Brewster Day Camp is a subsidiary of The Family Schools, Inc. which was established in the fall of 1980 by Founder and present Executive Director, Marcia Pioppi Galazzi. TFS Inc. began as a small program with three teachers and nine students in the antique Crosby Barn in Brewster. In 1983 the program moved to the present four acre campus at 3570 Main St. Today, TFS, Inc. operates year round education, recreation, and training programs which serve as many as 300 children per day, with a dedicated faculty of 90+ teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators. In our more than three decades of operation, we have served thousands of children and their families.

The Family Schools, Inc. oversees four affiliate programs:

  1. The Family School - year around education for children infant to five years;
  2. The Saltbox School - ten month program for Pre-Kindergarten through1st Grade;
  3. H.O.W.L.S - after school and vacation recreation programs K- 6th grade;
  4. Brewster Day Camp - spanning eight one-week sessions, BDC offers education recreation programs for campers K-8th Grade and Camper Leadership Program for 9-10th Graders.

Philosophy of All TFS, Inc. Programs

At The Family Schools Inc., professional educators support children and families through teaching excellence. All educational programs support and strengthen each family's own beliefs because families are the most effective teachers of their young children. In all of its programs, TFS, Inc. ensures the success of the individual child through daily written and/or verbal communication between our dedicated faculty and our families. Through our training programs, we teach adults about the subtle art of child raising. In all that we do, we recognize the unique learning styles of each child. Because of our innovative teaching philosophy, we are especially suited to work with children and families who may have found difficulty learning in other settings. At TFS Inc. we build educational partnerships which help children and adults find success together.

Our Shared Faculty and Leadership

TFS, Inc.'s most valuable asset is our highly educated and dedicated faculty comprised of certified teachers, accomplished administrators, gifted coaches, and a licensed pediatric Nurse. Our faculty teaches to children's individual styles and provides each child with the skills to recognize and capitalize on his or her own gifts. At TFS, Inc., our staff works closely together to provide an excellent educational experience for each child. Documented in the book, Common Sense Discipline, Dewsnap, Gryphon House, 1995, the work of our faculty has achieved national status.

Our Shared Campus

Our secure four and a half acre campus blends into the natural beauty of surrounding Nickerson State Park. Two comfortable cape-style buildings, the Schoolhouse and the Salt Box, overlook spacious grounds and woods. The campus features an outdoor Olympic swimming pool with adjacent bathhouses including indoor showers and toilets, 2 ball fields, an archery range, basketball court, two pavilions, a Yurt, an open-air art studio, six age appropriate playgrounds and climbing areas, and in the summer months - 16 tents. (click for campus tour)


Supporting Our Mission & Programs

Families and friends of BDC wishing to support our community may make a tax deductable donation through The Foundation for Family Education. For more information on the work of the Foundation, please visit their website HERE.