Full Day Sessions

Preschool - K Panther Mini Camp- 1 or 2 wks

Sessions 1, 3, & 4- Full-Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$490, 2 wks/$860
Sessions 1, 3, & 4- Half-Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$295, 2 wks/$490

Session 2- Full-Day, ages 3-5, 1st wk/$490, 2nd wk/$392, 2 wks/$774
Session 2 - AM or PM, Half-day, ages 3-5, July 4th week - $236, 2 wks/$441


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 - 8 Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp- 1 or 2 wks

Sessions 3, & 4- Full-Day, gr. 1-8, 1 wk/$375, 2 wks/$750
Sessions 3, & 4- Half-Day, gr. 1-8, 1 wk/188, 2 wks/$375

Session 2- Full-Day, gr. 1-8, 1st wk/$375, 2nd wk/$300, 2 wks/$675
Session 2 - AM or PM, Half-day, gr. 1-8, July 4th week - $150, 2 wks/$340


Brand New for 2014! Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is a traditional day camp being launched by Summer Programs for children entering grades 1-8 in the fall.  This program will follow a structured routine of age appropriate activities in arts, nature and athletics, along with special events; all camp challenges and theme days on a weekly basis.  Specialty instructors will offer samples of other Summer Programs such as chess and rocketry.  Additionally, Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp will be the only program at PDS this summer to feature Archery!

Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is offered in one week, two week, half day and full day options.  This scheduling flexibility will afford campers the opportunity to participate in our highly regarded enrichment programs while also having fun with new friends at PBFDC!  Don't miss out on the inaugural summer of Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp fun!

gr. 1-6 & 7-12 - Competitive Edge Hockey: Boys & Girls - 1 wk

Boys and Girls
Session 3: full-day, July 7-11, gr. 7-10 , 1 wk/$385      July 14-July 18, gr. 1-6, 1 wk
, $385
Session 4: full-day, July 21-25, gr. 7-10, 1 wk/$385    July 28-August 1, gr. 1-6, 1 wk, $385


To register for hockey, visit the Competitive Edge website.
Discounts are available, please visit the Competitive Edge website.

There is no better time to practice your stick skills, develop your skating, learn game strategy, and improve your overall performance on the ice, then during the warm summer months. What makes our hockey program unique? Not only will you receive abundant ice time, but you will learn from the best: head instructor, Scott Bertoli, is a former Trenton Titan (team captain), as well as the current PDS boy’s varsity ice hockey coach, and head instructor. Having led ice hockey programs with Competitive Edge for the past 10 years, Scott Bertoli is thrilled to take full advantage of the outstanding facilities at Princeton Day School this summer. A typical daily schedule looks like this:

8:30-8:45am- Drop off
9:00-10:00am- Skating and fundamentals of the game
10:00-11:00am- Small area games and team concepts
11:15-12:00pm- Lunch (not provided)
12:00-1:00pm- Conditioning, movie, or outdoor activity
1:15-2:15pm- Shooting and scoring
2:15-3:00pm- Full-ice games and controlled scrimmage
3:15pm- Dismissal
Fridays end at 11:15am

For more information, please visit the Competitive Edge website, or call Scott Bertoli: (609) 306-2621.

gr. 1-8 - Competitive Edge Lacrosse (Boys) - (7/7 - 7/11) or (7/14-7/18)

Session 3: Full-day, July 7-11 or July 14-18, gr. 1-8, Boys, 1 wk, $295

Click here to register. -- The Competitive Edge Lacrosse camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting way to boys in grades 1 to 8. The objective of this camp is to identify and improve each and every camper's abilities and skill set to help in reaching their lacrosse potential. This is achieved through high-level instruction from Varsity/Club coaches, DI and DIII college players and special guests that could include MLL players, College All Americans, and Team USA and/or Irish National team players. The camp will be broken down by both age and experience to better guide the instruction of play. Throughout the course of the week, each player will receive individual one on one assessment, team training, and competition level instruction. Instructed by Rob Tuckman, Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at PDS, and Peter Higgins, Head Middle School Lacrosse Coach at PDS.

