SUMMER ESCAPE

Meet new friends and check out the fantastic fun adventures offered at Summer Escape Camp! We have lots of activities planned that will entertain and excite you. At ERfC we ensure you’ll be in a safe and supportive environment filled with boredom-busting activities and programs.


Summer Escape Camp is loaded with exciting activities and adventures like Imagination Station, Crafty Creations, KidZ Sports, sewing, special theme days and events, Curtain Call (theatre, dance, and music), and of course no session would be complete without a weekly field trip to Lake Congamond in Southwick, MA for swimming, building sand castles, and sand volleyball.

Summer Escape is a seven-week day camp from July 5 to August 18, 2017, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Summer Escape is open to all Enfield kids who are entering grade 1 to 8 in September.  Kids from outside Enfield are welcome if space is available.

Included with each weekly enrollment is:

  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Limited morning and afternoon bus service
  • Field trips and special guests

Summer Escape is located at JFK Middle School.

JFK Middle School
155 Raffia Road
Enfield, CT
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To enroll in Summer Escape, you can use our online application or print and complete our paper application.  Financial assistance is available for families who qualify - the financial assistance form must be submitted. We also accept Care4Kids. 

New to ERfC Registration click here.

For kids enrolled with ERfC during the 2016-17 school year, Summer Escape registration is completed through the registrar: dlenn@erfc.us or 860-253-9935. If emailing please include child's name, parent name, and weeks requested.

Additional Information and Classes

Each week campers will be able to participate in a variety of activities including:

KIDZ SPORTS
Perfection of Play
Fun indoor and outdoor play incorporates fitness, coordination/agility drills, team and individual games. Experience new adventures including flipping tires, running through agility ladders, and weaving around obstacles. Participate in a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, flag football, floor hockey, tennis, volleyball and of course the popular GaGa Ball game. In addition, twice every week campers will travel over to Enfield Twin Rinks to lace up their skates. Campers will enjoy the opportunity to work on their ice skating skills, and socialize with their friends.

CRAFTY CREATIONS
Creativity is Key with Art
Not your ordinary arts and crafts! Crafty Creations gives kids the opportunity to experience different art mediums such as painting, sculpting, and creating their own personalized works of art. Build sand castles, learn to make prehistoric paint, and explore art by using painting to tell a story. Campers will let their artistic flair flow as they make imaginative crafts.

IMAGINATION STATION
Super Summer Science!
Campers will unlock a world of exploration and discovery! They will build a pirate ship, investigate the tools of the detective trade, and build their very own water rocket. There is so much to explore in these great engineering, science and technology activities.

KIDZ KITCHEN
Kids Can Cook!
Partnering with local chefs and a nutritionist, campers will create, prepare and cook a variety of different foods, AND learn about community gardening. Some of the treats will include learning to make astrounaut icecream, ocean water punch, carnival kettle corn and constellation cupcakes.

PERFORMING ARTS
Let the Stars Shine
It takes a team to create a performance! Campers will work together to create performances that will include dancing, skits based on popular children movies, musical concerts and much, much more. On Fridays, final performances will be held for friends and family.

KIDZ CHOICE FRIDAYS
Build Your Own Funday
Every Friday morning campers design their own camp schedule by choosing their favorite activities with friends. Will it be sports? Painting? How about exploring deeper into a summer science activity?

WEEKLY BEACH TRIPS
Every Thursday campers will travel to Southwick Town Beach at Lake Congamond in Massachusetts to swim, play in the sand, and enjoy beach volleyball games. Nothing more fun than having lunch at the beach!

WEEKLY  CAMP THEMES

MUSIC MAKERS

July 5 to July 7

Master the songs of summer by building drums and tambourines and organizing your very first band. Learn how to experiment with pitch and tone and fine-tune your instrument. Enjoy silly summer singalongs with ballads, rounds, and dances. Finish the week by performing in the marching band!

THE CASE OF THE MISSING DIRECTOR

July 10 to July 14

Who kidnapped the ERfC Summer Escape Camp Director? Help solve the crime by becoming a CSI agent - decoding clues by day and catching culprits by night. Learn how to read fingerprints, identify mystery substances, read invisible ink, and collect eye witness testimony to unravel the mystery. As an agent, you will build a strong team and design detecting equipment to stay at the top of your game. We need YOUR help to solve the crime!

CRAZY CARNIVAL CREATIONS

July 17 to July 21

Come one, come all! Experience a week of excitement and laughter as the Summer Escape Carnival Spectacular rolls into town. Learn how to balance on a ball, build a functional model carnival ride, and measure the odds of winning a carnival game. No carnival is complete without the staple carnival snacks – funnel cakes, candy apples, corn dogs, and kettle corn. Put on a magical dance and gymnastics performance that will make you the most flexible person on Earth! Don’t forget Friday Funday! As a camper, you’ll experience the thrills of the carnival games you designed and develop your skills to win carnival prizes.

