Quest Summer Camp General Info

Sycamore camps have been a tradition since Sycamore School’s founding in 1985.

We are thrilled to provide a variety of exciting and enriching programs for your children. Sycamore camps help children discover new friends, confidence and creativity. We hope your child can join us for our Summer Camp Season 2020.

For any questions regarding Quest Camps contact Dusty Burwell at burwell.dusty@sycamoreschool.org or by phone at 317-202-2541.



In 2020, more than 35 different summer camps are being offered for kids, from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade  Sycamore is excited that your child is attending camp at the school for gifted students in central Indiana.  All camps are open to all children whether or not they attend Sycamore during the school year. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Enrollment will be limited.  Full payment of fees is required at time of registration.

GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Enrollment will be limited. Full payment of fees is required to hold a place.  The registration and payment deadline for camps held in May and June is May 8. If there are enough registrations to hold the camp, and spaces are remaining, you can register for camp until two weeks prior to the first day of the camp. The registration and payment deadline for camps held in July is June 12.  Again, if enough spaces remain and the camp is being held, registrations will be received until two weeks prior to the first day of the camp.
  
Children provide their own sack lunch.  They will be supervised during an outdoor recess, lunch, and games.  The lunchtime fee is for campers registered for only morning camp or afternoon camp.  If a camper is at a full day camp, or both a morning and an afternoon camp, there is no lunchtime cost.
 
There is a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee.  Full refunds (minus the registration fee) can be made for a cancellation prior to May 8 (for May and June camps) or June 12 (for July camps).  A 50% refund can be made for a cancellation after the May or June deadlines through the Monday prior to the week of your child’s camp. 
 
Sycamore School Summer Quest reserves the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment; a full refund will be made. 
 
If you have any questions, please call Dusty Burwell at 317-202-2541. Confirmation letters will be emailed to you after the registration has been received. 
 
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Extended Care is provided from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional charge.  Lunch care is provided free of charge for those campers that attend a full-day camp or a combination of a morning camp and afternoon camp.  Campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink. Snacks will be provided for all camps. 
 
MORNING AND AFTERNOON EXTENDED CARE
 7:30 – 8:30                             $35 per week
 4:00 – 5:30                             $40 per week
LUNCHTIME EXTENDED CARE
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.            $40 per week
 
5th GRADE PREP CAMP                                                                       
Entering Grade 5           
Instructor: Lori Henderson                  July 27 - July 31                   8:30 - 11:30                   $150
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. This camp is all about getting ready for a smooth transition to middle school.  Designed for Sycamore students who are entering 5th grade.
During this camp you will:
  1. Practice your keyboarding skills
  2. Improve organization and time-management skills
  3. Learn about executive skills and how they impact performance
  4. Find out how to use self-management and improve your success
Don’t worry, it won’t be all work and no play.  We have time for games, crafts, competitions, and decorating your locker!
 
60 SECONDS OR LESS                                                               
Entering Grades 3 - 6
Instructor: Engineering for Kids                  June 8 - June 12  1:00 - 4:00                  $180
Campers will need to channel their competitive spirit to compete in STEM based Minute to Win It style challenges!  Each day, campers will design and test micro challenges as they explore energy conservation, investigate drag and trajectory, learn about the physics of flight, and more.  Engineers will need to think fast, move quickly, and use what they learn each day to become STEM champs, in this camp!!
 
BRICKS 4 KIDZ JR. SAFARI ADVENTURE                      
Entering Grades PreK - K                   
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz Staff                   June 22 - June 26              8:30 - 11:30               $150
Grab your camera and let’s go on a safari adventure!  Kids will love learning about and building favorite safari animals and objects.  They’ll steer their brink Jeep or boat model through the jungle, snapping imaginary photos of lions, elephants, and chimpanzees on their brick camera model.  Parents will be amazed by how much their children learn from the engaging lesson taught before building. Campers will learn about animal habitats, what the animals eat, any noises they may make, and sing lots of animal songs.  They’ll work on a variety of crafts, too! Join us on our safari adventure!
 
