SUMMER PROGRAMS: Week 1 Camps

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

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

Morning Camps

Barnyard Bonanza (PK-1)

Instructor: Allison Schenck & Sarah Goldstein
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: #124
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190

Did you know goats have four stomachs? And that pigs don’t have sweat glands? This camp explores the most fascinating aspects of farm life. Each day, we’ll make a craft, read a story, and watch a short video about farm life. Around mid-morning, we will mosey out of the barnyard to the playground for snack and recess. This camp is perfect for kids ages 3-6 (rising Pre-K through first grade). While making our crafts, your child will get valuable practice at following multi-step directions and using various materials such as scissors, glue, paint, and more! Throughout the morning, we’ll hone fine-motor skills, learn cool facts, and make new friends. We’ll also work on building our very own barn! At the end of the week, each camper will have a bag filled with all his/her wonderful creations.

Ms. Schenck and Mrs. Sarah love working with kids and making crafts. Allison Schenck has worked at Durham Academy since 2001 and has been a kindergarten teaching assistant since 2004. Sarah Goldstein has worked at Durham Academy since 2010 and is finishing her first year as a pre-kindergarten teaching assistant. We are so excited to share our enthusiasm for animals and nature with young minds!

Please email Allison Schenck or Sarah Goldstein with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at allison.schenck@da.org or sarah.goldstein@da.org.

Cooking with Kids (1-6) **FULL**

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 palates and reinforce academic and social skills. At the Culinary Academy, young chefs will learn about food safety and knife skills while experimenting with new flavors and ingredients. Mr. Stafford has over 25 years of experience as a chef, food lover, and instructor — expanding the young mind and creating the next generation of food lovers and culinary innovators!

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

DA Basketball Academy (1-8)

Instructor: Andy Pogach
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-40
Price: $190

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

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

DA Drama & Movie Camp (1-4) **FULL**

Instructor: Elizabeth South
Rising Grades: 1-5 
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Drama #224
Min/Max: 5-15
Price: $190

At the Durham Academy Drama & Movie camp, campers will either choose plays they want to perform or write their own scripts by brainstorming and improvising. Students will then rehearse and memorize lines while learning acting techniques. They will gather simple props and costumes and act as stage hands. They will learn about the drama side of filming movies as well as what goes on in the filming process. Elizabeth South will film their plays using professional camera equipment, lighting, green screen and scenery. Students will get to see and help with the editing process of filmmaking with Adobe Premiere Pro.

At the end of the camp, after the video of the play or plays have been edited and finalized, Elizabeth South will email parents a link to the video of their plays so that they can download and/or watch them.

Camp instructor Elizabeth South has been the Preschool music and Lower School drama teacher at Durham Academy for 15 years. She has written and directed various fourth-grade plays as well as created film projects for the third-grade Grandfriends Day programs each year. In addition to teaching, she has also developed a successful singing career that has led her to record songs she has written in Nashville, Tennessee, and create music videos. Elizabeth has an M.A.T. in Music Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from NYU and ECU.

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

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

Instructor: Susan Ellis

Rising Grades: PreK- 7

Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)

Location: Moylan Field  

Min/Max Enrollment: 5-50

Price: $190 


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

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


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

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

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

Instructor: DA Summer Camp Staff
Rising Grades: K-4
Week/Time: Week 1, 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.

Eureka: The Inventors Camp (1-6)

Instructor: Mad Science
Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)

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

A camp for Inventors! Children will overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and the most important of all – their mind. With a little bit of ingenuity children will create aircrafts, construct working light sticks to take home and assemble a set of circuits with batteries and light bulbs. While Thomas Edison said "invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration", this camp is 100% FUN!

