Acting Session I, II
Be the next Robin Hood! With acting games and movement exercises, you'll develop your dramatic imagination and communication skills. You'll learn how to bring a play to life from script to stage by exploring characters, blocking scenes, and experimenting with acting techniques. You'll even get to show off what you learned with a performance on the last day with your very own audience of family and friends. Watch out, Broadway, here you come!
Bakery Delights Session III
There's dough to be rolled and cookies to be cut in this class devoted to all things baked. Learn to prepare bakery delights from around the world using delectable sweets and fresh summer fruits to create such mouthwatering treats as cookies, crumbles and crisps, while getting hands-on experience as a real baker in a real kitchen. Everyone will want your recipes!
Behind-The-Scenes NEW! Session II
Learn how to bring a fairytale from book pages to the stage. What's a princess without her ball gown? A knight without his armor? A dragon without fire to breathe? Use your imagination to design and build props, costumes and sets to illustrate classic tales. You'll even get to take them home!
The Big Dig Session I
Roll up your sleeves and dig into the exciting world of rocks, crystals, and fossils! Together we'll grow our own crystals, learn how to identify rocks, and pan for real gold in a homemade river. Be part of the excavation team as we dig up an entire dinosaur skeleton and put it together. Amaze your family by making and painting your own mold of a T-Rex tooth and Oviraptor claw to bring home.
Bring on the Bling Sessions II, III
Looking for that perfect accessory to complete your favorite outfit? Don't go to the store. Learn to make it yourself instead! Create beautiful one-of-a-kind bracelets, elegant earrings, hip headbands, and fashionable flip-flops that show off your individual style. Use beads, clay, embroidery floss, ribbon, wire, jewels and more to design unique jewelry for yourself and your friends!
Cartooning Sessions II, III
Bring the funny, crazy, serious, villainous, or heroic characters of your imagination to life on the page through cartooning. You will learn techniques and skills to help you create the cartoons you have always wanted to draw. Run wild with colors, shapes, and backgrounds to illustrate your very own silly, mysterious, or action-packed comic creations!
Chocolate Cravings Session III
Do you dream about doing the backstroke in Willy Wonka's chocolate river? This class will get you pretty close! Dig right in to chocolate of all sorts – milk, dark, white – while we learn how to cook and bake with it to create decadent chocolate treats. We'll try a new recipe each day, making sure to satisfy every sweet tooth!
Computer Animation Session II
You love watching cartoons, but have you ever thought that you could actually make your own? Well, you can – and will – learn how to produce simple and not-so-simple computer animations, ranging from two-dimensional cartoon sequences to more involved three-dimensional masterpieces. Unleash your creative energies as you sample some of the hottest computer applications around!
Crazy Chemistry Sessions I, II, III
Become a Summer Place chemist as you discover and experiment with basic science concepts. Explode pop rockets, launch a huge 50-foot solar balloon, get lost in a dry-ice cloud, create gooey slimes, send geysers of soda high into the sky, create "worms" and "snow" by mixing just the right liquids and powders, and even shake-and-make ice cream. This course is sure to excite the curiosity of all future scientists!
Digital Photography Session I
Computers and photography go hand-in-hand as you learn the principles of digital photography in this exciting course. Discover how to use a Summer Place-provided digital camera, learn how to capture your photos without cutting out Aunt Edna's head, and how to download your pictures to a computer so you can brighten, crop and stylize them with Adobe Photoshop – the same software the pros use! Get ready to become the family's designated photo taker after they see the prints you'll make of your beautiful work.
Electric Avenue NEW! Session III
Your computer, your iPod, your toaster, your television, all require electricity to make them work. But what exactly is electricity? How do we create it and how do we use it to give the things we use every day the power to work? We'll construct basic electrical circuits to power flashlights, doorbells, telegraph machines, electromagnets, generators, and even a radio!
