Summer camp 2018
June 25 - August 17 at our building in Newton!
Important dates to remember:
- June 24th - All deposits and health forms are due (note: we will take last minute registrations).
- The week of July 2nd is a short session, as camp is closed on the 4th.
Program Hours: Description
Before and after camp care is offered every day, 8am - 9am and 4pm - 5:30pm.
- Early Arrival: 8am - 9am. Morning snack provided. NOTE: You MUST be pre-registered for this. This option is not used by very many parents, and we only staff it when it is needed.
- Camp Day: 9am - 4pm Full day camp. Lunch and snack provided
- Extended Day: 4pm - 5:30pm Low-key after camp activities. Snack provided
- Night Classes: 5:30pm - 9:00 After the camp day is over, we have various classes at our building. Campers can also schedule private lessons with our staff after camp at our building.
- A week of camp is $500. The week of 4th of July is $400, because camp is closed for the holiday.
- Before camp care is $10/day. After camp care is $10/day.
- Additional private lessons are $65/hour.
This year we are once again offering expanded programming for older kids and teenagers. Middle and High School students will be able to take part in classes such as Gym Wheel, Russian Bar and other more advanced circus skills.
No matter what experience you have coming in to camp, we will challenge you to learn a variety of new techniques and apparatuses, and to expand your existing skills. Whether this is your first experience with circus, or you’re looking for advanced-level training, you will find it in our programs. Our day consists of classes focused on specific circus arts including acrobatics, stilt walking, wire walking, juggling, aerial fabrics, clowning, and physical comedy. A sample schedule is below; however, please note that classes are subject to change:
8:50 - 9:00 - Arrival - Campers are welcomed and get ready for a full day of camp!
9:00 - 10:00 - Warmup, conditioning, and stretching - We start with a cardio warmup, then move on to working the core, the arms, the core, the legs, and the core. Doing this daily builds strong kids! After conditioning we stretch. Starting at the head and working to the toes, campers learn about dynamic, static, and assisted stretching. Bridges, splits, over splits and more!
10:00 - 10:45 - Tumbling Class - Tumbling is the foundation of all circus arts, and we teach every camper to tumble. Campers are divided into different levels based on previous experience. We always have a beginners group for those just learning forward rolls and cartwheels, an intermediate for those who already have the basics down, and an advanced group for those working on round-off back handspring back tucks, aerial cartwheels and walkovers, and other similarly advanced skills.
10:45 - 11:30 - Block 1 - Campers divide into groups for skill classes. This block we offered wire walking, aerial fabrics, and partner acrobatics.
11:30 - 12:15 - Lunch - Hot lunch provided by one of the area restaurants each day. Campers put the lunch order in in the morning, and it is delivered to them. Vegetarian meals are available every day, and picky eaters will find plenty of options! Specific dietary needs, including gluten-free campers, can typically be accommodated, but we ask at least a week's notice before your child starts camp.
12:15 - 12:45 - Juggling - Learning to juggle helps to improve all other circus skills. It's also time for food to digest before flipping upside down again! If every camper is able to juggle 20 catches of the 3-ball cascade, we throw an ice cream party on Friday after the show!
12:45 - 1:30 - Block 2 - Campers divide into groups for the second set of skill classes. This block we offered Chinese poles, stilt walking, triple trapeze, and handstand classes.
1:30 - 2:15 - Block 3 - Campers divide into groups for the third set of skill classes. This block we offered German Wheel, contortion, and mini-trampoline.
2:15 - 2:45 - Snack - Snack break; time for a quick refueling!
2:45 - 3:45 - Performance block / art project - It's always important for kids to get feedback on the things they are working on. During this block, we invite campers to show the group whatever skills or acts they are working on, and to get feedback from fellow campers and coaches. Campers may also choose to do an art project during this time, either solo or in groups.
3:45 - 4:00 - Clean-up and get ready to go home - At the end of a full day, it's time to get ready to be picked up.
Circus arts campers should wear a leotard, biketard, or tight-fitting athletic clothing and bring a water bottle, and change of clothes with them everyday. While most of our camp is taught barefoot, some circus arts require campers to wear close-toed sneakers. If you are expecting rain, please have your campers bring a clean pair of shoes. A select few arts require special foot ware, especially at the more advanced levels.
Photographs by Robbie Snider. Robbie@pardomas.com. IG / FB: bepardomas.