BASE CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL OUR AMAZING CAMPS

Summer BASE Camp Program Descriptions 2020

Registration will open Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at noon.

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All camps at this grade level are held at Beye Elementary. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2020.
 

AM Camps

Art Around the World (1st-2nd)

Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Every day is a new adventure as you explore a different part of the world. We’ll find locations on a map, learn greetings in the local language, hear exciting stories from exotic lands, and create art inspired by our “travels.” Destinations will include Greece, Egypt, Japan and more, and each stop earns a stamp in your passport. Invent your own country and imagine its art and culture as you build a landmark of your own design. Instructor: Kim Jones. Please dress for mess!

Coding Lab (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Get a taste of coding basics through visual games and hands-on activities.  Move from a simple understanding of sequencing to basic programming on the computer. We will create an original animation using the Scratch Jr. program as well as bring coding logic to life by programming an Ozobot robot to follow basic movement commands. Have a blast while you use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to build a foundation for coding literacy. Instructor: Erin Howe. Content will be the same each session.

Experimentation Station (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM  $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM  $155
Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM  $155

1-week session Conduct hands-on experiments with things gooey, strange, stinky, colorful, eruptive, surprising and always fun! Hypothesize about the science behind the reactions you see. You’ll finish camp with a lab book of experiments you can do again at home. Instructor: Caroline Baker. Content will be the same each session. Please note that some experiments will involve small servings of candy (nut free), and we will make ice cream (with a non-dairy option). Ingredients can be substituted upon request.

Junior Detectives (1st-2nd) BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM  $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM  $155

1-week session  Solve the mystery of the stolen art with science! Become a crime scene investigator and get eyewitness accounts, match ink samples through chromatography, and analyze fingerprints and DNA (are these hair fibers our thief’s or leftover cat hair?). Each day, you’ll uncover new evidence until you find the culprit. Share your analysis with a real-life crime fighter to earn your junior detective badge. Instructor: Sarah Becker. Content will be the same each session.

LEGO Architects (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session Use your creativity and problem-solving skills to construct celebrated natural and human-made wonders using LEGOs! Projects will build on ideas from famous Chicago-area architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Jeanne Gang, and contemporary architect Frank Gehry. Kids will work both individually and in small groups. We’ll document our projects and share them with friends and family at the end of camp. Instructor: Ryan Winchell. Content will be the same each session.

LEGO Stop Motion (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Make an animated movie using LEGOs! Create your storyboard, build your LEGO scenery and characters, and capture each step of the action with the camera. Then put on your producer hat and bring it all together using iMotion software. Your final product will be your very own animated stop-motion video. Instructor: Emile Williams. Bring simple, recycled materials to create your movie set (more information given during the first day of camp). You may register for multiple sessions; campers can animate different stories each session.

Outdoor Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM  $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM  $155

1-week session  Engineer practical and amazing solutions that could help you survive in the wild. Can you make a solar oven that’s hot enough to melt marshmallows for s’mores? Or make your own compass, or a battery using dirt? Harness the power of the sun and the earth with hands-on design challenges as you plan, build, and test (and eat!) your solutions.  Activities will take place outdoors. Instructor: Jim Hayward. Content will be the same each session.

Show Me A Story (1st-2nd) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM  $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM  $155

1-week session Let your imagination soar and take a magical journey along a story arc. Create colorful characters, set a spectacular scene and ponder puzzling plot twists. Tell your tale with an intriguing Beginning, Middle, and End. Bring your fantasy to reality with drawing, collage, and hands-on art projects – no writing required! Instructor: Haj Herbert. Content will be the same each session. In partnership with Magical Minds Studio.

Storybook Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session Want to design modern endings to classic fairy tales? Get creative and engineer solutions such as a better way for Rapunzel to escape her tower, a parachute for Jack and the Beanstalk, or a re-design of baby bear’s bed for Goldilocks. Experiment and work together to imagine solutions that don’t require a prince or a Fairy Godmother. Just like a real engineer, put your math skills to use as you figure out a workable budget and purchase building supplies with limited funds. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Instructor: Jennifer Buckley. Content will be the same each session.

Textile Magic (1st-2nd) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM  $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM  $155

1-week session  Bring together art, science, and a little bit of magic! Stir up a dye brew with chemical precision to create colorful cottons and wonderful wools. Then transform your hand-dyed fabrics and fibers through the textile arts of weaving, stitching and felting. Use both hocus-pocus and focus to concoct a one-of-a-kind piece of art that embodies your own personal magic. Instructor: Pamela Penney. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can make different artworks each session.

Toy Inventors (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM  $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM  $155

1-week session  Be your own toy maker!  Examine your favorite toys to understand what makes a toy great. Then you will create one-of-a-kind contraptions and toys from recycled materials such as wheels, pipes, and other reusable odds and ends. Using hand cranks and gears, learn how you can make your toys move. Collaborate on ways to improve your designs for maximum fun. Show off your cool creations to friends and family. Instructor: Anna Petrick. You’re welcome to bring in your own recycled materials to add to ours. Content will be the same each session. 

 

PM Camps

Build It! Test It! (1st-2nd) BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM  $155

1-week session  Plan and carry out your own investigations to solve engineering challenges! Working in teams, you’ll design and build your own bridge and test its strength with toy animals. We’ll have a friendly competition to see whose straw house can withstand the earthquake on the shake table. You’ll make a boat from PVC pipes and pool noodles and test it to see how many “passengers” it can hold. Like a real engineer, you’ll have the chance to redesign and retest all your creations. You’ll use a variety of building materials, many likely found in your own home. Instructor: Caroline Baker.

