Kick-Start Your School Year
Our Spanish Immersion Day Camp Program is a full immersion language experience, meaning lead instructors speak in Spanish 100% of the day, every day – with the understanding that we nurture and support children, if needed, in their native language (English).
For children who have already studied Spanish, this program will complement a continued experience at school.
For boys and girls entering 1st-7th grades
AUGUST 15th-19th, $270
We are asking families to partner with us to help mitigate as much risk as possible. There are four actions families need to take before their child joins us at camp
|7:45-8:15 AM||Llegada | Drop off at Camp Newaygo|
|8:30-10:00 AM||Trabajo en Equipo | High & Low Ropes Course Adventures (rockclimbing, teambuilding, zipline)|
|10:00-11:00 AM||Arte y Música | Arts & Music|
|11:00-11:45 AM||Almuerzo y Recreo | Lunch and Free Play|
|11:45-12:45 PM||Tiro al Arco | Shooting Sports (archery, slingshots)|
|12:45-1:00 PM||Cambio de ropa (traje de baño) | Campers change into Swimsuits|
|1:00-2:00 PM||Actividades acuaticas | Waterfront Activities|
|2:00 PM||Descanso/Cambio de ropa | Sunscreen/Water Break/Change out of Swimsuits|
|2:15-3:15 PM||Activación física (combate escénico, yoga, esgrima)| Afternoon Pump Up (Stage combat, yoga, fencing)|
|3:15 PM||Bocadillo | Snack|
|3:30-4:30 PM||Aventura en la naturaleza (Caminatas, cocina al aire libre, construcción de refugios) | Wilderness adventure (hikes, outdoor cooking, shelter building)|
|4:30-5:00 PM||Juegos y Canciones | Games & Silly Songs|
|5:00-5:30 PM||Reflexión | Wrap up from our Day|
|5:00 – 5:30PM||Despedida | Pick up at Camp Newaygo|
Unlike adult learners, children are able to absorb a language naturally. They learn through song, dance, interactive and experiential play. They mimic pronunciation fearlessly and build vocabulary effortlessly. It beats hours in the high school Spanish lab!
Our Program leader, Lilka Espinosa is a native Spanish-speaker from Toluca, Mexico. This is her fifth year on staff at Camp Newaygo. Lilka goes to Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México for Biomedical Engineering; she’s experienced in working with kids all ages, she’s passionate about growing and learning through nature and sports.
“Learning a new language gives you a whole new way to see the world”-Lilka
A COVID-Careful Program
- Camp will take place almost completely outdoors
- Summer staff will have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine prior to summer, and be regularly tested for COVID-19.
- Campers and all staff will be screened daily with a temperature check to reduce
the risk of somebody coming to camp who is ill
- Campers will be assigned to a small groups. We will maintain social distancing between groups
- Activity areas and program supplies will be cleaned, and sanitized between campers. Campers will sanitize their hands before and after activities
- Staff and campers will wear a mask whenever indoors and whenever unable to maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet from campers not within their pod.
“This program will be a wonderful opportunity for kids to get back into the feel of an immersion environment just in time for school!” .”
– Nick Nelson, Grant Elementary Spanish Immersion Teacher
“Learning a second language at an early age stimulates brain development and expands cognitive abilities. Greater neural activity promotes denser tissue in the areas of the brain related to memory, attention, and language resulting in greater flexibility in thinking, enhanced mental development, improved listening and problem-solving skills, and sensitivity to other cultures. -Bialystok 2001, Mechelli et al., 2004; Kovelman, Baker, & Petitto, 2006