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Most courses run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Extended Day is available from 8:00 to 9:00 am and from 3:00 to 5:45 pm.

Online enrollment happens via CampInTouch.

We offer you this menu of thematic categories to help you explore related courses and perhaps discover something unexpected! The course descriptions are below.

We're also pleased to be able to expand our offerings for the first time to span ages 4 to 18! Check out the menu highlighting options for two age groups:

  • Our Early Learner program includes a course each week at our Main Campus early childhood center for students as young as four years old.
  • And, in addition to our usual Counselor-In-Training and Intern programs, we're enrolling high school students in an exciting array of hands-on courses, including athletic skills and conditioning (volleyball), arts activism, entrepreneurship, filmmaking, forensic science, and social justice activism.


CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Digital Arts

Amazing Animation: Make Your Own Movie
Ages: 9-15
Leonard Bullock
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 5 (July 17-21) Full

Animation is the fastest growing creative technology in the world, appearing in gaming software, Oscar-winning feature films, and a variety of television and commercial programming. We will learn the basics of animation (movement, timing, states, character development, etc.) using Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Flash.

Students will explore basic drawing and character creation, motion, and rendering exercises with the goal of making a short animated movie (with sound) of their own design. Experience with studio art or computers is helpful. The ability to focus is a must!

Minecraft Community
Ages: 9-15
Achiri Acha
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full
Week 3 (July 3-7)
Week 6 (July 24-28)
Week 8 (August 7-11)
Cedric Wright
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

Anyone ever told you to “get lost?”If so, there’s no better way to take their advice than to delve into the amazingly expansive and immersive world of Minecraft. For a moment, let’s step away from the term “video-game” and substitute “wildly-versatile-open-ended-world-manipulating-art machine.” Minecraft’s critically acclaimed, sandbox-style gameplay is a constant exercise in collaborative exploration, goal-setting, and boundless “Imagineering”—whether hunting and gathering to build agrarian homesteads across various landscapes or configuring an automated railway/refinement system that acquires, transports, and processes raw materials the player can use to create their own scaled recreation of the Taj Mahal.

The objective of Minecraft Community is to “get lost, together,” building community. With a little direction and a lot of improv, students will enter into Minecraft’s Survival Mode, banding together to outlive the Mobs and Elements, within a democratic community. With inventive jobs (e.g.. Hunters, Explorers, Architects, Artisans, etc.) and responsibilities and a community lot-casting system, students will forge ahead to establish a lasting society amidst wiles of Mobs and the unforgiving wildernesses.

Summer Film Studio
Ages: 13-18
Ahmed F. Selim
Week 1 (June 19-23)

The shortest distance between two people is a story. Learn the essentials of filmmaking and digital media production as we document vibrant stories of our community! We’ll make projects come to life using a minimalist approach focused on available resources for maximum visual storytelling impact (as Ahmed teaches, ‘technology will never replace creativity’). We’ll develop confidence in our individual creative abilities, collaboration, and community-building through film. And, we’ll have tangible products to premiere at the end of our work together.

3D FX: Modeling for Games
Ages: 10-16
Cedric Wright
Week 2 (June 26-30)

In the Legend of Zelda, what would Link do without the Master Sword? What kind of duelist would Ash Ketchum be without Pokeballs? And what if Lego Batman didn't have a slew of batarangs to hurl at targets, so he could hit them on the "first try?" Well, if these heroes ever found themselves lacking such critical equipment, they should write a strongly-worded letter to their respective animation studios, urging them to wake up the 3D Object Modelers! In film and gaming, 3D Object Modeling, generally refers to non-character objects that have hard surfaces. This lends a wide variety of subject matter to the artist, ranging from everyday household items to weapons, armor, vehicles, and architecture! Students will focus on learning to transform simple objects into more complex objects, using the open-source app Blender. This course is a great way for aspiring game designers to get their feet wet in 3D artistry!

