BASE CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL OUR AMAZING CAMPS

Summer BASE Camp Program Descriptions 2021

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All camps at this grade level are held at Hatch and priced at $175 for a half-day, one week session. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2021.
 
 
 
 
 

AM Camps

Experimentation Station (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD

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 provided upon request.

 

LEGO Architects (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD

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 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD

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.

Who’s Outside? NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD

1-week session  Use 3-dimensional art techniques to sculpt the creatures we find in our gardens, parks, forests, and backyards. Explore a variety of materials as we build likenesses of the creatures we encounter in our outdoor environments. We’ll use papier-mâché, wire, fiber, clay and reclaimed or found materials to build insects, birds, snakes and small mammals. We’ll experiment with a variety of finishing techniques, such as painting, texture application, and material embellishment. Instructor: Gina Lee Robbins. Please dress for a mess.

Rainforest Yoga (1st-2nd)

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AM  at D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AM  at D97 school TBD

1-week session  Stretch your mind and body as you explore the rainforest with stories, music, art, jungle movement and meditation. Build and decorate a giant rain stick to transport yourself into the wild. Learn to use your breath to both calm and energize your body, and build coordination, balance and strength. Instructor: Kim Vulinovic. Content will be the same each session. To participate fully in the class, children should wear comfortable clothes (e.g., leggings/sweats, not dresses, tights or jeans). In partnership with YogaKids of Oak Park.

Speedometry (1st-2nd) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AM  at D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AM  at D97 school TBD

1-week session  Set your brain racing while using Hot Wheels cars and ramps to engage in science concepts such as energy, force, and motion. Develop creative problem solving skills and learn scientific and engineering practices such as analyzing and interpreting data through hands-on learning. Instructor: Adam Bautista. Content will be the same each session.

Storybook Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AM at D97 school TBD

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.

Toy Inventors (1st-2nd)

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AM  at D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AM  at D97 school TBD

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

JumpstART (1st-2nd)

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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 Architects (1st-2nd)

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PM at D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PM at D97 school TBD

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 Pre-Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PM at D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PM at D97 school TBD

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.

Play It By Ear (1st-2nd) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PM at D97 school TBD

1-week session Let your creativity soar in this camp where dramatic exploration and improvisation technique takes center stage. You will learn how actors and comedians use expression, projection and volume to engage with their audience, and practice through various theater games with music and movement  Week ends with a culminating performance for families. Instructor: Chris Hauser

Sensory Science (1st-2nd) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PM at D97 school TBD

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: Tyler Banks 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 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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. 

Speedometry (1st-2nd) NEW CAMP!

Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PM at D97 school TBD

1-week session  Set your brain racing while using Hot Wheels cars and ramps to engage in science concepts such as energy, force, and motion. Develop creative problem solving skills and learn scientific and engineering practices such as analyzing and interpreting data through hands-on learning. Instructor: Adam Bautista. Content will be the same each session.

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

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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.

Theater of the Wild (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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 Hatch Elementary and priced at $195 for a half-day, one week session. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2021.

 
 
 
 
 

AM Camps

Breaking It Down (3rd-4th)

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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 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 1July 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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: Shehara Brinson. Content will be the same each session. 

Composing on Canvas (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

1-week session Make music out of paintings! And then make paintings musical! Build creative connections between music and the visual arts and explore themes of line, texture, density and hue. Using Scratch as a platform, campers will create their own compositions incorporating visual icons that generate sound. Instructor: Chris Hauser.

Crash Test LEGOs (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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: Ryan Winchell You may register for multiple sessions; campers can build different machines each session! 

CSI Oak Park: Junior Detectives (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1July 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

1-week session Use forensic science to solve a mystery! Become a crime scene investigator and get eyewitness accounts, match ink samples through chromatography, and analyze fingerprints and DNA. Each day, you’ll uncover new evidence until you find the culprit. Learn tricks of the trade from real-life crime fighters to earn your spot on the CSI Oak Park crime-busting team. Instructor: Adam Bautista. Content will be the same each session.

Don’t Worry, Bead Happy (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

1-week session Bring your creativity and explore  beading and jewelry design.  Discover a variety of stringing materials and beads while creating bracelets, necklaces and pendants. Learn to shape wire to create loops and spirals and use jewelry tools to give your pieces a finished, store-quality look.

Game Makers (3rd-4th)

Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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: Shehara Brinson. Content will be the same each session. 

LEGO Testers (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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.

Minecraft Explore (3rd-4th)

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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: Griffin Waterman. Previous experience with Minecraft is helpful, but not necessary. 

