Full Day


gr. 1 - 5 -  Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp- 1 wk

Sessions 2,3,4  Full-Day, gr. 1-5, 1 wk/$440 

At Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp,campers entering grades 1-5 will get the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities in a traditional day camp setting. In a typical session, campers will be grouped by age to engage in a variety of arts and crafts, athletics, and outdoor programs including Archery with weekly themes offering variety. We also will be including the ever-popular Friday water day once again.  Our experienced and compassionate staff will guide your child throughout the camp day, creating a safe, educationally stimulating, and unforgettably fun experience!
Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is offered in full day, one week options!

gr. 1-6 & 6-10 - Competitive Edge Hockey: Boys & Girls - 1 wk July 13 - July 17 or July 20 - July 24

Boys and Girls
Session 3: full-day,  Gr. 1-6  July 13-July 17,  1 wk
, $390
Session 3: full-day,  Gr. 6-10 July 20 - July 24, 1 wk, $390

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) - 1 wk. July 6-July 10

Session 3: Full-day, , gr. 1-8, Boys, 1 wk, $295

Visit the Competitive Edge website 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)
Registration (after May 1st) -

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. 5-8 - Canoeing the Waters of NJ (July 6 - July 10)

1 wk, July 6- July 10, gr. 5-8, $600
Explore the varied waterways of New Jersey by canoe.  Learn the basics of canoeing on day trips to the Pine Barrens, canals, lakes, and the Delaware River.  All gear, transportation, and canoes will be provided.

gr. 7-9 - Vermont Multisport Adventure (July 12 - July 18)

Session 4: full-day, 1 wk, July 12 - July 18, gr. 7-9, $900

This weeklong adventure allows students the opportunity to expand and develop their love for the outdoots as we canoe, mountain bike, hike and camp in some of the most scenic and pristine areas in Vermont. Who knows what adventure lies around the corner with PDS group leaders Carlos Cara and Aaron Schomburg leading the way. All gear, food, transportation, and canoes will be provided by PDS. Students will have to bring their own mountain bikes.

gr. 9 - Counselor-in-Training

Session 3: full-day, July 6 - July 17,  gr. 9,  $465

For children entering grade 9 this fall that have an interest in learning about and practicing the skills to be a camp counselor in future summers. Mornings will be spent with the CIT instructor engaging in topics ranging from activity planning, child development and leadership, while afternoons will be spent assisting senior counselors and instructors in actual PDS Summer Program camps. 

Morning


gr. K-8 - Early Morning Pre-Camp 7:30 am-8:30 am

Session 1 - 6/8-6/12   - $62   6/15-6/19  - $62
Session 2 - 6/22-6/26 - $62   6/29-7/3    - $62
Session 3 - 7/6-7/10   - $62   7/13-7/17  - $62
Session 4 - 7/20-7/24 - $62   7/27-7/31  - $62
Pre-Camp care for parents that need to drop their campers off early.  Children will be supervised by an adult and counselor in one of our pre-school classrooms. 

Preschool -K Panther Mini Camp - 1 wk

Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4 -  AM & PM Half -Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$225

Mini-Panthers enjoy a wide assortment of activities geared directly to their age, interests and activity level. Our experienced and compassionate staff (1:4 ratio) oversee and guide your child throughout the camp day, making each camper’s PDS Summer Program experience safe, educationally stimulating, and unforgettably fun!

Panther Mini-Camp is exclusively for toilet-trained preschoolers from ages three through children entering kindergarten. This enriching camp program features sole use of our air-conditioned preschool classroom and early childhood playground equipment. Children will have the opportunity to explore the wider PDS campus for many of their activities. Camp routines are centered around exciting weekly themes and include: music & movement, arts & crafts, dramatic play, engagement with children’s literature, sequencing and number fun, water play, and exploration of the natural world.  

gr. K-1 - Hoodwinked - 2 wks

Session 2 & 3: AM, gr. 1, 2 wks/$395
This is an academic enrichment camp for children entering grade 1 in the fall of 2015. Developed from the animated film that re-told Little Red Riding Hood as a police investigation, we will create our own magical kingdom and learn about traditional and contemporary fairy tales. Students develop language arts skills while listening, acting out, reading and writing. This class, of course, ends happily ever after and is a great way to practice important skills while having fun. Note that this program has been re-developed from the four-week “Once Upon a Time” course offered in past summers.