Coding Lab (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM  $155

1-week session  Get a taste of coding basics through visual games and hands-on activities.  Move from a simple understanding of sequencing to basic programming on the computer. We will create an original animation using the Scratch Jr. program as well as bring coding logic to life by programming an Ozobot robot to follow basic movement commands. Have a blast while you use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to build a foundation for coding literacy. Instructor: Joel Blecha. Content will be the same each session.

JumpstART (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM  $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM  $155

1-week session  Want to make art that is bold, colorful, and seems to jump off the page? Be inspired by a variety of artists and art movements including the playful and distinctive Pop Art and Optical Art movements, as you experiment with color, texture, and contrast. Think like an artist and give new meaning to everyday items and images from popular culture. You’ll create paintings, collages and more that are full of color and energy. Instructor: Jocelyne Adkins. Content will be the same each session. Please dress for mess!

LEGO Pre-Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Use LEGO mechanisms to take on exciting challenges – building machines that carry the most weight, or roll the farthest or the fastest! Working in groups or individually, you’ll build vehicles, mini-robots, catapults and contraptions of all sorts. Sketch, design and create small machines, figuring out along the way what works and what doesn’t. Some projects will incorporate instructions to follow while others will be free-form design, bringing out your inner inventor. Instructor: Emile Williams. Content will be the same each session.

Playground Physics (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM  $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM  $155

1-week session What makes a slide faster or slower? How high will a ball bounce on different surfaces? What makes a swing swing? Join us outside and explore the science behind your favorite playground equipment, learning about resistance, friction, and forces that defy gravity through hands-on experiments and play. Then work together to design the best playground ever using your new physics knowledge. Instructor: Sara Becker. Content will be the same each session.

Sensory Science (1st-2nd) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM  $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM  $155

1-week session  Experience chemistry and physics in action as you play and explore… with your senses. Mix, create, and play with rubbery goop, rice and ice, colorful spaghetti, homemade kinetic sand, and fluffy cloud dough. You’ll also make take-home sensory bottles and bins to enjoy at home. Delight in all the fun, benefits, and hands-on gooeyness of sensory and tactile play — it’s okay to get messy in Sensory Science! Instructor: Anna Petrick. This is a great avenue for helping to meet your child’s sensory needs, while also boosting self-regulation. Please dress for a mess. Content will be the same each session.

Space Rangers (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Blast off on an intergalactic adventure! Get up close with outer space as you create constellations, moon craters and balloon rockets. Step into the shoes of an astronaut and simulate walking, writing and working in a spacesuit, and video chat with a NASA astronaut doctor to learn more about space careers. You’ll even sample astronaut food! Instructor: Jen Buckley. Content will be the same each session.  Please note this camp will include a selection of freeze-dried foods, with allergy-friendly options. Ingredients provided upon request. 

Summer STEAM (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Spend the week exploring STEAM with a sampling of exciting summer-themed projects. Get a taste of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with new activities each day. Make a watermelon volcano, engineer a boat, bring a story to life through animation, create your own colorful kaleidoscope, and more. Question, design, build and create, all while engaged in play. Instructor: Caitlin Tisch. Content will be the same each session.

Theater of the Wild (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Unleash your inner Wild Thing! Explore our local wilderness through a field trip, build camp spirit with theater games, and get inspired by nature. Then through improvisation and collaborative writing, create an original performance with costumes and scenery of your own design. Gain stage skills and confidence while becoming the next generation of caretakers for the earth. Instructor: Rhona Taylor. You may register for multiple sessions; campers will write different plays each session.

Tinker Time (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Become an innovator the old-fashioned way – by tinkering. Learn how things work with cool materials, real tools, and time to explore in a fun, safe space. You can build a marble run, construct ramps, plan a maze, or come up with your own original creation from scratch. Work in a team or by yourself, learn problem-solving skills, and follow your own interests. Instructor: Caroline Baker. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can build different innovations each session.

All camps at this grade level are held at Beye Elementary. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2020.

 

AM Camps

Animation Circus (3rd-4th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Explore the world of the circus through the work of Alexander Calder, an American sculptor who turned line art into dynamic three-dimensional form. In this camp we’ll focus specifically on his mechanical traveling circus piece, Calder’s Circus. Use found materials to create characters and sets that, together with the magic of stop motion animation, will allow us to make our own Calder-inspired miniature marvel! Instructor: Mindi Maneck. Content will be the same each session.

Breaking It Down (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Have a blast and try new moves, learn to choreograph and improvise. Explore the history and music that influence hip hop culture and the Breaking style of dance. Then get fast and low with top rocks, down rocks, and freezes. You will show off your quick footwork and “hip” dance style in a showing on the last day of camp. Instructor: Maya Barros-Odim. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can try new dance moves each session. Note: all music will be kid-friendly.

Coding with Ozobots (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Ozobot Bit is the world’s smallest smart robot. Build both creativity and coding skills by programming your bot to do cool stuff. Use a computer program called Ozoblockly and code using colored patterns to make the tiny robot follow directions, dance, and move. Advance from basic color coding to intermediate block-based programming with Bit. By the end of the week, your robot will complete a maze designed by you and your fellow campers. Instructor: Scott Naber. Content will be the same each session.

