Third- and fourth-grade campers select a schedule consisting of two enrichment courses in the morning and three recreational activities in the afternoon. All three-session classes are listed below.
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!
You may not live in Dolittle Manner like Dr. Dolittle with all of his animals for company, but you might want to learn more about how to care for animals and have a chance to meet new animals every day. So, if you want to “walk with the animals, talk with the animals, grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,” join our animal caretaker from The Children’s Museum to learn more about our furry friends.
Calling all fashion designers! Have you ever seen a really cool T-shirt and wanted to make one of your own? Great news—now you can! In this class, you’ll actually create a piece of wearable art by taking your own fun photos, importing your pictures into Photoshop, and finally printing your work and transferring your design onto your very own shirt. You’ll leave this class with several one-of-a-kind tees to take home!
There’s dough to be rolled, flour to be sprinkled, and cookies to be cut in this class devoted to all things baked. Learn to prepare bakery delights from around the world, using delectable sweets and fresh summer fruits to create such mouthwatering treats as cookies, crumbles, and crisps, while getting hands-on experience as a real baker in a real kitchen. Everyone will want your recipes!
Imagine … You’re in a room; a bomb in the center is slowly counting down to detonation. You’re shut in a lab with a zombie, trying to stay out of his decaying reach while looking for a way out. You’re sealed in a bank vault scrambling to exit before you run out of air. You will solve puzzles, search for clues, and break your way through locks to escape the scary situation and find freedom. Escape is the challenge!
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!
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!
Do you love watching cartoons? Have you ever thought that you could actually make your own? Well, you can—and will—learn how to produce simple and not-so-simple computer animations, ranging from two-dimensional cartoon sequences to more involved three-dimensional masterpieces. Unleash your creative energies as you sample some of the hottest computer applications around!
Become a Summer Place chemist as you discover and experiment with basic science concepts. Explode pop rockets, launch a huge 50-foot solar balloon, get lost in a dry-ice cloud, create gooey slimes, send geysers of soda high into the sky, create “worms” and “snow” by mixing just the right liquids and powders, and even shake and make ice cream. This course is sure to excite the curiosity of all future scientists!
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.
Become a master in photography and action-packed videography with this thrilling class. You will experience stunt-based digital photography and video projects using cameras, GoPros, and even a drone! Learn how to use professional software like Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro to amaze your audience. What will YOU capture?
Join the Girls Who Code Movement! Learn how to use technology to solve problems, design games and code a brighter future for our world using apps and online platforms. Learn how to code or expand the coding skills you already have. Fun games and other hands-on activities will help us learn all the strategies needed for coding. Make binary bracelets, join the "robot" stacking challenge, build LEGO® mazes and play the game Robot Turtles. Along the way, earn badges to recognize all the new skills you master!
Climb, tug, roll, and swing your way like Tarzan through the challenges of the University’s ropes course. This is a challenging opportunity for you to test your own limits, gain self-confidence, and learn how to work cooperatively with others—all while having lots of fun! Play and learn through games and low and high-ropes activities. Solve problems blindfolded, work together for new “world records,” test your skill and determination, and cooperate for fun and the satisfaction of making it across, through, under, and over.
The Learning Zone 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 ($225/session I). For additional information on this special option, please call the Summer Place office.
Calling all LEGO® fans! Come and compete in building challenges as we take an exciting LEGO journey. We’ll build people for our LEGO town and cars for them to drive in. Then we’ll construct an entire city, complete with a fire station, an airport, and even a market. At the end of the two-week adventure, you’ll have your own kit to mix up more LEGO madness at home. LEGO Land is waiting for you!
Music lovers wanted. Ever dream of being in a band or composing your own music? Now is the time to make music digitally in our Summer Place Garageband! Here, we’ll create and compose our own original music and songs using digital music computer programs and iPad apps. More interested in the recording studio? First, we’ll listen to some of our favorite hits to explore the making of music! Then it’s off to the music lab, where we will digitally create and produce songs that include different instruments, sounds, genres, and beats with music challenges along the way. At the end of the session, you will be able to download your songs from the Summer Place playlist.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an eager newbie, team up with your friends to create, craft, and explore in the exciting world of Minecraft. You’ll start by learning the basics of building structures, gathering resources, and crafting tools, allowing you to build your very own world. The only limit to your adventure is your imagination! Note: No Minecraft account needed.
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?
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.
Arr Matey! If there’s but one thing that is better than an adventure out on the great blue sea, it is the challenge of a tricky puzzle or to find da missing key! If you dare to come aboard this ship, you’re gonna have to learn to be a puzzle master, both solving them and creating them. Some days we’ll practice our puzzle skills on ye olde computers and other days we’ll learn fun ways to make our own to challenge our mates! Set sail with us and become a puzzle pirate!
Love to cook? Want to learn to be creative in the kitchen and online too? Carefully craft delicious snacks like cucumber “sushi”, cookie dip, customizable cakes, and stylish skewers. It’s all about the flavor combos as you dish up one treat after another. But don't stop there! Take artistic pics of your edible creations and share them with the world on your very own personalized recipe blog! Let’s attack some of the greatest snack foods that we know and love!
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!
What can you make your paint do? Grab your goggles and let’s find out! Splat, puff, pop! In this fun and hands-on art class, you’ll be able to splatter paint across the paper like abstract artist Jackson Pollock. You’ll make puffy paint to produce beautiful three-dimensional art and have fun-popping paint-filled balloons on paper to make one-of-a kind artistic masterpieces. Are you ready? Let’s add more more color to your world!
Crafts, games, great times, and good laughs with friends. That’s what a slumber party is all about! Decorate your own pillow case, create delicious “midnight” snacks, make your own healthy spa supplies, concoct unicorn slime, and play giggle-worthy games—all while the sun is still shining! Why wait for evening when you can have the fun of a slumber party every day at the Summer Place?
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.
Get ready for launch! Learn how to transform an ordinary two-liter soda bottle into an extraordinary water rocket that really flies. Add fins and a nose cone to create an aerodynamic design. Achieve maximum altitude on launch day and become a Summer Place junior astronaut.
Come and enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter! Experience a Hogwarts education first hand. You will create your own wand for spell duels, compete in an intense Quidditch match, participate in the Tri Wizard Tournament and then sip butterbeer with friends. You’re in for a magical time!
Use your mind, muscle, and creativity as you turn wood into something wonderful! Design and build a variety of projects while learning how to use hammers, saws, sanders, drills, and other hand tools. You’ll gain new skills and confidence and are guaranteed to have lots of fun. Both beginning and experienced woodworkers are welcome!
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 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!
Sports and recreational activities—along with arrival and dismissal—will take place at Watkinson School, located adjacent to the University. Watkinson offers Summer Place a modern sports center, expansive playing fields, fitness room, dance studio, and state-of-the-art amphitheater.