Welcome to Summer Session
An educational and recreational experience for boys and girls in grades 3 - 9.
Join us for a transformative summer experience of adventure, academic enrichment and personal growth! Cardigan’s Summer Session attracts girls and boys from across the country and around the world to our 525-acre lakeside campus for a truly unique experience that blends classroom learning with the quintessential New England camp experience. At Cardigan, each individual is celebrated and elevated, and our students leave at the end of the summer with friendships that last a lifetime.
Our days are full! Mornings are set aside for academic activities, including class offerings that cover a wide range of subjects for all ages that will inspire students through experiential, hands-on learning. Wallach, our newest academic building that opened for the 2020-21 academic year, is the campus hub for innovative design, applied engineering, and the creative arts. As a state-of-the-art makerspace, Wallach will inspire new academic offerings to prepare students for academic pursuits beyond Summer Session.
With a 3:1 student:faculty ratio, classes are tailored to each individual and include diverse topics such as ceramics, forensics, creative writing, computer coding, and wilderness survival, as well as traditional offerings like SSAT Prep and English as a second language.
In the afternoons and evenings, students have the opportunity to pursue passions, conquer challenges, and develop new skills. Cardigan’s beautiful campus and the surrounding New Hampshire mountains are the perfect backdrop for activities and outdoor adventures including mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, tennis, model rocketry, drama, and more.
Many Summer Session students return for multiple summers as they are drawn to renew their connections with peers, share the bond of this special community, and build upon the rewarding experiences that have catalyzed their independence and self-confidence.
When our students return home at the end of the summer, parents often reach out to share the transformational growth they see in their child. I encourage you to spend a moment watching the short parent video below.
In planning for Summer Session 2021, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our students and faculty. We have made the decision to offer one four-week session for Summer Session 2021 beginning July 3 and concluding July 29.
The value of a true residential camp experience where children can play, laugh, study and learn together in person is more important now than ever - Cardigan’s Summer Session is where you will find it. We hope to see you on campus soon!
Korinne L. Nevins
Director of Summer Programs
“We've never seen anything like this in our camp experiences or our school experiences, and we'll definitely keep coming back.”
- JULIETTE MADAN, SUMMER SESSION PARENT