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Kindergarten Through Grade Six ~ Summer Camp Classes

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, 2022.
Daycroft School offers 8 weeks of fun — all at our beautiful Zeeb Road Campus, surrounded by nature,
about a half-mile north of Jackson Road, on Ann Arbor's west side.

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 & 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 forms for following COVID-19 guidelines, 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.
A one-time registration fee of $25 per camper will be added to each order to cover credit card fees, t-shirts & pizza lunches
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 this discount.
After April 3rd, 2022, prices will increase by $20 per full day class.

No refunds are given after May 1, 2022, but credit will be applied toward another 2022 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:  8:45 – 9:00 a.m.   —  Camp:  9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.   —  Pick-up:  4:00 – 4:15 p.m. 
   

Week 1 – June 13 – 17

Outdoor Mania
Instructors - Rachel Sherwin & Sarah Poulin
Grade level — Y5/Kdg. and 1st 
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist


Get ready to get your hands dirty as we spend our days outdoors exploring our natural world! Join us as we learn about the different elements of our environment and how to keep ourselves and our world safe and healthy.  Learn what is needed in a daypack outside, how to pack and carry it all, where to find shelter, what materials are okay to pick and what are not, basic plant identification, awareness of different habitats when playing outside and so much more.  An email will be sent during the week before camp with a list of items to bring to camp
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310 

LEGO Storytelling and Clay Creations Bundle - Brain Monkeys
Instructors - Katie Tilton & Brain Monkeys Staff
Grade level - Y5/Kdg. - 2nd (2 sessions)
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Brain Monkeys has bundled two favorite camps together to create one amazing fun filled day of summer camp! Each day will be split into two sections and feature each curriculum for half the day.  Using the LEGO Education StoryStarter kits as a hands-on learning tool, students will use LEGO building materials, mini figures and software to create their own stories. This camp combines the fun of playing with LEGO and the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills that come with storytelling! 

During Let’s Play with Polymer Clay, students will be introduced to some basic sculpting tools and techniques to create their own polymer clay miniature animals, figures, jewelry and more!
Camp fee - $340 

Hook, Line & Sinker
Instructor - Dave Willoughby & Bonnie Dingman
Grade level — 2nd - 7th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Learn the basics of fishing including how to tie knots, kinds of lures and how they work, rods and reels, casting, fish identification, characteristics and the habits of fish.  Join us as we make lures as well as learn some fly tying.  After practicing our casting and fishing safety, we plan to fish for largemouth bass and sunfish in the pond next to the school!
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310 - Limited to 15 students

A “Smashing” Good Time
Instructor - Amy Morrell
Grade level — 3rd - 7th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Have a “smashing'' good time creating beautiful and unique “Smashbooks”.  Smashbooks are one-of-a-kind journals for gathering memories, making doodles and artwork filled with snippets of color and embellishments.  Join in the fun and create a special Smashbook just for watercolor painting. Get ready to create!  
Early Bird Discount:  $300 — After April 3rd:  $320 - (Includes $10 materials fee) - Limited to 15 students

Week 2 – June 20 – 24

Junior Robotics
Instructor - Bill Joyce & Fun Learning Co. Staff
Grade level — Y5/Kdg. and 1st (2 sessions)
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Using a variety of new robots and kits such as LEGO Spike, Buildy Bots, and OZO Evo., students will focus on critical thinking, engineering, and simple programming concepts. Come explore the ins and outs of these robots and take a look at some simple, real-world applications for robots, sensors and coding.
Camp Fee - $340 — Limited to 12 students per session

DinoROAR - A Jurassic Adventure
Instructor - Sarah Poulin
Grade level — Y5/Kdg. and 1st 
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Trek together through the Jurassic terrain as we discover problem-solving strategies, uncover fossils and learn about various dinosaurs, just like the paleontologists did 65 million years ago!  Join us for a ROARing good time!
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Color Me Tye-Dye
Instructor - Bonnie Dingman
Grade level — 2nd and 3rd 
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Surround yourself with color as you create colorful tie-dye items.  From t-shirts and socks to bandanas and book bags - spend the week learning to tie-dye using items you already have at home!
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Outdoor Explorers
Instructors - Rachel Sherwin & Madelyn Geisz
Grade level — 2nd - 7th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Spend your day outdoors learning basic survival skills, shelter making, first aid and preventative safety, navigation, plant/habitat ID, fire safety intro, carving intro (one teacher with one student), hiking, nature craft, and respecting the environment.  An email will be sent during the week before camp with a list of items to bring to camp.
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Week 3 – June 27 – July 1

