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

Adventures Under the Sea (PPK-1)

Instructor: Allison Schenck and Dena Hanna
Rising Grades: PPK-1
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: #124
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-20
Price: $190

Spend the week exploring sea life and creatures with friends! We will learn about different sea animals each day and create crafts that go along with them. We will use paint, glue, scissors and many other crafty items! We will also work on following multistep directions, playing and sharing with friends, read stories, and have an overall great time!!!

Allison Schenck has been a kindergarten teaching assistant for 15 years Dena Hanna has been a kindergarten teaching assistant for 16 years. We both love kids and value the excitement and joy they bring every day!

Please email Allison Schenck or Dena Hanna with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at allison.schenck@da.org or dena.hanna@da.org

Being 3! (PPK)

Instructor: Colleen Fisher
Rising Grades: PPK (3-year-olds only)
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 3 AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #127
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

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 five weeks over the summer. Please choose as many as you would like!

Colleen is a preschool teacher with a passion for learning through play. When she's not making fantastic messes in the classroom with students, Colleen spends her time with her four daughters, one husband, and three chickens. 

For more information about the content of this camp, please email Colleen Fisher at colleen.may.fisher@gmail.com

Brain Games (2-6)

Instructor: Erin Huggins
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Library
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.

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: PS #128
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $210 (Week 4 is $126)

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

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

DA Basketball Academy (1-8)

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 (1-5)

Instructor: Elizabeth South
Rising Grades: 1-5 
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Drama #224
Min/Max: 5-20
Price: $195

At the Durham Academy Drama/Movie camp, campers will be given a play script and parts. Students will then rehearse and memorize lines while learning acting/speaking 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 some of the editing process of filmmaking with Adobe Premiere Pro. After the camp is over and 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. Make sure you sign up soon, because the cutoff date for signing up for this camp will be a week before camp! 

Camp director Elizabeth South has been the Preschool Music and Lower School Drama teacher at Durham Academy for 16 years. She has written and directed various 4th grade plays as well as created film projects for the 3rd 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, TN as well as create music videos. Elizabeth has a MAT in Music Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BFA 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)

Instructor: Susan Ellis

Rising Grades: PK- 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.

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

Flag Football Camp (4-7)

Instructor: Jon Meredith
Rising Grades: 4-7
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Lower Field
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-30
Price: $190

DA Summer Programs Flag Football will be a fun way to get some exercise, learn some basic flag football technique and practice good sportsmanship! Teams will do some basic skill work but most days will consist of games and fun competition. Players will be able to try different positions and be a part of several different teams over the course of the week. 
Instructor Jon Meredith is the Middle School Director at DA and has coached a number of sports. In addition to football, Jon has coached middle and high lacrosse and crew and currently coaches local youth lacrosse.

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

Fun Spanish (PPK-2)

Instructor: Constanza De Radcliffe
Rising Grades: PPK-2
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: PS #122
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-14
Price:  $190

Let's say our first words in Spanish and learn in a playful and fun atmosphere. Come and join our circle, story time, outside activities and much more!

Constanza de Radcliffe has taught language at DA for 11 years and believes that early language acquisition makes a great difference later on. 

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

Harry Potter Magical Engineering w/ LEGO® Material (K-2)

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

Location: #203
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $200

Explore the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Find Platform 9 ¾, build Hogwarts Express Train, work cooperatively to construct the mysterious Hogwarts Castle, and soar on the wings of a Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon. Travel to a world of wizardry and hone your magical skills while learning about Muggle (STEM) concepts.

At Play-Well TEKnologies we strive to: Build problem-solving skills, Provide an opportunity for creative expression, Foster a greater appreciation of how things work, Encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self reliance, and self confidence in children. We do this in the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects, activities that both the children and the instructors enjoy! 

