Summer Learning in Rhode Island – 2014

For general information, please visit:

The Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance  
Providence After School Alliance

Summer opportunities, by topic:

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

Brown University offers several summer enrichment programs in different fields for students of all ages in Rhode Island. 

The Artemis Project is a free, five-week summer day camp for rising 9th grade girls in the Providence area who are interested in learning about science and technology. 

Brown Summer High School is a four-week program, starting June 30th, that challenges students to engage their minds in tackling big questions.

The College Crusade of Rhode Island supports summer programs that offer young people from the state’s low-income urban communities many opportunities to keep learning while school is out. (401) 854-5500.

Moses Brown Summer Camps offer enrichment programming for students of all grade levels.

Imagination’s Destination Summer Reading at Barnes & Noble runs from May 21st through September 3rd, for grades 1 through 6. Read any 8 books and record them in a journal (Barnes & Noble provided), bring in the journal to a Barnes & Noble store, and receive one free book! 

RI Urban Debate League Summer Institute is a two-week summer program hosted in August at Brown University for high school students completely new to debate and current debaters.

Spirit Educational Program is a year-round enrichment program “to excite students about learning and their futures so that they will complete high school and pursue higher education.” The program serves rising 8th to 10th graders in Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence. Contact: csheehan@blackstoneacademy.org

University of Rhode Island hosts many summer camps on a wide variety of themes for all ages from late June through August.

  • Summer Transportation Institute is a two-week program for students in grades seven through nine on highway and bridge design to career opportunities, with academic enhancement and field trips.
  • KIDSEYE! is an intensive and fun five-day summer camp held at the University that exposes young people to the basic elements of the filmmaking process for ages 11-17.
  • Computer Camp teaches students ages 9-18 a variety of computer-related topics including Microsoft Office, web development, 3D programming, computer graphics and animation.

Upward Bound puts low-income, future first-generation college students on a pathway to college by offering year-round programming, including summer courses at Rhode Island College in English, math, and college readiness; enrollment limited to students at target high schools.

YMCA of Greater Providence serves hundreds of RI youth, engaging them in both fun and intellectually challenging programs; the YMCA offers day camps and summer learning.

Additional Summer Reading Programs are hosted by many public libraries all over the state, serving children of all ages; get in touch with your local library to find out specific details about what they are reading.

ACADEMIC  SUPPORT

RI Tutorial & Educational Services offers private, one-on-one tutoring and summer programs to children and teens across Rhode Island. Programs take place all summer at the Hamilton School (part of The Wheeler School) in Providence and at RITES Learning Center in Pawtucket.

YouthBuild Providence programs engage unemployed young men and women.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

Cumberland-Lincoln: http://www.bgccl.org 
East Providence: http://www.epbgc.org
Newport County: http://www.bgcnewport.org
Pawtucket: http://www.bgcpawt.org
Providence: http://www.bgcprov.org/
Warwick: http://www.wbgclubs.org/

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

On-line Connections, sponsored by The Rhode Island Disabilities Council, offers a host of opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities to participate in sports and other indoor and outdoor physical activity.

Camp Wannagoagain!  is a one- week day camp for children, teens, and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Designed to provide a chance for real life experiences and learning new leisure skills while meeting new friends, the camp program offers a safe and fun environment.

ENVIRONMENTAL & OUTDOORS

Alton Jones Summer Camps offer outdoor environmental education that encourages scientific inquiry and discovery for students. Various day and overnight camps, located in West Greenwich.

Audubon Society of RI offers nature day camps that connect students (pre-K through 7th grade) to the environment through interactive outdoor activities; Bristol and Smithfield locations

Brown Summer Sports Camps cater to student athletes in a variety of sports

Community Environmental College is a summer program run by the Environmental Justice League that offers engages high school students in interactive educational coursework and activities

Places to Play in Rhode Island is an illustrated collection of parks and recreational venues drawn completely by preschoolers! Venues range from the Roger Williams Park Zoo to museums to local parks.

Rhode Island State Parks offer a wealth of summer camping and other outdoors activities.

Save the Bay offers educational opportunities through its Beachfront Aquarium and summer camps.

THEATER, VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

ACT @ St. Andrew’s is a nonprofit theater company dedicated to the education and enrichment of children ages 4-18 that offers summer camps in locations throughout the state.

The Newport Children’s Theatre is hosting a 2-week summer musical theatre camp for ages 8-18. 

RiverzEdge Arts Projects is a social enterprise that provides talented underserved teens hands-on work experience in graphic design, digital photography, screen-printing and visual arts. Phone: 401-767-2100

The Newport Arts Museum offers camps and courses for all ages and abilities throughout the year.

