2022 Summer Camp Guide

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Kids at summer camp.

It might still be winter, but it’s that time of year when moms need to start thinking about summer plans. Wait, what!? Yup, any experienced mom knows that to stay sane during summer break, you need to put those kiddos in camp! But there are so many options out there to choose from. Whether your child is into sports and dance, performing arts, computer technology, or shows an interest in sleepaway camps, we’ve put together our third annual Summer Camp Guide. All camps are going above and beyond to follow COVID safety protocols. We hope that this resource provides the information that you need to plan a fun and stress-free summer. This guide features programming options in Fairfield County and surrounding areas. Please support our sponsors.

NATIONAL COMPUTER CAMP AT FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY

National Computer Camp (NCCis America’s original computer camp since 1977. Held at Fairfield University, NCC offers in-person, residential, and day camps and virtual camps. The camp’s focus is coding, game design, Android App programming, web page design. NCC offers beginner to advanced programming in Python, Basic, C++, Java, Assembler, HTML, XML, OpenGL, and JavaScript. An optional recreation program is also available. Additional activities include Arduino computer lab, 3D printing, Robotics, and Chess. NCC is not a summer school but rather a place where learning and fun are rolled into one. Scholarships are available – funds are limited; apply early. 

MOCA WESTPORT

MoCA of Westport

Registration for Camp MoCA Summer 2022 is now open! Camp MoCA, located at 19 Newtown Turnpike in Westport, CT, features weekly sessions from June 6 to August 22, 2022. Each week of camp includes art activities, hands-on agricultural and gardening lessons, outdoor fun, and special events. Campers also have unique access to engage with MoCA Westport’s contemporary art exhibitions. Camp MoCA Westport is led by certified art educators & CPR/First Aid-certified camp counselors. The camp operates weekly from Monday through Friday, rain or shine. Campers can sign up for a single week or multiple weeks at a time. Camp MoCA 2022 now offers more options, including: Full Day Camp (Ages 3.5 – 8): 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Half Day Camp (Ages 3.5 – 8): 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Afternoon Intensive Art Camp (Ages 9 – 12): 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. In the afternoon session for ages 9 -12, each week will feature intensive art enrichment opportunities for our older campers led by certified art instructors.

TIPS ON TRIPS AND CAMPS

Tips on Trips and Camps is a free advisory service connecting families to overnight summer camps, trips, academic programs, and other unique experiences. Their goal is to find the right match for your child from among their carefully screened and selected summer programs. They are much easier to use than Google!

SOCCER SHOTS SOUTHWEST CONNECTICUT

Soccer Shots summer camp.

Soccer Shots is an engaging introductory soccer program for children ages 2-8, focusing on character development. They are committed to providing a positive growth experience for your child using an expert-approved curriculum to teach new character words and skills each week while having fun! Their curriculum is designed by education experts to meet children in an age-appropriate fashion where they are developmentally and is aligned with Connecticut’s Early Childhood Education Standards. Coaches are professionally trained, background checked, and fun! They pride themselves on having outstanding communication with families and partners, so you always know what’s going on!

ID TECH CAMPS FOR KIDS & TEENS

Register today for Summer 2022! iD Tech can’t wait for your child to walk the halls of their dream campus, bond with new friends and mentors, and experience the magic that’s made us the world’s #1 tech camp for over two decades. Held at Fairfield University. Weeklong and two-week sessions for ages 7-18 in coding, game dev, robotics, creative arts, and more. Virtual Tech Camps and online courses are also available. Check the website for weekly sessions.

RIDGEFIELD ACADEMY & LANDMARK PRESCHOOL

Ridgefield Academy & Landmark camp.

Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool offer engaging summer programs designed with children’s varied interests in mind. From STEM-themed weeks to sports clinics to art adventures, RA/LP Summer Programs have something for every preschool through grade 8 children to enjoy!

THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK

The Maritime Aquarium summer camp.

Fuel your children’s wonder and excitement about sharks, seals, turtles, and other fascinating marine animals through the fun, hands-on summer camp programs of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. One- and two-week sessions for ages 6-8 and 9-12 will start June 20-24, focusing on such topics as sharks and fish, animal habitats, marine research, and environmental engineering. Stories and games will launch young campers (ages 6-8) into fun experiments, crafts, and aquarium discoveries. Older kids (ages 9-12) will enjoy a special focus on how technology and engineering can solve complex environmental problems like water pollution, marine debris, and storm resiliency. For ages 13-15, three-week “Teen Apprentice” sessions start July 4 and August 1 and let campers work side-by-side with the Aquarium’s Animal Husbandry and Education staff. The Maritime Aquarium adheres to CT COVID-19 regulations, including mask requirements and social distancing, giving you peace of mind and your child the chance to discover and learn with new friends. 

EVERWONDER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

Everwonder camp.
EverWonder Children’s Museum cultivates a lifelong love of learning in children by encouraging them to think, inquire, and wonder about the world around them. They offer hands-on exhibits and programming to spark imagination in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Their summer camps allow exploration in a variety of fields, including coding, animal science, incredible inventions, kitchen science, art, water, and more. Follow their social media to stay up to date!

SPRGOLF JR. ACADEMY

Spr golf camp.
SPRGolf Jr. Academy is a summer clinic run by Stephen Roach and staff at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Fairfield, CT. Clinics run weekly for 10 consecutive weeks. Students get on-course play time, instruction at the driving range, indoor video room tips, short game practice, and lots of fun drills. Clinics are limited to 20 students per session and a 3 to 1 ratio on the golf course. Clinic dates go from Monday, June 20 through Friday, August 12.

