Summer Programs: Week 7 Camps

To view Week 7 Enrichment Camps, click the headings below. Please note that suggested rising grade levels are listed in parentheses after each camp title.

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

Morning Camps

Basketball Shooting Camp (1-4)

Instructor: Chris Spatola
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: MS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 20-70
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 shooting camp is a one-of-a-kind experience that will not only provide a greater understanding of shooting technique, but will also improve shooting accuracy — regardless of the shooter’s age or skill level. This camp has a more narrow focus than a traditional skills camp, specifically teaching the art of shooting.

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

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

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

Being 3! (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. 

Brain Games (2-6)

Instructor: Erin Huggins
Rising Grades: 2-6
Week/Time: Week 1, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS Library
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $190

Give your brain the workout it deserves through fun and interactive games and activities! Brain Games uses the latest research-based methods to improve students’ memory, problem solving, attention, thinking speed, mental flexibility, logic and fine motor skills without feeling like work. This class combines online computer-based games and challenges with hands-on multisensory board games, activities, and puzzles. It is great for kids of all ages and abilities!

Please email Erin Huggins with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at ehuggins81@gmail.com.

Chinese Camp (1-4)

Instructor: Tonya Shyu
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time: Week 7, 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

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 (5-12)

Instructor: Craig Jones
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #204
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.

Exploring Electrical Engineering (2-4)

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

Discover the exciting world of electrical engineering! In this class we’ll experiment with static electricity, create electromagnets, and build our own batteries. We’ll make a homemade light bulb and explore insulators and conductors. We’ll learn how electric motors work and design circuits. If you like activities that light up and buzz, this class is for you!

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

Harry Potter: Travel on our Magical Tour (1-6)

Instructor: Sciensational Workshops

Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 3, AM (9-12)
; Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20

Price: $225

All aboard for lots of hands-on fun! Join in the escapades of Harry Potter and his friends. Play Quidditch, make an edible wand and brew some fantastic potions to drink. Let's create and watch some amazing chemical reactions like watching a mirage appear. You won't believe it! Wonder where the sorting hat will place you? Make cool crystals as well. Come join us where the magic of science, art, and literature meet. Harry, Ron and Hermione are waiting for your arrival! Experiment with colored magic sand and see a mysterious glowing ball, too!

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

Little Veterinarian School: Fantastic Felines (PK-K)

Instructor: Little Medical School 
Rising Grades: PK-K
Week/Time:  Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location:  PS #121
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-10
Price: $210

Adopt a pet and start your training as a veterinarian!  Explore the principles of animal care and how keep your cat healthy and happy.  Perform a physical exam, make a cat toy, learn about common feline diseases, and explore various cat breeds in this fun and educational camp.  All graduates of Little Veterinarian School will receive a stuffed cat and much more.

Olive Lamm, MD, MPH is the owner and director of Little Medical School, Greater Raleigh Area.  Dr. Lamm has a Bachelor of Science from Gardner-Webb University and moved on to obtain a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Afterwards, she received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School with Board Certification.  Dr. Lamm has been involved in teaching for many years from tutoring in college to mentoring medical students during residency.  She practiced clinical medicine full-time for several years after residency until she discovered her passion for teaching and inspiring children to learn more about the various careers in healthcare. 

Please email Olive Lamm with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at olive@littlemedicalschool.com

Little Veterinarian School: Fantastic Felines (1-5)

Instructor: Little Medical School 
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time:  Week 5, AM (9-12); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location:  LS #107
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-10
Price: $210

Adopt a pet and start your training as a veterinarian!  Explore the principles of animal care and how keep your cat healthy and happy.  Perform a physical exam, make a cat toy, learn about common feline diseases, and explore various cat breeds in this fun and educational camp.  All graduates of Little Veterinarian School will receive a stuffed cat and much more.

