Acting Session I,III
So you want to be a star? Join us onstage! You’ll develop your dramatic imagination and communication skills, and 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, in front of your very own audience of family and friends. Watch out, Broadway, here you come!
All About Apps NEW! Session II,III
Want to write computer code, explore the world or become a citizen scientist? Want to be a filmmaker and make stop motion animations? If so, join us at All About Apps, where we’ll use iPads to learn, explore and create. Along the way, you will earn badges to recognize your accomplishments, such as writing lines of code using game apps, contributing observations of nature online using Project Noah, and “hiking” rainforests, ancient ruins and glaciers. We will even hold an Angry Birds tournament, projecting the game on-screen, and then head outdoors to play a life size version of the game!
Animal Interns Session I,II,III
Have you ever thought of becoming a wildlife biologist? An animal trainer? A veterinarian? Through up-close and hands-on experiences with animals from The Wildlife Sanctuary at The Children’s Museum, you’ll learn how to care for various exotic pets; design and test “enrichment activities” for animals; and gain an understanding of the differences between pets and “wild” animals. And you’ll meet some unusual creatures that you’ll probably never see at the local pet store, from a Diamondback Terrapin to a South American boa constrictor. Note: Appropriate behavior, maturity, and patience are required to guarantee a safe and rewarding experience for all.
Art Tees NEW! Session II
Calling all fashion designers! If you’ve ever seen a really neat T-shirt and imagined making one of your own, good news – now you can! In this class, you’ll actually create a piece of wearable art by taking your own fun photos, then importing your pictures into Photoshop and producing your own T-shirt designs. Next, you’ll print your work and transfer your design onto a plain shirt. By the time the last day of class arrives, you’ll have several cool, one-of-a-kind tees to take home!
Candy Crush Session II,III
Have you ever played Candy Land, watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or visited an old-fashioned candy store? If so, you might have found yourself wishing you could make your own delectable treats. This class will take you to a whole new level of sweet temptations, guiding you through the basics of candy making. Learn to mold, marbleize, dip, drizzle, and paint your sweet concoctions. Mix, cook, and stretch some tasty taffy, too!
Checkmate! Session I,III
You could be the next Summer Place chess champion! Whether you’re a chess enthusiast or just a beginner, come play tournament-style chess in this exciting class. Learn how to strategize and hone your skills to wipe the opponent’s board of every knight, rook, and pawn with ease. Play will be organized by ability level and previous experience. Become a whiz at the game of kings and queens, which has entertained people all over the world for more than 2,000 years.
Chocolate Cravings Session I
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!
Cirque du Summer Place Session II
From the acrobats and jugglers popular in ancient Egypt to performers in present-day shows like Cirque du Soleil, circus stars have delighted and amazed audiences for thousands of years. Come learn the arts of juggling, unicycling, stiltwalking, diabolo spinning, balancing, and more! In just two weeks, you’ll develop circus skills, create acts, and even make your own costumes. Best of all, on the last day of class, you’ll star in a special Cirque du Summer Place show for family and friends. Here’s your chance to run away and join the circus, and still be home in time for dinner!
Clash of Clans NEW! Session I
Medieval war is a dangerous thing; goblins and trolls lurk in the woods and the soldiers of enemy clans take advantage of every weakness. To survive, an army must have the best-built swords and axes, and the sturdiest shields and armor. They must know the tactics of moving together, and they must individually be masters of swordplay. As one of the warriors, you’ll learn to build your own weapons and armor, fight with swords and axes and shields (all safe and properly padded, of course), and maneuver on a battlefield, fighting the enemy in tactical combat. You’ll also venture into the wilderness to defeat monsters. Raise your sword and heed the call to battle! Glory awaits!
