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 2019 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.


2019 Offerings


Summer Riding Experience

Summer Riding Experience

Monday, June 24 - Friday, August 9 (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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Service and Leadership

Heads Up! Hartford

Head's Up Hartford

Friday, June 21 - Friday, June 28
Ages: For players entering grades 8-12
Offered by: Heads Up! Hartford

Heads Up! Hartford is a week-long summer service camp uniting urban and suburban youth to improve our communities. Their three-part mission is to promote diversity, develop collaborative leaders, and provide community service to Hartford and its surrounding communities.



Field Hockey Clinic

Field Hockey Clinic

Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21
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.

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United States Sports Camps (USSC) Swim Camp

USSC Swim Camp

Sunday, June 23 - Friday, July 5
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!

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Spirit Sports Camp

Field Hockey Day Camp

Saturday, July 6 - Friday, July 26
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.

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Oregon Style Cross Country Running Camp

Oregon Style Running Camp

Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, August 3
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.

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Dodgers Lacrosse Camp

Dodgers Field Hockey

Monday, July 29 - Thursday, August 1
Day (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Ages: Girls, ages 5-18
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.

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Nike Girls Basketball Camp

Nike Girls Basketball Camp

Sunday, August 4 - Thursday, August 8
Day and overnight options available
Ages: Girls, ages 10-16

Offered by: U.S. Sports Camps 

Make this summer unforgettable at the only 2019 Nike Girls Overnight Basketball Camp in New England! Learn new drills, techniques, and tactics in north central Connecticut from experienced college coaches that will help you prepare for the upcoming season. 

The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position.

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Academy International Field Hockey

Academy International Field Hockey

Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9
4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Offered by: Academy International Field Hockey 

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 in states throughout the US.

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Dodgers Field Hockey Camp

Dodgers Field Hockey

Sunday, August 18 - Wednesday, August 21
Full day, half day and overnight options available
Ages: Girls, ages 8-18 
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.

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Overnight Full Day Half Day


TAZ Fitness Preseason Conditioning Camp

Taz Fitness Conditioning Camp

Thursday, August 22 - Wednesday, August 28
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!

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Conditioning Clinic

Dodgers Field Hockey

Monday, August 26 - Friday, 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 Kati Eggert, Assistant Athletic Director Mimi Duran and Athletic Trainer Kristin Nicolle, ATC/L are running a preseason conditioning clinic for summer 2019, focusing on agility, endurance, and core skills. All ability levels are welcome - open to girls in grades seven through 12.

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Horizons at The Ethel Walker School


Monday, July 1 - Friday, August 9
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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