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Adventures (Rising 1st-4th)

Summer Adventures

  • For rising 1st graders to rising 4th graders
  • Summer Adventures camp is held on the Guilford Campus at 1128 New Garden Road.

Summer Adventures offers weekly themed sessions. These themes provide a focus for learning about science, historical events, and people, and for games and craft projects. Cooking and STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) are woven into each week. Participants are separated into groups by age to rotate through daily activities. There are opportunities to work in multi-age groups for some projects and games. The daily schedule is similar to a day of school, so five-year-olds who have not completed full-day kindergarten are not eligible for this program. On Fridays, we celebrate the week with a culminating quest, game, or challenge.

2019 Summer Adventures Sessions

June 10-14 - Detectives and Spies ($200)

This camp is now closed; you may sign up for the wait list (4/8/19).

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help investigate the scene of the crime and become a super sleuth. Practice your CSI skills as we dust for fingerprints, take soil samples, use a microscope to examine evidence, and interview suspects to determine which counselors have a good alibi and who is a possible spy. We will make and use a variety of spy gadgets and tools. We will test your stealthiness in our spy training room and our skills in our escape room. We will train to be secret agents to earn TOP SECRET clearance to the crime lab. Enemy agents beware!

June 17-21 - Carpentry ($220)

Choose a project to build, such as a pirate ship, secret compartment box, castle, treasure chest, bookshelf birdhouse, toolbox, and more!  Learn how to safely use a handsaw, hammer, hand drill, square, pliers, wood rasp, and screwdrivers to build your masterpiece. When you’re not in the carpentry room, you’ll work on a variety of wood crafts and architectural challenges, such as wood snakes and robots and building towers, and campers will test their skills in our lumberjack games. We will also design and create Rube Goldberg machines and build town structures to see if they can survive a multitude of natural disasters.

June 24-28 - Mad Scientists ($200)

Enrollment Update - Three spaces have been added to this camp (4/22/19). This camp is now closed; you may sign up for the wait list (4/11/19).

Full STEAM ahead! Join us in our secret laboratory where we will make ooey, gooey, gross creations: magnetic slime, silly putty, bouncy balls, and oobleck. You can make ice cream, experiment with snap circuit boards, watch ghost crystals vanish, play with magnetic ferrofluids, and watch frozen fruit shatter!  We will tye-dye t-shirts, make glitter globes and elephant toothpaste, create lego rocket cars, make play dough, and experiment with dry ice. We will grow borax crystals, make a pickle glow, generate giant smoke rings, and make smoke bubbles. Visit our Mad Lab and witness mind-boggling feats of Science In Action!

July 1-3, 5* - Dinosaurs ($160)

Calling all paleontologists! Want to dig in the dirt for fossils, go on a dinosaur egg hunt, and learn why T-Rex really was the king? Want to know which dinosaurs had feathers and which dinosaurs are related to chickens? Come to this session and find out all of this and more! Create your own dinosaur, build a life-size set of bones, and learn to track Velociraptors. Build your own working volcano and test the survivability of dinosaurs versus lava, asteroids, and humans.

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

July 8-12 - Knights & Castles ($200)

Become a knight of the realm by going on a Knight’s Quest to test your bravery and skill! Decorate your own family crest on shields, write scrolls, make medallions, and design your own banner. Visit our dungeon to write spells and mix potions. Make your choice of a jester, wizard, or princess hat and a wizard cape and wand. Celebrate Dragon Day by learning about and making all kinds of dragons, and play Don’t Wake the Dragons! We will launch catapults and play the games Defend the Castle, Quidditch, and Catapult Chess. Learn how to tame a unicorn, fight off a fiery dragon, and hunt for the mysterious nest of the basilisk in our quest to achieve knighthood!  

July 15-19 - Strange Sightings ($200)

Sasquatch? Nessie? Normie? The Lost treasure of Oak Island? What is Area 52? Do these things exist??? What do we know? Come explore these and other unexplained phenomena that make us say, “What was that?!” Track Bigfoot’s footprints through the woods and set traps for the big creature. Build UFOs, make your own cryptic creatures, and seek out ancient cities lost to time. Create Alien Containment Units, make glove monsters and Monster Spotter Field Kits, and earn your official Creature Spotting License. We will film our own “sightings” footage and on Friday, we will put our creature tracking skills to the test in our quest to round up all the cryptids all while avoiding the mysterious Men In Black.

July 22-26 - Super Defenders ($200)

Come learn all about your favorite masked heroes and their special abilities and powers, then make up your own super identity and what powers you would want to have in order to fight villains! Design your own crime fighting symbol, mask, cape, wrist bands and utility belt. We will make videos, with your group as the heroes, defending the galaxy against evil masterminds bent on taking over the universe!  Come build a super vehicle, design your own super action figure and hone your powers in our agility course. On Friday, we will challenge all of our heroes to capture all the evil-doers they can in our villain round-up!

July 29-Aug. 2 - Space Adventures ($200)

Join the exploration of space as we boldly go where no camp has gone before! Learn all about NASA, different space vehicles, and the first men and women to explore space. Build Martian land rovers, design a moon colony, eat astronaut ice cream, make astro-monkey space suits, create your own alien species, and play with tons of science fiction action figures.  Shoot model rockets, launch seltzer rockets, make planets, make your own jet packs, build mini space shuttles and learn about the constellations. Join Space Command and defend the Earth from a menacing alien invasion!

August 5-9 - Time Travelers ($200)

This camp is now closed; you may sign up for the wait list (4/23/19).

Ever wonder what it would be like to travel to different time periods and explore life in those times?!  We will rebuild our time machine and create gadgets to help us travel to different time periods. Possible destinations include Ancient Greece to see what Hercules is up to, seek out Blackbeard’s hideout on Ocracoke Island, decipher Mayan hieroglyphs from temple walls and wander into Sherwood Forest in merry old England. We’ll even turn the dial forward to jump into the future and see what lies ahead. We have adjusted the time machine from last summer, so we can go further with more accurately….we hope! Whenever in time we are, fun and adventure awaits!