Summer Programs: Week 7 Camps

To view Week 7 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

Actor's Workshop (1-5)

Instructor: Ellen Brown
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Music Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190

Calling all actors! Working together as an ensemble, we will create an original play or musical based on the ideas and interests of the participants. In Actor’s Workshop, we will learn key elements of theatre performance and will become immersed in all aspects of theatre-making. Participants will learn about acting, stage presence, stage crew, props, directing and costume design. Every participant will contribute their unique skills and interests to create our final performance, which will be shared at the end of the week!

This camp is led by Ellen Brown, who has extensive experience in directing young people and performing herself, having worked professionally in New York City for over 10 years as an actor and director before moving to Durham to serve as Durham Academy's 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.

A Field of Fun: Softball Camp

Instructor: Carolle Epstein
Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: US Softball Field
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190

All aspects of softball, including pitching, catching, hitting, fielding and base running will be covered. Please bring a hat, glove, sunscreen, water bottle and wear athletic clothing and shoes. Sportsmanship, fun and teamwork will also be a focus. Open to girls and boys. If you have a bat, you may bring your own. Helmets will be provided.

Carolle Epstein works in DA's Development Office, has two children at DA and held her first DA Summer Camp in 2017. Carolle is also the assistant varsity girls softball coach here at DA, serves on Parents Council and is the co-chair of the Parent Athletic Council.

Please email Carolle Epstein with any questions you may have about the details of the camp at carolle.epstein@da.org.

Animation Camp (1-8)

Instructor: Andrea DeGette
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Library
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

Animation camp, like the filmmaking camp, will make use of camera equipment and the green screen. We will cover concepts such as persistence of vision, cell animation, stop-motion animation and claymation. Students will complete animated videos using real objects and drawings which help create new awareness of media literacy. PBS LearningMedia tools will be used in support of our work in the camp. Animation is a fun and rewarding activity for all ages!

This is Andrea DeGette's second summer leading camps at Durham Academy. She is a Videography teacher at Cedar Ridge High School during the school year,  Ms. DeGette loves working with students of all ages and has been working with film and video since graduating from NYU film school. She received her masters from Duke and brings her love of stories to all her filmmaking ventures. DeGette is thrilled to be offering filmmaking and new classes in animation and acting for the camera this summer! Andrea lives with her three children and many pets in lovely historic Hillsborough!

Please email Mrs. DeGette with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at andreadegette@gmail.com.

Basketball Shooting Camp (1-4)

Instructor: Chris Spatola
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: US Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-70
Price: $200

Our shooting camp is a one-of-a-kind experience that will not only provide a greater understanding of shooting technique, but will also improve shooting accuracy — regardless of the shooter’s age or skill level. This camp has a more narrow focus than a traditional skills camp, specifically teaching the art of shooting.

Campers will learn the proper footwork, balance, alignment, hand placement and drills needed to reach maximum shooting potential. Shooting off-the-catch, off-the-dribble, on-the-move and the unique skill of free-throw shooting, will all be drilled. Campers will be organized by age and, each day, will participate in a variety of work in stations, shooting games and contests that will focus on specific areas of shooting technique. The camp will do all of this while providing a positive, upbeat experience that promotes hard work, enthusiasm and fun.

A graduate of West Point, Chris Spatola is sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list and is the school’s all-time leader in free-throw percentage. In addition to his playing career, Chris spent six seasons as a member of Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff at Duke, is currently a college basketball analyst for ESPN, a radio personality for Sirius/XM and has over 10 years of experience running basketball camps.

Please email Chris with any questions you may have about the details of the camp at chrisspatola@gmail.com.

Being 3! (3 year olds only)

Instructor: Teri Burrus
Rising Grades: PK (3-year-olds only)
Week/Time: Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #124
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-12
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

Being 3 is so fantastic! You can speak in full sentences, you’re understanding the concept of sharing, and you’re running and climbing EVERYWHERE. Why not practice all of these great new abilities with some new friends? In this camp we will introduce, or help maintain, classroom readiness for 3-year-olds. Through creative and mobile activities, we will explore our sense of self, strengthen our fine and gross motor skills, and practice kindness and empathy.

