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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, 2021.
Daycroft School offers 8 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.

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.
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 March 31, 2020, prices will increase by $20 per full day class.

No refunds are given after May 1, 2021, but credit will be applied toward another 2021 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. — 4:30 p.m.    —    Pick-up:  4:30 – 4:45 p.m. 
   
Before-care is available from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. for $25 per week — After-camp care from 4:45-5:00 p.m. is free of charge.
There will be a strict $5/15 minute, per child late fee for all campers picked up later than 5:00 p.m. 

Week 1 – June 14 – 18

Welcome to “Seuss”ville!  
Instructor:  Mikaela Ousley
“The more that you read, the more things you know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”  Come join the fun reading books by Dr. Seuss while creating games and crafts to go hand in hand with what you read!  Each day will have a theme while exploring the world of Seussical books. Dress up and imagine becoming a poet... just like Dr. Seuss!
Grade level — Y5/Kdg & 1st — $300 — Limited to 20 students

Hook, Line & Sinker
Instructor:  Dave Willoughby
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!
Grade level — 2nd - 6th — $300 — Limited to 12 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

Glue, Glitter & Beyond
Instructor:  Niki Buchanan
Are you creative and like to craft clever projects?  Come let your creativity flow as you create innovative projects with a wide variety of materials, including glitter, of course!
Grade level — 2nd - 6th — $300 — Limited to 20 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

Week 2 – June 21 – 25

DinoROAR:  A Jurassic Adventure
Instructor:  Niki Buchanan
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!
Grade level — Y5/Kdg. & 1st — $300 — Limited to 20 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

Everything Tie-Dye
Instructor:  Emma Boley
Surround yourself with color as you create fun tie-dye items.  From t-shirts, socks and bandanas to coffee filters, mugs, coasters and more - spend the week learning to tie-dye using items you already have at home.
Grade level — 2nd - 6th — $300 — Limited to 20 students

Robotics I:  Who’s the Battle Bot Master?
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Learn to build and program robots using a Lego EV3 Education Kit.  Use and program various sensors - color, touch, sound, gyro, and ultrasonic!  As the week progresses, students will work on their very own Battle Bot code to compete against fellow campers for the Camp Title: Battle Bot Master!  
Grade level — 3rd - 7th — $325 — Limited to 20 students

Week 3 – June 28 – July 2

Energy Rockers!
Instructor:  Bonnie Dingman
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!
Grade level — Y5/Kdg - 2nd — $300 — Limited to 20 students
 REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

Play With Clay - Two Week Camp
Instructor:  Suzanne Higgins
Begin the two weeks exploring ideas from loads of resources available for inspiration. There are innumerable methods, techniques and styles to form and decorate pottery. Our first week of class will be devoted to working with wet clay to turn coils and slabs of clay into sturdy pieces. The Fourth of July holiday week will give clay pieces ample time to dry before being loaded into the bisque kiln. When students return for week #2, they will glaze their work and help to load it back into the kiln for glaze firing. Our goal will be for all work to be completed by the last day so that students can wrap it up to take home.
Grade level — 2nd - 7th — $600 — Limited to 12 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the wait list for weeks 3 & 4. 
Please note:  *A second 2-week Clay Camp has been added during weeks 5 & 6*

Robotics II:  Take It to the Next Level
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Build on what was covered in Robotics I - including an infra-red sensor + remote, a ball launcher, and rubber treads - giving students access to 15 new builds!  Learn to program the IR sensor + remote, arrays, messaging, file reading/writing and much more!  Complex building techniques using attachments and gearing will be added along with a relay race.Using these new added sensors, students will get to program their new Battlebots to compete in the next level - The Battlebot Challenge!
Grade level — 3rd - 7th — $325 — Limited to 20 students

Happy Fourth of July!  No camps offered July 5 — 9

 

Week 4 – July 12 – 16

WET and Wild!
Instructor:  Bonnie Dingman
Let’s get WET with our friends and “Slip-n-Slide” our way to fun in the sun!  Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen and an extra set of clothes for this WET activity-based week of adventure and fun with water!  
Grade level — Y5/Kdg. - 3rd — $300 — Limited to 20 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

Play With Clay — (Week 2) CLASS IS FULL — please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the wait list for weeks 3 & 4.
Please note: A second 2-week Clay camp has been added in weeks 5 & 6

Electronics:  Gizmos, Gadgets, Circuits & More!
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Join us as we learn about basic circuits and electronics without soldering.  Learn how hardware and software interact with simple programming and have fun making loads of cool projects too!  With 175 projects to build, take apart and rebuild - like infra-red detectors, flying fans and a strobe light - Snap Circuit Kits are the best place to begin.  We’ll check out new projects from “littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets” - building creations that interact with smartphones and tablets (provided in class) including games, driving robots and a spinning lamp!
Grade level — 3rd - 7th — $325 — Limited to 20 students

Week 5 – July 19 – 23

Everything Tie-Dye
Instructor:  Katie Cosmi
Surround yourself with color as you create fun tie-dye items.  From t-shirts, socks and bandanas to coffee filters, mugs, coasters and more - spend the week learning to tie-dye using items you already have at home.
Grade level — Y5/Kdg - 3rd — $300 — Limited to 20 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

Walking through History with American Girl
Instructor:  Jeanine Wright
Take a step back in time with your doll* to peek at the historical era that inspired American Girl traditions.  Campers (boys & girls) will participate in a project-filled week that will include crafts, games and playing with dolls*  Please bring a white t-shirt to tie-dye on the first day! *Campers may bring any type of doll for this camp. The instructor has several American Girl dolls to share for the week.
Grade level — 2nd - 6th — $300 — Limited to 20 students

