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Summer Programs Washington Montessori School
New Preston, Connecticut

Washington Montessori offers a variety of summer camps and programs for students ages 3-14 on our 48-acre campus nestled in the Litchfield Hills. These offerings range from a Montessori-inspired program for our youngest campers, to sports clinics and specialty camps for our older campers. Whether you are looking to fill just one week in your child’s vacation schedule, or to participate in a full summer of programming, we offer fun programming and flexibility to meet your family’s needs.

If you have already registered, you can access the Summer Camp Parent Dashboard here.

Please email summer@washingtonmontessori.org if you have any questions.

Summer Camps at Washington Montessori

Young Campers (Ages 3-5)

Young Campers will inspire children to explore, create, and play! Led by WMS teachers, this program is designed for students entering preschool and kindergarten (who are completely potty trained). Each day will include water-play on our playgrounds, arts & crafts, games, and more. Campers who choose to stay for a full day will also have lunch, rest time, and additional outdoor activities in the afternoons.

  • June 24-28
  • July 1-5 (No camp on July 4th)
  • July 8-12
  • July 15-19
  • July 22-26
  • July 29 – August 2
 FULL DAY 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM $475 $400
 HALF DAY 8:30 AM - 12 PM  $325 $275

Elementary Campers will provide children entering 1-4 grades with an engaging and active summer experience on our campus and around Litchfield County. Each week will focus on a particular theme, which will guide campers’ activities and outings. Campers will also participate in indoor and outdoor play, arts & crafts, and a weekly trip to the beach. 

  • June 24-28
  • July 1-5 (No camp on July 4th)
  • July 8-12
  • July 15-19
  • July 22-26
  • July 29 – August 2
 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM  $475 $400

Elementary Explorers offer children the opportunity to explore new subjects and cultivate existing interest through immersive one-week programs. Each camp is devoted to a specific subject, from visual arts to rock climbing, and fencing to gardening, to ensure the most in-depth, appropriate exposure to the topic possible. Elementary Explorers offer engaging programming for students entering grades 1-5, and each camp is geared towards a specific age group or group. Campers will also participate in indoor and outdoor play, arts & crafts, and a weekly trip to the beach.

Dates & Themes
  • June 24-28: Rock Climbers & Trailblazers (grades 2-5)
  • July 1-5 (No camp on July 4th): Minecraft & Game Design (grades 3-5)
  • July 8-12: Sports & Outdoor Games (grades 1-5)
  • July 15-19: Theatre (grades 3-5)
  • July 15-19: Fencing (grades 1-4)
  • July 22-26: Mixed Media Art (grades 2-5)
  • July 29 – August 2: Farm & Garden (grades 2-5)
 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM  $500 $425

Middle School Summer Programs

Middle School Immersions (Entering Grades 6-8)
Washington Montessori’s summer immersion programs provides students entering grades 6-8 with hands-on intensive exploration programs, based on the Montessori Middle School model. Each week will explore a particular theme or topic, ranging from cooking to woodworking.
Dates & Themes
  • July 1-5 (No camp on July 4th): Science & Energy
    • Energy is a hot topic these days; whether it be the discussion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, or energy costs. Although  energy is ever-present; it moves our bodies, vehicles, and the machines that propel our modern lifestyles, it can also be a difficult concept to explain. This 3 day camp will define what energy is and explore three alternative energy sources: wind, solar, and hydropower. Students will develop an understanding of the processes used to generate electricity from renewable resources such as the sun, wind, and ocean waves. Hands-on activities will include building an anemometer (a device used to measure wind speed and direction) and creating a solar powered night light. Additionally, children will construct a model wave generator and investigate the exciting future of Marine Hydrokinetics. The aim of this program is to promote a new generation of energy-conscious individuals who will help to promote excitement, knowledge and passion for the bright future of renewable energy.
  • July 8-12: Outdoor Adventure
    • During this week-long experience, middle school wilderness adventurers will learn the basics of surviving and thriving in the outdoors.  We will hike trails ranging from shady riverside walks to long, challenging climbs, and learn the skills necessary to have a safe and enjoyable experience outdoors.  To do that, we will learn about outdoor gear, stoves, tents, how to prepare food, what to do in a thunderstorm, wilderness safety and first aid, plant and animal identification, and much more.  Our week will culminate in an overnight backpacking trip on Thursday.  Students who sign up should be ready to take on challenging hikes and any weather eventuality. Students will need sleeping bags and pads. We will provide everything else!
  • July 15-19: Woodworking
    • The craft of working with wood is one of the world’s oldest practices, and wood is one of the strongest, most versatile, sustainable and resilient materials available. In this immersion class, students will work with and learn the benefits of different species of wood, learn safe practices and use a variety of hand and power tools.  Students will have the opportunity to practice various joinery and shaping techniques – from cutting to carving – to complete several group and individual projects. The class will also take some field trips to meet with area woodworkers and furniture makers.
  • July 22-26: Be a Chef
    • We all love making great food and exploring different cuisines. During this week, the students will learn about the nuts and bolts of the art of cooking, from how to read a recipe and measure ingredients to nutrition, flavor profiles, and cutting and chopping skills.  Visits from professional chefs and field trips to area restaurants and purveyors will introduce different cuisines and add to our understanding of the art. In addition, we’ll explore where our food comes from with visits to local farms and markets.  Our class will end our week with a feast that we design, plan, and cook for our families.
 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM  $525 $450

Washington Montessori’s summer expedition will build knowledge of sustainability issues in the Adirondacks through an expeditionary learning model. Activities, from canoeing to rock climbing, are paired with a different ecological theme that will inspire thoughtful reflection on the role of nature in our lives and the ways in which humans impact the environment, both positively and negatively. All activities are appropriate for first-time participants in good physical health. Instruction in technical skills will be provided and led by guides with appropriate certification. All equipment necessary for backpacking, canoeing and climbing will be provided. 

Dates: July 29-August 2

Tuition: $1,000

MondayTravel to Keene Valley Setup camp in the heart of the Adirondacks and prepare for the adventures to come.  Biotic Communities and Watersheds
TuesdayHiking Mt. Colden/Trap Dyke: A classic Adirondack hike along open slabs of granite with a non-technical scramble up a rock fissure to the summit.  Public Access and Recreation
WednesdayRock Climbing The Courthouse: Accessed via a relatively short approach hike along Johns Brook, which drains New York’s highest peak - Mount Marcy - this is an excellent top rope wall with numerous quality routes for climbers of all ability levels.  Conservation and Land Use
ThursdayCanoe Expedition Overnight canoe camping trip on Saranac or Raquette Lake Leave No Trace
FridayCanoe Expedition Return from overnight canoe camping trip. Stop in Lake Placid then drive back to WMS. Transference

Youth Sports Clinics

WMS Sports Clinics are open to students entering grades 1-6, and participants will be divided into age-appropriate groups. Each day will be divided into three components: 1) Individual skill building and fundamentals; 2) Team games and group drills to put the skills to work in a live game situation; and 3) A gradual build-up to a simulated scrimmage, especially by the last two days. Our goal is for the students to learn and improve their games, all in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

TENNISAug 12-16 8:30 AM - 12 PM $275
BASKETBALLAug 19-23 8:30 AM - 12 PM $275
SOCCERAug 26-30 8:30 AM - 12 PM $275