Establishing classroom routine and expectations takes time. Because 3-year-olds still have so much to learn, and even more to share, we have made this available for three weeks over the summer. Please choose as many as you would like!

Please email Teri Burrus with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at teri.burrus@da.org.

Chinese Language and Culture (1-4)

Instructor: Tonya Shyu
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: #108
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 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 Tonya Shyu with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at tonyashyu03@gmail.com

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.

DA Chess Camp with Craig Jones (1-4)

Instructor: Craig Jones
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

In DA Chess Camp, we will focus on two approaches:

KNOW: We will develop a knowledge base of important information. The learning of basic information is required by everyone, after that its mostly interest driven. I create an environment where the basics are presented and those with more interest in this type of development can go as far as they like. The more knowledge you have, the more actual playing becomes easier.

DO: In the end it’s more important what you do than what you know. The doing aspect comes more naturally for children (the knowing part more to adult learners) so we tend to mostly focus on doing. The "doing" comprises lots of tactics, learning how to assess positions, learning how to make plans linked to those assessments and training our minds to think sequentially and efficiently.

DA chess coach Craig Jones has won hundreds of chess tournaments. He is a former U.S. Correspondence Champion (10th-2000) and reached the world championship semi-finals. Jones is a  many-time winner of the N.C. State Invitational and former U.S. Masters Champion. His students include national individual scholastic champions (more than a dozen!), and many state champions, national team champions and state team champions. Durham Academy is a perennial winner of the North Carolina State Championships in one of the three elementary divisions. 

Please email Craig Jones with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at craig.jones43@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.

Exploring Electrical Engineering (2-4)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 2-4
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #203
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $215

Discover firsthand the exciting world of electrical engineering! In this class, we’ll experiment with static electricity, create electromagnets, and build our own batteries. We’ll make a homemade light bulb and explore insulators and conductors. We’ll learn how electric motors work and design circuits. Plus, you’ll get to keep some of your projects so the fun continues at home. If you like activities that light up and buzz, 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

Guts, Goo and Gross Science (1-6)

Instructor: Mad Science
Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)

Location: Science Lab #201
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $215

Use your skills as a creepy chemist to make your own radically gross reactions with batteries, coins, and more! Compare fingerprints and discover the mysteries of DNA as you fine-tune your secret agent skills. Make "brain goo" and check out your bones as your travel the organ trail. Explore the icky inside of your body and learn about the organ systems and the cells that compose them with an introduction to the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, and muscular systems. Discover cool and yucky chemical reactions and how to solve a crime in this hands-on science adventure!

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.

  1. Cell City - Take a fantastically foul trip into cell city. Learn about cells and the different parts within them. You will compare the parts of a cell to a real city as you investigate its different functions. Build your own slimy take home model cell out of unique materials. 
  2. The Organ Trail  - Do you know the recipe for a healthy body? You will after you journey down the Mad Science Organ Trail. Come to camp and meet "Tall Paul"! Paul is a torso model that can have his organs removed and replaced. Paul’s brain, bones, lungs, heart, and digestion system will all be investigated. Be a real Mad Scientist as you make a gutsy model of yourself to take home.
  3. Chemical Counting - Get ready for a day in the Mad Science Laboratory!  Do shocking experiments with electrochemical reactions, as you electroplate a penny and a nickel. Learn how chemical elements help you to create chemical compounds. Put your new chemistry know-how to work as you make your own brain goo! Make edible models of yucky molecules.
  4. Radical Reactions - Ready, set, rotten reactions! Learn with hands-on reactions that matter is never created or destroyed. Turn an old potato into a battery. Make a squishy rainbow and a chemical battery in a beaker. Make your own invisible ink.
  5. At the Scene of the Crime – Team up with fellow campers to solve the “Great Ice Cream Caper” crime. Arrive at camp to find a real crime scene surrounded by crime scene tape. Walk the grid and collect evidence to solve the rotten crime. All of your observation skills will be needed as you use your new magnifying glasses and notebooks to record your evidence. Use your forensic skills to solve the crime and make your own snack.

