School Age Summer Camp

School Age Summer Camp Children 5-12 Years Old

This year the CELC is creating a summer camp experience that children will never forget!  We offer 9 weeks of camp, beginning June 25-August 31.  Families can pick and choose the weeks they want their child to attend.


Camp starts at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm.  Before and after care is available beginning 7:30am and ending at 5:30pm.


CELC is CLOSED the week of August 6th.  There is no care this week.

Unique Summer Camp Experience

Swimming

Campers will have the opportunity to take private swimming lessons at the Skenandoa Country Club Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings with Red Cross Certified lifeguards.  Once lessons are finished, children enjoy a free swim period and healthy snack under the pavilion.  


Art

What would a summer camp be without art?  Throughout the summer children will be introduced to a variety of art experiences from designing and creating puppets, weaving, bead work, water color painting, sculpting with clay and more!


Field Trips

At the end of summer the children will go on a weekly field trip.  Some of the places we visit are The Wild Animal Park, Fort Rickey Game Farm, Kirkland Town Park and the Utica Zoo.  


The Glen at Hamilton College

The Glen offers a variety of experiences for children, allowing them to get back in touch with nature.  On the days we go into the Glen, our goal is to facilitate a connection to nature and learning through a wide array of nature based games, crafts and activities including:

  • Wildcrafting- learning to identify the wild edible and medicinal plants that grow in our region and how to use them.
  • Wilderness Skills- shelter building, cordage making/rope craft, animal tracking, tree identification, scouting, and developing navigational skills.
  • Ecology Education- studying ecosystems, reading landscapes, learning about the local flora and fauna, and fostering environmental stewardship.
  • Self-Discovery & Expression- awareness games, using natural materials to make crafts, and story telling.


Hillary Joy Potoniak will be working with us this summer as we forage around in the forest!  Hillary Joy works at Hamilton College and works at Primitive Pursuits in Ithaca, NY.


Specialty Camps

New this year the CELC School Age Summer Camp is offering specialty camps. 


BOATING CAMP

Week 3 July 9-July13
Maximum of 10 children
Ages 9-12 Years Old
Cost $180
9:00AM-4:00PM (Before and After Care is available for an additional fee)


Crew Needed for Pirate ship adventure week! Are you scurvy enough to spend a week learning and playing in boats? Able to swim but would rather walk the plank? Know how to swash a buckle? (No, we don’t know what that means either.)

If you answered yes, then this is the camp for you! Each day we’ll get into different boats and learn how to make them move. Canoes, kayaks, rafts, flotsam, jetsam, we’ll paddle them all!


Andrew Jillings has been the Director of Outdoor Leadership at Hamilton College for over 20 years. Currently an American Canoe Association Level 4 Instructor for Whitewater and coastal kayaking. He is also certified Wilderness First Responder and got his start as an outdoor educator as a camp waterfront counselor. 


Andrew and his crew, along with the CELC school age camp counselors will be with your children all week. A minimum number of 5 children is needed to run this camp and there is a maximum of 10 children who can have fun with us this week. Campers who wish to enroll in our Boating Camp must be at least 9 years of age.

  

Monday 

Introduction and name games

Introduction to boating, fit PFD’s and paddles, describe canoes and kayaks, boat part name game.

Tip test at Hamilton College pond.

Lunch

Paddle strokes and games

Rafting up, keyboards, closing activities

Tuesday

Canoeing day trip, Nine Mile Swamp

Wednesday

Kayak Day Trip, Lake Moraine

Thursday

Pirate Day & Canoe Wars

Friday

Extreme Day-radical raft building, closing ceremonies- awards and prizes.



ROPES COURSE ADVENTURE CAMP 

Week 4 July 16-July 20
Maximum of 20 children
Ages 8-12 Years Old
Cost $180
9:00AM-4:00PM (Before and After Care is available for an additional fee)


Let’s go on an adventure! Spend the week climbing, hiking, outdoor baking, and exploring local forests and mountains. We will learn new skills at your child’s pace, making sure everyone has a good time! This camp takes place on the Hamilton College Campus in the Glen.  There are a variety of high and low elements children will be challenged on. Team building, team work, and cooperation is the name of the game this week!


