Summer on the Prairie

Summer on the Prairie

Open to all students in Pre-K through 12th Grade, Summer on the Prairie’s day camps and workshops offer an unmatched opportunity to learn, explore, perform, discover, create, and grow — all on our beautiful campus along the shores of Lake Michigan. Prairie's faculty spend months planning unique programs in collaboration with our community partners so that we can offer the best summer experience for our campers. Whether they focus on academic development, artistic exploration, or athletic skills, your child will have a fun, enriching time when spending their summer on the prairie!

For Parents

Summer is a perfect time to continue learning, both inside and outside the classroom. The Prairie School is proud to offer the best summer program for kids, providing hands-on activities and the opportunity to explore new topics in a creative, enriching environment. Taught by The Prairie School’s expert faculty and seasoned community educators, our summer day camps, workshops, and programs focus on the whole child – so while your son or daughter may be polishing their tennis serve or learning a new language, their teachers will also focus on developing their compassion, leadership skills, and integrity.

Hawks' Haven Day Camp

Looking for a summer filled with arts and crafts, music, friendships, games, plenty of fun in the sun, and FIELD TRIPS? Then Hawks’ Haven Day Camp is the place for you! Offered from 8:00AM to 4:00PM — with extended care until 5:30PM — meet new friends and reconnect with old pals in a fun, hands-on learning environment.

At Hawks’ Haven Day Camp, campers play unique outdoor games, explore their creativity through music and art, test their wits with tricky scavenger hunts and academic retention games, and make friends through a variety of team and leadership-building activities. Our campers gather throughout the week for buddy activities, field trips, and a weekly celebration each Friday.

*Hawks’ Haven is closed June 19th in observance of Juneteenth and July 3rd - 7th in observance of Independence Day.

Academics (CLICK TO VIEW)

Let’s work together to prevent the summer slide. In the summer, students can lose as much as 27% of the knowledge gained over the school year. At Hawks’ Haven, we incorporate daily games and activities tailor-made to help students retain this important information. Our activities are so much fun that your camper won’t even realize they’re learning! 

Field Trips (CLICK TO VIEW)

Hawks’ Haven field trips are back! 

Our energy-filled, off-campus excursions finally return, filled with happiness, hijinks and a whole lot of summer fun! Once a week we will embark on an off campus adventure where students delve into a variety of exciting hands-on activities. 

Fun in the SUN! (CLICK TO VIEW)

Summer is all about having fun outdoors. At Hawks’ Haven Day Camp, we adapt our activities to make the most of the sunny summer weather. Our sprawling campus on beautiful Lake Michigan is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic, summer gardening, sports, and a variety of recreational activities. 

Water Fun FRIDAYS! (CLICK TO VIEW)

Everyone’s favorite day of the week! Grab your swimsuit, water shoes, and goggles, because Water Fun Fridays are not to be missed. Campers spend the afternoon playing drip drip drop, water limbo, sponge relays, and spray bottle tag — and don’t forget our 21-foot long water slide.

Hawks' Haven Info:

• Dates: June 20th - August 11th, 2023

• Time: 8:00AM - 5:30PM

• Closed June 19th in observance of Juneteenth

• Closed July 3rd - 7th in observance of Independence Day

• Child-teacher ratio approximately 6:1

• Children must be securely potty trained

• Children must bring a lunch and drink daily

• Children entering 4K and K take a 1 hour nap/rest each day

Did You Know?

• Hawks’ Haven Day Camp participants are escorted to and from all on-campus workshops and sports camps.

• Each Hawks’ Haven group has uniquely tailored, age-appropriate activities!

• Hawks’ Haven campers have an outdoor water fun time every week! (weather permitting)

Workshops

Have you ever wished for the chance to explore a new artistic or academic endeavor in depth? To spend your day programming, writing, performing, creating, or designing? Summer on the Prairie offers one-hour, two-hour, and half-day specialty workshops designed to help you explore your budding interests! We promise you a hands-on learning environment with expert faculty and a world of opportunities at your fingertips.

