Our camp conforms to kids
Not the other way around
Instead of a rigid structure, we give our campers choice. Instead of teaching kids the typical way, we give them tools and gentle guidance to help them become autodidacts. The difference is subtle–and it’s profound.
At Steve & Kate’s, campers step into a world packed with possibilities: for experiencing new sensations, for expressing themselves, for exploring their passions and potential. The results are unexpected and they’re unexpectedly rich. One camper dives deep into stop-motion animation. Another discovers a passion for dance. Or chess. A camper becomes engrossed in making the ultimate spaghetti sauce. Or developing Leo Messi-like touch on the soccer pitch. These discoveries are all the more exhilarating because campers make them for themselves. This is a world liberated from adult judgments and expectations, and campers flourish in it.
After 33 years, we’re still 100 percent obsessed with making each edition of Steve & Kate’s freer, fresher and more effective at inspiring campers to zero in on what makes them truly happy.
–Steve & Kate
Anabel believes, like Anna Wintour, that “you either know fashion or you don’t.” She knitted striped leg warmers in the Style Studio that she sports in the Dance Studio when she breakdances to the musical mashup of T-Pain and Jai Ho that she created with her friends in the Recording Studio.
Famous for: Her 12 string, backward knot, rainbow shower friendship bracelets
Will has been known to climb any tall structure, and once on a family vacation attempted to summit the Washington Monument. His thrill-seeking nature leads him down the zip-line on the way to Bending -It-Like-Beckham in the inflatable soccer stadium. He’s the founder of the camp club called
“No Dodge Dodgeball.”
When he’s not outside he’s: Building skyscrapers from blocks in the Lounge
Mackenna has an uncanny ability to make up wild stories on the fly. She puts her imagination to work in the Animation Studio creating a stop-motion film about Ramona, an existential princess who finds love when she meets a talking eggroll. Sculpting that eggroll character out of clay gets her thinking about gastronomy, so she’ll swing into the Culinary Arts Studio for some real cooking…and snacking.
Her cure for writer’s block: Ascending the climbing wall
Reed wants to know everything, starting today with wondering about the color of electricity. At home he reads fantasy and sci-fi books, and is working on developing his own language. Drawing is another hobby, and he’s drafted plans for medieval catapults that he’s going to construct in the Build Studio. Later he’ll design a game in the Lounge involving his own inventions.
Guilty pleasure: Water slide