Andrew Jillings has been the Director of Outdoor Leadership at Hamilton College for over 20 years. He has managed ropes courses and climbing walls since 1988. His is a PMBIA mountain bike instructor and Wilderness First Responder.

Andrew and his staff, along with the CELC school age camp counselors will be with your children all week. A minimum number of 8 children is needed to run this camp and a maximum of 20 children can have fun with us this week. Campers who wish to enroll in our Adventure Camp must be at least 8 years of age.

  

Monday 

Introduction and name games

Overview of the week- sunny schedule and not so great weather options

Tour of campus ropes course

Tuesday

Low rope elements

Wednesday

High rope elements and raft building

Thursday

Climbing wall and outdoor baking

Friday

Fancy Dress Final Friday Funtacular complete with closing ceremonies- awards and prizes .

  


HORSEBACK RIDING CAMP at the Root Farm  

Week 8 August 20-24
Maximum of 10 children
Ages 5-8 Years Old
Cost $237
9:00AM-4:00PM (Before and After Care is available for an additional fee)

The Root Farm Horseback Riding Camp is a week long equine camp experience which will include riding instruction, overview of basic horsemanship- including horse care and knowledge of safety and equipment. Lessons and activities are designed to teach the most important fundamentals of horseback riding. Participants will learn the basics of reining skills and seat positions while on horseback. Campers will have the opportunity to learn various riding styles, including English, Western and vaulting.


Each day your camper will eat lunch at the Root Farm that you provide. After lunch, the children will enjoy an hour of swimming right at the Root Farm. On Friday, the children will whoosh through the trees on the farm’s new zip line and have the opportunity to try rock climbing on the Root Farm’s new 40-foot-high rock climbing tower! How much fun can you have in one week?!


A minimum of 7 campers is needed to run this camp, a maximum of 10 campers can enroll in this experience. Campers must be 5-8 years old to ride this week. Register your child for week 9 if they are between the ages of 9 and 12 years old.

The Root Farm is focused on learning and healing for people of all ages and abilities through the power of equine, agricultural and recreational experiences. It is a place of learning and growing for countless individuals and their families, providing a sense of responsibility along with the skills that will bring independence, employment and self-worth to all participants through life-enriching opportunities.

 

Monday- Introduction to Horses

Campers find out about responsibilities of horsemanship, safety, care and the history of the human to horse relationship.

   

Tuesday- Horse Care
Campers gain hands-on experience with horses by participating in the day-to-day activities of a working horse farm. Campers assist with feeding, grooming, and cleaning skills.


Wednesday- Equine Tack and Equipment

Each part of the saddle and bridle plays a key role in the comfort and safety of horse and rider. Campers help with saddling and bridling a horse and learn appropriate use of equipment.

   

Thursday- Horseback Riding
New riders develop their skills with mounting, dismounting, walking, turning and stopping.
 

Friday- Zip Lining and Rock Climbing Wall!! 



HORSEBACK RIDING CAMP at the Root Farm

Week 9 August 27-31
Maximum of 10 children
Ages 9-12 Years Old
Cost $237
9:00AM-4:00PM (Before and After Care is available for an additional fee) 


This camp is the same program as the previous week, just geared for the older children.




Rates

Our basic Summer Camp is $150 a week.  We offer Before Care from 7:30am-9:00am  and After Care from 4:00pm-5:30pm.  The weekly rate for each is $20.


Specialty Camp Pricing:

Boating Camp is for children ages 9-12 years old. Maximum enrollment is 12. The cost is $180 for the week.


Ropes Course Adventure Camp is for children ages 8-12. Maximum enrollment for this camp is 20. The cost is $180 for the week.


Horsback Riding Camp is $237 for the week.  We offer this camp for different age groups on different weeks.