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2019 Summer Camp Class Descriptions

2019 RISING K-GRADE 6 SUMMER CAMP CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

All grade levels listed are based on the child’s rising grade level – what grade s/he will enter in Fall 2019.  All classes are $195 per class except Week 3, which is $117 per class.

“Ad” venture (3rd-6th)

Love those catchy commercials and jingles?  Get a kick out of billboards and magazine ads?  You won’t want to miss this limited-time offer to conjure up your own creative ad campaign!  As you get ready to launch the prototype of your brand new amazing product, you’re going to want to complete some market research, brainstorm ideas, analyze advertising techniques and design unique product packaging.  Put all of the tricks of the trade into action with your unforgettable TV and radio commercials, print campaign and mock-up web page design.

Abracadabra! It’s Magic (3-6)

Now you see it, now you don’t!  Led by a professional magician, campers will learn to construct, practice and perform incredible illusions and breathtaking feats of magic.  Amaze and astound your friends and family with close-up tricks with cards, coins and magic wands!  You’ll receive your very own magic kit at the end of the week so you can perform your new tricks at home.  Note:  This class is offered both morning & afternoon sessions, but please only sign up for one. It is the same class offered twice.

Anything Goes (3rd-6th)

A little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of fun! Experience a myriad of activities designed to bust summer boredom.  Combining many favorite camp activities and themes, Anything Goes gives you a chance to experience some of the best we have to offer – relays, contests, minute-to-win-it games, silly stunts and mischievous activities, playground and board games, arts and crafts, sports, science experiments, mind benders and more!

Arctic Adventures (K-2nd)

Bundle up as we visit the snowy regions of the far north! On our journey, we’ll learn about the lands, peoples and animals of the Arctic Circle.  Get to know musk ox, narwhals, sea lions, arctic foxes, reindeer – and, of course, polar bears!  Learn how to use a dog sled and how to take care of sled dogs.  There will be lots of play and creative activities in this imaginative expedition to the North Pole!

Art in Motion (K-2nd / 3rd-6th)

Use movement to make art and learn how to make art look like it is in motion!  Learn about American artists like Jackson Pollock who poured paint, Alexander Calder who invented the mobile and traditional puppet masters who use shadow silhouettes to tell stories – and make your very own art in their styles.  Explore objects in motion including rolling balls down ramps, painting with moving marbles, spinning tops, making spin art, experimenting with balance while making mobiles and letting gravity help you paint.

Art Studio (K-2nd / 3rd-6th)

Unleash your creativity while you immerse yourself in the studio arts: drawing, painting, sculpting, printing and more.  You’ll enjoy a myriad of artistic media using a variety of materials – charcoal and clay, pastels and paints, inks, wire, thread and more!  No experience necessary – suitable for beginning artists as well!

Baker’s Dozen (1st-3rd)

Breads, pizza crust, pretzels, cookies, brownies and muffins, oh my!  During this creative cooking experience, young bakers will learn how to make all kinds of yummy baked goods.  After a week in the Pinecrest kitchen, bakers will walk away with baking knowledge galore as well as delicious memories.

Basketball Fundamentals (3rd-6th)

Campers will learn to master the art of playing the game. No matter what your skill level is, every player needs to know solid fundamentals.  Skills will include shooting, passing, footwork, defense, speed and agility.  This is a Jump Bunch class.

Beach Week (K-2nd)

Pack your suit, sunglasses and sunscreen!  Join us as we soak up the sun and enjoy some relaxing beach fun.  In between the fun and games, arts and crafts, and cool water activities, you’ll learn a little about the many creatures that inhabit the beach both on land and in the water.  It wouldn’t be beach week without a taste of the boardwalk, too!

Book Cooks (K-2nd)

Get excited about cooking in new and delightfully delicious ways as we use some of our favorite children’s books to stir up our appetites.  Read stories with food in the starring role – stone soup, or the gingerbread man, anyone?  Participate in hands-on activities related to the books and get ready for a culinary adventure as we cook up the incredible edibles from the stories.

Brain Benders (3rd-6th)

Are you fascinated by mind-bending puzzles? Do you love a good challenge?  Give your critical thinking and problem-solving skills a workout.  Practice thinking outside the box as you decipher puzzles, riddles and brainteasers.  You’ll work by yourself or in a team to play thinking games and meet creative challenges, all the while stimulating those neurons!  Brain Benders will encourage thinkers to take risks and reach new mental heights.

