KIDS: Summer Planning 2015

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Planning for Summer 2015
Summer Planning Guide 2015 - Your Connecticut Summer Planning Resource Since 2009
It is not too early to begin planning for Summer 2015. Whether you are going to summer camp, getting a summer job, or just staying close to home, ConneCT Kids has some resources that will help you plan for a great summer. Additional items will be added as they become available. If you are considering having your resource listed on these pages, we suggest that you read the Guide to the Guides. If you know of any additional resources please let us know at
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Currently Licensed Youth Camps
The list of currently licensed Connecticut youth camps may be obtained from the Office of Early Childhood’s Youth Camp Licensing Program’s on-line lookup tool.. You may obtain the current full list using the following procedure.
  1. Open the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood's Youth Camp Information for Parents and Families page at
  2. Open the Online Lookup Tool link
  3. Select the Generate Roster(s) link from the list on left in the Online Services box
  4. Scroll down to the "Youth Camp Licensing" entry
  5. Select the link to expand the list of available rosters. There are two - "Actively Licensed Youth Camps" and "Approved Youth Camp Directors." Both maybe selected, no fee required.
  6. To select a list for generation, activate the checkbox beside either list.
  7. Then select the "Continue" button at bottom of page.
  8. Once the rosters have been generated, the "Roster Downloads Available" Page will open with a table listing the selected roster(s) and a selection of available download file formats for each - Excel Spreadsheet, Comma Seperated Value, or Text (tab delimited). We suggest Excel so you may sort the list on any of the available fields.After activating the desired format checkbox for each list, select the "Download" button. Depending on your bowser, you may be given a choice to Open or Save the file. 
The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood also provides the following information:
Statutes and Regulations for Youth Camps
Selected Youth Camps - The following camps have submitted information to be posted on this website. This listing is a service to parents, and does not indicate an endorsement by the State of Connecticut. Listings will be updated as they are received.
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The Wilderness School is a prevention, intervention, and transition program for adolescents from Connecticut.  The program is supported by the State Department of Children and Families (DCF) in addition to a tuition fee program utilizing a significant private funding base.  The Wilderness School offers high impact wilderness programs intended to foster positive youth development. 2015 Program Calendar available at
The University of Hartford -  Summer Place 2015. The University of Hartford offers four exciting summer camp programs for children from pre-school through twelfth grade. Each program is unique, yet all share a common commitment to excellence in curriculum, staff, and facilities. All programs are based on the premise that learning and fun go hand in hand!
Summer Place - First through ninth graders. Offered in three two-week sessions - June 29–August 7
Summer Place Leaders In Training - Tenth and eleventh graders. Offered in three two-week sessions- June 29–August 7.
Kinderplace & Li'l Place - For preschool children - Offered in three two-week sessions - June 29–August 7. Full (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and part-day (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) options available.
Summer Place U - A college prep program for 12th graders. Offered in two two-week sessions - July 13–August 7. University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117. Email:  (p) 860.768.4432; (f) 860.768.4233
  • NorthWest Y Camp  Wa Wa Segowea 2015
  • YMCA Camp Mataucha and YMCA Camp Oakasha - The Greater Waterbury YMCA is proud to offer two day camp programs that are unmatched in customer service, the quality of programs, and most importantly caring and professional staff. Our staff inspire campers to learn and demonstrate positive values such as caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through positive role modeling and recognizing important "teachable moments". Serving children ages 5 to 15 years of age, everyday is a safe new adventure specifically tailored towards the age of your camper. With activities such as archery, swimming, arts & crafts, boating, field games, nature, hiking, family nights, overnights and more, camp is sure to be a fun memorable experience. YMCA Camp Oakasha Junior Counselor and Counselor in Training Program positions available. 
    YMCA Camp Mataucha is located in Watertown, CT, visit
    YMCA Camp Oakasha is located in Southbury, CT, visit
  • YMCA Camp Sloane - Lakeville, CT
  • Camp Jewell YMCA – Our nationally-known resident camp program provides youth ages 7-16 with an opportunity to feel a part of something bigger than themselves.  To many youth, the world of today can seem overwhelmingly complicated to navigate.  Camp Jewell reminds them all that success boils down to surrounding yourself with good people who actively show caring toward one another.  Campers learn that every challenge is easier when you are confident in who you are as a person, and that this confidence comes from knowing you are truly cared about by more than just your immediate family. Colebrook, CT –
  • YMCA Camp Woodstock - Our mission is for all Camp Woodstock campers and staff to live by and exhibit the “CHoRR” values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Through this we strive to create an environment where every member of our community feels important and respected. We have found that this base expectation has made for an unforgettable home-away-from-home experience for many campers in the past; now we want to pass it on to your camper! Woodstock Valley, CT –
Yale Peabody Museum Summer Camps - July and August 2015: Are you looking for fun and educational camps for your child this summer? All programs provide opportunities to investigate our exceptional collections and include field trips. Camps meet daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Before care (8:00-9:00 am) and after care (4:00-5:00 pm) services are also available. To register for Summer Camp, visit
Woodcock Nature Center Summer Camps -  A STATE LICENSED SUMMER CAMP. Join us in exploring our beautiful 149-acre preserve through hands-on activities that bring your child closer to our local wildlife. Some weeks even have a Friday night campout option for campers and their parents to set up tents, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy all the wonders a star-filled Woodcock night has to offer! We even prepare you breakfast the next morning! Our camp is staffed by professional naturalists and college students. The ratio of staff to campers is 5 to 1 or better, and the maximum number of campers per group is 16. IMPORTANT: Camp Registration CLOSES Thursday before NOON the week before each camp week. Five 2015 offerings: Early Explorers: A summer camp experience for 3 year olds and young 4s. This introduction to summer camp will offer daily signups and different topics each day. Come for one day; come for five!; Junior Naturalist Camp: PreK/K, 9:00-12:00 OR 1:00-4:00. A  popular traditional day camp, where each day promises a different nature theme; Junior Adventurers Camp: K/1st, 9:30-2:30. Our Full Day Junior Adventurer camp combines the best of the Junior Naturalist experience with some new challenging activities designed for active adventurers; Adventure Camp: 2nd-7th grade, 9:30-2:30. For older campers, they’ll enjoy a full day of canoeing, tracking, shelter building, rock climbing, animal handling, stream scooping, wading, geocaching, hiking, games, and more; Overnight Camp-Outs: Optional Overnight Camp-Out on Friday after most weeks of camp. 56 Deer Run Road Wilton, CT 06897 . 203-762-7280 .
Camp SoundWaters – It’s A Shore Thing! The Premiere Sailing and Marine Adventure Camp in Connecticut! Our exceptional location, all-star staff, expanded fleet of small boats create the ultimate summer experience for your child. Choose from our 2015 camp options: Sea Stars (Grade 1), Terrapins (Grade 2), Bluefish (Grades 3-4),    Stingrays (Grades 5-6), Sharks (Grades 7-9). One week sessions, starting June 22, 2015; Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Extended Hours: 8:30 – 9:30 AM and 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Located in Cove Island Park, Stamford CT, Phone:203 323 1978; Fax: 203 967 8306.
Ethel Walker Summer Camp - Summer Riding Experience is a day and residential camp located on the beautiful campus of The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut.  This camp is open to girls entering grades 3-10. June 29-July 3: Day Camp; July 5-12, 12-19, 19-26: Residential; August 3-7: Day Camp. Summer Riding Experience is staffed by the same team that runs the School's equestrian program. All are second and third generation horsewomen who are seasoned competitors and trainers. SRE campers of all ability levels are coached by the Walker's team to become more complete equestrians, whether they are getting on a horse for the first time or are already accomplished riders. Additionally, girls from Walker's equestrian team assist with SRE, giving campers a glimpse into the spirit and camaraderie of the School's riding program. For more information, contact Hillary Rheinheimer at or (860) 408-4355, or Randi Booth at or (860) 408-4360. Visit our website:
Room to Grow Day Camp - Available for kids that are entering kindergarten through 12 year. Field trips three times per week. Fun home base activities include art, science, drama, games, building materials & more. Schedule as many days/weeks to suit your needs. Room to Grow is a child care center and nursery school inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early education. Programs for Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Preschoolers, Kindergarten & School-Aged Kids. Monday - Friday  6:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Flexible Scheduling - Full & Part TIme. Staff certified in Children's First Aid, CPR and Administration of Medications. Air Conditioned - Bright - Clean Facility. Located Next to the Litchfield Community Center on Route 202. 860 567-8422.
Channel 3 Kids Camp - Channel 3 Kids Camp offers traditional over night and day camp opportunities for thousands of children in Connecticut and throughout New England.  Established in 1910, we have over 100 years of experience in providing elite staff, quality programming, and endless adventure. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Overnight Camping experience or a Day Camp Program – for your child, the Channel 3 Kids Camp has your ultimate summer experience.  Our positive programming continues summer learning and encourages values for a successful life beyond camp.  We promote leadership, diversity and integrity with activities that broaden self-esteem, communication and respect for others. OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMP, SUMMER DAY CAMP, TEEN PROGRAM, CAMP VENTURES AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM, NATURE'S CLASSROOM, CAMP FOR ALL KIDS, MILITARY FAMILIES. 2015 Open House Dates: 4/4, 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, 5/30. All open houses 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Contact Alycia Williams for more information at or 860-741-2267.!summer-camp/cee5
JCC Day Camps - The JCC Day Camps provide children of all ages and backgrounds with a variety of unique camp options. Our full-day camp program runs all summer long and gives kids the opportunity to grow in spirit, mind and body through a variety of activities at our amazing facilities including: Outdoor pool & swim lessons, Drama stage, Sports fields, Basketball, Ga-Ga and human foosball courts, Archery range, Picnic areas, Arts & crafts, 4 miles of hiking trails on 54 acres, Large Indoor Assembly Space. June 22 - August 7, 2015.  Located at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525. Website: Contact:, 203-387-2522 x253.

Camp KO - Camp KO is a day camp located on the beautiful campus of The Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut. At Camp KO, we strive to make your child’s experience meaningful and memorable. We have assembled a highly skilled staff of educators and coaches to lead our campers in a dynamic array of sports, academics, and arts programs. Our focus on health and wellness will ensure that each child has a fun day filled with both physical and mental activity, underscoring the notion that a healthy mind, body and soul are key components of a happy and healthy life. Summer 2015 Programs: Camp KO programs are primarily one-week sessions; the exceptions are Robotics and A Cappella, which are two-week camps because of the amount of material that must be covered. Regardless of the program, all Camp KO participants will experience a fun and stimulating day of mental and physical activity, combining periods of intense focus along with time to relax and rejuvenate, which includes stretching and conditioning sessions. The daily schedule reinforces the Camp KO philosophy of the importance of nurturing the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit. June 15 - July 31, 2015. For more information, please visit our website at  or call Camp Director, Sheri Slobin Shea at 860-727-5032.

