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 2021 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.

Due to COVID protocols and procedures put into place during the school year, our summer 2021 camps are currently only open to students enrolled at Sycamore School.
 
To learn more about the summer camps being offered, you can either click on the weeks below to see the camps being offered each week -or - click on your child’s current grade level link listed on the right hand side of this page.  All grade levels listed in camp descriptions are for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 school year.
 
If you would like to learn more information about the processes, procedures, and logistics of Sycamore’s summer programs, click HERE to read our information sheet.  If you would like to learn more about our Extended Care summer program, click HERE to read our “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet regarding Extended Care.
 
For any questions regarding summer programs, please feel free to contact summerprograms@sycamoreschool.org.

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  • Week 1: June 1st - June 4th

    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    June 1 - June 4, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades K through 4, Cost $144.  Ever wonder what scientific methods go into creating a game?!?!  Want to create games of your own?!? During this camp, students will use skills like observation, making predictions, creating/testing ideas, collaboration, and problem solving, all while creating their very own original games. Shark Tank - here we come! Instructor: Jeff Eastman

    June 1 - June 4, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 3 and 4, Cost $144. 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

    June 1 - June 4, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost $144. Get stronger and improve your running this week! With a blend of education about nutrition, studying/practicing running form, and learning body-weight conditioning exercises, you will come out of this week faster and stronger than ever! Instructor: Courtney Corcoran

    June 1 - June 4, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 through 4, Cost $144. Ever wonder how science impacts your everyday life? During this exciting week, students will investigate the lives of our flying friends - birds, bugs, and bats, create bubbly, fizzy, and colorful chemical concoctions, build structures as they experiment with which shapes are the strongest, and explore our environment on Earth. This unique combination of topics will capture the fascination of even the most timid science adventurer! Instructor: Heather Winters
  • Week 2: June 7th - June 11th

    8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    June 7 - June 11, 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Grades K and 1, Cost $180. The Magic Treehouse books set the stage as medieval times come to life! Students will explore the unique lifestyle of medieval castle-dwellers through literature and hands-on activities. Led by Mrs. Miller, this camp is sure to be an unforgettable one! Instructor: JJ Miller

    June 7 - June 11, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades K through 4, Cost $180. It is said that “art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” Well… be ready to get happy with this amazing art camp led by Mrs. Sweigart.  During this week, students will create, explore, paint, craft, and much, much more. Don’t miss out on this art extravaganza! Instructor: Chrissy Sweigart

    June 7 - June 11, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades 3 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 7 - June 11, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Pre-K and K, Cost $180.  Does your child enjoy hands-on science experiments? Then, Through the Magnifying Glass is the camp you should choose! During this camp, we will be studying and experimenting with chemistry and insects/spiders. A few activities include:  cleaning pennies, making charcoal gardens, eating home-made ice cream, looking at spider webs, learning the life cycle of a butterfly, and much more! We hope you can join us for this engaging, educational, and fun science camp! Instructor: Allison Nisonson

    June 7 - 11, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades K – 8, Cost $180.   Do you know how to play chess?  Never played?  No problem!  Are you a good player who wants to improve?  This is the camp for you!  Taught by the locally famous Learning Through Games group that is known for making chess fun!  Camp will consist of fun lectures, recess, and enjoyable chess games!  Good camp for all levels.  Instructor: Learning Through Games           

    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    June 7 - June 11, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 5 through 8, Cost           $180. Learn and practice the art of creating fictional worlds, developing characters, and plotting in this week long immersion in creative mindset. Students will leave this camp with a short story and/or a great foundation for a longer fictional work. Instructor: Courtney Corcoran

    June 7 - June 11, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 5 through 8, Cost $180. Do you dream of becoming the next big filmmaker? Do you want to make higher quality TikToks? If so, this is your camp! During this camp, students will learn to use video editing software to create high quality, professional-looking videos. Who knows...maybe we have the next Steven Spielberg in our midst? Instructor: Taylor Bowen

    June 7 - 11, 1:00 – 4:00PM, Grades K through 8, Cost $180. Play chess and many exciting offshoots of the game.  Crazyhouse, Atomic Chess and much more! Good for all levels and taught in exciting and fun way for kids! Instructor:  Learning Through Games


  • Week 3: June 14th - June 18th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    June 14 - June 18, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 2 through 4, Cost $180. Improve your young player’s fundamental basketball skills with this awesome sports camp! With 18 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 14 - June 18, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost $180. Enjoy buzzer-beater trivia contests and games? Have you ever wanted to be the contestant on a trivia game show? This is the camp for you! Students will experience the thrill and excitement of academic competitions as they present their knowledge in history, science, and general studies. Instructor: Tony Young