Everyday Chemistry (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Science is everywhere! Using common household substances such as eggs, milk, lemons and ice, examine the chemical reactions that cause them to shrink, expand, change color, and more. Play with your food by making marshmallows explode, or by transforming milk into plastic. Connect chemistry to your everyday life as you explore the role of elements, and examine molecular bonds, live cultures, and gases… all with basic ingredients from your kitchen cabinet and refrigerator. Instructor: Val Brown. Content will be the same each session. Note: all ingredients will be nut free, and specific ingredients used can be shared upon request.

LEGO Designers (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session With LEGO bricks as your tools, go beyond your knowledge of built structures to imagine and assemble your own architectural masterpieces. Learn about architects, buildings, and designs from all over the world, and the ideas and influences that inspired them. Then work individually and in small groups to bring your own architectural ideas to life. We’ll document our projects and share them with friends and family at the end of camp. Instructor: Ryan Winchell. Content will be the same each session.

LEGO Testers (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Your job is to engineer the perfect bridge in an imperfect world. You will plan, design, build, and test a bridge structure out of LEGOs. But here’s the twist: you must also meet the engineering specs (size of the bridge and requirements for a minimum load weight) and manage a budget for materials with limited resources. Working in teams, you will build, analyze, test, and rebuild your bridges multiple times to fine-tune your design. Instructor: Seth Baker. Content will be the same each session.

Messy Mixtures (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Combine ingredients and mix an assortment of ooey, gooey, and absolutely astonishing compounds! From invisible ink and color-changing slime, to squishy circuits and (totally safe) explosions, you’ll experiment with new concoctions each day. Learn chemistry concepts while having fun and getting messy. Instructor: Caitlin Tisch. Content will be the same each session. Please dress for a mess.

Sew Monsters and More! (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Have you ever wanted to make your own silly or sweet plush toy? Transform your inventive design from sketch to lovable monster, playful stuffed animal, or useful accessory. Learn to use, adapt and create patterns; apply simple math and geometry to engineer your creations with felt, needle and thread; then add your own distinctive details using embroidery or embellishment. You’ll have sew much fun fabricating one-of-a-kind creatures and creations. Instructor: Georgina Swanson. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can make different creatures and creations each session.

Song Engineers (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  What are the building blocks of a great song? Learn programs such as GarageBand and SoundTrap to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of songwriting.  Add your own lyrics, and sing, rap, or play instruments if you would like to experiment with those skills. You will write an original composition and have the option to share it with the world. No background in music required. Bring your own headphones/earbuds (though some will be available). Instructor: Andrew Seymour (Week 1) and Carmen Hauser (Week 2). You may register for multiple sessions; campers can create new songs each session.

 

PM Camps

Coding for Kids (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Learn to code by exploring a variety of different coding sites, including MIT’s Scratch. Explore programming and design, then create animations and games, building up from wherever your skill level begins. Apply math, problem-solving, critical thinking, reasoning, and computational skills to create fun and original digital projects. Instructor: Ryan Winchell. Content will be the same each session.

Critter Science: Invertebrates (3rd-4th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Inspect insects, annelids (worms), and crustaceans (pill bugs) up close and personal. Analyze and dissect real specimens, with a focus on tiny invertebrates (animals lacking a backbone). You’ll learn how living organisms are built and what makes them function. Use microscopes for a closer look into the wonders of these small critters. Document your observations in a sketch journal just like a real scientist and bring it home to continue your adventures. Instructor: Seth Baker. Content will be the same in Week 1 and Week 3. Register for our Week 2 Vertebrates camp to learn about animals with bones.

Critter Science: Vertebrates (3rd-4th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM  $155

1-week session  Inspect mammals and other vertebrates (animals containing a backbone) up close and personal. Investigate owl pellets, dissect chicken wings, learn about cells and tissues of animals, bone structure and purpose, and lots more. You’ll learn how living organisms are built and what makes them function. Use microscopes for a closer look into the wonders of these small critters. Document your observations in a sketch journal just like a real scientist and bring it home to continue your adventures. Instructor: Seth Baker. Register for our Week 1 or Week 3 Invertebrates camp to learn about animals without bones.

Know It! Grow It! (3rd-4th)

 
Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Ever heard the expression, “You are what you eat”? Let’s investigate and examine the food we put into our bodies. We’ll learn to detect sneaky ingredients and decipher mysterious food labels. From field trips to science, art and growing projects, we’ll explore all aspects of the food chain. We’ll take an excursion with our food from farm to table and work to attract pollinators to the garden. Finally we’ll put all of this knowledge to use when we visit a community garden in Austin to work with real food crops. Instructor: Maya Barros-Odim. Content will be the same each session. In partnership with Seven Generations Ahead.

LEGO Engineering (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Identify challenges in your world and build solutions, on a miniature scale. Build a LEGO bridge, a mobile medical truck, a rocket – think big! Using LEGO Motorized Mechanisms, design and create vehicles, mini-robots, and motorized contraptions of all sorts. Some projects will incorporate instructions to follow while others will be free-form design, bringing out your inner inventor. Instructor: Scott Naber You may register for multiple sessions; campers can build different machines each session! 

Map Your World (3rd-4th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Decipher and create personal, imaginative and practical maps. Venture on a neighborhood walk to discover elements that form our own community. Then become an urban planner: plot a 2D map of an imagined place to translate into a 3D model with recycled materials or LEGOs. Discover both the beauty and functionality of maps in the process. Surprise guests from our local community will add to the fun. Instructor: Scott Naber. Content will be the same each session.

