Lower School camps are designed to offer a variety of enrichment, skill-building and play opportunities. Each week, a variety of full-day camps for different age groups are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Session I: June 20-24

Young Architects

Campers will learn about what cities are made of and make their own! They’ll build miniature buildings and also create their own camp governments, form businesses, and start their own sports teams.

Robocoding & Survival Science

This camp is all about creativity and exploration, with daily activities divided into two segments:

Robocoding: Coding without a computer? It’s the best way to start! This program gives students a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of both coding and robotics, allowing them to build and execute programs in the real world! With award-winning Cubelets kits, students combine robotic cubes–each with their own unique function–to create machines that can light up, move, and interact with the world around them. Students gain an in-depth understanding of fundamental concepts like inputs, outputs, and processing, and discover how simple building blocks can come together to perform more and more complex tasks.

Survival Science: Emergencies can happen at any time! While the odds of being lost or stranded outdoors are pretty low, knowing what to do in an emergency is important. As survivalists, students learn exactly what to do in an emergency through the team-based study of real-world survival skills. From investigating the utility of tools to working through challenging situations, over this course, learners use ingenuity to gain crucial skills such as knot tying, water purification, and compass navigation. Bringing STEM to the great outdoors, instructors love the hands-on, interactive, and collaborative curriculum. With each thrilling activity, students gather their senses, put their new skills to the test and conquer every challenge Mother Nature throws their way!

Session II: June 27-July 1

Camp Classic

From typical summer camp ventures like making s’mores and tye-dyed shirts to exciting games like gaga ball and building forts to capture the flag, Camp Classic is fun for all ages! We’ll make mason jar aquariums, oobleck, water bottle tornados/lava lamps, and ultraviolet bracelets, play water balloon games, and do other unique activities like “10-ball” and “cup wars.”

Mind & Body

This camp offers a holistic approach to learning that leaves all participants empowered in mind and body with two daily segments:

Games – Students play internationally-acclaimed mind games, learn metacognitive strategies and apply 21st century thinking skills. Through Nexplore Games’ unique methodology, participants learn how to think rather than what to think.

Zumba and Fitness – In this high-energy fitness experience, participants learn new dance moves, build cultural awareness, enhance community, and have a blast with all of the movement activities!

Session III: July 5-8

Carnival 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 CDS Summer Camp Carnival.

Session IV: July 11-15

Photography

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 camp, all campers will obtain their very own printed book of photos.

Camp Classic

From typical summer camp ventures like making s’mores and tye-dyed shirts to exciting games like gaga ball and building forts to capture the flag, Camp Classic is fun for all ages! We’ll make mason jar aquariums, oobleck, water bottle tornados/lava lamps, and ultraviolet bracelets, play water balloon games, and do other unique activities like “10-ball” and “cup wars.”

Science Meets Art

This camp is all about creativity and exploration, with daily activities divided into two segments:

Art Around the World – Students explore different cultures with projects inspired by art from around the world. Each lesson teaches fundamental techniques and concepts, such as color mixing, drawing, shading, and texture.

ScienceWiz – This program is built upon inquiry, experimentation, and play! Students will receive their very own ScienceWiz™ kit and use it to dive deep into one important scientific concept, like electricity, sound, physics, and more!

Session V: July 18-22

Camp Classic

From typical summer camp ventures like making s’mores and tye-dyed shirts to exciting games like gaga ball and building forts to capture the flag, Camp Classic is fun for all ages! We’ll make mason jar aquariums, oobleck, water bottle tornados/lava lamps, and ultraviolet bracelets, play water balloon games, and do other unique activities like “10-ball” and “cup wars.”

Makers Club

This STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, & Math) program inspires kids to explore, experiment, and create! Students interact with fun Maker Kits that enhance mechanical, artistic, and engineering skills, while encouraging them to act as inventors in their own right. Participants design and build their own hydraulic arms, learn to harness energy to power race cars, and experiment with structural design. Plus, students can keep their inventions and proudly share their projects with family and friends. Makers Club is fully aligned with NGS Standards.

Coding with Scratch & Virtual Reality Camp

This camp is all about creativity and exploration, with daily activities divided into two segments:

Explore the magic of computer programming with Scratch, a software developed by MIT’s best brains to encourage young learners to combine creativity with logic! With a cutting-edge application and a series of exciting projects, students uncover the sensational world of coding. Every day, participants expand their skills as they build their very own interactive storyboards and games with audio, video, animated characters and more.

In our Virtual Reality segment, students will develop games and experiences in virtual reality with CoSpaces, a software that runs on the browser, smartphone, and Google Cardboard. For example, they’ll be able to make a personal 3D museum with their family history, then strap on VR goggles to walk through the museum. VR is an emerging technology that may become a household form of entertainment and information this decade.

Session VI: July 25-29

An Ode to the Imagination

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

Strawbees Robotics

Strawbees is an award-winning prototyping toy for makers of all ages. Strawbees’ construction set is made of plastic, paper, and other polymers for hands-on exploration with versatile straw pieces for making building and idea creation accessible for all ages and learning needs. Strawbees is a construction set, which means it’s made to build things. To say it’s made to build a specific type of thing is the same as saying that a certain crayon is only made to draw flowers. The way we think about Strawbees is as a material for people to express, test and share their ideas, developing the necessary skills to think creatively. And wait until you meet their dancing robot! To learn more, please visit them at www.nexploreusa.com.

Session VII: August 1-5

NatureNauts

Combining nature exploration and art, this camp guides the participants in honing their observation and understanding of plants and how they grow, while letting their imaginations deepen these discoveries through related art projects. Cones, seeds, roots, flowers, petals, leaves, light, water, and soil will be our palette and inspiration! We will spend our mornings as nature discoverers in the science lab and will use these discoveries to create afternoon art-based projects such as plant-based tie-dyed t-shirts, printed leaves, sculpture, soundscapes, short stories, photography, and more. The end of the week will culminate with an art installation for our family and friends to see, feel, hear, touch, and perhaps even taste!

Magic Camp (Grades 1-4)

Welcome to the world of magic, where every child is a star! In this unique summer camp, students build self-confidence, performance skills, and theatrical charm to wow their audience with tricks from their very own magic kits! New to the world of magic? This is the perfect place to start! This course offers an experienced instructor, a step-by-step guidebook, and access to tutorial videos so children can continue their practice at home!

Session VIII: August 8-12

Farmer's Market

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

Architecture 3DuxDesign (Grades 1-4)

3DuxDesign is teaming up with Nexplore to bring students an incredible architecture and engineering experience that they will never forget! We will take a deep dive into the world of architecture, where students harness their engineering and design skills to build structures that will change the future. Architecture is a unique discipline that bridges the arts and the sciences as students imagine design and build solutions to real world challenges.

In this program, kids will learn by doing, using the architect’s toolset (and lots of cardboard) to design and build an entire sustainable community. From the tiny house geometry challenge to engineering adaptive playgrounds, your students will have a blast while using STEM and 21st century skills to innovate solutions to modern problems in an authentic learning experience.

Daily Schedule for Elementary Campers:

8:30-9:00 a.m.              Drop off/free play

9:00-9:30 a.m.              All group activity

9:30-10:00 a.m.            Classroom announcements and activities

10:00-11:00 a.m.          Camp activity time

11:00-11:10 a.m.          Snack time

11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Camp activity time

12:00-12:30 p.m.           Lunch

12:30-2:30 p.m.             Camp activity time

2:30-2:40 p.m.               Snack time

2:40-3:15 p.m.               All-group activity

3:30-5:30 p.m.               Aftercare

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