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

Little Medical School: Discovering the Human Body (PK-K)

Instructor: Little Medical School
Rising Grades: PK-K
Week/Time:  Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 3, AM (9-12)
Location: PS #121
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-10
Price: $210

At Little Medical School, we understand kids love to dress up and play doctor. That's why we've created a fun and exciting program to help students explore the world of medicine. Through interactive learning, kids will discover how the body and organs work, how to use medical instruments, administer first aid and even tie knots like a real surgeon. Each child will receive a working stethoscope to take home after completion of the course.

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.  Dr. Lamm 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 contact Olive Lamm with any questions you have about this camp at olive@littlemedicalschool.com

Little Medical School: Discovering the Human Body (1-5)

Instructor: Olive Lamm
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
; Week 3, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #107
Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $210

At Little Medical School, we understand kids love to dress up and play doctor. That's why we've created a fun and exciting program to help elementary school aged students explore the world of medicine. Our small classes are led by a trained instructor who can assist each child individually as well as groups. Through interactive learning, kids will discover how the body and organs work, how to use medical instruments, administer first aid and even tie knots like a real surgeon. Each child will receive a working stethoscope to take home and a diploma as a graduate of the Little Medical School® after completion of the course.

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.  Dr. Lamm 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 contact Olive Lamm with any questions you have about this camp at olive@littlemedicalschool.com

RDU Tennis Camp (1-6)

Instructor: Brian Rosenthal
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: US Tennis courts
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-14
Price: $190

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.

Robotics (2-6)

Instructor: Michele Gutierrez
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Computer Lab #204
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

Everybody loves robots! Campers will complete a variety of challenges that require collaboration and creative thinking as they figure out how to use programming as a way to solve problems with robots. 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 designing challenges or programming the robots to conquer the challenges, 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.

Summer Hackathon (6-9)

Instructor: Julian Cochran

Rising Grades: 6-9
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 3 AM (9-12)
Location: Computer Lab #202
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-20
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.

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

Ultrasonic Maze Solving Robot (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12)
Location: US Science Room #4106
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235
Carline: 9:00 drop off and 12:00 pickup is at the US Carline by Keenan Auditorium - make your first right when entering the PS/LS driveway.    

Imagine building an autonomous vehicle that uses sound waves to avoid collisions and find its way out of a maze all by itself! Learn how sound can be used to measure distance, add ultrasonic sensors to the robot, and program it to detect and avoid obstacles in its path. But avoiding obstacles is just the first step — the real challenge is figuring out how to navigate and solve a maze! And with Arduino, unlike the basic drag-and-drop programming taught in LEGO and other robotics camps, students will learn areal programming language used in industry by real engineers. No programming or Arduino 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).

Techsplorers provides kids with exciting, high-tech, hands-on activities designed to stimulate their interest in science, technology, and engineering. The Techsplorers program was developed by engineers to give students the kinds of real, practical experience and guidance needed to become an engineer. Camps are taught by experienced educators with student-teacher ratios of 7-to-1 or lower to ensure personalized attention and plenty of one-on-one time for your child.

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

Uptown Glamor (3-7)

Instructor: Emilie Raleigh
Rising Grades: 3-7
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 1 PM (1-4); Week 2, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #209
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-20
Price: $250

Uptown Glamor Classes, offers girls glamorous fashion design and sewing, while grooming their character for greatness. Students learn to sew, design clothing and  create accessories. In addition, we fortify their mathematical skills as they learn how to create their own fashion brand.

Joyce Emilie Raleigh (Wilmington, North Carolina) is a performing and teaching artist in Durham, North Carolina. In the past two years, since graduating from UNC at Greensboro, she has been teaching at Sandy Ridge Elementary School. She has a wide diversity of experiences ranging from costuming for the American Dance Festival to performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She strives to be involved in community enriching programs; for example, some of her experiences have focused on global dance, creating accessibility for differently abled students, and empowerment through sewing. She inspires her students to value every minute of growing and learning as they develop into who they are. 

