By Antony Stark
For more than 25 years, Oak Hall School has offered its students, and the greater Gainesville community, an opportunity to have some fun in the sun and create memorable experiences with its annual summer camp. Oak Hall Summer Camp (OHSC) full-day camps are offered for students beginning in pre-kindergarten through Middle School age, with many elective and specialty camps weekly. To get a taste of what OHSC has to offer, a preview day is scheduled for March 12, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
OHSC has multiple day camps to offer, including; Pre-Kindergarten half and full-day camp, Junior Kindergarten and Lower School camp, and “Adventure Camp” which is offered to Middle Schoolers. Elective camps range from sports camps, like soccer, which is run by current boys soccer varsity coach Adam Christensen. Other elective camps include “Builders and Wreckers” camp where kids can build Legos in their own creative way…and then destroy their creations. Specialty camps include “Flutters Me Shutters” which is a camp where students learn how to use different lenses on cameras and take trips to places like the zoo to practice.
With Lower and Middle School students participating in camp, Upper School students are given the opportunity to become camp counselors via the Counselors in Training (CIT) program. Rising freshmen through seniors are able to become CIT’s, since there are no camps offered for that age range. Becoming a CIT can help students receive hours that go toward their service hour requirement to graduate. Current seniors graduating in May can still become camp counselors but earn money instead of service hours. Counselors are responsible for running camps and are expected to plan out events and activities for the whole day.
Full-day camps begin on June 1 and end on July 31. Early registration for the camps begins on Feb. 28 and closes on April 15. Although normal registration for camps don’t close until the capacity has been filled, a wait list is created for overflow. OHSC is open to not just Oak Hall students, but students who attend other schools. The Oak Hall summer program will also offer need-based assistance. A family can apply for need-based assistance, even if their children don’t attend Oak Hall. To learn more about Oak Hall’s summer camp, and to register early for camps, please visit: http://oakhallsummerprogram.org