*Our Junior camp is designed to create a time of fun and learning for the Early Childhood child using both DUPLO Bricks and Classic LEGO to create simple, yet exciting structures.  The curriculum introduces developmentally appropriate concepts such as county and pattering, recognizing colors and shapes, ordering, positional words, fine motor skill
 
BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGO GALAXY FAR AWAY                            
Entering Grades K - 5              
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz Staff                   June 22 - June 26             1:00 - 4:00                     $150
Do you love Star Wars™ and outer space?  Then grab your light saber and join us on a journey to a galaxy far away.  This week will be packed full of models to make your imagination blast off!  Inspired by your favorite scenes from Star Wars, we’ll learn the real science behind the fiction while developing our master-builder and master Jedi skills.  Children will build motorized Star Wars vehicles such as the X-wing Fighter and Tie Fighter, as well as their favorite characters such as Yoda, R2D2, BB8, Jedi, and more.  Guided by the NASA space program, we’ll also explore life in outer space by learning about astronauts and building the International Space Station and other space vehicles.  We provide the spark for imagination to take off on an adventure that’s out of this world!
 
*Each day of camp features a teaching lesson covering a different aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Math (STEAM).  Kids will enjoy unique LEGO-themed games, crafts, mosaics, color builds, and other activities. We will use a variety of different types of LEGO Brick, from traditional bricks to the Technic BRICKS that incorporate gears, axles, motors, and more. 
 
BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGO MAGIC - TRICKS & BRICKS    
Entering Grades K
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz Staff               July 20 - July 24                   8:30 - 11:30                   $150
Join the adventure to create magical characters and world using LEGO® bricks!  Use your imagination and have fun creating castles and exploring the magic that happens within them.  Sharpen your building skills to produce LEGO wizards, unicorns, Trolls, and more! Campers will create a special potion, build magic wands, and learn exciting magic tricks each day.
 
*Each day of camp features a teaching lesson covering a different aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math (STEAM).  Kids will enjoy unique LEGO-themed games, crafts, mosaics, color builds, and other activities. We will use a variety of different types of LEGO Bricks, from traditional bricks to the Technic bricks that incorporate gears, axles, motors, and more.
 
BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGO MOVIE MASH-UP                                  
Entering Grades 1 – 5
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz Staff                   June 15 - June 19                   8:30 - 11:30            $150
Bricks 4 Kidz is mixing it up this summer combining models of the coolest new movies of the year as well as some of our all time favorites.  Each day, building enthusiasts will pick from their favorite movies and characters including: Minions, Trolls, Ninjago, Toy Story, Jurassic Park, Frozen, Sonic, and more!  If your kiddo loves the big screen and some action-packed LEGO brick building, then this is the camp for them. See you on the set!
 
*Each day of camp features a teaching lesson covering a different aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Math (STEAM) and then a model of the day inspired by that lesson.  Bricks 4 Kidz kids will learn engineering skills using special tech brick LEGO parts like gears, axles, motors and more. The kids will always have time to experiment and modify their creations.  Kids will enjoy unique LEGO-themed games, crafts, mosaics, color builds, and other activities. All campers receive a LEGO minifigure to keep at the end of camp and other non-LEGO take home items throughout the week.
 
BRICKS 4 KIDZ MINING AND CRAFTING                                    Entering Grades K – 5
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz Staff               July 6 - July 10                     8:30 - 11:30                   $150
Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO Bricks in this fun STEM camp!  Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine.  Campers will be challenged to bring their virtual Minecraft® designs to life by building new mob figures, mosaics and custom motorized models, incorporating LEGO® Bricks.  We will mine, craft and build Steve, End Portals, Eder Men, Obsidian Towers, Ender Dragons and more! Hand on building and creative thinking is encouraged. Teamwork and collaboration is emphasized.  (No actual video games played during this creative camp.)
 
*Each day of camp features a teaching lesson covering a different aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math (STEAM).  Kids will enjoy unique LEGO-themed games, crafts, mosaics, color builds, and other activities. We will use a variety of different types of LEGO Bricks, from traditional bricks to the Technic bricks that incorporate gears, axles, motors, and more.
 
BUGHOUSE CHESS                                                         
Entering Grades K – 8
Instructor: Learning Through Games
May 26 - May 29    8:30 - 11:30  $135
 
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!
 
CHECKMATE CHESS                                          
Entering Grades K – 8
Instructor: Learning Through Games            
July 6 - July 10            8:30 - 11:30                  $155
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.
 
