Sigma 2021: Overview

Please note that because of uncertainty caused by COVID19 pandemic, all plans for Sigma 2021 are tentative and can change at any moment. SigmaCamp will run Virtually (in similar format to Virtual Sigma 2020) if the COVID conditions change for the worse and make the in-person program impossible.

Location and Dates

SigmaCamp 2021 will take place at the beautiful Silver Lake Conference center near  Sharon, CT, located three hours from Boston and Stony Brook, and only two hours from NYC. The center is built on a glacial lake shoreline that reaches into the wooded hills of the Connecticut highlands. The camp dates are August 11-21.

 SC 2021 on Google Maps

COVID 19 information

We will follow all measures suggested by CDC and Connecticut Dept of Health to combat the spread of COVID19. In particular, all faculty and staff will be vaccinated, and all campers will be required to be tested before arriving. There may be quarantine requirements in accordance with state and national guidelines (which, unfortunately means that most international students might not be able to attend). For more information, please check our COVID19 Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation

Our students will be housed in comfortable lodge buildings with cozy sleeping and living rooms. Each of these rooms (there are about 4 per building) can house 10-12 campers, and each building is complete with multiple restrooms and showers. We are working with Silver Lake and the regulations of state of Connecticut to implement COVID-safe and comfortable living accomodations, which will include a reduction of the capacity of all living spaces.

Lectures, semilabs, workshops, and other activities will be held at various buildings and halls, and the outdoors, also located on the camp grounds. The extensive outdoor area of the camp means there will be no shortage of room for experiments, workshops, and fun activities you cannot do inside (like glass blowing). The camp grounds are complete with sports fields, campfire pits, and a lifeguard-supervised swimming area.

 

Our Faculty and Counselors

Our Faculty consists of math and science professionals, most of whom hold professor or other academic positions at Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab, and a number of other universities and research centers in the North East.

Our counselors come from a range of younger scientific and teaching experts-to-be that spans high school, college, as well as graduate-level students who come to volunteer at Sigma Camp from as close as New York and as far as Cambridge, UK.

Meet our faculty! | Meet our counselors!

 

Our Students

SigmaStudents come from many US states (last year - 15), Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Upon arrival to SigmaCamp, every camper is assigned to a team of about 10 campers and two or three counselors. Campers and counselors spend lots of time together as a team, and by the end of the season become like a family. Each team competes in the SigmaTournament together and participates in team activities. By the end of the season, anyone will tell you that their team is, clearly, the best in SigmaCamp.

In Sigma Camp, the campers will be divided into ten teams that will sleep together, have their own pairs of counselors, lead morning exercises and dining hall clean-ups on assigned days, and spend time together before going to sleep. The teams in SigmaCamp always represented by a Greek letter. Though the team life is important, the individual camper itineraries will be independent from their team activities, and each camper will be able to choose their own lectures, semi-labs, workshops, clubs, and how to spend their free time. 

 

Academic program

The Academic program in SigmaCamp is its most involved feature and backbone! Each part of the program spans several disciplines and includes Math and all sciences like Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science.

Starting with the semilab in the morning followed by a lecture, problem-solving tournament and a variety of workshops during the day, your day will be filled with a lot of new knowledge and discovery. If you feel that you might also have something to share, you are welcome to apply to our Junior Instructor Challenge or Experiment of the Day programs. Read more about academics at Sigma here.

 

Other activities

Does Sigma have something other then math and science classes? Of course it does! What summer camp could be complete without some outdoor fun? We have a variety of sports you can play like soccer, volleyball, ping pong and chess. Yoga classes and swimming in the lake are also an option. You can experience the art of tree climbing, which will be carefully supervised by certified rope instructors. If you don’t like sports – you can paint, play music or practice your acting skills. In the evenings, you have a choice of several evening clubs that range from geography trivia games to poetry readings.  The same traditional activities that happen at Sigma every year will take place in the "new normal", with appropriate modificatons to ensure everyone's safety.

Food

Fresh on-grounds-baked cookies? Check. Complete breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all with options for personal preference including vegetarian and gluten-free? Check. Have allergies or dietary needs and would like to speak to the chef directly so you can work out a menu? You get it. The kitchen at Silver Lake center is both kind and professional, and provides not only the proper macronutrient content to the campers, but also the responsiveness and care that make potential difficulties of feeding any of the hundred plus mouths that belong to Sigma Camp a non-problem. In addition, at  Silver Lake dining hall food served in a family style where the campers take care of setting up, bringing and taking away dishes, and cleaning afterwards is encouraged for all campers. Surprisingly or not - it works! Due to the "new normal", this year we allocate more time for meals to accomodate social distancing logistics.

Healthcare and safety

SigmaCamp staff-to-camper ratio is 1:2, and children will be supervised 24 hours a day by either our academic staff or counselors.  Certified lifeguards will supervise all swimming sessions and High Rope course is designed and carefully supervised by certified rope instructors. A registered nurse is available on site during our entire stay.  With regards to the "new normal" of COVID-19, we are working with state and national guidelines to implement a safe program, and will follow the same protocols of the other residential programs that will take place at Silver Lake earlier this summer, adapting to the evolving circumstances. For more information regarding changes to camp policies due to the "new normal", please check our COVID19 Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition

Program cost is $2,195 for 11 days/10 nights. There are sibling discounts ( 20% for second child and 35% for the third child ). We offer need-based financial aid (please visit this page for more information), and encourage financial aid applications. If you have a question about tuition, please email us at info@sigmacamp.org. Special reimbursement policies related to COVID-19 will be announced shortly.

Contact us:

E-mail: info@sigmacamp.com