Afternoon & Late Afternoon Sessions
Preschool - K Panther Mini Camp - 1 wk
Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4 - AM & PM Half -Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$225
Mini-Panthers enjoy a wide assortment of activities geared directly to their age, interests and activity level. Our experienced and compassionate staff (1:4 ratio) oversee and guide your child throughout the camp day, making each camper’s PDS Summer Program experience safe, educationally stimulating, and unforgettably fun!
Panther Mini-Camp is exclusively for toilet-trained preschoolers from ages three through children entering kindergarten. This enriching camp program features sole use of our air-conditioned preschool classroom and early childhood playground equipment. Children will have the opportunity to explore the wider PDS campus for many of their activities. Camp routines are centered around exciting weekly themes and include: music & movement, arts & crafts, dramatic play, engagement with children’s literature, sequencing and number fun, water play, and exploration of the natural world.
gr. 1-3 - Fun With Charlotte's Web: Early Childhood Literature - 2 wks
Session 3: PM, gr. 1-3, 2 wks/$465
While enjoying the work of various children’s authors such as Eric Carle, E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web) and others, students have fun learning in a multi-sensory way as they create art, food and dramatic performances to illustrate these popular stories.
gr. 1-4 - Art Studio 101: Drawing, Painting, & Collage - 2 wks
Session 2: PM gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$465
Session 3: PM gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$465
Session 4: AM gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$465
This course explores the making of an artistic composition with a focus on several media- painting, drawing, and collage. Students will work with a variety of materials including charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, and acrylic. Subjects will include still life, landscape, and the figure. We will cover the fundamentals of working both 2 and 3 dimensionally including line, shape, value, gesture, perspective, volume, composition, and space with an emphasis on color as the primary force in creating an image. Discover your inner Picasso and create your next masterpiece! Student work will be featured in a gallery show on the final Friday of class.
gr. 3-4 - Art: Crazy for Clay - 2 wks
Session 1: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470
Session 2: AM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470 Session 2: PM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470
Session 3: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470 Session 3: PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470
Session 4: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470 Session 4: PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470
This course explores various methods of hand building with clay. We use coil building, slab building, and sculptural techniques to create pottery with attention to the essentials of form and design. Students learn various glazing techniques while they explore a wide range of styles, from primitive pots to pop art. Discover the excitement of working with clay and study pottery's important role as one of the earliest and most enduring art forms. Student's work will be featured in a gallery show on the final Friday of class. Taught by Jennifer Gallagher, PDS Lower School Kindergarten teacher, artist, and long time Summer Programs teacher.
gr. 1-8 - Chess: Beginner - 2 wks
Sessions 2, 3 or 4: AM or 2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$465
Players will learn all the skills they need to play chess. Novices and less experienced players welcome.
gr. 1-8 - Chess: Experienced - 2 wks
Session 2, 3, 4: AM or 2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$465
Students will be introduced to tactics, both basic and advanced. This program is open to players with a year or more experience playing chess or with permission form the instructor.
gr. 1-9 - Tennis - 1 wk
Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4: AM or PM, gr. 1-9, 1 wk/$280
Princeton Day School’s tennis camp celebrates its 30th year this summer. Players are grouped by age and ability with an appropriate balance between drills, lead-up games and competitive play. The tennis camp is led by PDS tennis coach Trevor Campbell.
gr. 2-4 - Legos: Design - 2 wks
Session 3 & 4: PM, gr. 2-4, 2 wks/$465
This program is an introduction to architecture for the very young. Using Legos as our building blocks, we use basic design principles to create both individual and group projects.
gr. 3-6 - Blackrocket: App Attack (July 6-July 10) 1 wk
Session 3: PM, gr. 3-6, 1wk/$300
Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
gr. 4-6 - Fun with Harry Potter - 2 wks
Session 3: PM, gr. 3-6, 2 wks/$465
Will you be in Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Griffindor or Hufflepuff? Only the Sorting Hat knows. This camp is for Harry Potter enthusiasts. We read, watch and listen to segments of Harry Potter novels, eat wizard food, play games of Quidditch and make Harry-related crafts like crystal balls and brooms.
gr. 6-7 - Poet-Trees July 6 - July 10 (1 wk)
Session 3: PM, gr. 6-7, July 6 - July 10, 1 wk/$225
"I think that I will never see A poem lovely as a tree." This week we'll create lovely trees of wonderful poems, some rhyming, some not. You'll fabricate felt, ornate paper, or cardstock leaves. Next, you'll generate short poems and collect favorites from a library of poetry books. Then you'll choose apt fonts to put the poems on those leaves to hang on a tree branch, pin on a large hand-drawn/painted tree, or bind into "leaves" of a handmade book.
