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“The kids LOVE camp! They are TOTALLY engaged for the entire two hours and are super excited about the games and projects!! We wanted to let you and the teachers know what a great job you are doing keeping them excited and engaged! THANK YOU! We cannot even imagine how hard it is to come up with activities that keep kids happy virtually — in the summer — but you have cracked the code.” – K.M., parent of rising second and third graders

Please see our exciting new virtual day camp offerings for summer 2020! Don’t miss out on registering today!!

Summer Programs

Summer Adventures Goes Virtual

Although our program may look different this summer, Summer Adventures Goes Virtual is still offering campers an opportunity to have a lot of fun, learn new skills, discover new passions, engage with friends and stay safe. Much thought and consideration has been put into the development of this program and we hope you agree.

Day Camp

Pricing: $195/week for non-OKS students; $125/week for OKS students
For our campers in grades 1-8, the day will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., similar to our traditional camp where campers are grouped by the grade they are entering in the fall so that activities can be differentiated to the appropriate camper age and skill level. Campers will take part in five activities each day, with Fridays having a little different look. Our pre-K and kindergarten campers will have a shorter day, from 9 to 11 a.m. We understand the amount of screen time and attention required for a virtual camp, which is why our youngest campers have an abbreviated day. We have developed a selection of activities geared toward keeping campers engaged and active that we are sure your child(ren) will enjoy.

Sports Skills and Drills

Pricing: $75/week
We are also offering a one-hour Sports Skills and Drills camp, in addition to our traditional day camp. This camp will run M-F and will allow campers to focus on a specific sport each week.

All staff running Summer Adventures Goes Viral are returning staff who are certified teachers with experience providing remote learning programs. This experience will enhance the ability to keep campers’ attention and engagement in activities at its strongest level. It is our plan that your child(ren) will be able to participate in Summer Adventures Goes Viral without a great deal of involvement by you, the parent/guardian, leaving you time to complete your own tasks/work.

As always, we look to you for feedback. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. “See” you this summer!

Stay well!

Dawn Cullinan
Summer Adventures Camp Director
camp.director@oakknoll.org

Debi Tarowsky
Director of Auxiliary Programs
debi.tarowsky@oakknoll.org

Weekly Themes

Summer is finally here! Get ready to enjoy summertime activities and topics with your camp friends.

Happy Birthday, America! Campers will celebrate Independence Day and show their patriotism.

Who is your hero? What is your super power? Campers will enjoy discussing these and other questions with their camp friends.

Get out your Halloween costume! This week’s activities focus on all things Halloween. Join us for a virtual Halloween parade.

Ever wonder what the flags of other countries look like? Or games kids in play in Mexico? Come find out what things are like in other countries through songs, snacks and crafts.

Step right up! This week we will go inside the circus for games, projects and stories.

As the summer draws to a close, this week will focus on colors. There are so many to see as you look around. Perhaps a scavenger hunt or science experiment will open your eyes to seeing colors around you in a new way!

2020 Virtual Activities

Welcome to Dance with Miss Kristin!
Join Miss Kristin for fun filled creative movement and dance! Pre-K and Kindergarten campers will enjoy a warm up, followed by several creative movement activities, a dance “game” and a closing/cool down. Older campers will enjoy a short dance warm up followed by learning short, simple dances to popular songs, followed by a game and closing/cool down!  So put your comfy clothes and sneakers on, find some space to dance, and get ready to move and groove with Miss Kristin and all your camp friends right from your own home!!

Do you love computers? Do you wonder how your favorite games are created? Campers will learn the basics of computer science coding, how to create games, art, and digital stories all through code! Get ready to use problem solving and team working skills to expand your computer science knowledge and creativity.

For: (Nursery, Kindergarten and First Grade Campers

Campers will hear fiction and non-fiction stories that will inspire activities, science tricks, challenges and all sorts of creativity.  Bring your love of books and your spirit of fun! 

Campers will be reading and talking about books together.  Summer fun reads could include your favorites like the I Survived books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Lunch Lady, Ivy and Bean, Calvin Coconut or we’ll be waiting to hear what you like to read and share those too!  Remember, most book clubs include a snack and word game or challenge too.

Campers will explore Music through movement and singing in the comfort of their own spaces. They will learn a variety of body percussion and some music games that can be played with as little as two people. Campers will explore the joy of music making with music from a wide selection of styles.

Campers will learn about water safety from the comfort of their homes. We will discuss ways to recognize someone who needs help swimming, and how to keep ourselves safe in different bodies of water. We will also discuss ways to keep ourselves safe and healthy when we are out in the hot sun, something that we all often forget while swimming.

Virtual Art will be designed to stimulate creative expression through projects and fun activities driven by themed weeks. Each week campers can get creative with themed art activities, craft projects, drawing prompts and new learning experiences. Pop Art, Zen-tangle, Pointillism-what is that?? View video tutorials created especially for campers, helping them learn new techniques. This will be fun for all ages! Whether campers do the activities on their own or families join in on the fun, everyone benefits!

Broadway might be closed, but the show must go on! Campers will be introduced to the understanding of the basic elements of theater such as character development, voice, and movement. Campers will enjoy the various activities and games that will enhance their performance skills. Whether it is acting in a scene or monologue, singing a show tune, or maybe even creating a commercial, no one will want to miss this summer’s truly unique theater experience.

Campers will be introduced to a number of styles (Tae Kwon Do, Xing Yi and Ba Gua Quan being the most prominent) providing variety, while focusing on basic foundational concepts and techniques. Basic stretching, stances, punches and kicks, rolls; and combinations will incorporate those basic skills. Campers will also use a modified form or kata based upon the age groups. 

Don’t throw away those paper towel tubes, those cereal boxes, or Amazon boxes! These and other recyclable materials will be transformed into treasures this summer. Campers will put their creativity to the test as they build and construct a variety of projects.

Virtual Mindfulness, we believe, couldn’t be more beneficial and appropriate for our campers during these difficult times. We will be offering activities that focus on deep breathing, attention to themselves, the ability to reset and rebalance, and positive visualization. Some specific wellness/mindfulness activities that we will include are guided  yoga/meditations, mindful eating, mindful reading, feel good music, mindful art, positive affirmations, feelings exploration, making a calm bottle, and creating your own stress ball. All of these fun, easy, and enjoyable activities will give campers tools and skills they can use not only in camp, but year-round to reduce stress and anxiety. I look forward to “seeing” all of my campers soon! 🙂

Campers will play some of their favorite games such as BINGO, charades, Pictionary, Connect Four. Campers will enjoy spending time playing games with camp friends.

Campers will work on building their physical fitness with live workouts. Come learn how to do push ups, jumping jacks, crunches, and other body weight exercises. Campers will have fun working on their physical fitness while laughing with their camp friends.

Campers who sign up for this 1 hour class will work on basic skills of basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, frisbee and tennis. One of the aforementioned sports will be focused on each week. A list of equipment will be provided shortly. Beginner athletes are welcome! Come enjoy the fun.
Week 1 – soccer
Week 2 – tennis
Week 3 – basketball
Week 4 – frisbee
Week 5 – golf
Week 6 – baseball
Week 7 – little bit of everything

Virtual Camp Schedule

Oak Knoll is ACA Accredited

The Summer Adventures program is accredited by American Camp Association (ACA). What does this mean to our families? It shows that we care enough to undergo a thorough review of our operation to maintain accreditation. ACA camps must meet up to 300 standards for health, safety and program quality. These standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as standards of the camp community. Accreditation is voluntary; our continued accreditation reflects our commitment to maintaining industry standards.