Our day camps typically feature environmental-themed learning activities, games, swimming, and crafts in small, age-appropriate groups.
Dates: Monday–Thursday of the following weeks: July 1st, July 8th, July 15th, July 22nd, August 5th
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, drop-off starting at 8:30 am
Ages: Youth day camps are open to 7-12 year olds, with 30 camper spots available each day of camp.
Program Fee: $45/camper/day. (The actual cost for Hunt Hill is $70/camper/day; donations are appreciated!)
DAY CAMP THEMES
- Monday, July 1 – CSI: Nature: Calling all young investigators! Are you ready to solve nature’s mysteries and uncover the secrets of the great outdoors? Welcome to CSI: Nature, where budding scientists become nature sleuths in this thrilling day camp experience.
- Tuesday, July 2 – Mythical Creatures: Join us for a thrilling journey into the realm of mythical creatures and legends! Campers will share captivating stories, create imaginative crafts inspired by mythical beings, and engage in fun activities that explore the folklore and mystery surrounding these legendary creatures.
- Wednesday, July 3 – Insects–Backbone Not Required: Explore the fascinating universe of insects through hands-on activities, bug hunts, and interactive learning sessions. Discover the incredible diversity of these tiny creatures, examine their habitats, and engage in fun experiments to understand their unique adaptations and vital role in our ecosystem!
- Thursday, July 4 – Geology Rocks!: An adventure for young rock enthusiasts! Through hands-on exploration, interactive experiments, and an engaging trip through campus, campers will dive into the fascinating world of rocks and minerals. Excite in the thrill of discovery and gain a deeper appreciation for the rock-hard wonders of this earth!
- Monday, July 8 – Mammal Mysteries: Who left that? From identifying tracks and interpreting scat to learning about mammal behaviors and habitats, campers will uncover the hidden stories left behind by mammals. Join us for a hands-on experience that deepens understanding and appreciation for wildlife in their natural environments.
- Tuesday, July 8 – Outdoor Art Odyssey: Embark on an inspiring Outdoor Art Odyssey! This camp blends the wonders of nature with artistic expression, offering a hands-on journey into creating art admist the beauty of the outdoors. Through various mediums and techniques, campers will explore the natural world as their canvas, fostering creativity while discovering the connections between art and nature.
- Wednesday, July 9 – Innovate & Create: Welcome to a world of discovery and innovation! Our STEM-focused camp sparks creativity through hands-on challenges and inspire an inventiveness to problem-solving. Campers will collaborate and foster critical thinking skills throughout creative process.
- Thursday, July 11 – Shelter Builders: Do you have what it takes? Campers will dive into the fundamentals of crafting shelters using natural materials, learning essential skills for outdoor learning. Through teamwork, creativity, and practical guidance, we will build shelters and foster a deeper connection with nature.
- Monday, July 15 – Adaptation Station: How do animals adapt to their surroundings? Campers will explore the remarkable world of animal adaptations through interactive lessons, exciting activities, and games. From uncovering how animals thrive in diverse environments to discovering their unique survival strategies, Adaptation Station sparks curiosity and understanding about the incredible ways creatures adapt to their surroundings.
- Tuesday, July 16 – Jurassic Journey: Join us for a thrilling adventure into the world of dinosaurs at Jurassic Journey! Young paleontologists will uncover the mysteries of the prehistoric era through hands-on activities and interactive games. Campers will go back in time through an array of educational and fun-filled experiences.
- Wednesday, July 17 – Fishin’ Fun: Dive into a world of angling excitement at Fishin’ Fun camp! Budding anglers will learn the art of casting, knot tying, and fishing techniques with hands on experiences. Campers will reel in knowledge and have fun while fostering an appreciation for fishing!
- Thursday, July 18 – Reptile Realm: Get ready for a rockin’ reptile adventure! Reptile Realm invites young enthusiasts to unearth the captivating world of reptiles. From meeting turtles to discovering the secrets of snakes and lizards, campers will engage in hands-on learning, interactive activities, and reptile-themed games that bring appreciation for these incredible cold-blooded creatures.
- Monday, July 22 – Wonders of Water: Water is the thread that connects us all. Investigate the ecology of the lake, the upland forests, and the soggy bogs that are home to many birds and animals. Come and experiment with sand and water and explore for predatory animals who depend on the water for food.
- Tuesday, July 23 – Awesome Amphibians: Venture on an exciting journey to discover awesome amphibians! Explore the captivating world of frogs, toads, and salamanders as campers uncover the diverse habitats, life-cycles, and importance of amphibians in our ecosystems.
- Wednesday, July 24 – Camp Firestarter: Welcome to Camp Firestarter! Explore the techniques of starting an tending a campfire while crafting a delicious treat. Learn the essentials of fire safety through hands-on experiences and discover the joy of creating your own special snack over the crackling flames.
- Thursday, July 27 – Space Trekkers: Join us on an interstellar journey and become a Space Trekker! Campers will learn about the solar system, design alien masks, and play space-themed games. This interactive camp will interest the curious about the cosmos and encourage creativity among young space enthusiasts!!
- Monday, August 5 – Olympic Champions: Olympic Champions brings out the excitement of the Olympics through sports activities, team challenges, and friendly competition. From learning about different sports to fostering teamwork and sportsmanship, this camp empowers young athletes to discover their potential in a fun and active environment.
- Tuesday, August 6 – Splash Camp: Splish, splash! This water fun day offers a refreshing escape from the summer heat with water games and creative water-based crafts. Splash camp promises a cool and exciting experience for water lovers!
- Wednesday, August 7 – Mad Scientists: Unleash your inner mad scientist! Campers will create wacky inventions and captivating experiments in order to explore the mysteries of science. Mad Scientists camp sparks curiosity and creativity in a safe and fun environment.
