Daily Life

Summer Session students enjoy class

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. 

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.

Photos of Daily Life at Summer Session

Want to see more? See photos from Summer Session 2019.

Afternoon Activities

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Flag Football
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Improvisational Theater
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Street Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Mountain Biking
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Athletic Conditioning
  • Yoga
  • Photography
  • Bubble Soccer
  • Whiffleball
  • Foam Archery Attack
  • Disc Golf
  • Kickball
  • Badminton
  • Paddle-boarding
  • Yearbook
  • Kickball
  • Neighborhood Games

Swimming and Boating

Students are given the opportunity to swim in the lake that abuts our campus, but at no time are students allowed to swim without adult supervision. Every student in our Summer Session takes a swim test. Students who do not pass our swim test are enrolled in the Cardigan Mountain School Swim Program until he/she achieves basic water safety skills. In addition, students are given the opportunity to go out on boats, canoes, kayaks, and the like (both on and off campus) under the supervision of a Cardigan faculty member.

Theme Dinners

Three times per session we hold theme dinners. This is an opportunity for the students and teachers to dress up in costume. Cardigan will provide some items for students to use, and students are encouraged to bring items for their costumes. Here are some examples of theme dinners:

Red, White, and Blue Clothing (Fourth of July)
Halloween (in July) Costumes
International Cultures (wear traditional clothing or national/state themed clothing)
Green and White Clothing

Optional Camping Trips

Take a day and explore the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Each camping trip starts with a cookout and sleepover in our C.O.R.E. Base Camp. Up with the sunrise, the group packs up and heads out for a day of exploration.

Summer Session 2021


Summer Session 2021 will be comprised of one 4-week on-campus session beginning July 3 and concluding July 29.

How can we help you?


Korinne L. Nevins
Director of Summer Programs
(603) 523-3526
summer@cardigan.org