LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING  3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

LOWER SCHOOL RISING 3-5

Lower School camps are designed to offer a variety of enrichment, skill-building and play opportunities. Each week, a variety of half-day camps for different age groups are available from 9:00–12:00 in the morning and 12:30–3:30 in the afternoon. Additionally, full-day camps for all Lower School students are also available each week. Students are encouraged to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions of the camps, but separate a.m. and p.m. registration is available for students choosing two different half-day camps in their age group.

REGISTER HERE. You will be redirected to UltraCamp, our online camp management website. There, you can create an account and log in to make reservations based on availability of the current camp sessions and also make camp payments. Should you have any questions, please contact Chris Teare at (415) 861-5432 ext. 315 or christ@cds-sf.org.

We have identified three outside vendors to partner with us during the week of August 20-24, when summer camp will not be available for Lower and Middle School:

  • Camp Edmo will be running a week of camp in the Presidio.
  • Wheel Kids is offering their Adventure Riding Camp for independent riders entering grades 1-8.
  • Our friends at Tree Frog Treks will help our campers build leadership and critical thinking skills through adventuring in nature with peers and instructors.

Session I: June 18 – June 22

AM Camps

Carnival Camp

During the morning session of this full-day camp, students will build and prepare their very own carnival, complete with games, concession stands, attractions, and everything you could ever imagine. Everybody loves a day at the carnival, so come join us for our very own CDS Summer Camp Carnival.

Jedi Robotics with EV3

These ARE the droids you’re looking for! Build and program robots inspired by a galaxy far, far away using the LEGO® Mindstorms® system. Navigate a minefield, target shield generators, and even respond to the Force using Play-Well’s full array of sensors and servos. Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups to solve problems in this open-ended Jedi-themed environment.

Basketball All-Stars!

During the morning session of this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws will be covered in an early introduction to all things basketball. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

PM Camps

Carnival Camp

During the afternoon session of this full-day camp, students will build and prepare their very own carnival, complete with games, concession stands, attractions, and everything you could ever imagine. Everybody loves a day at the carnival, so come join us for our very own CDS Summer Camp Carnival.

Photography: Our Neighborhood

Do you have a keen eye for photography? Come learn how to take digital photos and explore the world through the lens of a camera. We will take portraits and landscapes and go on photo field trips in the city. At the end of the program, all campers will obtain their very own printed book of photos.

Basketball All-Stars!

During the afternoon session of this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws will be covered in an early introduction to all things basketball. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

Coding Masters

Using a number of fun coding languages designed specifically for kids along with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby, students will create a variety of projects ranging from games to customized websites, allowing them to learn the computational logic of computer science. They will learn real languages and gain an understanding of how programming affects our world. The following dojos will scaffold on these skills by introducing coding robots which will demonstrate to the students the connection between coding and the real world!

Session II: June 25 – June 29

AM Camps

Upper Coding Dojo

Using a number of fun coding languages designed specifically for kids along with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby, students will create a variety of projects ranging from games to customized websites, allowing them to learn the computational logic of computer science. They will learn real languages and gain an understanding of how programming affects our world. The following dojos will scaffold on these skills by introducing coding robots which will demonstrate to the students the connection between coding and the real world!

Water Science

Water is a naturally engaging and appealing to children, especially during the summer months!  Participants will get wet while exploring different science activities such bubbles, surface tension, lava lamps, and water ziplines.

Woodworking

Nobody’s too young to learn the basics of woodworking, and our Woodworkers camps will expose our 3rd – 5th grade campers to shop safety, simple hand tools, and the joy that comes from making something for yourself. Projects may include simple wooden looms, bird houses, or book boxes. For safety reasons this camp has a very low cap, so sign up fast!

Sports, Games, and Physical Activity

Basketball, Soccer, Capture the Flag, stretching, push-ups, jumping jacks, and more: anything that involves sports, teamwork, physical activity, and movement will be explored in Sports, Games, and Physical Activity Camp! Not only will campers get to play a ton of sports and games, they will learn the importance of physical activity and sportsmanship through group games and more.

