Our campers don’t want to leave – and we don’t want that either.
The Holiday Hill NEST program grows 9th and 10th graders into leaders.
Many of our oldest campers eagerly stay on, often becoming the next generation of kid-loving counselors. But NEST is not just counselor training, so we welcome all who seek a very educational and motivational program.
NEST Teen Leadership Program (N.E.S.T.–Nurturing Experiences for Staff Trainees)
While not a prerequisite or a promise, most of our current staff members are graduates of this course!
If taken in the first half of the summer, successful participants may return for one or two more sessions as Junior Staff Trainees (JST’s). These young people are placed with camper groups to gain experience alongside regular staff. If the Eagle Phase of the program is taken in the second half of the summer, campers may attend our regular camp program as Hawks (our oldest camper group) for all or part of the first two sessions.
Junior Counselor Phase
NEST Registration Packets
Eagle Phase candidates need to complete only the regular 2018 Camper Application Form.
Junior Counselor candidates’ parents enroll them with the the regular 2018 camper Application Form. Junior Counselor candidates themselves need to complete the Junior Counselor Application, also read our Junior Counselor Job Description to understand the expectations of the program.
Call the camp at 860-423-1375 with questions or to enroll by phone.
Kids Cooperate is a counseling practice based in Tolland, CT and directed by Aaron Weintraub. Kids Cooperate programs offer effective strengths-based social skills groups that focus on children and teenagers with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Shyness. He employs a fun, activities-based philosophy of practice rooted in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Working with Aaron over the last three years, we have found the camp to be the perfect place and season to provide social learning through developmental play with a focus on social communication, emotional regulation, and transactional support. This program helps campers work on sustaining friendships and developing resiliency—just as we do with everyone, every day at Holiday Hill.
Children in early elementary through middle school are welcome to apply. This camp-within-a-camp program features special group work led by Aaron and members of his staff, along with visits to Holiday Hill’s regular camp activity areas and staff. The group participates in regular camp activities as much as possible, with accommodations as needed. The group works independently when the campers need a break from camp activities or time to process and recover from a challenging experience. Enroll by the week for any of the eight weeks offered.
Kids Cooperate Camp at Holiday Hill will be conducted throughout the eight weeks of our regular sessions.
Kids Cooperate Camp at Holiday Hill requires a free, confidential pre-enrollment consultation with Aaron Weintraub to determine applicability for each camper. Contact the camp office at 860-423-1375 or the Kids Cooperate office at 860-576-9506 for more information.
Dance Camp is a full day of camp fun, with lots of time for dance. The Dance Camp program puts professional dance training right inside the traditional Holiday Hill camp day. We’ll have a wide variety of dance instruction including:
Campers in grades 2-8 (with some exceptions for 9th & 10th grader JST’s & JC’s) can enroll in Dance Camp, for any or all of the regular two-week session cycles. Dance will be the focus of the morning, with regular camp fun and activities in the afternoon. Hillary Bowling will cover the fundamentals while adjusting the lessons to challenge campers at their own ability levels. Dancers will also participate in special performances throughout the summer on Thursday evenings each session.
In addition to regular personal items (lunch, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, sneakers), dancers will need to bring appropriate attire – and those dance shoes!
Register for dance camp by checking appropriate session box on our Registration Form, with the special price indicated on the tuition schedule.
Hillary Bowling will lead our Dance Camp for the fifth year. She graduated from EASTCONN’s ACT (Arts at the Capitol Theater Magnet High School) where she studied for four years under the founder of our Dance Camp, Sarah Roberts. Sarah hand-picked Hillary to take her place. Hillary is a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University and is majoring in performing arts.
One mom commented on Hillary’s work with her daughter last summer: “Wow, she learned more in two weeks with Hillary than she did all semester at her dance school!”
For 2019, Horseback Riding is available in weeks 2A, 2B, and 3B.
Our program combines traditional camp fun – with even more excitement in the saddle! We go to Horsebarn Hill Arena at the University of Connecticut-Storrs, where campers learn to walk, trot, canter, and so much more! The program is presented by UCONN's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Animal Science.
Instruction includes varying styles of riding:
We’ll cover all levels:
In addition, campers will be trained in the care of horses.
Campers in grades 4-10 can sign up for the one-week sessions using our Registration Form. Riding will be the focus of the afternoon – and campers enjoy regular camp fun, swim lessons and activities in the morning.
In addition to standard personal items (lunch, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen), campers will need to bring appropriate attire (long pants and hard-soled shoes with heels – NO SNEAKERS). A hard cap will be provided by the instructor for each lesson.
Enroll in Equestrian Camp with our Registration Form found here, checking the appropriate session box with the special price indicated on the tuition schedule.
A word from our instructor
Hi, I’m Alena Meachem and I can’t wait to join your son or daughter on horseback this summer.
OK, just a few words about my background:
I love horses – and I love working with kids. So I hope you’ll plan to spend your summer doing things that will surprise and amaze you. I bet you’ll say: Summer never felt so good.
It’s our camp within a camp! We welcome riders entering grades 7-10 next fall. Younger riders with experience will be considered. Call us to discuss!
Instruction and riding on the camp grounds and on established trails in adjacent government reservation land associated with the Mansfield Hollow State Park. The focus will be on safe riding techniques, preventive bike maintenance, and minor repairs. Campers will also receive instruction on nutrition, fitness and positive visualization.
Much of the day will be spent as a group with the bikes, but the program will also include other camp activities like free swim, camp meeting, big games, plus the possibility of visits to certain camp activity areas like sports, archery, canoeing, challenge, nature, arts & crafts and creative dramatics.
For riders not quite ready for the rigors of all-day riding, we have added a Mountain Biking program to our Regular Program. In the Regular Program, it is a Choice activity for Middle and Older Division campers who will ride on our own trails at camp and use our own fleet of bikes.
For 2017, we plan on three one-week sessions to be held during Sessions 2B, 3A, and 3B. Enroll for any or all.
Register for Mountain Biking Camp by checking the appropriate box on our Registration Form, with the special price indicated on the tuition schedule. Campers provide their own bicycles.