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

Session 1: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470
Session 2: AM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470            Session 2: PM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470
Session 3: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470            Session 3: PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470
Session 4: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470            Session 4: PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470


This course explores various methods of hand building with clay. We use coil building, slab building, and sculptural techniques to create pottery with attention to the essentials of form and design. Students learn various glazing techniques while they explore a wide range of styles, from primitive pots to pop art. Discover the excitement of working with clay and study pottery's important role as one of the earliest and most enduring art forms. Student work will be featured in a gallery show on the final Friday of class. Taught by PDS teacher, Jennifer Gallagher.

1-5 - Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp - 1/2 Day Session 

Session 2, 3, 4, : AM gr. 1-5, 1 wk/$220
At Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp, campers entering grades 1-5 will get the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities in a traditional day camp setting.  In a typical session, campers will be grouped by age to engage in a variety of arts and crafts, athletics, and outdoor programs including Archery, with weekly themes offering variety.  We also will be including the ever-popular Friday water day once again.  Our experienced and compassionate staff will guide your child throughout the camp day, creating a safe, educationally stimulating and unforgettably fun experience!  Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is offered in full day or half day, one week options.

gr. 1-4 - Lego Robotics Introduction   FULL

Session 2: AM, gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$495
Session 3 AM, gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$495

Campers will build and program robots using Lego Robotics equipment. They will learn the basics of mechanics, motors, and sensors by building many fun robots with building guides. Their imagination and creativity will lead the way to an exciting summer camp experience.  Taught by PDS Instructor,  Dr. Wei-hsing Wang.

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

Sessions: 2, 3 or 4: AM or  2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$465

Introduction to the moves and rules of this intellectual sport with emphasis on problem solving, anticipating consequences and planning ahead, good sportsmanship, and learning from mistakes.  Students will practice checkmates and tactics like pins, forks, discovered check, x-ray attack on worksheets.  Playing games with supervision, students will learn how to:  Open a chess game properly.  Apply middle game principles.  Practice basic endgames and checkmates.  Play comfortably with tournament rules and protocol.  Win graciously and learn from losses.  Taught by PDS Chess Instructor and Woman International Master, Tatiana Brea.

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

Sessions: 2, 3 or 4: AM or  2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$465

For players with a year or more experience playing chess or with permission from the instructor. Students will improve their chess skills studying the games of World Chess Champions.  Learn solid concepts for middle games and endgames.  Practice complex tactics and checkmates on worksheets tailored to each child’s improvement.  The coach will correct any misconception on the spot while they play in class.  In-class tournament practice under simulated USCF conditions.   Taught by PDS Chess Instructor and Woman International Master, Tatiana Brea.

gr. 1-9 - Tennis - 1 wk

Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4: AM or PM, gr. 1-9, 1 wk/$280

Princeton Day School’s tennis camp celebrates 30 consecutive summers on the courts in 2015! Players of all ability are welcomed, as our skilled coaches will group campers accordingly. The program includes a variety of drills to teach forehands, backhands, net play, game strategy, serves and much more. We also incorporate lead-up games, friendly competition, and fun play too. 

gr. 2 - Castle Quest - 2 wks

Session 2 & 3: AM,  gr. 2, 2 wks/$395
This is an academic enrichment program for children entering 2nd grade in the fall of 2015. Students will develop reading and writing skills while being transported back in time to the medieval era, learning about King Arthur and Camelot.  Students will also learn about and design their own castles, drawbridges and catapults! Note that this program has been re-developed from the four-week “Learning Round Table” course offered in past summers.

gr. 2-6 -Flag Football  July 6 - July 10  (1 wk)

