Camp Kinhaven is an extension of Kinhaven School, a parent-governed independent programlocated in the heart of Arlington’s Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhood, combining the staff, environment, and philosophy of Kinhaven School with a healthy dose of good old-fashioned summertime fun and friendship! Each session at Camp Kinhaven features a theme around which age-appropriate experiences are planned, both outdoors and in the various learning centers of the classrooms.
Preschoolers Ages 2 ½- 5 with no kindergarten experience Preschoolers and their teachers explore broad topics, incorporating the philosophy of Kinhaven School with the whimsy and joy of summer. Camp Kinhaven fosters connections between the classroom and wider world through authentic, hands on experiences.
School Age Explorers Ages 5-8, entering grades 1-3 Designed for the unique needs of young elementary students, School-age Explorers offers children an opportunity to reconnect with the dispositions of classroom life, collaborating on deep investigations as they regain the joys of living and learning together.
Kinhaven's summer day camp serves children ages 21/2- 8 years, June 14- August 13, 2021. Our core program runs 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with an option to extend until 3pm. The program is held Monday through Friday each week.
2021 Sessions Passport to Summer; Session I; June 14 - July 2, 2021 Bon voyage and Happy Fourth! Grab your suitcase and get ready to set sail as we travel the world to immerse ourselves local cultures by learning the traditions, folk tales, arts, games, and cuisine of our destination. By the end of the session, your child will have a passport filled with stamps from around the world and return to the US just in time to celebrate Independence Day.
Lights, Camera, Action; Session II; July 6- July 23, 2021 (No camp on July 5) Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on stage? As directors, producers, cast, and crew, each class will adapt a classic tale; build sets, costumes or props; and ultimately perform for fellow campers. Skits, videos, musicals, and puppetry are all production possibilities. Performance and audience etiquette are emphasized as children prepare sets, props, and tickets for our summer showcase.
If You Give a Kid a ... ; Session III; July 26- August 13, 2021 Inspired by the mouse, moose, pig and other animal characters of Laura Numeroff whose mischievous cause and effect stories invite a wealth of silly fun, campers will explore if/thens all session long through cooking, art, coding, and the creation of Rube Goldberg machines.
Afternoon Adventures Children can add an extra dose of fun, extending each day until 3:00pm. Summer Afternoon Adventures offer a mini-theme packed with hands-on activities and play indoors and out, led by our in-house and visiting teachers. An opportunity to rest and recharge is offered.
Registration Registration is conducted in the order forms are received. A registration dee and $175/session non-refundable deposir must be paid at the time of registration. The balance is due no later than May 1.For children new to Kinhaven, an original birth certificate or passport must be presented at the Kinhaven office prior to the first day of attendance.
Children must be two and one-half years old by June 1. Camp Tuition: Tuition based on child’s age on June 1, 2021. Preschoolers under age 3 on June 1: Single Session $1,350.00; All Sessions $3,900.00 Preschoolers over age 3 on June 1: Single Session $1,250.00; All Sessions $3,600.00 School-age Explorers: Single Session 1 $700.00; Single Session 2 or 3 $1,050.00; All Sessions $2,750.00 Afternoon Adventures: $625.00 per session (School-age Explorers Session 1 $400.00)
Daily Activities Class Meetings: provide the framework for the day as children and teachers greet one another- often in song, discuss the topic of the day, and choose a primary area of work for the morning.
Work Time: encompasses a protracted period of play including individual and small group play devised by children as well as thematically relevant experiences designed by the teachers for small groups of children.
Meals: Children and teachers share a morning snack provided by Kinhaven. Each child brings a lunch from home. (Please be aware that refrigeration of lunches is not generally available.)
Outdoor Time: Each class will spend at least 60 minutes per day outdoors, weather permitting. Utilizing local resources, nearly every classroom experience can be conducted outdoors, Playground play, group games, connections to nature, painting, building, gardening, and bubbles are among the limitless possibilities. In case of inclement weather, gross motor activities will be conducted in the first floor Parish Hall. The onsite courtyard and Maury Park, located behind the Arlington Arts Center at the corner of Monroe and 8th St are our primary outdoor play spaces. Children and teachers will walk to and from Maury Park. Occasional visits to Oakland and Quincy Parks, and neighborhood sites may be held without notice.
Resource Teachers: Kinhaven’s Support Teacher visits each classroom each day during work time to provide valuable support to the teaching team and children by decreasing the student-teacher ratio through small group activities and enrichment experiences. Specialists Classroom experiences are augmented by Specialists including PE coaches, visual and performing artists, and technologists, who share their content area expertise.
Camp and COVID Kinhaven has been practicing COVID protocols since classroom operations resumed in June 2020. Face covers, stable groups, health checks, a schedule of sanitizing within the program day, plenty of outdoor time, and the commitment of children, families, and staff have all contributed to uninterrupted programming to date. Learn more about Kinhaven’s COVID protocols in our Parent Handbook.