PM Camps

Upper Coding Dojo

Using a number of fun coding languages designed specifically for kids along with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby, students will create a variety of projects ranging from games to customized websites, allowing them to learn the computational logic of computer science. They will learn real languages and gain an understanding of how programming affects our world. The following dojos will scaffold on these skills by introducing coding robots which will demonstrate to the students the connection between coding and the real world!

Watercolor

Explore watercolor painting! We will paint scenes of nature using watercolor and explore different qualities of color. Students will paint items such as mountains, trees, the sea, animals, people, and houses that would fit in a landscape. Students will learn art concepts and techniques and apply them to art projects.

Sports, Games, and Physical Activity

Basketball, Soccer, Capture the Flag, stretching, push-ups, jumping jacks, and more: anything that involves sports, teamwork, physical activity, and movement will be explored in Sports, Games, and Physical Activity Camp! Not only will campers get to play a ton of sports and games, they will learn the importance of physical activity and sportsmanship through group games and more.

Session III: July 2 – July 6 (no camp July 4)

AM Camps

Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO

Master the world of Ninjago by becoming a Ninjaneer! Tame the Ice Dragon, motorize your Blade Cycle, design the Dark Fortress, and hone your Spinjitzu battle skills. In this advanced camp, Ninjaneering masters will learn real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago.

Farmer’s Market/Community Gardens

Celebrate locally grown food by visiting some of the farmer’s markets that our city has to offer! Participants will be challenged navigate the market, interview vendors, and collaborate in making a farmer’s market feast.

Model San Francisco

Campers will strike out into the city, going on trips to locations that they select. They will create observational records through writing, drawing, and photography, and then return to campus to create a project inspired by the city of San Francisco. Perhaps we’ll create a scale model of Dolores Park or be inspired to create our own murals like the one on the Women’s Building. The possibilities are endless!

Basketball All-Stars!

During the morning session of this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws will be covered in an early introduction to all things basketball. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

PM Camps

Model San Francisco

Campers will strike out into the city, going on trips to locations that they select. They will create observational records through writing, drawing, and photography, and then return to campus to create a project inspired by the city of San Francisco. Perhaps we’ll create a scale model of Dolores Park or be inspired to create our own murals like the one on the Women’s Building. The possibilities are endless!

Young Engineers

 

Be challenged to design, build, and explore engineering principles. Participants will complete several design challenges which engage them in the process of how to plan, consider constraints, execute, and test creative design ideas.

Basketball All-Stars!

During the afternoon session of this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws will be covered in an early introduction to all things basketball. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

Food Art!

Description coming soon!

Session IV: July 9 – July 13

AM Camps

Carnival Camp

During the morning session of this full-day camp, students will build and prepare their very own carnival, complete with games, concession stands, attractions, and everything you could ever imagine. Everybody loves a day at the carnival, so come join us for our very own CDS Summer Camp Carnival.

Drone Obstacle Racing

This program is specifically designed both for novices and for experienced drone enthusiasts. The week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with their drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition.

PM Camps

Kung Fu Masters

Students embrace a way of life full of confidence, discipline, and self-control that enhances mind, body, and spirit. This week-long seminar class is designed as an exploration of Kung Fu for all students, new and experienced. Children will focus on improving their strength, spontaneous reactions, hand-eye coordination, and self-defense skills.  This class is also great for kids who are already in other martial arts schools, because it will help them advance in their own practice outside of our program.

Carnival Camp

During the afternoon session of this full-day camp, students will build and prepare their very own carnival, complete with games, concession stands, attractions, and everything you could ever imagine. Everybody loves a day at the carnival, so come join us for our very own CDS Summer Camp Carnival.

Drone Obstacle Racing

This program is specifically designed both for novices and for experienced drone enthusiasts. The week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with their drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition.

Session V: July 16 – July 20

AM Camps

Soccer Superstars

Using age-appropriate and highly effective drills and curricula, children will master the soccer skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending. Each day will be an opportunity to be immersed in a specific skill and will culminate in a soccer match. All of this takes place in an atmosphere where having fun, trying your best, and displaying good sportsmanship are more important than winning. Children of all skill levels are welcome to join Julius and Emmanuel for this week of nonstop soccer fun!