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Camp Hazen YMCA - Camp Hazen has more than 90 years of making summers memorable for kids.  One of the reasons for this long-term success is the firm belief in maintaining the traditions and values that make campers want to come back year after year.  Campfires, ceremonies, singing, camping out under the stars, small cabin groups and a family-like community are as important as helping kids develop their character and confidence. To Register: Call our office, (860) 526-9529 or Register Online. Available Dates: Session A - The Hazen Series, June 28, 2015 to July 10, 2015; Session B - The Hazen Bowl, July 12, 2015 to July 24, 2015; Session C - The Olympics, July 26, 2015 to August 7, 2015; Session D - The World Cup, August 9, 2015 to August 21, 2015. Sampler 1 - June 28, 2015 to July 3, 2015; Sampler 2 - July 5, 2015 to July 10, 2015; Sampler 3 - August 23, 2015 to August 28, 2015. Contact: Camp Hazen YMCA, 204 West Main Street, Chester, CT 06412. Tel: (860) 526 9529; Fax: (860) 526 9520; Email:; Website: 
Connecticut Camping AssociationThe CT Camping Association (CCA) has been the voice of CT camps since 1967.  The CCA is a non-profit organization that promotes good camping practices and works closely with the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) and the American Camp Association (ACA).  These camps are licensed by the DPH and inspected during the camp season every summer.  Many of the camps have also chosen to become accredited by the American Camp Association, which requires meeting hundreds of standards and is voluntary. Connecticut Camping Association, Your Summer Camp Connection
Joe Namath Football Camp - Now in our 44th year, the Joe Namath/John Dockery Football Camp offers instructional football for campers between the ages of 8-18. The camp is broken down into three divisions based on age, size, ability, and previous playing experience. Camp for the summer of 2015 is scheduled for July 13 to - July 16, 2015 at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Website:
Phone: (866) 626-2841, Email:

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Audubon Center at Bent of the River - The Summer Day Camp Program at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River encourages campers to discover the wonders of the natural world. Camp staff are selected for their experience and skills working with youth in educational environments and for their knowledge of local ecology and natural history. All staff must pass background checks and are required to hold current CPR and First Aid certifications, making camp a safe place to learn about and experience nature. June 30- August 15. Scholarships available. Audubon Naturalists Day Camp: Grades 1&2 and 3&4. Audubon EcoDiscoverers Day Camp for Children entering Grades 5-7. Leaders in Training Camp for Ages 14 and up. LOCATION: Audubon Center at Bent of the River, 185 East Flat Hill Rd., Southbury, CT. Website: Phone: Phone: 203-264-5098