Session 3: AM, 1st Week,   gr. 2-6,  July 6 - July 10

New for Summer Programs 2015, this program is a terrific way to introduce campers to the safe, contact free sport of flag football. We also welcome experienced players who hope to “sharpen their skills”. Campers will be instructed on skills and drills to play successfully on both sides of the ball including passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning. See you on the gridiron!

gr. 3 - Lightning Thief Camp - 2 wks

Session 2,3  gr. 3, 2 wks/$395

This is an academic enrichment camp for children entering grade 3 in the fall of 2015. The theme of this program is developed from the popular Rick Riordan series about Percy Jackson and the Olympians. 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. Note that this program has been re-developed from the four-week “From Athena to Zeus” course offered in past summers.

gr. 3-6 - Berlitz ESL:  Our World

Session 3: AM, gr. 3-6,  2 wks/$505
Berlitz Kids has taught thousands of kids across the U.S. to speak new languages. Our programs are based on the Berlitz Method, the natural way to start speaking another language through engaging conversation.  Instructors are trained to work with children and are native fluent, so your students learn to speak the language as it is spoken.  And our highly interactive teaching proves encourages participation, builds student confidence and encourages cooperative learning.
Berlitz Global Adventure is a program that encourages children to express their opinions on a variety of issues, making them feel that they are individuals who matter and can make a difference in their world.
Our World brings age-appropriate National Geographic content to young learners of English: fun and fascinating information about the real world, with stunning images and video, giving learners the essential English language, skills, and knowledge needed to understand their world.

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

Session 3: AM, gr. 3-6, 2 wks/$465
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: Code Breakers (July 6-10) 1 wk

Session 3: AM, July 6-10, gr. 3-6, 1 wk, $300

Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers!  Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star!  Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey.  Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

gr. 3-5 - Blackrocket: Make Your First Video Game  (July 13 -17) 1 wk

Session 3: AM, July 13-17, gr. 3-5, 1 wk, $300

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 keys to designing your first 2-D game.  Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we'll explore.  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.  Students will work in teams for most of the program.

gr. 3-8 -Kumihimo  (July 13 -17) 1 wk

Session 3: AM, July 13-17, gr. 3-8, 1 wk, $230

Learn the art of Japanese braiding Round and Flat work and weaving with beads.

gr. 3-12 - Ice Skating Freestyle - 1 wk July 6-July 10

 gr. 3-12, 1 wk/$230

Freestyle ICE SKATING - ONE WEEK ONLY!!  ANY AGE but must be at the freestyle level.  Stroking, Footwork, Freestyle, Dance, Synchro and Program practice.  This class will have limited enrollment so sign up early!

gr. 4-5 - Map-Matics - 2 wks

Session 2 & 3: AM, gr. 4-5, 2 wks/$395

This is an academic enrichment program for children entering 4th and 5th grade in the fall of 2015. Students will focus on map reading and design, geography, and research about the great cities of the world. Math will also be a consistent component of the program. Note that this program has been re-developed from the four-week “Great Adventurers” program offered in past summers by PDS teacher Jack Madani.

gr. 4-5 - Smash Books - July 6 - July 10 (1 wk)

Session 3: AM, gr. 4-5, 1 wk/$225

Fast and fun. Brainstorm, snip, clip, organize, word process and SMASH!. Join the newest craze by smashing (gluing) 2-D & 3-D items that show who you are, what interests you at the moment: vacation or school mementos; 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! Each student will receive an official Smash Book, a gluestick, and some embellishments for starters. Taught by Bonnie Hunter.

gr. 4-5- Poet Trees - July 13- July 17 (1 wk)

Session 3: AM, gr. 4-5, 1 wk/$225

“I think that I will never see A poem lovely as a tree.” We’ll create lovely trees of poetry, some rhyming, some not. First you will each trace and cut out a very large tree (for door or wall) and colorful paper leaves. Next you’ll write short original poems (haiku, limericks, and collect favorites from a library of poetry books. All week we’ll practice poetric devices and try different styles (Acrostics, Cinquains, Clerihew, Diamante, Haiku, Limericks, Shape Poems, Tankas, and others.) You’ll put your original poems on your tree leaves and bind the favorites into “leaves” of a handmade book. Taught by Bonnie Hunter.

