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Spanish Language Exploration

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

Learn Spanish while enjoying and exploring the nature around you. Learn vocabulary for colors, emotions, and animals through games and outdoor activities.

Cost: $145/week

STEAM Storytimes

Grades 2-4
July 11-15 | Afternoons 1-3

This camp will introduce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through storytelling. Each day campers will participate in STEAM activities and challenges based on storybooks, fairy tales, fables, and familiar children’s literature such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Three Billy Goats Gruff, etc. Campers will delight in reading versions of familiar stories, identifying a problem or challenge within the story, and designing a solution using the following steps: ASK, IMAGINE, PLAN, CREATE, and IMPROVE!

Cost: $145/week

Messy Makers Creations

Grades 2-5
July 18-22 | Afternoons 1-3

In this camp, we will explore the messy side of science by mixing household ingredients to create things like erupting volcanoes, slime, cloud dough, puffy paint, moon sand, and oobleck, just to name a few. Students will have opportunities to make predictions about, experiment with, and then shape and mold their creations.

Cost: $145/week

STEAM Camp

Grades 3-5
July 11-15 | Mornings 9-12

STEAM is an approach to learning that utilizes aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics to guide and promote inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. In this fun and exciting camp, we will explore ways to solve problems with creative STEAM-based solutions.

Each day, campers will be presented with a challenge. They will brainstorm, imagine, and plan for each solution. Then they will create and experiment with their designs. Finally, campers will have the opportunity to make changes to improve their original design. Participation in these daily challenges will result in campers who’ve engaged in experiential learning, persisted in problem solving, and worked through the creative process, while taking thoughtful risks and having fun!

Cost: $180/week

The Science of Baking

Grades 3-5
July 18-22 | Mornings 9-12

Do love baking? Have you ever thought you followed a recip, but it didn’t turn out right? Are you curious about how science and baking are connected? If you said yes to any of these questions, you should join us for The Science of Baking! We will examine the difference between various flours and sweeteners, baking soda and baking powder, change in temperature and cook times, all while creating some yummy treats.

Cost: $180/week

Writing Workshop

Grades 3-8
June 27-July 1 | Mornings 9-12

Writing Workshop summer camp at Friends AcademyOur young writers will learn together in a workshop environment. We will explore a variety of genres including poetry, memoirs, fantasy, realistic fiction and more using small moments and inspiration from our lives. This camp is for students who already see themselves as writers, as well as those that would like to improve their skills in a safe, caring, and creative environment. We will end the week with an Authors’ Tea. Taught by Mrs. Ross-Cory.

Cost: $180/week

Gardening Camp

Grades 4-7
August 1-5 | Mornings 9-12

A chance to get dirty as campers learn to grow and harvest food in our school garden. There will be digging, planting, weeding, seeding, and a ton of fun opportunities to learn the fundamentals of growing your own food. Each year, Friends Academy donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries. The time campers put into the garden will be vital to providing our community with delicious and nutritious food!

Cost: $180/week

Video Game Development and Digital Animation (Grades 4-8)

Grades 4-8
July 25-August 5 | Afternoons 1-3

In this two-week camp, we’re partnering with experts from Concorde Education to provide campers with an introduction and exploration of video game development and digital animation. Participants will learn the frontend and backend of mobile game app development as they create games in Blockly with MIT App Inventor and gain an understanding of game design. Campers will also learn fundamentals of digital animation, including character design and basic blocking and movement. This class will be taught virtually by Concorde Education instructors, with an on-site Friends Academy summer camp staff assistant. (If you don’t have your own laptop or Chromebook to bring to camp, you may borrow one from Friends Academy.)

Cost: $290/2 weeks

Spanish Language Exploration

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

Writing Workshop summer camp at Friends AcademyLearn about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. You will plan a make-believe vacation to a country where Spanish is a primary language, and learn the vocabulary you need to travel, order food, and visit destinations.

Cost: $145/week

Junior Steward Camp

Grades 5-8
July 11-15 | Mornings 9-12

Friends Academy is partnering with Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) to offer an exciting hands-on opportunity to explore, protect, and steward nature on SLT properties in Marion. Campers will visit five different SLT properties over the course of the week, where staff will lead skill-building activities with a focus on nature and environmental awareness. Finding salamanders, trail maintenance, and learning to use scientific instruments are just a few of the activities planned!

This camp will require pick-up and drop-off each day from an SLT property in Marion. Friends Academy and Sippican Lands Trust staff will be with campers for the entirety of the program.

Cost: $180/week

Orton-Gillingham Language Arts

June 27-August 5 | Mornings 9-12

Through this six-week course, students are exposed to systematic, phonetically based, multisensory instruction to facilitate decoding the English language. These techniques are scientifically proven to assist struggling learners to succeed with reading, writing, and spelling. The multisensory programs involve active participation in order to enhance learning and memory. To reinforce associations, these methods simultaneously engage the visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic senses. In addition to Orton-Gillingham instruction, students also receive support through the implementation of Read Naturally and Lexia, computer-based programs designed to target and enhance reading fluency, comprehension, and decoding. Multiple classes will be run to accommodate different grades and reading levels. The course can be easily combined with any of Friends’ afternoon offerings.

It is important that we ensure your child receives the best support that they need. Therefore, we screen whether Orton-Gillingham is the best fit for them. If you think this camp is right for your child, please start by completing this form.

Cost: $2,540/6 weeks

The Summer Math and Writing Maintenance Course

June 27-August 5 | Mornings 9-12

The Summer Math and Writing Maintenance course is designed to specifically address the needs of middle school students with language-based learning differences and/or dyscalculia. The highly structured and supportive environment of this class will allow students to review previously learned skills and frontload new strategies for math and writing prior to entering school in the fall.

Essential Math Skills

The math portion of the class offers each student an opportunity to re-examine and incorporate essential math skills needed to take on math in the upcoming school year. Informal diagnostic testing, weekly assessments, and daily warm-up exercises will be utilized to gauge individual student progress. Over the course of six weeks, students will have reviewed the following skill areas:

  • Basic operations, including PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction)
  • Conversion of fractions and decimals
  • Understanding percent notation and learning to express a part of a whole as a fraction or percent
  • Problem solving, including picture drawing strategies and understanding the language of word problems
  • Integers (Performing basic operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • Evaluating Variable Expressions (variables, expressions, equations)
  • Introduction to Solving One-Step Equations
Essential Writing Skills

The writing portion of class offers students an intensive, structured approach through which they can begin to develop expository and narrative writing skills. The two primary goals of this program are to raise the linguistic complexity of students’ sentences and to improve the organization of their compositions. Another goal of the class is to provide systematic instruction in fundamental writing by utilizing differentiated strategies for individual students in the class. Specific areas of instruction may include the following topics:

  • Sentence expansion techniques
  • Summary writing
  • Essay responses
  • Thesis development
  • Proofreading and editing skills
  • Narrative writing
  • Writing about reading

It is important that we ensure your child receives the best support that they need. Therefore, we screen whether this camp is the best fit for them. If you think this camp is right for your child, please start by completing this form.

Cost: $2,540/6 weeks