SUMMER PROGRAMS: Week 1 Camps

To view Week 1 Enrichment Camps, click the headings below. Please note that suggested rising grade levels are listed in parentheses after each camp title.

Interested in a camp that is more driven by academics at Durham Academy? Visit www.da.org/summer/AcademicCamps.

Morning Camps

Bookworms! For PK and K (PK/K) *FULL*

Instructor: Jessica Soler
Rising Grades: PK/K
Week/Time:  Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location:  #112
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-10
Price: $190

Spend a week exploring the joys of reading! We will read books from a variety of genres and do fun activities to go with them, while focusing on making reading fun! Our goals will be for students to begin to think of themselves as readers, and to hopefully begin a lifelong love of reading! This is not a phonics or word study class, but a camp designed to encourage a love of reading and the confidence to pick up a book and "read" it whether you can read all of the words or not.

Jessica Soler has been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years, and has taught in both public and private schools in North Carolina and in Puerto Rico. Jessica has been teaching the Summer Language Arts Academic Camp at Durham Academy for many years, and has taught Summer School Language Arts and done private reading tutoring in both Wake County Public Schools and in Puerto Rico. 

Please email Jessica Soler with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jessica.soler@da.org.

Capture the Flag and Gaga Camp (2-8)

Instructor: Heidi Kearnan

Rising Grades: 2-8

Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: US Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-50

Price: $190

Are you looking for a non-traditional sports camp experience? Then this camp is for you! Both activities are great for any group size, age and skill level. NO experience is needed. Campers will enjoy both activities each day using the Upper School gym and the campus fields. On Friday, we will play a campus-wide Capture the Flag game with campers dressing in camouflage and hiding a team flag that they designed and painted.

What is Gaga? Gaga is a fast paced, high-energy sport played in an octagonal pit.The more players, the better! Played with a soft foam ball, Gaga combines the skills of dodging, striking, running and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout. Learn more about the exciting game of Gaga in the New York Times.

Please email Heidi Kearnan with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at heidi.kearnan@da.org.

Cooking with Kids (1-6)

Instructor: Terry Stafford
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #128
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-20
Price: $210 (Week 4 is $168)

At Mr. Stafford’s Culinary Academy, young chefs can expand their local culinary knowledge to create a more community, regional, and global experience. Culinary instruction will be provided for the curious cook’s mind. Students will also expand their palate and reinforce academic and social skills. At the Culinary Academy, young chefs will learn about food safety and knife skills while experimenting with new flavors and ingredients.  Mr. Stafford has over 25 years of experience as a chef, food lover, and instructor — expanding the young mind and creating the next generation of food lovers and culinary innovators!

Please email Terry Stafford with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at teleluvr1@me.com.

DA Basketball Academy (1-8) *FULL*

Instructor: Andy Pogach
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-40
Price: $190

Join DA basketball coach Andy Pogach for a fun week of basketball instruction, drills and games. Campers of all abilities are welcome. Coach Pogach and his staff will stress basketball fundamentals, including passing, dribbling, shooting, defense and team strategy through demonstrations and interactive drills. Campers will have the chance to put their skills into practice with 3-3 and 5-5 games, as well as compete for prizes. Coach Pogach spent seven years with the University of Pennsylvania basketball team and is currently an assistant varsity boys basketball coach at DA.

Please email Andy Pogach with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at andy.pogach@da.org.

DA Soccer Camp for Boys and Girls (PK-7)

Instructor: Susan Ellis

Rising Grades: PreK- 7

Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)

Location: Moylan Field  

Min/Max Enrollment: 4-50

Price: $190 


At the Durham Academy Soccer Camp, campers are trained in the proper techniques for shooting, heading, serving, dribbling, defending and passing. They are then put into scenarios like 11v11 games, 4v4, 1v1 and more to develop these techniques under pressure. They are taught by many current and former Durham Academy players, in addition to DA girls soccer coach Susan Ellis, and provided with comprehensive feedback.

We have lots of fun, and whether you are advanced or a beginner, you will have a great time at our camp. Come train with the best! The kids are in groups according to their age, but if we have an advanced player they can be moved to a higher competitive group. 


