Eights / Nines Choice Classes: Session 3

Session 3 :  

Eights and Nines take Choice Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour per class.

2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

Block A: 9:30-10:30

Kickball (TBA) Join us as we play this summertime classic! Campers will learn the rules and practice their kicking, running and fielding skills. Once we have mastered the basics, we will break into teams for some game play, where we will work together while practicing good sportsmanship and having fun.

Masquerade Mania  Annie Perales) In this class, campers will learn everything there is to know about masks! They will learn about mask performance, design, and have the ability to dream up and make their own wearable creations. The class will culminate in a masquerade ball where they can show off their new masks and skills!

Jewelry Making (Morgan Wright)  In this class we will explore a variety of techniques and materials for making jewelry and other wire-working projects. Campers will learn techniques for making earrings, bracelets, rings, and other jewelry; techniques which can also be used to make bookmarks, wire sculptures, pins, keychains, and more. If you like the sound of getting creative with wire, pliers, and beads, then this is the class for you.

Checkmate (David Rigo) Are you ready to take your chess game to the next level? This class will focus on checkmate patterns, and solidifying the concepts of check and checkmate. This is a good class for students who are comfortable with rules of chess.

 

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Basketball (Ryan Clinesmith) Meet us on the court, where we will hone our passing, shooting and dribbling skills.  Basketball will introduce the basics of fair play and teamwork with an emphasis on equality in competition through easy skill building drills and fun games.

Ready! Aim! Paint! (Cody Rae Knue) Have you ever felt that paintbrushes are just too limiting? Maybe you’ve wondered what it might be like to throw some paint around? Well you’re not the only one! Artists like Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell and Franz Klein, who found new ways to get paint from the bucket to the canvas, will inspire us. We’ll experiment with filling balloons with paint, spray bottles, building new painting tools, and maybe even dancing to some tunes on our paintings! Don’t worry – smocks will be provided!

Clowning Around! (Annie Perales) Have you ever wanted to join the circus? Now you can! Campers will explore clowning, juggling, and mini acrobatics. The class will culminate in a circus performance for other campers in which we will share our goofy, silly, clown characters.

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Dodgeball Battle Royale! (Woobens Celony)  Get ready for the battle royale, where campers will be playing a new and daring type of dodgeball. Campers will enter the game one at a time and try to be the last one standing. Improve your odds by getting bigger dodgeballs, extra lives, and even setting traps for other players. Gather supplies, forge alliances, build a base, and prepare for the dodgeball experience of your lives!

Ta-Da Tie-Dye! (Cody Rae Knue) Tie-dyeing is a summertime classic! Walk away with a whole new ready-to wear piece of art. We’ll dive into the different ways of creating dyed patterns and designs on fabric using clothespins, rubber bands, and wood blocks similar to the Japanese technique called Shibori.  We’ll experiment with different color combinations and how to use color to enhance our designs, as well as cut and sew our fabric to change its shape.

Art is Everywhere (Zoe Lintzeris) This class would cover ways of seeing and capturing the world with a camera. We would learn different techniques for composing interesting photographs and experiment with different kinds of photos- portraits, nature, cityscape, etc.

Modern Masters (Matt Mahler) Be inspired by the most recognizable artists of the last 150 years in this creative choice class. We will look to artworks by recognizable artists including Picasso, Warhol,  Frida Kahlo to become inspired and then create our own masterpieces using paint, oil pastel, collage, printmaking and even sculpture techniques.

Create Your Own Restaurant (Calla Kennedy) In Create Your Own Restaurant, we learn what it takes to run our own restaurant! Through group activities, cooking projects, and dramatic play, campers will learn the skills needed to run a successful restaurant. Campers will work together to design a menu, learn how to set the table, take an order and serve our fellow campers at our end of class share grand opening. Make your reservations now!

Eight / Nines Choice Classes: Session 1

Session 1 : June 25th-July 6th

Eights and Nines take Choice Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour per class.

2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

Block A: 9:30-10:30

Drum Building (Ryan Clinesmith) Campers will get to make drums out of various materials, from cardboard to wood and more. We will experiment with what materials make what sounds, and what makes the most effective drum, all coming together at the end for a drum circle. We will practice planning and perseverance, as well as teamwork and imagination.  

Basketballpalooza (Denzel Johnson) In this Basketball class, campers will work on building skills as well as inventing fun and wacky basketball themed games. This class combines teaching and running basic basketball that develop an understanding of the game, along with drills that bring out the silliness and wackiness that make camp so much fun.

Modern Masters (Matt Mahler) Be inspired by the most recognizable artists of the last 150 years in this creative choice class. We will look to artworks by recognizable artists including Picasso, Warhol, and Frida Kahlo for inspiration, and then create our own masterpieces using paint, oil pastel, collage, printmaking and even sculpture techniques.

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) Calling all chess masters! In this class students will have a refresher on the rules and fundamentals of chess and be introduced to basic chess tactics and endgames. This is a great class for students who know how the pieces move, but might want a little review and a chance to hone their skills.

 

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Mosaic Makers (Noah Furman) In this class, campers will explore the art of mosaic, learning all about how to construct images from small pieces into a greater whole. Using found objects, things we find in nature, and wood, we will make beautiful and bedazzling mosaic masterpieces. Starting small and moving up in scale to make collaborative mosaic imagery of plants, animals, and whatever else our imaginations lead us to.

Weird Science (TBA) Meet us in the lab where we will conduct a variety of fun and interesting science experiments!  We will make weird substances like oobleck, mix up playdough from scratch, and build our own volcanoes before making them erupt!  

Basketball (TBA) Learn how to dribble, pass and shoot a basketball! If you already have experience in basketball, this is a good class for you too because it will be a fun way to practice the skills that make basketball more fun to play! We will practice basketball skills with fun drills and games that will keep our bodies moving and our brains engaged!

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Undercover Camper (Woobens Celony) Learn the art of stealth from a self-proclaimed Undercover mentor! We will craft disguises, crack codes, and become one with the shadows. Campers can expect to play games such as person-hunt and Spy vs Spy, as well as being tasked with missions to find objects hidden around the camp! Only when they have become masters of stealth will the Undercover Campers be able to challenge the mentor to the ultimate game of hide and seek!

Light Art (Adrian Jevicki) The LED (Light Emitting Diode) will be our art material of choice in this class. We will make objects, cards and paintings all featuring LED’s. In this class we will have fun, make art, and learn a little about electricity while we’re at it.

Checkmate (David Rigo) Are you ready to take your chess game to the next level? This class will focus on checkmate patterns, and solidifying the concepts of check and checkmate. This is a good class for students who are comfortable with rules of chess.

Get Up to Get Down (Danielle Staropoli) Dance dance dance! This class will explore many aspects of dance technique including flexions and extensions, limb rotations, stretch, swings, bends and twists, plus control in balance (two feet, one foot, other body points). We will use our new techniques to collaborate in improvisations, while inventing original movements in response to music, images, words and ideas.

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.