This summer, children nationwide are invited back for a second season of Camp TV, an engaging, educational, and entertaining series that keeps young minds active during the summer break from school. Season 2 premieres July 5, and airs weekdays at 9 a.m. on WSBE Rhode Island PBS through July 30. The 20 episodes encore August 2 through 27.
Developed in partnership with public television stations across the country, the series debuted last year as a means of bringing the summer camp experience to children staying home during COVID-19. Now, the fun activities and learning adventures continue as a standalone program, with The New York Times “Kids” column praising Camp TV as a refreshing, much-needed “cultural fix” that “[helps] prepare campers ages 5-10 for school.”
Broadway performer Zachary Noah Piser (Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked) returns as host and head counselor, guiding campers as they learn through play – exploring subject areas like nature, math, science, the arts, storytelling, writing, and more. Each episode kicks off with a welcome song and an announcement of the daily theme, allowing campers to follow along with a wide range of activities.
This season features a Summer Celebration Day, Patterns Day, Inside Out Day, Independence Day, Celebrate Your Name Day, Sports Day, Travel Day, Favorite Animal Day, and many others.
In Season 2, children will learn to garden, beatbox, investigate a “tornado in a jar,” celebrate a panda’s first birthday, perform a salad dance, create a pattern parfait, and make a “mini moody me” social-emotional craft. Each episode also includes a storytelling segment with a different book of the day. Activity guides will be posted on camptv.org so families can prepare ahead of each episode.
Locally, Rhode Island PBS produced three segments for the series, partnering with Roger Williams Park Zoo and Save the Bay. The first segment, premiering July 27, follows Roger Williams Park Zoo’s newborn otter pups as they show off their curiosity and skill-building. A second segment on July 29 teaches children about the migratory seals of Narragansett Bay, whose adaptations allow them to survive and thrive in a variety of coastal habitats. A third segment airing July 30 meets with the golden lion tamarins of the Roger Williams Park Zoo’s “Faces of the Rainforest” pavilion, where a zookeeper explains the unique parental and social roles that exist in nature. Episode descriptions and weekly updates for Camp TV can be found here.
WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits over the air in high definition on digital 36.1; Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD in MA; DirecTV 36, Dish Network 36. The broadcast schedule is also available to stream in real time at watch.ripbs.org/livestream.