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St. Columba's Nursery School: Building the mind, body, and spirit through active play

Summer Camp

Stay tuned for more information about our summer program!

"Oh, the times they are a changin...'"

Summer @ St. Columba’s is reinventing itself to offer children from ages 2 to 6 years new and exciting camp experiences blended with traditional low-key, splashy summer fun on our beautiful playgrounds and comfortable classrooms.

June 10 to 21 only

Gap Camp and PlusProgram for children ages 4 to 6 years

Get an early start to summer at Gap Camp from June 10 through 21. Gap Camp mirrors our St. Columba school day,  running Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Gap Camp kids will take advantage of the warm summer days of early June in active outdoor play, climbing, digging, swinging, water play, and other activities as well as make art, sing and have indoor fun with friends of their own age.


Kids who could use a therapeutic summer boost can add our new PlusProgram to their Gap Camp day.  The PlusProgram therapy team - SLP Laura Glaser from The Kid's Communication Center (KCC) and Jennifer Rosenberg, OTR from Way to Grow (WTG) - will provide therapy for kids who could benefit from an intensive burst of individualized help as summer begins.

June 17 through July 26

Tot Camp for children ages 2 and 3 years

For our youngest campers we are offering six weeks of fun in the sun (and shade) in a shorter day or full day format.  Tot Camp runs from 8:30 am to 1 pm or 2:30 pm from June 17 through July 26 (first week overlaps Gap Camp).

Coach Seth's ActivePlay Camp

Coach Seth Goldman will continue his terrific school-year enrichment classes with three weeks of sports or dance camp, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 noon. ActivePlay Camp is in session, June 24-28, July 08-12 and July 22-26.

Parents wishing for a longer day during the ActivePlay weeks can enroll in our Extended Afternoon program and end the day at 2:30 pm.

St. C's Theme Camp

Led by St. C teachers, Theme Camp alternates with the weeks of ActivePlay camp running  July 1 through 5 and July 15 through 19 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. (Camp will be in session the July 4th.)

During Mad Science theme week (July 01-05) children will be mesmerized by fascinating science and cooking activities using the magic of chemistry. Fun and delicious, these experiments will teach the children how science can be found in every day experiences. Our final day of "mad science" will feature  a series of jaw-dropping (but safe) science demonstrations on the playground.

Art with Purpose (July 15-19). Carefully planned to expose campers to art skills and techniques used by sculptors, quilters, jewelry makers, architects and others, Art with Purpose will teach campers how to use different art media and 3D design concepts to make the world a more beautiful place. Each classroom will produce collaborative and individual art pieces to be displayed on the last day in the "St. Columba's Art Gallery" at a fabulous gallery opening. Music, hors d'oeuvres and bubbly (cider) will be served to celebrate the artists.

Be a CIT!

CITs now have two options!  Work at Tot Camp, our half-day program serving children ages 2 to 3.11 years or try Theme Camp, out full-day program serving children ages 4-6 years.

Counselors-in-Training (CITs) must be between 12 and 14 years old. To qualify for the CIT training certificate and community service hours, CITs must work at least 2 weeks of camp.

Upon receipt of your application you will receive confirmation of your acceptance and your camp program selection. An invoice will follow in March. Prior to the start of camp an email will be sent to you with the date and time of a mandatory orientation on CIT job responsibilities and provide you with your work schedule.

Payment in full is due by April 30, 2019. We will be unable to hold your spot after April 30th without payment. Requests to withdraw and receive a refund of your CIT camp fee must be made in writing (or email) by June 7, 2019.

How to Apply to our Camps

Click on the links below (or cut and paste them into your browser) to register for each camp session.

June 10 to 21 only - 8:30 am to 1 pm or 2:30 pm

Gap Camp and PlusProgram - ages 4 to 6 years



June 17 through July 26

Tot Camp - ages 2 and 3 years 8:30 am to 1 pm or 2:30 pm


Coach Seth's ActivePlay Camp - 9 to noon


Extended Day during ActivePlay Camp - noon to 2:30 pm


Theme Camp - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm



CIT Camp



Once you've registered

Upon receipt of your application we will send confirmation of your child's acceptance and a list of the week or weeks you have selected.

An invoice will follow in March.

Payment in full is due by April 30, 2019.

We will be unable to hold your spot after April 30th without payment.

Requests to withdraw from camp and receive a refund of your camp fee must be made in writing (or email) by June 7, 2019.


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