Camp director Susan Ellis has been working soccer camps for 30 years. She played for the UNC women's soccer team and won four national championships during her time there. She has coached in the WUSA (the women’s professional soccer league) as the assistant coach of the Carolina Courage. Her high school teams have won more than 15 state championships. Susan has coached at every level, from 4-year-olds to professionals. She is currently the head varsity soccer coach at Durham Academy and teaches Middle School physical education.

Please email Susan Ellis with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at susan.ellis@da.org.

Day Camp/Play Camp for Kids (K-4) *CANCELED*

Instructor: DA Summer Camp Staff
Rising Grades: K-4
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: E.D. Room, #218 B
Min/Max Enrollment:  4-12
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

Spend a week in this awesome, free-flowing camp playing in the Extended Day room, Lower School gym, playground and all around campus! We will play with all the cool stuff in the Extended Day room, do a variety of crafts, play outside, visit other camps on campus, have a Thursday movie party and finish our week with some water play outside (weather permitting)! Join us and experience this relaxing combination of play, learning and summer camp fun!

Please email DA Summer Programs with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at summer@da.org.

Dinosaur Camp (PK-1)

Instructor: Colleen FIsher
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 4, AM (9-12)
Location: #130 (Week 1), #121 (Week 4)
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-20
Price: $190 ($152 on Week 4)

Dinosaurs may have become extinct 65 million years ago, but we can bring them back to life this summer! Do you already know the difference between a Stegosaurus and an Ankylosaurus? A Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Deinonychus? Would you like to find out? Become a paleontologist who goes on fossil digs, builds your own dinosaur, learns silly dino songs, and much, much more. If you love the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, let Ms. Colleen take you and your friends back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth!

Please email Colleen Fisher with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Colleen.May.Fisher@gmail.com.

Drama Camp (K-6)

Instructor: Beth Throop
Rising Grades: K-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: #122
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-20
Price: $190

In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, campers will explore all aspects of the theater: choosing plays, developing characters, costumes, stage makeup, props, and set techniques. After a brief introduction to various new and classic stories, campers will then get the chance to produce and perform a program created entirely by them!

The final performance will be on the last day of the camp. Friends and family are welcome. This camp is designed for children of all ages.

Please email Beth Throop with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at beth.throop@da.org.

Jedi Engineering Using LEGO® (K-2) *FULL*

Instructor: Play-well TEKnologies
Rising Grades: K-2
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)

Location: #203
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20

Price: $195

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi!  Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO® X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

Please email Paul Deans with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at paul@play-well.org.

Line Following Robots (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: US Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235

Design and build a robot from scratch that will navigate a racetrack by itself! Learn about voltage comparators circuits, optical sensors, transistors, pulse-width modulation, and more. Then, when you’re done, compete against other Techsplorers to see whose robot can get the fastest lap time. Can your design beat the current grand champion?

And this is just the beginning. After completing this course, take the Arduino Line-Following Robot course (offered Week 3 PM and Week 7 PM) to learn how to control your robot with a microprocessor and software! Robot built during class sold separately.

For more information, please visit www.techsplorers.com or email any questions you may have to Wendy Candler at wcandler@techsplorers.com.

Nutcracker Ballet (K-2) *FULL*

Instructor: Christina Munter
Rising Grades: K-2
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: US Dance Studio
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-10
Price: $190

Dance the winter classic in the summer time! Join Clara and her Nutcracker as they learn dances of the Spanish Chocolate, Chinese Tea and Russian Trepak inspired by the classic Petipa and Tchaikovsky story ballet. Campers will enjoy a dance lesson, craft session and choreography each day and will present an informal showcase on Friday. Campers should wear comfortable clothing.

Please email Christina Munter with any questions about the details of this camp at tutumom@earthlink.net.

Secret Agent Lab (1-6)

Instructor: Mad Science
Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)

Location: Science Lab #201
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-20
Price: $215

Step into the shoes of a detective—uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis. Explore forensic science through the eyes of both a detective and spy. Are detectives really scientists in disguise? Use your skills of listening, testing, and observation during this week of detection. The correct conclusions are critical to solving the crime scene puzzle!