gr. 5-8 -Flag Football  July 13-July 17 (1 wk)

Session 3: AM 2nd Week,  gr. 5-8  July 13-July 17, 1wk/$280

New for Summer Programs 2015, this program is a terrific way to introduce campers to the safe, contact free sport of flag football. We also welcome experienced players who hope to “sharpen their skills”. Campers will be instructed on skills and drills to play successfully on both sides of the ball including passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning. See you on the gridiron!

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

Session 3: AM &PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$490
Session 4: AM &PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$490
If you can dream to bake it, come on out and make it! Explore the latest (and yummiest) craze in the world of baking --cupcakes! During this program, kids will do anything and everything involved with cupcakes. Bakers will begin with no-bake cake pops, work their way through different flavors of cake and types of icing, and end with outrageously shaped and decorated masterpieces! They will even devote some time to muffins- the breakfast cupcake! DC Cupcake who? PDS Cupcakes all the way! In the end, bakers will take home their own recipe book full of their creations.

gr. 5-8 - Comic Book Illustration - 2 wks

Session 3: AM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$465

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 -Shakespeare: The Man, the Myth, the Legend  (2 wks)

William Shakespeare is one of the most well-known, and most misunderstood, literary names in history.  What is it that makes him so intriguing for over 400 years?  What is it that has made his poems and plays so long lasting while being so daunting to many readers?  We’ll take a look at a few excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays and how their themes have been adapted in modern times- from pop culture films to No Fear Shakespeare to everyday terms and phrases.  Students will then have a chance to “modernize” a Shakespeare play on their own to prove how legendary Shakespeare really is.

gr. 5-8 -Scoop!  The Jounalism Workshop  (2 wks)

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

gr. 7-8 - SSAT Prep - 2 wks

Session 1, 2 & 3: AM, gr. 7-8, 2 wks/$465

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 session taught by PDS teacher, Beth Yakoby.  First three sessions of the math section will be taught by PDS teacher, Maryann Ortiz.

gr. 7-11 - Berlitz ESL:  Time Zones

Session 3: AM, gr. 7-11, 2 wks/$505
Berlitz Kids has taught thousands of kids across the U.S. to speak new languages. Our programs are based on the Berlitz Method, the natural way to start speaking another language through engaging conversation.  Instructors are trained to work with children and are native fluent, so your students learn to speak the language as it is spoken.  And our highly interactive teaching proves encourages participation, builds student confidence and encourages cooperative learning.
Time Zones is a motivating, new series for pre-teens and young teens, with a strong international focus. It combines a communicative approach to learning English with stunning National Geographic images, video, and content. Program topics include technology, nature, geography, science, teen interests, and popular culture.
With Time Zones, learners will explore amazing places and fascinating cultures, discover the exciting worlds of science and technology, nature, history, geography, and popular culture, and learn how to use English to communicate effectively in the real world.

Afternoon & Late Afternoon


AFTERNOON

Preschool - K Panther Mini Camp - 1 wk

Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4 -  AM & PM Half -Day, ages 3-5, 1 wk/$225

Mini-Panthers enjoy a wide assortment of activities geared directly to their age, interests and activity level. Our experienced and compassionate staff (1:4 ratio) oversee and guide your child throughout the camp day, making each camper’s PDS Summer Program experience safe, educationally stimulating, and unforgettably fun!

