5/27/20 UPDATE: With the news that state officials are allowing summer camps (but not overnight camps) to open on May 29th (subject to Connecticut-issued Coronavirus Prevention guidelines), we reached out to the camps included in our 2020 Living Greenwich Summer Camp Guide to see if they had any updates to share with us.
NOTE: Not all camps + programs have finalized their decision making processes regarding their 2020 summer sessions. Where updates were available to us, we have included them (in red) with the camp listings below. Since this remains a fluid scenario, for any camps that did not yet have updates for us, and even for those that did, we always recommend you visit their official websites and contact them directly for their latest schedules and information.
Welcome to the 2020 Living Greenwich Summer Camps & Programs Guide – a trusted resource for Greenwich area parents seeking in-depth information on the best summer camps and programs available for their children.
The summer months are an important time in the lives of our children. Summer is the time that young people can discover and explore their talents, pursue new interests and make new friendships!
This year’s edition of our guide is designed to introduce you to the most compelling summer camps and programs available to toddlers-through-teens who live in (and around) Greenwich. Included herein are places, providers, programs and summer experiences that are certain to change and enrich the lives of your children in exceedingly powerful ways.
Where to begin? The 2020 edition of our guide shines the light on a diverse array of camp and program categories: Arts/Culture/Recreation, Educational/Academic, Multi-Discipline, Sports, Overnight Camps, and Traditional Day Camps. Since many of these programs offer a variety of activities and experiential opportunities to their attendees, we strongly suggest taking the time to read the full details for each camp to get an informed sense as to the experiences furnished by each provider.
Without further ado, here's our 2020 selection of Summer Camps and Programs that will amuse, entertain, educate, and inspire your children while simultaneously generating new relationships, accomplishments, and smile-filled moments for them all along the way!
(Note: Featured image above courtesy of Greenwich Community Sailing | "Safety, Fun, and Learning for Everyone!" and featured home page hero image courtesy of Camp Awosting | Where Boys Learn By Doing!)
Scroll Down to Peruse All Camps and Programs - Or Click on Any Name Below to Visit a Specific Camp/Program Overview. Each camp opens in a new tab in your browser - to return to this index page and view additional programs, just return to this tab.
- Allegra Dance Greenwich | Nurturing Dancers Since 1972
- Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Camp Programs | Nature Immersion Experiences
- Camp Awosting | Where Boys Learn By Doing!
- Camp Gan Israel | Fun and Friendship that Lasts Forever!
- Cardinal Soccer Camps | Soccer Camps and Coaching Services
- Clay Art Center | Discover the Art of Summer
- Dance Adventure / Dance Center of Greenwich | Dance Classes and Summer Dance Program
- Greenwich Community Sailing | "Safety, Fun, and Learning for Everyone!"
- Greenwich Crew | Want To Be A Part Of Something Big?
- Greenwich Historical Society | Art and History Camp 2020
- Purchase College State University of New York | Youth and Precollege Programs
- Putnam Indian Field School | Inspiring confidence, curiosity, creativity and a sense of community in every child we teach.
- YWCA Greenwich | 2020 Summer Camps
Living Greenwich Camps + Programs Showcase 2020
Dance classes don’t have to end just because it’s summer! Allegra has created a flexible summer for you and your child(ren) - ages 6 to 14!
Allegra Dance Greenwich offers a variety of ways to keep your dancer moving through the summer. We offer multiple levels of classes (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) in a multitude of dance disciplines including Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Acro and more! Join us for Summer 2020!
Allegra Dance Greenwich, located in Greenwich, Connecticut, is a school of ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern dance, contemporary, acro dance and hip hop dance.
Allegra provides the ideal dance education for all our students by adhering to the philosophy that dance is an art, not a competitive sport. Students with professional aspirations are able to make a seamless transition into the college and professional dance worlds. Students who dance for recreational purposes are able to do so in a positive, supportive, and non-competitive environment.
Allegra Dance Greenwich Summer Dance Camp offers the experience of trying new styles of dance and expanding on the styles your child(ren) has done before. This program is open to students 6 to 14 years with a trained dance instructor and an assistant per group. Children are divided into two groups by age and individually given the attention they need to grow on their level.
Children will participate in a ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro and musical theatre class, with an opportunity to perform in an informal showcase at the end of the fourth week. A theme will be chosen on the first day of camp that will be used to build the informal showcase. In addition to taking the many dance styles, children will have fun building new friendships and learn how to apply stage make-up and take Head Shots for a Playbill.
Flexible Scheduling: Enroll your child(ren) July 6-July 31st from 9:30-1:30pm and choose from a day, a week or four weeks. All classes will be held in two fully air conditioned studio spaces, located on West Putnam Avenue.
