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Kindergarten Through Grade Six Camps

Daycroft Discovery Days — Elementary camps

 

For your Young 5 & Kindergarten through 6th grade child, Daycroft Discovery Days is open to all students,
regardless of school attended.  All camps are designed for the student entering the grade specified in the Fall, 2020.
Daycroft School offers 9 weeks of fun — all at our beautiful Zeeb Campus, surrounded by nature,
about a half-mile north of Jackson Road, on Ann Arbor's west side.

All Elementary Camps are offered as Full-day Camps — 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Elementary Ages:  Young 5 & Kindergarten through Grade 6

Please provide a healthy, substantial snack for your camper each day and a water bottle, clearly labeled with your child's name.
Sunscreen, swimsuits & towels for sprinkler fun and any extra clothing should also be labeled with your child's name.
*Please apply sunscreen to your child before camp.*

Lunch & Recess will occur between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday:  Send a sack lunch that does not require warming for your camper.
Every Friday:  All campers will enjoy a cheese pizza, lemonade & popsicle lunch which is included in the cost of the camp.
You may also bring a sack lunch on Friday, if you would prefer your child not have pizza.
*Please remember to label your child's lunch with their name.*

A reminder email will be sent the week before your child is to attend camp. 
Attached to this email will be two forms for permissions, immunizations and emergency contact information.
Students will not be allowed to attend camp without these forms on file. 

You will find descriptions & tuition details about individual classes, including dates and fees, in the list of Summer Camp classes.
Take advantage of the early registration discount for many Young 5/Kdg. — 6th grade classes! 
The price for our Young 5/Kdg. — 6th grade classes currently reflects the discount.
After March 31, 2020, prices will increase by $20 per full day class.

No refunds are given after June 1, 2020, but credit will be applied toward another 2020 camp.
Should Daycroft's camps be canceled due to a Coronavirus Mandate, a 100% refund will be issued.

Young 5/Kdg. — 6th Grade Camp Hours
Drop-off:  8:00 – 9:00 a.m.   —   Camp:  9:00 a.m. — 4:15 p.m.    —    Pick-up:  4:15 – 4:30 p.m. 
   
Before-care is free of charge during the Drop-off hour.  After-care from 4:30-5:00 p.m. is available for $25 for the week.
There is a strict $5/15 minute, per child late fee for all campers picked up later than 5:00 p.m. 

Week 1 – June 8 - 12

Junior Robotics:  Fun with Robots!
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Grade level:  Young 5/Kdg. — 2nd  **maximum 12 students - (Class is FULL)

Come learn the basics of building and programming using robots!  Navigate a Pro-Bot Car, solve challenges with Ozobot, create special codes, build and program projects with gears, pulleys, motors, sensors, LEGOS and more! 
Little or no reading required…perfect for young thinkers!
Fee:  $295
   

Spanish Exploradores
Instructor:  Blaise Badynee
Grade level:  2nd — 3rd

Travel the globe without ever leaving Daycroft!  Campers will take imaginary trips to a different Spanish-speaking country each day - exploring their culture along the way!  Our “trips” will be total immersion — travelers will use the Spanish they learn each morning to move about in their new country!  Play games, sing & dance, cook authentic foods, and learn a lot about Spanish and the regions where it is spoken!
Early Bird Registration:  $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285

Musical Instrument Construction Workshop
Instructors:  Suzanne Higgins & Ashley Grebe
Grade level:  2nd — 6th

Create & construct your playable musical instruments with traditional and non-traditional materials!   Invent and create wind, string, and percussion instruments through exploration and experimentation.  The music and art teachers come together to help create the instrument of your dreams with extra pizazz!  Take a field trip to SCRAP, Creative Reuse in Ann Arbor and shop for just the right supplies to make your creations come to actuality!  The final day of camp will include an open studio demonstration of the instruments created during the week.
Early Bird Registration:   $265  After March 31, 2020:  $285

 

