Grade 5-9



All About Apps Session 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.

Campfire Cooking Session I (double period)
Ever go camping and get really hungry but there is no restaurant close by? Want to learn how to start a campfire then cook yummy treats? Well, this course will help you do both! You will learn how to build and start a campfire then create delicious treats to cook over the campfire. Treats will include S’mores, campfire bundles, banana boats, berry cobbler, and many more!

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 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!

Chopped Session II, III
Are you an expert in the kitchen? Do you know what to do with a basket full of mystery ingredients? Imagine competing against other teams of Summer Place campers for the Summer Place Cleaver Award. If you answered yes, then Chopped might be for you. Join us as we chop it up!

Clash of Clans 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 Session I
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 functional ceramics 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!

Color My World NEW Session III
Coloring books are NOT just for kids—grab your own Summer Place colored pencils (yours to bring home at the end of the class), markers, and coloring pages, sit back and unleash the artistic possibilities within each colored work of art. Here’s your opportunity to experiment with color choices, learn basic techniques in shading, color blending and creating textures. You will also have an opportunity to design your own pages using the Zentangle method and try your hand at the old Spirograph technique. This class is guaranteed to not only enhance your coloring experience but also reduce anxiety and bring about more mindfulness.


Comedy Improv Session I
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 II, III
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!

Crazy Contraptions Session I
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 II
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.

Digital iPainting PLUS 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
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!

Fantastic Beasts NEW Session III
The Ministry of magic is seeking new Wizards to help us with the Fantastic Beasts here at Summer Place! Track down a beast with your wand and hold them in containers that you design and build yourself. To be a true beast friend like Newt Scamander, you will have to learn their ways—create masks to look like them—and then act out all of the fantastical things they do! You will even create your own Fantastic Beast—but be careful! Muggles are around every corner!

Food Art NEW Session II, III
Have you ever wanted to play with your food and NOT get in trouble? Playing with your food is expected in this course. Explore the many ways to make food into amazing works of art. From vegetable faces to mummy hotdogs and Chewbacca Noodles to meatball birds in a pasta nest—you are guaranteed to have fun creating food art in this class. Take home a book of the best edible creations at the end of the session to share with your family and friends, but better than that, you get to eat your artwork.

Food Science Session II
Does it ever seem like delicious food must be made by magic or art? Think again! Food is all about science—weird science. Ever wonder how cottage cheese is made? How about why salty and sweet taste so good together? How cucumbers are turned into pickles? It’s all about science! This summer, let’s investigate the science behind some strange foods and learn to make scientific masterpieces in the kitchen.

The Force Awakens Session II, III
Are you prepared to embark on a journey that will take you to other planets and meet alien creatures? Come join us as we try to bring freedom to the galaxy through the Star Wars universe. You will begin your camp adventure as a mere Padawan, but by the end become a full Jedi knight! You will build your own light sabers, create aliens and robots, and chart a path for your X-Wing fighter to take through the stars (or would you prefer the Millennium Falcon?). We will even stop by the Mos Eisley Cantina from the original Star Wars and create an out of this world treat.

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!

Gone Fishin’ NEW Session I, II
Anglers beware—Come learn the ins and outs of fishing from a certified CARE (Connecticut Aquatics Resource Educator) instructor. Discover the basics of fishing, which tackle is best to use, how to cast, the basics in knotting, and how to identify your catch. We’ll fish on campus but also take a trip or two each session off campus to an angler’s hotspot to try out our newly acquired fishing skills.

Learning the Ropes Session I, II, III (double period)
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.

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 one 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 additional information on this special option, please call the Summer Place office.

Let the Slideshow Begin! 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 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!

Making a Scene Session II
Did you ever want to pretend you were someone else? Go on an adventure to a distant place or time? You can do that with acting! Join us as we role play with characters from famous plays! Learn how the swashbucklers sword fight, how stunt people make their falls look real, and how you can make your voice fill up a room. Your imagination can make any place or person come to life! We will play theatre games to enhance your acting skills, and on the last day show off your talents from different scenes in front of your friends and family. Come join us on this grand adventure!