Panther Mini-Camp is exclusively for toilet-trained preschoolers from ages three through children entering kindergarten. This enriching camp program features sole use of our air-conditioned preschool classroom and early childhood playground equipment. Children will have the opportunity to explore the wider PDS campus for many of their activities. Camp routines are centered around exciting weekly themes and include: music & movement, arts & crafts, dramatic play, engagement with children’s literature, sequencing and number fun, water play, and exploration of the natural world.  

gr. 1-3 - Fun With Charlotte's Web: Early Childhood Literature - 2 wks

Session 3: PM, gr. 1-3, 2 wks/$465

While enjoying the work of various children’s authors such as Eric Carle, E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web) and others, students have fun learning in a multi-sensory way as they create art, food and dramatic performances to illustrate these popular stories.

gr. 1-4 - Art Studio 101: Drawing, Painting, & Collage - 2 wks

Session 2: PM gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$465
Session 3: PM gr. 1-4, 2 wks/$465
Session 4: AM gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$465

This course explores the making of an artistic composition with a focus on several media- painting, drawing, and collage. Students will work with a variety of materials including charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, and acrylic. Subjects will include still life, landscape, and the figure. We will cover the fundamentals of working both 2 and 3 dimensionally including line, shape, value, gesture, perspective, volume, composition, and space with an emphasis on color as the primary force in creating an image. Discover your inner Picasso and create your next masterpiece! Student work will be featured in a gallery show on the final Friday of class.

1-5 - Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp - 1/2 Day Session 

Session 2, 3, 4, : AM  or PM gr. 1-5, 1 wk/$220
At Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp, campers entering grades 1-5 will get the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities in a traditional day camp setting.  In a typical session, campers will be grouped by age to engage in a variety of arts and crafts, athletics, and outdoor programs including Archery, with weekly themes offering variety.  We also will be including the ever-popular Friday water day once again.  Our experienced and compassionate staff will guide your child throughout the camp day, creating a safe, educationally stimulating and unforgettably fun experience!  Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp is offered in full day or half day, one week options.

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

Sessions 2, 3 or 4: AM or  2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$465

Introduction to the moves and rules of this intellectual sport with emphasis on problem solving, anticipating consequences and planning ahead, good sportsmanship, and learning from mistakes.  Students will practice checkmates and tactics like pins, forks, discovered check, x-ray attack on worksheets.  Playing games with supervision, students will learn how to:  Open a chess game properly.  Apply middle game principles.  Practice basic endgames and checkmates.  Play comfortably with tournament rules and protocol.  Win graciously and learn from losses.  Taught by PDS Chess Instructor and Woman International Master, Tatiana Brea.

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

Session 2, 3, 4: AM or  2, 3, 4 PM, gr. 1-8, 2 wks/$465

For players with a year or more experience playing chess or with permission from the instructor. Students will improve their chess skills studying the games of World Chess Champions.  Learn solid concepts for middle games and endgames.  Practice complex tactics and checkmates on worksheets tailored to each child’s improvement.  The coach will correct any misconception on the spot while they play in class.  In-class tournament practice under simulated USCF conditions.   Taught by PDS Chess Instructor and Woman International Master, Tatiana Brea.

gr. 1-9 - Tennis - 1 wk

Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4: AM or PM, gr. 1-9, 1 wk/$280

Princeton Day School’s tennis camp celebrates 30 consecutive summers on the courts in 2015! Players of all ability are welcomed, as our skilled coaches will group campers accordingly. The program includes a variety of drills to teach forehands, backhands, net play, game strategy, serves and much more. We also incorporate lead-up games, friendly competition, and fun play too. 

gr. 2-4 - Legos: Design - 2 wks

Session 3 & 4:  PM, gr. 2-4, 2 wks/$465 

This program is an introduction to architecture for the very young. Using Legos as our building blocks, we use basic design principles to create both individual and group projects. Campers will construct Lego cities and castles, and will re-construct world famous buildings and monuments such as the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House.