Providence CityArts for Youth offers free arts courses and activities (in visual arts, music, dance, creative writing and theater) to excite youths’ creative practices at various sites.

New Urban Arts is a nationally-recognized community arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence, Rhode Island.  New Urban Arts provides free, year-round out-of-school programs promote sustained mentoring relationships between urban high school students and trained artist mentors—who, together, engage in youth leadership, risk taking, collaboration, and self-directed learning.

Rhode Island School of Design offers a variety of engaging educational programs for children, teens, and families.

MUSEUMS & ZOOS

Providence Children’s Museum is an active place where kids and grownups play and learn together; free for children under 12 months old

RISD Museum constantly changes its art exhibits (featuring many different media) and is open all summer in Providence.

Roger Williams Park Museum of Natural History and Planetarium has many exciting opportunities for families all summer long.

Roger Williams Park Zoo offers many summer exhibitions, especially at the “Our Big Backyard” children’s zoo

RECREATION PROGRAMS

Parks and Recreation Programs, by community
(Note: Communities not listed do not have a summer recreation program scheduled at this time.)

Barrington
Tennis Camps/Camp Pokanoket/Tiny Tots Camp/Jr. Golf Camp/Art Camp/Chess Camp/Theater Camp

Bristol
Summer Fun Camp/Camp Poppasquaw

Burrillville
Tennis Camps/Art Classes/ Sunshine Camp/Home Alone Safety Class

Central Falls
Garfield St. Playground/ Basketball Camp/ Track and Field

Charlestown
Youth Sports/Tennis Programs/Summer Camps

Coventry
Pewee, Junior, Discovery Camp

Cranston
Playground/Tennis Program & Arts and Crafts

Cumberland
Summer Day Camps/Tennis and Basketball Camps

East Greenwich
Basketball Leagues/Tennis Camps/ Baby-sitting Classes

East Providence
Swimming Lessons/Tennis Programs

Glocester
Tennis and Basketball Leagues

Hopkinton
Summer Camps/Baseball Camp

Jamestown
Baseball and Tennis Camps/ Youth Drumming Program

Johnston
Day Camps/Tennis and Soccer Programs

Lincoln
Field trips/Arts & Crafts/Sports/Games

Middletown
Tennis Lessons/Wrestling/Baseball League

Narragansett
The Camp at Narragansett/Tennis Programs/ Casey Farm Camp

New Shoreham
Gymnastic Program/Swim Lessons/Camp Mohegan

Newport
Kickball, Tennis, Cheer, Soccer Camps/Summer Day Camps

North Smithfield
Camp Phoenix/Tennis Lessons/Baseball Leagues

North Kingstown
Tennis, Softball, Track, Band

North Providence
Swim Lessons/Day Camps, Gymnastics, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer

North Scituate
Recreation Facilities

Pawtucket
Youth Summer Camps

Portsmouth
Lacrosse, Little League, Basketball, Sailing

Providence
Track & field, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, golf, sailing

Scituate
Summer Camps

Smithfield
Recreation Playground Program/Tennis Lessons/Softball

South Kingstown
Tennis and Art Camps/Music Program /Dance Classes/Various Sports Camps

Tiverton
Swim, Gymnastics, Tennis Programs

Warren
Summer Camps

Warwick
Tennis Camps

SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORIES

21st-Century Community Learning Centers offer high-quality summer programs that provide students with academic support and enrichment. Programs are offered by:

  • AS220 (Providence), 467-0701
  • Boys & Girls Club of Providence, 444-0750
  • Central Falls School Department, 727-7726 ext. 21030
  • Cranston School Department, 270-8017
  • East Bay Community Action (Newport), 842-1900 ext. 4
  • Highlander Charter School (Providence), 277-2600
  • Highlander Institute (Providence), 831-7323
  • Inspiring Minds (Providence), 274-3240
  • The Learning Community (Central Falls), 429-9667
  • The Met School (Providence), 752-2671
  • Mt. Hope Learning Center (Providence), 455-8875
  • Newport Community School, 848-5923
  • New Urban Arts (Providence), 751-4556
  • North Kingstown School Department, 541-6373
  • Paul Cuffee School (Providence), 453-2626 ext. 145
  • Pawtucket School Department, 729-6923
  • Providence After School Alliance, 490-9599
  • Swearer Center at Brown University (Providence), 863-2338
  • The Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (Providence), 272-0881
  • Woonsocket School Department, 766-3384 ext 204
  • YMCA of Greater Providence, 456-0100 ext. 165
  • YMCA of Kent County, 828-0130
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