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Chinese Summer Camp 2015  - Chinese Summer Camp  - Study Abroad Without Leaving the Country, located in New Haven CT, Chinese Summer Camp is a unique full day immersion educational program that builds competency in Chinese language, provides a hands on understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. A rich program covering Chinese, Math, Science, Arts/crafts and other topics. Daily planned activities include outdoor/indoor exercises that involve Chines music, song, dance, crafts, sports, games, art workshops, and field trips. Time: 9 am to 4 pm, Before camp: 8 am to 9 am After camp: 4 pm to 6 pm Phone:203-271-9195; (Judy Carten)
Mystic Seaport Summer Camps and Programs - Mystic Seaport offers a number of summer camp programs that provide a unique learning adventure where meeting new friends is fun and easy. Our wide selection of Summer Day Camps offers boys and girls ages 4 to 16 a kids’-eye-view of maritime history as they explore the Museum; Community Sailing classes let children ages 8 and older build and refine sailing skills; 10- to 15-year-olds can spend a week learning to sail by day and sleeping aboard a tall ship by night in the Joseph Conrad Summer Sailing Camp; and ages 15 and older can sail along the coast as part of the crew of the schooner Brilliant. Select the camp that best suits your children and give them a summer to remember at Mystic Seaport! .Summer Day Camp (Ages 4-16); Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp (Ages 10-15); Community Sailing (Ages 8+)
Schooner Brilliant Summer Sailing Program (Ages 15+). Call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email Website: 
SJ Riding Camp - SJ Riding Camp, located in Ellington CT, is a state licensed and American Camp Association accredited camp for girls, ages 8 to 16, who love horses. Our days are filled with riding lessons for beginners to advanced riders, horse care, barn management classes, swimming with the horses, supper rides, learning how to show a horse and much more. Girls also enjoy boating and swimming in our lake, tennis, archery, arts and crafts, evening programs, and field games. Each session ends with a horse show that family members may attend. Summer 2015 begins on June , with 1, 2 and 3 week sessions. Call today to arrange a tour. Contact: Alexandra Thomas, Director, 130 Sandy Beach Road, Ellington, CT 06029. 860 872-4742. or
Camp Farnam - A Summer Day Camp by Farnham Neighborhood House. Camp Farnam provides 5- to 12-year-olds from New Haven, Fair Haven and the surrounding communities with the kind of safe, happy, carefree summer that every child deserves to experience. Programs and facilities include: Olympic-sized in-ground pool, baseball field, basketball court, hiking trails, pavilion for science experiments, arts and crafts and rainy-day activities, picnic area, Kitchen and dining facilities. Open Monday through Friday during scheduled sessions and designed to providing children with a complete summer day camp experience, activities include Red Cross swimming instruction, team-building activities, nature studies, organized sports, field events, nutrition education, cook-outs and more! The program emphasizes the group experience, as well as encourages an appreciation for nature and the environment. Applicants are considered without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, mental disability, national origin, age, physical disability or ability to pay. Contact Farnham Neighborhood House  9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday year-round and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday during the school year. (203) 562-9194 phone; (203) 562-2812 fax; EMail:; Website
ASAP Summer Camp - In its 14th year, children ages 4.5-17 come to ASAP Summer Camp to have fun and get creative. ASAP Summer Camp is a full-day camp like no other in the area. We offer a comprehensive artsexperience led by professional teaching artists. Daily offerings for ages 4.5-14 include visual arts, dance, drama, music, creative writing, circus arts, costume making, and special projects. For ages 14-17, the Counselor-in-Training program provides a creative and fun atmosphere where teens work closely with the teaching artists, learn about public speaking, résumé building, and how to work with and lead the younger campers. The Counselor-in-Training program may qualify for community service hours at your child's school. Camp culminates in an entertaining festival open to the public, which features the students’ work and performances. The camp is held at the Washington Montessori School in New Preston, August 3-14 2015. Phone: 860-868-0740. Email:
The New Children's Museum Summer Camps - The New Children's Summer Camp is a state-certified camp that specializes in science and nature. Our day camp has either a full day or half day option and is for children entering grades 1 through 6. Each week has a theme, but each session is sure to feature planetarium shows, animal demonstrations, and time exploring exhibits. Using museum resources, The New Children’s Museum offers a very unique summer camp experience. The New Children’s Museum Preschool also runs a camp, full day or half day option, for children of preschool age. The Preschool is onsite and so the children also get to enjoy visiting the museum.
Avon Old Farms Summer Programs - We are excited to be entering our 18th season in the summer of 2015, and eagerly await welcoming your children to one of the many camps being held at Avon Old Farms School. It is our mission to provide camps that offer children the opportunities to experience and learn new skills, build friendships, and gain self-confidence. This summer we will be offering a variety of day and boarding camps, and hope that you will join us. Listed below is just a sample of the many camps being held at Avon:
    • John Gardner’s Summer Hockey – Boarding/Day Camp
    • Avon Old Farms Baseball – Day Camp
    • Avon Old Farms Lacrosse – Day Camp
    • Summer Fun - Day Camp
For more information, please visit the Summer Program page on our website, We can also be reached by phone at 860-404-4180 or email at
Middlesex County Camp - Moodus, Connecticut. Camp friends are forever friends. That's our motto at Middlesex County Camp, a day and overnight camp for children and teens ages 4 to 17. Our modern facility within a woodland setting offers a mixture of traditional camping and innovative programming. A superior staff from all over the world combines play with personal rewards to create unforgettable memories as well as to facilitate lifelong friendships in both campers and staff. Grow with us by taking part in a wide variety of programs including zip-lining, rock climbing, archery, low ropes, aquatics, nature programs, performing arts, rocketry and mad science sports and so much more. Overnight sessions run weekly from Sunday afternoon to Friday evening. Day Camp programming runs Monday-Friday from 7am to 6pm. We hope to see you soon! Learn more about our camp at or 860-873-2294.
Summer Programs - The following organizations have submitted information on thier summer programs for children to be posted on this website. This listing is a service to parents, and does not indicate an endorsement by the State of Connecticut. Listings will be updated as they are received.
Art at Murray Pond Summer Art Camp - Joan Levy Hepburn, Artist, Killingworth, CT. Art at Murray Pond, Summer Art Camp. Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Color, Photography and more! Come and learn from a professional artist in a beautiful nature preserve in Killingworth. The classes are offered to children and adults and the schedule will be set up according to age groups. Students will sign up for a week (Monday thru Friday): July 6th - 10th; July 13th - 17th; July 20th - 24th; July 27th - 31st. There will be: morning classes for 3 hours 9am to noon, afternoon classes for 3 hours 1pm to 4pm, or a full day of 6 hours of classes 9am to 4pm (with a lunch hour 12 to 1). Classes will include observational drawing, oil painting, watercolor painting, mono  printing, and Matisse-like paper cut outs. Classes will meet in the Pond House Studio and on the grounds of the private nature preserve of Murray Pond. Website Please call Joan Levy Hepburn 860 663-1169 to register in advance.
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo - Zoo Patrol 2015. If you love animals, the environment and being outdoors then you’ll love Zoo Patrol, a week full of Zoo Keeper talks, behind the scenes tours, hands-on learning, games, crafts and more! Children get a fun week of zoo-based activities, tours, and behind the scenes experiences. Each day patrollers tour an area of the zoo (Rainforest, Predators, Farmyard, Hoofstock) and have a special presentation by our keeper staff. The activities may include making enrichment items for the animals, watching training procedures, learning about new exhibits and more. Each week also offers some of our zoo presentations and introduction to our education animal collection. We offer zoo related games, crafts and activities for the younger groups. The sessions for the older children may include hands on activities involving tracking, scientific observation, and artifact identification. Zoo Patrollers also take part in all special summer shows offered by the zoo. Each day includes time for a snack and a little air-conditioned break! Special Friday activities include a carousel ride and a trip to the gift shop. Sessions are scheduled for children ages 6 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. Zoo Patrol takes place in our Research Station and throughout zoo grounds. Children arrive at 9 AM and leave at 12:30 PM. Six Sessions: July 6 – 10; session for 6 to 8 year olds; July 13 – 17; session for 9 to 11 year olds; July 20 – 24; session for 6 to 8 year olds; July 27 – 31; session for 12 to 14 year olds; August 3 – 7; session for 9 to 11 year olds; August 10 – 14: session for 6 to 8 year olds To register, please visit Please call the Education Department for more information: 203 394-6563.
Noah Webster House Summer Camps and Workshop Programs - Colonial Kid’s Adventure Camp (Ages 8-12). Boys and girls explore life in the 1700s by spending a week as a colonial child!  By doing activities at both the historic Noah Webster House and the farm at Westmoor Park, children experience first hand the games, fun, and chores of colonial times.   During the week, children become colonial "characters" and help to cook their lunches over an open-hearth. They explore Noah Webster's house and garden, work on crafts, and play games. At Westmoor Park, children encounter life on a farm by caring for the barnyard animals, tending the vegetable garden, and creating food and crafts from the bountiful natural resources of the park. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday sessions will be held at the Noah Webster House, 227 South Main Street. Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be held at Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road. M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sessions: July 6-10, July 20-24, and  August 03-07, 2015.
Bookworm Adventure (Ages 3-6). Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a "Bookworm Adventure" workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster's House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Tuesday and Thursday Sessions Only: June 23 & 25- Farm Theme; June 30 & July 02 -Bugs & Insect Theme; July 14 & 16 - Frog Theme; July 28 & 30- Curious George Theme; August 11 & 13 – Dinosaur Theme; August 18 & 20 –Pirates and Princess Theme.
To register, contact the Education Department at the Noah Webster House 860-521-5362 ext.14 or email  or
Lutz Children's Museum - Summer Camp at Oak Grove 2015. We have a great summer planned filled with science, art, hikes, swimming, and animals!  Each day begins with hands-on activities led by an experienced museum educator. Afternoons are devoted to playtime, swimming, crafts, and field trips. Register for one, two, three, or all seven weeks.   We start on July 6th.   Hours each day are from 8:30AM to 3:00PM, except on Fridays when we return from field trips at 5:00 PM. The Oak Grove Nature Center offers fifty-two acres of land with trails, a pond, covered bridge, and a teaching building. The distance from Lutz Children’s Museum to the Oak Grove Nature Center is 1.5 miles.Rachel Hadyka    860-643-0949.
Gan Hayeled Early Childhood Center Summer Camp - Gan Hayeled offers a relaxed, nurturing, fun summer camp for children ages 2-5.  Mondays through Fridays 9am - 1pm. Led by qualified and experienced early childhood teachers. We offer an indoor/outdoor program with weekly themes incorporating creative play, baking, crafts, stories, singing and dancing. We plant and take care of our nature garden of herbs, vegetables, fruit and flowers.  Daily outdoor water play keeps the campers cool with slides, sprinklers, water tables, bubbles and home-made ice pops. Sign up for all six weeks and save! (or choose your weeks). Summer Camp 2015: June 29-August 7. Week 1 (June 29- July 2) - Lego Mania. Week 2 (July 6- July 10) - Race Car Derby. Week 3 (July 13- July 17) - Kids Cook! Week 4 (July 20- July 24) - Science Lab. Week 5 (July 27- July 31) - Summer Olympics. Week 6 (August 3- August 7) - Space Station. For further information, please contact Lana Gad, Early Childhood Director, 203. 389.2111 ext. 214,  Website:
Guilford Arts Center Summer Programs for Youth - Guilford Art Center announces its 2014 summer youth program. Painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, mixed media and more. Morning and afternoon classes, full-day options. For more info visit the Art Center’s website,
Neighborhood Music School's Audubon Arts Summer Programs - JUNE 22 - JULY 31, 2015. This summer program for children and teens has been an NMS favorite for more than 30 years! Using creative dramatics as a cornerstone, participants are grouped by age into seven different color groups and enjoy a wide range of activities designed to encourage self-expression and  creativity.
Oddfellows Playhouse Summer ProgramsMiddletown Children's Circus Ages 8 - 14 years. This five week program provides instruction in Circus Arts to over 200 children. The Children’s Circus of Middletown culminates in a huge outdoor performance with 200+ performers and over a thousand spectators annually. Kids work together, build skills, strength and friendships over the course of this unique program. Session: June 30 - August 1st (raindate August 2nd). Days/Times: Monday - Friday. 9am - 11:30am OR 12:30 - 3pm. Advanced Circus Program Ages 12 - 15 years. In conjunction with the Middletown Children's Circus, young people with prior circus experience who want to extend their circus training are invited to enroll in this full day program. The Advanced Circus Program performs with the Middletown Children's Circus in the final spectacular! Session: June 30 - August 1st (raindate August 2nd). Oddfellows Playhouse is the largest and most active year-round youth theater in Connecticut. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization with an arts/social service mission. Registration at
New Haven Ballet Summer ProgramsChildren’s Division Camps: New Haven Ballet offers two exciting new educational ballet camps for young children focused on dance, creativity, self- expression and music. Ages 3-7. Student Division Summer Intensives: The Summer Intensives offer ballet students the highest caliber of classical ballet training, augmented by a rich diversity of classes taught by our outstanding faculty. Ages 8+. Musical Theater Camp: New Haven Ballet offers a week-long camp in musical theater focused on dance, rhythm, and music. Ages 8+. Open Division Summer Classes: Open Division Classes are available for students, 16 years and older, with and without previous ballet, modern or jazz experience. These classes are offered at each of our studios on a drop-in basis with no pre-registration required.
Common Ground Environmental Center Summer Camps - Summer should be for making mud pies, building forts, wading in streams, eating food right from the garden, and making friends and lifelong memories. Our camps are based on a child-centered model where campers make daily choices about the things they are most excited to do. There is lots of time for free play and discovery as well as daily activity sessions on the farm and in the forest, led by our amazing team of caring and creative staff.. Ecology Camp: ages 6-12; Sprouts Camp: ages 4-5; Eco-Explorers Camp: ages 5-8; Animal Adventures Camp: ages 7 – 10; Farm to Feast Cooking Camp: ages 8 – 11; West Rock Rangers:  ages 11-13; Junior Counselors: ages 13+.. Common Ground, 358 Springside Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut 06515, P: 203.389.4333, F: 203.389.7458
iD Tech Camps - iD Tech Camps held at Yale, Sacred Heart, and Wesleyan. Develop an iPhone or Android app, code a program in C++ or Java, create a video game, mod with Minecraft, build a robot, construct a website, produce a movie, or design a digital photo portfolio. At iD Tech Camps, imaginations soar as kids and teens unlock their internalDrive and use 21st century skills to transform interests into projects of their own-and have fun doing it. For both the beginning computer novice and advanced tech whiz, students collaborate, make new friends and develop new skills, gaining confidence and a competitive advantage for college and future careers. High-energy, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs presented in a fun camp setting-on a prestigious university campus like Yale, Sacred Heart, Wesleyan, and others. 2015 scheduals and registration.  