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

Having Fun with Mo Willems (PK-1)

Instructor: Lloydette Hoof & Nicole Morris
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time:  Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #121
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-18
Price: $195

Have you ever lost a special stuffed animal and then someone helped you find it? Do you find it hard to say no when someone keeps asking for a yes? Do you like to stay up late? If so, then you have a lot in common with the characters in the popular books by wacky author Mo Willems. They all have adventures that tickle your funny bone!

Come with us as we Read, Write, Construct Crafts, Act, and laugh out loud with Mo's zany characters! 

Pigeon says, Come on and join in the merriment!!!!!

Lloydette Hoof has been an assistant kindergarten teacher at DA for eight years. Her children and grandchildren have attended the school.  Nicole Morris has been an assistant at DA for almost four years. Her children have attended academic summer camps here. Both teachers have instructed academic kindergarten summer classes. They have experience working with a variety of developmental abilities.

Please email Lloydette Hoof or Nicole Morris with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at lloydette.hoof@da.org or nicole.morris@da.org.

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: 5-20
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.

Pint Sized Picassos! (K-3)

Instructor: Aja Johnson
Rising Grades: K-3
Week/Time: Week 7, PM
Location: #127
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-12
Price: $190

In Pint Sized Picassos, artists will create themed art projects while learning lessons in character traits. Each day artists will hear theme related stories and have an opportunity to create their own masterpiece. Artists will be given step by step assistance in planning and creating their theme related project. Projects will be created using tissue, collaging, recycled items and a number of different mediums. Themes include 3-D Art and Mindfulness.

 

Aja Johnson is graduate of North Carolina Central University with an MA in School Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Aja has been working in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina as a school counselor for 5 years and hopes to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. Aja’s self-care includes trying new food around town, traveling and exploring new cultures, yoga, and completing DIY projects.

Please email Aja Johnson with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Aja.Johnson@dpsnc.net

Play 2 Learn 2 Code with Mr. Schaefer (3-8)

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #209
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

The Play 2 Learn 2 Code camp will use CodeMonkey which is a web-based site that allows campers to develop the foundational skills of programming in a real programming language. From the very first moment in CodeMonkey, campers start to write code in a real-world programming language called CoffeeScript. CoffeeScript is a modern open-source programming language that compiles to JavaScript, and similarly to JavaScript it is used in the industry primarily for web applications. Through the CodeMonkey program campers will learn advanced Computer Science concepts such as loops, variables, functions, conditions and more. (Some information from CodeMonkey.com)

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.

Learn more at www.playcodemonkey.com or email Karl Schaefer with any questions you may have about this camp at karl.schaefer@da.org.

Soccer Camp (1-8)

Instructor: Moussa N'Diaye
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Gym 
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-40

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.

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.

Taking Flight into Aerospace Engineering (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 3, AM (9-12), Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: US Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235

Watch as your rockets blast off hundreds of feet into the air! Learn the fundamentals of aerospace engineering and use your newfound knowledge to design, build, and launch your own water bottle and model rockets. However, the real challenge comes when you design and construct your own balsa wood gliders from scratch – just like the Aerospace students at N.C. State University. By the end of the week, you’ll feel like a real rocket scientist with creations of your very own to take home.

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

Ultimate Frisbee (3-8)

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: 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.

What's Up? (PK-1)

Instructor: Janet Hampton and Dena Hanna
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #122
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190

In this camp we will explore the wonders of our sky and learn about things we find when we look above: stars, planes and more! We will investigate using books, videos, activities and crafts as we reach into the sky to discover “What’s Up?”

Mrs. Hampton and Mrs. Hanna are preschool teachers at Durham Academy. They have taught a kindergarten class together for over 12 years.

Please email Janet Hampton or Dena Hanna with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at janet.hampton@da.org or dena.hanna@da.org.

World of Art (2-5)

Instructor: Sandy Williamson
Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time:  Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location:  LS Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $195 

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 Line-Following Robots (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: US Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235

Learn how to program a robot to follow a track all by itself! While the original Line-Following Robot class is strictly about hardware design, the addition of the Arduino microprocessor introduces new challenges and allows for all kinds of enhancements from advanced speed controls to turn memory. This class is great for both programming beginners and Arduino enthusiasts and no previous Line-Following Robot experience is necessary. Robot 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 you may have to Wendy Candler at wcandler@techsplorers.com.

