Thursday, January 27, 2011

Summer Camp 2011 Preview

Dear Parents and Campers,

The Community Education Department will once again be offering a Summer Day Camp for children ages 3.5 through 12 and a Counselor in Training (CIT) and Junior Staff program for ages 13 through 15. We are also launching a new Junior Camper Program specifically designed for children ages 3.5 to 6 years of age. The Day Camp will have a slightly different configuration this summer. It will be divided into three distinct Groups (or Camps), which will be determined using the age and grade of the campers. The Camps will all share the same themes and run concurrently, however, each Camp will have age appropriate activities deliberately intended to meet the interests and abilities of its participants. Our mission for this summer is to provide a safe, exciting and supportive camp environment; where children are able to take part in a variety of age appropriate activities which encourage exploration, creativity, teamwork, fair play and most of all FUN!

My name is Brian Bacon and I will be returning as the Summer Day Camp Coordinator. My background includes working as an Assistant Camp Director for the Outdoor Recreation Department of Hopkinton, a Youth Counselor with the Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley and a Site Coordinator for the Westborough Community Education Fales SPIRIT program. Considering the success of our 2010 Summer Day Camp, I am very excited for the 2011 camp season. I will be bringing back some of the campers’ favorite camp activities, and adding some new and stimulating elements to an already successful camp model. Many of the campers’ favorite counselors will be returning and I am thrilled to have recruited new staff members who will infuse the program with fresh energy. As far as I am concerned, summer can’t come soon enough!

Summer Day Camp 2011 is broken up into eight, one week Sessions. Each of the eight Sessions of camp will have a different theme and the daily activities will revolve around that theme. Parents are welcome to sign their campers up for any number of sessions. Although, we have eliminated part-time schedules from the 2011 camp offerings, daily “drop in” will still be available to parents. We learned from last year that this type of scheduling helps us create a true Summer Day Camp environment in which we can build a spirit of camaraderie among our campers. Our goal is to create a unified camp environment that your child is eager to return to each morning, and one in which s/he feels comfortable enough to accept new challenges and make new friends.

I invite you to check out our summer camp blog,, where you can see some of last year’s events and get updates about the 2011 Summer Day Camp Program. To register and pay online, go to (click Programs, then Community Education). The members of the Community Education staff are looking forward to a fabulous, fun-filled summer with your child. Please keep in mind that the Community Education Department contributes its net profit to the School Department budget. When you sign your child up for a program offered through us, you are directly supporting the Westborough Public Schools.

Very Sincerely Yours,

Brian Bacon, Camp Coordinator
Westborough Public Schools

2011 Summer Day Camp Weekly Themes

June 27th – July 1st: Rangers Week

July 5th – July 8th: All Star Week

July 11th – July 15th: Mardi Gras Week

July 18th – July 22nd: Showtime Week

July 25th – July 29th: Wacky Week

August 1st – August 5th: Challenge Week

August 8th – August 12th: Hullabaloo Week

Each Session runs for 1 week. Campers are welcome to attend any number of weeks. *Please note: Session 3 is only a 4 day week, Tuesday – Friday. We are closed Monday, July 4, 2011 to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.

Summer Programs are open to children ages 3.5 to 15.9 years of age. All campers must be fully potty trained.

Summer Program Hours

Extended Morning Hours: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Regular Camp Drop-Off: 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Camp Day: 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Pick-Up: 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Extended Afternoon Hours: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Camp Rate:

Weekly Rate: $220 (Week of July 5-8: $176)
Daily Rate: $60
Blue Camp Weekly Rate: $230
Extended Day Weekly Rate: $60
Extended Day Daily Rate: $15 per day

Camp Location:
Westborough High School

Summer Program Groupings

Junior Campers
Enrollment Max: 25 per week

We are pleased to introduce our all new Junior Camper Program. This program is tailored to meet the needs of our youngest campers. We embrace creativity and design our daily activities using a fun, hands-on, child centered approach. Each camp day will be broken up into specific activities based upon the theme of the week. Our “Junior Campers” will be encouraged to explore individual choice and group play, while simply having fun in a safe and controlled environment. They will have an opportunity to participate in Day Camp activities and experience the world of a traditional summer camp environment.

Red Camp
Enrollment Max: 50 per week
The Red Camp is designed with a special emphasis on arts and crafts, non competitive games and activities integrated with fast paced fun and down time interaction.

White Camp
Enrollment Max: 50 per week
The White Camp is designed for those children who are looking for an active day, with a mix of high energy activities, team challenges, and daily specials; such as “Mad Scientist”, “Cook It Up,” and “Arts and Crafts.”

Junior Campers, Red Camp and White Camp will end each Session with a Friday Finale Celebration including inflatable fun activities.

Blue Camp
Enrollment Max: 25 per week
Age: Must be entering 5th Grade in the Fall
The Blue Camp is designed for our oldest campers who are looking to expand their camp experience to include adventure based, highly active, mind stimulating activities. Our Blue Camp will end each Session with a Friday Field Trip. Please note there are no “drop ins” on Fridays for the Blue Group.

Blue Camp Field Trips:
An ongoing survey is being taken at the bottom of the screen on popular Field Trips, results will determine our destinations.

(Trips are subject to change based on availability)

CIT Program
Age: 13 to 15
Enrollment Max: 10 per week

The CIT Program is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to become future Camp Counselors. The program will be held at the Westborough High School in conjunction with the Westborough Community Education Summer Day Camp. The Program is divided into Section A and Section B. Participants must complete one week from each Section in order to be certified. You may choose any week from Section A and any week from Section B. You do not need to take Section A before taking Section B. Each section covers specific material and is not sequential in nature. Once a participant has completed both Sections A and B, s/he is welcome to gain additional experience by joining the Junior Staff Program, for a fee.

CIT Dates:

Section A: Week of July 5th, July 18th, and August 1st

Section B: Week of June 27th, July 11th, July 25th, and August 8th

Junior Staff Program
Age: 13 to 15
Enrollment Max: 10 per week

The Junior Staff Program is designed to be the next step after the completion of the CIT Program. Once an individual has completed and passed the requirements of the CIT curriculum, they will have the opportunity to join the Summer Camp staff on a full time basis.  CITs from last year are welcome to join the Jr. Staff Program this year. The Junior Staffer will be assigned to a specific Camp for the entire week. They will have hands on training supervised by the staff of the various Camp Programs.

CIT Rate: $150 per session
Jr Staff Rate: $100 per week

Community Education Enrichment Programs

Community Education Summer Enrichment Programs will be coming out soon, please note that is a child would like to participate in both enrichment and summer camp, they will be entitled to a discount off the summer camp rate.

To register and pay online, go to (click Programs, then Community Education).
For Sign Up Information Please Contact:
Westborough Community Education
90 Main St, Westborough Ma 01581
Phone: 508-836-7765

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