Experience a Summer of Creativity and Fun!
We invite you to join us at Stages & Studios, where we explore distinct weekly themes through various creative components, including arts and crafts, music, and performing arts. In this comprehensive program, campers will rotate through these creative elements daily, collaborating on a unique showcase that combines all their artistic experiences. Each day, they’ll explore different creative components and work together to create a fantastic showcase that combines all their artistic adventures.
Here’s what makes our program special:
Your child will enjoy daily rotations through creative activities like arts & crafts, music, and performing arts. This hands-on approach keeps things fresh and exciting, allowing them to discover their creative talents.
Our schedule is designed to balance indoor and outdoor activities, ensuring your child is engaged and having a blast in a safe and age-appropriate setting.
Tailored for Ages 5-8:
We’ve created this program specifically for children aged 5-8, providing a welcoming and nurturing environment for them to explore their creativity.
Our dedicated team of counselors is passionate about youth development and leads every activity. Your child will be in safe hands and will receive the support they need to grow and learn.
Learn from the Best:
What sets our program apart is the opportunity for your child to work alongside professionals, including a choreographer, art director, and music director. They bring a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to enrich your child’s creative journey.
Our program runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily, ensuring your child has plenty of time to immerse themselves in creativity and have a fantastic time.
We offer bus transportation options for your convenience, making it easier for your child to be a part of this incredible summer experience.
This summer, let your child explore their creativity, make new friends, and create wonderful memories at Brooks School. We can’t wait to inspire and nurture their artistic talents!
2024 Themed Weeks
Mystery Week:Step into the shoes of young detectives this week as our Junior Players embark on an exciting journey to unravel intriguing mysteries! From decoding cryptic clues to solving enigmatic puzzles, participants will sharpen their detective skills while engaging in art, music, and dance. Each day presents a fresh mystery to unravel, ensuring that young minds remain both engaged and creatively stimulated. The activities for this week will challenge their intellect and creativity, culminating in a suspenseful and captivating showcase for family and friends, where the Junior Players will proudly display their detective talents. See the daily schedule.
Fairytale and Fantasy: Dive into the captivating realm of fairytales and fantasy! This week, our Junior Players will embark on a magical journey, delving into mythical realms, encountering magical creatures, and embarking on legendary quests through the mediums of art, performance, and storytelling. Participants will breathe life into classic fairytales while also crafting their own fantastical narratives. From whimsical costumes to imaginative sets, creativity knows no bounds. The week’s adventures will culminate in a spellbinding showcase for family and friends, transporting the audience to a world where dreams and reality seamlessly entwine. See the daily schedule.
Pirate Fever: Ahoy, mateys! Prepare to embark on a thrilling voyage across the high seas during Pirate Fever week! Our Junior Players will don their pirate hats and eyepatches as they plunge into the adventurous life of swashbucklers. Through the medium of artistic expression, participants will craft pirate-themed masterpieces, sing rousing sea shanties, and dance to lively jigs. From hidden treasures to epic battles, the week will be brimming with pirate escapades and nautical creativity. The excitement reaches its pinnacle during the enthralling showcase for family and friends, where our Junior Players will magically transform the stage into a pirate’s paradise. See the daily schedule.
Lost in Space: 3… 2… 1… Prepare for liftoff! Junior Players are invited to embark on an interstellar adventure during Lost in Space week. Participants will delve into the mysteries of the cosmos, exploring distant planets and sparkling stars through the creative mediums of art, music, and dance. As aspiring astronauts, they will craft cosmic masterpieces, choreograph mesmerizing zero-gravity dances, and compose melodies inspired by the vastness of space. While navigating the depths of the universe, they’ll encounter enigmatic alien life and cutting-edge futuristic technology. The week’s cosmic odyssey reaches its climax with a stellar showcase, where the Junior Players will proudly display their celestial talents for family and friends. See the daily schedule.
Superheros Unite: Calling all superheroes! This week, our Junior Players will don capes and masks to step into the roles of the world’s much-needed saviors. Through the expressive mediums of art, performance, and imaginative activities, participants will harness their inner superheroes, complete with unique superpowers and captivating origin stories. From crafting superhero costumes to choreographing epic battles against formidable villains, each day promises an exhilarating and heroic adventure. Our Junior Players will delve into themes of courage, justice, and teamwork, ultimately culminating in a dynamic showcase where they will save the day and inspire the audience with their incredible superhero talents. See the daily schedule.
Our program offers a unique blend of activities and facilities that set us apart from any other camp. With sprawling spaces that allow kids to run and play freely, from tennis courts and open fields to a dedicated archery range and a well-equipped gymnastics center, there’s no shortage of fun to be had.
But that’s not all! Campers will also get to splash and swim in style in our two outdoor swimming pools. The icing on the cake is our stunning 270-acre campus nestled on the shores of Lake Cochichewick, offering a breathtaking backdrop for memorable summer adventures.
Our state-of-the-art Center for the Arts building serves as the heart of this program. Here, campers will find comfortable classrooms fully stocked with all the supplies needed to bring their creative visions to life. It’s a space where imagination knows no bounds, and every camper’s artistic aspirations can flourish.
