George School Day Camp Program
George School Day Camp (GSDC) provides a nurturing and safe environment for all campers. Like George School, we emphasize the Quaker philosophies of respect for the individual and each person’s responsibility to the group. Though we are not a sports camp, we are a very active camp. Campers participate in a variety of traditional team sports with emphasis on mastery of skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun—not only competition. Daily activities vary, but every camper will participate in swimming, art, drama, dance, and a multitude of activities and games including Gaga, Scooter Soccer, Capture the Flag, Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Ping Pong, Air Hockey, Foosball, Chess and many more!
Each child who attends George School Day Camp is placed in a co-ed group based on school grade. This ensures that each child participates in age-appropriate activities with their peers.
Lower Camp (ages 4–6) – The ratio of counselors to campers is 1:5
Our youngest campers are encouraged to explore the world around them. We emphasize cooperative play activities, and we introduce campers to the fundamentals of athletic games, artistic exploration, and an appreciation for the outdoors. Campers have the opportunity to try a variety of new activities and receive individualized attention in small groups from counselors and instructors. Our program is structured to promote your camper’s growth socially, cognitively, and emotionally.
New for Summer 2022, we are expanding our camp space to include the Newtown Friends School campus! NFS will serve as the home base for our Lower Camp Division this summer. We are thrilled to be able to offer our youngest campers a space that is designed especially for them! The addition of the NFS campus and classrooms allows us to offer a robust program that will engage the campers socially, cognitively, mentally, and physically. See the FAQ section below for additional information.
Before care – 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Camp – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
After care – 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
To learn about our academic programs and sports camps, visit Summer @ George School.
Lower Camp FAQs
Will the procedure for arrival and dismissal change with the addition of NFS?
Additional information will be provided regarding arrival and dismissal procedures as we get closer to the start of camp.
Will Lower Camp still have access to the swimming pool?
Yes! Lower Camp will still utilize the pool in the George School Fitness and Athletic Center for swimming lessons and free swim.
Where will Lower Camp eat lunch?
Lower Camp will eat lunch in the multipurpose room at Newtown Friends School. Lunch will be provided by Culinart, the George School food service provider. To view a sample menu click here.
Where will before and after care be located?
Before and after care will continue to take place at the George School Fitness and Athletic Center providing a central pickup location for families with campers in multiple camp divisions.
Will Lower Camp still get to interact with the other camp divisions?
Yes! We have numerous occasions where the entire camp community comes together, such as Tree (daily community gathering), assemblies, special events, etc.
Will Lower Camp still spend time on the George School campus?
Yes! Lower Camp will continue to utilize the George School campus for activities such as swimming, nature, adventure, Tree (our daily community gathering), and more!
What if my camper requires First Aid?
George School Day Camp has a full-time nurse on staff from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. The nurse’s office is located in the George School Fitness and Athletic Center. Campers requiring first aid will be escorted to the nurse’s office by camp staff.
What if I need to contact the camp about my child during the camp day?
The day camp office is located in the George School Fitness and Athletic Center. The camp office is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The camp office phone number and email address will be provided to families prior to the start of camp.
Middle Camp (ages 6–10) – The ratio of counselors to campers is 1:6
Middle Camp programming focuses on developing more advanced skills in artistic and physical activities. Campers are exposed to a variety of sports and other athletic endeavors and are encouraged to cultivate their artistic exploration through movement, drawing, and painting. At the core of Middle Camp curriculum, activities focus on teamwork, building confidence, and making friendships.
Upper Camp (ages 10–14) – The ratio of counselors to campers is 1:8
Upper Camp provides adolescents with opportunities for growth rooted in taking a step into nature. They will be able to further nurture their interests and skills in the variety of activities that are a part of our camp life. As the older campers, they will be the natural leaders for the younger campers and model the Quaker values of respect for the individual and community and each person’s responsibility to the group.
Counselors in Training (ages 14-15)*
Our Counselors in Training (CIT) program provides our 14 and 15-year-old campers with the tools to become successful leaders, role models, and George School Day Camp staff members. Through hands-on experiences, training sessions, skill-building exercises, and mentorship, the program develops responsible young leaders who can contribute positively to GSDC and their community. Participants will engage in daily camp operations, learn about various staff roles, and have the opportunity to explore their strengths while creating a fun, memorable and educational summer.
Participants in the CIT program are also still campers and will engage in regular camp activities each day. This structure helps ease the transition from camper to future staff member.
Enrollment in the program is limited. Interested applicants will need to complete an application and attend an interview. The first step is to have a parent/guardian complete the online CIT application.
For current program tuition, please see Dates & Rates.
*CITs must be at least 14 years old by the start of camp.
At the current time our CIT program is full, and we are unable to accept additional applications.
George School Day Camp food is provided by CulinArt, the George School food service provider. Lunch options are fresh, healthy, and change daily. We are a nut-free camp and do our best to accommodate other most allergies and dietary restrictions.
If registered for morning extended care, campers may arrive as early as 7:00 a.m. Campers who arrive for early morning care will be provided continental breakfast.
If registered for afternoon extended care, campers may remain until 6:00 p.m. Campers participate in a variety of structured and unstructured activities, all of which are supervised and facilitated by counselors and activity specialists. Snacks are provided.
George School Day Camp Arrival and Dismissal
Parents can begin dropping off campers no earlier than 8:45 a.m.
Late Arrivals to Camp
Parents dropping off campers after 9:20 a.m. will not be able to utilize the carline for drop off. You will need to park in the Fitness and Athletic Center parking lot and walk your child into the building so they can be checked in by a GSDC staff member.
Because of the volume of cars arriving, particularly for afternoon pick up, we ask that parents plan not to arrive before 3:15 p.m. Our activities are scheduled until 3:20 p.m. every day and the campers need time to gather their things, pick up a snack and a beverage, and head out to the arrival/dismissal area. We begin dismissal of campers at 3:30 p.m.
Early Dismissals from Camp
Parents must notify the camp office if you will be picking your camper up early (please provide as much advance notice as possible). Campers must be picked up no later than 2:45 p.m. Parents picking up campers for early dismissal will not be able to utilize the carline for pick up. You will need to park in the Fitness and Athletic Center parking lot and walk into the building to pick up your child.
Driving Safety Protocols on Campus
To ensure the safety of all campers, we ask that parents observe some practical safety precautions:
- Drive slowly: there is a 14-mph speed limit while on campus.
- Please be aware that while two cars can safely pass each other, campus roads are narrow. Proceeding at a slow and safe speed will ensure the safety of everyone while on campus.
- Please obey all signage as well as camp staff directing traffic.
The carline route map will be emailed in the spring.