Spanish Immersion Day Camp

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.

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For boys and girls entering 1st-7th grades

AUGUST 15th-19th, $280

Pre-Camp Requirements

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

1. Complete Pre-Camp Screening Documents – these will be sent to families as we get closer to the session start date.
2. One Week (7 days) prior to camp arrival, we ask that participants limit interactions outside of the immediate household. And please Please follow all Michigan State Guidelines regarding COVID-19.
3. Please be prepared for COVID-Careful program design, including a temperature screening, and masks for all staff whenever unable to maintain a safe social distance from campers


Time Activity
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

Language Competency 
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 Staff

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.
We are confident that the systems we have built for a successful overnight camp season will help us continue to provide a COVID-conscious program for families.


“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