Summer Programs

Have a Summer to Remember!

Held on our beautiful lakeside campus, Bancroft's Summer Institute courses, day camps, and programs are open to everyone. Staffed by Bancroft's own teachers, coaches, and alumni, these camps, programs and courses reflect the high standards of Bancroft School. Families may choose from a variety of full and half-day programs, with extended AM & PM care options, to best correspond to your summer schedule and your child's interests.

Give your children the opportunity to experience the safe, nurturing, and stimulating Bancroft community where learning is always fun!

2019 Summer Programs

Individualized Instruction

Summer Tutoring (Grades 1-12)

Grades 1–12

Summer Reading, Math, or Language Support

On-campus, private tutoring with experienced instructors. Whether your child needs help completing their summer work, specialized reading support, or math fact review, we can help! Keep your foreign language skills sharp or learn advanced math at your own pace. Our veteran teachers can help you work toward your goals. Schedule one-on-one sessions at your convenience, held on the Bancroft campus. Sessions are one-hour in length.

4 sessions: $320
6 sessions: $480
8 sessions: $640

Private Music Lessons (K-12+)

Grades K–12+

Private Music Lessons in Guitar, Piano, or Violin for Beginner or Experienced Students

On-campus, private lessons with experienced instructors. Keep your music skills sharp over the summer, learn to play a new piece, or try a new instrument. Schedule one-on-one sessions at your convenience, held in the Performing Arts Center on the Bancroft campus. Sessions are 30 minutes in length. This is a great addition to our Summer Camp program and may be scheduled during afternoon choice time if convenient for instructors and families.


4 sessions: $100
6 sessions: $150
8 sessions: $200

Discovery Day Camps

Day Camp with Enrichment Programs (Explorers, Juniors, and Seniors)

Bancroft School is committed to helping students “own their learning,” and the same is true at our Discovery Day Camps. Even our youngest campers have an age-appropriate choice in their daily experience, with a variety of enrichment program options to make their camp experience their own. Campers will discover new interests, new friends, and new skills as they play and create. One-week sessions in your choice of full-or half-day. All full-day programs include daily swim instruction at the Greendale YMCA led by certified instructors.  Details for specific age groups below.

Explorers Camp (Grades K-1)

Grades K–1

Bancroft’s Explorers Camp introduces creative learning in a caring and safe environment geared to the needs and interests of this younger age group. Staffed by highly qualified adults who are all teachers during the school year, our program encourages and fosters creativity, wonder, and exploration. Each day includes a well-rounded daily schedule of learning, social, and recreational activities that might include library time, art, sport and games, music, cooking, science exploration, food and fitness, yoga, waterslide, or an all-camp event. Afternoon Camper’s Choice activities allow Explorers to begin choosing their own paths of curiosity. Every camper enrolled in the full-day program also receives swim instruction (Levels 1-4) from certified instructors at the Greendale YMCA.

2020 dates TBA

Full-Day: 8:45 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $295 (Lunch Included)

Juniors Camp (Grades 2-3)

Grades 2–3

The Juniors program is designed to give older students even more ownership and choice in their camp experience as they develop a new passion, learn a new skill, or nurture a growing interest. Juniors select two morning activities to focus on for the week. This allows for extra time to finish a project or solidify a new skill. Selections vary each week, but are centered around science, technology, athletics, and visual and performing arts. Every camper enrolled in the full-day program also receives swim instruction (Levels 1-4) from certified instructors at the Greendale YMCA. Camper’s Choice in the afternoon involves activities chosen on a daily basis and may include field games, wiffle ball, maker-space, waterslide, arts & crafts, or gaga ball.

2020 dates TBA

Full-Day: 8:45 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $295 (Lunch Included)

Seniors Camp (Grades 4-8)

Grades 4–8

Building upon the activities described for the Juniors group, the Seniors program includes additional opportunities to own their learning via project-based and experiential learning. It provides an opportunity for campers by develop a new passion, learn a new skill, or nurture a growing interest. Seniors select two morning activities to focus on for the week. This allows for extra time to finish a project or solidify a new skill. Selections vary each week, but are centered around science, technology, athletics, and visual and performing arts. Campers in this age group are allowed to opt out of swim instruction if they wish to pursue other passions in age-appropriate courses. Camper’s Choice in the afternoon involves activities chosen on a daily basis and may include field games, wiffle ball, maker-space, waterslide, arts & crafts, or gaga ball.

