Summer programs far & wide - Aspen Country Day School


Summer programs far & wide

April 9, 2024

At this time of year many families are looking for interesting summer programs, so we’re sharing a few that we’ve heard about from friends at other schools. Aspen Country Day School students often love getting out into the big world, experiencing other campuses and destinations, and trying new activities and programs. Of course there are PLENTY of options right here in the Roaring Fork Valley, in addition to those below. On a snowy day, have fun daydreaming of summer!

Wolfeboro Camp School combines a traditional summer school with a summer camp feel. Located in the bucolic White Mountains and lakes region of New Hampshire. “Our days begin with inspirational teaching, emphasizing study skills and executive functioning across all subjects. This traditional, focused approach—coupled with limited cell phone use—ensures a fully immersive learning environment. We make a promise: you’ll get back the same child, but not the same student. Parents can expect to see remarkable growth in organization, confidence, and academic prowess, all while their child enjoys summer fun and forms lasting friendships.”

Apogee Adventures​ is looking to fill some spots on their Colorado Rocky Mountain programs this summer. There are two sessions: June 29 – July 7 and July 11-19. ​A 50% discount on the trip fee ($3,299) is offered for a limited number of 12-14 year old girls. More info here.

Deerfield Academy‘s summer program, called Experimentory, is for current Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders. Try classes like “The CLASH: Proof, Persuasion, and the Art of Debate,” “Deerfield in 3-D: Architecture & Design,” and “Break a Leg: Performance on the Stage.” An amazing lineup on a classic campus July 9-27. More info here.
“Do what you love all summer” – that’s the motto of Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, offering creative writing, dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts. Six-week programs are available for ALL age groups, four-week sessions are available for grades 3-6, three week sessions are available for grades 6-12, two-week sessions are available to grades 3-6, and one-week “Intensive” programs are available for grades 9-12.
“Small country, big summer.” Enjoy hiking and biking or reading and making music? Consider LAS Summer in Switzerland. With experienced counselors, students are grouped by age (9-12 and 13-16) to guarantee that activities are age appropriate, and minimal cell phone use means students spend less time online and more time enjoying face-to-face fun. Mornings, students choose one of four options (Language Acquisition, Leadership Courses, Athletics, or Enrichment. After lunch, students participate in a club, and in the late afternoon they join an activity. More info here.

Academic enrichment at Choate Rosemary Hall

At Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Connecticut, you can get a taste of boarding school life while choosing from more than 100 courses in the academic enrichment program. There are also Middle School-specific programs with courses such as Puzzles and Logic, Model UN, Science of the Brain, and more. There are even Young Artists and Summer Music Festival offerings. Rolling admissions is open now at

A boarding school experience at Hawaii’s ‘Iolani School

In Hawaii, ‘Iolani School‘s summer residential program offers 12- to 16-year-old students the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning through classes designed for review and enrichment, extracurricular activities, and exciting field trips around O‘ahu. More info here

Hockey or soccer at New Hampton School

At New Hampton School in central New Hampshire, check out these sports offerings:

Soccer camp: for ages 9-18: SkillZ Check weeks in July and August

Elite Hockey Camps: for boys, girls, and goalies

Academic programs, sports camps, even Bolshoi ballet: summer at Loomis Chaffee

At Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut, a flagship Enrichment Program is for intellectually curious students entering grades 7-10. Combine engaging academics with a fun and active social experience. Try out a boarding school environment, explore familiar or new subject matter in greater depth, prepare for the upcoming school year, and make new friends from around the world.

Loomis Chaffee will host several internationally-recognized sports camps in summer 2024 including Tiro Sports ID World Cup soccer camps and the Nike Track & Field Camp. In addition, many Loomis coaches will offer their own camps. The John Cranko School Summer Intensive in CT provides expert Vaganova Technique training for serious ballet students (ages 9–15). Residential and day program options are available.

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey: residential, day, or virtual sessions

Lawrenceville Summer Scholars is a 3-week program for students entering grades 6-9. Choose the residential, day, or virtual option. Programs are in July. Scholars will choose four classes from a list of over 80 incredible offerings including Forensic Science, Painting, SSAT prep, Debate, Creative Writing, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Digital Media Production, World Religions, Psychology and Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Investments, and Financial Literacy, and much more.
Lawrenceville’s classic House system is infused into everything the Scholars do, including competing for the famous House Cup. Virtual Scholars will be enrolled in one STEAM Class and one Humanities (critical reading, writing, discussion, exploration, etc.) class during which they will complete coursework with peers from across the country and around the world. More info here. 

