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Our Sessions

Week 1 – June 11 – 15
Week 2 – June 18 – 22
Week 1 + 2 – June 11 – 22
Week 3 – June 25 – 29
Week 4 – July 2 – 6
(No Camp July 4th)
Week 3 + 4 – June 25 – July 6
Week 5 – July 9 – 13
Week 6 – July 16 – 20
Week 5 + 6 – July 9 – 20
Week 7 – July 23 – 27
Week 8 – July 30 – Aug. 3
Week 7 + 8 – July 23 – Aug. 3
Week 9 – Aug. 6 – 10

Our Day

Before Care: 7:30-8:30
Morning Sessions: 8:30-11:30
Lunch: 11:30-12:15
Afternoon Sessions: 12:15-3:15
Aftercare: 3:15-5:30

For more information please contact us at summerprograms@pds.org or call 609-279-2700 ext. 1342

Summer Programs 2018

Program Descriptions A to Z

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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 that they can take home and play with. Gr. 2-5, $250. Weeks 1-8

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 - 11:45 am. The Full-day program, for 1-8 graders, goes from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Emphasis will be on teaching, fundamentals and skill development in a fun, enthusiastic environment. Skills performance are at the end of each day for the Little Sixers, and a Friday afternoon performance for the 1-8 graders. 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, and make 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. Weeks 5,7,8

Art 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, $235. Weeks 4,5,7,8

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 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, $235. Week 1.

Blackrocket App.IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App- The hottest new Apps are IO apps. If your child likes to play Agar.io or Slither.io, they will love this class. Become the creator of the next viral web app and share with family and friends. In this class, you will explore the most popular IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience and learn how to code your own app. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Gr. 3-6, $300. Week 5

Blackrocket ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs! -
Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun. Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Blackrocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Gr. 3-6, $300. Week 5

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 2D platformer 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 Blackrocket 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. Week 6

Blackrocket Virtual Reality: The Future is Now! Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting edge class, you will learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created. VR projects can be viewed on a website or a mobile device. Students do not need a mobile device to take the class, but to use the VR headset a camper will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device. Students will work in pairs or teams and VR projects will be available on a password protected Blackrocket website to share with friends and family. There is an additional $19 lab fee for the VR headset. Gr. 3-6, $300. Week 6

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 3D 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. Week 7

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 Blackrocket 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. Week 7

Blackrocket Advanced 3D Video Game with Unity - Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. 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. Gr. 5-8, $300. Week 8

Blackrocket Python Programmers: Make Your Own Multiplayer Game! Youtube, Google, Instagram and Spotify - what do they have in common? They were created with Python. Learn how to code with Python and create your first multi-player adventure game. Each lesson takes you step-by-step to start you on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun a game you built from start to finish! Gr. 5-8, $300. Week 8

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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 science teacher Aaron Schomburg will lead this trip, $600 - Weeks 1 & 5

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, $235 - Weeks 5 & 7

Chess: Beginner - An 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, and win graciously and learn from losses. Gr. 1-8, $235 Weeks 1-8

Chess: Experienced - For players with experience of a year or more 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, and 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, $235 - Weeks 1-8

Clay Sculpture - This course is for students in grades 5-8 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 art teacher, Jennifer Gallagher. Gr. 5-8, Two weeks, $475 - Weeks 3+4 and 5+6

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 - Week 5

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 than 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:

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

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 Drop-off
8:45-9:15 Warm up
9:15-11:45 Tournament play
12:00 Dismissal

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 - Weeks 1,3 5,6,7,8

Cooking: Junior Chefs - Students experience delicious dishes from breakfast to dessert while learning how to follow recipes, use kitchen tools, and practice safety. Learn exciting and fun ways to cook! Gr. 3-4, $250. Weeks 1,2,4,6,7

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. Weeks 3,4,5,6,7

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. Weeks 2 & 8

Counselor-in-Training - Campers entering 10th grade in the Fall will qualify for spots in our Counselor in Training (CIT) program. This two-week long session will keep students engaged and learning important skills for both succeeding in camp as a counselor and succeeding in today's job market. Training topics include customer service, appropriate use of social media, behavior management, diversity, resilience building, interviewing skills. CITs will have instruction in the morning and shadow groups and activities in the afternoons. This 2-week experience guides students entering Grade 10 through the transition into becoming future camp counselors. Our CITs play a significant role in leading our spirited and caring camper community, and we teach them the best practices of successful camp counselors. As a thank you we will take them on a trip during the second week of the session. Gr. 10, 2 Wks, $500. Weeks 5+6

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, $235. Weeks 1,2,4

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 art teacher, Jennifer Gallagher. Gr. 1-4, Two Weeks, $475. Weeks 1+2, 3+4, 5+6

