It’s the sound of far off laughter and the crunch of gravel underneath your feet. It’s the faint smell of burning logs and cherry chapstick. It’s the view of the lake and the beehives of kids forming around tall adults with clipboards and whistles. It’s the tiny little pit in your stomach as you watch your parents drive away. It’s the customary ritual of summer camp.
Most of us probably have vivid memories of camps we attended as a child. The psychological benefits kids get in a supervised change of environment are certainly plentiful. Among my favorites are self-reliance, problem solving skills, pro-social behavior, and the act of discovering new skills. But there was one other thing I remember about those camps I attended as a kid, too: we conformed. From one station to the next with a clear set of expectations and structure we would march off like obedient members of a colony listening for the next instruction. (But it’s summer I remember thinking.)
Enter Steve & Kate’s.
Steve and Kate’s Camp is for kids aged 4 through 7th grade with a brand new mentorship program for 8th and 9th graders. They are located in over 50 locations around the nation and are completely changing the face of Summer camp. The camp conforms to kids, not the other way around. Campers chose decisions for themselves in a world liberated from adult judgements and guess what? Kids flourish. Because when they decide what they want to do – they do it better.
Nestled within each camp are 6 “studios” (named “studios” because “cool spaces where kids explore without limits and create anything they want with state of the art equipment” was too long I guess?) for…
Music: lay down original tracks or learn how to play guitar.
Style: decorate jewelry, learn how to sew a pair of jeans, and dig through 100’s of yards of fabric to make something original
Make it from scratch, knead, shape it, fire it up. Film: Lights, camera, action – capture camp life then learn how to make it into a movie (films then get uploaded to your online S&K account).
Dance: Choreograph then perform your own routine.
And, wait for it…Coding: Welcome to camp for the modern era.
In addition to all of that? They offer pure play, stadium sports, and outdoor fun (go-carts and a giant blowup waterslide, anyone?)
Oh wait! On more thing – the food.
Think global street food comes to camp. How does in-house chefs like Ryan Smith make a meatball sub, one of 15 choices, a healthy balanced meal? You start with lean ground turkey. Then swap out traditional breadcrumbs and parsley in the meatballs for quinoa and kale. You make a tomato sauce with blended seasonal vegetables in it and top it all with parmesan. They’ve got clever moves like that throughout the whole menu. Some items are a little out there to broaden kids’ palates, while others are classics to provide a safety net.
There is nothing this camp has not thought of. And with a new location in Boston, you’ll know where to find us in the month of August!
Would you like to win a free week at a Steve and Kate’s camp? Tag someone in the Facebook post on the Misadventure in Mommyhood page whose kids you think might be interested in attending. You’ll both be entered to win!
Purchase a whole summer membership or as many day passes as you want. Didn’t use ’em? You’ll get a full refund. Psst: you don’t even need to tell them when you’re coming!
“Go with the flow is our middle name. Just kidding it’s &”
-Steve & Kate-