For students who have previous experience with 3D modeling or want to fast-track their digital arts skills between home and CFS, we'll craft 3D scenes to set up our exploration of Blender's timeline/action editor, lighting systems, rigid-body physics, and particle effects! In other words, we're going to get things "moving and popping," with various modes of animation! We'll break bricks, drop drop-cloths, light fires, and create procedural effects like rainfall, muzzle-flares, and explosions while letting students demo those techniques in "mini-scenes" of their own design!

Video Game Design I
Ages: 9-15
Leonard Bullock
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 6 (July 24-28)

Got Game? Video that is! If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to make an enjoyable electronic game then Video Game Design I can help you "level up." Students are introduced to the concepts and techniques used in the video game industry. We’ll focus on the principles associated with GOOD game design, emphasizing art, animation, and 2D graphics. You’ll come away knowing how to use the graphic software tools to create your own original art and animations to be used in your very own original video game. Yes, you can take this class more than once to develop your games further!

Video Game Design II
Ages: 9-18
Leonard Bullock
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

Video Game Design II is the continuation of Video Game Design I with an added emphasis on interactivity. We’ll explore storyboarding, ethics, and programming using the GameMaker game development engine. You’ll use your original art and animations from Video Game Design I to design and program your final project, a unique electronic game of your own. Yes, you can take this class more than once to develop your games further!

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Performing Arts

Backyard Broadway
Ages: 8-12
Catey Christiansen
Weeks 5 and 6 (two-weeks) Full

The spotlight is on you! Calling all actors, technical designers, and directors to help us put on a play! To help develop your acting skills, we play theater games, do warm ups, and practice vocal and movement exercises. The first week we will cast and stage our play, develop our characters, and design props, sets, costumes, make-up and more! The second week we finish staging the play, bring our technical designs to life, and perfect our roles. Then we invite family, friends, and other campers to attend a special performance on Friday! Performances take place on Friday of the second week of camp.

Guitar and Songwriting
Ages: 9-16
Hal Engler
Week 2 (June 26-30)

Write your own songs, play them, sing them, perform individually or in a group! Any instrument is welcome, including voice and percussion! Learn about traditional song forms like AABA as well as common pop and rock song formulas. Create your own verses, choruses, intros, outros, bridges, and instrumental solos. Explore common chord progressions like I – IV - V as well as the relationship between melody and harmony. Study a variety of rhythms and basic time signatures like 3/4 and 4/4. Discover the magic of group playing and its basic concepts such as arranging, vocal harmonization, and instrumentation. Write your own creative lyrics, poems, and stories and make them into songs! This camp will have a short performance on the last day. All skill levels are welcome: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

Improv 101
Ages: 10-14
Abby Kameny
Week 8 (August 7-11)

Love acting? Love comedy? Sign up for Improv 101 to learn the basics of improvisational theatre! Throughout the week, students will learn improv games, character development, and other acting techniques, and will apply those skills in an improv show on Friday. Campers will also learn skills such as team-building and trusting one’s scene partner that can be applied on or off stage. Register for Improv 101 to become a better performer, make friends, and make people laugh! No experience necessary.

Let’s Rock: Rock, Pop, and Jazz
Ages: 9-16
Hal Engler
Week 3 (July 3-7)

CFS has been hosting music performance courses for the past eight years! Calling all musicians (boys and girls) to bring your instrument and/or your voice and get ready to make your music! We’ll form bands, collaborate to write original music or learn existing tunes, and present a performance showcase on our last day. Along the road to our Friday performance, students will have the opportunity to participate in skills workshops such as percussion, keyboards, guitar/bass, voice, songwriting, mixed-instruments, active listening, and band promotion – all through a hands-on approach. Along with absorbing all the positive musical energy, students should gain an increased level of confidence in stage performing as well as a true sense of how successfully to collaborate and rehearse with other musicians. All instruments, musical genres, and levels of proficiency are welcome and encouraged! VOICES needed too! Full PA and lights provided by camp.

