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Summer Program Information for Elementary Students

Elementary Summer Program

•  Lower Elementary: 5 - 8 year olds (children who have finished kindergarten – 2nd grade)
•  Upper Elementary: 9-12 year olds (children who have finished 3rd – 5th  grades)
•  Jr High - 11-15 year olds (children who have completed 6th grade)

-Friday Morning Mountain Bike Club with Steve
Bike Club info here
-Jr. Counselor Program
Jr. Counselor info here


Enrollment preference is given to current TCH students through March 1st and TCH alumni from March 1st - March 15th. After March 15th, registration is open to the greater community. 

A Typical Week:

Base Camp – 5-12 year olds
TCH Base Camp provides a home base and consistent schedule for campers during the times they are not involved in the rotation of morning workshops. Base Camp activities include athletic and social skill building games, creative problem solving activities, and crafts. A daily quiet period after lunch includes time for chess, board games, and quiet reading.

Off-Campus Excursions (M, T, W, TH)  9-12 year olds
Our older campers like an adventure and also like to participate in planning the adventure. The off-campus excursions with Steve Maas take the campers on day-trips to many of the spectacular attractions in our area. Last summer they visited beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes, lighthouses, trails, nature areas, Raven Hill Discovery Center, Pirate's Cove, the library, and downtown T.C. They collaborate weekly with Steve to choose their destinations. **Note upper elementary excursions are Monday through Thursday this summer. We are adding a $10/week excursion fee that covers transportation and admittance fees, when applicable (not charged for Bike Weeks). We encourage all upper elementary campers to participate in the excursions. 

Morning Workshops  Each morning, campers rotate through three activity sessions that center around a weekly theme. The three sessions include a workshop often led by a guest instructor, a physical activity, and a cooking or craft event. See below for specific age groups, topics, and schedules.

Afternoon Craft Club with Norie Warnke - All Ages
Afternoon craft creation lessons span the ten week summer program. Children register with Norie for specific lessons one week prior to the class.

  • Weeks 1, 2, and 3: Hand Sewing -  Learn the basics of this useful skill by making decorative cards, felt animals, and stuffed toys.
  • Weeks 4, 5 and 6: Cross Stitch and String Art - Simple beginner samplers and more!
  • Weeks 7, 8 and 9: Crochet - Norie will teach you the basics of this traditional technique to create a variety of items. 

Fitness and Play - All Ages
A focus on personal fitness and nutrition is supported through healthy snacks and practicing different forms of exercise and a variety of sports. This routine is built into each day to help establish lifelong healthy lifestyles. 

Fantastic Fridays
Friday at TCH summer camp is a blast! Every Friday enjoy Moomer’s Ice cream along with field and outdoor activities including sprinkler and water fun (weather permitting).

Hit the Trails, Bike Weeks
By popular demand, we are adding a third bike week! If your child can ride a two wheel bike that has at least 20'' wheels and they can stop and start independently, register below. Please choose one bike week (if your child would like to participate in more than one bike week, please add this to your comments and we will put you on our waiting list for additional weeks). These weeks are popular, so we like to make sure everyone gets to participate before we allow duplicates. During these weeks, Steve Maas will take the kids on the TART, Heritage Trail, Betsy Valley Trail, and Lost Lake Pathways, totaling over 60 miles of beautiful riding! These weeks are open to lower and upper elementary children who meet the mentioned requirements. 

Week 1: Forts and Structures/ Upper El. Excursions

Week 2: Become a Rock Hound/ Hit the Trails Bike Week

Week 3: Hooray USA!/ Upper El. Excursions

Week 4: Photography Week/ Theater Workshop with Laura Mittelstaedt/ Upper El. Excursions

Week 5: Inner Artist/ Hit the Trails Bike Week

Week 6: A Trip Around the World/ Upper El. Excursions

Week 7: Dinosaurs!/ Special Guest Amalia Fernand/ Upper El. Excursions

Week 8: Mad Science/ Upper El. Excursions

Week 9: Leathercrafting w/ Amalia Fernand/ Hit the Trails Bike Week

Week 10: Celebration Week/ Amalia Fernand/ Upper El. Excursions

Billing Information

  • DEPOSIT: A $100 non-refundable deposit is due for each camper at the time of registration. 
  • CONFIRMATION: Once your registration has been received, we will send you a confirmation for your schedule, a supply list, and health and emergency forms that need to be completed and returned to the business office. Campers who also attend during the school year should update their student forms online (SFO) through Children’s House online.
  • CANCELLATIONS AND SCHEDULE CHANGES:  All summer tuition except the $100 deposit will be refunded if enrollment is cancelled or modified in writing by June 1st. Neither the deposit nor the tuition will be refunded for cancellations after June 1st. Schedule changes will be accommodated based on class availability.
  • LATE PAYMENT CHARGE: A late charge of $15 per month is assessed when the balance due is $25 or more and payment has not been received by the 10th of the month it is due.
  • RETURNED CHECK CHARGE:  A charge of $20 is assessed for all checks or EFTs returned because of insufficient funds or invalid account numbers.
  • LATE PICK-UP CHARGE: A fee of $20 is charged for every 15 minutes (or increments there of) a child is at school after closing time (5:30 pm).
  • A LA CARTE CHILDCARE:  Childcare is available before and after summer classes as space permits. Arrangements may be made online using https://childrenshouse.boonli.com/login. Directions for using this system will be included in your welcome packet. The school opens at 7:30am and closes at 5:30pm. Childcare used in addition to the hours specified on the summer confirmation form will be billed at $8.50/hour.
  • SUMMER SESSION CALENDAR: June 17 to August 22, 2019 The school is closed on July 4th and July 5th for Independence Day