Mask Maker (3rd-4th)

Week 4July 6 to July 10 12:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-wk session Sacred, practical and playful masks have been an important part of communities around the world since antiquity. Explore traditional masks and the cultures, traditions and values of the people who use them. Then express your own personal culture through the art of mask making using plaster, paint, and other creative embellishments. What symbols, colors, designs and more can be used to identify you? Each camper will turn their one-of-a-kind mask into a decorative work of art to be displayed in a gallery setting on the last day of camp. Instructor: Kim Jones. Content will be the same each session. Please dress for mess.

Minecraft: Create (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Join fellow campers to explore architectural and urban planning endeavors through Minecraft. We will collaborate to build a fully functioning city, balancing all of the necessary construction while respecting the landscape and environment around us. Campers will build their own homes and then move on from there, developing food and water sources, schools, parks, while overcoming fun challenges, all within a secure Minecraft world. Instructor: Griffin Waterman (Weeks 1&2); Jessica Baylian (Week 3). Previous experience with Minecraft is helpful, but not necessary. Content will be the same each session.

Minecraft: Explore (3rd-4th)

Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM  $155

1-week session  Join fellow campers in a secure Minecraft world for creative design challenges. We will be using teamwork and problem-solving skills to create and read maps, tackle environmental challenges, and virtually explore architecture from different places and times. We’ll create our own adventures, build societies and systems, and plan treasure hunts in the immersive and creative world of Minecraft. Instructor: Peter Kolawczuk. Previous experience with Minecraft is helpful, but not necessary. 

Mythical Magical Art (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Unicorns! Dragons! Mermaids, fairies and wizards! Let your imagination soar as you create art inspired by mythological creatures. Fabricate an enchanting vessel to store artifacts and specimens of your own creation. Invent and artfully record your creatures’ habitat, diet and other distinctive characteristics. Craft otherworldly fur, hair or skin samples. Other artifacts you might make include a magic scepter or special potions. All art is possible in the fantastic world of the mythological. Instructor: Jocelyne Adkins. Content will be the same each session.

Time Warp Tales (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session Embark on a magical journey interweaving fact and fiction, history and hilarity! Inspired by the book series Time Warp Trio, explore drama, writing, drawing and painting to create and document our amazing original adventure story. We will integrate elements of performing and visual arts to excite and engage campers’ imaginations, culminating in a performance featuring costumes, scenery and script of our own design. Instructor: Rhona Taylor. You may register for multiple sessions; campers will write different plays each session.

Unless otherwise noted, all camps at this grade level are held at Beye Elementary. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2020.
 

AM Camps

Artbotics (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  This summer, the artists are taking over the exhibit hall…and the robots! Put your creativity to work as you channel your inner artist and collaborate with fellow campers to build an exhibit where robots and art collide. Exercise your artistic side as you learn about art, exhibit design, and how to build and program robots to make your inner vision interact with the world. At the end of the week, we’ll showcase our work to families and other campers in a one-day art show. Instructor: Nancy Dribin. Content will be the same each session.

Board Game Design (5th-6th)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Take your board game playing know-how to the next level and become an inventor! In this camp you’ll start by playing popular and creative games to figure out how they work and what makes them fun — what logical thinking, math or memory skills do you use to play them? Use what you’ve learned to think outside the box and brainstorm ideas for your own tabletop games, then create and revise a prototype to play test with other campers. You’ll have fun creating a catch phrase to pitch your invention to your family and friends at a game release party on the last day of camp. Instructor: Jim Hayward. Content will be the same each session.

Carnival Game Maker (5th-6th)

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Do you enjoy playing skee-ball, ring toss, and other games of chance? Take your hand at designing and building your own versions of popular carnival and boardwalk arcade games. Flex your maker muscles as you turn recycled materials, LEDs, motors and more into interactive games large and small. From mini pinball machines to ball tossing catapults, you’ll be limited only by our collection of supplies and your imagination. Add the finishing touches, then invite your family and friends to test your creations at the end the week with a DIY carnival extravaganza. Instructor: Jocelyne Adkins. Content will be the same each session.

Comic Artist (5th-6th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Write and design your own hand-drawn comics and mini graphic novels. Learn about the history of visual storytelling, starting with the classic comic strip, and discuss what makes a compelling character. Create your own characters and construct your own storyline. Enhance your art with rendering techniques using watercolor or marker. The completed creations will be printed in colorful comic book form to take home. Instructor: Guillermo Delgado. Content will be the same each session.

Crash Test LEGOs (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Design. Build. Crash! Engineer vehicles with top-notch safety features to protect an egg “passenger.” How will you make the best use of limited building supplies — LEGOs and everyday items such as cotton balls and rubber bands — while meeting the specifications (or rules) of the challenge? Test your designs using a ramp and crash pit. Analyze the results, then rethink and re-build. Each day a different set of building supplies will be introduced. How will you combine them to keep your egg from getting scrambled? Instructor: Seth Baker.

Minecraft Create (5th-6th)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Join fellow campers to explore architectural and urban planning endeavors through Minecraft. We will collaborate to build a fully functioning city, balancing all necessary construction while respecting the landscape and environment around us. You will build your own homes and then move on from there, developing food and water sources, schools, parks, while overcoming fun challenges, all within a secure Minecraft world. Instructor: Griffin Waterman. Previous experience with Minecraft is helpful, but not necessary. Content will be the same each session.