"Early" registration discount (before May 1st) - $265/week
Registration (after May 1st) - $295/week

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Camp Schedule:
Monday-Thursday
8:30 Drop-off
8:45-10:30 Fundamental Skill Training
10:30-11:00 Break and one on one work
11:00-12:00 Positional training
12:00-12:45 Lunch (not provided)
12:45-1:00 Warm-up
1:00-2:15 Small area games and team concepts
2:15-3:30 Scrimmage games and tournament play
3:30 Dismissal
Friday:
8:30 Dropoff
8:45-9:15 Warm up
9:15-11:45 Tournament play
12:00 Dismissal

gr. 9 - Counselor-In-Training (CIT) - 4 wks

Session 3-4: July 7-Aug. 1, full-day, gr. 9, 4 wks/$1,080

This four-week session provides aspiring camp counselors with the opportunity to actively participate with the campers in various camp activities, including arts, athletics and academics. One day each week will be set aside for special activities and trips exclusively for the CIT’s. Training workshops will cover CPR, first aid instruction, teambuilding exercises and a variety of supervised assignments in both morning and afternoon sessions. Please note: All registrants will be placed on the waitlist until the Summer Programs office receives their completed application. Enrollment is limited to 8. CIT Application (pdf)



Morning Sessions

Preschool -K Panther Mini Camp - 1 or  2 wks

Sessions 1, 3, & 4- Full-Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$490, 2 wks/$860
Sessions 1, 3, & 4- Half-Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$295, 2 wks/$490

Session 2- Full-Day, ages 3-5, 1st wk/$490, 2nd wk/$392, 2 wks/$774
Session 2 - AM or PM, Half-day, ages 3-5, July 4th week - $236, 2 wks/$441

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 - Language Arts and Math: Once Upon a Time (June 23-July 18) - 4 wks

Session 2 & 3: AM, June 23-July 18, gr. 1, 4 wks/$780

We will create our own magical kingdom and produce a play based upon traditional and  contemporary fairy tales. Students develop language arts skills while listening, acting out, reading and writing about familiar tales. Math skills are developed through work with number patterns, geometry and counting. This class, of course, ends happily ever after with a poetry recital and play performance. What a great way to practice important skills while having fun.

gr. 1-2 - Art: Crazy for Clay - 2 wks

Session 1: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$460       Session 1: PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$460
Session 2: AM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$415       Session 2: PM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$415
Session 3: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$460       Session 3: PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$460

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 work will be featured in a gallery show on the final Friday of class. Taught by PDS teacher, Jennifer Gallagher.

gr. 1-2 - Cooking: Kitchen Concoctions - 2 wks

Session 3: AM, gr. 1-2;  2wks/$485

Measure, mix, blend, beat or whip up a variety of edible and non-edible concoctions! You'll go home with a personalized cookbook including all of the recipes and goodies we've created.

gr. 1 - 8 Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp- 1 or 2 wks

Sessions 3, & 4- Full-Day, gr. 1-8, 1 wk/$375, 2 wks/$750
Sessions 3, & 4- Half-Day, gr. 1-8, 1 wk/188, 2 wks/$375

Session 2- Full-Day, gr. 1-8, 1st wk/$375, 2nd wk/$300, 2 wks/$675
Session 2 - AM or PM, Half-day, gr. 1-8, July 4th week - $150, 2 wks/$340


Brand New for 2014! Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is a traditional day camp being launched by Summer Programs for children entering grades 1-8 in the fall.  This program will follow a structured routine of age appropriate activities in arts, nature and athletics, along with special events; all camp challenges and theme days on a weekly basis.  Specialty instructors will offer samples of other Summer Programs such as chess and rocketry.  Additionally, Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp will be the only program at PDS this summer to feature Archery!

Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is offered in one week, two week, half day and full day options.  This scheduling flexibility will afford campers the opportunity to participate in our highly regarded enrichment programs while also having fun with new friends at PBFDC!  Don't miss out on the inaugural summer of Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp fun!

 gr. 1-8 - Chess: Beginner - 2 wks

Sessions: 2, 3 or 4: AM or 1, 2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$460 ($415 for Session 2)

Players will learn all the skills they need to play chess. Novices and less experienced players welcome. Taught by International Master Jairo Moreira, PDS chess coach.

gr. 1-8 - Chess: Experienced - 2 wks

Sessions: 2, 3 or 4: AM or 1, 2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$460 ($415 for Session 2)

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.  Taught by International FIDE Master Jairo Moreira, PDS chess coach.

gr. 1-9 - Tennis - 1 or 2 wks

Sessions 1, 3, & 4: AM or PM, gr. 1-9, 1 wk/$275 or 2 wks/$400
Session 2: AM or PM, gr. 1-9, week of Jul. 4th- $220, 2 wks/$360

Princeton Day School’s tennis camp celebrates its 29th year this summer. Players are grouped by age and ability with an appropriate balance between drills, lead-up games and competitive play.

gr. 2 - Language Arts and Math: Learning Roundtable (June 24-July 19) - 4 wks

Session 2 & 3: AM,  June 23-July 18, gr. 2, 4 wks/$780

Students will develop reading and writing skills while being transported back in time to the medieval era, learning about King Arthur and Camelot. Math problems revolve around a world of knights, queens and castles. A great way to practice important skills while having fun.

gr. 2-4 - Fishing: Catch of the Day - 2 wks

Session 1,2,3: AM, gr. 2-4, 2 wks/$460   Session 2, 2 wks/$415

Learn everything you need to know about the basics of fishing. Campers are introduced to various fishing terminology and techniques, where and when to fish, how to choose a rod and reel, baits, tying knots, lures, hooks and other fishing tackle. They will practice what they learn with games, casting target practice, and fishing in the ponds of PDS. Camp will also include two trips to local fishing hot spots. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn about fishing and perhaps create a new family activity for everyone to enjoy.

gr. 3-5 - French with The Little Prince

Session 3 & 4:  AM, gr. 3-5 2 wks.$460
Bonjour tout le monde! Have you ever wished to have your children continue their French language studies? Now they can! In this fun camp children will travel to France using imagination through the classic book The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry). Kids will be learning/reviewing basic fundamentals of the French language and culture while having fun with food, songs, dance and games.  Teacher: LS French - Irina Covington

gr. 3-6 - Cardboard Arcade Worshop - 2 wks

Session 3: AM, gr. 3-6, 2 wks/$460
This course will inspire innovative kids to create arcade style games without screens!  Students will build skee-ball, pinball, and sports games, as well as creations of their own with cardboard, paper, tape, markers, glue and GRIT.  Inspired by Caine's Arcade in Los Angeles, Princeton Day School fourth grade teacher, Daniel Cohen, will facilitate the design and construction of the games.  The course will conclude with a Boardwalk Arcade open to parents and PDS campers.


gr. 3-6 - Blackrocket: Lego Films & Stop Animation (July 7-11) 1 wk

Session 3: AM, July 7-11, gr. 3-6, 1 wk, $295

Make your LEGO's come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOs or action figures from home, but all other equipment provided. Students created films will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. 

gr. 3-6 - Blackrocket: Make Your First Video Game  (July 14 -18) 1 wk

Session 3: AM, July 14-18, gr. 3-6, 1 wk, $295

If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you!  Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the crucial keys to designing your first 2-D game.  Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics and elements, music and sound, software, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we'll explore as you learn how to really get into the game because you made it yourself!  No prior experience necessary just a desire to have fun.  Student created games 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.

