Summer at IDS is an opportunity for children to meet new friends and reunite with old ones while engaging in enriching activities of personal interest. Campers are encouraged to conduct themselves in a respectful, friendly and helpful manner. Expectations for behavior are modeled by instructors and assistants.
We believe that children are capable of making independent choices when the atmosphere is supportive and accepting, and that they flourish when such an atmosphere is maintained. Children are encouraged to participate in age appropriate activities which promote confidence, learning, and individual growth. The relaxed atmosphere of summer facilitates imagination, learning, and discovery.
About our Camp
The Independent Day School Summer Camp offers enriching and creative programs for children ages 3-12. In addition, we are proud to announce the opening of a six-week theater camp for youngsters entering grades four-ten. This theater program will culminate in the production of the musical, Grease, which will be performed at Castle Craig Playhouse in Meriden. At both camp programs, a low ratio of professional staff to campers allows us to provide a nurturing and supportive environment. Most of the staff have been with the camp or at The Independent Day School for many years. Additionally, a significant number are teachers from area schools.
Campers are encouraged to explore a wide range of activities. The programs are designed to promote learning, confidence and individual growth. New friendships form and old ones are renewed as children participate in courses of their choice.
Children may enroll in camp for one to six weeks. Full day 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and half-day 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon programs are available. Child care services are offered: Before Camp (7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) and After Camp (3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Full day campers participate in our afternoon recreation program. Swimming, games, and arts & crafts are all part of the afternoon fun.
Summer Experience is a recreation program which includes arts & crafts, cooking , story telling, games, music, water play and creative movement. Campers must be toilet trained to participate in this program. Morning snacks and beverages are brought from home. At noon, campers staying for the afternoon eat lunch. Lunch is brought from home, with beverages provided by Camp. Following lunch, campers rest/nap and then participate in planned activities and free play. Jacqueline Kelly will lead this program.
Summer Explorers is a recreation program based on a weekly theme. Activities involve arts & crafts, cooking, games, music, creative movement, and dramatic play. Swimming takes place at a local pool facility. Morning snacks and beverages are brought from home. Those campers participating in the afternoon program also bring lunch. Lunch beverages are provided.
The afternoon program allows for free play as well as structured games and arts & crafts. The Summer Explorers program is led by Nicole Milardo, IDS teacher.
Summer Academy/Scholarly Fun offers recreation, arts, and academic programs. Campers participate in a course of their choice during the morning. A snack and beverage are brought from home. Campers who stay for the afternoon program pack a lunch from home. Beverages are provided. Campers join the Afternoon Recreation Program, dividing their time between swimming at a local pool as well as games, and arts & crafts based on a weekly theme.
This program offers an eight day counselor-in-training course with The American Red Cross Babysitting and Basic First Aid/CPR component. This course will culminate in an overnight camping trip.
The campus, located on 30 rolling acres of land, provides access to ponds, nature trails, and nearby swimming facilities for camper use. The school contains classrooms, two music rooms, two art studios, two science labs, a computer lab, and a stage for summer activities. The gym offers an excellent location for our instructional sports and games program. It is also used for rainy day activities.
Limited space on our camp van will be available for a fee (first come, first served), depending on geographical areas. Further information will be sent in the camp packet once application is processed.
Who we are
The Independent Day School is a Connecticut Association of Independent Schools accredited institution which adheres to the guidelines and reflects the standards set by the National Association of Independent Schools. In addition, we are licensed by the State of Connecticut youth Camp. We share the same philosophy and standards of excellence reflected in The Independent Day School's Mission Statement: "Our mission is to guide young people toward high standards of scholarship and citizenship, an appreciation of the arts, and sound physical, social and intellectual growth in a nurturing environment. We encourage our students to develop a sense of curiosity, and to display empathy and respect for one another. We value hard work, and want our students to experience the rewards of self-discipline and the excitement of discovery. Our intent is to create responsible citizens for a diverse and changing world."