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Campers personally design their own schedules

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Over 70 enrichment courses

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Learn and play on a college campus

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An experienced and caring staff


Cheerleading and Dance

are taught by our dance instructor. Both classes have a final performance at the end of the two-week session. These performances are held in the Watkinson School gym prior to the start of our regular camp day.

Fitness Training

includes a variety of high- and low-impact aerobics and muscle-strengthening activities. Campers use hand weights, step boxes, exercise bands, medicine balls, and more. Campers learn how to use pedometers to track their steps and distance while jogging and power walking. Depending on the group’s interests, the instructor may also offer water workouts in the pool and lessons on nutrition. Note: We do not use weight-lifting equipment.

Game of the Day

includes activities for the camper who likes to play team sports but wants some variety. The campers will play a different team sport on a daily basis. Many of these games are well known, such as kickball or volleyball, while others, such as Tseg Ball, campers may play for the very first time.

Go Girls

includes a variety of sports for girls only. Girls will play soccer, basketball, and other sports of their choice.

Sport Pals

is an all-afternoon option for our youngest campers. It includes daily swim lessons, a variety of recreational activities, games, read-aloud time, and a Popsicle at break. This group of campers remains with the same counselors in a nurturing environment for the entire afternoon. Sport Pals campers who choose the early-dismissal option will still get their daily swim lesson.

Swim Lessons

are taught by the Summer Place swim instructors and follow the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum. Swim lessons take place in the University of Hartford’s indoor pool.

Tennis/Net Games

is for campers of all abilities. Instructors will assess the campers on the first few days of each session and plan appropriate activities based on their skill levels. Includes a variety of net games.

Yard Games

will feature activities for campers looking for something other than team sports. We will have different activities every day, but unlike Game of the Day, they will not be team sports. Some of the planned activities are bocce, slip ‘n slide, and hide and seek.

Our Partnership with
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Sports and recreational activities—along with arrival and dismissal—will take place at Watkinson School, located adjacent to the University. Watkinson offers Summer Place a modern sports center, expansive playing fields, fitness room, dance studio, and state-of-the-art amphitheater.