Thank you all for a fantastic 2022 summer!
Registration for summer 2023 begins in March!

Kate’s Camp for Kids 2022 (ages 5-10):

  • July 4-8, 2022: “Atlantis Adventure” (including July 4th!)
  • July 11-15, 2022: “On Safari”
  • July 18-22, 2022: “Alien Encounter”
  • August 1-5, 2022: “Yee-Haw!”
  • August 8-12, 2022: “Lively Legends”
  • August 15-19, 2022: “Wing It!”

Summer Spotlight 2022 (ages 11-13):

  • June 20-24, 2022: Session 1
  • July 25-29, 2022: Session 2

2022 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 1ST: Refund, less $25 per session.
  • Withdrawals after JUNE 1ST: No refund or credit.


Kate’s Camp for Kids

We’re celebrating 10 years of Kate’s Camp for Kids this summer! This comprehensive summer arts day camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 10 focuses on nurturing children’s creative potential through the arts. A state-licensed camp, each week of Kate’s Camp is filled with theater, music, dance, and visual art and culminates in a performance for family and friends that unifies all of the art forms! A diverse range of activities is offered on a rotating basis to ensure a fresh experience for even the most frequent camper and kids also enjoy a professional workshop or show each week. The artistic activities at Kate’s Camp, including writing short stories and learning choreography, promote self-esteem and confidence building, as well as just plain old fun pretending.

COST: $325 per session (*10% discount applied to siblings within the same household and multiple registrations)
Each session runs MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9AM-3PM each day.
Before & Aftercare is available for an additional feesee details below.

Partial SCHOLARSHIPS are available for the summer 2022 session, apply online here!

Kate’s Camp is seeking Counselors-in-Training (ages 14 & 15) and Counselors (ages 16+) apply today:

2022 Counselor-in-Training Application

2022 Counselor Application

Session 1: JULY 4-8, 2022: Atlantis Adventure (includes the July 4th holiday!)
Take a deep dive into the story of Atlantis – the mythical continent that one day sank to the bottom of the sea!  We’ll write a show about what life underwater might be like and how the people living there get along (or don’t!) with the creatures that lived there first!

NOTE: Atlantis Adventure is SOLD OUT. Please email our camp coordinator to be added to the wait list.

Session 2: JULY 11-15, 2022: On Safari
Join us on a wild adventure to the African Savannah! Explore the amazing wildlife you would see on a safari – lions, giraffes, geckos, bush babies, servals, weaverbirds, crocodiles and elephants – and imagine what could happen with these animal encounters!

NOTE: On Safari is SOLD OUT. Please email our camp coordinator to be added to the wait list.

Session 3: JULY 18-22, 2022: Alien Encounter
Is there life on other planets?  Do you wonder what you might discover in outer space?  Campers will write an original musical about meeting aliens – and what happens next!

NOTE: Alien Encounter is SOLD OUT. Please email our camp coordinator to be added to the wait list.

Session 4: AUGUST 1-5, 2022: Yee-Haw!
If you love the wild west, this week is for you! This rollicking Western adventure has it all – ride the open range, share a tale and a song or two (including the legend of “Billy the Bad”), and sleep under the stars in our original mini musical.

NOTE: Yee-Haw! is SOLD OUT. Please email our camp coordinator to be added to the wait list.

Session 5: AUGUST 8-12, 2022: Lively Legends
We’ll take some familiar legends and folk tales and give them our own twist – then shake them up and turn them into an original mini musical play.  Bring your creativity and love for fables – and don’t forget your song writing skills!

NOTE: Lively Legends is SOLD OUT. Please email our camp coordinator to be added to the wait list.

Session 6: AUGUST 15-19, 2022: Wing It!
Uh oh, Mama’s baby birds are getting bigger and it’s time for them to leave the nest and learn to fly! But, this little group has decided they like their snug nest and don’t want to leave. Join us to find out how everyone eventually has to try to fly and make it on their own. 

NOTE: Wing It! is SOLD OUT. Please email our camp coordinator to be added to the wait list.

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

  • BEFORECARE: 8am-9am, $20 per week and cannot be prorated, regardless of the number of days your child attends beforecare.
  • AFTERCARE: 3-5pm, $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.


Summer Spotlight

Summer Spotlight is a creative and inspiring program for theater enthusiasts ages 11 to 13. Working together in a small group, campers write an original, one-act musical play to be performed live on stage at the Kate! Participants will write the script and compose an original song (or two!), as well as strengthen their acting skills with daily rehearsals. This is a great program for kids who have outgrown Kate’s Camp and who want to be involved in producing and staging a theatrical production while learning from professionals at the Kate. Theater lighting and sound design, props and set design, and understanding the role of the stage crew are part of each session. The individual talents and interests of campers (visual arts, dance, proficiency on a musical instrument, etc.) will undoubtedly become part of the creative process and assure that each production will be unique! Each week concludes with a performance of the original work in front of a live audience.

COST: $295 per session
Each session runs MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9AM-3PM each day.

Session 1: June 20-24, 2022

Session 2: July 25-29, 2022 NOTE: Summer Spotlight Session 2 is SOLD OUT. Please email our camp coordinator to be added to the wait list.

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

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 Camp Director and Music Director
Bridget is happy to be back for another summer at Kate’s Camp teaching music. She is a recent graduate of Gettysburg College and is the new Orchestra Director at Farmington High School in Farmington, CT. When she’s not playing viola or singing songs, Bridget enjoys going boating on the Connecticut River and cooking with friends!
ReAnna Jean Adams, Director of First Aid and Director for Summer Spotlight
ReAnna Jean Adams, better known as Miss ReAnna, is so excited to be returning to the Kate for another year of fun in the theatre! ReAnna is a graduate of Northern Vermont University with a degree in Theatre and Drama! She loves to be silly and goofy, while also producing the best show possible for your kids. Let’s get ready for another great summer of showbiz!
Megan McNivens, Art Instructor
Megan is excited to start her first summer at Kate’s Camp teaching visual arts. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University where she earned her degree in Psychology and is current a Senior Studio Arts major at Central Connecticut State University. When Megan isn’t instructing lessons in arts and crafts, you can find her at her pottery wheel or behind an easel! She’s looking forward to being part of the creativity at Kate’s Camp this summer!

We are now accepting applications for Counselors-in-Training (ages 14 & 15) and Counselors (ages 16+):

2022 Counselor-in-Training Application

2022 Counselor Application

Kate’s Camp for Kids and Summer Spotlight are funded in part by

Connecticut State Department of Education

Guilford Savings Bank in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The Kitchings Family Foundation

Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation

M. Jones Fund

Stacy Cohen

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

Questions? Please contact our Camp Coordinator.