Summer Program

Welcome to Summer Fun and Learning 2019

Follow your passions and discover new ones!

Through Summer Fun and Learning, The Country School is pleased to offer an array of fun, enriching, week-long summer camps as well as programs that meet regularly throughout the summer. We will be adding offerings in the coming weeks - check back soon!

All camps take place on our beautiful, 23-acre campus in Madison. Questions, please contact summer@thecountryschool.org.

Below are our offerings, organized by week.

Lunch Bunch

Time: 12-1 p.m.

Age: All ages

Cost: $50/week

In addition to weekly camp offerings, we provide a daily lunch bunch program. This is a way for children to spend the entire day, to enjoy lunch after the morning session before going home, or to arrive a bit early to eat and play before the afternoon session.


June 17-21

Tiny Scientists

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Age: Ages 4-6

Cost: $225

Instructors: Tory Rudden '14 and Maggie Keeler '14


This camp offers young children the most engaging aspects of science by understanding information through arts and crafts, experiments, and outdoor activities. Students will participate in five unique theme-based days: outer space, life under the sea, life on land, basic chemistry, and nature/pollution.

Young scientists should prepare for a week of laughing, learning, and exploring in an entirely hands-on and minds-on way: hunting for dinosaur eggs, making elephant’s toothpaste, constructing ocean zones in a jar, and even defying the properties of liquids by creating Dr. Seuss’s infamous non-Newtonian oobleck.

Our mission is to bring out the inner scientist in every child, and for students to go home each day ecstatic and curious about the day to come. Join us to discover how much fun science truly is!

Tory Rudden and Maggie Keeler are both seniors in high school and alumnae of The Country School class of ‘18. Both passionate about the sciences, they spent last summer together volunteering at Yale New Haven Hospital which solidified their interests in entering the medical field. While they are both excited to pursue their interests in college (Tory as a nursing major and Maggie as a human science major), they are also looking forward to giving back to TCS and inspiring tiny scientists!

Digital Photography

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Age: 5th-8th Grade

Cost: $225

Instructor: Teresa Sullivan

Let your child show you what the world looks like through his/her eyes!

Each day will begin with a focused lesson such as lighting, subject matter, and editing. Together we will travel around campus, explore the Blue Trail, and visit the Surf Club, snapping photos along the way and practicing the daily lessons.

Students will download their daily photos, decide which to delete, and then – as visual artists – edit the keepers for optimal effect. The week will culminate in a group presentation, showcasing the students’ best photographs.

It doesn't matter what camera your child uses. Seeing and thinking like a pro is the best place to start! However, students must bring a digital camera or iphone to camp each day.

Teresa Sullivan, Director of Communications at The Country School, can be found roaming campus and taking photos on a daily basis. She received her first slr camera many moons ago when studying abroad. Since then, her passion for photography has grown. She has honed her skills by taking courses at Georgetown University and the Guilford Art Center as well as private lessons at Milford Photo. She shares her excitement for telling stories through images with the students in her social media club.

Tiny Chefs

Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Age: 5-7

Cost: $225

Instructors: Tory Rudden '14 and Maggie Keeler '14

Cooking teaches children many important skills that will be carried with them throughout their lives; they practice basic math when measuring ingredients, learn to carefully follow instructions, explore different cultures, and work well in teams.

We want our campers to go home at the end of the day feeling proud of their work. Students will participate in five unique theme-based days centered around different cultures and meals. Together, we will be exploring what food looks like around the world, learning about the food pyramid, and creating dishes that look almost as amazing as they taste!

Tory Rudden and Maggie Keeler are both freshmen in college and alumnae of The Country School class of ‘14. They love to explore new restaurants, take cooking classes, try new foods, and are excited to teach about health, the basics of cooking, and dishes from around the world! Tory is currently a nursing major at the University of Alabama and Maggie as a human science major at Georgetown University; they are also looking forward to giving back to TCS and inspiring tiny chefs!

