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

9th Grade Information Literacy (9) **FULL**

Instructor: Katherine Spruill
Rising Grade: 9
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: US #221
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190
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.   

Attention rising ninth-graders: Complete a requirement AND earn an additional FREE period during your freshman seven-day PE rotation

All ninth-graders at DA are required to complete Information Literacy as part of their freshman year Physical Education,­ Self and Community, Information Literacy,­ Technology Education rotation. However, if you complete it over the summer, you will have one additional free period during the rotation. This class will introduce you to the print and online resources you'll find at Durham Academy, cover the research process and advanced searching strategies, show you how to find and evaluate information you need, and more. Not only is this class designed to help you with your research projects throughout your career at Durham Academy but with everyday research and projects outside of and beyond high school as well! 

Please email Katherine Spruill with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at katherine.spruill@da.org

Basketball Skills Camp (1-4)

Instructor: Chris Spatola
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: US Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-70
Price: $200 
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. 

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.

Become a Code Monkey with Mr. Schaefer (3-8)

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Lab 202
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $190

A code monkey is a term for a novice computer programmer. At some point in every computer programmer’s life, they were a code monkey. This camp will start at the basics and provide campers with an opportunity to become more then a code monkey. We will start our coding journey with Blocky, an online site developed by Google to introduce programming to novices with a drag and drop interface. As our coding journey continues we will spend two days at Khan Academy investigating the fundamentals of computer science and creating simple programs. Our last stop on our coding journey will be Code Academy where campers will delve into HTML fundamentals in an online course which walks users through each step in writing HTML code as they move to working with CSS, Java Script, and beyond. Campers will leave well equipped to continue being a code monkey. 

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.

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

Being Three! (3-year-olds only)

Instructor: Aja Johnson
Rising Grades: PK (3-year-olds only)
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #121
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-12
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

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

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

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

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

CSI: Bull City (2-6)

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

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

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

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

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

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

DA Chess Camp with Craig Jones (1-4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: DA Summer Camp Staff
Rising Grades: K-4
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 4, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: E.D. Room, #218 B
Min/Max Enrollment:  5-12
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $152)

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

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

Discover Art (PK-K) **FULL**

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

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

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

Electronic Lab Workshop (1-6)

Instructor: Sciensational Workshops

Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)

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

Price: $225

Learn about electronics the best way possible. You will experiment and take home your own Electronic Lab Kit. You will get to build a super race car engine sound, electric fan, motion detector, power microphone, trombone sounds, space war sounds, and so many more neat projects. That's not all. It is not just about building. You will learn what direct current is and which materials conduct electricity. Learn what happens when you place batterties in series. Learn what resistors and capacitors do and so much more. Better yet, make your own battery. Make a mind reading game, a musical doorbell, and a lie detector, control electronic currents by the clap of your hands, and still more than that. Yes, it is Sciensational Workshop's way of Science. Fun, hands on and educational. Kids will be grouped by age.   

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

GLEE Performers (2-7)

Instructor: Ellen Brown
Rising Grades: 2-7
Week/Time: Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Music Room #226
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190

It’s time to take your spot on stage! In GLEE Performers, we will be learning, rehearsing and performing several mash-ups to popular songs! All artists can expect to learn about healthy singing habits and will build their confidence on stage as dancers and entertainers — all while having tons of fun! The week will culminate in a sharing of our work for family and friends! 

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 DA 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.

Line-Following Robots (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: US Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235
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 will navigate a racetrack by itself! Learn about voltage comparators circuits, optical sensors, transistors, pulse-width modulation, and more. Then, when you’re done, compete against other Techsplorers to see whose robot can get the fastest lap time. Can your design beat the current grand champion?

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

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

Mask Making and Costume Accessory Design (2-5)

Instructor: Meg Williamson & Sandy Williamson
Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time:  Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location:  LS Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $205 

Do you have a big imagination? Like to dress up? Like to learn how to make things yourself? Then this camp is for you! We’ll experiment with putting our most creative faces forward by making unique masks and other costume accessories to turn ourselves into tropical birds, superheroes with secret identities, and other cool characters. We’ll study examples of different types of masks, how they are made, and then we’ll get our hands dirty. We’ll use papier-mâché, fabric, paint, and other materials and methods as we transform ourselves from regular campers into costumed cool kids, and we’ll finish the week with a Handmade Parade through campus to show off our favorite creations.

