Great Beginnings is a nature-based Summer Day Camp for ages 2 - 9. Campers are placed in camps with children of a similar age in a coed group.
Please note: Our Summer Camp programming has been modified to address Covid-19 protocols.
Our Summer Camp will be in small “pods.” 12 campers will be with 2 counselors in closed “loops.” These groups will have separate bathrooms, classrooms, outdoor space, and activities. We are hoping to normalize “camp” for the kids, and do our best to support the children and balance the health/ safety requirements of our “new normal.” Because of the closed “loops,” there will be no before or aftercare (when we usually combine groups of children and instructors).
Behind the scenes, we have extensive procedures for: cleaning and disinfecting procedures; Drop-Off and Pick-Up; Health Screening at Entry; Temperature Checks; Social Distancing; Outside Play; Meals and Snack Time; Toddler Considerations; Hygiene Practices; Cloth Face Coverings, and more. These will be shared upon request, and upon enrollment.
We have altered the hours of camp to be from 8am – 4pm, and the same two instructors will be with the same children during the entire day.
There are 9-weeks of programming. Weeks are from Monday – Thursday. There is no camp on Friday.
All children are welcome and campers do not need to have previously attended a Montessori program.
All camps have drop-off and pick-up at the Springhill location: 100 Springhill Lane.
All camps have Bike Day each Thursday. Please pick-up/ drop-off your child's bike and helmet. Please note: Yurt Camp will have pick-up/ drop-off each Thursday Bike Day at the Bogart Park pavilion.
2021 All Camps: Ages, Times and Location
Bumblebee Camp (ages 2-3)
Toddlers get to experience our rich, engaging (and slightly quieter) 2 -3-year-old program, and they have a play area of their own. This camp is a camp for our younger campers and includes a nap after lunch.
5:1 ratio with 10 children per camp with 2 instructors.
Huckleberry Camp (ages 3-6)
A feast for all of your young child’s senses.
In their own specially prepared classroom and around campus, these campers will explore topics in zoology, botany, art and geography.
Our instructors are skilled early childhood educators and all camps themes are focused on encouraging sensory exploration and helping campers discover the magic of the forest through short hikes, crafts, games, songs, outdoor exploration, and more.
Counselors offer the gentle guidance that comes from years of experience being with young children in the outdoors. We keep it simple so your camper can make big discoveries in the wide world.
This camp has rest-time and children should self-sufficient with toileting.
12 children per camp with 2 instructors. Two camps available.
Yurt Camp (rising 1st - 3rd grades) ages 6-9
Our traveling camp brings kids ages 6 to 9 together in groups of up to ten peers during the camp day. Talented instructors lead these groups in songs and games as well as hikes to visit bridges, collect creek data, share stories, and learn more about our mountain ecosystem.
Afternoons are spent in mixed-age groups doing self-selected activities like crafts, games, fort building, scientific exploration, and team building.
These afternoon activities are a chance for campers to explore personal interests, meet new people, and spend time with new friends.
We are making every attempt to keep schedules as close to the originally planned events as possible, however, please understand that there may be schedule changes (which will be communicated to you in advance). We will not be pro-rating camps or programs based on schedule variations, as we will fill campers’ time with equally enriching activities.
This camp has 2 instructors with 10 campers.
Summer Camp Fees
$245 per camper for members, $255 per camper for non-members.
Members: Enrolled GBMS students, alumni GBMS students, alumni summer campers
If you must cancel, we wil issue a refund with a 30 day notice. This does not include the non-refundable $50 deposit or any ACTIVE fees.
Sibling Discount: Second, third and fourth (etc.) children receive 5% reduction.
5% discount for families who enroll for 8 out of 9 summer weeks of programming.
Contact the office for details.
Only one discount per family,
multiple discounts do not apply.