- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Day
- Provided By: Private School
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Selective: No
- Ages: 12, 13
- Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
- Credit Awarded: No
Our summer camp experience will provide children with the sense of community and connectedness that they long for, in a safe, outdoor setting. Children will spend their days in age-banded groups, taking in all that nature has to offer, as well as benefiting from expert instruction in hard-to-access skills taught by specialist teaching artists. Find out more!
Session 1: Festival!
Festival! feeds children’s need to imagine, tell stories, connect with peers and create together.
Festival! Is led by teaching artist Jenny Sargent
Jenny Sargent is a physical theater artist and has been an arts educator for over 20 years. She has taught physical theater, circus, visual art, and storytelling to students from pre-K through high school. For 6 years, she was a Teaching Artist for NYC’s renowned New Victory Theater, an incubator for innovative creative teaching, and she directed Princeton’s Stone Soup Circus Summer Camp from its inception, building a culture of inclusivity and creative joy that lasted nearly a decade. Currently based in New Orleans, she has taught with the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, Kid smART, Young Audiences, and was a full-time Circus Arts Teacher at the International School of Louisiana for two years. She directs the award-winning physical theater company, Vagabond Inventions. Jenny holds a BA from Oberlin College and a graduate diploma from the movement-theater school Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.
During Festival! campers will spend a part of every day planning for and building elements of a community celebration, including spectacle, music, and performance. There will be a strong emphasis on collaborative process, and the rich learning that comes about through working together. Activities on offer include:
Story creation and myth telling
Giant puppet building and operation
Circus arts and physical theater
Musical instrument creation
Singing and dance
Session 2: Feast!
Feast! Highlights the joy of growing and preparing food in community from earth to table.
Feast! Is led by teaching artist Valerie Leone
Valerie Leone has been involved in outdoor environmental education for over fifteen years. With a sincere passion for the natural world, Valerie has taught students of all ages in the traditional classroom, in many non-traditional settings (including a sailboat!) and, most importantly, in the garden. Valerie holds a Master of Science and combines the study of ecology with the practice of gardening. She is an active advocate for school and community gardens. Valerie currently teaches gardening classes at the Waldorf School of Princeton and as an environmental science adjunct instructor in the area. A certified Biodynamic practitioner, Valerie enjoys stewarding a few acres of her northern New Jersey home and giving back to the land that gives so generously.
During Feast! Campers will spend a part of every day learning about different culinary traditions, cooking techniques, gathering, farming, gardening and harvesting. Almost all day will be spent outside. Activities on offer include:
Clay oven baking
Decorative arts for the table
Dishes from around the world
Foraging and using herbs
Outdoor building projects
Daily RhythmA morning gathering and warm-up
Projects and activities with a midmorning snack
Outdoor play in our campus's lovely outdoor spaces, often including visits to the creek
Wrapping up projects for the day, preparing for the next days activities, quiet rest time