In addition to her role as the Summer Principal, Ms. Taylor Connor is also the architect of our day camp for students entering PreK4 - Grade 4. Recently we sat down with Ms. Connor, who is part of our full time faculy during the school year, to get her thoughts on her role as our Summer Principal and her vision for our day camp program.
What piqued your interest in becoming the Summer Principal for BASIS Independent Brooklyn?
Ms. Connor: I helped construct the BASIS Independent Summer program last year on our Brooklyn campus, so I jumped at the opportunity to take what I saw worked so well and build on it to create exciting experiences through art, play, field trips for the day camp. Then there's our very robust academic and language immersion course offerings. I truly love the interactive and imaginative learning environment that my colleagues create in these classes. It is a very stimulating environment fostered here during the summer months.
Can you talk a bit about your vision for the day camp?
Ms. Connor: Our day camp offers arts, crafts, music and sports activities designed around engaging themes. Our 6 week program is divided into different themes each week: Safari; Treasure Island; Discover the Decades; BASIS Independent and the Chocolate Factory; Pack Your Passport; and NYC Experience.
Campers will work on a variety of project-based activities throughout the day, and every 25-60 minutes (time blocks dependent on age) students will move onto a different hands-on activity that is always connected to that week's theme. We also want to make sure our campers get outside and have fun, unstructured time to make friends!
What are some examples of the types of activities students will experience during the various themes?
Ms. Connor: Let’s take a look at Safari. During this week of exploration, campers will examine the plant and animal life that exist in the jungle, engage in numerous art projects and get ready to experience wildlife first hand with our field trip to the Prospect Park Zoo! When in the classroom, our expert counselors will teach about environemental awareness, sustainability and being a global citizen.
What are the dates of the various themes, and do parents have to enroll in a specific week or session?
Ms. Connor: Parents can choose to enroll for any individual week, 2-3 weeks, or even the whole 6 week camp. Our program is designed so that students can join at any period and still have a fun and enriching experience. Below is the schedule for the themes:
6 WEEKS: JULY 10TH THROUGH AUGUST 18TH
Hours: 9am – 3pm with Early Bird option
Week One 7/10-7/14: Safari
Week Two 7/17-7/21: Treasure Island
Week Three 7/24-7/28: Discover the Decades
Week Four 7/31-8/04: BASIS Independent and the Chocolate Factory
Week Five 8/07-8/11: Pack Your Passport
Week Six 8/14-8/18: NYC Experience
To learn more about day camp as well as other programs, please visit our website. Registration for the day camp opens on Monday, January 30th at noon, and you can access the registration site here. To be alerted of summer updates, please fill out this form.