Summer Adventure 2018: Specialty Camps

Our Summer Adventure Specialty Camps provide  the older campers the opportunity to partake in an extra special camp experience!  Become a Rockstar, experience the magical adventure of a fairy, unleash your inner Picasso, explore nature and much, much more!

Please contact Summer Adventure at summer@woodstockdayschool.org if you require more information.

WDS Summer Adventure Camp

WEEK 1: JULY 2 – JULY 6, 2018

CATSKILL WILD EXPLORER
Instructor: Joe Krein
9am-3pm
Camp 1: July 2- July 6
Age: 8 -12
$395
$15 Material Fee

Are you looking for an outdoor adventure this summer? Are you an avid student of biology, a budding young artist in search of inspiration, or are you just eager to stretch your legs and broaden your horizons?  Join Joe Krein, naturalist and tracker, as we amble along the shores of the mighty Hudson River and ramble down the forested trails of the majestic Catskill Mountains, feasting our minds and our senses on the many wonders that abound in this diverse and beautiful landscape. Each day we’ll enjoy another easy-to-moderate hike at a different off-campus location, pausing frequently along our way in order to inspect and identify, to ponder and discuss the many delightful aspects of the natural world that remain invisible to the untrained (i.e. “uninitiated”) From plants and animals, protists and fungi, and to the tracks and traces they leave, no intimate detail of their lives shall elude our inquisitive eyes!  Though designed with the serious student of Nature in mind, this course is open to everyone who longs for a deeper connection to their surroundings – as long as you expect and respect that we will be stopping often to dive more deeply, come join the fun! Camp 2: July 30 – August 3

FAIRY AND ELF NATURE CAMP
Instructor: Julie Cook
9am – 3pm
Camp 1: July 2 – July 6
Age: 5 -8
$395
Material Fee: $15

Children ages 5-8 are invited to join together in celebration of nature, inspired by the playful imagination of fairies and elves. We will be making nature-inspired crafts & potions, building fairy/elf houses & gardens, sharing fairy/elf stories, songs, traditions & letters, and participating in dance, yoga & movement, all while emphasizing the kind spirit of fairy & elf friendships. This delightful experience will be cherished by fairy and elf lovers for years to come!  Our day includes one supervised swim time. Come for one week or two! Camp 2: July 9 – July 13

Julie has taught Nursery School at Woodstock Day School for 10 years. Her love and passion for preserving the magic of childhood has inspired her to create this enchanting experience for young children.

ROCK JAM

Instructor: Peter Dougan
9am – 3pm
Camp 1: July 2 – July 6
Age: 7 – 12
$395

Rock Jam is an exciting and immersive week of playing music in an actual Rock Band! Campers will be spending the week having fun and preparing songs for a performance for the entire Summer Adventure audience at the end of the week.  In between our rehearsal time we utilize the Summer Adventure campus to play outdoor games, eat a picnic lunch, and have a daily swim session at the pool. Some basic knowledge of an instrument required.

Rock Jam director Peter Dougan has run the Music Program at Woodstock Day School for over 10 years.  Peter studied Guitar at Ithaca College and Berklee School of Music.   In addition to teaching, he is an active professional musician who plays as much as possible, touring and locally, and is currently working on a record with his group the Mateo Dougan Band.

WEEK 2: JULY 9 – JULY 13, 2018

CODING CAMP 
Instructor: Amy Shapiro
9am – 3pm
July 9 – July 13
Age: 8 – 11
$395

Coding is kinda a big deal! In this week-long camp, campers will use Sphero SPRK, an app controlled robot to learn coding. We will incorporate STEAM activities, creativity and collaboration to program Sphero SPRK to navigate a maze, build a chariot or swim across the water. The only limitation is your imagination. SPRK has a gyroscope, an accelerometer and is waterproof! Sphero SPRK enables coders of all levels to learn and to push the frontiers of their knowledge.