Musical Magicians
Ages: 6-8
Tom Latimer
Week 4 (July 10-14) Full

Come join Tom, our Music Man, as we build our own musical instruments from common and natural items--percussion, stringed, and wind instruments included. We’ll sing and play songs, explore the physics of sound (pitch, volume, echo, etc.) and decorate our instruments. Then, we’ll write and perform a song using our homemade instruments and record it on CD. No experience necessary! Just be willing to play and to create an instrument or two!

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Visual Arts

Advanced Comic Design
Ages: 9-15
Jamie Charles
Week 3 (July 3-7)
Week 6 (July 24-28)

For our older students, here’s an opportunity to enhance your skills in comic drawing. Led by Jamie Charles who has been teaching Comic Design in CFS Summer Programs for over 10 years, the workshop provides a meeting place for expanding skills and talents. You do NOT have to have taken Comic Design prior to this. This is for those students who want to work a bit intensely on their creations. Share your techniques, exchange tips, learn new skills, collaborate with a partner, and learn from the community.

All About Art
Ages: 4-6
Carly Chapman
Week 3 (July 3-7) Full

An amazing week of creativity awaits you. Each day we will have several guided activities. We will also venture out on our own to create artistic masterpieces using a variety of materials including wood, paint, clay, fabric, paper, beads and more! Guaranteed fun!

Art Techniques: The Magic of Creativity
Ages: 8-12
Linda Tymann
Week 3 (July 3-7)

Come explore your artistic sides by drawing, painting, and sculpting each day. Let's experiment with basic techniques of art while emphasizing creativity and self-expression. We’ll make rock salt paintings, flashy koi windsocks, sand dough sculptures, butterfly ornaments, seed mosaics, tissue paper flowers, paper mache bird cages and hot air balloons, string bowls, shave foam painting, and more. Bring your zest for art and your fun side! We'll create art and play--indoors and outdoors!

Sewing and Quilting
Ages: 8-14
Sudi-Laura Overstreet
Week 8 (August 7-11)

Participants will spend the week creating sewing and/or quilting projects. With patterns as a starting point, they'll have the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge of both hand and machine sewing. Students can master new skills each day, including piecing, measuring, attaching borders, and quilting. More experienced students can move beyond basic quilt squares and learn about triangles, complex quilt block construction, and the history of traditional patterns.

Budding Artists: Painting with Acrylics
Ages: 6-8
Jeannette Mauldin
Week 2 (June 26-30)
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

Let's explore acrylic paint. Not sure how to mix that particular color? Want to develop your drawing skills? We’ll teach you! We’ll look at a variety of styles while you create your own painting of a landscape, still life, self-portrait, and work of abstraction. Let your imagination run wild while we attempt a variety of techniques that will enable you to express your view of the world in acrylic paint on canvas.

Clay Works
Ages: 7-11
Tracy Taylor
Week 2 (June 26-30)

Jeannette Mauldin
Week 5 (July 17-21)

Jeannine Borzello
Week 2 (June 26-30)

We transform clay into fantastical and functional forms – a drinking vessel with attitude, a creature bowl, or unique tile creations. Snakes, slabs, and balls of clay can miraculously become plates, trays, and cups. The wide variety of projects offers an ideal situation for practicing how to work with clay (which takes patience). We’ll do our glazing and then fire our clay at week’s end. Most projects will need to be picked up the following week due to the firing process.

Comic Design
Ages: 9-15
Jamie Charles
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 5 (July 17-21)

Addicted to comics? Doodle in class? Come create your own comic book characters and stories. Bring creativity, imagination, and motivation along with your pencil. Exchange ideas, receive input, and work on technique with a professional comic artist. There’s also time for Four Square, games, and Capture the Flag. Oftentimes, campers take multiple sessions. Please bring pencils, erasers, and favorite drawing pens. (An Advanced Comic Design session is available for those who want to expand their skills.)

