Summer Camp 2020

A message from Sam Ryan, Bridge School Summer Camp Director:

First I would like to thank all of you for your interest in Bridge Summer camp. You are all valued members of our community.  I, and the rest of the Bridge staff and Board, truly appreciate your patience and understanding. After careful consideration we have come to the decision that we will not be opening to the public through June.  As we take into account the Vermont Health and Safety Guidelines, our top priority remains to keep our students, staff, and families healthy. Decreasing the size of our camps for the summer will ensure we can provide the best camp experience possible under the new guidelines. We have made the decision to offer June camp to students enrolled in Bridge School for the 2020-2021 school year, and siblings only.  Camp themes will be changing as well. Rather than offering weekly themed camps we will be offering a more general Bananas Camp so that we can continue to adapt to the situation. This was a very difficult decision for us as we recognize the need for kids to have a recreational outlet during the summer, especially this summer. We will continue to reassess throughout the Summer as the COVID-19 situation evolves and hope that later in the summer, we would be able to open our doors to the greater community. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and that you stay safe and healthy.


To contact Bridge School Summer Camp, please email Sam Ryan sam@bridgeschoolvermont.org or call (802) 349-1661

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!

Program Details

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.

We can’t wait to see you again.

Program Cost

Current Bridge School Students: $225 per week, per child for all camps

Non-Bridge School Students: $275 per week, per child for all camps

Program Times

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**

Every day we’ll play! Find something you already love or try something new.  Soccer, basketball, and kickball are just a few of the sports that we can play together.  For every game we’ll have new teams so that everyone can have a chance to work together, create new strategies and have a blast to finish out the summer!

Interest in our camps typically exceeds capacity. Filling out this registration does not guarantee a spot. Within 24 hours of filling out the form, you will receive an email confirming which weeks you have reserved.

Once you receive the email, please send your deposit. There is a $50 per week, per child deposit required.

Please write “Summer Camp” in the memo line of your check

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, 2020, for all camps. Failure to make payment and submit your completed forms on or before May 15th may result in forfeiting your enrollment.

Cancellation Policy

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.

Camp Staff

Sam Ryan, Camp Director

Sam was born in Washington D.C., but was lucky enough to grow up in Middlebury where she fell in love with dance at Spotlight Vermont.  She spent her teen years teaching dance classes, where she discovered that she loved working with children.  After graduating from MUHS she pursued a Bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College.  During her time at Hampshire she worked in the Early Learning Center on campus and continued teaching dance classes.  After her second year at Hampshire she travelled to Amman, Jordan to teach a series of movement workshops at Al Badr Deen Physical Therapy Center. She then chose to spend her final year in school back in Vermont with her husband, Aidan, where she wrote her thesis about the obstacles that young Vermont artists face living in rural areas, focusing particularly on the White River Valley.  Sam and Aidan chose to return to Addison County where they now live with their son, three cats and two dogs.

Essi Wunderman, Assistant Camp Director

Essi is a rising junior at Middlebury College, majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. On campus, she mentors with the Community Friends program, work on conservation projects through WildMidd, and teach swim lessons at the Natatorium. She is originally from Arlington, VA and has worked with local nature centers and as a camp counselor at a Montessori school. In her free time, she loves cross-country skiing, gardening, and playing with puppies. Essi is excited to explore all the swimming holes and hikes around Middlebury this summer!