***There are still a couple spots left in the Embers Seeker Camp… all other camps are on a waitlist***
At Bridge School Summer Camp, you can expect the same devotion to creativity, student choice and community that Bridge School is known for during the school year!
Bridge School Summer Camp is open to all — both Bridge School students and non Bridge students!
Bridge School Summer Camp is a holistic summer camp experience for rising 1st through rising 7th grader children. Register for one week, or register for all nine! All weeks of camp include a fun and balanced approach to the day; blending crafts with outdoor free play, energetic group games, music and storytelling. And of course, we enjoy eating together–all campers please bring a sack lunch, snack and water bottle.
Each week there will be a theme for camp and activities, learning, and goals will center around that theme. We believe strongly in giving kids agency in their day, and know by experience that this is the key to campers having a great day at Bridge Summer Camp. We will provide the campers will lots of fun and engaging choices surrounding the camp theme and from there the kids by into their day and their creative energies.Registration will open on Friday, February 1, 2019. Please check back into this page at 9:00am on the 2/1/19 to complete your registration.
We can’t wait to see you in summer.
Current Bridge School Students: $200 per week, per child for all camps
Non-Bridge School Students: $250 per week, per child for all camps
All camps run from 9am-3pm
Aftercare is available until 5:00pm and costs $14/day
**Aftercare registration will occur once you have been enrolled in camp**
Camp Dates and Themes
***Please note: Dave and Julie will be at all camps***
Banana’s Camp with Mo
June 10 – June 14th
Bananas Camp is a well-rounded summer camp experience. At the heart of Bananas Camp is community, contentment, and choice. We work and play as a community, helping each other in hard times, and rejoicing in the good times. We strive to find contentment each day for every kid and staff, building on the foundations of community. Choices are limitless with how we spend our time: building forts; service back to the school; cooking snacks; launching rockets; big group games; watching the clouds pass; and doing it all over again. We always end up where we began–as a happy group ready for whatever comes next.
Artist Dreamer with Claire and Nick
June 17 – June 21st
The tools of the artist are: pens, paper, paints, and lots of colors. The dreamer uses the intangible: imagination, vision, creative power and lots of wildness. The artist dreamer mixes the two in order to create beauty and hope. Together we will push the edges of our creativity and challenge ideas of art. Who knows what the artist dreamer will create? Duct tape sculpture? Ceramic squarepants? Watercolor Jupiter? You’re guess is as good as mine.
Scientist Camp with Jen
June 24 – June 28th
Physics, Chemistry, Biology… all these sciences are the tools that we use to describe the magic in the world. The goal of this camp is to have a blast while getting a hands-on scientific experience. We will build flying machines, mix together amazing chemicals, and dust off the microscopes and slides. It’s all in a days work for the young scientist.
Theater Camp with Nikki and Chelsea
July 8 – July 12th
It’s time to silence your phone and enjoy the show. The goal of this theater camp is to focus on relationships, the creative process, and expanding the young artist’s perspective and experience! We will play improv games, practice letting go and being goofy, and delve into drama and the serious. We will break campers into groups and practice different plays and musicals throughout the week… all to end with a big performance on Friday. Every student will get a chance to shine, either through design, management, song, dance, or acting.
Adventure Camp with Claire, Jen and Mo
July 15 – July 19th
There is so much world to see, there is so much Vermont to see. Every day we will be driving all over Addison County to go on amazing adventures. Hikes up mountains, adventures into the forest, and relaxing moments by the water. Every adventurer will find their place in the Vermont wilderness.
Building Camp with Nick and Jason
July 22 – July 26th
Almost nothing feels better then stepping back and admiring the hard work and progress that you’ve made. This year at building camp there will be a strong focus on creating something from nothing. There will be lots of time spent in the shop using Hammers, nails, saws, and all things wooden. Taking chunks of wood, shaping them, cutting them, fastening them, and creating something new and wonderful. However we will also be using other tools to build; like legos, connex, and blocks. We will even take to the outdoors to see what we can get our hands on to create. Nothing will be left unbuilt.
Ember Seekers (all girls camp) with Julie and Taylor
July 29 – August 2nd
Potions, plants, and infinite potential. Flickering fires, faeries, and friendship. Carving, crafts, and conjuring courage. This is a camp dedicated to creating a space for girls and creating a community of the ember seekers. We will make elixirs and healing tonics, we will carve wood by the fire, we will come together as a group to share our stories and make new ones. We will go on adventures into the woods, mountains and lakes, getting to know each other and the land along the way.
Athlete Camp with Joe and Nick
August 5 – August 9th
Dust off those cleats and squeak up your sneakers–its time for some team sports! Basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, and floor hockey are just a few of the sports that we will play. Each day we will work on building skills, techniques and strategies for the athlete. More than anything, we will be focusing on working together, communication and the love of the game. Each day we will enter competition–not as enemies, but as friends– and we will end that way too. The real lesson the athlete will learn that winning is never more important than playing.
Otherworldly Realms with Claire and Nick
August 12 – August 16th
Every quest begins with a step into magic. We will become a team working together to play with the supernatural. Weather you want to become an orc, troll, fairy, elf, witch, or dark sorcerer there is a place for you at our table. Courage, imagination, openness, and teamwork are the skills we will be working with as we enter these otherworldly realms. Costumes encouraged.
