Summer Programs




Sycamore’s summer camps and classes have been a tradition since the school’s founding in 1985.  And, once again, we are thrilled to provide a variety of exciting and enriching summer programs for the students of Sycamore School this upcoming 2022 summer season.
 
Our summer program offerings are designed to help students discover and explore new topics and interests, build confidence and creativity, and keep their academic skills sharp.  With the instruction of many Sycamore faculty and staff members, as well as a few of our trusted community partners, students will grow, learn, and have an awesome time during camps and classes that are not to be missed.
 
For any questions regarding summer programs, please feel free to contact summerprograms@sycamoreschool.org.

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  • Week 1: May 31st - June 3rd

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    May 31 - June 3,  8:30 - 11:30 AM, Grades 5 - 8, Cost $144. Enjoy a week learning to bake a wide assortment of breads, from simple crusty rounds to baguettes. See what happens when the water in a bread dough is replaced with...orange juice? Milk? Coke? Make fresh butter to spread on fresh bread. Take home your very own sourdough starter--a culinary pet that lives in your fridge and makes sourdough...sour. And feast at Friday's homemade pizza party. Dough I knead to say anything more? Instructor: Noah Buchholz

    May 31 - June 3, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $180. Join Miss.Sou for a unique camp experience this year where we sculpt & paint cute gnomes in tiny cottages using mixed media & acrylic paints! This fun camp teaches kids to mold clay to craft little sculptures and paint on canvas giving our art a 3D look. We will learn to blend colors, use crafting tools to add textures, and finally customize our masterpiece with fun decorations. We will paint a cute gnome, an adorable mushroom cottage, a tiny snail cottage, a teapot fairy cottage & more! Great camp for all ages! Learn more about First Start Art Studio at www.firststartartstudio.weebly.com Instructor: Miss Sou
     
    May 31 - June 3, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 2 - 8, Cost $230. IndySabre makes the art and sport of fencing fun and accessible through different fencing games and learning fencing basics.  No experience necessary! Students will receive instruction in footwork and technique, take part in fencing drills and games, learn about the history of fencing and even compete in an in-class fencing tournament!  All beginners fencing equipment is provided.  Students should wear comfortable pants or shorts (no jeans or slacks, please!) and tennis/running shoes.  A waiver must be filled out and signed for each student.  Instructor: IndySabre Fencing staff


    May 31 - June 3, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades K and 1, Cost $144. Exploring chemistry + things you find in your kitchen = Kitchen Chemistry!  Not all experiments need dangerous chemicals and fancy labs; you can explore science in your kitchen.  We will be measuring and mixing, cooking and baking.  Science in a kitchen is fun and tasty.  Instructor: Catherine Kirkendall

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    May 31 - June 3,  1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 5 - 8, Cost $144. Take me out to the ballgame! Take me out to the crowd!  Campers will learn how to improve their game. Skills taught include: hitting, fielding, base running, and team-playing.  This camp is sure to build baseball confidence in every camper!  See you there! Instructor: Noah Buchholz

    May 31 - June 3,  1:00 - 4:00PM Grades 2 - 5, Cost $144. S.Q.U.I.D. (Students Questing for Underwater Invertebrates of the Depths) Is your child fascinated with weird and bizarre creatures? In this camp, students will investigate the weird and wild side of nature by learning about all life with tentacles-squid, octopuses, and other members of the cephalopod family. Activities will include dissection of squid and octopus specimens, discussion of cephalopod documentaries, close-up examination of ancient cephalopod fossils of Indiana, cooking and eating calamari, and creating squid ink artwork. Open your child's eyes to the wonder of the universe by giving them an encounter with these aliens on Earth!  Instructor: Joe Eisinger

  • Week 2: June 6th - June 10th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

     
    Making and Tinkering Camp
                    
    June 6 - June 10,  8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades PreK - K, Cost $180. Come design, build, concoct, discover, and play!  Campers will spend the week learning how to take risks, solve problems, and persevere as they create and tinker.  Each day, campers will be presented with a design challenge and work through the engineering design process.  Instructor: Catherine Kirkendall

    June 6 - June 10, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades K - 3, Cost $216. Love to play soccer?  Interested in learning about other sports such as golf, hockey or volleyball?  Join our JumpBunch coach as they teach fitness and FUN, all while teaching students the skills of various sports.  Soccer will have a focused time every day of camp with all other sports being changed each day.  Universal skills of all sports will be taught in an interactive and non-competitive environment.  Come join the FUN with JumpBunch!  Instructor: JumpBunch staff