Building Big (3rd-6th)

Campers will get to put their math, science, visual acuity, spatial relations skills and imagination to the test by seeing what they can create with various types of blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, K-nex, Tinker Toys, Wedgits, Zoobs, Model Magic, common household items and maybe even food.  In addition to free building, there will be special challenges, too.  Perhaps we will experiment with how can we change our design to build a bridge that holds more weight…or how fast can we follow the directions and work together as a team to put together a brand new Lego set…or how high can we build a house of cards?  A few lessons on basic architecture and engineering will round out this week of construction fun.

Building Brigade (K-2nd)

Construct all kinds of buildings and bridges using blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, K-nex, Tinker Toys, Wedgits, Zoobs, Model Magic, common household items and even food.  We will have a try at making our own blocks and Play-doh, too.  We will discuss basic design, engineering and city planning, and then we will put those new skills to work building a huge municipality on our classroom floor.  Excitement for this class is building!

Camper Sampler (K-2nd / 3rd-6th)

No need to choose just one way to spend your day – it’s a potpourri of fun-filled activities with plenty for everyone to enjoy!  Outdoor games, brain benders, crafts, board and card games and water fun are on our agenda as we celebrate summer – a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a whole lot of fun!

Cardboard Engineering (K-2nd / 3rd-6th)

Do you like to make stuff?  Using physical science concepts and engineering design, you will test and re-design as you explore forces that work on objects in motion, test the strength and design a use for magnets and build small ramp structures.  Play games like Blokus to build your spatial awareness.  You will also take home your own cardboard structures.

Circus Fun (K-2nd)

Campers will take on new, exciting and challenging activities in this fun-filled class that combines circus and physical fitness.  We will talk about acrobats, balancing, contortion, guy wires, high wire, jugglers and more and then learn those same skills!  Parachute games, ribbon wands, bean bag toss and other games to develop target tossing, catching, gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination and more are all part of the fun, too.  This is a Jump Bunch class.

Coding Foundations (K-2nd)

Campers are introduced to computer science concepts like sequences, conditionals, loops and functions through a series of fun and interactive exercises on the Kodable.  Campers also get a chance to be creative by using Scratch to make their own stories and animations.  No reading experience required.  This is a Coder Kids class.

Coding Python Cryptography (3rd-6th)

Campers will use their Python skills to code ciphers from history and learn about the techniques that are commonly used to break secret codes.  They will advance in this series of courses as they learn about how modern encryption works to protect their personal information, how they can write their own secure software using symmetric and about public key encryption.  This is a Coder kids class.

Create a Country (3rd-6th)

Imagine a world just the way you want it to be – your favorite food grows on trees, the flag is a picture of your favorite animal, the national anthem is your favorite song.  In this unique class, you’ll create a fantasy country to your own specifications.  Once you’ve discovered what elements define a country, you’ll set to work on inventing your own original country and its map, flag, currency, system of government and national symbols.  On Friday, we’ll invite other campers to our own travel agency and display our week’s worth of fun!

Creative Confections (3rd-6th)

A little baking and lots of creating!  Take boring cookies, cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats, and brownies and turn them into your own edible masterpieces! Interspersed with food-related games and activities, we will spend the week playing with our food (without getting in trouble) and following step-by-step decorating techniques to create beautiful, unique and yummy confections.

Daring, Dangerous & Immature (3rd-6th)

If you’re wacky, zany and not afraid to try something slightly ridiculous, you are just the kind of kid we’re looking for as we let loose and get dirty, make mischief and act like goofballs! In the style of books like The Encyclopedia of Immaturity, The Daring Book for Girls and The Dangerous Book for Boys, we’ll make the ordinary extraordinary as we try kooky stunts, learn to juggle, try out funny camera tricks or play with our food.  Who knows where our imaginations will take us as we seek out ways to be as undignified and outlandish as possible!

Day in the Life (K-2nd)

Live a life of adventure…at least for this one week!  We’ve rounded up some of the bravest, most thrill-seeking people around to bring you one action-packed week of make believe!  Knights, cowboys, pirates and explorers would each like you to follow in their footsteps for a day, seeing what their lifestyles would be like.  Through stories, games, crafts and lots of interactive and imaginative play, we will see what it’s like to be just like them!

