Summer Programs: Week 6 Camps

To view Week 6 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

3D Design and Printing with Mr. Schaefer (5-11)

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 5-11
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #202
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-15
Price: $190

The 3D Design and Printing class will be an entry level camp for campers in grades 5 - 10 that have limited experience with 3D Design and Printing. Campers will work with TinkerCad to create design challenges. Campers will be able to print their designs on the school's 3D printers. Camp is limited to 15 campers. Campers will be required to have access to a web based email address for creating accounts to use the various software. Learn more at  https://www.tinkercad.com/

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

Email Karl Schaefer with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at karl.schaefer@da.org

Basketball Skills Camp (1-4)

Instructor: Chris Spatola
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: MS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-70
Price: $200 
Carline: 9:00 drop off and 12:00 pickup is at the LS Carline (a bus is available to bring campers to the Middle School) or directly in the front of the Middle School Gym if you are able.

Our basketball skills camp values hard work, enthusiasm and fun, and takes a personal interest in each camper with a focus on these qualities. Through instruction, station work and competition, each camper, regardless of age or skill level, will have the opportunity to become a better basketball player. Station work will be done every day, learning and practicing in such areas as ball-handling, passing, shooting and defense. Campers will compete in one game a day that will serve as a practical application of the work done in stations, as well as coach teamwork and competition. Of course, campers will also participate in camp favorites like knock-out, and various other contests, that will add to the competition and fun!

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

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

Being Three! (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. 

Broadway Musical Theater Workshop (2-7)

Instructor: Ellen Brown
Rising Grades: 2-7
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Music Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190 

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

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

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

Chinese Camp (PK-1)

Instructor: Tonya Shyu
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #108
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $195

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

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

Please email Tonya Shyu with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at tonyashyu03@gmail.com

DA Cavaliers Baseball Academy (2-5)

Instructor: Jens Herman
Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: US Baseball Field
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-16
Price: $190

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

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

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

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

DA Chess Camp with Craig Jones (1-4)

Instructor: Craig Jones
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: LS #204
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $114)

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

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

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

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

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

Day Camp/Play Camp for Kids (K-3)

Instructor: DA Summer Camp Staff
Rising Grades: K-3
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: E.D. Room, #218 B
Min/Max Enrollment:  5-10
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $114)

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

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

Discover Art (PK-K)

Instructor: Elizabeth Lyle
Rising Grades: PK-K
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12), Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: PS Art Room #130
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

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

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

Line Following Robots (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time:  Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: US Science Lab #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. 

Design and build a robot from scratch that can navigate a track by itself... with no programming or software! Even if you’ve seen a line-following robot before, you haven’t seen one like this. Get ready to discover the power of electronic hardware design. Learn about voltage comparators, optical sensors, transistors, pulse-width modulation, and more. Then compete against other Techsplorers to see whose robot can get the fastest lap time. Robot built during class sold separately.

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.

Messy Art (1-2)

Instructor: Gina Minnis
Rising Grades: 1-2
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6 AM (9-12)
Location: PS #124
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-14
Price: $190

Love to do messy crafts; get paint on your clothes, sticky glue inbetween your fingers, as well as some knowledge in your brain? We willspend the week becoming true messy artists, while also learning aboutsome of the messiest art movements and painters in history! Do youthink you have what it takes to learn from the old pros and createyour own messy masterpieces?

I graduated from Durham Academy in 2014, and I am currently a senior at Illinois Tech studying Behavioral Health and Wellness, Public Health, and Architecture. Aside from being a full-time student, I work in a lab assisting with clinical psychology research. After graduation I plan to go to nursing school! When I was younger I attended babysitting and first aid camp here at Durham Academy, which helped me discover my interests in medicine and working with children. For the last eight years I have been Jessica Soler[?]s assistant teacher for first and second grade language arts. I[?]m excited to continue working with her, as well as to be running four of my own camps this summer with my mom (Joanne Minnis) as my assistant! I love working at DA summer programs because of the fun and enthusiastic environment, and because we get to help make sure all of our campers have the best summer ever! I[?]m so excited to see all of my campers from previous years and welcome all of the new campers to our fun filled program! 

Please email Gina Minnis with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at regina.minnis@gmail.com

Mine, Craft, Build Adventure Game w/ LEGO® (K-2)

Instructor: Play-well TEKnologies
Rising Grades: K-2
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)

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

Price: $200


Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® materials! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, and use these resources to build special items to help in our adventures! Build a Zoo, create a Medieval Castle, and design a Tree House Village! This experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors inspired by the popular game, Minecraft. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO® materials. 

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.

