Camp AHA! - 2016


Camp AHA!





                                      June 15 – August 19, 2016


                        North Canaan Elementary School











        Camp AHA! is the summer extension of AHA! (after hours activities),

       a Town of North Canaan sponsored program since 1991


      For more information, updates, health forms, schedules –

       find us at nceschool.org, and click on AHA! under the parents tab


Mini-Camps and Specials at Camp AHA!

(please note the “camper extra fee” for fees that are in addition to daily/weekly camp fees and the

non-camper fee” for kids wanting to attend that class only and not participate in other daily Camp AHA! activities)

                                                       Computer Weeks:

with Mrs. Patricia (retired NCES computer teacher)


   Potpourri of Computer Projects and Activities for Younger Students

   (For Students in K – Grade 2)                              June 29, 30 and July 1 (9:00 – 11:30)
            Creativity with technology!  This camp will allow the participants to dabble with various computer software programs suitable for children in this age group. The class will experiment based on the abilities and interests of the children who attend. It may include an introduction to computer animation.                                                                           Camper extra fee:  $5

                                                                                                Non-camper fee:  $30

    “Imagination Animation” Camp for Older Students   

   (for students in Grades 2 and up)                                 July 6, 7 and 8  (9:00 – 11:45)

            Bring your imagination and creativity! In this camp, students will create animations using clay objects or objects brought from home such as Lego mini-figures, other moveable figures, a fork, etc. The process involves thinking of an idea, creating a storyboard, step-by-step creating frames using a camera and the computer, and assembling these frames into a short animated movie. Imagination, focus, patience and perseverance are required. As time and students’ interests permit, other forms of computer animation may be explored. 

   Note: Students will be working in teams in order to share cameras.            
                                                                                   Camper extra fee: $10             
                                                                                                  Non-camper fee:  $35

     Introduction to Lego Robotics Camp –                 July  13, 14 and 15  (9:00 – 11:45) 

   (for students having completed Grade 3 and up)

            Create a “smart” robot with Lego building blocks and the RCX Lego brick. In this camp, students will review Lego building techniques for sturdy structures and create a device that is able to support an RCX Lego brick. Computer programs called “procedures” will be created on a computer and sent to the brick via an Infra-red tower. The robot will carry out the steps of the procedure on a Lego competition table. Can you make your robot follow a line? Can you make your robot know when to stop and turn around by “sensing” something on the table?  

Note: Students will work in small groups.                                    Camper extra fee:  $5

                                                                                                              Non-camper fee:  $30

 Creating Art with the Computer on July 20  (9:00-11:45)

For any age student   

            Students will learn to use a computer painting/drawing program called “CorelFX”. We will discuss some techniques used by artists and look at sample paintings by accomplished artists. The students will do 2-3 pieces using various techniques such as pointillism and water color wash.  Note: space may be limited.                                                                                  
                                            Camper extra fee:  none                Non-camper fee:  $10

Sports Weeks:

Tennis:   9:00 – 11:30 - Bring your own racket if you have one, or borrow one of ours. But come learn to play this wonderfully competitive game for a lifetime of tennis enjoyment!

     June 27 – July 1 (3rd grade +),   July 11 – 15 (grades K-2),   Aug. 1-5 (all ages)                                                                                               

   Soccer:   9:00 – 11:30, for kids of all ages and abilities. We’ll practice our skills, learn new ones,  but still have plenty of time for some fantastic games to perfect what we’ve learned!                        

            June 20 – 24            and/or           July 18 – 22           and/or           August 8 – 12

    Softball:   July 5 - 8, 9:00 – 11:30, open to kids of all ages and abilities. Practice your batting, improve your catching, and learn to be a team player. All while we have some fun!


   Lacrosse:   July 25 - 29, 9:00 – 11:30, for all ages. A very popular sport in high school, you can get a jump on learning/playing this great game! And we do have extra sticks. Come try it out!


   Volleyball: August 15 - 19, 9:00 – 11:30, for kids of all ages and abilities. Even though we’ll be playing in the sand court, we will be learning the skills that can be used in any volleyball game.                    

