Eights / Nines Choice Classes: Session 3

Session 3 : July 24th-August 4th

Sevens and Sixes take Choice Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour per class.

Sevens Choice Classes Sevens Choice Classes

2017 Choice Classes

Block A: 10:30-11:30

Basketball (Woobens Celony) Meet us on the court, where we will learn basketball skills like passing, shooting and dribbling. After practicing the basics, we will try out some game play, while developing good sportsmanship and teamwork strategies. We will also make time for fun basketball games like Knock Out, Horse and others!

Under the Big Top (Christina Riffle) Step right up as we train to be circus performers in the greatest show on earth! Combining imaginative play with skill-building exercises, campers will learn to tightrope walk and tumble like acrobats, jump through hoops like lions, and perform silly tricks like clowns!

Intro to Lacrosse (Matt Mahler) Known as the “fastest game on two feet”, Lacrosse is an exciting team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. In this intro class, players will learn the basic skills and rules including throwing, catching, scooping and shooting before playing actual games against each other. Open to beginners, come see why this game is quickly becoming a camp favorite.

Totally Tie-Dye! (Dylan Smock) Campers will design and create various tie-dye items as well as use food dye to create a variety of different hands-on art pieces.

Life Size Robots (Mollie Flannery) Create your own life-size robot using found and recycled materials! Campers will construct their robots from an assortment of boxes, cylinders, and molded plastic, then decorate them with colorful buttons, switches and levers. Over the course of the two weeks, each robot will develop its own distinct personality! At the end of camp, campers will showcase their robots in a share with other kids.

Forget the Paintbrush! (Cody Rae Knue) Have you ever thought, “Why do I need a brush when I can use this bubble wrap or my FEET!?”  In this class, we’ll explore how to make paintings using unusual and wacky items. We’ll test out the kinds of textures, shapes, and marks that are made when we use different types of tools such as potatoes, spray bottles, combs, and more! Campers will combine and build their own “brushes” to create their personal and collaborative paintings.

A Minute to Win it (Norah Turnham Roderick) Every day we’ll split up into teams – sometimes as individuals, partners, or larger groups – to challenge each other to complete a wacky task within a minute! Counselors will provide some challenges but you’ll have a chance to create your own challenges too. Examples might include: Cookie Face, Paper Clip Races, Penny Stacker, Bounce Off, and more!

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Paint Party (Chloe Smock) In this class we will work with watercolors and acrylic paints to create masterpieces to be brought home and shared, as well as create collaborative painting projects with our peers. We will work with other campers to make large scale paintings and paint collages that we can hang around camp, and explore all the ways you can play with paint!

Build It! (Matt Mahler) Have you ever wanted to build a robot out of cardboard and tin foil? A building out of toothpicks? Your own arcade game out of recycled materials? In this construction/art class we will work with cardboard, paper, wire, clay, string, papier mache, paper clips, rubber bands, paper plates, toothpicks and more to see what kinds of structures we can invent and build. If you can think it, you can build it!

Cardboard City (Clara Campos) In this construction/art class we will work both independently and together to build a cardboard city! Each camper will design and make their own block(s), and then we will connect them all to create our own cardboard city. Builders will be able to disconnect their blocks to bring home at the end of the session.

Danceketball (Adrian Jevicki) What happens when you mix dance with basketball? Danceketball! Danceketball is a class where we will mash-up classic ball games with creative, imaginative movement and music to create original experiences of ballgame dance party madness. This is a class for campers who love to move, play, and invent new ways of doing so.

Let’s Bead! (Alex Checkman) In Let’s Bead, campers will practice and develop their fine motor skills by creating necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more. We will use ready made beads of all shapes, sizes, and materials, and also work with clay to make our own beads.

Gaga  (TBA) The classic camp game is back! For those who don’t know, Gaga is a version of dodgeball that promotes friendly competition in a safe form, while still giving campers an opportunity to run around and use their bodies. Don’t let the ball hit your feet, or you are out! Gaga players use all of their intellect, speed and skills. Are you up for the challenge?

Adventure Playground! (TBA) Jump, run, and play as we explore a different neighborhood playground for each class.

