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Enrichment Camps

Academic Camps

Registration for all 2024 programs will open on March 15.

Please register for programs that are marked for the grade your child will be entering this fall.

Geology Camp for Girls (Grades K-3)

July 8-12 (Week 3) | Mornings 9-12

Do you know why crystals sparkle in the light and make rainbows? Or what gives gems their colors? We’ll explore some amazing details of all sorts of rocks, gems, crystals, and fossils and wherever our inquiring minds take us with art and science projects — including some nature collections of our own. Taught by Dr. Kathryn Kavanagh from UMass Dartmouth. Friends Academy is an inclusive community — nonbinary students welcome.

STEAM Storytimes (Grades 1-2)

July 22-26 (Week 5) | Mornings 9-12

This camp will introduce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through storytelling. Each day campers will participate in STEAM activities and challenges based on storybooks, fairy tales, fables, and familiar children’s literature such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Three Billy Goats Gruff, etc. Campers will delight in reading versions of familiar stories, identifying a problem or challenge within the story, and designing a solution using the following steps: ASK, IMAGINE, PLAN, CREATE, and IMPROVE!

Messy Makers Creations (Grades TBA)

Dates TBA | Mornings 9-12

In this camp, we will explore the messy side of science by mixing household ingredients to create things like erupting volcanoes, slime, cloud dough, puffy paint, moon sand, and oobleck, just to name a few. Students will have opportunities to make predictions about, experiment with, and then shape and mold their creations.

The Science of Baking (Grades 3-4)

Dates TBA | Mornings 9-12

Do love baking? Have you ever thought you followed a recipe, but it didn’t turn out right? Are you curious about how science and baking are connected? If you said yes to any of these questions, you should join us for The Science of Baking! We will examine the difference between various flours and sweeteners, baking soda and baking powder, change in temperature and cook times, all while creating some yummy treats.

STEM Camp (Grades 3-5)

July 15-19 (Week 4) | Mornings 9-12

In this fun and exciting camp, we will explore ways to solve problems with creative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)-based solutions. Each day, campers will be presented with a challenge. They will brainstorm, imagine, and plan for each solution. Then they will create and experiment with their designs. Finally, campers will have the opportunity to make changes to improve their original design. Participation in these daily challenges will result in campers who’ve engaged in experiential learning, persisted in problem solving, and worked through the creative process, while taking thoughtful risks and having fun!

Writers’ Workshop (Grades 3-8)

June 24-28 (Week 1) | Mornings 9-12

Campers will learn about all aspects of the writing process, as well as the traits that make for good writing using quality literature as examples. Children will learn in a workshop environment, exploring memoirs, historical fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, poetry, and more. Each camper will have an opportunity to illustrate their work and celebrate with an Author’s Tea at the end of the session.

Video Game Development (Grades TBA)

Dates TBA | Mornings 9-12

This camp will provide campers with an introduction and exploration of video game development. Participants will learn the front-end and back-end of mobile game app development as they create games in Blockly with MIT App Inventor and gain an understanding of game design. Friends Academy will provide an email address for campers to use for these projects. (If you don’t have your own laptop, you may borrow one from Friends Academy).

Outdoor Explorers (Grades 5-8)

August 12-16 (Week 8) | Mornings 9-12

How do you make a fire, cook outdoors, stay warm and dry in the rain, plan ahead and prepare for trips, navigate the trails, and “leave no trace”? During Outdoor Explorers, campers will learn these skills (and more!) to help them build confidence and have fun. Other skills will include proper care and safe handing of knives, how to create a shelter, how to tie a knot, and basic first aid. This camp will also include how to respond to the unexpected. There is an (optional) overnight camping experience ($85 additional fee, includes dinner and breakfast).

Digital Music Production (Grades 6-8)

June 24-28 (Week 1) | Mornings 9-12

We’re partnering with experts from Concorde Education to provide campers with an introduction to Digital Music Production. This music class teaches students to work with Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). Campers will learn the skills required to be a modern music producer, including the basics of recording, mixing, and editing in a DAW and how to share finished songs or instrumentals online so that others can download or stream finished music. Basic music theory will help develop and organize musical ideas. (If you don’t have your own laptop, you may borrow one from Friends Academy).

Orton-Gillingham Camp (Grades 1-8)

June 24-August 2 (Weeks 1-6) | Mornings 9-12 | $2,800 for six-week session

Through this six-week course, students are exposed to systematic, phonetically-based, multisensory instruction to facilitate decoding the English language. These techniques are scientifically proven to assist struggling learners to succeed with reading, writing, and spelling. The multisensory programs involve active participation in order to enhance learning and memory. To reinforce associations, these methods simultaneously engage the visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic senses. In addition to Orton-Gillingham instruction, students also receive support through the implementation of Read Naturally and Lexia, computer-based programs designed to target and enhance reading fluency, comprehension, and decoding. Multiple classes will be run to accommodate different grades and reading levels. These morning sessions can be paired with afternoon traditional camp activities in the afternoon as well!

It is important that we ensure your child receives the best support that they need. Therefore, we screen whether Orton-Gillingham is the best fit for them. If you think this camp is right for your child, please start by completing this form.

Math Maintenance Course (Grades 6-8)

June 24-July 12 (Weeks 1-3) | Mornings 9-12

The three-week Summer Math Maintenance Course offers each student an opportunity to re-examine and incorporate essential math skills needed to take on math in the upcoming school year. Informal diagnostic testing, weekly assessments, and daily warm-up exercises will be utilized to gauge individual student progress. Students will review the following skill areas:

  • Basic operations, including PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction)
  • Conversion of fractions and decimals
  • Understanding percent notation and learning to express a part of a whole as a fraction or percent
  • Problem solving, including picture drawing strategies and understanding the language of word problems
  • Integers (Performing basic operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • Evaluating Variable Expressions (variables, expressions, equations)
  • Introduction to Solving One-Step Equations

It is important that we ensure your child receives the best support that they need. Therefore, we screen whether this camp is the best fit for them. If you think this camp is right for your child, please start by completing this form.

Writing Maintenance Course (Grades 6-8)

July 15-August 2 (Weeks 4-6) | Mornings 9-12

The three-week Summer Writing Maintenance Course offers students an intensive, structured approach through which they can begin to develop expository and narrative writing skills. The two primary goals of this program are to raise the linguistic complexity of students’ sentences and to improve the organization of their compositions. Another goal of the class is to provide systematic instruction in fundamental writing by utilizing differentiated strategies for individual students in the class.

Specific areas of instruction may include the following topics:

  • Sentence expansion techniques
  • Summary writing
  • Essay responses
  • Thesis development
  • Proofreading and editing skills
  • Narrative writing
  • Writing about reading

It is important that we ensure your child receives the best support that they need. Therefore, we screen whether this camp is the best fit for them. If you think this camp is right for your child, please start by completing this form.

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