Summer Vacation Camp
Eight one-week sessions:
June 29 – August 21
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$160 Member, $180 Non-member
There is no better place for your child to spend his/her summer, exploring Blithewold’s gorgeous 33 acres of shorefront, gardens and grounds.
For children in grades K-4 (entering grades 1-5)
For more information about registering your child as a CIT (Counselor in Training), click here.
Each fun-filled week has a unique theme and is packed full of arts and crafts, science, games, beach exploration, hiking through the gardens & grounds, nature exploration, music and dancing, Family Fun Friday performances, and visits from special guests!
Freedom Week (June 29 - July 3) This week is all about the 4th of July! Campers will learn about the history of Bristol (the birthplace of the 4th of July Parade) and our nation, while enjoying activities such as patriotic arts and crafts, games such as water balloon U.S trivia, watermelon relay races, Capture the Flag , and a camp parade.
Life at Sea (July 6 - 10) Summer in RI is all about the beach! This week campers will get to spend lots of time doing beach exploration, seine fishing, making a seaweed press, enjoying sprinkler fun, learning about animal habitats, creating seashell arts and crafts, celebrating various creatures of the sea, listening to tales of the high seas, and making sailor’s valentines.
Fun and Fitness (July 13 - 17) Summer in RI is all about the beach! This week campers will get to spend lots of time doing beach exploration, seine fishing, making a seaweed press, enjoying sprinkler fun, learning about animal habitats, creating seashell arts and crafts, celebrating various creatures of the sea, listening to tales of the high seas, and making sailor’s valentines.
Junior Picassos (July 20 - 24) The majestic gardens and grounds of Blithewold are true inspiration for budding artists! This week, Junior Picasso’s will enjoy art al fresco, nature art projects, culinary arts, floral design, saltwater painting at the beach, a sand castle contest, sculpting, music and dance, photography, art/artists from around the world, and animal art.
Beach Week (July 27 – July 31) This week, campers will celebrate everyone's favorite summer activity — going to the beach! Picnics, water bucket race and water balloon fun, volleyball, making sea-inspired art, sprinkler fun, shell projects, sea-life exploration, treasure hunts, and more!
Explorers Week (August 3 - 7) This week is all about outdoor exploration! Throughout the week, we will explore all of the many places that make our camp so unique! Campers will tour the Mansion, catch frogs at the frog pond, explore gardens galore, enjoy a bamboo forest extravaganza, and do some beach exploration. Campers will have a fun new new theme each day, such as hat day and totally tie-dye day. It is sure to be an exciting week!
Magical Mystical Week (August 10 - 14) Blithewold is a magical place! Campers will be encouraged to bring a wild imagination to camp this week — it will be filled with forts and fairies, wizards and science experiments, magic and surprises! Campers will get to create their very own herbal potions, write their own fairy tales, and even get to create fairy or gnome houses in the gardens.
Theater Week (August 17 - 21) Lights! Cameras! Action! Join us this week for some theatrical fun, including acting lessons, costume making, music, role playing, art al fresco, creative writing, garden expeditions, and an original camp theatrical production!
*Each week at camp, regardless of theme, will include activities such as special guest visits, the vegetable garden program, hikes on the grounds, trips to the frog pond, beach time, sprinkler fun, plenty of time outdoors, and some free play.
Wednesday, April 15
- Wednesday, October 07
Wednesday Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Saturday, August 08
- Saturday, October 10
Saturday Strolls : A Guided Tour of Blithewold
Thursday, October 08
Gardener's Day 2015 : Style- Inside and Outside the Home
Friday, October 09
Pumpkin/Succulent Arrangement Workshop with Katherine Tracy of Avant Gardens
Saturday, October 10
A Walk with the Director
Saturday, October 10
- Monday, October 12
The Shop at Blithewold Members and Friends Tag Sale
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