June 24-28

Running

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: 9-14

Cost: $225

Instructors: John Fixx, Beth Coyne, and Laura Morrison, TCS

Cross Country Coaches

Spend five days at the start of summer (and, if desired, then two days a week throughout the summer) learning about and practicing the greatest and oldest sport in the world—cross-country and distance running. Featuring elite coaches, individualized instruction and scenic runs that often end with a swim, you’ll walk away—no, you’ll run away!—with an unforgettable experience and fine-tuned skills, hungry for the fall season to start. Our hands-on approach and expertise make this camp unique, whether you are a good runner trying to become great or a novice runner just learning the sport. Our coaches possess deep skills, both in the sport of running and as educators working with children. Your child will leave our camp at the end of the week or end of the summer a better athlete and a more confident student. We teach the campers about running, discipline, and motivation.

Digital Photography

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Age: 5th-8th Grade

Cost: $225

Instructor: Teresa Sullivan

Let your child show you what the world looks like through his/her eyes!

Each day will begin with a focused lesson such as lighting, subject matter, and editing. Together we will travel around campus, explore the Blue Trail, and visit the Surf Club, snapping photos along the way and practicing the daily lessons.

Students will download their daily photos, decide which to delete, and then – as visual artists – edit the keepers for optimal effect. The week will culminate in a group presentation, showcasing the students’ best photographs.

It doesn't matter what camera your child uses. Seeing and thinking like a pro is the best place to start! However, students must bring a digital camera or iphone to camp each day.

Teresa Sullivan, Director of Communications at The Country School, can be found roaming campus and taking photos on a daily basis. She received her first slr camera many moons ago when studying abroad. Since then, her passion for photography has grown. She has honed her skills by taking courses at Georgetown University and the Guilford Art Center as well as private lessons at Milford Photo. She shares her excitement for telling stories through images with the students in her social media club.

Tell Your Story in Spanish

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Age: 1st-3rd Grade

Cost: $225

Instructor: Adriana Castillo


Our little story books will cover tales from Spanish speaking countries. Using easy vocabulary to tell our story, we will discover the world of native characters by learning about their countries and traditions.

Besides writing our short story, we will learn the countries' traditional music, food, art and of course why the character is so special for the country.

  1. Puerto Rico ~ “Juan Bobo y el coqui”
  2. Cuba ~ "El Gallo De Bodas" Cuban story about rooster
  3. Mexico ~ Teresa y Pablo have a FIESTA!
  4. Spain ~ Don Quijote likes “churros y chocolate”
  5. Ecuador ~ “ Pepita la LLama”

Señora Castillo is a native of Colombia. Her family migrated to U.S.A. in the late 1970s, and she has lived in the area ever since. Teaching is Sra. Castillo's passion and calling in life. An educator for the past 21 years, she loves to teach children about culture, traditions, and people from her culture and other Hispanic heritages.

Aspiring Young Engineers

Time: 1-4:00 p.m.

Age: 3rd-5th Grade

Cost: $225

Instructors: Andrew Escalera with Engineering Imagination, LLC

Engineering Imagination, LLC provides high quality, entertaining, educational enrichment programs for youth. Programs focus on a unique, customized S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) curriculum.

Aspiring Young Engineers” Summer Camp

  • Explore the fascinating world of “S.T.E.A.M.” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) through the hands-on, minds-on, unique summer camps offered by Engineering Imagination! In these exciting and educational programs, participants will use a wide variety of mediums such as LEGO®, ESTES®, KEVA®, and recycled materials to learn about, plan, and build projects such as hydroelectric waterwheels, model rockets, bridges, and roller coasters! With activities and topics including mechanical engineering, chemical reactions, reverse engineering, and environmental science, participants are sure to have a blast while learning along the way. In addition, participants will take home some of the projects they complete such as model rockets, reverse-engineered devices, and 3-D architectural models!