These are only a sample of some of the activities that we will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

  • Discover Detection – Step into the shoes of a detective: Uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis. Using the power of observation and the Inspecti-Kit, our young detectives will have all they need to get started with their investigations. Children use the gear in their kit to find, collect, and analyze evidence.
  • Jr. Detectives – Want to know who did it? Campers will find out by using their Fingerprint Finder to place and identify UV prints as they explore fingerprint analysis. They will create, collect, and analyze evidence and discover what skills are necessary as a crime scene lab technician.
  • Funky Forensics – Figure out the science of forensics in this hands-on look at crime scenes. Evidence collection and puzzle making will lead them to understand why forensic scientists like to understand the complete picture before they make decisions. Children use the Case Stamper to stamp out a mystery on a case card and discover the science of tracking.
  • Crime Lab – Got clues? Analyze clues and get hot on the trail of a culprit with the Crime Lab program. With the Spynoculars, children stealthily observe clues from afar. These build-your-own binoculars are used to test the limits of magnified observation and are a sneaky way to refine observational skills.
  • Whodunit? – Test your skills and learn how the pros do it through careful observation and techniques to handle evidence properly. Using their Whodunit Kit take home, students can practice the skills of recall and observation— they are provided with character descriptions to reconstruct the face of the suspect!

Please email Mad Science with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at info@madsciencekidz.com.

Summer Fun With Fancy Nancy! (1-2)

Instructor: Elizabeth Allan
Rising Grades: 1-2
Week/Time: Week 1, AM; Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #121
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-16
Price: $190

Are regular school clothes too plain for your taste? Do you pirouette when you walk down the hall? Are words like “delectable” and “enchanté” a part of your everyday vocabulary? Then Fancy Nancy Camp is the place for you! Come join us as we explore the Fancy Nancy series by author Jane O’Connor. In addition to reading, writing, and creating our own fancy stories, we’ll ornament, embellish and bedazzle as we prepare for our culminating event, a Fancy Nancy-style tea party. It will be the event of the summer! Don’t forget your feather boa!

Please email Elizabeth Allan with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at elizabeth.allan@da.org.

Survival Camp (3-10) *FULL*

Instructor: Quest Center
Rising Grades: 3-10
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 6 AM (9-12)
Location: Drama Room #224
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-20
Price: $190

Do your kids like getting dirty, playing in the woods, or having adventures? Of course they do! Prepare your child for their next adventure by sending them to train with us in "Survival Camp." The area's top instructors will lead your children through a week of wilderness exploration as they learn about survival shelter construction, camouflage skills, fire safety, navigation, lost proofing, and problem solving. They will get lots of exercise while they experience the natural world around them. This camp is perfect for kids who already spend a lot of time outdoors and for those who could use a little more time outside. Side benefits of this camp include a sense of self-reliance, and understanding of the importance of teamwork, leadership training, and a sense of appreciation for the things that they have.

Please email Hardee Merritt with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at info@ncquestcenter.com.

Treasure Quest (4-8)

Instructor: Howard Lineberger
Rising Grades: 4-8
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: #209
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-14
Price: $190

Young geologists will join DA Upper School science teacher Howard Lineberger and experience the thrills of discovering hidden crystals, gemstones, precious metals, fossils and unusual rock samples each day as we prospect for treasure. Our quest will employ the methods of the “Old Timers” and the “New Timers” who once combed (and still do) the hills and streams of gem- and mineral-rich North Carolina. Campers will search for treasure via sieves, pans metal detecting, and geocaching and can keep what they find. At the end of each day’s session, participants will each add to the day’s “booty” by picking an item from the “treasure chest."  Each of the discovered items will go home with an interpretive story for parents about the natural processes that form them.

Please email Howard Lineberger with any questions you may have about the content of this camp at howard.lineberger@da.org.

