Creative Campers Class Activities
Class content may be repeated from Session 1 to Session 2. Offerings may be updated or changed based on availability of instructors, facilities and/or supplies.
- Academics and STEAM
- Culinary Arts
- Drama and Theater
- Exploration and Discovery
- Sports and Fitness
- Visual Arts and Crafts
- Academic Workshops
- Computer Publishing & Keyboarding (All grades)
- Glurch and Slime (All grades)
- Outrageous Acts of Science (All grades) - NEW
- Reading for Fun (All grades)
- Robotics (Grades 4 and above)
- Scratch (Grades 2-6)
- Web Design (Grades 5 and above)
- Writer's Workshop (Grades 3 and above)
Campers begin by learning the basic skill of keyboarding and progress to using a computer to create a wide range of printed items, such as calendars, cards, flyers, labels, certificates, and postcards. Campers will learn how to use Microsoft Publisher® and to properly download images, including photographs.
In a world of the expected, it's time to challenge those expectations. It's not good enough to be Wacky, in this course, we are OUTRAGEOUS. We will be exploring scientific topics in ways that are beyond your imagination. You and the other campers will need to work together to investigate the physical laws of nature, as well as life science. Probing questions will be asked, challenged, and answered!
Campers will use materials from the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT program. Working alone or in small groups, they will build a simple robot and program it to perform functions. Campers then test their robot by guiding it through an obstacle course or even collaborating with other robots to perform more complex operations.
Let your mind write the adventure. This digital programming class (a project of the MIT Media Lab) allows campers to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations through the process of coding. Think of Scratch like Legos, putting small digital pieces together one-by-one, to build whatever you can dream up!
Using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), the backbone of website design, campers will learn how to structure content and insert text, images, and links all while creating their very own webpage! Campers will also learn how to style their page using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to change fonts, add borders and colors, and more. Future website designers, unite!
Culinary Arts classes do not use recipes that include peanuts or tree nuts as ingredients; however, Creative Summer is NOT a peanut-free or gluten-free environment. Campers with food allergies or dietary restrictions should carefully consider their participation in these classes.
- Baking (All grades)
- Cake Decorating (Grades 5 and above)
- Cooking for Kids (All grades)
- Pastry Chefs (Double Period - Grades 7 and above) NEW
- Actors Workshop (Grades 4 and above)
- Curtain Call – The Musical (Double period – Grades 5 and above)
- Hollywood Film Production (Grades 4 and above)
- Improvisation (Grades 5 and Above)
- Puppetry (Grades 2-5)
- Razzle Dazzle – Stage Make-up (All grades)
- Rising Stars – The Musical (Double period – Grades 2-4)
- Stagecraft (Grades 7 and above)
- Storybook Theater (Grades 2-4)
In this class for campers with some acting experience, campers build their technique through a variety of improvisational exercises designed to loosen up their bodies and voices, build self-confidence, and unleash their creative spirit. They will also prepare and work on performance of scripted scenes and monologues.
Be part of a production company, from auditioning for a part to performing at Carnival Showcase. This two-period class provides an opportunity to work on a larger-scale production. Campers in Curtain Call must be available for a dress rehearsal after camp the third Tuesday of each session. Attendance for the entire session is required. The Musical will be performed in the evening on the last Thursday of each session at Carnival.
Improvisation is an essential skill for every budding performer. In this fun and zany class, campers will learn how to think on their feet, create unique characters and scenes on the spot, cultivate teamwork, and gain poise, confidence, and stage presence. Campers will showcase their talents with a completely improvised performance during Carnival.
This class opens the magical world of dramatic arts through play production. For two periods, young campers are introduced to the dramatic arts, culminating in a musical production. Campers in Rising Stars must be available for a dress rehearsal after camp the third Wednesday of each session. Attendance for the entire session is required. The Musical will be performed in the late afternoon on the last Thursday of each session at Carnival.
Learn how to transform a bare stage into the magic of theater through all the elements of stagecraft. This class focuses on the creation of scenery, props, and other aspects of performance. Topics covered include the safe and proper methods for using tools and materials to create sets and props. No flip-flops or open-toed shoes.
- All That Jazz (All grades)
- Barre Fitness / Ballet (All grades)
- Hip Hop / Street Jam (All grades)
- Intro to Breakdancing (All grades)
- Modern (All grades)
- Pom Poms (All Grades)
- Zumba® (All grades)
Zumba® is the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends international music and fast-paced, fun steps to create a “fitness party” that is downright addictive. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and even Bollywood and belly dance moves. Campers will need: Sneakers.
