We are happy to announce that we will be bringing back our most popular summer camps in addition to some new themes we have developed for Summer 2013!
Our camps are available to our currently enrolled elementary students or to those who have enrolled for the following academic year. New this year, we will also be accepting siblings of enrolled students.
Elementary camps run from 8:30am to 3:30pm each day. Before and after-school care is also available (summer school hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm).
Please note that the program descriptions below are brief overviews. Scheduled activities may vary depending on interests and abilities of students, weather, or unforeseen circumstances. Any changes in activities and projects will be of similar content and scope as those listed.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Dates: June 3 – June 7
Teachers: Charity Kizer and Tatiana Hart
Students will delve into the world of media by planning, creating, and editing their own video. The focus of the camp will be tailored to the interests of the students enrolled with the general aim to illustrate the power of the media in conveying a message. So whether they choose to focus on fiction, become a reporter for a week, or develop a campaign on an important topic, they will have an opportunity to practice public speaking, communication, interviewing, and organizing skills with a fun, creative project. Possible field trips may include a trip to a local newspaper, theater, TV station, or to visit a public figure for our budding reporters.
Dates: June 10 – June 14
Teachers: Tatiana Hart and Andrea Edery
Our campers will travel back in time to Medieval Europe. Their journey will engage them in learning the history and culture of the period through stories, legends (such as the Knights of the Round Table), activities, and reenactments. Activities will include learning about heraldry and chivalry, designing their own Coat of Arms and suit of armor, a genealogy project, engaging in sports of the time (Nerf fencing and archery), equine studies, and much more.
Around the World in Five Days
Dates: June 17 – June 21
Teachers: Andrea Edery and Khaoula Hourani
On their Around the World adventure, our “tourists” will explore select countries on a different continent each day. Campers will investigate various aspects of each country’s culture from music, art, dance, costumes, to food. Activities will range from cooking ethnic dishes, creating and participating in a mystery quiz game (“Where in the World?”), dancing, and art projects. The students will also have an opportunity to practice modeling skills as they create a 3D model of a famous landmark.
Dates: June 24 – June 28
Teachers: Play-Well TEKnologies Staff and Ashley Fisher
Hosted by Play-Well TEKnologies, the students will spend each morning engaging in real-life engineering challenges using Lego® pieces, motors, and other mechanical devices. From motorized machines to castles and catapults, the hands-on projects are designed to explore concepts in physics, mechanical/structural engineering, and architecture. The curriculum is flexible according to the interests and experience of each participant. So even if your child does not have much practice with Lego, the engineering challenges and creativity of the projects will provide a fascinating learning experience! The afternoons will continue with a variety of construction challenges including bridges, airplanes, woodworking, and fun with a paper roller coaster challenge!
Dates: July 1 – June 5 (*excluding July 4th)
Teachers: Ashley Fisher and Amanda Yadeski
The focus of this camp is to expose the students to the wide variety of sports included in the Olympic games such as gymnastics, martial arts, baseball, volleyball, table tennis, archery, and swimming. When students are not taking field trips to participate in these sports, they will be learning about the history of the Olympics in ancient Greece, participate in Olympic quiz games, learn the importance of sportsmanship, discover how some popular games were invented, and more.
CSI Mystery Week
Dates: July 8 – June 12
Teachers: Mad Science Staff and Ashley Fisher
Mad Science will provide the morning program for this camp entitled Chemicals, Cells, and Crime. Students will explore organ systems and cells of the human body. They will also research chemical reactions, and discover how to use what they have learned to solve a mystery in this hand-on science adventure. The afternoons will continue the theme with activities such as fingerprinting, DNA sampling, microscope work, taking plaster casts of shoeprints, an eyewitness game, mystery puzzles using logical clues, and/or a scavenger hunt.
Wide World of Sports
Dates: July 15 – June 19
Teachers: Ashley Fisher and Khaoula Hourani
This second sports week will have activities such as rock climbing, bowling, golf, tennis, baseball, archery, laser tag, and swimming. When students are not engaged in the physical activities, they will work on designing informational material on various health topics such as nutrition, exercising, sports medicine, collaborative games, and other health-related topics.
Dates: July 22 – July 26
Teachers: Ashley Fisher and Khaoula Hourani
The focus of Survivor Camp is on using critical thinking skills in a variety of situations. The students will learn about safety through engaging, hands-on activities that will also help reinforce important life skills. Hands-on activities may include a CPR and First aid overview, water safety class, basic self-defense skills, orienteering, and various role-playing activities. The program will also extend to cooperative games, scavenger hunts, visiting a local police or fire department, obstacle courses, fort building, and/or a survivor challenge game.
Dates: July 29 – Aug 2
Teachers: Tatiana Hart and Ashley Fisher
The main attractions of our Animal Adventure camp include visits to the lemur center, science museums, Carnivore Preservation Trust, a local horse farm, and possibly the NC Zoo. Using video, hands-on activities, and games, the students will study a variety of topics including animal adaptations, taxonomy (five classes of animals), endangered species, bird watching, microscope work, and animal trivia games. The students will have a session on nature photography.
Dates: Aug 5 – Aug 9
Teachers: Jonathan Schroer and Tatiana Hart
The New School boasts a very active and strong chess club with a powerful track record in tournaments. International chess master and local instructor, Jonathan Schroer, will lead a chess one-week chess camp. No prior experience is needed for this camp, as Coach Jonathan will adjust the program to fit the needs of each student. The day will be broken up with other strategic games and physical activities to help keep the children engaged and active. top