5/27/20 UPDATE: "At Bartlett, we are moving forward with our summer camps. However, Week 1 is cancelled due to the state’s reopening timelines. As far as messaging, we encourage families to sign up as soon as possible. Due to COVID-19, camp groups will be limited in number this summer. We will be following all cleaning and check-in protocols mandated by the State of CT Office of Early Childhood." Stay Updated at: bartlettarboretum.org/2020-summer-experiences
The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens summer camp programs offer immersion into the natural world through the exploration of the Arboretum’s 93 acres of forest and gardens. Each week has its own unique theme, which is tied to the plants and animals that live at the Arboretum, and incorporates STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in age-appropriate contexts. We’ll roam the Bartlett’s grounds from swamp to forest to greenhouse. Along the way we will create art, complete hands-on investigations indoors and out, have lots of time to play, and enjoy nature together! In inclement or extremely hot weather, we will continue our nature exploration in the air-conditioned environment of the Silver Educational Center.
Our programs run from June 22 - August 14, 2020 and are open to students entering Kindergarten through entering 5th Grade. Camp hours are Monday-Friday from 9AM – 3PM. Registration discounts are available for Bartlett Members and an Early Bird Discount is available if you sign up before February 24!
Building the future one amazing summer at a time!
Camp Awosting is a close-knit traditional overnight camp that emphasizes individual attention for boys ages 6 to 15. Camp Awosting is located on beautiful Bantam Lake near Litchfield, Connecticut.
Activities offered include sports (baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, golf), waterfront (including waterskiing), extreme adventure (high/low ropes, 1000-foot zip line, climbing tower), arts & crafts, ceramics, laser tag, outdoor camping, and more, plus a trip program for senior campers. Camp Awosting is one of the oldest private boys camps in the US, in continuous operation since 1900. It’s a great first-time camp experience!
Life at Awosting is informal and friendly. This close-knit atmosphere allows us to focus on developing Awosting’s core values in our campers – brotherhood, independence, confidence and experience. Our primary focus is maintaining a safe and respectful environment that encourages both personal growth and creates an unforgettable summer experience.
Camp Awosting specializes in 2- or 4-week sleepaway sessions. Days are structured to include both instructional and elective time for activities. Boys also have frequent co-ed interactions with our sister Camp Chinqueka, located just 5 miles away on a different lake.
Building the future one amazing summer at a time!
Camp Gan Israel has been providing a unique Jewish summer camp experience to our campers and families since 1997.
The relationships that our campers form with their counselors provide the foundation for the Camp Gan experience for which we are known. We focus on building confidence, building resilience and building friendships that will last a lifetime.
Camp Gan is located on the grounds of Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Avenue in Greenwich, CT. The camp features a beautiful 16 acre campus with grassy playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, gaga courts and shady picnic tables. We have an on-site outdoor swimming pool, monitored by trained and licensed aquatic professionals. Our indoor air-conditioned facilities include a gymnasium, art studio, activity rooms, multipurpose rooms, cafeteria and an auditorium.
Ages 2-14. Specialty sports, theater, tennis, coding camps plus so much more available.
5/27/20 UPDATE: "We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy. We are busy planning for another safe and exciting summer of soccer camps. Knowing that the kids cannot wait to get back out on the fields, we are doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to go as soon as the state governor gives us the green light. As of now, the information we have from the governor is that we can start camp on June 29th. The safety of the campers is always our priority so we have formed many new policies and protocols for this summer to make sure the kids can enjoy our summer camp in a safe environment.
Due to limited group sizes and restrictions on maximum camp capacity this year combined with thousands of kids across Connecticut and New York who can't wait to play soccer again, several of our camps are close to capacity already. If you or someone you know is considering our camp for this summer please Register Now to avoid disappointment. The state will be very strict on numbers so we will have no room to make allowances for people who register late this year. Remember that it only costs you $1/wk to register so it makes sense to reserve your spot! You can also cancel and receive a full refund up to 2 weeks prior to your camp. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all."
Cardinal Soccer Camps LLC is owned and directed by Kurt Putnam (Greenwich United DOC and Greenwich HS Head Boys Coach) and Stuart Smith (Greenwich Soccer Association DOC, NYSC Girls Program Director and Sacred Heart Head Girls Coach) and was formed in 2005 to provide camps and coaching services to players in Lower Fairfield and Westchester Counties.
For Sixteen straight years our camps have increased in size. This increase in camp size allows us greater flexibility in grouping by both ability and age. If you’ve been to a camp when an 7 year old plays with an 11 year old, where girls and boys are mixed to simply make a group or age groups are canceled, then you’ll not find this at Cardinal Soccer.
