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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 C.I.T.s and 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 2018-19 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 S.T.E.A.M. 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 (Lauren Harris, Leanne Callaway and Lynda Coan). They will be assisted by many other school-year staffers and several college students whom the students loved last year!

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:

Integrated Curriculum
The core curriculum includes detailed Montessori cultural lessons centered on the natural sciences. The curriculum runs on a three-year cycle so that children will always have a fresh, new focus each year: geography, botany and zoology. Our theme for summer 2018 is zoology, and activities will center around a different branch of the animal kingdom each week.

Highly Trained & Experienced Staff
The Pandas are led by lead Primary teacher Marilyn Faralli, Montessori intern Jocelyn Hall, and long-time camp staff members Sharon Entzminger and Janet Hewitt. In addition to learning from our highly trained and experienced Panda staffers, specialists in art, S.T.E.A.M. and nature education will work with campers throughout the summer to provide additional enrichment.

Facilities & Campus
The Pandas have a new home base this year - Room 11, one of our school-year Primary classrooms. This 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 and keep their brains sharp by exploring a new area of inquiry each week.

Every week’s plan includes cooking, music, arts and crafts, team-building, literature, 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 Gabrielle Clark. Trained specialists in S.T.E.A.M., art and environmental science will work with campers, approaching projects and themes with new perspectives and materials.

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.

Gardening
Campers participate in planting, tending and harvesting crops in our camp garden.

Themes
Week 1 (June 18): Super Sleuths
Week 2 (June 25): A Pirate’s Life for Me
Week 3 (July 2): Stars & Stripes Forever
Week 4 (July 9): Adventure Aquarium
Week 5 (July 16): Science in Color
Week 6 (July 23): Linvilla Orchards
Week 7 (July 30): Music Makers
Week 8 (August 6): Hagley Museum
Week 9 (August 13): Nature Explorers
Week 10 (August 20): Fun in the Sun

Field Trips for 2018
Week 2 (June 28): Independence Seaport
Week 4 (July 12): Adventure Aquarium
Week 6 (July 26): Linvilla Orchards
Week 8 (August 9): Hagley Museum

Tigers (entering grades 1 & 2)

The Tigers are known for cooking the best-smelling - and tasting! - projects and for doing the coolest science projects. Campers swim three days per week, take five field trips over the course of the summer and keep their brains sharp by exploring new areas of inquiry each week. Every week includes cooking, music, arts and crafts, team-building, literature, science 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! Each week, campers choose from a new slate of elective activities and spend from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m. (three days per week) exploring a counselor-led activity of their choosing. Last year's electives included ultimate Frisbee, creek exploration, baking, LEGO projects, 3-D art, yoga, origami and chemistry.

Highly Trained & Experienced Staff
The Tigers are led by year-round WMS teachers Carolyn Malatesta and Emma Mulrine. WMS's trained specialists in S.T.E.A.M. (Paula Sharpe) and art (Laurie Muhlbauer) work with campers each week, approaching projects and themes with new perspectives and materials.

Gardening
The Tigers serve as Camp Montessori's chief gardeners - they tend the camp garden, harvest and share the delicious foods that grow.

Themes
Week 1 (6/18): Who Did It?
Week 2 (6/25): Ahoy, Matey!
Week 3 (7/2): Liberty for All
Week 4 (7/9): Ocean Wonders
Week 5 (7/16): Rainbow Science
Week 6 (7/23): Don’t Bug Me
Week 7 (7/30): Knights of the Round Table
Week 8 (8/6): From Past to Present
Week 9 (8/13): Backyard Adventures
Week 10 (8/20): Endless Summer

2018 Field Trips
Week 2 (June 28): Independence Seaport
Week 4 (July 13): Adventure Aquarium
Week 6 (July 26): Linvilla Orchards
Week 7 (July 26): PA Renaissance Faire
Week 8 (August 19): Hagley Museum

Meerkats (entering grades 3 & 4)

The Meerkats are famous for putting on plays and learning complex card games between trips to explore WMS's beautiful stream and boisterous games of gaga! We are great readers and writers, so when there is a sign to be made or a story to be told, we're on it. We take six field trips per summer and partner with the Dragons for games every week.

Highlights

Highly-trained & Experienced Staff
The Meerkats are led by year-round WMS teacher Alyssa Novello. WMS's trained specialists in S.T.E.A.M. (Paula Sharpe) and art (Laurie Muhlbauer) work with campers each week, approaching projects and themes with new perspectives and materials.

Electives
Each week, campers choose from a new slate of elective activities and spend from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m. (three days per week) exploring a counselor-led activity of their choosing. Last year's electives included ultimate Frisbee, creek exploration, baking, LEGO projects, 3-D art, yoga, origami and chemistry.

2018 Field Trips
Week 2 (6/25-29): Delaware Food Bank
Week 4 (7/9-13): Tubing on the Brandywine
Week 5 (7/16-20): Evening Cookout & Movie w/the Dragons
Week 7 (7/30-8/3): Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Week 8 (8/6-10): Killlens Pond Water Park
Week 9 (8/13-17): Strasburg Railroad Museum

Dragons (entering grades 5-8)

This group has what no other camp group has: bows and arrows! Archery is part of the Dragons' Core Camp program every week, as are woodcraft, strategy games, service projects, art, cooking and STEAM challenges. We mentor the Meerkats, enjoying our separate "older-kid" space while still sharing some of what we know with the younger campers.

Dragons take six field trips and enjoy one (optional) overnight camp-out (or camp-in, depending on the weather) on campus each summer!

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 year-round WMS staff member and educator Ben Loder. WMS's trained specialists in STEAM (Paula Sharpe) and art (Laurie Muhlbauer) work with campers each week, approaching projects and themes with new perspectives and materials.

Electives
Each week, campers choose from a new slate of elective activities and spend from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m. (three days per week) exploring a counselor-led activity of their choosing. Last year's electives included ultimate Frisbee, creek exploration, baking, LEGO projects, 3-D art, yoga, origami and chemistry.

2018 Field Trips
Week 2 (6/28): Delaware Food Bank
Week 4 (7/12): Tubing on the Brandywine
Week 5 (7/19): Overnight Campout
Week 7 (8/2): PA Renaissance Faire
Week 8 (8/9): Cape Henlopen State Park
Week 9 (8/16): Strasburg Railroad Museum