Summer Programs: Week 5 Camps

To view Week 5 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

All Sports Extravaganza! (1-6)

Instructor: Greg Murray
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: US Gym
Max Enrollment: 5-50
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

Come play with us at DA’s longest-running sports camp! At All Sports Extravaganza, we develop skills, learn FUNdamentals and play a variety of team and individual lifetime sports. Teams will be set up by age, experience and gender when appropriate so that all can have a fantastic, safe time learning and playing! Traditional sports like basketball, soccer, whiffle baseball, kickball, and floor hockey will be complemented by Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, pickleball, relays, crab soccer … and introductions to lots of other sport and game activities! We also explore a variety of gear from the Phys-Ed storage room for “free play choice." The primary rule at camp is that everyone MUST have FUN!!!

Please email Greg Murray with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at greg.murray@da.org.

Brain Games (2-6)

Instructor: Erin Huggins
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Computer Lab #202
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

Give your brain the workout it deserves through fun and interactive games and activities! Brain Games uses the latest research-based methods to improve students’ memory, problem solving, attention, thinking speed, mental flexibility, logic and fine motor skills without feeling like work. This class combines online computer-based games and challenges with hands-on multisensory board games, activities, and puzzles. It is great for kids of all ages and abilities!

Please email Erin Huggins with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at ehuggins81@gmail.com.

Broadway Musical Theater Workshop (1-5)

Instructor: Ellen Brown
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Music Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190 

“5, 6, 7, 8!” Get ready for a song and dance experience like never before! The Broadway Musical Theatre Workshop exposes young artists to the form of musical theatre through the experience of learning and performing musical theatre numbers from popular Broadway shows. The week will culminate in a sharing of our work for family and friends. All experience levels in singing, acting, and dancing are welcome — see you on the dance floor! 

This camp is led by Ellen Brown, who has extensive experience in directing young people and performing musical theatre, having worked professionally in New York City for over 10 years as an actor and director before moving to Durham to serve as the Middle School drama teacher.  

Please email Ellen Brown with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at ellen.brown@da.org.

ChemGirls: Chemistry Camp for Girls (5-8)

Instructor: Molly Punk
Rising Grades: 5-8
Week/Time:  Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: #205
Min/Max Enrollment:  5-18
Price: $190

During ChemGirls camp, we will explore the world of chemistry through fun and engaging hands-on activities that help show that science is for girls! We will learn about different aspects of chemistry including biochemistry, forensics, reactions, and more. We will work together, build lasting relationships, and create memories. Girls will take home some of our projects to continue to enjoy camp long after it ends.

Here are just a few of the areas that we will explore together:

  • Cosmetic Chemistry: Girls will work together to create a body scrub and lip balm using cosmetic chemistry lab techniques.
  • Forensics: Girls will investigative techniques such as finger printing, chromatography, and more.
  • Crystals: We will learn to grow crystals using a variety of techniques and mediums.
  • Reactions: We will conduct chemical reactions that explore the fun and exciting side of chemistry.

Molly has been a science teacher at Durham Academy Middle School since 2014. She teaches sixth-grade science and coaches Mathcounts and cross country. Prior to becoming a teacher, Molly worked as a chemist and has prior science camp experience.

Please email Molly Punk with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at molly.punk@da.org.

Chinese Language and Culture (PK-1)

Instructor: Tonya Shyu
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: #127
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
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 pre-kindergarten to first-grade students aims to teach Chinese in a fun and engaging way. Students will immerse in Chinese learning 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 Tonya Shyu with any questions you may have about the content of this class at tonyashyu03@gmail.com.

DA Cavaliers Baseball Academy (5-8)

Instructor: Jens Herman
Rising Grades: 5-8
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: US Baseball Field
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-30
Price: $190

Join Durham Academy’s assistant varsity baseball coach this summer for a fun-filled week of baseball. Coach Jens Herman is excited to offer a week of baseball instruction, drills and games. Campers of all abilities and skill levels are welcome.

Coach Herman and his staff will stress baseball fundamentals including throwing and catching, hitting, base running, and fielding. The DA Cavaliers Baseball Academy is designed for baseball players — both boys and girls — who are interested in developing their baseball skills. Campers will have a great time learning and reviewing the basic fundamentals of baseball. Daily activities will include both individual and team developmental drills, team defense, and batting practice – using both the varsity baseball field and batting cages. After participating in drills, we will compete in a fun and organized way, while maintaining an enthusiastic spirit of the game.