iD Programming Academy & iD Film Academy - 2-week, pre-college, intensive overnight programs where teens ages 13-18 interact with industry professionals and discover potential careers.  iD Programming Academy (app development, programming, robotics engineering, and more) and iD Film Academy (filmmaking and photography) are held at Yale and other locations. There is also iD Gaming Academy held at Stanford, Harvard, Vassar, and other universities.  Also weeklong, day and overnight summer programs held at Yale, Sacred Heart, Wesleyan, Princeton, Stanford, and more. 2015 scheduals and registration available.
Independent Day School -  IDS Summer Programs - 2015. We hope that you and your children are able to join us! Our programs will run seven weeks again this year, June 22-August 7 (no camp on July 3 in observance of July 4 holiday). We will offer weekly workshops in art, music, sports, outdoor education and exploration and more! Our MAPA Summer Theater also promises to put on another enjoyable show. Here are our exact weeks and dates: Week 1: June 22-26; Week 2: June 29-July 2 (no camp July 3 in observance of July 4 holiday); Week 3: July 6-10; Week 4: July 13-17; Week 5: July 20-24; Week 6: July 27-31; Week 7: August 3-7. *Our MAPA summer theater program will run Week 3 through Week 6, July 6-31* 
The Elm City ChamberFest.  Join us for our 2015 Summer Season! June 29 - July 11, 2015 New Haven, CT. Auditions: March 8 and 13, New Haven, CT; March 15 and 20, Southport, CT; March 19 and 21, Boston, MA; March 22, NY, NY.  Elm City ChamberFest is a two-week intensive chamber music program for intermediate and advanced string and piano students from ages 8 - 18. In addition to participating in their weekly chamber music performances, students, in small 5:1 student to teacher ratio class sizes, receive daily coachings, private lessons and master classes from ECCF faculty.  Additional instruction is provided by our internationally renowned guest artists that offer master classes and coachings throughout the two weeks. Students also have the opportunity to observe a world class group of faculty and guest artists in performances as part of an evening concert series.  Elm City ChamberFest is also one of the few programs in the country that offers chamber music for young guitar students. Additionally, the ECCF program includes a variety of electives and enrichment classes such as string orchestra, cello choir, guitar ensemble, music theory, children’s choir, Jazz, Klezmer, Theater Improvisation, Yoga, and Alexander Technique. To learn more about ECCF, to register your student or to become a sponsor of Elm City ChamberFest, please visit or for more information or contact us directly at or (203) 297-6091. 
CREC SUMMER PROGRAMS - CREC's 2015 Summer School programs offer a wide variety of excellent opportunities for academic improvement, career exploration & summer enrichment for students of all ages Including the following:
Summer Institutes at University of Saint Joseph
Summer Adventures in Learning
Summer Blast 
CREC: Capitol Region Education Council, 111 Charter Oak Avenue · Hartford, CT 06106, (860) 247-CREC
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation - Dog Days of Summer 2015 - This program is designed for boys and girls ages 8 - 12 and it sells out every year!  The program is held at our Bloomfield, CT headquarters and run by our staff. Program consists of week-long sessions, either morning or afternoon. Kids will learn about guide dogs and their blind partners; dog grooming and health care; and dogs who perform other jobs, such as police work. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and we recommend early registration - this program sells out every year! Register April 1, 2015. Contact Jan Adams at 860-243-4801 or for registration forms or further information. Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. 103 Old Iron Ore Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002.
Curtain Call's Summer Youth Theater - For nearly twenty-five years, Curtain Call's Summer Youth Theatre has provided creative outlets for youth ages ten to twenty-one both on stage and behind the scenes. Overall, our Summer Youth Theatre provides nearly 100 hours of creative enrichment and interaction for youth with common interests under the guidance of a team of area professionals. Curtain Call's Summer Youth Theatre celebrates its 25th year with OLIVER! YOU MUST BE ENTERING 4TH GRADE THRU AGE 21 TO PARTICIPATE. Rehearsals: Monday to Thursday evenings, 6:30pm to 9:30pm and some weekends during the day (after July 4). Tech and dress rehearsals August 1, 2, 3 and 4 run as late as 11:00pm. For more information contact Education Director: Brian J. Bianco at  203-329-8207 x16  Website:
Connecticut Science Center - 2015 Summer Exploration Camps (July 20- August 21, 2015)
Your 1st to 6th graders will spend their school vacation learning and having fun at our Summer Vacation Exploration Camps. Attend one week or all five. Drop off: Campers should arrive between 8 and 8:45AM.
Pick up: Please pick up your child between 3:30 and 4PM. Extended Care: We offer affordable after care from 4 to 5PM.To learn more or to make a reservation, call the Youth Programs Hotline at (860) 520-2177 or email camps@CTScienceCenter.org
July 20–24, 2015: Astronaut Academy: 3, 2, 1…blast off! Take a trip to outer space in our Discovery Space Lab.
July 27–31, 2015: How to Train Your Robot: Gear up for robots! Explore the ways we can teach robots to use sensors to interact with each other and their surroundings. August 3–7, 2015: Surviving Science Island: Do you have what it takes to survive being stranded on Science Island? Aug 10–14, 2015: Science on the Big Screen: Roll out the red carpet…for science! Be an inventor like Gru in Despicable Me. August 17–21, 2015: Eureka! Famous Scientific Discoveries through Time.
Downunder Summer Programs - Kayaking and Paddle Boarding programs weekly from the end of June through August. Ages 6 years through 15 years, Westport (ages 9+) and Rowayton (ages 6+). Discounts!  10% off for returning campers, siblings, or additional camp weeks (discounts cannot be combined). Water bottle & daily snack provided. Private camps - NEW 6 person minimum or equivalent in cost - call for available dates. In the Downunder summer program our focus is to make paddling an easy, safe, and fun experience while teaching skills the 'right' way, and appropriate to the age and ability of the campers. 
575 Riverside Ave, Westport CT 06880 at the Saugatuck Center. Phone number: 203-956-6217. Email:
157 Rowayton Ave, Rowayton CT 06853, below the Rowayton Market. Phone number: 203-642-3660. Email:
Loomis Chaffee School Summer Program - Where the wonders of summer meet the joys of learning
June 29 – August 1, 2015. Why settle for an ordinary summer ... insist on an extraordinary summer! Build a robot, learn Chinese, throw a pot, write a poem, conquer geometry, dance, play squash, make new friends — join the fun at the Loomis Chaffee Summer Program! Explore both familiar and new subjects in an atmosphere that inspires academic engagement, enrichment, and growth. You will learn alongside peers from around the world in small, experiential classrooms. Our talented and caring faculty — experts in their respective disciplines — offer a broad curriculum that includes writing, science, robotics, visual arts, history, and mathematics. 4 Batchelder Road     Windsor, CT 06095, Tel 860-687-6000
Arts Center Killingworth - The Arts Center Killingworth (ACK) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization focused on the development and presentation of the visual and performing arts on the Shoreline of Connecticut and beyond. ACK supports amateur and professional artists by organizing exhibits and concerts, staging theater events, and offering classes, intensives, workshops and Summer Camps for adults, teens and children.  July 2015 Art Camps: Fashion Design Week One (July 13-17) 9am-5:30pm. Fashion Design Week Two (July 20-24) 9am-5:30pm. Nature Art Camp (July 27-31) Ages 7-10 9:30am-1pm. Nature Art Camp (July 27-31) Ages 11-14 1:30-5pm. Arts Center Killingworth Website:  Phone:(860) 663-5593.
The Bridgeport Theater Company - Exciting news for 2015: BTC Jr. will now be presented at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre and is now known as DCT Jr! Registration is open now for Into the Woods Jr. (grades 7-12), June 22 2015 to July 26, 2015 and Rapunzel (grades 1-6), June 29, 2015 to July 19, 2015. Main: 203.416.6446. Website:
Discovery Museum - Summer Programs 2015 - Fabulous Fun and Learning All Summer Long! Just because when school's out, there is no reason to stop learning! Here at The Discovery Museum, we make learning fun. Sign your children up for our week or two week long, exciting, hands on programs and open the doors to a whole new world of exploration. Program instructors are members of the museum’s highly trained staff. Multiple program discount - Book 5 or more programs in a single purchase and receive a 10% discount off program fees. To receive this discount please order your programs by phone, mail or in person (Not applicable to Extended Care). For more information please contact: Lynn Olins (203)372-3521 ext. 121 
Yale Peabody Museum - 2015 Summer Camps. Are you looking for a fun and educational program for your children next summer? Summer Camps for children entering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade.Camps meet daily from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.  Before care (8 am to 9 am) and after care (4 pm to 5 pm) services are also available. All camps meet at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven. Available camps at the time of our posting: Dinosaur Detectives: Monday, July 06 - Friday, July 10. For entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. Explorers Club: Monday, July 06 - Friday, July 10 . For entering 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Fossils Rock! Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17. For entering 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Bones & Stones: Peabody Anthropology Camp, Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24. For entering 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Peabody Explorers, Monday, July 27 - Friday, July 31. For entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. The Art of Nature, Monday, July 27 - Friday, July 31. For entering 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Astro Adventure, Monday, August 03 - Friday, August 07. For entering 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Bug Hunters, Monday, August 03 - Friday, August 07 . For entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. Wetlands Safari, Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14. For entering 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Junior Zoologist, Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14 . For entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.
New Britain Youth Theater - NBYT’s summer production for ages 7 through 16 will be The Wizard of Oz. Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program (Mondays through Fridays) with a weekend of performances at the end of the program. All children who register will be cast in the show. Roles will be determined based on pre-program auditions to be scheduled in June. Over the course of the program, the cast will rehearse the performance—including music and choreography—and will also help to make some of the props and costumes to be used in the show. Dates: Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 24. Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Performance Dates: July 24, 25 and 26, 2015.  Space is limited, so we recommend registering early. For more information or answers to any other questions about NBYT, please call  (860) 515-8115. This year, a one-week program will be held for children ages 5 and 6.
Administrative Office and Classrooms: 50 High Street at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA, New Britain, CT 06051. 860-515-8115..
Rustic Pathways Foundation - The Rustic Pathways Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to strengthening communities and increasing educational and enrichment opportunities available to underprivileged youth in the United States and abroad.
Wooster School - Summer At Wooster - Experience the difference at a summer camp for children from Pre-K through 9th grade. Cooking, rocketry, tennis, fashion design — with 70 programs to choose from, Summer at Wooster is an adventure for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on fun and friendship. There’s action on the basketball court, activities on more than 50 acres of fields, and projects that know no bounds. June 22, 2015 through August 14, 2015. Summer Program Contact: Brian Hastings, Director of Summer at Wooster. Kris Honeycutt, Registrar of Summer at Wooster  203-830-3921  Wooster School, 91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury, Connecticut 06810.
The Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camp - ANNOUNCING THE SHOWS FOR THE 2015 MUSICAL THEATER CAMP SESSIONS!! Musical Camp Session 1, July 6-July 17, 2015, The Little Mermaid. Musical Camp Session 2, July 19-July 31, 2015, Alice in Wonderland. The Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camp is a summer program for middle-school students who want to explore interests, potential, and opportunities in the arts. The camp offers students a chance to take in-depth classes in dance, music, theater, visual arts, and creative writing while in an arts rich environment. The camp is open to both New Haven and non-New Haven residents. Located at adjacent Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, The Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camp is situated in the heart of downtown New Haven, surrounded by theaters, galleries, and museums.  In addition to an arts atmosphere, the camp is staffed by a combination of professional artists, teaching artists, and emerging student-teacher-artists from Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School. Campers may either sign up for the Theater & Arts Camp which allows them to register and choose from many different arts offerings or sign up for the Musical Theater Camp, which offers a curriculum of singing, acting, and theater-related activities. At the end of each session, the Theater & Arts Camp will perform and display their art in a Camp Showcase Event and the Musical Theater Camp will produce and perform a Musical Theater Review. Both performances are open to all campers, their families, and friends! Campers may bring their own lunch or opt for a district-provided lunch; a morning snack is provided. Each class will take at least one field trip to local arts-based organizations and institutions.
Hartford Stage - Summer Studio. Youth Ensemble, July 6 – 31  (Additional performance August 1), Ages 9-15, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Students will be cast in either a musical or non-musical production. This summer we will be performing Shrek, Jr. and Snow White and the Seven Fairy Godmothers. Students spend mornings rehearsing and afternoons exploring elective classes of their choice. Once a week, the Youth Ensemble enjoys a field trip together. Children’s Cast, Session One:  July 6 – 17, Session Two: July 20 – 31, Ages 5-8  (*Please note: to be eligible for the Children’s Cast, students must have completed Kindergarten.), 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Students will take classes in story theatre, creative movement, music, puppetry, and arts and crafts, and go on a weekly field trip. Each session ends in a mini-production that the cast creates based on favorite stories and characters.
Teen Musical Theatre Intensive, July 6 – 17, Ages 14 – 17, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Become a triple threat! Classes in acting, singing and dancing will lead to a final musical revue performance featuring Broadway favorites! Students will also perform at Blue Back Square in West Hartford. Day Dreamers, Session One:  July 6 – 10, Session Two: July 13 – 17, Ages 3-5  (*Please note: Our Day Dreamers program is for Pre K students only.), 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Our youngest artists will enjoy a half-day of creative movement, music, story theatre, and puppet play! One-Act Play, August 3 – 14, Ages 9-15, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Young actors will hone their skills with training in the basics of acting and improvisation, working toward a production of Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit. Bookends, Session One: August 3 – 7, Session Two: August 10 – 14, Ages 5-8, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Close out the summer with drama and fun! Students will explore literature from summer reading lists through acting, musical theatre, creative movement and arts and crafts.will take at least one field trip to local arts-based organizations and institutions.  Call Erin Frederick at (860) 520-7244
Summer Tennis Camps - Three Summer Tennis Camp options. The Michael Filipek Tennis and Sports Academy/adidas Summer Tennis Camps at Avon Old Farms School. Session 1, July 12 - July 17 (multi-sport and tennis option), Session 2: July 19 - July 24 (multi-sport and tennis option), Session 3: July 26 - July 31 (tennis only).  Overnight: Check In Sunday 2-3pm at TBA, Check Out Friday at the dorm building for early dismissal- time TBA. Extended Day and Day Campers: Check In Monday 8:30am at the courts, Check Out Friday at the courts for early dismissal- time TBA. Weekend Stayover: Weekend (only available the wknd of July 17-19 and/or July 24-26). Sacred Heart University adidas Summer Tennis Camps, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Session 1: June 22 - June 26, Session 2: June 29 - July 3.  Day Campers: Check in 8:45am Monday, Check out 3pm on Friday. Half-Day Campers: Check in 8:45am Monday, Check out 12pm on Friday. Campers will train on Sacred Heart University's 6 varsity tennis courts. Don't miss out on this Connecticut tennis camp. The Michael Filipek Tennis and Sports Academy / adidas Summer Tennis Camps at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT. Session 1: June 29 - July 3, Session 2: July 6 - July 10. Day Campers: Check in 8:30am Monday, Check out 4pm on Friday. Campers will train on the brand- new 14 court tennis complex. Don't miss out on one of the finest Connecticut tennis camps.