Dirt, Art, Wonder
Ages: 9-15
Lisa Joyner
Week 6 (July 24-28)

This area is full of amazing farms and rich opportunities to learn about growing food and tending animals. In this course, students will explore the relationship between sustainability, organic gardening, and art. Each day the group will embark on a different adventure. We’ll visit local farms, work with farm animals, learn from area experts about edible plants and herbal remedies, harvest summer vegetables, make art from natural materials, and explore area trails and the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. We’ll get our hands dirty and keep our minds full of questions about ways to cultivate a healthier relationship between ourselves and the dynamic world around us.

Experimental Watercolor
Ages: 9-13
Jeannine Borzello
Week 8 (August 7-11)

Stretch your boundaries and play with fluid colors. Find out what the watercolors do on different types of paper. See what happens when you use salt, plastic wrap, pastels, or wax. Use a brush, use an eyedropper, and use a rag. Make a collection of textures and techniques, then create your masterwork from your favorite selections.

I Built It! Working with Wood
Ages: 7-9
Cyrise Davis
Week 3 (July 3-7)
Week 6 (July 24-28) Full

Take home projects you design, engineer, and build! You’ll learn how safely to use an electric drill and other hand tools to craft and customize your own tents, marble mazes, dinosaur bookends, catapults, and more. If you like to build and specialize your projects, this course is for you. We’ll also enjoy plenty of outdoor activities.

Making Messes into Masterpieces: Art for the Adventurous
Ages: 6-10
Rinah Rachel Galper
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full

Join us as we create life-size and miniature sculpture and assemblage out of strange and mysterious materials from the forest, the lost and found, the attic, the land of broken and beautiful toys and gadgets, and everywhere you’d least expect. Be prepared to think and jump out of the box as we create new and exciting installations of mystery and magic!

Nature Artists
Ages: 4-6
Tasha Anderson
Week 8 (August 7-11)

There is an unlimited amount of beauty in nature. Explore multiple art media while using the physical world as inspiration. We will create looms from sticks, leaf rubbings, mono prints, nature drawings, and more. Learn how famous artists have been inspired by nature since the beginning of time. Students can expect to create extended projects based on the media they enjoy the most. We'll spend our time outdoors as well as indoors.

Paint Explosions
Ages: 8-11
Jessica Bigelow
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 6 (July 24-28)

Our perennially popular art camp! A spectrum of fun and active painting activities will fill our week as each day we learn a new technique like sponge painting or water coloring. We’ll work together with various paint media and have free time as well to embark on own own creative explorations in paint. We’ll also make sure we have lots of time for outside play. Be ready to get messy!

Quilting Magic
Ages: 9-15
Sudi-Laura Overstreet
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

In just a week, you can create your own unique, lap-sized quilt from start to finish! We’ll introduce new skills each day, including piecing, measuring, attaching borders, and quilting. We’ll also learn how to use and maintain a sewing machine. No sewing experience is necessary, but come ready for challenge and fun!

Sew Easy
Ages: 8-12
Linda Tymann
Week 2 (June 26-30)
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

Have a favorite tee shirt or pair of jeans that are too small or too special to give away? Try “upcycling” it into something useful. Students who are interested in learning the basics of sewing will love this class. We’ll learn different sewing techniques and sew each day. We’ll work on market totes, drawstring bags, animal bean bags, and a sewing kit for future projects, and, after getting the basics down, work on our own projects, including repairing, reinventing, and creating new objects from stuffed animals to pillows. We’ll have sewing machines, fabric, needles and thread, batting, and stuffing for you to use. Bring some of your own favorite fabrics as well and any stuffed animals needing up-do's!

Sew Exciting
Ages: 9-15
Sudi-Laura Overstreet
Week 6 (July 24-28)

From concept to construction, you can create a one-of-a-kind stuffed animal using recycled clothing, and try your hand at some other fun mini-projects. With patterns as a starting point, students will have the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge of both hand and machine sewing. Feel free to bring a loved article of clothing to incorporate into your very special animal.