    June 6 - June 10, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades K through 2, Cost $180.  Improve your young player’s fundamental basketball skills with this awesome sports camp! With 19 years of coaching experience at all grade levels, Coach Branigan will help participants learn to improve their footwork, dribbling, passing, and shooting through exciting drills, games, and activities. Individualized instruction, partner work, and team play skills will promote good sportsmanship and build character during this seriously fun week! Instructor: Kevin Branigan 

    June 6 - June 10, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 6, Cost $180. Cloud City Youth is offering chess for kids to support Indy's Kids Inc., a local non-profit for kids. Never Played?  That's O.K.!  We use a Creative Play method of instruction that makes learning this complex game easy.  It is a fun, imaginative, and energetic camp!  We play on tournament boards and sets, integrate chess variants, and other various games and activities, to keep things interesting.  Children learn advance concepts together.  We promote an all inclusive, encouraging, challenging, and supportive program.  The benefits of learning chess are tremendous and students love learning with their heads in the clouds.  Students can sign-up for the morning and afternoon camp.  Instructor: Colin Hargreaves, Cloud City Chess

    June 6 - June 10,  8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 2 - 5, Cost $180. Would you like to paint like a famous artist? Come to Masterpiece Makers and learn about the history of some of the most famous artists and their work! Then, we will recreate their masterpieces with our own flare and style! At the end of the week, family and friends will be invited to see our masterpieces at an Art Gallery! Instructor: Julia Cassel

    Kitchen Chemistry 3 - 5
                  
    June 6 - June 10,  8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 3 - 5, Cost $180. Ever wonder why baking soda gets put in cookies, or how yogurt is made? Join me to explore kitchen chemistry and make some delicious concoctions along the way! Instructor: Anna Freije

    June 6 - June 10, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 3 - 5, Cost $180. This camp will provide an intensive introduction to young naturalists in training in identifying trees and shrubs. Daily activities will include quizzing leaf and twig specimen identification, identification games like Capture the Leaf and tree scavenger hunts, creating tree maps of school grounds,and the completion of a nature journal with specimens, rubbings and drawings of trees and their characteristics. Students will also be taught basic forest ecology concepts and how trees can tell the history of the landscape. A strong base of tree knowledge will illuminate new facets of Indiana nature, turning forests from masses of indistinguishable leaves to communities of ancient creatures each with their unique relationships to each other, animals, and the land around them.  Instructor: Joe Eisinger

    Harry Potter World     
                
    June 6 - June 10, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 4 through 6, Cost $180. Hogwarts is coming to Sycamore!! After designing their wizarding world, students will attend classes like Potions 101, Care of Magical Creatures, Transfiguration, and Dueling during this spellbinding week.  We will end the week with a refreshing glass of butterbeer and a viewing of a Harry Potter movie. Sign up for this camp today, Harry Potter fans! Instructor: Julie Clawson

    June 6 - June 10, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 2 - 4, Cost $180. Learn the world's fastest growing programming language! Want to learn the world’s fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA?  ​Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish!​  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors

    Funny Bones Drama Camp
                    
    June 6 - June 10, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $180. Calling all actors!!  Funny Bones Drama Club is back! In this camp, we will spend the week learning a musical production to be performed for parents and guests on the Friday of camp week. 
    Instructor: Olivia Mayer


    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    June 6 - June 10, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 6, Cost $180. Cloud City Youth is offering chess for kids to support Indy's Kids Inc., a local non-profit for kids. Never Played?  That's O.K.!  We use a Creative Play method of instruction that makes learning this complex game easy.  It is a fun, imaginative, and energetic camp!  We play on tournament boards and sets, integrate chess variants, and other various games and activities, to keep things interesting.  Children learn advance concepts together.  We promote an all inclusive, encouraging, challenging, and supportive program.  The benefits of learning chess are tremendous and students love learning with their heads in the clouds.  Instructor: Colin Hargreaves, Cloud City Chess
     
    Storybook Science
                   
    June 6 - June 10,  1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades PreK - K, Cost $180. Leap into the science found in some of your favorite stories! Each day we will read a different story and then conduct hands-on science experiments to test the scientific accuracy, or explore the scientific elements of each story.  Campers will bring home an artifact from each experiment to share with their families. Instructor: Catherine Kirkendall