Music Video (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Produce an original music video using stop-motion animation and a soundtrack made by you! Create a storyboard, then help design and build a simple backdrop for the film. Record images using the iMotion app, then download and edit them with iMovie. Explore the Garageband app and compose a soundtrack to complete your one-of-a-kind music video. You’ll work together to create a collaborative music video, then have the option to work in a small group or individually on another. Instructor: Carmen Hauser. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can make new music videos each session.

Science of Sweets (5th-6th)

Week 2June 22 to June 269:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Studying sugar sure is sweet! In this camp you’ll take a close look at the delicious science of sugar. Examine how temperature influences crystal formation and see first hand how science works to create different textures in sucrose. Density, saturation, and dynamic equilibrium are just a few terms you’ll explore while experimenting to make glass, rock, gummy, slimy and spongy sweets. Instructor: Angie Cataldo. Content will be the same each session. Note: All ingredients will be nut free.

Urban Biker (5th-6th)

Week 3June 29 to July 39:00 – 11:30 AM $160
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $160

1-week session Cycle your way around your neighborhood!  Explore Oak Park and River Forest by bike with this chaperoned group, and stop to see the sights in your communities.  Practice street navigation and safe group riding in an urban environment, following rules of the road and fixing problems along the way. Understand the mechanics of your bike and how to keep it moving smoothly. Learn independence and navigation, with a focus on bike safety. Instructors: Guillermo Delgado and Paula Spring. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes), spare inner tube, bike lock, helmet, snacks, water bottle and closed-toe shoes. Bicycles should be inspected and tuned up at a local shop before the start of camp. Limited loaner bikes are available; please contact camp director for details. While camp content and destinations may be repeated, campers may register for both sessions.  

 

VEX Robotics: Level 1 (6th-8th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 198:45 – 11:45 AM $175
Week 3June 29 to July 38:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Learn the basics of robot design and programming in a fun camp environment. Working individually, build a fully-functioning bot from a kit, then play games to practice autonomous control using ROBOTC program language. This is a great opportunity for those with little or no robotics experience. Experiment, learn and have fun! Instructors: Brian Shinners (Weeks 1 & 3), Tasia Rodriguez (Week 1), and Marc Bishop (Week 3). Content will be the same each session. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and takes place at Whittier Elementary.  

 

VEX Robotics: Level 1 – Girls Edition! (6th-8th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 198:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Learn the basics of robot design and programming in a fun camp environment, for girls only! Working individually, build a fully-functioning bot from a kit, then play games to practice autonomous control using ROBOTC program language. This is a great opportunity for those with little or no robotics experience. Experiment, learn and have fun! Instructor: Tasia Rodriguez. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and takes place at Whittier Elementary.

 

VEX Robotics: Level 2 (6th-8th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 2June 22 to June 268:45 – 11:45 AM $175
Week 4July 6 to July 108:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Build on what you learned in “Level 1” or through previous beginner robotics experience. Get hands on as you construct and code a robot from start to finish. Control its movements with advanced sensors and remote control using more advanced ROBOTC program language. Boost your designing, building, and programming skills. Instructors: Brian Shinners (Weeks 2 & 4), Tasia Rodriguez (Week 2), and Marc Bishop (Week 4). Content will be the same each session. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and takes place at Whittier Elementary.

Video Game Design (5th-6th)

Week 1June 15 to June 199:00 – 11:30 AM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 109:00 – 11:30 AM $155

1-week session  Video game designers develop original characters, tell compelling stories, create intriguing graphics, and more. Learn basic video game coding concepts by making a variety of different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and quest games. This camp uses Google’s CS First computer science curriculum along with the Scratch programming language. Instructor: Peter Kowalczuk. Content will be the same each session.

 

PM Camps

Cardboard City (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Design and construct a small-scale city with upcycled cardboard, and give all those shipping boxes a second life. Put on your urban planner hat and determine the essential parts of a successful community. Learn about the structural properties of different types of cardboard, from corrugated boxes to paperboard cartons. Then use this expertise to engineer and assemble buildings and structures for a preschool play area cardboard city to be installed in the children’s area of the Oak Park Public Library. All design, engineering, and construction will be camper-led. Instructor: Angie Cataldo. Content will be the same each session.

Creative Contraptions (5th-6th)

Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session Challenge yourself to bring a totally new contraption to life using ingenuity and elements such as a ping pong ball, an egg carton and dominos. Collaborate with your fellow campers to configure roller coasters and other Rube Goldberg-inspired devices of your wildest imagination with found objects and recycled materials. Creativity and knowledge of simple machines will come together in this fun and wacky camp as you solve simple problems in the most complicated way possible. Who knows what hilarious inventions you’ll come up with? Instructor: Ryan VenHorst.

Mindstorms Robotics (5th-6th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Imagine how you could change the world with a robot to command. Want to clean the ocean? Explore the solar system? Pick up your room? With Mindstorms, you’ll be on your way. Learn to design, build and program robots using LEGO’s most advanced robotics technology – Mindstorms EV3. Work as a team to complete projects and games created specifically for EV3. New to robots? Not a problem! Through the engineering design process, you will gain the skills needed to build and program robots and understand how technology works in real-world applications. Instructor: Nancy Dribin. You may register for multiple sessions; you can take on new challenges with each. 

 

Rocket Builders (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  In this case, it really is rocket science! Investigate the physics concepts that make a rocket fly. Learn about combustion, trajectory, and the forces of flight. Design, build and test simple rockets made of paper and explore how different configurations affect distance and velocity. Then construct your own model rocket from a kit. See just how high your rocket will fly on the last day of camp. Instructor: Val Brown. Content will be the same each session.