Beacon School - Beacon Summer Academy - The Beacon Summer Academy offers a customized, renaissance learning experience for intellectually motivated students entering grades 3 - 12. Under the guidance of expert teachers, students follow their passions and develop skills by exploring academics, technology, and the arts. From physics to photography, computer programming to forensic science, there is something for everyone at the BSA. At the Beacon Summer Academy, students design their own schedules by choosing a combination of up to four core courses, elective courses, and/or uDesign courses. Both full-day and partial-day schedules are available. Each class meets for one hour per day, and sections are scheduled based on the availability of the students enrolled. So have fun, explore our course catalog, and contact usThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to start developing your customized program. First Term - Monday through Friday, June 8 – June 26. Second Term - Monday through Friday, July 6 – July 24.  44 Commerce Road, Stamford, CT 06902, Phone: 203.409.0066.
ECAD Youth Summer Class - If you like dogs and training dogs, then consider spending  the summer with ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities. ECAD's summer camp, 149 Newfield Road, Torrington CT is a unique opportunity for kids ages 9 - 13 to learn about the responsibilities of being a dog owner by educating ECAD's future assistance dogs. Camp starts July 6th, 2015. Registration opens March 1st, 2015. Daily activities include-*Nature-Based Education* Puppy/Dog Education, Basic Canine Obedience, Dog Grooming & Care, Service Dog Awareness, Small Farm Animal Education/Activities (goats, chickens, rabbit..), Group Challenge, Games with Dogs, Outdoor activities ( Hiking, Adventure Scavenger Hunt, badminton, slip & slide..), picnics, Arts & Crafts and more. Children learn Teamwork, Responsibility, Canine Care, Basic Canine Training, Assistance Dog Awareness, Nature Based Education. Camp runs from July 6th to August 21st. Parents supply daily lunch, sunblock, change of clothes, bathing suit and towel. Van transportation available for the children pick-up and drop-off in Torrington. The more sessions you sign in, the more you save! Open house May 17th 1pm-3pm. To inquire at our Connecticut location: Phone: 860-489-6550, email:, Fax: 860-489-3791. Mail: PO Box 831, Torrington, CT 06790, 149 Newfield Road, Torrington, CT. Registration and information at
Newington Children's Theater Company - The Newington Children’s Theatre Company’s SUMMER THEATRE ARTS PROGRAMS give participants opportunities to learn and strengthen and their theatre skills by working with professional acting, dance and music instructors, culminating in a fully-produced production. NO previous experience necessary; NO audition is required for enrollment; Everyone enrolled will be cast in the production (Sessions 1, 3 & 4); Before and after care available. All programs, rehearsals and performances will take place at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre  located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington; Registration is required. .
Sessions for Ages 5-7, 5-8 and 8-16. Summer productions include Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr., Treasure Island, Snow White and WORKSHOP WEEK. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 North Mountain Road, Newington, CT 06111.  Email  860.666.NCTC.
Manchester Community College Gifted Education - Excursions in Learning - Excursions in Learning is an educational enrichment program for youth at Manchester Community College. We currently have programming in summer semesters for inquisitive and creative minds in grades K-8. Summer 2015 Enrichment Program - July Full-Day Programs: Junior Culinary Institute (grades 5-8), A one-week, full-day program for grades 5-8 educating students in the culinary arts.. Extended Day available. (8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.). Adventures in Leadership (grades 5-10), A one-week, full-day program for grades 5-7 or grades 8-10 strengthening leadership and teamwork skills. Technology & Engineering Program (grades 5-8), A one-week, full-day program for grades 5-8 exploring technology and engineering. Extended Day available (8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.). August Full-Day Academic Programs: Summer Academy for Gifted Youth (grades K-8). A two-week academic enrichment program for gifted, talented and highly motivated students in kindergarten through eighth grade. There are many specific courses to chose from. Please see our summer catalog for specific course listings and descriptions.  Office: 860-512-2804 Excursions in Learning, Manchester Community College, Great Path MS # 16, P.O. Box 1046, Manchester, CT 06045-1046 Carleigh Schultz, Coordinator
Pantochino Productions Summer Theater Camp - Pantochino Productions Inc presents Summer Theater Camp 2015 hosted by the Milford Arts Council at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford. This year, there will be four Sessions of camp. Young actors learn, rehearse and perform an original musical in just five days.
Session One: Phantom Mouse of the Opera, July 13-17, 9am-3pm, Performance:Friday July 17, 2015 at 4pm.
Session Two: Jungle Book, Abridged, July 20-24, 9am-3pm, Performance Friday July 24, 2015 at 4pm.
Session Three: Cinderella Sleleton, July 27-31, 9am-3pm, Performance Friday July 31, 2015 at 4pm.
Session Four: Regally Blonde, August 3-7, 9am-3pm, Performance Friday, August 7, 2015 at 4pm.
Back this year, "THE THEATRE GAMES CAMP" August 10 - 1`4, 9am-3pm with performance Friday August 14 at 4pm.  Pantochino’s one-of-a-kind camp invites teams of young actors to compete in a series of super fun, creative theatrical challenges! This “Hunger Games” for actors features acting and improv competitions inspired by “Cupcake Wars,” “Survivor,” “Chopped,” “Project Runway” and more. Each day features new challenges, guest coaches and judges.   Registration and information available at  203-937-6206.
CT Hockey Camps - Ben Smith Summer Hockey Skills Development Camps With Head Coach Ben Smith of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. Two Sessions for Your Convenience! Newington Arena, Newington CT - July 27-30, 2015,  Add-On Pond Hockey Friday: July 31;  ISCC, Simsbury CT. August 3-6, 2015 - ISCC, Simsbury CT., Add-On Pond Hockey Friday: August 7. Based on the success of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Ben Smith camps, we expect another year of high-quality age– and skill-appropriate instruction where campers can develop skills and self-confidence in a setting conducive to learning.  Ben will be an active participant in all aspects of the camps. Hours: Approximately 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Campers will have approximately 3 hours of ice time daily. On-ice sessions will include skating, shooting, passing, puck-control, body positioning and game situations. Off-ice sessions will work on agility, balance and stretching each day with a personal trainer. Register online Newington.     Register online Simsbury.
Tommy Cross Defensive Skills Camp For Defensemen and Forwards With Head Coach Tommy Cross of the AHL Providence Bruins, August 17-20, 2015, Add-On Pond Hockey Friday: August 21, For experienced players born in 2003 and earlier -2nd-Year PeeWees, Bantams and High School-Aged Players. Register Online.
Girls' Pro/Prep Skills Development Camp With a 100% Female Coaching Staff Led by Skills Coaches Jess Koizumi and Becky Zavisza, Monday, August 17 to Thursday, August 20, 2015, Add-On Pond Hockey Friday: August 21, For experienced U8 through U14 players. Register Online. 
Auerfarm 2015 Summer Farm Academy and Auerfarm Adventures - 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm 2015 Summer Farm Programs June - August. Early bird discount registration deadline, May 1, 2015.
Get outside this summer! Spend time with farm animals. Help in the gardens. Search for signs of wildlife. Take a hayride. Crafts, games, farm-fresh snacks, stories, songs and science fill our days. All groups will investigate the weekly theme through hands-on, age appropriate activities. A morning snack is provided for all age groups. All day participants need to bring their own lunch.
Auerfarm Adventures challenges rising 4th,5th and 6th graders to explore the world around them
through science and friendship.  Activities include: soil sampling, plant experiments, compost exploration,
hike to Heublein Tower, soil painting and poetry, and a Family Dinner and Adventurer. Overnight the 2nd Thursday of each session. Auerfarm Adventures is a free program, pending grant approval. Daily transportation will be provided from the towns of Bloomfield, East Granby, Hartford and Simsury. Adventurers must attend both weeks of either Session A, B or C to be eligible. Adventurers must bring lunch. Daily snacks are
provided. Maximum Capacity: 30 students per session. Auerfarm, 158 Auer Farm Road Bloom??eld, CT 06002,  860.242.7144  Brochure:
Central Connecticut Student Writing Project - The Central Connecticut Student Writing Project is now open for registrations for the 2015 Summer Institute. The CCSWP is a summer writing institute designed for students in grades 4-12 who have a passion for creative writing. The institute is designed to help students create authentic, organic, dynamic narratives that come from within. When we say that we teach students to "write from the inside out," we mean that we do not force our students into any formulas or templates. Instead, we give students the tools necessary discover the stories and poems within themselves, and help them find their authorial voices The Central Connecticut Student Writing Project, 1615 Stanley St., Henry Barnard - Room 209, New Britain, CT 06050. Email:; Phone: 860.375.4443
We are pleased to announce that registration for CCSWP Newington is now open. This institute will take place at Emmanuel Christian Academy from July 20th-31st (M-F). We will hold our traditional Creative Writing Program in Newington, and the program will run from 9am-12pm. Please go to our Registration Page for more information or to sign up for CCSWP Newington.
CCSWP Wethersfield - Silas Deane Middle School, July 6th-17th (M-F), Creative Writing - July 6th-17th, 9am-12pm, Poetry - July 6th-10th, 12:30pm-3:30pm, Nonfiction - July 13th-17th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
CCSWP Newington - Emmanuel Christian Academy, July 20th-31st (M-F), Creative Writing ONLY
All programs run Monday through Friday, 8AM to 12PM.   Registration Page
Valley Sports Center -  Summer Camps 2015.  Valley Sports Center, 310 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019, 860-693-2378,,  Camp Weeks: BYB Multi-Sport 6/22-6/23, 6/29-7/3 and 8/24-8/25, Ages  5-11. Joel Dearing Volleyball 6/24-6/27, Ages 11-18. Speed and Agility Training Camp 6/29-7/2, Ages 10-14. Harlem Wizards Basketball 7/6-7/10, Ages 7-13. Rebecca Lobo Girls Basketball 7/13-7/17, Ages 9-17. Greenberg Basketball 7/20-7/24, Ages 10-17. All Sports Camp 7/27-7/31, Ages 8-14. Advanced Volleyball 8/3-8/7, Ages 15-18. Beg/Inter Volleyball 8/10-8/14, Ages 11-15. Coming Soon 8/17-8/21. Need to drop off early or pick up late? VSC is now offering before and after camp care. 8:00-9:00am and/or 3:30-5:00pm.
Pop Music Academy - Summer of Music Program 2015 - This fun and unique camp is for the aspiring singer, ready to learn how to take their performance skills to the next level! Students will learn various vocal and performance techniques, in addition to working on stage presence and movement, song choice and preparation, background vocal harmonies, improvisation, microphone technique, intro to music theory, stylistic embellishment, and live performance preparation. Students will also prepare and perform solos each day for the class and put together a group performance for the last day incorporating all the techniques learned. All styles of music are welcome and embraced and we will explore different genres and themes throughout the week! This is a great class to help students get comfortable performing in front of an audience and will help build confidence!   [Price: $420]
June 29th-July 2nd, 12-3pm (ages 11-14), July 6th-9th, 12-3pm (ages 8-10) , July 27th-30th, 12-3pm (ages 11-14), August 3rd-6th, 12-3pm (ages 8-10), August 17th-20th, 12-3pm (ages 11-14). The Pop Music Academy, 1200 High Ridge Rd. Stamford, CT 06905, Phone: 203-322-4POP (4767), Email:, Website:
Cedar Island Marina - Summer Camp 2015. Marine Biology Educational Program. Be a Marine Biologist! Our program participants have the opportunity to spend a week with real marine biologists! We have an instructor to child ratio of 2 to 1, which means participants not only form bonds with their peers, but also with the counselors. This allows our future scientists to perform scientific experiments that include looking at the abundance of the different species present in numerous habitats. Working in small groups also provides a more personalized setting allowing for fun AND learning. Each day of our program begins with launching canoes in Clinton Harbor! We then take tours up the Hammonasset River and through the surrounding salt marshes. At high tide we go further into the marsh to compare and contrast marsh and harbor animals. At low tide we visit the mudflats adjacent to our marina, which is always a favorite! Participants: Ages 9 - 15. Dates: June 29th - August 21st. Times: 9:00am - 2:00pm. Days: Monday - Friday. Price: $400.00 per participant. Must register at least 2 weeks before program session. Deposit of $100.00 due at registration .  For further information contact us directly at or (860) 669-8681 ext. 19. Please visit  the registration page to reserve your spot today! Program website.
Mattatuck Museum - Summer Youth Art Registration Opens Wednesday, April1, 2015 - Young artists between 6 and 12 are invited to spend the day at the museum in weekly sessions which include interactive tours, gallery activities, and hands-on studio experiences which introduce children to art appreciation and art history as well as provide lessons taught by teaching artists in drawing, painting, and much more. Sessions - Week One – July 6 – 10, Aqua Artist; Week Two - July 13-17, Drawing FUNdamentals and Week Three - July 20 - 24, Artextravaganza. Contact the Information Desk at (203) 753-0381, ext. 130 or e-mail for more information and to register
Connecticut Speed School - Gators Lacrosse Summer program 2015 for rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th Graders **Any younger players need to be approved by our staff. Our summer camp will be a great opportunity for rising 3rd & 4th grade lacrosse players. Practices start week of June 14th – July 11th/ 12th ). High Plains Community Center, Orange, CT.  One week summer camp details -  A: Monday, July 6th – Friday, July 10th 9am-12pm at High Plains Community Center **Registration for just the Summer Camp is $200. The camp will be run by our staff. Contact Information: John Coughlin Co-Founder Connecticut Speed School. Email: Mobile: 646-460-4166. 
Danbury Music Center - DMC Summer Festival 2015. Danbury Music Centre has offered educational summer programming since the 1950s. This summer, join us for Summer Festival 2015, which begins our 80th anniversary season. In addition to our Summer Strings, Summer Bands, Afrikan Drumming, and A Cappella, we are introducing a new week-long Chamber Music Intensive featuring Les Deux Violins as ensemble-in-residence, as well as graduates of the Juilliard School and alumni of other major conservatories as artists-in-residence. We will also offer new six-week evening workshops, including String Reading Group, Clarinet Choir, and South Indian Classical Music. Important Dates: April 12, May 16, May 17 - Auditions for Chamber Music Intensive, Danbury Music Centre; June 27 - Danbury Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, Danbury Green; July 6-17- Summer Bands, 9:00am-3:00pm, Broadview Middle School; July 6-25- Camp A Cappella, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Danbury Music Centre; July 6 – TBD Afrikan Drumming, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Danbury Music Centre; July 27-August 7 - Summer Strings, 9:00am-3:00pm, Danbury Music Centre; August 10-16 - Chamber Music Intensive, 9:00am-3:30pm, Broadview Middle School.  Danbury Music Centre, Inc., 256 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810, Phone: (203) 748-1716, Fax: (203) 794-1308. E-Mail:, Website:
The Complex Performing Arts Centre - Three-Week Summer Performing and Creative Arts School
134 Main St Putnam CT, 860.963.7170  Experience a world of creativity and expression through dance, music, theatre, writing, creative process work, and imaginative expression.  Classes, experiences, field trips, performance, mentoring - fill your summer with creativity and fun....gain technical expertise all while learning about YOU!  Integration of all artistic mediums.  Develop a strong mind and body with a faculty of professional educators and practicing artists.  Ages 5 to 18.  Intensive tracks of study or recreational exploration.  July 14 to August 1.  Join us for one, two, or three weeks. Nichola Johnson, Co-Director , The Complex Performing Arts Centre, 95 Front St. Putnam CT 06260, 860-963-7170
Wu Dang Kung Fu Academy - Summer Camp 2014, July 14 ~ August 15, 2014. 518 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477. TEL: 203-283-5657; Email:; Website:
