Summer Day Camp

Maharishi School Nature Explore Summer Camp for children ages 4-12 will begin June 13 and offer eight theme-based weeks. Camp hours are from 9-12, and children may attend one week at a time or the entire summer.

Early Bird Special deadline is May 15, offering a reduced rate of $100/week comparable to regular rate of $125/week. To register or to request additional information, contact Rebecca Bellonci, Preschool Director, at 641-472-9400, ext. 5100, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or pick up a Registration Form at the Central Office or Preschool.

Every week of camp will include traditional team building games and sports, nature explorations, nature-inspired crafts, local field trips, and swimming at the MUM pool twice a week. The weekly themes will give a focus for all other activities to center around. Fridays will be Special Event Day, including activities such as a Scavenger Hunt, Performances, movie premier, etc. At times we will group older campers separately so activities/projects are more geared towards their age level.

Meet the Counselors

Emily Cantafio discovered her love of working with young people while attending arts school at Columbia College in Chicago. For the past three years, she has been using her skills as a ceramic and fiber artist to teach children of all ages at a local art center. Emily hopes to integrate her knowledge of art education and summer camps to make this the best summer ever. 

Michael Cantafio began teaching guitar to kids in his Chicago neighborhood at the age of 16. He is a natural-born teacher and known for creating a comfortable, fun learning environment for his students. In 2015, Michael earned his Masters in Musical Performance from the University of Toledo. He is excited to incorporate music into camp this summer and can’t wait to get more familiar with the Fairfield community.


Weekly Themes

WEEK 1: JUNE 13-17

Our first week of camp will be sure to have you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers! We’re all set to explore rhythm and melody through games, crafts, and dance. Be sure to bring any and all drums, bells, and maracas! All instruments welcome!

WEEK 2: JUNE 20-24

Come and experience ancient and modern world culture! What makes a home? Is it your family, friends, or your house? This week we will explore home and community through hand building pottery, hut building,
storytelling, and other team building activities!


Did you know that we live in the “breadbasket” of the United States or that bees are essential for a successful garden? This week will be full of adventure time. We will be helping out in the garden and tasting all of the delicious fresh foods that make our bodies strong and healthy!
*We recommend that you take Weeks 3 and 4 together

WEEK 4: JULY 4-8

It’s time to put on our chef’s hats! We will be using fresh produce and our knowledge from Week 3 to prepare our own delicious recipes! Campers will be involved in creating a delicious snack everyday this week and are sure to leave with full bellies.
*We recommend that you take Weeks 3 and 4 together

WEEK 5: JULY 11-15

This week is not for the faint of heart! LET’S MAKE ART! Campers should get ready to get up close and personal with paper mache, clay, paint, and collage materials. Clothes that can get messy are a must!

WEEK 6: JULY 17-23

Write, cast, rehearse, and film your own movies! This week we will be breaking up into groups and
learning about modern storytelling. Parents are invited to participate in a special movie premier on Friday!

WEEK 7: JULY 25-29

We all know that it is important to recycle, but this week we will be exploring the imagination and creating puppets from our recycled materials. Friday will be sure to delight when our puppets come to life with an original puppet show!
*Donations encouraged! Cartons, jars, paper towel rolls, etc.


Let’s enjoy Fairfield!
From Jefferson County Park to Chautauqua, there is so much to do! For our last week of camp we will be
exploring ways to get more involved in the community and appreciate those around us. Campers will also be creating a group sculpture to commemorate summer 2016!

Download the Camp brochure


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