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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

Our Sessions

Week 1 – June 10 – 14
Week 2 – June 17 – 21
Week 3 – June 24 – 28
Week 4 – July 1 – 5
(No Camp July 4th)
Week 3 + 4 – June 24 – July 5
Week 5 – July 8 – 12
Week 6 – July 15 – 19
Week 5 + 6 – July 8 – 19
Week 7 – July 22 – 26
Week 8 – July 29 – Aug. 2
Week 7 + 8 – July 22 – Aug. 2
Week 9 – Aug. 5 – 9

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

Summer Programs 2019

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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, then they could take it home and have lots of fun playing with it! Gr. 2-5, $255. Weeks 1-8

3D Printing - Grades 5-8 - This class is a combination of Engineering and 3D printing where campers will make real working tools, toys, and gadgets. They will learn how to design 3D objects with software and try to build gizmos and gadgets (via 3d printing) using the same engineering process that professionals use to create all the products you use today. This program teaches students many useful problem-solving techniques, develops their knowledge of math & science, and many other critical skills, all in one fun class. All materials included, campers will take home their creations. Gr. 5-8, $255. Weeks 1, 5, 7.

76ers Basketball - Coed - Sixers Camp 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. Call 610-668-7676 or click here for detailed pricing and to register! Week 3

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 recurve 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, $255. 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, $240. Weeks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8.

New Art Adventure - Explore color, form, texture, line & shape through various media. Students are given opportunities for self-expression. Lessons aren’t “cookie cutter” projects where every student makes an identical product. Instead, students are encouraged to think about their ideas and express themselves uniquely through their arts. Gr. 5-8, Week 2, $240.

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, $240. Weeks 2,5,7.

Blacketrocket ROBLOX® Makers - Unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design. Student-created projects 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. 3-6, $300. Morning, 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 Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Gr. 3-6, $300 Afternoon, Week 5

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. Publishing to App Stores not included. 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 Morning, Week 6

Blackrocket eSports Apprentice - YouTube© Streamers and Gamers -  Whether you want to be the next pro gamer, streamer, or gamecaster this course will teach you the basics to get started! No longer just a hobby, eSports is the fastest growing career for the next generation. Over 400 million people watched YouTube videos and Twitch streams of video game competitions this year alone! In this course, students will develop competitive game-play skills in Black Rocket’s new eSports App, learn how to produce commentary for live tournaments, use professional streaming software, and most importantly practice online safety. Students will gain full access to the eSports App and a video of their class tournament with commentary. Videos will not be broadcast publicly but will be shared with all students in the class. Gr. 3-6, $300. Afternoon, 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. 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. Morning, 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 Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.. Tablet, phone, and game console versions 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, Afternoon, Week 7

Blackrocket Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game - Fans of Fortnite we need you! Instead of playing the game, design your own. Using a professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale games like Fortnite. This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. 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. 3-6 Morning, Week 8. Gr. 6-8 Afternoon, 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 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

Friday
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

Counselor-in-Training/Leader-in Training - We are offering a unique three-week, full-day program this year.  The first week, July 8 – July 12, will be exploring leadership styles, skills for leading groups, communication, decision making, conflict resolution and increase your capacity to lead at camp and home.  You will learn customer service, appropriate use of social media, behavior management, diversity and resilience building.  Weeks two and three will be global diversity.  We have a Chinese group that will be here and we would like you to intermingle with them by taking programs with them, Intro to Steam and a sport program.  While these two weeks are simply enjoying the programs with other students, you will be Princeton Day School Summer Programs ambassadors.  Using your first week of training, you will be able to engage with these students, communicate, and show them the quality leaders we have trained.  Weeks 5-7, full day. $450.00.  Grades 8-9

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

 

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

Extended Day Recreational Program 3:30-5:30 - A classic after school rec program. Campers will have a snack, use our gym and have access to computers, board games and other fun activities. Gr. 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, $240. 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, $240. Weeks 2,3,5,7.

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, $255. Weeks 3,5.