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Scavenger Hunt (Samson Baker) Put your detective hat on and get your magnifying lens ready! Each class we will crack the codes and solve the mysteries that abound at camp. No case will go unsolved! Who is up for the challenge?

Karaoke Party (Tara McLaughlin) If you like to sing along to your favorite songs and unleash your hidden music star, Karaoke Party is the choice for you. Through the exploration of music, singing and performing, campers will make a list of their favorite songs and perform them with a real microphone to an audience of friends. We will dress up and use props too! Our main goal is to have fun and create a safe space where campers feel comfortable expressing themselves through music. Additional projects during the session will include a group effort to create new lyrics to our favorite songs. The final class will be an open invitation to other campers to join our Karaoke experience!

Young Yogis (Janine Bickoff) In this lively yoga class, young yogis will start with sun salutations and get into a deeper practice with partner poses and inversions like L dog and flipping dog. We will play fun yoga games and breathe through deeper poses like side plank and lizard pose, ending each class in a restful savasana.

Rebuild. Reboot. Robots! (Cody Rae Knue) Let’s get building! We’ll activate our engineering skills to transform cardboard boxes and other recyclables into life-size robots. Together we’ll problem solve ways of building our new friends as big as us. We’ll incorporate foil, different shaped cardboard, and paint to decorate and bring them to life.

Dance through the Decades (Lara G Mahler) Let’s do The Bop, the Mashed Potato, Hustle, Moonwalk, Roger Rabbit and the Cha-Cha-Slide. Let’s hop into a time machine and learn dances from past decades and create dances for the future. We will create our very own individual and group dance moves, and share them with our friends at camp dance parties!

Floor Hockey (Jake Tiner) Campers will learn about the coolest sport on Earth: hockey! Campers will learn the basics of stick handling, passing and shooting. Then we will engage in fun, low stakes scrimmages, in a fun and friendly atmosphere where teamwork and good sportsmanship are emphasized.

Making Mosaics (TBA) Campers will create mosaic art pieces using various materials such as tissue paper, buttons, sand, feathers, gems and magazines.

Eight / Nines Choice Classes: Session 1

Session 1 : June 26th-July 7th

 

Sevens and Sixes take Choice Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour per class.

2017 Choice Classes

Block A: 10:30-11:30

Radical Rainbows (Alyssa Keene) Using rainbows as our inspiration, we will create wearable art! We’ll use the colors of the rainbow to marbleize clay and make handmade beads for jewelry. We’ll also use yarn and finger knitting to create colorful scarves, belts and whatever else we can think of. Campers will practice design, math, and fine motor skills.

Papermaking (Mollie Flannery) Campers will explore the hands-on process of papermaking with a range of materials, from fabric to leaves. Embedding seeds, bark, string, and other textural fibers into our hand-made surfaces, we will experiment with sculpting the paper into molds, as well as using it as a painting surface. Made of biodegradable materials, the seed paper can be placed in soil to grow plants!

Gaga (Woobens Celony) The classic camp game is back! For those who don’t know, Gaga is a version of dodgeball that promotes friendly competition in a safe form, while still giving campers an opportunity to run around and use their bodies. Don’t let the ball hit your feet, or you are out! Gaga players use all of their intellect, speed and skills. Are you up for the challenge?

Build It! (Matt Mahler) Have you ever wanted to build a robot out of cardboard and tin foil? A building out of toothpicks? Your own arcade game out of recycled materials? In this construction/art class we will work with cardboard, paper, wire, clay, string, papier mache, paper clips, rubber bands, paper plates, toothpicks and more to see what kinds of structures we can invent and build. If you can think it, you can build it!

Messy Scientists (Norah Turnham Roderick) Bam! Whoosh! Ew! Let’s get messy! We’ll combine common household materials – and maybe a few special ingredients – to explore messy chemistry. Elephant toothpaste, vinegar painting and, of course, classics like oobleck will all be part of the fun mess we create together.

Ballet (Lara G Mahler) Have you ever dreamt of gliding across a stage like a ballet dancer – floating, spinning, leaping and sharing your special talents with friends? In this ballet class we will learn basic ballet positions and movements using ribbons, scarves, and shapes, and will share our dancing with campers and counselors during an invited performance at the end of the session.

