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Summer Camp 2020

kids playing with puppy at summer camp

Who We Are

wma summer program

For more than two centuries, Wilbraham & Monson Academy has been dedicated to transforming lives. Students and teachers from throughout the United States and around the world live and learn in a caring and supportive community enriched by a 200-year heritage of inclusion.

Our summer programs are taught by WMA teachers who love to teach, while WMA students and young alumni lead activities.

They are all passionate about what they do and want to make a difference in the world. Your classmates are kids who, like you, really want to learn. The experience is a first step to making lifelong friends and creating a global network of people who will know you and care about you for life.

What We Do

There are three distinct sections in the WMA Summer Program. Our youngest campers are the Beech Tree ‘Littles’ (ages 5 – 8) and ‘Bigs’ (ages 9 - 12) enjoy a traditional day camp with field and pool time, creative activities, hands-on tinkering and group interactions that help form friendships.

The WMA Summer ESL program strives to improve the attendees’ English skills as defined by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages for the Acquisition of a Superior level of Academic English Language Proficiency. Students will be tested and placed in competency appropriate classes for their ESL Lab period. And finally, workshops are offered in the morning and afternoon, which will allow campers to work with other summer program participants from the United States and around the world.

WMA Summer ESL Program

In 2020, the six-week, summer session will run from Monday, June 22, to Friday, July 31.

The ESL program suits students who are trying to experience the education style of Western education or hone their English skills with the goal of future enrollment at WMA. We limit enrollment to 12 per class, with a maximum of 24 students. Admission will be granted to students who are Levels, 3, 4, and 5 in ESL. These students are able to do academic work close to grade level with writing and vocabulary support. They exhibit growing confidence in their ability to comprehend and respond in English and are mastering participation in classroom and social activities.

Our daily schedule is quite full. Morning workshops meet from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and offer courses from our Fine Arts, Science and CEEF departments. In 2019, we offered Ceramics, Photography, Robotics, Finance & Business, Leadership, and an Art and Math fusion project that taught students how to make textile inspired pattern through math and coding. 

ESL meets in the afternoon from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Lessons and class activities, including short field trips, are created to improve and enhance the students’ ability to read, write, listen and speak English. A classroom assistant’s participation ensures that each student gets the individualized attention needed to succeed.

Evening activities are social by design and take place on or around our campus. We bowl, hike, go to lawn concerts, play soccer/Frisbee/basketball in our fields or swim and dance in our gym. A favorite for all is making s’mores around the fire pit and telling stories before lights out. Weekend activities expand our horizons a bit with trips to Boston, the Berkshires, parks and tours of museums, and colleges in Massachusetts.


From Program Director Gayle Hsiao

I invite you to read a note I received from a 2018 ESL camper (his name is included because he gave me permission to share his email):

Dear Mrs. Hsiao,

I am writing to you in order to tell my very great experience this summer.

I attended Wilbraham & Monson Academy Summer Camp this summer because I wanted to prepare myself as a new junior student in this school. At first, I only aimed to improve my English, especially in speaking and listening, being unable to learn appropriately in Thailand. The knowledge and fun experience, however, went far beyond my expectation. From the first day to the last day of the camp, happiness was the only word in my mind. Every teacher and counselor treated us like one of their family members. It is hard to believe that throughout five weeks in the campus, I, who lived thousands miles away, never felt homesick. I could eat and sleep very well because meals were tasty and healthy.

In the morning, we learned our selective subjects, including photography, robotics, and investment. I found myself very interested in photography. In two weeks, Mr. Bloomfield taught us from fundamental of photography to the use of lightroom for digital cameras. I could carry camera to practice in the field trips every weekend. These included New York, Northampton and Springfield. Many interesting and exciting places I went have widened my world and enhanced my creativity.

The ESL class every afternoon truly improved my English. The teachers were professional, kind, and active. There were a lot of activities and games, which were not only fun, but also improved English naturally. The class also prepared Sung Beom, Mei Yi and me, new students of WMA, to know the learning system in the U.S.

The camp gave me not only knowledge, but also all good memories and friends. Today, I still chatted with my friends who are now living around the world. The camp was such an invaluable experience.

I would like to thank you very much for these priceless experience during the summer camp.


Pheeraphat Trairatanobhas '20


Choose a Summer Program

Dates and information for 2020 will be updated as they become available.

the NEW Beech Tree



the new beech tree summer camp

Visit and 'like' our Beech Tree page on Facebook

For more than 20 years, Beech Tree has been giving our campers experiences they will remember forever. Traditional games, songs, and projects to take home about nature, friendship and imagination.



What is the Beech Tree story? Hear it from a couple of our campers:


“Thank you again for all you do. We are so proud of (our son) and he can't wait to go back tomorrow. He talked the whole (2.5 mile) ride home about everything that he did, and as you know, that is pretty impressive coming from a 10 year old. Thanks again!”