Olive Lamm, MD, MPH is the owner and director of Little Medical School, Greater Raleigh Area.  Dr. Lamm has a Bachelor of Science from Gardner-Webb University and moved on to obtain a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Afterwards, she received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School with Board Certification.  Dr. Lamm has been involved in teaching for many years from tutoring in college to mentoring medical students during residency.  She practiced clinical medicine full-time for several years after residency until she discovered her passion for teaching and inspiring children to learn more about the various careers in healthcare. 

Please email Olive Lamm with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at olive@littlemedicalschool.com

Mighty Dragons Martial Arts Summer Camp (K-2)

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

Mixed Media Art (K-4)

Instructor: Elizabeth Lyle
Rising Grades: K-4
Week/Time:  Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: PS #130
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-16
Price: $190

Mixed media is an exciting form of fine art because it involves the fun and challenging process of combining the various art mediums we know about. Learn how to combine medium together with an incredible, colorful outcome. Students will explore an array of art media like pastels, clay, fiber, water color, pencil, glue, tissue, collage, and more! Students should wear clothing that can get dirty. Elizabeth Lyle began teaching art classes in 2007 and has been teaching art and cooking in the Preschool at Durham Academy since 2011.

Please contact Elizabeth Lyle with any questions you have about the content of this camp at Elizabeth.lyle@da.org 

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 $114)

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.

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

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 4, PM (1-4); Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: LS #202
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190 (Week 4 is $114)

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

Mr. Schaefer is the academic leader for Durham Academy's computer science program and serves as DA Middle School's digital learning coordinator. He has taught children to learn while having fun for over 20 years.

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

RDU Tennis Camp (1-6)

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

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

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

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 $114)

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.

STEAM Building Camp (1-6)

Instructor: Mad Science
Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)

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

STEM meets Art in our exciting S.T.E.A.M. Camp. Do you love to build, design and fix things? Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are all explored in this new camp! Put on your engineer's hat for this exciting week, where we will assemble and work with a variety of simple machines, structures and more! Become a true Mad Scientist as you learn about chemical reactions, and a young astronaut while exploring the mysteries of the solar system.

These are only a sample of some of the activities that we will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

  1. Mad Messages - Decipher the world around you as you learn different ways to send mad messages. Use Morse code to send secret transmissions to your friends and to interpret secret messages from them. Discover the mystery of the Mad Science Message Wheel!

  2. Machine Mania  - Investigate the world of simple machines as you learn that machines are helpful for work or play! Assemble and control pulleys, levers, catapults and mega-pinchers! Use the machines you create to move loads and shoot ping-pong balls! Operating your simple machines will make work seem like play. 

  3. Crazy Chemistry - Chemistry is part of your everyday life, but what is Chemistry? Explore this great topic and use chemistry to make your own sidewalk chalk and a chocolate candy roll. Create a crystal garden out of common household items and use chromatography to make a camp T-shirt.

  4. Shutterbugs! - Explore the use of light to utilize more than one form of photography. Go inside a camera obscura to help you understand how a camera works. Get artistic with a diazo chamber and create a print to take home.

  5. Space Day -  Blast off with science! Test soil for "Martian" life. Get a taste for space and eat like the astronauts when you make your own space snack. Learn how to throw water around and stay dry at the same time. Take a walk through the Solar System, catch food in a zero gravity game, and model the Hero steam engine to see how spinning can generate power for a space ship.

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

Swan Lake Ballet (K-3)

Instructor: Christina Munter
Rising Grades: K-3
Week/Time: Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: US Dance Studio
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $190

Dance with us and spread your wings! We will be learning several swan dances inspired by Tchaikovsky and Ivanov's Swan Lake Ballet. Each day will include a dance lesson, craft session and choreography. During craft time campers will be creating their own costumes!  Each will create their own swan headpiece and set of swan wings to wear for the showcase and to take 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. Dance attire welcome but not required.  All levels welcome! Snacks will be provided.

Christina Munter enjoyed a twelve year performing career with The Minnesota Ballet, The American Heritage Dance Company, The Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, Ressl Dance! and Ray Terrill Dance Company all of Minnesota. She has earned certification in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. A pedagogical student of the late Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Mrs Munter completed all the courses of the Elementary and Intermediate work of the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet founded by A.Vaganova and V. Kostrovitskaya. Mrs Munter began her teaching career in 1991 in Minnesota and 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.