We’ve crafted a dynamic and ever-changing daily schedule that promises to keep your child eagerly anticipating each day’s adventures. Our approach encourages collaboration among campers, professional instructors, and our dedicated counselors.
Throughout the day, we’ve incorporated outdoor breaks to give students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and engage in physical activities that stimulate both their minds and bodies. These outdoor activities seamlessly complement and balance the creative components of our program, ensuring an all-encompassing, immersive, and joy-filled experience for your child.
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Producing Artistic Director
Megan grew up training horses on a farm in southern Mississippi before graduating magna cum laude with her BA in Theatre Studies and Dance from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she was recognized for Excellence in Acting and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Hill also received a Certificate in Performance Studies and Movement from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance director, actress and coach, she spent several years teaching communication and performance skills to young artists across America and then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for five summers where she created and managed the performance arts portion of the Robert College Summer Program. Prior to joining Brooks School, Hill served as the producing artistic director of Watertown Children’s Theatre and the Mosesian Center for the Arts youth programs, where she developed educational theater programming and high-quality productions. When she’s not in the theater, Hill enjoys spending time with her family, giving new life to old furniture, and learning about holistic healing modalities.
Art Technical Director
Sarah Spollett grew up in the neighboring town of Andover, doing hobby carpentry with her dad and community theater with her mom. She combined her love of both when she attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Fine and Performing Arts, Music, and Theatre. Sarah then spent numerous years doing freelance carpentry for many regional theaters, including stints at the Weston Playhouse, Barnstormers Theatre, Tufts University, and the Watertown Children’s Theatre. She was a carpenter and then shop foreperson at the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, before turning to education. Most recently, Sarah taught technical theatre and carpentry at Emerson College. When she’s not in the theater, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Mass., where they live, and working on their service project: making meals for people experiencing homelessness.
Peter Moccia grew up in Haverhill and studied chemistry at the University of Connecticut. Pete Moccia is a science teacher at Brooks School and lives on campus with his family. Pete oversees the aquatics programs during the summer. He has a vast knowledge of swimming pools and lifeguarding, having been working in pools since he was 16 years old. Pete is lifeguard certified as well as a Certified Pool Operator (CPO). Pete works closely with the facilities team to ensure the pools operate safely. Pete loves seeing how the campus transforms in the summer into a vibrant camp community.
Kenya leads the sixteen activity teams to ensure a welcoming, positive camp environment focused on the development of independence, leadership, healthy risk-taking. For over twenty years, Kenya has been actively involved with the Brooks School Summer Programs as an activity counselor and LIT 1st and 2nd-year Coordinator. Kenya has been part of the Brooks School faculty since 2007, where he has held several roles, including form dean, psychology teacher, and coach, and now serves as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Assistant Director of Admission. Kenya holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Legal Studies. When not on campus, Kenya enjoys traveling, cooking, playing trivia, and rooting for all New York teams.
Nicole has a passion for the food service industry. As part of the Brooks School Summer Programs, Nicole supervises the logistics team to ensure all programs remain in compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and North Andover Board of Health. For almost twenty years, Nicole has been involved in school-based nutritional services. She holds industry certifications in ServSafe, Allergy Awareness, CPR, and First Aid. During the academic year, Nicole leads a team of youth development professionals in North Andover’s after-school program. Her hobbies include softball, tennis, and gamming. Nicole lives in North Andover with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.
Health Care Consultant
Melissa Donais, RN, FNP-BC, joined Brooks in the fall of 2021 as the Director of Health and Wellness. She is also an assistant coach for the Brooks boys and girls cross country teams. She is a 2002 graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and 2006 graduate with distinction from Yale University, where she was awarded the Lily Rosen Prize in Women’s Health for her senior thesis on the Female Athlete Triad, now known as RED-S syndrome. In 2010, Donais obtained her master’s degree in nursing at Boston College. For eleven years, she worked as a primary care family nurse practitioner at North Reading Medical Associates, affiliated with Winchester Hospital. An accomplished runner, she competed in cross country and track in high school and college, and continues to enjoy competing in local and regional events. Donais lives in North Andover, Mass., with her husband Nate, two young children Brennan and Audrey, and her brittany spaniel Uta.
Health Services Supervisor
Alison directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Alsion strives to ensure that all participants have a healthy and safe experience. She is committed to community health and health care equity. Alison has worked as a pediatric nurse for 17 years and has been a member of the Brooks School Summer Programs since 2018. During the school year, she works with local pediatrician’s offices and as a school nurse. Alison is the mother of three children who enjoy the outdoors. Her family is passionate about camping and boating in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
Juli Morse has spent ten years in the field of healthcare administration. After graduating from Providence College in 2011, she spent ten years working in healthcare administration. Juli returned to school to pursue a degree in Nursing and currently works as a medical-surgical RN at a local community hospital and Brooks School. During camp, Juli creates a welcoming environment focused on wellness and safety. In her free time, Juli loves to explore the outdoors with her husband, their two kids, and their golden retriever. She especially loves to swim, play tennis and go camping!