Though some of our campers are up and dressed and tugging on your sleeping arm at 6:30, pleading, “C’mon, I’ve got to get to camp. I don’t want to be late,” camp doesn’t actually begin until 9:30. Any time after 9:00, though, they’re welcome to come charging through the Brentwood Magnet gate. Once on campus, you’ll sign them in (if someone other than you is picking up at the end of the day, make sure that we have the name of the intended chauffeur on the sign-in sheet), and if you’ve opted to enjoy “hot lunch,” you’ll try to put the wristband on them while they squirm to get away without saying goodbye.

Supervised free play occupies the next twenty minutes until we convene as a camp at the lunch area tables where our day actually begins. After running through our litany of security and bathroom instructions, we talk about the day and its historical or cultural context (July 2 – the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress), the theme around which our afternoon’s activities will revolve (Survivor Brentwood, Don’t Do This at Home Day, or Halloween). Our daily “contest” is next. Continuous talking, lip-syncing, wide-eyed staring, cartoon voices, grotesque laughing, animal noises, whining and yes, even burping. Anyone who wants to step up and give it a whirl is more than welcome and it’s the voice of the people that crowns our champion.

We then dive into our morning activities. Soccer (indoor and outdoor), basketball and arts & crafts are offered every day. We round out the morning with another two or three from a menu that includes flag football, lacrosse, war ball, Gaga ball, tennis, soccer tennis, kickball, prisoner volleyball, home run derby, Frisbee golf, scooter hockey, track and field, Human Bowling, Breathbreaker, rugby and Human Bowling. Campers can move from one activity to another, with frequent breaks for water and the restroom.

Before lunch we convene on the field for a round of dodgeball, played with our giant soccer ball. Lunch (where we re-slather the sunscreen) leads into a short free play (where handball and carrom games are the rage) and then it’s on to the Theme of the Day. Be it the Color Run, Go-Carts, Human Foosball, Medieval Times, Mess 4 Success, Name That Tune, Don’t Do This at Home, Apocalypse Water Wars, the Human Car Wash, Spy Kids, Clue, Star Wars, and Halloween – just to name a few – there is something for everyone. We end the afternoon with a water fight and an otter pop or ice cream. What could be better? At pick-up, it is impossible to dislodge your damp and happy children so join them in a game of pocket golf or handball. You won’t want to leave either.


9:00 – 9:45 AM

and free play

9:45 – 10:30 AM

Camp meeting, daily contest, goals for the day

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Morning activity (sports, games, arts & crafts)

11:45 – 12:00 PM


12:00 – 12:30 PM

Lunch and sunscreen

12:30 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 2:45 PM

Afternoon theme activity

2:45 – 3:00 PM

Water fight

3:00 – 3:10 PM

Otter pop / Ice cream

3:10 – 3:45 PM

Sign out, see you tomorrow!