and even some performing!

Music and Movement

Campers will immerse themselves in music and dance in this creative program, learning new songs for lively sing-alongs, and discovering how to make music using Boomwhackers – colorful, plastic percussion tubes that produce musical tones — and other small instruments, such as tambourines, triangles, and xylophones. When not singing or making music, campers will learn basic dance moves with opportunities to participate in both guided and free dance activities with fellow den-mates.  

Special events and activities:

  • Late swim for all campers August 2 from 4–6 p.m.
  • Pajama day.
  • Wear it wacky.
  • Halloween in July.
  • Camp Talent Show.


Note: This schedule is subject to change.

 Before camp care: quiet, independent activities (board games, etc.).
8:30  A.M. Arrival: den gathering and planning for the day.
Special activities with guests OR choosing time with counselors. Each counselor offers activities; choices include sports and games, arts and crafts, music, or outdoor exploration (nature walks, stream walks, and wall climbing).
10:00 A.M. Swimming: free swim and instructional swim offered.
11:00 A.M. Special activities with guests OR choice of activities, including gym, games, arts and crafts, music, or guided outdoor exploration.
NOON Lunch and outdoor play.
1:00 P.M. Quiet activities.
1:30 P.M. Choosing time: campers choose activities. Outdoor options include water works, pond or stream exploration, or Appalachian Challenge Course. Indoor options include cooking, sports and fitness, games, or arts.
3:00 P.M.  Special activities with guests OR choice of activities, including gym, games, arts and crafts, music, or guided outdoor exploration. 
3:45 P.M. Den gathering.
4:00 P.M. Dismissal.