Summer camps and schools
Summer camps and schools
Are you still musing how to involve your child in purposeful and engaging activities this summer? Consider a summer camp. The Hague hosts a plethora of day camps, and there are several sleepaway camps around the region as well. If you have attended one before, you already know how entertaining it can be, and if not, there are several options that offer just a few days or even a single day program, so your offspring can get a feeling if they're comfortable there.
Here is a list with brief descriptions (it’s extensive, but not complete) of places offering summer programs, where at least a portion of the attending children are of international background, and the guidance is offered in English, listed, approximately, from the most international to mostly Dutch groups. The list starts with day camps and ends with a few sleepaway camps. Daily camp activities usually start around 8-9 AM and finish 5-6 PM; a quick check with the provided website will provide most of the information you’ll need, e.g. availability of lunch or special needs accomodation.
Day summer camps:
Children and teens aged 5 to 16 will make friends and improve their English during art, sports, IT, drama and dance activities. To form similar groups, child’s age, confidence, experience of languages, background and ability are taken into consideration. Available for a week in July and August.
This English Language Summer Camp is suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years old. The lessons are designed to focus on building communication skills and confidence in using English at school and during play. Groups will have both a native Dutch and an international supervisors. Available for 3, 4 or 5 days from July 22nd.
Offering groups for children aged anywhere between 18 months up to 12 years old, this camp takes children on various field trips to museums and parks, skiing, bowling and swimming, as well as provides on-site activities like art and science projects, music and drama days. The supervisors, just like the usual groups, are international. Available all summer.
Accepting children from from 6 to 12 years old, this 3 day English language summer school is tailored for children who have never been in contact with similar lesson plans – crafts and science combined with teamwork and a healthy dose of outdoor activities. Starts July 22nd.
Campers aged 4 to 12 will have the opportunity to take on various activity-oriented camps – art, photography, S.T.E.M., sports, survival, cookery and multi-activity, as well as two weekly field trips. Led by professional childcare teachers, and sports instructors and available all throughout the summer.
Offering groups for children from 4 to 15 years old, this camp provides a week long course in a very active setting - from gymnastics, athletics and tennis, to football, hockey and even NERF shootouts. Starts July 22nd.
Designed for children aged 3 to 10 years old, this is one of several camps actively promoting a no-device policy. Your child will explore exciting workshops and games, learn independence and confidence by challenging themselves, and develop important social skills. Available for 5 days in June and onwards from 19th July.
Sports, action and friends for 4 to 12 year olds. Children will learn about self-awareness, healthy living and healthy food choices while attending squash, tennis, judo, dance, baseball and many other workshops in small, well-structured groups. Available all summer for 3 to 5 days.
A fun sports camp for children from 6 to 12 years old, this place is focused on games, fair play and fun. The children are introduced to, among other things, hockey, football, frisbee, baseball, netball and flag football. In addition, many other activities are organized, such as a treasure hunt, air cushions and a foam slide. However, even though guidance is available in English, most kids will be Dutch.
Ter Heijde’s shore (south of Scheveningen) is a perfect place to learn surfing. Surf camps are held every week of summer and accommodate children of different age categories. Note, that day camps have been filled out already but summer camp still have some places. Groups are mostly Dutch, but usually have some international kids. Available throughout the summer.
This surfing and sailing summer school, welcoming swimming diploma C or equivalent holders from 10 to 18 years old, is perfect for water fans. Most international children join the first summer courses, although there are some international kids in other groups as well. Experienced instructors and coaches train complete beginners as well as sailing champions. Available for 3 or 5 days.
This camp offers daily activities for 4-12 year old children, from 1.30 PM to 3.30 PM, for a symbolic price of €1 a day, and no need to pre-register. Although Don Bosco Rijswijk is targeted mainly to Dutch children, they often already speak English, and there are a few international kids in the groups. Starts in the middle of August.
For 8 to 15 year olds, probably the closest one to The Hague, this camp offers a possibility to either sleep in the local accommodation or get back home for the night. During the summer camp kids will learn knot tying, climbing, survival, archery, canoeing and much more. The meals are prepared on a self-made fire, done as a group activity with adult supervision. Available for three weeks from July 29th.
For children from 6 to 14 years old, this camp near Putten offers barbecuing, night hikes, sports, crafts, swimming and treasure hunts are all part of the program, accommodating children in the tents on the campsite. Starts July 20th.
Designed for children and teens from 9 to 13 and 11 to 16 years old, this camp specializes in, quite reasonably, hockey. Most of the activities will be focused on active games and challenges, all the while developing team spirit and a sense of fellowship. At the end of the day children will sleep in tents. Starts July 21st.