This camp will be held on the Upper School baseball field on the Ridge Road Campus. Campers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, in addition to bringing baseball gear – a glove, a hat, a water bottle and sunscreen. Bats will be provided!

Please email Jens Herman with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jens.m.herman@gmail.com.

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

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:  5-12
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.

Discover Art (PK-K)

Instructor: Elizabeth Lyle
Rising Grades: PK-K
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12), Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: PS Art Room #130
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

Discover Art is designed to engage little hands in fun activities, crafts, and art projects to practice and improve fine-motor skills before school starts. Specifically designed for the little hands of new and rising pre-kindergartners and kindergarteners, students will draw, paint, trace, cut, color, glue, string and construct their way to more confident fine-motor skills. Discover Art will include both directed lessons and non-directed (think free time) lessons each day. Every little artist will receive a portfolio of beautiful art at the end of the week. Mrs. Lyle is Durham Academy's Preschool art and cooking teacher. She has been teaching art for ten years and loves watching little artists grow!

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

Durham Academy Futures Lacrosse Camp – Boys and Girls (1-8)

Instructor: Jon Lantzy
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: Lacrosse Field
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-75
Price: $190

The Durham Academy Futures Lacrosse Camp is directed by Durham Academy head boys lacrosse coach Jon Lantzy, as well as former UNC standout and former DA Lower School PE teacher Beth Ellis Roberts, now an assistant lacrosse coach at Elon University.

The DA Futures Camp will strengthen individual skills along with laying the foundation for full field and half field play for the beginning and advanced player all in the fun and safe environment of Durham Academy. The camp will be staffed by current high school and college players, along with area coaches. All protective gear is required to participate. We will provide protective gear if you do not have equipment for camp. This camp is for boys and girls entering grades 1-8.

The boys camp will be directed by Lantzy, led DA to a 53-22 record in his five seasons including four TISAC championship a semifinal and finals appearance in the NCISAA state tournament. Coach Lantzy is a former assistant coach at Duke University, where he helped Duke reach the 2005 NCAA championship game and a national No. 2 ranking. Coach Lantzy also served as the head coach at Division II St. Andrews College, where he led the Knights to two Deep South conference championship games and a top-10 national ranking in three of his four years.

The girls camp will be directed by Roberts, who was a four-year defensive player for the nationally ranked UNC-Chapel Hill women’s lacrosse team. During her four years at UNC, the team made it to the national championship game, two final fours, and the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament. UNC’s defense was ranked third in the nation Roberts' senior year and first in the ACC in “scoring defense,” holding opponents to 7.68 goals per game.

Please email Jon Lantzy with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jon.lantzy@da.org.

Engineering Adventures (2-6)

Instructor: Michele Gutierrez
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6 PM (1-4)
Location: LS Computer Lab #204
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-25
Price: $190

Join us for a week of adventures in engineering! Campers will have fun learning in collaborative groups as they experience engineering through hands-on, creative investigations and design activities. Science, math, technology and design thinking will be at the center of all our adventures. Each hands-on engineering adventure will engage campers in the Engineering Design Process to solve open-ended problems. The Engineering Design Process will guide campers engineers through asking questions about the problem, imagining ways to solve it, planning a design, creating and testing their design, and then thinking about ways to improve it. Campers will gain confidence in their science, engineering, technology and problem-solving skills through inventing their own solutions to challenging problems. 

Please email Michele Gutierrez with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at michele.gutierrez@da.org.

Exploring Aerospace Engineering (2-4)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 2-4
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: #203
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $215

Discover firsthand the exciting world of aerospace engineering! In this camp, we'll design parachutes, launch water bottle rockets, and learn about Newton and his laws of motion. We’ll explore the forces of lift, weight, thrust and drag. We’ll learn how airplanes work and design our very own kites. Plus, you’ll get to keep some of your projects so the fun continues at home. If you like activities that zoom and fly, this class is for you!

