Core Programs aren’t simply our most popular programs; they’re the perfect opportunity to build both skills and friendships.
Register your child for four or more weeks of a Core Program and receive $25 off per week. (Discount does not apply to Fourth of July week. Attendance in a Core Program during Fourth of July week can count toward total weeks.)
April Update: Friends Academy Summer Programs are still planning to run as scheduled at this time. If we have to cancel any programs to comply with state/CDC guidelines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer all families a full refund.
Ages 3-4 | Register weekly, June 15-August 7
Little Friends continues to be a fun time for everyone, and we’re ready for another camp season! It is designed especially for our youngest campers. Miss Gail from our After-School Program will team up with Kenny, Maddy, and Abby to create a nurturing first camp experience. They are skilled at organizing camp for preschool-aged children, pacing the day so that activities alternate between active and quietly passive — helping each camper navigate the day more successfully.
Whether you choose the half- or full-day program, this camp has plenty to offer in a safe enriching environment filled with fun themes, friends, and age appropriate adventure. Children must be 3 to 4 years of age (5 years if not attending kindergarten in the fall), and potty trained to attend Little Friends. If campers have repeated accidents, we may ask them to be removed from the program.
- $275/week full day (June 29-July 2 $240/week); $250/week for four or more weeks per child or family
- $180/week half day (June 29-July 2 $150/week)
Grades K-3 | Register weekly, June 15-July 31
Summer Friends is the camp that started it all here at Friends Academy eighteen years ago. The school was getting so many requests and inquiries from parents of young children looking for an alternative to the big box camps that were prevalent in the area. We decided to start a camp that would be and feel safe and nurturing for our youngest friends. Small groups, familiar and caring staff, fun and educational theme-driven activities all were and still are the focus of Summer Friends. What a great way to build new friendships and make lasting connections that will carry on throughout the school year, and for many summers to come. Taught by popular Friends teacher Miss Serpa, joined again this year by Miss Dutton and other favorite assistants, Summer Friends is the ultimate camp experience with an emphasis on personal attention for each camper. Each week brings with it a new and exciting adventure.
Cost: $275/week full day (June 29-July 2 $240/week); $250/week for four or more weeks per child or family
Grades 4-6 | Register weekly, June 15-July 10
Adventure Friends is an outdoor program designed to be both fun and educational for students entering grades 4 through 6. Making extensive use of the campus grounds—from the ropes course to the fields, the woods, and the river—this program is highlighted by the initiative games and low elements and Giant Swing of our extensive and unique ropes course. The campers also learn many types of outdoor cooking skills, map and compass skills, knots and lashings, canoe and water safety, and generally how they can enjoy, appreciate, and conserve the outdoors. Week 4 of this camp spends the mornings on the low and high elements of our 23-station ropes course for a dose of adventure, and then campers attend outdoor games in the afternoons for some good old fashioned fun. Taught by newcomers Megan, James, and friends. An added feature of the Adventure Program is an optional overnight. These will take place on the Thursday night of the first two weeks. Meals, tents, and activities will be provided. Campers will need their own sleeping and hygiene gear.
Cost: $275/week full day (June 29-July 2 $240/week); $250/week for four or more weeks of Adventure or Survival per child
Grades 5-7 | Register weekly, July 13-24
How do you find water in the woods when there are no rivers or lakes? How do you make sure it’s safe to drink? Can you start a fire without matches? In this course, you will learn these skills and more that will help you to feel confident in your ability to survive in the woods if the need arises. Other skills will include proper care and safe handling of knives, how to construct traps and snares, cooking what you find or catch, shelter building, first aid, and others. Taught by Mr. Dorsey and friends.
Cost: $275/week full day; $250/week for four or more weeks of Adventure or Survival per child