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, $255. Week 3,6

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, $275. Weeks 3,4,6,7

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 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 Adventure is a great way for children to use all of their senses and have a truly hands on garden experience. Gr. 1-3, $240. Week 6

New Hand Made - Home Made - Knitting. Come and learn to knit and purl! Together we will enjoy learning a new craft while playing with color and yarn. Children will choose from an array of small projects they can finish and take home at the end of the week. Gr. 2-5

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 novels. Gr. 4-6, $240. Weeks 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 discover land around the globe. Gr. 1-4, $240. 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, $240. Week 8

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, $240. Week 5

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, $240. Week 7

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, $240. 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 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. 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 – One Week, $170. Weeks 3,4,5,6,7,8

Intro to Geometry - Improve your geometry skills with this introduction to quadrilaterals, angles, intersecting lines and more.  Suitable for students who have completed an Algebra 1 level class, this course is designed to emphasize the study of properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions.  Gr. 9-10, $240.  Week 7 Afternoon


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 Steam teacher and Aaron Schomburg, PDS Lower School Science and Steam teacher. Gr. 4-7, $240. Week 3,6

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Journalism – 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. 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, $240. Weeks 5,6.

Knitting Handmade, Home-Made - Come and learn to knit and purl! Together we will enjoy learning a new craft while playing with color and yarn! Children will choose from an array of small projects they can finish and take home at the end of the week.

Kids Dance - A space for movement exploration, this class will build coordination and the fundamentals of dance technique in a nurturing environment that will foster your child’s curiosity, individual expression, and cooperative creativity. Gr. 1-4, $240, Week 1

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, $240. Weeks 5,7.

Lady Panthers Basketball Camp - The camp is led by Princeton Day School Girls' varsity basketball coach Liz Sharlow. This basketball camp is an opportunity for female youth basketball players to develop their skills, familiarize themselves with the game, play competitively, and gain confidence in their abilities.  We aim to provide top notch instruction, and make sure to have as much fun as possible!  Gr. 3-8, Week 2, Full Day.

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series - Dolphins at Daybreak - It's sink or swim for Jack and Annie when the Magic Tree House whisks them off to the middle of the ocean. Luckily, they find a mini-submarine on a coral reef. Unluckily, they are about to meet a giant octopus and one very hungry shark. Will the dolphins save the day? Or are Jack and Annie doomed to be dinner? Gr. 1-2, $240, Wk 4

Language Arts - Ghost Town at Sundown - Is this town HAUNTED? Jack and Annie wonder when the Magic Tree House whisks them to the Wild West. But before they can say "Boo!" they rush headlong into an adventure filled with horse thieves, a lost colt, rattlesnakes, and a cowboy named Slim. Will Jack and Annie have time to solve the next Tree House Riddle? The answer may depend on a ghost! Gr. 1-2, $240, Wk. 5

Language Arts - Lions at Lunchtime - "Where are the lions?" Jack wonders when the Magic Tree House whisks him and his sister to the vast plains of Africa. Before he can find out, Annie starts to help hundreds of wildebeests cross a rushing river. Next they follow a honey of a bird and meet an awesome Masai warrior. Jack hopes any lions will just stay away. Jack is about to be very disappointed… Gr. 1-2. $240, Wk 6

Language Arts - Polar Bears Past Bedtime - It's icicle city…when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to the frozen Arctic. Luckily, a seal hunter on a dogsled lends them warm clothes. Unluckily, they get stuck on cracking ice. Will the giant polar bear save them? Or will Jack and Annie become frozen dinners? Gr. 1-2, $240, Wk 7

Language Arts - Dinosaurs Before Dark - Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner? Gr. 1-2, $240, Wk 8

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series - Merlin Missions - Dragon of the Red Dawn - Jack and Annie are headed to a land of fierce samurai and great beauty, the capital city of Edo (now the city of Tokyo), in ancient Japan in the 1600s. They bring only a research book to guide them and a magic wand with three special rules. Gr. 3-4, $240, Wk 4

