3D Printing – Kids will learn to combine shapes in the computer to design their own toys. Once developed, we’ll print them with a 3D Printer capable of converting a digital file into a tangible object, then they could take it home and have lots of fun playing with it! Gr. 2-5, $250
76ers Basketball - Coed - This Summer go to camp with the Sixers at PDS! The day camps are for boys and girls 5-13 years old. There is a 5-7 year old Little Sixers program from 9 am - 11:45 am. The Full-day program, for 1-8 graders, goes from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Emphasis on teaching, fundamentals and skill development in a fun, enthusiastic environment. Skills performance at the end of each day for the Little Sixers, and Friday afternoon performance for the 1-8 graders. Register by February 15, 2017 and receive a discount, tickets to a Sixer's game and an invitation to a private team practice! Call 610-668-7676 or click here for detailed pricing and to register!
Archery - Ready, Aim, And Fire! Learn form and safety as well as getting basic training in Archery. Range supervised by USA Archery Level 1 Instructors. Campers will use re-curve bows. We will go over range rules, safety gear, and getting the best use of our muscles and balance, combined with clear mental preparation. Then it's on to fun and friendly competing against fellow campers for the bull's eye! All skill levels welcome! Gr. 6-9, $250
Art Studio 101: Drawing, Painting, & Collage - 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! Gr. 1-4, $230
Athletic All-stars - Do you love sports? Do you love all sports, both indoors and outdoors? If so, then Athletic All-stars is for you! Each day for a week, students will focus on one new sport. This means in one week campers will experience 5 different sports!!! We will teach the basics and fundamentals of the sport including rules, regulations, safety, basic skills, and proper play. The 2nd half of the session will afford campers the opportunity to play in game like situations including scrimmages, drills, and other events. The camp's goals are fun, exposure to a variety of sports, fair play, and competition. Sports possibly offered during the week may include, Football, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Baseball/Softball, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Soccer, Volleyball, and Field Hockey. Gr. 1-4 and 5-8, $230
Bee-Bot Fun – Using Bee-Bot, a programmable floor robot, kids explore cause and effect situations in an exciting context. This colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is the perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, problem solving, and enjoyment in learning. Gr. PK-K, $250
Blackrocket App Attack – 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 (HTML5) mobile 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. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Gr. 3-6, $300
Blackrocket Make Your First 3D Video Game – Try this new version of a Black Rocket classic! This class allows you to develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay, and story telling. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Gr. 3-6, $300
Blackrocket Minecraft Designers -If you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3-D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Gr. 3-6, $300
Blackrocket Minecraft Animators -Bring your favorite Minecraft characters to life in an animated short film! Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies like Inside Out and Frozen by using techniques like keyframing, tweening, texturing, and animating rigged 3D models! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. You do not need to own a Minecraft account to use the software in this class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.. Mac users can play their project at home, but will not be able to edit the project without a PC. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Gr. 3-6, $300
Blackrocket Minecraft Modders -Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access their project at home students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in Pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Gr. 3-6, $300
Blackrocket Star Wars Stop Animation – Make your own Star Wars adventure come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or Star Wars and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a new world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in Star Wars action figures or vehicles from home, but all other equipment provided. Student-created films will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Gr. 3-6, $300
Blackrocket! Make Your First Video Game - 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, level design, 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 pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Gr. 3-6, $300
Canoeing the Waters of NJ-Full Day - 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. PDS teacher, Aaron Schomburg will lead this trip, $500
Cardboard Arcade Workshop - Back by popular demand! 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. Campers will take home the arcade games on Friday. Gr. 3-6, $230
Chess: Beginner - 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. Gr. 1-8, $230
Chess: Experienced - 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. Gr. 1-8, $230
Choose Your Own Adventure
Have you ever wanted to summit Mount Washington or spend the night in a remote cabin in the White Mountain National Forest? Spend a few days canoeing and camping along an American Heritage river? Stay in a lean-to along the edge of a pristine northern Vermont lake to enjoy days of canoeing, swimming, and fishing? Complete a night climb of a 4,000 ft. mountain to watch the sunrise? If so, this trip is perfect for you. Gather family members, old friends, or neighbors and we will customize a week-long trip to fit your interests, bucket list, or sense of challenge and adventure. Open to the first group that contacts us, you will meet with the trip leader to discuss a list of possibilities that range throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. From that first meeting will come an outline and estimate of costs. Final preparations of itinerary, schedule, and detailed costs will follow. Whenever possible we will provide transportation, gear, tents, and food. This trip can be designed to fit an adventurous group of young parents and children that want to be introduced to a variety of outdoor activities or a group that is experienced and wants to push the limits and explore new, more challenging aspects of their favorite outdoor pastimes. Aaron Schomburg, PDS science teacher of 24 years and adventure camp leader for nearly 20 years, will help organize and lead this trip. Group size – 3-10. Ages -7-99. Cost- dependent on group size and itinerary.