“I hope you have been enjoying your summer. I was wondering if there is any way we can add more days for both girls Beech Tree? I will be putting (my daughter) in for the full six weeks next year. She loves it so much!!! Thank you so much and have a great day!!”

“My kids love this Camp. The activities are very creative & the counselors are Awesome!!!”


“This camp was fantastic! The counselors are all enthusiastic, engaging, and positive with the kids. We'll definitely be back!!”




We are proud of our counselors and admire the passion and energy they bring to camp each day. They never seem to tire as they encourage the campers to make new friends, challenge themselves, and try new things.

Beech Tree counselors are all CORI cleared, first-aid and CPR trained and certified.

Six sessions, groupings by age:
Littles: ages 5-8
Bigs: ages 9-12


Session I: June 24 – 28
Session II: July 1 – 5 (camp meets on July 4)
Session III: July 8 – 12
Session IV: July 15 – 19
Session V: July 22 – 26
Session VI: July 29 - Aug. 2


Fee is $320 per week.

Early drop off is at 7:30 a.m. ($25 per session) Late pick up is at 5 p.m ($50 per session).

Sign-up during online registration.


"A Day in the Life of a WMA Middle School Student''

The 'Bigs' (ages 9 - 12) will participate in a special afternoon workshop each day about campus life including sample classes in the humanities, the language program, and the technology of the WMA Middle School. You don't have to be enrolled in our Middle School to enjoy this workshop!

July 29 - Aug. 2

All Beech Tree campers leave with a T-shirt, new friends and great memories.


June 24 - 28

In this class we will be investigating basic hand building techniques and will focus on sculptural and functional uses. We will be spending our time refining techniques that are introduced daily! Kids will be able to leave with two very different projects that investigate different parts of clay. Students will also begin to understand how clay is fired and also begin to investigate the different stages in clay.

Darkroom to Lightroom

photography summer camp

This is a two-week session workshop

July 1 - 5 and July 8 - 12

  • Earn one WMA Visual Arts Credit for this program.
  • A $100 materials fee will be paid at registration.
  • Students should bring a DSLR camera if they have one. Rentals are available for $60/week.

Darkroom to Lightroom offers a unique experience of old and new technology that covers 150 years of innovation and creativity. A photographic intensive program that leads the student to understand optical science – and crossover of art and science. A teaching assistant will be available during the day so students may work on their field assignments.

Students learn the fundamentals of old-school darkroom photography, which we then apply to the latest digital media to create interesting and creative imagery for web-based galleries. Focus will be on finding creative voice in exciting and diverse environments.

Students will learn:

  • Fundamentals of darkroom photography
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Control of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera

All student-photographers leave with a portfolio of work, a simple camera, which they design and make, tools to continue exploring, a T-shirt and a certificate of participation.

Instructor: Mr. Bloomfield

fashion: design studio

This is a two-week session workshop

July 1 - 5 and July 8 - 12

  • Earn one WMA Visual Arts Credit for this program.
  • A $100 materials fee will be paid at registration.
  • An introductory course in Studio Art or Drawing as a prerequisite is recommended.

This course will focus on the global understanding of fashion and its cultural and aesthetic implications.

Students will consider how fashion changes over time, comparing fashion trends on a global scale and investigating the social and historical aspects that directly influence these trends. The controlling forces of global economics, politics, social hierarchy, and how these forces dictate what people wear, are major thematic components of the course. Students will also examine the history and progress of fashion, and the differences between cultures, particularly Western ideas in comparison to Asian, African and Middle East aesthetics. Students will consider the global aspects of clothing design, fabric design, production and the economics of the fashion industry. In order to create a portfolio of clothing designs, students will learn to draw the human figure, focusing on proportion and anatomy. Various reading assignments will be assigned, as well as a comparative classroom presentation.

Instructor: Mrs. Lowry-Brook

FBI (Finance, Business & Investing)

finance, business and investing summer camp



This is a two-week session workshop.


July 15 - 19 and July 22 - 26


Successful people don’t build their wealth by accident or overnight – they’ve learned key financial concepts to strengthen and expand their investing IQ. Students will use stock trading programs to create a portfolio and to learn how to trade.

FBI I is the secret to your future financial accomplishment! Learn why the “power of compounding” and investing in stocks is the formula for success. Students will learn how to invest in stocks, mutual funds and become successful young portfolio managers, and also build their resumes to work on Wall Street.

FBI II takes the next financial step after FBI I to learn more advanced concepts to build your financial literacy foundation. Investing strategies are learned in conjunction with developing a mock portfolio.


A mid-week New York City Financial District Trip includes day program students.

