Chess (Grades K-8)
1 week session 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pm $265
Sidwell Summer is excited to offer two chess programs: A Beginner class (Grades K-5) and an Intermediate level class (Grades 2-8). Chess has been played for over 1,500 years by both kings and commoners of all ages. Chess is a fun way to keep your campers mentally sharp during the summer through memory building, concentration and reasoning skills. No matter your camper’s skill level, these enriching programs will teach campers the fundamentals and strategies of chess through games, puzzles and actual chess matches!
Beginner Session (1:00pm-4:00pm): Open to campers in grades K-5 with less than two years experience or no experience at all. Let curious minds meet the challenging world of the chess board through stories, puzzles, arts, and games to excite and delight future grandmasters. Students will learn all about the chess pieces and chess board at a gentle pace, adding details bit by bit as they accumulate all the knowledge necessary to play a full game of chess.
Intermediate Session (9:00am-12:00pm): Open to campers in grades 2-8 with 2+ years of experience. This class will challenge students to level up their chess thinking with advanced strategies pertaining to the opening, middle game, and end. Students will participate in an in camp tournament, team up for a bughouse challenge, and even invent their own variant chess games. Students can expect to leave class with a richer understanding of a very complex game, and ready to take on all challengers.
Dates, Hours, and Fees
|June 18 – 22||9:00am – 12:00pm Intermediate Chess (Grades 2-8)|
|June 18 – 22||1:00pm – 4:00pm Beginner Chess (Grades K-5)|
|June 25 – 29||9:00am – 12:00pm Intermediate Chess (Grades 2-8)|
|June 25 – 29||1:00pm – 4:00pm Beginner Chess (Grades K-5)|
|Intermediate (Grades 2-8)||9:00am – 12:00pm|
|Beginner (Grades K-5)||1:00pm – 4:00pm|
|Extended Day||Visit our Extended Day page for information about before and after care.|
Adding AM or PM Programs
Sidwell Summer has a number of afternoon options that can be paired with morning Intermediate Chess OR morning options that can be paired with afternoon Beginner Chess to create a full day of camp fun for your child! After a morning program, campers will eat lunch and be escorted by staff to the afternoon option you select.
AM options (to pair with Beginner Chess) are listed below:
Fencing – (Grades 2-5) Available both weeks. Introduction to Fencing taught by Olympic champion focusing on basic sword skills and fencing principles. Click here for more information on this program. Fencing + Beginner Chess = $575.
Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K-6) Available both weeks. The Handwork Day Camp option includes fun sewing, knitting, and crafting projects led by the experienced staff of The Handwork Studio. Handwork + Beginner Chess = $630.
KaleidoKids – (Age 3.5-Grade 1) Available 6/25-6/29. KaleidoKids is the day camp program that is specifically designed for our youngest campers. All of the KaleidoKids activities and workshops are designed to offer a balance of free play and enrichment. KaleidoKids + Beginner Chess = $580.
LEGO® Engineering – (Grades K-1) Available both weeks. Led by instructors from Play-Well TEKnologies, campers build elaborate objects, structures, and vehicles all while exploring fundamental principles of engineering and physics. LEGO® + Beginner Chess = $575.
Ready, Set, Write! – (Grades 3-5) Available 6/18-6/22. Creative Writing class taught by Sidwell Friends Lower School teacher. Click here for more information on this program. Ready, Set, Write! + Beginner Chess = $530.
Soccer – (Grades K-5) Available both weeks. At Sidwell’s Soccer Camp, dedicated and professional coaches lead fun and challenging programs that enhance campers' technical skills while fostering a love of the game of soccer. Click here for information on this program. Soccer + Beginner Chess = $575.
Note: After registering for one of the above AM programs, select "Opt Out" and then register for PM Beginner Chess separately.
PM options (to pair with Intermediate Chess) are listed below:
Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K-6) Available both weeks. The Handwork Day Camp option includes fun sewing, knitting, and crafting projects led by the experienced staff of The Handwork Studio. Intermediate Chess + Handwork =$530.
LEGO® Engineering – (Grades K-5) Available 6/18-6/22. Led by instructors from Play-Well TEKnologies, campers build elaborate objects, structures, and vehicles all while exploring fundamental principles of engineering and physics. Intermediate Chess + LEGO® = $575.
Splash More – (Grades 2-5) Available both weeks. After lunch, campers will take a Sidwell bus to the Bethesda pool for free swim. There is no formal swimming instruction offered; therefore, campers should be comfortable in the water. Intermediate Chess + Splash More = $430.
Theater – (Grades K-3) Available both weeks. Led by instructors from Imagination Stage, this afternoon program will feature different weekly themes such as Fairytale Adventures and Kids in Space. Imagination Stage “fosters a creative environment for children to develop their skills in, and understanding of, the theatre arts in a fun and stimulating way." Intermediate Chess + Theater = $500.
Note: After selecting AM Intermediate Chess during registration, you will then be directed to choose from the above PM Camp options, or to "Opt Out" and dismiss at 12:00pm.
Sample Daily Schedule
Schedule for Intermediate Campers in Grades 2-8
|8:45am – 9:00am||Drop Off|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Morning Meeting and Introductions|
|9:15am - 11:45am||Chess Activities and Snack|
|12:00pm||Carpool/Transition to PM Programs|
Schedule for Beginner Campers in Grades K-5
|12:50pm - 1:00pm||Drop Off|
|1:00pm - 1:15pm||Meeting and Introductions|
|1:15pm - 3:45pm||Chess Activities and Snack|
|4:00pm||Carpool/Transition to Camp ’til Six|