Taking Flight into Aerospace Engineering (5-12)

Instructor: Techsplorers
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 3, AM (9-12), Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: US Science Room #4106
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-24
Price: $235
Carline: 9:00 drop off and 12:00 pickup is at the US Carline by Keenan Auditorium - make your first right when entering the PS/LS driveway. 

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

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

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 (Week 4 is $120)

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

Arduino Line-Following Robots (5-12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Karl Schaefer
Rising Grades: 3-8
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #204
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $190

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education. In this camp you will use the computer to design your own animations, create a paint editor tool, and learn how technology is used in the art world! Design and program your own artistic video games using code and computer science. Imagine, Program and Share are the key elements of what the free Scratch software can allow campers to create. The software is free, the application is logical and campers will be supported in their learning of the programming language by a seasoned crew of instructors. Young people need to be exposed to programming at an early level to learn how the technology behind computers and games actually work and this is a great camp for that exposure. Come to this camp and 'scratch' the programming itch! Learn more at http://www.cs-first.com/ and http://scratch.mit.edu

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 Shooting Camp (5-10)

Instructor: Chris Spatola
Rising Grades: 5-10
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: MS Gym
Min/Max Enrollment: 20-70
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 shooting camp is a one-of-a-kind experience that will not only provide a greater understanding of shooting technique, but will also improve shooting accuracy — regardless of the shooter’s age or skill level. This camp has a more narrow focus than a traditional skills camp, specifically teaching the art of shooting.

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

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

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

Bouncing Bulldogs Jumprope Camp (K-12)

Instructor: Tim Martin
Rising Grades: K-12
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: US Dance Studio
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-30
Price: $225

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

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: $250

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 - Continuing Instruction (5-12)

Instructor: Maggie Lindquist
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time:  Week 7, 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.  This is a complex game with many aspects that cannot be learned in a brief time so participants are required to have attended beginning bridge or it's equivalent before attending this more advanced instruction. 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.  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

Creative Engineering (1-6)

Instructor: Sciensational Workshops

Rising Grades: 1-6

Week/Time: Week 3, AM (9-12)
; Week 7, AM (9-12)
Location: #206
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20

Price: $225

All aboard for lots of hands-on fun! Join in the escapades of Harry Potter and his friends. Play Quidditch, make an edible wand and brew some fantastic potions to drink. Let's create and watch some amazing chemical reactions like watching a mirage appear. You won't believe it! Wonder where the sorting hat will place you? Make cool crystals as well. Come join us where the magic of science, art, and literature meet. Harry, Ron and Hermione are waiting for your arrival! Experiment with colored magic sand and see a mysterious glowing ball, too!

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

Dinosaur Camp (PPK-K)

Instructor: Colleen Fisher
Rising Grades: PPK-K
Week/Time: Week 2, AM (9-12); Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: PS #127
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $195

Dinosaurs may have become extinct 65 million years ago, but we can bring them back to life this summer! Do you already know the difference between a Stegosaurus and an Ankylosaurus? A Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Deinonychus? Would you like to find out? Become a paleontologist who goes on fossil digs, builds your own dinosaur, learns silly dino songs, and much, much more. If you love the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, let Ms. Colleen take you and your friends back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth!

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

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

DJ Camp with Stylus (5-12)

Instructor: Jason Huggins
Rising Grades: 5-12
Week/Time: Week 1, PM (1-4); Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Library
Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $220

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

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

Exploring Civil Engineering (2-4)

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

Discover the exciting world of civil engineering! In this class we’ll design and construct towers, bridges, and cantilevers. We’ll explore the forces of tension, compression, torsion, bending, and shear. We’ll learn which shapes are the strongest and how to survive an earthquake. If you like to build, this class is for you!