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:

  • Whiz Kidz – Team up with your fellow camp inventors to explore the inventions of others – such as kids, women, and more. Draw inspiration from the “wacky” and the practical! Children work together to form circuits and recreate Tesla's bright atmosphere for the 1893 World's Fair. They talk about sound and learn that anyone — a child, woman, or man — can be an inventor. The goal of this camp day is to understand that we have no limitations. Our dreams will inspire invention. 
  • Invention Nation – Inventing means practicality! Inventions and patents to protect an invention were very popular in the late 1800s. Inventors Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were locked in several battles over electrical inventions of their era. The class moves from simple devices to Rube Goldberg devices and the children perform as parts of a complex human-machine. Prepare a patent proposal and receive a patent certificate at the end of the camp day. 
  • Think Fast — Inventors have always searched for a way to take flight. On this journey, we will use early inventors like the Wright brothers to launch into the wild blue yonder. Orville and Wilbur Wright worked together to develop the first self-controlled motorized flying machine. Their team efforts also lead to improved bicycle pedals and faster sleds. Children review technological advances in flight and work together to produce improved paper plane designs. Take flight during this fun-flying camp day. 
  • Science Fiction — Inventing means dreaming! Campers dive into the exploration of what could be on this fantastic day where science fiction meets science fact! As far back as Jules Verne (and farther), dreamers have explored what the future can hold. Many of those dreams are now reality. Sci-fi meets real inventors to help us explore how fiction can influence reality. The children develop submarines that rise or sink, decipher fact from fiction, and play a future-based bingo game. 
  • Infinity and Beyond – Join the adventure to infinity and beyond with Isaac Asimov and George Lucas, who wrote about things that would be available in the future. These science fiction writers developed the reality of their current technology into future possibilities. Future inventors get a lesson on lasers and build their own light stick. The camp wraps up with a robotic relay and the children take home dreams of the future and new planets to explore.

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

Gaga, Capture the Flag and Other P.E. Games (2-5)

Instructor: Chris Mason
Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: US Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-30
Price: $190

Are you looking for a non-traditional sports camp experience? Then this camp is for you! Both activities are great for any group size, age and skill level. NO experience is needed. Campers will enjoy both Gaga and Capture the Flag each day using the Upper School gym and the campus fields. PE favorites will be mixed in to provide a bit of variety. 

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

Chris Mason is a 20-year teacher with 11 of those years at Durham Academy. He is a former college athlete who loves all forms of play, fitness and fun. Please email Chris Mason with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at chris.mason@da.org.

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

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

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

Price: $200

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

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

Line Following Robots (5-12)

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

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

And this is just the beginning. After completing this course, take the Arduino Line-Following Robot course (offered Week 3 PM and Week 7 PM) to learn how to control your robot with a microprocessor and software! Plus, Techsplorers’ 5-to-1 student-teacher ratio ensures personalized attention and plenty of one-on-one time with their expert instructors. Robot built during class sold separately. 

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

Mixed Media and Sculpture (2-6)

Instructor: Pamela McKenney
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Art Room
Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $210

This fun exploratory art class will introduce students to three-dimensional art. We will explore wire, found objects, natural materials, textiles, paper-mache and other materials. Students will bring home original projects throughout the week. Join me on a creative adventure into the world of sculpture!

Please email Pamela McKenney with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at pamela.mckenney@da.org.

Programming Rocks! (4-7)

Instructor: Julian Cochran

Rising Grades: 4-7
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 2, PM (1-4)
Location: Computer Lab #202
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190

Come spend a week with us exploring all kinds of cool ways to program a computer. No experience is necessary! We will work primarily with Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) to go from the basics all the way to creating interactive games. Students will be able to take projects home and will be given directions on how to download or create online user accounts for the free applications we will use in camp.

Please email Julian Cochran with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at julian.cochran@da.org.

RDU Tennis Camp (1-6)

Instructor: Brian Rosenthal
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: Tennis courts
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-25
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

This RDUTennis outdoor tennis camp is appropriate for everyone from the novice to the intermediate junior tennis player. Trained instructors will provide coaching tips and create fun games to create a very exciting camp experience. All strokes of the game, along with the rules, tennis etiquette, and the value of sportsmanship, will be covered by RDUTennis coaches during the week of outdoor tennis camp. Our mission is to ensure each camper has the ability to compete in a tennis match using short or regulation size court by week's end.