Instructor: Mr. Irzyk

Fiction Writing

Bill Wells, a 25-year journalist and current Director of Student Promotion at WMA, has generously offered to teach a Writing Workshop on our campus this summer. The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Fiction Writing Workshop will focus on the character development and storyline structure of fiction writing while pushing students out of their comfort zone through various daily prompts.

Mr. Wells has written two novels in the past year, "Run for Rwanda" and "Uno." 

Make it Move - Artbotics!

robotics summer camp


This is a two-week session workshop


July 15 - 19 and July 22 - 26

A series of workshops designed to blend art, robotics, and computer science to create kinetic art. LEGO EV3 mindstorms will provide the foundation of the program. Other robots will be incorporated as time permits, such as Ozobot, Finch, Edison, Sphero SPRK, Cubelets, and mBot robots.

Developed at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with support from the National Science Foundation, Artbotics is designed to inspire students to explore the integration of art, computer science and robotics.

Instructor: TBA

Special Programs

cit leadership & adventure program

kids walking to campCounselor in Training Program limited to 12 participants

Age of participants - Born between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2005

Fee: $638 (includes Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification)

Six weeks, one commitment

  • June 24 - June 28
  • July 1 - 5
  • July 8 - 12
  • July 15 - 19
  • July 22 - 26
  • July 29 - Aug 2 - CIT Candidates will receive CPR and First Aid Training this week.


Participation in the CIT Leadership & Adventure Program will help you develop behavior traits that will help in the future…good communication, team building, goal setting, and conflict resolution skills. Upon completion, you will be well on your way to becoming that special leader who is able to build a sense of community and instill leadership, participation, and cooperation in others.


english as a second language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) Full six-week participation is recommended. A minimum 3-week registration is requested. Special application form is required.

The WMA Summer ESL Session programs strive to improve the students’ English skills as defined by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages for the Acquisition of a Superior level of Academic English Language Proficiency. Students will be tested and placed in competency appropriate classes for their ESL Lab period. Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon, which will allow the students to work with other summer program participants from the United States.


June 24 – Aug. 2

WMA Summer Session follows a traditional school year schedule:

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Workshops each week - (Descriptions above; not all workshops run every week)

  • Artbotics – A hybrid program of Robotics, Art, and Computer Science
  • CIT Leadership & Adventure Program
  • Darkroom to Lightroom – Photography
  • Fashion: Design Studio - A focus on the global understanding of fashion and its cultural and aesthetic implications.
  • F.B.I. Finance, Business, Investments
  • Ceramics

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • ESL Lab: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Day students leave campus after Outdoor Activities concludes at 4:30 p.m.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Study Hall/Homework for ESL

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Evening Activity or field trip. Some of these field trips take place on the weekends.

Evening and weekend activities 2019

  • Basketball/soccer and open gym; includes indoor swimming pool
  • Firepot campfire, s’mores, songs and friendship
  • Shaker night of Bowling
  • Outdoor Concerts at Fountain Park
  • Weekly Yoga instruction
  • Dinner in area restaurants – Formosa Amherst (Taiwanese), Crepes Tea Room (Russian), Leone’s (Italian)
  • Ice cream at Westview Farm, Rice’s, Mountainview, Jake’s, Cindy’s
  • Pizza nights at Gio’s, Pafumi’s or Leone’s
  • Quabbin Reservoir – Picnic, history and games
  • Monson Summerfest – Small town street fair celebrating America’s Independence Day
  • East Longmeadow July 4th Fireworks
  • All-American Independence day barbecue at a private home
  • Puffer’s Pond, Amherst – Swimming, fishing, barbecue
  • Sonny’s Place – Amusement Park
  • Lusitano Park – Western Mass Pioneers soccer game
  • Look Park – Full day. Barbecue picnic, pedal boats, mini-golf, train/zoo, walking, field for games
  • Museums – Dr. Suess, Springfield History, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Mass MoCA
  • Majestic Theater – Youth Theatre
  • Boston Trip includes stops at MIT and Harvard, New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • 5-College area walking tour of art museums and campuses of Smith, Amherst, UMass, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke
  • Fenway Mini-Golf
  • Eastfield Movie Theatre (rainy day activity)
  • Pot luck dinner – trips to 5 Star Asian Grocery, Victory Market and the Big Y featuring ‘foods from home’
  • Hikes – Rice Preserve, Ludlow Reservoir, Peaked Mountain,
  • Boating and Tubing on the Connecticut River

Cancelation of certain evening/weekend field trips and activities and substitution of an alternate activity might occur due to weather conditions as determined by the Summer Programs Director for the safety and well being of the campers.

Fee: Six-week program is one, all-inclusive fee of $9,300. Includes $300 for health insurance (required)


International students will apply for a tourist visa to attend.

