Summer at Walker's!
Each summer, The Ethel Walker School offers a wide range of fun summer programs on campus for girls and boys of all ages and levels of interest.
Read more about our 2017 offerings below. We hope to see you in Simsbury this summer!
For more information about summer programs at Walker's, contact Sarah Bednar at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 408-4292.
Summer Riding Experience
Monday, June 26 - Friday, August 11 (Five week-long sessions)
Day and residential (overnight) options available
Ages: Girls, 10-15 years old, residential; girls and boys, 8-15, day
Offered by: The Ethel Walker School Equestrian Program
The Ethel Walker School's Summer Riding Experience is an extension of the School's renowned equestrian program. Since the early 90s, Summer Riding Experience has helped girls develop into complete horsewomen while having fun! The camp consists of daily riding sessions complemented with activities that include horse care, working with farriers and veterinarians, equine science, and general equestrian knowledge.
Field Hockey Clinic
Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: For players entering 4th-9th grades
Offered by: The Ethel Walker School, Athletics Department
Join us as we learn and build on the game of field hockey. Over the course of the five-day session, participants will learn game fundamentals, stickhandling, ball control, and passing and shooting skills. Whether this is your first time picking up a stick or you're a returning player, you will come away with many valuable new skills to bring back to your team. Our staff have played field hockey at the Intercollegiate Division I, II, and III levels as well as the international level. They are skilled, fun, and energetic to work with.
Soccer Extreme Goalkeeper Academy
Sunday, June 25 - Thursday, June 29
Full day, half day, and overnight options available
Ages: 8-13 years old
Offered by: The Soccer Extreme Goalkeeper Academy
The Soccer Extreme Goalkeeper Academy focuses on four essential areas critical to a goalkeeper's success: technical, tactical, physical and psychological. Goalkeepers are allocated a team and get match play every evening. Soccer Extreme's mission is to help young athletes develop their true potential in the game of soccer by using innovative and proven coaching methods. Throughout the process, each athlete receives personal attention from a staff of nationally and internationally-licensed coaches who educate through positive reinforcement in a safe and fun environment.
United States Sports Camps (USSC) Swim Camp
Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30
Ages: 9-18 years old
Offered by: United States Sports Camps
Swimmers are athletes who need more than just pool time. For 46 years, US Sports Camps has developed young athletes who choose swimming as their sport. Technique, strength, and conditioning, in that order, has always been our philosophy. US Sport Camps’ goal is to have improved stroke technique and to educate the athletes in how to prepare themselves so they can improve as swimmers. Most of all, our mission is to have our campers really feel good about themselves and the greatest sport on earth!
Star Goalkeeper Academy
Sunday, July 9 - Thursday, July 27
Day and overnight options available
Ages: 10-18 years old
Offered by: Star Goalkeeper Academy
Star Goalkeeper Academy's core program is devoted to refining the technical proficiency, tactical awareness, psychological approach, and physical ability of goalkeepers. Beginners will master all the components needed to succeed, and intermediate students will refine their skills in a more demanding structure.
International Field Hockey Camp
Saturday, July 22 - Tuesday, July 25
Day and overnight options available
Ages: Girls, 7-18 years old
Offered by: International Field Hockey Camp
International Field Hockey Camp (IFHC) brings together the finest coaches in the sport of field hockey. Your child is given one-on-one instruction from top Division I, III and prep school coaches as well as international players. Overnight and commuter day camps are available. Camp Director: Bobbi Moran, Director of Athletics, Kent Place School
Field Hockey Day Camp
Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Ages: Girls, 13-18 years old
Offered by: Academy International
Academy International (AI) offers an exceptional opportunity for school field hockey teams and individual players to experience affordable high level coaching directly on home fields! For over a decade now, AI has provided customized training for hundreds of schools and individual players throughout the US.
Summer Dance Intensive
Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30
3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Ages: Girls, 12-18 years old
Offered by: The Ethel Walker School, Dance Department
Join us for a week of dance classes designed to build your technique and performance quality. Over the course of five days, we will have classes in ballet, pointe*, modern, jazz, hip-hop and tap. Improve your skills, try a new dance form, and meet new dancers from the area.
*Students not currently on pointe will have the option to do another class.
Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive
Saturday, July 22 - Sunday, July 30
Day and overnight options available
Ages: 12-20 years old
Offered by: Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive
Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive (CVHI) offers a summer program unique to lever and pedal harpists between the ages of 12 and 20. The CVHI program requires students to select between a solo, ensemble-based or combined track to follow during their week. While every participant takes the necessary courses in rhythm, sight-reading and technique, each harpist will have courses specific to his or her selected track which will allow deeper focus, more practice time, theme-based Master Classes and performances, and an intensive approach to either ensemble or solo playing (ctvalleyharp.com).
Horizons at The Ethel Walker School
Monday, June 26 - Friday, August 4
By invitation only
Horizons at The Ethel Walker School is the nation's first all-girls Horizons program which serves underserved students who attend Hartford public schools. Horizons creates the conditions, connections, and community that enable every girl who attends to gain the skills, confidence and motivation to overcome the opportunity gap and realize her potential.
Friday, August 18
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For private and public school educators
All attendees must register
EdCamp is “free, democratic, participant-driven professional development for teachers by teachers.” (via @dancallahan) Unlike conventional conferences, EdCamp “unconferences” are organized and driven by the attendees. Participants arrive ready both to lead and learn from conversations. Attendees create the agenda the morning of the event. If a discussion goes in a direction that doesn’t meet your learning needs, you are expected to move to one that does. No hurt feelings — this is self-directed, professional learning at its purest. Each interaction offers the opportunity for educators to share, teach, learn, expand their personal learning network, and re-energize for the start of a new school year (edcampct.org).