Summer Camp

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Build your child’s self-confidence at our summer program!

Benchmark Camp, for children in grades 1-6: 

  • develops and maintains academic skills and strategies 
  • builds confidence and self-esteem
  • provides the best-loved recreation program in the area

The five-week program includes Benchmark's internationally recognized language arts program, executive function skills instruction, and design thinking activities, as well as art, science, swimming, and sports.

In addition, Benchmark campers are challenged and supported as they take on our 35-event Confidence Course, which includes a 40-foot high, 250-foot long zipline. All of these elements make it a summer filled with learning, creating, and fun!

Plus: Executive Function Skills instruction in the classroom & design thinking in our Innovation Lab

I love how Benchmark has mastered providing a fun camp experience with the benefit of language arts instruction. The counselors are all so positive and upbeat!Parent, Summer 2019

View over the shoulder of a boy reading a novel

Our Summer Academic Program

Strategy Instruction: Executive Function Skills and Self-Knowledge

Students in our summer program are introduced to strategies that will help them become more successful learners by developing executive function skills such as time management, flexibility, persistence, active involvement, reflectivity, and organization.

Small classes comprised of a head teacher and teaching assistant work with six to nine students, tailoring instruction to meet each child's needs. Teachers are guided throughout the session by Benchmark's experienced supervisors who teach, observe instruction, and meet with teachers to discuss each child's needs and progress.

Children are also introduced to strategies that will help them become more successful readers, writers, and learners. Our trained faculty places an emphasis on helping children understand those characteristics of their learning styles that either impede or enhance their reading, writing, and learning.

Explicit instruction, goal setting, goal review, and reinforcement are ways we begin to help children develop awareness of learning strategies that will help them become successful in school and in life.

Reading Instruction

Small group instruction, word-identification instruction, read aloud sessions and independent response-to-reading activities are ways in which teachers introduce children to strategies that will help them become successful readers, learners, and writers.

Through a supportive learning environment that facilitates success and lots of positive reinforcement, children build confidence in themselves as learners.

Writing Instruction

Just as with reading, we work to develop children's confidence, motivation, and skill as writers. Experts in process writing suggest that developing these qualities involves providing students with ample time to write, giving them regular responses to their writing, and offering them choices of writing topics.

Using these methods, we see children make positive changes in how they perceive and approach the writing process, even in a few weeks.

Kids from Around the Nation... and the World! 

Although ours is a day program, the success of the transformational educational experience we provide at Benchmark has led parents to make arrangements to send their children to Benchmark from New York, New England, Washington State, California, and even South America, Africa, and Asia.

2022 Summer Season

June 27-July 29, 2022

We Offer Three Programs

8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 A morning of 1.75 hours of reading and writing instruction, plus 1.75 hours of recreational activities, followed by a full afternoon of recreation

8:15 12:15 p.m.
 A morning of 1.75 hours of reading and writing instruction, plus 1.75 hours of recreational activities

8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
 A morning of 1.75 hours of reading and writing instruction

*After-Camp Care is available from 4-6 p.m.

Summer Math Tutoring

Tutoring by Benchmark Math Specialists is available for students in grades 1-8, both in-person at Benchmark and via Zoom. Consult our list of Math Specialists to arrange tutoring for your child. 


Email us or call 610-565-3741.