Art, Design and Coding with Google CS First and Scratch Programming (3-8)

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #209
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 use the computer to design your own animations, create a paint editor tool, and learn how technology is used in the art world! Design and program your own artisitic video games using code and computer science.

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 Computer Science Department Chairperson and Middle School Digital Learning Coordinator. He has taught children to learn while having fun for over 20 years.

Learn more at www.cs-first.com and http://scratch.mit.edu or email Karl Schaefer with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at karl.schaefer@da.org.

Basketball Shooting Camp (5-10)

Instructor: Chris Spatola
Rising Grades: 5-10
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: US Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-70
Price: $200

Our shooting camp is a one-of-a-kind experience that will not only provide a greater understanding of shooting technique, but will also improve shooting accuracy — regardless of the shooter’s age or skill level. This camp has a more narrow focus than a traditional skills camp, specifically teaching the art of shooting.

Campers will learn the proper footwork, balance, alignment, hand placement and drills needed to reach maximum shooting potential.  Shooting off-the-catch, off-the-dribble, on-the-move and the unique skill of free-throw shooting, will all be drilled. Campers will be organized by age and, each day, will participate in a variety of work in stations, shooting games and contests that will focus on specific areas of shooting technique. The camp will do all of this while providing a positive, upbeat experience that promotes hard work, enthusiasm and fun.

A graduate of West Point, Chris Spatola is sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list and is the school’s all-time leader in free-throw percentage.  In addition to his playing career, Chris spent six seasons as a member of Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff at Duke, is currently a college basketball analyst for ESPN, a radio personality for Sirius/XM and has over 10 years of experience running basketball camps.

Please email Chris with any questions you may have about the details of the camp at chrisspatola@gmail.com.

DA Chess Camp with Craig Jones (4-12)

Instructor: Craig Jones
Rising Grades: 4-12
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

In DA Chess Camp, we will focus on two approaches:

KNOW: We will develop a knowledge base of important information. The learning of basic information is required by everyone, after that its mostly interest driven. I create an environment where the basics are presented and those with more interest in this type of development can go as far as they like. The more knowledge you have, the more actual playing becomes easier.

DO: In the end it’s more important what you do than what you know. The doing aspect comes more naturally for children (the knowing part more to adult learners) so we tend to mostly focus on doing. The "doing" comprises lots of tactics, learning how to assess positions, learning how to make plans linked to those assessments and training our minds to think sequentially and efficiently.

DA chess coach Craig Jones has won hundreds of chess tournaments. He is a former U.S. Correspondence Champion (10th-2000) and reached the world championship semi-finals. Jones is a  many-time winner of the N.C. State Invitational and former U.S. Masters Champion. His students include national individual scholastic champions (more than a dozen!), and many state champions, national team champions and state team champions. Durham Academy is a perennial winner of the North Carolina State Championships in one of the three elementary divisions. 

Please email Craig Jones with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at craig.jones43@gmail.com.

Digital Media and Filmmaking (1-8)

Instructor: Andrea DeGette
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Library
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-15
Price: $190 ($152 on Week 4)

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 andreadegette@gmail.com.

Dr. Seuss Camp: Oh The Places You'll Go! (PK-1)

Instructor: Teri Burrus
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #124
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

Have you ever wondered just what you can do with some words and some paper and a little stick of glue? I have the answer! It’s easy to see. Open a book and come along with me! We will learn about reading, writing and spelling (not yelling). We will play and imagine, find rhyming words for “cabin,” dance and be silly – maybe meet a boy named Billy! Dr. Seuss is the one who will lead all the fun! He will show us The Cat, some fish and some feet. He’ll introduce us to a Turtle, a fox and a Sneetch. 

Please email Teri Burrus with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at teri.burrus@da.org.

