ExploreStar (Grades 6–9)

ExploreStar (Grades 6–9)

  1 week sessions       9:00am - 3:00pm       $445

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ExploreStar is the ideal program for our older campers looking to gain independence while participating in awesome summer activities! Campers customize their daily schedules to create their ideal camp experiences. Choose 4 workshops from a wide range of exciting options in the areas of sports, arts, academics, enrichment, and more. ExploreStar is like 4-camps-in-1!

We believe that providing each camper with individual workshop choices as well as the opportunity to travel from workshop to workshop in a supervised manner promotes camper independence and fosters decision-making skills and personal responsibility. Each workshop is created to provide a fun and enriching camp experience while preparing our campers for Middle School and High School. Campers won’t leave empty-handed! Their imaginative creations, fond memories, and life-long skills will carry them through to next summer.

It’s all happenin’ here in the Explorer Programs!

Dates, Hours, and Fees

2019 Dates
Week 1 June 24 – 28
Week 2 July 1 – 3 (3-day week, No camp July 4 + 5)
Week 3 July 8 – 12
Week 4 July 15 – 19
Week 5 July 22 – 26
Week 6 July 29 – August 2
Full Day 9:00am – 3:00pm
Extended Day Visit our Extended Day page for information about before and after care.
Full Day $445 ($315 for 3-day week of July 1-3)

Sample Daily Schedule

8:45am – 9:00am Drop-Off
9:00am – 9:20am Homebase (Collection on Tuesdays and Fridays)
9:20am – 10:20am Workshop 1
10:20am – 11:20am Workshop 2
11:20am – 12:00pm Lunch
12:00pm – 1:00pm Workshop 3
1:00pm – 2:00pm Workshop 4
2:00pm – 2:45pm Homebase/Collection
2:45pm – 3:00pm Pack Up/Dismissal
3:00pm – 3:30pm Carpool

Workshop Offerings

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4
Style and Party Like a Rockstar Chef's Corner Culinary Arts Cooking/Baking
Creative Writing Digital Photography Darkroom Photography Musical Theater
Adventures in Art Journalism Tennis Amazing Race
Sports and Games Painting Shark Tank Digital Cinema
Minute to Win It Games Galore Computer Programming Yoga and Mindfulness
Engineering Digital Imaging Adventures in Forensics Science Mania

Workshop Descriptions

Amazing Race Use mental strength, physical toughness, and teamwork to complete a series of scavenger hunts and challenges.

Art Explorations – Embrace your creativity as you are challenged to paint, decoupage, design, sculpt, and more in this all encompassing art class. Campers will participate in daily and weekly art activities to enhance their creative side and enjoy the wonderful world of art.

Adventures in Forensics – Are you ready to be the next lead detective for ExploreStar? Join teachers and campers alike to detect “crimes”, trace fingerprints and DNA, break codes, review medical records, identify and interpret results, and figure out “who done it!”

Chef’s Corner – A dash of creativity, a pinch of seasoning and a dollop of deliciousness will cap the delicious recipes you create in this class while you get ready to compete in a weekly class-version of Iron Chef!

Computer Programming – Put your computer skills to the test in this class that focuses on the design and implementation of computer programming. Campers can make their own programs or collaborate with others.

Cooking/Baking – Be a master in the kitchen while you chop, stir, measure, bake, and saute your way to delicious foods. Become a seasoned chef and take your skills home – along with some delicious recipes!

Creative Writing – Creative thinking and excitement are highly encouraged in this workshop where campers improve their writing techniques through multiple mediums like fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more. Dream up your own topic, interview teachers, directors, campers, and create your own masterpiece to be published in our state-of-the art Mac lab. 

Culinary Arts – Expand your palates by trying foods from all different cultures and incorporate those seasonings into your complex dishes. Become a master chef and sample all your creations in this incredible hands on workshop. 

Darkroom Photography – Learn about a camera’s design and function, the rule of thirds, composition, image development, and more as you complete projects on black and white photo development, color photo development, action shots, still life, and anything else you can dream up.

Digital Imaging – Campers will take digital photos and add a professional touch to them. Photoshop and iPhoto will be used to perform many routine and no-so-routine touchups to a variety of photos. Got friends who are always making funny faces in pictures? We’ll show you how to remove them!

Digital Photography – Use digital cameras and camera phones to explore surroundings and capture compelling images. Learn to capture a story within an image and craft captions!

Digital Cinema – Want to dream up your ideal movie? Create short films, music videos, commercials, and more. Write scripts, determine costumes, capture all your scenes with video cameras, do the editing, and marvel at your final product!

Engineering – Explore the field of engineering by working in teams to construct solar-powered cars, magnetic-levitation vehicles, catapults, Rube-Goldberg machines, hovercrafts, underwater robots, and whatever your mind can dream up!

Games Galore – Learn new strategies, create original games, and challenge your peers to a wide variety of games in this workshop designed to foster a new way of thinking.

Journalism – Write, edit, and publish your way to a front page editorial on the cover of our Sidwell Summer post! Interview subjects, pull together the pieces of a story, and make magic happen with your words.

Challenge Accepted - Use your excitement and all the materials you can gather to tackle the 60 second brain-busters and challenges that will test your wit, creativity, and flexibility.

Musical Theater – Sing, act, dance, and perform your way onto the Sidwell Summer stage by turning common texts into Musical Productions. Design the set, create props, and showcase your acting growth!

Painting – Create works of art utilizing different styles of painting, including impressionism, abstract painting, portrait painting, landscape painting, and more.

Style and Party Like A Rockstar – Each week will be packed with a range of challenges providing campers an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills of industry fashion pros and party planners with an occasional twist or surprise. Design a clothing line for men or women, plan a party from the ground up and live out your dream each Friday with a camper-centered event, and have a boat load of fun taking your creativity to the next level!

Science Mania - Love all different branches of science and want to use your mind as you explore the wonderful, wacky, and messy world of science? This class knows no bounds! Join us to create, solve, plan, and enjoy the limitless world of experiments, problem-solving, building, and more!

Shark Tank – Develop and implement your latest entrepreneurial invention by working individually or with your peers! Design your business pitch and prove its value to our own panel of sharks as you hope to gain investments for your product!

Sports & Games – Learn how to play a variety of different sports and games while understanding the intricacies of teamwork and fair play. Play kickball, football, 4-square, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee and more!

Tennis – Improve your tennis skills – fourhands, backhands, lobs and serves – and the rules of the game in this fun workshop where campers will build up to daily match play.

Yoga and Mindfulness – Increase your confidence and comfort with yoga by by increasing your awareness of your body, mind, and the world around you. Improve your physical fitness, explore your flexibility, and become stronger through gentle physical movement.