Pattern and Print (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Make your mark… with fabric surface design. Learn the basics of silk screening and transfer a design from screen to cloth. Explore positive and negative space, repeating patterns, and more with stamps. Color fabric using the power of the sun, or Shibori resist dyeing techniques. Embellish with needle felting or hand stitching. Experiment and have fun with multiple processes for textile printing and pattern creation. Instructor: Pamela Penney. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can make create different designs each session. Dress for a mess.

Tinker Lab (5th-6th)

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Do you love experimenting and working with your hands? You’ll tinker with a variety of familiar and new materials using ideas from MAKE: magazine and a toolbox of maker supplies. You might fabricate a greeting card that lights up or an art-making bot. Boost your innovation, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills with new maker challenges each day, and immerse yourself in the captivating process of design and invention. Instructor: Erin Howe.

Totally Twisted (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Explore the art of wire sculpting. Let your imagination soar as you shape and twist wire into garden art, mobiles, and jewelry using animals, bugs, and birds as inspiration. Learn wire work techniques such as wrapping and weaving. “Write” in cursive with twists of a single strand. Bend, curve, and coil with pliers or your hands, and embellish your art by incorporating objects such as beads, buttons, metals and fibers, as you work. Instructor: Tania Wilson. Content will be the same each session.

Web Design (5th-6th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:00 PM $155
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:00 PM $155

1-week session  Share your favorite hobby or interest–whether it’s gaming, music or cooking–with your own custom website. Merge technology, art and imagination to create a fully functioning site you build yourself. Explore graphic design and basic photo editing; develop engaging layouts and learn how to embed pictures and hyperlinks; then use a website building platform to bring it all together into a secure site to share with friends and family. Delve into the essentials of graphic and digital design. No coding required. Instructor: Jim Hayward. Campers should bring a USB flash drive to save their work. Content will be the same each session.

 

Full Day Camps

REACH Sailing (5th-8th)

Week 1June 15 to June 198:30 AM to 4:30 PM $550
Week 2June 22 to June 268:30 AM to 4:30 PM $550

1-week, full-day session  Learn to sail on Lake Michigan and explore the science, technology, engineering and math that sailors use every day. We’ll take a bus each morning to the Columbia Yacht Club. Using REACH, US Sailing’s STEM education curriculum, answer questions like: How does this boat float? What does geometry have to do with sailing? Does the wind pull or push a sailboat? Half your day will be spent inside the yacht club doing hands-on, sailing-related STEM activities, and the other half out on the lake on a J/22 sailboat with a US Sailing-certified instructor and five campers per boat. Campers will be grouped by grade, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. Instructor: Miranda Tucker. Content will be the same each session. Price includes lunch at the yacht club plus daily bus transportation to and from Beye. In partnership with the Columbia Yacht Club.

Unless otherwise noted, all camps at this grade level are held at Whittier Elementary. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2020.
 

AM Camps

3D Modeling with SketchUp (7th-8th)

Week 4July 6 to July 108:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  If you can imagine it, you can build it in SketchUp! Learn to create models of objects and buildings with this easy to use 3D computer modeling program used by architects and designers. You’ll focus on creating a retail space or product of your own imagination. Start by drawing lines and shapes, then push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Consider all the elements that make a building or object functional and distinctive, then bring it to life in three dimensions.  Instructor: Ryan VenHorst.

Building Fantastic Worlds (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 38:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Each camper will develop their own fantastic world, brainstorming together to create a landscape, characters and creatures, and a compelling story. You’ll write, sketch, build landscapes with LEGOs, and use role-playing game skills and dice to generate exciting plots. By the end of the week, you’ll have a world of your own that you can further develop with fiction, graphic novels, screenplays, artwork, and more. Instructor: Mary Anne Mohanraj. Content will be the same each session.

Film Shorts (7th-8th)

Week 1June 15 to June 198:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Join us for this hands-on movie-making camp! Work solo and in small teams to create your personal four-minute original film. Collaborate and get creative on storyboard development, scene design and staging. Take turns acting out the story and filming it, working both sides of the camera. You’ll even see firsthand how the experts use drones in filmmaking. Then, using iMovie software, edit your own final cut to take home. Instructor: Mason Strom. Use of your own digital video camera is encouraged, or you may share camp-provided ones. In partnership with Oak Park River Forest High School.

Girls Bike (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 2June 22 to June 268:45 – 11:45 AM $180

1-week session  A version of our popular Urban Biker camp, for girls only! Build your endurance and self-confidence–you’ll be amazed by how far you can go. Practice street navigation and safe group riding in an urban environment, following rules of the road and fixing problems along the way. Learn self-sufficiency, independence and navigation. In addition to exploring Oak Park and River Forest, we’ll ride the Salt Creek trail and stop to see the sights in surrounding communities. Instructor: Caroline Rodriguez. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes) and spare inner tube, bike lock, helmet, snacks, water bottle and closed-toe shoes. Bicycles should be inspected and tuned up at a local shop before the start of camp. Limited loaner bikes are available; please contact camp director for details.

Graffiti Art (7th-8th)

Week 3June 29 to July 38:45 – 11:45 AM $175
Week 4July 6 to July 108:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Explore hip-hop culture through visual and poetic art. Learn about your relationship with the natural environment through indigenous folktales, then merge your wisdom with fine art and graffiti art skills. Practice calligraphy, discover the tenets of graffiti writing, and create a unique lettering style of your own. End the week creating a mini-mural with acrylic and non-toxic spray paint, which incorporates poetry and collaged images into a narrative promoting environmental stewardship and cultural appreciation. This camp presents hip-hop arts as a vehicle for self-empowerment and community beautification.  Instructor: Lavie Raven. Content will be the same each session. In partnership with the University of Hip-Hop. Please dress for a mess.

