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2nd - 5th Grade Program

REGISTER FOR A 2-5 PROGRAM

Students entering 2nd - 5th grades can look forward to a fabulous summer of fun at Giddens Summer BLAST Camp!

Each week new friends, great programs, fascinating themes, and trips to Pratt Park and Judkins Park make Giddens a great place for children to explore all the fun that summer has to offer.

Our program is organized into two sessions: a MORNING progam and an AFTERNOON program.

A FULL DAY registration includes both MORNING (your choice of academy or enrichment programming) and AFTERNOON programs:

  • Our MORNING program is made up of ACADEMY and ENRICHMENT classes. Families can customize their child's camp experience by choosing one of these exciting class offerings.
  • ACADEMY classes are led by Giddens teachers who offer content on a topic of their own interest and passion.
  • ENRICHMENT classes are specialized programs led by our very best enrichment partners.
  • Our AFTERNOON program is theme-based (with specific focuses on science and social studies) and led by highly capable and nurturing teachers.


A HALF DAY registration includes only MORNING academy programming.


CAMP OPTIONS

Half Day ACADEMY
8:30-12:30
$195 (per week)

Full Day
(includes Academy or Enrichment)
8:30-6:00
$390 (per week)


CAMP SCHEDULE

The MORNING PROGRAM, 8:30 - 12:30 includes:

  • academy or enrichment class programs
  • snack and outside recess
  • lunchtime

The AFTERNOON PROGRAM 12:30 - 6:00 includes:

  • choice activities
  • themed activities and projects
  • outside recess
  • visit to local park (Fridays only)


Week 1 (June 24-28)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
CIRCUITRY with Ally
Light it up! In this class students will learn how to create basic electrical circuits and will apply their understanding by designing their own projects using led lights, conductive tape, thread, and more.

Enrichment Class:
PARKOUR
Parkour and the Art of Movement is the ability to move fluidly through your environment from one place to another. In this camp, children will safely learn to progress through the basic parkour movements of jumping, vaulting, climbing, swinging, balancing, and rolling. The movements build strength, balance, and coordination. Your child will acquire the ability to engage with their environment while overcoming obstacles, both physically and mentally. Practicing parkour skills fosters creativity and boosts confidence. Accomplishing challenges that seemed impossible at one point will give your child the confidence to achieve whatever they set their mind to.

Afternoon Session

ENGINEERING BLAST
From bridges to boats, this week will be filled with problem solving, decision making, and creativity as kids work against the laws of physics. Themes will explore balance, height, momentum, and gravity using straws, paper clips, paper, and other household engineering tools.

Week 2 (July 1-5) No camp Thursday, July 4

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
READER'S THEATRE with Sharon

Reader's Theater campers will be bringing stories to life on the stage! Each day brings opportunities to don silly costumes, create innovative props, and assume comical (or creepy!) accents. We will help each other read lines fluently and match these words with purposeful action, while learning to position ourselves on stage to best effect and project our voices for all to hear. We will even have a final performance on Friday at 11am!

Enrichment Class:
PHYSICAL GAME CREATION
This summer, get ready to build, play, and move with Kong Academy's Game Creator's camp! Using cooperative learning strategies, campers learn all about game mechanics, critical thinking and working as a team to build their own movement games together! Our trained staff guides your child to create a game, teach it, play it, and share it with their team. A camp to boost creativity, strategic thinking, body awareness, confidence, and relationships. There are so many lessons to be learned through games and Kong Academy is ready to play!

Afternoon Session

MYTHBUSTERS
In this exciting and question-filled week, kids will wrestle with common myths to discover the truth about human strength, reflexes, probability, and physics. Can a house really be lifted with balloons? Does sugar really make kids hyper? Is the sky really blue?

Week 3 (July 8-12)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
IMPROV THEATRE with Sarah
During this week of creative fun, campers will play improv games and learn the skills of improv theatre. Creative thinking, risk-taking, teamwork, and performance skills will be high on the list. The week will culminate with a live performance!

Enrichment Class:
ANIMAL ART AND EXPLORATION
This will be a weeklong project that gives the opportunity for the kids to see a project from the idea phase to the finished product. It’s a great combination of active time creating the sculptures, and quiet time designing, writing, and illustrating.

Each child will create a large paper mâché sculpture of their animal embodiment (real or imagined). Time will be spent building and creating their animal, as well as writing and illustrating their personal animal story for a class book that will be printed offsite.

By the end of the class, kids will have a paper mâché sculpture. The class book of their personal animal stories and illustrations will be professionally printed and ready for pickup at school by the end of July.

Afternoon Session

ART AROUND THE WORLD
Grab your art passports and spend the week discovering art from global cultures by world-renowned artists. Join us on this creative journey as campers go back in time and across the globe to learn traditional art techniques and create a variety of projects inspired by timeless masterpieces.