Ultimate Frisbee (3-8)

Instructor: Triangle Ultimate
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12), Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LAX Field
Min/Max Enrollment:  8-40
Price: $200

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a ... Frisbee! Ultimate Frisbee is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the U.S., and we want to teach you how to play! Ultimate combines the continuous play of soccer, the end zones of football, and the pivoting of basketball all with a Frisbee to create a fast-paced, exciting game! This camp will teach the fundamentals of the sport, going over different types of throws and the basic strategies of offense and defense. Participants will learn about Spirit of the Game, a fundamental part of Ultimate that focuses on sportsmanship and respect for all players. There will be fun-filled skills, drills, and lots of scrimmaging going on at camp. The camp will be led by some of the top leaders in the Triangle's Ultimate Frisbee community! Each camper will receive a disc and DA camp shirt with registration! 

If you have any questions about the camp or Triangle Ultimate, please visit our website at www.triangleultimate.org or email youthprograms@triangleultimate.org.

World of Art (1-6)

Instructor: Meg Williamson
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-20
Price: $205

All around the world, there have always been artists at work. What they make and the materials they use vary widely, but there is always a story behind what and how they create. From Navajo sand painting and Central American fabric painting to Asian printing and Chinese dragons, from Day of the Dead skulls and Chilean rain sticks to Indian elephants and African beading, there is a wide, wonderful world of art-making waiting to be explored, and that’s just what we’ll do in this hands-on art-making camp. Come prepared every day to try a variety of exciting techniques using all kinds of media, and together we’ll become world-travelers of art!

Please email Meg Williamson with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Williamson_meg@hotmail.com.

Afternoon Camps

Arduino Metal Detector (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: US Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235

Design and build your very own metal detector from scratch! Wind the search coil using magnet wire, construct a Colpitts oscillator, interface it to the Arduino, and then learn how to code it. The closer the metal object gets to the search coil, the higher the pitch of the tone emitted from the speaker so you have an idea of how deeply buried the object is! This is a really great class that lets students explore and understand the symbiotic, complementary relationship between hardware and software which must work together to yield a functional design. No programming or Arduino experience is necessary. Metal detector built during class sold separately.

Laptops will be available to borrow during class, however, we highly recommend students bring their own laptop from home with the free Arduino software already installed (see www.techsplorers.com/arduino for setup instructions).

For more information, please visit www.techsplorers.com or email any questions to Wendy Candler at wcandler@techsplorers.com.

Bookworms! For PK and K (PK-K) *FULL*

Instructor: Jessica Soler
Rising Grades: PK/K
Week/Time:  Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location:  #112
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-10
Price: $190

Spend a week exploring the joys of reading! We will read books from a variety of genres and do fun activities to go with them, while focusing on making reading fun! Our goals will be for students to begin to think of themselves as readers, and to hopefully begin a lifelong love of reading! This is not a phonics or word study class, but a camp designed to encourage a love of reading and the confidence to pick up a book and "read" it whether you can read all of the words or not. 

Jessica Soler has been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years, and has taught in both public and private schools in North Carolina and in Puerto Rico. Jessica has been teaching the Summer Language Arts Academic Camp at Durham Academy for many years, and has taught Summer School Language Arts and done private reading tutoring in both Wake County Public Schools and in Puerto Rico. 

Please email Jessica Soler with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jessica.soler@da.org.

Chinese Language and Culture (1-4)

Instructor: Bonnie Wang
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #113
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-18
Price: $190

Chinese is a language spoken by an increasing number of people worldwide. It can be a doorway to open up your young child to better understand, communicate and appreciate our diversified globe, which is ever-more connected! Chinese is a tonal language, meaning the same combination of consonants and vowels can be pronounced in different ways with totally different meanings, and it is much easier to fully grasp the exact pronunciation (like a native) in the earlier years!  

This Chinese summer camp for rising first- to fourth-grade students aims to teach Chinese in a fun and engaging way. Students will immerse in Chinese and learn how to communicate in basic Chinese through hands-on activities, which will include fun games, crafts, songs, board games, folk stories and snack items. 

