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Below are the course offerings for Summer 2023!
We are pleased to offer a range of classes showcasing the variety of expertise our faculty, staff and alumni can offer.
During the registration process, you will be asked to designate one class for each period. Not all courses are offered each week. Please read the descriptions of each course for details.  Note that campers that took D&D last year cannot repeat this class.

Summer 2023 Camp Course Offerings

List of 25 items.

  • Acting for Film

    This class will explore acting technique for film, stanislavsky technique, and the guideposts in The Audition by Michael Shurtleff. By the end of the week, students will perform/record a partnered scene using the techniques taught in the class.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 1, 2
  • Beginning Piano Class

    This is a class for students with no piano background. Topics will include notes on the keyboard, reading from the grand staff, basic technique, and beginning repertoire.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 1
  • Creative Writing

    Do you find the required reading in school boring? Are you tired of reading the same books that your parents studied in school? Have you ever thought of writing your own work? This class will consider issues of access and representation in literature. Students are encouraged to find their own creative expression in the forms of long-form fiction, short story, creative non-fiction, poems, songs, etc.
    Sessions 1 & 2 | Period 2
  • Exploring the Human Body

    This class is designed to introduce students to parts of the Human Body. Included topics are the skeletal system, digestive system, heart, and brain.
    Session 2 | Period 3
  • Feminism 101

    This class is for all people curious about how power works in the world. This is a beginning class on an incredibly diverse field. Topics include the patriarchy and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class. Students are encouraged to share their own viewpoints and experiences. The personal is the political. 
    Sessions 1 & 2 | Period 3
  • Fun Physics

    This is a hands-on, fun introductory course for future scientists, where students will learn the physical principles of everyday phenomena through experiments and challenges. Each day we will focus on different phenomena such as the mechanics of motion, fluids, acoustics, optics and rocket science!
    Session 1 | Period 3
    Session 2, 3 | Period 2
  • Intro to Entomology

    Intro to Entomology
    Learn about insects, go on nature walks, and curate your own collection in this introduction to entomology – the study of insects!
    Session 3 | Period 1
  • Introduction to Ancient Greek

    Learn to identify the letters of the Greek alphabet and practice pronouncing ancient Greek words. Explore ancient Greek art and mythology. Learn common Greek roots found in modern scientific terminology. Try out some ancient Greek sports.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 3
  • Introduction to Classical Music History

    Through listening, lecture, and discussion, students will become acquainted with classical music from the 18th century to the present.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 2
  • Macrame for Beginners

    Learn basic macrame design and create a take home completed project.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 1
  • Mad Scientist Camp

    In this class we’ll learn different scientific ideas and principles through fun activities. We’ll explore how science is applicable to everyday life and spend time in the lab doing experiments. For example, we might study acids and bases by making our own pH indicator and testing household products. Other projects could include testing properties of polymers by making slime, silly putty, and bouncy balls or extracting DNA from fruit.
    Session 1, 3 | Period 2, 3
    Session 2 | Period 1, 3  
  • Mask Making

    Students will study how different cultures around the world make and use masks. Students will create three different masks throughout the week.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 1
  • Modern Dance

    This class will explore Horton and Afro-Modern techniques, their history, and connection to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. By the end of the week, students will be able to perform a piece choreographed by me. They will also create their own 30-60 second piece of choreography using Horton and Afro-Modern movements.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 3
  • Origins of English

    Students will learn about Old English language and literature through practicing Old English words, identifying runes, creating their own manuscripts, and exploring the world of Beowulf and early medieval England.
    Session 1, 2 | Period 2
    Session 3 | Period 1
  • Planes, Boats, & Automobiles - a competition!

    Students will build and/or race airplanes, boats, and cars. Engineering concepts will be introduced. There will be winners announced in 3 contests over the week with one champion for the week.
    Session 1, 2 | Period 1
  • Plants and Society

    Students will explore the interactions of humans with plants. Students will examine growing plants on campus, study plant structures and functions, and discover the role of plants in our world.
    Session 2 | Period 1
  • R Programming for Newbies

    This course is going to be hands-on for the most part. It will start with a brief introduction to programming and proceed to the use of R as a calculator. It will also touch on R popularity and R Functions. A sound knowledge of R is of critical importance to careers in Data Science. No prerequisites.
    Session 1 | Period 1
  • Restorative Yoga

    This is a flow class for all levels, focusing on breath awareness, personal intentions, and self-confidence. Students will be led through a slow paced Yoga class and learn an abridged version of Ashtanga (The eight limbs of Yoga). The course will be taught B.K.S. Iyengar style (mostly verbal cueing) to encourage students to start where they are as individuals. 
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 2
  • Science of Beauty

    How does nail polish work? What makes bath bombs fizz? Learn these and more in this cosmetic chemistry crash course!
    Session 3 | Period 2, 3
  • Short Form Improvisation

    Have you ever heard of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Students will get to develop and perform numerous comedic improvisation games, some taken from the hit show and some from other sources. The end of the week will culminate in a performance!
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 2, 3
  • String Art

    Students will create different geometric designs or pictures by stitching on paper with string. We will start out at a beginner level and build complexity throughout the week, ending with students creating their own designs.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 3
  • Tabletop RPG: Dungeons & Dragons

    Students will get to create their own hero to fight hordes of goblins, zombies, and other enemies. Another aspect of D&D is that players get to aid in the creation of the game by role-playing their characters in order to guide and act out narrative decisions in the gameplay.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 1

    *Campers who took this course last year may not take it again.*
  • Understanding Music Theory

    Students should have some musical background and be able to read at least one clef. We will learn about the basics of musical notation including staff notation, keys, scales, intervals, chords, and musical form.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 3
  • Weaving

    Students will participate in different loom weaving activities, creating a wall hanging, a bowl or vase, and a set of coasters.
    Session 1, 2, 3 | Period 2
  • Welcome to my TED Talk

    Students learn to broadcast a big message in a short amount of time. Using the framework of TED Talks, students choose an issue (personal or political) that they're passionate about and present their topic. 
    Sessions 1 & 2 | Period 1

Summer Activities

Optional activities for campers include a variety of on-campus and off-campus options.

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