Connecticut Summer Camps

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It seems crazy to be thinking about summer when temperatures are still sub-zero and there is snow falling outside, but many local camps have already opened registration for their summer camp programs.  Below we have compiled a list of Connecticut Summer Camps, including links to their brochures, websites and registration forms.

Summer Camp Roundup

Connecticut Summer Camp Roundup

Connecticut Speed School Summer Camps

CT Speed School

Connecticut Speed School offers a range of Summer Camp programs, from athletics to academics.  It is located in Milford, CT.

Youth Football Camps

Check out the FREE 1-day football clinic on June 1st (registration required by end of May) for kids in 3rd to 8th grades.  Staffed by high school and college coaches, and award-winning college players.  Spots are limited, so be sure to register ASAP.

In addition to the free clinic, the Speed School also offers position specific clinics and a summer passing league.  Visit their Youth Football Camps page for more details and to register.

Dare to Be Great Summer Camp

Running in two sessions in late July and early August, Dare to be Great is designed to challenge your middle school child’s critical thinking.  Session 1 uses chess instruction and introductory game theory to develop logical thinking skills.  Session 2 emphasizes math and writing skills through a course in sports math and journalism.  Both sessions also include athletic activities.

Active Minds Summer Camp

Also running in two sessions in late July and mid August, Active Minds is for elementary-aged children, ages 5 to 9.  It incorporates athletic activity along with hands-on academic courses to enrich young minds.

Summer Academic Courses

In addition to Dare to Be Great and Active Minds, the Connecticut Speed School also offers Summer Math Programs for high school students, Study Skills Courses for middle school and high school students, and ACT and SAT prep courses.  For more information, please see their flyer at Summer Academic Courses.

The Giggling Pig Summer Art Camps

GigglingPigThe Giggling Pig was founded in 2005 by Hannah Perry and in 2011 the first studio was opened in Shelton, CT. The studio was opened as a place to come a be creative, but also a place where children can grow, learn to be kind, confident and express themselves. It is a friendly, safe place for children to visit and learn to paint and draw or simply have fun with arts and crafts.

The Giggling Pig offers full (9-3) and half-day (9-12) weekly summer camps which run all summer – from June through the end of August.  Each week features a different theme, and each day, children will bring home a completed project.  For themes, tuition details, schedule and registration form, please visit The Giggling Pig’s Summer Camp page.

The Goddard School – Summer Camp

The Goddard School

The Goddard School is located in Orange, CT.  Our summer camp curriculum incorporates STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) into exciting, one-of-a-kind and fun experiences for your child every day! We offer a broad range of programs and mini-camps to pique the interest and curiosity of every child.

The founding principle of The Goddard School’s curriculum is that children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. We have integrated this philosophy into every aspect of our summer camp to foster play-based learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

We’ve created a variety of camps so your children can find a program they will absolutely love.  Summer camps are available for infants to kindergarteners, and most run in two week increments from the end of June through August.  For more details and registration information,please visit The Goddard School’s Summer Camp page.

Great River Junior Golf Clinics


Great River is located in Milford, CT.  Great River Junior Clinics are designed for beginner to intermediate junior golfers from ages 6-10. Clinic sessions run for 1-1 ½ hours in length, depending on the series.  Clinics feature a teaching and coaching staff comprised of PGA professionals as well as local college team golf coaches and college players. The junior programs at the Golf Academy are about learning golf in a fun, supportive and positive environment. Clinics are offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall.  Please visit Great River’s Junior Clinic page for schedule details.

In addition to Junior Clinics, Great River also offers summer Half Day Camps, for players aged 8-14, and Full Day Camps, for players aged 10-17.  Camps run weekly throughout July and August.  For details on cost, schedule and registration information, please visit Great River’s Junior Clinic page.

Lee Lund Studio of Dance Summer Dance Camps

Family owned and operated, Lee Lund Studio of Dance has has offered professional dance instruction to the Milford community since 1983.  This summer they have two different offerings for your little dancer.

Three, week-long Summer Dance Camps run from 9am-12pm, beginning June 29th.  For details on each camp, see below.  Register by June 5th for $150 early bird registration.  Registration will be $175 thereafter.