Party in the U.S.A.
Instructors - Sarah Poulin & Bonnie Dingman
Grade level — Y5/Kdg.
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Come “rock” some awesome activities inside and out that is sure to keep you moving and be a blast too!  Bring your water bottles, swimsuits, towels, sunscreen and a change of clothes for this action-packed week of energy-burning adventure and fun!
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Young Engineers
Instructor - Bill Joyce & Fun Learning Co. Staff
Grade level — 1st and 2nd
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Students will work together to solve engineering challenges using hands-on projects like building a LEGO car, designing a boat out of recycled materials – students will follow some instruction-based builds and then be encouraged to unleash their creativity and come up with their own designs!  In this fun-focused camp, we’ll learn about the engineering process and get practice with designing and troubleshooting our own creations.
Camp Fee - $340 - Limited to 20 students

Daycroft Chess Camp
Instructor - Bryan Wilson
Grade level — Kdg. - 7th

Join Implodians Coach Bryan Wilson for a week of Everything Chess!  Beginners will work to become tournament-ready players, learning all rules and piece movements while incoming tournament-ready children will dive into our popular strategy called I.M.P.L.O.D.S. with detailed training on all individual aspects of their game.  Campers will work on Tactics - Openings - Middle-game - Endgame and on Friday will have a  U.S.C.F Rated tournament.  All players will be required to purchase a membership to the United States Chess Federation, if they don't already have one ($22 for one year.)  Students will also have non- Chess games everyday in-between lessons such as a scavenger hunt, soccer, puzzles, kickball and many more. 
Camp fee:  $340 ($22 membership fee may be paid to Coach Wilson at the camp, if needed)

Play With Clay - Two Week Camp
Instructors - Suzanne Higgins & Madelyn Geisz
Grade level — 2nd - 7th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Get inspired and dive into two weeks of pottery.  The first week will be devoted to working with wet clay to build pieces using coils, slabs and pinched forms while the second week’s focus will include glazing and helping to load pieces back into the kiln for a glaze firing. By being immersed in this creative process, students will learn about the possibilities of clay, altered forms, pottery tools and glazing techniques. 
Early Bird Discount:  $580 — After April 3rd:  $620 - Two Week Camp - Limited to 12 students

Happy Fourth of July!  No camps offered July 4 — 8

 

Week 4 – July 11 – 15

Dye-No-Mite!
Instructor - Bonnie Dingman
Grade level — Y5/Kdg.
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Surround yourself with color and create colorful tie-dyed items.  From t-shirts and socks to coffee filter butterflies - spend the week learning to tie-dye using items you already have at home.
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

A-Movin’ & A-Groovin’
Instructor - Karen Donato
Grade level - 1st - 3rd
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Join this Musical Adventure - Songs, games, and loads of Movin’ & A-Groovin’ will all be part of this week’s musical exploration.  Learn how to write your own music, read and listen to musical-themed books and move and groove to the tunes we all know and love!
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Outdoor Adventures
Instructors - Rachel Sherwin & Sarah Poulin
Grade level - 3rd - 7th

Spend your day outdoors learning basic survival skills, shelter making, first aid, navigation, plant/habitat identification, fire safety, carving, hiking, nature crafting, and respecting the environment. Students will enjoy the adventures the outdoors offers and appreciate nature!  An email will be sent during the week before camp with a list of items to bring to camp.
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Play With Clay — (Week 2 of 2)

Week 5 – July 18 – 22

Let Go of My LEGO!
Instructor - Bonnie Dingman 
Grade level - Y5/Kdg.
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Let your LEGO construction skills soar during this week of everything LEGO.  The class will work cooperatively to construct a town agreed upon by the participants.  This cooperative play activity will incorporate individual building while group participation will be needed to succeed.  Crafts, Construction and Collaboration will all be a part of this week's “Brick-Mania
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Escape to the Outdoors
Instructors - Rachel Sherwin & Sarah Poulin
Grades 1st - 3rd
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Discovery and adventure will make this week’s escape to the outdoors a special treat for campers.  Learn basic survival skills, shelter making, first aid, navigation, plant/habitat identification, fire safety intro (making tinder balls, collecting sticks, lighting matches), hiking, nature craft, and respecting the environment.  An email will be sent during the week before camp with a list of items to bring to camp.
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Ultimate Battle Bots!
Instructors - Bill Joyce & Fun Learning Co. Staff
Grades 3rd - 7th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Students will learn the basics of building and coding by making their own LEGO robots - choosing from options such as a bulldozer, rattlesnake or a turtle.  After they have some experience, campers will team up and combine their kits to see which team can create the Ultimate Battle Bot! 
Camp Fee - $340 - Limited to 20 students

Play With Clay II - Two Week Camp
Instructors - Suzanne Higgins
Grade level - 2nd - 7th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist for weeks 5 & 6

Get inspired and dive into two weeks of pottery.  The first week will be devoted to working with wet clay to build pieces using coils, slabs and pinched forms while the second week’s focus will include glazing and helping to load pieces back into the kiln for a glaze firing. By being immersed in this creative process, students will learn about the possibilities of clay, altered forms, pottery tools and glazing techniques. 
Early Bird Discount:  $580 — After April 3rd:  $620 - Two Week Camp - Limited to 12 students