Clay Oven Cooking – Learn how to bake bread, make pizza and roast vegetables in the PDS Clay oven. This beautiful oven was built by campers last summer and has been making delicious food ever since! Using the freshest, most local ingredients, campers will bake daily, starting the day by lighting and tending the fire in the oven. This will be followed by preparing loaves of bread and ingredients for pizzas, and harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden for roasting. Campers will make a recipe book and bring home food to share.
Gr. 3-5, Full Day, $450.
Clay Sculpture - This course is for students in grades 5-8 builds with prior knowledge and experience working with clay. The sculpture discipline is shaped and reshaped by a set of ideas: form, space, surface, material, location, gesture, and narrative. We use our hands to build and explore methods and strategies for using ceramics as a sculptural material toward developing a unique body of artwork. *Due to the nature of materials used this course requires a two-week commitment. Taught by PDS teacher, Jennifer Gallagher. Gr. 5-8, Two weeks, $475
Comic Book Illustration - 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, $230
Competitive Edge Hockey: Boys & Girls 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
Fridays end at 11:15am
For more information, please visit the Competitive Edge website, or call Scott Bertoli: (609) 306-2621.
Competitive Edge Lacrosse (Boys) - 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 Rich D'Andrea, Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at PDS, Rob Tuckman, Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at PDS and Peter Higgins, Head Middle School Lacrosse Coach at PDS. "Early" registration discount (before May 1st) Competitive Edge website
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
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)
1:00-2:15 Small area games and team concepts
2:15-3:30 Scrimmage games and tournament play
8:45-9:15 Warm up
9:15-11:45 Tournament play
Cooking: Kitchen Concoctions – This program is meant to introduce young campers to the joy of cooking. Simple recipes will be prepared with an emphasis on cooperation and safety in the kitchen. Past dishes have included cookie pie, monkey bread, soft pretzels with dip and berry cobbler. Yummy! Gr. 1-2, $250
Cooking: Just Desserts - Students experience delicious desserts from around the world while they learn about the country or origin of each wonderful creation. Learn an exciting and fun way to cook impressive desserts. Gr. 3-4. And Gr. 5-8, $250
Cooking: Cupcake Boss - 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, $250
Cooking Everyday Dishes- Students will be creating menus, writing recipes, preparing, cooking and cleaning up. From breakfast to dinner, dessert and beyond! Gr. 5-8, $250
Connecticut River Trip - Comradery. Adventure. Wildlife. This week-long excursion combines fun and learning as students chart the waters of teamwork and personal growth along the Northern section of the Connecticut River. Together we will canoe and camp along the shores between Vermont and New Hampshire. We’ll take in the wilderness and fresh water as we paddle and enjoy the incredible skies with roasted s’mores at night. With over 50 years of combined experience at PDS, an innate passion for science, distinct roles at the National Forestry Service and an all-around sense of excitement –who knows what adventure lies around the corner with exploration leaders Carlos Cara and Aaron Schomburg navigating the way. Come take your summer outdoors! All equipment and food provided by PDS. Gr. 7-10, $950.