July 14 ~ August15, 2014, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All participants will experience the Chinese Martial Arts(also known as Kungfu), regardless of when you join us and begin training. The day will combine the training of basic skills as kicking, punching and jumping. It is our goal to help the campers build body strength, conditioning and flexibility, as well as a effective approach to self-defense. Sibling discount is available. Everyone is welcome, but our space is imited (20 campers per week), register soon if you are interested.
Educational Resources For Children (ERFC) - Summer Escape 2015 - Summer Escape 2015 is a seven-week day camp from July 6 to August 21, 2015, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  It is open to all Enfield kids who are entering grade 1 to 8 in September.  Kids from outside Enfield are welcome if space is available. Summer Escape is jam-packed with fun sports, arts & crafts, nature, water, and science activities. Every day kids do new and fun things geared to each age group. On Thursdays, we go to Lake Congamond for fun at the beach. Summer Escape is located at JFK Middle School, 155 Raffia Road, Enfield, CT. Included with each weekly enrollment is:
Busing -morning and afternoon, Fields trips including weekly beach trips, Breakfast, lunch and snack, Financial assistance. To enroll in Summer Escape, you can use our online application or print and complete our paper application. You must include a current Health Assessment form. If you need financial help, submit the Financial Assistance form with your enrollment.  We also accept Care4Kids.. Educational Resources for Children, 50 Post Office Rd., Enfield, CT 06082. Phone: (860) 253-9935; Fax: (860) 253-9995; Email:  Website:
Connecticut Audubon Society - Summer Camps 2014. Our camps provide the ideal outdoor settings for children to explore, investigate, and discover science and nature. We offer eight weeks of nature-inspired sessions for campers age 4 – 14 at the Center at Fairfield and Birdcraft Museum; age 3-14 at the Milford Point Coastal Center; age 6-12 at the Center at Pomfret; and age 4-10 at the Center at Glastonbury. At Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer camps, kids have the kind of fun that can come only from exploring the woods and tide pools, visiting marshes and brooks, or meeting an owl or a turtle up close and personal. Our camps offer natural science presented so it’s fun, fascinating and tactile. The teacher-naturalists and educators are well-trained, knowledgeable and expert in finding ways to instruct — and delight — anyone who wants to learn about the natural world. Counselors and junior volunteers provide additional support. Staff trained in First Aid, CPR, and Epi-Pen are present throughout the duration of camp. Our high staff to camper ratio ensures all campers have a safe, fun, and educational camp experience. For more information about summer programs at Glastonbury, call 860-633-8402.
Summer Camp at Kid’s Castle Child Care Learning Center, Brookfield, Ct  - For children age 3 to 12, we offer affordable weekly summer camp from June 23 through August 29, 2014. We balance fun and learning in a stimulating life size castle-like environment! Program includes weekly field trips, and special weekly themes such as Circus, Luau, Water Fun, Sports, Teddy Bear Olympics and more! Please call for more information: 203-740-0044. Cathy and Mike DeFreitas, owners/directors since 1995.
Robotics Academy at Post University - Explore the world of technology in this exciting, project-based Robotics summer camp for rising students in grades 9-12. This hands-on science camp will run from July 7-11, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, at Post University in Waterbury. Young minds will be introduced to careers in science and engineering as they tackle projects on robotics, microcontrollers, electronics, and software development.  Registration fee per student is $360, with a 10% early registration discount if received by May 31. Siblings get an additional 5% discount.  Students in grades 6-8 will be accepted if space is available. Deadline for registration is June 27. Program information and registration forms are available online at  You can also contact Dr. Ruby Parker by email at or by phone at 203-591-5234 to register or for more information.
2-4-1 Summer Sports Academy at Kingswood Oxford, June 22 - June 26, 2015. For girls and boys grades 3-9(in fall of 2014) OR for children entering grades 1 & 2. Where fun happens because "Life’s 2 Short 4 Just 1 Sport”. Through increased participation in multiple sports kids will have the opportunity to unlock their inner-athlete. At 2-4-1, we teach kids to compete with character. We know good athletes make good sports. All campers participate in 3 sports each day – choose from our 10 fun-filled options: Baseball, Basketball, 2-4-1 Crossover Fitness and Wellness, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball* or 2-4-1 Universal Sports* Times: 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Program: Each sport session follows a similar format, with individual skills, group stations, contests of the day, and game play. Website:    Register  2•4•1 Sports, LLC, 249 Auburn Road, West Hartford, CT 06119. 860.977.3750 or email
Creative Music Center 2015 Summer Music Camps. Rock Band Camp  (Ages 11 to 13 and 14 to 16)  9:30 am to 3:30 pm    Weekly June 22  through August 21. Instrument Explo Camp (Ages 9 to 12)   10:00 am to 12:30 pm, Weekly June 22 through August 14. Early Bird Discount of 10% when registering before June 1st or when registering for more than one session. Register online at  701 Main Street Monroe, CT, 203-261-7301. Special Lesson Offer for new students and current students taking a new instrument:  Buy 3 Lessons / Get 1 Free! Creative Music Center, 701 Main Street, Monroe, CT 06468. Phone: (203) 261-7301, Toll free: (800) 261-7947, Fax: (203) 459-1772.
Husky Volleyball Camps - The Husky Volleyball Club was founded in 1999 to provide opportunities for boys and girls to practice in central Connecticut. Both the boys and girls teams travel throughout New England to compete against teams of their level. Four summer programs for 2014. Junior Skill Development (Girls only, 7th-12th grade). Husky Volleyball’s Skill Development camps are designed to give you 4 days of intensive training and fun!  Each Monday-through-Thursday camp is dedicated to either a particular skill or all volleyball skills. July 07- July 31, 2014, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM  Husky Pups (4th-8th grade). Our Husky Pups program is designed as an introductory through intermediate skill development series for young boys and girls and will be offered in 3 Monday-through-Thursday sessions this summer. July 07- August 7, 2014, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Summer League (Girls Only). Husky Volleyball’s inaugural Summer League is still accepting teams (JV and alumni teams are welcome) interested in competing with players from all over Connecticut. Wednesdays/Thursdays (July 9 - August 7), 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM. Boot Camp (Incoming 9th-12th graders). Give your body the tune-up it needs just in time for your high school volleyball tryouts.  This Monday-through-Thursday day camp is designed to hone your skills and give you a workout for over five hours each day (bring your own lunch)! August 11- August 14. 2014 and  August 18 - August  21, 2014, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. The Husky Volleyball Club, 30 Baker Hollow Road, Windsor, CT : Email:
Nutmeg Volleyball Camps - Summer 2015 Dates: Session I July 26 - 29, 2015; Session II July 30 - Aug 2, 2015. Team Camp (Session II Only). For more information, check out our Volleyball Camp 2015 brochure. Nutmeg Volleyball Camp at Loomis Chaffee School includes top quality volleyball instruction and 24 hour supervision with the goal of providing a safe and fun volleyball experience. Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided for overnight resident campers. Extended Day campers will have lunch and dinner provided. Nutmeg Volleyball Camps,  The Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road, Windsor, CT 06095 Please contact Jeff Dyreson at (860) 833-4725 for registration questions. Email:  Website:
Kokopelli School of Music and Arts Theater/Acting Summer Camp - 44 Smith Street Seymour, CT 06483
203-881-2400   Camp #1: "Super Me!" For those aged 4-6 years old, this camp will introduce children to the magic of theatre. This session will focus on the wonderful, unique characteristics that make children who they are. I will use various activities to allow children to open up and share themselves with one another and, ultimately, an audience. We will create "costumes" for the final performance, which will include individualized superhero capes and masks. Ages 4-6 years old. 9:00-12:00pm-snack included. Mondays 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11. Wednesdays 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13. Concludes with a special performance for family and friends on Wednesday 8/13 at 12:00 pm - Refreshments will be served. 
Camp #2: "Road to Broadway". Geared to those interested in performance, this camp session will allow those aged 7-10 years old to deepen their knowledge of various theatre techniques such as monologue workshops, scene work with partners, and participation in the final performance. This session will act as a true "theatre camp," incorporating skill-centered games and lessons. Ages 7-10 years old. 9:00-12:00pm - snack included. Tuesdays 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12. Fridays 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15. Concludes with a special performance on Friday 8/15 at 12:00pm - Refreshments will be served. 
Camp #3: "Think Fast!" A completely new and 'unscripted' session will allow older children, aged 11-16 years old, to hone in on their public speaking and ability to think quickly on their feet. Through games and activities, campers will learn the art of improvisational comedy which innately builds confidence, boosts creativity, and encourages teamwork. During the final performance, campers will participate in some of the games taught to them throughout the session, incorporating audience participation, resulting in a Ages 11-16 years old. 12:30-3:30pm -snack included. Tuesdays 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12. Thursdays 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14. Concludes with a special performance on Thursday 8/14 at 12:00pm - Refreshments will be served.
ECDC's summer dance workshop. ECDC’s Amazon Adventure Workshop. A Capoeira, Samba, Creative Movement Workshop for ages 7-10. Monday August 3 – Friday August 7, 2015; Monday August 10 – Friday August 14, 2015. 9:00 am -3:00 pm at the Connecticut Capoeira and Dance Center. Late pick-up is available. Participants will embark on a weeklong journey introducing them to the culture that is home to the Amazon rainforest. Participants will learn Capoeira, Music, Acrobatics, Dance and Brazilian Folklore. Influenced by sounds and sights of the rainforest, they will explore creative movement to make performance pieces of their own. Participants will show their newly developed skills and creativity in an informal performance on the last evening of the workshop.. Email or visit
Darien Nature Center. Summer Program 2015. The Darien Nature Center offers children ages 2 to 8 an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural world around us by exploring Cherry Lawn Park’s vast 27 acres of fields, pond, stream and trails. We get active and get outdoors daily! Five age-specific programs. Summer Programs Brochure. Summer Program registration begins Saturday, February 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Online registration begins Monday, February 9th at 10:00 am.  203-655-7459.
Stamford Jewish Community Center. O-la-mi, the Stamford JCC’s summer program, is a safe, fun, nurturing and welcoming Jewish experience in an inclusive setting that creates lasting memories, and develops meaningful skills and friendships for children. O-la-mi is an exceptional summer experience infused with Jewish values and spirit, imparting our children with a sense of fulfillment and excitement, while leading them on a path toward an active, social, and healthy future. Ages 20 months to 16 years and older. Program and registration information. Stamford JCC • 1035 Newfield Avenue • Stamford, CT 06905-0326 • 203.322.7900.
Acorn Camps - Summer camp for girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 15 is located in the beautiful Warren Woods. This year, we are offering SIX fun filled one-week sessions The philosophy of this quality program is to provide a safe, challenging and fun camp experience for your children. Summer camp activities provide children with the opportunities and experiences to develop the necessary skills to face challenges, build character, foster independence and try new things in a fun and safe environment.  Our non-competitive, family environment provides a sense of security where kids can meet personal challenges and receive recognition for their achievements and participation. Groups: Little Acorn (ages 4-7); Mighty Oaks (ages 8-11); Adventure in Leadership (age 12-15); A variety of programs will be offered from: boating, group games, arts and crafts, adventure programming, primitive skill programs, group challenge activities and initiatives, zip line, giant swing, gaga ball, camp songs and skits. Acorn Camps; 18 Reverie Lane, Warren, CT 06754 (860) 619-8010 or (860) 318-1135. Email: , Website:
High Meadow Day Camp - Located on Route 189 in North Granby, CT, has been providing great day camping for children since 1960. In all those years we have learned the basic truth about all kids - they just want to have FUN! There's an abundance of fun to be had at High Meadow Day Camp and as our campers play and enjoy their summer days they also master new skills, overcome challenges and build confidence. At the same time they develop special friendships and come away with memories that last a lifetime. Our trained, certified staff members teach fun and varied activities. The small counselor to camper ratio encourages the development of diverse skills by working in small, intimate groups and encouraging each camper. Learning to take risks is an important part of growth and development. High Meadow provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to take that extra step toward making them more confident. The facilities and programs offered at High Meadow Day Camp are of the highest quality. Our accreditation by the American Camping Association assures parents that we have met the highest health and safety standards in the camping industry. We are also inspected and licensed annually by the State of Connecticut.  Camp Director: Mr. Ben Chaback, Mailing Address: PO Box 338 Cheshire CT 06410, 860-212-5142 (phone)  203-272-6247 (fax),
Eastern Connecticut Ballet Summer Programs 2015 - See how much you’ll improve as a dancer when you enroll in one of Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s summer classes, a dance program that celebrates the tradition of George Balanchine. Whether you’re a budding ballerina of five or a well-trained young dancer considering a professional career, you’ll find just the right class and the best teachers to help you take the next important steps. Providing the creative vision for the program is our Artistic Director Gloria Govrin, a former soloist with the New York City Ballet.
Storybook Magic Adventure! FANCY NANCY & STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE - Suggested Ages 4-7 (ECB Levels B, C, D) 9 AM-Noon, Week 1 - July 6-10; Week 2 - July 13-17.
Junior Summer Dance Workshop - (Ages 8-12)  ECB Levels 1-4 (Younger dancers with teacher approval)
Ballet, Jazz and Repertory, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Week 1 - July 20-24; Week 2 July 27-31.
Intermediate/Advanced July Summer Workshop: ECB Levels 5-7 or call for placement, 9 am to noon. Week 1 - July 6-10; Week 2 - July 13-17; Week 3 - July 20-24; Week 4 - July 27-31.
Summer Intensive 2015 - IN BALANCHINE’S FOOTSTEPS with guest master teachers SARA MEARNS, principal dancer NYC Ballet & Amy Aldridge, principal dancer Pennsylvania Ballet - 9 am to 3:30 pm, Week 1 - August 3-7; Week 2 -  August 10-14.
Adult Ballet & Jazz Classes (Teens and Adults) July 7 – August 13. Beginning Ballet Weds. 6-7:30 pm. Intermediate Ballet Tues. 6-7:30 pm. Intermediate Jazz Thurs. 6-7:30 pm. Eastern Connecticut Ballet, 435 Boston Post Road, East Lyme, CT 06333, Phone: 860-739-7899, E-mail:, Website:
Kid’s Clubhouse Summer School Age Program at the Niantic Community Church Children’s Center in Niantic, CT. We offer weekly summer programs for children 5 – 12 from June 22nd – August 21st. We go on weekly field trips and also weekly walking beach trips. The children interact through sports, crafts and games. We take them out in the community to go crabbing, the movie theatre and Dairy Queen. Please call Kathy for more information (860)739-0877 or check out our website at
Creative Arts Workshop - HAVE AN ADVENTURE IN ART! SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: June 22 - August 14, 2015. Creativity starts here! Explore the visual arts this summer with week-long summer programs for ages 4 to 18. Register online today, DOWNLOAD the summer programs brochure, or call 203.562.4927.
Town Programs - Most Connecticut towns and cities have summer camp programs. These are popular programs and early registration is strongly recommended. You may use the list of municipalities on at to find your town's website. Summer youth programs are usually listed under the Parks and Recreation Department, Recreation Department or Events.  