Engineering FUNdamentals

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Age: K - 2nd Grade

Cost: $225

Instructors: Andrew Escalera with Engineering Imagination, LLC

Engineering Imagination, LLC provides high quality, entertaining, educational enrichment programs for youth. Programs focus on a unique, customized S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) curriculum.

“Engineering FUNdamentals” Summer Camp

  • Explore the fascinating world of “S.T.E.A.M.” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) through the hands-on, minds-on, unique summer camps offered by Engineering Imagination! Participants will primarily use LEGO® TECHNIC components to build and explore projects such as a 6 ft. model skyscraper, motorized vehicles, bridges and more! Students will also experience and participate in model rocket launches and science experiments, providing them with a well-rounded, fun and educational experience!

Learn Ukulele!

Time: 9:00 - 12:00

Age: 9 - 14

Cost: $225 ($375 includes ukulele!)

Instructor: Matthew Talmadge

Budding musicians take note. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, ukulele is a great place to start. Ukulele is an excellent choice for individuals who want to play and sing at the same time. It is also a logical musical option for those who may want to learn guitar in the future, as many of the techniques transfer seamlessly.

In one week of instrumental group lessons, participants will learn the anatomy of the ukulele, strumming patterns, plucking technique, ukulele tab, several chords, complete songs and much more. It is everything the beginner needs to get up and running on an instrument they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. Intermediate ukulele players may also benefit from this class, as it will offer them the chance to hone their skills, improve their technique and learn new songs.

It is not required that participants have their own ukulele, as one will be provided; however, having one will allow the pupil to practice at home. Participants who choose to purchase a ukulele will receive a high quality, Oscar Schmidt OU5 concert ukulele.

Matthew Talmadge is a licensed PreK-12 instrumental and vocal music educator with 20 years of music teaching experience. Professionally, he is a music educator in the Westbrook Public School system and a performing trumpet player on the shoreline. He has instructed elementary students, college level students and everyone in between on a myriad of instruments. Mr. Talmadge is a proud Country School father and looks forward to sharing his love of music with more students.

Little Flippers Gymnastics

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ages: 4-9

Cost: $225

Instructor: Nicole Burke

From first time tumblers to experienced flippers, this week long camp offers young gymnasts a fun fitness experience. Floor and beam events will be developed and sharpened with a strong emphasis on proper form, strength, and stretching. Open to first timers through club gymnasts, this camp will provide a fun and safe environment to build aptitude (and yes, we will do lots of cartwheels!). The week will culminate with individual or partner mini routines connecting new skills. Little Flippers campers will build confidence on the mats that they will carry for life!

Nicole Burke, TCS's Director of Development and English Department Faculty member, is a lifelong gymnast and coach. A CIAC certified coach and private club instructor, Nicole has been practicing, competing in, and/or coaching gymnastics for 38 years. She is a proud alumna of multiple state championship teams. Her favorite event remains the floor!

Jam Session Music Camp

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Age: Grades 5-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Matthew Talmadge

For kids who enjoy playing musical instruments, there is much to be learned and fun to be had in Jam Session. Jam Session is open to any and all instrumentalists who have completed at least two years of study on their instruments. From trumpet to tuba and guitar to glockenspiel, everyone is welcome.Students are in for a fun, musical week.

Students in Jam Session can expect to increase proficiency on their instruments while learning to play music together by developing a common musical language. Musicians will learn several songs, chord structures, and even have opportunities to improvise original melodies.A key philosophy of this camp is learning via the aural tradition, so no music is needed! A highlight of the camp is the culminating performance, where students perform what they have learned for friends and family at the end of the week.

*ALL campers must bring their own instruments as no instruments will be provided*

Matthew Talmadge is a licensed PreK-12 instrumental and vocal music educator with 20 years of music teaching experience. Professionally, he is a music educator in the Westbrook Public School system and a performing trumpet player on the shoreline. He has instructed elementary students, college level students and everyone in between on a myriad of instruments. Mr. Talmadge is a proud Country School father and looks forward to sharing his love of music with more students.