Drone Superhero Missions

This program is specifically designed both for novices and for experienced drone enthusiasts. Our instructors will open the creative minds of participants as campers attack and defend against superheroes and villains. Students will begin the week learning basic maneuvers before using their “Spidey-Sense” to conquer missions such as Daredevil in Distress, Batman’s Drone Mobile Escape, The Breakout of Iron Man, and more. Participants will storyboard their own escape missions while other students attempt to outsmart them by using drones to locate and capture. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer.

PM Camps

Soccer Superstars

Using age-appropriate and highly effective drills and curricula, children will master the soccer skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending. Each day will be an opportunity to be immersed in a specific skill and will culminate in a soccer match. All of this takes place in an atmosphere where having fun, trying your best, and displaying good sportsmanship are more important than winning. Children of all skill levels are welcome to join Julius and Emmanuel for this week of nonstop soccer fun!

Drone Superhero Missions

This program is specifically designed both for novices and for experienced drone enthusiasts. Our instructors will open the creative minds of participants as campers attack and defend against superheroes and villains. Students will begin the week learning basic maneuvers before using their “Spidey-Sense” to conquer missions such as Daredevil in Distress, Batman’s Drone Mobile Escape, The Breakout of Iron Man, and more. Participants will storyboard their own escape missions while other students attempt to outsmart them by using drones to locate and capture. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer.

Session VI: July 23 – July 27

AM Camps

Basketball All-Stars!

During the morning session of this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws will be covered in an early introduction to all things basketball. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

Drone Coding Wizards

We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market (including the Parrot™ drones) for enhanced safety and, most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air to fly and code the drones. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, young Drobots pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as Drone Baseball, Dronado, Womp Rat Invasion, Drone Bowling, and more.

Actors and Directors

Have you ever wanted to create and act in your own play? This week-long camp will teach students foundational acting, improvisation, and playwriting. We introduce consistent use of tools and habits that allow students to develop and explore self-expression and creativity. This emphasis on process enables the student to make strong, appropriate, and personal choices in their performances.

By rehearsing the tools and habits presented in camp, students have the opportunity to gain confidence, poise, flexibility, self-awareness, use of imagination, the ability to collaborate with others creatively, and the ability to be non-judgmental towards themselves and others.  

PM Camps

Basketball All-Stars!

During the afternoon session of this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws will be covered in an early introduction to all things basketball. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

Drone Coding Wizards

We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market (including the Parrot™ drones) for enhanced safety and, most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air to fly and code the drones. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, young Drobots pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as Drone Baseball, Dronado, Womp Rat Invasion, Drone Bowling, and more.

Actors and Directors

Have you ever wanted to create and act in your own play? This week-long camp will teach students foundational acting, improvisation, and playwriting. We introduce consistent use of tools and habits that allow students to develop and explore self-expression and creativity. This emphasis on process enables the student to make strong, appropriate, and personal choices in their performances.

By rehearsing the tools and habits presented in camp, students have the opportunity to gain confidence, poise, flexibility, self-awareness, use of imagination, the ability to collaborate with others creatively, and the ability to be non-judgmental towards themselves and others.  

Session VII: July 30 – August 3

AM Camps

Sports, Games, and Physical Activity

Basketball, Soccer, Capture the Flag, stretching, push-ups, jumping jacks, and more: anything that involves sports, teamwork, physical activity, and movement will be explored in Sports, Games, and Physical Activity Camp! Not only will campers get to play a ton of sports and games, they will learn the importance of physical activity and sportsmanship through group games and more.

Upper Coding Dojo

Using a number of fun coding languages designed specifically for kids along with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby, students will create a variety of projects ranging from games to customized websites, allowing them to learn the computational logic of computer science. They will learn real languages and gain an understanding of how programming affects our world. The following dojos will scaffold on these skills by introducing coding robots which will demonstrate to the students the connection between coding and the real world!

Ode to Imagination

This series of workshops and performance-building seeks to offer young people the opportunity to be part of an innovative child-led theatre, creative writing, set design and building, and sound workshop experience.

Program participants will actively contribute to an existing script framework written by MS Drama Teacher Jaclyn Katz. The play is about children who travel to space with Robot Jane, a teacher figure who exposes them to different societies, encouraging them to critically assess their merits and pitfalls. The point of the workshops is to have kids imagine what other worlds could look like and how they would function. In so doing, participants become aware of their own existence, the function of things, and what we can do to make it better. Most importantly, we will use our imaginations!

