St. Paul’s School for Girls is known for their innovative coeducational Gatorland Day Camp model where campers (even those as young as five!) can choose their own camp experience each day. But this year, SPSG summer offerings have expanded to include a variety of immersive, experiential learning opportunities.
“We really believe that summer is a great time to make your kids’ strengths stronger,” said Shannon Duckett, Director of SPSG Summer.
That’s reflected in their expansive catalog of summer camp opportunities — everything from sports to arts to drivers ed.
One of the camps SPSG is most excited about is their popular community enrichment camp for middle schoolers (rising 5th – 8th graders). The program focuses on helping serve the community and world through local service-based initiatives. Each day campers will head off campus to different locations for immersive service learning. Activities may include visiting the elderly in a retirement community, caring for shelter animals, comforting those who are ill, preparing food and clothes for the homeless or working to clean up the environment.
Knowing how foodie-crazed kids can be, SPSG has partnered with Tiny Chefs to offer a variety of cooking camps for kids. Chopped, Cupcake Wars, Cooking Around the World, and mastering the Art of Dipping (from savory bites to donuts!) are all on the camp menu.
Even academic camps — like writing — are designed to provide unique experiences. The Nature of Writing Camp not only aims to develop creative expression but also involves campers exploring natural environments throughout the city. Each morning begins with a lesson on creative and/or analytical writing. Then campers will visit a different state park or arboretum and use their time outdoors to implement these skills through reflective writing.
Old school summer fun is being revamped, too! For the first time, Radical Ropers (Baltimore County’s first and only Jump Rope for Heart Demonstration Team, sponsored by the American Heart Association) is hosting jump rope camp at SPSG. The perfect opportunity for your jumper to hone their the group sync, freestyle, long ropes, partner skills and double dutch skills.
And back this year is filmmaking camp. If you have a budding Steven Spielberg or Ava DuVernay, let them dive into the world of film production, directing, acting, and editing. Best of all, the program culminates in a red-carpet premiere of student films at Baltimore’s Landmark Theatre in Harbor East – paparazzi, limousine ride to premiere for all students and catering of event included!