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We are saddened that we were unable to hold summer camp this past summer.  We are hopeful we will be able to hold summer camp again in 2021.  Although there will be changes for 2021, the information below gives a good idea of how we run our summer camp.

For more information rgearding our summer camp, please contact Shauna Swiminer, Summer Camp Director, at


Summer Friends and Families,
Twenty summers ago, I hosted a camp for a group of seven kids at Saratoga Independent School. We called it, “Out and About in Saratoga.” From our downtown location, we toured Ben and Jerry’s, went bowling, visited the bead shop and clay studio, and finally had a scavenger hunt through town ending in Congress Park. As both our school building and population grew, so did our summer program. Over the last few years we have seen our PreK fill up almost immediately and our new Leaders in Training come into their own. We have had a loyal, hardworking, dedicated staff return year after year.
However, what has truly made summer special are the kids; your kids.
It is with disappointment and much deliberation that we have decided to cancel our summer program for the 2020 season. As a staff, we watched the news, saw others closing, but still maintained hope. Ultimately, we believe this choice to be in the best interest of the health and safety of all. We will be issuing refunds to all of our families, and send our regrets to you and your children. At the same time, we are excited to look forward to seeing you next year for another wonderful summer of camp at SIS!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email
With gratitude and appreciation,
Shauna Swinimer 
Summer Camp Director
Saratoga Independent School


2020 Summer Camp - Whether exploring the past or designing the future, the summer enrichment experience at Saratoga Independent School is sure to engage and excite children ages 3 to 12 years old.  Our morning program themes change from week to week with topics of all interests.  Campers will spend time with a variety of teachers, including STEM, PE, and Art, all while experiencing theme-based exploration.  Afternoon sessions are available if you would like to extend camp to a full day.  The afternoon sessions will be multi-age and less structured than our morning sessions.  We will offer water play, outdoor activities, and a variety of other opportunities for personal expression.


2020 WEEKLY CAMP THEMES, for ages 3 - 9:
Week 1:  The Science of Sound and Movement (July 6–10)
This week is sure to get you up and moving!  Using music to motivate, the children will learn how their muscles work together to bend, jump, and run.  Add in some experiments with sound waves and energy and it will be time to get this party started.
Week 2:  Budding Builders:  Tinkering and Simple Machines (July 13-17)

Imagination and creativity are key when designing architectural marvels! After an introduction to simple machines, children will have the opportunity to face a number of exciting build challenges.  Whether you are a Lego enthusiast, or prefer a house of cards, come show us what you’ve got.

Week 3:  What's the Matter?  Exploring Solids, Liquids, and Gases (July 20–24)

With a number of experiments on deck, young scientists are sure to love this week.  From the water cycle to polymer concoctions, this week is bound to get a little messy, but all in the name of exploration and discovery.

Week 4:  Here on Earth; What can YOU do to make the world a better place? (July 27-31)

At SIS, our motto has us “take care of ourselves, each other, our school and our community.” What does this mean to you?  Through team building and group based projects, children will collaborate to find ways to spread kindness and develop leadership qualities wherever life takes them.

Week 5:  Lost in Space (August 3-7)

Is there anything more beautiful than a star filled sky?  Let’s explore the night sky together!  Combining science with folklore, we will travel into space, hear stories of constellations, and determine for ourselves if aliens really do exist.

Week 6:  Wild Weather Around the World (August 10-14)

Can we catch a tornado in a bottle?  Recreate a tidal wave?  Or even make it rain on a sunny day?  This week is all about understanding how wild weather works and how humans have impacted our global climate. 

Week 7:  Sustainability:  How kids can make a difference every day (August 17-21)

This week we investigate beyond the three Rs and delve into alternative energies, upcycling and creating a more ecologically friendly home.  Some gardening experiences will also complement this week’s theme.


Being a leader is more than just good communication and organizational skills.  It means stretching yourself, facing challenges, and having a positive impact on your community and the issues you care about. 

This full-day option for children 9-12 is an incredible opportunity to build teamwork, problem solving, and leadership skills.   In the mornings, the campers will follow our weekly themes and volunteer in our day camp classrooms.  Responsibilities may include running a PE game or setting up a craft station for preschoolers.

In the afternoon, each student will design an action plan for a cause that is close to his/her heart.

Children have raised money for animal shelters, food banks, and even beautified our school garden.  Each plan is as unique as the person creating it.   Guidance will be offered throughout  to ensure the success of each project and the passion of the designer.

*A two-week commitment is encouraged, but not necessary.  This program is full day only; 9am - 3pm.

Our teachers are fully committed to providing a nurturing, respectful, and exciting summer for your child.  Make this a summer to remember at Saratoga Independent School.

Summer Camp 2020 Pricing:
Half Day (9 am - Noon) = $175 / week
Full Day (9 am - 3 pm) = $250 / week
Emerging Leaders Program (9 am - 3 pm) = $260 / week   
Before Care (8:30 am - 9 am) = $30 / week             

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