At Steve & Kate’s, our camp philosophy is pretty simple: when you trust kids to take charge of their own learning, they will learn and grow in ways we can’t imagine.

Some people call this approach “self-directed learning,” meaning we put the child in the driver’s seat of their learning experience, rather than an adult telling them what they should learn. This means giving kids the freedom to make their own choices, explore their passions, and trust their own judgment. We believe that these lessons are vital for helping children develop the confidence to grow into the adults they one day want to become, and unfortunately, that these lessons are seldom taught in school.

Designed for kids entering Pre-K through 7th graders, we offer a massive choice of activities that cater to pretty much anything your child would be interested in. The deepest, most advanced programs at Steve & Kate’s are called Studios, which include Fashion (sewing and crocheting), Film (live-action and stop-motion animation), Coding and Robotics, Breadmaking, and Music. Designed by learning scientists and tested by kids, these studios offer a range of meaningful activities and cutting-edge technologies where campers can dig deep into their passions.

Beyond the deep dives of our Studios, we also offer a world of endless choice to our campers through a breadth of other activities. At any given time during the day, kids can get active through a range of sports, active games, and novel recreational “Specials”—slightly outrageous activities like giant inflatable slip and slides, zorbs, and go karts (these vary by location depending on space, weather and campus constraints). In our Lounge, campers who are looking to chill for a bit can relax with a book from our library or play one of our many board games. Every site also has a Game Room, which is a dedicated space featuring interactive games like Just Dance, foosball, air hockey and other table games (games vary by location). At all sites the Game Room will be open before and after the main activity blocks, and at some of our larger sites the Game Room will stay open all day. After lunch, we offer a different All-Digital Showcase each day to add variety to the schedule, especially for those attending often. These include a mix of Steve & Kate’s original documentaries—spotlighting young people out in the world doing amazing things—or capturing that same wacky, curious and entrepreneurial spirit across our campers and sites. We also have all-camp games and our own daily Gameshow, where kids can win prizes.

The most important facet of all these activities is that we don’t force specific projects or activities on the campers. Rather, we let them choose what they’re most interested in and run with it. So you’ll see campers sewing everything from clothing to accessories, mixing up different flavors in their bread, and making animated movies with their own characters and sets. These are their choices, not those of the staff. We believe that you need to trust kids with the freedom to make their own choices driven by their natural curiosity, to experiment with their own decision-making and develop the confidence to try, fail, and learn on their own. Those are incredibly valuable lifelong skills that you simply can’t teach without real life experience.

Oh, and we’ve also got plenty of perks for parents. Lunch and snacks are included in the camp fees, so there’s no need to worry about that all summer. Also, we’ve got one of the most flexible payment options of any camp - you sign up for as many days as you like and use them whenever you want (you don’t even need to tell us that you’re coming—just show up and we’ll be waiting for you). And at the end of the summer if you have any leftover Day Passes, we’ll refund them back to you at the same price you paid.