Clay Creations NEW! Session I,II
Join in the fun as you pound, poke, and roll clay into fabulous, hand-made creations. Learn how to use slab, coil and pinch techniques to make a variety of exciting and unusual projects – everything from vessels to votives. Roll up your sleeves and experiment with a variety of textures and glazing techniques. You’ll be amazed when your finished work comes out of the kiln!
Comedy Improv Session I,II
Comedy Improvisation is the hilarious type of acting where you fly by the seat of your pants, making up your scene as you go along like the comedic actors in the popular TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? Learn the clever tricks that make improvisation so much fun to watch and practice the art of unrehearsed entertainment! On the last day, we’ll perform our own comedy improv show for special guests.
Computer Animation Session I,II
You love watching cartoons online, but have you ever thought that you could actually make your own? Well, you can – and will – in this ultra-digital class. You’ll learn how to produce simple (and not-so-simple) computer animations, ranging from two-dimensional cartoon sequences to more exotic three-dimensional masterpieces. Unleash your creative energies as you sample some of the hottest computer applications around!
Computer Art Session III
Discover how much fun you can have using digital tools to create a masterpiece on the computer! Learn the basics of paint and photo software programs to make pictures; put your head on Taylor Swift’s body, or insert yourself into the Red Sox lineup. Create an unbelievable 3-D project by scanning photos and adding cool textures and colors. See how much fun you can have and how easy it is to become a computer artist!
Costume Shop Session III
Why just go to the store to buy a costume when you can create your own fabulous costume shop? From masks and mustaches to wings and capes, you’ll learn how to make your own costumes and disguises. Using a variety of materials, including face paint, fabric, cardboard, tissue paper and (of course) duct tape, we’ll transform ourselves into witches, wizards, knights, fairies, monsters, and other amazing creatures. Bring your imagination to life!
Crash Test Dummies Session III
Cars speed down the highway, going thousands of feet every minute. Planes soar through the air, the passengers sitting miles above the ground. Space shuttles land their passengers safely back on earth after reentering the atmosphere at tens of thousands miles per hour. Engineers are always relying on science to make all of these vehicles safer to ride in. Lean how the laws of physics apply to the safety features in all of these vehicles by designing and building your own models, and then testing them in various crash scenarios using a raw egg as a passenger! Only the best-designed planes, cars, and space ships will be able to protect their passengers from becoming a yolky mess.
Crazy Contraptions Session II
The famous board game Mousetrap involves a crazy multi-step contraption that, in the end, drops a cage on the mice. This kind of ridiculously overcomplicated machine is called a Rube Goldberg device, named after the comic artist who first invented them as a joke. You’ll get to design and create your own Rube Goldberg devices, rolling marbles down tracks, knocking dominoes over into creative shapes, and sending ping-pong balls flying through the air – all in a fantastic chain reaction that uses science and engineering to put on an amazing show!
CSI: Summer Place Session I,II,III
There is a whole new set of crimes to solve this summer! Who broke into the pool after hours? Who stole the campers’ lunches and all of the Popsicles? Become a crime scene investigator by learning to analyze fingerprints, tell human hair from pet hair, test chemicals, ID blood types (using simulated blood), and use many other forensic techniques. We will collect evidence and solve a different mystery each day. Note: All cases involve nonviolent crimes and non-hazardous materials.
The Darkroom Session I
In this “picture perfect” course, you’ll be introduced to the basic elements of black-and-white photography. Using a 35mm single-lens camera provided by Summer Place, 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.
Darkroom to Digital Session I
Ever wonder how photographs were created before the digital camera was invented? Or how film-based and digital photos are the same and different? In this course, you’ll spend the first week making sun prints and photograms, taking pictures with film cameras, and developing photographs in the darkroom. The second week, you’ll convert those printed photos to digital images, change them up with Photoshop, then use them to create your own artistic masterpieces!