Out of the Box (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 198:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Think outside the (cardboard) box and take a closer look at Mid Century Modern design. Work in small groups to design a small-scale, functional piece of furniture, such as a tiny chaise lounge fit for a cat or small dog. You’ll need to consider the structural properties of different types of cardboard, and the best way to join the individual pieces. Discover a world of design in this hands-on maker camp, and rescue all those shipping boxes from the recycling bin in the process! Completed designs will be displayed at the Oak Park Public Library following camp. Instructor: Angie Cataldo. Please dress for a mess.

VEX Robotics: Level 1 (6th-8th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 198:45 – 11:45 AM $175
Week 3June 29 to July 38:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Learn the basics of robot design and programming in a fun camp environment. Working individually, build a fully-functioning bot from a kit, then play games to practice autonomous control using ROBOTC program language. This is a great opportunity for those with little or no robotics experience. Experiment, learn and have fun! Instructors: Brian Shinners (Weeks 1 & 3), Tasia Rodriguez (Week 1), and Marc Bishop (Week 3). Content will be the same each session. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

VEX Robotics: Level 1 – Girls Edition! (6th-8th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 198:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Learn the basics of robot design and programming in a fun camp environment, for girls only! Working individually, build a fully-functioning bot from a kit, then play games to practice autonomous control using ROBOTC program language. This is a great opportunity for those with little or no robotics experience. Experiment, learn and have fun! Instructor: Tasia Rodriguez. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

VEX Robotics: Level 2 (6th-8th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 2June 22 to June 268:45 – 11:45 AM $175
Week 4July 6 to July 108:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Build on what you learned in “Level 1” or through previous beginner robotics experience. Get hands on as you construct and code a robot from start to finish. Control its movements with advanced sensors and remote control using more advanced ROBOTC program language. Boost your designing, building, and programming skills. Instructors: Brian Shinners (Weeks 2 & 4), Tasia Rodriguez (Week 2), and Marc Bishop (Week 4). Content will be the same each session. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Video Game Design (7th-8th)

Week 2June 22 to June 268:45 – 11:45 AM $175

1-week session  Video game designers develop original characters, tell compelling stories, create intriguing graphics, and more. Learn basic video game coding concepts by making a variety of different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and quest games. This camp uses Google’s CS First computer science curriculum along with the Scratch programming language. Instructor: Peter Kowalczuk.

 

PM Camps

Animation Shorts (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:30 PM $175

1-week session  Work solo or in small groups to create an original stop-motion short film. Use LEGOs, clay, cut paper or your own drawings to bring your story to life. Collaborate and get creative on storyboard development, production design and construction of your characters and background set. Learn tricks and tips to capture your characters on camera. Using iMovie, edit your still photos together into a seamless stop-motion movie. Instructor: Mason Strom.

Building Fantastic Worlds (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 6 to July 1012:30 – 3:30 PM $175

1-week session  Each camper will develop their own fantastic world, brainstorming together to create a landscape, characters and creatures, and a compelling story. You’ll write, sketch, build landscapes with LEGOs, and use role-playing game skills and dice to generate exciting plots. By the end of the week, you’ll have a world of your own that you can further develop with fiction, graphic novels, screenplays, artwork, and more. Instructor: Mary Anne Mohanraj. Content will be the same each session.

Mixed Media Sculpture (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:30 PM $175

1-week session  Take your art to another dimension! Explore sculpture with a primary focus on process and materials. Build, carve, assemble or weave three-dimensional line and form. Experiment with a variety of media such as paper and papier-mâché, wire, fiber, found or repurposed materials, and air-dry or polymer clay. Then try different finishing techniques, such as painting, texture application, and material embellishment. Expand your mind and your technical skills as you create original art that pops, flops, stands up, or twirls. Instructor: Gina Lee Robbins. Please dress for a mess.

Minecraft Create: Advanced (7th-8th)

Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:30 PM$175

1-week session  Similar to our Minecraft Create camps for younger grades, join fellow campers to collaboratively build a fully functioning city. You’ll construct your own home and then move on from there, developing food and water sources, schools, parks, and other necessary infrastructure, all within a secure Minecraft world. A series of surprising cooperative challenges will add to the fun and take this camp to the next level. Instructor: Peter Kowalczuk.

Mosaic Mural Project (7th-8th)

Weeks 1-2June 15 to June 2612:30 – 3:30 PM $370

2-week session  Help create colorful community mosaic murals to be installed at four Oak Park elementary schools. Combine ceramic pieces made at each school during the school year with traditional mosaic techniques learned in camp. Created around a central theme of unity, each small-scale mosaic will incorporate both handmade and prefab pieces. Get your hands dirty as you complete a personal piece to take home, then stunning exterior works of art designed specifically for each school. Instructors: Tracy Van Duinen and Phil Swistowicz. In partnership with District 97. Please dress for a mess.