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

Nature Explorers (1-4)

Instructor: Anna Ray
Rising Grades: 1-4
Week/Time:  Week 2, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #109
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $210

Explore nature by playing and learning outside! Explorers will unlock their creativity and problem-solving capabilities with various projects using natural materials. Paint with mud and berries, dissect flowers, design habitats, and explore simple machines! Old clothes and durable shoes are recommended, and explorers will need boots and jackets if it rains.

Anna Ray is a second grade Teaching Assistant at Durham Academy. She previously taught Tinkergarten outdoor learning classes and helped run a Lindamood-Bell Learning Center.
Please contact Anna Ray with any questions about the content of this camp at Anna.ray@da.org 

Ninja Camp (3-10)

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

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

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

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

Olympic Fencing (3-6)

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

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

Participants should wear comfortable athletic clothing and toe-covered shoes. The lead instructor, Katie Rebich, is a former Carolina fencer and teaches circus arts and fencing, right here in Durham! 

Please email Katie Rebich with any questions you may have about the details of this camp at katie@midsouthfencersclub.org

Pop Star Performers (1-6)

Instructor: Ellen Brown
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: LS Music Room
Min/Max Enrollment: 10-24
Price: $190 

(Formerly called GLEE Performers). It's time to take your spot on stage! In Pop Star 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 served as DA's Middle School Drama Teacher and Director since 2015. She has extensive experience in directing young people in theatre and musical theatre, having worked professionally as a director and performer in NYC for over a decade prior to moving to Durham. She has an M.A. in Applied Theatre, M.A. in Teaching, and a B.F.A in Theatre.

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

Sewing Camp 101 (4-12)

Instructor: Pamela Bond
Rising Grades: 4-12
Week/Time:  Week 3, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #209
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-5
Price: $210

The Beginning Sewing 101 Camp is designed to teach students the fundamentals of sewing. The curriculum will take the student from choosing fabric to completing a garment. Using reading, math and problem solving skills students navigate the pattern instructions to completed end.

Pamela A. BondTextile/Costume Designer 919-797-8651
BA-Theatre 1985 North Carolina Central University; BS- 1999 Textile Camp; Apparel North Carolina Central Univerity MS- 2001 
Textile Camp; Apparel North Carolina Central University 
Owner- Pamela Bond Designs 2009- present
Costume Designs/Manager 2005-present; North Carolina Central Univesity Department of Theatre
Please contact Pamela Bond with any questions you have about the content of this camp at pamelabonddesigns@yahoo.com

Spy Academy (1-6)

Instructor: Mad Science
Rising Grades: 1-6
Week/Time: Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: LS #201
Min/Max Enrollment: 8-20
Price: $215

Look out 007—the Mad Science spy academy is in session! Use your powers of observation to solve problems and uncover crimes. Check out security systems, cool spy equipment, and discover proper procedures that are used in real crime scene labs! Mad Science Spy Academy camp will help you sharpen your special operative skills as you learn about the secret world of espionage. The key tobeing a great spy is your ability to use science to “sniff” out your suspects and uncover their secrets.(Ages 8 – 11)

These are only a sample of some of the activities that we will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Spy Academy – Look out 007—the Mad Science spy academy is in session! From edible messages and decoding clues, students will have the opportunity to check out the skills that spies have in this hands-on journey into the world of espionage. They will use the Secret Code Breaker to communicate in code, like real spies.

Agent Undercover – From metal detectors to night vision, children will have the opportunity to check out the coolest spy equipment! With the Undercover Observer, children step into the shoes of spies in action. What looks like an ordinary camera is actually a sneaky surveillance device that lets children spy on the side.

Sleuths on the Scene – Suspects, schematics, and sleuths...oh my! Connect the dots using science to help solve a crime in this hands-on investigation of the science of sleuthing. Campers continue their sleuthing at home using their Scene Solver take home to reconstruct the scene of a crime with family and friends.

Science of Security – Sharpen your surveillance skills with the science of security! Children discover the science and technology behind locks and burglar alarms! They will use Spyglasses on short surveillance shifts to test their observational abilities.

