What’s New for your Rising 8th Grader in 2019!


*Grade level is reflective of your camper’s grade in Fall 2019

Your rising eighth grader needs lots of physical activity and enjoys an element of challenge and safe risk. In fact, they love it even more when they can engage in activities with close friends and beloved counselors. They benefit most when independence, self-expression and humor are the hallmark of their experience and thus, we understand the importance of creating fun and engaging learning opportunities under the guidance of trusted role models.* Summer 2019 brings a wide array of programming specifically designed to help your rising 8th grade camper thrive.

Here’s what’s NEW for your tween this summer.

For a complete list of programs for your rising 8th grader, visit the ESF Program Finder!

Camp Options: Senior Camp, Sports Camp, Tennis Camp, Specialty Major Camp, Technology Camp

Reach new heights through innovative programs designed to broaden the horizons for our oldest campers. Fun activities include True Life Adventures, daily swimming, art, sports, team initiatives, service learning, leadership skills and much more!

What’s New:

The Senior Camp Showdown!
A week-long competition, where strength, speed, critical thinking and teamwork combine! Events include an inflatable obstacle course, the Amazing Race, Trivia Face-off, Aqua Olympics and more!
July 15-19

Exclusive for our oldest campers: Enhanced Teen Programming!
Get ready to enjoy enhanced teen programming in our 2019 apprenticeship program! Campers will create life-long friendships while participating in all Senior Camp traditions and True Life Adventures. This program includes FUN team building activities, leadership training, community service projects, mentoring opportunities with younger campers, project-based team challenges, opportunities to assist with special camp-wide events and more. A perfect blend of all the elements of camp life!

New True Life Adventure (TLA) Lineup!

Beyond Words: Sign LanguageJune 17-21
Camp Carnival, Circus Skills and MagicJune 24-28
Emoji Art: Digital GraphicsJuly 1-5
Songwriting and Music ProductionJuly 8-12
Outdoor Adventure: The Rock WallJuly 15-19
Gourmet Camper: A Taste of ItalyJuly 22-26
Digital Photography: Inspired by the MastersJuly 29-August 2
Think Tank: Minds in MotionAugust 5-9
Kids Inc. : The Perfect Pitch
– Powered by the Jack Welch Management Institute
 August 12-16


Get more information on Senior Camp programming!

Learn More, Play More, BE More!

The NEW SportsLab is ESF Sports Camp re-imagined! With a multi-sport focus, you will enjoy skills contests, gameplay, and a variety of fun events each week. The novice and experienced athlete will be exposed to a dynamic combination of sports and character with instruction by top-notch coaches, geared to individual skill levels. 

Campers will play core sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football, and lacrosse, with choices to try European team handball, floor/street hockey, and daily swimming.

What’s New:

SportsLab Iron Camper Week!
This fun and exciting action-packed week includes daily team events in the areas of strength, fitness, and endurance.
July 15-19

New World League Schedule
Weeks of July 8-12 and July 22-26

Official performance Tee for each camper

Master Coach Guest Speakers

Visit Sports Camp for more important on our new programming!

Where Tennis is fun and improvement is guaranteed! Individual and group instruction with match play for beginner, intermediate and advanced players and continuous improvement for all skill levels.

What’s New

New skills contests
New tournaments
New round-robins
New drills
New match play
New games and activities!

Learn more about Tennis Camp!

Choose from a variety of Technology Camps for a hands-on experience that allows for imagination, exploration and fun!

Advanced Mixed Media: Photography & Filmmaking

July 8-12: Rising Grades 6-8
Creativity, technology and design converge in this exciting hands-on program! Campers bring their digital media skills to the next level and explore their passion for the arts using advanced, professional-grade equipment. Through an in-depth exploration of videography, visual storytelling and photography, campers capture elements of camp life and collaborate with their team to create short-form multimedia projects.

View a complete list of Technology Camp programs!

*Source: Chip Wood. “Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14.” Yardsticks 3rd Edition 2007.