Our coaches currently coach for Greenwich United, NYSC, Greenwich High School, Sacred Heart, GA, Fairfield University, GSA. This brings together a rich, versatile and deep understanding of the game of soccer shared by passionate coaches to provide the very best soccer camp experience in the tri-state.
The age, experience and commitment of our coaches to local soccer communities is what makes us different from other camps. Our World Cup tradition brings kids from all over the world to compete in skill based challenges to earn points to be the camp world champion.
Our Program Philosophy: Know what to do, Know when to do it, Know how to do it, but most of all, Do it Well.
Visit our website to register today and take advantage of our generous 2020 discounts!
Have your kids unplug with mud and discover the mindfulness benefits of working with clay at Clay Art Center’s award winning weekly themed half and full-day summer camps for children and teens ages 6 – 15.
In the classroom, aspiring young artists will develop their imaginations and build confidence, while working in the transformational medium of clay. Our nurturing teachers, who specialize in kindling a passion for creative expression in children, know how to make our camps special by creating an atmosphere of learning, fun and friendship.
Focusing on wheel throwing, hand-building and sculpture, campers will be shown a variety of techniques on and off the wheel. In today’s technology driven world your child will discover the satisfaction of creating something with their own hands. They will craft everything from fantastic beasts, animals and emojis to handmade cups, bowls and plates that your family will treasure forever.
Sample weekly camps include: Splatter Platters, Magical Mugs, Wheel Throwing Boot Camp, Fantastic Beasts, Flower Power, Rebel Alliance v. The Empire, Planet Earth – Ocean Depths, Clay Contrast, Down on the Farm.
Discover the Art of Summer - Make Friends, Memories and Art at Clay Art Center!
Whether your child is showing a newly blossomed interest in pursuing the dancing arts, or already has a firm foundation of intermediate (or advanced) dance instruction behind them, Dance Adventure AND the Dance Center of Greenwich offer a wide range of dance education opportunities certain to sharpen the skills of budding amateurs -- all the way through to aspiring professionals.
Now in its 27th season, Dance Adventure and the Dance Center of Greenwich have been the favorite choice for dancers of all ages for ballet, pointe, hip hop, tap, jazz, Irish, and modern. Since its first year in 1991, the studio has taught thousands of students from the Greenwich, Stamford and Westchester area.
Registration Is Now Open For Dance Adventure Summer Camps
Our summer camps (for ages 4-7 years old) are one-week long, each with a theme. You may register for as many weeks as you like. As an option, you can also add the Lunch Tap Dance Extension.
Click through for weekly themes and to register now. Space is limited.
5/27/20 UPDATE: "We are currently hard at work preparing for Summer 2020. The well-being of our staff and customers is our top priority. While things may look a bit different down here, we are confident that GCS will remain a part of your summer. We will continue to modify operating procedures as we receive updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Governor of Connecticut, and the Town of Greenwich regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease. Hang in there! We hope to see you all very soon." Stay Updated: greenwichsailing.com
Greenwich Community Sailing is a community sailing and rental facility located in Greenwich Point Park on Long Island Sound.
In addition to our junior and adult learn to sail programs, we offer sailboat, kayak and paddle-board rentals, provide private lessons and host private events.
Summer 2020 Registration Is Now Open! Program registration is in full swing. Keep in mind; classes begin to fill during the month of February. Guarantee your spot today!
Two Week Core Sailing
Learn to sail at GCS with two week sessions offered for ages 9 to 16!
Our Core Sailing Curriculum is the best way to learn to sail on the Long Island Sound. Our all-encompassing program covers everything from the basics all the way to the finer points of sailing.
One Week Courses
Greenwich Community Sailing also offers a wide variety of One Week Courses including: Waterbugs, Kayaking Adventures, Racing Techniques, Ultimate Paddling, Introduction to Catamaran Sailing, Advanced Catamaran Sailing, and WaterCats.
Visit our website for course descriptions and to register now!
2019 YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP:
- Women's Lightweight Eight | National Champions
- Women's Varsity Eight | 2nd Place
- Men's Varsity Eight | 3rd Place
- Women's Varsity Four | 8th Place
- Men's Lightweight Eight | 11th Place
- Women's Lightweight Varsity Four | 14th Place
- Men's Varsity Four | 19th Place
Greenwich Crew offers programs year-round for both boys and girls in the 6th through 12th grades. Greenwich Crew offers several options depending on whether an athlete has recreational or competitive ambitions, including weekend and summer programs to introduce young athletes to the sport. Each program aims to support participants as they work toward their individual goals, as well as foster the bonds between teammates that will last a lifetime.
