Silver Lining Circus Camp

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

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Junior Camp
Ages 6-8

At Junior Camp (ages 6-8), campers jump, roll, and tumble, spin plates, balance peacock feathers, juggle scarves, and more! Circus activities intersperse with free play, outdoor time, crafts, rest time, and stories in our circus library. The week ends with a “share” for family and friends including face painting and the famous Silver Lining popsicles!

Youth Camp
Ages 9-14

Circus skills (and fun!) are the focus of our Youth Camp (ages 9-14). Campers warm up, then rotate through skills stations in acrobatics, juggling skills, and balancing on tightwire, unicycles, and rolling globe. After lunch there is clowning, Coaches’ Choice, and free practice -- not to mention strengthening! By mid-week, campers select the skills they want to focus on for Friday’s show and work with their coaches to build their acts. At the end of the week the campers performe the show for friends and family. (Also: Popsicles!)

Advanced Camp

Most years we also run a 2-week Advanced Camp for campers with previous circus experience. Previous themes include show-building and a local tour, a clown intensive, and an act building and creation intensive.


"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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Flying Gravity Circus