Camp Spirit Day Camp

 

Imagine your first day at Camp Spirit:

the cool shade of towering trees, a 12-foot-tall water slide, awesome counselors, and hours of summer fun! 

Providence Day brings classic fun back to summer with a full-day experience that inspires curiosity, camaraderie, and confidence. Camp Spirit — named for the PD Charger mascot — offers a safe, welcoming environment for kids to explore their interests and develop those classic camp friendships. Days are filled with nature exploration, water play, outdoor sports, arts and crafts, and lots of old-fashioned fun. 

At Camp Spirit, your child joins a “cabin” group based on rising grade level. Reminiscent of sleep-away camp, two caring counselors stay with the cabin cohort all day and lead the campers through a variety of activities like kickball, yoga, and sculpture. Thoughtful programming balances the mental with the physical, the individual with the group, and the creative with the structured. Weekly themes keep the programming fresh while the integrated activities reinforce learning and promote meaningful connections within the community. Your child is challenged and empowered by day, then returns to the comforts of home at night.

Marcus Smith, the Director of Camp Spirit, has drawn on his own experience as a camp counselor in developing the activities. He wants kids to one day look back on a Camp Spirit experience of “exploration and creativity and the sort of open and endless possibility of the world.” For him, Camp Spirit is “a nice reminder of how to be a kid...we all need to be reminded of that.”

Nearly 200 campers attended our inaugural year last summer, creating new traditions with a team of Providence Day teachers, alumni, and student counselors. At Camp Spirit, every day is unique, enriching, and just as memorable as the day before.

Campers should bring the following each day: bathing suit, towel, water shoes, refillable water bottle. Please label all items. Recommended: sunscreen!


 
sample Activities (varies by session):

Daily Water Play
Kickball
Sculpture
Beekeeping
Yoga
Chess
Camping Skills
Gardening
Tennis
Personal Safety
Puzzles & Games
Scavenger Hunt
Dance

Daily Schedule:

8:30-8:45     Carpool Drop-off
8:45-9:00     Cabin Meetings
9:00-12:30   Activity Rotations
12:30-1:30   Lunch and Play
1:30-3:30     Activity Rotations
3:30-4:00     End of Day Roundup
4:00-4:30     Carpool Pick-up

Session Details:
Session 3: June 21-24 (4-day week)  |  Safari
Session 4: June 27-July 1  |  Myths and Legends
Session 6: July 11-15  |  Going Green
Session 7: July 18-22  |  Mind and Body
  • Rising Grades TK-5
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Price: $475-Sessions 4, 6, 7; $380-Session 3
  • Includes lunch and two snacks daily by Flik Independent School Dining
  • Based at the Levin Extended Day house; activities take place throughout campus
  • Extended Care available from 7:00-8:30 am & 4:30-6:00 pm 

 

Campers and counselors enjoying a beautiful day at Camp Spirit!


 

Camp Spirit Day Camp is directed by Providence Day English Teacher Marcus Smith, whose work at Paul Newman's the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a traditional summer camp for kids coping with serious illness, gave him a love and appreciation for the summer camp experience. Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Masters from Harvard Divinity School and has been in the classroom since 1993. As Director of Camp Spirit, he brings what the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp calls a "feeling of endless possibility" to Providence Day's Camp Spirit.

Assistant Director Dr. James Edge has worked with children and young adults for over a decade in various capacities, inside and outside of the classroom, including tennis instruction, youth groups, community literacy events, nonprofit health and wellness instruction, and classrooms at MS, US, and college level. James holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia, a Master of Arts from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. As the Assistant Director of Camp Spirit, James retains a sense of joy from the instruction and celebration of youths pursuing knowledge and wonder.

Emma Lahn, PDS lifer, is joining the Camp Spirit leadership team for her second year and will be Head Counselor in summer 2022. Emma is a rising Senior at Miami University in Ohio studying Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education. She is hoping to teach first or second grade. Emma is naturally drawn to children and describes many of her favorite moments spent with children of all ages. Since Emma was old enough to work she has spent time in summer camps or as a nanny while volunteering whenever possible. In 2021, Emma led the efforts at her college to start the student group Mission 34 whose goal is to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.