Week 4 (July 15-19)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL with Sarah and Cory
This week your students will learn lots of skills for how to survive in the woods and how to plan a fun backpacking trip. We will learn about the 10 essentials, first aid, fire building, camp cooking, navigation, and much more! Get ready to bring your sense of adventure and problem solving skills! Because we will be adventuring all week (sometimes to nearby parks), make sure that your student has a backpack, a water bottle, and comfortable walking shoes each day.

Enrichment Class:
MINE, CRAFT, BUILD SURVIVAL GAMES with LEGO®
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® bricks! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, craft tools, and watch out for Creepers! This ultimate LEGO Minecraft experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors, using gameplay elements and characters inspired by the popular Minecraft video game. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO® materials.

Afternoon Session

SECRET FORMULAS
Campers will experience highly motivating real-life experiences with chemistry as they eagerly investigate the properties of substances as they concoct a plethora of products, including ice cream, bubbles, and food explosions!

Week 5 (July 22-26)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
Class coming soon!

Enrichment Class:
Computer Game Design with Scratch
Students design their own world and bring it to life with Scratch, a block based drag and drop programming language developed at MIT. Through creating interactive scenes, character animation, and original games, instructors introduce and support students as they learn both a variety of advanced techniques and the fundamentals of programming. Instructors provide personalized instruction to engage students of all learning styles, provide challenges, and foster creativity as they progress at their own pace. No computing experience is required to partake in this engaging and creative camp.

Afternoon Session

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARTIFACTS
Campers will be involved in hands-on activities related to anthropology and archaeology. They will replicate indigenous methods of creation, learn ancient stories explaining the world, and learn about how museums are created and run.

Week 6 (July 29-August 2)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
PAPER FORMS with Malaki
Malaki returns with his origami and paper forms class! He offers a guided group project/paper model every class, for beginners up to expert folders. There is one on one assistance and guidance for those who want to embark on their own explorations. Paper folding has in recent years been understood as a strong pathway to mathematics and physics, NASA even uses origami inspired folding designs in some satellites and landers! Even if it’s just for fun, it’s good for the brain! Malaki brings lots of origami books, fresh beautiful paper, and thirty three years of folding experience with him.

Enrichment Class:
Quantum Martial Arts
Join Quantum Martial Arts for a week of fun and fitness for children entering 3rd through 5th grades. Our martial arts camp gives kids challenging and fun activities that build fitness, flexibility, strength and confidence. Through martial arts, the children will learn about discipline and focus while having fun and releasing energy. Each day will include stretching, calisthenics, martial arts instruction, and themed projects or crafts. Themed days include Ninja Day, Jedi Training, Judo Day, Flying Lessons and Board Breaking Day. Instruction will include basic age appropriate self-defense. Registration includes all project and craft materials. Students are encouraged to continue their learning with two free weeks of classes at the Quantum Martial Arts studio included with this camp.

Afternoon Session

WORLD BUILDING
Campers will imagine, design, develop, and construct their very own worlds, complete with geography, history, and society. They will develop the skills to ask fundamental questions about their worlds, such as who inhabits it, and what the weather is like. The possibilities are endless!

Week 7 (August 5-August 9)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
MUSIC CAMP with Julia
Come one, come all who want to sing, move to, and perform music! In Music Camp we will be learning how to play the djembe through learning west African drum and dance songs. We will also be singing songs, playing music games, learning new dances, and listening to all sorts of music! It's going to be an immersive musical experience

Enrichment Class:
CHESS WIZARDS
Join us this summer for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. You'll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out your most powerful muscle - your brain! Our camps include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time (of course), snacks, tournaments, and puzzles. Each camper receives a T-shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder. Unleash your brain power and spend part of your vacation with Chess Wizards!

Chess Wizards has been teaching the game of chess since 2002. Our interactive curriculum makes learning fun for new and seasoned players alike. Our camps are led by our most experienced instructors, and provides our students with a memorable camp experience while challenging their minds!

Afternoon Session

CSI: SEATTLE
Campers will engage in a chemistry-filled, time-sensitive week of mystery solving. Through highly scientific Crime Scene Investigation, they will check fingerprints, DNA markers, and a variety of other clues to solve important cases.

Week 8 (August 12-August 16)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
GAMES! with Siri

Description coming soon!

Enrichment Class:
CAPOEIRA
Children love learning capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art which combines fitness, music, and acrobatics. Capoeira instills the values of responsibility, self-confidence all while awakening creativity through the development of self-expression. Through fun games, drills, and exercises, children learn to “play capoeira” with an understanding of limits and respect for each other. Classes will keep your child physically fit and mentally engaged. Students will learn the movements of capoeira along with the music and songs traditionally used in the sport.

Afternoon Session

CREATIVE CARNIVAL
Campers will develop their skills in business, performance, and marketing to produce a creative carnival, complete with games, exhibits, and performances. Friday morning the carnival will open to the community for all to enjoy!