A Montessori Summer is for children ages 3 - 14 and is divided into two Divisions: Preschool and Elementary. Within the Divisions, campers are assigned to a group. Each group has a home base within our beautiful and spacious facility, a comfortable and welcoming place where campers begin each morning and end each afternoon.
Session I: June 20-29
Session II: July 2-July 20 (no camp July 4)
Session III: July 23-August 3
NEW: Half Day Juniors
This year we are expanding our Montessori camp program to include a summer experience for our youngest campers who are between 3-3.5 years old. Our Half Day Juniors will begin camp at 9:00am and end their day at 12:15pm. Campers will have their home base in a Montessori classroom and then enjoy the rest of the AMS campus during the morning. They will have time on our rooftop playgrounds, science class, cooking class, and music classes, as well as a weekly sprinkler adventure on our rooftop playground, and a weekly “trip day” adventure.
Juniors are campers ages 3.5 - 5 (born 12/15/14 or before) who will have completed one year of preschool by June 2018. Juniors attend camp Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3 pm.
Morning activities for Junior groups typically takes place in their home base of our air-conditioned facility, and here, as elsewhere, many activities - from planting seeds to recycling to creating art - have an environmental theme.
In the afternoon, Juniors have the choice of a variety of activities on the BHMS campus and beyond: games, sports skills, and free play in our full-size air-conditioned gymnasium; art workshops that include painting, mask-making, print-making and collage; hands-on music classes; planting and maintaining a garden on the BHMS deck; creative movement and Yoga, cooking; two mornings a week Juniors have instructional swimming and swim games at a local pool. These sessions are taught by lifeguards trained in WSI (Water Safety Instruction).
Our Juniors join the other divisions for all camp trip days.
Intermediates are campers who are entering grades 1-3 in September 2018. Intermediates attend camp Monday through Friday 8:30am to 3pm. Campers in this division spend two days in our reserved playing fields at Prospect Park. At the park they participate in drama, sports, science, and arts and crafts. Nature walks and park adventures change each week. The other two days a week campers are based in our air-conditioned homebase at BHMS and they have a schedule which includes cooking classes in our state of the art teaching kitchen, performing arts classes, multimedia art projects in our redesigned art room, and team sports in our gymnasium and outside on our BRAND NEW outdoor turf playground, and more. Campers will receive swim instruction twice a week. At A Montessori Summer, campers will have a well rounded experience at AMS and try a little of everything. Our Intermediates join the other divisions for all camp trip days.
Seniors are campers who are entering grades 4-6 (7th graders are eligible) in September 2018. Seniors attend camp Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3pm.
Seniors campers are ready for a new experience as they move through the Montessori Camp Curriculum, and we have what they are looking for! Senior campers spend a few hours every morning in an intensive, challenging, and fun environment where they work on a Creative Collaboration Project each session. The teachers are guides and the campers work on a group project which can involve Technology including Coding and Design thinking--Fine Arts--Visual and Performing Arts including Original Web Series. During Creative Collaboration Projects campers practice how to work together in a group and as well as individually on a project, how to set goals and manage their time, and how to find their role in a group and make unique contributions, and how to problem solve. Twice a week campers travel to Prospect Park in the afternoon, and on the two other afternoons they receive swim instruction. Our Seniors join the other divisions for all camp trip days.
Trainers are campers who enjoy being around younger children and have an interest in learning the ropes of being a Counselor in Training (CIT). Trainers are entering grades 7 or 8 in September 2018 (9th graders are eligible).
The training will include:
- Red Cross Babysitter’s Course
- In-house training by camp professionals
- Reading assignments
- Hands-on assignments
- Guest facilitators
- Coaching in Read-a-Louds
- Healthy snack preparation
- Learning about Core Employability Skills and practicing them
Monday through Friday Trainers will experience both training and “pushing in” as Counselors in Training. Trainers will be occasionally divided into Beginner and Advanced in order for them to get the most comprehensive training tailored to their level. Trainers join the other divisions for all camp trip days.
Trainer Apprenticeship: NEW
Graduates from the Trainer program who are 14 years old before the start of camp and get their working papers can apply to be an AMS Apprentice until they are old enough to apply for a paid position as a CIT. CITs must be 15 years old before the first day of camp.
Trainer apprenticeships are offered during Session II. AMS Apprentices work Monday through Friday under the direction of experienced counselors and continue to learn about the nuts and bolts of summer camp as well as hone their Core Employability Skills. There is no fee for the apprenticeship; AMS Apprentices who work effectively will receive a stipend at the end of Session II. Interested graduates of the Trainer program should contact the Director to inquire about the application process.