    June 6 - June 10, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 5 - 7, Cost $180. Learn the world's fastest growing programming language! Want to learn the world’s fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA?  ​Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish!​  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors
  • Week 3: June 13th - June 17th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    June 13 - June 17,  8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades Preschool - K, Cost $216. Join Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids for a week full of movement, crafts and fun at Little Yogis camp! Every day Little Yogis will explore a variety of yoga postures using books, music, and animals as inspiration.  Little Yogis will learn games incorporating the new yoga poses in order to keep them engaged with and excited about yoga and mindfulness.  Campers will also spend time each day working on a yoga-related craft, including decorating their very own yoga mat to take home at the end of the week in order to keep their yoga practice going! 
    Little Yogis is for all children- no experience needed. Instructor: Silly Hearts Yoga staff

    June 13 - June 17, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 1 - 8, Cost $210. Karate is a fun and exciting form of martial Arts. All students are respected for individuality and progress at their own rate. Discipline and self control are gently encouraged. Students will learn the appropriate use of karate along with strategies to avoid and manage conflict.  The camp will be led by Jeanie Gensheimer, a 7th degree black belt in the style of Shorei Goju Ryu. Last year, 11 of her students earned black belts (one of them started in a karate camp, just like this one!) Sensei holds degrees in Early Childhood Education from Ball State University, and a Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Butler University. Her goal is for each student to find and develop their own strengths. Instructor: Sensei Jeanie Gensheimer

    June 13 - June 17, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 3 through 4, Cost $180.  Improve your young player’s fundamental basketball skills with this awesome sports camp! With 19 years of coaching experience at all grade levels, Coach Branigan will help participants learn to improve their footwork, dribbling, passing, and shooting through exciting drills, games, and activities. Individualized instruction, partner work, and team play skills will promote good sportsmanship and build character during this seriously fun week! Instructor: Kevin Branigan 

    Dance Camp w/ Miss Mayer
                    
    June 13 - June 17,  8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $180. Dancers unite! Come spend a week learning dance and movement with Miss Mayer!  Dancers will then present an amazing performance at the end of the week for family and friends.  Instructor: Olivia Mayer

    June 13 - June 17, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 2 - 8, Cost $230. IndySabre makes the art and sport of fencing fun and accessible through different fencing games and learning fencing basics.  No experience necessary! Students will receive instruction in footwork and technique, take part in fencing drills and games, learn about the history of fencing and even compete in an in-class fencing tournament!  All beginner’s fencing equipment is provided.  Students should wear comfortable pants or shorts (no jeans or slacks, please!) and tennis/running shoes.  A waiver must be filled out and signed for each student.  Instructor: IndySabre Fencing staff

    June 13 - June 17, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 6, Cost $180. Cloud City Youth is offering chess for kids to support Indy's Kids Inc., a local non-profit for kids. Never Played?  That's O.K.!  We use a Creative Play method of instruction that makes learning this complex game easy.  It is a fun, imaginative, and energetic camp!  We play on tournament boards and sets, integrate chess variants, and other various games and activities, to keep things interesting.  Children learn advance concepts together.  We promote an all inclusive, encouraging, challenging, and supportive program.  The benefits of learning chess are tremendous and students love learning with their heads in the clouds.  Students can sign-up for the morning and afternoon camp.   Instructor: Colin Hargreaves, Cloud City Chess

    June 13 - June 17, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 2 - 4, Cost $180. Learn to Code Lua While Designing Roblox Games! Unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design.  Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors



    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Gymnastics Camp    
                
    June 13 - June 17,1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades K - 2, Cost $210. Gymnastics is the BEST sport to develop strength, coordination and flexibility. Campers will have a great time while learning new skills and developing confidence with movement. Children will be respected for individuality and will progress at their own pace. Appropriate challenges and encouragement will be given to new gymnasts and to those with more experience. We will work on tumbling skills, rolls, cartwheels, rounds offs, back bend bridges, walkovers and back handspring drills. We will work on the beam, bar, and springboard. Rhythmic gymnastics skills will also take place (hoops, ropes and balls.)  Gymnasts may wear shorts and a t-shirt, girls can wear a leotard if they prefer. No tights unless they don't cover the feet (they are too slippery.) We will take an outside break each day and have a snack. Please send a water bottle (marked with their name) with your child. Progress reports and photos will be sent throughout the week. Instructor: Jeanie Gensheimer

