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A Message from Camp Director Nikki Abelli,

Growing up in Amherst and attending the LSSE Summer Day camps myself I have developed a unique perspective of our Early Adventures and Adventure Playground Summer Day camps. My vision for our camp programs has been formed over my time as a camper; through the eyes of a child remembering great memories and experiences I had while attending EA & AP. At 18 years old I became a camp counselor for Early Adventures. In the following years, I became Art Director, Cooking instructor and finally worked my way up to Camp Director. As Camp Director for the past 7 years, alongside the talented Directing staff we have continued to grow by adding interesting activities and new programming. 

Part of what makes our camp special is our staff. We hire staff who are skilled in working with children of all ages, have experience and knowledge to provide a fun and safe camp environment. This year we are adding our first Official CIT (counselor in training) program in hopes of giving teens 13-16 experience and skills to hopefully one day become a part of our staff. 

Summer camp is something I look forward to all year, building friendships, connections and creating memories. I hope to see you there!

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Week A: Camp Kick-off: June 29-July 2

We are here to start the summer season off right with as much fun as possible with our Camp Kick-Off Week!!! Campers will enjoy a week of water games, relays, amazing art projects, group activities and much, much more! NO CAMP ON JULY 3rd

Please Join LSSE and The Amherst /Surrounding Communities on July 4th at McGuirk Stadium for our Independence Day Celebration!

Week B: Welcome to the Jungle: July 6-July 10

Tame your boredom with our animal and nature week. We will capture the nature and animal lover in all of us based on various animal experiences and nature trips. We will also be visited by the amazing live animal presentation hosted by Animal Adventures!

Week C: Wacky Water: July 13- July 17

Bathing suits and towels are necessities for this week of camp with the fun and exciting water activities that are in store for each day. Slip N’ Slide, Water Relays, and sprinkler games are just a few events for campers to look forward to, along with much more!

Week D: Around the World: July 20- July 24 

This week we will travel the world in 5 days experiencing foreign cultures, food, values, activities, arts, and languages! This year we’ll be exploring Bangladesh, Greece, Morocco, and Taiwan. This around the world 3 girls mcdadventure will be wrapped up with our Multicultural Festival where parents and guardians are welcome to come and enjoy food and performances from the countries above on:

Friday, July 24th beginning at 1:20 pm in the Auditorium.

Week E: Challenge Week: July 27- July 31

This week is all about Sportsmanship, Relationship Building, and Friendly Competition. The entire camp will be split into 2 teams, RED and BLUE, earning points and showing off team spirit and pride. Olympic Games, capture the flag, treasure hunts and many other activities where teams go head to head in some friendly competition. Each team’s points will be kept track of on a large display board that campers will be able to see throughout the day. That Friday, a winner will be announced and all campers will come together and participate in our Team purple Celebration!

Week F: Time Travelers Aug. 3- Aug. 7camps 2009 182

The theme for this week is Time Travel! We will travel back in time, into the future, and everywhere in between through a series of activities, games, cooking, art projects, and adventurous scavenger hunts. Some of the periods of time we plan on exploring are Alkebulan Africa, Georgian Era Brittan, The Ottoman Empire, Revolutionary America, and ending the week in the Wild West!

Week G: Camps Got Talent: Aug. 10-Aug. 14 

Attention- Actors, singers, dancers, musicians, karate experts, comedians, magicians, artists, or any talented individual, this week is for you! Week F is focused on our kids getting together to put on their acting caps! Each group will spend the week practicing a performance that they will present live during our TALENT SHOW ON FRIDAY AUGUST 14th  @ 1:20 PM, mark your calendars ladies and gents because friends and family are invited to come and clap along!

Week H: Carnival Week: Aug. 17-Aug. 21

This final week is all about being goofy, having fun, and celebrating all of the lasting relationships we have made throughout the summer! Each day campers will come in dressed as a theme and engage in activities that match up with those themes. Then on Friday, the kids will enjoy our annual Camp Carnival complete with games, prizes, face painting, dancing, and yummy concessions!

The Themes Days are as follows: Pajama day, Retro/Fancy day, Twin day and Costume day

Important Camp Forms and Information

Adventure Playground Parent Packet with Child Information Forms

Early Adventures Parent Packet with Child Information Forms

Summer Food Service Program -  LSSE Summer Day Camps both offer free breakfast & lunch every day. The Summer Food Service Program will be offered for the duration of the entire camp season. No preregistration required. Breakfast is served 8:30-9:15 a.m. Lunch is served 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Counselor-In-Training Program - Spend your summer doing something that makes an impact. Responsibilities include: Being a role model to the campers, making sure the campers are having fun, leading games/ activities, attending mandatory CIT Orientation and will receive CPR/First Aid Training prior to the beginning of summer camp. Each CIT will also receive an LSSE CIT T-Shirt to wear to camp.CIT’s will also participate in a weekly “Leadership conference” with the Camp Director Staff to evaluate performance, participation, opportunities to improve and strengthen one’s leadership skills but most importantly having fun! Click HERE to apply.

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