Summer Camps

Summer camps are currently full, but we are accepting applications for our waitlist.
Please email to inquire about availability.

Little Star offers six weeks of summer camps for toddlers and early childhood students, Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at our Winthrop campus. We often go on excursions to nearby river spots, the suspension bridge and walking trails. All camps are led by Little Star teachers as well as additional summer staff and/or Little Star alum students. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. We also have several camps for older children, including an overnight archery camp.

Additional camps for school-age children are provided by our partner organizations around the valley: Classroom In Bloom, Methow Valley Riding Unlimited and The Bush School.

2019 camp details

Download our 2019 brochure (pdf) for full camp descriptions and details


Financial aid

If you need financial assistance for summer camps, please fill out the financial aid application and turn it in with your registration form. 

2019 Little Star camps in Winthrop


Summer camps for ages 5 to 6

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30–3:30 p.m.
3-day camp $185; 4-day camp $245

Smokejumper Camp · July 8–11
With Zanna Gable and Sara Coleman Campbell
Explore the world of smoke jumping! We will learn about fire, its behavior and how that behavior is influenced by the weather. We will design and test parachutes, practice basic jumping techniques and taste ‘fire camp food’. 

Sports Camp · July 15–18
With Geoff Tripp and Sara Coleman Campbell
On your mark, get set, go! This camp will explore a variety of athletic activities that encourage balance and movement. We will have obstacle courses, relay races and ball games. Indoors we will learn about how our bodies move and what we need to do to stay healthy and active.

Music Camp · July 22–15
With Celeste Roberts and Paola Merrill
Come explore the world of music with us through song, percussion and movement. Start a band, write a song and boogie down to good tunes! Together we will create homemade instruments and song books to be used long after our camp is over.

Critter Camp · July 29–August 1
With Emily Plott and Katharine Bill
Marmots, wolverines and bobcats, oh my! Join us to meet illustrious (and entertaining!) naturalists and thoroughly explore the outdoor world. Each day includes art, projects, stories, songs, scavenger hunts and fun facts about the Methow Valley.

Art Camp · August 5–8
With Baylie Peplow and Michelle Shaffer
Enjoy four days of nature fueled creativity and exploration of the visual arts.  We’ll use traditional and unusual items for painting, drawing and other methods of expression. Our hands-on creations will be inspired by the world around us!

Fairies and Gnomes Camp · August 12–15
With Emily Plott & Avery Young
Become immersed in the enchanting and magical world of fairies, gnomes and their animal friends. We will share stories and songs, build fairy houses, make wings and pointy red hats, create art, share tasty treats and let our imaginations run wild.


Summer camps for ages 3 to 4

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30–3:30 p.m.
3-day camp $185; 4-day camp $245

Gardening Camp · July 8–11
With Geva McAdow and Aspen Kvicala
Want to learn a song about worms in Spanish and learn about how worms help our soil? Come plant seeds to take home, eat home-grown fruits and veggies and learn about horticulture in the Methow Valley. 

Water Camp · July 15–18
With Nick Hershenow and Katy Spencer
Splish splash we’re going to have a blast! Join us for some summer sprinkler fun and river fieldtrips. We will explore our theme of water through games, activities and art. Bring your swimsuit and a towel and be ready to get wet!

Creative Movement Camp · July 22–15
With Zanna Gable and Katy Spencer
Let’s jump into some African dance, bend and stretch into some yoga postures, tumble through some simple gymnastics and move our bodies to the beats of a variety of music!

Science Camp · July 29–August 1
With Michelle Shaffer and Katy Spencer
Grab your lab coat and get ready to hypothesize! We’ll spend the day making creative concoctions with natural ingredients and conducting experiments to learn about the world around us.

Critter Camp · August 5–8
With Emily Plott and Katy Spencer  
Marmots, wolverines and bobcats, oh my! Join us to meet illustrious (and entertaining!) naturalists and thoroughly explore the outdoor world. Each day includes art, projects, stories, songs, scavenger hunts and fun facts about the Methow Valley.

Builders Camp · August 12–15
With Michelle Shaffer and Katy Spencer
Using found materials and manipulatives, we will follow the blueprints of our minds and collaborate to make our plans come to life. Lots of make believe will be involved! Our days will also include time for songs, stories, art and outdoor play.


Toddler day camp for ages 16 months to 3 years

July 8–August 15
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30–3:30 p.m.
$65 per day, 2-day per week minimum

With Michelle Larsen, Vanessa Levine, Rebecca Haase, Kate Brien and additional summer toddler teachers!

Join us this summer for six weeks of fun for little people! During our time together we will share stories, songs, Spanish, crafts, marvelous mess-making and more! After lunch we will embrace the brilliant, hot climate tradition of the “siesta” to give our little campers a second wind to get through the long summer days.