CHESS VARIANTS                                                           
Entering Grades K – 8
Instructor: Learning Through Games            
May 26 - May 29            1:00 - 4:00                 $135
Play chess and many exciting offshoots of the game.  Crazyhouse, Atomic chess and much more! Good for all levels and taught in exciting an
 
CHINESE COOKING CAMP                                                
Entering Grades 1 -8              
Instructor: Ye Wang                           
July 27 - July 31                 1:00 - 4:00                         $165
This camp will get campers to experiment with Chinese cooking and discover the diversity and distinctiveness of Chinese food from different regions.  Every day, campers will learn to make a new Chinese recipe. They will work together to prepare the food and get to eat their own creations of different cuisines from all around China!  The camp will also offer unique opportunities to learn Mandarin. Great for those who are into food and culture and love to keep their hands busy!
 
CODE A TOWN                                                                     
Entering Grades K - 2
Instructor: Engineering for Kids                 
June 8 - June 12                1:00 - 4:00                 $180
In this camp, your little engineer will be introduced to coding and Civil engineering.  Each day your camper will learn a new code for their Ozobot. Then working with a partner they will construct a small town, including stable buildings, bridges, and roads!  On Friday, campers will demonstrate their learning as they code a path for their Ozobot to “walk” through their town.
 
CRAFTING A FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION, or DYSTOPIAN WORLD   
Entering Grades 6 - 8
Instructor: Courtney Corcoran          
June 22 - July 2      8:30 - 11:30                   $225
Learn the ins and outs of creative writing!  Create a whole world with fascinating characters, magical creatures, aliens, weirdness, and maybe even a new language.  With a focus on character development and setting, you’ll use vivid language to write the story that must take place in your fictional world.  You’ll workshop with other students in the session to get valuable feedback. When the session is complete, you’ll leave with a short story or novella that can turned into your own best-seller.
NO CAMP ON FRIDAY, JULY 3!
 
CREATION STATION VACATION                                                  
Grades 2 - 8
Instructor: Courtney Lickliter             
July 13 - July 17                8:30 - 11:30                        $160
All aboard the creativity train!  If you like making and designing functional items then this is the camp for you.  We will work with clay, resin, candles, crayons, wood, paper, etc. We will have set projects and flexible projects.  All items you make in this camp you will get to take home.
 
POTTERY WHEEL STEM and ART IN CLAY           
Entering Grades PreK & K
Instructor: Jeremy South             
June 15 - June 19               8:30 - 11:30                          $160
Investigate the science of you daily project!  Learn about dinosaurs, rare birds, mazes, and more!  After exploring your topic of the day you will build in clay!  Use the pottery wheel several times to combine to your project.  5 days, 5 projects, 3 opportunities on the pottery wheel. You will glaze and add glass to your project for an amazing color combination.  We will combine clay, glass, and the pottery wheel each day to create our projects, 5 awesome projects in all. Everything is made from scratch.  No experience is needed. All projects will be fired and finished for pick-up about 4 weeks after the camp.
 
EXPLORING CODING!                                                                       
Entering Grades 3 - 6
Instructor: Engineering for Kids                 
June 8 - June 12              8:30 - 11:30                $180
In this camp you engineer will explore the world of coding using a  Sphero BOLT! Campers can do amazing things with this little rolling robot!  Campers will experiment with code to make their Sphero respond to its environment, play games, and even create a
 
FIRST TIME CODERS                                                                          Entering Grades K - 2
Instructor: Codelicious                  June 22 - June 26                8:30 – 11:30                          $225
 
Young learners will engage with the building blocks of computer science through coding activities that focus on visual and tactile learning.  Have fun with drag and drop coding activities and unplugged games that reinforce computer science concepts. First Time Coders will also focus on online safety and the impact of technology on the world, community, and childrens’ everyday lives.
 
GAMES GAMES GAMES GAMES                                                 Entering Grades 2 - 8
Instructor: Courtney Lickliter             
July 13 - July 17                 1:00 - 4:00                         $150
We will play every type of game in the known world.  We will play board games, card games, and PE games. We will play games of chance, strategy games, puzzles, etc.  As we play these games we will also explore what makes a good game and how to develop a game. As the week progresses campers will have time to design their own game.  At the end of the week every camper will present their game and we will play it.
 
