We are excited that your 5th grader is interested in our summer program! Below is a list of camps that students currently in 5th grade can sign up for. If you want to learn more about a specific camp, click on the name below. If you have questions about our policies and procedures, please see the Information link on the right. We also offer full day care during weeks we only a morning or afternoon camp works for your family. To learn more about this Extended Care click on the FAQ.
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 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, 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, 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
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
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 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 - 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, 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
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
Week 1 June 21 - June 25, Week 2 June 28 - July 2, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, 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, 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
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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
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