Dino Days (K-2nd)

If you wish you had a dinosaur for a pet, then this “dino-mite” class is for you!  Join us in the land before time to learn about all your favorite prehistoric creatures.  T-rex, stegosaurus, velociraptors and pterosaurs will all be part of this week of dinosaur discovery.  We’ll put on our paleontologist hats and use facts, science, art and other activities to become experts about some of our favorite ancient creatures.

Disney Musical Extravaganza (K-3rd)

Celebrate 75 years of Disney magic and some of the music that made it happen with favorite songs from Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.  The week will conclude with a musical performance that will be sure to keep you singing throughout the summer.

Dough Discovery (K-2nd)

Discover the amazing changes that happen when mixing ordinary dry and wet ingredients together.  Test play dough recipes to find the best one, make beads and sculptures and make bread using different flours.  Note:  Wheat flour will be used in most recipes.

Engineering 101 (3rd-6th)

How does a dam withstand the crushing pressure of a lake full of water?  How does a suspension bridge resist the forces of wind and traffic?  Why can we walk in the shadows of mammoth skyscrapers, drive through tunnels deep underground and sit beneath soaring stadium domes, confident that these giant structures will not collapse?  Investigate these questions and more and build great structures using all kinds of materials from straws to sponges, playing cards to paper and toothpicks to tape as you become the engineer.

Epic Disasters (3rd-6th)

The volcanic explosion at Pompeii…the San Francisco earthquake of 1906…Hurricane Katrina.  How did they happen?  What about the fiery end to the Hindenburg and the icy end to the Titanic  What caused these disasters, and what was learned from them?  Can we prevent similar disasters?  Travel back in time to take an in-depth look at these and other natural and human-made explosions, wacky weather and ground-shaking events.  Learn about geology, seismology, aeronautics, meteorology, combustible gases and more through research as well as hands-on activities and simulations.  Get wet, dusty and messy (but stay totally safe) with this explosive class!

Eureka - Invention (3rd-6th)

“Anything’s possible – keep thinking!” is the motto here.  We will explore serendipitous moments in invention history and learn about the iconic innovations and amazing accidents that have resulted in inventions that have changed our lives.  We’ll take a look at the lives of famous inventors and at the links between inventions.  We’ll also work on daily challenges, brainstorming, collaborating and designing as we practice thinking like inventors!  And just like real inventors, we will present our ideas to a panel of experts and apply for patents.

Fit and Fast Football (3rd-6th)

Learn the rules and objectives of playing football.  Campers will learn (or improve) how to throw, catch, run routes and play defense.  Safe and appropriate footballs will be used to encourage campers to dive right in.  This class is also a great way to work on coordination, conditioning and confidence.  This is a Jump Bunch class.

Fun Boot Camp (K-2nd)

Using hurdles, agility ladders, obstacles and appropriate fitness equipment, campers will learn more about their physical capabilities in speed, strength, agility and power.  This class is a mix of track and field activities with group fitness challenges.   This is a Jump Bunch class.

Fun in the Sun (K-2) - NEW!

Frisbees, relays, 3-legged races, croquet and tug-o-war; hopsacks, Bocce, kickball, scarf tag, fling and fly; and beach ball volleyball, beach bucket relays, hula hoop weave and beach bucket blast.  What could be more fun than playing all of these games in the sun?  This is a Jump Bunch class.

Games Galore (K-2nd)

There is no better way to enjoy summer than by connecting with friends while playing a variety of games together.  Join us as we play tried-and-true favorites and discover new games, too.  There will be card games, board games, paper/pencil games, playground games and game show challenges.  Fun for everyone!

Garden Sprouts (K-2nd)

Have fun learning about seeds, sprouts, stems, flowers and garden critters in this nature-based camp.  With stories, games, science, crafts and cooking, you’ll grow, play with, make, experiment and enjoy the world of plants and their allies in the garden.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (K-2nd / 3rd-6th)

Okay, girls!  Join us for a week filled with just your kind of fun!  We’ll spend our days on everything from pajama parties and singing to exciting game challenges and unique crafts.  We’ll enjoy a relaxing day at our own spa making and using all kinds of skin care products.  We’ll explore our active side as we enjoy the fun of playing sports with just girls.  We’ll bring out our inner rock star, as we sing and dance the day away.  If you’re looking for a guaranteed good time, this is one party you are not going to want to miss!