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

Session 2AM, 3PM, gr. 2-4, 2 wks/$465 
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. 3-4 - Art: Crazy for Clay - 2 wks

Session 1: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470
Session 2: AM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470            Session 2: PM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470
Session 3: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470            Session 3: PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470
Session 4: AM, gr. 1-2, 2 wks/$470            Session 4: PM, gr. 3-4, 2 wks/$470


This course explores various methods of hand building with clay. We use coil building, slab building, and sculptural techniques to create pottery with attention to the essentials of form and design. Students learn various glazing techniques while they explore a wide range of styles, from primitive pots to pop art. Discover the excitement of working with clay and study pottery's important role as one of the earliest and most enduring art forms. Student's work will be featured in a gallery show on the final Friday of class. Taught by Jennifer Gallagher, PDS Lower School Kindergarten teacher, artist, and long time Summer Programs teacher.

gr. 3-6 - Blackrocket:  App Attack (July 6-July 10) 1 wk

Session 3: PM, gr. 3-6, 1wk/$300
Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app!  Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based apps.  In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions.  Student created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer.  No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

gr. 4-6 - Fun with Harry Potter - 2 wks

Session 3: PM, gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$465
Welcome to Hogwarts young wizards and witches! Our program begins with the Sorting Hat determining each camper’s house, be it Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Griffindor. From there, campers will be transported to the halls and classrooms of Hogwarts, learning herbology, fantastical beasts & mythical creatures, playing a round of quiddich and participating in the Tri-Wizard tournament itself. Our program is recreational, with educational components as campers read, watch and listen to segments of J.K. Rowling’s classic series of novels.

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

Session 3 or 4  PM: gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$495
Campers (must have done Lego Robotics I) work in small teams to design and program Lego robots to accomplish complex missions based on FLL international competitions. Campers will learn 4-D design, EV3 programming, innovative problem solving, and effective leadership skills. This is a good starting place for a STEM or computer career.  Taught by PDS teacher,  Dr. Wei-hsing Wang

gr. 5-8 - Of Mice and Pen:  A Writing Workshop FULL

Session 2 or 3  PM: gr. 4-6, 2 wks/$465
Our popular creative writing workshop is back again this summer. Campers will hone their writing skills while receiving guidance and feedback from peers and our instructors. Activities will be structured to encourage creative expression through words and will include poetry, short stories and persuasive writing. Final compositions will be compiled into a class set at the end of each session.

gr. 5-8 - Sports Spectacular!  July 13-July 17 (1 wk)

Session 3: PM,  July 13-July 17,  gr. 5-8, 1 wk/$280

New for Summer Programs 2015, Sports Spectacular is a general physical education camp designed for middle school aged campers who want to play numerous sports, make new friends and be active. Sports will be played both indoors and outdoors and may include soccer, basketball, flag football and much more.

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

Session 3 & 4 :  AM & PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$490

If you can dream to bake it, come on out and make it! Explore the latest (and yummiest) craze in the world of baking --cupcakes! During this program, kids will do anything and everything involved with cupcakes. Bakers will begin with no-bake cake pops, work their way through different flavors of cake and types of icing, and end with outrageously shaped and decorated masterpieces! They will even devote some time to muffins- the breakfast cupcake! DC Cupcake who? PDS Cupcakes all the way! In the end, bakers will take home their own recipe book full of their creations.

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

Session 3: PM, gr. 5-8, 2 wks/$465

With the increasing demands for energy, decreasing oil supplies, and the crisis of climate change caused by burning carbo fuels, we need to know what other alternatives are available. In this hands-on class learn about wind power, solar energy, biofuels, landfill gas, and nuclear fusion. We will take trips to see where each of these energies are being created and will produce many of these forms of energy in our very own lab.

gr. 6-7 - Poet-Trees  July 6 - July 10 (1 wk)

Session 3: PM, gr. 6-7, July 6 - July 10, 1 wk/$225
“I think that I will never see A poem lovely as a tree.” We’ll create lovely trees of poetry, some rhyming, some not. First you will each trace and cut out a very large tree (for door or wall) and colorful paper leaves. Next you’ll write short original poems (haiku, limericks, and collect favorites from a library of poetry books. All week we’ll practice poetric devices and try different styles (Acrostics, Cinquains, Clerihew, Diamante, Haiku, Limericks, Shape Poems, Tankas, and others.) You’ll put your original poems on your tree leaves and bind the favorites into “leaves” of a handmade book. Taught by former PDS teacher, Bonnie Hunter.

gr. 6-7 - Smash Books  July 13 - July 17 (1 wk)

