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Middle School (Rising 7-9th)

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 schedule will be available in early March.

2019 Middle School Electives Sessions


June 10-14 - Goofing off in Greensboro ($210)

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 17-21 - Cooking ($210)

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 measure ingredients, design a menu using seasonal 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 24-28 - N.C. Novelties ($210)

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’s, grab amazing donuts in Alamance County, play vintage video games over in Winston-Salem, and much more. Join us for a week of nearby novelties and oddities!

July 1-3, 5* - Wilderness Adventure ($170)

This camp gives Middle Schoolers the chance to experience the great outdoors firsthand. We will have the chance to fish, swim at Hanging Rock Lake, and explore nature trails at local parks. Participants will learn how to set up tents, prepare meals on cookstoves 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 Thursday for the national holiday, 4th of July.

July 8-12 - Photography ($210)

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. We have some cameras to loan; please email for availability.

July 15-19 - Make It Yourself! ($210)

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; hula hoops; glass etching; origami; and duct tape projects. Participants will also explore 3-D modeling software and model printing with our 3-D printers.

July 22-26 - Mouth Fools ($210)

Calling all creative writers! Bust through writer’s block and generate new material in minutes by fooling around with writing exercises that are actually fun. Led by NGFS Upper School English teacher, Chris Shipman, a published writer and experienced teacher, this camp will help young writers develop the tools needed to tackle the blank page. The camp will include daily warm-up exercises, a choice of prompts, ongoing feedback from the camp leader, opportunities for sharing and workshop, and trips to local venues ripe for creativity, such as art museums and parks. And the camp will end with a reading for family and friends! This camp provides a fun, safe, and generative space for writers at any level. After all, we’re just fooling around. Limited space available.

July 29-Aug. 2 - Goofing Off Again ($210)

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 go bowling and go see an appropriately rated movie. We will take time to explore some of the many beautiful parks that are right here in the Gate City. We will also spend a day playing live action board games like hungry hungry hippos and Pac-Man! Bring your own ideas of fun things to do with all your Goofing Off friends!

August 5-9 - Robotics & Engineering ($210)

This week we will team up with ECG Robotics, a non-profit robotics club created by the Early College at Guilford High School. Campers will explore how robots are designed, programmed, and built; when not in the building room, campers will participate in coding and other engineering challenges. We’ll start the week with a visit to the FIRST robotics team building and testing site. Campers will spend the week designing and building robots to complete a challenge at the end of the week designed by ECG Robotics. Several field trip opportunities offer campers the chance to see real-world applications of engineering, creative problem solving, and the scientific method.