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 2019 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 18th to August 24th, 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 view full descriptions.

Our day camps begins Monday, July 8th and ends Friday, August 23rd. 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

Offered the following weeks from 9am – 3pm daily:
July 8-12
July 15-19
July 22-26 (Optional Afternoon Module with Dan Miller)
July 29-Aug 2
Aug 5-9 (Optional Theatre Skills Module with Erin Coulter)
Aug 12-16
Aug 19-23
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 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 (with ChildSci on Wednesday), music, and fun! 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.

Make N Bake Camp

June 17 – 21, 9am – 3pm
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 4th

Come learn to cook with Mrs. Donohoe!  Campers will make a variety of delicious treats to enjoy at camp as well as some to bring home! Rainbow fruit popsicles, shake ice cream, apple fruit “donuts”, fudge, bread and butter from scratch, unicorn cone cupcakes, and edible gardens are some of the things we will be making and baking. Campers will also have time to decorate bakers boxes to bring their goodies home in, hear some food based stories or play some games, and get outside and play for much needed baker breaks. Campers can bring their own lunch if they prefer, but there will be plenty (of mostly healthy things) to eat throughout the day.

Lego Camp

June 17 – 21, 9am – 3pm
June 24 – 28, 9am – 3pm
Rising Junior 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.

Harry Potter Camp

June 24 – 28, 9am – 3pm
August 5 – 9, 9am – 3pm
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 4th

This is the perfect camp for kids who love the Harry Potter books or movies. In this camp, children will play Quidditch, learn how to read tea leaves to tell the future, and fully immerse themselves in the magical wizardly world of Harry Potter.

Adventure Camp

June 24 – 28, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

Sports and Adventure Camp offers unique outdoor activities that build self-confidence, leadership, trust, teamwork and responsibility. Whether the camper is completing a 40-foot climb or performing their first “wet exit” they will experience many new challenges that utilize problem solving skills and collaboration. These challenges, along with sports and games that improve cardiovascular fitness, help develop the child as a whole. In its 9th summer, our program offers campers the opportunity to mountain bike, stand up paddleboard, raft, tube, kayak, rock climb, and hike as well as play multiple sports and games. Campers will be spending days on the Shenandoah River, at the waterpark, up on the rocks, hiking or biking trails, or navigating the largest ropes course on the east coast with multiple zip lines. We end the week with a campout where we build a campfire, grill out for dinner and make s’mores. “Manhunt” or flashlight tag ends the camp day on an exciting note. All activities are offered under the “choose your challenge” philosophy where campers are encouraged but not forced to participate in any activity or element.

Team Building Game Camp

July 1 – 3, 9am – 3pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

Looking for fun and excitement in the sun with your friends? Our 3 day Team Building Game Camp gives campers the opportunity to play all of their favorite group/team games. We split our kids up differently each day to encourage a new learning environment daily. Learn to work as a team and within a team. Test yourself in campus wide capture the flag, work as a team to win the campus scavenger hunts, use your sneaking skills to avoid capture in hide and seek tag, team up to win campus wide infection, and many others!

Nature Camp

July 1 – 5, 9am – 3pm
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 4th

Join Mrs. McCaskey in a week of habitat exploration. Days will be spent outside exploring The Hill School campus and local streams doing wildlife observations, playing games, doing crafts, singing songs and telling stories. Oh, and we will get dirty! Space is limited to 14 students. Note: Camp will not meet on July 4th.

Ready? Set, Go!

July 8 – 12, 9am – 3pm
Rising 4th – Rising 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).

Exploration Camp

July 8 – 12, 9am – 3pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

Join Mrs. McCaskey and learn all there is to know about the great outdoors! Learn to fish using a fishing pole you build, hike in one of the local national forests, build a fire using “friction”, tube down one of our scenic streams/rivers, explore Mr. Barreda’s Blue Ridge Farm using a compass, and much much more! If you like to be outdoors this is the place for you!!

Eric Carle Camp

July 15 – 19, 9am – Noon
Rising Junior Kindergarten – Rising 3rd

Join Mrs. Austin and jump into Eric Carle’s world of Grouchy Ladybugs, Hungry Caterpillars, and Very Busy Spiders! Literature comes to life with fun snacks, lots of painting and art. Wear your old clothes and be ready for some brush painting, sponge painting, finger painting, and carpet painting.

Theatre Skills Camps Featuring Annie Jr.

