Our Summer Camp is back with new and exciting sessions!
The Waldorf School of Princeton warmly welcomes campers to enjoy our unique campus, complete with creek, adventure forest, neighboring biodynamic farm, play structures, air-conditioned shelter, and beautifully landscaped gardens.
The best way to enjoy our summer program is through attending one (or both!) of two three-week sessions that build to a community celebration at the end. Single-week registration is also available.
Our summer camp experience will provide children with the sense of community and connectedness that they long for, in a safe, outdoor setting. Children will spend their days in age-banded groups, taking in all that nature has to offer, as well as benefiting from expert instruction in hard-to-access skills taught by specialist teaching artists.
Session 1: Festival!
Festival! feeds children’s need to imagine, tell stories, connect with peers and create together.
Festival! Is led by teaching artist Jenny Sargent
Jenny Sargent is a physical theater artist and has been an arts educator for over 20 years. She has taught physical theater, circus, visual art, and storytelling to students from pre-K through high school. For 6 years, she was a Teaching Artist for NYC’s renowned New Victory Theater, an incubator for innovative creative teaching, and she directed Princeton’s Stone Soup Circus Summer Camp from its inception, building a culture of inclusivity and creative joy that lasted nearly a decade. Currently based in New Orleans, she has taught with the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, Kid smART, Young Audiences, and was a full-time Circus Arts Teacher at the International School of Louisiana for two years. She directs the award-winning physical theater company, Vagabond Inventions. Jenny holds a BA from Oberlin College and a graduate diploma from the movement-theater school Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.
During Festival! campers will spend a part of every day planning for and building elements of a community celebration, including spectacle, music, and performance. There will be a strong emphasis on collaborative process, and the rich learning that comes about through working together. Activities on offer include:
Story creation and myth telling
Giant puppet building and operation
Circus arts and physical theater
Musical instrument creation
Singing and dance
Session 2: Feast!
Feast! Highlights the joy of growing and preparing food in community from earth to table.
Feast! Is led by teaching artist Valerie Leone
Valerie Leone has been involved in outdoor environmental education for over fifteen years. With a sincere passion for the natural world, Valerie has taught students of all ages in the traditional classroom, in many non-traditional settings (including a sailboat!) and, most importantly, in the garden. Valerie holds a Master of Science and combines the study of ecology with the practice of gardening. She is an active advocate for school and community gardens. Valerie currently teaches gardening classes at the Waldorf School of Princeton and as an environmental science adjunct instructor in the area. A certified Biodynamic practitioner, Valerie enjoys stewarding a few acres of her northern New Jersey home and giving back to the land that gives so generously.
During Feast! Campers will spend a part of every day learning about different culinary traditions, cooking techniques, gathering, farming, gardening and harvesting. Almost all day will be spent outside. Activities on offer include:
Clay oven baking
Decorative arts for the table
Dishes from around the world
Foraging and using herbs
Outdoor building projects
A morning gathering and warm-up
Projects and activities with a midmorning snack
Outdoor play in our campus's lovely outdoor spaces, often including visits to the creek
Wrapping up projects for the day, preparing for the next days activities, quiet rest time
$650 per week;
$1650 for a three-week session
10% sibling discount
10% early-bird discount for those registering before February 28 2022
June 27 to July 15 (no camp July 4)
July 18 to August 5
Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For children ages 4-12
My daughter] loved the chance to play in the woods and the stream—so back-to-nature and so different from what is ordinarily available to her. She also made girlfriends more easily than ever before and was happy about that.” —Camp parent
"I loved that the day and activities were structured, but not overly so. Children were allowed to express their creativity and imagination. Opportunities to wade in the creek and bake bread in a wood-fired oven made for memorable experiences.” —Camp parent
“Safe but unstructured exploration is the perfect balance to his very structured school life.”