Please email Meg Williamson with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Williamson_meg@hotmail.com.

Mine, Craft, Build Adventure Game using LEGO ® (K-2) **FULL**

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! 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 LEGO 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.

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

Nerf Blaster Training Camp (3-10) **FULL**

Instructor: Michele Gutierrez
Rising Grades
: 3-10
Week/Time: 
Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment
: 8-50
Price: $200

Everyone loves Nerf battles! Trainees will spend the week in Nerf Blaster Training Camp building targets and forts, playing Nerf Blaster games, having target practice and participating in epic battles. Trainees will go through Nerf Boot Camp learning important safety rules for using Nerf Blasters and playing in our Target Practice Zone and on our various battle fields. Nerf Blasters, Nerf Ammo & Safety Glasses provided. Trainees are permitted to bring their own Nerf Blaster(s) to training camp as long as they can use the Nerf Elite darts.

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

RDU Tennis Camp (1-6)

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

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

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

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) **FULL**

Instructor: Fara Soheili
Rising Grades: K-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: 1st Floor Commons/Downtown Durham YMCA
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-13
Price: $250 (Week 4 is $200)

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

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

Ultimate Frisbee (3-8)

Instructor: Triangle Ultimate
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12), Week 3, AM (9-12); Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 6, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LAX Field
Min/Max Enrollment:  8-40
Price: $200

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

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

What's Up? (PK-1) **FULL**

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

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

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

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

Afternoon Camps

Animal Art Camp (2-6)

Instructor: Meg Williamson & Sandy Williamson
Rising Grades: 2-5
Week/Time:  Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location:  LS Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $205 

Calling all animal lovers! If you like making art and you love animals, then this is the camp for you. We’ll spend the week making all kinds of animal crafts, including insect magnets, rain forest mobiles, paper birds, zoo-themed holiday ornaments, greeting cards, origami, and more. With lots of project options, you’ll have everything you need to turn your home into a zoo by the end of the week!  

Please email Meg Williamson with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at Williamson_meg@hotmail.com.

Arduino Metal Detector (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: US Art Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235
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 your very own metal detector from scratch! Wind the search coil using magnet wire, construct a Colpitts oscillator, interface it to the Arduino, and then learn how to code it. The closer the metal object gets to the search coil, the higher the pitch of the tone emitted from the speaker so you have an idea of how deeply buried the object is! This is a really great class that lets students explore and understand the symbiotic, complementary relationship between hardware and software which must work together to yield a functional design. No programming or Arduino experience is necessary. Plus, Techsplorers’ 5-to-1 student-teacher ratio ensures personalized attention and plenty of one-on-one time with their expert instructors. Metal detector built during class sold separately.

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

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

Basketball Skills Camp (5-10)

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

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.

Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Camp (K-12)

Instructor: Tim Martin
Rising Grades: K-12
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: US Gym Lobby/Classrooms
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-30
Price: $225
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.   
Bouncing Bulldogs Camps place emphasis on building a confidence-enhancing experience  using the most up-to-date teaching techniques. We stress the basics so that both beginners and advanced jumpers will learn, grow, and have a positive experience. Each participant will work with others of the same age and skill level. Qualified staff members will share their knowledge and skills to ensure that all campers work hard and have fun over the course of each session. Campers will be supervised during all sessions.
Please email the Bouncing Bulldogs with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at coach@bouncingbulldogs.org

ChemGirls: Chemistry Camp for Girls (1-4) **FULL**

Instructor: Molly Punk
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time:  Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: #205
Min/Max Enrollment:  5-18
Price: $200

During ChemGirls camp we will explore the world of chemistry through fun and engaging hands-on activities that help show that science is for girls! We will learn about different aspects of chemistry including biochemistry, forensics, reactions, and more. We will work together, build lasting relationships, and create memories. Girls will take home some of our projects to continue to enjoy camp long after it ends.
Here are just a few of the areas that we will explore together:
  • Cosmetic Chemistry: Girls will work together to create a body scrub and lip balm using cosmetic chemistry lab techniques.
  • Forensics: Girls will investigative techniques such as fingerprinting, chromatography, and more.
  • Crystals: We will learn to grow crystals using a variety of techniques and mediums.
  • Reactions: We will conduct chemical reactions that explore the fun and exciting side of chemistry.