Great Outdoors (K-2nd)

Lace up your boots, load up your pack, fill your canteen and bring your binoculars and a hat – we are headed on an adventure!  Our home base will be our indoor campsite complete with a tent and the supplies we need for a week’s worth of fun, but we will spend plenty of time exploring the outdoors, too.  Learning about forest animals, going on outdoor scavenger hunts, creating nature art, eating campfire treats and making trail mix are all part of the fun.

Handmade Treasures (3rd-6th)

Using a variety of media, we will paint, model, collage, stitch and sculpt stunning treasures that are sure to become family heirlooms!  We’ll use our creativity to put a personal stamp on handmade artifacts, while we learn new crafting skills.  Ornaments, vases, wall art, cards, wearable art and trays are just some of the project types we will complete.

Hop into Kindergarten (K)

Heading to kindergarten this fall?  Then head here first!  Our Hop Into Kindergarten class, taught by Pinecrest’s kindergarten teacher, is a fun-filled week of readiness activities designed especially for rising kindergartners at any school.  We’ll hold a mini kindergarten day complete with a morning meeting, journal writing, math games, read-a-loud stories, recess, science experiments and more.  This class is a great way to gain confidence and get excited about the coming school year!

It’s a Mystery to Me (3rd-6th)

Calling all Private Eyes!  Campers become detectives when a mystery needs to be solved!  Once we’ve all established a secret identity complete with disguises and pseudonyms, we’ll be ready for a week of mysterious mayhem.  We will sniff out answers to mind-boggling mysteries, crack top-secret codes and try out real sleuthing techniques.  Each day will bring new detective fun.

Java Coding in Minecraft (3rd-6th)

This class introduces campers to one of the cornerstone programming languages in an environment they already love.  Campers will start writing Java on day one with a focus on creating mods that add new recipes, items, armor, tools and blocks to the game.  They will also get a chance to show off their creativity by designing and customizing every item they add to the game.  This is a Coder Kids class.

Jewelry Extravaganza (3rd-6th)

A person can never have enough jewelry.  Would you like a pair of earrings to match every outfit?  Would you like to learn how to make beads out of clay and other materials?  Spend a week updating your jewelry box with your own jewelry creations!  Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, charms…the possibilities are endless!

Jumba, Dance & Tumbling (K-2nd)

This class is known for fun, fitness and rhythm.  Campers will learn up to four different dance routines and moves while improving coordination and confidence in movement.  Campers will also work on tumbling basics including cartwheels, round-offs and back-walkovers.  No experience necessary.  This is a Jump Bunch class.

Just for Fun (K-2nd)

We’ll spend a day playing sports and games, and another day, we’ll camp!  We’ll explore everything from our love of building to our interest in bugs.  And who knows what other surprise ideas our campers might come up with for the last day!  Don’t miss this chance at a week chock-full of fun and imagination.

Kids' Café (3rd-6th)

Have you ever dreamed of opening your own restaurant with all your favorite foods?  In this class, you will be able to do just that.  Everyone will have a part, from planning the menu, decorating the restaurant, learning to set tables and make centerpieces, cooking and serving food and finally eating it.  Make your reservations early for this class!

Kids in the Kitchen (3rd-6th)

Don your chef hat and grab an apron – it’s time to cook!  This class gives young chefs an opportunity to explore a wide variety of culinary delights.  Along with learning to cook new and tasty recipes, campers will expand their knowledge of food preparation and presentation and cooking safety.  Leave the class with a recipe book and delicious memories as well.

Kitchen Chemistry (3rd-6th)

Can you power a lightbulb with a lemon?  Make an egg shell disappear?  What’s the point of baking soda in pancakes, anyway?  Explore many other questions like these as you experiment with everyday materials from the refrigerator and the grocery store – for some colorful, smelly, surprising and maybe even tasty chemistry fun!

Marvelous Minis (3rd-6th)

Make itty-bitty treasures for your dolls and stuffed animals, or design teensy scenes that fairies could move into!  We’ll transform bottle caps into pies and yogurt lids into beds.  You’ll make cute-as-a-button dinnerware, create tiny dance costumes out of scraps of tulle and bind books in inch-size editions.  And because creating at the micro-level works up an appetite, we’ll make tiny treats that we can eat, too.  Diminutive donuts, leprechaun-sized layer cakes and petite pies are just some of the tasty, bite-size sweets you’ll enjoy!