DoSo Elementary

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ages: 7 - 11

Cost: $225

Instructor: David Mills

DoSo Elementary is a music program that features singing, strumming and song writing. All participants will play 3-string Loog guitars as a vehicle for learning music fundamentals and song writing. Children who play other instruments may bring them in for inclusion in a week-ending performance. For more information and to see a short video excerpt of a DoSo-E Band, go to the web site: www.dosomusic.org/doso-elementary/

David Mills has been a “teaching artist” for forty years, and he is the founder of the DoSo Music concept. David teaches at several schools and community centers in CT including Co-op High School in New Haven and the CELC Middle School in Branford. In 2017 and 2018 David was one of twelve music teachers in the country to receive a Jubilation Foundation Award.

Marine and Environmental Science Camp

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Ages: Grades 2 – 5

Cost: $225

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of ’14

In this hands-on camp, students will learn about the nearby aquatic ecosystem of the Long Island Sound by collecting samples and learning about them both inside and outside the classroom. Potential subjects of study include horseshoe crabs, jellyfish, mussels, phragmites, seagulls, and more. The program will culminate with each student highlighting their favorite find in a Creature Feature project. This camp includes daily field trips to the beach, so dress for the outdoors (and to get your feet wet)!

Nina Hastings is an alum of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She now studies environmental science and history at Brown University.

Eco Arts and Crafts Camp

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Grades 2-6

Cost: $225

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of ’14

Students will have the chance to get creative to the max in this camp by learning several methods of artistic handiwork using recycled and eco-friendly materials. As we construct, compile, paint, draw, cut and paste, and even bake, each day will incorporate lessons about the environment and ways we can help to protect it; the camp will also include nature walks and field trips, so dress for the outdoors! Supplies will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to bring materials from home that they’d like to use.

Nina Hastings is an alum of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She is also an avid knitter and loves all kinds of arts and crafts. She now studies environmental science and history at Brown University.

July 8-12


Word Play: Creative Writing

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: Grade 3-5

Cost: $225

Instructor: Kristin Liu, TCS English Teacher

This camp will provide a fun and thoughtful way for students to explore their world – and express themselves – through the written word. We will dabble in poetry, food reviews, nature writing, and flash fiction, to name a few, with activities designed to hook beginning writers and stretch those with more experience. Kids will become comfortable sharing their work with a supportive, immediate audience and will benefit from collaboration and feedback from their peers. Far from being a static, in-your-seat experience, young writers should come prepared for outdoor exploration, candy taste-tests, dance parties, yoga, and more! Come join us and learn just how much fun playing with words can be!

DoSo Elementary

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ages: 7 - 11

Cost: $225

Instructor: David Mills

DoSo Elementary is a music program that features singing, strumming and song writing. All participants will play 3-string Loog guitars as a vehicle for learning music fundamentals and song writing. Children who play other instruments may bring them in for inclusion in a week-ending performance. For more information and to see a short video excerpt of a DoSo-E Band, go to the web site: www.dosomusic.org/doso-elementary/

David Mills has been a “teaching artist” for forty years, and he is the founder of the DoSo Music concept. David teaches at several schools and community centers in CT including Co-op High School in New Haven and the CELC Middle School in Branford. In 2017 and 2018 David was one of twelve music teachers in the country to receive a Jubilation Foundation Award.

July 15-19


Write Your Novel!

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: Grade 5-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Kristin Liu, TCS English Teacher

During this week-long camp, middle grade writers will have the chance to begin writing a novel, leaving armed with a plan to continue their ambitious projects through the summer. Through numerous activities and exercises to improve our craft, along with the camaraderie and motivating force of the workshop model, we will advise and support one another through this exciting process. It’s time to write your novel!

Tiny Scientists

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Age: Ages 4-6

Cost: $225

Instructors: Tory Rudden '14 and Maggie Keeler '14


This camp offers young children the most engaging aspects of science by understanding information through arts and crafts, experiments, and outdoor activities. Students will participate in five unique theme-based days: outer space, life under the sea, life on land, basic chemistry, and nature/pollution.

