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Providence Day School Launches a New Type of Summer Camp with “Camp Spirit”

Providence Day School Launches a New Type of Summer Camp with “Camp Spirit”

After more than 35 years of hosting summer camp traditions on its campus, Providence Day School has now unveiled a new summer offering with Camp Spirit.

Directed and curated by Providence Day School faculty, the camp will enable participants to progress through a series of activities and adventures in a full-day setting. From beekeeping to gardening, yoga to chess, and arts & crafts to sports, each day promises a new experience with well-rounded days of programming aimed at developing the whole child. 

While Providence Day has long been known for its wide variety of hundreds of summer camps focusing on academics, sports, and specialties ranging from the arts to technology, this experience will be the first time PD has offered such a wide range of activities under one traditional day camp umbrella.

At Camp Spirit, children are placed into groups based on rising grade level, and two counselors stay with each group all day. The Ponies are rising grades TK-K, rising grades 1-2 are the Mustangs, and rising grades 3-4 are the Thoroughbreds. A team of Activity Specialists leads campers in a rotation of activities throughout the week. Providence Day’s on-campus dining service provides lunch and two snacks each day, from morning “corral” to afternoon “roundup.” 

Two sessions of two weeks apiece are available from June 15-26 and July 6-17. Registration information is available at

The camp director is Marcus Smith, a Providence Day English teacher who holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Masters from Harvard Divinity School. He has been in the classroom since 1993. Smith worked at Paul Newman’s renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a traditional summer camp for kids coping with serious illnesses, and he plans to bring a similar sense of “endless possibility” to Camp Spirit.