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

Fun with Graphic Novels (2-5)

Instructor: Michelle Rosen & Letizia Haynie
Rising Grades
: 2-5
Week/Time:
 Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: #208
Min/Max Enrollment
: 5-20
Price: $190 ($152 on Week 4)

Join us for a week of fun with everyone’s favorite genre – graphic novels! Not only will we spend time reading some of our favorites, including Babymouse and Squish, but we will also have a blast with crafts, reader’s theater and other awesome activities. You won’t want to miss our journey into the world of comics. Summer reading has never been so fun!

Michelle Rosen and Letizia Haynie run the Durham Academy Lower School Library and love sharing their passion for reading with kids!

Please email Michelle Rosen or Letizia Haynie with any questions you may have about the content of this camp at michelle.rosen@da.org or letizia.haynie@da.org

Intro to Electrical Engineering & Boy Scouts Electronics Merit Badge (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: US Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235

Don't wait until college to learn about Electrical Engineering! Design and build an electronic musical instrument that you play without touching! Learn how to use light-emitting diodes, resistors, capacitors, and integrated circuit chips, then solder the entire circuit together permanently just like a real electrical engineer and take it home. Not only will you build it from scratch, we’ll teach you exactly how it works.

You do not have to be a Boy Scout to participate, but current Scouts can obtain their Electronics Merit Badge by participating in this camp and completing some at-home projects and a short write-up afterwards (see website for details).

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

Jewelry Making (1-4)

Instructor:  Cindy Moore
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time:  Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location:  #109
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-15
Price: $200

Join us for a week of jewelry making! Emphasis will be on selection of materials and design such that participants will leave camp with several quality pieces. Junk jewelry from home and our supplies will provide us with inspiration to make some phenomenal but unique pieces. Students should have ability/experience in simple knot tying. 

Please email Cindy Moore with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at cindy.moore@da.org.

Knitting for Beginners (3-8)

Instructor: Jean Coene
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $200 ($160 on Week 4)

Knitting is fun! In this beginner knitting class, kids will learn the basic stitches needed to complete their first project. Knitting is a great way to encourage creativity, concentration, and relaxation. All materials are provided.

Please email Jean Coene with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jean.coene@da.org.

Little Medical School: Wilderness Medicine (K-5)

Instructor: LMS Instructor
Rising Grades: K-5
Week/Time: Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: #209
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-20
Price: $200

Little Medical School brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children in an entertaining way. Children learn and have fun as they explore the skills necessary for wilderness survival and emergency preparation. Students will learn how to assess and treat snake bites, hypothermia, and broken limbs. In addition, they will discuss common natural disasters and practice how to treat injuries associated with it.

Olive Lamm, MD, MPH is the owner and director of Little Medical School, Greater Raleigh Area. Dr. Lamm has a Bachelor of Science from Gardner-Webb University and moved on to obtain a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Afterward, she received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School with Board Certification. Olive has been involved in teaching for many years from tutoring in college to mentoring medical students during residency. She practiced clinical medicine full-time for several years after residency until she discovered her passion for teaching and inspiring children to learn more about the various careers in healthcare.

Please email Olive Lamm with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at olive@littlemedicalschool.com.

Model Airplanes - Bridge Building - Electronic Gadgets (1-6)

Instructor: Sciensational Workshops

Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12)

Location: Science Lab #201
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20

Price: $225

Build your own rubber-powered model airplane.  Use your model as a learning tool in aerospace education, or just have fun building a sound airplane that actually flies when assembled.  Have fun designing and building model bridges.  Join us in our bridge building contest to see which one can hold the most weight.  Learn simple engineering skills.  Build 6 electronic projects.  Some of them include a patrol car siren, burglar alarm and morse code transmitter.  You will learn how the different electronic components work. Bring a little imagination and get ready to “Fly with Sciensational Workshops.” 

Please email Neil Schulman with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at neilschulman@hotmail.com.

Soccer for Kids (PK-2)

Instructor: Moussa N'Diaye
Rising Grades: PK-2
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Gym 
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-30

Price: $190

During our soccer camp, campers will learn/master actual soccer techniques like shooting, serving, stop-turning, dribbling, awareness of the field, attaching, defending and passing. Additionally, campers will be placed in small manageable teams where they will develop these techniques under the pressure of the game. However, we won’t forget to have fun and enjoy team-ship and sportsmanship! Another personal focus, as their instructor, is to observe and develop easy strategies to achieve end goals and improve the campers technique while boosting their confidence!

