Summer Fun! is a summer day camp focused on four art disciplines: music, theater, visual art and dance. Each three-week session culminates in an art exhibition of the children’s work and a performance of an original musical.
Established in 1993, Summer Fun! is a non-profit (501(c)3) educational organization that meets on the campuses of Coe and Fairview Schools in Seattle. The camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended care available until 5:30 p.m. for parents who need additional coverage. Transportation is not provided. The camp is divided into three groups of twenty children in age groups. Former camp participants, ages 13-18, assist the teaching staff as Junior Counselors (We call them SFABS). These assistants are great assets to the camp. They become positive role models and excellent mentors to the younger students as well as knowing the camp routines thoroughly. Our teaching staff consists of a music specialist, drama specialist, art instructor, dance instructor and an extended care/lunch time activities coordinator. All staff members are experts in their fields, have worked in local public schools as “artists-in-residence” or hold Washington State teaching certificates.
The camp day consists of a variety of activities:
- Opening Hour. All children participate in a physical and vocal warm-up. Daily theme, announcements and the lunchtime activity are discussed. During the first week of camp, the majority of the hour is spent working on songs that will be performed in the final production with a focus on excellent music performed superbly all in a fun, fast-paced and “wacky” atmosphere. As the weeks progress, the opening hour becomes more of an ensemble production time lead by the drama specialist blocking and shaping the final production.
- Breakout Sessions. The children assemble into three groups delineated by age. Each day, the children rotate through four 40-60 minute classes that provide instruction in the four art disciplines of music, drama, movement and art. Special care is taken to develop the skills and talents of each participant using age-appropriate materials and methodologies.
- Lunchtime Activities. Every camper is asked to provide his or her own lunch. Each day has a particular theme that receives special focus during the supervised lunchtime activity period. Some examples include: parachute day, bubble day, flying object day, pirate indoctrination day and kid’s choice. Lunch and break times are held outdoors, allowing the campers to play kickball or Frisbee and four square.
- Morning and Afternoon Snack Breaks. There are daily morning and afternoon snack breaks. Summer Fun! asks each participant to supply his or her own morning snack and contribute group snacks once for the afternoon snack break.
Summer Fun! is a unique arts camp in the way it focuses equally on the arts as a process rather than just a product. Instead of making the three-week session a drill of the final performance, we strive to make every day unique, filled with fun and carefully selected, skill-building activities taught by experienced teachers. Although our goal is process oriented, our product, nonetheless, is an outstanding one.