    June 13 - June 17,  1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $216. Do you want to learn the ancient art of being zen? Then, sign up for a week of yoga and mindfulness with Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids.  You'll learn a variety of yoga poses to challenge both your body and mind as well as experience yoga and mindfulness through games and music.  Each day, you will have an opportunity to use your creativity with a yoga-related craft or hands-on activity.  Students will receive their very own yoga mat to use all week. At the end of the week, that yoga mat is theirs in order to continue on their journey to becoming zen at home. This camp is for everyone! No yoga experience is needed- just an open mind and a willingness to try new things. Instructor: Silly Hearts Yoga

    June 13 - June 17,  1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 2 - 6, Cost $180. Become young authors, illustrators and media creators! Professor Watermelon will show you how to create stories with memorable characters, twisty plots  and captivating settings. Mister Smart will show you how to bring these stories to life with your own cartoons and art. Be prepared to have FUN while challenging your imagination, and don’t forget about the Melon Money you’ll earn for the prize auction at the end of each day! The exciting world of storytelling is at your fingertips. Will you join us? Instructor: Professor Watermelon and Mr. Smart

    June 13 - June 17, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 6, Cost $180. Cloud City Youth is offering chess for kids to support Indy's Kids Inc., a local non-profit for kids. Never Played?  That's O.K.!  We use a Creative Play method of instruction that makes learning this complex game easy.  It is a fun, imaginative, and energetic camp!  We play on tournament boards and sets, integrate chess variants, and other various games and activities, to keep things interesting.  Children learn advance concepts together.  We promote an all inclusive, encouraging, challenging, and supportive program.  The benefits of learning chess are tremendous and students love learning with their heads in the clouds.  Students can sign-up for the morning and afternoon camp.   Instructor: Colin Hargreaves, Cloud City Chess

    June 13 - June 17, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 5 - 7, Cost $180. Learn to Code Lua While Designing Roblox Games! Unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design.  Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors


  • Week 4: June 20th - June 24th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

     
    June 20 - June 24, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $180. We are back with another fun dual camp this year! Join Miss.Sou to make all new slimes & take a canvas craft home each day of the camp week. We will make unicorn glitter slime, funky orbeez slime, scented clay slime, and glossy magnetic slime from scratch using our special recipes. We will also paint cute animals on canvas with rainbow colors and decorate them with dazzling embellishments. Take home slime in a special crafty container & a beautiful painting each camp day this summer!
    Learn more about First Start Art Studio at www.firststartartstudio.weebly.com  Instructor: Miss Sou


    Kids’ Kreations
              
    June 20 - June 24, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades PreK - 2, Cost $180. Learning and creating are fun!!! In this activity, students will create a variety of projects, such as play dough, slime, crayon molds, fuse beads, ice cream, and so much more!! Instructor: Allison Nisonson


    June 20 - June 24, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $180. Come spend the week learning what it's like putting together a theatre production! Students will engage in elements such as set design, costumes, acting, and directing. Instructor: Olivia Mayer

    June 20 - June 24, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 2 - 4, Cost $180. Pump up your coding skills! Learn programming tools so powerful they seem like magic! Start off by learning an array of core programming concepts with JavaScript by experimenting in a series of digital challenges. Start with programming your first animated memes, then tackle more advanced skills such as interactive 3D experiences and game creation. Projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors

    Coach Branigan’s Middle School Basketball Camp 

    June 20 - June 24, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 5 through 8, Cost $180. Improve your young player’s fundamental basketball skills with this awesome sports camp! With 19 years of coaching experience at all grade levels, Coach Branigan will help participants learn to improve their footwork, dribbling, passing, and shooting through exciting drills, games, and activities. Offensive and defensive basketball concepts will also be practiced.  Individualized instruction, partner work, and team play skills will promote good sportsmanship and build character during this seriously fun camp!  Instructor:  Kevin Branigan

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Math Masters                     

    June 20 - June 24, 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Grades 3 and 4, Cost $180. Calling all Math Masters!! During this amazing week, students will practice math concepts, use logic and problem solving, and hone their math skills, all while participating in fun and exciting math games and activities.  This camp is sure to bring math to life in new and exciting ways for all who attend! Instructor: Allison Nisonson

    MyArt Art Camp - Club Pokemon

    June 20 - June 24, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $220.  Myart camps are uniquely designed with enough structure and guidance to build artistic skills while allowing enough freedom to be creative. Each camp has projects with multi-layered pieces utilizing all mediums and a variety of materials. Themes include Summer Paintings & Mdf wall art, Club Pokémon and Mouse Ears and Magic! Since opening our first Zionsville studio in 2000, we have taught thousands of children how to draw with the internationally acclaimed Monart method.
    Instructor: Buffe Challard

