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April Update: Friends Academy Summer Programs are still planning to run as scheduled at this time. If we have to cancel any programs to comply with state/CDC guidelines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer all families a full refund.

WIZARDING WORLD OF WONDER

Grades 3–6 | Mornings 9-12 June 22-26, June 29-July 2

Looking for Platform 9 & 3/4, but can’t find it? Come to the Wizarding World of Wonder, located for two weeks 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 Lawless for a week of magical fun!

Cost: $160/week June 22-26; $135/week June 29-July 2

WOODWORKING

Grades 4–8 | Afternoons 1–3 June 22-26

Can you see more in a piece of wood than just its current shape? Are you creative? Do you like working with your hands? Do you want to learn how? Campers in this camp will develop their skills in design, measurement and construction techniques. Campers will learn to safely use a variety of tools and come away at the end of the week with a project or two that they have created with their own hands and imagination.

Cost: $150/week

SONGWRITING

Grades 5–9 | Mornings 9–12 June 22-26

Whether you are an experienced songwriter or new to the art, this camp is for you. If you’ve never written a song we’ll tap into your musical passions so you can pen your own. Campers will work on their own songs as well as in collaboration with others to emote through lyrics. If you love to write, but don’t have the musical accompaniment, Mr. Murdock will provide the harmonic background. By the end of the workshop, students will have a demo to shop around. Taught by Putnam Murdock, songwriting graduate of Berklee School of Music and experienced guitarist/singer/songwriter.

Cost: $165/week

RECYCLED SEWING 

Grades 4–9 | Mornings 9–12 June 29-July 2

Don’t know what to do with that pair of jeans that just aren’t quite wearable anymore, but you still love them? How about that sweater you shrunk in the dryer? Or that oversized tee shirt you never wear? In this camp, we will learn basic hand and machine sewing techniques, and recycle our old clothes into something new! A pair of jeans can become a journal cover, a bookbag, or a pencil case! A tee shirt or two can be easily transformed into a dress, a skirt, and more! If you’d like to learn how to sew, or if you already have experience but would like to learn how to create new projects, join us this summer for lots of fashionable and creative fun!

Cost: $140/week

BOOK MAKING

Grades 5–9 | Afternoons 1-3 June 29-July 2

In this camp, we will learn about and try several different book-making techniques. You can use your finished products as sketchbooks, journals, or standalone pieces of art! We will use recyclable materials to make books, learn about sewing, binding, and different ways of folding paper in order to make a few handmade books. We will also enjoy some time devoted to using those books as we observe, write, draw, and share all around campus.

Cost: $120/week

JOIN THE CLAYNATION!

Grades 4–8 | Mornings 9–12 July 6-10

This class will primarily focus on projects that involve hand-building fun and exciting projects with clay using a variety of techniques. Children will use natural objects to create texture and inspiration for sculptures and tableware. Taught by camper favorite Morgan Bozarth, art teacher at Dartmouth High School and regionally recognized artist.

Cost: $165/week

NATURE INSPIRED ART!

Grades 4–8 | Afternoons 1-3 July 6-10

This course explores drawing, design, printmaking, and mixed media techniques inspired by objects found in nature. Each day we will explore the grounds of Friends Academy and collect specimens, create rubbings, and take photographs of plants, animals, insects, etc. in order to inspire drawings and designs in a variety of art media. This course is designed to increase students’ powers of observation and enhance their creativity by emphasizing process and exploration of ideas, media, and techniques.

Cost: $140/week

SPY SCHOOL

Grades 3-6 | Afternoons 1-3 July 6-10

There are spies all around us…maybe. But we don’t know because they don’t want to be seen. Learn to use some of the tricks and tools of the trade in this exciting spy training camp.

