Summer Programs

Guidepost Summer Camp

Guidepost Montessori is offering fun and educational summer camp experiences for Elementary age students 6-12, both in-person and online. With Guidepost Summer Camp, your child will have the chance to grow their skills in science, art, creative thinking and outdoor games while having an amazing time.

Registration for summer camp is now open - sign up to secure your spot. We’re ready to have some fun in summer 2022!

  • Families who register before March 16th will receive a 10% early bird discount
  • Registering for more than one week? Enjoy a 5% discount on additional camp weeks after your fourth week

About Guidepost Montessori Elementary Summer Camp

Are you wondering how to give your child a memorable and fun summer experience in 2022? Look no further! This year Guidepost Montessori is offering a unique summer camp for Elementary age students filled with outdoor activities and fun challenges, featuring an exciting mix of new themes and classic favorites!

Our summer camp program for 2022 is going to be better than ever. Why? Because we’ve brought on program experts such as a former Director at Girl Scouts of the USA to design a program that puts fun first so kids don’t even realize they are learning. This summer, Guidepost Montessori is bringing you the quintessential camp experience, combined with our mission to empower and nurture independence in children.

Weekly programs that spark curiosity, exploration and fun

Each week is designed around a specific theme for students to discover and investigate. Students will take part in creative projects, singing and playing, outdoor games, field trips and more, all wrapped up in that week’s theme. For example during In Motion! kids will create everything from rubber band racers, dragonfly copters and sample kites or Making Contact where they will explore this theme through making can phones, and learn about secret codes and symbols.

Spectacular Structures

From birdhouses to bridges to forts, campers will observe, explore, and create spectacular structures and learn about the origins of building throughout history, from the first human shelters to structures that meet other societal needs like bridges or water dams.

Making Contact

Why is communication so essential to our society? How did humans first start to communicate? Students will explore human connection through the lens of communication. Activities this week are centered around ways of sharing information with others by creating can phones, developing their own code language, learning about sign language, and even creating zoetropes!

Art in Action

This isn’t your typical arts and crafts – this is art in action! Clay impressions, flexagons, animated flip books, and clock making are just some of the activities that intersect creativity with sensorial experiences.

Why you should choose Guidepost Montessori this summer

We know you have options for how your children spend their summer, and we’d love to be a part of their fun and memorable experience in 2022. Guidepost Montessori Elementary Camp is unique for many reasons, from what we do, to how we do it, and importantly – why we do it.

Our proprietary program is developed by teachers and educators. It is intentionally designed to maintain a strong learning component that ensures children feel like they've learned something at the end of each week, while not compromising on having fun.

Why our approach is uniquely different

The core goal of Montessori education is building a lifelong love of learning and curiosity in children. While our summer programming takes us outside of the classroom, children will continue to absorb knowledge and learn from their surroundings. Our summer program is crafted to build a world of joy and wonder - that puts children in the middle of this massive planet of ours and encourages them to ask questions, determine reasons why things are the way they are, and reflect on those discoveries.

Using storytelling to spark curiosity, each week of our summer programming will launch with a special story that introduces that week's theme and relates it to a broader historic or cultural significance that will interweave into each activity. For example, the Spectacular Structures week will begin with a story expressing the fundamental need for shelter, and a brief overview of the evolution of shelter in human history. We will reflect on how humans have used our structural building knowledge to fulfill other societal needs like bridges for making travel easier, dams to control water flow and create energy, and mega structures such as the pyramids, and skyscrapers.

Students will then take this knowledge into activities, creative projects, field trips or outdoor games that build on the weekly theme. They'll build bird houses, test concepts like load weight with popsicle bridges, learn songs, and even snacks will include a story that reveals something new about their history.

The overall aim is to invoke a sense of appreciation for what has come before and create excitement toward exploring the activities and skills that will be introduced each week - while giving kids a memorable summer filled with fun and learning.

Guidepost campuses running in-person summer camp

In Person Locations and Cost

  • Run as weekly sessions from June - August (varies by campus)
  • Monday - Friday, full day programming
  • 7:00-8:00 am drop off, 3:00-6:00 pm pick up
  • Pricing: varies by campus
  • Multi-week and early bird discounts available
  • Contact admissions at (636) 445-5360

Virtual Summer Camp

Virtual camp will follow the same weekly themes and schedule as in-person camp. Families will need to source some general household products and supplies, and will share a materials list in advance.

  • Run as weekly sessions from June 6th - August 12th
  • Monday - Friday, half-day programming
  • Available in two time zones: 9:00-12:00pm EST / 9:30-12:30pm PST
  • Pricing: $150/week not including supplies and materials
  • Multi-week and early bird discounts available
  • Contact admissions at (636) 445-5360

FAQs

  • What makes a summer camp "Montessori"?

    This summer camp has been designed with the Montessori approach to education in mind:

    • Freedom of choice — Students can work on projects freely can move from activity to activity on their own terms
    • A child-centered approach that encourages independent exploration — Children feel empowered by freedom of choice, and so pursue work that fascinates them. This helps the child develop concentration, willpower and independence
    • Experiential learning — Children learn best by doing things for themselves, so the summer camp program offers lots of opportunities for children to work with their hands
    • Faith that the child wants to learn — Montessori educators believe that children are happiest when they have the option to work on something meaningful, which is why summer camp places a strong emphasis on connecting themes to meaningful stories rooted in historic or cultural context
  • Who will lead the summer programs?
  • How does virtual summer camp differ from in-person summer camp?
  • What materials will I receive as part of virtual camp?
  • How much does in-person summer camp cost?
  • How is payment accepted?
  • Can I participate in both in-person and virtual camp?
  • How will you keep children and staff safe during COVID-19?
  • Is this summer camp suitable for a child who hasn't attended Montessori school before?

Our programs in action

Summer courses for high school students

Our affiliated school, the Academy of Thought and Industry is offering a 6-week summer course for high school students interested in working with and educating young children. Students will learn virtually with some of the best Montessori trainers in the world, and apply their skills in a real classroom through a field-placement component. Students will receive an Early Years Teaching Certificate upon completion.

  • Application deadline is March 31st

Health and safety

In the face of COVID-19, we continue to serve our families who send their children to Guidepost Montessori schools. We are proud to state that every one of our schools is addressing the health and safety risks posed by the pandemic in a comprehensive, evidence-based way that does not undermine the Montessori learning process.

Giving children the keys to life

Guidepost Montessori enables children to understand the world and choose their place within it.

With over 80 campuses across the US and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs serving more than 7,000 families worldwide, Guidepost is the world’s largest Montessori network.

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