The competitive Greenwich Crew Junior Program has continued to excel season after season, gaining local, statewide and national acclaim for its athletes and programs.
Our staff of professional coaches are committed to helping each athlete learn, train, and push their limits to become a champion or reach new heights as a part of a team.
Many of our most dedicated athletes finish their high school experience being sought out by top universities. Our juniors have been recruited by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Duke, Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin, Bucknell University and Columbia.
Now is the perfect time to start planning summer fun for your children or visiting grandchildren. At the Greenwich Historical Society’s unique and highly interactive Art and History Camp, kids learn important skills while connecting to our town’s history and have fun.
History teaches vital skills. Historical thinking requires critical approaches to evidence and argument and develops contextual understanding and historical perspective, encouraging meaningful engagement with concepts like continuity, change, connection and the ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas clearly and coherently.
Early American Life Week
During Early American Life Week, campers will experience how early New England colonists lived, worked, and entertained themselves - combined with lively sessions where they will learn to weave, build colonial toys, and more!
Art Colony Week
During Art Colony Week, campers will be inspired by the beauty of Bush-Holley House and the surrounding landscape like many American Impressionist artists who visited the site. They will learn about the Cos Cob art colony, and the dynamics between art and history, as they search for visual clues in the artwork to learn about life at the turn of the century. Campers will use paint, palette and canvas to create their own Impressionist art!
*STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities are incorporated into both weeks.
5/27/20 UPDATE: "Planning is underway for an outstanding virtual summer experience. While we will miss seeing students in person this summer, we will continue to offer the exceptional enrichment you expect from Purchase College. This includes the same high-quality instruction, and the teachers you know and love, in a live environment. Programs will be delivered in real-time virtual environments. Considering the many differences between online and in-person programs, we are making changes to class times, tuition, and the early registration discount date. Detailed information will be emailed and available on our website soon at purchase.edu/academics/youth-and-precollege-programs. Virtual Open House events will be offered for each program. Stay safe and stay tuned!
For more than 40 years, the Summer Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts at Purchase College have been much more than camps.
Summer students from grades 3-12 learn new skills in a rich environment full of new skills, new friends and achievements, growth and independence. They are immersed in a variety of exciting and enriching learning opportunities, such as songwriting, acting, architecture, visual arts, creative writing, filmmaking, video game and app creation, voice, and journalism programs.
-- Registration Opens: on Monday, February 3, 2020
-- Early Registration Discount Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020. Save 10% when you pay in full!
-- Open House: Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. RSVP Now
Putnam Indian Field School | Inspiring confidence, curiosity, creativity and a sense of community in every child we teach.
Putnam Indian Field School knows how important it is that the first school experience be happy and positive, building self-confidence and independence.
With extensive experience easing children’s transition from home to school, summer at PIFS is an easy first step into a school setting. All summer programs are staffed by caring and experienced professionals from the faculty and other early childhood programs. The facilities and grounds have been specifically designed for young children. The three-acre campus consists of wonderful play yards that are designed with each developmental level in mind and include swings and slides, climbing apparatus, play houses and natural forts, and plenty of open grassy areas for running and playing with friends.
Beginning June 22nd, summer programming is available for children ages 2 to 6.
The one-week Smokey Bounders Adventure Camp (ages 5 and 6) is geared for children entering Kindergarten and 1st Grade and builds confidence and problem-solving strategies as children take on new challenges; develops team building skills through ropes courses and team games; encourages creativity through imaginative play; and fosters an appreciation of the outdoors. Toddler Camp (age 2 by 12/31/20) prepares children for their first school experiences with a focus on sensory education and outdoor fun. The program’s goal is to overcome separation, introduce the rhythm of school, and create familiar faces, all of which help make the transition to school in September smooth and easy. In the 3s and 4s Camp, children spend most of their days outside engaged in outdoor exploration, gardening, and using nature as a classroom.
Summertime means water, sand, slides, and lots of fun for your child. Combining the best of our fitness classes with outdoor play, field trips, and hands-on learning, your child will enjoy activities at our beautiful 6.5-acre Greenwich campus.
YWCA Preschool Summer Camp offers fun filled days with activities specially created for this age group. Each of our counselors are licensed teachers who will always nurture and supervise campers.
For over 50 years, Camp Ta-Yi-To has been entertaining children and making summers special for children ages five through twelve.
True to our mission of empowering women and girls, we also offer our Girls Circle Summer Camp that helps girls from 11 to 13 years old develop new interests and inner strength.