gr. 4-5 - Language Arts and Math: Great Adventurers (June 23-July 18)- 4 wks

Session 2 & 3: AM, June 23-July 18, gr. 4-5, 4 wks/$780

Join us in creating our own adventure as we learn about the explorers of the past. Students develop reading, math and writing skills while traveling around the world. Taught by PDS middle school teacher Jack Madani. A great way to practice important skills while having fun!

gr. 5-8 - Cooking: Cupcake Boss - 2 wks

Session 2: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$440
Session 3: AM &PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$485

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 - Comic Book Illustration - 2 wks

Session 3: AM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460

Welcome to the exciting world of comic book art! Students will learn techniques that will add a professional touch to today's most popular comic books. We'll explore the principles of composition and narration through a series of fun exercises. Finished projects will include a character design, an illustrated story and a full-page illustration. Previous drawing experience is not required.

gr. 5-8 - Scoop! The Journalism Workshop - 2 wks

Session 3: AM or PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460 -- Be part of a real-life journalism and media experience with this hands-on, interactive, and fun workshop. Armed with curiosity, microphones, pencils, and cameras, we will make our own newspaper, blog and podcast, The PDS Summer Times. Along the way we’ll learn what news is, and how to get the best story. We will interview fellow campers and staff, visit The Princeton Packet, and practice writing skills and tricks to really grab the attention of our audience. Join us to master writing, editing, interviewing and observation, as well as research and critical assessment.

The instructor, Reuben Loewy, led the 2012 and 2013 PDS Summer Programs journalism course, and is the founder and CEO of "Living Online Labs", a nonprofit organization aimed at preparing youth for the digital era.  As a foreign correspondent for over two decades, Reuben traveled the globe reporting for leading international media.  

PDS Summer Times 2013

gr. 5-8 - Lego Robotics II - 2 wks

Session 2: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460
Session 3: AM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$495
Session 4: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$495
(also see Lego Robotics: Introduction, gr. 1-4, Session 1,2,4)

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 faculty member Wei-hsing Wang.Session 3: AM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460

gr. 5-8 - Sewing: Machine Stitching 2 - Pajama Party - 2 wks

Session 3: AM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460

This is the third in a series of summer sewing classes, taught by PDS teacher Gail Gomez.  Students entering this class should have some experience both with hand and machine sewing.  Emphasis will be placed on fitting patterns and following directions. Projects include pincushions, rice bags, pajamas or shorts, bags and backpacks and teddy bears. Materials are provided by PDS. Campers are not required to bring their own personal sewing machines, but are encouraged to if they have one.

gr. 5-8 - Of Mice & Pen: A Writing Workshop - 2 wks

Session 1 & 3: AM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460
Session 2 & 4: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460 (Session 2, $415)

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. 7-8 - SSAT Prep - 2 wks

Session 1, 2, 3 & 4: AM, gr. 7-8, 2 wks/$460 ($415 for Session 2)

This class familiarizes students with the SSAT, the test used by most independent and boarding schools as part of the admissions process (along with GPA, transcript, recommendations, etc.). Students will learn test-taking strategies and review the Quantitative, Verbal, and Reading sections of the SSAT. Participants will take practice SSAT tests and receive feedback on ways to improve their score. Included in the course is the development of an individual study plan that will outline a study routine as one prepares for the SSAT. Verbal section taught by PDS teacher, Beth Yakoby.

gr. 7-8 - Middle School Math Lab - 2 wks

Session 3: AM,  gr. 7-8, 2 wks/$460

Students are offered instruction in a small group setting to enhance their grasp of general math concepts leading to pre-algebra. Topics in this program will include: fractions, decimals, percents; percent change; area, surface area and volume; box and whisker charts; Histograms; circle graphs; line plots; stem and leaf plots; matrices; related calculator skill; probability; standard and metric measurement; and transformations.

