Summer Programs – North Shore Activities Adventures & Trips

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Clark School Summer Camp, North Shore MA

Summer programs at the Clark School, offer North Shore kids an opportunity to build their own adventures with a mix of traditional summer activities and exciting field trips. Open to kids entering kindergarten through 8th grade, Summer at the Clark School was founded on traditional summer activities but is continuously providing opportunities for exploration of exciting new offerings. Enjoy your favorite hobbies and try something new; play classic games, learn to build a fire, and get creative with cool arts & crafts projects. Explore new horizons with dramatic arts, virtual reality, and 3D printing and more. If your looking for top north shore summer programs, check out the 2023 Summer @ Clark schedule below for specific theme weeks.

Why is the Clark Schools a great option for Summer Activities?

Part of each day at the Clark School summer programs will be focused on that week’s theme and, for the rest of the day, kids are given a selection of activities and even some free time to ride bikes and to engage in another choice hobbies.  All activities are optional, and there is more than one choice for each block of the day, offering something for everyone!

Clark School Weekly Summer Program Themes 

Week 1: Enchanted Forest – June 20 – 23

This week will take us on a journey of local nature and wildlife experiences. Kids will experience nature hikes at local sanctuaries and parks and will have the option to canoe/kayak on local waterways. On campus games will also reflect our Enchanted Forest Theme as counselors will engage the kids in active play! A number of sensory and crafting activities will be offered throughout the week to participants as their imaginations will inspire whimsical creations of nature crowns, fairy concoctions, miniature gnome tree houses and magic wands . . . just to name a few! Join us for an enchanted week of experiences!

Week 2: Fashion & Design – June 26 – 30

This week will be all about the kids using creativity to create fashion and design! From t-shirt and tye-dye creations and access to poseable mannequins for full ensemble design to pinewood derby mini cars and mini sailboat construction, kids will have the opportunity to showcase and put their finished creations to the test! Field trips to local design studios and art museums are expected, while active campus games will reflect our Fashion & Design themed week! Join us for a fashionably designed week of fun!

Week 3: Time Travel Through History OR Photography Week – July 10-14

This week kids will explore pastimes of history through games, crafts, food and field trips! Trivia and Jeopardy style challenges will be presented to test your knowledge from the early 2000s, 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s and beyond! Kids will have the option to get into character and perform a song or historical scene of the past through their own historical interpretations and improvisation. Trips to local landmarks will enlighten and remind us of what past lives had experienced! Join us as we travel back in time and discover fun!

Week 3: Photography 

The Summer at Clark Photography Week is designed to help young photographers at any level improve their skills. Students are required to bring their own digital camera. This can be a phone camera or their own DSLR. iPads or laptops are encouraged for editing so the photographers can store their images and bring them home, though Macs are provided for those that would rather use them. Images will then be uploaded to Google Drive for sharing with family and friends. Half of the time we will be off campus visiting some of the more picturesque locations on the North Shore such as the Crane Estate, Maudslay Parkland locations along our shores. Photographers should come with appropriate footwear for hiking in the woods as well as scampering across shoreline rocks.

Week 4: Water World OR Art Week: July 17-21

This week kids will experience the joys of water fun! From on campus balloon toss games to slip and slides to off campus field trips to local beaches, ponds and paddle boarding adventures; expect a week of wet! Kids will face water challenges through team building games and activities. All crafting activity stations will be inspired by water as kids will figure out how to best manipulate the power of H2O. Join us for a soaking fun time!

Week 4: Art with Jeph Ellis 

The Summer at Clark Art Week will engage and entertain your young artists. Each day we will be working on a different project to take home. Lessons will include basic drawing skills and color theory as well as how to create thinking out-of-the-box abstract imagery. We will work with two dimensional mediums, like painting and drawing as well as three dimensional ones. All materials will be provided, however should your artist wish to bring their own materials that they love to use, they are welcome to do so as well.

Week 5: Color War Olympics OR Robotics & Tech Week – July 24-28

Get ready for bright colors, teamwork and Olympic style challenges as kids strive to earn Bronze, Silver and Gold! Kids this week will be placed in teams and compete against each other in athletic and non-athletic challenges. The color war atmosphere stresses spirit, sportsmanship and camaraderie! Join us this week and let your competitive spirit shine!

Week 6: Community Service OR Robotics & Tech Week Week – August 31- September 4

Kids this week will gain an understanding of local community needs and services and will then be tasked with physically assisting local organizations such as donation centers and food pantries. Crafting activities will have a purpose of helping those in need with physical items and time will be allocated for kids to use their artistic creativity to create awareness for local services, organizations and initiatives! Join us this week and help make a difference in your local community!

Week 7: Talent Showcase OR Robotics & Tech Week – August 7-11

Description goes Kids this week will be planning and preparing for an end of the week talent show performance. Kids will also be introduced to other local performers and talents throughout the week to help inspire and guide their performances. Join us this week for a week of entertainment!

Weeks 5, 6 & 7: Robotics & Tech

Develop, design and play! Our Tech program allows kids a hands-on experience and introduction to Scratch (an educational tool for programming), Makey Makey (a coding and commands connector), Minecraft, Virtual Reality and more! Come tinker and develop your tech skills in our very own technology lab! If your kid enjoys all things tech, computer and gaming this the summer program for them!

Registration & Cost:

The cost for Clark School Summer Programs is $325 per person, per week, which includes all activities and fees. Extended Care and Tutoring are offered at an additional cost. Full payment is due via PayPal upon registration and it is recommended to complete the registration on a computer or full tablet (not a smart phone.) Register for summer fun at the Clark School Summer Programs!

Summer Programs Director, Anthony Wijeyesinghe will be happy to answer questions. He can be reached at (978) 777-4699 or by email at summer@clarkschool.com.