Session 1: July 11-15
Session 2: July 18-22
Days: Monday- Friday 9am-4pm
Location: First Congregational Church grounds and parish hall. 10 Union Street, Milford NH.
Tuition: $350 ($375 starting June 1)
Capacity: 18 students per session
(We regret that we are unable to offer a Junior Camp for younger children this year. We look forward to 2023!)
Activities: NOW INCLUDING AERIALS!
Acrobatics, trapeze, fabric, juggling, tightwire, unicycle, games, clowning, a SHOW, and more!
No prior experience necessary, all levels welcome!
Photo: Justin Miel
Covid Caveat and Intentions:
It is hard to guess what will be happening in July of 2022 with 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 information below is what we plan to do based on what we know as of this writing (February 9, 2022).
FGC/SLCC reserves the right to adjust our policies based on informed sources as we get closer to camp time. We pledge to keep enrolled families updated as we know more.
Current COVID plan (as of February 9, 2022):
Spaces: We intend to run as many activities as possible outdoors, including snacks and meals. In the event of rain or extreme weather, we will move activities indoors. There are 2 large spaces in the parsonage that we will ventilate with fans.
Masks: Outdoors: As of this posting (2/9/22), campers and staff may be unmasked when outdoors. Campers may wear masks if they choose or as parents prefer.
Indoors: As of this posting (2/9/22), campers and staff must wear masks indoors.
Staff: All coaches will either be vaccinated and boosted OR will provide SLCC with evidence of a negative COVID test prior to each camp week.
Cancellation: In the event of a spike in the community transmission of COVID-19, we may have to cancel one or both weeks of camp. Should this occur we will issue a full refund.
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.
Photo: Justin Miel
Huge thanks to our corporate sponsors:
Full Season Sponsor
"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
“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.
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!