Minecraft Mission Session I
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!

Minute to Win it NEW Session I
Think you have what it takes to master minute to win it challenges? You will race the clock to win out-of-the-box challenges and exciting daily prizes! Compete in games like Dizzy Mummy, where you have 60 seconds to wrap your team member in an entire roll of toilet paper, or how about Card Ninja, where you have one minute to get your playing cards to stick in watermelon halves. Join this class if you like to win challenges that test your speed, balance, and brain! Think you can crush these competitions and be the top team? Question is, are you in it to win it?

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!

MythBusters Session III
The TV show may be over, but Summer Place is just getting started busting myths! Combining science, creativity, safety goggles, and a few (safe) explosions, you will decide if popular myths are actually true or need to be busted. Are Pop Rocks and soda really so bad? Why did pirates wear patches? Does running though the rain (or sprinklers) help keep you drier? You will work in teams to pick a myth to test and film your own segment of MythBusters to keep forever!

Ocean Commotion Session I
Summer Place is going under the sea with a number of challenges and hands-on activities to explore our oceans! Compete in Fantasy Shark Search and build your own team of sharks to win points toward an awesome prize. Dissect squid to learn about their special body features like their ink—plus end the day with a yummy snack! Grow your own sea monkey and bring your new friend home with you. Build your own “blubber glove” to keep your hands warm in ice water and learn how marine animals keep so warm in the cold ocean waters. There is so much to learn and discover so come jump in!

Pasta Paradise Session I, III
No boxes of bow tie pasta 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 NEW Session I
In this “picture perfect” course, you will 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. Your prints will be mounted and matted for a professionally finished product.

Rap it, Mix it, Blast it: How to be a DJ Session II
Do you love music, remixes, and dubstep? Ever want to be the one creating the beats, and not just the one listening and dancing? Think you can create beats better than the pros? Slip on your headphones and get ready to experiment on a digital DJ turntable to make remixes of your favorite songs! We’ll listen to mixes and samples by famous DJ’s and producers. Then using a DJ software program, we’ll make beats and samples by digitally scratching; beat matching, crossfading and cutting songs. Think you have what it takes to bring down the house? Let’s find out.

Refinish, Rebuild, and Restore Session II
As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! If you are a fan of HGTV or enjoy working with tools, or being artistically creative, then this is the place for you! A furniture makeover project is a good start where teams will recreate a new look for old furniture. Teams will be challenged to use various pieces of furniture and redesign or repurpose them into something unique and entirely different. Campers will be able to build, destroy, and reshape junky furniture into trendy and clever new pieces. You’ll also learn different decorating techniques such as sanding, distressing, stenciling, and painting.


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 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!

Splatter Paint Session II
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!

Stormin Robotics NEW Session II, III
Come learn how to build and program a robot! Using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics System, you will experience the latest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts in a fun, hands on, and interactive setting! By the end of the session, you will know how to program the robot to perform tasks, collect data from its environment, and even make it dance!

Strategic Commanders Session I
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!

Summer Place Lip Sync Battle NEW Session III
Calling all shower singers! This class is perfect for all who love to sing and perform, and also for those who may not want to share their own voice but have what it takes to be on stage! We will be exploring the art of lip syncing and how fun and entertaining it can be for everyone. So bring your love of music, charisma, and your passion for Beyonce smolders!

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 III
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, II
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
Think you have what it takes to be the next YouTube sensation? Produce, direct, shoot, act, and edit digital video and share it with social media! You will also learn how to cut, splice, and reuse video clips in order to make movie trailers and short video clips. Grab your devices, and get ready to hit the campus. We will create short films, news broadcasts, music videos, and advertisements. And who knows maybe, your video will go viral!

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 Session II (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. 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 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 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 Session III
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 pond, under the trees—there is amazing stuff to find all over! How do we know? Because we hid it all, of course! And if you want to find all of these treasures, you’ll need to use 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!

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