Week 2 – June 15 – 19

Shark Week!
Instructor:  Niki Buchanan
Grade level:  Young 5/Kdg.– 2nd                                                       

If you think sharks are scary, interesting or just plain cool…then come take a BITE out of summer during Shark Week!  Learn about different types of sharks and their behaviors, the science about sharks, such as what makes a shark a shark? And are sharks and rays related?  What’s the biggest shark that ever lived?  How good are the shark's senses?  Come learn play games, and make crafts all during a fun and fact-filled Shark Week.  Swim in for a good time!
Early Bird Registration:   $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285          

Walking Through History with American Girl
Instructor:  Jeanine Wright
Grade level:  1st — 6th

American Girl dolls enjoy exploring what life was like during the different time periods in history.  Campers (boys or girls) will participate in an exciting, fun-filled week of American Girl history projects that will include crafts, games, baking, and sewing.  Come take a step back in time with your doll to peek at the historical era that inspired the American Girl traditions.  **Campers may bring any type of doll as the instructor has AG dolls to share for the week.  Please bring a white t-shirt on the first day to tie-dye during the week.
Early Bird Registration:   $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285

Robotics I: It’s the CLAW… Lego EV3 Robotics
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Grade level:  3rd — 6th  **maximum 12 students

Come learn to build and program robots using a Lego EV3 Robotics kit.  Use and program sensors by color, touch, sound, gyro and ultrasonic!  Build a color sorter and the CLAW! Take on the challenge and battle too during this week of robotics fun!
Fee:  $295

 

Week 3 – June 22 – 26

Energy Busters
Instructor:  Bonnie Dingman
Grade level:  Young 5/Kdg. — 1st                                                       

Are you ready to have your energy “busted”?  Need to burn some energy and have fun doing it too?  Have fun with obstacle courses, running games, tag games, jump ropes, hula hoops, scooters, parachute, pool noodles, water games, and rock wall climbing!  Keep active while having a blast inside and out!  No skills necessary
Early Bird Registration:   $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285

Reuse  Runway Fashion Design
Instructor:  Suzanne Higgins
Grade level:  2nd — 6th 

Heard about SCRAP's Reuse Runway Show?  It is a dynamic fashion show that takes place in October featuring outfits designed out of unique materials otherwise destined for the landfill!  Last year's models walked the runway in gorgeous pieces made from bubble wrap, burlap coffee bags, construction netting, colorful plastic bags, travel postcards, bottle caps, and more.  During camp, we will visit SCRAP, Creative Reuse to gather supplies.  We will brainstorm ideas, explore traditional and inventive ways to attach and construct, create an outfit, design accessories and write artist statements about our pieces.  We will present our pieces on the last day by putting on our own fashion show!
Early Bird Registration:   $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285       

Robotics II: Sensors, Remotes & Launchers
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Grade level:  3rd — 6th  **maximum 12 students

Take it to the next level!  Expansion kits that include infrared sensors + remote, a ball launcher, and rubber treads.  Access up to 15 new builds from the Lego site!  Program the IR sensor + remote, arrays, messaging and file reading & writing.  Use complex techniques using gears!
Fee:  $295

 

Happy Fourth of July!  No camps offered June 29th — July 3rd

 

Week 4 – July 6 – 10

Spies Like Us!
Instructor:  Niki Buchanan
Grade level:  Young 5/Kdg. — 2nd  **maximum 20 students                                                       

Are you ready to be enlisted into Daycroft’s top spy school?  Keep your identity secret as an undercover agent and report to our Super Sleuth training camp to learn the tricks of the trade like invisible ink and much more!  This message will self-destruct in three…two…one…
Early Bird Registration:   $265  After March 31, 2020:  $285

Play With Clay — Week 1
Instructor:  Suzanne Higgins
Grade level:  2nd — 6th  **Two Week Camp — maximum 12 students

Students will begin by looking at books and images of pottery to get ideas for their own creations.  The first week of camp will be devoted to working with wet clay to build pieces using coils, slabs, and pinched forms.  After the pieces dry and are fired in the kiln, students will spend their second week glazing their work and helping to load it back into the kiln for glaze firing.  By being immersed in this creative process, students will increase their understanding of the possibilities of clay, altered forms, pottery tools and glazing.  On the final day, there will be a pottery show for fellow campers & families – always an impressive display of accomplishments!
Fee:  $585 — for two weeks