Simple DIY Projects
Ages: 8-11
Jessica Bigelow
Week 1 (June 19-23)

Have you ever been asked to throw away an old pencil box, a glass jar, or a broken picture frame and you thought you could use it for something else? Welcome to similar minds, SIMPLE DIY PROJECTS CAMP. We’ll re-use/recycle old items to make them into a GREAT new craft that you can use yourself or gift to a friend, your grandparents, or a new teacher when you return to school. Or, you can enjoy an opportunity to create something new! This is a great course in which to explore all of your creativity!!! So sign up and let’s have some fun!

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CULINARY CREATIONS

We've included a materials fee in the pricing of our Culinary Creations offerings for Summer 2017 so we don't have to ask parents to send ingredients with their young chef during the course.

Cookies Crumbles
Ages: 8-12
Jeannette Mauldin
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 4 (July 10-14 Full

Linda Tymann

Week 8 (Aug 7-11)

Time to make your dinner experience complete! Join us as we learn how to make delicious cookies that will become lifelong favorites! We’ll get into the kitchen and start with some simple recipes, then do some research to find more unusual or enticing ones, then put on our aprons, get out the oven mitts, locate the mixing bowls, and get started. YUMMMMM! Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accommodate dietary restrictions in this class.

Creative Cake Decorating
Ages: 8-11
Jessica Bigelow
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full
Week 8 (August 7-11) Full

Ever wanted to learn how to write your name in frosting, dust cakes with chocolate powder patterns, create strawberry flowers, use fondant, and create fancy cupcakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries that look like tuxedos, or mold your own chocolate? It is an art form! We'll do all of that and more, starting with easy designs on cardboard before making our own frosting, cakes, cupcakes, and chocolates to decorate. Design your own theme or go wild with abandon and have fun creating edible works of art.

Delicious Dessert Decorating
Ages: 9-15
Karen Clark
Week 3 (July 3-7) Full
Week 4 (July 10-14) Full
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

Ever wanted to learn how to write your name in frosting, dust cakes with chocolate powder patterns, create strawberry flowers, use fondant, and create fancy cupcakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries that look like tuxedos, or mold your own chocolate? It is an art form! We'll do all of that and more, starting with easy designs on cardboard before making our own frosting, cakes, cupcakes, and chocolates to decorate. Design your own theme or go wild with abandon and have fun creating edible works of art. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accommodate dietary restrictions in this class.

Holiday Greetings from the CFS Kitchen
Ages: 9-13
Mary McNall
Week 5 (July 17-21) Full

Latkes, Buche de Noel (Yule log), Melomakarona, Babka, Roast pig, Spiced hot chocolate, Saffron buns, Jansson’s Temptation, Coal candy, Tourtiere, Christmas pudding, Panettone, Kransekake, Lentils… The holidays are full of fabulous food. Together we will take a tour around the world, cooking up holiday favorites from different countries. You will also have an opportunity to share your favorite recipes and family traditions with the group.

The Science of Cooking: From Bubbles to Bread
Ages: 10-14
Kathleen Rogers, Ph.D.
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 6 (July 24-28) Full

Do you believe your inner chef is a kitchen chemist in disguise? Let's peel off the layers of what's really cookin' when you're whipping and sautéing. This course is all about edible science! We'll spend the week cooking dee-lish dishes and learn the secrets behind why a few humdrum ingredients mingled together result in culinary treats. We'll answer questions such as does fruit eat protein? and why is chocolate so good for you? Your galley techniques will shine. Students should have an appetite for the biology, chemistry, and physics behind cooking success. Spice up and batter up! Come hungry for know-how and noshes. In this foodie adventure, we’ll explore science as we make wacky cake and munch, munch more!