Young scientists should prepare for a week of laughing, learning, and exploring in an entirely hands-on and minds-on way: hunting for dinosaur eggs, making elephant’s toothpaste, constructing ocean zones in a jar, and even defying the properties of liquids by creating Dr. Seuss’s infamous non-Newtonian oobleck.

Our mission is to bring out the inner scientist in every child, and for students to go home each day ecstatic and curious about the day to come. Join us to discover how much fun science truly is!

Tory Rudden and Maggie Keeler are both seniors in high school and alumnae of The Country School class of ‘18. Both passionate about the sciences, they spent last summer together volunteering at Yale New Haven Hospital which solidified their interests in entering the medical field. While they are both excited to pursue their interests in college (Tory as a nursing major and Maggie as a human science major), they are also looking forward to giving back to TCS and inspiring tiny scientists!

Tiny Chefs

Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Age: 5-7

Cost: $225

Instructors: Tory Rudden '14 and Maggie Keeler '14

Cooking teaches children many important skills that will be carried with them throughout their lives; they practice basic math when measuring ingredients, learn to carefully follow instructions, explore different cultures, and work well in teams.

We want our campers to go home at the end of the day feeling proud of their work. Students will participate in five unique theme-based days centered around different cultures and meals. Together, we will be exploring what food looks like around the world, learning about the food pyramid, and creating dishes that look almost as amazing as they taste!

Tory Rudden and Maggie Keeler are both freshmen in college and alumnae of The Country School class of ‘14. They love to explore new restaurants, take cooking classes, try new foods, and are excited to teach about health, the basics of cooking, and dishes from around the world! Tory is currently a nursing major at the University of Alabama and Maggie as a human science major at Georgetown University; they are also looking forward to giving back to TCS and inspiring tiny chefs!

Exercise your Math Brain!

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Age: Grades 5-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Beth Coyne, Assistant Head of School, The Country School

Exercise your brain during a fun math workshop! Participants will engage in word problems that will strengthen algebraic thinking. Participants will strengthen their mental math capabilities and further develop the common sense approach to math that is present in successful math students. Math thinking will be challenged and enhanced, and students will further make sense of the math they are doing by writing about it.

DoSo Elementary

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ages: 7 - 11

Cost: $225

Instructor: David Mills

DoSo Elementary is a music program that features singing, strumming and song writing. All participants will play 3-string Loog guitars as a vehicle for learning music fundamentals and song writing. Children who play other instruments may bring them in for inclusion in a week-ending performance. For more information and to see a short video excerpt of a DoSo-E Band, go to the web site: www.dosomusic.org/doso-elementary/

David Mills has been a “teaching artist” for forty years, and he is the founder of the DoSo Music concept. David teaches at several schools and community centers in CT including Co-op High School in New Haven and the CELC Middle School in Branford. In 2017 and 2018 David was one of twelve music teachers in the country to receive a Jubilation Foundation Award.

Marine and Environmental Science Camp

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Ages: Grades 2 – 5

Cost: $225

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of ’14

In this hands-on camp, students will learn about the nearby aquatic ecosystem of the Long Island Sound by collecting samples and learning about them both inside and outside the classroom. Potential subjects of study include horseshoe crabs, jellyfish, mussels, phragmites, seagulls, and more. The program will culminate with each student highlighting their favorite find in a Creature Feature project. This camp includes daily field trips to the beach, so dress for the outdoors (and to get your feet wet)!

Nina Hastings is an alum of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She now studies environmental science and history at Brown University.

Word Play: Creative Writing at The Country School

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Grades 2 – 6

Cost: $225

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of ’14

This camp will provide a fun and thoughtful way for students to explore their world – and express themselves – through the written word. We will dabble in poetry, food reviews, nature writing, and flash fiction, to name a few, with activities designed to hook beginning writers and stretch those with more experience. Kids will become comfortable sharing their work with a supportive, immediate audience and will benefit from collaboration and feedback from their peers. Far from being a static, in-your-seat experience, young writers should come prepared for outdoor exploration, candy taste-tests, dance parties, yoga, and more! Come join us and learn just how much fun playing with words can be!