Exploring Civil Engineering (2-4)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 2-4
Week/Time: Week 3, AM (9-12), Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #203
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $215

Discover firsthand the exciting world of civil engineering! In this camp, we’ll design and construct towers, bridges and cantilevers. We’ll explore the forces of tension, compression, torsion, bendin, and shear. We’ll learn which shapes are the strongest and how to survive an earthquake. Plus, you’ll get to keep some of your projects so the fun continues at home. If you like to build, 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

FAST Fitness Camp (5-8)

Instructor: Valerie Merriweather
Rising Grades: 5-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3 PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #205
Min/Max enrollment: 5-20
Price: $200

When your campers participate in FAST Fitness Camp (FFC), they will enjoy a unique experience designed with the middle-school youth in mind. Campers will learn to adopt positive lifestyle habits through fun, interactive health and fitness activities. Whether your camper wants to try out for a team, play an instrument better, be more active, or just build confidence in general, this camp is a top pick! Every day, we’ll do a fun activity around a health and fitness topic such as core training, injury prevention, managing stress, nutrition labs, and self-esteem activities. All activities are geared toward helping campers build a strong foundation of well-being that will help them in middle school and beyond. Our program concludes with a vision board session where students map out their self-care goals for the upcoming year! 

A sample schedule is below:

  • Ice Breaker/Recap
  • Morning Overview & Goal of the Day
  • MOD (Move of the Day)
  • Skills Practice
  • FAST Lab (e.g. Nutrition, self-esteem)
  • Break
  • Fun & Games
  • Vision Board

Campers must wear comfortable clothing along with fitness shoes. No flip-flops or Crocs, please! Please bring a large water bottle. 

**Please provide any food allergy/sensitivities.

Valerie Merriweather is a busy mom of four on a mission! As founder and director of Finish Mg, she is a sought-after speaker, entrepreneur and consultant on health and wellness topics for busy families. As a time-pressed, family scheduler extraordinaire, Valerie has first-hand experience helping kids build a strong foundation of health and wellness. She understands the importance of teaching kids early on how to practice self-care and has developed a system for kids to use everyday to improve their health.

Valerie has worked with numerous organizations to promote health and wellness for kids. She served on the leadership team at Discovery Communications for their annual “Take Your Kid to Work Day,” as well as a presented on a variety of wellness topics for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Valerie holds personal training and health coaching certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. She also serves on several community boards that focus on kids’ health and well-being.

Please email Valerie Merriweather with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at vmerriweather622@gmail.com.

The Human Library: Performance Writing (4-12)

Instructor: Crystal Simone Smith
Rising Grades: 4-12
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #207
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-15
Price: $190

DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER! In this camp, students become books. Everyone is unique and has a personal story. Through writing and conversation, we’ll aim is to celebrate our individuality while challenging prejudice and stereotypes. On the final day of camp we will become a human library, sharing our stories and performance pieces. Parents are encouraged to attend.

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, NC with her husband and two sons.

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

Irish Dance Drama Camp (1-5)

Instructor: Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance Staff
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time: Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: US Dance Studio
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-24
Price: $200 (Week 4 is $160)

An entire week of beginning Irish dancing and culture through theater!  Combining basic Irish dancing, theater, and the fantastic world of Irish storytelling, this unusual camp not only introduces campers to Irish dance and music, but brings a specifically Irish story to life, piece by piece. After learning choreography, making their own costumes, and designing set decor, our camp culminates in a costumed pantomime play for family, siblings and friends at the end of the week. Offering completely different stories in camp weeks 4 and 7. 

Please email Meighan Carpenter with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at MeighanC@RaleighIrishDance.com.

Mrs. Fara’s Fun Time Camp (K-4)

Instructor: Fara Soheili
Rising Grades: K-4
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.

Ninja Camp (3-10)

Instructor: Quest Center
Rising Grades: 3-10
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: Drama Room #224
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

Martial arts training is a time-honed and -honored vehicle for teaching life's most important lessons. Martial arts instill both 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 week-long martial arts immersion opportunity.  

Camp participants study a one-of-a-kind, expertly designed, youth-specific To-Shin Do Ninjutsu 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.

