Grade 5-9



3-D Engineering Session II
Have you been known to take apart toys to see how they work from the inside out? Ever wonder how houses are put together? Then you’ll fit right in here! Explore powerful 3D mechanical and architectural design software. Create photo-realistic parts and assemblies, then put them together in a virtual world, and experience what a real engineering designer uses to design the parts that actually make the world “go.”

Acting Session II (double period)
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!

Animal Interns NEW! Session I, II, III
Have you ever thought of becoming a wildlife biologist? An animal trainer? A veterinarian? Get up-close and hands-on experience with amazing 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 South American boa constrictor to an American alligator!

The Big Picture NEW! Session I
“The sum of us is greater than all parts,” said famous poet Maya Angelou. And she was right! Here is an opportunity for campers to cooperate to paint a large mural that will be put on public display. Each camper will scale part of a mural design onto a canvas or wood panel, and color it using a stylized stroke. When the sections of the mural are put together, you’ll get to see “the big picture” – the magnificent theme of the mural!


Bring on the Bling Session 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!

Candy Crush NEW! Session 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!

Charmed! NEW! Session I, II
What do knitting needles, a pasta machine, and Modge Podge have in common? BEADS. Colorful, tantalizing beads that you can make to wear and share with your friends. Have fun while learning how to create amazing paper and clay beads – just like the ones you see at fine jewelry tables. Use tracing paper to make a charm of your silhouette, then string it along with your handmade beads to make a beautiful necklace or bracelet all your own.

Checkmate! Session II, 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 II
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 NEW! Session II, III
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!

Comedy Improv Session I, III
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 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 New! Session I, 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; put your head on the body of Taylor Swift, or insert yourself into the Yankees’ lineup. Create an unbelievable 3-D project by scanning photos, using cool textures and colors. See how easy and fun it is to become a computer artist!

Crash Test Dummies Session II
Cars speed down the highway, going thousands of feet every minute. Planes soar miles above the ground. Space shuttles reenter the atmosphere at tens of thousands miles per hour. Engineers are always relying on science to make vehicles safer for people to ride in. Learn how the laws of physics apply to the safety features in 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 spaceships 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, which, 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 over dominoes 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, III
There’s 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 nonhazardous materials.


The Darkroom Session I, II
How did people take pictures before digital cameras were invented? And where did those Instagram filters originate? You’re about to find out! Using a Summer Place-provided 35mm single-lens reflex camera, you’ll shoot pictures on campus, learn to develop the film using a developing tank and chemicals, and enlarge your shots in the darkroom. Your photographs will be mounted and matted, for a professionally finished product.

Digital Photography Session I
Computers and photography go hand-in-hand as you discover the principles of digital photography. Learn to use a Summer Place-provided digital camera, capture your photos without cutting off Aunt Edna’s head, and 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 beautiful prints you’ll make of your work.

Dinner’s On! Session I, III
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 mouth-watering new recipes to try!

Game Maker Session I, 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!

Good Impressions NEW! Session II
Anyone can make a fingerprint – but there is so much more to the art of printmaking! Explore this exciting art form, using a combination of drawing and painting techniques that include Styrofoam etching, monoprinting, and found object stamping, to name a few! You’ll take home an impressive print portfolio that will wow your family and friends.

Healthy Eats Session III
Many people may think that healthy food means flavorless vegetables and meals that taste like cardboard. This is so not the case! Prove yourself (and everyone you cook for) wrong as we learn to make delicious food that’s good for your health and your taste buds. We’ll learn about different types of food groups, while making homemade granola bars, pumpkin muffins, summer desserts – yes, desserts can be both scrumptious and healthy – and more!

Learning the Ropes Session I, II, III (double period)
Climb, tug, roll, and swing your way like Tarzan through 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 course 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 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 phone the Summer Place office.

Mad About E-Textiles NEW! 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’ll work with lights and a small, wearable microprocessor called a LilyPad to make your clothes light up in the dark! We’ll also explore some of the other amazing ways that technology and fashion work together to make our world more beautiful.

Mad About Science NEW! Session II (Girls only)
Join a group of like-minded girls who all share a love of science and engineering. Together, we’ll explore and learn through 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, engineering and math!

Minecrafting Microchips NEW! Session I
A graphing calculator, an iPhone, a laptop, a PlayStation 3, an LED TV. All of these sophisticated electronics work because of microchips – devices so small and so complex that they have to be built by robots. But there is a place where we can build our own microchips and learn the basics of electrical engineering that are used to make electronics: the world of Minecraft! Learn to use Minecraft’s redstone circuits to control everything from light switches to automatic farms, elevators and in-game computers, then show off your new skills to your friends!

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 III
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 I, II
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 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!

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.

Safe Sitter Session II
We can’t teach you to fly with an umbrella, but we can teach you the tools that make nannies like Mary Poppins so successful. Watch your babysitting business grow as everyone in the neighborhood asks you to look after their kids once you become a certified Safe Sitter. You’ll learn CPR, basic first aid, personal safety, injury prevention, how to feed, diaper and care for children, behavior management, ethics, and babysitting as a business. Plus, you’ll learn games to play and crafts to share with children of all ages.

Selfies NEW! Session II, III
It’s no wonder Oxford Dictionaries named “selfie” its 2013 International Word of the Year! The number of people taking pictures of themselves, and posting them on social media like Instagram and Facebook, has skyrocketed! But did you know that self-portraiture is centuries old? Come learn about artists who used their own images to express themselves. Then take your own self-portrait – and use image transfer and a variety of media to turn it into an original work of art!

Spa Days Session II, 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!

Stage Crew Session I
In order for a play to be successful, the audience must be transported, but that’s not all up to the actors. The backstage crew really sets the scene. As a stage crew member, you will paint scenery, construct props, and design your own costumes. You’ll learn the behind-the-scenes secrets of the theater and how to bring a scene to life. Take this as a stand-alone class or in conjunction with the Acting class.

Superpaint! NEW! Session III
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 master painters, you’ll 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!

Television Production Session II, 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 a journalist and guest.

Think BIG! NEW! Session I
What would the world look like if you were an ant? In this course, you’ll put yourself into tiny shoes and make something HUGE! You’ll learn to look at a cell phone, an apple, and 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, T-shirt, or a colorful pillowcase that your friends can sign at your next sleepover.

Ukrainian Egg Painting NEW! Session II, III
Did you know that a 10-cent chicken egg could be turned into a $50 masterpiece? Using a wax drawing tool, melted beeswax, 15 special dyes, and an egg, you will learn the same wax-relief method that Ukrainians have used for more than 2,000 years. In their native country, Ukrainian people use these beautifully decorated eggs to celebrate spring and the warming of the earth. Choose your own pattern and color combinations to create wonderful gifts and keepsakes.

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 NEW! Session I
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 Session III (double period)
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. Discover 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.

Wood-burning 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 I, II, III
Use your mind, muscle, and creativity as you turn a piece of 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 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!

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