Tabor Academy: day camps by the sea

Tabor Academy in Massachusetts offers a variety of programs during the summer! Whether children want to explore new sports, enrichment, the arts, or discover and enhance individual passions and interests, there is something for everyone at Tabor. Registration is open now for the following programs.

Tabor Summer Camp is for children ages 6-15 with activity options in the arts, athletics, and enrichment that give young people the opportunity to develop their full potential as individuals. ACA Accredited

Tabor Marine Science Camp is a day camp for children entering grades 8 to 12 that immerses campers in an ocean environment for the purpose of exploration, education, and the development of global responsibility.

In addition to Tabor Summer Camp and Marine Science Camp, Tabor offers a variety of other programs during the summer. Program and registration information for additional offerings will be available on January 15 at

Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania has programs in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, robotics, STEM, theatre, writing, and an adventure camp (kayaking, biking, rafting, games, etc.) More at

For musicians ages 9-18: Walden (at Dublin School, NH)

The Walden School Young Musicians Program provides an unparalleled creative summer experience for musically inclined students ages 9 to 18. Part school, part camp, and part festival, the program convenes each summer for five weeks in the beautiful Monadnock region in Dublin, New Hampshire. Through rigorous and innovative daily instruction, students hone their musical and creative skills within a supportive community of like-minded peers and mentors, with a goal of improvising and composing original works. More info here:

Leadership and programs just for girls: Miss Porter’s School

At Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut, there is an auxiliary hub called the Porter’s Center for Global Leadership. PCGL provides summer and academic year virtual programs for middle and high school girls, giving them the tools they need to be empowered to learn, to collaborate, to lead, and to create innovative solutions to pressing global issues. Here is the direct link for Porter’s Middle School Summer Programs. The summer program for middle schoolers offers two sessions a week for three weeks in midsummer.

Bishop’s College School in Canada offers a French as a Second Language camp. With a 60-year track record, this program runs July 1-29.

Got equestrian? Riding camps at Ethel Walker campus in Connecticut

The Ethel Walker School’s Summer Riding Experience is an extension of the school’s renowned equestrian program. The camp consists of daily riding sessions complemented with activities that include horse care, working with farriers and veterinarians, equine science, and general equestrian knowledge.

Hockey, figure skating, golf, music: Shattuck St. Mary’s

On the campus in Minnesota, Shattuck St. Mary’s School has many summer programs. Certainly best known for its hockey camps, this school also hosts golf, figure skating, and even a music academy. More info here. 

Culver Academies, Indiana: woodcraft camp and more

Founded in 1902, Culver Summer Schools and Camps is a fun- filled, naturally beautiful 1,800-acre setting where over 1,400 young people from around the world, ages 7-17, develop positive self-esteem through accomplishment and self discipline. It is a high challenge-high support environment for learning leadership skills that improve personal confidence.

In addition to enriching academic programs each summer, there’s a “Woodcraft” program on a 127-acre campus adjacent to the main Culver campus with A-frame wood cabins, separate dining facility, craft and class cabins, observatory, and a unique Native American Lore program. More than 65 instructional electives area offered, including sailing, water skiing, sports, arts and crafts, music, ice skating, Native American crafts and dance, introduction to aviation, and many more.  Info here. 

Hawaii Prep: day camps and “academy” immersion

At Hawaii Preparatory Academy, students 11 and up can explore interests in four-week academies for: Young Authors; Arts; STEM; Astronomy; and Marine Life/Environment. Spending time in Hawaii with younger children this summer? They can attend a weekly day camps that run throughout June and July. More info here. 

Summer at Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut has an enriching series of programs they call Summer Portals. Students typically enroll in two courses, one course per session, and stay for the entirety of the four-week program, though students may elect to participate in a single two-week session. Each day students are immersed in their academic course after which they enjoy a range of afternoon and evening activities such as intramural soccer, hiking, swimming or bonfires at Fairfield Farm. The 800-acre campus serves as both classroom and playground for Summer Portals students. Full info here.