2020 dates TBA

Full-Day: 8:45 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $315 (Lunch and Field Trip Included)

Academic Programs

Summer Math Boost (Grades 5-7)

Grades 5–7

Boost your math skills in a week of fun building a foundation for middle school math. Review math facts, multiplication, division, and fractions. Build confidence through skill building in an encouraging, fun summer environment!

2020 Dates TBA 
Half-Day 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM   
Cost:  $375 per session
Additional Option: $100 morning camp activities 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM

General Chemistry Jumpstart (Grades 5-7)

Grades 5–7

Feel more confident and prepared to enter General Chemistry in the fall. Get a jumpstart exploring chemistry concepts like acids/bases, atomic structure, and chemical reactions. Participate in chemistry labs, practice balancing chemical equations, and brush-up on necessary math skills. 


2020 Dates TBA 
Time: 1:00-2:30PM
Cost: $225

Summer Writing Boost (Grades 7-9)

Grades 7–9

Boost your writing skills in a week full of fun and interactive activities!  Our writing teacher is highly-skilled in EmPower writing, a step-by-step method that guides you through the writing process, making it easier for you to get your great ideas on paper.  You’ll learn how to plan, organize, execute, and revise your writing so that you can feel confident in your work.  Use this method to write application essays, school papers, and speeches for both school assignments and extracurricular activities.  You’ll leave camp with a polished essay on a topic of your choice and the tools to apply what you’ve learned on your own.

2020 dates TBA
Half-Day 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM   
Cost:  $395 per session
Additional Option: $50 afternoon camp activities 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Executive Function Academy (Grades 7-9)

Grades 7–9

Do you have trouble planning, organizing, prioritizing, goal-setting, or managing your time?  These are all skills that you can get better at with practice, and the Executive Function Academy is just the place for that!  You will learn concrete skills and strategies to help you break down long-term projects, make and stick to a plan, organize your belongings, set and prioritize goals, and use your time effectively.  Even better, you’ll learn and practice these skills by working on a fun, choice-based project throughout the week!  Graduates of the Executive Function Academy will create their own toolkit of strategies before they leave, so that they can bring these new skills with them into the school year.  

2020 dates TBA
Half-Day: 9:00AM- 12:00PM
Cost: $395

Orton-Gillingham Summer Immersion (Grades 2-6)

Grades 2–6

Do you struggle with reading, writing, and spelling? Do you have dyslexia or another language-based learning difference?  Then join us for this four-week summer program and build up your skills and confidence in those subjects while you make friends and have fun! Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a method of teaching reading, writing, and spelling that uses many of your senses — visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), tactile (touch), and kinesthetic (movement) — to help you learn and remember.  In small groups, you’ll do a variety of structured learning activities throughout the morning.  You’ll act out stories in Reader’s Theater, work on your comprehension skills while reading fun books, build your reading in OG tutorials, and even boost your writing skills.  Our expert teachers will get to know you and your individual needs and will make sure that you learn a lot AND have a lot of fun!  All students in Grades 4-6 are invited to join the Day Camp weekly field trip included in the cost.

Parents/Guardians: The OG summer program is a four-week summer course designed to reinforce reading, writing, and spelling skills. OG is a structured, sequential, multisensory teaching method proven to help struggling readers. The class is sponsored and taught by the faculty of the Hope Graham Program at Bancroft School, a comprehensive curricular and extracurricular program for students with LBLD/dyslexia. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and includes a snack each day and a mid-morning recess.   

2020 dates TBA
Half-Day: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost:  $1800 for 4-week program
Additional Option: $180/week afternoon camp activities 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Weekly afternoon field trip for Grades 4-6 included

Individualized Summer Tutoring (Grades 1-12)

Grades 1–12

Reading, Math, or Language Support — On-campus, private tutoring with experienced instructors. Whether your child needs help completing their summer work, specialized reading support, math fact review, advanced math, or wants to keep their foreign language skills sharp, we can help!

Schedule one-on-one sessions at your convenience, held on the Bancroft campus.

Sessions are one-hour in length.

4 sessions: $320
6 sessions: $480
8 sessions: $640

Private Music Lessons (Grades 1-12)

Grades 1–12

Private Music Lessons in Guitar, Piano, or Violin — On-campus, private lessons for beginner or experienced students with experienced instructors. Keep your music skills sharp over the summer, learn to play a new piece, or try a new instrument.

