Camp MacDuffie






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General Information

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st-8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy a lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon activities and field trips (also included) throughout the week. Our program leaders are passionate and experienced, and we all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer!

Given what a great time everyone had last year, we’re doing even more in 2018 to make Camp MacDuffie the best day camp in the Pioneer Valley! For this year, we are adding an extra session, bringing us to six weeks of exciting programs! We are also offering an additional program area every week. Check out the program area descriptions below to explore our new options. Each week features a special program that will only be offered for one session!

See you this summer at Camp MacDuffie!

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2018 Sessions/Programs

2018 Sessions/Programs

Sessions General Featured
Week 1: July 9 – 13
  Drama  Visual Arts  Forensics  Outdoor Adventures
Week 2: July 16 – 20
 Land Sports  Drama Creative Writing Forensics   
Week 3: July 23 – 27
  Drama Visual Arts Forensics Dance
Week 4: July 30 – August 3
 Land Sports  

Sound Design

Forensics Spark
Week 5: August 6 – 10

Creative Writing

Week 6: August 13 – 17
 Land Sports Drama Visual Arts Forensics  

*Programs are subject to change until April 15th

*Programs with insufficient enrollment may be canceled.

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

7:30 – 9:00 am
Morning Extended Care
9:00 am Arrival
9:00 – 9:15 am
Morning Check In
9:15 – 11:45 am
Morning Activity Session
11:45 – 12:15 pm
Lunch (included)
12:15 pm
Afternoon Check In
12:30 – 2:45 pm
Afternoon Activity Session
3:00 pm Departure
3:00 – 5:00 pm Afternoon Extended Care


Program Areas (Morning Activities)

General Programs


Does your child want to begin to dance this summer in a fun and relaxed environment? If your child is jumping up and down chanting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” then this camp session is for you! Participants will explore movement, space, artistic expression, and their relationship to the body under the guidance of an expert instructor. Friday afternoon will feature a short showing by participants for fellow camp-goers, family, and friends.


Enjoy the spotlight, love singing and dancing, or do you just want to be a little silly and have fun? The drama program is for you! This summer, the drama program returns crazier than ever and will be overflowing with things to do for kids of all ages and interests. Each day will consist of various theater games and activities that enhance acting ability, diction, improvisational skills, spatial awareness and movement, singing, show tunes appreciation, backstage expertise, and most importantly confidence on and off the stage. These activities will be coupled with rehearsals for a short play that will culminate with a performance on Friday afternoon for fellow camp-goers, family, and friends.

Visual Art

The visual art program will give your child the opportunity to explore artistic expression through visual media. We encourage and welcome all ages and ability levels, providing an environment supporting each individual artist. Friday afternoons will feature an exhibition of each artist’s favorite masterpieces in a gallery open to fellow camp-goers, friends, and family. Whether your child is drawing stick figures or creating intricate 3-D images, this is the program for you!


A variety of scientific activities awaits your child this summer! From nature walks and conservation lessons to wacky experiments in a classroom laboratory. In this summer camp session, there is sure to be a number of activities that your science loving child will enjoy, and Friday afternoons will feature a display of what they have learned as they present exciting demonstrations to fellow camp-goers, friends, and family.

Creative Writing

Do love to write and think creatively? If so, the creative writing program is the perfect way to spend your summer days! Campers will explore creative story telling and work to create their very own picture book or graphic novel. Fridays will feature an optional reading for family and fellow camp-goers. Unlock your imagination and register today!

Land Sports

Land Sports is the perfect camp session if your child craves physical activity. With wonderful facilities that include an indoor gymnasium, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, and large playing fields, the possibility for activities is endless. Campers will be given the opportunity to develop their interest and skill in a number of different athletic games and activities. If your child wants to stay active, have fun, develop existing skills, and be introduced to new sports and games in an exciting and encouraging environment, this is the camp for you!


Whether you already know and love the game or don’t even know the rules, this summer’s Chess program is sure to be the right move! Beginning players will focus on learning the rules of the game and how pieces move. Intermediate players will have the opportunity to play matches, learn some advanced strategies, and have fun with variations on the game! This program is recommended for beginning and intermediate players of all ages.


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Digital Storytelling

Tell your own story with art, images, narration, and video. Then see it come to life! We will ask ourselves such things as – where am I from? what if I was an inanimate object? what would a cat say if I interviewed them? The process of creating digital stories builds confidence, teaches organization and detail sequencing while enhancing language and literacy skills, and is creative and fun. You will create your very own digital story to keep and share with others

Daring and Dangerous!

The featured program of Week 1 is both Daring and Dangerous! Inspired by The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls, campers will practice all sorts of mischief, from learning how to tie basic knots to fun variations of classic games. There’s even an entire day devoted to all amazing things you can do with a lemon! Daring and dangerous campers are sure not only to have an exciting time but also to learn a life skill or two along the way.


Forensic science draws from foundations in biology, chemistry and physics. Campers will learn how to solve crimes by recognizing, collecting, and analyzing physical evidence commonly found at crime scenes. From fingerprinting to blood-typing, campers will learn practical skills and achieve a greater understanding of the role physical evidence plays in court proceedings.


Interested in letting your creativity run wild on stage? Then choose Improv this summer! Improvisational theater (Improv) is any unscripted theatrical performance. Completely spontaneous and absolutely wild, improv develops stage presence and interpersonal skills! Each day will be filled with fun stage games and activities including scenarios made popular by the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? and many more. Friday afternoon will feature a short improvisational skit for parents and fellow camp-goers.


Saving Preforming Arts Reaching Kids, this is a program run along side Camp MacDuffie. For more information and registration please visit.

Afternoon Activities

Afternoon Activities

Monday afternoons, all campers will participate (weather permitting) in outdoor activities/adventures on-campus at The MacDuffie School. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, we’ll split into groups for trips throughout the area! Friday afternoons will feature camp performances and exhibitions.

Monday Swimming (Holyoke YMCA) / ON-Campus Outdoor Adventure
Tuesday Granby Public Library / Dufrense Park Granby / Buttery Book Park South Hadley
Wednesday Swimming (Holyoke YMCA) / ON-Campus Outdoor Adventure
Thursday Granby Public Library / Dufrense Park Granby / Buttery Brook Park South Hadley
Friday Camp Performances & Exhibitions*
*Attendance by friends and family encouraged!


Program Rate: $155/wk

Includes full day of programming from 9am-3pm, lunch by Sage Dining Services, and all afternoon field trips! Every camper receives an exclusive Camp MacDuffie T-Shirt. A $25/session non-refundable deposit will be due at checkout.

One-Time Registration Fee: $25 (per participant/year)

One-time fee to register each participant, which also serves as the non-refundable deposit for first session. Please note that during registration this fee will appear as part of the program rate for each session but will be discounted at check-out for all additional sessions after the first. The discount will appear on the final checkout screen before entering payment information.



Extended Care (Morning): $50/wk

Early arrival to camp beginning at 7:30am with supervised games and activities.

Extended Care (Afternoon): $60/wk

Late pick-up from camp extending until 5:00pm with supervised games and activities.

Extended Care (Morning & Afternoon): $90/wk

Special rate for both Morning and Afternoon Extended Care!

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