Note: Registration is still open for Charlottesville Waldorf School Summer camps, with the hope that we will be able to offer our full camp schedule through the summer. In the case that we are unable to open, camp fees will be refunded in full.
Summer at Waldorf will feature a series of week-long themed camps led by our experienced Waldorf teachers and taking place in the beautiful classrooms and around the playgrounds and woods on our beloved campus. And this year, our camp offerings have expanded to include options for children age 2 through 9 (rising 4th grade students)!
Choose one week or give your children a full summer experience!
The daily and weekly rhythms will provide a fun and relaxed structure for campers summer days and the special projects will delight and inspire campers and parents alike! Mornings will be filled with free play, creative projects and experiments, foraging for supplies and exploring the natural world, experimenting and learning practical skills, and so much more! Water play will feature throughout, with the first week in particular devoted to boats, watercolor painting, and fun in the sand.
2020 Summer Camps are scheduled weekly, with a special overall theme every week. Each age group will focus on age-appropriate activities, weaving the theme throughout with a variety of projects and adventures.
View the overview of each week below, and click on the age group for hours, pricing, and a sample of each daily rhythm.
Just Add Water
Water play in many forms – racing boats and exploring what floats, watercolor painting, finding buried treasure in the sand, jar terrariums, and some good, old fashioned splashing about.
Older campers will learn some basic survival skills – lighting a fire, tying knots, hiking safety, identifying trees – and hear stories from indigenous people from around the world. Younger children will work on mid-summer crafts and nature-inspired creations including lanterns, candle holders, and fairy houses.
June 29 – July 3
Where the Wild Things Are
Animals and creepy-crawlies will be the theme this week – with animal stories and crafts featuring throughout. The Sprouts will experience the magical transformation of caterpillars to butterflies. The Explorers group will practice and present a short play at the end of week.
Taking fibers from raw to finished product, campers will create wet-felted wool balls, a felt fishing game, and experiment with silk dying!
Farm to Table
In the height of summer, fresh food prevails! The children will grind grain to make bread, make home-made butter and simple jam, and older campers will prepare simple, vegetarian meals exploring flavor combinations from around the world!
Re-using materials to make something new is the name of the game this week. Explorers will learn about upcycling and reusing a variety of materials to make something entirely new. Taking advantage of the versatility of the natural world, other projects will include nature weaving, fairy houses, and experimenting with engineering the natural world (dam building, anyone?)!