Camp TV Brings Day Camp to Children Nationwide
Today, The WNET Group announced the launch of Camp TV, a new one-hour public television series that brings the day camp experience to children nationwide weekdays beginning Monday, July 13, on public television (check local listings) and available to stream at camptv.org.
Providing ideas for fun activities to kids who can’t go to camp this summer, Camp TV is hosted by a head counselor played by Zachary Noah Piser, a Broadway performer (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “Wicked”) who guides campers as they learn through play.
“During this challenging time, we hope we’re able to bring kids some of the magic, learning and fun of summer camp through Camp TV,” said Neal Shapiro, President & CEO of The WNET Group.
Head counselor Zach kicks off each episode with a welcome song and announces the day’s theme: silly hat day, rhyme day, backwards day, and more. Then, Zach guides campers through a variety of activities — exploring nature, math, science, the arts, movement, storytelling, writing and more. For example, kids will learn about surface tension while making bubbles and discover shapes while creating a flying origami star. They also will learn how to do magic tricks, create an oboe from a straw, and make guacamole. They will meet all kinds of animals, from a playful bearcat to chickens who like classical music. Every episode also includes a storytelling segment that features a different book of the day.
Confirmed Camp TV content partners include: Bedtime Math, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Chamber Music Society, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Franklin Institute, Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Let’s Learn NYC!, Liberty Science Center, Lincoln Center, Macmillan, Memphis Zoo, National Dance Institute, New Victory Theater, New York Botanical Garden, New York Public Library, New York Road Runners, Playworks, ReadWorks, Story Pirates, and Wildlife Conservation Society. Additional content is provided by teachers who participated in The WNET Group’s NJTV Learning Live series.
Camp TV is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and the program is distributed nationally by The WNET Group. Major funding for Camp TV is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by Joan Ganz Cooney.