Medieval Times (K-2nd)

Gather, m’lords and m’ladies!  Learn about life in the days of knights and ladies, castles and cathedrals, dungeons and pageants.  We will try our hand at many activities, from making chain mail and playing medieval games, to creating a coat of arms and grinding wheat.  Prepare and taste medieval foods, explore medieval crafts, practice jousting and swordplay and learn about clothing and customs from long ago.

Mini Wizards (K-2nd)

Expecto magico!  Make some magic as you experiment with potions and cast spells, make a wand, create your robes and hat, hunt for magical creatures and wizard treasure!  You’ll concoct charms and magical objects, learn how to tell fortunes and explore the wizarding world.

Minute to Win It (3rd-6th)

How many cookies can you balance on your forehead?  Can you drop a Mento into a soda bottle…while standing on a desk?  Or pick up a tortilla with swim flippers on your hands? Challenge your body and brain with these quick – but not easy – games and sports!  Compete against yourself to beat your record at rubber band shooting, pencil bouncing, block stacking and more.  We’ll also try our hand at no-sweat sports like lawn darts, badminton and ping pong.

Mobile App Maker (3rd-6th)

Using Swift, the programming language for applications for Apple devices like the iPhone and the iPad, campers design their own mobile applications.  Campers build applications by creating their own designs and then create application logic that brings their designs to life as a mobile application.  This is a Coder Kids class.

Money Town (3rd-6th)

Let’s play the game of Life in real time.  Are you ready to move out on your own?  What kind of car will you own? Where will you live?  Campers will learn the value of money, how to plan a budget, write checks and pay bills and even take a shot at the stock market.  Where you live, work and play affect your bottom line.  Do you have what it takes to strike it rich?  Find out as you join us for a fun week of simulation guaranteed to raise fiscal awareness and sharpen finance skills.

Nailed It! Pinecrest Edition (3rd-6th)

Based on the Netflix hit, this class will feature fun bake-offs where campers try to re-create edible masterpieces and other baking challenges such as painting a self portrait on a cookie.  No experience necessary just a sense of adventure and a little bit of humor.

Ocean Commotion (K-2nd)

What goes on down in the mysterious deep waters of the seven seas?  Dive into this underwater adventure and we’ll find out as we become oceanographers exploring the fascinating plant and animal life of this vast undersea world.  Swim with sea creatures both big and small, check out a coral reef, clean up an oil spill and transform our classroom into an amazing underwater haven.  This is a class in which you’ll definitely want to submerge yourself!

Ocean Explorers (3rd-6th)

Come find the answers to all of your oceanographic questions as we explore the water, movement, animals and plants that make up the earth’s fascinating seas, through hands-on experiments, fun activities and take-home projects.  Examine starfish, squid and other creatures up close!

Olympic Medals (3rd-6th)

Sports around the world!  Campers will learn about Germany and handball, Great Britain and tennis, Russia and hockey, China and badminton and golf and the United States and basketball.  This is a Jump Bunch class.

On the Hunt (3rd-6th)

Do you like solving puzzles?  Following clues?  Finding hidden objects?  Every day will be a treasure hunt in this class.  We’ll use orienteering and map-reading skills, puzzle-solving and logic skills and more as we go on quests, follow directions and find hidden clues inside and out.  We’ll even make up some scavenger hunts of our own to use at home with friends and family.

Out of This World (K-2nd)

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…blast off!  Join us for an “out of this world” experience as we go to space school to learn about the sun, moon, day and night, gravity and what it takes to be an astronaut.  Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered as we climb aboard our spaceship and explore from the Earth’s atmosphere to the far reaches of the solar system.

Passport to Adventure (K-2nd)

Grab your passport and pack your bag. Join us as we “travel” to faraway places.  Each day a new country will be on the itinerary and each destination will bring opportunities to learn and explore some of the things that make that place special, whether it is the food, culture, landmarks, animals, weather, art or music.  Games and crafts will also be part of the fun in this  whirlwind trip to five countries in five days!

Percussion Jam (4th-6th)

Jam through the week with buckets, drums and all things percussion!  Styles like Southern Rock, R&B as well as old time Rock and Roll will be explored as well as the history of how various percussion styles evolved.  The week will end with an energy-driven percussion performance.

