Established in 1955, Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts was one of the nation's first camps to combine singing, dancing and acting with the fun of traditional Summer camp. Campers (coed, ages 7-18) take part in a non-competitive musical theater program, as well as sports and activities. Harand Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and boasts a camper to staff ratio of 4:1. Campers register for 1, 3 or 6 week overnight sessions.
Harand Camp adheres to a non-competitive philosophy where everyone is a star (the primary goal is for all campers to build self-confidence & self-esteem). In preparation for final performances, campers take daily classes in singing, dancing, and dramatics in the morning or afternoon. Occasional rehearsals are held in the evening (alternating with activities & events). Each session then culminates with a large-scale performance for friends, family, and alumni in a state-of-the-art theatre.
One Week Session (Week 1)
Campers can get a taste of the Harand experience with a newly-created one-week program. These campers enjoy the same arts and recreation activities as the first three-week session campers, culminating in a Workshop performance featuring selections from that session's Pageant (see below). This option is perfect for children who have never been away from home and want to try camp without committing to a full three weeks (though they do have the option to stay for the full session).
Session One (Weeks 1-3)
Campers participate in a full-length musical revue involving the entire camp. Each age group prepares two sections of non-stop singing and dancing and appear on stage no less than three times. Past Harand Camp pageants include: Tributes to Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Movie Musicals, Women of Broadway, the Tony Awards, Broadway Rock Musicals, etc.
Session Two (Weeks 4-6)
During the second three weeks, each age group prepares a full-length show. Unlike at other camps, Haranders have the chance to take on leading roles, as well as learn how to be a part of the ensemble, ensuring that every camper receives the full musical theatre experience.
Activities & Electives
In addition to the theatre program, campers also register for three periods of elective activities per day. The camp operates on an alternating schedule of A-Days (M, W, F) and B-Days (Tu, Th, Sa), so campers actually have six classes of their own choosing. Examples may include Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, Badminton, Cheerleading, Tennis, Fitness, Zumba, Technical Theatre, Costuming, Improv, Audition Coaching, Story Theatre, Hip Hop, Tap, Photography, Film & Video, Arts & Crafts, Creative Writing, Board Games, etc.
When not rehearsing in the evening, campers enjoy cabin nights and events, as well as all-camp competitions, concerts and excursions. The activity schedule may include the following: talent shows, campfires, Action Territory (entertainment park), beach excursions, skating, Family Feud and Trivia competitions, hobby nights, carnivals, dances, karaoke, bowling, and more.