Park Day Camps: Cubs, Bears, and Bruins

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Our experienced staff welcomes children ages 3 ½–12 for an exciting summer full of adventures. Campers are grouped by age into “dens,” which allows our staff to adjust activities to suit the interests and needs of individual campers, who enjoy a variety of activities on Park’s beautiful 100-acre campus, both indoors and out.

Cubs Dens (ages 3-1/2 - 5-1/2) feature a 1:5 staff to camper ratio, which allows our counselors and leaders to adjust activities daily to accommodate the interest of campers in each den. A typical day for Cubs includes swim lessons and free swim in our learning pool, guided stream walks with critter identification, nature sample collection for projects — and sharing — games led by Park’s Appalachian Challenge Course staff, and outdoor play time on developmentally-designed playgrounds and courtyards. Indoor activities include arts and crafts projects, cooking, music, and games. Cubs will have 30 minutes of recess and 30 minutes of rest time every day.

Campers in the Bears Dens (ages 6-8) will experience a summer full of adventure and fun, focusing on guided independence and responsibility, and building social skills. 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 craft projects, cooking, music, and games. Each day, campers pick an activity of their preference during “choosing time.”

Summer for Bruins (ages 9–12) will be exciting, empowering, and inspiring. Campers will place a greater focus on pursuing projects of personal interest, and creating lasting friendships that often continue long after summer camp ends. Our oldest campers explore projects and topics in greater depth, while experiencing a variety of activities on Park’s beautiful 100-acre campus, including adventures on the Appalachian Challenge Course, where the focus shifts to group problem solving through channels of communication, cooperation, and trust. Bruins also swim in our pool, canoe on the pond, and burn off energy in outdoor games on our playgrounds, courtyards, and fields.

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 Chinese language and culture, tinkering, group art projects, singing, dancing, and much more (check the program highlights below for more details).

Always one of the most popular activities of the day, swim lessons for all campers are taught by certified lifeguards with assistance from den leaders and counselors. Campers are divided into groups based on age group and skill level, receiving personal attention to ensure that all campers feel safe and comfortable. Our youngest campers swim in the smaller learning pool. Lessons are Monday through Thursday for 30 minutes, with a full hour of free swim on Fridays. 

Camp Details

Ages: 3 ½–12
Dates: June 25 to August 3 (2-week minimum, choose any 2 weeks
Price: $420 per week

Daily Activities:

  • Stream walks and woods exploration.
  • Gardening.
  • Instructional and free swim.
  • Story time (Cubs)
  • Music, art, and dance.
  • Appalachian Challenge Course
  • Choosing time: campers pick from a variety of activities.
  • Den time with counselors: games, crafts, wall climbing (Bears and Bruins), and cooking.
  • Hour-long program highlights workshops (varies based on the week(s) of camp).
  • Outdoor play.
  • Rest (Cubs) and quiet activities.

*Please note that the camp does not provide snacks.

Dates Time Age Price
June 25–August 3 8:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. 9–12 $420 per week 
(2-week minimum, choose any 2 weeks)

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights for Weeks 1-2: June 25 - July 6 

Daily 1-Hour Workshops

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 and video games to working robots. Campers will enjoy these engaging sessions full of inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS for WEEKS 3-4: July 9 - JULY 20 

Daily 1-Hour Workshops

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 Boomwhackersâ — 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.  

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS for WEEKS 5-6: JULY 23 - August 3 

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.

Program Workshops are hour-long sessions each day in addition to daily camp activities.