Summer Programs
Day Camp


Summer 2021: We are looking forward to welcoming campers back to camp! In the months ahead, we’ll continue monitoring changing conditions and guidance as they emerge, adapting our plans and protocols as-needed to ensure the safety of all involved. For the most current information about Summer 2021, please visit our COVID page.  

The Day Camp offers three program options (THREES, FOURS, and FULL DAY), and all programs are planned so that enrollment in multiple weeks is enjoyable.  Tenacre Day Camp is a traditional, fun summer experience for children ages 3 to 12.  Campers are encouraged to participate in a wide range of age-appropriate activities which promote group cohesiveness and provide opportunities for individual growth and creativity. All Campers may enroll for 2 - 8 weeks, and Week 9 is available to campers ages 4 - 12. Single weeks may be added-on before or after a minimum enrollment of 2 consecutive weeks.  We strongly believe that children get more out of camp if they attend at least two weeks.  Enrolling for a minimum of two-weeks gives children the chance to settle into camp, get to know the staff, make new friends, and experience all of the camp activities.  We find that campers who participate in multiple weeks of camp improve their skills and feel more confident in their abilities.
Age: 3 Years Old
8:25 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Extended Afternoons are available until 3:15 p.m. 
The Half Day Camp is for children who are toilet trained and three years of age by the start of camp.  

Age: 4 Years Old and entering PK
3 Full Days and 2 Half Days
8:25 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:25 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays
Extended Afternoons are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:15 p.m.
Grades: entering K - 6th 
Full Day campers will follow a schedule starting at 8:25 a.m. and concluding at 3:15 p.m.  Monday - Friday. 

Extended Afternoons
Ages: 3 and 4 year olds
1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Aftercamp Child Care
3:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Snack and Lunch

Campers are welcome to bring their own lunch that is nut free. Refrigeration will not be provided for Summer 2021. Lunches should be packed in a soft lunch bag and clearly labeled with the camper’s name.

You also have the option to purchase a kid-friendly lunch provided by the camp. If you would like to buy lunch for your child, there will be a form to do so, and you will need to purchase lunch by the week.  Each day there is a Hot & Cold (nut-free) lunch option prepared and packaged in our commercial kitchen right on the premises. Our kitchen is run by professionals that work with children during the school year. In addition to the hot and cold options that are on the menu each day, the kitchen staff tries to accommodate all major allergens with a prior weeks notice. Gluten and dairy free options are available daily.

In addition to the hot option for each day, these following options are also available daily: 
1) Sun Butter and Jelly Sandwich w/ yogurt & fruit
2) Plain Bagel and Cream Cheese w/ yogurt & fruit
3) Grilled Cheese w/ yogurt & fruit
4) Buttered Pasta (Marinara on the side), Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Bread w/fruit
5) Oven Roasted Turkey on Wheat Bread, Real American Cheese, with fruit and vegetable sticks

Our Full Day (K - 6th) campers eat outside each day.  On rainy days, the campers eat in our beautiful new cafeteria. The 3 and 4 year olds eat their snack and lunch in their home-base classrooms. Each group of campers eats together and the Counselors eat with their campers.

Campers need to bring their own water bottle to camp. Drinking water throughout the day is encouraged by all of our staff.  Campers can bring/pack a drink in their lunch bag.

Many parents choose Tenacre specifically because of the precautions we take to protect children with allergies.  We are an allergy aware camp, and many of our campers have food allergies, and life-threatening allergies to peanuts/treenuts.  If a camper has an EpiPen for his/her food allergy, the camper's lunch will be kept in the Directors' refrigerator.  Campers are not allowed to share food. 

The camp provides a peanut/nut free snack for all campers.  The snacks are served on a rotating basis throughout the summer.
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Clementines
  • Rold Gold Pretzels
  • Cheerios
  • Oatmeal Bar with Blueberries or Strawberries
  • Corn Bread
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Annie’s Bunny Grahams
  • Ritz and Saltine Crackers

Swimming Lessons Every Day

  • Tenacre has 2 heated pools!
  • Most 3 and 4 year olds swim 1:1
We believe that swimming is an important life-saving skill and we continually get top marks for our swim program. The Full Day Campers have a swim lesson each morning, and the group lesson size is small.  The Full Day Campers also have a recreational swim time in the afternoon.  The swim staff is entirely separate from the counseling staff, and all members of the swim staff hold Lifeguard Training (LGT) certification, and most hold Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification. On the first day of each week, the new campers are tested for their swimming ability, and at the end of each child's enrollment in camp, an evaluation of progress is sent home in the form of a swim report. 
*Please see our COVID page for what swimming will look like this summer.  All campers will swim 1x per day!

Camp Goals and Outcomes

First and foremost, we want our campers to have a fun summer while they develop self-esteem, learn to be more independent, and make new friends! It’s important that our campers enjoy their experience and want to come back to camp. Our staff strive to ensure that all campers are having fun and feel comfortable and safe so that they get the most out of our programming.

  • Older campers (entering 2nd – 6th grade) have 2 choice activities in the afternoon.
  • Each camper will participate in at least one activity that promotes self-esteem such as low or high challenge course elements, sports, swimming, or archery.
  • Campers participate in name games on Monday that allow everyone to get to know one another.
  • The nurturing and friendly staff positively encourage their campers throughout the camp day and encourage all campers to participate in the camp activities on a daily basis.
  • All campers participate in 2 or more activities that challenge them during the week, and these activities might include crafts, sports, dance, yoga, swimming, ropes course, and archery.
  • The staff encourage children to reach beyond their group of friends and expand their friendship circle.
  • Campers interact with each other, and they learn about each other, and create friendships in a small camp environment.
  • Campers are away from home and they are experiencing something new! The nurturing environment sets expectations, and campers rise to the occasion and become more responsible and independent.

Questions & Answers


Below we have provided answers to common questions that parents have asked about meeting the 2 week minimum for Day Camp.  

Q. Can we select individual weeks of Day Camp as long as any 2 weeks are consecutive?
A.  Yes, after you have selected ANY 2 consecutive weeks of camp during the summer, you can add-on single weeks before and/or after.  For example, your child could attend Week 1, Week 7, and Week 8 because week 7 and 8 are consecutive.
Q. What if my child is attending 1 or more Specialty Programs, can my child attend just one single week of Day Camp?
A.   GREAT NEWS!  The answer to this question is YES!  There must be 2 consecutive weeks selected (Specialty or Day), but it does NOT need to be consecutive weeks in the Day Camp if your child is also participating in a Specialty.  This offers families more flexibility if you are interested in having your child attend both Day Camp and Specialty during the summer.  In other words, a camper can enroll for Week 1 Day Camp and Week 2 Specialty Camp and meet the 2 consecutive week requirement.   Other examples are these below:
  • Week 2 Specialty, Week 3 Specialty, Week 8 Day Camp
  • Week 3 Specialty, Week 7 Day Camp, Week 8 Specialty
Q. Can my child attend just one week of a Specialty Program?
A.  Yes!  Your child can participate in (1) one week of Specialty, or your child can attend multiple Specialty weeks and the weeks do NOT need to be consecutive.
Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.