Brain Monkeys:  Sumo Battle Bots
Instructor:  Katie Tilton
Grade level:  2nd — 6th  **maximum 12 students

Using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot kits, students will become familiar with the fundamentals of computer programming. Using a powerful icon based, drag and drop computer language that is easy to learn for many types of learners. Students use this language to combine basic elements called icons (analogues to functions and subroutines) including motion control and sensor icons to build programming that exhibit "intelligent" behavior. Once campers have achieved a series of challenges which demonstrate their basic understanding of programming, they will begin to work on their Sumo Robot. Battles take place in a 4 ft. diameter ring which is built using specific competition level requirements. The goal of a sumo battle is simple, knock your opponent out of the ring as quickly and efficiently as possible. Strategy is a must and campers will repeatedly try new ideas in order to test and refine their robot before we begin the official sumo battle rounds.
Fee:  $295

 

Week 5 – July 13 – 17

Jurassic "Dino-ROAR" Adventure
Instructor:  Niki Buchanan
Grade level:  Young 5/Kdg. — 1st     

Make some "roaring" good dinosaur crafts and become an expert paleontologist sharing your knowledge about a variety of dinosaurs and fossils.  Work together on building challenges and problem solve to see just how BIG those dinosaurs really were!  Join us for a roaring good time! 
Early Bird Registration:   $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285

Play With Clay — (Week 2)

Introduction to Electronics
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Grade level:  2nd — 6th  **maximum 12 students

Students will learn the basics of electrical components and circuits while making lots of cool hands-on projects — We will start out looking at the Snap Circuits Light kit with over 175 projects you can build, take apart, and rebuild — like an infrared detector, a flying fan, and a strobe light. Students will learn how each component works on its own and what type of real-world applications they are used in. We will complete hands-on projects from LitteBits Gizmos & Gadgets — building creations that interact with smartphones/tablets (provided in class) including games, driving robots, and a spinning lamp. Continuing with LittleBits, students will build and program their own mini Droid. 
Fee:  $295

 

Week 6 – July 20 - 24

Painting Camp:  Colorful Kaleidoscope
Instructor:  Suzanne Higgins
Grade level:  Young 5/Kdg. — 1st                                                       

If you love to paint, you will really enjoy this color-filled week!  Each day, campers will experiment with different types of paint, tools, and surfaces.  By the end of the week, campers will have explored watercolor, tempera and acrylic paint using our brushes, (traditional and handmade), sponges, spray bottles, etc.  There will be opportunities to paint at easels, on wood, canvas boards, and fabric.  Kids, like professional artists, love the inspiration that comes from being around other young artists who have different approaches to art making!
Early Bird Registration:   $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285

Musical Theater Arts Camp — Week 1
Instructor:  Aislinn McKeown & Suzanne Higgins
Grade level:  2nd — 6th  **Two Week Camp

Produce a musical revue in just two weeks!  During Musical Theater Arts Camp, children will get to experience all aspects of musical theater production.  With Ms. Aislinn, children will learn the fundamentals of acting, singing, and dancing through a variety of exercises and games.  They will also spend time rehearsing a musical revue; a collection of songs, dances, and sketches.  With the help of Ms. Higgins, children will construct props, sets, and costumes for the performance.  Campers will present their musical revue to family and friends at the end of the two weeks!
Early Bird Registration:   $530 — for two weeks    After March 31, 2020:  $570 — for two weeks

Build Your Own Personal Computer
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Grade level:  3rd — 6th  **maximum 12 students

Build your own PC starting with the Piper computer kit.  Program your computer using Python, a simple yet versatile, programming language used for everyone from beginners to professionals!  No experience necessary…you’ll learn everything you need to know to make fun and simple programs on your own self-built computer!   Test your code by making and playing your own version of the popular video game, Minecraft!
Fee:  $310

 