Dance Camp #1 – June 29-July 3
Ages 4-7
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Theatre, Acrobatics
and a daily craft activity

Dance Camp #2 – July 6-July 10
Ages 8-12
Advanced and Intermediate Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Theatre, Acrobatics

Dance Camp #3 – July 6-July 10
Ages 4-9
A week full of activities, games, crafts and acrobatics.
Daily themes, including Sports Day, Spa Day, Costume Day and more!

There is also a 6-week summer dance schedule.  Classes begin June 29th.  Registration is open Wednesday, June 3rd and Friday, June 5th from 4-7PM.  Classes are offered for children aged 2 and up!  For schedule details, summer session tuition details, and other questions, please contact Lee Lund Studio of Dance at 203.877.7737.

MyGym of Orange Summer Camps

MyGym Camp

My Gym is the #1 ranked children’s fitness program in the country.  Our local My Gym of Orange now offers week-long summer camps, with both a half-day and full-day option.  My Gym summer camps feature gymnastics, arts & crafts, storytime, music and much more.  Summer camps are open to children aged 2.5 to 8 years.  Campers must be potty-trained.

Camps run the week of 7/13 and 8/17, Monday through Friday, from 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-3:30pm.  Full day campers must provide their own, peanut-free lunch.  For more details and to register, please visit MyGym of Orange here.

Pantochino Summer Theatre Camp

Pantochino Summer Theatre Camps
Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc., a professional, non profit theatre company specializing in family theatre, has announced its upcoming schedule of theatre camps for young actors. In addition to its April School Vacation Week Camp, the company will also present five weeks of Summer Theatre Camp in conjunction with the Milford Arts Council at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford.
In April, the company will present a five-day camp during school vacation week, April 13-17.  Throughout the week, young actors age seven to thirteen will learn, rehearse and perform a new musical based on the children’s book “Rocko and Spanky Go To A Party” by local authors Kara & Jenna LaReau of Stratford. The camp will be held daily 9 am to 3 pm at Pantochino’s studio space in the former St. Ann School, with the Friday performance taking place at the Center for the Arts.
The Summer schedule includes five sessions of theatre camp. Session One (July 13-17) features the mini-musical “Phantom Mouse of the Opera.” Session Two (July 20-24) will create and perform “The Jungle Book, Abridged.” For Session Three (July 27-31), Pantochino’s award-winning musical “Cinderella Skeleton” will be featured. Session Four (August 3-7) will see a brand new musical, “Regally Blonde” come to life. The final session of camp is Pantochino’s original concept, “The Theatre Games” (August 10-14) where teams of young actors compete in a series of creative theatre challenges. All of the summer camps are held 9 am to 3 pm at the Center for the Arts in Milford.
The camps are staffed by Pantochino’s producers Bert Bernardi and Jimmy Johansmeyer, along with musical director Justin Rugg. “Our theatre camps have been so popular because they’re so much fun,” said Bernardi. “The kids respond to the material and enjoy the bright, exciting atmosphere we create for them,” he added. “We’re not teachers,” Johansmeyer explained, “We’re working theatre professionals who love to share our experience with young people.”
Tuition is $265 per week, with a special rate of $225 for siblings. Enrollment is limited to thirty per session and early registration is advised. Complete details along with registration forms are available online at

SportsCenter of Connecticut Summer Camps

SportsCenter of CT

The SportsCenter utilizes all their various facilities to provide multiple summer camp options for kids.  From ice skating and hockey, to golf and Kids Kamp, there is something for all interests and all ages.  Kids Kamp starts for children as young as 3!  For more details and to register, please visit the links below:

Kids Kamp at SportsCenter

Junior Summer Golf Academy – Details coming soon!

Ice Skating Camps

Hockey Camps

Stamford Museum and Nature Center Summer Camps

SMNC Summer Camp

Stamford Museum and Nature Center offers both full and half day summer camps, as well as mommy and me programs throughout July and August.  SMNC literally has something for all ages, with programming for children age 2 through 9th grade.  Online registration opens to non-museum members February 23 at 9am.  You may create your online account in advance of registration opening.  To see all the different programs offered, schedule and tuition details, check out their 12 page full color brochure here.

STEAM Summer Academy

STEAM Summer Academy

A first of its kind program in Connecticut, STEAM Education is an accredited sponsored by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), designed to bring artists, designers, engineers, and scientists together to generate superior innovation.  Blending Art with STEM at the grade-school level, the program hopes to create “out-of-the-box thinkers.”