Sew Monsters and More! (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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. Instructor: Chris Hauser

Tinker Labs (3rd-4th)

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat Hatch Elementary

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:Tyler Banks. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can make different creatures and creations each session.

 

 

PM Camps

Coding with Ozobots (3rd-4th)

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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.

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

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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. Register for our Week 2 Vertebrates camp to learn about animals with bones.

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

Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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 Invertebrates camp to learn about animals without bones.

 

CSI Oak Park: Junior Detectives (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

1-week session Use forensic science to solve a mystery! Become a crime scene investigator and get eyewitness accounts, match ink samples through chromatography, and analyze fingerprints and DNA. Each day, you’ll uncover new evidence until you find the culprit. Learn tricks of the trade from real-life crime fighters to earn your spot on the CSI Oak Park crime-busting team. Instructor: Adam Bautista. Content will be the same each session.

International Art (3rd-4th) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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 and music from exotic lands, and create art inspired by our “travels”. Throughout our journey, we will experience destinations such as Greece, Egypt, Japan and more. As a group, we will explore our own origins, create our own countries, and create a unique culture with an artifact to represent it. Instructor: Julie Stenger. Please dress for mess! Content will be the same each session.

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

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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.

LEGO Architects (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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.

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

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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.

Minecraft: Create (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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. Previous experience with Minecraft is helpful, but not necessary. Content will be the same each session.

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

Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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.

Speedometry Overdrive (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

1-week session Get your engines racing for an advanced version of this hands-on physics fun,  using Hot Wheels cars and ramps to engage in science concepts such as energy, force, and motion. Develop creative problem solving skills and learn scientific and engineering practices such as analyzing and interpreting data. Instructor: Adam Bautista.

Time Warp Tales (3rd-4th)

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat Hatch Elementary

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.

All camps are held at Hatch or Brooks in Oak Park and priced at $195 for a half-day, one week session (except for two biking camps and all-day sailing). Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2021.
 

AM Camps

Artbotics (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

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: Jim Hayward.

Art for Social Change (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

1-week session  Explore and share issues that matter to you through art making. We will learn about artists that make art as a platform for change and use a variety of media- painting, printmaking, sculpture- to create art that matters! Projects will include up-cycled We Believe Yard Sign paintings, clay figure sculptures, stencil printmaking techniques and more. Instructor: Jenny Raia.  Please dress for a mess!

Biking Adventures (5th-6th) ($210 per session) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

1-week session Ready for a daily biking adventure? In this camp each day features a new theme, route, light yoga stretches and unique stops around the Oak Park area. We’ll learn and practice biking safety as we hit destinations such as Thatcher Woods, local cafes and recreation areas.  Sign up with a friend and get ready to make new friends – it’s time for a summer riding adventure! Instructors: Lindsay Smith and Anton Miglietta. 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 the camp director for details. 

Breaking It Down (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

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 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.

Board Game Design (5th-6th)

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

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: Shehara Brinson

Carnival Game Maker (5th-6th)

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

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-of-week with a DIY carnival extravaganza. Instructor: Jocelyne Adkins. Content will be the same each session.

Frisbee Physics (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

1-week session Learn STEAM concepts such as force, velocity, pitch, angle, gravitational pull, lift, drag, angle and buoyancy. Students will predict the flight path of a frisbee and test their predictions.  We will take our physics lesson to the field and work on playing Can Jam, Frisbee Golf and Ultimate Frisbee. Instructor: Chris Hauser. Dress in comfortable clothes, with closed-toe shoes.

Minecraft Create (5th-6th)

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

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.

Pet Painting Pack (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

1-week session Explore the culture and community of pets through visual arts. Work independently and collaboratively to discover, learn, write, and share how pets warm our hearts. Explore the science of animal anatomy to best capture your furry friend’s likeness in movement or repose. A week of fitting in with the pack, honoring our furry friends–incorporating a variety of techniques to find your individual style. We’ll use photos (and possibly some live models!) to create a series of drawings and paintings. Instructor: Kimberly Viviano. Please dress for a mess.

Science of Sweets (5th-6th)

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

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.

Tinker Lab (5th-6th)

Week 1June 21 to June 259:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 29:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

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: Tyler Banks.

Urban Biker (5th-6th) ($210 per session)

Week 3July 5 to July 99:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 169:00 – 11:30 AMat D97 school TBD

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 Peter Schwob. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes) and a 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 the camp director for details.