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

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

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

Instructor: Terry Stafford
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #128
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $210 (Week 4 is $168)

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

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

DA Chess Camp with Craig Jones (1-4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

DJ Camp with Stylus (5-12)

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

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

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

Drama Camp (K-6)

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

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

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

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

Egyptian Dig: Buried Treasure (1-6) **FULL**

Instructor: Sciensational Workshops

Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4)

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

Price: $225

Children discover the amazing science of Archaeology as they uncover ancient artifacts. In doing this, we will learn about Egyptian life.  We will excavate with tools like a real archaeologist uses. We will find the following artifacts as we excavate a scarab (what’s that?), hieroglyphic tablet, ankh symbol and a jackal. You will learn about this and even take home a booklet. The artifacts are yours to keep. We will wet the sand that we dig into and create one of two sand sculptures for display.  You can make a pyramid as well as a sphinx. Let’s go back in time with a hands on archaeological experience! 

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

Engineering Adventures (2-6)

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: #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

Intro to Digital Photography (3-12)

Instructor: Dilip Barman
Rising Grades: 3-12
Week/Time: Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: #107
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-16
Price: $195

Do you have a camera and want to learn to use it more effectively? In this hand-on camp, we'll talk about lighting and composition. We'll have lessons and practice photographing. Students will get an opportunity to show off and get comments on their images. Parents will also get some suggestions for interesting additional photography students can do at home. Students should bring a camera (preferably digital) to class, along with spare batteries and/or charger.

Please email Dilip Barman with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at barman@jhu.edu.

Messy Art Camp (PK-1)

Instructor: Gina Minnis
Rising Grades: PK-1
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: #124
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-18
Price: $195

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

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

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

Instructor: Quest Center
Rising Grades: K-2
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: Drama Room #224
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

Martial arts training is a time-honed and -honored vehicle for teaching life's most important lessons. Martial arts instills confidence and humility, focus and power, respect and self-control. Instructors from Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts, the area's premier martial arts facility, will be offering a weeklong Martial Arts immersion opportunity at Durham Academy.  

Camp participants study the one-of-a-kind, expertly designed, kid-specific Mighty Dragons Martial Arts curriculum, which focuses on developing the physical skills of staying balanced, delivering power, and whole body coordination. These attributes will serve your children well no matter where their life takes them. More importantly than the physical, Quest Center Instructors help your children learn communication skills, boundary setting and respecting, proper assertiveness, and conflict resolution skills. They practice dealing with conflict. What better way to help your child deal with bullying issues than to give them opportunities to practice? The best part of all is that they have a blast doing it! Every day at camp is an adventure.  

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

Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game using LEGO ® (2-6) **FULL**

Instructor: Play-well TEKnologies
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 6, PM (1-4)

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

Price: $200

Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO! 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 LEGO Minecraft experience 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®.

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

Mr. Irons’ P.E. and Sports Camp for PK-3rd Graders (PK-3)

Instructor: Costen Irons
Rising Grades: PK-3
Week/Time: Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-40
Price: $190

This PE Sports camp for rising pre-kindergartners to third-graders is led by DA Lower School PE teacher Costen Irons. Campers will learn fundamental sports skills and movements as well as engage in a variety of PE games such as 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.

Mrs. Fara’s Fun Time Camp (K-6)

Instructor: Fara Soheili
Rising Grades: K-6
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 6, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: Extended Day Room, #218 B
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-13
Price: $225 (Week 4 is $180)

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

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

Uptown Glamour (3-8)

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Programs Contacts

Dan Gilson
Summer Programs Director
919-287-1763 

 

Jennifer Thornton
Assistant Summer Programs Director

 

  

William Edwards
Assistant Summer Programs Director

 

 

Zakia VanHoose
Volunteer Coordinator & Before and After Care Coordinator 

 

Casey Rogers
Office Assistant


 

 

 

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