Escape to Summer ‘Scapes!
Longue Vue’s summer camp for kids.
Longue Vue Summer ‘Scapes Camp inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and celebrates
nature through week-long classes based on a different theme each week. Guided by enthusiastic
Camp Educators and Counselors, campers make interdisciplinary connections through garden
observation, arts & crafts projects, games, water play, yoga, and more. Each day is a balance of
structure and freedom with project-based learning in the classroom, hands-on investigation in
the Discovery Garden, and peaceful relaxation under the shady oak trees.
Camp runs from 9am-3pm. We offer Before Care (beginning at 8am) for $10 per day, and After Care (ending at 5:30pm) for $15 per day. Please sign up for Before/After Care in advance.
Camp Fee: Family level members or higher $225 per week, other member levels and nonmembers $275 per week. Scholarships are available for qualifying families. Click the button below to apply.
Registration opens for members on February 4th, and nonmembers on March 4th. To register please fill out a Camp Interest Form. A Longue Vue Staff member will assess the form and send you a registration form to sign up. More info to follow soon!
Registration for Longue Vue members is now OPEN!
Use the button below to register.
Not a Longue Vue Family Level member?
Registration for non-members begins March 4th. If you’d like to become a member today for early summer camp registration, sign up for membership using the button below.
EXPLORE OUR CAMP THEMES
CAMP WEEKS AND THEMES FOR CAMPERS AGES 5-7
Week 2: June 10-14 Water World
Join us for a week of splashing into crafts, games, and outdoor adventure all themed around water. We will explore the role that water plays in our bodies, our earth, and our everyday lives through arts, earth science, and play. Rain or shine, we’ll be using the teaching garden and classroom to explore all things H2O.
Week 3: June 17-21 Plant Life!
Come discover the power of plants! This journey will invite you into the world of plant life where soil, water, air, and sun all work together to bring harmony, beauty, and health into our world. From sewing seeds to painting the parts of a plant, campers will become artists and botanists, observers and creators. Let’s get together to learn, play, and plant life!
Week 4: June 24-28th Art Adventures
Grab your paintbrush and let’s go! We’re off on an art adventure around the world to discover the many ways artists express themselves. Inspired by the colors and textures of the garden, we’ll learn about artists like Katie Scott, Yoko Ono, Andy Goldsworthy, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. From land art to expressive painting, this will be a week bursting with creativity.
Week 5: July 8-12 Creative Collage
Discover the many ways of making your mark with paper during this week of creative collage. When we’re not exploring and playing in the garden, we’ll learn how to do experimental paper surface techniques like marbling, printmaking, and recycled paper-making! After each camper has built up a portfolio of their unique artistic paper, we’ll bring it all together by cutting & gluing shapes and silhouettes to create exciting compositions inspired by artists like Eileen Agar, Henri Matisse, and Romare Bearden.
Week 6: July 15-19 Natural Connections
Learn about the relationships between worms, bees, humans, and trees! Immersed in a thriving ecosystem of plants and insects, campers will explore their personal connections to nature through songs, drama, and art projects using natural materials. Join us as we investigate the ways that everything is interconnected in the garden and beyond!
Week 8: July 29- August 2 Insect Investigation (SOLD OUT)
SOLD OUT! Calling all young entomologists! Fly over to Longue Vue for a week filled with crafts, games, stories, and projects all about bugs. We’ll adventure through the gardens to discover insects like dragonflies, beetles, caterpillars, and butterflies, then create art and science projects to record our findings. It’ll BEE a great time!
CAMP WEEKS AND THEMES FOR CAMPERS AGES 8-10
Week 1: June 3-7 Outer Space
What lies beyond the skies? Explore the science and imagination stirred by planet Earth and all the planets, stars, and outer space beyond. We will incorporate interplanetary art, music, writing, and outdoor play. Our teaching garden and classroom will provide the setting and we’ll blast off from there!
Week 7: July 22-26 Young Entomologists
Discover the interesting world of insects as we scout the garden for these six-legged creatures. As we cover the basics of entomology, campers will learn about insect anatomy, habitat, behavior, and ecological importance. We’ll create art, write plays, and play games inspired by our findings. This week is for the lovers of beetles, butterflies, caterpillars, and dragonflies!
Week 9: August 5-9 Young Naturalists
Did you know that there are more insects per square mile than there are people in the world?! Come to Young Naturalists to discover and marvel at the life around you and within you. In three days we’ll adventure through eight acres of gardens in a quest to learn all we can about the animals and plants that make up our environment. Inspired by the curiosity and creativity of Naturalists, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Caroline Dormon, and George Washing Carver, we’ll also write poetry, make works of visual art, and even design our own gardens! By the end of this program you will have acquired enough knowledge of and developed enough of an appreciation for the web of life to call yourself a Naturalist!
SUMMER ‘SCAPES FAQS
How long is each camp session?
Each session is one week – Monday through Friday. Partial weeks are not available. Campers may sign up for one or more sessions.
What time is drop-off/pick-up?
Drop off is from 8:45-9am. Pick-up is from 3-3:15pm. We offer Before (8am-8:45am) and After Care (3:15-5:30pm) for an additional fee.
What does a typical day look like for my camper at Longue Vue?
A typical day at Summer ‘Scapes Camp is a blend of project-based learning, guided activities and free play in the gardens, and time to cool off with some lemonade and a book. Every day is a new and exciting journey within a predictable and slow-paced schedule. On Fridays we have an end-of-the-week celebration that campers’ families can attend. Here’s an example of what a day might look like for your camper:
9am – Drop off
9:15 – Opener Activity
9:30-11:30 – Crafts, Games, Yoga, Garden Walks, Water Play
11:30-12 – Lunch
12-12:30 – Free Play in the Discovery Garden
12:30-12:45 – Lemonade & Water Cool down
12:30-2:30 – Crafts, Games , Yoga, Garden Walks, Water Play
2:30-3 – Cleanup, Closure Activity, Snack, Story time
3pm – Pick–up
What is the camper/adult ratio?
Each week of camp has an Educator, Head Counselor, Assistant Counselor, and a few Volunteers. Our camp class size ranges from 15-18 students. A typical camper/adult ratio is 4:1.
What should my camper bring to camp?
Summer ‘Scapes is an arts/activity camp so campers should dress in comfortable clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty and close-toed shoes. Please generously apply sunscreen on your child before they arrive at camp. Each child should bring the following items to camp daily: Lunch, snack, bathing suit & towel, sunscreen, hat, reusable water bottle, a jacket or sweater, a backpack to carry everything in.
What can campers do on rainy days?
All of our buildings are air conditioned and provide ample inclement weather activity areas. When its rainy outside, we usually play group games, work on art projects, and on occasion have movie time!
Do you have camp scholarships?
Yes we do! Scholarship assistance is rewarded to cover 80% of camp tuition. Families rewarded scholarships will pay the remaining 20% of camp tuition. Funding is limited and scholarships are not guaranteed to all applicants. Scholarships will be rewarded based on need and merit, and exclude before and aftercare. You can download and print the scholarship application here. Applications are due by April 19, 2019.APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
What is your refund policy?
If notified before May 21, a refund will be given minus a 20% processing fee. After May 21, no refunds will be given.