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2nd - 5th Grade 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 programing.


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 25-29)

Morning Session

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

Academy Class:
READER'S THEATER with Sharon
Campers will bring storybooks to life, taking on a new tale each day. Working off of scripts, campers will take on the role of narrator or character, practice lines for fluency and expression, and create added interest through movement. They will work together to create props before performing their final masterpiece on stage!

Enrichment Class:
COMPUTING WITH SCRATCH
In Creative Computing 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 gaming and animation 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

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 2-6) No camp Wednesday, July 4

Morning Session

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

Academy Class:
NEXT CITY with Ally
Campers will look at our current global population and climate trends and then design and build the "Next City"--a futuristic city that is more sustainable and ecologically and socially just. After learning the fundamentals of urban planning, campers will spend their time making a model of the Next City. They will also venture off campus to observe our city in action.

Enrichment Class:
LEGO ENGINEERING
The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build projects from LEGO® Materials such as X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

Afternoon Session

CHOOSE THEIR OWN ADVENTURE
Based on the popular book series, this week will be full of twists and turns, with the campers guiding the story and bringing their imaginations alive through writing, art, and performance.

Week 3 (July 9-13)

Morning Session

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

Academy Class:
WILDERNESS CAMP with Sarah and Cory
Campers will use their imaginations and adventurous spirits as they learn about the natural environment and important wilderness survival skills. During this hands-on week, campers will build self-esteem and awareness about nature as they acquire the skills needed to survive in the wild!

Enrichment Class:
YOGA
Campers will enjoy a week of yoga, mindfulness and fun! Included are games (like obstacle courses and Sneaky Yoga Trees!), crafts (like glitter jars and mandalas!), music, dancing and other activities with a yoga focus.

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 4 (July 16-20)

Morning Session

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

Academy Class:
HARRY POTTER with Diane
Campers will have a magical week getting sorted into Hogwarts Houses, taking classes in potions, charms, and herbology, having wizards' duels, playing Quidditch, and much more!

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!

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 5 (July 23-27)

Morning Session

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

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

Enrichment Class:
TRENDY CRAFTS
Join Trendy Crafts this summer for an amazing week of crafting, socializing, and creative adventure! Campers will create at least two full projects each day and as well as participate in games, snacks, and summer fun. Projects will include succulents, mix media canvas, Lego accessories, and so much more!

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 6 (July 30-August 3)

Morning Session

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

Academy Class:
DIY FASHION with Samara
Campers will explore fun do-it-yourself fashion trends. Over the course of the week, they will design and create pieces of clothing inspired by their imaginations and make artful accessories to go with them.

Enrichment Class:
SOCCER
Challenger Sports' British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based on one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada. The curriculum includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games and coached scrimmages. World Cup style games are held each day where campers compete for their adopted country and are encouraged to learn about different customs and cultures, and our core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and leadership. Most camps will include a free soccer ball, T-shirt, Poster, and Certificate.

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 6-August 10)

Morning Session

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

Academy Class:
SPORTS BONANZA with Murphy

During this active week, campers will play a variety of team sports, including kickball Capture the Flag, soccer, wiffle-ball, and ultimate Frisbee. Each day, campers will also learn athletic skills, techniques, and strategies, as well as how teamwork can be used as a tool for happy sporting.

Enrichment Class:
MARTIAL ARTS
Join Quantum Martial Arts for a week of fun and fitness. Each day will include stretching and calisthenics, martial arts instruction, and projects and crafts. Each day will focus on a different theme, including Ninja Day, Jedi Training Day, Kung Fu Animals Day, Flying Lessons Day and Board Breaking Day.

Registration includes two free weeks of classes at the Quantum Martial Arts studio.

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 13-August 17)

Morning Session

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

Academy Class:
SEATTLE HISTORY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY with Steve

During this compelling week, campers will delve into Seattle's history through studying old photographs, venturing out on foot, bike, and bus to explore Seattle's present as we connect it to its past. Each day will be an adventure, as students compile their own photo journals to document their personal connection to Seattle.

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!