Nina Hastings is an alum of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. In high school, she worked on the masthead of the student newspaper and as a peer writing tutor. She now studies environmental science and history at Brown University and edits for The Brown Daily Herald.

July 22-26


Beginning Robotics

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: Entering Grades 4-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Amy Cornell, TCS Science Teacher and Robotics Coach

Never built or programmed a robot using Legos? No problem. This camp is designed to teach you how to build and program robot creations using Lego Mindstorms©. Beginner campers will work in small groups while encouraged to follow the FIRST™ Lego League Core Values in constructing robots that will teach building techniques and beginning programming.

Aspiring Young Engineers

Time: 1-4:00 p.m.

Age: 3rd-5th Grade

Cost: $225

Instructors: Andrew Escalera with Engineering Imagination, LLC

Engineering Imagination, LLC provides high quality, entertaining, educational enrichment programs for youth. Programs focus on a unique, customized S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) curriculum.

Aspiring Young Engineers” Summer Camp

  • Explore the fascinating world of “S.T.E.A.M.” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) through the hands-on, minds-on, unique summer camps offered by Engineering Imagination! In these exciting and educational programs, participants will use a wide variety of mediums such as LEGO®, ESTES®, KEVA®, and recycled materials to learn about, plan, and build projects such as hydroelectric waterwheels, model rockets, bridges, and roller coasters! With activities and topics including mechanical engineering, chemical reactions, reverse engineering, and environmental science, participants are sure to have a blast while learning along the way. In addition, participants will take home some of the projects they complete such as model rockets, reverse-engineered devices, and 3-D architectural models!

Engineering FUNdamentals

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Age: K - 2nd Grade

Cost: $225

Instructors: Andrew Escalera with Engineering Imagination, LLC

Engineering Imagination, LLC provides high quality, entertaining, educational enrichment programs for youth. Programs focus on a unique, customized S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) curriculum.

“Engineering FUNdamentals” Summer Camp

  • Explore the fascinating world of “S.T.E.A.M.” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) through the hands-on, minds-on, unique summer camps offered by Engineering Imagination! Participants will primarily use LEGO® TECHNIC components to build and explore projects such as a 6 ft. model skyscraper, motorized vehicles, bridges and more! Students will also experience and participate in model rocket launches and science experiments, providing them with a well-rounded, fun and educational experience!

Camp Imagination: A PreSchool Day To Play

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Age: Preschool (maximum 9 students)

Cost: $225

Instructor: Angela Stevens, PreSchool Teacher

Play in a preschool setting is important work for each child. It is in this play, that children explore, gain skills and learn to interact with the world around them. In our imaginative preschool camp, each day is inspired by a theme, which will nurture each child’s imagination through various fun activities. Additionally, we will incorporate yoga poses to coincide with the daily theme, allowing much more movement and stretching throughout.

Our daily themes are as follows:

  • Monday: Princess/Prince
  • Tuesday: Pirates
  • Wednesday: Ancient Egypt
  • Thursday: The Circus
  • Friday: A Day At The Farm

Angela Stevens, BA, RYT, RMT, Tai Chi Chair, Radiant Child Yoga, is a Country School Preschool Teacher. She brings fun and creativity to the classroom on a daily basis. In addition to being in the TCS classroom, and a mother of three, Angela actively teachers yoga. Yoga is a practice that Angela is passionate about. She teaches a variety of Yoga classes in our shoreline communities. All of her classes are taught from the heart, with an intention of enhancing each student’s overall well-being.

Young Actors’ Workshop

Time: 1-4:00 p.m.

