Camp Catamount


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When is Camp Catamount this year?

Our summer 2017 camp session is July 29 - August 9 (M-F) from 9am-12:30pm.


Who can attend?

Students entering Kindergarten-8th grades may attend. Students do not need to attend school in GUSD (We had a camper from San Luis Obispo one year!). Children who attend camp are usually either wildly creative and somewhat boisterous, or witty at home but quiet and reserved in public. Whether your child is a born performer or needs to be drawn out of their shell, Camp Catamount is the place to meet other creative kids and have a great time with fun people.


Where is Camp Catamount?

Camp is held at Christopher High School. We work and play in several spaces that include classrooms, and the outside courtyard (quad). The Box Theatre is our primary space. Students are dropped off and picked up from The Box each day. When facing the front of the school, The Box is the last door to the left—there is a large storage container that says “CHS Theatre” in the parking lot in front of the entrance to the theatre.


What is the focus of Camp Catamount?

Now in its 5th year, Camp Catamount is a unique educational theatre experience. While other youth theatre programs focus on the rehearsal of a scripted play or musical, Camp Catamount provides an opportunity for children to develop performance skills in the context of creative play. Campers work in collaborative units to develop their own characters, stories, and skits. Some of the pieces are played out for the mere joy of engaging in make-believe, and some are staged to share with other groups. A few of the many scenes created throughout the camp may be shared with friends and family during our Funny Follies celebration. But regardless of whether a skit makes it past the first round of play to be shaped and reworked or not, the emphasis is on the creative process and not the final product.


At Camp Catamount, the creative process is the ultimate goal. Imagination is

nurtured and pushed to new plateaus as campers are encouraged to step into

fantastical worlds, absurd situations, and unlikely circumstances. Fun props, set pieces, mood lighting, costumes, and music are on hand to give the fancies of their imagination a life that can be experienced and enjoyed.


Who will work with my child?

Camp Catamount continues to be a great success because our counselors are quite simply the nicest, most creative, and fun group of teenagers in Gilroy. All have completed a foundational course in drama and most have extensive performance experience in school and community theatre productions. Most importantly, they are enthusiastic, love to play, and are excellent role models. 


The counselors ensure that all campers have a chance to express their ideas, assist them in turning the jumble of suggestions into a playable scenario, and assume roles and play alongside their younger counterparts. They successfully focus the boisterous, befriend the reticent, and embolden the shy. Christopher High School Theatre Director Dr. Kate Booth provides the camp curriculum and supervises the counselors. Dr. Booth has

an MFA in theatre education and a doctorate in theatre history, literature, and performance theory. She directed the Theatre Education program at CSU Fullerton before returning to Gilroy to teach at Christopher. Years of teaching and directing, coupled with sound educational theory have allowed her to develop a unique approach to teaching that builds skills through a series of fun games and activities.

How much does Camp Catamount cost?

The cost of attending camp is $300 for two weeks (10 sessions). There is a $50

sibling discount for additional children from the same family. Please bring a check or cash to pay camp fees to the first session on August 1st. Make all checks payable to “CAT Boosters.”


Camp Catamount is the primary fundraiser for the Christopher High School theatre program and ALL funds go directly towards CHS drama classes, productions, and programs. In the past, we have used funds to take students to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Next year, we hope to take CHS actors to an international Shakespeare festival in Moscow!


Can my child attend just one week of camp?

Campers will have a better experience if they are able to complete the entire

sequence of activities, but summer schedules vary, and we do accept campers who can only attend a portion of the program. Fees for 1 week are half of the total-- $125 (the sibling discount only applies to the full session). Please make sure to note which week your child will attend.


What will my child need to bring?

Campers should bring a snack and water bottle to camp on a daily basis. (NO ITEMS CONTAINING NUTS!) We will have a series of fun days where campers will create a character at home and come to camp in costume. In the past, our dress up days have included unusual fairy tale characters, crazy superheroes and villains, strange occupations, and cowboys versus aliens. No fancy costumes are necessary—the more creative and homemade, the better!


Can my child walk or ride his/her bike to camp?

We are only able to provide supervision on site from 9:30-1pm. Plan to have your child arrive and leave on time. We prefer that all campers are dropped off and picked up by parents or guardians. Walking is discouraged (unless you live REALLY close), and campers who ride bikes should only do so if they can bike with a buddy.


Will there be a final performance?

As stated earlier, we are all about the process and do not focus on preparing for a formal performance. We will, however, have a final celebration and share some of what we have done in camp for family and friends. The “Funny Follies” will be held at 6 pm on Friday, August 12th. Parents who wish to see what their child is doing at camp, however, are welcome to drop in at any time. Many parents arrive for pick up a little early to watch the end of the session.


How do I register my child?

To register for Camp Catamount:

  1. Please download the following registration and media release forms by clicking the PDF icons.

  2. Print and complete the PDF's.

  3. Either scan and email your completed registration form to OR mail it to 850 Day Rd. Gilroy, CA 95020 OR bring it with you on the first day of camp. 

  4. Please print the media release form and bring it, along with your payment, on the first day of camp.









That's it! Thank you for registering! You will receive an email confirmation within a few days.

If you have any questions, or would like to contact the camp director, Dr. Kate Booth, fill out the contact form below.

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