Schedule one-on-one sessions at your convenience, held in the Performing Arts Center on the Bancroft campus. Sessions are 30 minutes in length. This is a great addition to our Summer Camp program and may be scheduled during afternoon choice time if convenient for instructors and families.   

4 sessions: $100
6 sessions: $150
8 sessions: $200 

Athletic Programs

Bulldog–FC Puma ELITE Soccer Camps

FC Puma

Skill Development for MS, JV, and Varsity players

Fundamentals for Grades 1-5

FC Puma Soccer Academy Coaches

Bancroft has joined forces with FC Puma to create an elite level of soccer training designed for Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity players. Led by FC Puma Soccer Academy Coaches, and divided by age group and skill level, each day will focus on a different skill set, including ball mastery, passing and receiving, speed, finishing, and attacking in groups. Players will participate in scrimmages and small-sided games.

2020 dates TBA

Full-Day: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cost: $275

Bulldogs Basketball Camp: Fundamentals (Grades 1-5)

Grades 1–5

Bulldogs Basketball camp teaches basketball fundamentals and team concepts. We strive to increase the campers’ individual skills, game sense, understanding of offenses and defenses and enjoyment of the game. Each day will consist of skill stations, situation games, full-court games, lectures, and videos. Participants should bring athletic shoes, snack/lunch, and water bottle.

2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Extended Day Not Available)
Cost: $275

Bulldogs Basketball Camp: Skills Development (Grades 6-12)

Grades 6–12

Continuing to develop basketball skills and team concepts, campers’ work on dribbling, shooting, passing, spacing, defensive stances and positioning on the court.  Similar to Basketball Fundamentals, each day will consist of skill stations, situation games, full-court games, lectures, and videos. Participants should bring athletic shoes, snack/lunch, and water bottle.

2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Extended Day Not Available)
Cost: $275

Speciality Camps

On The Go Junior (Grades 3-5)

Grades 3–5
Bancroft campers are on the go!  Join us as we venture out on day trips around Southern New England and take experiential learning to the next level! We will also take time to make new friends and enjoy summer vacation as we go to water parks and play miniature golf. Locations are subject to change due to weather or if we think of even better ideas!
On-The-Go Jr. holds new adventures each day specifically designed with elementary-age campers in mind. Day trip possibilities include the CT Science Center, Springfield Museums, Kimball Farm, Ecotarium, and painting pottery and Breezy Acres Waterslides.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 9:00AM- 4:00PM
Cost: $450

On-the-Go: Science (Grades 5-8)

Grades 5–8
On-The-Go: Science holds new adventures each day specifically designed with science fanatics in mind. Day trip possibilities include the CT Science Center, Mystic Aquarium, Roger Williams Zoo, MIT Museum, and Canobie Lake Park.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 9:00AM- 4:00PM
Cost: $450

On-The-Go Adventure Seekers (Grades 5-8)

Grades 5–8
On-The-Go Adventure Seekers holds new adventures each day specifically designed with active campers in mind. Day trip possibilities include Brownstone Park, Six Flags, Kimball Farms, The Hall and 5 Wits.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 9:00AM- 4:00PM
Cost: $450

Harry Potter Magical Engineering using LEGO®Materials (Grades K-2)

Grades K-2
Bancroft is partnering with Play-Well TEKnologies instructors to offer a half-day LEGO camp for grades K-2.  Explore the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO! Find Platform 9 3/4, build Hogwarts Express Train, work cooperatively to construct the mysterious Hogwarts Castle, and challenge the Hungarian Horntail Dragon. Travel to a world of wizardry and hone your magical skills while learning about Muggle (STEM) concepts.
2020 dates TBA
Half-Day: 9:00AM- 12:00PM *Morning Only
Cost: $180

Bubble Bonanza! (Grades 2-5)

Grades 2-5
Engineer all types of bubble wands! Using the Boston Museum of Science, Engineering Adventures curriculum, campers will learn how bubbles behave, how to investigate different materials, and how to use the engineering design process to build different wands. The week will end with a Bubble Bonanza Showcase of student designs!
2020 dates TBA
Half-Day Afternoon: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM   
Cost:  $195 per session

