Summer Explorer Sessions

For students who have completed 4th and 5th grades
Summer Explorers camp is held on the Guilford Campus at 1128 New Garden Road.

Summer Explorers is a level of summer camp that allows 4th and 5th grade students to explore new activities and themes in an age-appropriate group. Themes for this program were created using a blend of ideas from both our Adventures and Middle School Electives’ sessions, giving the participants a bridge between the two camps. In addition to activities on campus, we offer several field trip opportunities. The smaller group size in this program provides the opportunity to do more in-depth and developmentally appropriate activities and projects.

Sessions are open for registration unless otherwise noted.

Session 1, Weird Science

June 12-16     $195

Tackle feats of science this week with all kinds of fun chemistry experiments, and see Science in Action! We will mix lots of gooey concoctions to create slime and oobleck and make bouncy blobs, lava lamps, and tie-dye shirts.  We will explore forces like gravity and magnetism and experiment with light. Can we predict chemical interactions? How do common everyday items really work? Can we discover the reasons for certain optical illusions and physics tricks? Can you measure the speed of light with household materials? Don’t worry parents; we will take the utmost safety precautions and never do anything dangerous! Let’s see if these investigations can be tackled by our crack team of non-professional scientists!  

Session 2, Marco Polo: Adventures on the Silk Road

June 19-23     $195

Welcome brave travelers to a week of trade and exploration around the globe! Together we will follow Marco Polo and other traders from Venice to join the caravan along the silk road. We will make fine goods to trade along the way like soap carvings, batik, and candles. We will make and learn to use an abacus, make and eat noodles, and drink our own spiced tea and harvest coconut milk.  Boredom is an ever present enemy, so we will learn to play Liar’s Dice and make and play Tafl board games to help us pass the time on our long journeys to faraway lands. By the end of our adventures, all traders will be skilled in creating trade goods and navigating the high seas and have a healthy appetite for trying new and unknown things!

Session 3, Outdoor Adventure

June 26-30     $195
This session is full. You may sign up to join the wait list.

Strap on your hiking boots and fishing gear. Don’t forget your compass and paddle, and definitely bring a bathing suit!  Learn all about “roughing it” as we learn how to pitch a tent, use a compass and GPS, cook s’mores over an open fire, and build emergency shelters.  We will go on a “survival challenge” and make sun prints, cooling bandanas, paracord creations, and wind chimes.  We will hike, fish, swim, and canoe our way through the week while we learn about the great outdoors!  We will be visiting area parks, playgrounds, and lakes, including Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury, North Carolina.

Session 4, Wacky Games

July 3, 5-7     $155

This week we will play a variety of indoor games, outdoor games, and team games. These games can range from physically demanding to very laid back. Campers are asked to try everything but are not forced to play any game. We’ll have daily wacky game challenges and boisterous card games. We’ll try out pickleball, spikeball, Naismith Basketball, Can Jam, and WAY more! Bring your appetites for a rousing game of life-size Hungry, Hungry, Hippo!! Field trips are included for wacky adventures around town.

This is a 4-day week, as we are closed Tuesday for the national holiday, 4th of July.

Session 5, Carpentry

July 10-14     $210
This session is now full. You may sign up to join the wait list.

Building on our Carpentry week from Summer Adventures, this session will give participants the opportunity to hone basic skills using hand tools, use different (?) tools, and do more finish work on their wood creations, including sanding and staining with eco-friendly stains.  Each builder will choose a project from many different options and plans, including the classic treasure chest, bookshelves, toolboxes, and more.  If participants want to create their own project, we can help make their idea a reality. We will also expand on the exploding Popsicle stick project!    

Session 6, Duct Tape

July 17-21     $195

What can’t you do with duct tape? Really?! Come find out as we explore the wondrous world of duct tape and other adhesive marvels. Participants will make duct tape wallets and other accessories and develop their construction skills, which will be used to complete daily challenges that will be judged by a panel of tape experts. Bags, hats, ties, flower pens, piggy banks, and world landmarks are just a few of the projects we will create. Participants showcase their creations on Friday for everyone to enjoy!

Session 7, Ancient Rome

July 24-28     $195
This session is now full. You may sign up to join the wait list.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we are going to learn as much as we can about it in one week!  From Romulus and Remus to Caesar Augustus, we will spend the week learning how Rome became the most powerful culture in the world. Come learn the game of Trigon, make and play dice games, build a mosaic, and sample Ancient Roman cuisine. We will design and race remote controlled chariots, make Roman shields, learn about young Romans’ daily life, and defend the empire from Barbarian hordes.  We will mix up scented oils, make Roman helmets, mint coins of the empire, and design our own Roman standards.

Session 8, Tabletop Games

July 31-Aug. 4     $195
This session is now full. You may sign up to join the wait list.

Design, create, and make your own board game to take home, including dice, board pieces, and cards. There will be lots of board and card games around to play for inspiration. We will play classic European games like Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne; cooperative games like Codenames and Hanabi; dexterity games like Tock Tock Woodman and Jenga; bluffing and word games like Spyfall and Bring your Own Book; dice games; tile games; word games; and party games. We will also head outside to run around playing Camouflage, Beckon, and lawn games.

Session 9, Goofballs

August 7-11     $195 
This session is now full. You may sign up to join the wait list.

This session gives participants the chance to have fun playing crazy, weird games and sports, and venturing out to discover fun around town.  We will play games like secret documents, croquet, Frisbee golf, and lots of different tag and card games. We will go out to eat one day, go swimming, watch a movie, eat popcorn, and make cookies and brownies. Come hang out and have a goofy, fun week!