School’s Outside for Summer

C hildren may be out of the classroom, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Each day offers a lesson in exploration, adventure, inclusion and self-confidence. Campers at The Hill School are exposed to a mix of arts, sciences, sports and the natural environment, all designed to strengthen their skills, interests and character. You’ll be amazed when you see how much a child can grow over one
summer.

Located on the beautiful and convenient Hill School campus, children will build self-confidence in an inclusive, nurturing summer camp environment. Our village-like campus encourages a sense of community that serves as a launching pad for an exciting summer at Hill. Hill Camp offers a fun, stimulating, and structured option for children entering Kindergarten through eighth grade.
The summer of 2017 will feature a full day camp program for rising Kindergarten through sixth grade students and many one-week camps sure to keep your children engaged and happy. From June 19th to August 25th, campers can explore the world of music, mystery, nature, the arts, science and the Civil War. The Hill School even has a camp for incoming Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students! See the Our Camps page to see full descriptions.

Our three-week  day camp begins Monday, July 3rd and ends Friday, July 21st. Each week will be filled with adventure, friend-making, and fun as campers explore our 137 acre campus and many of our region’s attractions. Our day camp operates from 9am to 3pm daily (with Morning and After Care available), and includes a variety of activities to meet the interests of our campers, as well as challenge them.Campers will have the opportunity to use our outdoor amphitheater and explore our ponds, wetlands, woods, and fields.

Our camps will engage your child’s mind while mixing in plenty of adventure! Students build skills, explore interests, have a ton of fun, and actually enjoy learning! Our staff and counselors look forward to creating a memorable camp experience for each of our campers.

For more information please email us at summerathill@thehillschool.org.

Summer @ Hill Day Camp

July 3-7; Theme: “America the Beautiful” (No camp Tuesday, July 4th)
July 10-14; Theme: “Tropical Paradise”
July 17-21; Theme: “Action and Adventure”
9am – 3pm
Rising Kindergarten – 6th

Each week will be filled with adventure, friend-making and fun as campers explore our 137 acre campus and many of our region’s attractions. Campers are grouped by age and have a camp counselor(s) to lead them through their day. Each day campers will experience a range of activities including art, sports, science, music, and fun! Elective activities such as robotics, creative writing, and rock climbing will be offered from week to week.Campers will swim at the Middleburg Community Center so bring a bathing suit! Before (8am-9am) and After Care (3pm-5pm) is available each week.

Adventure Camp

June 19 – 23, 8:30am -3:30pm
Rising 5th – 8th

Sports & Adventure Camp is back! Students will have the opportunity to mountain bike, tube, kayak, hike as well as play multiple sports and games. In addition to those activities campers will be spending days at the water park, a high and low ropes course with multiple zip lines and the very popular overnight. The activities will vary slightly from week to week so please check the schedule for a detailed look. All activities are offered under the “choose your challenge” philosophy where campers are encouraged but not forced to participate in any activity or element.

Sherlock Away from Homes Camp

July 3 – July 7, 9am-Noon (No camp Tuesday, July 4th)
Rising 3rd – 6th

Join Hill School teacher Cate Donohue for a week of fun and strategy! Campers will immerse themselves in popular thinking games such as Rush, Pete’s Pike and group strategy games such as Escape the Room. Each day will begin with a morning meeting before solving riddles and mysteries! So bring your best sleuthing hat and be on the lookout for even the smallest of clues! Snacks provided.

Kiddie Camp

July 10 – 14, 9am – Noon
Rising Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten

In Kiddie Kamp, incoming Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten children will meet new teachers, make new friends, and get familiarized with Hill before the start of the school year. Children will enjoy a variety of beach-themed activities including arts and crafts, cooking, and games. We will be sure to take advantage of the summer weather with lots of outdoor play!