    June 14 - June 18, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 3 through 5, Cost $180. Grab your passport as we take a journey around the world! Each day, students will visit a new country through literature, language, games, art, history, and geography. Come and discover the thrills and excitement of lands around the world without ever leaving Sycamore. Instructor: Julie Thornburg

    June 14 - June 18, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Grades K and 1, Cost $180. Trees! Bees! Streams! Oh my! Through hands-on discovery, experimentation, and their own curiosity, students will foster a respect for nature by learning about and interacting with the environment during this exciting week. Outdoor areas around Sycamore will be utilized as much as possible to seek out and study local habitats and critters. Expect to come home dirty!! Instructor: Linda Nichols

    June 14 - June 18, 8:30 to 11:30AM, Grades K through 8, Cost $180.  This camp is for kids that love strategy games.  There will be fun lectures, interactive learning games, and recreation.  Games include Chess, Chess variants, Axis and Allies, Risk, Stratego, and much more!  Kids can also bring in their own games to be played. Instructor: Learning Through Games

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    June 14 - June 18, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 through 6, Cost $180. During this week, students will have a great time learning karate from Sensei Jeanie Gensheimer, a 7th degree black belt in Shorei Goju Ryu. They will not only learn the appropriate use of karate, but they will also gain confidence and problem solving skills in a fun and supportive environment.  Benefits include focus, balance, strength, discipline, coordination and personal development. This camp is sure to be unforgettable! Instructor: Jeanie Gensheimer, Gensheimer Martial Arts

    June 14 – 18, 1:00 – 4:00PM, Grades K – 8, Cost  $180.  Do you like chess?  Then you will LOVE Bughouse!  This game has the complexity of chess while at the same time begin fast paced, fun, and team oriented.  Kids will learn teamwork and tactics taught by the locally famous Learning Through Games group.  The fun never ends in Bughouse Chess! Instructor:  Learning Through Games


  • Week 4: June 21st - June 25th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    Coach Branigan’s Middle School Basketball Camp

    Week 1  June 21 - June 25,  Week 2  June 28 - July 2, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 5 through 8, Cost $180 for one week or $325 for 2 weeks. You can join for one week or both weeks as your schedule allows. Improve your young player’s fundamental basketball skills with this awesome sports camp! With 18 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

    June 21 - June 25, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Pre-K and K, Cost $180. Leap into the science found in some of our favorite stories! Each day, students will read a different story and conduct hands-on experiments to test the story’s scientific accuracy or scientific elements. Students will love bringing home artifacts each day to show their families and share the fun and learning that happens at this fantastic experience. Don’t miss out! Instructor: Catherine Kirkendall

    June 21 - June 25, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost $180. Learn about all aspects of theater from playwriting to acting to directing to costume and stage design during this exciting week! The week will end with the amazing performance of a one-act play.  This class is an awesome opportunity for all our young thespians. Join today! Instructor: Courtney Corcoran

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    June 21 - June 25, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 through 4, Cost $180. Join Mr. Betsey on this ultimate adventure in art exploration!  During this camp, students will be introduced to a variety of image making techniques to achieve maximum impactful results. Printmaking, collage, and other art mediums will be explored and practiced as students learn principles of art and design.  Believe me - you don’t want to miss out on this experience! Instructor: Josh Betsey
  • Week 5: June 28th - July 2nd

    June 28 - July 2, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 through 4, Cost $180. Want to learn and perform a musical in a week?  Funny Bones, the popular after school activity, is being offered as a summer program experience. During this week, students will design simple costume and set pieces, learn dialogue and music, and even perform! We would love for you to join us for this spectacular experience. Instructor: Jeremie Peace

    June 28 - July 2, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, Pre-K and K, Cost $180. Trees! Bees! Streams! Oh my! Through hands-on discovery, experimentation, and their own curiosity, students will foster a respect for nature by learning about and interacting with the environment during this exciting week.  Outdoor areas around Sycamore will be utilized as much as possible to seek out and study local habitats and critters. Expect to come home dirty!! Instructor: Linda Nichols

    June 28 - July 2, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 2 through 4, Cost $180. Do you like to take things apart and put them back together? Ever wonder what goes into making all the technological devices we use so much today? Want to know how to make your own computer? If so, this is the camp for you! Join Sycamore’s own, Mr. George, on the technology adventure of a lifetime. Instructor: John George

    Week 1  June 21 - June 25,  Week 2  June 28 - July 2, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 5 through 8, Cost $180 for one week or $325 for 2 weeks. You can join for one week or both weeks as your schedule allows. Improve your young player’s fundamental basketball skills with this awesome sports camp! With 18 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

