Introducing Summer Voyager. Summer Voyager, presented by the Stamford Public Education Foundation in conjunction with Stamford Public Schools, is a 6-week, full-day summer camp providing academic and enrichment programs for elementary-aged youth (rising 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students). Our goal is to offer kids a “learning while having fun” academic environment and provide a wide variety of enriching experiences that include athletics, arts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Dates: 6 weeks, July 8 – August 16th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (8:15 a.m. drop-off and healthy breakfast)
Location: Hart Magnet Elementary School, 61 Adams Avenue, Stamford, CT 06907
Transportation: Bus service will be provided upon request to and from camp from central bus stops in Stamford. Specific locations will be provided at Orientation. Buses will also transport campers between morning and afternoon activities, as needed.
Meals: A healthy breakfast and bag lunch with water is provided each day.
Daily Schedule: Each day is divided into two segments in which campers will “voyage” into areas of learning and activities that they may not generally experience.
Academics (9:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.): Each Voyager will be assigned a classroom with a certified teacher.
Enrichment (1:30 – 4:30) Each Voyager will rotate through two weeks of Arts, Athletics and STEM activities.
This exposure is in keeping with Stamford Public Schools’ mission of providing an education that cultivates productive habits of mind, body and heart in every student.
Tuition: Standard tuition is $2,000 for 6 weeks. Additional options: $750 for 2-weeks or $1,500 for 4 weeks. (Note: there is a reduced rate for attending all 6 weeks).
What Makes Summer Voyager Unique?
Voyagers who participate in this innovative journey of learning and enrichment will:
• engage in a combination of academics and fun activities each day
• gain/develop an interest/talent that they can continue beyond the summer
• develop skills and knowledge that will allow them to thrive in school
Each day, Voyagers will arrive to camp at Hart Magnet Elementary School and enjoy a healthy breakfast to start their day and get them energized for their journey into classroom learning. The curriculum is designed to be thought-provoking and engaging, while reinforcing topics from the previous school year and preparing the kids for the start of the school year. Lunch and recess will follow.
During the afternoon, Voyagers will embark on their enrichment experience, which focuses on promoting and developing social-emotional competencies and healthy lifestyles. Three areas of stimulating enrichment programming are being offered:
Stamford Museum and Nature Center (SM&NC) will offer your rising 4th and 5th grade Voyagers “Wild at Art,” a two-week adventure that engages a student’s interest in art and the natural world, and the relationships between the two. It will take place at the SM&NC, enabling campers to take advantage of the array of resources the site offers including working with animals, completing activities in the art galleries and completing field studies. Each day there will be a daily theme that draws connections between art, science, and the natural world, such as:
• environmental sculpture and engineering
• art from recycled materials
• primitive and Native American skills such creation of natural dyes, pit firing, and bow drills
• simple machine designs for early farm work
• creation of our own watercolors through color science and chemistry
For rising 6th grade students, SM&NC will offer a “Eco-Work,” a two-week, hands-on program providing your Voyager with Environmental Career Exploration. It will take place at the SM&NC, enabling campers to take advantage of the array of resources the site offers. Each day of the session a new aspect of an environmentally-based career will be explored. These may include: Farming/Livestock Management; Farming/Crop & Products; Forestry; Land Management; Environmental Art; Water Quality; Wildlife Biology; and Environmental Forensics.
Over a two-week period, Peak Performance Sports Camps will provide our Voyagers a unique opportunity to participate in various sports and activities that they play during their Physical Education classes but not during the Summer! The program will allow the Voyagers the chance to play EVERYTHING they see during the school year in a physically and mentally safe environment! Floor Hockey, Pinball, Battleship, Basketball, Tag Games, Wiffle ball, Soccer, Flag Football, Capture the Flag, and much, much, more! Best of all the programs will be supervised by Physical Education Teachers, Certified Teachers and or Coaches. Come join us and don’t miss out on the fun!!!
Each of our Voyagers will head to SoundWaters Coastal Education Center in Cove Island Park each afternoon for two weeks for The SoundWaters Academy, a progressive summer program focused on academic/outdoor experiential activities. Voyagers will perform STEM experiments and research including remotely operated vehicles, live animals and use scientific sampling gear to collect data on and in the water. The students will rotate throughout the day allowing everyone to have time learning on the water, in the lab or in the field.