Counselor-in-Training - Full-day for students 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. Gr. 9, Two weeks $500
NEW Crafting Craze – This week will involve running around and creating natural and ‘traditional’ crafts using collected material like sticks, leaves, rocks, and of course mud! We will create many natural crafts using material the campers gather themselves. While the sun dries handmade paper and candles cool off we’ll play games and run around. Rest assured these campers will have plenty of fun crafts to show off! Gr. 1-4, $230
Crazy for Clay - This course for students in grades 1-4 explores various methods of hand building with clay. We use coils, slabs, and sculptural techniques to create pottery with attention to the essentials of form and design. Students learn various techniques while they explore a wide range of styles, from primitive pots to pop art. Discover the fun and excitement of working with clay! *Due to the nature of the materials used this course requires a two-week commitment. Taught by PDS teacher, Jennifer Gallagher. Gr. 1-4, Two Weeks, $475.
Crime Scene Investigation: PDS – 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 CSI: PDS mystery! Gr. 6-8, $230
NEW - Debate Club – Campers will learn how to construct and deliver effective oral arguments. They will frequently engage in lively, structured debates with one another. Time and attention will be devoted to researching the debate topics in order to back up claims with facts, and campers will be taught proper public speaking methods. This program will stress public speaking delivery, organizational skills, quick thinking, awareness of issues and knowledge of current events. Gr. 5-8, $230
Driver's Education, Classroom & Behind-The-Wheel - A State-Approved Driver's Education course, this one-week program consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of Behind the Wheel Driving experience. The State written test is administered at the conclusion of classes, after which the instructor will contact each student for behind the wheel instruction. Please note, in order to be eligible to take the state written test, the student must be at least 16 years of age; however, for those not yet 16 at the time of classroom instruction, the student will be able to take the written test at our Princeton office on a scheduled date around the time of the 16th birthday or thereafter. The appropriate time to take this course is if the student is 16 or will turn 16 in the 2016-2017 school year. Attendance at all 30 hours of classroom is mandatory to receive certification. Tuition does not include permit ($10.00), or decal fee ($4.00). Please visit www.EastCoastDrivingSchool.com for more information. Ages 15-17. Classroom only, $460. Classroom and behind-the-wheel, $960.
NEW - Drone Camp - What does it take to be a drone explorer? How are drones positively impacting humans all over the world? Which industries currently use drones to provide solutions for otherwise impossible feats? Drone camp will walk you through the evolution and recent exponential growth of drone technology and its positive advancements. We incorporate the science and technology behind the mechanics of drones and all of the creative projects and careers drone innovation is creating in the 21st century.
Meet industry experts, compete in drone racing tournaments, storyboard and direct your own film, geomap the land, build a portfolio, and gain a competitive edge for high school, college and beyond–all while utilizing drone technology. Imagine–what you discover today at Drone camp may position you as an industry leader in the future. No prior experience necessary. All skill levels are welcome. Gr. 5-8 (Campers separated into appropriate age groups). Full Day, $495
Drumming – Catch the Beat! - Discover rhythms and sounds from around the world through drumming! Students will learn how to use their hands or sticks to play and enjoy drumming. We will explore the sounds and rhythms of drums, rattles and gongs. An amazing musical experience! Taught by African-born PDS French teacher, Edem Afemeku, Gr. 2-4, $230
Early Morning Pre-Camp 7:30 am-8:30 am - 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. Gr. PK-9, $60
Extended Day Recreational Program 3:30-5:30 - A classic afterschool rec program. Campers will have a snack, use our gym and have access to computers, board games and other fun activities. Gr. PK-9, $125
Fencing - 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 with 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. $230
Fishing: Catch of the Day - 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. Please bring water shoes and/or extra paid of sneakers. Gr. 2-4, $230
Flag Football - 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. 3-5, $250
Flag Football - Hone your skills on the field! We 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, $250