    June 20 - June 24, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades PreK - 1, Cost $180. S.E.A.M.-SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, ART, AND MATH,  We will explore, physics, chemistry, and life sciences along with literacy and art! Campers will predict, experiment, and build. They will also engage in storytelling and create simple "make and take" masterpieces that tie into our daily science lesson. VERY INTERACTIVE AND HANDS-ON FUN!  Instructor: Miss Liz the Science Wiz

    June 20 - June 24, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades Preschool - K, Cost $180. Test your artist capabilities! Be ready to sketch, draw, and paint pictures about your family, your friends, even superheroes!!  You don’t want to miss out on this brand new camp! 
    Instructor: Athletics Global Academy

    June 20 - June 24, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 5 - 7, Cost $180. Pump up your coding skills! Learn programming tools so powerful they seem like magic! Start off by learning an array of core programming concepts with JavaScript by experimenting in a series of digital challenges. Start with programming your first animated memes, then tackle more advanced skills such as interactive 3D experiences and game creation. Projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors


  • Week 5: June 27th - July 1st

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    June 27 - July 1, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades K - 3, Cost $180. Get ready for an adventure of EPIC proportions...SuperHero Training is here!  Run as fast as The Flash, smash like The Hulk and fling your shield like Captain America.  Participants will use all their superpowers as they explore what it means to have the character of a superhero through interactive games/ obstacle courses and fitness fun.  A daily craft will be included in the camp. Instructor: JumpBunch staff

    EC Pottery w/ Ripple Mobile Arts
                    
    June 27 - July 1, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades Preschool - K, Cost $210. Create awesome works of art with clay and glass! Wooly mammoths, owls, and dragons are just a few of the items we will create during the week.  Explore the details of creating with the combination of clay and glass.  All items are made from scratch.  Every child will have a chance to use the pottery wheel twice.  Some items will be make and take and some will be fired and delivered, about 3-4 after camp, to the school for pickup. Instructor: Jeremy South

    Funny Bones Drama Camp  
                  
    June 27 - July 1, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $180. Calling all actors!!  Funny Bones Drama Club is back! In this camp, we will spend the week learning a musical production to be performed for parents and guests on the Friday of camp week.  Instructor: Olivia Mayer

    June 27 - July 1, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 2 - 4, Cost $180. Modify and create your own Minecraft® characters, tools, mobs, and more! Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors

    June 27 - July 1, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 2 - 8, Cost $230. IndySabre makes the art and sport of fencing fun and accessible through different fencing games and learning fencing basics.  No experience necessary! Students will receive instruction in footwork and technique, take part in fencing drills and games, learn about the history of fencing and even compete in an in-class fencing tournament!  All beginner’s fencing equipment is provided.  Students should wear comfortable pants or shorts (no jeans or slacks, please!) and tennis/running shoes.  A waiver must be filled out and signed for each student.  Instructor: IndySabre Fencing staff

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    June 27 - July 1,  1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 2 - 5, Cost $180. Does your child love to draw and create stories and comics? In Watermelon University Comic Creators Camp, professional cartoonist Mister Smart will teach the skills of making your own comics and by the end of the week your child will have created a graphic novel keepsake of their very own! Instructor: Mr. Smart

    June 20 - June 24, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades PreK - 1, Cost $180. S.E.A.M.-SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, ART, AND MATH,  We will explore, physics, chemistry, and life sciences along with literacy and art! Campers will predict, experiment, and build. They will also engage in storytelling and create simple "make and take" masterpieces that tie into our daily science lesson. VERY INTERACTIVE AND HANDS-ON FUN!  Instructor: Miss Liz the Science Wiz

    Pottery w/ Ripple Mobile Arts
                    
    June 27 - July 1, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 8, Cost $210. Create awesome works of art with clay and glass! Wooly mammoths, owls, dragons are just a few of the items we will create during the week.  Explore the details of creating with the combination of clay and glass.  All items are made from scratch.  Every child will have a chance to use the pottery wheel twice.  Some items will be make and take and some will be fired and delivered about 3-4 days after camp to the school for pickup. Instructor: Jeremy South

    June 27 - July 1, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 3 - 5, Cost $180. What is horticulture?  How does it connect with agriculture? In this week long camp, campers will explore how cultivating plants produce more than just food.  Instructor: Athletics Global Academy

