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Week 3: Fields, Forest, and Fun

Based on our popular Forest Kindergarten program, this camp welcomes our younger friends into a deeper inquiry of the world they live in.

 

Fields, Forests, and Fun - July 9-13 (Ages 3 to 7) [Only THREE spots left!]

From the wide-open field to the deep, dark forest, campers will be outside searching for creatures, exploring the mossy nooks and the ferny crannies, and celebrating their nature discoveries in art, stories, and songs. Even if your child joined us for Forest Forts Camp earlier this summer, they will find a whole new world in the BMS woods during this camp.Dress for adventure because we plan on being outdoors rain or shine!

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $156 per week for the first child in a family and $141 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.

Week 2: Like no other art camp around!

As we like to say here at BMS: "It's gonna be big, and it's gonna be messy! It's like no other art camp around!"

Big, Messy Art with Lore Deighan and Tammie Sarver - June 25-29 (Ages 3 to 12)
[Littles group is FULL. Email to get on waiting list. Only THREE spots left in Middles Group and TWO spots left in Elders group.]

Have you ever had the urge to make as big of a mess as you possibly can? At this summer camp, making a mess is not only allowed, but expected! We will play with paper mache, mud, paint...anything that makes a mess, and each group, Littles, Middles, and Elders, will engage in activities designed for their interests and abilities. Dress for messiness because we guarantee that no one will leave this camp clean!

BMS early childhood teacher, Tammie Sarver, will be leading the Littles group (ages 3-5). Lore Deighan, the creator of Big, Messy Art Camp and BMS art teacher, will be back with the Juniors group (ages 6-9). The Elders group (ages 10-12) will be led by local nature artist, Julia Bollinger.

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $156 per week for the first child in a family and $141 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.

Week 1: Forest Forts

What better place to start the summer than in the woods with Blue Mountain School?

Forest Forts led by Jenni Heartway, Stefi Schafer, and Haley Leopold - June 18 to 22 (Ages 3-12) [FULL]

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, and each group, Littles, Middles, and Elders, will engage in activities designed for their interests and abilities.

BMS early childhood teacher, Stefi Schafer, will be leading the Littles group (ages 3-5). Jenni Heartway, the creator of Forest Forts Camp and BMS early learning teacher, Jenni Heartwary, will be back with the Juniors group (ages 6-9). New this year for the Elders Group (ages 10-12) is BMS and Springhouse Community School teacher Haley Leopold.

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $156 per week for the first child in a family and $141 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.

What Happens at BMS Camp?

It was just like camp should be.... fun, laid back, great activities with a friendly and spirited staff. All with a little bit of education snuck in. - Camp Parent

No matter the theme, all our camps have a similar rhythm to the day. As campers arrive, they put their belongings in their cubbies and check in with their group: Littles (ages 3 to 5), Juniors (ages 6 to 9), and Elders (ages 10-12). A few independent activities like coloring or puzzles are available as friends arrive, and then it's time for our morning circle. Circle time is a great opportunity for friends new and old to learn more about each other through games and songs and also gives teachers an opportunity to share what campers will be up to that day.

After circle, it's time to get busy! Whether together or in groups, campers will spend the majority of the morning working on the main projects of the day. Each group will enjoy special activities geared to their interests and skills in addition to working with other groups on main projects.

Everyone takes a break for a mid-morning snack, then it's back to projects until lunch time. After recess, the water starts to flow, and The World’s Largest Slip ‘n’ Slide is ready for action! For friends who aren't as adventurous, there are sprinklers and a wading pool, too.

The afternoon generally winds down with calmer activities such as crafts or continuing projects begun earlier in the day, and the Littles have rest time.

Each day wraps up with a closing circle, where students have a chance to share what they've done and to talk about their plans for the next day. And at the end of each camp, family and friends are invited to join campers for a special activity or presentation.

BMS Camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. All campers should come dressed for adventure and need to bring snack, lunch, and a water bottle. We also suggest you bring a swimsuit and towel for water play as well as sunscreen and bug repellent if you wish to use them.

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Celebrating our accomplishments from 2016-17

When alum families come by for a visit, a common remark is about how much we've done on campus since they last saw it. As we gear up for 2018 and the wonderful plans in store, we'd like to share with you some of our accomplishments from the last year.

Between September 2016 and today, we...

  • Celebrated our 35th anniversary!
  • Began our 9th year as an independent, contemplative progressive school.
  • Initiated and sustained a new, year-long Forest Kindergarten program.
  • Hosted a record 150 summer campers! 
     
     
     
     
  • Received an Artist-in-Residency grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the third consecutive year to bring Heart of the Child's music program to our school.
  • Maintained a solid financial footing while also increasing staff salaries.
  • Worked with the Virginia Department of Social Services to license our early childhood program.
  • Maintained and improved infrastructure including replacing worn out classroom flooring and furniture, renovating the trailer for new office space, adding new playground equipment, and rejuvenating several of our hand-crafted school signs.

  • Continued to improve and grow our programs based on feedback from families, students, staff, and other community members.
  • Celebrated 8th anniversaries with three of our staff, 7th anniversaries with 2 staff, and 6th anniversaries with another 2 staff.
  • Made Blue Mountain School history by enrolling more students than ever before.
  • Raised nearly $5,000 and over 150 volunteer hours for our Blue Mountain Barn Raising!

Thank you! We couldn't have done it without you!

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