WIZARDING WONDERS

July 24 to July 28

From Harry Potter to the Wizard of OZ, we’ve heard stories about the greatest wizards of all time! At Wizarding Wonders Week, the wizarding world will come to life! Discover your inner wizard - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. Whatever the sorting hat tells you, discover what it means to belong to that Hogwarts house. Mystical characters to avoid and who to build an alliance with will be revealed at wizarding boot camp. Design your own wizard wardrobe complete with a wand, cape, hat, and more! Experiment with potions in the science lab, learn to time travel, and move at the speed of light using ramps. At the end of the week you can show off your wizarding knowledge on stage!

WET AND WILD

July 31 to August 4

Do you love wild water animals? Do you enjoy wet summer fun? Well then, Wet and Wild week is the week for you! Discover the greatest predator in the ocean – orca, green sea turtle, kraken, or the great white shark? Discover why some marine wildlife is endangered or thriving. Experiment with graphics and art to design cartoons and bumper stickers to teach others how to save the animals of the ocean. Splash around the Summer Escape KidZ Sports Zone and play water themed games like Fill the Ocean, Squirt Bottle Marine Saver, and more!

3-2-1 BLAST OFF!

August 7 to August 11

Come fly with us! Learn about aeronautics, flight, floating in air, and what it takes to get off the ground! Design and build a paper airplane to launch. Design a hot air balloon that will rise slowly and blast off a water rocket! Discover the different roles you might play in the future exploration of space! Could you be a pilot? An astronaut? An astrophysicist? Do you know why stars twinkle and planets don’t? Make your own telescope, discover where the planets are in the sky, and experience lots of exploration fun!

SEADOG SHENANIGANS WEEK

August 14 to August 18

Ahoy maties! Explore the open seas and prepare for battle! Do you know what makes a proper pirate vessel - a vessel that can carry the most booty without sinking? Construct a powerful catapult that will destroy your enemies. Learn the tricks to living at sea by designing and reading a treasure map and crafting a pirate flag. Fashion a pirate costume displaying your status – are you a captain or shipmate? Learn about the famous pirates that ruled the deep blue sea – Blackbeard, Barbarossa, and more. Master what it takes to become a pirate chef by making sea worthy snacks like pirate punch, pirate swords, cannon balls, and seaweed dip. Don’t miss out or you’ll have to walk the plank…

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my child be able to swim at Summer Escape?

Answer: Absolutely! On Thursdays, we travel to Southwick Town Beach at Lake Congamond in Massachusetts to swim, play in the sand and have beach volley ball games.

What about lunch and snacks?

Answer: All children are provided a nutritious box lunch every day
as part of their enrollment.  A menu will be posted at www.erfc.us before the start of camp. You may provide your own lunch but note that there is no refrigeration. Please do not pack soda or candy.

Will my child get a Summer Escape T-shirt?

Answer: If you register for Summer Escape by May 1, your shirt is free!
T-shirts will be available through our website for $5.00 each. Once purchased, shirts can be picked up at our office or at camp.

Can my child bring a phone, tablet or MP3 player to camp?

Answer: Campers are kept active and engaged all day long. They should not bring in any electronics such as mobile phones, tablets or other gaming or music devices.

Will my child be in the sun all day?

Answer: No. Our activities have a balance of both indoor and outdoor fun. Tents will be set up outdoors for activities and water will always be available at each tent. Other activities will be inside, either in classrooms, the auditorium, or cafeteria.

What does my child need to bring to camp?

Answer: All children need to wear socks and sneakers every day. Kids are active at camp, no dresses or skirts please. Every child should bring in a reusable water bottle clearly labeled with their name in permanent ink. Parents are also encouraged to send in sunscreen in a clearly labeled Zip-Lock-type bag and include directions for use.

Can my child choose any of the activities?

Answer: Yes. Every Friday is Kids Choice Friday. Not only do kids get to choose their activities, but they get to invite their camp friends to join them!

What should my child wear for ice skating?

Answer: Kids should bring a pair of long pants and a sweat shirt to put on over their summer clothes. Socks are required by Twin Rinks. A bike helmet is encouraged.

What should my child wear and bring for beach day?

Answer: Kids should wear their bathing suit under their clothes and bring a change of
clothes. They should bring a towel and hat and sunscreen is advisable. Only Red Cross certified lifejackets will be allowed. No “swimmies”, inflatables or beach toys are permitted.

Is Summer Escape a licensed camp?

Answer: Yes. Summer Escape Camp is licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

Does my child qualify for a camp scholarship?

Answer: Only Enfield residents who qualify for the school Free or Reduced Lunch Program may request scholarship assistance and you must submit a Financial Assistance Form with your enrollment. This form is available on our web site and in our office.

ENROLLMENT LINKS

The following documents must be completed and submitted to ERfC in order to participate in Summer Escape.

Enrollment Application (online)
Financial Assistance-2017
(if requesting subsidized rate)
State Health Assessment Form

Summer Escape Policies & Procedures

Additional Resources

Pricing Information
Bus Schedule
Breakfast & Lunch Menu
Camp Policies
Southwick Beach
Enfield Twin Rinks

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