Summer 2021 Registration is open!

Kate’s Camp for Kids COVID-19 Response

Kate’s Camp for Kids is a comprehensive after school and summer arts day program that focuses on nurturing children’s creative potential through the arts!

This state-licensed camp brings together professional teaching artists from throughout the region to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Designed for boys and girls ages 5 to 10 years old, Kate’s Camp is filled with music, dance, art, and theater and each session culminates in a performance for family and friends! A diverse range of activities is offered on a rotating basis to ensure a fresh experience for even the most frequent camper.

Check out our brand new Kate’s Camp theme song, written and performed by the fantastic Mr. Steve!

2021 PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY: Full tuition is due at the time of registration.
-If a session is canceled by the Kate: Full Refund.
-Withdrawals before June 4th: Refund, less $25.
-Withdrawals after June 4th: No refund or credit.


Each session runs Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm each day.
Cost: $295 per session (*10% discount applied to siblings and multiple registrations)

Before and Aftercare are optional and offered for an additional fee. See details below.

Session 1: JULY 5-9: The Phantom of the Music Room
Who or what is that shadowy figure playing piano in the music room? Bring your acting skills and join us as we help Deputy Barney solve this musical mystery!

Session 2: JULY 12-16: Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!
Love Dr. Seuss? Flex your writing skills this week writing silly poems in the style of Dr. Seuss. We’ll set some to music and put them all together in a joyful show.

Session 3: JULY 19-23: The Days of Dragons and Knights 
Mythical creatures, dragons, unicorns and knights in shining armor rule the week! Help us create an original musical play full of the magic of medieval times.

Session 4: JULY 26-30: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!
Imagine creating a new superhero – complete with an original superpower! Superheroes come to life with the help of our fantastic art director in an original musical show.

Session 5: AUGUST 2-6: Broadway Beat
Love Broadway musicals? Be prepared to belt out some of your favorites and create a show-stopping musical number featuring some of the best loved songs from shows such as Wicked, Hairspray, The Music Man, Grease and the King and I.


Session 6: AUGUST 9-13: Goal!

Soccer is the setting for this musical that not only celebrates the beauty and glory of the sport, but also the value of good sportsmanship, setting goals, and being a part of the team.  

Kate’s Camp for Kids is now offering Before and Aftercare!
Hours are designed to provide supervision for campers whose parents work beyond the regular camp day.

Beforecare is offered from 8 am to 9 am. The fee is $20 per week and cannot be prorated, regardless of the number of days your child attends beforecare. Aftercare is offered from 3 pm to 5 pm. The fee is $30 per week and cannot be prorated, regardless of the number of days your child attends aftercare. Kate’s Camp staff ARE NOT on duty before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m so please be prompt with drop-off and pick-up.

Partial scholarships are available for the summer 2021 session, apply online here!


Registration Form

Medical Form

Medication Authorization Form (if applicable)

Informed Consent Form

Policy Handbook

Meet some of our friendly staff at Kate’s Camp!

Martha Herrle, Camp Director
Martha has been teaching Violin and Viola on the Shoreline since 2002 and is the founder of the Goodwin Strings – a before school group violin instruction program for 7 and 8 year-olds at Goodwin Elementary School in Old Saybrook.  She has been involved with Kate’s Camp for Kids since 2013 and has served as the Director for the past four summers.
Bridget Haines, Assistant Director
Bridget is happy to be back for another summer at Kate’s Camp teaching music. She graduated this past May from Gettysburg College with a degree in teaching music and will be starting her first school-teaching job in the fall. When she’s not playing viola or singing songs, Bridget enjoys going boating on the Connecticut river and cooking with friends. 
Maria Pittsinger, First Aid Director
Maria is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Program. Before college, she performed in productions such as “Annie Get Your Gun” and “A League of Their Own: A tribute to women in baseball” with the Glimmerglass festival. In high school she acted in the Ensemble in “The Addams Family” and worked on the stage crew in “Band Geeks”. Having come from a family of opera singers, Maria has grown up with the stage and cherishes any opportunity to return to her roots. 
Cameron Liberty, Counselor
Cameron Liberty is a rising Senior at the Williams School in New London, CT. This is her 3rd year at Kate’s Camp. She has been dancing, singing, and acting for her whole life. She is also certified in adult, child, and infant CPR.
Ella Rogerson, Counselor
Ella is a sophomore at Nathan Hale Ray High School in East Haddam. She is part of the drama department and also in Choir, Trillium Choir and the music honor society. She enjoys mentoring younger children during drama in school, helping them rehearse for the show, go over their lines and assists with the dance numbers. 

This program is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

and The Kitchings Family Foundation

Questions? Please contact our Camp Coordinator.