ST. LUKE'S SCHOOL

summer at st lukes

Learn, connect, and have fun this summer. St. Luke’s wide range of programs includes arts and STEM programs, academic classes and skill-building, and sports camps. Families have many dates, times, and options to choose from. Safety is their top priority. All campers must be fully vaccinated. Masks will be optional, but safety protocols may be revised at any time based on current health conditions. The Summer at St. Luke’s faculty and instructors are accomplished educators leading courses designed to engage and enrich. The majority of offerings are open to the public. Space is limited—register today!

ST. LUKE'S SCHOOL SUMMER SPORTS CAMP

St Lukes sports camp

Character, leadership, and the highest level of sportsmanship distinguish St. Luke’s athletics. Under the direction of the experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff, campers will take advantage of St. Luke’s state-of-the-art athletic facilities in a fun and safe environment. Multi-sport Camp (ages 5-14) features soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, field hockey, basketball, squash, tennis, and more! Baseball Camp (ages 6-12) teaches baseball fundamentals and develops individual player skill sets. Football Camp (ages 6-13) is an opportunity for players to have fun and learn football fundamentals while building confidence and supreme character. Basketball camp (ages 5-13) is designed for players to learn the fundamentals of the game and the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and competitiveness. Campers will work on individual skills and participate in age-appropriate competitions and games. For all St. Luke’s Summer Sports Camps, safety is their top priority. All campers must be fully vaccinated. Masks will be optional, but safety protocols may be revised at any time based on current health conditions.

RIDGEFIELD THEATER BARN

Ridgefield Theater Barn Kids Summer Sessions Session I runs Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 22, and Session II runs Monday, July 25 – Friday, August 5. The schedule is Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early drop-off is available at 9 a.m. RTB Kids come together for two weeks to put on a spectacular show for family and friends! This year, they will see Anne Of Green Gables at the Goodspeed Opera House with lunch at the beautiful Gelston House adjacent to the theater! Tuition includes the Goodspeed Opera House trip, tickets to Anne Of Green Gables, lunch at The Gelstons House, show tee shirts, and tickets to the end-of-session performance for family and friends!

SHU DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER AND PLANETARIUM

SHU Discovery summer camp
SHU Discovery Science Center and Planetarium believe in the importance of providing hands-on STEAM learning experiences that resonate with children’s natural curiosity and love of learning. They are active advocates for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) literacy in Connecticut and utilize our unique resources and expertise in informal STEAM learning to encourage and provide a pathway for all young learners to become STEAM-empowered and informed decision-makers in an increasingly technology-driven world. Their mission is to engage, excite, and educate young learners through experiences and programs that inspire wonder and ignite creativity as the foundation for a lifetime love of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) learning.

CAMP CLAIRE

Camp Claire summer camp.
Camp Claire is a rustic, old-fashioned summer camp that overlooks the beautiful Hamburg Cove in Lyme, Connecticut. This non-profit day and overnight co-educational summer camp offers a variety of activities, including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, arts and crafts, land sports, archery, low ropes, camp craft, and nature. Camp Claire’s mission is to help campers develop curiosity, creativity, confidence, and self-esteem in a natural inclusive community environment and provide a lifetime of memories and skills that prepare children for an active place in a multicultural society. Due to its small size, Camp Claire has a family-like atmosphere where staff can personally interact with all campers. This home away from home has provided children ages 6 – 16 with fun-filled summers since 1916!

NEW CANAAN YMCA

New Canaan YMCA camp.

New Canaan YMCA Summer Camps offer a variety of experiences for children of all ages and abilities, with each camp offering safe and supervised fun provided by a caring, responsible staff. Each child gains something different at our camps: making new friends, learning to swim, self-confidence, independence, and leadership—skills that last far beyond the summer. Registration is now available for Y members. Summer member registration begins March 1. 

VALENTINA KOZLOVA DANCE CONSERVATORY.

VALENTINA KOZLOVA DANCE CONSERVATORY. summer camp

Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory (VKDC) was created 20 years ago by Valentina Kozlova, former Principal Dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet. VKDC’s faculty specialize in Ballet and Contemporary dance only. The studio trains young dancers from Pre-Ballet to Pre-Professionals, roughly from 5 to 18 years of age. With a less formal yet still challenging rhythm, summer dance camp is an excellent opportunity for dancers from the studio to further their training and for newcomers to revisit the fundamentals of classical dance as taught by teachers who trained in the Vaganova method. Join them for a summer of dance and fun, July 5-30 at VKDC, conveniently located on the Norwalk-Westport border. 

CENTER STAGE THEATRE

Center Stage Theatre camp

Center Stage Theatre in Shelton offers summer programming for students entering K-12 to spend their summer singing, dancing, and acting. Programs include Rising Stars (Gr K-2), inviting little performers to act, sing, and dance to songs and scenes from popular Disney musical films. Broadway’s Best with Industry Professionals: A Musical Theatre Intensive (Gr 7-8) featuring masterclasses from Broadway professionals, culminating with a special performance on the last day of the session. Under the Big Top (Gr 3-8), exploring music, scenework, and choreography straight out of the circus from musicals such as The Greatest Showman, Sideshow, and Pippin. Broadway Blockbusters (Gr 3-8) exploring music, scenes, and dances from some of Broadway’s greatest hits, including Footloose, Hamilton, and Wicked, all culminating with a final day performance.

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