Urban Biker (7th-8th)  UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 15 to June 1912:30 – 3:30 PM $180
Week 2June 22 to June 2612:30 – 3:30 PM $180

1-week session  Explore Oak Park, surrounding communities, and nearby trails by bike with this chaperoned group. Practice street navigation and safe group riding, following rules of the road and fixing problems along the way. Learn self-sufficiency, independence and navigation. Rides will vary from 10 to 20 miles, depending on weather and campers’ enthusiasm, with pit stops along the way. Instructors: Guillermo Delgado and Joel Javier. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes), spare inner tube, bike lock, helmet, snacks, water bottle and closed-toe shoes. Bicycles should be inspected and tuned up at a local shop before the start of camp. Limited loaner bikes are available; please contact camp director for details. While camp content and destinations may be repeated, campers may register for multiple sessions.

Urban Biker Adventure (7th-8th) UPDATED CAMP!

Weeks 3-4June 29 to July 1012:30 – 3:30 PM $360

2-week session  A two-week camp for the more ambitious rider. On day one you’ll ride 10 miles with this chaperoned group, potentially building up to a fast-moving 26-mile ride. Practice street navigation and safe group riding in an urban environment, following rules of the road and fixing problems along the way. Learn self-sufficiency, independence and navigation! In addition to exploring Oak Park and River Forest, ride the Salt Creek trail and stop to see the sights in surrounding communities. Instructors: Guillermo Delgado and Joel Javier. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes), spare inner tube, bike lock, helmet, snacks, water bottle and closed-toe shoes. Bicycles should be inspected and tuned up at a local shop before the start of camp. Limited loaner bikes are available; please contact camp director for details.

Web Design (7th-8th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 3June 29 to July 312:30 – 3:30 PM $175
Week 4July  15 to July 1912:30 – 3:30 PM $175

1-week session  Share your favorite hobby or interest–whether it’s gaming, music or cooking–with your own custom website. Merge technology, art and imagination to create a fully functioning site you build yourself. Explore graphic design and basic photo editing; develop engaging layouts and learn how to embed pictures and hyperlinks; then use a website building platform to bring it all together into a secure site to share with friends and family. Delve into the essentials of graphic and digital design. No coding required. Instructor: Jim Hayward. Campers should bring a USB flash drive to save their work. Content will be the same each session.

 

Full Day Camps

REACH Sailing (5th-8th)

Week 1June 15 to June 198:30 AM to 4:30 PM $550 meets at Beye Elementary
Week 2June 22 to June 268:30 AM to 4:30 PM $550 meets at Beye Elementary

1-week, full-day session  Learn to sail on Lake Michigan and explore the science, technology, engineering and math that sailors use every day. We’ll take a bus each morning to the Columbia Yacht Club. Using REACH, US Sailing’s STEM education curriculum, answer questions like: How does this boat float? What does geometry have to do with sailing? Does the wind pull or push a sailboat? Half your day will be spent inside the yacht club doing hands-on, sailing-related STEM activities, and the other half out on the lake on a J/22 sailboat with a US Sailing-certified instructor and five campers per boat. Campers will be grouped by grade, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. Instructor: Miranda Tucker. Content will be the same each session. Price includes lunch at the yacht club plus daily bus transportation to and from Beye. In partnership with the Columbia Yacht Club.

Camp Add-Ons (Extended Camp + Lunch)

Early Drop-Off

(8:00-9:00 AM, grades 1-6 at Beye Elementary)

To make BASE Camp more convenient for working families, we offer early drop-off for campers entering grades 1-6 who are also enrolled in a morning camp. Early Drop-Off begins at 8:00am at Beye Elementary School. Campers will be supervised by adult BASE Camp staff and youth counselors, engaging in a variety of low-key activities, games and playground time. More details will be sent to registered families in advance of camp.

Cost: $40/week

Extended Camp

(3:00-6:00 PM, grades 1-6 at Beye Elementary)

With a new STEAM-focused curriculum, extended camp will be more fun than ever before! Unwind with a mix of structured and unstructured play, hands-on science and art projects, both inside and out. Available for children in grades 1-6 enrolled in an afternoon BASE Camp. Pick up any time before 6pm.

Cost: $95/week

Lunch Options

Lunchtime Supervision

When your child is registered for both a morning and an afternoon camp, lunchtime supervision at camp is included. Just add that selection to your camp online registration form. With lunchtime supervision, kids at Beye and Whittier can bring their own sack lunch or purchase boxed lunches from us in advance. They’ll enjoy a little down time together, inside and on the playground, in the care of our friendly staff. After lunch, campers are escorted to their next camp and the afternoon fun begins!

If your camper is registered for only an AM or PM camp, you may add Lunchtime Supervision for a fee of $40/week and either send a sack lunch or purchase a boxed lunch from us (see below).

Food Options

Bring your own nut-free lunch, or purchase one from us in advance!

Boxed Lunch
Families enrolled in all-day BASE Camp can purchase daily boxed lunch and two snacks for $30/week. The Oak Park Education Foundation partners with the food service group at the Oak Park River Forest High School to provide the lunches. OPRF High School is the same group that provides lunches during the school year to all Oak Park public-school students.

The boxed lunch menu will include a sandwich/wrap, fruit, vegetables, and water, plus a morning/afternoon snack. All lunches are nut-free, and vegetarian and limited dairy options are available. We’re still putting the finishing touches on this year’s menu, but please see the sample menus below.

BASE Camp 2018 Sample Menu

Sample Vegetarian Menu

Sample Limited Dairy Menu

The menu is subject to minor changes and there are no substitutions. Boxed lunch with snacks are sold by the week only and must be prepaid; there will not be extra food on-site for sale.

Questions about lunch? Contact Angie Hawkins, BASE Camp Co-Director, at ahawkins@opef.org.