Sneaky Science – Become a super spy and learn clever ways of performing tasks in this hands-on view at the science that spies use. Discover what it takes to keep things safe and how technology works in the spy world. Design and build a security system, then try to foil your friends! Then, they will build their very own Secret Safe and challenge friends to crack the code to test their security skills!

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

STEM in Motion Girls Camp (5-8)

Instructor: Kari Newman

Rising Grades: 5-8
Week/Time:  Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: US Science Lab #4212a
Min/Max Enrollment:  5-13
Price: $200

During STEM in Motion Girls camp, middle school girls will visit with different professionals in the field of science and see first-hand what it takes to be a female scientist.   The plan is to visit a different location each day.  Girls will get a chance to work on their interviewing skills so that they can ask great questions when we are out in the field.  We will also get the opportunity to get our hands dirty in lab.   The locations for the visits are still to be announced.  

Kari Newman has been teaching Chemistry, Forensics, and Epidemiology at the Durham Academy Upper School for 19 years.  She has been working with Middle School Girls in camp environments for nearly that entire time.  

If you have any questions about the camp, please email Kari Newman at kari.newman@da.org

Very Eric Carle (PK-K)

Instructor: Elizabeth Lyle
Rising Grades: PK-K
Week/Time:  Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: PS #130
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-10
Price: $200

Spend a week exploring the stories and illustrations of beloved author, Eric Carle! Do you know how to see a song or draw a star? Are you a mixed up chameleon or a grouchy ladybug? Artists will have the opportunity to work in collage, drawing, clay, and more as we read, sing to, listen to, and create fantastic artwork based on his most cherished books. This camp is designed for young artists and will incorporate literacy to help each student make meaningful connections in a creative way.
 
Please contact Elizabeth Lyle with any questions about the content of this camp at Elizabeth.lyle@da.org

Wilderness Medicine and Disaster Preparation (1-5)

Instructor: Little Medical School
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time: Week 5, PM (1-4); Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #107
Min/Max Enrollment: 5-20
Price: $210

Little Medical School brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children in an entertaining way.  Children learn and have fun as they explore the skills necessary for wilderness survival and emergency preparation.  Students will learn how to assess and treat snake bites, hypothermia, and broken limbs.  In addition, they will discuss common natural disasters and practice how to treat injuries associated with it.

Olive Lamm, MD, MPH is the owner and director of Little Medical School, Greater Raleigh Area.  Dr. Lamm has a Bachelor of Science from Gardner-Webb University and moved on to obtain a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Afterwards, she received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School with Board Certification.  Dr. Lamm has been involved in teaching for many years from tutoring in college to mentoring medical students during residency.  She practiced clinical medicine full-time for several years after residency until she discovered her passion for teaching and inspiring children to learn more about the various careers in healthcare. 

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

Yoga - Creative Summer Camp (1-5)

Instructor: Ingrid Saddler-Walker
Rising Grades: 1-5
Week/Time:  Week 7, PM (1-4)
Location: #208
Min/Max Enrollment: 6-15
Price: $200

WythaBalance Creative Yoga Camp provides a space where kids can use their creative ideas with art, drama and dance movement as they explore yoga around the world.  They will enjoy fun yoga games and activities while listening to kids yoga music.  Each camper will create and paint their own personalized yoga mat which they will take home at the end of the camp week.  Campers are asked to bring a plain white t-shirt for a creative art activity. 

Ingrid Saddler-Walker is a certified yoga instructor with Radiant Child Family Yoga with a certification teaching yoga to children. She is also trained in Childlight Yoga for Children and Mindfulness as well as a Childlight Yoga teacher for Teens/Tweens. Ingrid is also trained with Mindful Schools Fundamentals as well as the Mindful Schools K – 12 Curriculum. Ingrid has been teaching yoga since 2009 and has taught kids and teens/tweens yoga in after school programs at Durham Parks and Recreation and Durham Public Schools and is a licensed NC School Counselor with Durham Public Schools.
 
Please contact Ingrid Saddler-Walker with any questions about the content of this camp at deesawalk@msn.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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