Amy Shapiro is the WDS STEM Coordinator and teaches mathematics and physics in our Upper School.  Amy holds degrees in Engineering and Physics, and is certified to teach math and physics.

FAIRY AND ELF NATURE CAMP
Instructor: Julie Cook
9am – 3pm
Camp 2: July 9 – July 13
Age: 5 -8
$395
Material Fee: $15

Children ages 5-8 are invited to join together in celebration of nature, inspired by the playful imagination of fairies and elves. We will be making nature-inspired crafts & potions, building fairy/elf houses & gardens, sharing fairy/elf stories, songs, traditions & letters, and participating in dance, yoga & movement, all while emphasizing the kind spirit of fairy & elf friendships. This delightful experience will be cherished by fairy and elf lovers for years to come!  Our day includes one supervised swim time. Come for one week or two! Camp 2: July 9 – July 13

Julie has taught Nursery School at Woodstock Day School for 10 years. Her love and passion for preserving the magic of childhood has inspired her to create this enchanting experience for young children.

KINDRED SPIRITS – HIKING & PAINTING IN THE HUDSON VALLEY

Instructor: Mary Henry & Amy Mottola
9am – 3pm
July 9 – July 13
Age: 9-14
$395
Material Fee: $10

Come and explore the inspiring sights of our Hudson Valley just like the Hudson River painters of the 19th century.  We will hike in the footsteps of Thomas Cole and Frederic Church to seek out stunning vistas and the solitude of the wooded path.  Artists of all levels will build on observational drawing skills through hiking sketch journals and turning them into landscape paintings. Amy Mottola will share her perspective on the methods and insights of the Hudson River School of Painters. A visit to the Thomas Cole House in Catskill and Olana, the home of Frederick Church will give us insight into the history of the Hudson River School and its connection to our local environment.  We will take daily field trips of local sites to sketch the views that these artists painted 175 years ago, as we investigate local geology, history, flora and fauna.  Mary Henry will guide the group on a hike up to Kaaterskill Falls to view the scene of the iconic “Kindred Spirits” painting by Asher B. Durand.  There will be a gallery showcase of the campers’ artwork at the end of the week.

WAYFINDER MYTHIC ADVENTURE
Instructor: Wayfinder Staff
9am – 3pm
Camp 1: July 9 – July 13
Age 8 – 15
$395

At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into a culminating Adventure Game– a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities.  Over the years, our brand of fantasy role-playing has proven itself to be a powerful tool for self-exploration, as well as for building confidence, empathy, communication and leadership skills. Our unique programming demonstrates the power of respect and positive relationships, that there is cooperation even in competition, and that everyone is more capable than they think they are.

WEEK 3: JULY 16 – JULY 20, 2018

GIRL TO THE POWER OF MATH
Instructor: Amy Shapiro
9am – 3pm
July 16 – July 20
Age: 8 – 11
$395

If you’re excited by the idea of creative, strategic, adventuresome problem-solving with other girls your age, then Girl to the Power of Math is for you. We learn math in a way designed to challenge the way you think! We allow for collaboration because genius is never alone and together we are better. We boost interest and confidence in mathematics by emphasizing persistence, strategy building and mathematical thinking. By playing games, solving problems, creating art and walking in the woods, the girls will build connections not only to the material, but to one another.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS…(of Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School of Painters)
Instructor: Mary Henry & Amy Mottola
9am – 3pm
July 16 – July 20
Age: 9- 14
$395
Material Fee: $15

In this camp those who have previously attended the Kindred Spirits camp will take their sketching and hiking skills to the next level.  Amy Mottola will guide the campers to improve their drawing skills and use of art materials while sketching the views of the Catskill Mountains. Mary Henry will lead the group as they follow the trails to the painting sites that inspired the work of many artists of the Hudson River School of art in the nineteenth century.   The campers will also have an overnight camping experience at a camping facility in the Catskills which will allow for more time to sketch and explore their surroundings. There will be a gallery showcase of the campers’ artwork at the end of the week.