July 15 – July 26 (two week camp), 9am – 3pm
Rising 5th – Rising 9th

Sing! Dance! Act! If you love musical theater or performing, you will want to join the Hill School performing arts camp for our summer musical production of Annie Jr. Camp days will be filled with theater games, singing, dancing, helping to paint and create the set and, of course, rehearsals for Annie Jr. Auditions will be held on the first day of camp, and this two week camp will culminate in a final performance for friends and family the evening of Friday, July 26th. Come join the show and join the fun!

Soccer Camp

July 22 – July 26, 9am – 1p
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 6th

The Hill School summer soccer camp will be a week-long clinic for children between the grades of kindergarten and sixth grade. One primary focus of the camp will be to teach the fundamentals of soccer for every experience level, starting from beginners all the way through more experienced players. Additionally, students will play a variety of games during sessions to engage aspects of the game such as teamwork and communication. The soccer clinic will be instructed by former Middlebury College men’s soccer staffer Harrison Schroder, who now teaches science and sports at The Hill School. Coach Schroder brings his collegiate experience to shape activities around the game of soccer so all students can develop skills and have fun. Coach Schroder will be joined by experienced, local youth players, who will serve as both coaches and mentors to the campers while sharing their love for the game.

Kiddie Camp

July 29 – August 2, 9am – Noon
Rising Junior Kindergarten – Rising Kindergarten

In Kiddie Camp, 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!

Civil War Camp

July 29 – August 2, 9am – 3pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

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.

Basketball Camp

August 12 – 16, 9am – 1pm
Rising 5th – 8th

Are you a rising 5th-8th grader looking to develop your basketball game further? If so, the Hill School Basketball camp is just the place for you! The Hill School Basketball Camp will be instructed by current Hill School Varsity Basketball Coach and 6th-8th Sports Coach, Will Roszel. The focus of camp will be to teach the fundamentals and understanding of basketball for all level players to prepare for the Fall/Winter basketball season at Hill. Campers will play a multitude of games each day to engage aspects of the game such as movement both with and without the ball, defense, jump shots, 1v1, and overall basketball IQ. Coach Roszel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to shape activities around the game of basketball so all players can develop skills and enjoy their camp experience.

Field Hockey Camp

August 19 – 23, 9am – 1pm
Rising 5th – 9th

Are you ready for field hockey season?  Players will be guided through a pre-season type program based on skill building, fundamentals, conditioning, and game situations.  Coaches include, Coach Sydney Bowers (Hill Coach & 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Junior Hockey Coach of the year), Cricket Bedford (Hill Coach & former UVA standout), and Caitlin Slater (Hill Coach & former player from Sewanee-The University of The South). PLEASE NOTE: Players need to bring: stick, shin guards, mouth guard, and a water bottle. (Mouth guards and shin guards may be purchased at camp. Shin guards and stick may be borrowed.)

Camp Name & Grades* Dates  Camp Fee
Make N Bake Camp (K-4th) June 17-21 $350
Lego Camp (JK-3rd) June 17-21 $350
Harry Potter Camp (K-4th) June 24-28 $350
Lego Camp (JK-3rd) June 24-28 $350
Adventure Camp (4th-8th) June 24-28 $540
Team Building Game Camp (4th-8th) July 1-3 $225
Nature Camp (K-4th) July 1-5 $300
Summer at Hill Day Camp (K-6th) July 8-12 $350
Ready? Set, Go! (4th-8th) July 8-12 $350
Exploration Camp (4th-8th) June 8-12 $375
Eric Carle Camp (JK-3rd) July 15-19 $200
Summer at Hill Day Camp (K-6th) July 15-19 $350
Theatre Skills Camp (5th-9th) July 15-26 $775
Summer at Hill Day Camp (K-6th) July 22-26 $350
Soccer Camp (K-6th) July 22-26 $225
Summer at Hill Day Camp (K-6th) July 29-August 2 $350
Kiddie Camp (JK-K) July 29-August 2 $200
Civil War Camp (4th-8th) July 29-August 2 $350
Summer at Hill Day Camp (K-6th) August 5-9 $350
Harry Potter Camp (K-4th) August 5-9 $350
Summer at Hill Day Camp (K-6th) August 12-16 $350
Basketball Camp (5th-8th) August 12-16 $225
Field Hockey Camp (5th-9th) August 19-23 $225
Summer at Hill Camp (K-6th) August 19-23 $350

*Indicates the grade for the 2019-2020 school year.

To register for summer camps click here. If you have any questions regarding the camps please contact our Summer Camp Director, Zach Roszel at summerathill@thehillschool.org.

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.

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