Swing into Summer

Camp Details


June 17-21                

Ages 3-12

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Full-Day
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Half-Day

Before and After Care from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily


Per Week (Full Days) $280 - NON-REFUNDABLE
Per Week (1/2 Days)  $180 - NON-REFUNDABLE
Before and after care (weekly rate) $100


Early drop-off/late pick-up available. Provide bag lunch daily. Morning  snacks will be offered. Feel free to pack your own snacks as well.

Registration Deadline: Early bird discount for all registrations received by April 11, 2019. 

Camp Description

Ready for summer? So are we! For our week of Swing Into Summer, we will be delving into a variety of activities! In addition to classic camp games, experiments, exploring and boating, students will master three different types of puppets and create their very own!  Your camper will learn about foam puppets and how to create a character. Campers will also build a mechanism puppet, which uses a device to control the puppet.  Then, students will learn about Bunraku puppets, an archaic form of traditional puppetry originating in 16th and 17th century Japan.  In a very non-traditional form bunraku-style puppetry has become widely popular in the world of puppetry today.  Finally, we’ll take the skills learned from all these styles to design and create their masterpiece!

The Academy’s Swing Into Summer camp is designed to give campers an opportunity to dive into summer after a long year of working hard in the classroom. Children will be supervised by trained staff as they participate in daily themed independent and group activities allowing them time to explore, be creative, have fun, and just be a kid!

About Our Swing Into Summer Camp Director:

Eric Weiss is a teacher, puppet builder, & the owner of Homeslice Puppetry.  He specializes in building custom puppets and teaching puppetry classes and workshops to both children and adults alike.  He has won an award in professional puppet building from BJ Guyer and the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.  He has also been a teacher and program coordinator with Nature’s Classroom for 13 years.   Although primarily self-taught in the field of puppetry, he has been building and teaching puppetry for around 12 years, and is an active member in both the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry and the Puppeteers of America. Website: www.homeslicepuppets.weebly.com

For more information, please contact Jocelyn Saltzman at 978-649-7611, Ext. 335 or by email.