Summer will be here before we know it. And, with the arrival of summer, comes long days and no school. But for many, summer camp is a necessary way to keep kids active, and parents’ sane. It can be tough to balance school breaks with work and life in general, so these Delaware Summer Camps are a great way to keep a bit of a schedule during the summer weeks.
No matter what age your child is, there are so many locations and types of camps to choose from. But, because they are so popular, you need to make sure you sign up early! Many of the camps are sold out before we are even in the swing of spring. Read on to find some of the most popular summer camps.
The Brandywine Zoo is such a fun place any time of year. We absolutely love going to see the animals–especially the new lemur exhibit! But, they are also a top location for summer camp! Featuring camps for kids aged 4 to 17, there is a little something for everyone. From learning about stories inspired by animals, to getting hands on experience feeding and caring for animals in the zoo, there are 12 total options to choose from. Kids ages 6 and up are able to attend full day, week long camps, while the littles (4-5 years) experience half days at the zoo.
Children’s House Montessori, located in North Wilmington, is an incredibly popular option for summer camp. Camps with age appropriate activities are available for children aged 18 months through 8 years old. I, personally, love the customized options to select either three or five day weeks, along with being able to select which, and how many weeks your child attends. With a beautiful 3 acre campus, natural playground, music, crafts, and more, your child is sure to have a blast while making friends and memories to last a lifetime.
Located in Lewes, Camp Arrowhead is a great choice for kids in grades 2 through 11. Camp Arrowhead offers the option of a residential camp for grades 2-11, or a day camp for grades 2-5. If your child loves adventure and physical activity, this camp is perfect for them! Activities include arts, boating, cookouts, archery, zip-lining, and swimming. This camp does have a Christian emphasis, so be sure to look into how that fits into your family.
Delaware Aerospace Academy, in both Newark and Smyrna, offers overnight and day camp options for kids in grades 1-10. These camps have a focus on space, engineering, physics, space, and oceans. There are two overnight opportunities for kids in grades 7 through 10, while there are 5 day camp options for 1st through 7th graders. If before and after care is a need for your family, it is offered at the University of Delaware campus.
The Delaware Nature Society has camps at four locations across Delaware. With a wide variety of camp focus and availability for children aged 3 to 15, you are sure to find something perfect for your child! Camps are offered in full or half days, with extended hour available for those who need it. Children will be able to do activities such as water play, hay rides, fort building, animal searches, canoeing, and geocaching (age dependent) while at camp. These camps are great for kids who love being outdoors and hands on with nature and play.
The Mid-Atlantic Ballet offers three class options for students, depending on their age and dance level. For children aged 4 to 9, Ballet Camp is a great way to get them started or continue their learning. Dance, crafts, music, games, and more are all included in the campers’ day. For the older students, aged 10 and up, Ballet Intensive is available. This session includes 5 full days of training with guest instructors in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, contemporary, pilates, and more.
Wilmington Friends School offers Delaware summer camps for children age 3 years to Grade 9 with a wide variety of activities. Younger campers will experience water play, bubbles, bike riding, and imaginative play during their time at the Wilmington Friends School. Older campers will have fun swimming at Arden Swim Club, bowling, themed weekly activities, and more. Themes for the weeks are announced early in the year, so campers can decide which week(s) they would like to attend.
Camp JCC is open to all, and has a focus on community, kindness, honesty, and respect. Based on traditional day camps, children can explore interests in sports, nature, swim, music, and more. If you have an older child, the JCC also offers leadership training for grades 9 through 11, where they engage with the younger campers and develop lifelong leadership skills. This camp includes weekly Havdalah & Shabbat celebrations.
If computers and technology are more your childrens’ speed, this camp is made for them! With a focus on coding, typing, and S.T.E.A.M., this camp is ideal for children who want to explore tech during their summer break. Currently, this camp is fully virtual, so your child can enjoy learning new skills from the comfort of home.
Whether your child takes gymnastics year round, or just wants to give it a try, summer camp at First State Gymnastics, is perfect for them. This camp is available as full or half days weekly throughout the summer. Each week is set with a different theme, but campers can expect to learn gymnastic skills, play on the ninja warrior course, and do fun crafts during their time there.
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