Magical Creatures (Candice Groenke) What might a cross between a cat and owl look like? What if a unicorn and butterfly magically became one? How about a beatle and an elephant? Campers will have the delight of coming up with fantastical creatures made of wood and a variety of art materials. Using their imagination, energy and laughter, we’ll come up with all sorts of amazing creatures with wiggly parts, colors, and creative designs.

 

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Treasure Hunters (James Miner) Campers work in small groups to decipher clues that lead them to a secret treasure. Clues hidden throughout camp will task children with challenges in the form of puzzles, riddles, maps, and physical acts of strength and agility. At the completion of each class, campers will have discovered a piece to the “final clue”. Once all six pieces have been found, campers will be able to locate the treasure and share it’s secrets!

Tiny Worlds (Clara Campos) In this construction/art class, we will create “tiny worlds” using our big imaginations. Projects will include hidden gnome homes, an aquarium for small critters to enjoy, and mouse museums. Materials will include boxes, wood, cork, string, twine, buttons, and many other tiny things perfect for building tiny worlds!

Mystery Kitchen (Naomi Clark) Can you taste something and guess what it is? Come train your palette in this fun cooking class where we taste new mystery ingredients each class and make something fun and delicious!

Dodgeball Challenge (Alex Checkman) Campers will learn the basic rules of dodgeball and the honor system. They will then learn a variety of dodgeball games such as switch sides, doctor dodgeball, sector dodgeball, and more! After learning a variety of games, campers will work together to create their own dodgeball games to share.

Cosmic Cantina (Adrian Jevicki) Part snack lounge, part tv show, part meeting place for interstellar aliens (and humans!), it’s the number 1 cafe on Mars, the Cosmic Cantina! Cosmic Cantina is a class where imaginative play and creative snack making (and eating) come together to create the most intergalactic camp class this side of the Milky Way. We will make glowing masks, bubbly drinks, mini edible rocket ships, and learn about the alien worlds we come from as we bring the Cosmic Cantina to life on the (little) Red Planet!

Gaga (TBAThis summer camp favorite is a below-the-knee version of dodgeball, where players bat a ball around an enclosed space while doing their best to avoid it touching their legs! Kids will explore the many versions of the ever-popular game. After learning gaga variations, campers will work to invent their own rules!

Will it Fly? (TBA) We will design paper airplanes, parachutes, kites, use balloons and bubbles…! Each class will be dedicated to creating a unique flying contraption out of various, lightweight materials and then test run them both inside and outside.

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Young Jedis (Candice Groenke) Campers will use The Force to create a variety of battleships from the Star Wars series. The young Jedis will have different wooden materials, shapes and attachments to choose from when constructing Tie Fighters, X-Wings, Star Destroyers and of course, the mighty Millennium Falcon, to name a few. Campers will practice their problem solving skills during their construction and be able to paint and embellish their space crafts how they see fit.

Minecraft Movement! (Christina Riffle) Minecraft is all the rage, so why not bring it to life? Campers will paint cardboard boxes to build “houses” and will develop their own characters. They will tap into their creativity and work together with friends, to bring their ideas to life. We will dial into “Adventure Mode” and make real custom maps to help with the personalized quests we have created.  Put on your creativity cap on and let’s get exploring.

Art in Action (Naomi Clark) In this action-packed art class we will use anything but a paintbrush to create our masterpieces. We will work together to splatter, drip, roll and stamp our canvases creating works both large and small.

Backyard Games (Dylan Smock) Campers will learn to work as a team, form strategy, practice agility, and have fun as they learn backyard games such as Spud, Steal the Bacon, Capture the Flag, Kickball, and Giants, Wizards, and Elves. Campers will then invent their own games using various materials such as cones, balls, flags, etc.

Rainbow Smoothies (Lara G Mahler) Join our team of smoothie chefs as we slice and dice our favorite fruit and combine it with the most delicious juice. We will whip up some classic combinations, and even experiment with our own flavor variations!

Stuffed Creatures (Calla Kennedy) In Stuffed Creatures, we will be designing and creating our own stuffies. Campers will begin by drawing an initial design, then move through the process by assembling their new stuffed creature with assorted fabric, cotton, and an array of accessories.

