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Our Philosophy

Happy kids at Rowland Hall SummerWorks camp in Salt Lake City, Utah, smiling on a sunny day.
A summer well spent is a summer spent outdoors, full of grass stains, watermelon mustaches, and new friendships.

At SummerWorks, kids connect to incredible adult role models who act like monkeys, get soaked by water balloons, and always provide a listening ear. A summer well spent challenges kids to stretch their limits, whether in the swimming pool, on a rock-climbing wall, or in the camp play. A summer well spent has long, sun-filled days, each followed by the best sleep a kid can have. A summer well spent ignites learning pathways, preparing kids to be active, curious learners when they return to school in the fall. We believe that a summer well spent is a summer spent at camp.


We spark curiosity through a developmentally appropriate progression of skill-based activities that increase in complexity and specialization. Our staff is trained to support exploration, appropriate risk-taking, and reflection so that campers of all ages learn interesting and valuable skills during their time at SummerWorks.

Each week, SummerWorks campers participate in activities in the following key interest areas:

  • Sport and physical activity
  • Art and creative expression
  • Literacy
  • Outdoor adventures


We nurture self-confidence through a safe learning environment, rich in opportunities for each camper to take risks and celebrate their efforts. Our program supports confidence-building in three specific ways:

  • Safe physical and emotional environments
  • Small camper groupings to ensure that each camper receives close personal attention
  • Weekly reflections or demonstrations of what each camper explored and learned during the camp week


We nurture character development through daily habits that encourage campers to care for themselves, their friends, their community, and the natural world. Our youngest campers practice personal responsibility throughout their days, while our older campers begin to explore ways to contribute to their den groups, families, and community through awareness and small actions.