Summer Programs Packing List

Travel Guidelines

Special application form required

Gayle Hsiao

Director of Summer Programs

Email Gayle Hsiao

Call 413.596.9103


Meet the staff


paul bloomfieldProgram Coordinator Paul Bloomfield serves as Chair of the Fine & Performing Arts Department at WMA. Mr. Bloomfield holds a master’s degree in art history from Boston University, where he focused on contemporary printmaking and selected works of the late master printmaker Michel Mazur for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His undergraduate studies in Fine Arts at the University College of Wales (UK) helped direct his interest in painting, printmaking and photography, and he continues working in these media.

Mr. Bloomfield has exhibited his photography throughout Massachusetts, including Gallery Kayafas, Boston and the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Mass. While teaching advanced and introductory studio and photography courses, he is also a regular contributor to “Art New England.” Mr. Bloomfield resides in Wilbraham, Mass., with his wife and is the father of two, including his assistant Zoe '18.

  • Chair, Fine & Performing Arts Department
  • B.A. Fine Art, University College of Wales; M.A. Art History, Boston University



jim irzykInstructor Jim Irzyk is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and The College of the Holy Cross and was a member of the mathematics faculty, coach of football and baseball at Cushing Academy, and The International School of Brussels before serving 20 years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. During his time at Choate, Mr. Irzyk served as Director of Summer Programs and Head Varsity Football coach, winning the New England Class A Prep School Championships in 1990, 1992 and 1993. Additionally, he served as Head Coach of Softball for 15 years. Most recently, he has served as Director of Enrichment & Co-Curricular Programs, Director of Summer Programs and math faculty at The Whitby School in Greenwich, Conn. He holds an M.A. in Business Administration from American International College as well as a Sixth Year Certificate in Education Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.

  • Director, Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center; Head Coach, Varsity Baseball
  • B.A. Economics, College of the Holy Cross; M.B.A., American International College; Sixth Year Certificate in Education Leadership, Southern Connecticut State University; Columbia University, Teacher College Certification for Teaching Financial Literacy



Instructor: Marvina Lowry-Brook

marvina lowry-brookMrs. Lowry-Brook, a member of the visual arts faculty, teaches Studio Art, Painting and Sculpture as well as a new course in Fashion Design. She has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to teaching fine arts, Mrs. Lowry-Brook has taught college-level art history, taught and trained college museum guides, developed education materials and guides for art shows.

Her love of travel and foreign language led her to live in Mexico and France, where she travelled extensively during her two year stay. She recently received the Global Educator Travel grant which took her to Paris and Milan to prepare for a new course in fashion design.

When not teaching, Mrs. Lowry-Brook writes children's stories, does genealogical research, and creates her own artwork including sculpture, painting, and maps. She resides in Wilbraham, Mass., with her husband, and is the mother of three, including Lilianna '16 and Ian '21.

  • Visual Arts Teacher
  • Degrees: B.A, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • M.A. Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Certification in Art Education K-12, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • Certificates in Elementary and Intermediate French, Sorbonne, Paris


Kiayani Douglas


Instructor: Kiayani Douglas

Kiayani comes to us from St. Thomas More School, where she was an art teacher and dorm parent. She now serves in a similar capacity, taking over Ceramics and Drawing. Outside of the classroom, Kiayani is our Yearbook Advisor and she lives in Rich Hall with her partner, Akeem. Kiayani received her B.F.A. in Ceramics and an Interdisciplinary M.F.A., both from the University of Hartford.


Instructor: Bill Wells

Bill WellsAs Director of Student Promotion, Mr. Wells writes stories to share the achievements of our students through interviews with local media, social media and our website. In addition, he creates college-recruiting videos for our students, served as advisor to the class of 2016 and co-directs the school newspaper, Atlas. He also maintains the athletic pages of the WMA website.

Mr. Wells came to WMA from The Republican, where he served as sports writer. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field.

Mr. Wells has written two novels in the past year, "Run for Rwanda" and "Uno." 



drew shea

Drew Shea is a member of our alumni faculty, having graduated from the Academy in 2008. He went on to earn a bachelors degree from Castleton State College where he majored in Spanish Language and Literature with a concentration in Spanish Education. During his time at Castleton he travelled to Costa Rica for study at the Universidad Veritas and completed an ECELA Language Immersion program in Lima, Peru. In addition, Mr. Shea has spent many years working with the Greater Westfield YMCA in their childcare, youth sports and Camp Shepard programs. He is currently working toward a masters in Education at American International College.

  • Spanish Teacher
  • B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, Castleton State College









Register here!

Health Forms

Mandatory health forms must be completed as part of registration.

All Wilbraham & Monson Academy Summer Programs require that Mandatory Health Forms be completed and returned before the start of Summer Programs.

Mandatory Health Forms

Please mail completed forms to:

Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Summer Programs
423 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095

Completed forms may also be emailed to summer@wma.us.