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Exploration Camps (ages 10 and up)

Arts & Sciences offers fun and affordable summer camps that embody our school culture of honoring the whole child – cognitive, social, and emotional development. Camps are led by experienced teachers and groups are divided by age. Camp activities are uniquely designed to meet the abilities and interests of each age group to foster a memorable summer camp experience.

CAMP TIMES: Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Beforecare (8:00 am – 9:00 am) and Aftercare (3:00 pm – 5:30 pm) are available for an additional charge.

COST: Exploration camps are $230 per week. NOTE: Some Exploration camps have an additional activity fee, as noted on the registration form.  Funds through CYFD are accepted. Scholarships are available. Download Financial Aid Application PDF

Our 8-week program runs June 1 through July 31 (no camp the week of July 4th).

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Week 1 – Reading is Magic

June 1 – June 5

Reading is Magic (RIM) is a free summer and afterschool reading program for students in the Santa Fe Public Schools. It is a collaboration between our school and Reading Quest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to children’s literacy.

 

Week 2 – Cupcake Wars

June 8 – June 12

Do you like to bake?  Do you like to eat sweet treats?  Do you love cupcakes? Then come join us for Cupcake Wars camp!  We will have a blast baking, decorating, judging & eating our creations. Each day there will be fun, new challenges to meet. Calling all bakers! 

Week 2 – Batter Up!

June 8 – June 12

There may be no better way to spend a summer day than playing baseball with your friends. In this camp, inspired by an American pastime, campers will learn basic skills, field layout and rules, and different school-yard versions of the game. We will discuss the evolution of baseball and create unique games of our own! Our very own teacher, Joseph Smith, is excited to share one of his favorite sports with you and have some summertime fun!

 

Week 3 – Monster Mayhem

June 15 – June 19

Prepare to bring your wildest nightmares into existence! In this camp, we will explore monsters of all kinds! From folklore and mythology, to cryptids, movie monsters, and video game villains, we will look at what it takes to make a monster truly monstrous. Over the course of the week we will design our own monsters through story writing,  drawing, painting, sculpting, mask making, and costumes. Learn animal anatomy and professional techniques to make your monster really come to life!

Week 3 – Computer Hacking

June 15 – June 19

Legal computer hacking builds problem solving skills, creativity, and understanding of how computers and the internet work. In this camp, students will be introduced to the world of cryptography, the art of cracking codes. Students will build an understanding of how computers and networks work and learn about the history of computer hacking. We will also discuss the ethics and laws of hacking so that students can appropriately and safely focus their interest, knowledge, and skills.

Week 4 – Moving Images

Camp Cost: $250 ($20 activity fee applied)

July 15 – July 19

Calling all film buffs! Have you ever wanted to star in a movie or be the one behind the camera? This week we will go through the process of scripting, filming, directing, and editing a movie using the same techniques and software as Hollywood blockbusters. Be prepared to focus hard and become a real professional film crew for a week. Get ready to walk the red carpet on Friday when we share our creations at our camp film festival!

Week 4 – Mindcraft 1

July 22 – July 26

Are you a Minecraft fanatic? Create, explore, and put your problem-solving skills to the test as you build your own world in Camp Minecraft. The goal is to survive or simply invent. Take on daily challenges and spend time each afternoon exploring each other’s worlds.

Week 5 – Stop Motion Animation

Camp Cost: $250 ($20 activity fee applied)

July 6 – July 10

START Learning STOP Motion Animation! Have you ever wondered how Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox or Spirited Away were made? In one short week you will learn the techniques common to all stop motion animations and create your own. Students will make movies using techniques including drawing, claymation, and toy animation.  Develop your storytelling and digital skills while learning how to animate your imagination. No prior computer skills necessary, but this camp does include long periods of focused computer work.

Week 5 – Minecraft 2

July 6 – July 10

Are you a Minecraft fanatic? Create, explore, and put your problem-solving skills to the test as you build your own world in Camp Minecraft. The goal is to survive or simply invent. Take on daily challenges and spend time each afternoon exploring each other’s worlds.

Week 6 – Japan Camp

July 13 – July 17

Konnichiwa! This camp is for serious Japanophiles. If you are interested in Japanese culture, language, manga, anime, Para Para, art, origami and Japanese food, this camp is for you. Share drawing and cosplay techniques, watch movies, make sushi, listen to Japanese music, play sumo, learn Japanese and have lots of fun! Campers help create and run our Japan festival scheduled for Friday, July 12th. Nihon e youkoso!

Week 6 – Think Like a Mathematician 1

July 13 – July 17

Think Like a Mathematician will focus on doing math problems that reveal the beauty, creativity, and freedom of math. Campers will work in small groups with each other to develop a positive attitude and growth mindset toward mathematics. We will use resources from YouCubed and Jo Boaler at Stanford University that emphasize visualization, pattern finding, and critical thinking while learning algebra. By working together, making conjectures, and defending our ideas, we will develop a positive community of mathematicians in preparation for middle or high school algebra classes.

Week 7 – Game Factory

July 20 – July 24

If you love games – video games, board games, card games, role-playing games, outdoor games- then this is the camp for you! Try out lots of new games, and learn about what makes a good game GREAT. In this camp we will learn to play all kinds of games- this is a competition to find the best game of all time! We will also learn about game theory and game development. Everyone will get the chance to design and playtest their own custom game and see who has what it takes to be a game master! Come join us for a full week of gaming fun!

Week 7 – Think Like a Mathematician 2

July 20 – July 24

Think Like a Mathematician will focus on doing math problems that reveal the beauty, creativity, and freedom of math. Campers will work in small groups with each other to develop a positive attitude and growth mindset toward mathematics. We will use resources from YouCubed and Jo Boaler at Stanford University that emphasize visualization, pattern finding, and critical thinking while learning algebra. By working together, making conjectures, and defending our ideas, we will develop a positive community of mathematicians in preparation for middle or high school algebra classes.

Week 8 – Dungeons & Dragons 

SPECIAL AGE CAMP – CAMPERS ENTERING 7th-9th GRADE ONLY

Camp Cost: $280 ($50 Activity fee applied)

July 20 – July 24

Join a brave crew of adventurers on a quest to find treasure, battle deadly monsters, and save the kingdom from great evil! In this camp. Create characters and explore the fantasy roleplaying world of Dungeons & Dragons, a collaborative storytelling game that makes YOU the characters in the story! Campers will not only get to play as characters, but also learn how to become the Game Masters of their own worlds.  *Please note: Dungeons & Dragons involves a high level of math and reading comprehension, as well as sitting at a table and staying focused for hours at a time. Please make sure that your camper is able and enthusiastic about participating in this activity.

Week 8 – Geo-What?!

SPECIAL AGE CAMP – CAMPERS ENTERING 3rd-6th GRADE ONLY 

July 27 – July 31

Geo-what?! Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt that utilizes GPS, a good set of eyes and a bit of hiking around.  Spend a week finding tiny treasure in interesting places ranging from our town to the Turquoise Trail and the Sandia Crest. With a degree in Anthropology, Andrew has worked in the field for 11 years, and spent two seasons doing historic preservation with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. With a different destination every day, let Andrew share his special hands-on experience in exploring our town as well as Federal land in our own backyards!