Sous Chef
Ages: 11-15
Mary Deborah Englund
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full

Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizers/Snacks, Dinner, Dessert: What are your favorite meals of the day? What are your favorite tastes? Each day this week we’ll feature a particular time-of-day menu and on that day we’ll prepare a variety of those dishes. Breakfast might include pancakes or frittata. Lunch could be soups, salads, or sandwiches. Perhaps for dinner we’ll have Italian risotto, a Spanish tortilla, or an Asian salmon and sweet potato bake. Desserts will likely feature local fruits, along with chocolate, cream, and lots of spices. And snacks might be guacamole-stuffed tomatoes, crostini, or plantain chips.

Local chefs will visit us from time to time and we’ll learn some professional techniques. We’ll also learn how to work together to choose a dish, prepare it, eat and appreciate each other’s efforts, and clean up our workspace. A full day for those who love food and want to learn how to cook it themselves!

Sous Chef, Jr.
Ages: 6-10
Blaine Barbee
Week 5 (July 17-21) Full

Come get into the kitchen and start rattling some pans! In this course for younger students, we'll learn some basic cooking techniques, have fun creating our own food concoctions, and eat a little bit of what we make with Blaine, our chef. We'll try our hand at making hot and tasty, hand-rolled, and fresh-baked pretzels; Rice Krispies treats; crunchy, chewy delicious trail mix; not-so-wild Maine blueberry muffins; and our own play dough using Kool Aid; and we'll fill the cookie jar with your favorite cookie. We’ll also make time for outdoor play to keep our muscles strong for all that mixing!

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LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Counselor-In-Training (CIT)
Ages: 13-15
Week 1 (June 19-23)
Week 2 (June 26-30)
Week 3 (July 3-7)
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 5 (July 17-21)
Week 6 (July 24-28) Full
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)
Week 8 (August 7-11)

Gain real work experience and practice the leadership skills learned in our Leadership Challenge course (a prerequisite to serve as a CIT). You're assigned each week as an assistant in a different workshop matching your interests and skills as much as possible. The CIT Program requires a commitment of two weeks, but they don't need to be consecutive.

Feminism Is for Everyone
Ages: 10-14
Kyle Gouchoe-Hanas
Week 6 (July 24-28)

What is a feminist? Who is a feminist? Are you? Explore these questions and more through creative projects, history, personal experience, media representation, culture and more. Connect a rich history with many intersecting identities and stories to your life through creative exploration! Students of all genders welcome.

Girls, Goals, Glory
Ages: 9-14
Mary McNall
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 6 (July 24-28)

An introduction to and extension of some of the most popular sports played by young women today. Possibilities include volleyball, tennis, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, and overall fitness. Come ready to learn and participate. Time will be spent indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) all around the CFS campus. Get ready to have fun and get your game on! No need for experience but a willingness to try out a new sport just for the fun of it. Sorry, fellas, you're not included in this one, but do check out our other Sports offerings!

Friends Slide-In
Ages: 6-9
Carly Chapman
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

This course is designed for those students who will enter CFS Lower School this fall. Let’s spend some easy days together reading great books, working on art and cooking activities, and also spending plenty of time outdoors enjoying free choice games and activities. Our books will inspire our projects. We may find ourselves working on origami, building castles, baking healthy snacks, and writing stories together. It will be a fun and instructive week to enjoy some great literature along with good summer fun. For those campers who are about to enter CFS as students, this is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the environment as we help you "slide in."

Leadership Challenge
Ages: 12-15
Kyle Gouchoe-Hanas
Week 3 (July 3-7)
Ida Trisolini
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 8 (August 7-11)

What makes you a more effective leader and team player? Let us show you some tools. Using group building games, art, theater, movement, discussion, and individual reflection we learn and practice leadership techniques. We will work as individuals and as a group to enhance confidence, cooperation, and communication. The workshop is an excellent exercise in developing leadership skills for jobs and community roles. If you're interested in being a counselor-in-training in CFS Summer Programs this year or next, this course is a prerequisite. We work through some basic “how to deal with” situations, focusing on conflict resolution and effective ways of listening and responding. And no, we do not sit in chairs throughout the day listening to lectures! This is an active course culminating in a "shadow day" as a CIT and a certificate of successful leadership training completion. We’ve had over 200 students pass through this program in recent years!