Please email Bonnie Wang, DA Upper School Chinese teacher, with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at bonnie.wang@da.org

Courtesy Camp (K-4)

Instructor: Carolle Epstein
Rising Grades: K-4
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 4, PM (1-4)
Location: #108
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-20
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)
 
This camp is a fun, hands-on approach to courtesy (i.e., "kindness in action") for kids. It incorporates age-appropriate expectations with a variety of activities to teach kind behavior in all situations. The instructor, Carolle Epstein, aims for the children who attend courtesy camp to learn and practice social graces in a fun hands-on environment utilizing the following:
  • Role play
  • Snack time
  • Play time
  • Introductions
  • Thank you's
  • Kindness in all situations
“Courtesy Costs Nothing, but Buys Everything”.-Ali ibn Abi Talib
 
Mrs. Epstein believes that all good things are rooted in kindness. Thus, your student can expect a kind, courteous, fun atmosphere in our classroom and beyond. Mrs. Epstein is an Administrative Assistant at Durham Academy and a mother to a rising 8th grader and rising 11th grader who are continuously complimented on their courtesy toward others and good manners.
Please email Mrs. Epstein with any questions about the details of this camp at carolle.epstein@da.org

Digital Media and Filmmaking (1-8) *FULL*

Instructor: Andrea DeGette
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Library
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-10
Price: $190

Digital Media and Filmmaking is a fun media-arts camp for first- to eighth-grade students focused on making movies. Campers will work with scripting, shooting, animating, special effects, and editing to create their own short films. Cameras and other production equipment will be provided, but campers are also welcome to bring their own to use. This camp will be process-based for the experience, as well as for the creation of individual short films. We will have a screening at the end of the week with files to be shared in an archive upon completion of the camp. We will film the camp experience as we learn to document and make-up narrative stories which will be edited together into final film projects. Students will work on individual films and group projects throughout the week! 

Andrea DeGette is a videography teacher at Cedar Ridge High School, and operates Media Arts Exchange from her studio in downtown Hillsborough. She has been teaching filmmaking for many years and is passionate about helping students move from being passive consumers to active producers of digital media! 

Please email Mrs. DeGette with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at andrea.degette@orange.k12.nc.us.

Evolution of Sword Fighting (5-9)

Instructor: Jeff Kallio
Rising Grades: 5-9
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment:  8-20
Price: $215

Campers will learn the ways of the medieval world as they experience a week in the life of a knight in training.  Campers will learn about history, mythology, and martial arts techniques for survival on the path to becoming a knight. The foundation of the camp will be learning the knightly art of combat with the two-handed longsword while using specially constructed nylon blade training swords and safety equipment to learn the fighting techniques of the German style of longsword combat. Over the week, we will “evolve” our training to the modern Olympic sword comparing the lives then, and the lives now of modern heroes.   

The camp will be providing all necessary fencing equipment and safety gear.  

Jeff Kallio is a certified professional fencing coach with over 25 years of martial arts experience and a co-owner of Mid-South Fencers’ Club in downtown Durham. In addition to specializing in teaching and coaching beginner through competitive athletes of all ages in Olympic-style fencing, Coach Jeff is a practitioner and competitor of Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA).

Please email Jeff Kallio with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at  jeff@midsouthfencersclub.org.

Exploring Music for Young Beginners (PK-2) *FULL*

Instructor: Luke Hoffman
Rising Grades: PK-2
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 2, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Music Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-12
Price: $190

Do you like to sing, dance, play instruments and have fun?! If so, come join Exploring Music For Young Beginners with Mr. Hoffman, the DA Lower School Music Teacher. He loves teaching music to Lower School students, but he also taught early childhood music (pre-K and K) in Washington, D.C., for four years. We’ll learn lots of fun songs, games, dances, and play all the instruments in the Lower School music room while learning tangible musical skills that will support any future musical endeavors. Come join the Exploring Music For Young Beginners Camp with Mr. Hoffman!

Please email Luke Hoffman with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at luke.hoffman@da.org.

