What’s New for your Rising 9th Grader in 2019!


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

Your energetic rising ninth grader desires more control over their life and freedom of choice when it comes to their experiences. They love to try new things in an attempt to discover their identity. For them, a sense of accomplishment comes from being involved in a wide variety of activities. In fact, they love to cram as much into a day as possible. With an increased desire to find solutions to the problems in the world and the ability to tackle abstract thoughts, we understand the importance of creating multiple opportunities for peer collaboration, teambuilding, mentoring and community building for these idealistic and independent thinkers.* Summer 2019 brings a wide array of programming specifically designed to help your rising 9th grade camper thrive.

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

For a complete list of programs for your rising 9th grader, visit the ESF Program Finder!

Camp Options: Senior Camp, Sports Camp, Tennis 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!

Highlights Include:

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!

Gourmet Camper: A Taste of ItalyJune 24-28
Outdoor Adventure: Rock WallJuly 1-5
Beyond Words: Sign LanguageJuly 8-12
Think Tank: Minds in MotionJuly 15-19
FUN-tastic Frisbee®July 22-26
Camp Carnival, Circus Skills and MagicJuly 29-August 2
Songwriting and Music ProductionAugust 5-9
Kids Inc. : The Perfect Pitch
– Powered by the Jack Welch Management Institute
August 12-16
Emoji Art: Digital Graphics
August 19-23


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!

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