Moussa fell in love with soccer playing daily pick up games in the streets of Senegal. As a youth, he attended soccer academy in Creteil, France for three years full-time. He subsequently played in multiple leagues of increasing prominence in Senegal (West Africa) culminating in playing pro soccer for Jeanne d'Arc de Dakar. He has vast experience coaching soccer in schools and camps in Senegal and North Carolina. He is looking forward to coaching at his son's school, Durham Academy.

Please email Moussa N'Diaye with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at moussa55@gmail.com.

Spanish for Kids! (PK-1)

Instructor: Constanza De Radcliffe
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12) 
Location: #122
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-12
Price:  $190

This camp is designed to improve our Spanish through playing and having fun with communicative activities. Let’s improve on our accent and fluidity while making a puppet show, making short films, working on arts and crafts, playing Spanish-based games, and learning to tell a simple story from beginning to end. Constanza de Radcliffe has taught Spanish at the DA Upper School for eight years, and has experience teaching at all levels, including young people who are 4 to 10 years old, like her own children. The earliest a child tries on a foreign language’s new sounds, the better they will be at it in the years to come. This camp offers a way to plant a Spanish seed by doing a lot of fun activities.

Please email Constanza de Radcliffe with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Constanza.deRadcliffe@da.org.

Survival Camp (3-10)

Instructor: Quest Center
Rising Grades: 3-10
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6 AM (9-12)
Location: LS Drama Room #224
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
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.

Swim Camp for Kids (K-6)

Instructor: Fara Soheili
Rising Grades: K-6
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: 1st Floor Commons/Downtown Durham YMCA
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-13
Price: $250 (Week 4 is $200)

Dive into the pool, where we will have the opportunity to learn valuable swimming skills taught by YMCA instructors! We will also spend supervised time playing together in the water. Snacks, transportation, pool fees and lesson fees are included. Come and experience this relaxing combination of learning and summer camp fun!

Please email Fara Soheili with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at fsoheili@gmail.com.

Ultimate Frisbee (5-8)

Instructor: Triangle Ultimate
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12), Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: Lower 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.

Afternoon Camps

A Japanese Pastime: Haiku & Haiga (3-6)

Instructor: Crystal Simone Smith
Rising Grades: 3-6
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: #207
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $200

In this poetry and art camp, we will focus on the ancient Japanese poetic form of haiku along with haiga — Japanese painting (generally watercolor or calligraphy) that incorporates haiku poetry. Tapping into their senses, students will focus on nature elements and occurrences to write eco-poetry and create zen art.

Crystal Simone Smith is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Routes Home, Finishing Line Press (2013) and Running Music, Longleaf Press (2014). She is also the author of Wildflowers: Haiku, Senryu, and Haibun (2016). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including: Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She is an alumna of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Yale Summer Writers Conference. She teaches English and Literature at Elon University. She has also taught at the Duke Young Writer's Camp. She lives in Durham with her husband and two sons.

Email Crystal Simone Smith with any questions you have have about the details of this camp at twentydollardress@gmail.com.

All Girls Sports Camp (1-6)

Instructor: Abby Butler & Kristin Stroupe
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: US Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-40
Price: $190

This summer’s All Girls Sports Camp highlights skill development, teamwork, and participation in a variety of fun group sports/games. Participants will have input as to the kinds of things they are interested in learning or playing. Friday's camp will be reserved for "water-infused" sports, such as water balloon tosses and sprinkler volleyball. Most games will be held indoors, but campers should be prepared to spend part of camp playing a game outdoors (unless it is raining or too hot). Campers must wear sneakers every day and bring a water bottle!

Please email Abby Butler or Kristin Stroupe with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Abby.Butler@da.org or kristin.stroupe@da.org.

Board/Card Games: History, Strategy and Fun! (3-6)

Instructor: Jamie Spatola
Rising Grades: 3-6
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: #107
Min/Max Enrollment:  5-15
Price: $190

It's like Family Game Night ... in the afternoon! But in addition to learning, strategizing and competing in a variety of board and card games over the course of the semester, students will learn a bit about the history of games from pre-historic times (yes, PRE-HISTORIC) to the present. We will also examine, together, different types of games and discuss and employ associated strategies as we play. Testing our mettle in areas like deduction, dexterity and cooperation and our mastery over categories like words and trivia, this course will be a light-hearted and varied exploration that will never leave us bored (yes, there will be puns too!).