Creation Studio - Create wearable art with natural or synthetic fiber, Learn about where and how fiber is created. Design and create your own wearables such as a hat, scarf, cowl, vest, or create your own object! Gr. 6-9, $235. Week 4

Crime Scene Investigation: PDS – Did you ever wonder how actual crimes are solved? And if the shows you see on television are accurate? 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, $235. Week 5

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, $235. Week 5,6

New Design Thinking - Learn problem-solving skills by using the tools of design-thinking and storytelling. Students will work in collaborative groups to arrive at innovative solutions to problems in the world around them, beginning with designing a better backpack. Campers will use inquiry and design-thinking to approach problems of increasing complexity. Using project-based learning and working in groups, students will strengthen their skills of creativity, critical-thinking, communication, and collaboration-- also known as 21st century skills. Taught by PDS Humanities teacher, Tara Quigley. Gr. 5-7, $235. Week 2

Digital Photography - 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, and lighting, as they learn to think about photo-composition before pressing the shoot button. After shooting they’ll practice an effective workflow, as well as learn tips about caring for cameras, memory cards, card readers, and safe saving. They’ll create slideshows and photo books. On the last day, they will bring home all their photos and photo books. Gr. 4-6, $235. Week 3,8

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 2017-2018 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. Week 1

Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge
Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and social responsibilities of flying are included in this program. Gr. 5-8, Full Day, $500. Week 6

Drone Mission Mania
It’s all about drone missions as campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air to fly and code the drones through an abundance of missions. Throughout the week, instructors will pose various challenges that the campers must solve using drones. Missions include: Connect 4, Drone Basketball, King Kong, International Space Station Drone Docking, Harry The Hiker, and more. Students work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games where students collaborate, strategize, and create their own drone missions and then compete against one another. Participants will use the SWIFT programming language to accomplish many of these missions. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. Gr. 5-8, Full Day, $500. Week 7

Intro to Drone Flying Missions
Intro to Drone Flying Missions is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including the Parrot™ drones for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, young Drobots’ pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. Gr. 1-2, Half-day, $250. Week 8

Drone Camp Ultimate Obstacle Challenge: Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. Gr. 3-4, Half-day, $250. Week 8

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, $235. Weeks 1,3,8

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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 classrooms. Gr. K-9, $60. Weeks 1-8

Extended Day Recreational Program 3:30-5:30 - A classic afterschool rec program. Campers will have a snack and have access to our gym, computers, board games, and other fun activities. Gr. K-9, $125. Weeks 1-8

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. Gr. 5-8, $235. Weeks 7,8

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 pair of sneakers. Gr. 1-4, $235. Weeks 1,5

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. Week 5

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. Week 6

Freestyle and Basic Ice Skating - Princeton Day School Summer Programs has teamed up with Learn to Skate USA to offer skill levels 1-8. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. Upon completion of the Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. All classes will be well-structured with the focus on proper skill development, taught in a positive, fun, and social environment. Skaters will progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated. Basic 1 and 2: These introductory levels allow new skaters with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the fundamentals. Basic 3–6: These levels develop all of the fundamental skating skills on the ice. Focus is on learning the ABCs of basic athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Level 7-8 will allow Freestyle level skaters to advance their skills. Skaters will be evaluated and placed in the appropriate level on the first day of class. Gr. 3-12, $270. Weeks 3,4,7

Garden Adventure - 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. Campers will also learn ways of using these wonderful garden offerings through cooking, crafts, and storage methods. Garden campers will also learn about animal husbandry, focusing on the PDS Garden chickens. This camp is a great way for children to use all of their senses and have a truly hands-on garden experience. Gr. 1-3, $235. Week 6

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 Gryffindor. From there, campers will be transported to the halls and classrooms of Hogwarts, learning herbology, fantastical beasts & mythical creatures, playing a round of quidditch, 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. 4-6, $235. Weeks 1,3,5,8

History – Age of Exploration - Find out more about famous explorers, conquistadors and voyagers who set out in small wooden ships to cross uncharted seas. These men represented the curiosity, imagination and desire for new experiences that helped them discover lands around the globe. Gr. 1-4, $235. Week 6

History - Greek Mythology - Enter the magical world of the ancient Greek gods. Follow their bickering, fights, wars and compromise, fear and fun, and punishment and love. Many myths were based on the fact that gods, like mortal men, could be punished or rewarded for their actions. Gr. 1-4, $235. Week 8

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, $235. Week 7

History – Modern Post-War Era – Using source 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, $235. Week 8

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 enhances all forms of ice-skating. The 2-hour daily session is structured for all ability levels from beginners to basic skills and beyond. Every day 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 – One Week, $165. Weeks 3,4,5,6,7,8

Intro to Adventure - Bring your energy and stamina for a week of activities that will include; two days of canoeing on local waterways, two days of hiking and a half day at Rockville Climbing Center. This week will introduce your child to getting outdoors and experiencing some time in nature. Aaron Schomburg, PDS Science teacher and camp leader with 20 years of experience, will lead this trip. All gear, transportation, and canoes will be provided.