    June 27 - July 1, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 5 - 7, Cost $180. Modify and create your own Minecraft® characters, tools, mobs, and more! Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors


  • Week 6: July 11th - July 15th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    July 12 – July 23, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 5 though 8, cost $180 for one week, $325 for both weeks.  Mr. Tormoehlen and Mr. Fischer have worked together to develop this camp over the last 10 years and most of our instructors have been teaching with us since the beginning. It is our most popular offering with well over 100 students attending in past years The camps primary focus is to teach students math problem solving skills.  We focus on general problem solving techniques, but also teach specific lessons on material not often taught in a traditional classroom.  This camp is also designed to help students wanting to improve in math competitions.    The core curriculum comes from a variety of popular middle school math contests, with a primary focus on MATHCOUNTS and AMC 8.    It is not designed for students needing to stay sharp over the summer, but rather for students that want to tackle problems that they normally do not see in traditional math classrooms.  The camp has five sections for the different levels of students.  This year, for the first time, we are introducing two new non-competition sections that will focus on general problem solving and be designed around fun, interactive problem solving activities.  The goal will be to encourage a love of mathematical thinking and learn some problem solving skills and techniques along the way. 
    July 11 – July 22, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 5 through 8, Cost: $180 for one week, $325 for both weeks. Students will take the rolls of astronaut, mission scientist, spacecraft technician, medical officer, flight control leader, mission analyst, and more.  After training for these positions, the team will conduct a simulated space flight in Sycamore’s Space Shuttle Simulator.  While in the simulation, the astronauts will conduct science experiments and solve problems thrown at them by mission control personnel.  Students will not only learn about the Space Shuttle, but they will also be challenged to solve real world problems, learn to work as a team, and learn valuable communication skills.  Instructor:  Jim McCarter  
    Dance Camp w/ Miss Mayer
                    
    July 11 - July 15,  8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $180. Dancers unite! Come spend a week learning dance and movement with Miss Mayer!  Dancers will then present an amazing performance at the end of the week for family and friends.  Instructor: Olivia Mayer

    July 11 - July 15, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 2 - 4, Cost $180. Create your own game using Unity! Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors

    July 11 - July 15, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 6, Cost $180. Cloud City Youth is offering chess for kids to support Indy's Kids Inc., a local non-profit for kids. Never Played?  That's O.K.!  We use a Creative Play method of instruction that makes learning this complex game easy.  It is a fun, imaginative, and energetic camp!  We play on tournament boards and sets, integrate chess variants, and other various games and activities, to keep things interesting.  Children learn advance concepts together.  We promote an all inclusive, encouraging, challenging, and supportive program.  The benefits of learning chess are tremendous and students love learning with their heads in the clouds.  Students can sign-up for the morning and afternoon camp.   Instructor: Colin Hargreaves, Cloud City Chess  

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    July 11 – July 21, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost: $144 for one week, $260 for both weeks.  This course offers a gentle introduction to fundamental computer science concepts using the Python programming language. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem-solving skills to create software programs and several hands-on activities will be incorporated throughout the course to reinforce concepts and promote active learning. Key concepts that will be covered include variables, expressions, decision-making, loops and functions.  This course will help establish the foundation for students to participate in CS competitions in high school.  No prior experience is necessary and beginners are encouraged to attend.  Week 2 will pick up where week 1 leaves off.  Note this camp does not meet on Friday afternoon.  Instructor: Trent Tormoehlen

    Robotics Camp

    July 11 – July 21, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost: $144 for one week, $260 for both weeks.  Students will build and program a robot using Vex IQ parts to conduct specific tasks.  Students will gain several valuable skills from this camp.  They will learn the basics of a computer programming language that drives the robotics.  They will be asked to solve complex problems and will have to think creatively to build their robots to complete the assigned tasks.  Students will also learn to work in teams and be asked to communicate their ideas to their teammates and instructors.  Instructor:  Jim McCarter

    July 11 - July 15, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades PreK - 1, Cost $180. Crouching Tigers is a fitness and character development program focused on inspiring positive choices. Each day with Crouching Tigers will be jam-packed with fitness, character development, martial arts, self-defense, safety, and games. At the end of the week, students will be able to break boards with their Sensei to cap off a great week of learning and fun. Instructor: Crouching Tigers staff

    July 11 - July 15, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 3, Cost $180. If you are a history buff, then this is the camp for you!  In this camp, we will explore inventions, industry, and the life-changing contributions people have made to our world!  Instructor: Athletics Global Academy

