Children’s Program – 2020

During Traditional Song (July 5-11Celtic (July 12-18) and Old-Time Music & Dance (July 19-25) Weeks we offer a full-day program, taught by Melissa Hyman, for children ages 6-12. Remember, space is limited. Children must have turned 6 by July 1st to participate. No exceptions please. Program activities are scheduled during class periods, and parents are responsible for their children at all other times. Those bringing children should indicate so on their registration form. Children 12 and under may stay in a room with two adults, at least one of whom is a registered student, at no charge, other than the cost of meals. The accompanying adult should provide each child’s bedding (mattress, sheets, blankets, pillow), and both adults must request the arrangement. In the case of a single adult with child(ren), they will be housed together and charged an additional $175 for the week as long as space permits. Evening childcare for ages 3-12 will be provided at no additional cost.

PROGRAMS FOR 2020

We offer a full-day program for children ages 6-12. Children must have turned 6 by July 1st to participate. No exceptions please. Bathroom independence is a non-negotiable prerequisite. Maximum age is 12 on July 1. Some older children (age 12-16) may be able to work as junior counselors. Please email Melissa ASAP if interested in a junior counselor position, even if you’ve discussed it with her before: melissa.hyman@gmail.com. Evening childcare for ages 3-12 will be provided at no additional cost.

This year, our theme is MAD SCIENCE! Welcome to the Swannanoa Science Lab, where we are dedicated to better understanding the world around us… and always have an amazing time doing it! We’ll be wowed by surprising and fascinating hands-on experiments. We’ll explore exciting scientific concepts together through arts & crafts, music and games. We’ll even come up with our own scientific hypotheses, and design simple experiments to test them. It’ll be another unforgettable summer of friendship, water balloon fights, scavenger hunts, and discovery… we hope you’ll join us! With the help of our very talented music teacher Kevin Williams, we will write our own original song and perform for the whole Gathering at the student showcase on Friday. We’ll also have visits throughout the week from Gathering staff, who will teach and perform just for our kids. Weather permitting we’ll continue our traditions of shaving cream hairdos and slip-n-slide madness; we’ll definitely have movie night, messy games, and other old favorites. Please bring at least one swimsuit with you for cooling-down activities like running in the sprinkler. Get ready for a week celebrating curiosity, exploration and wacky fun! There will be a $30 art/craft materials fee for this class, payable to Melissa on arrival.