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, $600 - Weeks 2 & 8
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, $240 - Weeks 5 & 7
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, $240 Weeks 1-8
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, $240 - 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 teacher, Jennifer Gallagher. Gr. 5-8, Two weeks, $500 - 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, $240 - Weeks 5 & 7.
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 Princeton University Tiger ‘95-’99, 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 12 years, Scott Bertoli is thrilled to take full advantage of the outstanding facilities at Princeton Day School this summer. A typical daily schedule looks like this:
8:30-8:45am- Drop off
9:00-10:00am- Skating and fundamentals of the game
10:00-11:00am- Small area games and team concepts
11:15-12:00pm- Lunch (not provided)
12:00-1:00pm- Conditioning, movie, or outdoor activity
1:15-2:15pm- Shooting and scoring
2:15-3:00pm- Full-ice games and controlled scrimmage
3:15pm- Dismissal Fridays end at 11:15am
For more information, please visit the Competitive Edge website, or call Scott Bertoli: (609) 306-2621.
New Competitive Edge Camps is proud to announce the addition of our Field Hockey & Lacrosse summer camp! The camp is led by USA Field Hockey Level II certified and current Princeton Day School varsity field hockey coach, Heather Farlow, and US Lacrosse Level I certified and current Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse coach, Emily Shircliff. Competitive Edge Field Hockey & Lacrosse camp provides detailed instruction, with skill development and competitive play for all levels of experience. Players, in grades 1 through 6, will participate in a variety of activities to help develop and strengthen ball handling skills, fitness, knowledge of the rules, game strategy and more. Every day will be devoted to sport specific instruction for both sports. We will alternate morning and afternoon sessions for field hockey and lacrosse. Players will be divided by both age and experience level to ensure that every participant has a positive experience. All athletes need FH/LAX goggles, a mouthguard and shinguards.
To register, visit the Competitive Edge website.
Schedule: June 24th – June 28th
Monday - Thursday
8:30 am-8:45 am – Drop-off
8:45 am -10:00 am – Skills and fundamentals of the game (M,W FH | T,TH LAX)
10:00 am -11:15 am – Small sided games and team concepts
11:15 am-12:00 pm – Lunch (not provided)
12:00-1:00 pm – Indoor Activity
1:15-2:15 pm – Skills and fundamentals of the game (M,W LAX | T,TH FH)
2:15-3:15 pm – Small sided games and team concepts
3:30pm – Dismissal
8:30-8:45 am – Drop-off
8:45-10:00 am– Full field games
10:00-11:15 am – Team building exercises
11:15 am-12:00 pm – Lunch (not provided)
12:00-1:00 pm – Indoor Activity
1:15-2:15 pm – Full field games
2:15-3:15 pm – Water Day activity
3:30 pm – Wrap Up and 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, $255 - Weeks 1,2,3,5,6,7,8
Cooking: Junior Chefs - Students experience delicious dishes from breakfast to dessert while learning how to follow recipes, use of kitchen tools and safety. Learn exciting and fun ways to cook! Gr. 3-4, $255. Weeks 1,2,3,5,6,7
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, $255. Weeks 3,4,5,6,7,8
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, $255. Weeks 4 & 8
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, $240. Weeks 2,4,8.
Crazy for Clay - This course for students in grades 1-4 explores various methods of handbuilding 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, $500. Weeks 3+4, 5+6, 7+8
New Creative Writing - In Creative Writing, campers write poetry and fiction in a writing workshop setting. Campers will play words games and engage in activities to enrich their vocabulary, write drafts, edit and publish their work. Two weeks, Gr. 3-4. Weeks 3+4, 7+8
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, $240. Week 5
New Cursive Writing - Would you like your child to learn cursive writing? Studies have shown that writing in cursive is beneficial in many ways, for example, one study concluded that improved handwriting skills benefits cognitive development and motor skills and can lead to improved writing skills and reading comprehension. Campers will review letters, words and sentences. When students learned cursive writing they were excited to find that they could write entire words without lifting their pencil from the paper. Gr. 3-4, $240. Weeks 2,6,7.
Daily Dose of Dinosaurs - Journey into the world of dinosaurs. Each day you will learn about a different dinosaur, play games, and build a dinosaur replica. Friday there will be an archaeological dig. Gr. PK4-K. Weeks 5,8.
Debate – 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, $240. Week 5,6,8.
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 as well as effective 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 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 the photos they took, all the books created and all the pictures taken by them. Gr. 4-6, $240. Weeks 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. 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, parents should contact East Coast Driving School to schedule one of their instructors to bring the student to NJMVC to take the written test upon their 16th birthday. The appropriate time to take this course is if the student is 16 or will turn 16 in the 2018-2019 school year. Attendance at all 30 hours of class is mandatory to receive certification.
Tuition does not include permit ($10.00), or decal fee ($4.00). To schedule behind the wheel instruction, parents should call East Coast Driving School ASAP because slots fills quickly. If you are 17 years old you may take the class, but you must go directly to Motor Vehicles to take your written test. By law, they can only administer the written test to students 16 years of age. Please visit www.EastCoastDrivingSchool.com for more information. Ages 15-17. Week 1
Drones to the Rescue - Drone search and rescue is a necessity for first responders around the world, adding a new layer of solutions to save lives across the globe. Now campers too can take part in and learn from simulated missions during this action-packed, creative, and educational program. Participants will learn to fly drones and rely on their rescue team to collect vital data in specific “rescue areas” to locate “victims” and safely rescue them. We use age-appropriate and cutting-edge technology methods available for creating plans, missions, and maps. Participants will also learn invaluable lessons on how to simply, quickly and accurately make informed and targeted suggestions for real-world positive applications. Gr. 5-8, Full Day, $500. Wk 5
Drones Stem Quest: Aliens v. Wizards - StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this action-packed, story-based program. Throughout the week campers will be constantly on the move as they experiment and play. StemQuest has intentionally extracted the wide-array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from popular gaming apps and turned it all into a live adventure. Campers will use age-appropriate rovers, bots, drones, and autonomous creative technology to jump over walls, push down obstacles, lift up boulders, and navigate through galaxies. Teams of campers work together in indoor, outdoor and open-spaced “worlds” throughout the week. In doing so, campers utilize life skills such as: collaborative problem solving, design, and curiosity, to outwit, out-build, and out-smart the program instructor, The Wizard. Gr. 1-2, half-day morning, Wk 6
Drone StemQuest: Clash Royale - StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this narrative-based program. We have intentionally extracted the wide-array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from gaming and esports and generated a live adventure. Campers will use rovers, bots, drones, and other autonomous creative technology to jump over obstacles, push down walls, lift up boulders, toss energy balls, and navigate through mazes. Teams of campers work together indoors, outdoors and in open-spaced “arenas” throughout the week, utilizing life skills such as: design and systems thinking, collaborative problem solving, curiosity, mindfulness, and imagination to outwit, out-build, and out-smart one another as well as the program instructor, The Wizard. Use your resources wisely to defend the kingdom and lead your clan to victory! Gr. 3-5, half-day afternoon, Wk 6
Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge - Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone 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. 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 7
Drone Junior Coders Junior - Drone Coders is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones or coding. Campers will learn the basic principles of how to code drones to fly. To complement the coding aspect of the program, we teach the campers how to utilize basic flight terminology to conquer fun and interactive flight challenges. Campers will learn to pitch, yaw, and roll through self-created obstacle courses and then utilize iPads to code the drones through the obstacle courses. 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 morning. $250. Week 8
Drone 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. 3-5, Half-day, afternoon $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, $240. Week 8