Instructor: Jamie Spatola is a mother of three and a friend to many other children through her work as an administrator of summer basketball programs (www.spatolabasketballcamps.com), an aunt, a board member and active volunteer for several area youth-oriented organizations (including Durham Academy's Board of Trustees and the Emily K Center in Downtown Durham), an enrichment teacher at Durham Academy, a thrower of playdates and birthday parties and an overall adorer of children and believer in the tremendous utility of play. Additionally, she has co-authored two books on character, leadership and team-building with her father, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, and is at work on a third that will focus on these lessons for a younger audience.

Please email Jamie Spatola with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jamiespat@gmail.com.

Coed Basketball with Coach McKenna (K-6)

Instructor: Tim McKenna
Rising Grades: K-6
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12), Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-50
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

Join Durham Academy head boys varsity basketball coach Tim McKenna this summer for a fun-filled week of basketball. Coach McKenna has been coaching high school basketball for the past 20 years and has had over 50 former players go on and play at the collegiate level. He currently has three former players playing professional basketball. Campers will work on individual skill development, participate in games and enjoy contests throughout the week. Spots will fill up fast, so make sure you sign up early!

Please email Tim McKenna with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at tim.mckenna@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: 5-20
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.

CSI: Bull City (2-6)

Instructor: Molly Punk
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4)
, Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: #205
Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $200

Step into the role of Crime Scene Investigator and learn the techniques and tricks that police use to solve crimes. We’ll explore the world of forensics through DNA, chromatography, fingerprints and more using engaging, hands on activities. We will put what we have learned to good use as we solve the mystery of the summer camp caper! 

Some of the topics that we may explore during CSI camp include:

  • DNA: Create a fun model of DNA and learn why it is key to solving a crime. Students will learn to extract the DNA of a strawberry and more!
  • Chromatography: Explore the world of chromatography using tie-dye and science. Campers will collect and analyze ink samples, create tie-dye crafts, and learn the science behind chromatography.
  • Fingerprints: We will uncover the science of fingerprints and learn to navigate the loops, arches, and whorls through practice and various techniques.
  • Fun activities: We will practice our techniques using fun games, a mystery crime scene, and more.

Molly Punk has been a science teacher at Durham Academy Middle School for three years. She teaches sixth-grade science and coaches Mathcounts and cross country. Prior to becoming a teacher, Molly worked as a chemist and has prior science camp experience.

Email her with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at molly.punk@da.org.

Dinosaur Camp (PK-1)

Instructor: Gina Minnis
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: #124
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190 

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. Gina take you and your friends back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth!

Please email Gina Minnis with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at rminnis@hawk.iit@edu.

DJ Camp with Stylus! (5-12)

Instructor: Jason Huggins
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Library
Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $220

If your child loves music and technology, then this is the camp for them! Students get hands-on experience while learning the fundamentals of mixing songs, scratching sounds, and DJ music theory from professional DJ instructors. Students will develop their unique sounds, names and logos; work on individual DJ workstations; and perform and record a short mini-mix at the end of the program. No previous DJ experience is required. Get ready to head into the Scratch Lab!

Please email Jason Huggins with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at info@stylusnc.com.

Exploring Chemistry (2-4)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 2-4
Week/Time: Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: #203
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $215

Discover the exciting world of chemistry and chemical engineering firsthand! In this camp, we’ll experiment with acids and bases and learn how to make a pH indicator out of simple household ingredients. We’ll make invisible ink, create bubbles, and explore the amazing properties of polymers. We’ll learn how to identify chemicals and use the power of science to investigate a crime scene and find the culprit. You’ll even get to keep some of your projects so the fun continues at home. If you like things that fizz and mixing up colorful concoctions, this class is for you!

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

Get Your Craft On! (3-8)

Instructor: Lori Evans and Cindy Moore
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time:  Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-15
Price:  $200 

Reduce! Reuse! Remake! Join us for a week of amazing craft projects emphasizing the theme of making something out of nothing. Techniques will include, but not be limited to modge podge, creative cutting, beading, use of hammer and nails, along with anything else our limitless imaginations come up with! Children will bring home displayable art and hopefully a new sense of awareness to use products available right in their own home (or recycling bin!). 

