Summer Play Camp at Blue Rock School

Summer Play Camp is a refreshingly relaxed and creative approach to summer fun where children ages 3 through 12 can leisurely spend their summer days. This five-week summer camp was founded in 2001 to offer all children the chance to enjoy the Blue Rock experience.  Each day is a new and exciting adventure teeming with possibilities, where children can explore a variety of hands-on and playful activities— from art & music, woodworking, sewing, swimming, gardening, nature & science to drama, baking, puppetry, free play, games and hula hooping.

At Summer Play Camp, campers spend as much time as possible outside on Blue Rock’s beautiful and charming 5-acre wooded campus, where there are enough magical play spaces for the most active imaginations. The historic property dates back to the mid 1700’s and includes a stone farmhouse, a renovated barn, a pristine, fenced-in pool and an exciting Arts & Nature Studies Annex which is equipped with materials and tools for science studies as well as a fully stocked art studio. Our music studio has enough ukuleles and Orff instruments for all of our campers to try their hand at music making.

Summer Play Camp’s warm and caring staff is highly experienced, possess a solid understanding of child development, and all share the same goal—to see that your child experiences the sheer joys of childhood through nature, play and creative exploration. Tuition is highly affordable and the camp typically draws over half of its campers from other area schools, both public and private, and from the home-schooled community as well.


Swimming & Water Play

Our 420 square-foot, kidney-shaped pool is staffed with a WSI certified swim instructor assisted by two lifeguards. Children are given morning swim lessons in small, ability-based groups. Strong swimmers can also enjoy an afternoon swim session.

Water Play ensures that no camper misses out on getting wet and cooling off each afternoon! Children of every age and swimming ability are invited to dash through the sprinkler, slide down the slip-n-slide, play catch with a water balloon, create moats in the sand, or (kindly) pour a cup of water over a friend's head.

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Learning rhythm drumming techniques, strumming on our ukuleles, singing in cannon, and playing Toy Store – a musical role-playing game is often a highlight of the day for many of our campers. It is yet another outlet for creativity and self-expression. As parents, you’ll cherish the joyful melodies your child hums on the car rides home from camp as well as their role in the music and drama finale at the end of the program



Safety goggles, blueprints, hammers, nails, and acrylic paints lead to wooden creations of all shapes and sizes; superior materials and in-depth instruction inspire students to invent fanciful wood treasures that you’ll have for years to come.

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 Nature & Science

Children love to get their hands dirty as they journey through nature – at Summer Play children plant seeds and learn about the cycle of life; build erupting volcanoes; explore permaculture and build gardening beds and much more. All activities help to reignite children’s innate appreciation for nature, too often missing in this technological age.

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Campers collaborate with staff members to create characters, draw up a storyline and ultimately write an original script to present on stage. Some children design costumes, props and sets, some provide musical accompaniment, and others share their acting, singing, and dancing talents in the spotlight. 


Children in our older groups are invited to take part in excursions one day per week. Veteran environmental educators and avid hikers lead campers through hiking trails, local parks, and to nearby lakes & rivers with a spirit of adventure.

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. . . And Much More!

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Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Mature teens, ages 13 and older, may apply for Junior CIT and CIT positions. CITs volunteer their time for the full duration of our five-week program, forming strong bonds with the children and acting as liaisons to adult group leaders.

For camper registration forms, CIT applications, program dates and tuition,
please visit or call (845) 627-0234



Camp Director, Katie Karpenstein  

Tel: 845-627-0234
Fax: 845-627-0208