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Young People and Teens

The teen program creates a fun and safe space and empowers involvement in the community. Participants, from 12 to 17 years of age, can pick from offered activities. We adapt the schedule based on feedback and requests. Core instructors and guest teachers offer a range of activities including: dance, arts, spiritual growth, breathwork, circus arts, and games. Teens can decorate and take ownership of the program’s hangout space, a cabin open daily from noon to midnight.

The teen program comes as complementary resource to empower the well-being and growth of the teens at camp.

For questions, contact our Teen Coordinators teens@dne.org.

Young People's Program

The Young People’s Program (which we call “YPP”) is a cherished element of Dance New England Summer Camp. We provide a safe, welcoming, and playful learning environment for all participants. YPP staff focus on providing inclusive activities and fostering friendship.

Hours of care: 9:15am - 5:45pm

YPP has the following Age groups:

  • 2 and Under
  • 3 - 5 Year Olds
  • 6 - 8 Year Olds
  • 9 - 12 Year Olds

If your child is 12 months old or younger when attending camp and absolutely will not spend any time in YPP, there is no fee necessary, but they still need to be listed on your registration.

YPP programming opens Thursday August 8th and ends with a half day on Saturday August 17th. There is no YPP on Sunday the 5th.

General Information

Drop off/Pick up for the Young People’s Program: Children arriving to YPP on time is a big help for teachers! Please bring your kids ontime (or a few minutes early) so that they can enjoy all our planned activities and maintain the structure/routine of each day. Thank you!

To support your child feeling at ease at camp, feel free to arrive at 9:00 to get individual attention and help with the transition.

YPP Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • Fill in a sign-in sheet every day during drop-off with your daily schedule so staff can find you if necessary.
  • Every child must be signed in with contact information for their parent/guardian.
  • Program sign-in times are 9:15am and 1:00pm (except for the 2 & under age-group)
  • If you pick up your child early, you must keep them under your supervision for the rest of the day. You cannot drop them off again as there will be no sign-in person available.
  • All children must be signed out at the end of the day by 5:45.

Meals in the Young People’s Program

  • The two younger groups have lunch in the childcare-area
  • The two older age groups eat with YPP staff in the dining hall at their own table.
  • We provide morning and afternoon snacks (fruits, veggies, nuts, cheese, crackers, rice cakes, corn chips, etc) for all age groups.
  • All meals at camp are vegetarian with vegan options.
  • Kid-friendly meals are made by the kitchen staff
  • The dining hall has cow, soy and rice milk. If your child has special dietary needs or needs baby-food/formula, please bring supplies for the duration of your stay.
  • Contact us if you have questions regarding food or allergies.

Health Care at Camp

The Wellness Center at camp provides basic emergency supplies . All YPP groups have basic first aid kits with them. Many staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. We are diligent about hygiene and we’ve experienced very few health problems at camp over many years. We have seen cases of the flu, colds, poison ivy, sunburn, strep throat and, and bug bites -- including ticks and head lice.

Children who are ill (fever, chills, flu, sore throat, digestive disruptions, vomiting, etc.) and/or have contagious conditions (head lice, eye infections, strep throat, etc) will not be allowed into the YPP. Parents need to care for their children in these circumstances.

For a Healthy Camp Experience:
  • Bring what you need to treat your child in the event of an illness
  • Please check for head lice the week prior to camp, to prevent community-wide infestation
  • Everyone needs to wash hands before entering the dining hall
  • Check for ticks and head lice daily at Dance Camp

What to Bring:

While at YPP, each child will need:

  • An extra set of clothes
  • A bathing suit and towel
  • Sun protection such as a hat, and sunscreen
  • "Special items" such as a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, doll, etc.

General Suggestions for Families at Camp:

  • A wash basin, laundry detergent, clothesline, and clothespins for cleaning/drying clothes
  • Extra towels, blankets, and washcloths.
  • Slippers (cabin floors can be cold in the morning and shoes must be removed)
  • Layered clothing for chilly evenings/mornings and hot afternoons
  • Fun costumes, Instruments, and sports equipment
  • Shareable toys
  • Portable high chairs (especially the ones that “clip” onto a table)
  • Carrying packs and sturdy strollers can be very helpful.
  • For children who are potty training/in diapers, bring extra diapers and changes of clothes.

All of these items can be left in your child(ren)’s cubby (Note: To prevent lost items, it is very helpful to have everything for your child contained in a bag or backpack).

Please put your name on all your stuff to avoid confusion and loss!

What not to bring: We prefer to keep "war toys" (soldiers, guns, etc), electronic toys, and hand-held computers out of the YPP. Most families find it easiest to leave them at home. We do not advocate bringing children's bicycles to camp, as they often result in conflicts and accidents. If you do bring one for your child, be sure to bring a helmet and be aware of hazards involved - hidden roots on the paths, uneven ground, darkness, tent ropes, gravel driveways, people strolling in the evening, and other children begging to use the item.

Parent Chores

All adults at camp are required to do chores. If you are a parent of a young child (five or younger), you have the option of doing some of your chores in the YPP. Single parents of young children can do all of their chores in the YPP.

During registration you can sign up to do chore shifts in the YPP. You’ll need to schedule shifts with YPP Staff. Parent chores in the YPP include supervising small groups of children, tidying up a cabin, cleaning a bathroom, or preparing snacks.


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