Firekeepers Nature Camp

July 17 – 21, 9am-3pm
Rising 4th – 8th

Calling all nature explorers and eco-artisans to band together and form a wilderness village! Join Earth Village Education and a Hill School science teacher for a fun and exciting week learning the ways of the Firekeeper. Firekeepers are the heart and soul of the tribe: they are skilled in all aspects of village building; they love cooking wild food over open flame; they delight in art, craft, story, and song. As a Firekeeper, you’ll construct forts and shelters, forage for wild edible plants, learn several ways to build and use fire(especially for cooking), create beautiful crafts and useful tools from materials we find in nature, play games, tell stories, and sing songs as we connect deeply to the land around us and learn to be at home in the woods.

  • Discover the stories of birds, animals, and plants. Hone your powers of perception and learn how to blend and move with nature.
  • Become a wild-tender of nature’s garden. Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare wild edible plants, and process medicinal plants to make your own “wild” first aid supplies.
  • Explore firecraft! Learn several ways to build fire, then harness the power of flame to cook tasty treats over the campfire.
  • Roam the landscape to gather leaves, nuts, branches, vines, seeds, and fruit. As a “nature artisan,” use these materials to create beautiful and useful items such as baskets, bowls, spoons, cordage, dye, and jewelry.
  • Play games, have fun, make friends, work as a team, and go home with cool stuff you made!

Woodrunners Nature Camp

July 24 – 28, 9am-3pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

Join Earth Village Education, a Hill School science teacher and a group of adventurers journeying into the wildest places on and around the Hill School campus. If you dream of being a woods ninja or forest scout—Woodsrunner camp is for you! Woodsrunner are the eyes and ears of the tribe.Deeply connected to the land around them, they are masters of wilderness living skills, moving and blending with nature, and listening to what the wild things say. As a Woodsrunner you’ll practice camouflage and stalking techniques, learn various navigation skills, build and use fire, construct natural shelters, forage for wild edible plants, track humans and animals, solve riddles and mysteries of the natural world, play games, and get muddy and dirty sneaking around in the woods!

  • Expand your awareness and fine-tune your senses. Learn how to detect and identify birds, animals, and a variety of edible, useful, and poisonous plants.
  • Explore the art of navigation using maps, compasses, and primitive techniques.
  • Discover what to do if you’re lost in the woods.
  • Practice several different ways to build and maintain fire, including how to make fire by rubbing sticks together.
  • Get down and dirty tracking and trailing humans and animals. Learn “invisibility” techniques such as natural camouflage and stalking so you can travel across the landscape undetected.

At the end of the week, complete an epic scavenger hunt that will test all your Woodsrunner skills!

Adventure Camp (NEW!)

July 24 – 28, 8:30am -4:00pm
Rising 5th – 8th

Sports & Adventure Camp is back! Students will have the opportunity to mountain bike, tube, kayak, hike as well as play multiple sports and games. In addition to those activities campers will be spending days at the water park, a high and low ropes course with multiple zip lines and the very popular overnight. The activities will vary slightly from week to week so please check the schedule for a detailed look. All activities are offered under the “choose your challenge” philosophy where campers are encouraged but not forced to participate in any activity or element.

Ready? Set, Go! Camp

July 24 – 28, 9am – 3pm
Age range for campers: Rising 2nd – 8th
Lions are roaring at the Hill School this summer! Are you going to join in the fun?! Join Mr. Miller for a week of indoor and outdoor fun and games! Capture the flag, movies, swimming, dodgeball, LEGOs, making art, a barbecue and more… don’t miss your chance to be part of the excitement! We want YOU!!!

Additional costs for campers: $5-10 (for snacks/meal during pool visits)

Lacrosse Camp

July 24 – 28, 9am – 11pm
Rising 4th – 9th

Led by Foxcroft Coach Patrick Finn, boys and girls of all skill levels will work on techniques designed to improve their play, sportsmanship and game skills. Coaches will use a specifically designed method for players to maximize game time while also getting one on one coaching.