Pet Parade (K-2nd)

Calling all pet lovers!  Through stories, books, games and crafts we will have fun as we learn all about a variety of pets.  We will have real animal visitors throughout the week and enjoy lots of stuffed animal fun, too!

Photography 101 (3rd-6th)

Let’s turn that selfie around to discover a whole new perspective!  Campers will explore what makes a good picture, point of view and effects.  They will go on picture scavenger hunts and create a portfolio of work to showcase at the end of the week.  Note:  Campers must bring in their own cell phones with a camera, which is only to be used during the class.  At all other times, their  phones must remain in their backpacks.

Pirate Island (K-2nd)

Ahoy, buccaneers!!  Come aboard this pirate ship and have a swashbuckling good time as we set sail to a world of adventure.  We will read stories, play games, make pirate outfits and accessories of our own, learn pirate lingo, follow treasure maps to find the hidden treasure and spend plenty of time looking for gold, walking the plank and playing on our big pirate ship.  See ya there, matey!

Play With Your Food (3rd-6th)

Sometimes food is more than just sustenance…sometimes it’s art and science!  We will carve creatures and critters out of fruits and vegetables, shrink life-size food into miniature food, grow new foods out of old ones and explore some awesome kitchen science.  Be ready for messy, creative and (mostly) edible fun!

Preschool (Preschool)

See descriptions of morning-only preschool classes below / preschool after-care also available as needed until 6 p.m.

Push Your Limits (3rd-6th)

From individual challenges to partner, group and team tasks, you are sure to expand your horizons and stretch the boundaries of what you thought you could do.  Call on your inner strength to decode puzzles, get through a maze before time runs out, guide a blindfolded partner through obstacles or beat your own record.  Every day will bring a new set of opportunities to reach for the sky.  Get into the game and use your wits and strength to meet these mental and physical activities and challenges head on!

Python Coding in Minecraft (3rd-6th)

Campers will learn how to teleport, automatically build structures and cool effects to their character, all through the power of code.  They will be able to use functions, loops and conditionals to automatically create massive structures in their Minecraft world.  They will also display a basic understanding of how Minecraft’s client-server architecture works and explain how their mods are changing their world.  This is a Coder Kids class.

Rainforest Explorers (K-2nd)

A wealth of the most colorful and unique wildlife makes tropical rainforests chock full of interesting things!  Fly above the emergent layer, swing from the canopy, climb in the understudy and crawl through the forest floor as we explore tropical rainforests.  From flora and fauna, to animals and insects, we will learn all about this amazing environment, its inhabitants and what we can do to preserve it.

Road Trip America (3rd-6th)

Get your car games ready, it’s time for a road trip to see some of the wacky things offered by our great country.  Every state has at least one strange, unusual, goofy, funny, spooky or amazing sight to see and lots of fun facts, too.  You’ll learn some new games for those long car rides to see your family and help you plan your next pit stop near something amazing, no matter what state through which you’re driving.

Roblox Coding (3rd-6th)

Roblox provides a great way for campers to learn about video game creation including creating their own characters and items, adding scripting logic to their games and making their games interactive.  Campers will be able to use Roblox and the Lua scripting language to create their very own game worlds.  They will use conditionals, loops, if-statements and other program logic to control how the player interacts with the world and provide an exciting game experience.  This is a Coder Kids class.

Rockin’ with Pete the Cat (K-2nd)

Inspired by the beloved Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin and James Dean, this class will have crafts, games and much more and, of course, all the Pete the Cat favorite stories.  Come rock with Pete the Cat in his blue shoes and have a groovy time!

S.T.E.A.M. Your Senses (3rd-6th)

Use your senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math through games, crafts and art projects.  Make your own magnetic field sensory bottle.  Create a beautiful tessellation. Bubble up some chemical reaction smelling salts.  This class will have you exploring the world of S.T.E.A.M. with fun – and you won’t realize you’re learning, too!

School of Rock (& Fossils) (3rd-6th)

Dig deep in this class and learn about the science that lies beneath your feet.  From the basic types of rocks to mineral identification to the slow – but sometimes earth-shaking – movements of the tectonic plates, you’ll explore the world of geology.  With hands-on activities, you’ll make your own rocks and fossils, learn about fault lines and earthquakes with bread and jelly, investigate seismography and more.  Rock on!