Fabric Fun! A Sewing Camp for Girls (5-8) *FULL*

Instructor: Sandy Silverman
Rising Grades: 5-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #207
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-8
Price: $200

In Fabric Fun, we will combine different colors and patterns to create several small fabric projects. No-sew, hand sewn, and machine-sewn projects may include fabric scrap canvas collage, headband, T-shirt tote, pillow case, and a draw-string bag. Desire to use needle and thread is required for some projects. Sewing machines and irons will be used. YouTube how-to videos will be shown to demonstrate and support instructions.

Please email Sandy Silverman with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at ssilverman@hillcenter.org.

Guitar and Ukulele Camp (3-8)

Instructor: Vlad Kary
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 2, PM (1-4)
Location: #205
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-14
Price: $190

Guitar and Ukulele Camp is open for all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced players! Students will learn about all areas of their instrument including music reading, tablature, chords, scales, rhythm and improvisation. Our goal is to help students to find their own path in the musical journey. Once you find it, you will enjoy practicing, listening and performing the music for the rest of your life! 

Please bring your own instrument to this camp each day.

Please email Vlad Kary with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at vladkary@gmail.com.

Intro to S.T.E.A.M. (K-2) *FULL*

Instructor: Colleen FIsher
Rising Grades: K-2
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: #130
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-12
Price: $190

During this dynamic camp, we combine Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) to investigate, build, design, explore, and experiment with a variety of materials and activities. We will use the scientific method to navigate phases of matter, physical and chemical reactions, building and designing structures, and so much more. Technology will help us more closely inspect and document our adventures. Learning in a STEAM classroom is a hands-on experience that is FUN! So come join our exciting group where we will make instant ice, learn how to explode a watermelon using only rubber bands, and so much more!

Please email Colleen Fisher with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Colleen.May.Fisher@gmail.com.

Jedi Master Engineering Using LEGO ® (3-6)

Instructor: Play-well TEKnologies
Rising Grades: 3-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)

Location: #203
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20

Price: $195

The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build LEGO X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

Please email Paul Deans with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at paul@play-well.org.

Mask Making and Costume Accessory Design (1-6)

Instructor: Meg Williamson
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-20
Price: $205 

Do you have a big imagination? Like to dress up? Like to learn how to make things yourself? Then this camp is for you! We’ll experiment with putting our most creative faces forward by making unique masks and other costume accessories to turn ourselves into tropical birds, superheroes with secret identities, and other cool characters. We’ll study examples of different types of masks, how they are made, and then we’ll get our hands dirty. We’ll use papier-mâché, fabric, paint, and other materials and methods as we transform ourselves from regular campers into costumed cool kids, and we’ll finish the week with a Handmade Parade through campus to show off our favorite creations. 

Please email Meg Williamson with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Williamson_meg@hotmail.com.

Mighty Dragons Martial Arts Summer Camp (K-2)

Instructor: Quest Center
Rising Grades: K-2
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: Drama Room #224
Min/Max Enrollment: 4-20
Price: $190

Martial arts training is a time-honed and -honored vehicle for teaching life's most important lessons. Martial arts instills confidence and humility, focus and power, respect and self-control. Instructors from Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts, the area's premier martial arts facility, will be offering a weeklong Martial Arts immersion opportunity at Durham Academy.  

Camp participants study the one-of-a-kind, expertly designed, kid-specific Mighty Dragons Martial Arts curriculum, which focuses on developing the physical skills of staying balanced, delivering power, and whole body coordination. These attributes will serve your children well no matter where their life takes them. More importantly than the physical, Quest Center Instructors help your children learn communication skills, boundary setting and respecting, proper assertiveness, and conflict resolution skills. They practice dealing with conflict. What better way to help your child deal with bullying issues than to give them opportunities to practice? The best part of all is that they have a blast doing it! Every day at camp is an adventure.  

Please email Hardee Merritt with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at info@ncquestcenter.com.