Please email Lori Evans or Cindy Moore with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at lori.evans@nc.rr.com or cindy.moore@da.org.

Internal Combustion Engines & Boy Scouts Engineering Merit Badge (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: US Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235

Have you ever wondered how an engine works? In this class you will completely take apart a lawn mower engine and put it back together again – the right way. Learn everything from how to use mechanics tools like ratchets, wrenches, and pliers to the engineering theory behind carburetors, magnetos, spark plugs, and compression ratios. By the end of the week you’ll know why octane ratings matter and how to calculate the displacement of any engine.

You do not have to be a Boy Scout to participate but current Scouts can obtain their Engineering Merit Badge by participating in this camp and completing some at-home projects and a short write-up afterwards (see website for details).

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

Little Veterinarian School (K-5)

Instructor: LMS Instructor
Rising Grades: K-5
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: #209
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-20
Price: $200

Adopt a pet and start your training as a veterinarian!  Explore the principles of animal care to keep your dog healthy and strong.  Suture a laceration, calculate hydration needs, and learn how to give medications all while keeping a journal of your findings along the way.  All graduates of Little Veterinarian School will receive a stuffed dog, frisbee, recipe for dog treats, and much more.

Olive Lamm, MD, MPH is the owner and director of Little Medical School, Greater Raleigh Area. Dr. Lamm has a Bachelor of Science from Gardner-Webb University and moved on to obtain a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Afterwards, she received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School with Board Certification. Olive has been involved in teaching for many years from tutoring in college to mentoring medical students during residency. She practiced clinical medicine full-time for several years after residency until she discovered her passion for teaching and inspiring children to learn more about the various careers in healthcare.

Please email Olive Lamm with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at olive@littlemedicalschool.com.

Magnetic Levitation for Future Transportation (1-6)

Instructor: Sciensational Workshops

Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4)

Location: Science Lab #201
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20

Price: $225

Build your own “futuristic Maglev” car to race and take home.  In 1999 a Japanese five-car maglev train set a record of 345 miles/hour.  Yours won’t go that fast, but we will have fun building it and learning how it operates.  Learn about the relationship between magnetism and electricity.  You will also get to build a simple maglev track as well as a cool electromagnet.  Learn how motors work, as well as generators.  Build and take home the world’s simplest motor.  Make your own compass and take part in many other magnificent magnetic activities!  Yes, Sciensational Workshops again starts with the Maglev car (magnetism - electricity - levitation) and goes in all directions to have fun and learn while doing hands-on activities.

Please email Neil Schulman with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at neilschulman@hotmail.com.

Make Your Mark: Printmaking Camp (1-4)

Instructor: Elizabeth Lyle
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: #130, PS Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment:  5-10
Price: $195

Make Your Mark is a fun Art camp for elementary-aged students designed to focus on Printmaking. Campers will work with natural materials, found objects, stamps, stencils, household items, and even a few surprise goodies in order to explore the world of printmaking. Some printmaking methods will be used simply to experience the process while others will be used to create and build larger pieces of artwork. This class has great potential to be VERY messy and EXTREMELY fun! I hope you're ready to put on your messiest shirt and Make Your Mark! 

Elizabeth Lyle is Durham Academy's Preschool art and cooking teacher. She has been teaching art for 10 years and loves watching young artists grow!

Please email Mrs. Lyle with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Elizabeth.lyle@da.org.

Mrs. Fara’s Fun Time Camp (K-6)

Instructor: Fara Soheili
Rising Grades: K-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); 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, PM (1-4)
Location: Extended Day Room, #218 B
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-13
Price: $225 (Week 4 is $180)

In Mrs. Fara's Fun Time Camp, campers will spend the week playing games, doing arts and crafts, playing outdoors and having fun! We will get a chance to spend our afternoons doing what we love in this play-based, kid-directed camp. Campers will take a field trip one day to the Mardi Gras Bowling Center and Morehead Planetarium on DA’s minibus! Campers will end the week with a fun, appropriate PG-rated movie.

Please email Fara Soheili with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at fsoheili@gmail.com.