Taught by PDS teacher, Bonnie Hunter.
gr. 6-7 - Smash Books July 13 - July 17 (1 wk)
Session 3: PM, gr. 6-7, July 13 - July 17, 1 wk/$225
Taught by PDS teacher, Bonnie Hunter.
gr. 5-8 - Lego Robotics II - 2 wks
Session 3 or 4 PM: gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$495
Work in small teams to design and program your Lego robot to accomplish complex missions. You will learn 4-D design, drag and drop programming, innovative problem solving, and effective leadership skills. Are you considering a computer or engineering career? This is the starting place. Taught by PDS teacher, Wei-hsing Wang
gr. 5-8 - Of Mice and Pen: A Writing Workshop - 2 wks
Session 2 or 3 PM: gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$465
Students practice writing fiction, poetry, news articles and biographies. They will, at the same time, learn how to improve and enjoy their work through better research, planning, revising, editing, and critiques. Taught by PDS Summer Programs veteran instructor, Nina Fitzgerald
gr. 5-8 - Sports Spectacular! July 6 - July 10 or July 13-July 17 (1 wk)
Session 3: PM, July 6 - July 10 or July 13-July 17, gr. 5-8, 1 wks/$280
Sports, sports, sports.
gr. 5-8 - Cooking: Cupcake Boss - 2 wks
Session 3 & 4 : AM & PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$490
If you can dream to bake it, come on out and make it! Explore the latest (and yummiest) craze in the world of baking --cupcakes! During this program, kids will do anything and everything involved with cupcakes. Bakers will begin with no-bake cake pops, work their way through different flavors of cake and types of icing, and end with outrageously shaped and decorated masterpieces! They will even devote some time to muffins- the breakfast cupcake! DC Cupcake who? PDS Cupcakes all the way! In the end, bakers will take home their own recipe book full of their creations.
gr. 5-8 - Exploring Alternative Energy-Let's Get Green! - 2 wks
Session 3: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$465
With the increasing demands for energy, decreasing oil supplies, and the crisis of climate change caused by burning carbo fuels, we need to know what other alternatives are available. In this hands-on class learn about wind power, solar energy, biofuels, landfill gas, and nuclear fusion. We will take trips to see where each of these energies are being created and will produce many of these forms of energy in our very own lab.
gr. 5-12 - Fencing - 2 wks
Sessions 3: PM, gr. 5-12, 2 wks/$380
Parry! Riposte! This program is an introduction to fencing, from basic skills to advanced techniques. We do conditioning exercises and learn fencing fundamentals like the en garde position, lunge, parry, and right-of-way. When students are ready, we move on to more advanced defensive and attacking moves. At the end of the session, students participate in a friendly and safe competition wth full electric gear. No experience is required, but experienced fencers are also welcome. We provide masks, fencing weapons, and protective equipment. Taught by Fencing Academy of South Jersey.
gr. 6-8 - Crime Scene Investigation: PDS - 2 wks
Session 3: PM, gr. 6-8, 2 wks/$465
Did you ever wonder how actual crimes are solved? If the shows you see on television are real? This is the chance to find out for yourself!
This program will give students the opportunity to learn more about forensic science while obtaining hands-on training. Young scientists will become members of an investigative team that will develop vital evidence in the laboratory to help solve the fictional crime. Learn how to gather and analyze the evidence, map a crime scene, and conduct experiments on the evidence discovered. By the end of the program, campers will have solved the first ever CSI: PDS mystery!
gr. 6-9 - Blackrocket: Video Game Animation (July 13-July 17) 1 wk
Session 3: PM, gr. 6-9, 1wk/$300
Take your game design to the next level by creating and animating your own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in future games. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. Student created animations will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in teams for most of the program.
gr. 6-12 - Knit, Knot, Hook - 2 wks
Session 3: PM, gr. 6-12, 2 wks/$465
Knit, knot, hook.
gr. 7-10 - Cooking: Creative Cuisine From Familiar to Fabulous - 2 wks
Session 3: PM, gr. 7-10, 2 wks/$490
Students will be creating menus, writing recipes, preparing, cooking and cleaning up. From breakfast to dinner, dessert and beyond, "Cooking is fun" is the theme of this class. Taught by Eve Lampert.
gr. Preschool-9 - Extended Day Recreational Program (3:30-5:30) - 1 or 2 wks
Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., gr. Preschool-9, 1 wk/$133, or 2 wks/$266
A classic after-school rec program. Campers will have a snack, use our gym and have access to computers, board games and other fun activities.
gr. 1-12 - Ice Skating (3:30-5:30)- 2 wks
Session 2: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 1-12, 2 wks/$355
Session 3: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 1-12, 2 wks/$355
Session 4: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 1-12, 2 wks/$355
All sessions welcome skaters to a structured late afternoon skating workshop. Campers are coached in basic skills, strengthening their foundation which is designed to enhance all forms of ice-skating. The 2 hours daily session is structured for all ability levels from beginners to basic skills, and beyond. Each two-week session finishes up with an informal group skating performance presented to family and friends. Everyday is supervised and structured to the needs of the group. We recommend that campers have their own skates, however, a limited $20.00 skate-leasing program for each session is available on a first come basis. Gail Gomez, PDS Skating instructor, directs the camp with a staff of certified coaches.
gr. 4-12 - Yoga (3:30-5:30) - 2 wks
Session 3,4: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 4-12, 2 wks/$230
Yoga, yoga, yoga!