Day Camp- Camp Kidsville- ages 5-6

Camp Kidsville 2021



Camp Kidsville- Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Recreation Department sponsored Camp Kidsville is truly a New Canaan tradition for New Canaan children.  Assistant Recreation Director Bill Kapp oversees the staff and program presenting a daily schedule of social interaction, learning, physical exercise, and educational activities all staged in the outdoors at the camp location in Waveny Park at the Waveny Lodge adjacent to the Platform Tennis Courts.

Staff selection consists of a majority of high school and college kids from New Canaan who may be your neighbors, babysitters and friends.  All are interviewed and selected based on their experience working with children. Pre-camp staff training focuses on camper interaction, bullying, conflict resolution, social skills, fun, friendships, first aid applications/emergencies, and more.  The camp observes a staff to camper ratio of 1/3

The maximum enrollment per session is 10 campers.  A mix of boys and girls are selected to a single group and paired with a trained counselor for the one-week session. 

Each session will follow one of three themes- Backyard Bash; Artful Antics; or Aqua Adventure.  The camp daily schedule coordinates camper fun with arts & crafts, sports, earth science-nature, music/singing/games, and creative.  These specialist led activities are pre-selected age appropriate for the campers.  In addition, the one-week session will include special activities of bubbles, squirt gun painting, paint & sip, kids in the kitchen, sports olympics and more.  The Arts section we will use colorful beads as part of our beading activity and it’s a great way to practice our pincer grasp skills and eye hand coordination.  Another activity is the creation of mosaic tile coasters in many different patterns.  Campers will paint river rocks and make animals out of mini marshmallows and raisins.  Shaving cream art is always a big hit and a lot of fun for the campers.  Making sand art bottles has the campers able to see how the different layers of sand look and how to add designs.  Our Kids in The Kitchen activity has us working with food creating fun snacks with a story.  Campers will become superheroes and make their very own superhero shield.  Music section will have campers doing freeze dance and silly dances to music, making musical instruments like shakers and tambourines.  Our Nature curriculum will have campers making their own bird feeders and decorating nature leaves.  For sports we will have games of both personal fun and group competitions.      

Compared to other private town camps, Camp Kidsville registration fees are amazingly low and the best deal in town for all to afford.  We work in conjunction with the public schools and social services to provide scholarship fees for qualifying families.  We do not turn anyone away from their chance to attend Camp Kidsville this summer.  We have found the majority of graduating Camp Kidsville (formally Camp Pee Wee) campers continue on the next year to the Waveny Day Camp for continued enjoyment of Recreation Department sponsored summer camps.

Summary Camp Kidsville-

  • Camp Kidsville is registered by the week, with 6 sessions of camp equaling 6 weeks.
  • Camp Kidsville hours are 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Camp Kidsville enrollment has been reduced to a maximum of 10 campers per session.
  • At daily arrival, both staff and campers will undergo a health evaluation by the Camp Director. 
  • Social distancing will be maintained among the campers at all times.
  • Yes, a lunch period is part of the day and you must send your camper with a lunch. 
  • All camp staff are required to wear face coverings at all times. 
  • We will promote regular hand washing and supervised use of alcohol-based sanitizers
  • Daily sanitization of camp areas, equipment and supplies

Medical Form 

We require your pediatrician to submit an annual signed document, (and for this year it must be dated after January 1, 2021), that provides the following information: date of the last physical, copy of immunization record, and certification that your child may participate in all camp activities. The document must be signed by the doctor or a licensed advanced practice registered nurse or licensed registered nurse or a licensed physician assistant. The pediatrician may use their own “office form” provided it answers these questions or use the New Canaan Recreation Department Youth Camp Health Exam Record. Requirements- the document must be received and in our office before the child attends camp; the document must be dated in the current year 2021; the physical examination date must have been within thirty-six months prior to the date of arrival at camp. Please get health certificates in as soon as possible. Phone your doctor’s office and ask for the documents to be sent to the New Canaan Recreation Department. FAX: 203-594-3606 or by mail: New Canaan Recreation Department, Post Office Box 852 New Canaan, Connecticut 06840. Children will not be permitted to attend camp without the proper health certificate. Please be aware that the camp staff is not permitted to distribute medications to campers. If a child needs to take a certain medication during camp hours, the parent or caregiver can make an appointment with the Camp Director to visit the camp and distribute that medication to his/her child.

Program Dates and Fees 2021

SESSION 1: JUNE 21 - 25
SESSION 4: JULY 12 - 16
SESSION 5: JULY 19 - 23
SESSION 6: JULY 26 - 30

Camp Kidsville 
Birthdate eligibility (born between) January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016 
All sessions $265 per camper except Session 3- pro-rated at $212

Registration Format: Parents may register either online or in-office starting Wednesday, February 24

Two ways to register:

ONLINE REGISTRATION-This procedure requires parents to have a system login which includes a username and password before you can register. If you do not have a username and password, please call the Recreation Department office @203-594-3600.   If you have a child who is currently in Kindergarten, please check with the Recreation Department to make sure his/her information in the database reflects a date of birth and current grade.  Registration payment via credit card will be required at the end of the online registration process.  See “Late Registration Penalty” below

RECREATION OFFICE-Over the counter registration will require a completed camp registration form and full payment.  See “Late Registration Penalty” below.   Registration forms are available online at the Recreation Department office in Waveny House.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All camps are open to New Canaan residents only
You may register children from only your family
Late Registration Penalty- Camper registrations within one week of the start of the camp session require a supervisor approval and are subject to a $25 fee. 

If a session is full, you may request to be placed on a wait list by contacting the Recreation Department Office @203-594-3600.