  • Week 6: July 12th - July 16th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    July 12 - July 16 OR July 26 - July 30, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost $180.
    Cooking is nothing more than applied chemistry (and maybe a little physics). In this exciting camp, students will explore the chemistry behind some basic foods and make delicious edibles as well. Be ready for it… the instructor definitely has a sweet tooth.  The two weeks will be identical. Instructor: Dr. Sam Wendel 

    July 12 - July 16, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades K through 2, Cost $180. Bring your favorite furry friend for a week of excitement! Throughout the week, students will take their favorite stuffed friends on adventures, such as teamwork and engineering challenges, scavenger hunts, art and literature projects, and even a picnic on school grounds! We hope you join us for a “bear-y” special time!! Instructor: Julia Cassel

    July 12 - July 16, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Grades 1 through 4, Cost $180. This camp is perfect for the athlete who enjoys a variety of sports and recreational games! During this camp, students will be taught skills and techniques for many popular sports. And, as an added bonus, some of your favorite PE games will be played throughout the week. Register soon for this awesome camp! Instructor:  David Fink
    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 last year.  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 12 – July 23, 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.   

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    July 12 – July 22, 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.
    July 12 – July 22, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost: $144 for one week, $260 for both weeks.  Students will learn both basic and advanced building concepts involving VEX IQ components.  Programming with sensors, driving robots, and practicing good engineering notebook techniques will all be a focus.  In addition, students will have time to build and test out robots with the new VEX IQ game. Analyzing strategy and understanding key rule changes for the 2021-2022 VEX IQ season will be an important part of both weeks.  Each week will end with a competition and a chance to reflect on their current design.  Note this camp does not meet on Friday afternoon.
  • Week 7: July 19th - July 23rd

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    Tiny Tinkerers

    July 19 - July 23, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Pre-K and K, Cost $180. Come design, build, concoct, discover, and play!! Incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten students will spend the week learning how to take risks, solve problems, and persevere as they tinker.  Each day, students will challenge themselves as they use various materials to solve problems. Be ready for some innovation and fun! Instructor: Catherine Kirkendall
    July 19 - July 23, 8:30 - 11:30AM, Pre-K and K, Cost $180 PLUS $25 lab fee. Come learn about dinosaurs, rare birds, mazes, and other exciting topics. Then, build these creations in clay! Students will combine clay, glass, and the pottery wheel each day to create 5 AWESOME projects to go along with their learning.  No experience is required for this amazing experience. (All projects will be fired and returned to school for pick-up 4 weeks after camp.) Instructor: Jeremy South, Ripple Mobile Arts.
    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 last year.  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 12 – July 23, 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.   

    1:00 - 4:00 PM

    July 19 - July 23, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 and 2, Cost $180. Math minds unite! Join Mrs. Williams in this amazing opportunity as she teaches logic and math skills through math games, puzzle solving, and math projects. If your child loves math, or if your child would like some extra practice using math skills, then this is the camp to choose. Instructor: Jennifer Williams
    July 19 - July 23, 1:00 - 4:00PM, Grades 1 through 6, Cost $180 PLUS $25 lab fee. Learn about dinosaurs, rare birds, mazes, and other exciting topics, then build these creations in clay! Students will combine clay, glass, and the pottery wheel each day to create 5 awesome projects to go along with their learning. No experience is required for this fantastic experience. (All projects will be fired and returned to school for pick-up 4 weeks after camp.) Instructor: Jeremy South, Ripple Mobile Arts
    July 12 – July 22, 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.
    July 12 – July 22, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost: $144 for one week, $260 for both weeks.  Students will learn both basic and advanced building concepts involving VEX IQ components.  Programming with sensors, driving robots, and practicing good engineering notebook techniques will all be a focus.  In addition, students will have time to build and test out robots with the new VEX IQ game. Analyzing strategy and understanding key rule changes for the 2021-2022 VEX IQ season will be an important part of both weeks.  Each week will end with a competition and a chance to reflect on their current design.  Note this camp does not meet on Friday afternoon.
  • Week 8: July 26th - July 30th

    8:30 - 11:30 AM

    July 12 - July 16 OR July 26 - July 30, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 6 through 8, Cost $180.
    Cooking is nothing more than applied chemistry (and maybe a little physics). In this exciting camp, students will explore the chemistry behind some basic foods and make delicious edibles as well. Be ready for it… the instructor definitely has a sweet tooth.  The two weeks will be identical. Instructor: Dr. Sam Wendel 

    July 26 - July 30, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grades 4 through 8, Cost $180. Lights! Camera! Action! Starting with nothing but a notebook and pencil, students will work together to create their own original short play. Everything from character development to set design to costuming to theater lighting and sound skills will all be explored. And the culminating event… an actual performance! Students will love this experience both in and behind the spotlight. Join today! Instructor: Jeff Eastman

    July 26 – July 30, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Grade 5, 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 Henderson