Age: 3rd-8th Grade

Cost: $225

Instructor: Emily Hope Webster, Theater Instructor

A Theater Arts intensive workshop designed to educate the Young Artist to the principles of Acting. Students will participate in a series of theater and improv games to warm up their muscles and liberate their creativity. Each Young Actor will be given scenes or monologues. With a focus on Story and Character, we will discover the connections and intentions in the text . Creating a safe and fun environment, students will be equipped with the tools to discover their authentic voice. Each participant will walk away from this course with a renewed sense of confidence which can applied to all aspects of life. Theater Skills are Life Skills! Class will culminate in an informal performance.

Emily Hope Webster has been in the world of Theater and Entertainment for over 35 years from coast to coast. Currently the Theater Arts Director at The Grove School and Guest Faculty at The Country School, Emily believes Theater Skills are Life Skills. She looks forward to another Summer of collaboration and creativity.

DoSo Elementary

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ages: 7 - 11

Cost: $225

Instructor: David Mills

DoSo Elementary is a music program that features singing, strumming and song writing. All participants will play 3-string Loog guitars as a vehicle for learning music fundamentals and song writing. Children who play other instruments may bring them in for inclusion in a week-ending performance. For more information and to see a short video excerpt of a DoSo-E Band, go to the web site: www.dosomusic.org/doso-elementary/

David Mills has been a “teaching artist” for forty years, and he is the founder of the DoSo Music concept. David teaches at several schools and community centers in CT including Co-op High School in New Haven and the CELC Middle School in Branford. In 2017 and 2018 David was one of twelve music teachers in the country to receive a Jubilation Foundation Award.

July 29 - August 2

DoSo Elementary

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ages: 7 - 11

Cost: $225

Instructor: David Mills

DoSo Elementary is a music program that features singing, strumming and song writing. All participants will play 3-string Loog guitars as a vehicle for learning music fundamentals and song writing. Children who play other instruments may bring them in for inclusion in a week-ending performance. For more information and to see a short video excerpt of a DoSo-E Band, go to the web site: www.dosomusic.org/doso-elementary/

David Mills has been a “teaching artist” for forty years, and he is the founder of the DoSo Music concept. David teaches at several schools and community centers in CT including Co-op High School in New Haven and the CELC Middle School in Branford. In 2017 and 2018 David was one of twelve music teachers in the country to receive a Jubilation Foundation Award.


August 5-9


Little Flippers Gymnastics

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ages: 4-9

Cost: $225

Instructor: Nicole Burke

From first time tumblers to experienced flippers, this week long camp offers young gymnasts a fun fitness experience. Floor and beam events will be developed and sharpened with a strong emphasis on proper form, strength, and stretching. Open to first timers through club gymnasts, this camp will provide a fun and safe environment to build aptitude (and yes, we will do lots of cartwheels!). The week will culminate with individual or partner mini routines connecting new skills. Little Flippers campers will build confidence on the mats that they will carry for life!

Nicole Burke, TCS's Director of Development and English Department Faculty member, is a lifelong gymnast and coach. A CIAC certified coach and private club instructor, Nicole has been practicing, competing in, and/or coaching gymnastics for 38 years. She is a proud alumna of multiple state championship teams. Her favorite event remains the floor!

Intermediate Gymnastics

Time: 1-4:00 p.m.

Ages: 4-9, space limited to 8

Cost: $275/wk

Instructor: Nicole Burke

Gymnastics experience is a prerequisite for this session. In this fun camp, Gymnasts will focus on form, strength, and mastery of known skills. Advanced skills (such as backhandsprings!) will be introduced on our three primary events: Bars, Beam, Floor. On the first day, a skills assessment and interview with each gymnast will be completed to develop an individualized plan for growth based on ability and areas of interest. This camp does not require that gymnasts can accomplish any particular skill, but does require that they are ready and eager to improve!

Nicole Burke, TCS's Director of Development and English Department Faculty member, is a lifelong gymnast and coach. A CIAC certified coach and private club instructor, Nicole has been practicing, competing in, and/or coaching gymnastics for 38 years. She is a proud alumna of multiple state championship teams. Her favorite event remains the floor!