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series - Merlin Missions - Monday with a Mad Genius - Jack and Annie are on a mission to save Merlin from his sorrows! The brother-and-sister team travel back in the magic tree house to the period known as the Renaissance. This time, Jack and Annie will need more than a research book and a magic wand. They'll need help from one of the greatest minds of all time. What will they learn from Leonardo da Vinci? Gr. 3-4. $240, Wk 5

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series - Merlin Missions - A Crazy Day with Cobras - Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny, has been put under a spell! To save her, Jack and Annie must find a rare and precious emerald. When the magic tree house whisks them back to India over four hundred years ago to search for the jewel, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger. Gr. 3-4 $240, Wk 6

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series -Merlin Missions - Moonlight on the Magic Flute -Time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie have to find a certain kind of food. The magic tree house whisks them off to a village in the mountains of southeast China, close to a world-famous panda reserve. Will it be their easiest adventure yet? Not a chance! Jack and Annie don't know it, but they’ve arrived on the day of a historic earthquake! Gr. 3-4, $240, WK 7

Language Arts - Magic Tree House Series -Merlin Missions - Balto of the Blue Dawn - The magic tree house has returned and it’s taking Jack and Annie back in time to Alaska, 1925. There they meet Balto, a jet-black Siberian husky destined to save victims of the diphtheria epidemic. But the trail isn’t easy, and Balto is going to need Jack and Annie’s help! Gr. 3-4, $240, WK 8

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, $240. Week 6

Leader-in-Training/Counselor-in Training - We are offering a unique three-week, full-day program this year.  The first week, July 8 – July 12, will be exploring leadership styles, skills for leading groups, communication, decision making, conflict resolution and increase your capacity to lead at camp and home.  You will learn customer service, appropriate use of social media, behavior management, diversity and resilience building.  Weeks two and three will be global diversity.  We have a Chinese group that will be here and we would like you to intermingle with them by taking programs with them, Intro to Steam and a sport program.  While these two weeks are simply enjoying the programs with other students, you will be Princeton Day School Summer Programs ambassadors.  Using your first week of training, you will be able to engage with these students, communicate, and show them the quality leaders we have trained.  Weeks 5-7, full day. $450.00.  Grades 8-9

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. More experienced campers will build and program several complex robots requiring patience and attention to details. Their imagination and creativity will lead the way to an exciting summer camp experience.  Gr. 1-4, Week 2, June 15-19  is a one week full-day camp. Two Week camps are half-day, $500. Weeks 3+4, 5+6, and 7+8

Lego Robotics Intelligence- Campers must have done Lego Robotics Intro.  They will work in small teams to design and program Lego robots to accomplish complex missions.  Campers will learn 4-D design, EV3 programming, innovative problem solving, artificial intelligence, and effective leadership skills.  This builds a great foundation for STEM oriented young students. Gr. 5-8, Two weeks, $500. Weeks 3+4 and 7+8

 

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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 cool, fun books. We will also create stories and illustrations for some of the books we make. Gr. 1-3, $240. Week 6

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. Weeks, 3+4, 7+8

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. Weeks 3+4, 7+8

Math Gr. 5-6 – 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. This camp will help students avoid the dreaded summer slide that often occurs during long breaks b 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 5+6

Mountain Biking - 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, $255. 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, $240. Week 2

New Natural Arts - Students will learn how to incorporate the natural world into their artistic creations. They will explore a variety of artistic media such as printmaking with plants, foundational watercolor skills, stencils making, and collage. Students will explore the garden and grounds of PDS to make nature-based art projects such as earth looms, candles, and more. Gr. 1-4, Wk 3, 6.

New Natural Art Expression - Students will explore the canvas of the natural world, crafting artistic expressions from nature and the art studio. Students will create art from upcycled materials, demonstrating the beauty of recreation through artistic expression. They will learn printmaking, weaving, and collage, harvesting their materials from the meadows and gardens of PDS. Students will explore the garden and grounds of PDS to make nature-based art projects such as earth looms, candles, and more. Gr. 5-8, Wk 3,6.