Mission To Mars (2-7)

Instructor: Sciensational Workshops

Rising Grades: 2-7
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)

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

Price: $225

Build and tale home your own 7-in-1 Mars Mini Lander. Build a Space Rover, Space Explorer, Space Shuttle, Space Dog, Astronaut, Space Station and Space Mechanic. Each powered by either solar energy or batteries. On our way to Mars, on Mars and back from Mars, you will experiment in many different ways and more. All STEAM based activities the Sciensational way! You will learn about solar energy. You will be seeing a 3D Mars surface using 3D glasses as well as making your own 3D drawing. Make a color changing UV bracelet and take it home! Sample our delicious astronaut ice cream! Learn about constellations. Build and take home your own mini paper rocket and launch it indoors or outdoors. On the last day, you will return to earth after being on Mars all week. You  will have learned so many interesting things!

Sciensational Workshops Inc has been running workshops at Durham Academy for 12 years. Our programs are fun, hands on, and educational.

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

Mr. Irons' Sports and PE Camp (1-6)

Instructor: Costen Irons
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-40
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $115)

This PE and Sports camp is led by Lower School PE teacher Costen Irons. Campers will learn fundamental sports skills and movements, as well as engage in a variety of PE games like castle ball and pink ball tag. Campers will engage in cooperative as well as competitive activities. Emphasis is on sportsmanship, incorporating the joy of moving in campers’ lives, and increasing confidence and resilience through practice and full participation.

Please email Costen Irons with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at costen.irons@da.org.

Sleeping Beauty Ballet (K-3)

Instructor: Christina Munter
Rising Grades: K-3
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: US Dance Studio
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

Join us to discover why Carabosse casts her magic spell! Inspired by the classic story ballet we will learn dances from the story ballet danced to the beautiful music by Tchaikovsky. This week your camper will earn how to tell a story using classical ballet mime, dance with the fairies to save the sleeping princess and learn the garland waltz dances. Each day your camper will enjoy a dance lesson, craft time and choreography. Crafts will be used in our show and go home at the end of the week. On Friday we will present a short, informal showcase for family and friends. Photos and video of your camper dancing will be sent through email. Campers should wear comfortable clothing, no dance shoes or dance attire required. Snacks will be provided.

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 - 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 you may have about the details of this camp at tutumom@earthlink.net.

Soccer Camp (1-8)

Instructor: Moussa N'Diaye
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 4, AM (9-12), Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS LAX Field
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-30

Price: $190 (Week 4 is $115)

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

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

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

Survival Camp (3-10)

Instructor: Quest Center
Rising Grades: 3-10
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6 AM (9-12)
Location: LS Drama Room #224
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-25
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.

Swim Camp for Kids (K-6)

Instructor: Fara Soheili
Rising Grades: K-6
Week/Time: Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: 1st Floor Commons/Downtown Durham YMCA
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-13
Price: $250 (Week 4 is $150)

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

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

Ultimate Frisbee (4-8)

Instructor: Triangle Ultimate
Rising Grades: 4-8
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12), Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Lower Field
Min/Max Enrollment:  10-50
Price: $200

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

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

What's Up? (PPK-1)

Instructor: Janet Hampton and Dena Hanna
Rising Grades: PPK-1
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: PS #122
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

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

Mrs. Hampton and Mrs. Hanna are preschool teachers at Durham Academy. They have taught a kindergarten class together since 2004.

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

Afternoon Camps

Adventure-Game Play & Game World Design (4-8)

Instructor: Michael Vann
Rising Grades: 4-8
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: LS #207
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-20
Price: $250

With the introduction of "Dungeon's & Dragon's" in the 1970's, Adventure Games became a popular pastime. Also known as R.P.G.s, Role Playing Games allow players to exercise their Strategic Thinking, Intellectual, Creative and Storytelling skills while having a great time with friends. During Camp Time, we will discuss the History of Adventure Games, play the most popular Games, and explore our own Dungeon Master Skills by creating our very own Fantasy Adventure Game!!!

Instructor Michael D. Vann grew up playing Role Playing Games as a young teenager. He became fascinated by the different types of Characters, Rules, Gameplay and Essential Game Ideas. For a career, Michael spent several years of his personal life working on big movies in the Feature Film and Television Industry. He grew up in Durham, NC and graduated from Durham Academy in the Fall of '93. 