Digital iPainting PLUS NEW! Session III
Learn how easy and fun it is to make great art with an iPad! We’ll take photographs and turn them into paintings using fun drawing and painting apps. PLUS, we’ll experiment with real paint on paper and compare our results! You’ll get to use all kinds of paints and brushes, then try a variety of special effects when you paint on the iPad with your fingers. You’ll also take photos of your paintings, and see what they look like when you change the colors. The possibilities are endless when you combine digital painting with real paint and brushes. Come join the fun!
Dinner’s On! Session I,II
No more boring dinners of frozen chicken nuggets or boxed mac-and-cheese for you! Learn lots of recipes that will bring the whole family to the table, eager to feast on your culinary creations. We’ll begin with appetizers, salads, and soup, and continue with entrées like lasagna, pizza, and quesadillas – and, of course, delicious desserts. You’ll walk away from this class with a cookbook full of mouthwatering new recipes to try!
Game Maker Session III
Have you ever dreamed of designing your very own computer game – one that combines the elements of your favorite adventures, battles, and races? Now you can! Together, we’ll create games with animated graphics, build backgrounds, and incorporate sounds. You’ll start out with simple games built from a template and advance to creating your own game to bring home and share with your friends!
Heroic Measures … Up and Away! Session III
Ready for an adventure of heroic proportions? Whether you’d love to have lots of cool gadgets like Batman, swing from place to place like Spider-Man, or be a female superspy like Black Widow, here’s your chance to become your own superhero in a class that provides nonstop, action-packed fun for all! You’ll use your imagination through role-play and comic book scripting, and explore all types of superheroes from the DC and Marvel universes. Then you’ll work in the Superhero Headquarters as part of a team tasked with saving the world (just like the Guardians of the Galaxy ... but without the raccoon!). On the last day, you’ll team up with other campers to prevent a super-villain from wreaking havoc on the camp! Can you stop him?
Learning the Ropes (double period) Session I,II,III
Climb, tug, roll and swing your way like Tarzan through the challenges of the University’s ropes course. Take this opportunity to test your own limits, gain self-confidence, and learn to work cooperatively with others – all while having lots of fun! Play unusual New Games, solve seemingly impossible group problems, work and grow as a team, set “world records,” and push personal limits, both mental and physical, in activities. Orienteer and hike through the woods, jump/fall and dive into open air, ride zip lines and “flying squirrels,” walk treetop cables, and share powerful experiences. Note: This course will include an off-campus orienteering trip.
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 in reading, math, written expression, and study skills. The class is offered to students entering grades three through nine. 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 the 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. At the end of each two-week session, parents will receive a written report 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.
Let the Slideshow Begin! NEW! Session III
Have you ever imagined being part of a newsgathering team that shoots events as they happen and shares those images with an audience? As part of the first-ever Summer Place Slideshow Committee, now you can! Members of the committee will take photos of daily Summer Place happenings, choose the best photos, select great music, and put everything together using iMovie to create the final Summer Place slideshow that will be seen by the entire camp on the final day of the session!
Mad About E-Textiles Session II (Girls only)
This is where fashion design meets technology! Join a group of tech-savvy and like-minded girls to design and program your own personalized e-textile. We will work with a small, wearable, microprocessor called a Lily Pad, and use it together with lights to make your clothes light up in the dark! We will also explore some of the other amazing ways technology and fashion work together to make our world more beautiful.
Mad About Science (Girls only) Session II
Join a group of like-minded girls who all share a love of science and engineering. Together, we’ll explore and learn with slews of fun, science-related activities! Get your hands dirty discovering the ideal recipe for Silly Putty; learn how to make a mini catapult that really works; explore the properties of biomaterials; learn how our bodies make us strong; and so much more. Let’s bring some girl power to the future of science, technology, engineering, and math!
The Melting Pot NEW! Session III
Travel on a culinary journey through various ethnic cuisines. Our tour will take us to a different country each day as we make some of the specialties that each region is noted for: crepes from France, homemade Italian pasta, Chinese won ton soup, and quesadillas from Mexico. The tastes of the world await you!
