Our summer camps provide your child with a fun-filled, active, safe, creative environment for warm-weather antics. Our school and camp philosophy is focused on community, supporting one another, and making sure we all have the opportunity to be our very best selves. We hope you will join us!
Please read over the camp descriptions below. Once you have chosen the camp or camps you would like, please click here to access our quick sign-up form to hold your spot in camp. We will then be in touch with full registration information.
You can find bios of our camp staff below the camp listings.
If you have any questions, please call us at 802-768-8769 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 20th-24th – 9am-4pm – Art and Nature
For campers entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade. This week of camp is co-presented by The Downtown School and the newly-opened Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery led by Stacy Gates. Campers engage in morning nature explorations learning about our native plants, animals, and insects; going on short hikes; investigating in our pond; getting feet wet in the river; and playing games in our woods and on our fields. After lunch, the world becomes our canvas as campers use natural materials around them to create a fabulous variety of projects such as branch weavings, leaf etchings, fairy houses, and flower mandalas. The morning session of Art & Nature camp is led by The Downtown School’s 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, Sami Krasny. Afternoons are led by local art teacher extraordinaire, Stacy Gates, owner of Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery. $200. Sign-up-now.
June 27th-July 1st – 9am-3:30pm – Pixie Tricks Adventure Camp
Full-Day and Afternoon-Only options are FULL and Waitlist-only. Space is still available for Morning-only. Check out Alexandra’s Olympic Adventure Camp August 15th-August 19th.
For campers ages 5-7. Alexandra Langstaff is back again at The Downtown School this summer with her famous Pixie Tricks Adventure Camp! Mornings will be spent as Downtown Explorers, led by experienced teacher and camp counselor Kristen Zens. Campers will head out every day for local walking explorations, secret adventures, and short hikes. Our week includes a special behind-the-scenes visit to Northshire Bookstore, discovery along the River Walk, and an end-of-week treasure-hunt-trek to Ben and Jerry’s. Daily activities, in addition to our outing, will include large group cooperative games; science and art projects; and getting wet and cooling down at our pond. In the afternoon, campers will enjoy Pixie Tricks Adventure featuring “YoDaGaMo” – yoga, dance, games and more — with early childhood creative movement specialist Alexandra Langstaff. The afternoon schedule includes a variety of Hullabaloo favorites; outdoor games and activities including water play; indoor crafts; and schoolyard games from around the world. In a nutshell it is calm, casual, yet energetic old time fun!
This camp is available as a full-day camp from 9am-3:30pm for $200. The morning-only session from 9am-noon is $100, and the afternoon-only session from 12:30pm-3:30pm is $125. Sign-up now.
July 25th-July 29th – 9am-4pm – Theater in the Woods
For campers entering 2nd through 6th grade. Do you like to create, run around outside, explore, do plays, sing, move, improvise, write, draw, laugh, perform? We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the talent and experience of Theater in the Woods to The Downtown School for an amazing, multi-age week of theater and adventure! Drawing from 17 years of Theater in the Woods at SolarFest, director Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman and the troupe will engage in theater skills: improvisation, voice and speech, movement, writing, editing, staging, music making, and most importantly, ensemble-teamwork to put on a joyful romping play bringing children’s book author Frank Asch’s characters to life. In the process, campers become that most wonderful thing: an ensemble. Theater in the Woods camp kindles creativity through the transformative power of theater in the magic of the woods…and sunny fields!
Theater in the Woods Camp kids:
• develop deeper connection to the woods and the natural world by interacting imaginatively and freely with it.
• build personal confidence through creating and supporting live theater performances.
• become a community through their shared experiences, challenges and successes.
Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman has worked with hundreds of children in performance arts: as music teacher at Long Trail School for eleven years, director of children’s choruses in Middletown Springs and Tinmouth, music director for musicals at Long Trail School and Mill River UHS, and as a director of SolarFest Theater in the Woods plays. Her passion is to help young people build true connection to the natural world and to know themselves in it. Learn more about Theater in the Woods at www.theaterinthewoodsvt.com. $200 Sign-up now.
August 8th-August 12th – 9am-4pm – Artful Olympic Adventure
For campers entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade. This week of camp is co-presented by The Downtown School and the newly-opened Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery led by Stacy Gates. This week, we will celebrate the 2016 Olympics underway in Brazil. In the morning, our campers learn about Olympic events, and plan and build an outdoor Olympic facility featuring both traditional Olympic activities such as gymnastics and track, and their own invented and imagined Olympic events. In the afternoons, campers create a variety of Olympic inspired art projects. There is so much to pique our creative juices – the flags, the medals, the torch, the Olympic rings, the sports, the competitors, and the host country and its culture. The morning session of Artful Olympic Adventure is led by The Downtown School’s 1st and 2nd grade teacher, Alley Mazzullo. Afternoons are led by local art teacher extraordinaire, Stacy Gates, owner of Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery. $200. Sign-up now.
August 15th-August 19th – 9am-3:30pm – Olympic Adventure Camp
For children ages 6-8. Alexandra Langstaff is back again with another fantastic camp, this time celebrating the 2016 Olympics in Brazil! Mornings will be led by The Downtown School’s 1st and 2nd grade teacher, Alley Mazzullo. Campers will reinvent and add to the outdoor Olympic facility and village started during our Artful Olympic Adventures camp the week before. We will plan and build additional Olympic events, create more of our own invented and imagined Olympic activities, and learn about the culture and history of the Olympic Games. After lunch enjoy Hullabaloo games and activities from around the world with Alexandra Langstaff as we continue our Olympic celebration! Enjoy calm, casual, yet energetic fun all day long. $200. Sign-up now.
About our Camp Staff:
Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman has worked with hundreds of children in performance arts: as music teacher at Long Trail School for eleven years, director of children’s choruses in Middletown Springs and Tinmouth, music director for musicals at Long Trail School and Mill River UHS, and as a director of SolarFest Theater in the Woods plays. Her passion is to help young people build true connection to the natural world and to know themselves in it.
Stacy Gates is an artist, crafts person and highly regarded educator from Manchester Center, VT. She has taught a wide range of camps, classes and workshops in the Northshire area for more than 15 years and is known for her fun-loving, creative teaching style. Stacy is currently the art teacher at The Downtown School, owner of Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery and works independently under the Create with Bogate name. She lives in Manchester Center with her husband, has two wonderful children in their early twenties, 3 dogs and a cat.
Alexandra Langstaff is the movement and yoga teacher at The Downtown School. She has been a beloved member of the educational community in our region for many years with her famous Hullaballoo movement classes and other creative offerings for young children. Her innovative programs began with a background in early childhood and elementary education and modern dance, along with 20 years in the ski industry. She holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from UVM and a MA in Creativity Studies from Union Institute and University. Her commitment to her craft is evident in her ongoing education at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington; the National Dance Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Circus Yoga at Kripalu in Lenox, Massachusetts; and presenting for the National Dance Association.
Sami Krasny is a lead teacher at The Downtown School. Her bio can be found here.
Alley Mazzullo is a lead teacher at The Downtown School. Her bio can be found here.
Kristen Zens is an experienced educator and a Downtown School parent who has taught grades 1,2 and 3 in Connecticut and Maine prior to taking time to raise her children. She has worked as a substitute teacher in Vermont, establishing, overseeing and instructing in the Afterschool Program at Shaftsbury Elementary School for three years. In 2013, she directed and taught Camp Invention.