Summer Strings Program (Grades 1-8)

Grades 1-8
Expand your knowledge of violin, viola, or cello this June with Summer Strings Director, Stefani Torode. Designed for students with at least one year of previous study, Bancroft Summer Strings encourages an exploration of various styles of note-reading and improvisation. Students play music games, engage in a variety of ensembles and learn Suzuki repertoire. A special opportunity to be fully immersed in all types of strings music, Bancroft Summer Strings includes daily specials like contra dancing, show and tell performances of accomplishments, and guest teachers. Classes within the program are designed for small group instruction depending on participant numbers and class topic.
2020 dates TBA
Half-Day: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $195

Service Learning Camp (Grades 6-9)

Grades 6-9
Spend time helping others and making a difference! Learn about people in our greater Worcester community who need our help. Each day we will travel to a new location, and learn about organizations specializing in helping our community. We will work with children and elderly, care for animals, and participate in community gardening. Cost includes a donation to the organizations where we volunteer.
2020 dates TBA
Half-Day: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $250

Counselor-In-Training (Grades 8-10)

Grades 8-10
Our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is specifically designed for teens ages 13 to 15 who want to develop their leadership skills in working with children. Supervised by our Summer Program Director and Assistant Director, your teen will have the hands-on opportunity to assist group counselors, teach activities, and plan special events. Four CITs are admitted each week and rotate through our activities with Explorers and Juniors. While the CIT program does not guarantee a counselor position in future years, it will help the participant determine where their interests lie. Admitting only four CIT participants each week allows for a high level of leadership development and interaction with activity directors. Interested applicants should contact Carrie Whitney, cwhitney@bancroftschool.org,  for an application and to set up a personal interview.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $150 per session

LEGO Robotics (Grades 4-8)

Grades 4-8
Use LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Robotics to solve local Worcester themed challenges. How will the traffic get to Pawsox Stadium through Kelley Square? Is there are more efficient city trash removal system? Can you program robots to launch sailboats into Lake Quinsigamond? Venture to Worcester eating establishments for lunch. Spend the afternoon building, creating, and designing in the Bancroft MakerSpace working on solutions for your Worcester challenge. Designed for all levels of robotic programming.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  *no Extended Day available
Cost: $425

Drone Camp - Ultimate Drone Obstacle Course (Grades 3-5)

Grades 3-5
Ultimate Drone Obstacle Course is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425

 

Drone Camp - Junior Drone Pilots (Grades 1-2)

Grades 1-2
Junior Drone Pilots is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including the Parrot™ drones for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, young Drobots’ pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425

Drone Camp - Delivery Drones: Earth to Mars (Grades 3-5)

Grades 3-5
Delivery Drones will open the creative minds of participants as campers take on top secret missions that calls for them to perform drone pickups and deliveries. Campers begin the week learning basic flight maneuvers and how to use their drone grabbers strategically to deliver supplies and materials to launch pads. The building and creating continues to deliver the building blocks in space. Within their Flight Squads, campers continue the journey using Solar System Shuttles to conquer missions such as: Asteroids Evasion and Solar Panel Transport. Participants will storyboard their own delivery missions while other student Space Pirates attempt to outsmart them using drones to locate and intercept the package before the colony on Mars may be built. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425

Drone Camp - Ultimate Drone Racing and Obstacle Course (Grades 6-8)

Grades 6-8
Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and social responsibilities of flying are included in this program.
2020 dates TBA
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425

Global Explorers – Morning Only

Grab your passport! Discover different parts of the world each day through art, dance, crafts, stories, and games (both indoor and outdoor).  Learn about new places and how other people live. Compare your family traditions with customs and traditions from around the world! 
2020 dates TBA
Half-Day: 9:00AM- 12:00PM *Afternoon Young Artists program available 
Cost: $180

Young Artists – Afternoon Only

Do you love to paint and create? Enjoy a week full of artistic expression with a STEAM focus!
Experiment with a wide variety of art materials and have fun getting a little messy! Possibilities include creating a pendulum and then using it to create a unique piece of art or engineering and designing a flying kite. Explore new ways to construct dreamcatchers or marbled-paper notebooks - a new project each day!|
2020 dates TBA
Half-Day: 1:00AM- 4:00PM *Morning Global Explorer program available
Cost: $180

Carrie Whitney

Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs

cwhitney@bancroftschool.org

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