Please email Emilie Raleigh with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at joyce.e.raleigh@gmail.com

Afternoon Camps

DA Drama and Movie Camp (1-5)

Instructor: Elizabeth South
Rising Grades: 1-5 
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Drama #224
Min/Max: 5-20
Price: $195

At the Durham Academy Drama/Movie camp, campers will be given a play script and parts. Students will then rehearse and memorize lines while learning acting/speaking 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 some of the editing process of filmmaking with Adobe Premiere Pro. After the camp is over and 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. Make sure you sign up soon, because the cutoff date for signing up for this camp will be a week before camp! 

Camp director Elizabeth South has been the Preschool Music and Lower School Drama teacher at Durham Academy for 16 years. She has written and directed various 4th grade plays as well as created film projects for the 3rd 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, TN as well as create music videos. Elizabeth has a MAT in Music Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BFA 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

DJ Camp With Stylus! (5-12)

Instructor: Jason Huggins
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 7, 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.

FAST Fitness Camp (5-8)

Instructor: Valerie Merriweather
Rising Grades: 5-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: #205
Min/Max enrollment: 10-20
Price: $190

FAST Fitness Camp for Girls Only!When your campers experience FAST Fitness Camp (FFC), they will enjoy a unique program 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/RecapMorning Overview & Goal of the DayMOD (Move of the Day)Skills PracticeFAST Lab (e.g. Nutrition, self-esteem)BreakFun & GamesVision BoardCampers 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 Chief Exercise Officer, 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 valerie@fitwellsolutions.com.

Fun with Nature (PPK-K)

Instructor: Anna Ray
Rising Grades: PPK-K
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: PS #130
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $235

Explorers will play in nature and exercise creativity using natural materials. A story will launch our play and explorers will collaborate to make stone soup, sculpt with forest putty, paint with mud and berries, and go on a bear hunt. Our play will get messy, so send explorers in old clothes and sturdy shoes and bring an extra shirt. Please include rain boots and jackets if it rains.

Anna Ray is a second grade Teaching Assistant at Durham Academy. She previously led Tinkergarten outside learning classes for 1-5 year olds and helped run a Lindamood-Bell Learning Center.

Please contact Anna Ray with any questions about the content of this camp at anna.ray@da.org

Guitar and Ukulele Camp (3-8)

Instructor: Vlad Kary
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 2, PM (1-4)
Location: #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-14
Price: $235

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.

Harry Potter Master Engineering (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

Master the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Build Diagon Alley in preparation for your trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hop on your Broomstick and play Quidditch, duel the evil Lord Voldemort, and hone your magical skills while learning about advanced Muggle (STEM) concepts.

At Play-Well TEKnologies we strive to: Build problem-solving skills, Provide an opportunity for creative expression, Foster a greater appreciation of how things work, Encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self reliance, and self confidence in children. We do this in the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects, activities that both the children and the instructors enjoy! 

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

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

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4)
Location: US Science Room #4106
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235
Carline: 1:00 drop off and 4:00 pickup is at the US Carline by Keenan Auditorium - make your first right when entering the PS/LS driveway.

Discover the incredible world of mechanisms and motion. Learn about levers, gear trains, flywheels, linkages, robotics, and more. Investigate the torque-speed trade-off in gears and use your knowledge to design a Lego transmission system. Create a hydraulic-powered robotic arm and hurl projectiles with your custom-built catapult! Each day offers exciting challenges and intriguing problems to solve.

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 (see website for details).

Techsplorers provides kids with exciting, high-tech, hands-on activities designed to stimulate their interest in science, technology, and engineering. The Techsplorers program was developed by engineers to give students the kinds of real, practical experience and guidance needed to become an engineer. Camps are taught by experienced educators with student-teacher ratios of 7-to-1 or lower to ensure personalized attention and plenty of one-on-one time for your child.

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

Irish Dance ()

Instructor: Inis Carde Dance Studio
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: US Dance Studio
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $200

 

Little Veterinarian School: All About Canines (PK-K)

Instructor: Little Medical School
Rising Grades: PK-K
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4)
Location: PS #121
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-10
Price: $210

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, dog bowl, 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.  Dr. Lamm 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 contact Olive Lamm with any questions you may have about the content of this camp at olive@littlemedicalschool.com

Little Veterinarian School: All About Canines (1-5)

Instructor: Little Medical School
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4)
Location: LS #107
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-10
Price: $210

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, dog bowl, 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.  Dr. Lamm 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 contact Olive Lamm with any questions you may have about the content of this camp at olive@littlemedicalschool.com

Mighty Dragons Martial Arts Summer Camp (K-2)

Instructor: Quest Center
Rising Grades: K-2
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS 1st Floor Commons
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.

