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Blue Mountain School Gear Guide

We've put together a list of outdoor gear that your child will need as well as suggested pieces to make up your child's snack and lunch gear. The outdoor lists were compiled by Teacher Jenni, who leads our outdoor programs. You don't have to choose these specific brands, but comparable items are needed. The snack and lunch items we chose are reusable and durable to help reduce packaging waste.

If you have outgrown or unused gear you would like to pass on or sell, please feel free to send email to the school list or to post on the Blue Mountain School Family Facebook Group.

Extra Clothes

Everyone from early childhood up to middle elementary needs to have an extra set of clothes on hand. You never know when a mud puddle will beckon! Extra clothes should be sent to school in a wet bag. This helps us get dirty clothes home to you without having to use disposable plastic bags.

 

Rain Gear

Waterproof boots are a must as well as a hooded, waterproof jacket. A one-piece rain suit may be better for younger kids, while older children may prefer rain pants to go with their jacket.

Winter Gear

Often overlooked, hand coverings can make or break a kid's day. Insulated, waterproof gloves work well for older children, but younger friends should have mittens to simplify dressing. The Bogs boots we recommend for rain will work well for snow also, and be sure to have snow pants on hand for wintery days.

Lunch Gear

There are many options out there for lunch boxes and reusable containers. Here are some of our favorites. When choosing a water bottle, be sure to pick something leak-proof and try to avoid un-cushioned glass if possible, especially for younger friends.

   

Summer Child Care Program

Summer Child Care with Naomi Crews and Julia Bollinger - July 22 to August 2 (Ages 2.5-12)

Activities will include creative play, outdoor games and free play, nature activities, and art. Days will follow a rhythm that includes a rest and read time in the afternoons for young children and a variety of quieter activities for older children.

Blue Mountain School Summer Child Care is $200 per week for the first child in a family and $175 for each additional child in a family. You can also choose a daily rate of $50 for the first child and $40 for each additional child. Child care is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. To register, complete and return the registration form. Check out our Summer Camps, too!

 

Art Explorers Camp

Art Explorers Camp led by Jean Stark, Naomi Crews, and Julia Bollinger - July 8 to 12 (Ages 2.5-12) [Littles Group FULL! Only a few spots left in Elders and Juniors Groups!]

During Art Explorers Camp, we will learn how to make different types of art inspired by a range of influential artists. Campers will experiment with a variety of techniques, designs, media, and tools on this creative journey. Explorations with paint, pastels, ink, clay, fabric, wire, and felt are just a few of the possibilities. Campers will be empowered to find and follow their own style of artistic expression, whatever that may be! Each group, Littles, Middles, and Elders, will engage in activities designed for their interests and abilities.

BMS early learning co-teacher, Naomie Crews, will be leading the Littles group (ages 2.5-5).  Guest artist Jean Stark will be with the Juniors group (ages 6-9). The Elders Group (ages 10-12) will be led by BMS camp veteran and substitute teacher, Julia Bollinger.

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $175 per week for the first child in a family and $158 for each additional child in a family. Camps are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. To register, complete and return the registration form.

 

Art in Nature Camp

Art in Nature Camp led by Jean Stark, Naomi Crews, and Julia Bollinger - June 24 to 28 (Ages 2.5-12)

Art in Nature Camp will help kids grow their art skills with opportunities to practice drawing, painting, and sculpting from nature. Campers will explore Andy Goldsworthy and other artists who are inspired by nature, and in turn create their own pieces inspired by these artists. Older campers will combine writing with art and all campers will share their ideas through documenting it with video, focusing on students sharing what they have observed, experienced, and are inspired to share with the world. Each group, Littles, Middles, and Elders, will engage in activities designed for their interests and abilities.

BMS early learning co-teacher, Naomie Crews, will be leading the Littles group (ages 2.5-5).  Guest artist Jean Stark will be with the Juniors group (ages 6-9). The Elders Group (ages 10-12) will be led by BMS camp veteran and substitute teacher, Julia Bollinger.

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $175 per week for the first child in a family and $158 for each additional child in a family. Camps are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. To register, complete and return the registration form.

 

Forest Camp

Forest Camp led by Jenni Heartway, Naomi Crews, and Julia Bollinger - July 15 to 19 (Ages 2.5 -12) [Littles Group is FULL! Only a few spots left in Elders and Juniors Groups!]

Join us for a week of fun and fort building in the great outdoors! Campers will explore the woods around our beautiful campus while exercising their building and cooperative play skills. We will incorporate primitive skills, games, music, water play and art into each of our days. Each group, Littles, Juniors, and Elders, will engage in activities designed for their interests and abilities.

BMS early learning co-teacher, Naomie Crews, will be leading the Littles group (ages 2.5-5). Jenni Heartway, the creator of Forest Forts Camp and BMS early learning teacher, will be back with the Juniors group (ages 6-9). The Elders Group (ages 10-12) will be led by BMS camp veteran and substitute teacher, Julia Bollinger.

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $175 per week for the first child in a family and $158 for each additional child in a family. Camps are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. To register, complete and return the registration form.

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