Day Camp 2020

For children of school age (614 years)

Directed by Molly Hess

Assisted by Eliza Malecki and Shawn Williams

June 29July 3; July 610 (two weeks, MonFri)

As with our other programs at Bearnstow, Day Camp for summer 2020 was suspended due to the pandemic.
Please return to this page again to learn about plans for Day Camp in summer 2021.

First day of Day Camp 2019

Day Camp Instructor Molly Hess leads a tour of the camp in 2018.

Mya, Siena, Greta,and Mila have fun in the branches.

Young ladies’ beauty treatment?

Horse care

Photos by Molly Hess

In 2020, Bearnstow offers Day Camp for children of school age for one, two-week session on weekdays: June 29July 3 and July 610; 9:30 a.m.5:00 p.m. Early drop-off and late pickup may be individually arranged. Child­ren should be sufficiently mature to participate in a full day of activities. During these two weeks of Day Camp we open regis­tration to all past campers who wish to stay at camp with their children so that they may share the Bearnstow camping experience.

Swim gear, sturdy shoes, long and short pants, sweatshirts, and rain gear are strongly recommended; these items may be kept at camp. We supply towels, helmets (for riding), and some PFDs (personal flotation devices, life preservers). If the camper has a PFD, it would be good to bring it. The program varies daily, starting with chores (help with ani­mals, cooking, simple maintenance) and includes swimming, horseback riding, campcraft, nature, the arts, and free play. For further information, contact Bearnstow Administration.

For Young People, 1518

Young people ages 1518 are invited to attend adult workshop classes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Permission of the instructor is needed for admission. Fee is $75 for the five morning sessions. To apply, email Bearnstow Administration, detailing the student’s interest.

Molly Hess has directed Bearnstow Day Camp since 2011 and every summer looks forward to new adventures at camp. Originally from Massachusetts, Molly is a New York Citybased dance artist, educator, and ad­ministrator who values process, collaboration, curiosity, and trans­parency in all her work. When she is not lead­ing Day Camp, she teaches with Cam­bridge Performance Project, and Dance Place in Arlington, MA. She also is the Program and Educa­tion Director of Green Street Stu­dios. Molly has a B.A. in dance from St. Olaf College and a certificate in Brain-Compatible Dance education from Creative Dance Center. Molly is a member of Back Pocket Dancers, an intergenerational dance company, as well as an independent choreographer and performer.

Day Camp Counselors


Shawn Williams was a day camper for many years and now serves as senior counselor. Eliza Malecki was an Artist Resident in 2016 and has assisted with Day Camp each sum­mer since then. This will be her second year as a full-time staff member.

Fee for Day Camp:  Two weeks’ Day Camp, Mondays through Fridays, including lunch is $275. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your place (which will be applied toward the total fee; the balance will be due upon arrival at Bearnstow).

Six children Attend 2019 Leadership Day Camp

For children grades 612
Directed by Molly Hess

August 1923 (MonFri) • 10 am–4 pm

The leadership camp children with Bearnstow Founder/Director Ruth Grauert (at left)
and camp faculty Shawn Williams and Molly Hess (right)

Leadership camp is for children entering grades 612. Campers learned more deeply about Bearnstow’s natural environ­ment and about camp’s history and how to care for it, practiced leadership skills, develop and lead their own lessons in an area of their choosing, and had the opportunity to create and perform in Bearnstow’s final show alongside the Young Artist Residents at Vienna Union Hall on August 24. Of course, we will also work in plenty of time for games, art, and swimming in Parker Pond!'