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 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 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, cooking and rocketry.  Additionally, Pretty Brook Day Camp will be the only program at PDS this summer to feature Archery!

Pretty Brook 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 PBDC!  Don't miss out on the inaugural summer of Pretty Brook 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. K-1 - Teddy Bear Tea Party - 2 wks

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

Teddy is planning a big summer party and is expecting friends from all around the world. He needs your help to brush up on the universal language of ‘polite behavior.’ Have fun playing games to learn about table manners, greetings, sharing techniques, magic words, and lots more. Along the way, enjoy preparing yummy treats, delightful decorations, and special party favors. Finally, invite your favorite cuddly toy to a FUNtastic tea party to help celebrate your best manners!

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. 1-2 - Summer Garden Exploration - 2 wks

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

Explore the plants, insects, birds and animals that live in and around the garden. Campers will have daily garden chores which will include caring for the chickens and maintaining the compost piles. Grazing will be a daily activity, allowing for time to taste new vegetables and herbs and enjoy old favorites. Campers should come prepared to be outdoors, bringing their favorite hats, garden gloves, and shoes that can get dirty!

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, or 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's work will be featured in a gallery show on the final Friday of class.

gr. 1 - 8 Pretty Brook 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 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, cooking and rocketry.  Additionally, Pretty Brook Day Camp will be the only program at PDS this summer to feature Archery!

Pretty Brook 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 PBDC!  Don't miss out on the inaugural summer of Pretty Brook 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 - Learning Spanish through Fables & Stories - 2 wks

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

Learning Spanish through familiar fables and well-known children’s stories enhance the ability to understand and communicate in a foreign language. This play-based Spanish camp incorporates arts & crafts, dancing and singing as well as outdoor games.  During the first week the children will learn Spanish through the famous fable “The Little Red Hen.”  The main topics include: colors, farm animals, chores, food, feelings, and weather.  In the second week, Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” will be used to teach numbers, days of the week, times of the day, food, sizes, and the life cycle of a butterfly.  Fables such as Aesop’s “Fox and the Grapes,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” will be shared during read aloud on a daily basis. The culminating activities of the camp will include a dramatization of these two stories and a fiesta with a piñata

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. 3-12 - High Ropes:  Advanced

Session 1 and 3: AM, June 9-13, or 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! 
Attention all climbers;  this course is for you!  This high ropes course offers the opportunity for advanced climbers to stretch themselves with the more challenging elements on the PDS high ropes course.  This is a fast paced, lots of climbing camp!  Campers must have high ropes experience to participate in this program. Taught by PDS teacher and coach Jill Thomas.

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. 4-6 - Going Ape:  Gorillas, Orangutans, and Chimps - 2 wks

Session 3: AM, gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$460
Ask questions and find answers about the great apes.  Learn about habitat and fast facts for these animals using the internet, videos, films, and library books,  You'll "meet" Koko and other well-known real gorillas, as well as other gorillas (like King Kong) in popular culture.  You'll also find out about 3 women (Fossey, Goodall, Galdikas) who lived with gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans in the wild.  Discover the status of these animals today, volunteer and donation opportunities, places to see them live with your family and friends.  At least one day each week will be devoted to Monkey Business arts & crafts project.  Taught by PDS teacher, Bonnie Hunter.

gr. 4-8 - Mountain Biking: Off Road - 2 wks

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

The ultimate experience! Campers learn mountain biking safety, bike maintenance and the skills needed to maneuver over and around obstacles. We will cycle off road hitting the local trails and take trips to off-site biking trails via school bus. This camp is big on adventure and lots of fun. Campers are responsible for bringing their own bikes, helmets and energy.  Taught by PDS teacher, Carlos Cara.

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.

gr. 9-12 - High Ropes:  Student Facilitator Course - 1 wk

Session 1 and 3: AM, June 9-13, or July 7-11 or July 14-18, gr. 3-12, 1 wk/$390

We are offering a "Student Facilitator Course".  Pre-requisite:  Students must have completed the 8th grade year (entering 9th grade in the Fall) to enroll in this course.  These students must also have previous experience on a ropes course or in an adventure education program.  In this program students will learn the skills needed to belay participants and how to set-up and take down high and low elements.  They will also learn how to tie knots, including the studebaker seat, as well as how to self-belay and check hardware. Taught by PDS teacher and coach Jill Thomas.



 

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. 3-4 - 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. 1-4 - 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 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 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, cooking and rocketry.  Additionally, Pretty Brook Day Camp will be the only program at PDS this summer to feature Archery!

Pretty Brook 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 PBDC!  Don't miss out on the inaugural summer of Pretty Brook 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

This is an introduction to martial arts. Campers will improve mental alertness, self-confidence, discipline, concentration, balance and agility in a safe and positive learning environment.

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 veteran PDS Summer Programs instructor, Beth Groop.

gr. 3-5 - Learning Spanish through Fables & Stories - 2 wks

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

Learning Spanish through familiar fables and well-known children’s stories enhance the ability to understand and communicate in a foreign language. This play-based Spanish camp incorporates arts & crafts, dancing and singing as well as outdoor games.  During the first week the children will learn Spanish through the famous fable “The Little Red Hen.”  The main topics include: colors, farm animals, chores, food, feelings, and weather.  In the second week, Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” will be used to teach numbers, days of the week, times of the day, food, sizes, and the life cycle of a butterfly.  Fables such as Aesop’s “Fox and the Grapes,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” will be shared during read aloud on a daily basis. The culminating activities of the camp will include a dramatization of these two stories and a fiesta with a piñata

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. We do conditioning exercises and learn fencing fundamentals like the en garde, the lunge and the parry. At the end of the session, students participate in a friendly and safe competition. No experience is required. But, practiced fencers are welcomed as well! We provide masks, foils and protective clothing. 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. 6-9 - School of Rock - 2 wks

Session 3: PM, gr. 6-9, 2 wks/$460

Rock music isn’t just about power chords. Learn from rock legends and current musicians to create your own unique sound. Instrumentalists, singers, choreographers and special effects crews will join together to create a garage band that will rock the house! Campers should be currently taking instrumental lessons. Vocalists also welcome.

gr. 6-12 - Knit, Knot, and Hook - 2 wks

Session 3: PM, gr. 6-12, 2 wks, $460

Both beginners and advanced student are welcome in the class. Learn the basics of knitting, crocheting and macramé! Projects include: knitting a fashion scarf or headband, crocheting a boa, pom-poms, macramé, jewelry and rag rug. Advanced students will be able to complete a felted purse or rug. Each student will receive a personal yarn tote bag filled with all the supplies needed for class. These supplies will be yours to keep. Taught by PDS teacher, Gail Gomez.

gr. 7-9 - Blackrocket: Ultimate Claymation and Stop Action! (July 7-11) 1 wk

Session 3: PM, July 7-11, gr. 7-9, 1 wk, $295
Specifically designed for children who like to make something out of nothing! From Gumby to Chicken Run sometimes the action doesn't require an actor! Whether you want to recreate your favorite scene from Shrek or invent an original short film, this camp will allow you to produce a movie out of nothing but an idea and a piece of clay. Clay, most supplies, and equipment provided. Student created claymation will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. 

gr. 7-9 - Blackrocket: Video Game Animation  (July 14-18) 1 wk

Session 3: PM, July 14-18, gr. 7-9, 1 wk, $295
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.

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.

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