Boundless opportunities for inspiration
There are a gazillion ways for kids to design a day at camp. One camper might dive into cooking and animation while another flies down a zip line and scores a goal in our inflatable soccer stadium. It’s up to them. The schedule of the day is set up to create a balance of free choice, all-camp spirit events and times where kids take a break from the action to get to know each other and their counselors. Whether a child is shy or a US President in the making, attending with or without friends, we support kids in whichever way they need to connect with each other and the dozens of activities that we offer throughout the summer.
R&D – An endless quest to perfect summer camp
Steve, Kate and the year-round R&D team search the world and rack their brains to present fresh activities and approaches. They hire experts in each area of camp, like Nate Keller (former Executive Chef at Google) to invent proprietary systems and tools to provide a self-directed experience. Then, it all gets tested in our Program Design Lab. If campers embrace an activity, it stays. If they don’t, it’s put in a giant cardboard box and buried behind Steve & Kate’s house.
This highly scientific graph illustrates a phenomenon we observe each summer. Camper inspiration, also called “passion” rises exponentially with the number of days spent
at Steve & Kate’s. There is also a direct correlation between the number of days spent and blockbuster projects such as full length albums and hand-knit dachshunds. Don’t forget self-directed learning is often the polar opposite from your child’s experience at school and it might take them a few days to find their inner autodidact.