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Silver Lining Circus Camp - 2023

Juggling, acrobatics, and unicycling - clowning, tightwire, and diabolo! There are so many activities at our summer Silver Lining Circus Camp, it’s hard to fit them all into a week (or two)!

TOUR CAMP

Ages: 11-18

Dates: June 26-July 7 (2 weeks!)

           July 4th: Parade!

Days/Times: M-F, 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: 1st Congregational Church

          10 Union St., Milford NH

Capacity: 18 campers for the 2-weeks

For kids with prior circus experience. Skills training, show-making, & touring!

 

Tuition for the 2-week camp:

$700 thru 5/31 ~ $750 after 6/1

Limited financial aid available by application

If you are interested in attending the SLCC Tour Camp please fill out this questionnaire: 

YOUTH CAMP

Ages:  9-14 

Dates: Session 1: July 10-14 FULL

           Session 2: July 17-21

Days/Times: M-F, 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: 1st Congregational Church

          10 Union St., Milford NH

Capacity: 24 campers per 1-week session

Acrobatics, aerial arts, unicycling, clowning, juggling, and a Friday Show! All levels.

  Tuition per 1-week session:

  $350 thru 5/31 ~ $375 after 6/1

  Limited financial aid available by application

JUNIOR CAMP

Ages:  6-8 

Dates: Session 1: July 10-14 FULL

           Session 2: July 17-21

Days/Times: M-F, 9:00am-3:00 

Campers with siblings in Youth Camp can stay until 4pm

Location: 1st Congregational Church

          10 Union St., Milford NH

Capacity: 15 campers per 1-week session

Playful circus skills, games, outdoor time, crafts, stories, and a Friday Show n' Tell!

  Tuition per 1-week session:

  $325 thru 5/31 ~ $350 after 6/1

  Limited financial aid available by application

Pandemic Caveat and Intentions: 

Nobody knows what the COVID-19 situation will be in the summer of 2023 regarding variants, mandates, and guidelines. We are mindful that families have different responses to the pandemic. What we know is: We want to do circus with your kids, and we want to be safe, and we want to have fun! 

The team at Flying Gravity Circus (the parent company of Silver Lining Circus Camp) strives to be as careful, thorough, and as thoughtful as possible in creating policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 mitigation. We form our decisions by consulting and balancing recommendations from multiple resources, including the State of NH, the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Camp Association, and the best practices of the American Circus Educators Association.

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Photo: Justin Miel

CONTACT 

For program questions: 

Chloe Keller, SLCC Director

silverlining@flyinggravitycircus.org 

For enrollment questions:

Leah Huntington, Office Manager leah@flyinggravitycircus.org

For financial aid questions: 

Financial Aid Committee, financialaid@flyinggravitycircus.org


"My daughter was a painfully shy and insecure child. She didn't know how to comfortably communicate with others, especially in new environments. It was amazing to see her finding her way to "speak" during the circus camp, and more than that - the effect it had on her confidence the entire school year after attending the camp!! She found that showing off what you know and who you are could be actually fun!! What joy it is to see her blooming!!"
                                      ~A satisfied parent 

Our Circus Camp Mission

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“Circus is good for kids!” 

Silver Lining Circus Camp is founded on this belief and remains dedicated to uniting kids with the educational, developmental, and magical experience of circus arts. We have seen first-hand over nearly two decades that circus is much, much more than a fun recreational activity: circus benefits the bodies, heart, and minds of young people and can be a catalyst for significant change as children grow into adulthood.  

 

Silver Lining Circus Camp is a developmental circus arts program (DCAP) that strives to benefit the bodies, hearts, and minds of children and teens in age-appropriate ways through circus skills, activities, and performances.

Circus benefits bodies through fun and challenging circus skills that can increase physical fitness (strength, endurance) and motor fitness (coordination, balance, reaction time). The unique family of circus skills offers many opportunities for campers to have successful experiences no matter what their capabilities and learning styles.

 

Our programs are inclusive and our coaches are trained to accommodate individual campers whether they are new to circus or experienced.

 

Circus skills taught at Silver Lining include tumbling and acrobatics, juggling, balance, clowning, and human pyramids. Even after one week, campers report they feel stronger, more flexible, and more coordinated.

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Circus promotes social and emotional learning -- the heart of the SLCC program. As campers persevere through the challenges of learning new circus skills, they gradually achieve basic competency, which can lead to a rise in confidence and self-esteem. This sense of accomplishment can lead to feelings of joy and pride in what they have learned.

 

SLCC provides a positive social environment where coaches model language and actions that encourage and support the campers to encourage and support each other. Together, coaches and campers build trust, and they collaborate to produce an end-of week show (or "Share" in the junior camps) in which individual efforts attain a collective goal. Success for one equals success for all! 

Circus can also benefit developing minds, an observation that is capturing the attention of cognitive scientists. The process of learning complex physical circus skills and of putting skills together into a performance places demands on concentration, focused attention, and self-control. These cognitive abilities, collectively known as executive functions (EFs), are critical for success in school, work, and relationships.

 

Increasing evidence in academic literature shows that EFs are more likely to improve through activities that include strenuous physical activity, joy and social connections, and challenges that lead to more advanced stages of mastery. Circus arts provide an EF-friendly environment that appears to foster these cognitive benefits. Attending Silver Lining Circus Camp is a fun and effective way to get started and keep going! 

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