HARRY POTTER WORLD                                                              Entering Grades 3 - 6
Instructor: Julie Clawson                   
June 22 - June 26                      8:30 - 11:30               $150
Get ready to escape the land of Muggles and enter the world of Harry Potter!  Campers will create a wand and use the Sorting Hat to divide themselves into houses. Throughout the week, they will attend Hogwarts classes and learn to play Quidditch. They will end the week enjoying Butterbeer and watching movie clips to discuss how one of the Harry Potter books was translated into a movie. Join us for a week of magic and wizardry!
 
INVENTORS WORKSHOP                                                              Entering Grades K - 2
Instructor: Engineering for Kids                 
July 20 - July 24                1:00 - 4:00                 $180
We have opened up the workshop for a week of fun, creativity, and of course -- engineering!  Over the course of the week, campers will invent new machines and explore creative design solutions using the Engineering Design Process.  Discover how a wind-up toy works and make your own kinetic sand all while learning about famous inventors and engineers that shaped our world.
 
JEANIE GENSHEIMER MARTIAL ARTS CAMP                         Entering Grades 1 - 8
Instructor: Jeanie Gensheimer         
June 29 - July 2                     1:00 – 4:00                    $120
Students will learn the art of Karate (Shorei Goju Ryu) in this fun and exciting camp.  Karate offers many benefits: self-confidence, coordination, discipline, mental strength, focus and fun!  Taught by seventh degree black belt, Sensei Jeanie Gensheimer.
NO CAMP ON FRIDAY, JULY 3!!
 
JUNIOR ROBOTICS: FLY AWAY!                                                Entering Grades K - 2
Instructor: Engineering for Kids                 
July 20 - July 24                8:30 - 11:30               $180
In this robotics class your little engineers will construct unique robots!  They will problem solve and work as a tea to program their creations to move and make noise!  Projects include a rescue helicopter, parrots, a dragonfly, and much more!

KITCHEN CHEMISTRY                                                                  
Entering Grades PK - K           
Instructor: Catherine Kirkendall           
June 29 - July 2                    8:30 - 11:30                   $130
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.
NO CAMP ON FRIDAY, JULY 3!
 
LEGO ROBOTICS                                                                        
Entering Grades 1 & 2
Instructor: Ruth Moll                    
May 26 - May 29               8:30 – 4:00                           $225
Do you like building LEGOs? Do you like coding?  Are you interested in building robots together as well as designing and creating your own robot?  Then this is the camp for you! Join us as we learn more about Legos, coding, designing and creating. 
NO CAMP ON MONDAY, MAY 25!
 
LET’S CODE WITH JAVA                                                                  
Entering Grades 5 - 8
Instructor: Codelicious                 
June 22 - June 26                  1:00 - 4:00                           $225
Middle school students with a love for Computer Science will enjoy using the Java coding language to explore fundamental computer science principles, be introduced to object oriented programming and develop research frameworks.  Unplugged and Digital Citizenship activities focused safe use of technology will round out the Computer Science experience in this camp.
This course is for students who have previous exposure to or clearly expressed interest in Computer Science.
 
LITTLE ENGINEERS                                                                       Entering Grades K - 2
Instructor: Engineering for Kids                 
June 8 - June 12                8:30 - 11:30               $180
Your little engineer will learn about many different fields of engineering!  They will explore coral reefs like Marine Engineers, make fun mixtures like Chemical Engineers, explore magnets like Electrical Engineers, and so much more!  Your engineer will also explore the fields of Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and even Coding!
 
MINECRAFT: THEME PARK MANIA                                             Entering Grades 3 - 6
Instructor: Engineering for Kids                 
July 20 - July 24                1:00 - 4:00                 $180
This camp will have students build their very own Minecraft amusement parks!  Students will have to navigate a number of engineering and teamwork challenges to do so.  Students will draft blueprints and plans for their parks on paper before beginning to create it in Minecraft to make it as much like the process of designing a real amusement park as possible.
 
MYART AROUND THE WORLD                                                       
Entering Grades 1 - 5                  
Instructor: Myart Staff                   May 26 - May 29                    1:00 - 4:00                          $130
 
MYART AROUND THE WORLD             
Entering Grades 1 - 5                  
Instructor: Myart Staff                  
June 15 - June 19                  1:00 - 4:00                          $165
 
MYART AROUND THE WORLD             
Entering Grades 1 - 5                  
Instructor: Myart Staff                  
July 13 - July 17                     1:00 - 4:00                          $165
Pack your bags, it’s summer vacation and take a trip with Myart as we go on an intercontinental journey in the comfort of the classroom.  Grab your suitcase and passport and join us for a week of international exploration and art inspiration. We will learn about children from different cultures around the world-ethnic diversity, homes, foods, customs and celebrations, language and styles of clothing all through our expressions of art!  Each week we will travel to a different continent and create projects using all mediums including chalk and oil pastels, watercolor, colored pencil, markers and acrylic paint. A special project will include discovering a famous artist and recreating a famous work of art with acrylics on canvas and a coordinating bisque item from our paint-your-own pottery studio as a travel souvenir.
 