New this summer:

Needlepoint (Grades 2-5) (CLICK TO VIEW)

In Needlepoint, students explore the art of canvas stitching. Skills used in needlepoint, such as perseverance, patience, and attention to detail, also translate to important life lessons. Students will learn to create beautiful works of art by learning a classic basketweave stitch, and will walk away with the confidence to needlepoint at home!  Needlepoint is calming, relaxing, and fun, and the sense of accomplishment when a piece is finished is unparalleled.

Upcycled Art! (Grades 4-8)

In Upcycled Art, students explore the art of creative reuse. Students will get a glimpse into repurposing packaging material, old clothing, paper scraps, and unwanted litter into beautiful works of art. Campers will have an opportunity to create repurposed sculptures, recycled rugs, reclaimed decorative bowls, and even reclaimed jewelry. Campers walk away with the knowledge to upcycle unwanted items into several amazing works of art!

Culinary Creations: Budding Chefs (Grades 2-5)

In Culinary Creations: Budding Chefs, campers explore the importance of healthy eating habits while learning to prepare deliciously creative lunches with ingredients commonly found in their refrigerators and cabinets. Campers will walk away with the knowledge and understanding of healthy options and the ability to make health-conscious lunches and snacks independently at home.

Culinary Creations: Middle School Savory Snacks (Grades 6-8)

Have you ever wondered how your favorite savory meals are made? In Culinary Creations: Savory Snacks, students explore a variety of cooking techniques focused on some popular meals. Students will walk away with the knowledge to create pizza, cheese bread, frittata, mac & cheese and more! 

Culinary Creations: Middle School Sweet Treats (Grades 6-8)

Have you ever wondered how your favorite sweet treats are made? In Culinary Creations: Sweet Treats, students explore a variety of cooking techniques focused on everything sweet. Students will walk away with the knowledge to create brownies, cookies, banana bread and more!

Culinary Creations: High School (Grades 9-12)

Have you ever wondered how your favorite foods are made? In Culinary Creations, students learn to create a variety of meals and treats from scratch. Students will walk away with the knowledge to create pizza, pasta, bread, cookies, brownies and more!

Environmental Art (Grades 1-3)

Embark on a journey of discovery and creativity at our Summer Nature Art Camp! This unique camp is designed for kids who love nature and art. Participants will explore the great outdoors and create art inspired by their surroundings. They will learn about different techniques to make pressed flower art, twig monogram ornaments, botanical leaf prints, and natural sun catchers. These unique crafts will be used to capture the beauty and majesty of nature. With daily outdoor excursions, hands-on art projects, and opportunities for self-expression, this camp is the perfect combination of art, adventure, and nature. Join us for a summer of creativity, exploration, and appreciation for the natural world. Register now to unleash your inner artist in the great outdoors!

Get Started on Summer Math (Grade 9)

Don’t stress about your summer math! Instead, spend a week having fun working through it with Prairie teacher David Reske. Get Started on Summer Math 9 will focus on helping Prairie students understand concepts in their summer math packets. The course will allow students to easily and successfully complete their summer math project as well as extension concepts. 

Let’s Make Friendship Bracelets! (Grades 1-3)

In this week-long workshop, students will explore a variety of friendship bracelet-making techniques. Students will learn how to create a simple twisted bracelet as well as ladder, jellyfish, chevron, and fishtail pattern friendship bracelets. Campers will walk away with an understanding of basic knots and bracelet-making artistry, their very own friendship bracelet-making kit, and a lot of bracelets for friends, family and themselves. According to tradition, one ties a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend as a symbol of friendship and may wish something at that moment. The bracelet shall be worn until it falls off by itself to honor the hard work and love put into making it. 

Make Your Own Squishies! (Grades 2-5)

Do you love squishies? Do you want to learn how to make your very own? Then Make Your Own Squishies is the camp for you! In Make Your Own Squishies, you will use a variety of crafting materials to create three different types of fidget-friendly, stress-relieving squishies. Campers will walk away with a collection of different personalized squishies and the knowledge to create their very own squishies at home. 

Write Like You Mean It (Grade 5)

A workshop tailored to rising Prairie 5th graders who want to gain skills and confidence in their writing. The course will focus on any writing that is due in connection with their summer reading assignments (see MS Summer Reading Requirements) and creative writing such as short stories, poetry, or journalism. The hope is to publish the student writing on a Google site to share with family and friends. Workshop participants are encouraged to read their required summer reading book or take Mrs. Gasser’s workshop, Get Started on Summer Reading, the week before this class.