Karaoke Party (Tara McLaughlin) If you like to sing along to your favorite songs and unleash your hidden music star, Karaoke Party is the choice for you. Through the exploration of music, singing and performing, campers will make a list of their favorite songs and perform them with a real microphone to an audience of friends. We will dress up and use props too! Our main goal is to have fun and create a safe space where campers feel comfortable expressing themselves through music. Additional projects during the session will include a group effort to create new lyrics to our favorite songs. The final class will be an open invitation to other campers to join our Karaoke experience!

Eights / Nines Field Trips (Not in Use)

All Homegroups take a field trip once a week. Trips take place on Fridays, except for the last trip of the season, which is Wednesday, August 1st.

We take air-conditioned, chartered buses to age-appropriate locations for activities that are educational and lots of fun. Our priority is to take trips that give campers the opportunity to be in a natural setting or a museum worth exploring as a group. In order to maintain a very safe adult to camper ratio, Specialists accompany Homegroups as additional adults on field trips. For Sevens on trips we maintain a 1 to 4, to 1 to 5 counselor to camper relationship. For this reason, we do not ask for parents or caregivers to accompany groups on trips.

 

Field Trip Schedule 2018: 

Eight-Ups:

Session One:
June 29th: Aviator Sports
July 6th: Liberty Science Center

Session Two:
July 13th: Improv-4-Kids
July 20th: Hudson Play

Session Three:
July 27th: Victorian Gardens
August 1st: Block Party

Eights / Nines Program Overview

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Eights / Nines Program Description

Children in our Eights and Nines program are divided into Homegroups. Children in the Eights are going into third grade in the fall and Nines into fourth grade in the fall. 

The camp day for 8/9’s is 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Registration is by two-week sessions.  The camp program for children in the Eights/Nines includes organized activities and outdoor time with their Homegroups, Choice Classes which they select according to their interests, and weekly field trips.

Our Musical Theater Workshop ,Specialty Camp is offered to our Nines campers.  Visit the Specialty Camp section of this website for more details.

When registering, parents choose a Homegroup for their child. A Homegroup is a consistent place, team of teachers, and group of children that meet over the course of camp. For example, we may have two or three Eights Homegroups (“Eights A” and “Eights B” etc…).

Homegroup Time

Homegroup time  Homegroup time

Homegroup room doors open at 8:50am. Activities are set up throughout the room in order to engage children in the beginning of the camp day. The camp day starts with a Morning Meeting shortly after 9:00am. Since campers come from many different schools, Morning and Afternoon Meetings are focused on activities that help them get to know one another and to build a sense of community.  Meeting time may include games, a chance to share thoughts and ideas, and a discussion of the camp day.  Other activities with the Homegroup include “Think Tank,” an opportunity for campers to generate group projects, In/Outdoor Games and Arts and Crafts.

A healthy, tasty lunch is served in the cafeteria Monday through Thursday.  Following lunch, recess takes place at Houston Ballfield, Downing Street Park, in our Physical and Performing Arts Space, or in Homegroup rooms.

Choice Classes

Choice Classes   Choice Classes

Campers select three choice classes which meet for an hour each on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for the course of a two-week session (indicated on the schedule as Choice Class A, Choice Class B, and Choice Class C).  These classes are open to all children in Eights through Twelves Homegroups.  Classes are taught by Specialists, Heads, and select Associate Counselors.

Eights / Nines: 2017 Choice Classes examples

 

 

 

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities  Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

Campers of all ages gather on Wednesday for a camp-wide activity such as a game or song, followed by mixed-age activities.  Campers may choose to participate in activities such as capture the flag, a clowning workshop, a sculpture project, or making a camp-wide disco.  This is a fun opportunity for children in different Homegroups to get to know each other, as well as for siblings to spend time together.  The second Wednesday of each session is a camp theme day such as “Block Party” or “Intergalactic Cafe” .  In addition to camp-wide activities related to the theme, each Homegroup decides how they will participate in the theme.  Wednesday afternoons are set aside for extended Homegroup projects, collaborations between groups, and activities related to the theme day.

Field Trips

Field Trips  Field Trips

On Fridays, the Eights through Twelves travel by air-conditioned chartered bus to locations such as the Bronx Zoo, LAVA Acrobatics and Trapeze Workshop, Governor’s Island, and Liberty Science Center.