The North Shore Country Day Camp is back for its 71st season! On June 21, campers arrived on the school's 16-acre campus, ready to go with sunblock, swim gear and a strong desire to make new friends, learn new skills and push themselves to grow.
Campers hit the ground running with activities like archery, gymnastics, creative play, arts and crafts, tennis, a climbing wall and daily swim lessons in the outdoor, heated pool.
"Having our campers and summer staff back on campus is great," said Director of Summer Programs Cindy Hooper, who is also the Director of Operations for North Shore Country Day. "The energy is high and everyone is happy to be spending their days together at camp. Our staff are managing our new health and safety protocols and focusing on keeping their campers mindful of taking care of each other. Thankfully, our outdoor spaces afford us great opportunities to be in the fresh air and have plenty of room to be active."
Last year was the first time in 70 years that NSCD did not run a summer camp program. State guidelines around COVID-19 prevented large gatherings, and after many conversations with the school's administration, board of trustees and medical advisory team, NSCD made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 camp season.
"It would have been nearly impossible for us to ensure the health and safety of our campers, staff and their families throughout the course of the eight weeks of operating summer camp during the height of the pandemic," Hooper explained. While not an easy decision to make, we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was the right decision to keep our children, their families and our community safe."
But this summer, thanks to the declining COVID-19 positivity rate and increased availability of vaccines, camp is back—with only a few modifications. The day camp, which serves children ages 4-12, is running four consecutive two-week sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Before and after care is also available.
When former Athletic Director Martin "Mac" McCarty brought the day camp to NSCD, he set out to create an opportunity for safe outdoor recreation for children. More than 70 years later, NSCD Summer Programs are still providing enriching—and fun—experiences that help campers grow in their personal development while creating lasting memories.
North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.
All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.