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Week 3: Forest Kindergarten (3-7 yo)

New This Year! (This camp is FULL!)

Based on our school-year Forest Kindergarten program, this week-long camp gives our younger friends plenty of time to explore the nooks and crannies in the woods surrounding Blue Mountain School. 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 the Forest K camp!

 

Forest Kindergarten led by Jenni Heartway - July 10 - 14

Campers will be outside all day searching for creatures, exploring the creek, working on trails, and learning about the trees and other plants. Topics of ecology and stewardship will be introduced through developmentally-appropriate activities, and campers will end the week with stronger relationships with nature and their fellow kids. Dress for adventure because we plan on being outdoors rain or shine! (Ages 3 to 7)

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $155 per week for the first child in a family and $140 for each additional child in a family. To register, email us or drop by the office during school hours (Monday-Thursday 9:00 to 4:00).

If you have older children who are looking for a camp this week, check out the Floyd Center for the Arts, who is holding their camp for kids ages 8 and up this same week.

If you've never been to a BMS Camp before, check out the video below to see campers in action!

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Week 2: Trash Bash

New This Year! (The Middles and Elders Group, ages 6-12, is FULL! Email to get on the waiting list. Space still available in the Littles Group, ages 3-5.)

Thomas Edison said, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” We've got the pile of junk in our Maker's Lab, so all you need to do is bring your imagination. Together we will build a sculpture garden, whip up whirly-gigs, create a Rube Goldberg machine, collaborate on a group mosaic, and more!

 

Tinkering to Treasure Camp led by Tammie Sarver & Shelly Sherman - June 26 to 30

In the tradition of Tinkerers and Makers around the world, our campers will be flexing their creativity and developing their environmental savvy by exploring the potential in other peoples' junk. Every day, there will be a new challenge to ponder, collaborate on, and create for, and each group, Littles, Middles, and Elders, will engage in activities designed for their interests and abilities. We will explore and experience various aspects of design and form, problem solving, critical thinking and greater scientific process through trial and error, and we will also learn the safe use of common tools.

Throughout the week, we will grow our gallery of creations and end with a real Trash Bash! On Friday afternoon, families will be invited to view our gallery exhibition and to collaborate on a sculpture-making project.  (Ages 3 to 12)

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $155 per week for the first child in a family and $140 for each additional child in a family. To register, email us or drop by the office during school hours (Monday-Thursday 9:00 to 4:00).

If you've never been to a Blue Mountain School Camp before, check out the video below to see campers in action!

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Week 1: Forest Favorite

(The Littles & Middles Groups, ages 3-9, are FULL! Email to get on the waiting list.)

A classic camper favorite, Forest Forts Camp is back again to start your summer off right!

Forest Forts led by Jenni Heartway with Winter Hart & Tammie Sarver - June 19 through 23

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. Dress for adventure because we plan on being outdoors rain or shine! (Ages 3 to 12)

Blue Mountain School Summer Camps are $155 per week for the first child in a family and $140 for each additional child in a family. To register, email us or drop by the office during school hours (Monday-Thursday 9:00 to 4:00).

If you've never been to Fort Camp before, check out the video below to see campers in action!

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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), Middles (ages 5 to 10), 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 are for kids 3 to 12 and 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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BMS Early Childhood Testimonial

Written by the grandparent of a BMS Early Childhood student in May 2016. (In the 2016-17 school year, Ms. Stefi was joined by co-teacher Tammie Sarver.)

As the school year draws to a close, I wish to thank you and Ms. Stefi Schafer for the wonderful introduction to school given to my grandson. "No child left inside" and the outdoor sign, "...free range children," combined with the biggest playground I have ever seen, perfectly describe this school's understanding and respect for the way children learn. This exceptional school and faculty provide a rich and complete learning environment for the children and families served.

Ms. Stefi's classroom is packed with enticing learning opportunities, a variety of experiences, and touches of Reggio Emilia. She is full of enthusiasm and is positive and respectful in her approach to children. Whenever we speak to our grandson on the phone, we always ask what he did at school that day. He can always recount some exciting adventure and ends with, "I love my school!"  He has grown in all areas of development and found joy at Blue Mountain School this year.

For 17 years I was an Early Childhood Education instructor and supervised a laboratory nursery school and internship program. During this time, I had the opportunity to visit and observe a variety of public and private programs. I couldn't have chosen a more perfect school for my own precious grandchild. Many thanks to all who made his first year such a positive experience.

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