Olympic Fencing (3-6)

Instructor: Mid-South Fencers’ Club Staff
Rising Grades: 3-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment:  8-20
Price: $215

En Garde! Learn the Olympic sport of fencing in a fun, fast-paced, and exciting environment. Campers will learn the basics by utilizing a wide array of games and activities designed to teach coordination, sportsmanship, and basic fencing skills. All equipment is provided, and safety is emphasized.

Participants should wear comfortable athletic clothing and toe-covered shoes. The lead instructor, Jennifer Oldham, is owner and head coach of the Mid-South Fencers’ Club. Over the last eight years, she has trained fencers from beginner to collegiate, national, and international competitive level, right here in Durham!

Please email Jennifer Oldham with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jen@midsouthfencersclub.org.  

Prince and Princess Camp (K-3)

Instructor: Ellen Brown
Rising Grades: K-3
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Music Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190 

Does your child love playing make-believe, dressing up, or watching and reading stories that include princes and princesses?  Then your child will have a blast in Prince and Princess Camp!  In addition to singing and dancing to our favorite songs from popular animated films and tv shows, each camper will create an original princess or prince character complete with their very own costume!  The entire royal court will work together to design and build a castle and royal kingdom where we will use our imaginations to create and play out original stories.  This camp is sure to foster creativity, build confidence, and be a great deal of fun for every camper! 

This camp is led by Ellen Brown, who has extensive experience in directing young people and performing herself, having worked professionally in New York City for over 10 years as an actor and director before moving to Durham to serve as Durham Academy's 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.

Shipwreck Island (1-6)

Instructor: Mad Science
Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)

Location: Science Lab #201
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $215

This camp puts children on a “deserted island” on which they must work together to devise a means for collecting food and water, build shelters, bridges, and learn about the science behind survival fun! They use the tools at hand to write messages to send in a bottle and witness a volcanic eruption. The children eventually design a means to escape the island and come home.

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.

  • Shipwrecked – Imagine finding yourself on a deserted island with only a few supplies. What better way to inspire your own creations? Add into the day a tsunami and see how resourceful you can be using Ben Franklin’s inventions as inspiration.
  • Rock Paper Scissors – Investigate the awesome innovations created before modern science had really begun. Learn about Leonardo da Vinci and discover how his ideas predicted future inventions that can help us on the island. Build tools to both enjoy and to help with escape, including a harmonica, mystery key, and dragonfly helicopter! Build a bridge to help explore the island, start work on a fort to live in, and create a means of protection for your new camp!
  • Forts and Flingers – Explore catapults, trebuchets, and more of his amazing inventions during this action-packed camp day. Protect camp while working on your fort and design different flying and flinging devices, including your own flying dragon! Practice your skills of observation.
  • Race to Space – Why settle for just a message in a bottle? Campers take flight on this exciting day! From hot air balloons to rockets, the adventure starts on the ground and travels into space. Step into space by launching self-built rockets and loading a payload capsule puzzle.
  • Escape from Shipwreck Island – Witness a volcano erupt and see who will be the captain’s first mate for escape! Build another bridge so you can scout the island for the best place to take off. Campers work on a sail boat as they explore ideas for escaping the island to safety! 

Uptown Glamour (3-8)

Instructor: Crystal Laws
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #109
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $235

Glamor Class teaches girls glamorous fashion design and sewing, Students learn to sew, design clothing and create accessories. Students learn to sew on an actual sewing machine, that are kid friendly and safe for children to use. We teach our students to use patterns and take their own measurements to create wearable garments. Also, students receive Glamor books, where we girls learn how to sketch and draw their fashion ideas. Glamor students take home what they’ve made throughout the course and all supplies are included in the class fee. Every class ends with the fashion show for students to showcase their work.

Promoting positive community and academic growth in our children, Crystal Laws moved to North Carolina from California. She is a licensed counselor who has been working in the North Carolina School system for 10 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Collaborative Health and Human Sciences from California State University Monterey Bay and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University in Education (Counseling and Student Personnel). Passionate about the future of children, during the summer of 2016 she founded the company Uptown Glamor. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and making clothes for her daughter. Grateful for the amazing opportunities presented to her, Crystal strives to make every child feel special and that they are made for greatness.

Please call Crystal Laws with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at 919-797-3334.

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 


 

 

 

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