 

PM Camps

Breakthrough Beading (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

1-week session Ready to take your Jewelry Making to the next level?  This intermediate class will focus on creating patterns and layering for a more intricate design.  We’ll use beading needles to explore bead weaving techniques as we build our stitch repertoire from Daisy Chain to Square to Flat Spiral stitches all while creating one of a kind necklaces, bracelets and rings. Instructor: Tania Wilson

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

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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.

Frisbee Physics (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

1-week session Learn STEAM concepts such as force, velocity, pitch, angle, gravitational pull, lift, drag, angle and buoyancy. Students will predict the flight path of a frisbee and test their predictions.  We will take our physics lesson to the field and work on playing Can Jam, Frisbee Golf and Ultimate Frisbee. Instructor: Chris Hauser. Dress in comfortable clothes, with closed-toe shoes.

Know It, Grow It (5th-6th)

Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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

Lift Off! Aeronautics (5th-6th)

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

1-week session  Investigate and test the dynamics of flight by building different aircraft models and learn first hand about combustion and trajectory by launching your own rockets. Investigate physics concepts such as energy conservation, buoyancy and the forces of flight. During the week you’ll design, build, and test airplanes, rockets, Chinese lanterns and more. The sky’s the limit as we explore the science of aeronautics. Instructor: Ryan VenHorst. Content will be the same each session.

Minecraft Create (5th-6th)

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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.

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

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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: Jim Hayward. You may register for multiple sessions; you can take on new challenges with each.

Mythical Magical Art (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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.

Tinker Lab (5th-6th)

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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: Tyler Banks.

Totally Twisted (5th-6th)

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:00 PMat D97 school TBD

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 the natural world around you 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.

 

Full Day Camps

REACH Sailing (5th-8th) (Pre-week only)

Pre-weekJune 14 to June 188:30 AM to 4:30 PMdeparting from Brooks Middle School

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 Brooks Middle School. In partnership with the Columbia Yacht Club.

 

 
Unless otherwise noted, all camps at this grade level are held at Brooks Middle School and priced at $195 for a half-day, one week session (except for two biking camps and all-day sailing). Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2021.
 
 

AM Camps

 

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

Week 3July 5 to July 98:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

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.

Breakthrough Beading (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 258:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School
Week 2June 28 to July 28:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session Ready to take your Jewelry Making to the next level?  This intermediate class will focus on creating patterns and layering for a more intricate design.  We’ll use beading needles to explore bead weaving techniques as we build our stitch repertoire from Daisy Chain to Square to Flat Spiral stitches all while creating one of a kind necklaces, bracelets and rings. Instructor: Tania Wilson

Composing on Canvas (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 168:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session Make music out of paintings! And then make paintings musical! Build creative connections between music and the visual arts and explore themes of line, texture, density and hue. Using Scratch as a platform, campers will create their own compositions incorporating visual icons that generate sound. Instructor: Chris Hauser.

Crime Scene Science (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 168:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session Uncover how crime scene investigators use biology and chemistry to help solve crimes–from DNA and fingerprinting to blood-spatter analysis. Learn first-hand from seasoned police detectives how to interview witnesses, secure a crime scene and write a  detective’s report. Practice these skills yourself by taking crime scene photos and sketching key investigative elements.  Instructor: Lary Grimaldi

Disease Hunters (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 98:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session Take on the role of an infectious disease expert! Learn about how different microorganisms cause disease and why some of these  diseases are so hard to treat. Grow bacteria in the lab, learn staining techniques, and learn how to identify some common viruses using a microscope. Finish the week by participating in a virus transmission simulation and learning how disease hunters track and locate the origin of an outbreak. Instructor: Lary Grimaldi

MINDSTORMS Masters (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 98:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session Throw out the instruction book and push yourself to the next level of mastering LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. Tackle a new set of programming tasks to grow your knowledge and experience with engineering and programming. You will design, assemble, and program custom creations to achieve your personal robotics goals while completing carefully mapped challenges that educate and entertain at the same time! Instructor: Jim Hayward Previous experience with LEGO Mindstorms is helpful, but not required.

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

Week 4July 12 to July 168:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

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, but 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.

Pop Culture 2021 (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 258:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School
Week 2June 28 to July 28:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session Are you the next influencer? Inspired by 60’s Pop Culture icons such as Warhol and Rauschenberg, students will create an edition of prints and mixed media artworks highlighting current popular culture. In this camp, get ready to put your own artistic spin on favorite celebrities, fashion, food, entertainment, social media and technology! Instructor: Jocelyne Adkins. Please dress for a mess.

