Summer camps at Heartworks and Renaissance

There will be opportunities to paint, cook, create, explore, study the sky, and garden at Heartworks and Renaissance this summer. Courtesy photo
There will be opportunities to paint, cook, create, explore, study the sky, and garden at Heartworks and Renaissance this summer. Courtesy photo

Staff report

For the 29th consecutive summer, the Heartworks Preschools will offer a variety of summer camp opportunities for children ages two to five years old. Their caring and professional educators serve as counselors to engage each child in outdoor activities, water play, enrichment, field trips, including some to Shelburne Farms.

Beginning in mid-June and running through early August, children will have the opportunity to participate in the likes of Kitchen Chemistry, Arts Alive, Enchanted Earth, and Starry, Starry Night. There will be opportunities to paint, cook, create, explore, study the sky, and garden. The offerings are designed to introduce children to a variety of programming to enhance their summer and ready them for the school year in the fall.

They will offer an infant and toddler summer program at the Shelburne Heartworks location for children ages six weeks to 23 months old. Children will be well cared for by professional teachers and their day will be spent enjoying the outdoors and participating in developmentally appropriate offerings and exercises.

For those entering kindergarten through the sixth grade in the 2016-17 school year, the Renaissance Enrichment Academy offers programming at Shelburne Farms beginning in late June. This is the 13th summer of enrichment at Renaissance Elementary School and each week offers a dedicated theme with engaging hands-on activities to further enhance the camp experience.

There will be ample opportunities for outdoor adventures each week and participating children will make regular use of Shelburne Farms. Due to many requests over the years, they have added a new age group this summer. The Trailblazers are children who are five and entering kindergarten in the fall. There will be two offerings for this age group, one focused on dinosaurs and another on bees. The Pathfinders are children who have completed kindergarten, first and second grade and these campers will learn about nature discovery, space, rainforests and a “week in Paris.” The Explorers, the oldest campers, will enjoy week long programming that focuses on nature writing, arts and crafts, fashion design, and architecture.

Summer camp programming is under the direction of the Heartworks and Renaissance Schools, a recognized and established leader in independent school education in northern Vermont. Founded in 1988, these schools have a highly respected and longstanding reputation for academic excellence, personalized attention, caring teachers and staff. The camps are purposefully kept small in size to allow for close relationships between campers, teachers and counselors. Their personal approach and content level makes learning and exploring fun as the children participate in camp offerings.

For registration information visit http://www.heartworksvt.com/summer-programs/.