Week 6 – July 25 – 29

Energy Rockers
Instructors - Bonnie Dingman & Sarah Poulin
Grade level - Y5/Kdg and 1st
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

It’s time to “rock” some energy!  Indoors and outdoors, campers will rock to the music, enjoy scooter fun and participate in outdoor team water activities  - to name a few - during this energy-filled, activity-based week of movement, cooperative teamwork and fun.
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Summer Fun with American Girl
Instructor - Jeanine Wright
Grade level - 2nd - 6th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

American Girl dolls enjoy getting together to play and create just as much as their owners! Campers, both boys & girls, will participate in a project-filled week that will include plenty of craft activities, sewing, and games. There will also be time to play with your dolls. Campers may bring any type of doll for this camp. The instructor also has several American Girl dolls to share for the week.
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Engineering Design
Instructors - Bill Joyce & Fun Learning Co. Staff
Grade level - 3rd - 7th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Students will work together to solve engineering challenges using hands-on projects like building a bridge that can hold as many pennies as possible or combining Flexxo and LEGOs to design a candy catapult.  Participants will design and hypothesize, compare/contrast various features, and use the engineering process to improve their creations. 
Camp fee - $340 - Limited to 20 students

Play With Clay II — (Week 2 of 2)
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist for weeks 5 & 6

Week 7 – August 1 – 5

STEM Junior
Instructors - Bill Joyce & Fun Learning Co. Staff
Grade level - Y5/Kdg. and 1st (2 sessions)

Using project based learning, focused on a variety of kits, robots, and materials, students will work to build STEM related projects both inside and outside. Projects made throughout the week will teach students about the world that surrounds them, and help them master useful skills, while keeping learning fun! 
Camp fee - $340 - Limited to 12 students per session

Underwater Exploration
Instructor - Sarah Poulin
Grade level - 1st - 3rd
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Explore life under the sea. Dig for shells, marvel at the courage of sea turtles and the mysterious depths of life underwater. Enjoy “sea-worthy” crafts, factoids about sharks, and uncover the beauty of the coral reef during this week of marine biology and discovery into the deep blue depths of the ocean.  Let’s make a splash together.
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Get Fit with Blackbelt Karate Academy
Instructors - Master Brandon Lockman & Blackbelt Academy Staff
Grade level - 2nd - 7th

Join us for a fun, active, Martial Arts-themed, sports-oriented camp for beginners and experienced Martial Arts students.  Emphasis is on cardiovascular, endurance, and strength-based exercise.  Play simple karate games and drills to padded nunchaku practice, obstacle courses, Ga-Ga ball games and more!  Anti-bullying strategies, confidence-building and basic self-defense exercises will be taught.  
Camp fee - $340

Comic Book Drawing & Sumo Battle Bots Bundle - Brain Monkeys
Instructors - Katie Tilton & Brain Monkeys Staff
Grade level - 3rd - 7th

Brain Monkeys has bundled two favorite topics together to create one fun-filled day of summer camp! Each day will be split into two sections and feature each curriculum for half the day.  Are you interested in learning the fundamentals of cartooning and comic books? Local comic book artist, Kamron Reynolds, will introduce you to the world of comics. Learn how to draw your own characters, faces, backgrounds, lettering, and much more. The key to creating is getting started. 

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 will 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. Strategy is a must and campers will repeatedly try new ideas in order to test and refine their robot before the official sumo battle rounds.
Camp fee - $340

Week 8 – August 8 – 12

Walk the Plank!
Instructor - Sarah Poulin
Grade level - Y5/Kdg and 1st
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

"ARRR!" you ready for a “swashbuckling” good time with the entire crew as we sail the seas of fun and adventure during Pirate Week?  Enjoy pirate ship building, treasure hunts and a dress-up day. Come “Walk the Plank” and play other “overboard” games during this week of make-believe and crafty pirate quests.
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Farm to Table
Instructor - Rachel Sherwin
Grade level - 2nd - 4th
REGISTRATION CLOSED - Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Using the Daycroft garden beds and local farm ingredients, students will try their hand at harvesting and preparing vegetables, along with chopping and knife safety, drying and canning, blending for sauces and preserves, basic nutrition and using seasonal food and elements of taste and texture, and investigating the mystery of sourdough bread making. Come enjoy the elements of a Farm to Table experience!
Early Bird Discount:  $290 — After April 3rd:  $310

Logic, Puzzles & Games
Instructors - Bill Joyce & Fun Learning Co. Staff
Grade level - 3rd - 7th

Students will analyze the games we cover – including breaking down how the rules affect the optimal strategy, and how adding/removing rules affects game play. Students will then apply their skills to examine the strategy and rules of a game they choose; which will require reading, comprehension, reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Students will then use the skills they've learned to examine the strategy and rules of a game they choose.
Camp fee - $340

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