Please email Brian Rosenthal with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at rdutennis@gmail.com.

Rainbow Loom, Knitting and MORE! (1-4)

Instructor: Colleen Fisher
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #107
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

If you love gathering with a group of friends and working on crafty art projects you can use or wear, you’ll LOVE this camp. During this week, we will avoid all the messy glue and paints of crafting and focus on tactile arts like Rainbow Loom, knitting, perler beads, rip cord bracelets and more! You don’t have to know how to do any of these to join us and have fun. This camp is perfect for the novice and expert alike! We will even watch a few videos of masters of the Rainbow Loom and some master knitters for inspiration. Use our supplies or bring your own.

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

Summer Fun With Fancy Nancy! (1-2)

Instructor: Aja Johnson
Rising Grades: 1-2
Week/Time: Week 1, AM
Location: #121
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-16
Price: $190

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

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

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: #207
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-25
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.

Swan Lake Ballet (K-3) **FULL**

Instructor: Christina Munter
Rising Grades: K-3
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: US Dance Studio
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

Do you know a child who loves to twirl about the living room? Each day of camp will include an age appropriate ballet dance lesson (without use of a barre), craft session and choreography. We will be learning dances inspired by Tchaikovsky and Ivanov’s Swan Lake Ballet. During craft time, dancers will create a swan headpiece and a set of wings to wear for the Friday showcase and to take home as a keepsake. Dancers should wear comfortable clothing. Dance attire is welcome but not required.

Christina Munter had a 12-year career performing with The Minnesota Ballet, Duluth; The American Heritage Dance Company, The Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, Ressl Dance! and Ray Terrill Dance Company in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She has earned certification in the first three years of the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. From 2013 to 2015, she was a pedagogical student of the late Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio. During those three years, Mrs Munter completed all the courses of the Elementary and Intermediate work of the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet founded by Agrippina Vaganova and further developed by Vera Kostrovitskaya. Mrs Munter has been instructing dancers for over 20 years in Minnesota and in the Durham-Chapel Hill area. She has been leading dance enrichments and summer camps at Durham Academy since 2004. 

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

Swim Camp for Kids (K-6) **FULL**

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 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.

Afternoon Camps

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: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
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

Arduino Metal Detector (5-12)

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

Design and build your very own metal detector from scratch! Wind the search coil using magnet wire, construct a Colpitts oscillator, interface it to the Arduino, and then learn how to code it. The closer the metal object gets to the search coil, the higher the pitch of the tone emitted from the speaker so you have an idea of how deeply buried the object is! This is a really great class that lets students explore and understand the symbiotic, complementary relationship between hardware and software which must work together to yield a functional design. No programming or Arduino experience is necessary. Plus, Techsplorers’ 5-to-1 student-teacher ratio ensures personalized attention and plenty of one-on-one time with their expert instructors. Metal detector built during class sold separately.

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

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

Courtesy Camp (K-4)

Instructor: Connie Kearney
Rising Grades: K-4
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 4, PM (1-4)
Location: #108
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

This camp is a fun, hands-on approach to courtesy (i.e., "kindness in action") for kids. It incorporates age-appropriate expectations with a variety of activities to teach kind behavior in all situations. The instructor, Connie Kearney, aims for the children who attend courtesy camp to learn and practice social graces in a fun hands-on environment utilizing the following:

  • Role play

  • Snack time

  • Play time

  • Introductions

  • Thank you's

  • Kindness in all situations

“Courtesy Costs Nothing, but Buys Everything."
— Ali ibn Abi Talib

Mrs. Kearney believes that all good things are rooted in kindness. Thus, your student can expect a kind, courteous, fun atmosphere in our classroom and beyond. 

Please email Connie Kearney with any questions about the details of this camp at cwkearney@aol.com.

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

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.

Drama Camp (K-6)

Instructor: Beth Throop
Rising Grades: K-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: #127
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Luke Hoffman
Rising Grades: PK-2
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 2, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Music Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

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

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

FAST Fitness Camp (5-8)

Instructor: Valerie Merriweather
Rising Grades: 5-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3 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.