            Price for all sports above:      Camper fee:  none            Non-camper fee:  $40

    Cheerleading: Erin will introduce kids to the many aspects of cheerleading, and depending on their age and ability levels, she will work with them to improve their skills in tumbling, jumps, motions, stunts, and dance, and will then show the kids cheers, chants and formations.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Camper extra fee:   none

            June 27 – July 1 (9:00-10:30) for grades K-3                      Non-camper fee:  $25

            July 18 – 22 (9:00-11:00) for grades 2-5                             Non-camper fee:  $30

            August 8-12 (9:00-11:30) for grades 4 and up                  Non-camper fee:  $40

    Movement and Dance: Incorporating many forms of dance, both current and from around the world, our kids will learn the joy of freedom through movement.          

                                                                                                         Camper extra fee:   none

            June 20 – 24 (9:00-10:30) ages 4-7                                     Non-camper fee:  $25

            July 25-29  (9:00-10:30) ages 4-7                                         Non-camper fee:  $25

            July 11–15  or  Aug 1-5  (9:00-11:30) ages 8 +                    Non-camper fee:  $40

Summer Science:  fun-filled, hands on science

Wednesdays: 9:30 – 11:30 (June 29, July 6, 13, 27 and Aug. 3 & 10) -  for ages 5-12

(the detailed schedule was not available as of print time – will be available soon)

   These amazing classes will be held at the Mahoney-Hewat Sci-Tech Center at HVRHS. Each class will be a delightful hands-on event run by Region 1 science teachers. Transportation is included.                                                             
 Camper extra fee: $10                      Non-camper fee:  $25

Other Fun Stuff:


   Cartooning for Storytelling and Journaling – June 20 & 21 (9:00 – 11:00) - Cartoonist and artist Stewart Clayton will help kids bring out their inner thoughts and show them how to express them on paper, whether it be a “political” type cartoon or in a continuing storyboard cartoon. What a novel way to track your daily journey!  (best for ages 8 and up) -

                                                                                                           Camper extra fee:  none

                                                                                                            Non-camper fee:  $15

    Team Building with WSS and Susan B. Anthony Project – Every Monday from about 12:30 to 1:00, we will be treated to fun interactive exercises in team-building, such as bullying, space invaders, friendship, relieving stress, and managing anger.                         Camper extra fee:  none

                                                                                                            Non-camper fee:  none

    Llama Walk and Talk – July 15 (10:00 to 12:00) – Come join us as we learn about llamas while hiking with them on the Greenway and ball field.           
                                                                                                        Camper extra fee:  none

                                                                                                            Non-camper fee:  $5

    Sharon Playhouse matinee performance of BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINNJuly 28 ( 1:00 to 4:30? )

            We’ll be joining Little Rascals from Sharon, and EXTRA’s in Lakeville/Salisbury for a fun afternoon at the theater! What a great time we’ll all have watching the play and intermingling with other campers and some of the actors while we enjoy snacks after the play.            

                                                                                                            Camper extra fee:  $15

    Masks – August 1 (9:00 – 11:00) for ages 8 and upThis will not be your usual everyday mask. Using combinations of scraps of wood, natural found items, household stuff, and your imagination, kids will create a wonderful artistic collage.                                                                                        Camper extra fee:  none

                                                                                                            Non-camper fee:  $10

    Basic Street Smarts for Kids – Aug. 5Kitty & Joel of Defense Mechanics will present a workshop to our campers to help kids gain simple but important tools necessary for their personal safety (such as knowing your phone number and address).       9:00 – 10:30 – younger kids,   10:30 – 12:00 – older kids            
                                                                                                    Camper extra fee:  none 
                                                                                                        Non-camper fee:  $5

   Field Trips, Guest Programs, and Last Minute Activities – Most field trips and programs will occur on Fridays. These will be announced as we get closer to the date. Be on the lookout for announcements as new and exciting opportunities arise during the summer!