- Thursday, August 8 – Bubble Magic: Dive into the enchanting world of bubbles and unravel the mysteries behind their creation! Embark on an exciting journey to become a ‘bubble-ologist’ by following the scientic method to craft your very own bubble solution. And don’t miss out on the fun- unleash your creativity with bubble art!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Each camper must have a Youth Medical & Release Form completed by their first day in order to attend camp. (PDF accessible below)
Below is the typical schedule Hunt Hill's Youth Day Camp follows. Groups will be divided based on age in order to best serve the camper for their abilities.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Day Camp registration will open on Monday, March 4th with early access to Hunt Hill Family and Student Members.
Day Camp registration will open on Monday, March 11th to non-members.
We have a plan to reduce the chances of communicable disease spreading at camp. You can read the plan here:
Communicable Disease Plan
While every day is a little different at camp, we typically do all of the following activities. Here’s an example schedule:
- Arrival & Check-in
- Welcome Circle
- Environmental Educational Activities & Snack Time
- Craft Time
- Choice Time
- Afternoon Games/Practice Parent Presentations
- Swim Time
- Pack Up/Clean Up, Closing Circle
- Parent Presentations & Check-out
We will send you a comprehensive packing list in advance of camp.
- Layers for changing weather (sweatshirt, sweatpants, raincoat, etc)
- Shoes for running/hiking (sneakers or hiking boots work well)
- Shoes for the waterfront (sandals or aquasocks work well)
- Sunscreen that the camper can apply independently
- Bagged lunch & snack (please place these in separate containers)
- Backpack to carry it all in
- Optional: Hat or sunglasses
- Optional: Bug spray
Here are the items that campers are not allowed at Day Camp:
- Electronics (cell phones, video games, tablets, etc.)
- Toys from home
Day Camps are overseen by our Program Coordinator and a certified Emergency Medical First Responder (EMR). Both staff members work with the Summer Staff to identify and reduce risks in their activity plans.
All Day Camp Staff are trained in First Aid, CPR/AED, Epi-Pen Administration, and Bloodborne Pathogens. All lifeguards are certified through the American Red Cross Lifeguard course. Lifeguards are on duty any time youth are swimming or in watercraft. All participants are required to wear lifejackets when in watercraft.
Hunt Hill thoroughly trains our staff in Emergency Action Plans including Fire, Weather, Intruder, Lost Camper, Lost Swimmer, and other related emergencies. All staff members carry a walkie-talkie and first aid kit in order to respond to emergencies quickly. A stock Epi-Pen and AED are onsite in case of emergencies.
The camper to staff ratio never exceeds 15:1, which allows our staff to keep close watch over campers. Often we have a staff member and a group assistant/junior counselor with each group. All Day Camp staff are trained to prevent and identify abuse. We follow a three person rule, which states that whenever a camper is in a private space such as a room or building that is not publicly visible there will always be three people.
Your camper will never be required to swim, but they will be required to go to the waterfront each day with their cohort (except when the weather conditions are unsafe for swimming). Swim time is an important part of the Day Camp schedule. Most campers love swim time and look forward to it everyday.
Our summer staff members are certified lifeguards and there are always a minimum of two lifeguards on duty anytime there are youth in the water.
If your camper does not know how to swim or is a weak swimmer, we recommend sending them with a lifejacket to help them feel comfortable in the water. They will be restricted to the shallow end of the waterfront and actively supervised by the shallow end lifeguard.
If your camper dislikes swimming, we still recommend sending them with a swimsuit and towel. That way they can still choose to get in the water in case they get hot and would like to sit in the water to cool down. They are welcome to bring something with them to the waterfront to entertain themselves such as a book, coloring sheets, etc. They are also welcome to just wade in the water to search for fish and tadpoles.
If your camper is a strong swimmer, they will have the option to complete the deep end test in order to swim in the deeper section of the swim area and jump off the raft. The deep end test includes swimming three lengths of the dock (approximately 25 meters total) followed by treading water for 60 seconds. Their test will be supervised by a lifeguard. If they pass the test, they will be able to swim in the deep end under the supervision of the deep end lifeguard.
WAYS TO REGISTER
Call the office between 9 am & 4 pm on weekdays to register over the phone. We can take credit card payment over the phone.
Stop by the office between 9 am & 4 pm on weekdays to register in person or mail a check.
- Participants who cancel online or notify Hunt Hill by email or phone at least 48 hours before the program or event will receive a refund minus a 10% processing fee.*
- Participants can choose to receive their refund via their payment method or keep it as a credit** for a future program.
- Participants who cancel less than 48 hours before the program will not receive a refund or credit.
- Participants who cancel online or notify Hunt Hill by email or phone, at least 15 days before the day of the program or event will receive a full refund minus a 10% processing fee.*
- Participants who cancel less than 15 days will not receive a refund or credit, unless their spot can be filled by another participant. If filled, a refund will be issued minus a 10% processing fee.*
- Participants who cancel 48 hours or less before the program will not receive a refund or credit.
Refunds will follow the same procedures as the ‘Programs Over $25/person’, except that:
- If a participant cancels less than 15 days before the first day of Spanish Camp and the spot cannot be filled, the participant will receive a ½ refund (no additional 10% processing fee assessed).
- If a participant has to leave during the week of camp, a refund of $50/night will be refunded.
If Hunt Hill has to cancel a program or event, all paid registrants will receive a full refund or credit.
*There is no processing fee assessed on refunds kept as credit or when the participant paid with cash or check.
**Credits can be held until December 31 of the year the cancellation was made. After that, credit is forfeited. Hunt Hill is unable to offer refunds for credits requested and not used.