Cost: $140/week

JEWELRY MAKING

Grades 5–8 | Afternoons 1-3 July 13-17

Join Morgan Bozarth of the Dartmouth High School Art Department and learn to create your own artisan jewelry. Students will learn the fundamentals of stringing, beading, wire work and simple metalsmithing. They will design and make finished pieces of jewelry for themselves or to give as gifts!

Cost: $140/week

CARDBOARD CANOES!

Grades 4–9 | Mornings 9–12 July 27-31

In this camp, students will design their own canoes (large enough to carry a team member) out of nothing but cardboard, glue, tape and paint! They can then race them across Apponagansett Bay. This classic engineering design challenge – popular at schools and colleges across the world – is now at Friends Academy!

Cost: $160/week

THE DANGEROUS CAMP FOR KIDS

Grades 5–9 | Full Day 9-3 July 20-24 and July 27-31

Wanted: Kids who like to play. Do you like adventure? Do you like challenges? Most importantly…do you like to play? Want to just be a kid for the week? Based on the classic book The Dangerous Book For Boys, The Dangerous Camp For Kids is for boys AND girls. We’re going to put the fun into summer old-school style. Activities may include: building and racing classic go-karts, building and sailing rafts, building forts, creating secret codes, playing cards, and more. This summer, live Dangerously!

Cost: $275/week

SUMMER DANCE CAMP

Grades K-3 | Afternoons 1-3 July 20-24

Launch into a fun-filled week exploring the art of dance with Cortney Puza, director of Motion the Dance Studio! Discover creative movement, self-awareness, and dance technique in a positive environment. Teamwork is encouraged through partner work, games and daily performance opportunities. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills to learn and teach dance choreography. Camp will culminate with a final performance on Friday afternoon showcasing campers’ accomplishments.

Cost: $140/week

BECOME ONE WITH THE FORCE!

Grades 3–8 | Mornings 9-12 July 27-31

This summer, learn the ways of the Force as we pay homage to this popular series of movies!  While learning about technology, biology, and maybe a bit of theology, this camp will surely be an unforgettable experience.  Discover that galaxy far, far away, and also, the one we call home.

Cost: $160/week

BUILD YOUR OWN LONGBOARD

Grades 4–8 | Afternoons 1:00–3:30 July 27-31

Do you like to ride? How about building your own custom skateboard? In this camp, Mr. Pelissier will help you create and build your own personal longboard. By Friday of this week, you will be able to ride on a board that you have built and customized with your own graphics. From shaping and laminating, to attaching trucks and painting, you can do it all! The boards are amazing and space is limited, so sign up early and let’s see what we can make this year!

Cost: $230/week

HISTORICAL DOLL CAMP

Grades 2–6 | Full Days 9–3 August 3-7

Experience living in the past as we explore a different doll’s history each day. We try cooking, crafting and singing songs of that time period. It 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 girl years ago. Taught by Miss Koryn and Maddy.

Cost: $275/week

CRAFT CREATIONS

Grades 3–6 | Mornings 9-12 August 3-7

This activity will be an opportunity to enjoy favorite summer camp crafts. Join Mrs. Tavares as we explore craft classics such as gimp, rope bracelets, tie dye t-shirts, and making miniature dolls. Learn something new or enjoy working on one of your favorite things.  There will be lots to do and you will learn skills that will allow you to keep on crafting long after summer camp is over.

Cost: $160/week

DRAMA WORKSHOP

Grades 4–8 | Mornings 9-12 August 3-7

From theater games to a staged performance, workshop members will learn to be comfortable acting on stage and creating scenery, props, and costumes. The chosen play will be determined by the number and experience of the participants enrolled. A final performance will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 7th for the friends and families of participating thespians. Taught by Mr.Murdock, famous long-time Friends music and drama teacher, and Ms. Parker.

Cost: $165/week

FOREST FUN

Grades 1-4 | Afternoons 1-3 August 3-7

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 Mrs. Tavares at this free form camp, and you will do all these things and more. Be your own guide, let the fun take you where it will.

Cost: $130/week

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