Lower camp provides an enriching selection of activities for children in preschool. The balanced schedule is designed to enhance each child’s social, emotional, creative, and physical development. Campers are placed in groups based on age; each group is limited to 20 campers with four counselors. The daily/weekly schedule consists of swim instruction, art, music, sports, library, science and nature. Please note that children in this division must be toilet trained.
This division offers an appropriate transition from the structure of lower camp to the increased class offerings and the independence of designing one’s own camp schedule. Our mid-day performances highlight our programs and build community as campers and staff laugh, learn and entertain.
Campers are placed in groups of 13 to 15 with three counselors and one CIT. The first part of their day is spent together in art, science, sports and swim instruction. The second part of the day is designed to allow first graders, with family input, to select activities of their own interest.
Grade 2 and 3
Campers, with family input, create their own daily schedule by selecting six activities. Campers then participate in their elected classes each day for the entire session. If a camper returns for another session, they may choose to participate in the same activities or select new ones. Average class sizes are 12-14. Music classe sizes range from 1-5. Classes are led by our head staff (experienced adult counselors). Families via email recieve a link to our on-line camper activity selection forms prior to each new session
Pine Manor College is located at 400 Heath Street in Brookline—less than one-mile from CHS.
Campers in this division design their own camp experience. Each day consists of six 50-minute periods, a half hour lunch and a half hour of mid-day special performances. Upper campers select activities from a long list of offerings. Classes allow campers to focus on skill building for the entire two-week session. A variety of art, dance, music and sports classes are offered each period. Additional classes include drama, computers, movie making, music, tennis, rock band, and swimming. Families via email recieve a link to our on-line camper activity selection forms prior to each new session
Mid-day special performances strengthen our camp community. Many upper camp classes will use this time to showcase their talents for the entire camp. Upper campers gain self-confidence as they share their talents and volunteer to perform with peers.
Fun and enrichment is the main focus of this division and is fostered through on-site electives, adventure trips, and group events/performances. While on campus, senior campers select from a diverse range of sports, art, music and theater experiences. Senior campers attend four fun-filled day trips each session. Senior campers and staff travel to their destinations either by bus or the "MBTA". Prior to each new sesion, families/ campers, via email, recieve a pdf of the activity schedules. Campers print, fill out and bring their schedules with them on their first day of camp.
The Chestnut Hill School is happy to extend the summer camp experience during the week of August 19th through August 23rd. The Spanish Adventure Camp is available to children entering Pre-K through grade 6. This program is designed to provide students with an exciting and unique Spanish cultural experience. Each day, campers participate in art, dance, music, sports and swimming as they learn about the culture and everyday life in Spain, Mexico, Peru and Argentina. Daily activities are accompanied with songs and games. Professional staff, fluent speaking Spanish teachers, will be working with your camper(s) and providing them with this enjoyable opportunity.
The Counselor-in-Training program provides opportunities for students to assist counselors in providing a fun, safe and rewarding learning environment campers. CITs are always under the supervision and direction of experienced educators. CITs make choices and structure their schedules based on their own interests/ talents as well as on the scheduling needs of the camp. Weekly meetings provide individual feedback and guidance. Field trips and community service projects are purposefully scheduled to provide leadership and social opportunities for CITs.