Now in its third year, Lauralton Hall’s popular Summer Enrichment Camp program continues to offer a second-to-none sports program, plus visual arts—including cartooning and Photoshop™, science and technology, creative writing, cooking, and more.
The camp has expanded annually due to returning campers and word-of-mouth, but the program’s growth has been carefully tended by Director Nicolle Camera and Assistant Director Christine Redding, both of whom are on the faculty of Lauralton Hall.
“What separates us from many other camps is the fact that we have adults running all of our programs. Most are teachers from Lauralton or local school systems,” says Nicolle Camara. “Everything is structured and controlled, but the overall atmosphere is fun. We maintain a one-to-five ratio of staff to campers, and most of our facilities are air conditioned, so no one gets cranky even on the hottest, most humid days.”
The camp directors know that parents expect educational value, but that parents also want their kids to wake up excited about going to camp each morning. “We listen carefully to what kids have to say,” says Christine Redding. “They take on leadership roles in shaping the super-popular ‘Mix It Up’ sessions. The campers choose from a variety of games and sports, and the counselors provide structure. If the kids are pumped to play certain games, it’s game on. That way every week is different.”
Lauralton’s Summer Enrichment camp offers a variety of scheduling options. There is a morning-only program from 9:00 to 1:00; an afternoon session from 1:00 to 4:00, and a full-day program. Each week, there are new options available.
And of course, safety is paramount. “My assistant director and I are involved in all the classes,” says Nicolle. “We visit the kids during their activities, have lunch with the kids, and know every single child’s name.”
Whether campers are learning sports writing or how to decorate a cake, they do it in an atmosphere of physical and emotional safety. Children express themselves in a positive way, in an atmosphere of trust and support, without any cut-throat competition.
Although the camp’s setting is the famed all-girls’ parochial college-prep school, the camp is completely non-denominational, multi-cultural and open to all.
For a brochure, visit http://www.seforkids.com/.
About Lauralton HallFounded in 1905, the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, is the oldest Catholic college preparatory high school for girls in Connecticut. More than 460 students attend from cities and towns throughout New Haven and Fairfield counties. Lauralton Hall’s unique mission is to foster a community atmosphere enriched by the Mercy tradition and to educate young women to pursue knowledge, recognize truth and respond to the needs of others.