Camp Stuff-To-Do with Nick and Taylor
August 19 – August 23rd
As the dog days of summer near and the new school year is about to begin we want Bridge School camp to go off with a bang. We see this week of camp as a celebration of the summer and everything camp. We want to swim, drink lemonade, watch movies, make friendship bracelets, play games, laugh out loud, roll in the grass as we watch clouds and go on a few last adventures. We want to hold create a memory so strong that it will last us through the long cold winter. We want to do it all… I promise there will be no end to the stuff we do in Camp Stuff-To-Do.
Once the online registration (link above) has been submitted, you will mail your deposit of $50 per week, per child. Please write “Summer Camp” in the memo line of your check. **Note that your registration is not complete until your deposit has been received and you have gotten an email confirmation of receipt.**
Mail all checks to:
Bridge School Summer Camp
1469 Exchange St.
Middlebury, VT 05753
Final payment and completed Medical and Permission forms are due on May 15, 2019, for all camps. Failure to make payment and submit your completed forms on or before May 15th may result in forfeiting your enrollment.
Cancellations 30 days or more before the first day of a camp will receive a full refund less the non-refundable deposit. Cancellations from 7 days to 30 days prior to the start of a program will receive 50% program credit (non-transferable and valid for one year), 50% balance forfeited. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to a program will receive no credit and no refund.
Dave Majzler, Camp Director
Dave is currently living in Mexico and teaching English. He worked at Bridge School as an enrichment teacher and after school director. He still currently maintains his position as Camp Director and cannot wait to see everybody in Vermont. Dave was born and raised in beautiful and sunny Boulder, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007. After graduation, Dave began a path towards organic farming, working on small scale diversified vegetable and animal farms in Colorado and California. In 2011, he went back to school and received a certificate from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Ecology Horticulture and Sustainable Farm Management. It was there that Dave first fell in love with teaching by spending his free time working for at “Life Lab,” a non-profit farm and garden education program that brings elementary school children to the farm to get connected to the food system.
From California, Dave moved up to Williams, Oregon to become the Education Coordinator at a 63 acre non-profit farm, White Oak Farm and Education Center. For two years, he ran educational programming for children with a diverse age range, from 2-year-olds all the way up to 18-year-olds. The programming at White Oak Farm varied from summer camps to daily preschool to overnight field trips and a yearlong internship program.
In 2014, Vermont called Dave out east and he instantly fell in love with the community, the people, the weather, the culture and everything else that makes up Addison County. Before talking over lead duties at Bridge Bananas and as a Bridge School enrichment teacher, Dave worked as a paraprofessional at the Hannaford Career Center in the automotive, diesel and forestry classes, as well as a managing the farm at the north campus.
Julie Pacholik, Assistant Camp Director
Julie Pacholik was born and raised in Sacramento, California and spent much of her childhood packed into the family van en route to any number of California’s Parks and wilderness areas. From Death Valley to Yosemite, Point Rayes to the Giant Sequoias. When it was time to leave home, she felt called to the magic of the coastal redwoods and spent her college years studying Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. It was during this time she discovered backpacking and took multiple field courses in California and Alaska.
After receiving her BA she decided she needed to break out of the California bubble and has spent the subsequent years teaching outdoor education all across the country. Most recently, she worked at a non-profit, educational farm in Southern Oregon teaching forest ecology, sustainable agriculture, and cooking.
When not at Crow’s Path (the non profit she has been working at for the past 3 years) you can find her at Bridge School, frolicking barefooted in the garden, making herbal salve, or drinking Japanese green tea.
Nick Cantrick, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher
A true jack of all trades, Nick has been a farmer, a welder, a carpenter, a white water raft guide, an elementary school teacher, an activist and a philosopher. His upbeat and charismatic energy is contagious, and kids respond immediately to it. What a joy to have him on staff.
Joe Schine, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher
A long time Middlebury resident, he is a valued member of both the Bridge community as well as Middlebury. He worked for years at Bridge School as an enrichment teacher and after school program director. He is a talented artist and an inspiration to be around.
Claire Getz, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher
Claire was a part of the Bridge School staff for 5 years, bringing her talents to the school. She was called to Maine to help her family’s business and has been missed by staff and students alike. Claire grew up in Middlebury, and still thinks of it as her home–thus, she has a unique knowledge of the land and hidden gems that few people know about!
Jen Grilly, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher
Jen is one of the Home Center teachers at Bridge School. In her past she worked as a wilderness educator guide, leading kids on 50 day journeys into the Alaska Wild, and bike tours in Scotland. She then spent a few years as a middle school science teacher before coming to Bridge bringing a holistic, student centered, mentality to the school.
Nikki Juvan, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher
Nikki is one of the Home Center teachers at Bridge School. Her roots in Middlebury go deep. She has been running theater camps since before most of your kids were born and she has a true passion for all things theatrical. Her knowledge of Broadway is encyclopedic and we could not be more fortunate to be running a theater camp with her at Bridge School
Jason Kaye, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher
Jason has been working at Silver Maple Construction for 2 years and before that he worked as a timber framer with Will Gusakov for another 3 years. He loves to build and to create and he has a real knowledge of the history of building. One of his real gifts is his listening and understanding and will be a real asset to our team this year.