Afternoon & Late Afternoon 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. 1-3 - 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.