Urban Biker (7th-8th) ($225 per session) UPDATED CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 258:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School
Week 2June 28 to July 28:45 – 11:45 AMat Brooks Middle School

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 Peter Schwob. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes) and a 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 the camp director for details.

 

 

PM Camps

Artbotics (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:30 PMat Brooks Middle School

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: Jim Hayward.

Art for Social Change (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:30 PMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session  Explore and share issues that matter to you through art making. We will learn about artists that make art as a platform for change and use a variety of media- painting, printmaking, sculpture- to create art that matters! Projects will include up-cycled We Believe Yard Sign paintings, clay figure sculptures, stencil printmaking techniques and more. Instructor: Jenny Raia.  Please dress for a mess!

Biking Adventures (7th-8th) ($225 per session) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:30 PMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session Ready for a daily biking adventure? In this camp each day features a new theme, route, light yoga stretches and unique stops around the Oak Park area. We’ll learn and practice biking safety as we hit destinations such as Thatcher Woods, local cafes and recreation areas.  Sign up with a friend and get ready to make new friends – it’s time for a summer riding adventure! Instructors: Lindsay Smith and Anton Miglietta. 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 the camp director for details.

Creative Chef Workshop (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:30 PMat Brooks Middle School
Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:30 PMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session This camp calls on the creative cook inside each of us. Sure, recipes are helpful but we really learn how to cook when we get creative and use our senses and observations. Inspired by the NYTimes Best-selling cookbook and Netflix series, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat, we’ll learn to explore food from all angles as we create delicious dishes together. Instructor:Cheryl Munoz. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. Note:This class is vegetarian and can accommodate food sensitivities and allergies.

Frisbee Physics (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:30 PMat Brooks Middle School
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:30 PMat Brooks Middle School

1-week session Learn STEAM concepts such as force, velocity, pitch, angle, gravitational pull, lift, drag, angle and buoyancy. Students will predict the flight path of a frisbee and test their predictions.  We will take our physics lesson to the field and work on playing Can Jam, Frisbee Golf and Ultimate Frisbee. Instructor: Chris Hauser. Dress in comfortable clothes, with closed-toe shoes.

MINDSTORMS Masters (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 5 to July 912:30 – 3:30 PM at Brooks Middle School

1-week session Throw out the instruction book and push yourself to the next level of mastering LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. Tackle a new set of programming tasks to grow your  knowledge and experience with engineering and programming. You will design, assemble, and program custom creations to achieve your personal robotics goals while completing carefully mapped challenges that educate and entertain at the same time! Instructor: Jim Hayward Previous experience with LEGO Mindstorms is helpful, but not required.

Pet Painting Pack (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 12 to July 1612:30 – 3:30 PM at Brooks Middle School

1-week session Explore the culture and community of pets through visual arts. Work independently and collaboratively to discover, learn, write, and share how pets warm our hearts. Explore the science of animal anatomy to best capture your furry friend’s likeness in movement or repose. A week of fitting in with the pack, honoring our furry friends–incorporating a variety of techniques to find your individual style. We’ll use photos (and possibly some live models!) to create a series of drawings and paintings. Instructor: Kimberly Viviano. Please dress for a mess.

Totally Twisted (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 21 to June 2512:30 – 3:30 PM at Brooks Middle School
Week 2June 28 to July 212:30 – 3:30 PM at Brooks Middle School

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 the natural world around you 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.

 

Full Day Camps

REACH Sailing (7th-8th) (Cost is $550)

Pre-weekJune 14 to June 188:30 AM – 4:30 PMdeparting from Brooks Middle School

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. Price includes lunch at the yacht club plus daily bus transportation to and the departing school. In partnership with the Columbia Yacht Club.

 

Camp Add-Ons (Extended Camp + Lunch)

 

Extended Camp

 

NOTE: Due to safety concerns, we will not be able to offer Early Drop Off from 8-9 am this year at this time. If this policy changes, we will post announcements.

After Camp, 3-6 PM, grades 1-6 at Hatch Elementary)

Campers can unwind with a mix of structured and unstructured play, science and art projects. Due to COVID-19 we will try to keep extended camp outside as much as possible. 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. With lunchtime supervision, kids at Hatch and Brooks can bring their own sack lunch or secure a grab-and-go option from our partners at Beyond Hunger. More details will be announced about this closer to camp. Due to COVID-19, lunch will primarily take place outside. Proper social distancing will be followed both inside and outside. When not eating, campers are required to wear their masks. After lunch, campers are escorted to their next camp and the afternoon fun begins!

Questions about lunch? Contact us at basecamp@opef.org