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

Natural Makeup for Youth (4-12)

Instructor: Nicolette Lazar
Rising Grades: 4-12
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4)
Location: LS #208
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-20
Price: $250

The "Natural Makeup for Youth" goal will be to make sure that the campers gain foundational knowledge of makeup application with the common goal of achieving age appropriate makeup look. The makeup camp will consist of a one week detailed workshops geared towards youth makeup, working one on one and pairing with a partner. Learning ObjectivesDuring camp, my campers will be learning the following techniques:-preparation of skin-prepping and applying shadow primer/eye shadow/liner and mascara on the eyes -blush/bronzer for cheeks-lips Come and join us for summer makeup camp! Look forward to meeting you all! 

I have 15 years plus of makeup artistry experience, am well versed in all types of makeup looks but most of all I am formally trained by the Bobby Brown Makeup Cosmetics team and Trish McEvoy Cosmetics team with emphasis on natural makeup. My core qualifications are extensive experience regarding makeup application and superior knowledge of makeup products that meet industry standards. I have excellent multitasking abilities and great oral communication skills. I am excited to work with Durham youth and I look forward to meet my campers and enjoy a week full of fun/makeup!
Please email Nicolette Lazar with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at nicoleta.heshley@gmail.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.  

Programming Rocks! (5-8)

Instructor: Julian Cochran
Rising Grades: 5-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 2, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #202
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-20
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.

Julian Cochran has taught computer science and worked as the technology coordinator in the Upper School at Durham Academy for 20 years.

Please contact Julian Cochran with any questions about the content of this camp at Julian.Cochran@da.org 

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

Instructor: Colleen Fisher
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: #108
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-15
Price: $200

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.

Colleen is a preschool teacher with a passion for learning through play. When she's not making fantastic messes in the classroom with students, Colleen spends her time with her four daughters, one husband, and three chickens. 

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

Roller Coaster Engineers (3-8)

InstructorMichele Gutierrez
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3, AM (9-12); 
Location: LS #204
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

Roller coasters are one of the most exciting attractions at amusement parks. Campers will spend the week immersed in the exploration of physics and the engineering design process. Designing and constructing a working roller coaster is not only fun, it requires scientific understanding, careful engineering, and patience. Throughout the week, our engineers will collaborate on various scientific experiments and engineering challenges, as they create their own marble roller coaster.

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

Uptown Glamor (3-7)

Instructor: Emilie Raleigh
Rising Grades: 3-7
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 1 PM (1-4); Week 2, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #209
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-20
Price: $250

Uptown Glamor Classes, offers girls glamorous fashion design and sewing, while grooming their character for greatness. Students learn to sew, design clothing and  create accessories. In addition, we fortify their mathematical skills as they learn how to create their own fashion brand.

Joyce Emilie Raleigh (Wilmington, North Carolina) is a performing and teaching artist in Durham, North Carolina. In the past two years, since graduating from UNC at Greensboro, she has been teaching at Sandy Ridge Elementary School. She has a wide diversity of experiences ranging from costuming for the American Dance Festival to performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She strives to be involved in community enriching programs; for example, some of her experiences have focused on global dance, creating accessibility for differently abled students, and empowerment through sewing. She inspires her students to value every minute of growing and learning as they develop into who they are. 

Please email Emilie Raleigh with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at joyce.e.raleigh@gmail.com

Summer Programs 2019
  • Week 1: June 10–14
  • Week 2: June 17–21
  • Week 3: June 24–28
  • Week 4: July 1–3
  • Week 5: July 8–12
  • Week 6: July 15–19
  • Week 7: July 22–26

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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