2019 community camps for older kids


Archery Camps

Archery and Outdoor Adventure Day Camp for ages 6–7 years
July 22–25, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Little Star and Big Valley
$174 without bow, $209 with bow
With Nick Hershenow, Emily Plott and Chad Stoothoff

Come discover the thrill of archery! We will teach you everything you need to know to safely enjoy this ancient sport. We will supply recurve bows and arrows. In addition to archery, we go on walking adventures to nearby river spots, explore nature and make our own field guides. The first two days of the camp will be held at Little Star, and the last day at Big Valley.

Overnight Archery Camp for ages 8–11 years
Session 1 · July 9–11
at Big Valley
$275 without bow, $310 with bow
With Kim Claussen, Nick Hershenow, Michelle Shaffer and Chad Stoothoff

Session 2 · July 16–18 at Big Valley
$275 without bow, $310 with bow
With Kim Claussen, Michelle Shaffer and Chad Stoothoff

Come discover the thrill of archery! Join us at the Big Valley Ranch for three days and two nights of archery, camping, river fun and outdoor adventure with experienced outdoor educators! Due to the popularity of this camp, we have added a 2nd session for 2019.


Classroom in Bloom for ages 7 to 10 years

Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Garden Art · June 24–27
Put on your creative hats!  Let’s explore Classroom in Bloom’s expansive vegetable and native plant garden through the lens of art. We will learn about the wonders of nature and use its beauty to inspire fun and exciting art projects. Together we’ll beautify our school garden for many years to come!

Garden Games · July 15–18
Nature games are the best! We will learn about food, animals and the natural world through movement and games. The Classroom in Bloom garden will provide energy and nourishment for everyone to keep playing. Bring your running shoes and camouflage clothes as we discover nature in a fun and exciting way.

Animals and Insects · July 22–25
It’s time to get our hands dirty! Come explore the insects and animals that make Classroom in Bloom’s garden so special. We’ll dig in the dirt and turn over every leaf to find insects and critters that inhabit our world. We will also be visited daily by special farm animal guests so we can learn about our fuzzy friends.

Garden Mysteries · July 29–August 1
Hey! Who ate that tomato? What made that burrow? Let’s put our investigator caps on to search for clues about the mysteries of our Classroom in Bloom garden.  We will use all of our senses to unravel the mysteries of the natural world. Special tools like hand lenses and microscopes will help our detectives solve the puzzles.


MVRU Horse Camps

Ages 5–7 years · June 18–20, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages 6–8 years · July 9–11
, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Moccasin Lake Ranch

Learn basic safety and horsemanship including grooming, leading, vaulting, English and Western riding! Meet horses of all shapes and sizes and colors. High quality instruction with certified instructors and wonderful horses.


Art in the Wild at Confluence Gallery

July 8–August 2, 10 a.m.–3 p.m
Ages 3–5 $225 per week; Ages 6-12 $175 per week

Art in the Wild is a summer art camp for all kids ages 3–12 with community service volunteer opportunities for ages 13–18 presented by Confluence Gallery. Each week explores the natural world through art making, providing an enriching art camp experience that is accessible for any child in the Methow Valley.


Bush School Summer Camps in Mazama

Camouflage Camp · August 5–8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Grades: Entering 3rd–5th

In this week of wild wilderness games, we’ll spend our days playing in the woods around The Bush School’s Methow Campus. While using our senses and developing our naturalist skills, we’ll learn lots of new group games and explore how animals survive in the forest. Learn tracking skills, native plant identification, and discover strange insects in the ponds as you become an expert naturalist. Don’t wear bright colors this week or you’ll be too easy to find!

Animal Detectives Camp · August 12–15, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Grades: Entering 1st–2nd

Join us for a week of exploring all the amazing animals that live in the forests of Mazama. We’ll follow wildlife tracks, hunt for animal homes, investigate the rivers and even build a National Park for ants! With scientific tools, games and stories we’ll unravel the clues of who lives here. Using our imaginations, we’ll even make some creative animals of our own. Get your detective hats ready, this mystery is sure to be an adventure!

Assistant Counselor Training Camp · June 17–19, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Grades: Entering 8th and up

Ready to hone your leadership skills and join the staff of one of the Methow’s great summer camps? Gear up at this three-day workshop. You’ll develop your own personal leadership style, practice First Aid and CPR, and learn techniques for managing kids of any age. Need a quick game to keep kids entertained? We’ll practice a variety so you have plenty of tricks up your sleeve. Whether you’re planning to babysit or earn service hours, this camp will help you feel confident and prepared to be a leader!