PEACE, LOVE and YOGA CAMP                                                   
Entering Grades 1 - 4              
Instructor: Audrey Beaugh                
June 15 - June 19                 1:00 - 4:00                      $150
Peace, Love and Yoga Camp is brought to you by Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids.  In this camp we will be exploring yoga and mindfulness, practicing lovingkindness, and sharing it with others. There will be games, partner poses, and daily crafts to enhance the focus on Peace & Love.  No prior yoga experience needed.
 
POTTERY WHEEL FUSION STEM and ART IN CLAY                 
Entering Grades 1 - 6 
Instructor: Jeremy South             
July 20 - July 24                  1:00 - 4:00                            $170
Investigate the science of you daily project!  Learn about dinosaurs, rare birds, mazes, and more!  After exploring your topic of the day you will build in clay!  Use the pottery wheel daily to combine to your project. 5 days, 5 projects, 5 opportunities on the pottery wheel.  You will glaze and add glass to your project for an amazing color combination. We will combine clay, glass, and the pottery wheel each day to create our projects, 5 awesome projects in all.  Everything is made from scratch. No experience is needed. All projects will be fired and finished for pick-up about 4 weeks after the camp.
 
RAINFOREST RHYTHM KINGDOM                                          
Entering Grades PreK - 1
Instructor: Valerie Berthiaume - Bongo Boy      
July 27 - July 31        8:30 - 11:30               $160
Rainforest Rhythm Kingdom is a recreational drumming, rhythm, movement and music program which combines singing, moving, drumming, dancing, and improvising to build physical, social and emotional competence.  Using the Rainforest Rhythm Kingdom curriculum, students will be introduced to a variety of percussion instruments.
 
SPORTS CAMP                                                                             
Entering Grades 1 - 4
Instructor: Coach Fink                      
July 6 - July 10                         8:30 – 11:30               $150
 
SPORTS CAMP                                                                             
Entering Grades 1 - 4
Instructor: Coach Fink                      
July 13 - July 17                       8:30 - 11:30                 $150
 
SPORTS CAMP                                                                             
Entering Grades 1 - 4
Instructor: Coach Fink                      
July 27 - July 31                       8:30 - 11:30                 $150
The focus of this sports camp is for students to learn and/or improve skills of soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, and baseball as well as other gym games.  The team physical activity will encourage the campers/athletes to develop good sportsmanship.
 
STORYBOOK SCIENCE                                                                
Entering Grades PK - K           
Instructor: Catherine Kirkendall               
July 13 - July 17               8:30 - 11:30                   $150
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. 
 
STRATEGY GAMES                                                                            
Entering Grades K - 8              
Instructor: Learning Through Games            
July 6 - July 10            1:00 - 4:00                    $155
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. 
 
THEME PARK ENGINEERS!                                                        
Entering Grades 3 - 6
Instructor: Engineering for Kids                 
July 20 - July 24                8:30 - 11:30               $180
During this amazing week at camp, engineers will explore many fields of engineering in order to build the best and greatest theme park!  They will build roller coasters, water slides, and even make a sweet treat for their guests to enjoy!

WRITE A SCREENPLAY                                                                   
Entering Grades 6 - 8
Instructor: Courtney Corcoran          
May 26 - June 5                     8:30 - 11:30                   $225
Do you fancy yourself the next Spielberg?  Do you dream of holding an Oscar in your hand one day?  This camp is for you! Learn to develop a concept into a script that will surely be the next blockbuster.  By the end of the session, you’ll know how to write a logline, create a character sketch, craft a plot summary, use a web-based screenplay program to get your ideas down, collaborate with others and direct a movie trailer!  It’s fast-paced, but so is show business. Get a taste of what real Hollywood screenwriters do every day.
NO CAMP ON MONDAY, MAY 25!