Summer at Hi Hills Awaits GSB Families

Spring is in the air at Gill St. Bernard’s, with early perennials and lush greenery, apple trees and strawberry flowers. At Home Winds, the bees are already busy at work collecting Linden-flower pollen for their honey, and the baby goats and calves are settling in. As the academic year draws to a close, Hi Hills is preparing for its 51st summer season here on our beautiful campus.

So, “What’s on your child’s summer agenda?” Gill’s Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs Cindy Wyatt has been busy designing a summer catalog that blends traditional day, travel and youth leadership camp options, sport-specific programs, more than 40 creative and performing arts programs, enrichment classes and core academic courses. Her vision for Gill students, as well as for returning and new camp families, is a summer schedule that is flexible, convenient and allows for exploration, learning and hands-on opportunities, all while fostering personal growth.

The ACA-accredited Hi Hills Camps kicks off its 51st season with Summer Fun on June 12, as the school year seamlessly transitions into the Hi Hills experience, complete with morning assembly in the Todd Quad. Daily activities include swimming in the outdoor pool, catching fish in the Great Outdoors, caring for the farm animals, harvesting crops in the garden and trying out the low ropes challenge course. After lunch in Founder’s Hall, a camper’s day continues with either a camp-wide color war competition, a dip in the splash pad, pick up tennis or basketball, games in the gaga pit, arts projects or performing arts performances under the trees.

Hi Hills offerings include Kinder Camp, Traditional Day Camp, Travel Camp for Lower and Middle School students and Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) a camp for rising Upper School students. A morning or afternoon of camp can easily be partnered with any of the 40+ academic, skill-based and learning enrichments geared for preschool, Lower, Middle and Upper School students. Explore the breadth of these summer offerings, from half- and full-day programs during one-, two- and six-week sessions. Students learn skills and gain self confidence in small classes, led by GSB Faculty.

A sampling of classes includes 3D printing, Music Theatre Experience, Sewing, Singapore Math, Dance & Cheerleading Academy, Up, Up and Away, Get Ready for “K," Writing Clinic, Minecraft, Scrapbooking, Story Scribes and Explorers, Chess, Leap Ahead 5, Lab Coasts and Paint Brushes, Middle School Study Strengthening and Math Clinic to name just a few. For Upper School students, there are several core academic credit classes that can be taken over the summer, including Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 2, and Latin, along with in-depth workshops in College Counseling, Creative Writing, Math, Learning, Studying and Research Skills and Essay Writing.

For many, the summer is a time to play a new sport or participate in off-season training. Gill’s athletic staff and experienced club coaches direct sport specialty camps in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, mountain biking, softball and tennis. Whether the goal is to learn the fundamentals of a sport, strengthen leadership and team building, or foster life skills with First Aid, CPR, Water Safety and Lifeguard certification, Hi Hills provides many half- and full-day choices right here on our 208-acre campus. 

With so many options and opportunities for summer 2017, attend our final Open House on Sunday, May 21, in the Cox Building from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and see firsthand why so many have called Hi Hills their summer home for over 50 years! Let us be a part of your summer story for a day, week or the entire 11- week summer season!

All current GSB families receive a 20 percent discount off Hi Hills Day Camps tuition, and new GSB families receive a 25 percent discount. Register today!
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.