   Daily Schedule – Mornings are when we have organized activities, such as our mini-camps and Summer Science. For kids not doing these activities, we have arts/crafts, games, nature hikes, etc. Lunch begins at 11:30, followed by “free time”. We’re at the Town Pool from 1 to 4 or so, with lots of informal activities happening at our “base camp” for kids not swimming.

Meet the Staff:


   Lynn Nania, director – Lynn is a co-founder of AHA! and coordinates activities and schedules, takes care of the finances, and assumes all duties of a director. Even though her job is done from home, you will find her at Camp often, filling in and keeping up with things. - CPR/First Aid certified.


   John Mahoney, Camp Meister – John brings to Camp extensive experience running kids’ programs, and along with his great imagination and excitement of discovery to share with the kids, we have a real treasure running Camp AHA! again this year. - CPR/First Aid certified.


   Chris Claydon  – Among many of the details that Chris handles effortlessly, she will be in charge of all of the art and craft activities. She is wonderfully talented and has an endless supply of ideas and energy to share with the kids. Camp wouldn’t be camp with Chris! - CPR/First Aid certified.


   Erin Mahoney – Erin is a certified Cheerleading coach and is trained to teach dance, acro and movement as well. We are happy to have had her with us since last summer. Many of the kids in the area also know her as a frequent substitute teacher in the area. - CPR/First Aid certified.


   Amanda Ford –  As she did last summer, Amanda will be in charge of our sports mini-camps. Whether she’s coaching herself, or bringing in other coaches, she’ll make sure that each participant goes home a much more confident and skilled player! - CPR/First Aid certified.


   Cheryl Madsen -  Cheryl brings a sense of serenity to our days and loves to work one-on-one with each of the campers – very important with the daily activity/chaos that surrounds us! - CPR/First Aid certified.


   Lindsey Olownia – We are excited to have Lindsey with us this summer as she’ll bring a quiet enthusiasm to our everyday activities. A past AHA! kid herself, she relates to the kids at their level but still commands her position of authority.


   Rory Taylor – Years ago, Rory was one of my AHA! regulars, so much so that I often put her in charge of activities for the younger kids while I worked with the older ones – and she was just in the 4th grade! She has just graduated from high school, but has wisdom, passion and insight far beyond her years.


   Interns from Northwestern Community College – We welcome Lauren Madsen and Sarah Morey who are both from Canaan and are attending the Team Success Scholar’s Program at NWCC. As part of their education, they will be assisting us at Camp AHA! about 14 hours per week throughout the summer.   


   Patricia Palmer  – Mrs. Palmer needs no introduction to most of you since she is a regular substitute computer teacher at NCES. Her enthusiasm and love for the kids and teaching will be quite evident during our Computer Camp series.




   Modern Paintball Club – If anyone is interested in playing paintball in Falls Village this summer, we can schedule a day to do that (weekday or weekend), but we need to have 10 players (aged 9 and over) to play. The cost would be $37 per person. Contact Lynn Nania if you have a group who is interested in playing. Lynn could also supply transportation to/from Camp AHA! (860-824-0393)

General Information


  • The entrance to Camp AHA! is to the left and behind the school - look for stairs to our room on the corner of the building.

  • We open at 7:30 and close at 5:30 but our program hours are 9:00 – 4:00. Our fees are based on our program hours, so a $5 fee is charged for early drop-off or late pick-up.

  • Campers need to bring their non-heatable lunch and snacks each day. If we have to provide a simple lunch because he/she does not have one, we will charge you $5.00.

  • We do sell snacks - be prepared to be asked for spending money by your child! Let us know if purchased snacks are off limits, or if you would like to run a tab.

  • Campers need to bring a swimsuit/towel. We go to the town pool on all good swimming afternoons. Please send sunscreen, bug repellant (with your child’s name on it). If you do not provide it and we have to use our own,  we will charge you $1.00 per application.

  • Walk-in campers are always welcome, at the daily rates. Pre-registration is suggested for planning purposes, but is not mandatory.

  • If your child is taking swim lessons at the Town Pool, let us know so we can coordinate getting him/her back and forth.

  • Notices are often displayed on the wall in the Camp AHA! room. Check it often for field trip or special event day announcements and other information.

