Summer Camp 2020

Sign up for virtual camp here:

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Bridge School will not be offering traditional summer camps for the month of June. As an alternative we will offer a virtual camp which will combine online community and independant, offline activities. The goal is to create a structure for the day and a support system for campers and their families, as well as maintain the fun and integrity of summer camp.  Rather than choosing weekly themes, every day will be a little different. We will start the day with an online check-in with Essi and I where we can chat with each other, get ourselves up and moving for the day and discuss the day’s upcoming events.  One day we may put together a nature walk that can be done in your backyard or a scavenger hunt around the house. If it’s raining and we have to be inside maybe we’ll stay online and paint together, enjoy a concert or learn how to bake bread. Depending on the days you sign up for you may also receive kits containing various supplies needed for camp such as seeds and soil, art supplies, a book or ingredients for a certain recipe. At the end of the day we will all come back together for another check-in. In addition, Essi and I will be available for individual checks during the day if you’d like them. There will be a link to sign up on our website on Tuesday, May 26th. Each day costs $20/camper and you may still sign up for the full week if you would like to.  If you are already enrolled in a June camp you will have first priority sign ups for virtual camp and your deposit will count towards tuition. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

To contact Bridge School Summer Camp, please email Sam Ryan 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.

Registration will open on Friday, January 31 2020. Please check back into this page at 9:00am on the 1/31/20 to complete your registration.

We can’t wait to see you in summer.

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**

2020 Camp Dates and Themes

There are four camp counselors each week. The Camp Director, Sam, and Assistant Director, Essi, are counselors every week. Sam and Essi are joined by two weekly staff members each week.

Camp “Stuff-to-Do” with Ada and Diya

June 8 – June 12th

Kick off the summer with some time do anything you want!  Play with your friends, go swimming, play a game or just hang out.  During this week the skies the limit (maybe you want to watch the clouds go by.) Let’s take a break and use our imaginations.

Science Camp with Ada and Diya

June 15 – June 19th

Let’s take a look at how our world works.  Why does the weather change? What’s in the dirt under our feet?  What do all of the bugs and birds do? We’ll find out the answers to these and maybe a few other questions!

Bettering Our Community Camp with Nick and Ada

June 22 – June 26th

What are some things we can do to help each other out? This week we will be serving our community both at Bridge School and around Middlebury.  Let’s make something beautiful for people to look at or do a good deed for our neighbors.

Adventure Camp with Ada and Diya

July 6 – July 10th

There’s so much to explore in Vermont during the summer.  We’ll take a few hikes and find some new swimming holes together.  Where do you want to go this summer?

Games Games Games! Camp with Ashley and Diya

July 13 – July 17th

This week we will be playing games from every era!  How were games first created? What games do you like to play now? Card games, board games, any games you can think of and maybe some you don’t know yet. 

(Waitlist) Cooking and Baking Camp with Aidan and Ada

July 20 – July 24th

Learn how to make something delicious during our cooking and baking camp! This week you can find some fun new recipes or create your own. Have something you want to learn how to make? Let’s figure it out together!

(Waitlist) Builders and Makers Camp with Aidan and Diya

July 27 – July 31st

Anyone know how to build a house? Together we’re going to build a mini one! If you want to make something on your own we’ll also have other building materials.  Make a trinket box or create a toy to play with or make some jewelry. Who knows what we could make!

(Waitlist) Performing Arts Camp with Ada and Diya

August 3 – August 7th

Let’s tell a story. There are so many ways to tell it. We could write a play or a song. Perhaps a poem or a dance instead. Spend your days learning how to tell a story with your friends and then we can share with each other.

Arts and Crafts Camp with Ada and Diya

August 10 – August 14th

This week we get to get our hands a little dirty. Play with paint and clay. Make something on your own or with a friend. There’s no limit to what we can create.

Sports Camp with Abe and Ada

August 17 – August 21st

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!


**Click here to register**

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. Bridge School must have received your deposit by Friday, February 14. After 2/14, your registration may be forfeited.

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!

Ada Anderson, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher

Ada is an East Middlebury resident. After graduating from MUHS in the spring of 2019, Ada has been a student at Boston College and is set to graduate in 2023. Ada has involved herself in the community for many years by coaching youth sports and running non-profit fundraisers. Through these community efforts, Ada has found a love for teaching children and encouraging their creativity

Ashley Betton, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher

Ashley Betton is the founder and CEO of Lacewing Productions in Vermont. Lacewing is a multi tiered production company that produces enrichment programming for children and adults, seasonal music series, private and corporate events and more. 
Before moving to Vermont Ashley was proud to serve as the Director of Enrichment programming for The Brooklyn Strategist, a board and card game cafe in NYC. She is thrilled to bring some of the best parts of that program, with a little extra, to students attending The Bridge School Summer Camp.

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.

Aidan Ryan, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher

Aidan is a Vermont born artist with a wide array of interests. Formally trained in culinary arts, Aidan can also be found in the studio recording with many new England musicians, or building exhibits for Kid City Children’s

Diya Taylor, Weekly Staff & Specialist Teacher

Diya Taylor is a resident of the town of Middlebury and graduated MUHS in the spring of May 2019 and is currently at freshman at Colorado College. She is to graduate in 2023. Diya has always been involved with community activities throughout high school and continues to do so in college. By way of these community interactions, she has been given the opportunity to work with children of all ages and discover her passion for working with them.