Play With Clay II - Two Week Camp
Instructor:  Suzanne Higgins
Begin these two weeks exploring ideas from loads of resources available for inspiration. There are innumerable methods, techniques and styles to form and decorate pottery. Our first week of class will be devoted to working with wet clay to turn coils and slabs of clay into sturdy pieces. The weekend will give clay pieces time to dry before being loaded into the bisque kiln when students return for week two. The students will then glaze their work and help to load it back into the kiln for glaze firing during the second week. Our goal will be for all work to be completed by the last day so that students can wrap it up to take home.
Grade level — 1st* - 7th — $600 — Limited to 12 students
Please note: *1st grade students open to Daycroft students exclusively*

Build & Program Your Own Computer
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Using a Piper Computer Kit, students with little or no experience programming will assemble a working computer and program it too! We’ll jump into coding, starting with the drag-and-drop Blockly programming language and move into more challenging coding in Python, which is used by everyone from beginners to professionals. With the Piper Computer Kit, students will not only get to make fun and simple programs on computers they build, but they will also get to make and test their code in Minecraft! The computers we build allow students to write and edit code within Minecraft so, in a way, students will be making and playing their own personal version of the popular video game!
Grade level — 3rd - 7th — $325 — Limited to 20 students

Week 6 – July 26 – 30

Junior Robotics:  Robots & Creative Programming
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
You're never too young to start learning to program! Campers will learn to build and program using different robots throughout the week. Using the Ozo Bot and Probot, students will learn the logic of programming by using colors and numbers.  Campers will then use their artistic ability to make large racetracks that can be programmed to allow the Ozo Bots to venture into a world that only kids can create! Campers will finally get into the Lego Wedo Kit to learn how to build and program many different builds through the use of the computer or tablet (provided in class).
Grade level — Y5/Kdg. & 1st — $325 — Limited to 20 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

Let’s Get WET!
Instructor:  Mikaela Ousley
Let’s get WET with our friends and “Slip-n-Slide” our way to fun in the sun!  Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen and an extra set of clothes for this WET activity-based week of adventure and fun with water!  
Grade level — 2nd - 6th — $300 — Limited to 20 students

Play With Clay II — (Week 2)

Get Fit with Blackbelt Karate Academy
Instructor:  Master Brandon Lockman
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.  
Grade level — 2nd - 7th — $325 — Limited to 20 students

Week 7 – August 2 – 6

“Space” Odyssey
Instructor:  Katie Cosmi
Investigate what it takes to be an astronaut before firing up the rocket!  Take a trip to space and explore the solar system, stars, and the moon through crafts, science experiments and much, much more!
Grade level — Y5/Kdg - 3rd — $300 — Limited to 20 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

American Girl Holiday Extravaganza
Instructor:  Jeanine Wright
American Girl dolls* enjoy getting together for the holidays just as much as their owners!  Holiday related crafts, sewing and baking celebrating themes for various holidays will be the highlight of the week! *Campers may bring any type of doll for this camp. The instructor has several American Girl dolls to share for the week too.
Grade level — 2nd - 6th — $300 — Limited to 20 students

Drones:  Let’s Take Flight!
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Come learn all about drones – including comparing designs, flight principles, what drones are commonly used for, their history and types of UAVs, but mostly how to build + fly them! Come try out some that are pre-built, including racing drones and drones that use cameras + VR headsets!  We’ll explore the Flybrix drone kit, which allows students to test out quad, hex, and octo airframe designs! We’ll compare different designs and discuss basic electronics and flight techniques. Then, students will try out designing their own drone.  Students will go on to learn how to solder, and practice by making their own small, battery-powered, LED circuit. Once they’re comfortable soldering, students will be ready to build and test their own drone – using Radio Shack’s DIY Drone Starter Kit. After creating and flying through an end of camp obstacle course, students will get to take this drone home to keep!
Grade level — 3rd - 7th — $350 — Limited to 20 students

Week 8 – August 9 – 13

Water Mania!
Instructor:  Emma Boley
Let’s get WET with your friends and “Slip-n-Slide” your way to fun in the sun!  Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen and an extra set of clothes for this WET activity-based week of adventure and fun with water!  
Grade level — Y5/Kdg & 1st — $300 — Limited to 20 students
REGISTRATION CLOSED — CLASS IS FULL — PLEASE EMAIL michelem@daycroft.org TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST

Introduction to Robotics:  Legos, Robots & More!
Instructor:  Bill Joyce
Young campers will explore Lego's newest WeDo 2.0 kit.  With new builds and new programming skills and 40 new builds to try, campers will be taking that next step into the programming world that will help build their imagination and creativity.  Campers will also learn how to program the Dash-Bot and Ozo Bot with the use of a tablet (all kits and electronics provided).
Grade level — 2nd - 4th — $325 — Limited to 20 students

Daycroft Chess Club
Instructor:  Chess Wizards Inc.
Become a Chess Wizard in this interactive camp which includes all kinds of activities to keep students both physically and mentally engaged.  Team chess games, puzzles, and skill-building, along with team and individual physical games are just a few of the activities to challenge your young chess “thinker”.  Creating and designing your own chess piece to be used in a practice game with your new friends will be a part of the fun too!
Grade level — 2nd - 7th — $325 — Limited to 20 students

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