Pine Cobble School’s summer program offers a range of healthy activities, grounded in community and joy, for children ages 3-13.
An arts program that uses nature as a medium for personal expression? Taught by a renowned artist and arts educator? We’ve got that.
Outdoor adventures for the young naturalists and explorers? Yes, we have that, too.
How about a soccer clinic run by a former professional soccer player? Or a chance to practice sports fundamentals? Yes, and yes.
Six weeks of relaxed, healthy outdoor play that leaves plenty of time for turning cartwheels and water sports? Indeed.
Nurturing, themed, play-based activities for the little ones? Of course!
Programs are overseen by Natalie Harris, Pine Cobble School’s beloved Director of Athletics. Renowned for her enthusiasm and attention to detail, Natalie has transformed Pine Cobble School’s summer programs. She was a professional soccer player with the Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, a member of the British national team, and a coach at the famed Rovers’ academy, a youth development program. She’s been a fourth grade teacher, a founding coach at the college level, and nine-year Director of Lands Sports at a girls’ summer camp in the White Mountains.
Programs run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, but families can drop off their children as early as 8:30 AM. All children will be in the company of extraordinary professional teachers, every single day. Programs cost $275/week if a deposit is made by May 1, and $300/week thereafter. Pine Cobble School’s Summer Program will be closed on July 4, 2017, in honor of Independence Day.
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Early Childhood Discovery
For: ages 2 years+ 9 months - 5 years old
Dates: Monday, June 19 - Friday, August 11
(eight weeks total, children may register for any combination of weeks)
It’s nurturing, hands-on, and joyful! We’re the premier summer program for young children in the Berkshires, beloved by both locals and summer visitors. The day is carefully balanced with a mix of free play, group activities, stories, art, and movement. Weekly themes allow children to be enchanted by new ideas. The program is run by Maude Rich, Pine Cobble School’s beloved kindergarten teacher. In Maude’s company, whimsy and magic infuse the everyday. Fairies call on the banana phone, children dance and sing freely, and everyone learns the value of a good belly laugh.
Week 1 (6/19-6/23) Awesome Oceans
Week 2 (6/26/6/30) Fairy Festivites
Week 3 (7/3-7/7) 3…2…1…Space!
Week 4 (7/10-7/14) Storybook Adventures
Week 5 (7/17-7/21) We are all super….heroes!
Week 6 (7/24-7/28) Explore the Rainforest
Week 7 (7/31-8/3) Pirates and Princesses
Pine Cobble Adventure
For: Ages 6 - 10
Dates: Monday, June 19 - Friday, July 28
(six weeks total, children may register for any combination of weeks)
It’s good old-fashioned summer fun for kids! Program includes weekly hikes, fort-building, nature activities, frog catching, intellectual challenges (think egg drops and bridge-making!), archery, a mix of inclusive sports for athletes and non-athletes alike, and swimming at Sand Springs! Children will make full use of our glorious, 20-acre campus. This is summer as it was meant to be.
For: Ages 8 - 13
Dates: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28
(one week total)
Calling all explorers! Pine Cobble School’s Outdoor Adventure is a week-long dive into nature. Students will build forts from natural materials, track animals, cook over an open fire, and spend beautiful days on some of the best trails in the area! The week ends in a campout, complete with a campfire and a chance to sleep beneath the stars. This program is run by teachers and outdoor enthusiasts Jay Merselis and Katie Cummings. Jay has been a teacher and administrator at Pine Cobble School for two decades; during that time, he led countless school trips into the backcountry, up mountains, down ski slopes, and to the seashore. Katie is Pine Cobble School’s first grade teacher, known for her enthusiasm, love of outdoor sports, and spirit of adventure.
Move It! Program
For: Ages 6 - 12
Dates: Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 11
(two weeks total; children may register for one or both weeks)
Pine Cobble School’s two week Move it! camp boosts kids’ athletic skills, regardless of their experience on the field. There are two themed weeks:
Soccer intensive: (week of July 31): Learn soccer skills from a literal pro! Former British national team member Natalie Harris will teach children the skills and concepts of the “beautiful game.” All levels are welcome; the program is designed to bring each child to his/her personal best, regardless of experience. Students will work on age-appropriate skills for passing, shooting, receiving, defending, attacking, and goalkeeping.
Sports fundamentals (week of August 7): A solid and well-rounded athletic foundation boosts performance in all sports, prevents injury, and helps players overcome performance plateaus. This week is all about mastering the fundamentals, regardless of one’s game of choice: cardio-respiratory endurance, strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy, power, and speed.
The Sky’s the Limit: Art and Nature Camp
For: Ages 6 - 13
Week of Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21
It’s an open-studio and open-air cultural immersion with folk artist and gifted arts educator Karl Mullen. Students will explore Pine Cobble School’s 20+ acre campus while drawing, painting, creating fiber art, printmaking, and sculpting works from nature. Depending on their interest, they might also take a field trip or two to some of our world-class museums. This program isn’t just about the joys of becoming an artist; it’s about the joys of being a kid! Karl is a folk musician and prolific, self-taught figurative and abstract artist whose work is collected by museums and individuals around the world. Karl has taught art at schools and museums in Pittsburgh and Manhattan, as well as throughout the Berkshires. He’s a natural born educator who believes in the power of creativity, in community, and in thinking differently and living joyfully.