Camp TV on Detroit PBS

A day camp experience in your living room!

Camp TV is a new one-hour public television series that brings the day camp experience to children nationwide weekdays beginning Monday, July 20 on Detroit Public Television. The series will air at 1:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on WTVS-56.1. Episodes will also be available for on-demand viewing.

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.

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Head counselor Zach kicks off each episode with a welcome song and announces the day’s theme: silly hat day, camping day, rhyme day, silly sock day, backwards day and more. Zach then 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 bouncing bubbles and discover shapes while creating a flying origami star. They will learn how to do magic tricks, turn sneakers into tap shoes, 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.

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Silly Hat Day

 Learn to step dance, do magic tricks, make bouncing bubbles and a flying origami star. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, guides “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center, the Memphis Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bedtime Math and more. 

Silly Hat Day

 Learn to step dance, do magic tricks, make bouncing bubbles and a flying origami star. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, guides “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center, the Memphis Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bedtime Math and more. 

Song Day

Make scary sounds and an oboe from a straw, sing, see leafcutter ants in action. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center, the Memphis Zoo, NYC Department of Education, and National Dance Institute. 

Camping Day

Meet a bearcat, partner juggle, make guacamole, explore stars and flowers. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include New Victory Theater, Memphis Zoo, NY Public Library, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Liberty Science Center, Bedtime Math. 

Rhyme Day

Learn about pollinators and play writing, try tap dancing and body percussion, meet Nigerian goats. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include New Victory Theater, Story Pirates, Bronx and Memphis Zoos, NYC Department of Education and more. 

Silly Socks Day

Meet snake Julius Squeezer, regrow a pineapple, make a book, read a book  – Fox in Socks.Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include the Memphis Zoo, Franklin Institute, New Victory Theater, Brooklyn Museum, NY Botanical Garden, and Playworks.

Backwards Day

Meet a tarantula, go gaga over graphs, make parachute cups, learn about palindromes. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include the Memphis Zoo, National Dance Institute, New Victory Theater, Intrepid, Liberty Science Center, Bedtime Math. 

Heroes Day

Make a hovercraft and a friendship bracelet, meet a scorpion, play Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include the Franklin Institute, National Dance Institute, Intrepid, Bedtime Math, Chamber Music Society, NY Road Runners. 

Beach Day

Make boats that floats, be a clown, dance like river creatures, go on a pirate treasure hunt, and visit the coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes region. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include The Nature Conservancy, Great Lakes Now, New Victory Theater, National Dance Institute, Bedtime Math, NYC Department of Education.  

Cooking Day

Make a frozen banana penguin, meet a skink, learn about centripetal force. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” learning through play. Content partners include NY Botanical Garden, Lincoln Center, NY Road Runners, Story Pirates, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NY Public Library, Memphis Zoo. 

Space Day

Make a catapult, a space station, and shadow puppets; watch hippos race in Zoolympics, play body percussion. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include New Victory Theater, Liberty Science Center, Bedtime Math, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Memphis Zoo. 

My Future Self Day

Make maracas and ice cream, meet sea lions and Frida Kahlo. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include the New Victory Theater, Bronx Children’s Museum, Story Pirates, NY Public Library, National Dance Institute, Readworks, Memphis Zoo. 

Pets Day

 Make a glovaphone, conduct an egg dissection, meet Monty the ball python, learn African dance. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” learning through play. Content partners include the MSU Tollgate Farm and Education CenterNew Victory Theater, NYC Department of Education, Franklin Institute, Lincoln Center, Memphis Zoo. 

Pajamas Day

 “Four Corners,” make a dream-catcher, listen to a glass armonica, avoid poison ivy. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” learning through play. Content partners include the New Victory Theater, The Franklin Institute, Memphis Zoo, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Playworks. 

Not Really My Birthday, Day

Make water bend, a paper bag puppet, a birthday crown, and cookies; write a song. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” learning through play. Content partners include the New Victory Theater, The Franklin Institute, Memphis Zoo, Lincoln Center, Story Pirates, Children’s Museum of the Arts.

Dance Party Day

Visit distant planets, do an opposite dance, make a relief sculpture with clay, watch ducklings leap from a treetop nest. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Liberty Science Center. 

Musical Instrument Day

Make an airplane, a tambourine, and plastic string; meet sloths, play a magic carpet game. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” learning through play. Content partners include the Intrepid Museum, National Dance Institute, Playworks, BRIC, Story Pirates, NY Public Library, Roger Williams Park Zoo. 

Disguise Day

Dress up in disguise, write a message with invisible ink, watch bush babies and jellyfish, add ornaments to your singing. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include Story Pirates, Lincoln Center, BRIC, NY Public Library, Backyard Nature. 

My Favorite Character Day

Meet a porcupine, learn summer words in sign language and why Pluto isn’t a planet. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include BRIC, Chicago Park District, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Memphis Zoo, NY Road Runners, Liberty Science Center. 

My Favorite Color Day

Blend colors, learn about dinosaurs and robots, paint with mud, and go behind the scenes at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include Detroit Institute of the Arts, Memphis Zoo, Lincoln Center, Bedtime Math, Chicago Park District, NY Public Library, National Dance Institute, Nature. 

My Favorite Season Day

Learn about animal adaptations, food webs and rockets; go night bugging. Welcome to CAMP TV – a 1-hour, day camp experience in your living room! A head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, leads “campers” learning through play. Content partners include Central Park Conservancy, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Knoxville Symphony, Save the Bay, Baltimore Woods, San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology. 

Camp TV is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET. 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.

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