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Please register for programs that are marked for the grade your child will be entering in the fall.

2024 Core Camp Themes

Each week of core camps will feature a theme with special activities. Campers will either embark on a field trip (depending on age) or have a visit from a special guest related to the theme.
  • June 24-28: Music and More
  • July 1-5: Blast Off!
  • July 8-12: Animal Adventures
  • July 15-20: Under the Sea
  • July 22-26: Building Community
  • July 29-August 2: Nature Explorers
  • August 5-9: Time Travelers
  • August 12-16: Mad About Science

Little Friends (Ages 3-4)

June 24-August 16 (Register Weekly) | Full Day 9-3 or Mornings 9-12

Designed for those new to the summer camp experience, Little Friends provides a safe and exciting environment for our youngest campers. Our instructors are skilled at organizing activities specifically for preschool-aged children, pacing the day to best help each camper navigate camp successfully. Children must be 3 to 4 years of age and potty trained.

Summer Friends (Grades K-3)

June 24-August 16 (Register Weekly) | Full Day 9-3

The camp that started it all here at Friends Academy more than 20 years ago! Summer Friends is made up of small groups (Kindergarten-Grade 1 and Grades 2-3) that are centered around educational, theme-driven activities. Campers should bring a bathing suit and towel every day to play in the sprinkler/slip-n-slide.

Adventure Friends (Grades 4-5)

June 24-August 16 (Register Weekly) | Full Day 9-3

Adventure Friends is a fun and educational outdoor program that makes extensive use of the fields, woods, and river on the Friends Academy campus. Campers participate in traditional camp activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, and outdoor recreation.

Survival Friends (Grades 6-8)

June 24-August 16 (Register Weekly) | Full Day 9-3

In addition to general camp/summer fun (field games, arts and crafts, nature activities, etc.), this age group will also have an opportunity to focus on developing Life Skills (How to Survive Life). Topics include: What you need to know for your first job, how to work with others (team building), how to plant and tend a garden, how to cook, and how to sew to repair clothes, how to build and repair items. We will learn meditation techniques, review how and why to organize and space-clear, and we will practice public speaking, and learn tricks and tips for studying in high school. We will also dive into how to care for your vehicle and/or bike, and time permitting, we will learn how to build a structure.

Counselor in Training (Ages 14-16)

July 8-26 (Weeks 3-5) | Full Day 9-3 | $1,125 for three-week session

Do you have a responsible young adult who is eager to learn? The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is designed to foster and encourage campers ages 14-16 to become leaders and gain professional experience. Following an experiential learning model, young adults receive guidance from experienced staff as they set goals for their summer, work with younger campers, participate in team-building activities, and reflect on their experiences.

CIT campers complete the program with a diversity of skills needed to work at a summer program, including CPR and first aid training, leave-no-trace training, ample volunteer hours, presentation skills, and land stewardship experience.

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