Freestyle Ice Skating - Skaters taking this class should be at the freestyle level which means they have mastered all of the basic skating skills and are working on jumps and spins. Skaters will also have instruction in beginning dance, moves in the field, footwork, stroking, couples or pair skating, synchro, freestyle programs and interpretive. Gr. 3-12, $250
Garden Exploration - Campers will be encouraged to explore their surroundings and will be engaged in all aspects of the garden. They will plant, care for and harvest vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers and learn ways of using these wonderful garden offerings by cooking, crafts and storage methods. Garden campers will also learn about animal husbandry, focusing on the PDS Garden Chickens. Summer Garden Exploration is a great way for children to use all of their senses and have a truly hands on garden experience. Gr. 1-3, $230
Green Team - Campers will study nature and farm animals, will tend and harvest in the organic garden and investigate the varied ecosystems on our beautiful campus and surroundings. Through close observation of the natural world and hands on learning, participants will develop environmental leadership skills and will get their hands dirty in the process! Gr. 5-8 Full Day, $450
Harry Potter – 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 ovels. Gr. 4-6, $230
High Ropes – Advanced - This high ropes camp offers the experienced climber the opportunity to stretch themselves with the more challenging elements on the PDS ropes course. This fast paced, climbing experience includes both individual and dual high elements. It also includes the Voyageur Course, a series of challenges connected by a self-belay system. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of achieving! Gr. 3-12, $405.
High Ropes Beginner - Campers will develop self-confidence and trust through a series of group initiatives and games. They will have the opportunity to challenge themselves on our state-of-the-art high ropes adventure course. Elements include the giant swing, catwalk, tree climb, and islands. One highlight for all is a ride on our 300' zip line through the middle of our course. Truly an amazing experience! Taught by PDS teacher and coach Jill Thomas. Gr. 3-12, $405.
High Ropes 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. Gr. 9-12, $450.
NEW History – Each week we will explore different topics for the younger students. Topics covered will include Community Workers, Greek Mythology, Age of Exploration and the North America Continent. Gr. 1-4, $230
NEW History – American Revolution - Campers will explore history by examining documents, artwork, photos, literature, songs, and movie clips. Using these source materials, campers will practice historical analysis by writing on broad, essential questions. This course focuses on the American Revolution. It will include an analysis of the causes of the war, details of the war itself, and the consequences of the revolution on America and the world. Gr. 5-8, $230
NEW History – The Civil War – Campers will explore history by examining documents, artwork, photos, literature, songs, and movie clips. This course focuses on the Civil War. Campers will investigate the causes of the war, the battles, the policy makers, and the ways in which American society was changed by the conflict. Gr. 5-8, $230
NEW History – World Wars - Campers will investigate the causes of World War I and World War II. What caused these wars? What battles were fought? Who were the politicians? Experiences of those who served will be examined and discussed. Gr. 5-8, $230
NEW History – Modern Post-War Era – Using sources materials, campers will practice historical analysis by writing on broad essential questions. Campers will learn about the cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, American foreign policy following the fall of the Soviet Union, and the impact of technology on modern society. Gr. 5-8, $230
Ice Skating (3:30-5:30) - 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. Gr. 1-12 – 2 Weeks, $350
Journalism Part I – Be part of a real-life journalism and media experience with this hands-on, interactive, and fun workshop. Armed with curiosity, and a reporter’s notebook, we will make our own blog, The PDS Summer Times. Along the way we’ll learn what journalism is, and how to get the best story. We will interview fellow campers and staff, and practice writing skills and tricks to really grab the reader. What is news? What makes a good story? We will practice writing compelling news stories, including how to think like a reporter, ask key questions during interviews, and gather information from credible sources. We will also explore how to write a powerful opening sentence, and craft eye-catching headlines. Gr. 5-8, $230
Journalism Part II - We will explore a variety of journalism genres, including opinion pieces, profiles and feature (human interest) stories. From brainstorming ideas to the polished piece, campers will be given assistance every step of the way including suggestions for voice, choice of language, structure, use of quotes, and editing. Gr. 5-8, $230