- Amazing Race (Grades 3 and above)
- Chess (All grades)
- Come Fly With Me (Grades 2-5)
- Debate (Grades 4 and above)
- Great Outdoors (Double period – Grades 4 and above)
- Leadership Seminar for Girls (All grades)
- Nature’s Way (Grades 2-5)
- Newspaper (All grades)
- Relaxation Station (Grades 3 and above)
- Sign Language (All Grades)
- Survivor: Creative Summer Edition (Grades 4 and above)
Words have the power to change the world! In this class, campers use crazy topics such as “Could Godzilla beat King Kong?” to learn not just to prepare their case, but to listen actively in order to respond to the other side. Campers will develop the power of persuasion and gain confidence to speak in front of any group.
Hiking, exploring, fishing, plant identification, and first aid are only a few of the activities planned. In this double-period class, campers leave campus for outings and field trips, but return for lunch and lunchtime entertainment. A permission form signed by a parent/guardian is required; a class itinerary will be provided the first day of camp. Campers will need: Sneakers and small backpack containing a water bottle, poncho/raincoat, sunscreen, and insect repellent, as appropriate for planned activities.
Study nature on the Holton-Arms campus. This beginning ecology and environmental course is designed to give campers new awareness of the relationship between living and non-living things. This is truly a discovery course. Campers will need: Water shoes, a swimsuit or change of clothing, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
Here’s your chance to discover and report on the happenings at camp. Be instrumental in writing and publishing the camp newspaper. Campers should be able and willing to spend time writing stories for the paper. This class will include investigative reporting, editorial writing, and entertainment reviews.
Pamper your body, mind, and spirit in the most relaxing class at Creative Summer! Each day, we'll create a different body care product or calming craft including: bath bombs, aromatherapy spray, gratitude journals, peace rocks, exfoliating body scrubs, stress balls, meditation bracelets, and more! Every class will end with a guided meditation that will leave you feeling peaceful and refreshed for the rest of your day at camp! Campers will work with essential oils and other skin care products. Campers with skin allergies should carefully consider their participation in this class.
American Sign Language (ASL) is a graceful and expressive language, and much more than just finger-spelling. Hand signs are just a part of this language that also uses posture, body language and facial expressions to communicate without a sound. Campers will learn to combine signs into phrases, sentences, and basic conversations, as well as to finger spell proper names.
Do you know how to make fire? Get drinkable water when there is no faucet in sight? Build a shelter? Forage? Learn how to succeed in a survival situation by acquiring basic skills that you can actually use if you are ever in an emergency situation, including: shelter construction, orienteering, fire starting, plant identification, knot-tying, and water purification. How can you survive without this class? Campers will need: Sneakers, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
All instruments are provided by the camp.
- Guitar (All grades)
- Piano (All grades)
- Pitch Perfect (Grades 5 and above)
- Show Stoppers (all grades)
- Sing! (All Grades)
Why is guitar so popular? It’s versatile, easy to learn, and fun! Master just a few basic chords and you’ll be strumming along with your favorite tunes in no time. Play it alone or accompany voices; as a solo performer or in a band. Whatever music you prefer – pop, rock, metal, folk, country, or classical – chances are you can play it on a guitar.
Sunscreen is recommended for all outdoor sports.
- Archery (Grades 4 and above)
- Basketball (All grades)
- Cross-Training for Kids (All grades)
- Dodgeball (All grades)
- Fencing (Grades 4 and above)
- Flag Football (Grades 2-5)
- Golf Like a Pro (All grades)
- Indoor Multi-Sports (All grades)
- Lacrosse (All grades)
- Outdoor Multi-Sports (All grades)
- Ping Pong (All Grades)
- Soccer – Indoor (All grades)
- Soccer – Outdoor (All grades)
- Softball (Grades 2-5)
- Stroke Clinic (All grades)
- Swim Like a Fish – Instructional Swimming (All grades)
- Swimming – Recreational (All grades)
- Tennis Masters by All-Met Coach Yann Auzoux (All grades)
- Ultimate Frisbee (All grades)
- Volleyball (All grades)
- Yoga for Kids (All grades)
Fencing is a uniquely classic sport. It has history, drama, romance, and a style all its own, plus all the advantages of an active and physically demanding sport. Sometimes called “physical chess,” this sport exercises the mind as well as the body, teaching strategy, patience, discipline, and the spirit of healthy competition. Campers will need: Sneakers. All fencing equipment is provided.
