An Enrichment Day Camp for Children
entering Preschool through 5th Grade

At St. Edmund’s Academy, we believe that summer should be a time of joyful exploration and discovery for early childhood and elementary school children. That’s why Summer at SEA, an enrichment day camp for children entering Preschool through 5th Grade, seeks to cultivate children’s creativity and encourage their curiosity. Our balanced and engaging program blends the arts, physical fitness, cognitive skill development, and experiential learning, inspiring your children to make the first month of their summer meaningful and memorable.
 
Summer at SEA focuses exclusively on the needs and interests of younger children. In spaces designed for them, taught by people trained to work with them, and supported by counselors who once were just like them, Summer at SEA understands what young children need during the first month of summer and our program offers that in ways unique to St. Edmund’s Academy.
 
We are a place where character counts, where kindness is expected, and where all are included. Most importantly, we know that for young children, the world can be a pretty big place. That’s why we keep our ratios low and our overall student total big enough for plenty of friends, but small enough that every child and family is personally known.
 
Week 1: June 10-14
Week 2: June 17-21
Week 3: June 24-28
 
Cost:
All three weeks: $925
Two weeks: $625
One week: $325
Cost includes before-care, two healthful snacks daily, and transportation to and entry fees for the weekly Wednesday excursion.
 
Register by March 15 and use discount code SEAEARLYBIRD for $20 discount.
 
After care will be available for $10/day/camper, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. After care will be billed at the end of each week.

 

FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q:
    What are the camp hours?

    Camp hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    We know that families are busy, so we also offer before and after care. Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:00 a.m., and should be picked up by 5:30 p.m. After care will be available for $10/day/camper, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. After care will be billed at the end of each week.
  • Q:
    What will a typical day look like?

    MESSAGE: Every day, our Camp Director will speak to our campers about a theme for the day. These will be developmentally appropriate and relevant reminders about friendship, teamwork, manners, self-determination, and character.
     
    ACTIVITY: Led by experienced instructors and thoughtfully sequenced, fun and engaging activity blocks keep children’s minds and bodies moving.
     
    TEAMBUILDING: Summer friendships are special. Every day, campers will have time to connect with each other and their counselors to share and reflect on the day’s activities.
     
    PLAY: Children are meant to be active! In addition to activities structured around physical activity, each day will be structured around opportunities to run around on our Playdeck turned Waterpark, one of our two fields, or our newly renovated gymnasium.
     
    WEDNESDAY EXCURSIONS: Children in the city of Pittsburgh are fortunate. From the Pittsburgh Zoo to the Children’s Museum and dozens of opportunities in between, our city offers experiences igniting your child’s imagination and sparking their sense of wonder. What better way to experience these attractions than with friends their age and counselors to guide them? That’s why we organize activities each week thematically around our Wednesday excursion. We believe this experience is fundamental to the week’s experiential learning objectives and include all associated fees in your child’s registration fee.
  • Q:
    What are the weekly excursions?

    Children in the city of Pittsburgh are fortunate. From the Pittsburgh Zoo to the Children’s Museum and dozens of opportunities in between, our city offers experiences igniting your child’s imagination and sparking their sense of wonder. What better way to experience these attractions than with friends their age and counselors to guide them? That’s why we organize activities each week thematically around our Wednesday excursion. We believe this experience is fundamental to the week’s experiential learning objectives and include all associated fees in your child’s registration fee.
     
  • Q:
    What should campers bring each day?

    -       A nut-free lunch (two healthy snacks will be provided each day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon).
    -       Swimsuit and towel
    -       Sun protection gear (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, as desired)
    -       Refillable water bottle with camper’s name on it
    -       Younger campers should bring a change of clothes
  • Q:
    Who will campers spend the day with?

    Lots of friends.
    A hallmark of the St. Edmund’s Academy experience is the K/8 Buddy Program. Extending that concept into the summer, each age-based team of campers has a dedicated counselor who stays with them throughout the entire week. With small groups, counselors know each child. Whether playing with them at the Playdeck Turned Waterpark, or finger painting with them during a teacher-led art block, young children find a friendly guide in their counselor. Additionally, through an application process, St. Edmund’s Counselor in Training (CIT) program offers qualified SEA students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades with the unique opportunity to learn and play with an assigned team throughout the week. Healthy, positive, and encouraging relationships allow for greater learning during play and help make all learning experiences playful.
  • Q:
    How will campers grow at camp?

    Every season of the year and every day of the week, St. Edmund’s Academy lives by six Core Values:
    Respect for the needs and feelings of others
    Understanding and appreciation of the differences among people
    The worthiness of service to others
    The importance of taking responsibility for one’s own conduct
    The central role of honesty in relationships
    The value of setting high standards in all endeavors
     
    All participants in Summer at SEA share an opportunity to practice these Core Values every day. Here are a few ways we do that:
    We want all children to remember that…
    1. We use kind words and think of the feelings of others.
    2. We keep our hands to ourselves and respect our friends’ space and belongings.
    3. We resolve conflict with our words and when we need help, we ask a counselor or teacher.
    4. We listen to each other and to our counselors.
    5. We respect and care for members of our team and we think about the needs of the group when we make decisions.
    We want all parents to remember that…
    1. We are your partner and it is our privilege to be with your children during their time at Summer at SEA.
    2. We rely on you to share with us any unique needs, hopes, or worries you child feels before or throughout camp.
    3. We hope you will read all reminders about what’s happening at Summer at SEA.
  • Q:
    How can Upper School students apply for the Counselors in Training program?

    St. Edmund’s Counselor in Training (CIT) program offers qualified SEA students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades with the unique opportunity to learn and play with an assigned team of campers throughout the week. Students interested in this program must fill out an application, and submit it to Ms. Miller.
  • Q:
    What is the camp cancellation policy?

    To run an effective camp and provide a positive experience for all children, St. Edmund’s Academy requires a minimum threshold of campers. If that threshold is not met, all tuition will be refunded. A decision regarding potential refunds will be made by April 15.
    If a camper must cancel and cancellation is received prior to May 1, 2019, St. Edmund’s will provide a refund minus 20%. No refund will be offered after May 1, 2019.