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The Hollingworth Center

A Day in the Life of a Camper

Hollingworth Science Camp meets Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 3:15. A typical day at camp includes interactive, inquiry based, child-responsive activities. Specific activities vary by age, but the following highlights are the major components of the daily camp experience:

GREETING

Campers choose among a variety of activities including games, puzzles, and building and art materials as they ease into the day and mingle with their friends and teachers.

MORNING MEETING

Gathering together for the day’s opening, campers and teachers engage in a review of the agenda, getting-to-know-you and warm up games as well as group-building activities.

INQUIRY-BASED SCIENCE LESSONS

Throughout the day, campers use their scientific minds while participating in hands-on science lessons, investigations, and observations.

SCIENCE READ ALOUD

As science topics are situated in the past, the present, and the future, campers explore developmentally appropriate fiction and non- fiction literature, as well as current events and science-related news items.

LUNCH AND SNACK

Campers enjoy a social snack and lunch alongside their teachers and friends. Many groups choose to eat outdoors, picnic-style, weather permitting. Campers bring their own nut-free snacks and lunch. We also offer an option to order lunch from a private vendor who delivers to our camp.

OUTDOOR FUN AND MOVEMENT CHOICE

Outdoor free play occurs daily in the TC courtyard or local park. Campers also enjoy a self-selected, small-group activity three or four times per week through our Movement Choice program. Past options have included sports games and circus moves outdoors, and yoga and contemporary dance in our air conditioned dance studio.

SCIENCE THROUGH VISUAL ARTS

The arts program, led by our artists-in-residence enhances the children’s understanding of their group science topic. Here, they engage in a month-long, three-dimensional art project that flexes artistic muscles and strengthens observational skills while exploring concepts related to each group’s topic. These projects are proudly carried across Columbia University’s College Walk for all to admire during our camp tradition of Science on Parade.

CHOICE TIME

Campers choose from a variety of activities including games, puzzles, building materials, arts and crafts, and extensions of science lessons. The Makerspace is also available at choice time.

REFLECTION AND PLANNING

Campers gather together to reflect on their day, share what they have learned, and create plans for the next day. 

FAREWELL

Campers are picked up in the Russell Hall Courtyard at Teachers College. At dismissal, teachers carry an “Ask Me About” sign that prompts parents and caregivers to ask their campers about a specific science lesson they had that day. These questions spark many animated conversations and encourage campers to take on the role of expert.