LEGOS: The Building Blocks of Fun

July 24 – 28, 9am – Noon
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 3rd

Come use your imagination while playing Legos with friends. We will explore castles, design a metropolitan city, create spaceships and space stations, design a playground and more all while building with Legos. Each day will start with a new group challenge and end with an amazing finished product. Come see what you and your friends can do.

Civil War Camp

August 14 – 18, 9am to 4pm
Rising 3rd – 8th
Minimum of 6 Campers, Maximum of 12 Campers

CDR D. Woodruff will once again offer a daring ride through selected Civil War battlefields for this one week. We will visit Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, two of the Fredericksburg area battlefields, and one other TBD. Our expeditions set out from the site of one of Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters (Hill School Campus) at 0900 hours each morning except for the day trip to Gettysburg when, in order to evade JEB Stuart’s cavalry we must depart at 0830. Returns will be prior to 1600 hours each afternoon except for the Gettysburg campaign when we will require an additional hour in which to comprehend this extensive battleground. Details will be forwarded in orders from headquarters prior to the beginning of the adventure.

Field Hockey Camp

August 21 – 25, 9am – 1pm
Rising 5th – 12th

In the camp, Sydney Bowers, Cricket Bedford and Caitlin McNaughton will guide players through a skill building program based on fundamentals, game situations, and conditioning sure to be helpful for girls of all levels.

Camp Name & Grades* Dates  Total Camp Fee Deposit (non-refundable)
Adventure Camp #1 (5th-8th) June 19-23 $485 $121.25
HILL DAY CAMP (K-6th) July 3-7 $240 $75
Sherlock Away from Homes Camp (3rd-6th) July 3-7 $120 $40
Hill DAY CAMP (K-6th) July 10-14 $300 $75
Kiddie Camp (JK-K) July 10-14 $150 $40
Firekeepers Nature Camp (4th-8th) July 17-21 $375 $75
Hill DAY CAMP (K-6th) July 17-21 $300 $75
Adventure Camp #2 (5th-8th) July 24-28 $485 $121.25
Ready? Set, Go! Camp (2nd-8th) July 24-28 $300 $75
LEGOS: The Building Blocks of Fun (K-3rd) July 24-28 $175 $50
Lacrosse Camp (4th-9th) July 24-28 $185 $50
Woodrunners Nature Camp (4th-8th) July 24-28 $375 $75
Civil War Camp (3rd-8th) Aug 14-18 $300 $75
Field Hockey Camp (5th-9th) Aug 21-25 $175 $50

To enroll your child in our day or specialty camp, please download and fill out the Registration Form and Waiver Form OR Complete the Online Registration and Waiver Forms. Please note that a Registration and Waiver form are necessary for each child you are enrolling.There is a non-refundable deposit of $75 due upon registering. The remainder of the fee is due by the first day of camp.You may email the forms to us at summerathill@thehillschool.org or through the mail to: Summer Programs, PO Box 65,  Middleburg, VA 20118.

The deposit fee should be made payable to The Hill School and mailed to the above address.

Q: Does Hill provide food for my child?
A: We provide a morning and afternoon snack. Campers should bring their own lunch and drink.

Q: Do I have to sign up for the whole summer?
A: You may sign up for any number of weeks as well as any combination of Day Camp or Specialty Camps.

Q: What does a typical day look like?
A: The camp day begins at 9 am. Campers have a set schedule throughout the day that includes activities such as swimming, art, soccer, basketball, science, and electives like robotics, archery, etc. In addition, there are special activities planned by the group counselors. There will also be rest, lunch, and snack periods during the day. The camp day ends at 3 pm.

Q: Can I drop of my camper before 8 am? Can I pick them up later than 3 pm?
A: Yes. We offer morning care starting at 8 am and extended day care from 3 pm to 5pm for a fee. Students will be with counselors who have fun, engaging activities for them.

Q: Is there bus service to camp?
A: Please contact Bee Stribling at summerathill@thehillschool.org if you are interested in bus service to and from camp. Alternatively, you can indicate on your application that you are interested in bus service.

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