This new, innovative liberal arts Pre-K – 8 summer camp is located on the grounds of St. Gabriel’s School.  It is non-denominational, taught by certified instructors and held during the months of July and August.  For more details, visit their Facebook page, or contact Dr. Gail Kingston via email at [email protected] or call 203.874.3811.

Summer Camp at the Milford Point Coastal Center

Milford Point Audubon Summer Camp

Connecticut Audubon Society summer day camps offer enriching experiences, hands-on learning, exciting adventures, outdoor exploration – and memories that last a lifetime.

For complete details, download the program brochure.

Register here; ages 3-15.

Download Milford Point’s camp program brochure.

Additional forms:
Milford Point Mail-in Registration Form
Milford Point Registration Instructions
Milford Point Medical Form
Milford Point Authorization to Adminster Medication
Milford Point Drop off/Pick up Form
Milford Point Non-prescription Medication Form

 Summer Playground Program (SPP) by Milford Recreation

Summer Playground Program

This weekly Summer Playground Program includes daily activities and runs Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Each week the camp will include weekly trips to the movies at Rave Motion Pictures at the mall and/or bowling at AMF Milford Lanes. We will also have Campardy at our sites – an interactive game all the kids can particpate in.

Daily activities include sports, games, arts & crafts, and special event days. The program will be held at six locations throughout the City of Milford. They are: Live Oaks School, Mathewson School, Meadowside School, JFK School, Orchard Hills School and Orange Ave. School.

Parents may register for the one site that is most convenient for them until site maximums are met. All registration begins May 1, 2014 and please note that you are not considered registered until payment is received. You will receive an email confirmation when your payment is processed.

The camp will cost $45 per week and includes one t-shirt for the summer. The first week of camp is shortened for the July 4th holiday and will cost $30.

This program is for Milford Residents or taxpayers ages 6 – 12. Five-year-olds will be permitted only if he/she has completed Kindergarten. Twelve-year-olds entering seventh grade are permitted. All five & twelve-year-olds must submit proof of grade with the registration form (a current report card will do). Those in or entering eighth grade are NOT permitted.
General Information

  • Parents may register for any combination of weeks however it must be at the same location.
  • The complete schedule and registration instructions are Parent handbook released June 1 online, by e-mail and in the Recreation Department.
  • Parents are responsible for obtaining their own parent handbook and shall be held responsible for its contents.
  • For more information call Bill Garfield at (203) 783-3388 or [email protected]

Visit Milford Recreation for additional details.


Woodruff Family YMCA – Camp Wepawaug

Woodruff YMCA Summer Camp

Woodruff Family YMCA is located in Milford, CT.  At Camp Wepawaug, you can expect many fun and engaging activities daily! Some of these include games, swimming, arts and crafts, and many more.  We welcome campers between the ages of 3 to 15 to join us here at Camp Wepawaug.  We are proud to announce that we will be adding our very own climbing wall in addition to the high ropes course we added last summer.

This summer, we are also proud to introduce a new specialty camp, Challenge Camp, for our Pioneer level campers. This will allow campers to use both the new climbing wall and high ropes course.

No matter which session you attend camp, we know that it will be amazing. More than a camp, we are a family.

Browse our 2015 Summer Day Camp Brochure:  Summer Camp Brochure 2015

To register: download, pickup or have us mail you the registration packet.  Fill out the registration forms.  Calculate the deposit.  Write out your check and either mail or drop off your check and all the forms at the Y.  2015 Camp Registration Forms   Parent Handbook 2015     CCC YMCA CIT Application_References

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Camps

Yale Summer CampThe Peabody Museum of Natural History offers fun and educational camps for children throughout July and August.  Each camp is a week long, meeting daily from 9am-4pm, with before care (8-9am) and after care (4-5pm) services available.  Each week features two camps – one for rising 1st-3rd graders, and another for rising 4th-7th graders.

For a full listing of camps and their descriptions, please see the list here.

All Yale Peabody Summer Camps are full at this time, but you can sign up for the waiting list online here.  Note for 2016: camp registration opens in February!

Did you find a great camp for your family?  Are we missing your favorite summer camp offering?  Let us know!  If you are a local school or business sponsoring a summer camp and would like to be added to our roundup, please email us with the details of your summer programs, a link to your website or summer camp page, and an image you would like us to feature with your summer program information.

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