Providence & Seekonk Campuses
Summer Programs are uniquely designed for students and families looking for a specific program. We are working with local organizations and faculty to provide many different programs and offerings. Summer Programs may be designed to accommodate different ages than the core of Wheeler Summer and may require to register through our partner.
RITES (Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services) Academic Summer Programs at Wheeler Summer
For Summer 2021, RITES will be offering in-person Reading and Math classes, in conjunction with attending camp for students who will be entering grades 1-4 in the fall, as well as a special Book Club for middle schoolers attending camp. In addition, RITES will be offering in-person Orton-Gillingham tutorials on-site for campers.
These programs are application-based academic programs. All components of the application must be complete in order to be considered for these programs. If you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded back to you.
If you are interested in applying for financial assistance through RITES to be applied to RITES Programs, you must complete the Financial Aid Packet BEFORE program application. Stop here and complete this form to submit FIRST: (https://www.ritutorial.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/summer_financial_aid_form_21.pdf) *Please note that this is for RITES programs only, Wheeler Summer does not offer Financial Aid towards their summer programs.*
If you are interested in Orton-Gillingham tutorials, this will be an add-on RITES Service to your traditional camp registration.
COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING (C.I.T.) PROGRAM
Summer 2021 Information
Designed for rising Juniors and rising Seniors in high school. Wheeler Summer’s Counselor in Training program is specifically designed for teens who want to develop their leadership skills, work in a camp setting, and upon completion, be eligible for work at Wheeler Summer.
- Participants must have minimally completed their sophomore year of high school.
- 4-week program: Session 2 (June 28-July 9)
- Week 1: Classroom-style learning
- Week 2: Combination of hands-on and classroom learning
- Return Session 3 (July 12-23) or Session 4 (July 26-Aug 6) for a two-week Jr. Counselor role and observation.
- Officially graduate Wheeler Summer CIT Program and become eligible for employment for the remainder of summer and/or following summers.
- Please note: Wheeler Summer takes pride in our staffing model. All staff and counselors are minimally high school graduates. Successful completion of the CIT program is the only way for high school students to become eligible for employment to work at our camp.
- Cost: $500.00
Our C.I.T. program is designed for our older campers and teens interested in working with children and becoming summer camp counselors. Participants will learn about behavior management, team-building, communication, and activity leadership by helping counselors work with younger campers and through classroom learning. Directed and led by our Counselor-in-Training staff team, your teen will have the hands-on opportunity to assist group counselors, teach activities and plan special events. Participants will complete camp-specific First Aid and CPR certification training and will have an opportunity to practice for future job interviews. Each C.I.T. will be evaluated throughout the session and will receive constant feedback to help them improve their skills and overall experience. All registered C.I.T.s will receive an additional information packet from the C.I.T. Staff prior to camp.
Upon successful completion of the program and an invitation from camp management, CITs may be hired as a summer staff (paid position) for the remainder of the summer. In addition, they will be eligible to work the following summer.
We only take a small group of applicants, so if you’re seriously interested in taking part, please follow the steps below. Space is limited.
- Register for the C.I.T. program ($100 deposit required)
- After registering, the participant should email the Camp Director, Bob Rojee at [email protected] to set up an interview.
- 2 written letters of recommendation will need to be submitted at the time of the interview.
WHEELER JAZZ CAMP
This year will be a special year for Jazz Camp as we venture into the Wheeler Farm for our “jams” both indoors and outdoors for a week of immersion playing different musical styles. This year we will have a faculty of Wheeler music teachers and alumnus. Registrations are limited, so sign up to reserve your spot.
- Jazz Camp will take place in its entirety at the Wheeler Farm Campus, 357 Walker St., Seekonk, MA 02771
- June 14th to 18th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Drop-off starts at 8:30 am and runs until 9:00 am.
- All participants must be there by 9:00 am.
- Pick-up starts at 3:45 pm and runs until 4:00 pm.
- All participants must be picked up by 4:00 pm.
- Drop-off starts at 8:30 am and runs until 9:00 am.
- Fee: $550/Jazz Camp Week
Jazz camp is open to players of all abilities, musicians from 7th to 12th grade. Students will be grouped by skill and interest.
Jazz campers will be required to follow and adhere to all of Wheeler Summer’s covid policies and procedures. This information will be presented to families within the upcoming weeks.
Some things to consider as they pertain to safely operating jazz camp:
- All horn players must wear a specialized horn mask and equip their horn with a bell cover.
- Horn masks should have an opening for reeds to enter and can only be used during playing. If you don’t own a horn-mask please purchase one prior to the start of camp. Horn masks can be purchased here. After playing, horn players may wear their regular face masks.
- When playing outside, horn players will have horns facing downwind and be spaced 6 ft. apart.
- Campers who play wind instruments will use all precautions, including face shields in addition to mask and bell covers for saxophone, trombone, clarinet, and trumpet.
- A regular piece of dense fabric, single or double with a rubber band around it to fully cover the bell of the horn. Here is an example of a bell cover.
- Unfortunately, no vocalists are allowed this year at camp due to Covid-19. We do encourage vocalists to sign up and try another instrument.
- All equipment must be wiped before and after playing. Classrooms will be wiped down and disinfected between each class use and at the end of the day.
- Students must be prepared to bring their own instruments, ¼ instrument cables, tuners, and small amplifiers. Please label clearly all your personal equipment before camp starts.
- All students should have a staff paper notebook and a pencil to take notes during workshops and masterclass.
- Keyboards, music stands, and drums will be provided. Must always be sanitized before and after playing.
- Drummers should bring their own drum bag with drum sticks, brushes, hot rods, and mallets. We won’t be providing drums sticks. We will provide drum sets, pedals, and cymbals.
We look forward to an amazing summer Jazz Camp experience! Please do not hesitate to contact Jazz Camp Director, Francisco Cardoso, [email protected], should any questions arise.