Summer Adventure 2020: 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: JUNE 29 – JULY 3, 2020

CAMP PRIMAL
Instructor: Lewis Berns
9am – 3pm
Age: 8 & up
$400
$15 Material Fee

Become one with your primitive self at Camp Primal!  Spend a week shooting bows, building shelters, starting fires, and making art with Lewis – an art teacher and physical educator who runs the archery program at WDS.  If dirt, paint, fire and arrows sound like the ingredients of a good time, then Camp Primal is for you!

CATSKILL WILD EXPLORER
Instructor: Dorothy Varner
9am-3pm
Camp 1: June 28 – July 3
Age: 8 -12
$400
$20 Material Fee

Come join us as we laugh, play, make art, and explore nature’s playground this summer! Each day we will have a new wilderness adventure and immersive sensory experience as we explore the shores of the mighty Hudson River and the forested trails and views of the majestic Catskill Mountains. We will enjoy easy-to-moderate hikes at different off-campus locations where we will lunch by waterfalls, cool our toes in gurgling creeks, swim in life-guarded mountain lakes, create art inspired by nature, and explore fascinating rock formations. Come join the fun! Camp 2: August 3 – August 7.

ROCK JAM
Instructor: Peter Dougan
9am – 3pm
Camp 1: June 28 – July 3
Age: 7 – 12
$400

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. Camp 2: July 27 – July 31.

WEEK 2: JULY 6 – JULY 10, 2020

FAIRY  NATURE CAMP, JR.
Instructor: Julie Cook
9am – 3pm
July 6- July 10
Age:4-6 (Must be 4 years old by June 30)
$400
Material Fee: $15

Fairy Nature camp is open to nature-loving girls, boys, fairies, elves, pixies and sprites ages 4-10. This is a unique and nourishing camp experience celebrating nature and friendship through the guise of fairies as symbols of joy who love to sing, dance and play, and who honor the earth, its plants, animals and peoples. Our days will be spent exploring and discovering along the woodland paths, building fairy houses, making fairy crafts and nature potions, sharing in special fairy traditions, and playing & working together in the true, kind fairy way — all in the name of promoting a connection to nature, creativity and harmony. This delightful experience will be cherished by fairy and nature lovers for years to come.

Julie has taught Nursery School at Woodstock Day School for 13 years. Her love and passion for preserving the magic of childhood has inspired her to create this enchanting experience for young children.

MEDIA ARTS CAMP
Instructor: David Becker
9am – 3pm
Camp 1: July 6 – July 10
Age: 9 – 14
$400

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. Camp 2: July 13 – July 17.

WAYFINDER MYTHIC ADVENTURE
Instructor: Wayfinder Staff
9am – 3pm
Camp 1: July 6- July 10
Age 8 – 15
$400

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. Camp 2: July 13-July 17, Camp 3: July 20 – July 24.

WEEK 3: JULY 13 – JULY 17, 2020

FAIRY  NATURE CAMP
Instructor: Julie Cook
9am – 3pm
Camp 1: July 13 – July 17
Age: 6-10
$400
Material Fee: $15

Fairy Nature camp is open to nature-loving girls, boys, fairies, elves, pixies and sprites ages 4-10. This is a unique and nourishing camp experience celebrating nature and friendship through the guise of fairies as symbols of joy who love to sing, dance and play, and who honor the earth, its plants, animals and peoples. Our days will be spent exploring and discovering along the woodland paths, building fairy houses, making fairy crafts and nature potions, sharing in special fairy traditions, and playing & working together in the true, kind fairy way — all in the name of promoting a connection to nature, creativity and harmony. This delightful experience will be cherished by fairy and nature lovers for years to come.  Our day includes one supervised swim time. Come for one week or two! Camp 2: July 27 – July 31.

Julie has taught Nursery School at Woodstock Day School for 13 years. Her love and passion for preserving the magic of childhood has inspired her to create this enchanting experience for young children.

MEDIA ARTS CAMP
Instructor: David Becker
9am – 3pm
Camp 2: July 13 – July 17
Age: 9 – 14
$400

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. Camp 1: July 6 – July 10.

WAYFINDER MYTHIC ADVENTURE
Instructor: Wayfinder Staff
9am – 3pm
Camp 2: July 13- July 17
Age 8 – 15
$400

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. Camp 1: July 6 -July 10, Camp 3: July 20 – July 24.

WEEK 4: JULY 20 – JULY 24, 2020

CAPTURE THAT!
Instructor: David Becker
9am-3pm
July 20 – July 24
Age: 8 -up
$400
$15 Material Fee

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.

FAIRY NATURE CAMP
Instructor: Julie Cook
9am – 3pm
Camp 2: July 20 – July 24
Age: 6-10
$400
Material Fee: $15

Fairy Nature camp is open to nature-loving girls, boys, fairies, elves, pixies and sprites ages 4-10. This is a unique and nourishing camp experience celebrating nature and friendship through the guise of fairies as symbols of joy who love to sing, dance and play, and who honor the earth, its plants, animals and peoples. Our days will be spent exploring and discovering along the woodland paths, building fairy houses, making fairy crafts and nature potions, sharing in special fairy traditions, and playing & working together in the true, kind fairy way — all in the name of promoting a connection to nature, creativity and harmony. This delightful experience will be cherished by fairy and nature lovers for years to come.   Our day includes one supervised swim time. Come for one week or two! Camp 1: July 13-July 17.

Julie has taught Nursery School at Woodstock Day School for 13 years. Her love and passion for preserving the magic of childhood has inspired her to create this enchanting experience for young children.

GIRL TO THE POWER OF MATH
Instructor: Amy Shapiro
9am – 3pm
July 20 – July 24
Age: 8-11
$400

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.

WAYFINDER MYTHIC ADVENTURE
Instructor: Wayfinder Staff
9am – 3pm
Camp 3: July 20- July 24
Age 8 – 15
$400

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. Camp 1: July 6 – July 10, Camp 2: July 13-July 17.

WEEK 5: JULY 27 – JULY 31, 2020

ART ADVENTURES
Instructor: Ippy Farnam
9am – 3pm
July 27  – July 31
Age: 7-13
$400
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.

ROCK JAM
Instructor: Peter Dougan
9am – 3pm
Camp 2: July 27 – July 31
Age: 7 – 12
$400

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. Camp 1: June 28 – July 3.

WEEK 6: AUGUST 3 – AUGUST 7, 2020

CATSKILL WILD EXPLORER
Instructor:Dorothy Varner
9am-3pm
Camp 2: August 3 – August 7
Age: 8 -12
$400
$20 Material Fee

Come join us as we laugh, play, make art, and explore nature’s playground this summer! Each day we will have a new wilderness adventure and immersive sensory experience as we explore the shores of the mighty Hudson River and the forested trails and views of the majestic Catskill Mountains. We will enjoy easy-to-moderate hikes at different off-campus locations where we will lunch by waterfalls, cool our toes in gurgling creeks, swim in life-guarded mountain lakes, create art inspired by nature, and explore fascinating rock formations. Come join the fun! fun! Camp 1: June 28 – July 3.

DRAMA CAMP
Instructor: Claire Raper
9am – 3pm
August 3 – August 7
Age: 8 – Up
$400

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.