Session 3: PM, gr. 6-7, July 13 - July 17, 1 wk/$225
Fast and fun. Brainstorm, snip, clip, organize, word process and SMASH!. Join the newest craze by smashing (gluing) 2-D & 3-D items that show who you are, what interests you at the moment: vacation or school mementos; 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! Each student will receive an official Smash Book, a gluestick, and some embellishments for starters. Taught by former PDS teacher, Bonnie Hunter.

gr. 6-8 - Crime Scene Investigation:  PDS - FULL

Session 3: PM, gr. 6-8
Did you ever wonder how actual crimes are solved? If the shows you see on television are real? This is the chance to find out for yourself!
This program will give students the opportunity to learn more about forensic science while obtaining hands-on training. Young scientists will become members of an investigative team that will develop vital evidence in the laboratory to help solve the fictional crime. Learn how to gather and analyze the evidence, map a crime scene, and conduct experiments on the evidence discovered. By the end of the program, campers will have solved the first ever CSI: PDS mystery!

gr. 6-9 - Blackrocket:  Video Game Animation (July 13-July 17) 1 wk

Session 3: PM, gr. 6-9, 1wk/$300
Take your game design to the next level by creating and animating your own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds.  Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in future games. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. Student created animations will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in teams for most of the program.

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

Session 3: AM,  gr. 7-8, 2 wks/$465

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

Session 3: PM, gr. 7-10, 2 wks/$490

Students will be creating menus, writing recipes, preparing, cooking and cleaning up. From breakfast to dinner, dessert and beyond, "Cooking is fun" is the theme of this class.  Taught by Eve Lampert.

gr. 7-12 -Sewing:  Zippers and Slippers - 2 wks

Session 3: PM, gr. 7-12, 2 wks/$465

For advanced sewing students.  Learn how to insert zippers into garments and bags and sew a fun pain of slippers.  Taught by PDS Instructor, Gail Gomez.

gr. Preschool-9 - Extended Day Recreational Program (3:30-5:30) - 1 or 2 wks

Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., gr. Preschool-9, 1 wk/$133, or 2 wks/$266

A classic after-school rec program. Campers will have a snack, use our gym and have access to computers, board games and other fun activities.

gr. 1-12 - Ice Skating (3:30-5:30)- 2 wks

Session 2: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 1-12, 2 wks/$355
Session 3: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 1-12, 2 wks/$355
Session 4: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 1-12, 2 wks/$355

All sessions welcome skaters to a structured late afternoon skating workshop. Campers are coached in basic skills, strengthening their foundation which is designed to enhance all forms of ice-skating. The 2 hours daily session is structured for all ability levels from beginners to basic skills, and beyond. Each two-week session finishes up with an informal group skating performance presented to family and friends. Everyday is supervised and structured to the needs of the group. We recommend that campers have their own skates, however, a limited $20.00 skate-leasing program for each session is available on a first come basis.  Gail Gomez, PDS Skating instructor, directs the camp with a staff of certified coaches.

gr. 1-4 - Yoga (3:30-5:30) - 1 Wk. July 6 - July 10 

Session 3,4: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 1-4, 1 wk/$140

In this course, campers will learn to practice yoga postures and movements, various meditation techniques, and breath work. We will create art, play games, develop greater self-awareness, and learn about the history and principles of yoga. Each session will be filled with fun, educational activities and designated time for reflection, relaxation, and rest. This course is designed to increase self-esteem, focus, stress-management skills and interpersonal skills.

gr. 5-8 - Yoga (3:30-5:30) -  1 Wk. July 13- July 17

Session 3,4: Late PM, 3:30-5:30pm, gr. 5-8, 1 wks/$140

In this course, campers will learn to practice yoga postures and movements, various meditation techniques, and breath work. We will create art, play games, develop greater self-awareness, and learn about the history and principles of yoga. Each session will be filled with fun, educational activities and designated time for reflection, relaxation, and rest. This course is designed to increase self-esteem, focus, stress-management skills and interpersonal skills.

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