 

 

Afternoon & Late Afternoon Sessions

AFTERNOON

Preschool - K Panther Mini Camp - 1 or 2 wks

Sessions 1, 3, & 4- Full-Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$490, 2 wks/$860
Sessions 1, 3, & 4- Half-Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$295, 2 wks/$490

Session 2- Full-Day, ages 3-5, 1st wk/$490, 2nd wk/$392, 2 wks/$774
Session 2 - AM or PM, Half-day, ages 3-5, July 4th week - $236, 2 wks/$441


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/$460

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 1: AM gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$460
Session 2: PM gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$415
Session 3: PM gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$460
Session 4: AM gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$460
Session 4: PM gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$460

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:  PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks, $460     Session 1:  AM,  gr. 1-2, 2 wks, $460
Session 2:  PM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks, $415     Session 2:  AM,  gr. 3-4, 2 wks. $415
Session 3:  PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks, $460     Session 3:  AM,  gr. 1-2, 2 wks. $460

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 Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp- 1 or 2 wks

Sessions 3, & 4- Full-Day, gr. 1-8, 1 wk/$375, 2 wks/$750
Sessions 3, & 4- Half-Day, gr. 1-8, 1 wk/188, 2 wks/$375

Session 2- Full-Day, gr. 1-8, 1st wk/$375, 2nd wk/$300, 2 wks/$675
Session 2 - AM or PM, Half-day, gr. 1-8, July 4th week - $150, 2 wks/$340


Brand New for 2014! Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is a traditional day camp being launched by Summer Programs for children entering grades 1-8 in the fall.  This program will follow a structured routine of age appropriate activities in arts, nature and athletics, along with special events; all camp challenges and theme days on a weekly basis.  Specialty instructors will offer samples of other Summer Programs such as chess and rocketry.  Additionally, Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp will be the only program at PDS this summer to feature Archery!

Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is offered in one week, two week, half day and full day options.  This scheduling flexibility will afford campers the opportunity to participate in our highly regarded enrichment programs while also having fun with new friends at PBFDC!  Don't miss out on the inaugural summer of Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp fun!

 gr. 1-8 - Chess: Beginner - 2 wks

Sessions 2, 3 or 4: AM or 1, 2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$460 ($415 for Session 2)

Players will learn all the skills they need to play chess. Novices and less experienced players welcome. Taught by International Master Jairo Moreira, PDS chess coach.

gr. 1-8 - Chess: Experienced - 2 wks

Session 2, 3, 4: AM or 1, 2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$460

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.  Taught by International FIDE Master Jairo Moreira, PDS chess coach.

gr. 1-8 - Martial Arts - 2 wks

Sessions 2, 3, & 4: PM, gr. 1-8, 1 wk/$375 or 2 wks/$335

The Martial Arts camp is based around the art and philosophy that Sijo Bruce Lee developed called Jeet Kune Do. Young campers new to Martial Arts learn the "A-B-C's" of becoming bully-proof by starting to develop a new found sense of confidence in what they learn here. All campers will practice self-defense while improving on their aspects of physicality, awareness, discipline and improving reflexes and hand-eye coordination. Campers that are more seasoned can receive coaching further honing their attributes, learn a new skill set, improve their self-defense techniques and even mentoring abilities. There are also elements of other arts incorporated into the camp to make it a comprehensive offering to everyone. These include: Western Boxing, Thai Boxing, Grappling, Filipino Kali, Silat, Savate, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Karate. This camp caters to any skill level from absolute beginner to the experienced Martial Artist with it's Instructor having over 16 years experience in these arts.

gr. 1-9 - Tennis - 1 or 2 wks

Sessions 1, 3, & 4: AM or PM, gr. 1-9, 1 wk/$275 or 2 wks/$400
Session 2: AM or PM, gr. 1-9, week of Jul. 4th- $220, 2 wks/$360

Princeton Day School’s tennis camp celebrates its 29th 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 1, 2 & 3:  PM, gr. 2-4, 2 wks/$460   Session 2: 2 wks/$415
Session 4: AM, gr. 2-4, 2 wks/$460

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 - Language Arts and Math: From Athena to Zeus (June 23-July 18) - 4 wks

Session 2 & 3: PM, June 23-July 18, gr. 3, 4 wks/$780

Students will develop reading and writing skills while learning about ancient Greece.