Intro to STEAM - Have you thought about entering the world of STEAM or becoming an engineer? Join us as we explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in our new Upper School STEAM LAB. Through project-based learning, develop your ability to problem solve, collaborate, and effectively use the engineering design process. Taught by Carlos Cara, PDS Upper School science and STEAMinar teacher and Aaron Schomburg, PDS Lower School science and STEAM teacher. Gr. 4-7, $235. Week 3,7

Irish Step Dancing - The phenomenon of Riverdance placed Irish dance in the world spotlight. This course is a week-long introduction to traditional Irish dance and culture. Students will learn the basic steps involved in dances such as the jig and reel, culminating in a short choreographed dance. Students will also explore Irish culture in art, folktales, and language. Students should come dressed comfortably. Ballet slippers or ghillies are recommended but not required. Gr. 3-6, max. 12. $235. Weeks 3,5,8 Just Added Week 6, Gr. 2-5

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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, $235. Week 5

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, $235. Week 6

Knights & Princesses - Calling all royal knights and princesses! In this exciting camp children will listen to 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. Week 5

LIT or Leader-In-Training Program - Lateral thinking…is the process of using information to bring about creativity and insight restructuring. With that quote in mind we have restructured our CIT program to better prepare our candidates for jobs as counselors. Students entering Grade 9 in the fall will now begin with our LIT, Leader-in-Training program. The Leader-in-Training program is an opportunity for former campers entering Grade 9 to participate in leadership workshops. The LITs will explore leadership style, develop skills for leading groups, communication, decision making, conflict resolution and increase their capacity to lead at camp and at home. LITs learn the power of role modeling and the importance of encouraging a positive environment. This 1-week program is a wonderful first step in seeking employment as a counselor at our camp in future summers. Gr. 9, $235. Week 6

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series Afternoon on the Amazon
Jack and Annie are on the run! When they are whisked to the Amazon River, they dodge killer ants and vampire bats. It’s not long before they get hopelessly lost. Will they be able to find their way back to the tree house? Or are Jack and Annie stuck in the rainforest forever? Gr. 1-2, $235, Wk 5

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series Sunset of the Sabertooth
The Ice Age is very cool…for two kids in bathing suits! Jack and Annie nearly freeze when the Magic Tree House takes them back to the time of cave people and woolly mammoths. But nothing can stop them from having a wild adventure--not even a saber-toothed tiger! Gr. 1-2. $235, Wk 6

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series Midnight on the Moon
Jack and Annie blast off for a mission on the moon – in the future! Maybe the mysterious moon man can help. Will they complete their task before the air in their oxygen tanks runs out? And why is Peanut the mouse acting so strange? Gr. 1-2, $235, Wk. 7

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series Night of the Ninjas
Jack and Annie go back to ancient Japan where they meet real ninjas! In the ninja master’s cave, they have the chance to learn the secrets of the ninja. But will evil samurai warriors track them down? Gr. 1-2, $235, Wk 4,8

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series -Merlin Missions -Night of the New Magicians
Jack and Annie must save four new magicians from an evil sorcerer who wants their secrets. They travel back in time to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France, but the fair is crowded with people, exhibits, and amazing inventions from all over the world. How will they ever find the new magicians? Will their own magic be any match for the evil sorcerer? Gr. 3-4, $235, Wk 4,8

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series -Merlin Missions -Dark Day in the Deep Sea
In order to save Merlin, Jack and Annie continue their quest for the secrets of happiness. But when the magic tree house leads them to a deserted island, they’re not sure who needs help more—Merlin or them! A shipful of explorers and scientists saves them, but the rescuers aren’t looking for the secrets of happiness; they’re looking for …a sea monster. Will Jack and Annie wind up in the monster’s clutches? Gr. 3-4. $235, Wk 5

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series -Merlin Missions - Eve of the Emperor Penguin
Jack and Annie are on a mission to learn the final secret of happiness! They are whisked away to Antarctica, land of ice and snow and penguins. They’re supposed to find the Cave of the Ancient Crown, but when they meet a group of scientists and reporters, Jack and Annie discover that they are not in the past. How will they find an ancient crown in modern times? Gr. 3-4 $235, Wk 6

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series -Merlin Missions - Moonlight on the Magic Flute
Jack and Annie travel to eighteenth-century Austria to attend a party at one of the most marvelous places in Europe. While there, they meet a funny little boy who gets into big trouble. Decked out in the craziest outfits they’ve ever worn; Jack and Annie must use their magic to save him and somehow bring happiness to millions of people! Gr. 3-4, $235, WK 7

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, $235. Week 6

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. Week 3+4 and 7+8. One week full day program Wk 2, June 18-June 22.