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 3+4, 7+8

Oh, the Places You'll Go!  - Do you have a little adventurer who loves to explore? Or maybe a trailblazer who seeks to understand the world around them! It's time to discover new places and things, your explorer will never forget their time spent investigating and discovering the habitats and sources of transportation that encompass their every day lives. Campers will have the opportunity to discover different geographical locations on and off campus, make connections from prior experiences, and enjoy hands-on activities that expand their understanding of the way our world moves.  PK4-K, Weeks 1, 2.  Full Day, $470.00

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, $255. Weeks 2,3,5,6,7,8

Painting and Poetry - Summer is such a splendid time of year and what better way to honor it with art and writing. In this creative course we will explore the sounds and rhythms of poetry. We will compose poetry and express our visions through beautiful whimsical paintings. Our mediums will be acrylic paint and water colors. Come relax and express yourself in this beautiful time of year. 

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, $240. Week 6

NEW Painting and Poetry  - Summer is such a splendid time of year and what better way to honor it with art and writing. In this creative course we will explore the sounds and rhythms of poetry. We will compose poetry and express our visions through beautiful whimsical paintings. Our mediums will be acrylic paint and water colors. Come relax and express yourself in this beautiful time of year. Gr. 2-5, $240. Week 5 PM

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, $240 half-day, $470 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 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. K-1, $240. Weeks 3,4

Pre Algebra -  This course is designed as a brief introduction to terms and expressions used in a middle or high school pre-algebra class.  Students will have an exposure to new types of numbers such as integers, fractions, decimals and negative numbers, factorization of natural numbers, properties of operations, and other math terms in an enjoyable and low pressured classroom setting.  Gr. 7-9, $240.  Week 7 Morning.

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, $240 half day, $470 Full Day. Weeks 3-8

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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, $260. Weeks 6,7

New Rug Hooking - Children will learn how to rug hook with a punch needle and chunky colorful yarn. The children will design their own picture, draw it on monks cloth, and use thick yarn to make a small project or seat cushion. Gr. 2-5, Week 3.  $240 

New PDS Science Adventure  - Campers will be introduced to different areas of science in each class. They will learn the basic principles and do fun and safe hands-on experiments. This program fulfills today's need for STEM education for young minds. They will enjoy experimenting and exploring cool topics every day like making volcanoes, building bridges, circuits etc. All experiments are safe and age appropriate, kids will take home their design and end product. Gr. 2-5. Weeks 2,3,4,6,8.

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 affect 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! Full day, Gr. 4-7. Wk 3.

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 2,4,6 and Gr. 5-8, Weeks 4,8 $255.

New Songwriting Workshop - Join us this summer for a Songwriting Workshop. It’s a fun, nurturing, and inspirational camp to help develop self-expression and creativity. No prior experience necessary, just a love for music! You will learn how songs are written and what makes a good song. There will be many opportunities to collaborate and share your work with others. At the end of the week you will get a chance to present and perform your own original composition. Gr. 5-8, $240 Week 2

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, $255. Weeks 5,7,8

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, $240. Weeks 2,3,5

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, $240. Weeks 2,4,6

Summer Camp Dance - Whether you are a dancer, a performer, an athlete, or just want to try something new, this class will teach you some new moves, and more importantly, how to move. 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. 5-8, $240. Week 1

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 and satisfaction. This course is not meant to replace the work of the PDS College Counseling Office, which also works extensively with PDS students on their essays for college applications. 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, learning fire building, shelter making, water filtering, and more! Gr. 4-6, Full Day, $470. Weeks 3,5

Tennis - 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, $240. 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, lessons on concepts such as setting and props. Break a leg, everyone! Gr. 2-4, $240. 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 school yard fun! Campers will be responsible for bringing a packed lunch each day for this program. Gr. K-4, Full Day, $475. Week 9

Yankees Baseball Camp - Yankees Baseball Camps returns to Princeton Day School in 2019 with a World Series Experience session from August 12-16. 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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