Math is taught with problems that revolve around the world of Greek gods and goddesses. This is a great way to practice important skills while having fun. Taught by PDS Teacher, Alexa Maher.

gr. 3-6 - Fun with Harry Potter - 2 wks

Session 2: AM, gr. 3-6, 2 wks/$415
Session 3: PM, gr. 3-6, 2 wks/$460

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. 3-12 - High Ropes: Beginner - 1 wk

Session 1 PM: June 9-13 gr. 3-12, 1 wk/$340
Session 3 PM: July 7-11 or July 14-18  gr. 3-12, 1 wk/$340


It's back!  It's new!  It's State-of-the-Art!
Campers will learn to develop a sense of trust and the ability to work together through cooperative games and low ropes. They will have new opportunity to challenge themselves on the exciting and new PDS high ropes course. Taught by PDS teacher and coach Jill Thomas.

gr. 4-6 - Creative Minds & Hands - Poet-Trees & Smash Books - 2 wks

Session 3: PM, gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$460
Week 1:  "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.
Week 2:  Fast and fun.  Brainstorm, snip, clip, organize, word process and SMASH!  Join the newest craze by smashing (gluing) 2-D and 3-D items that show who you are, what interests you have at the moment; vacation or school memento; photos or sketches of hobbies, awards, or embarrassing moments.  Or feathers, ticket stubs, candy wrappers, paper napkins, recipes.  You can explore your favorite color, animal or food group (I'd choose chocolate).  Or a favorite author/painter/singer/movie star/sports hero/relative.  Whatever you choose, make it "smashing," and make it yours!  Taught by PDS teacher, Bonnie Hunter.

gr. 4-6 - Lego Robotics I - 2 wks

Session 1,2 or 4: AM, gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$495 (Session 2, $460)
Session 3 PM: gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$495
Campers will practice computer programming, engineering, and team-building skils in the construction of motorized Lego robots that move electronically according to their programmers' instructions.  Taught by PDS instructor Wei-hsing Wang

gr. 5-8 - Cooking: Cupcake Boss - 2 wks

Session 2: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$440
Session 3: AM & PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$485

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 - Scoop! The Journalism Workshop - 2 wks

Session 3: AM or PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460 -- Be part of a real-life journalism and media experience with this hands-on, interactive, and fun workshop. Armed with curiosity, microphones, pencils, and cameras, we will make our own newspaper, blog and podcast, The PDS Summer Times. Along the way we’ll learn what news is, and how to get the best story. We will interview fellow campers and staff, visit The Princeton Packet, and practice writing skills and tricks to really grab the attention of our audience. Join us to master writing, editing, interviewing and observation, as well as research and critical assessment.

The instructor, Reuben Loewy, led the 2012 and 2013 PDS Summer Programs journalism course, and is the founder and CEO of "Living Online Labs", a nonprofit organization aimed at preparing youth for the digital era.  As a foreign correspondent for over two decades, Reuben traveled the globe reporting for leading international media.  

PDS Summer Times 2013

gr. 5-8 - Exploring Alternative Energy-Let's Get Green! - 2 wks

Session 2: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$415
Session 3: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$460

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, & 4: PM, gr. 5-12, 2 wks/$375

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/$460
Session 4: AM, gr. 6-8, 2 wks/$460

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. 7-10 - Cooking: Creative Cuisine From Familiar to Fabulous - 2 wks

Session 3: PM, gr. 7-10, 2 wks/$485

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/$132, or 2 wks/$255
(Session 2: 1 wk/$106 for 6/30-7/3, 2 wks/$230)

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/$325
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.

An independent, coeducational day school for students from Pre-K through Grade 12.

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