GPC Summer Camp offers a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, science experiments, music, open and thematic play, physical challenges, gardening, and plenty of outdoor time at Hamilton Park and other local field trips.
Garden Preschool is a parent-led cooperative that draws heavily on the Bank Street methodology for child development and education. Our nurturing atmosphere and homely school setting makes it the perfect environment for children of all backgrounds to develop, create and experience. Our Summer Camp captures and adapts this approach to produce a fun, varied and engaging summer experience for children between the ages of 3 and 5.
Why choose GPC?
- Cooperative run but child led
- Small, intimate environment (max of 14 campers per session)
- Limited size and age range fosters great child relationships
- Progressive, Bank Street learning
- Single, mixed-age class
- Hamilton Park location
- Plenty of outdoor activity and exploration
Summer 2021 Camp Activities
This summer’s general themes focus on earth and nature. In a play-based, progressive learning environment, a lot of camp content is dictated by the children themselves. While some typical camp activities may not be possible due to state Covid regulations, there will always be fun, educational and varied activities for campers to experience each week. Extended visits to Hamilton Park will be part of daily outdoor time. Kite making is always popular, as is composting, flower art, obstacle courses, dramatic play, bird houses, treasure hunts, crafts, and outdoor games.
Camp is open to children between the ages of 3 and 5 who are completely potty trained. Weekly camp sessions are available starting July 6 and run through August 20. Regular hours are from 9p.m. to 4p.m., with the option of one hour of extended care from 4-5p.m. for an additional $50/weekly session.
If interested, please complete and return this application to firstname.lastname@example.org and submit a $300 deposit by Monday, May 17. Digital payment is preferred by PayPal to email@example.com. Payment in full is due May 24, 2021.
Limited places are available and students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Session 1* (July 6-9): $312 (extended care + $40)
Session 2 (July 12-16): $390 (extended care + $50)
Session 3 (July 19-23): $390 (extended care + $50)
Session 4 (July 26-30): $390 (extended care + $50)
Session 5 (August 2-6): $390 (extended care + $50)
Session 6 (August 9-13): $390 (extended care + $50) - FULL
Session 7 (August 16-20): $390 (extended care + $50) - FULL
* Session 1 is a four-day week due to the July 4 holiday.
Covid Compliance and Travel Policy
Camp attendance is predicated on complying with current state Covid regulations. Children are strongly encouraged to wear masks, temperature checks will be done before entering the school, and families that have recently traveled should confirm if and how long they should quarantine. Camp sessions have been set up as single-week sessions this summer to help accommodate enrollment, should quarantining be necessary.
If anyone in your household is unvaccinated (including children and those who are not yet fully vaccinated) and travels outside the states of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware, they should do a PCR Covid test 3 to 5 days after their return and remain home for seven days, even if the test is negative. Children who have traveled outside these states, or live with an unvaccinated person who has, must test and cannot attend camp if it is less than 7 days from their return.
You can find the current state travel restrictions and explanations on quarantining here. These policies will be updated as state regulations change.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming your child to our summer family!