Lindgren Nursery School and Camp

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The Lindgren Summer Camp operates Monday through Thursday for 8 weeks.  Enrolees may be enrolled for 2 to 8 weeks, for a full or half day.  The full day runs from 9:30 to 3:00.  The morning session is from 9:30 to 12:30. Before-Camp care is available starting at 8:00 and after care until 5:30.



Our summer camp operates primarily outdoors. The three and a half acre school grounds are transformed into an inviting multi-activity program.  Tents, cabins and pavilions house the art, ceramics, woodworking, stitchery, games and nature centers.  The school classrooms serve as changing rooms for swimming and provide indoor spaces for rainy days. Sports fields, swimming pools, the water spray park and sand pit are highlights of our summer camp.



The summer camp is for children aged three to eleven.  The 3 year olds have their own separate area (the Hill) and their own staff of counselors. Four year olds are accompanied by their own counselors to allow them to participate easily in the many activities of the main campus. The 10 and 11 year olds join an Expedition Camp which takes daily trips to hiking trails, nature preserves, kayak/canoe trips, science museums, ballgames, and the like.



The Lindgren Summer Camp is unique because it offers an unstructured program. The children are free to choose any of the well-supervised activities and their own companionship during the day.  Each child is assigned to a troop with an experienced counselor who will act as a resource person and be with the children during their lunch.  Children check in with their counselor  when they arrive. Swim lessons and water orientation are provided  by our Red Cross certified lifeguards for four to nine year olds. Swim lessons are scheduled in small groups during the morning.  The pool is open for free swim in the afternoon. 



In the event of rain, we utilize our school classrooms as well as outdoor shelters.  All the usual activities continue, except swimming and field sports.  The three and four year olds move into classrooms while the older children can go between activities, all of which are covered.



The facility is well staffed with a counselor-to-enrolee ratio of 1 to 5.  A head teacher supervises each of the activity areas.  Most staff members are veteran teachers with specialized areas of expertise.  Our lifeguards are certified by the Red Cross and we have a full time nurse on staff.



The activities your child can choose from include:


THE ARTS Our facility takes pride in our extensive arts program. Lindgren specializes in traditional arts and crafts from around the world.


 Our art teachers present techniques in drawing, painting, ceramics, batik, printmaking, paper-mache, basket making, weaving, collage, creative stitchery, beading, tie-dyeing, plaster casting, and woodworking.


SWIMMING Lindgren offers water orientation and swimming lessons in 2 pools.


Red Cross Certification- all levels.

Lessons daily- ages 4 and up.

Water Orientation for beginners.

“Free-swim” on Thursdays.

Water spray park for the 3 year olds & up.



NATURE Lindgren has year-round resident farm animals: goats, donkey, horse, chickens and a turkey. In the summer our nature cabin and aviary expand the menagerie to include fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and birds. The children can hold and pet most of the animals.  The resident naturalist conducts daily explorations at the adjacent Closter Nature Center. These explorations include hikes, stream walking, and capturing live specimens to observe.

ORGANIC GARDENING Children sow, plant, transplant, fertilize and harvest a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Eating is the best part!

RECREATION The Lindgren campus is a  unique and expansive natural setting with areas of sand, lawns, fields, shady oaks and pines. Geologically, we are situated on acres of sand. In summer we run water through the sand to create rivers, lakes, dams, bridges for good old mud play. This is a favorite activity for many.

The children can move freely on the playground choosing to dig in the sandpit, play with trucks, shovels, buckets, ride on the tricycle highway, climb trees, and play on climbers, swings, and slides.

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SPORTS  Two high school athletes organize the field sports of volleyball, soccer, kickball, basketball, T-ball. Each game is informally chosen by a group of participants each day and then teams are chosen and the game begins. On special occasions footraces, relay races and rollerblading are organized.

 YOGA  Each week a professional yoga instructor offers indoor yoga in a large air-conditioned studio. For ages 4 and up.


THEATER  A local performance artist brings stories and skits to our stage. Children plan props and costumes and effects for their productions.


MUSIC  We love to sing. Enrolees and their counselors may join our guitar playing teacher Jane in songs and movement to music. Our talented counselors provide opportunities for enrolees to create percussion instruments and experiment with sounds in our drumming circle.


GAMES The games tent offers ping pong, foosball, giant floor chess, Nok-hockey, as well as table games of chess, checkers, cards, and other popular board games. Children can challenge a friend or a counselor.


EVENING CAMPOUT  7-9 year olds are invited to stay until 9:00 PM when they will enjoy canoeing, a barbeque, relay races, evening swim and a bonfire with ghost stories.


THE EXPEDITIONERS  For 10 and 11 year olds entering 5th and 6th grade, this camp features daily trips to hiking trails, nature preserves, kayak/canoe trips, science museums, ballgames, and the like.



School bus transportation is available within a reasonable distance from the school.  This service is offered at cost and there are a limited number of seats.


2014 Lindgren Summer Camp

June 22rd-August 13th


 Registration will be accepted on a first come basis. Bills will be sent in May.  All payments must be made by June 15th.  If registering after June 15th, please return application with full payment.

 Go Green This Summer!  Local bus service available with discounts for siblings. 

Our Expedition Program

 is for 10 and 11 year olds entering 5th or 6th grade and costs an additional $40 per week for trips.

There is limited space for this program, so return your applications early.  First come, first served.


Before and after care is available from 8-9:30am and 3-5:30pm @$8.00 per hour, billed and payable weekly.


Return your child's application form with $400 ($100 registration fee plus $300 deposit).  After June 15th, return your application with full payment.  Registration Fee is non-refundable unless we are unable to accept your child due to full enrollment.  You will receive an acceptance letter and medical form after your application is processed.

Medical forms must be returned by the first day of camp, June 23.

Applications will not be processed without proper payments.

Requests for $300 refund must be made before June 15th. There will be no refunds after June 15th.

All scheduling changes must be made prior to the start of camp.  Any changes after the start of camp will incur a $50 change fee.


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