Knights & Princesses - Calling all royal knights and princesses! In this exciting camp children will listen to the old favorite tales of royalty, play language arts games to enhance early reading skills and make special royal crafts to bring home. Children are encouraged to wear their royal garments to camp, but frogs must be left at home! Gr. K-1, $230
NEW Language Arts: Dinosaurs Before Dark – We will read the first book in the Magic Tree House series, and learn about dinosaurs and archaeology. When did the dinosaurs live? What other animals lived at that time? Which dinosaur was the biggest? Each day, the children will read part of the book and learn about a new species of dinosaur or prehistoric life. We will do literacy activities to build comprehension and fluency in reading, and will also do writing activities related to dinosaurs and the book’s plot and characters. Gr. 1-2, $230
NEW Language Arts: The Knight at Dawn – We will read the second book in the Magic Tree House series, and learn about medieval life in England. Each day, the children will read part of the book and learn about becoming a knight, how castles were built, and did horses really wear armor? We will do literacy activities to build comprehension and fluency in reading, and will also do writing activities related to the time period and the book’s plot and characters. Gr., 1-2, $230
NEW Language Arts: Mummies in the Morning - We will read the third book in the Magic Tree House series, and learn about life and practices in ancient Egypt. Each day, the children will read part of the book and learn about mummies, pyramids, mythology, and other aspects of this time period. We will do literacy activities to build comprehension and fluency in reading, and will also do writing activities related to the time period and the book’s plot and characters. Gr. 1-2, $230
NEW Language Arts: Pirates Past Noon - We will read the fourth book in the Magic Tree House series, and learn about pirates. Each day, the children will read part of the book and learn desert islands, secret maps, hidden gold, and of course ruthless pirates. We will do literacy activities to build comprehension and fluency in reading, and will also do writing activities related both to pirates and the book’s plot and characters. Gr. 1-2, $230
NEW Language Arts: Sunset of the Sabertooth - Jack and Annie are whisked all the way back to the Ice Age where they meet woolly mammoths, cave people…and fierce saber-tooth tigers! They’ll learn how early humans stayed warm enough to survive, who made the first cave paintings and what happened to saber-toothed cats and woolly mammoths? Students will learn vocabulary, cause & effect, writing, speaking and listening Gr. 3-4, $230
NEW Language Arts: Ghost Town at Sundown - Morgan le Fay has promised to make Jack and Annie masters of the tree house if they can solve four riddles. In Ghost Town at Sundown, the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to a ghost town in the Wild West of the 1880s. There, they meet a mustang herder named Slim as they search for the answer to the second riddle. Students will learn vocabulary, cause & effect, writing, speaking and listening. Gr. 3-4, $230.
NEW Language Arts: Stage Fright on a Summer Night - Jack and Annie are whisked back to Elizabethan England. There they meet William Shakespeare himself – one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare’s having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare? Students will learn vocabulary, cause & effect, writing, speaking and listening. Gr. 3-4, $230
NEW Language Arts: Monday with a Mad Genius – Jack and Annie travel to Italy in the Renaissance, a time when every new morning brought with it the promise of artistic and scientific wonder. There, they meet none other than Leonardo da Vinci! Students will learn vocabulary, cause & effect, writing, speaking and listening. Gr. 3-4, $230
Law 101 - Campers will explore the legal system by engaging in debates, reading short articles and viewing video clips that highlight how the law reflects – or defines – our notions of common sense. Topics include Criminal v. Civil Law, types of crime, and legal procedures from the moment of arrest or summons to the verdict. Gr. 5-8, $230
Lego Robotics: Intro - 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. Gr. 1-4, Two Weeks, $500
Lego Robotics I - No experience necessary! Campers will build and program several complex robots requiring patience and attention to details. They will learn features of each building block, including motors and sensors. They will learn the essence of engineering, programming, and teamwork. Gr. 5-8, Two weeks, $500
Lego Robotics II – 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. Gr. 5-8, Two weeks, $500
NEW Little Scientist – In this camp kids will be introduced to different areas of science each day. They will learn the basic principles and do fun and safe hands on experiments to understand the topic. This program fulfills today’s needs of STEM education for young minds. Gr. PK-K, $250.