Assistant Coach, Lucy Burke will be starting 5th grade at TCS in the Fall. Lucy has been practicing gymnastics for 6 years at Flip Flop Gymnastics. As a second year Xcel gymnast, Lucy looks forward to competition in the next year or two. Lucy has been assistant coaching for 1 year and is known for her keen eye for safe spotting, positive, corrective form feedback, and deep rapport development with her gymnasts.


Intermediate Ukulele

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Age: 9-14

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Matthew Talmadge

If you have played ukulele at a beginning level and are ready to learn more and increase your skills, Intermediate Ukulele is for you. In one week of instrumental group lessons, participants will review the anatomy of the ukulele, strumming patterns, plucking technique, ukulele tab, and basic chords. Students will then move on to barre chords, advanced plucking and strumming techniques, and music reading basics. Students will also leave the session having learned more advanced songs to play and sing. After one week of intermediate ukulele, the student musician will have plenty to work on for months and even years to come. Advanced ukulele players may also benefit from this class, as it will offer them the chance to hone their skills, improve their technique and learn new songs.

At a minimum, students enrolling in intermediate ukulele should bring their own Ukulele and know the following: 1) The names of the strings 2) How to tune the ukulele 3) Basic strumming technique 4) Plucking a melody on the strings 5) The following chords (C major, A minor, F major, G major, G7) 6) A basic understanding of ukulele tab.

Matthew Talmadge is a licensed PreK-12 instrumental and vocal music educator with 20 years of music teaching experience. Professionally, he is a music educator in the Westbrook Public School system and a performing trumpet player on the shoreline. He has instructed elementary students, college level students and everyone in between on a myriad of instruments. Mr. Talmadge is a proud Country School father and looks forward to sharing his love of music with more students.


Jam Session Music Camp

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Age: Grades 5-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Matthew Talmadge

For kids who enjoy playing musical instruments, there is much to be learned and fun to be had in Jam Session. Jam Session is open to any and all instrumentalists who have completed at least two years of study on their instruments. From trumpet to tuba and guitar to glockenspiel, everyone is welcome.Students are in for a fun, musical week.

Students in Jam Session can expect to increase proficiency on their instruments while learning to play music together by developing a common musical language. Musicians will learn several songs, chord structures, and even have opportunities to improvise original melodies.A key philosophy of this camp is learning via the aural tradition, so no music is needed! A highlight of the camp is the culminating performance, where students perform what they have learned for friends and family at the end of the week.

*ALL campers must bring their own instruments as no instruments will be provided*

Matthew Talmadge is a licensed PreK-12 instrumental and vocal music educator with 20 years of music teaching experience. Professionally, he is a music educator in the Westbrook Public School system and a performing trumpet player on the shoreline. He has instructed elementary students, college level students and everyone in between on a myriad of instruments. Mr. Talmadge is a proud Country School father and looks forward to sharing his love of music with more students.

DoSo Elementary

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ages: 7 - 11

Cost: $225

Instructor: David Mills

DoSo Elementary is a music program that features singing, strumming and song writing. All participants will play 3-string Loog guitars as a vehicle for learning music fundamentals and song writing. Children who play other instruments may bring them in for inclusion in a week-ending performance. For more information and to see a short video excerpt of a DoSo-E Band, go to the web site: www.dosomusic.org/doso-elementary/

David Mills has been a “teaching artist” for forty years, and he is the founder of the DoSo Music concept. David teaches at several schools and community centers in CT including Co-op High School in New Haven and the CELC Middle School in Branford. In 2017 and 2018 David was one of twelve music teachers in the country to receive a Jubilation Foundation Award.

As in past summers,

The Country School is partnering
with Madison Racquet & Swim Club

to offer summer sports camps.
Following is an overview of their programs.

Visit their website to learn more.

http://www.tcsscamp.com/

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