Minecraft Mission Session I,II
The world of Minecraft is full of dangers. Adventurers require the quickest wit and the deepest thinking in order to survive. In this class, you’ll learn about Redstone creations and building schematics that can help you thrive in those dangerous and blocky lands. Best of all, you will create a world together, working as a team to complete challenges and conquer your Minecraft missions!
Mission to Mars Session I
If you choose to accept the challenge, you will become part of a team of campers designing the next mission to Mars. You and your team members will Skype with a real scientist designing for NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. You’ll also create space meals, spacesuits, Mars Lander vehicles, and biospheres, and mine for minerals. Will your inventions survive the trip to Mars and keep you and your fellow astronauts alive?
Mosaic Art Session II
Have you ever seen colorful, intricate walkways or walls made of tiny pieces of tile, glass or stone? Mosaic art got its start more than 4,000 years ago, and it’s still amazing! In this course, you’ll not only discover how mosaic masterpieces are created but make your own – by arranging colorful clay and glass tile pieces to design useful and decorative flowerpots, picture frames, and serving platters. Both beginning and advanced artists are welcome!
Pasta Paradise Session II,III
No boxes of bow ties and jars of Ragu needed for this class. We’re going to make our own favorite pasta varieties from scratch! We’ll do as the Italians do and learn how to make homemade pastas like spaghetti, ravioli, and gnocchi. And, of course, pasta is naked without sauce to swim in, so we’ll also be cooking up a variety of tasty sauces to accompany our pasta creations. Delizioso!
The Power of Paper NEW! Session III
Start with some simple, square pieces of paper. Then learn to fold them into animals, stars, birds, flowers, containers, and more! You’ll be surprised by all of the exciting things you can create! Using origami – a fun and ancient art form – as well as easy-to-learn paper sculpture and papier-mâché techniques, you’ll make pop-up greeting cards, models, simple animation, and puppets, to name just a few fun projects. Then we’ll team up and work together to craft complex pieces of art.
Rocketry Session I,II,III
Experience the excitement and satisfaction of successfully launching rockets that soar into the atmosphere to heights of close to 1,000 feet – that’s skyscraper height! You’ll assemble and paint each rocket that you make before shooting it up to the clouds! Both beginning and experienced rocketeers are welcome on the launch pad.
Spa Days Session III
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!
Splatter Paint NEW! Session III
What can you make your paint do? Grab your goggles and let’s find out!! Splat, puff, pop!! In this fun, interactive class, you’ll be able to splatter paint across the paper like abstract artist Jackson Pollock. You’ll make puffy paint and use it to create three-dimensional art. And you’ll pop paint-filled balloons on paper to make one-of-a-kind abstract art pieces. Are you ready? Let’s add more color to your world!
Strategic Commanders NEW! Session III
Strategic commanders pride themselves on their cleverness and cunning. They build their armies wisely, carefully plan their next moves, size up the worth of their enemies, and always win the battles they face. These people are strategy commanders. In this course, you’ll play strategy games of many different varieties – board games where you settle new lands or bring heroes forth to clash in great battles, card games where you seek to outplay your opponents, and games where you put your thinking skills to the ultimate test as we travel outside and you become a part of the games themselves. Will you be the mightiest of the strategy commanders and defeat your opponents? It’s your move!
Superpaint! Session II
Splash, spray, pour, brush, draw, scratch, sponge, blend! Discover and experiment with all the ways you can apply paint and mix color. Inspired by the Old Master painters, you will create colorful impressionistic landscapes in the style of “Seurat the Dot,” expressive two-view Picasso-like portraits, and realistic pop art soup cans à la Andy Warhol. Try your hand at folk art, checkerboard geometric abstractions, and pictures from your imagination. Become a Summer Place Superpainter!