Make a Book - You already like reading books. How would you like to MAKE books? This camp session focuses on bookmaking. Bookmakers will create their own books from recycled, upcycled, and new art materials. They will learn how to sew bindings using yarn, bind pages with sticks, and create book covers sometimes from conventional materials like matte board and other times from items like old tapes, envelopes, and CDs. We will spend time inside and outside collecting ideas for cool, fun books. We will also create stories and illustrations for some of the books we make. Gr. 1-3, $230
Makey, Makey, Make an Arcade! - Makey Makey is an invention kit and it's a great teaching tool for younger students. In this class students will learn the basics of circuitry and programming as they make their own arcade games and play with each other. Kids use different tools to create original projects and have fun with them. Students will use everyday objects to control these games--imagine controlling a Pac-Man with 4 apples! Gr. 2-4, $250.
NEW Math Gr. 1-2 – Stacey Walker, PDS Math Specialist has created this exciting new class that will show students the benefits and examples of Growth Mindset, an exciting concept developed by Carol Dweck and promoted and taught by Stanford’s Jo Boaler. Students will work through select problems from Jo Boaler’s website, Youcubed.org that engage number sense and explore patterns and space. Students will share ideas from others and learn ideas with others. They will also partner up to play other tried and true dice and card games that reinforce skills while having fun. Grades, 1-2, Two weeks, $500
NEW Math Gr. 3-4 – Stacey Walker, PDS Math Specialist has developed this exciting new class that will show students the benefits and examples of Growth Mindset and ways of thinking and learning math using that approach. Students will work through select problems from Jo Boaler’s website, Youcubed.org that engage number sense and explore patterns and space. Students will share ideas from others and learn ideas with others. They will also partner up to play other tried and true dice and card games that reinforce skills while having fun. Gr. 3-4, Two weeks, $500
Mountain Biking Full Day Adventure - If you love to ride your mountain bike and you enjoy the thrill of adventure, this camp is for you. Intermediate and advanced riders can look forward to an all day camp where we will explore not only local trails, but those beyond. Come and experience the hills and valleys of Round Valley Reservoir, the fire roads in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and Six Mile Run’s challenging single tracks. Ride along the North Branch of the Raritan River as you explore the beauty of New Jersey outdoors! Transportation to and from our riding venues is provided – mountain bike and helmets are required. Bring a bag lunch, plenty of water and your spirit of adventure. Join Aaron Schomburg and Carlos Cara as they travel central New Jersey to find some of the best mountain bike riding around. Gr. 6-9, $500
Mountain Biking: Off Road - 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 4-8, $250
Mystery Mayhem - Bring your imagination! Read detective and mystery books and play mystery games. Students will learn to identify the elements of detective and mystery stories, assume roles as characters, play board games, solve mystery puzzles, decipher codes and watch classic mystery movies. Gr. 3-6, $230
NIKE Basketball Camp (Girls) - The goal of the Pro Level Training Nike Basketball Camp is to provide players with the skills and mental approach they need to take their game to the next level. A major emphasis of camp will be movement and working on the fundamentals of footwork, balance and conditioning to become a better and more explosive player. To register please visit the Pro Level Training website. Age 8-16
NIKE Basketball Camp (Boys) - The goal of the Pro Level Training Nike Basketball Camp is to provide players with the skills and mental approach they need to take their game to the next level. A major emphasis of camp will be movement and working on the fundamentals of footwork, balance and conditioning to become a better and more explosive player. To register please visit the Pro Level Training website. Age 8-16
Of Mice and Pen- Clarity in Communication – During this week campers will write to achieve greater clarity and precision in written communication by organizing, drafting and editing short works of non-fiction and fiction. Gr. 5-8, $230
Of Mice and Pen –Creative Written Expression –During this week campers will be inspired to hone their writing skills through engaging in creative written expression, various forms of poetry and writing for fun such as alliterations and word games. Gr. 5-8, $230
