3-D Engineering NEW! Session II
Have you been known to take apart toys to see how they work from the inside out? 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 (double-period) Session III
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!
Animal Training Session I
This is your chance to gain some hands-on experience with animal training. Learn the basics of animal care and have the opportunity to train your own mouse! Working in pairs, campers will take turns being primary trainer and backup trainer, and will even train each other. Campers with parental permission and an appropriate cage can take a mouse home at the end of the summer. Note: Appropriate behavior, maturity, patience, and dedication are required to guarantee a safe and rewarding experience for all.
Aspiring Painter Session II
Take out your brush and palette. Whether you're just beginning to paint or are putting together your portfolio, this class will challenge the individual artist in you. Some days we'll paint like the French—outdoors "en plein air." We will explore such mediums as acrylic and watercolor while learning a variety of brush and painting techniques such as color mixing, blending, and shading.
Backyard BBQ Session III
Nothing says summer like an outdoor meal off the grill. But barbecue doesn't mean just burgers and dogs! Not only will you create some of the most delicious mouthwatering marinades but also learn how to perfect cooking time and refine your grilling technique. Create perfectly grilled appetizers, veggies, pizzas, burgers, kabobs – and even peaches and plums!
Birthday Biz Session III
Learn about all those special details that make a party super perfect in this class all about starting your own birthday party entertainment business! From balloon making and cookie decorating to magic tricks and teaching popular dances, you'll learn some tricks of the trade and practice real-life entertaining with Kinderplace campers. You'll soon be on your way to entrepreneurial fun and success!
Bring on the Bling Session I, 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 Session 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.
Check Mate 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 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!
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 "Who's 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 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 where 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!
Crash Test Dummies NEW! Session I, II
Not only do car engineers have to think about how stylish the car looks, but also how well it will protect those riding in it in the event of an accident. Engineers are always relying on science and physics to make cars safer. Learn how the laws of physics apply to the safety features in the modern car 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 cars will be able to protect their passengers from becoming a yolky mess.
Crazy Contraptions NEW! Session I
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 and find wacky ways to complete simple actions, such as popping a balloon, dropping a marble into a cup, and filling a bowl with water. You will compete to create the best working and most creative devices.
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? Solve the case of the stolen lunches and all the missing popsicles! Become a crimescene investigator by learning to analyze fingerprints, tell human hair from pet hair, test chemicals, ID blood types (using simulated blood), and 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.
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.
Dinner's On! Session 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 soups, 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.
Flight School Session II
Are you interested in aviation? Does aerodynamics fascinate you? We'll build and launch complex paper airplanes that loop, glide, and spin! We'll send a slingshot helicopter into the sky, launch a hot-air balloon, send boomerangs flying, and design and build our own kites. We'll also experiment with flying discs and even play a round of Frisbee Golf.
Game Maker Session II
Combine the elements of your favorite computer game adventures, battles, and races to create your very own customized game for which you get to be the designer! We will be creating games with animated graphics, building backgrounds and incorporating sounds. Start out with simple games built from a template and advance to creating your own game to bring home and share with your friends!
Global Gourmet NEW! Session I
Take your taste buds on a trip around the world as together we create the flavors of our globe right in our own kitchen! We'll cook up and taste traditional cuisines from countries around the world as we learn about the wide variety of flavors that make up the food culture of each continent.
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.
Healthy Eats NEW! Session II
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 will 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!
Heroes and Villains Session I
Reenact classic fight scenes from some of William Shakespeare's most famous plays using stage combat while getting to portray some of the most famous villains in theatre. Find out how stunts were performed on stage, reenact sword fights, make spells in cauldrons, and more as you get into the role of each villainous or heroic character.
Larger-than-Life Sculpture Session I, 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!
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 how 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 in activities, both mental and physical. 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. (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. 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.
Mad About Science NEW! Session II, III
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! Program a small, wearable, microprocessor called a Lily Pad to make your clothes light up in the dark; 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!
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.
Metallic Expressions Session II
See why metal tooling – a form of relief sculpture – has been around in the arts for centuries. Using two-tone tooling foil you will learn how to utilize both sides of the metal to create raised or embossed lines and textures. Design artistic projects like a journal or a photo album with a beautifully embossed textured cover or an ornate metal picture frame. Add color with permanent marker or go with the simple copper, brass or silver look.
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?
Mosaic Art Session II
Discover how mosaic masterpieces are created! Learn techniques of mosaic art that began 4,000 years ago. Arrange colorful clay and glass tile pieces to design useful and decorative flower pots, picture frames, and serving platters. Your creations will make the perfect gifts or the best accents for your bedroom décor. This course is appropriate for both beginning and advanced artists.
Pasta Paradise NEW! Session I, II
No boxes of bowties 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!
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.
Recycled Fashion Session I
What? You have nothing to wear? Bring in those unused t-shirts from the back of your closet and we'll restructure them into fashion accessory statements. Emphasis in this class is creativity through recycling existing garments. Basic hand-sewing will build your confidence as you design clothing that's budget and earth friendly. Do good for your wardrobe and our planet!
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 will assemble, paint, and launch each rocket that you make before shooting it up to the clouds! Both beginning and experienced rocketeers are welcome to the launch pad.
Safe Sitter ® NEW! Session I, 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 wants 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 create for children of all ages.
Scratch Session III
Create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art and then share your creations on the web using Scratch, developed by MIT's media lab. Scratch uses building-block programming that allows users to mix together a wide variety of media: graphics, photos, music and sounds. Simply snap the blocks together into stacks and run your program. The simplest animations to the most complex games are easy to create with Scratch.
Spa Days Session I, 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!
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!
Stage Crew Session II
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.
Summer Place Times Session II
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 III
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.
TELEVISION PRODUCTION In both the News and the Talk Show Workshops, you will 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 leave with a better understanding of how programs are made and you'll have a DVD copy of your program to share with family and friends.
News Workshop Session I
Learn all the different aspects of becoming a newscaster, sportscaster, or weather person from reporting, writing, and delivering an effective and engaging story.
Talk Show Workshop Session II
Learn to become an effective talk-show host and how it feels to be on each side of the interview as both journalist and guest.
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.
Viral Videos NEW! 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!
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 trappings of modern life. 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 a treasure, how to tie knots, 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 into a woodburned 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
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.
You.com NEW! Sessions I, III
How cool would it be to make your very own website? Use inspiration from the web pages you love to visit to make your own using professional web design programs. You'll end up with a website created by you, for you, showcasing all of the things that you love. With your artistic skills, you will design colorful, informative, and interesting web pages with pictures, music, and animation. The possibilities are endless!