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Core Camp

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I have been tremendously impressed with all staff working with my child this summer. The counselors are friendly and engaged, and truly enjoy working with children.
- Camp Montessori Kindergarten Parent

Give your child the opportunity to enjoy summer fun in a nurturing educational environment! Camp Montessori’s Core Camp program is led by experienced educators who are dedicated to supporting the cognitive, emotional and social growth of each child.

Not only do our campers play - they also form enduring friendships, explore ideas, learn new skills, make choices and work together. Each week’s program is designed to work equally well as a stand-alone experience or as part of a summer-long adventure.

We welcome the addition of children who do not attend Wilmington Montessori’s school-year program, as this adds to the richness of our community and to the diversity of the peer group.

The camp staff works together to provide a lively and interesting program in which their joy and enthusiasm about learning and living inspires and engages campers of all ages.

Age Groups

In order to give campers the personal attention they deserve, children at Camp Montessori are divided into groups based on their age or the grade they will enter for the 2019-20 school year.

Please click the age groups below to learn more about each program.

 

Turtles (ages 12-38 months)

The Turtles program closely mirrors our school-year Toddler Program in terms of the rhythm of the day: circle time, exploration of Montessori materials, cooking, culture, art, science projects, nature study and active play.

Summer also brings the addition of water play, which is always a favorite!

Highlights:

Integrated Curriculum
Bi-weekly themes allow children to explore topics through many lenses. In-house field trips and camp-wide celebrations round out the camp experience and expose children to the larger world beyond their classroom. Toddlers explore STEAM in their specially designed Maker Studio throughout the summer.

Highly Trained & Experienced Staff
To provide consistency for our youngest campers, the Turtles are led by year-round Montessori-certified WMS teachers. They will be assisted by many other school-year staffers and several college students. 

Facilities & Campus
Our toddler classrooms are beautiful spaces, designed by our lead teachers to facilitate toddlers' development of independence, competence and confidence. The natural toddler playground, gross-motor playroom and acres of natural woodlands provide the perfect environment for a program supporting toddlers' physical, social and intellectual development.

Pandas (ages 3-5, attending preschool in the fall)

The Pandas program provides preschool-age campers with a structure similar to our school-year Primary Program. Teachers offer group lessons and projects, opportunities for individual and small-group work, on-campus water play at least once each week, walks in the woods and plenty of time to enjoy our expansive playgrounds.

The Pandas do not take off-site field trips, but we bring in visiting programs from local museums, nature centers and theater groups.

Highlights:

Our theme for summer 2019 is science, including paleontology, astronomy and physical science.

Highly Trained & Experienced Staff
In addition to learning from our highly trained and experienced Panda staffers, specialists in art, STEAM and nature education will work with campers throughout the summer to provide additional enrichment.

Facilities & Campus
The Panda classroom is designed to facilitate the development of independence and confidence in preschool-age campers. WMS's expansive playgrounds, a gymnasium and acres of natural woodlands provide the perfect background for a program supporting children’s physical, social and intellectual development.

Kangaroos (entering kindergarten)

At Camp Montessori, the Kangaroos are the youngest group in the elementary camp community. They swim three days per week, take four field trips over the course of the summer, including visits to the Herr's Snack Factory and the Brandywine Zoo.

Every week’s plan includes music, arts and crafts, team-building, science and exploring the Wilmington Montessori woods. Active games, water play, all-camp parties and in-house field trips round out the summer experience.

Highlights:

Highly Trained & Experienced Staff
The Kangaroos are led by year-round WMS teacher Gabby Clark. Additionally, Meerkats will participate in STEAM activities in our Maker Studios throughout the summer, and Wilmington Montessori School's year-round art teacher Laurie Muhlbauer explores a wide range of art projects with work with campers each week.

Swimming
Campers moving from preschool to kindergarten look forward to beginning to visit the pool during the summer! The children walk through the woods on our nature trail on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to swim for an hour at Windybush Swim Club. Campers who can swim are invited to take the swim test (swimming the width of the pool unassisted) at any time, and if they pass, they can swim anywhere in the big pool. Children who are not ready for the main pool can swim in the large wading pool, which has plenty of room for safe swim practice and fun.

Tigers (entering grades 1 & 2)

This summer, the Tigers' weekly themes will focus on science, animals and nature. Tigers swim three days per week and take five field trips over the course of the summer, including visits to the Crystal Cave Park, the Delaware Children's Museum and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Every week includes music, arts and crafts, team-building and exploring the Wilmington Montessori School woods. Active games, water play, all-camp parties and in-house field trips round out the summer experience.

Highlights

Electives
As Tigers, campers have their first opportunity to participate in Camp Montessori electives! Three afternoons per week, campers choose from a new slate of counselor-led elective activities including archery, photography, LEGO projects and more. 

Highly Trained & Experienced Staff
The Tigers are led by year-round WMS teacher Carolyn Malatesta. Additionally, Meerkats will participate in STEAM activities in our Maker Studios throughout the summer, and Wilmington Montessori School's year-round art teacher Laurie Muhlbauer explores a wide range of art projects with work with campers each week.

Meerkats (entering grades 3-5)

The Meerkats's theme for this summer is "Touring the Globe." Each week, they will explore a new country through activities, cooking, language and art. Meerkats take six field trips per summer, including visits to the Delaware Rock Gym and Clementon Park & Spalsh World, and partner with the Dragons for games and electives every week.

Highlights

Highly-trained & Experienced Staff
The Meerkats are led by a year-round WMS teacher Alyssa Novello. Additionally, Meerkats will participate in STEAM activities in our Maker Studios throughout the summer, and Wilmington Montessori School's year-round art teacher Laurie Muhlbauer explores a wide range of art projects with work with campers each week.

Electives
Three afternoons per week, campers choose from a new slate of counselor-led elective activities including archery, basketball, photography, LEGO projects, writing and more. 

Dragons (entering grades 6-9)

Like their younger peers, the Meerkats, the Dragons' theme for the summer is "Touring the Globe." They will explore Italy, Greece, Gaha and Egypt, among other countries, on their camp journey. As our oldest group, the Dragons look froward to the annual overnight campout on campus, as well as six field trips, including visits to the Mutter Museum in Philadephia and Guppy Gulch.

Highlights

Leadership Opportunities
As the oldest group at Camp Montessori, the Dragons demonstrate leadership in many areas, including planning and running a carnival for the younger children in the final week of camp.

Highly Trained & Experienced Staff
The Dragons are led by a year-round WMS staff member Ben Loder. Additionally, Dragons will participate in STEAM activities in our Maker Studios throughout the summer, and Wilmington Montessori School's year-round art teacher Laurie Muhlbauer explores a wide range of art projects with work with campers each week.

Electives
Three afternoons per week, campers choose from a new slate of counselor-led elective activities including archery, basketball, photography, LEGO projects, writing and more.