  • For field trips, we must have advance sign ups in order to reserve a bus. A separate fee may be charged for a few of the trips.

  • Unless otherwise notified, we will still have a camp program running at NCES even when there is a field trip for those kids who are already enrolled in a mini-camp or have conflicts with the trip schedule.

  • Payment for Camp is expected in advance, by the day, week, month or summer.

  • If you don’t know your schedule when sending in your pre-payment or deposit, we’ll apply it to your account and apply debits when used. We do not need to know up-front which days your child is attending (although it would be nice once you do know), but we would like a deposit towards his/her attendance.

  • We do not automatically give credits for no-shows on any pre-paid day(s) but will issue a credit if your child was absent due to illness or family emergency. No cash refunds.

  • Any child who is dropped off at Camp AHA! without payment in advance may be allowed to attend that day, if there are no overdue amounts owed, but will be refused further admission until amounts owed are paid in full.

  • If you need to talk to me about financial arrangements, please call me at 860-824-0393.

  • Outstanding bills will be posted on our “billing wall” and lack of prompt payment will mean we may refuse admittance to your child.

  • Camp AHA! is an approved Care 4 Kids camp. Contact me if you want to apply and we can do the paperwork together. 


    For more info, contact:     Lynn Nania, AHA! Director, at 860-824-0393 or lcnania@yahoo.com

    Mailing address:  35 Undermountain Rd.,  Falls Village,  CT   06031

  • Camp AHA! Application - 2016


    Child(ren)’s name: __________________________________  Age(s):_______

    Address: _______________________________________________________

    Town: ________________________________  State: _____  Zip: __________

    Phone(s): _________________  ,  ________________  E-mail: _____________

    Please enroll me for the following dates:

    (Check week, and circle dates, full or ½ day,  plus extra morning or afternoon hour if needed)

    ___  June 15-17:              15th, 16th, 17th                     full day      ½ day   am or pm extra hr

    ___  June 20- 24:   20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th        full day      ½ day    am or pm extra hr

    ___  June 27 – July 1: 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 1st     full day      ½ day    am or pm extra hr

    ___  July 5 - 8:        (closed 4th), 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th      full day      ½ day    am or pm extra hr

    ___  July 11 - 15:    11th, 12st,  13nd, 14rd, 15th        full day      ½ day   am or pm extra hr

    ___  July 18 - 22:     18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd      full day       ½ day   am or pm extra hr

    ___  July 25 – 29:    25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th      full day      ½ day    am or pm extra hr

    ___  Aug. 1 - 5:       1st,   2nd,   3rd,   4th,   5th            full day      ½ day   am or pm extra hr

    ___  Aug. 8 – 12:      8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th         full day       ½ day   am or pm extra hr

    ___  Aug. 15 – 19:  15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th       full day       ½ day   am or pm extra hr

                                  Fees (per child): (full day is 9-4, ½ day is 4 hrs am or pm)

    $125 wk/full days ($112 extra child):      

  •                         $125 x ___ wks  + ($112 x ___ wks)          =  $___________            

     $  72 wk/½ days ($65 extra child):          

  •                          $  72 x ___  wks  + ($65 x ___ wks)         =   $____________           

     $  28 full day ($25 extra child):              

  •                          $  28 x ___ days  +  ($25 x ___ days)        =  $___________            

    $   16 half day ($14 extra child):             

  •                         $  16 x ___ days  +  ($14 x ___ days)        =  $____________            

    $      5 ($3 extra child) per extra hour (7:30-9 or 4-5:30): 

  •     $5 x __ hrs + ($3 x__hrs)                           =  $___________


  •  ___ mini-camp/specials: camper extra fee”  @ $____     =  $________           

  •  ___ mini-camp/specials: camper extra fee”  @ $ _____  =  $________  

  •  ___ mini-camp/specials: “non-camper fee”      @ $ _____   =  $_______                 

  • ___ mini-camp/specials: “non-camper fee”  @ $ _____    =    $________            

                                        Sub-total:                                            $ _____________


    Total fees due (make checks payable to Camp AHA!)          $  _____________