WAYFINDER MYTHIC ADVENTURE
Instructor: Wayfinder Staff
9am – 3pm
July 16 – July 20
Age 8 – 15
$395

At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into a culminating Adventure Game– a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities.  Over the years, our brand of fantasy role-playing has proven itself to be a powerful tool for self-exploration, as well as for building confidence, empathy, communication and leadership skills. Our unique programming demonstrates the power of respect and positive relationships, that there is cooperation even in competition, and that everyone is more capable than they think they are.

WEEK 4: JULY 23 – JULY 27, 2018

DRAMA CAMP
Instructor: Claire Raper
9am – 3pm
July 23 – July 27
Age: 8 and up
$395

In this one week camp, kids work together to create every aspect of a play!  Together, we write a play, cast the roles, design our costumes, build our sets and put up the show on Friday afternoon for all of our friends and family.  We find time to build friendships, swim, hang out on swing sets, play improvisational acting games and enjoy the summer. Every actor gets a role that’s just right for them, big or small, and every participant gets to be involved in all aspects of getting the show up on Friday.

ADVANCED MEDIA CAMP
Instructor: David Becker
9am – 3pm
July 23 – July 27
Age: 14 – 18
$395
Material Fee: $15

This hands-on workshop is designed for high school students who want to create a quality short film for college applications, film festival submission, or just for fun.  Campers are recommended to have some film or video experience, or strong interest in learning on the job.  We will work with local actors and take advantage of area locations.  Campers who have a 3-5 page script can submit it for production.  Each camper will take on a role such as director, producer, and cinematographer.  This camp is a great opportunity to learn more about filmmaking and to take your work to the next level!

Required: Experience in film/video production or permission from the counselor. Contact us if you aren’t sure about your experience level.  Please note that film shoots may extend beyond normal camp hours.

David Becker has been a media arts and photography counselor at Summer Adventure for 5 years.  He is a graduate of New York University and a documentary producer and director.  His films To Be Forever Wild, about the Catskills Mountains, and The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’, about counter-culture icon Wavy Gravy, have appeared in film festivals, on TV and on Netflix.  David also co-founded Khusi Hona Woodstock, a local nonprofit that has led four service learning trips with local students to India and Nepal.  As co-founder of the Woodstock Day School media arts program David has overseen productions that have been selected by the Woodstock Film Festival, the All American High School Film Festival, and others.

WEEK 5: JULY 30 – AUGUST 3, 2018

CAPTURE THAT
Instructor: David Becker
9am – 3pm
July 30 – August 3
Age: 8 and up
$395
Material Fee: $15

Do you have a natural ability to “capture the moment” with a camera?  Capture That! Photography Camp is great for campers with experience in photography or who are brand new to it.  We will take trips to scenic locations around the area to photograph landscapes, people, and potraits while getting comfortable with settings of the camera and practicing composition. Campers will be encouraged to find their own unique style and vision.  The week ends with a photography exhibit in the WDS Cafe and all campers will take home 8″x10″ and 13″x19″ professional digital prints!

Required:  Digital Camera (DSLR, mirrorless, or point-and-shoot) with memory card and battery charger.

David Becker has been a media arts and photography counselor at Summer Adventure for 5 years.  He is a graduate of New York University and a documentary producer and director.  His films To Be Forever Wild, about the Catskills Mountains, and The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’, about counter-culture icon Wavy Gravy, have appeared in film festivals, on TV and on Netflix.  David also co-founded Khusi Hona Woodstock, a local nonprofit that has led four service learning trips with local students to India and Nepal.  As co-founder of the Woodstock Day School media arts program David has overseen productions that have been selected by the Woodstock Film Festival, the All American High School Film Festival, and others.