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 basics of engineering, programming, and teamwork. Gr. 5-8, Two weeks, $500. Weeks 3+4 and 5+6 and 7+8

Lego Robotics II – Campers who have completed 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. Weeks 5+6

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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 fun books. We will also create stories and illustrations for some of the books we make. Gr. 1-3, $235. Week 3

Math Gr. 1-2 – Stacey Walker, PDS Math Specialist, has created this exciting new camp 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. They will also partner up to play tried and true dice and card games that reinforce skills while having fun. Grades, 1-2, Two weeks, $500. Weeks 1+2, 3+4, 5+6, 7+8

Math Gr. 3-4 – Stacey Walker, PDS Math Specialist has developed this exciting new camp 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. They will also partner up to play tried and true dice and card games that reinforce skills while having fun. Gr. 3-4, Two weeks, $500. Weeks 1+2, 3+4, 5+6, 7+8

NEW Math Gr. 5-6 – Stacey Walker, PDS Math Specialist has developed this exciting new camp that will show students the benefits and examples of Growth Mindset and ways of thinking and learning math using that approach. This camp will help students avoid the dreaded summer slide that often occurs during long breaks by reviewing and solidifying concepts and skills that have been taught in earlier grades. They will partner up to play dice and card games that reinforce skills while having fun. Gr. 5-6, Two weeks, $500. Weeks 1+2, 3+4, 5+6, 7+8

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 5-8, $250. Weeks 3,7

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, $235. Week 2

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 – Campers will write to achieve greater clarity and precision in written communication by organizing, drafting and editing short works of non-fiction and fiction. In the second week they will 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, Two Weeks, $475. Weeks 1+2, 3+4, 5+6, 7+8

Ooey-Gooey Science Fun Our ever-popular program gives your child the opportunity to be a mad or silly scientist, with hands-on experiments, 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, $255. Weeks 2,3,5,6,7,8

PDS Explorers - 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, $235. Week 6

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 classrooms 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, $235 half-day, $460 Full day. Weeks 1-8

Petite Picasso - Explore the endless possibilities in art as a Petite Picasso. We will take adventures into nature to inspire us, read books about famous artists, and, of course, experiment with different mediums and tools. We will create timeless artworks using different techniques in printmaking, painting, and drawing. Come have fun and express yourself! Gr. K-1, $235. Weeks 3,4

Pine Barrens Parent/Child Weekend Trip – June 16 - June 17 - 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 person

Pretty 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, $235 half day, $460 Full Day. Weeks 3-8

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Rocketry: To Infinity and Beyond - Five, four, three, two, one…BLAST OFF! 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, $255. Weeks 6,7

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, Weeks 2, 7 and Gr. 5-8, Weeks 1,8 $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, and flag football. Gr. 5-8, $250. Weeks 5-8

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, $235. Weeks 1,3,5

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, $235. Weeks 2,4,6

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! Gr. 4-7, $500. Wk 6, full day


Summer Camp Dance - Whether you are a dancer, a performer, an athlete, or just want to try something new, this camp will teach you some new moves, and, more importantly, how to move well. Exploring techniques of modern and contemporary dance, improvisation, floor work, choreography, and anatomy, this class will improve coordination, strength and flexibility in a fun, collaborative, and creative space. Come with curiosity, and the rest will follow! This class is appropriate for dancers and those who are looking to expand their movement and expressive possibilities. Gr. 2-5, $235. Weeks 1,3

Summer College Essay Seminar at Princeton Day School - PDS English 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 thirty years of experience teaching the college essay and have been part of the English Department at PDS for a combined thirty-six 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 supplements on their applications with knowledge and confidence. During the course, the teachers will also share an extensive collection of articles and recommendations from college admissions officers focused on what colleges look for when reading essays. This course makes the college essay process interesting, informative, and fun. Students from PDS, Hill, Peddie, Hun, Pennington, Lawrenceville, Montgomery, Hopewell and Princeton High School, the Windsors, and Stuart have completed the course with success. Gr. 12. 2-Week Program, $1000. Weeks 2+3

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, including learning how to build a fire, make shelter, filter water, and more. Gr. 4-6, Full Day, $460. Weeks 3,5

Tennis - Coach Tanner Campbell is back to welcome players of all abilities, who will be grouped accordingly in this camp. 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. Weeks 1-8

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, $235. Week 7

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 and lessons on concepts such as setting and props. Break a leg, everyone! Gr. 2-4, $235. Weeks 3,5

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 schoolyard fun! Campers will be responsible for bringing a packed lunch each day for this program. Gr. K-4, Full Day, $450. Week 9

Yankees Baseball Camp - Yankees Baseball Camps returns to Princeton Day School in 2018 with a World Series Experience session from August 13-17. 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 info@yankeessummercamps.com or 212-381-7786. Gr. K-8

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Program Highlights

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

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