PM Camps

Sports, Games, and Physical Activity

Basketball, Soccer, Capture the Flag, stretching, push-ups, jumping jacks and more: anything that involves sports, teamwork, physical activity, and movement will be explored in Sports, Games, and Physical Activity Camp! Not only will campers get to play a ton of sports and games, they will learn the importance of physical activity and sportsmanship through group games and more.

Upper Coding Dojo

Using a number of fun coding languages designed specifically for kids along with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby, students will create a variety of projects ranging from games to customized websites, allowing them to learn the computational logic of computer science. They will learn real languages and gain an understanding of how programming affects our world. The following dojos will scaffold on these skills by introducing coding robots which will demonstrate to the students the connection between coding and the real world!

Ode to Imagination

This series of workshops and performance-building seeks to offer young people the opportunity to be part of an innovative child-led theatre, creative writing, set design and building, and sound workshop experience.

Program participants will actively contribute to an existing script framework written by MS Drama Teacher Jaclyn Katz. The play is about children who travel to space with Robot Jane, a teacher figure who exposes them to different societies, encouraging them to critically assess their merits and pitfalls. The point of the workshops is to have kids imagine what other worlds could look like and how they would function. In so doing, participants become aware of their own existence, the function of things, and what we can do to make it better. Most importantly, we will use our imaginations!

Session VIII: August 6 – August 10

AM Camps

Soccer Superstars

Using age-appropriate and highly effective drills and curricula, children will master the soccer skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending. Each day will be an opportunity to be immersed in a specific skill and will culminate in a soccer match. All of this takes place in an atmosphere where having fun, trying your best, and displaying good sportsmanship are more important than winning. Children of all skill levels are welcome to join Julius and Emmanuel for this week of nonstop soccer fun!

No Kitchen? No Problem!

Description coming soon!

Minecraft: Extreme Builders

Description coming soon!

PM Camps

Soccer Superstars

Using age-appropriate and highly effective drills and curricula, children will master the soccer skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending. Each day will be an opportunity to be immersed in a specific skill and will culminate in a soccer match. All of this takes place in an atmosphere where having fun, trying your best, and displaying good sportsmanship are more important than winning. Children of all skill levels are welcome to join Julius and Emmanuel for this week of nonstop soccer fun!

Young Engineers

Be challenged to design, build, and explore engineering principles. Participants will complete several design challenges which engage them in the process of how to plan, consider constraints, execute, and test creative design ideas.

Minecraft: Extreme Builders

Description coming soon!

Session IX: August 13 – August 17 (NOTE: on 8/15 ALL Lower School camps will take place at 601 Dolores, our Middle School campus)

AM Camps

Robotics with EV3

Build and program robots using the new LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge. Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun.

Baseball Clinic

Description coming soon!

Carnival Camp

During the morning session of this full-day camp, students will build and prepare their very own carnival, complete with games, concession stands, attractions, and everything you could ever imagine. Everybody loves a day at the carnival, so come join us for our very own CDS Summer Camp Carnival.

PM Camps

Baseball Clinic

Description coming soon!

Carnival Camp

During the afternoon session of this full-day camp, students will build and prepare their very own carnival, complete with games, concession stands, attractions, and everything you could ever imagine. Everybody loves a day at the carnival, so come join us for our very own CDS Summer Camp Carnival.

Daily Schedule for Elementary Campers:

8:00–8:45 a.m.       Morning extended care for early campers

8:45–9:05 a.m.       Regular campers arrive

9:05–9:15 a.m.       Morning meeting circle

9:15–10:05 a.m.     Morning theme time I

10:05–10:15 a.m.   Morning snack

10:15–11:00 a.m.   Choice time (Sports/Art/F&G)

11:00–12:00 p.m.   Morning theme time II

12:00–12:30 p.m.   Lunch

12:30–1:30 p.m.     Afternoon theme time I

1:30–2:30 p.m.      Choice time (Sports/Art/F&G)

2:30–3:30 p.m.       Afternoon theme time II

3:30–5:30 p.m.       Evening extended care for late campers

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!