Connecticut Family Support Network - It's never too early to start thinking about your Summer plans.
CTFSN will be holding Presentations on Summer Camps and Recreational Activities for Children with Special Needs again in March 2014. The CT Family Support Network hosts presentations on Summer Camps and Recreational Activities for children with special needs around the state each March. These presentations offer parents an opportunity to meet with representatives from local and statewide camps, share information with other parents and discuss funding resources.
If you are a parent or guardian of a child with special needs who attended one of our previous events and have some feedback; you have information about Summer Camps or Recreational Activities or you would like to share your or your child's experiences please contact your Regional Coordinator  More information at

KidSense Pediatric Therapy - 2015 Summer Camp Programs. Our camp programs are open to all children. Each session is facilitated by occupational and speech therapists in addition to support from our art therapist. They are set up in a group rotation with each group run by a therapist with support staff as needed. Your children will be entertained with a variety of activities while getting valuable therapeutic input. Each day the children will participate in a whole camp gathering time as well as a sensory group, social skills group, motor group and either art or music. We have a lot of fun activities planned. Camp will run from 9:00 - 1:00 daily.  Please send a  nutritious snack and bag lunch with a drink each day.  (Please note we are a nut free center. CALL TO REGISTER!!!!  203-874-5437).

Stamford Jewish Community Center - Hand in Hand, Special Needs Division of O-la-mi, at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT Grades 3 - 8. Two 3-week sessions: June 29 – July 1, July 20 – August 7, 2015, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) is a division of O-la-mi, offering a unique summer experience for rising 3rd-8th graders with a variety of needs including, but not limited to, communication and learning differences, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, sensory motor integration challenges, and those on the spectrum. The mission of this program
is to improve each child’s ability to develop positive relationships and make social connections in their community and with their peers, as well as create a fun inclusionary summer experience! Hand in Hand entails a daily combination of therapeutic social skills provided by clinicians, along with an inclusion program to reinforce what was learned and to encourage social engagement with others.
If you are interested, contact Dinushka De Silva, Inclusion Coordinator, at (203) 487-0946 or to set up an interview with our JCC staff and trained clinicians from the Child Guidance Center. We are sensitive to summer school schedules. If you would like to join the summer program in the afternoon we are open to discussion. As always, scholarship assistance is provided.
LOF Adaptive Skiers - Day Camp for Blind & Visually Impaired Kids. Join us for a 4-day water sports day camp from 9am - 12:30pm that’s designed for visually impaired and blind kids, ages 6-17. Students will learn to waterski and wakeboard at our safe, clean lakeside headquarters on Lake Zoar in Sandy Hook, CT. Free of charge. Fully insured. Watersking, wakeboarding, kayaking. Register: 203-426-0666.
Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut - Goodwill programs provide training, support and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities and disadvantages in our communities. Goodwill programs serve youth between the ages of 14 and 25 throughout the western and northern regions of CT. Although the different programs offered provide varying levels of services based on the needs of the individual, all have the same basic goal: to provide work experience and/or academic activities to enable students to be work-ready upon graduation from high school or training program. Goodwill 165 Ocean Terrace, Bridgeport, CT 06605. Phone: (203) 368-6511. Website: Email:
Oak Hill Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities - Oak Hill offers three camps, specifically designed for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. The camps, located in Waterford and West Hartford, are packed with outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, hiking and boating. Each one is set in a beautiful natural location with easily accessible amenities.
Free Summer Meals for Kids - An End Hunger Connecticut Program. Summer meals are free, nutritious, meals and snacks that are provided to kids and teens, 18 years of age and younger, throughout the summer when school is out. Meals are made possible through federal nutrition programs, like the: National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program. Summer meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and are comprised of milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat or another protein. To see if particular dietary substitutions can be made, parents or caregivers should contact the sponsor of the program. Sponsor contact information, when available, can be found by using the Location Finder on the program website. Some locations serve breakfast and snacks as well as lunch. No paperwork required. No registration required. No identification (ID) required. And, most important, No Cost! Website:   Phone:  (860) 560-2100; Twitter: @CTnokidhungry; Instagram: @CTnokidhungry; Text CTmeals to 877877 for summer meals sites near you (But not while driving!) Also you can Dial 211 for information
Summer Jobs - There are many commercial .com employment sites on the internet. Our listing includes mostly .org, .edu and .gov resources. How Parents Can Help - Tips for Parents.
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YMCA Camp Oakasha Junior Counselor and Counselor in Training Program - Interested in working with kids in a summer camp setting and learning the in’s and outs of being a summer camp counselor and leader?  Our camp program, located in Southbury, has ample opportunity for teens aged 14 – 16 to learn and work with children. Receive formal training in what it takes to be a counselor and assist senior counselors in their work leading games, assisting campers, and serving as a positive role model. Our traditional day camp is coed and activities include archery, boating, climbing tower, swimming, sports, games, arts & crafts, nature exploration and much more! Please visit for more information.
Connecticut Youth Employment - Connecticut Department of Labor Youth Employment Portal. Laws, information, tips, self-assessment. Your first stop for Connecticut youth employment.
Youth@Work Program. Youth@Work is a public-private partnership between the City of New Haven, the New Haven Board of Education, Workforce Alliance, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Empower New Haven.  The program provides summer and year-round employment opportunities, workplace exposure and work readiness activities to youth who may be challenged by socio-economic and/or academic barriers to workplace success. The program targets in-school youth, ages 14-21, who are New Haven residents and/or attend New Haven public schools.  Youth@Work is also a part of the Mayor's Youth Initiative, aimed at providing young people workplace exposure, mentoring and school and community-based enrichment activities. For general information on Youth@Work, please contact the office at 203 946-7582 or  If you have questions pertaining to summer bussing or the Mayor's Youth Guide to summer activities, please contact Stephen Driffin, Youth Services Specialist at 203-946-7173. New Haven Youth Services
Bridgeport Youth Summer Employment 2014
The Office of Youth Services is prepared to  accept applications, interview candidates, and match prospective youth with the ideal job.  Interested youth should contact Mary Ray, Teen Training and Employment Specialist at 203-576-7252.
The Department of Children and Families Wilderness School 2015 Employment information is available at
CT Jobs - Employment opportunities in many fields.
Travelers Careers Site - Summer Jobs for Students
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Fisheries Seasonal Job Opportunities Spring/Summer/Fall 2013
The Connecticut Job Opportunities website is
Summer Job Finder website
Jobs2Careers - Summer Job fionder - Summer Jobs in Connecticut 

