Middle School Electives
For rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders
The location for Middle School Electives camp varies based on the week’s theme. Sessions are held on Guilford Campus at 1128 New Garden Road or on the Page-Frederiksen campus at 2015 Pleasant Ridge Road.
Middle School Electives are open to rising 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade students. Given the developmental importance of having social interactions at this age, we offer this program to provide a safe and appropriate place for social and learning opportunities in comfortable settings. Everything is oriented toward students trying and doing activities for themselves while having fun with their peers in a relaxed learning environment. Regular field trips are offered at this level.
2020 Middle School Electives Sessions
June 15-19 - Goofing off in Greensboro ($215)
This week gives Middle School students the opportunity to explore Greensboro and the Triad area and its many interesting places and activities. Two days of the week, participants will get to select where to eat at local restaurants for lunch. We will go bowling, see an appropriately rated movie, and take time to explore some of the beautiful parks that are right here in the Gate City. On Monday, participants will have an opportunity to help plan the schedule, so bring your own ideas of fun things to do with all your Goofing Off friends!
June 22-26 - Cooking ($215)
Building on our Summer Explorers’ "Farm to Table Fun" session, it’s time to bring out your inner Julia or Emeril as we spend a week in the kitchen learning how to prepare different meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and tasty desserts. Participants will learn how to design a menu using seasonal ingredients, make and use a shopping list, measure ingredients, and discover how frosting can cover up even the biggest mistake. We will learn how to be safe in the kitchen and not burn anything - especially ourselves! Field trips to a farm, creamery, and farmer’s market are scheduled.
June 29-July 2* - Wilderness Adventure ($175)
This camp gives Middle Schoolers the chance to experience the great outdoors firsthand. We will swim, explore nature trails at local parks, and hike around state parks. Participants will learn how to set up tents, prepare meals on cook stoves and an open fire, use a GPS and compass, and build a safe campfire. Specific field trips will be announced in advance.
*This is a 4-day week, as we are closed Friday for the 4th of July national holiday.
July 6-10 - Woodworking ($215)
Building on our Carpentry week for younger kids, this week will give participants the opportunity to hone basic skills with hand tools, work on bigger projects using more complicated tools, and do finish work on their wood creations. Campers can either pick from a list of projects or create their own project with guidance from our expert woodworkers.
July 13-17 - Make It Yourself! ($215)
This is a hands-on week! We will immerse participants in safely using all kinds of hand tools to create projects ranging from dying artful fabrics to making things out of wood. Projects include: vinyl decals, t-shirt designs and logos, monogramming, tote bag designs, glass etching, and origami. Campers will also participate in maker challenges and visit Reconsidered Goods, a non-profit creative reuse center.
July 20-24 - N.C. Novelties ($215)
Explore quirky, weird, and unusually fun hotspots in the NC Piedmont area! Each day we will visit a different city and area of the Triad or Triangle region. We’ll go on a ghost tour, visit the meow-velous Crooked Tail Cat Cafe, enjoy Lexington BBQ, and shop at an amazing candy store! We will eat lunch at Yum Yum, play vintage video games over in Winston-Salem, and much more. Join us for a week of nearby novelties and oddities!
July 27-31 - Mystery Week ($215)
Who knows what you'll find on this daily adventure challenge themed week?! Using clues and hints, campers will find their way to different rewards in and around the city. Practice makes perfect as groups will spend Friday using skills learned earlier in the week in order to solve the grand finale challenge.
August 3-7 - Photography ($215)
Bring your camera and get ready for a one-of-a-kind photographic adventure! This session is designed to help students take better pictures and learn new “tricks of the trade”. Participants will take daily photographs and have a chance to edit their images and critique each other’s work. A variety of basic and intermediate camera techniques will be introduced, as well as different methods for editing and manipulating photos. We will take several field trips; possible destinations include the NC Zoo, Triangle Park, a local museum, and downtown Greensboro. We’ll host a Student Art Show at the end of the week to celebrate our successes! Participants must bring their own digital camera each day (specific requirements will be provided in advance and are available upon request).
August 10-14 - Goofing Off Again ($215)
This second session of Goofing Off gives participants another opportunity to do nothing but have fun, fun, fun! On Monday, participants will share ideas to help plan the week. Two days of the week, participants will get to select where to eat at local restaurants for lunch. We will take time to explore some of the many beautiful parks that are right here in the Gate City. On Friday, we will join the Summer Explorers' Goofballs camp for large group games and a day of swimming. Bring your own ideas of fun things to do with all your Goofing Off friends!