Fungeneering NEW! Session II
Are you good with LEGOS ®? Tinkertoys ®? K'NEX ®? Then you might have the mind of an engineer in that head of yours. Here is the place to test the limits of your building abilities. We will engage in a daily challenge to build something elaborate out of all sorts of crazy materials. Can you make a tower out of spaghetti? How about a bridge out of toothpicks? Or a dam made from sugar cubes? Test your skills with these fun, mind-expanding challenges.
Go Green Session II
Explore alternative energy and 21st century green design as you build, cook, and race your way to a better environment. Design your own energy efficient house, construct a solar oven, battle solar robots, enter indoor and outdoor competitions and explore Watkinson School's energy-neutral building, which runs off solar power and geothermal heating and cooling.
Good Eats NEW! Session I, III
We all know a fluffy cake tastes the best, but don't you wonder how it gets that way? We'll use the guidance of the super smart and very funny host of the Food Network show "Good Eats," Alton Brown, to learn all about the science behind cooking and baking. Discover why cakes rise or how to make oil and water permanently stick together. Best of all, we get to eat what we cook!
Larger-than-Life Sculpture Session II, III
Think BIG and learn how to make a fanciful, larger-than-life-sized object—whether it's a shoe that's large enough to sit in, an iPod the size of your dog, or a yo-yo as big as a chair. Using wire, papier mâché, plaster, and lots of humor and imagination, you'll create your very own incredible, larger-than-life-sized sculpture!
Lasting Memories NEW! Session I
Wondering what to do with all those pictures from last year's vacation at the beach, your family's first camping trip, or the ones of your new puppy? Create a scrapbook to showcase your favorite images or memorabilia in a very special way so that you can preserve and share them forever. Learn techniques like stamping, print making and tea staining to design a one-of-a-kind personal creation.
Learning the Ropes Session I, II, III
Climb, tug, roll and swing your way like Tarzan through the challenges of the university's ropes course. This is a challenging opportunity for you to test your own limits, gain self-confidence, and learn how to work cooperatively with others—all while having lots of fun! Play and learn through games and low- and high-ropes activities. Solve problems blindfolded, work together for new "world records," test your skill and determination, and cooperate for fun and the satisfaction of making it across, through, under and over.
The Learning Zone Sessions I, II, III
The Learning Zone is an enrichment course option offered to Summer Place campers who could benefit from small-group academic instruction. It is offered to students entering grades three through nine in reading, math, written expression, and study skills. The groups meet in a relaxed, air-conditioned space that is highly conducive to learning.
The Summer Place learning-skills specialist focuses on an individual plan for each student based on the needs of the child. The Learning Zone teacher will contact each parent prior to the summer to gather information needed to develop an educational plan. The specialist will then teach, model, and reinforce the concepts and learning strategies necessary to achieve each student's specific goals. Parents will receive a written report at the end of each two-week session that summarizes progress made and current achievement levels. This report may, in turn, be passed on to the student's teachers in the fall.
Summer Place campers may enroll in a Learning Zone course in each session they attend. A nominal fee of $250 per Learning Zone course is charged for this individualized program. For further information on this special option, please call the Summer Place office.
Loco for LEGO Session I
Calling all LEGO fans! Construct and compete in building challenges as we take an exciting LEGO journey. We'll build people for our LEGO town and cars for them to drive in, and then construct an entire city complete with a fire station, airport, and even a market. At the end of the two-week adventure you'll have your own kit to construct more LEGO madness at home. LEGO land is waiting for you!
Medieval Machines NEW! Session III
Castles were the greatest defenses of the medieval era, mammoth structures of stone that protected whole towns worth of people. But even these giants were not immune to the power of science! Trebuchets, catapults, and ballistas were all machines that could demolish a castle or a defending army. Experience their raw power for yourself as you build and compete with your own versions to destroy model castles as we catapult back to this fascinating time in history.
Mission to Mars Session III
If you choose to accept the challenge, you will become a team of campers designing the next mission to Mars. You and your fellow astronauts will create space meals, spacesuits, Mars Lander vehicles, biospheres, and mine for minerals. We will also Skype with a real scientist designing for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Will your inventions survive the trip to Mars and keep you and your fellow astronauts alive?