Music and Movement (PK-1)

Instructor: Jeana Holdstock
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: #121
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

Music and Movement naturally go together, but when these two elements are combined at summer camp, fun is had by all. Join Miss Jeana as she introduces your child to Music and Movement through fun  songs, fingerplays, and interactive movements. Many studies show how music and movement, when coupled together, enhance learning and the function of one’s brain. Through a selection of songs — some old and some new — values like showing kindness, saying thank you, working together and sharing with others will be reinforced.  Different instruments and the feeling of rhythm will be explored. At M&M camp we will not only sing and move, but we will take some time to express our creativity in making our own musical instruments.  

Please email Jeana Holdstock with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at LmusicLcenter@msn.com.

Ninja Camp: Martial Arts, Counter Intelligence and Espionage (2-6)

Instructor: Quest Center
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time:  Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: Drama Room #224
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

The ninja may seem mysterious, but the origin of their name is not. The word 忍者 ninja derives from the Japanese characters "nin" and "sha,” literally meaning “person who perseveres,” but over time legend led it to mean, "one who hides or conceals" or "one who moves stealthily." The ninja originated in the mountains of Japan over 800 years ago as clandestine practitioners of ninjutsu, the martial art of invisibility deception. The ninja operated as military spies and trained in disguise, concealment, geography, meteorology, medicine, and combat. It was their unique skill set and unstoppable spirit that formed the legend of the ninja as we know it today. Do you want to be a ninja?? At this new Quest camp, campers will take their skills to the next level and learn what made the ninja of Japan legendary! Campers will learn:

  • Martial Arts and Self Defense Skills
  • Classical Japanese Sword Technique
  • Ninja Tools and Weaponry - The Ninja Art of Diguise
  • Counter Intelligence and information gathering techniques
  • Stealth skills - The history of the ninja
  • Basic Japanese language and terminology and more!

This camp will be taught by Justin Deitsoshi Panza. Mr. Panza is a third-degree black belt in to-shin do ninjutsu and a ninja officianado.

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

Novice Golf Camp (1-8)

Instructor: Greg Murray
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 4, PM (1-4), Week 5, PM (1-4) 
Location: #109
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $205 (Week 4 is $164)

Get in the swing of summer at the DA Golf Camp! Greg Murray, Durham Academy boys and girls varsity golf coach, will make you feel at home on the range … the driving range, that is! With drills and fun games, Coach M will guide you through the fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching, iron shots and drives. You will receive personalized attention to develop your skills, whether you are an absolute beginner or a budding pro! Tee it up with your friends at DA Golf Camp!

Please email Greg Murray with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at greg.murray@da.org.

Robotics (2-6)

Instructor: Michele Gutierrez
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Computer Lab #204
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-25
Price: $190

Everybody loves robots! Campers will be challenged and have fun learning how to build and program robots with a variety of tools, including Dot and Dash, Sphero, and LEGO® bricks and software. Exploration and discovery will be the focus of this camp. Campers of all experience levels will be guided through engaging and challenging activities. Whether we are using, building, or programming robots, participants will be developing curiosity, confidence, and a love of science, technology and engineering    

Please email Michele Gutierrez with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at michele.gutierrez@da.org.

Storytelling with Google CS First and Scratch Programming with Mr. Schaefer (3-8)

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Lab 202
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education. In this camp, you will create your own video games! Design and program your own video games using code and computer science. Campers use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.

Imagine, Program and Share are the key elements of what the free Scratch software can allow campers to create. The software is free, the application is logical and campers will be supported in their learning of the programming language by a seasoned crew of instructors. Young people need to be exposed to programming at an early level to learn how the technology behind computers and games actually work and this is a great camp for that exposure. Come to this camp and “scratch” the programming itch!

Mr. Schaefer is the academic leader for Durham Academy's computer science program and serves as DA Middle School's digital learning coordinator. He has taught children to learn while having fun for over 20 years. Email him with any questions you have about this camp at karl.schaefer@da.org.

Summer Programs 2018
  • Week 1: June 11-15
  • Week 2: June 18-22
  • Week 3: June 25-29
  • Week 4: July 2-6 (No camp on July 4)
  • Week 5: July 9-13
  • Week 6: July 16-20
  • Week 7: July 23-27 

Summer Programs Contacts

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 

 

Casey Rogers
Office Assistant


 

 

 

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