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Summits: Ages 8–14

8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Before Care, Afternoon Enrichments & After Care available)
Do you have a passion for debate? A love of lacrosse? Do you dig archaeology?
Summits — Durham Academy Summer's camps for ages 8–14 — are deep dives allowing campers focused experience in a specific area. From mechanical engineering and baking to basketball and jewelry-making, we have a Summit to suit every camper. These programs are led by DA faculty and experts from the broader community. 

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DA Summer 2024

Week 1: June 10–14
Week 2: June 17–21
June 19 (Juneteenth) is optional.
Week 3: June 24–28
Closed: July 1–5
Week 4: July 8–12
Week 5: July 15–19
Week 6: July 22–26
Week 7: July 29–Aug. 2

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Daily Schedule

Time Activity
7:30–8:15 a.m. Before Care (optional)
8:15 a.m. Morning drop-off begins
8:15–8:45 a.m. Attendance
8:45 a.m. Transition to Summit location
9 a.m. Summit begins
10:20 a.m. Snack & break
10:35 a.m. Summit resumes
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:05 p.m. Hill Learning Center campers transition to Hill (if applicable)
12:10 p.m. Summit resumes
1:10 p.m. Summit wrap-up begins
1:20 p.m. Campers transition to Afternoon Enrichment (if added on) OR car line for pick-up
1:30 p.m. Afternoon pick-up begins
1:30–3:30 p.m. Afternoon Enrichments (if added on)
3:30-6 p.m. Aftercare (if added on)


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Advanced Chess Camp

This camp is for campers who are comfortable and know the game of chess — not for beginners — and want to take their play to the next level!

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Advanced Tennis Camp

This camp is for experienced and competitive tennis players who want expert strategy and drills to take their game to the next level.

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All-Gender Lacrosse Camp

An immersive experience where players of all genders can grow as athletes, connect with fellow teammates, and deepen their passion for the game.

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Archaeology Overnight Camp 

Participants in the Archaeology Adventures Institute work alongside professional archaeologists in Morganton, N.C., to uncover the buried remains of the 16th-century Native American village of Joara and the ill-fated Fort San Juan.

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Arduino Line-Following Robots Camp

Program a robot to follow a track all by itself! Learn important design techniques for integrating software and hardware, such as the use of voltage dividers to create sensors and how pulse width modulation can be used to control motor speed.

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Aspiring Fashionistas

In this “glam” program for all genders, students gain knowledge of the fashion industry and develop skills in branding, marketing, fashion journalism and design.

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Baseball Camp

Join us for a dynamic experience filled with skill development, strategy sessions, and the camaraderie that makes baseball a beloved sport.

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Board Games Camp

The thrill of strategy, friendly competition and the joy of gameplay come together for a week of fun-filled entertainment.

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Chess for Beginners Camp

We 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 easier playing becomes.

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Code Breakers Camp

Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges on your way to becoming the next tech star!

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DARC SIDE Robotics Camp

This camp — led by a former captain of DA Upper School's robotics team, DARC SIDE — is an introduction into the world of robotics and FIRST.

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Field Hockey Camp

Join us for a week of field hockey training, strategy sessions, and friendly competition in a supportive and dynamic environment.

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Jewelry Making and Fiber Arts Camp

Art in different media such as fiber and textiles is an exciting form of fine art because it involves the fun and challenging process of combining the various art mediums we know about.

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Junior CEOs Camp

Students act as CEOs for leading companies and work in groups to make strategic recommendations to address real business issues.

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Mindset Math Camp

Our summer curriculum was organized around three themes— algebraic problem solving, the visualization of mathematics, and making connections between representations and ideas.

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Minecraft Modders Camp

Customize your own Minecraft world and mod the classic game in this one-of-a-kind class. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods.

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Pop Star Performers Camp

In Durham Academy Summer’s Pop Star Performers Camp, we will be learning, rehearsing and performing a mash-up of the campers’ favorite pop songs!

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