Ooey Gooey Treats NEW! Session II
Who doesn't love marshmallows and Rice Krispies? Ice cream and sprinkles? Strawberries and fudge? Yes, please! Learn to measure and mix scrumptiously gooey ingredients to make delicious treats to share with your family and friends. We'll learn a new recipe each day with lots of opportunity for sampling our sweet creations!
Photography Session I
In this "picture perfect" course, you will be introduced to the basic elements of black-and-white photography. Using a Summer Place-provided 35mm single-lens camera, you will shoot pictures on campus and then learn how to develop and enlarge them in the darkroom. Your prints will be mounted and matted for a professionally finished product.
RC Adventures NEW! Session I
Put your fingers in the driver's seat as you zip, race, and wheel by working the joysticks and button controls of remote control vehicles. Build courses and obstacles to send your vehicles through and become a master at "talking" wirelessly to your cars on the ground, planes in the air, and boats in the water.
Spa Days Session I
You deserve some days of relaxation at the Summer Place Spa! Pamper yourself using common ingredients found right in your kitchen. From olive oil and sugar to avocado and frozen cucumbers, uncover the secrets of the professionals as you perfect your manicure and pedicure skills, explore the latest hairstyling trends, and learn healthy skin tips. Use the tools from your own personal spa kit to treat yourself or a friend to an at-home spa day, any day!
Speed Racers Session III
Discover the importance of aerodynamics, mass, and friction as you build your very own race cars. You will learn the tricks of the trade and perfect your sawing, sanding, gluing, and precision-balancing skills while building a Pinewood Derby racer during the first week and a rocket-powered CO2 dragster the second. Compete to find out if your speed racer will cross the finish line first!
Street Magic Session III
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a magician like Harry Houdini, David Blaine or Criss Angel? Study card, coin, and rope tricks, vanishing illusions, and mind reading. You'll finish the session with over 30 astonishing tricks up your sleeve. Enter the world of illusions and impress your friends at every party!
Summer Place Times Session I
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Summer Place Times has the exclusive scoop on the latest camp news, happenings, and gossip and we need reporters like you to get it to print. Whether you are interested in interviewing, taking pictures, writing stories and reviews, or adding some creativity, our newspaper is looking for you!
Sweet Artistry NEW! Session II
Be like the Food Network stars from "Cake Boss" or the competitors on "Cupcake Wars" and take ordinary bakery treats to the next level with edible decorations using frosting, sprinkles and more to make each treat as artistic as it is delicious. Learn to make cupcakes, pies, cake pops, and pastries – all with your own creative flair!
Tie It, Dye It, Dry It Session I
We'll be tie-dying like crazy and we're not just talkin' T-shirts! Dip and dye in bright, bold colors using sunbursts and wild patterns as you discover new ways to make your tie-dye project one-of-a-kind. Incorporate your favorite pop song lyrics or inspirational quote into your piece by using fabric paint and markers. Try the accordion knot technique to make a wall hanging, T-shirt, or a colorful pillowcase that your friends can sign at your next sleepover.
Water Rockets Session II, III
Get ready for launch! Learn how to transform an ordinary 2-liter soda bottle into an extraordinary water rocket that really flies. Add fins and a nose cone to create an aerodynamic design. Achieve maximum altitude on launch day and become a Summer Place junior astronaut.
Wilderness Survival Junior Session II
What would you do if you were lost in the woods? This hands-on class will teach you how to appreciate the challenge of survival without the comforts of home. Learn how to build a weatherproof shelter, how to build, start, and maintain a fire (without actually starting one!), how to use a compass to find your way, how to tie knots, how not to get lost and what to do if you do.
Woodworking Session I
Use your mind, muscle, and creativity as you learn the craft of woodworking! Design and build a variety of projects while learning how to use hammers, saws, sanders, drills, and other hand tools. You will gain new skills and confidence and are guaranteed to have lots of fun. Projects will be appropriate for both beginning and experienced woodworkers.