Connecticut Hospitals - From the American Hospital Directory, with links to hospital web sites and job opportunities.

Work for Students

Summer Jobs for Teens Tips Video

Best of the Web - Employment

Create Your Own Summer Job - 6 Ideas

Tri-State Job Postings

Yahoo! Job Listings for Youth 

The American Camp Association - Summer Camp Jobs

Connecticut Summer Jobs - Links to summer employment opportunities in Connecticut 

Capital Workforce Partners - 2015 Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program Pre-Application. The 2015 Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program pre-application process begins February 9, 2015 at 2pm and will close April 30, 2015. Online Application:.

NiOSH - National Institute of Safety and Health - Working Together for Safety — A State Team Approach to Preventing Occupational Injuries in Young People - Great information for young workers!

How to help your teen get a summer job. - Articles and tips.

Better Parenting Institute - 50 Summer Jobs for Kids

The Beehive  Information website

Pathways to the World of Work for Young Adults - Connecticut Department of Labor

Youth Rules - US Department of Labor

Summer Job Ideas for Kids and Youth


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According to information on the Department of Children and Families website: Deciding when your child is ready to stay home alone is a difficult decision for parents. There is no set age, either prescribed by law or by child development experts. It comes down to a judgment call on the part of parents.
You will find this information as well as a babysitting checklist and information about choosing and instructing a babysitter at
Department of Public Safety Babysitting Guide
Department of Labor Information for Youths under 18 -
Autism Speaks
SIT for Autism: A training for Babysitters. Free event March 1, 2014, Ballard Green, 25 Gilbert Street, Ridgefield, CT 
Also check with your town hall to see if they have a town sponsored babysitting course. They may have more information about appropriate ages.
Other helpful babysitting websites
Tips and Advice for Families and Caregivers -
Lawn Care and Yard Work
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Pet Sitting
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Start a Pet Sitting Business the Correct Way!
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Tutor Seniors in Social Media -
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11 - 15 Years old and too young to be a lifeguard but want to get ready - GuardStart  is for you.
Vehicle Wash
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A good job that is always in demand is washing vehicles. This does not have to be limited to cars, but you can start by letting neighbors know that you will be washing cars for a competitive price. Print up some attractive and colorful flyers that list your services (wash, wax, vacuum, ...), the prices and your contact information. Look for small businesses in your area that have vehicles such as delivery vans. There will be some initial investment in supplies. Be certain to check the prices for such services in your area and set your rates to be competetive. Do a great job, give good value, be enthusiastic and professional, and your reputation will get around.
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Do you have a bike? Consider making deliveries for local buiinesses. You could be an inexpensive alternative to other delivery serivces. Check prices and give affordable rates.
Lemonade Stand
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There are many reasons why kids can want to put up a lemonade stand: they may want some extra spending money; they may want to support a charity; or it may be near the end of summer and they have done everything else. Whatever the reason, it is a great opportunity for children to become familiar with the fundamentals of running a successful business in a low risk environment. Whether you are selling lemonade or gourmet chocolates, the basic business principles apply equally - sell a quality product at a fair price from a good location with a clean and inviting environment in an enthusiastic manner. It also helps to have the patience to stick to it, and enough creativity to find some way to make your business stand out.
Some Resources:
1. Start with a business plan. Help your child develop a realistic plan that will include such items as the type of job/business they would like to do, the current need for that service in your area, any necessary tools or equipment, any initial investment, any special training or certification, and a realistic earnings goal. Help them check their progress periodically.
2. Check with local authorities regarding any applicable laws or regulations.
3. Safety, safety, safety! If any tools or appliances are involved, make certain that your child is fully trained on the proper use and safety procedures, and is fully equipped with any necessary safety equipment sucn as eye and ear protection. Also be certain that your child can contact you when necessary for any emergency or just questions.
4. Keep it their project. Provide encouragement, assistance, and help with things such as transportation, but limit your involvement. Remember that while the summer job money might be an important goal, the life lessons of self-reliance, dependability, achievement, business skills, and hard work are far more important and will last a lot longer than the money earned.
What could be more rewarding than to spend your summer helping others and getting valuable experience at the same time! The following organizations accept volunteers over the summer months. Volunteer opportunities often result in valuable references for later employment. - Volunteer opportunity search organization's Connecticut page.
Volunteen Nation -  Volunteer opportunity search site for teens.
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Volunteer opportunities are available for youth of 14 years of age and over. A vaiiety of positions and services in different areas of the center are available.
Saint Francis Hospital Junior Volunteer Program
High School students between the ages of 15 and 17 and college students can volunteer during the academic year or the summer. A minimum commitment of one four - hour shift each week is required. We require students to volunteer for at least 40 hours during the school year and 50 hours during the summer. During the summer a volunteer must commit to being here at least 6 out of the 8 weeks to reach the 50 hours. These guidelines ensure that this will be a win-win experience for the students and the hospital staff.
The Wadsworth Atheneum
Our friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful volunteers become the face of the museum. They sell tickets, direct visitors, seat theater-goers, assist in the Museum Shop, in the Auerbach Art Library and offer a host of other talents. There is a perfect volunteer opportunity for anyone-  from college students to retiree! We’ll be glad to work around your schedule to have the benefit of your support. Ready to volunteer? Download an application here.
Purpose: Support the museum’s administrative functions. Qualifications: Museum members of all levels of skill and accomplishment are welcome. Opportunities: Positions are available at the information desk, the Auerbach Library, The Museum Shop and the Aetna Theater.
Hartford Hospital
You can serve in many ways! There are over 200 positions available to volunteers throughout the hospital. The majority of these positions have their hours restricted to weekdays, 8am to 5pm, although some evening and weekend positions are available.

Volunteer Requirements: Age: Volunteers are required, by regulations, to be a minimum of 14 years of age. Some departments have other age requirements - for example, Patient Care units, the Child Care Center, and the Auxiliary Store require volunteers to be at least 16 years old.
Time: Volunteers must commit to the minimum required volunteer time: Teens - 50 hours minimum, over 5 consecutive weeks.
The Hospital of Central Connecitcut
New Britain General campus: (860) 224-5231
Bradley Memorial campus: (860) 276-5103
Every day, dozens of community members of all ages donate their time and talents to support Hospital of Central Connecticut patients, visitors and staff.  Whether filing in our administrative offices, transporting patients around the hospital or keeping family members in our waiting rooms company, our volunteers help the hospital provide outstanding care with efficiency and compassion.
Johnson Memorial Hospital
Who can volunteer at JMH? You need to be 14 years old to volunteer. We ask that you are dependable and able to make a commitment of a minimum of 100 hours. Volunteers average three to four hours of service per week.
When can you volunteer? We have volunteers on duty in different departments from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. The time that you would volunteer would depend on your availability and what hours are available in the department that you choose. We do have after school and weekend openings in some departments.
Why volunteer? JMH volunteers come here for many different reasons. They enjoy the personal satisfaction of helping others. Also, they are interested in gaining insight into the world of health care.
We provide uniforms, free and convenient parking, meals for volunteers who volunteer at least three hours and other benefits such as annual recognition dinners and educational opportunities.
How can I become a JMH volunteer? Click to e-mail or call 860-684-8216 to request an application and information packet. If you are a high school student, request a teen volunteer packet. If you completed high school, request an adult volunteer packet. You may request a packet be sent to you by e-mail or US mail.
Bristol Hospital
The Junior Volunteer Program offers two programs:
1.The Academic Year Program is coordinated with high school students, making it possible for them to gain valuable experience in the hospital setting. The Junior Volunteers report to the hospital after school and work until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 2.The Summer Junior Volunteer Program is designed to provide the Junior Volunteers with a meaningful experience and to explore different careers in healthcare. The Junior Volunteers work from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Junior Volunteers are assigned to work in most departments within the hospital. The program provides invaluable experience for young adults.
Benefits of Volunteering: Meal allowance on your volunteer day, •Annual recognition event, •Holiday celebration, •National Volunteer Week luncheon, •Participation in hospital activities
Along with these benefits, some of the greatest are helping our patients and families, making friends, and exploring healthcare careers. All of the above, plus the satisfaction of a job well done will make your time at Bristol Hospital worthwhile.
CONTACT US: Karen Cornell, Director, Cindy McCool, Secretary, Volunteer Services, P.O. Box 977, Bristol, CT 06011-0977
Additional Hospital Volunteer Programs
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Connecticut Museum Quest - Reviews of Connecticut Museums, Trails and More. A great resource!
Want to find a great swimming hole? There is a website that helps you find one -  Always swim safely!!
Teen Summer Community Service Programs
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Safe Bicycle Riding - Connecticut State Police Tips Sheet
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth@Work Talking Safety
Suggested Resources
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The ConneCT Kids Summer Planning Guides are meant to act as a resource for Connecticut parents and children looking to make the most of their summer vacations whether it be by attending one of the great Connecticut summer camps, inproving their skills or knowledge in a short summer program, finding a summer job, or just having fun. Our primary focus is non-profit organizations, but we do accept notices from for-profit businesses at our discretion. Our aim is to be as all-inclusive as possible so that all Connecticut children might benefit from this service. Therefore, we strongly urge organizations looking to list their summer programs on these pages, that they include information for parents of handicapped children of all types. They can often do a lot more than you think and their need is greater.
The following are some recommendations based on our past experience.
1. Minimal items to include in your listing: short program descriptions; dates: age groups; contact information including phone, website and email; address; items to bring; registration deadlines. NOTE: We are no longer including cost information in listings.
2. Make certain that your website is up-to-date with the same information.
3. Keep the listing short and concise. Our role is to point parents and children to your website, not to duplicate it.
4. Supply updates if you are re-listing or notify us if you are no longer offering the programs.
5. Email or call if any questions or comments. We appreciate feedback on our service.
6. Listings are provided as a service to parents and children and do not constitute an endorsement by the State of Connecticut.
Have a Safe and Happy Summer!

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