Activity offerings are grouped into Movement & Athletics and Arts, Music & Theater. A final listing of activity offerings will be available prior to camp registration.
Movement & Athletics
Water tubing / Water Skiing
One day per week campers in each age grouping get a chance to go water tubing and/or water skiing on Twin Lakes in Salisbury CT. The lake is a beautiful setting to learn this balance sport and to take in the summer fun of being out on the water. The trip leaves directly after camp […]
The tennis program at Camp Dunnabeck is designed to bring campers of all ages and abilities together to learn and have fun. Campers learn the basic rules associated with tennis, and build their skills and techniques. In our class the campers like to play `King of the Court’ and tennis variations of softball and dodgeball. […]
Campers have waterfront activities three days per week (weather permitting). Groups visit an indoor pool at another local independent school, they enjoy a swim at a local lake, or they go water tubing/skiing.
Campers learn the skills necessary to transverse Dunnabeck’s varied terrain. Practice rides are taken in controlled areas and small challenges are built up for campers to master. We have access to an extensive trail system for campers to ride and explore. Open to all skill levels.
The equestrian program at Camp Dunnabeck is an integral part of the camp experience since Diana Hanbury King founded the camp. A balance sport and an activity that requires care and stewardship of the animals, campers gain a lot by participating in this activity. Self-confidence is bolstered as campers learn how to control the horse […]
During camp, the campers learn the fundamentals of riding and caring for the horses. They learn to independently groom and tack up the horse they are riding and how to safely and efficiently maneuver their horse to the arena. They practice English riding, bareback riding without saddles, as well as fun and challenging games on […]
The dance activities at Camp Dunnabeck are an introduction to modern and Latin dance styles. The dance program at Camp Dunnabeck is all about having fun. The campers have the opportunity to learn routines and also create their own dances. Twice a week, in the last 25 mins of class, the campers can get into […]
Archery requires both a physical and mental focus. Campers are taught the value of calm and concentration and its importance in the improvement of skills. Some kids have natural abilities, whether it be through past experiences or just because they take to it easily. Others improve throughout the course of the summer, hopefully feeling satisfied […]
Arts, Music, & Theater
Woodworking is designed to teach campers basic woodworking skills and knowledge while also learning about tool safety and operation. This class introduces campers to hand tools as well as portable and stationary power tools. Campers complete group and individual projects designed to provide practical experience in construction theory and woodworking techniques. Campers explore wood as […]
Visual arts at Camp Dunnabeck includes a wide variety of expressions such as drawing, painting, silk screening (t-shirt making), and general arts and crafts. Open to all ages, campers are provided with guided instruction and access to various media. Projects are showcased at the end of each three-week session during the parents’ events.
The Theater Program at Camp Dunnabeck serves as an introduction to the art of live theatrical performance through theater exercises, improvisation and games in a workshop environment. We introduce core concepts of ensemble and collaboration providing campers with the necessary skills to work successfully within a group environment. We explore the art of storytelling through […]
Learn the essential techniques for taking well-composed photographs and gain an understanding of photography as an art medium. Campers gain inspiration from the beautiful landscape around them to make compositions that capture the light and energy of the summer. Open to all skill levels, ages 10 and older.
In the music class at Camp Dunnabeck, campers had the opportunity to practice and learn on instruments such as the guitar, ukulele, bass, drums and keyboard as well as develop vocal skills. The campers are taught the importance of collaboration and how supporting one another during the practices and performances helps the whole group overcome […]
Digital Video Filmmaking
Campers learn the basic building blocks of filmmaking including composition, editing and sound design. The first portion of the course is primarily about acclimating campers to the idea that filmmaking is its own language. Some early exercises include filming a subject in a close up shot, a medium shot and a wide shot and then […]
Computer Programming / Maker Space
Campers will learn to use multimedia programming tools to create stories, games and animations. Campers will also use Little Bits electronics, Dash robots, Arduino, and a variety of materials to invent and design creations that beep and move.
The Ceramic Program at Camp Dunnabeck serves as an introduction to skill building through clay. Campers learn to use basic tools and techniques to strengthen their understanding of the medium. Ceramics offers campers an opportunity to be active with their hands while simultaneously stretching their imaginations. Campers learn and experiment with painting techniques as their […]
One-to-one tutoring provided daily by an experienced, trained OG practitioner results in phenomenal growth in students’ reading proficiency and fluency. Tutors tailor their instruction to meet each student’s needs; homework is an opportunity for students to practice new skills. Often, within weeks, students become noticeably more self-confident as they are given the “codes of power.” It is a joy and a privilege to be part of this transformation! – Deborah McCants (Tutor)