Science Extravaganza (3rd-6th)

Calling all scientists!  If you are looking for a camp that explores the full spectrum of science, then look no further!  Each day, we will explore a different field of science including crazy chemistry, fun physics, amazing astronomy, magnificent medicine and exciting earth science.  New projects, fresh ideas and far out materials will bring out the scientist in you!

Science Mad Lab (K-2nd)

Come join in the weird and wacky science fun in our Science Mad Lab!  Science and imagination join forces to explore weird solutions, explosive forces, freaky reactions and wild physics.  Join us as we perform lots of exciting experiments with stuff you can find around the house (or in a mad scientist’s lab).  Become a super scientist who is always looking to discover the science lurking behind every door!

Silly Science (K-2nd)

Gummy worms, dancing raisins, shrinking marshmallows, flying toilet paper, bouncing bubbles…what do all these things have in common?  They are all super silly, but they can all be explained with serious science!  If you are ready for some ridiculous chemistry and frolicking physics, then come join us for many exciting experiments and hilarious hijinks.

Star Wars (3rd-6th)

Welcome to a place where good battles evil, the Force flows through every living thing and the destiny of the universe hangs in the balance.  We will bring the memorable characters and thrilling plots of Star Wars to life as campers follow the path from mere Padawan hopeful to accomplished Jedi and Master of the Force.  We will test our Jedi abilities, create our own costumes, make light sabers, reenact some of our favorite battles and, if all goes according to plan, restore good throughout the galaxy.  The Force will be with you in this class.

Stop Motion Video Production (K-2nd)

Campers learn to use professional camera equipment to make their own stop motion movies.  They will create their own story ideas, build stop motion models out of clay and create their own stop motion scenes.  This is a Coder Kids class.

Summer at Hogwarts (3rd-6th)

Leave the Muggle world behind and enter a magical world filled with wizards, house elves, cauldrons, invisibility cloaks, floo networks, Marauders’ Maps and the elusive Golden Snitch!  We’ll make wands and magical pets, concoct potions and cast charms, visit Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, sample chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and, of course, play a game of Quidditch.  Not even He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named could spoil the fun at Hogwarts.

Superhero Academy (K-2nd)

Here we come to save the day!!  It’s no easy feat to become heroic.  In addition to learning about the superheroes who came before us, our training will involve fun (and funny) physical and mental challenges to help us become super strong, agile, fast and flexible.  We’ll develop our own superheroes, complete with names, superpowers, costumes and maybe even theme songs.  Soon we’ll be full-fledged superheroes, ready to go on missions and join the fight when there is a wrong to right!

Super Sleuths (K-2nd)

Calling all private investigators!  Follow the clues to a thrilling all new week of mystery as we become junior detectives.  Together we will make and crack top-secret codes, gather and follow clues, sniff out answers to intriguing mysteries and try out some forensic science as we investigate mystery powders in our lab.  It won’t take a detective to find the fun in this action-packed class!

Theater Sports: Acting Games & Improv (4th-6th)

Attention all young actors, comedians!  Learn about the fundamentals of acting such as voice projection and staging, as well as creating characters and plots off the top of your head and working as a team. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also more than likely laugh your lips off!  The ability to think on your feet will certainly help you in future dramatic situations, but it’ll also come in handy in school and life as well.

Theater Workshop: Scriptwriting & Performance (4th-6th)

Have a ton of fun playing plot-developing games and other theater activities.  By the end of the week, you’ll refine one of the many, many scenes in which you performed.  The result will be a short skit you’ll be proud to truly call your own!

Time Machine (K-2nd)

Use your imagination to journey back in time and explore some amazing ancient civilizations.  You might visit the Egyptian pyramids, get to know the gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus or walk the Great Wall of China.  Learn about traditional customs, food and clothing as well as many other timely facts from each culture.  On our last day, our time machines will take us to an imagined future of our own invention!

Totally Random (3rd-6th)

It’s a grab bag o’ fun and adventures!  Join us as we mix together all kinds of camper favorites and different themes for one wild week!  From science and crafts to games and challenges, who knows what might happen or where this week will lead us.  Our motto for this class:  If it’s fun, we’ll try it!

Video Game Maker (K-2 / 3rd-6th)

Campers will create their own sprites, backgrounds and power-ups for their games.  They will also learn to write code to create enemies in their games and variables to keep score.  This is a Coder Kids class.

