Waldorf School of Princeton offers up the best of what makes summer great: hands-on activities and fresh air.

In fact, this camp is mostly outdoors on the school’s stunning 20 acres of fields, woods, garden, and even a creek.

“We’ve crafted our camp entirely around giving children authentic experiences filled with singing, exploring, nature walks and free time,” said Jamie Quirk, communications and outreach director. “No movie marathons, video game tournaments, or long days indoors. Instead they’re building forts, tie-dyeing t-shirts, and catching crayfish in the creek. It’s good, old-fashioned fun.”

This style of camp is a timely offering for children who are spending less and less time outdoors, especially during the school year when they’re sometimes overscheduled with extracurricular activities and after-school tutoring.

“The camp day follows the camper’s curiosity and interests,” Quirk explained. “Children strengthen their investigative and creative powers through heavy interaction with nature.”

Waldorf Summer Camp runs in three, two-week sessions from Monday, June 30, to Friday, August 8. There’s a general camp for ages four to 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a 1 to 3:30 p.m. afternoon option.

Kids ages 10 to 13 may sign up for a specialty camp, which varies by session, from outdoor sports and artistic creations to adventures in nature to theater, woodworking, or gardening. There are morning and afternoon options, and discounts are available for enrolling in two specialty camps per session. Camp includes wholesome snacks each day; children bring their own lunches.

“Campers are often involved in preparing the snacks,” Quirk added. “You might see them baking bread, chopping fruit, and making fun treats like frozen lemon ice made right in the lemon rind. On festival days — the last day of a session — you might see them take turns churning homemade ice cream.”

One of Quirk’s favorite specialty camp programs is gardening. Waldorf School has a one-acre garden that campers may explore, tend, and harvest. This summer, as in past years, the bounty from that garden will be donated to Cornerstone Community Kitchen.

“Kids really love our summer camp,” she said. “Many go on to our counselor-in-training program. It says a lot that so many of our camp alumni come back to support the adult counselors, who are often school staff and current or former parents. It helps create that warm, homelike setting where children can just enjoy being children.”

Applications are now being accepted for camp. Download a form at www.princetonwaldorf.org/programs/camp or e-mail summercamp@princetonwaldorf.org for more information.

Waldorf School of Princeton, 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton. 609-466-1970. www.princetonwaldorf.org. See ad, page 12.

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