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Forest Fun

Grades 1-4
July 18-22 | Afternoons 1-3

Let’s explore the forest together! Let us go into the woods and find bugs. Let us build forts, and look at plants. Let us explore the water’s edge, and float tiny boats down the river. Let us just be kids, and play in the woods, and have fun. Join us at this freeform camp, and you will do all these things and more. Be your own guide, let the fun take you where it will.

Cost: $145/week

The Show Must Go On! Theater with Ricky Rainbow Beard

Grades 2-5
August 1-5 | Mornings 9-12

In this immersive workshop, children will build a show from scratch! Together, the group will decide on a theme and create elements around that theme in preparation for a ‘SHOW!’ at the end of the week. Campers will play theater games, make props, perform skits, tell stories, sing, dance, and build their own theater community. This experience will be an informative celebration of the process and give all participants a chance to have their voices heard.

Cost: $180/week

Historical Doll Camp

Grades 2-6
August 1-5 | Full Day 9-3

Historical Doll summer camp at Friends AcademyExperience living in the past as we explore a different doll’s history each day through cooking, crafting, and singing songs of that time period. This camp is a great way to make friends with others that share the same love of dolls. All dolls are welcome! Come be yourself and learn more about the way life was as a child years ago.

Cost: $285/week

The Wizarding World of Wonder

Grades 3-6
June 27-July 1 | Mornings 9-12

Wizarding World of Wonder summer camp at Friends AcademyLooking for Platform 9 & 3/4, but can’t find it? Come to the Wizarding World of Wonder, located for one week only, on the Friends Academy campus. Learn mini-lessons in classes similar to those taken by your favorite boy wizard. Create different crafts, and participate in plenty of hands-on activities, including a modified version of Muggle Quidditch. You’ll have more fun if you’ve read the books or seen the movies, but it’s not required. Join Professor Kelsey Turner for a week of magical fun!

Cost: $180/week

Video Game-Inspired Obstacle Course (Grades 3-6)

Grades 3-6
July 5-8 | Afternoons 1-3

Students will explore the ideas of sustainability/upcycling and storytelling through a lesson that will draw from popular games like Minecraft. The whole course will be made with cardboard, as it is a readily available and abundant material that most people either recycle or throw away. In this lesson, students will work together to create one cohesive obstacle course that utilizes puzzles and codes. Students will also have to create a story together that fits each part of their obstacle course. The story will be based on the game of their choosing. Once students decide on a story, they will build and paint each part of the obstacle course. At the end, students will invite their friends and family to participate in the obstacle course.

Cost: $116/week

Farm to Table

Grades 3-7
August 1-5 | Mornings 9-12

Join Chef Chris Chaput for a culinary tour of Dartmouth. Campers will visit local farms and harvest ingredients that they will learn to incorporate into nutritious, delicious snacks and meals. Chef Chris will introduce campers to the abundance and diversity of local produce, and they will explore the endless possibilities that exist when you grow and cook your own food. The week culminates in a camper-created lunch at Eva’s Garden in Dartmouth. Families are invited to bring their camper directly to Eva’s and join us for a garden tour before enjoying the farm-fresh lunch prepared by the campers.

Cost: $180/week

Cake Decorating

Grades 4-6
July 5-8 | Mornings 9-12

In this camp, students will explore the ideas of identity and community through cake decorating. Students will work together to create a multilayered tiered cake that represents the class as a whole. Each student will have the task of creating one layer of the cake. The layer that each student creates will have to represent who they are at this point in time. They will be asked to use a variety of symbols or signs in their design. They will learn how to bake a cake from scratch, how to frost a cake, and how to decorate the cake. The decoration techniques that we will be exploring include piping, pressed flowers, and chocolate wrapping. On the last two days, we will focus on assembling the cake with each student’s layer.

Cost: $144/week

Clay Nation – Storytelling

Grades 4-6
July 11-15 | Mornings 9-12

This camp focuses on the big idea of narratives/storytelling and brings them to life with three-dimensional forms made from clay. Campers will first create a story based on the basic parts of a narrative: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and denouement. Then they will bring their stories into the third dimension using clay. Campers will use story boarding to assist them as they create their scenes. Each part of their story will be in a different box; when all the boxes are put together, it will tell the whole story. When they are finished creating each part of the story, campers will present it to their families and other campers.

Cost: $180/week

Jewelry Making: Beads and Wraps

Grades 4-6
July 25-29 | Afternoons 1-3

Learn how to create your own artisan jewelry! Campers will learn the fundamentals of stringing, beading, wire work, and simple metal-smithing. They will design and make finished pieces of jewelry for themselves or to give as gifts.

Cost: $145/week

Drama Workshop

Grades 4-8
June 27-July 1 | Mornings 9-12

From theater games to a staged performance, workshop members will learn to be comfortable acting on stage and creating scenery, props, and costumes. Our efforts will be focused on putting on a 20+ minute production in just a few days! The chosen play will be determined by the number and experience of the participants enrolled. A final performance will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 1 for the friends and families of participating thespians. Taught by Mr. Murdock and Ms. Parker, a duo that has taught music, theatre, sketch comedy, and improvisation at FA for years.

Cost: $180/week

Nature Art & Sculpture Walk

Grades 4-8
July 11-15 | Afternoons 1-3

Campers will work together to create a collaborative sculpture walk in the woods. As a group, they will decide on a theme for the sculpture walk. Campers will learn curatorial skills as they design the walk that leads the audience through each sculpture. Throughout the week, they will all work together to create large- and small-scale sculptures, based on the chosen theme, out of natural resources and our surroundings. Campers will be introduced to eco/environmental artists like Andy Goldsworthy. On the last day, we will invite parents and other campers to explore our sculpture walk.

Cost: $145/week

Visual Journals & Sketchbook Art

Grades 5-8
August 1-5 | Full Day 9-3

During this camp, students will be encouraged to play with materials and reflect on their everyday experiences. Campers will spend the first days of class learning book binding techniques and creating their sketchbooks/visual journals. Once they finish creating and personalizing their sketchbooks/visual journals, they will be given daily prompts. The prompts will guide students to consider and reflect upon philosophical questions in the context of the contemporary world. The reflections will be visually represented using the materials that campers choose. Students will leave with a strategy to navigate through the complex and everchanging world. It will help inspire a reflective and meditative process.

Cost: $290/week

Printmaking

Grades 5-8
July 18-22 | Full Day 9-3

Students will learn various styles of printmaking, from block printing to stenciling. They will explore cultures as they learn printing techniques: ranging from pop culture, art culture, or culture that is part of one’s heritage. Once they have chosen, they will think about the important parts of that culture and how it relates to their own lives/experiences. They will look up images and symbols from their chosen culture. Then, they will combine those images/symbols to create a new motif to represent their interpretation of the culture.

Cost: $290/week

Alternative Materials Jewelry

Grades 6-8
July 25-29 | Mornings 9-12

Campers will explore the theme of storytelling through song. But instead of using traditional jewelry techniques and materials, they will make their own jewelry out of handmade paper. Students will use the song and story behind it as inspiration for their piece. In this case, campers will be encouraged to explore the forms of jewelry that best fit their song and story. They will focus on pattern, texture, color, and form to tell their story, and will learn about artists who explore alternative materials in their work.

Cost: $180/week

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