Ooey-Gooey Science Fun – Our ever popular program gives your child the opportunity to be a mad or silly scientist, with hands-on experiments, and creative concoctions and potions. Give your young scientist a chance to learn the basic concepts governing science through fun play and teaching. Students' interest in science will grow as they see scientific principles come to life right before their very goggles! Gr. 1-2, $250
Join the PDS explorers and visit all the cool places on this awesome campus you never get to see. We’ll visit our bamboo forest and cut bamboo to make a cool fort. We’ll explore the PDS trails that take us deep into the woods where we’ll search for animal and insect habitats. The pond and stream will be visited regularly where we will hunt for treasures under rocks and fallen logs. This camp is for true explorers who will be prepared to be outside rain or shine! Gr. 3-5, $230
Panther Mini Camp - 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) 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.-Age 3-K, $230 half-day, $450 Full day.
Petite Picasso - Explore the endless possibilities in art as a Petite Picasso. We will take adventures into nature to inspire us, read books on famous artists, and of course experiment with different mediums and tools. We will create timeless artwork using different techniques in printmaking, painting, and drawing. Come have fun and express yourself! Gr. PK-1, $230
Photography: Digital for Kids - Shoot photos, not snapshots. In this course, campers will use school cameras to take pictures under varied conditions, and discover ways to edit photos, improve color, contrast and sharpness. They will vary depth of field, shooting angles as well as effective lighting, as they learn to think about photocomposition before pressing the shoot button. After shooting they’ll practice an effective workflow, as well as tips about caring for cameras, memory cards, card readers and safe saving. They’ll create slide shows and photo books. On the last day, they will bring home all the photos they took, all the books created and all the pictures taken by them. Gr. 4-6, $230
Pine Barrens Parent/Child Weekend Trip – June 24-June 25 - Spend a weekend canoeing, camping, and exploring the Wharton State Park section of the Pine Barrens. We will spend the day Saturday at Oswego Lake and then spend the night camping in a local state park before returning to campus Sunday. No outdoor experience is necessary. Canoes, tents, campsite reservations, food, and transportation will be provided. Gr. 2-6, $120/per personPretty Brook Farm Day Camp- At Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp, campers 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! Gr. 1-4, $230 half day, $450 Full Day
Rocketry: To Infinity and Beyond -Five, four, three, two, one…BLASTOFF! Spend the week learning about, building, and preparing for a final take off into space! This camp is a hands-on introduction into rocket science. Students will learn the basic physics behind rocket flights as they design, assemble and launch their rockets. We will also conduct scientific experiments and learn more about the solar system, history of flight and space exploration! Gr. 5-8, $250
Simulate the Golden Age of Greece -This simulation is designed to “gamify” an educational experience about the classical Greek world. Rather than being presented historical information about the topic, participants experience and discover the history for themselves, as though they were living through it - feeling the ups and downs of being in control of a city-state’s destiny. You’ll begin by creating a fictional city-state and placing it among the Aegean Sea, connecting it to other cities through trade routes and common mythology, and deciding on an overall philosophy for your people to follow. Will your city-state focus on craft, strength, or wisdom? Over the course of “turns” that act like years, this city-state will grow and evolve, based on luck and careful decision making. You’ll be at the mercy of “the fates” - pulling cards each turn that indicate positive or negative events that effect your people. You will also have to trade, battle, create works of art, collect “Great People” of different types, and constantly be on the lookout for opportunities to grow your assets. The Panhellenic Games, the Athenian Schools, and large-scale invasions of Persians are some of these opportunities, to name a few. The simulation’s activities involve numerous disciplines, including but not limited to: mathematics and geometry, science and technical design, artistry, social/emotional learning, physical education, presentation and oratory, writing, and even food tasting! It is not necessary for participants to have any existing knowledge of ancient Greece in order to thrive - just a love of gaming! Taught by PDS teacher, Joe Reilly. Gr. 4-7 Full Day $500.