Week 7 – July 27 – 31

Wet & Wild!  Let's Get WET!
Instructor:  Bonnie Dingman
Grade level:  Y5/K — 1st

Who loves to get wet in the summer?  Have a "splash" of a wet and wild good time with everything water...squirt guns, sprinklers, water balloons, sprayers, water shooters, and so much more!  Activities will take place inside and outside!   Paint with colored water, explore and create a water park, and even explore the water cycle!  Sunscreen, swimsuits, towels and water shoes are a must for this wet & wild good time!  LET'S GET WET!
Early Bird Registration:   $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285

Musical Theater Arts Camp — (Week 2)

Brain Monkeys:  Junkyard Wars Building Extravaganza
Instructor:  Katie Tilton
Grade level:  3rd — 6th  **maximum 12 students

Explore chain reactions, projectiles, bridges, towers and so much more!  We have put together the best building projects and experiments to make one amazing summer camp experience! Students will build catapults and test how far they can launch, bridges to test how much weight they can hold and towers that reach toward the sky. We give students a given challenge, and they design and build it! We will be working indoors and outdoors for these projects and many can be taken home. Join us and let’s explore physics and engineering through play!
Fee:  $295

 

Week 8 – August 3 - 7

Happy Feet
Instructor:  Bonnie Dingman
Grade level:  Young 5/Kdg. — 2nd                                                        

Find your rhythm and use up that summer energy playing active games to keep your feet happy and your bodies healthy!  Make new friends and put all that extra energy into organized games while staying cool as penguins!
Early Bird Registration:   $265   After March 31, 2020:  $285

Chess Club
Instructors:  Chess Wizards
Grade level:  1st — 6th

Join the wizards 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), tournaments, and puzzles. Each camper receives a 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. Their interactive curriculum makes learning fun for new and seasoned players alike.  Day camps are led by experienced instructors, and provide students with a memorable camp experience while challenging their minds!
Fee:  $310

Drones, Drones, Drones!!!
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Grade level:  4th — 6th  **maximum 12 students

Drones:  Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – come learn the basics of flying drones and comparing various drone designs using the Flybrix drone kit – including octo, hex, and quad airframes, as well as experimenting with modifications to make your drone faster, more durable, and easier to fly.  Join us for a mini drone design competition too!
Fee:  $310

 

Week 9 – August 10 – 14

Junior Robotics II:  More Fun with Robots!
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Grade level:  Young 5/Kdg. — 2nd **maximum 12 students - (Class is FULL)

There's more to learn about the basics of building and programming using robots!  Navigate a Pro-Bot Car, solve challenges with Ozobot, create special codes, and build & program projects with gears, pulleys, motors, sensors, Legos and more! 
Little or no reading required…perfect for young thinkers!
Fee:  $295   

Get Fit with Blackbelt Karate Academy
Instructor:  Brandon Lockman
Grade level:  2nd — 6th

This martial-arts themed camp is a fun, active, sports-oriented camp for BEGINNERS and EXPERIENCED martial arts students alike.  Emphasis will be on cardiovascular, endurance, and strength building exercises.  Play simple karate games and drills to padded nunchaku practice, obstacle courses, Ga-Ga ball games and much more!
Fee:  $295

Brain Monkeys: Lego Mindstorms Robotics — Mars Challenge
Instructor:  Katie Tilton
Grade level:  3rd — 6th  **maximum 12 students

In this exciting camp, students will be introduced to robotics with a very current and real-world theme — traveling to and living on Mars. Students will work as scientists and engineers as they progress through this set of lessons, challenges, and projects that fully integrate science, technology, engineering, and math concepts while prompting creative problem solving, communication, and teamwork.

There are over 30+ hours of activities involved with this special science and technology robotics kit. In the learning missions, students progress through nine distinct missions in which they investigate, observe, calculate and apply their knowledge to solve specific tasks. The challenge missions are where students apply and creatively adapt programming and problem-solving skill to design and build robots to solve seven very different space challenges.

Both beginners and experienced LEGO builders and programmers will enjoy working as scientists and using the real-world theme — traveling to and living on Mars to accomplish hours of excitement as they learn through hands-on play!
Fee:  $295

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