CATSKILL WILD EXPLORER
Instructor: Joe Krein
9am-3pm
July 30- August 3
Age: 8 -12
$395
$15 Material Fee

Are you looking for an outdoor adventure this summer? Are you an avid student of biology, a budding young artist in search of inspiration, or are you just eager to stretch your legs and broaden your horizons?  Join Joe Krein, naturalist and tracker, as we amble along the shores of the mighty Hudson River and ramble down the forested trails of the majestic Catskill Mountains, feasting our our minds and our senses on the many wonders that abound in this diverse and beautiful landscape. Each day we’ll enjoy another easy-to-moderate hike at a different off-campus location, pausing frequently along our way in order to inspect and identify, to ponder and discuss the many delightful aspects of the natural world that remain invisible to the untrained (i.e. “uninitiated”) From plants and animals, protists and fungi, and to the tracks and traces they leave, no intimate detail of their lives shall elude our inquisitive eyes!  Though designed with the serious student of Nature in mind, this course is open to everyone who longs for a deeper connection to their surroundings – as long as you expect and respect that we will be stopping often to dive more deeply, come join the fun! Camp 2: July 30 – August 3

ROCK JAM
Instructor: Peter Dougan
9am – 3pm
July 30 – August 3
Age: 7 – 12
$395

Rock Jam is an exciting and immersive week of playing music in an actual Rock Band! Campers will be spending the week having fun and preparing songs for a performance for the entire Summer Adventure audience at the end of the week.  In between our rehearsal time we utilize the Summer Adventure campus to play outdoor games, eat a picnic lunch, and have a daily swim session at the pool. Some basic knowledge of an instrument required.  Camp 2: July 30 – August 3.

Rock Jam director Peter Dougan has run the Music Program at Woodstock Day School for over 10 years.  Peter studied Guitar at Ithaca College and Berklee School of Music.   In addition to teaching, he is an active professional musician who plays as much as possible, touring and locally, and is currently working on a record with his group the Mateo Dougan Band.

WEEK 6: AUGUST 6 – AUGUST 9, 2018

ART ADVENTURES
Instructor: Ippy Farnham
9am – 3pm
August 6  – August 10
Age: 7-13
$395
Material Fee: $20

During our week together, we will explore various 3-D art forms. Our adventures will include mosaic madness, Andy Goldsworthy escapades, and ‘Heavy Metal’ which  includes wire sculpting.  Artists will use choice mosaic materials and learn that process from start to finish. The 25+ acre Woodstock Day School campus is an incredible setting for Andy Goldsworthy escapades!  Goldsworthy let the earth be his palette.  We will walk in the woods as our inspiration and look to make art from our natural surroundings.  ‘Heavy Metal’ will be a mix of working with heavy aluminum carving and wire sculpture. We will take a look at the work of Alexander Calder and go from there. Ippy Farnam has been an art teacher for the past 20 years. She began her teaching career at the Woodstock Children’s Center in 1994. A resident of Colorado since 1996, Ippy is currently making and selling art through several galleries across Colorado. Her main focus is mosaic skis and snowboards.

MEDIA ARTS CAMP
Instructor: David Becker
9am – 3pm
August 6 – August 10
Age: 9 – 14
$395

This is a great opportunity for campers who are new to media production and for those who already make videos on their own.  Campers will create a series of fun videos while learning basic filmmaking concepts such as cinematography, lighting, storyboarding, and editing.  All campers have a chance to use the provided cameras, learn how to edit using Final Cut Pro X, and have fun making movies!

David Becker has been a media arts and photography counselor at Summer Adventure for 5 years.  He is a graduate of New York University and a documentary producer and director.  His films To Be Forever Wild, about the Catskills Mountains, and The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’, about counter-culture icon Wavy Gravy, have appeared in film festivals, on TV and on Netflix.  David also co-founded Khusi Hona Woodstock, a local nonprofit that has led four service learning trips with local students to India and Nepal.