NASA: Journey Into Outer Space! (2-6)

Instructor: Mad Science
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #201
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-20
Price: $215

Take a voyage of discovery into the atmosphere and beyond! Explore planets, moons and other space phenomena in our solar system. Discover the difficulties of space travel, the challenges of living in space and try assembling a satellite while training to be an astronaut. Build your own Mad Science rocket and launch several with the group. Campers will have lots of projects to make and to take home, plus Mad Science is the ONLY organization licensed to use these activities for summer camps and school programs. All material developed by Mad Science and NASA.

A sample of some of the activities that we will be doing each day follows. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

  • Astronaut-in-Training - Discover technology designed for outer space! Steer a laser beam through a laser maze, find hidden mountains using the principles of radar technology, and discover everyday objects that were originally designed for use in space! Bring the excitement home with a Lightning Launcher TM that lights up the sky! And that’s just the beginning! Live the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight! Find out how much you would weigh if you lived on Neptune, and how old you would be if you lived on Saturn during this action packed camp day.
  • Earth and Beyond - Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Learn how the planets stack up, and build and take home Kepler’s Cube TM, a fun and educational 3-D solar system puzzle! Next, go on a mission to explore the atmosphere on Earth, and beyond! Travel to the end of the rainbow and make a sunset! Mix up various planetary atmospheres, one molecule at a time; discover how stars would look in space, and see what makes stars twinkle using your very own Shimmering Stars TM!
  • Solar Launch - This stellar program is your ticket to the stars! Watch star dust burn, and journey through a soapy galaxy as you investigate the life cycle of stars! Use your Bead Dipper TM to create a 3-dimensional glow-in-the-dark constellation! Then, it’s your chance to become a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight, and explore the science involved in rocket construction as you build your own Skyblazer II Rocket TM that you can take home!
  • Space Voyage - Learn what it takes to be a true globetrotter! Race a balloon rocket and design your own car engine as you learn about thrust. See the principles of propulsion at work in a real rocket launch, and build your very own Shuttle Copter TM to fly to the skies!
  • Eye on the Sky - Probe the mysteries of meteors and bounce around satellite light in this phenomenal program on space phenomena! Learn how to tell the difference between stars, planets and satellites in the night sky. See comets up close as one is formed before your eyes, and take home your very own Catch-a-Comet TM!

Please email Mad Science with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at info@madsciencekidz.com.

Summer Science and Engineering Olympics (3-6) *FULL*

Instructor: Howard Lineberger
Rising Grades: 3-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #209
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-16
Price: $190

Young scientists and engineers who enjoy learning about science and who enjoy building devices such as “Marshmallow Catapults” and “Bottle Rockets” will love to learn and compete in this camp modeled after the National Science Olympiad program.

Durham Academy science teacher Howard Lineberger has coached Science Olympiad teams for over 20 years. His teams have won the North Carolina state competition and have advanced to national level competitions. Participants will learn principles of all scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences) presented at an age-appropriate level and will be thrilled each day by building devices of their own design. All activities will culminate in competitive events that will test the knowledge and problem solving abilities of the young students.

Please email Howard Lineberger with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at howard.lineberger@da.org.

Volleyball Camp with Coach Lewis: *All Skills* (3-8)

Instructor: Kyle Lewis and Andy Pronto
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: US Gym
Min/Max enrollment: 4-50
Price: $190

Come improve your volleyball skills and your love for the game! Led by Durham Academy assistant varsity volleyball coach and Triangle Volleyball Club assistant coach, Kyle Lewis, and DA junior varsity volleyball coach Andy Pronto.  This all-skills volleyball camp will cover all aspects of the game and excite students about the game of volleyball. Players develop fundamental skills including serving, passing, setting, blocking and hitting. Skills-based drills, as well as 3 vs. 3 and 6 vs. 6 wave competition drills, will be used daily in tournament-style competition to apply these skills at a high pace.

Please email Kyle Lewis with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Kyle.Lewis@da.org.
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Dan Gilson
Summer Programs Director
919-287-1763 

 

Jennifer Thornton
Assistant Summer Programs Director

 

  

William Edwards
Assistant Summer Programs Director

 

 

Zakia VanHoose
Volunteer Coordinator & Before and After Care Coordinator 


 

 

 

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