    July 11 - July 15, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 6, Cost $180. Cloud City Youth is offering chess for kids to support Indy's Kids Inc., a local non-profit for kids. Never Played?  That's O.K.!  We use a Creative Play Method of instruction that makes learning this complex game easy.  It is a fun, imaginative, and energetic camp!  We play on tournament boards and sets, integrate chess variants, and other various games and activities, to keep things interesting.  Children learn advance concepts together.  We promote an all inclusive, encouraging, challenging, and supportive program.  The benefits of learning chess are tremendous and students love learning with their heads in the clouds.  Students can sign-up for the morning and afternoon camp.   Instructor: Colin Hargreaves, Cloud City Chess

    Summer Sleuths Mystery Camp
                    
    July 11 - July 15,  1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 6 - 8, Cost $180. Do you love a good mystery? We will explore the history of fictional mystery, from Edgar Allen Poe to Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie to Maureen Johnson. We'll also delve into some real-life mysteries from history, such as Roanoke, the Salem Witch Trials, the disappearance of DB Cooper, Oak Island, and Amelia Earhart. What goes into a good mystery? How do you piece together information to solve a mystery? In addition to reading mysteries, you'll get to try to crack a mystery and write one yourself. Get into sleuth mode for this camp! Instructor: Courtney Corcoran

    July 11 - July 15, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 5 - 7, Cost $180. Create your own game using Unity! Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors

  • Week 7: July 18th - July 22nd

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    July 12 – July 23, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 5 though 8, cost $180 for one week, $325 for both weeks.  Mr. Tormoehlen and Mr. Fischer have worked together to develop this camp over the last 10 years and most of our instructors have been teaching with us since the beginning. It is our most popular offering with well over 100 students attending in past years The camps primary focus is to teach students math problem solving skills.  We focus on general problem solving techniques, but also teach specific lessons on material not often taught in a traditional classroom.  This camp is also designed to help students wanting to improve in math competitions.    The core curriculum comes from a variety of popular middle school math contests, with a primary focus on MATHCOUNTS and AMC 8.    It is not designed for students needing to stay sharp over the summer, but rather for students that want to tackle problems that they normally do not see in traditional math classrooms.  The camp has five sections for the different levels of students.  This year, for the first time, we are introducing two new non-competition sections that will focus on general problem solving and be designed around fun, interactive problem solving activities.  The goal will be to encourage a love of mathematical thinking and learn some problem solving skills and techniques along the way. 
    July 11 – July 22, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 5 through 8, Cost: $180 for one week, $325 for both weeks. Students will take the rolls of astronaut, mission scientist, spacecraft technician, medical officer, flight control leader, mission analyst, and more.  After training for these positions, the team will conduct a simulated space flight in Sycamore’s Space Shuttle Simulator.  While in the simulation, the astronauts will conduct science experiments and solve problems thrown at them by mission control personnel.  Students will not only learn about the Space Shuttle, but they will also be challenged to solve real world problems, learn to work as a team, and learn valuable communication skills.  Instructor:  Jim McCarter  

    July 18 - July 22, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 2 - 8, Cost $230. IndySabre makes the art and sport of fencing fun and accessible through different fencing games and learning fencing basics.  No experience necessary! Students will receive instruction in footwork and technique, take part in fencing drills and games, learn about the history of fencing and even compete in an in-class fencing tournament!  All beginner’s fencing equipment is provided.  Students should wear comfortable pants or shorts (no jeans or slacks, please!) and tennis/running shoes.  A waiver must be filled out and signed for each student.  Instructor: IndySabre Fencing staff  

    July 18 - July 22, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $180. Come spend the week learning what it's like putting together a theatre production! Students will engage in elements such as set design, costumes, acting, and directing. Instructor: Olivia Mayer

    July 18 - July 22, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 2 - 5, Cost $216. Calling all aspiring innovators and skilled engineers for another dual camp! Dive into programming logic with Scratch, the drag-and-drop creative learning environment developed by MIT Media Lab.  You'll use code blocks and characters to gain a foundation in computational thinking, creating animated stories and games. We will end the camp with a surprise electronic Harry Potter craft! Learn more about First Start Computer Science courses at www.firststartcs.com   Instructor: Miss Sou

    July 18 - July 22, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 2 - 4, Cost $180. Learn to code and publish your own Roblox games using Lua! Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast-growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Instructor: BlackRocket

