Learn how to make dim sum or how to walk the tightrope? Design a lego video game or go on a fairy fantasy adventure? When it comes to summer camps, there are just SO MANY options.
How do you choose?
The philosophy at Red Hot Summer Camps at Roland Park Country School? You shouldn’t have to. (Or kids shouldn’t have to.)
The school has designed camp options in half-day sessions, allowing parents and campers to mix and match camps each week. A design-your-own summer approach! Note, even though Roland Park Country School is an all-girls school, summer camp options are co-educational.
“The whole idea of Red Hot Summer Camps is new this year,” said Kristin Jarrell, Roland Park Country School’s Director of External Programs. While RPCS’s Kaleidoscope program always offered some type of camp, the summer program has expanded dramatically this summer. Kristin, who is new to the director role, is excited about the offerings and about how streamlined the camp experience process will be for campers and parents.
She’s a mom herself. She gets it. Easy to navigate is crucial for busy families.
“Registration is completely online. We’ve streamlined camp start and stop times — no matter what the age of the camper — so that all half-day programs and full-day programs have common start and ending times. We’ve expanded before and after care options,” said Kristin.
It’s not just Roland Park Country School faculty that campers will meet; the camp draws experts from various area businesses to provide authentic learning experiences for kids as well. This summer, you’ll find Abrakadoodle leading classes in dreamy art, Youth Digital working with kids to create apps, Tiny Chefs organizing cupcake wars… The International School of Protocol is even offering a manners camp. Older kids will love learning windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding with Ultimate Watersports (camp takes place at Gunpowder Falls State Park).
Red Hot Summer Camps offers a traditional day camp experience, too. (Think arts, outdoor games, sprinkler fun, field trips, and more). True to their design-your-own-experience mantra, campers can opt for a full or half-day ‘traditional camp’ experience and mix-and-match with speciality camps, too. Try day camp in the morning and circus arts in the afternoon!
Kristin’s 6-year-old daughter is a huge fan of fairy camp. She’ll be doing that again this summer as well cooking and participating in the traditional camps.
“It’s been a puzzle,” said Kristin when asked about the most challenging aspect of stepping into her new role. “Fitting together all of the pieces of all these different camps to give parents and campers a balanced approach. We wanted to offer things differently than other area camps, but also make the whole process easier. We’re emphasizing flexibility and choice — but also there is an ease.”
We like easy. Don’t you?
Curious about Red Hot Summer Camps? Join Roland Park Country School for a FREE camp meet and greet on April 1st from 9 – 11 AM. Just drop in! No RSVP necessary. MORE INFO
Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Red Hot Summer Camps. All photographs were provided by Red Hot Summer Camps.