Think BIG! Session I
What would the world look like if you were an ant? Think BIG! In this class, you’ll put yourself into tiny shoes, and make something HUGE! You’ll learn to look at everything from a cell phone to a baseball glove from a different perspective – then use wire, wood, papier-mâché, and your amazing imagination to sculpt a giant model of an everyday object!
Tie It, Dye It, Dry It Session I,II
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, a T-shirt, or a colorful pillowcase that your friends can sign at your next sleepover.
TV Production Session I,III
What could be more fun than creating a TV show? Get hands-on opportunities to practice in front of and behind the camera. Experience the thrill of creating TV shows in the University’s state-of-the-art television studio. Practice being the next Brian Williams or Ellen, or learn to do camerawork, audio, teleprompting, directing, and many other vital functions in a real, fully equipped TV facility. At the end of this class, you’ll have a better understanding of how programs are made – and a DVD copy of your program to share with family and friends.
News Workshop Week 1 of each session
Learn all the different aspects of becoming a newscaster, sportscaster, or weather person – from reporting and writing to delivering an effective and engaging story.
Talk Show Workshop Week 2 of each session
Learn to become an effective talk-show host and discover how it feels to be on each side of the interview as both journalist and guest.
Upcycle! Session I
In with the Old … Up with the New! Start by taking your old T-shirts and upcycle them into a cool and useful book bag – or an infinity scarf and a T-shirt bracelet to match. You’ll also learn to transform an old silk tie into a useful wristlet that will hold your iPhone … and upcycle old maps, colorful magazines, or old books into picture frames, gift wrapping bows, and even beautiful wreaths. This is recycling at its best!
Viral Videos Session I
You could be the next YouTube sensation! Produce, direct, shoot, and edit digital video and share it with the world. Armed with simple flip cams and our group creativity, we will take to the campus to create short films, news broadcasts, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and lots of funny outtakes. Who knows? Your creation could be the next viral video that everybody’s talking about!
Wicked Good Candles Session II
Have you ever walked into a candle shop and smelled the different “flavors”? These days, candles can smell like everything from strawberries and watermelon to Orange Creamsicles and milk chocolate! In this class, you’ll learn to make your own “wicked good” candles, using different waxes, colors, and scents. We’ll make beeswax rolled candles, hand-dipped candlesticks, and a jar candle that smells like apple pie!
Wilderness Survival (double period) Session II
Are you a Survivor fan? This hands-on class will teach you to welcome and appreciate the challenge of survival without the comforts of home. Learn how to build a weatherproof shelter; build, start, and maintain a fire (without actually starting one!); use a compass to find a treasure; and tie knots. Find out how not to get lost (and what to do if you do). Learn the most important needs in a survival situation, how to prioritize them, how to obtain them, and how to stay safe with rudimentary First Aid while still having fun.
Woodburning Session II,III
Burn and etch your creative ideas into wood by learning this “hot” hobby. Discover techniques for drawing, shading, and adding color to your wood-burned projects. Transfer your original drawings, favorite sports team logo, or cartoon characters to a work of art that you can proudly hang on your wall or give as a gift! Note: Due to safety issues, maturity and appropriate behavior are necessary to guarantee a safe and rewarding experience for all.
Woodworking Session II,III
Use your mind, muscle, and creativity as you turn wood into something wonderful! Design and build your very own piece of furniture, whether it is a table, chair, stool or something you come up with on your own. Anyone can make an awesome piece of furniture – no experience needed. You will learn 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. Both beginning and experienced woodworkers are welcome!
X Marks the Spot NEW! Session I
Want to know a secret about Summer Place? Okay, but you have to keep it to yourself. This place is full of hidden treasures. Behind buildings, around the lake, under the trees … there is amazing stuff to find all over! How do I know? Because I hid it all, of course! And if you want to find all of these treasures, you’ll need to use cunning and teamwork and the latest GPS technology each day as you follow clues, answer trivia questions, discover new clues, take and upload pictures, and find the prizes at the end, where X marks the spot!