Welcome to
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 2018 offerings below. We hope to see you in Simsbury this summer!

For more information about summer programs at Walker's, contact Todd D'Alessandro at tdalessandro@ethelwalker.org or (860) 408-4312.

2018 Offerings


Summer Riding Experience

Summer Riding Experience

Monday, June 25 - Friday, August 10 (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.

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Field Hockey Clinic

Field Hockey Clinic

Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: For players entering 4th-9th grades
Offered by: The Ethel Walker School, Athletics Department

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.

United States Sports Camps (USSC) Swim Camp

USSC Swim Camp

Sunday, June 24 - Friday, July 6
Residential (overnight)
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!

International Field Hockey Camp

International Field Hockey Camp

Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28
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.

Spirit Sports Camp

Field Hockey Day Camp

Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, July 28
Day and overnight options available
Ages: Girls, 8-16 years old
Offered by: Spirit Sports Camp

Spirit Sports Camp provides a unique athletic experience for girls from 2nd through 10th grade. It is a place where girls have the opportunity to enhance their skills, increase their knowledge of and participate in a wide variety of sports. During each session, they attend team practices, receive workouts tailored to their abilities and compete in games. Individual skill improvement and a better tactical awareness of each sport offered are a focus of our camp.

Oregon Style Cross Country Running Camp

Field Hockey Day Camp

Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4
Day and overnight options available
Ages: All athletes, 12-19 years old*
*Graduating high school seniors are welcome, however campers may not have begun college.
Offered by: Oregon Style Cross Country Running Camp

The mission of Oregon Style Cross Country Running Camp is to help distance runners strengthen their love for running and become the best that they can be. A combination of hard work and a smart training plan which includes good nutrition, goal setting, injury prevention and a positive mental attitude will help each runner achieve success and have a better overall experience.

Dodgers Lacrosse Camp

Dodgers Field Hockey

Monday, July 30 - Wednesday, August 1
Day (8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Ages: Girls, ages 5-15
Offered by: Dodgers Lacrosse & Field Hockey

Each day will have individual skills, small game instruction and FUN activities! Perfect for the first time player and the skilled middle school player looking to take their game to the next level. Groups will be based on skill not just grade.

TAZ Fitness Preseason Conditioning Camp

Taz Fitness Conditioning Camp

Thursday, August 16 - Wednesday, August 22
Day (4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Ages: All players, entering 7th-12th grades
Offered by: Terri Ziemnicki, Nationally-Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

This program is designed for anyone in grades 7-12 looking to enhance their fitness goals for the start of their fall high school sports season. All fitness levels are welcome! This non-sport specific training consists of five three-hour days incorporating fitness drills to enhance endurance, speed, footwork, agility, full body strength training, core-based exercises, balance and flexibility.

Join us while we work out and get ready for our upcoming fall season!

Dodgers Field Hockey Camp

Dodgers Field Hockey

Sunday, August 19 - Tuesday, August 21
Overnight, half day (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) and full day (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) options available
Ages: Girls, grades 5-12
Offered by: Dodgers Lacrosse & Field Hockey

Dodgers Field Hockey Summer Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to experience valued interaction, both on the field and off, with coaches from top field hockey programs. Beyond practice sessions and scrimmage play, athletes will sharpen their mental approach to the game, improving how to balance the demands of being a dedicated athlete and student.

Conditioning Clinic

Dodgers Field Hockey

Tuesday, August 28 - Thursday, August 30
Day (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Ages: Girls, grades 7-12
Offered by: The Ethel Walker School, Athletics Department

Walker's Athletic Director John Monagan and Assistant Athletic Director Mimi Duran are running a preseason conditioning clinic for summer 2018, focusing on agility, endurance, and core skills. All ability levels are welcome - open to girls in grades seven through 12.


Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive

Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive

Sunday, August 5 - Monday, August 13
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 25 - Friday, August 3
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.

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