Soccer – We welcome students of all abilities to our soccer program to enjoy “the beautiful game”. This program is coed, and will focus on fundamentals such as foot skills and ball mastery, tactical shooting, teamwork and most importantly, fun. See you on the pitch! Gr. 1-4, and 5-8, $250
Sports Spectacular! - 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, $250
SSAT Prep – Math - 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. Taught by PDS teacher, Maryann Ortiz. Gr. 7-8, $230
SSAT Prep – Verbal - 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. Taught by PDS teacher, Beth Yakoby. Gr. 7-8, $230
Summer College Essay Seminar at Princeton Day School - PDS teachers, Karen Latham, Jamie McCulloch, and Tom Quigley are once again combining their talents and teaching experience to instruct a summer college essay seminar. Karen, Jamie, and Q. have more than twenty years experience teaching the college essay and have been part of the English department at PDS for a combined thirty-four years. The college essay seminar will guide students through the process of choosing a topic, drafting, revising, editing and polishing at least two personal narratives. By reviewing and analyzing a range of past college application essays and essay questions, by cultivating elements of voice and style, and by discovering what is likely to work and what isn't, students will be prepared to approach other essays and supplemental applications with knowledge and confidence. We look forward to working together to help make the college essay process interesting, informative, and fun. Gr. 12 – 2 Week Program, $1000.
NEW Survive! – Do you have what it takes to survive the PDS wilderness? Find out! During this week campers will learn the basics of survival in the wilderness, learning fire building, shelter making, water filtering, and more! Gr. 4-6, Full Day, $450.
Tennis - Coach Tanner Campbell is back to welcome players of all ability, 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. 1-9, $280
The Verdict: Mock Trial - Order in the Court! This camp is engaging and educational as participants will learn the basics of courtroom procedures and will role-play an actual case in front of judge and jury. Campers will be assigned roles as attorneys and witnesses for our mock trial. Gr. 5-8, $230
Theater Games - Aspiring to win an Academy Award one day? All great actors and actresses start somewhere- why not here? This fun and active program welcomes young thespians of all backgrounds to learn the basics of acting. Daily activities will include theater games, lessons on concepts such as setting and props. Break a leg, everyone! Gr. 2-4, $230
Wrap-Up Camp - Full-Day Summer Wrap Up Day Camp will include recreational activities, and is a terrific childcare option for parents of children entering grades K-4 this fall. Extend your child's summer at Princeton Day School through sports, games, and school yard fun! Campers will be responsible for bringing a packed lunch each day for this program. Gr. K-4, Full Day, $425
Yankees Baseball Camp - Yankees Baseball Camps returns to Princeton Day School in 2017 with a World Series Experience session from August 14-18. This session provides campers with four days of unparalleled instruction in our baseball curriculum and a trip to Yankee Stadium – complete with an exclusive tour, our World Series Trophy & Ring Experience, and the opportunity to meet a current Yankees player. Register and learn more at yankees.com/camps. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Yankees Camps team at email@example.com or 212-381-7786. Gr. K-8
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Just Added!!! Joe Reilly, Princeton Day School Middle School humanities teacher, has created this new, full-day camp for Grades 4-7, July 10- July 14!
Grades 5-8. This summer camp program accommodates all learning levels – whether or not you have ever flown or even seen a drone before. All of the Drobots programs include personalized guidance, confidence building, tailored instruction and a variety of fun activities appropriate for kids and pre-teens. All in a friendly and safe environment!
This week will involve running around and creating natural and 'traditional' crafts using collected material like sticks, leaves, rocks, and of course mud! We will create many natural crafts using material the campers gather themselves.