Dwight Summer Day Camp embraces the same philosophy as Dwight School, which customizes the experience for each student based on individual interests and passions. We call this igniting the “spark of genius” in every child. Through a wide range of age-appropriate programs ― including our specialty “spark” camps ― children can explore, discover what they enjoy doing, and pursue that passion while also making friends and having fun.
Dwight is committed to developing the whole child — mind and body — and we believe camp provides a crucial opportunity for kids to focus on activities they can’t get to in the classroom.Chancellor Stephen Spahn
Dwight’s Summer Camp has deep roots just like the School; both are connected to the Spahn family, which has an impressive history in education and in the summer camp industry. Chancellor Stephen Spahn has led Dwight for nearly 50 years, making him the longest-serving head of an independent school in New York City. His father, Dr. M.C. Spahn, served as Headmaster before him. He also directed Camp Winaukee in New Hampshire from 1938–1975, and Tripp Lake Camp in Maine from 1958–1982. In addition, Dr. Spahn served as president of the Association of Private Camps.
Physical fitness and teamwork were central to the Spahn family camp philosophy and remain so today. Dr. Spahn, who had been a professional basketball player, was referred to by all campers as “Coach.” Camp was, after all, a great place in which to build self-confidence while learning to work collaboratively. An elite staff coached the campers; and Chancellor Spahn, who grew up and worked in his family’s summer camps, learned how critical an outstanding staff is to maintaining the highest standards.
To this end, he recruited Chiarna Morton, formerly Director of Youth and Family Programs of the YMCA of Greater New York, to head Dwight’s Summer Day Camp. Ms. Morton draws from years of experience and expertise in the industry, and has crafted programs for your children that reflect the Dwight philosophy. The result is a camp that provides a fun and safe environment where each camper can nurture his or her passion, make friends, and grow.