Please contact Michael Van with any questions you might have about the content of this camp at sandcastle.films@mac.com

All Girls Sports Camp (2-6)

Instructor: Kristin Stroupe & Jennifer Klaver
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 6, 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 Kristin Stroupe or Jennifer Klaver with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at jennifer.klaver or kristin.stroupe@da.org

Arcade Electronics Galore (2-7)

Instructor: Sciensational Workshops

Rising Grades: 2-7
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4)

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

Price: $225

Get ready to build and play your own arcade games and more. You will have at your disposal, resistors, switches, wires, LED diodes, transistors and more. Do not get overwhelmed. Building with electronics is fun. You will program the spinning light fan to display different sayings. Build and play a Home Run Derby game. See who gets the most home runs before getting 10 outs. A winning song will cheer. Build circuits to test your memory. Build an electronic circuit that plays the card game 21. You can learn to program the circuit board to emit different funky sounds. Play with the disco ball, sirens, or a light show. Learn the effects of the different electronic components. Learn what amps, volts, resistance and power are. Yes, this is Sciensational Workshops learn by doing. That is STEM. 

Sciensational Workshops Inc has been running workshops at Durham Academy for 12 years. Our programs are fun, hands on, and educational.

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

Arduino Metal Detector (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 6, 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.  

Design and build a 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 coil the higher the pitch of the tone emitted from the speaker so you have an idea of how deeply buried the object is! And with Arduino, unlike the basic drag-and-drop programming taught in LEGO and other robotics camps, students will learn a real programming language used in industry byreal engineers. No programming or Arduino experience is necessary. Metal detector built during class sold separately.

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

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 to Wendy Candler at wcandler@techsplorers.com.

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Basketball Skills Camp (5-10)

Instructor: Chris Spatola
Rising Grades: 5-10
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: MS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-70
Price: $200

Carline: 1:00 drop off and 4:00 pickup is at the LS Carline (a bus is available to bring campers to the Middle School) or directly in the front of the Middle School Gym if you are able.

Our basketball skills camp values hard work, enthusiasm and fun, and takes a personal interest in each camper with a focus on these qualities. Through instruction, station work and competition, each camper, regardless of age or skill level, will have the opportunity to become a better basketball player. Station work will be done every day, learning and practicing in such areas as ball-handling, passing, shooting and defense. Campers will compete in one game a day that will serve as a practical application of the work done in stations, as well as coach teamwork and competition. Of course, campers will also participate in camp favorites like knock-out, and various other contests, that will add to the competition and fun!

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

Bowling Camp (3-8)

Instructor: Jeff Boyd
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: LS #109
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

Take a break from the heat and join Mr. Boyd at the bowling alley this summer. The air conditioning is great, of course, but the coolest thing about bowling is everyone can do it. Don't worry if you're not very good yet... neither is Mr. Boyd. There will be great conversation and great fun as we try to throw some strikes 

Among many other things, Jeff Boyd is an 8th grade history teacher and advisor at Durham Academy. He's coached multiple sports at the middle school and varsity level and regularly finds time connect with students over a mutual love of comic books, professional sports, and everything in between. This fall will mark the beginning of Jeff's fifth year at DA, but this is his first foray into the summer program.

Please contact Jeff Boyd with any questions you may have about the camp at jeff.boyd@da.org

Bridge Camp - Beginning to Learn the Game (5-12)

Instructor: Maggie Lindquist
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time:  Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: #205
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-16
Price: $210

The game of Bridge is more than just a game, it is a lifetime experience.  It is a challenging game which helps develop logic and reasoning skills without appearing to be 'work', it is after all a game.  We want to share this game with this upcoming generation of young students.  Our goal is to make it fun as well as challenging for the participants and as we have done this for many years we are happy to report that our students quickly become enthusiastic bridge players who love playing the game.  The card game bridge is fundamentally grounded in math. From simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, to the more complex functions of calculating odds and percentages, this game hones children's math skills as no other. A study has been conducted by Dr. Christopher Shaw of Illinois to determine the impact learning bridge can have on school children. With three years research available , he has convincing data that learning the game of bridge will help children improve their performance in standardized testing. The first year of students he studied showed a 10% to 35% higher rate of improvement in all subjects on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills than their classmates who did not learn bridge.   Bridge's advantages don't stop at simple math skills. In addition to the purely mathematical portion of bridge, children must learn: following rules, sequential reasoning, working with a partner towards a common goal, inferential reasoning, problem solving, social interaction, logic and self discipline.

Instructors are Maggie Lindquist and Ed Fuller, both accomplished bridge players who have achieved a high level of mastery by attaining their ruby life masters in the world of duplicate bridge.  Maggie started her career as a research chemist and Ed is a retired Physicist so both are accustomed to analysis and logical thinking but both are good at relating to children and are good at breaking down their explanations into understandable terms.  They are both enthusiastic about the game and that enthusiasm is conveyed when they teach.
 