What a Mess (K-2nd)

Finally!  A class specifically designed for kids who like to get their hands (and everything else) DIRTY!  A week filled with goo, slime, flubber, glitter, confetti, mud, shaving cream and painting activities like you have never experienced before.  Put on your oldest duds, bring a change of clothes and get ready to make the biggest mess Pinecrest has ever seen!

World Traveler: Australia (K-2nd)

Welcome to the world down under, mate!  Explore the world’s only island continent, and learn about its unique animals and plants (koalas, kookaburras, kangaroos and more), its harsh environment, the Great Barrier Reef (and the sharks that lurk around it) and the arts and customs of its native people.  Lots of stories, crafts, food and fun activities will fill your week!

Yoga, Movement and Mindfulness (3rd-6th)

Join us for a fun time of self-discovery and community.  Campers will participate in crafts, games, yoga and a variety of movement and mindfulness activities to explore and experience the tools that yoga and mindfulness offer to self-regulate, grow and have fun!

2019 K-6 Camp Teachers

Mrs. Krista Anderson, Mr. Jim Andrukonis, Ms. Peggy Ashbrook, Mrs. Marilyn Barrette, Ms. Erica Beckett, Mrs. Cathy Burke, Mr. Brian Curry, Mrs. Kathy Duchaney, Mrs. Esther Edwards, Mrs. Sophie Ferrier, Mrs. Beth Gallagher, Ms. Amelie Haden, Ms. Elizabeth Jackson, Ms. Maggie LeGendre, Ms. Cindy Mitlo, Mrs. Karen Moran, Ms. Colleen O’Connor, Ms. Isabelle Perricone, Ms. Kate Rinaldi, Mrs. Debbie Salisbury, Ms. Rowan Shartel, Mrs. Anne Sidney, Ms. Maeve Snydstrup Mr. Luke Tonia, Coach Henry Torres and instructors from Jump Bunch and Coder Kids.

2019 Four-Year-Old Preschool Camp Class Descriptions

Preschool Campers will follow a typical preschool schedule with time for independent choice, small and large group activities and playtime.  Music, stories, crafts and creative play will revolve around the theme of the week (listed below).  These morning-only classes are open to preschool children who will be four by September 30, 2018, are potty-trained and have attended preschool before.  All classes are $195 per class except Week 3, which is $117 per class.  

For an additional fee, preschool after-care is available until 6 p.m.  Preschool after-care runs from 12-6 p.m. and is located in the lower school building.  Preschoolers will eat their lunch (brought from home) directly after morning camp class dismissal.  An afternoon snack is provided by camp every day.  Nap/rest time is included in after-care; this is a Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Social Services licensing requirement.  After-care activities could include indoor and outdoor play, story time, art activities and games.  After-care attendance is billed at a rate of $12 per camper, per hour.  Charges will be calculated in half-hour increments and billed at the end of each week.  A $50 late fee will be applied to any after-care fees not paid one week after receiving the invoice.  (K-6 and preschool after-care are run separately; K-6 after-care is available 3:45-6 p.m.)

Week 1 – June 17-21

Down on the Farm:  Head to the barn and experience life on the farm!

Week 2 – June 24-28

Beach Week:  Soak up some sun and have some beach and ocean fun!

Week 3 – July 1-3 (No camp or care Thurs., July 4 and Fri., July 5)

Camp Out:  Experience some of nature and the great outdoors as we “camp out” together!  

Week 4 – July 8-12

Book Cooks Junior:  Read fun stories like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, then cook up some yummy treats and participate in other food related activities!

Week 5 – July 15-19

Safari:  Pack your bag and grab your binoculars as we set off on a great animal adventure!

Week 6 – July 22-26

Outer Space:  Blast off for an “out of this world” experience in space!

Week 7 – July 29-August 2

Trains, Planes & Automobiles:  Move from one activity to another as we explore the wonderful world of transportation!

Week 8 – August 5-9

Career Day:  What’s your favorite kind of work?  We will have fun trying out many different jobs!

Week 9 – August 12-16

Bear Necessities:  Cuddle up and enjoy fun times with your teddy bear and learn about real bears, too!

2019 Preschool Camp Teachers

Ms. Isabelle Perricone (Weeks 1-5) and Ms. Eva Pacilio (Weeks 6-9)