Camps are available for children ages 3 - 18 in two week sessions through the summer. Each session fosters a strong sense of community creating lasting bonds with new friends and our dedicated summer staff. Each two-week session follows a progression of activities that provide stepping stones to build and strengthen a shared community experience. From first day icebreakers to mid-session special events and last day culminating events, care and thought is put into the whole experience.
Breakwater’s summer programming is fun, enriching and creates opportunities for curiosity, inquisitiveness, innovation, creativity, self-confidence, optimism, self-motivation, citizenship and stewardship. Our summer camp staff are professionals in their fields who bring their creative expertise and passion for teaching and learning to our many exciting programs.
Discoverers | Ages 3-5
(Pre-school age) Discoverers Summer Camp is a play-based program filled with explorations in the arts, nature, water-play, and summertime activities. Like our school-year programs, our summer sessions are inspired by Reggio Emilia and other emergent curriculum approaches to education. Sessions are taught by caring faculty who encourage each child's creative spirit and expression in a safe, nurturing environment.
The Discoverers summer program consists of four 2-week theme-based sessions with a special coupon for 4-week consecutive enrollments.
Explorers | Ages 5-7
(Rising 1st and 2nd Graders, K with prior permission) Explorers will have the chance to sample a variety of activities during each two-week themed session. Sports, drama, music, movement, visual art, and special group projects will be offered on a regular basis. The group will travel with one teacher and counselor throughout the day and move between structured instructional time and open free play. We will include lots of time to be outside and will explore nature at our nearby ecosystems such as the Fore River Sanctuary.
Each session will follow a fun theme that will help guide each activity and as well as give form to Explorer group time. The themes are flexible and may shift depending on camper interest. Explorers will participate as audience and performers in our daily Noontime Show. Lunch, Noontime Show, and choice time are cross-camp activities that are open to all ages.
Ramblers | Ages 8-9
(Rising 3rd and 4th Graders) Ramblers is our new program for 8-9 year olds with full day or create-your-own combo camps. Ramblers will begin the day and end the day as a whole group, while traveling in small groups to their chosen camps throughout the day. Campers who are moving up from our “Explorers” program will benefit from greater independence and the opportunity to choose classes but will have the extra assurance of counselors who will travel with them throughout the day.
For those who are new to the program it is a great introduction and stepping stone to our “Adventurers” Program (10 - 14). Some activities are just for 8-9 year olds while others, such as our camp musical, are offered to the Ramblers (ages 8-9) and Adventurers (10 -14) and provide a positive mixed age experience.
Adventurers | Ages 10 - 14
(Rising 5th-9th graders) The Adventurers program is designed to meet the needs of rising and current middle school students. We offer more advanced camps for our oldest campers that allow students to delve deep into their chosen activities while having fun with campers their age. We incorporate leadership opportunities throughout our whole-camp community activities.
Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program | Ages 14-18
The CIT (Counselor-in-Training) program is designed for high school students with an interest in the arts, science, nature, writing, sports, and leadership who enjoy working with children in a cooperative, team environment. CITs work with the Program Directors to create an individualized schedule for the summer, assisting with teaching classes which interest them and helping to maintain the positive energy of camp. CITs assist with supervising students at attendance, lunch, and checkout. They attend weekly staff meetings, a two day orientation prior to camp, assist with special events, and participate in the clean-up of the camp at the end of each session. Modest stipends are awarded based on grade in school and experience. CITs are accepted after an application and interview process with the program directors. CIT applicants must be ages 14 to 18 and have completed at least one year of high school.