Waldorf School of Princeton is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Camp program for ages 4 to 13, featuring extended hours for campers, a new afternoon-only option, and three unique themed sessions, running from June 27 through August 5.

While previous afternoon camp sessions used to end at 3:30 p.m., this year’s will end at 4 p.m., and after-care for all ages will be available until 5:30 p.m. Also, for the first time, campers will have the option to come just for the morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or just for the afternoon, from 1 to 4 p.m. Parents can, however, save $100 by enrolling their children in all-day programs.

This summer’s programs will also for the first time feature three distinct and unique themed camps. Each two-week session will celebrate a specific theme, with age-appropriate experiences for each of the camp’s four groups: Tadpoles (ages 4-5), Crayfish (ages 6-7), Foxes (ages 8-9), and Hawks (ages 10-13).

The first session, “Land of the Lenape,” running from June 27 to July 8 (no camp July 4), has campers encountering the land as the “Original People” of New Jersey may have before European settlement. Through storytelling and the arts, practical tasks, and traditional activities such as shelter building, children will explore what it might have been like to live in this area centuries ago.

The second session, “A Heroic Journey,” running from July 11 to 22, will be an exploration of global mythology and the heroic tale, beyond the superheroes the movies love so much these days. Campers will learn about how throughout human history, traditional cultures the world over have relayed the stories of heroes and heroines, of courageous quests, and struggles overcome. Campers will craft their own mythology through a multitude of visual and performing arts.

The third session, “Organic Farm to Table,” running from July 25 to August 5, utilizes the school’s one-acre organic garden as the focal point. Campers will follow the food cycle from tending to tasting, and from cooking to connecting a healthy harvest with both the camp and wider communities, including a farm stand and soup kitchen. Waldorf donates much of its summer garden bounty to Cornerstone Community Kitchen in Princeton.

Of course, amid all the activities and learning, campers of all ages in all sessions will still get to play, explore, create, and dream amidst Waldorf’s 20 acres of fields, forests, gardens, and creek. Children engage in a variety of experiences including water play, food preparation, painting, and cooperative games with their groups; those in the older groups also encounter special guests and leadership opportunities (varies per session). Healthy snacks are provided daily; at noon, campers may enjoy a lunch brought from home.

Nourish your child’s inherent connection to nature and enliven their curiosity about the world around them at a Waldorf summer camp.

For pricing and additional information, and to register, visit www.princetonwaldorf.org, or contact summercamp@prince­tonwaldorf.org. Registration is available online only.

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