Write Like You Mean It (Grades 6-7)

A workshop tailored to rising Prairie 6th and 7th graders who want to gain skills and confidence in their writing. The course will focus on any writing that is due in connection with their summer reading assignments (see MS Summer Reading Requirements) and creative writing such as short stories, poetry, or journalism. The hope is to publish the student writing on a Google site to share with family and friends. Workshop participants are encouraged to read their required summer reading book or take Mrs. Gasser’s workshop, Get Started on Summer Reading, the week before this class. 

Sports Camps

Students of every age will find a place to work up a sweat at Summer on the Prairie! Beginning with soccer for our youngest campers (age 4), all of our athletic camps – from archery to basketball – nurture individual talents and abilities at every level. Campers learn to turn athletic fundamentals into expert techniques through skill-building exercises, games, drills, and friendly competition.

New this summer:

Hawks’ Volleyball Camp (Grades 1-3) (CLICK TO VIEW)

Join Prairie Varsity Volleyball Coach Lisa Yunker and her staff in a skills-focused camp.  Players will receive instruction on all fundamental skills and incorporate them into competitive game situations.

Dodgeball League (Grades 3-5)

Get ready to dodge, dip, and dive at Summer Dodgeball! This high-energy camp is designed for kids who love to play and compete. Participants will learn and improve their dodgeball skills through a variety of drills and games led by experienced coaches. The focus will be on teamwork, sportsmanship, and having fun in a safe and supportive environment. With daily games, challenges, and tournaments, this camp is guaranteed to provide non-stop action and excitement. Join us for a summer of dodging, laughing, and making new friends. Register now to secure your spot on the court!

Dodgeball League (Grades 6-8)

Get ready to dodge, dip, and dive at Summer Dodgeball! This high-energy camp is designed for kids who love to play and compete. Participants will learn and improve their dodgeball skills through a variety of drills and games led by experienced coaches. The focus will be on teamwork, sportsmanship, and having fun in a safe and supportive environment. With daily games, challenges, and tournaments, this camp is guaranteed to provide non-stop action and excitement. Join us for a summer of dodging, laughing, and making new friends. Register now to secure your spot on the court!

Yoga - Power Vinyasa (Parents)

This Vinyasa-style power yoga class will move at a steady pace to keep your practice fluid, creative, and energizing. It is a strength-building class, designed to increase flexibility and focus. You can count on leaving with energy, empowerment, and mind-body connection.

Policies & Procedures

For information regarding registration, payment, refund, attendance, and medication policies, please view the attached files.

FAQs

Who can attend The Prairie School's Summer Programs?

All Hawks’ Haven divisions are open to the public.

What is the cost?

$310 per week

Is there a discount for additional children from the same family?

To discuss rates, please contact Director of Summer Programs Jake Lipor at [email protected].

Can my child attend a partial week?

If you would like to register for a partial week, please contact Director of Summer Programs Jake Lipor at [email protected].

What are the hours each day?

Hawks’ Haven runs from 8:00AM – 5:30PM.

Do you offer extended care?

Camp classroom activities run 8:00AM – 4:00PM, with extended day care running from 4:00PM – 5:30PM at no additional charge.

Do you serve lunch? Breakfast? Snacks?

An individually packaged afternoon snack will be served daily at 3:00PM. Lunch is not provided. Students must bring a bag lunch with them to camp each day.

What if my child has a medical issue or allergy?

To discuss allergies, please contact Director of Summer Programs Jake Lipor at [email protected].

What is the student:teacher ratio?

Our student-teacher ratio is 6:1.

Do your younger students nap?

Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten take a one hour rest and read time daily.

Can my child attend a specialty camp as well as Hawks’ Haven? What if the two conflict?

Hawks’ Haven Day Camp participants are escorted to and from all on-campus workshops and sport camps. Students will not be transported to our off-campus summer golf camp. Please contact Director of Summer Programs Jake Lipor with questions at [email protected].

Who are their teachers?

The Hawks’ Haven staff are made up of high quality certified teachers, college students, and high school students. In order to select the highest quality staff for our campers, all staff members go through a thorough training and interview process.

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