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    July 11 – July 21, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost: $144 for one week, $260 for both weeks.  This course offers a gentle introduction to fundamental computer science concepts using the Python programming language. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem-solving skills to create software programs and several hands-on activities will be incorporated throughout the course to reinforce concepts and promote active learning. Key concepts that will be covered include variables, expressions, decision-making, loops and functions.  This course will help establish the foundation for students to participate in CS competitions in high school.  No prior experience is necessary and beginners are encouraged to attend.  Week 2 will pick up where week 1 leaves off.  Note this camp does not meet on Friday afternoon.  Instructor: Trent Tormoehlen


    July 11 – July 21, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost: $144 for one week, $260 for both weeks.  Students will build and program a robot using Vex IQ parts to conduct specific tasks.  Students will gain several valuable skills from this camp.  They will learn the basics of a computer programming language that drives the robotics.  They will be asked to solve complex problems and will have to think creatively to build their robots to complete the assigned tasks.  Students will also learn to work in teams and be asked to communicate their ideas to their teammates and instructors.  Instructor:  Jim McCarter


    July 18 - July 22, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades Preschool - K, Cost $180. Insects! Bees! Walking Sticks! Beetles! Insects are everywhere and they have been here for more than 350 million years!! During this camp, we will learn all about insects, complete bug hunts, and create bug collections of our own.   Instructor: Athletics Global Academy


    July 18 - July 22, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 5 - 7, Cost $180. Learn to code and publish your own Roblox games using Lua! Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast-growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors

    July 18 - 22, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 4, Cost $220.  Myart camps are uniquely designed with enough structure and guidance to build artistic skills while allowing enough freedom to be creative. Each camp has projects with multi-layered pieces utilizing all mediums and a variety of materials. Themes include Summer Paintings & Mdf wall art, Club Pokémon and Mouse Ears and Magic! Since opening our first Zionsville studio in 2000, we have taught thousands of children how to draw with the internationally acclaimed Monart method. Instructor: Buffe Challard

  • Week 8: July 25th - July 29th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    Preschool Prep Camp                 
    July 25 - July 29,  8:30 - 11:30AM, Grade Incoming Preschool students, Cost $180. Get ready for preschool with Mrs. Harrison!! This week we will explore the preschool rooms, make friends, and do some STEAM projects, too!  Instructor: Erica Harrison

    July 25 - July 29, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grade 5 or middle school students new to Sycamore, Cost $180.  Are you ready to start 5th grade?  Are you worried about keeping track of your assignments and staying organized while switching classrooms all day?  Maybe you are just a little worried about finding your classrooms. Are you new to Sycamore and wanting to get settled in before school starts? This camp is all about getting ready for a smooth transition to middle school.  During this camp you will: practice your keyboarding skills, improve organization and time-management skills, learn about executive skills and how they impact performance, find out how to use self-management and improve your success, and make new friends and connect with classmates.  Don’t worry -  it won’t be all work and no play.  We have time for games, competitions, and decorating your locker!  Instructor: Lori Reiter

    July 25 - July 29, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 2 - 4, Cost $180. Design a thrilling multiplayer experience! Fans of Fortnite, we need you! Instead of playing the game, design your own. Using a professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale games like Fortnite. This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors


    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Beginning Cooking and Sewing
                  
    July 25 - July 29,  1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 4 - 6, Cost $180. Cooking and Sewing—two important life skills that are so much fun to learn!  During this camp, you will learn basic sewing techniques while creating your own pillow, pair of knit boxers shorts perfect for sleeping, and your choice of an apron or tool pouch.  Our cooking unit will develop skills in meal preparation and planning as you make (and eat) spaghetti with meat sauce, fruit or lettuce salad, cheesy garlic bread, and homemade chocolate chip cookies (Substitutions in ingredients can be made for most dietary restrictions).  You will leave with recipes so you can cook dinner for your family at home! Instructor: Lori Reiter

    July 25 - July 29,  1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 - 5, Cost $180. It’s a bird! It’s a plane!  No, it’s definitely a bird.  In this week long camp , campers will study various kinds of birds, learn many of the bird species found in Indiana, and learn and study migration patterns. 
    Instructor: Athletics Global Academy

    July 25 - July 29, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 5 - 7, Cost $180. Design a thrilling multiplayer experience! Fans of Fortnite, we need you! Instead of playing the game, design your own. Using a professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale games like Fortnite. This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Instructor: BlackRocket Instructors