Guitar and Ukulele Camp (3-8)

Instructor: Vlad Kary
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 2, PM (1-4)
Location: #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-14
Price: $190

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

Please bring your own instrument to this camp each day.

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

Jedi Master Engineering Using LEGO ® (3-6)

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

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

Price: $200

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

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

Mighty Dragons Martial Arts Summer Camp (K-2) **FULL**

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.

Mrs. Fara's Fun 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 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.

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

Instructor: Mad Science
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #201
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $215

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

Our camp includes everything your child needs during our camp day. However, if you wish to continue your child’s interest in rocket launches outside our camp, you will need to purchase a launch kit at a hobby shop. 

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. Astronaut in Training - Discover technology designed for outer space! Steer a laser beam through a laser maze, find hidden mountains using the principles of radar technology, and discover everyday objects that were originally designed for use in space! And that’s just the beginning! Live the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight! Find out how much you would weigh if you lived on Neptune, and how old you would be if you lived on Saturn during this action packed camp day.

  2. Earth and Beyond - Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Next, go on a mission to explore the atmosphere on Earth, and beyond! Travel to the end of the rainbow and make a sunset! Mix up various planetary atmospheres, one molecule at a time; discover how stars would look in space, and see what makes stars twinkle!

  3. Solar Launch - This stellar program is your ticket to the stars! Watch star dust burn, and journey through a soapy galaxy as you investigate the life cycle of stars! Then, it’s your chance to become a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight, and explore the science involved in rocket construction as you build your own Skyblazer II Rocket™ that you can take home!

  4. Space Voyage - Learn what it takes to be a true globetrotter! Race a balloon rocket and design your own car engine as you learn about thrust. See the principles of propulsion at work in a real rocket launch, and build your very own Shuttle Copter™ to fly to the skies!

  5. Eye on the Sky – Probe the mysteries of meteors and bounce around satellite light in this phenomenal program on space phenomena! Learn how to tell the difference between stars, planets and satellites in the night sky. See comets up close as one is formed before your eyes, and take home your very own Catch-a-Comet™!

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

Rainbow Loom, Knitting and MORE! (1-4)

Instructor: Colleen Fisher
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #107
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

If you love gathering with a group of friends and working on crafty art projects you can use or wear, you’ll LOVE this camp. During this week, we will avoid all the messy glue and paints of crafting and focus on tactile arts like Rainbow Loom, knitting, perler beads, rip cord bracelets and more! You don’t have to know how to do any of these to join us and have fun. This camp is perfect for the novice and expert alike! We will even watch a few videos of masters of the Rainbow Loom and some master knitters for inspiration. Use our supplies or bring your own.

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

Summer Hackathon (4-8)

InstructorJulian Cochran
Rising Grades: 4-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 3, PM (1-4)
Location: #202
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190

Come learn about computer science, cryptography, ciphers and encryption as you play some "capture the flag" (CTF) games for a week in our Summer Hackathon camp. Students will begin work using the Scratch platform along with many different online tools and then the camp will use the Python coding language by the end of the week to challenge campers to "find the hidden flag" in many different types of reverse engineering and problem-solving challenges.

Julian Cochran has taught computer science at the Upper School at Durham Academy for 18 years and has been a Summer Programs camp instructor for 16 years, working to get younger students interested in and excited about coding.

Please email Julian Cochran with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Julian.Cochran@da.org.

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

In Uptown Glamour, 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 Glamour. 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.

Water Play for Land Animals (PK-1) **FULL**

Instructor: Elliott Turnbull
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #130
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

We are land animals filled and moved with water and fluidity. Let’s play, get wet, and explore how water supports our lives and other swimming creatures. We will dance in and with water; balance, float, and sink objects with water; paint with water; slurp/drink/spill water; and have a splash! Please bring a swimsuit, towel, and an extra change of dry clothes every day; oh and a full water bottle.

Please visit website for bio: www.landingbird.live.

Please email Elliott Turnbull with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at elliott.turnbull@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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