This beginner course is designed to teach the basics of the game of football. Campers will focus on throwing and catching the ball while also learning proper football terminology and game structure. The goal of this class is to work up to the playing of actual flag football games. For safety reasons, this is non-contact football. Campers will need: Sneakers and sunscreen.
Think you may be the next Jordan Spieth? Learn the fundamentals of golf: grip, aim, posture, and stance as you master putting, chipping, and full swing. This program uses the Almost Golf Ball, the practice ball designed to be safe for children and easy to hit. Campers enjoy both outdoor and indoor activities, including miniature golf obstacle courses. Campers will need: Sneakers and sunscreen. All golf equipment is provided.
Learn the fundamentals of soccer. Daily activities include fun games, physical skills, and social interaction created specifically to improve technical soccer skills. Players receive age-appropriate instruction and are grouped to match their ability. Campers will need: Shin guards, soccer cleats and/or sneakers and sunscreen.
A swimming course for experienced swimmers that focuses on developing proper technique for starts, turns, and the four major strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. This course is designed for campers who are on a swim team (or plan to join one) and would like extra practice and instruction. Campers must be able to swim four lengths of the pool, freestyle and backstroke, without stopping. Taught by certified instructors in our indoor pool. Campers will need: Swimsuit and towel, labeled with camper’s name.
Swimming just for fun. Campers must pass a required swim test on the first day of class. This activity is highly supervised by certified instructors, but it is not instructional. Please note this is an indoor pool, and the shallow end is 4 feet deep. Campers will need: Swimsuit and towel, labeled with camper’s name.
Join Holton’s own varsity tennis coach and All-Met Coach, Yann Auzoux, to master the fundamentals of tennis through targeted games, drills, and conditioning exercises. Campers will have the opportunity to acquire sound technique and a solid competitive edge. Campers will be grouped by ability and challenged to improve. Campers will need: Tennis racquet labeled with the camper’s name, tennis shoes, and sunscreen.
Materials used in some Visual Arts classes are messy; campers may want to bring a smock or extra t-shirt to protect their clothing.
- 3D Whimsy (All grades)
- Cartooning (All grades)
- Ceramic Arts (All grades)
- Crafts Workshop (All grades)
- Crochet (Grades 3 and above)
- Darkroom Photography (Grades 4 and above)
- Digital Photography (Grades 3 and above)
- Drawing (All grades)
- Gimp Magic (All grades)
- Jewelry Workshop (All grades)
- Knitting (All grades)
- Mixed-Media Madness (All grades)
- Painting (All grades)
- Paper and Book Making (Grades 4 and above)
- Party Planning / Event Design (Grades 3 and above)
- Pottery (Grades 5 and above)
- Sewing (Grades 4 and above)
- Silk-screening (Grades 4 and above)
- Stitchery (All Grades)
- Woodworking (All grades)
- Yarn Crafting (All grades)
Start with a hook and some yarn; make a basic slip knot and crochet a foundation chain. Learn a few simple stitches and you have the basis to create a variety of fun and useful objects. Beginners can make a pot holder or a simple scarf. Campers with some experience may create more elaborate projects, such as stuffed animals, warm fuzzy hats, decorative items, Afghans, and more.
Go beyond your digital camera’s Auto mode and learn the fundamentals of photography. Campers experiment with lighting and camera settings to capture images, and then explore techniques for editing and enhancing their images on a computer. Bring your camera the first day and every day. Campers will need: Digital Camera. A cell phone or tablet will not work for this camp activity.
Start with junk mail, newspapers, used wrapping paper, and other scraps; add plants, flowers, and other natural materials; and create beautiful hand-made papers. Then use these sheets, a few simple tools, and your imagination to create your own hand-made journal, scrapbook, or other treasured book. Smocks/aprons are recommended.
So you want to throw a party, but don’t know where to start? This class covers the fun stuff – party themes, decorations, and menus – as well as the practical stuff, such as how much food and drink to serve, whether you need help, and setting a budget. Finally, campers put this knowledge to practical use at Creative Summer’s biggest party – Carnival!.
Campers learn to use basic hand tools to build small wooden projects, such as boxes, toy cars, birdhouses and even board games, while learning the proper safety protocols for each tool. Then they creatively finish their projects by sanding, oiling, staining and painting. Safety protection is provided; smocks/aprons are recommended.
Campers will be introduced to a variety of yarn crafts, such as crocheting, knitting, weaving, and macramé. Some techniques use needles, hooks, or looms, and some just use fingers. By wrapping, twisting and braiding yarn you can create a multitude of fun and fashionable projects – the possibilities are endless!