Please contact Maggie Lindquist with any questions about the content of this camp at maggie.lindquist23@gmail.com

Circus Camp (1-5)

Instructor: Katie Rebich
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: US Dance Studio
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-16
Price: $190

Have you always wanted to run away with the circus? Well now you don't have to. Let the circus come to you! Participants will have the opportunity to try a variety of ground based circus skills such as juggling, acro balance, hooping, clowning, and much more! These skills help develop balance, flexibility, and hand-eye coordination. Circus fosters community, teamwork, and promotes self confidence and creative discovery. At the end of the week, campers will have the opportunity to show off the skills they learned. So come find your fun and join us for something new!

Katie Rebich is an internationally experienced circus coach and performer since 2009. She is currently involved in promoting literacy through circus with her Durham based aerial storytelling company, StoryUp! A high school theater teacher that ran away with the circus, Katie still has a great passion for teaching and is looking forward to sharing all of her circus knowledge with Durham Academy! www.katierebich.com www.storyupaerialtheater.com 

Please email Katie Rebich with any questions you might have about this camp at rebich@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 Chess Camp with Craig Jones (1-4)

Instructor: Craig Jones
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: LS #204
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $114)

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Media and Filmmaking (1-8)

Instructor: Andrea DeGette
Rising Grades: 1-8
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Library
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-15
Price: $190 ($114 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.

Discover Art (PK-K)

Instructor: Elizabeth Lyle
Rising Grades: PK-K
Week/Time: Week 5, AM (9-12), Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: PS Art Room #130
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

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

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

Dr. Seuss Camp: Oh the Places We'll Go! (K-1)

Instructor: Gina Minnis
Rising Grades: K-1
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 6 PM (1-4)
Location: PS #124
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-14
Price: $190

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

I graduated from Durham Academy in 2014, and I am currently a senior at Illinois Tech studying Behavioral Health and Wellness, Public Health, and Architecture. Aside from being a full-time student, I work in a lab assisting with clinical psychology research. After graduation I plan to go to nursing school! When I was younger I attended babysitting and first aid camp here at Durham Academy, which helped me discover my interests in medicine and working with children. For the last eight years I have been Jessica Soler's assistant teacher for first and second grade language arts. I'm excited to continue working with her, as well as to be running four of my own camps this summer with my mom (Joanne Minnis) as my assistant! I love working at DA summer programs because of the fun and enthusiastic environment, and because we get to help make sure all of our campers have the best summer ever! I'm so excited to see all of my campers from previous years and welcome all of the new campers to our fun filled program! 

Please email Gina Minnis with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at regina.minnis@gmail.com

Fairy Camp (K-5)

Instructor: Nyssa Collins
Rising Grades: K-5
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (9-12)
Location: LS #206
Min/Max Enrollment:  7-20
Price: $195

Fairy camp is a camp for the celebration of nature and the imagination.  Using nature's little sprites with magical powers as our inspiration and lens, we explore the natural world. Students will visit several outdoor havens close to Durham over the course of the week and do crafts related to each, including building fairy houses of found natural materials, learning about the local animals and plants, hearing stories that pique the imagination, and playing fun outdoor games. Campers will also have the opportunity to write and illustrate their own fairy stories, learn songs to sing or play on instruments, and make their own fairy clothing.  After a week of an entirely outdoors summer camp, kids will leave with a deeper appreciation of the outdoors and imaginative play.

Nyssa Collins is an artist and musician in Durham, North Carolina.  She works as an artist and performer with Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and as a pianist with several area organizations including Kidznotes.  Her greatest passions are cultivating and honoring the imagination, building really cool pieces of art, and helping kids develop self-esteem through their passions, collaboration, and taking healthy risks. 

If you have any questions about the camp please email Nyssa Collins at nyssacollins@gmail.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 #121
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 center.

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

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

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: LS #202
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education. In this camp you will create your own video games!

Design and program your own video games using code and computer science. In Game Design, students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more!

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

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

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

Mighty Dragons Martial Arts Summer Camp (K-2)

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

Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game w/ LEGO® (3-6)

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

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

Price: $200

Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® materials! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, craft tools, and watch out for Creepers! This ultimate Play-Well Minecraft experience using LEGO® materials is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors, using gameplay elements and characters inspired by the popular Minecraft video game. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO® materials.

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.

Mrs. Fara’s Fun Time Camp (K-6)

Instructor: Fara Soheili
Rising Grades: K-6
Week/Time:  Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: Extended Day Room, #218 B
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-13
Price: $225 (Week 4 is $135)

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.

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.

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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