Youth Activism: Social Justice and Social Change
Ages: 13-18
Kyle Gouchoe-Hanas
Week 2 (June 26-30)

What does it take to start a movement? Are you part of one now? From small actions to big, you can make a difference. Through a lens of social justice we will explore what it means to promote tolerance, freedom, and equality for all people regardless of identity and what it takes to effect social change. Want to equip yourself with more tools to become a change agent? Come celebrate individual identity and practice your leadership skills, collaboration, and community building for action through art, writing, self exploration, and community engagement. This work will also include writing petitions and letters to local officials and taking field trips to visit local activists and sites of change making!

Youth Startup Week: Entrepreneurship, Social Ventures, and You
Ages: 13-18
Jason Hopkins Parker
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

Most new jobs are created by entrepreneurs and small businesses. And nearly every employer values the experience of those who have started and run their own business. Our world needs entrepreneurs, because through their companies, they can change the world. Join us for Youth Startup Week as we learn about the startup ecosystem, develop viable business concepts, form startup teams, and work to establish a company envisioned by session participants. We will visit local startups, have guest speakers and coaches to help develop business ideas, and teams will compete in a pitch contest and get feedback from expert judges. Come with ideas on how to change the world, and leave with the fundamental skills to develop business ideas in the future.

Please note this offering's daily schedule (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) and location (the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham) are different than for other courses! Students may arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 am and depart between 4:00 and 4:30 pm.

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LEARNING EXPLORATIONS

CSI at CFS: Forensic Science
Ages: 13-18
Asiya Gusa, Ph.D.
Week 4 (July 10-14)

Learn the science behind solving crimes as we explore the tools and methods used in forensic science. Physical evidence left behind at a crime scene (such as fingerprints, hair, fibers, and DNA) can provide valuable evidence linking a suspect to a crime. Through a variety of hands-on experiences including fingerprinting, microscopy, burn tests, and gel electrophoresis, we will explore how crime scene investigators collect and evaluate evidence. With this expertise, students will complete the week by working in small groups to design a crime scenario for the rest of the class to solve based on the evidence presented.

Enchanted Fairy Gardens
Ages: 6-9
Katie MacTaggart
Week 6 (July 24-28)

Come and learn about the magical world of fairies! We’ll learn about fairies and make our own fairy gardens, wands and fairy trinkets to welcome our enchanted friends! Create special treats, potions, and crafts to add to our fairy collection. Enjoy tea parties in the fairy garden and read stories about fairies and their garden friends!

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum: Fables and Fairytales
Ages: 5-9
Jeannine Borzello
Week 2 (June 26-30)

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum! Take a journey into the past with some of your favorite characters from fables and fairytales. Find out how Jack escaped the Giant, and how Rapunzel was rescued. As we read and review famous fables and fairytales from around the world, we’ll participate in activities to enrich our learning. We’ll create crafts, reenact stories in plays, play games, and even complete STEM activities for various fairytales. Join in on the fun in learning about your favorite fairytale characters. This course is sure to be a journey like none other!

Feminism Is for Everyone
Ages: 10-14
Kyle Gouchoe-Hanas
Week 6 (July 24-28)

What is a feminist? Who is a feminist? Are you? Explore these questions and more through creative projects, history, personal experience, media representation, culture and more. Connect a rich history with many intersecting identities and stories to your life through creative exploration! Students of all genders welcome!

Harry Potter and Company
Ages: 7-11
Cyrise Davis
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Katie MacTaggart
Week 3 (July 3-7) Full

Celebrate your love of all things Harry Potter as you create themed crafts, play wizard games, and whip up tasty snacks. During camp you will be sorted into a house so that you can mix and mingle with Gryffindors, Slytherins, Hufflepuffs, and Ravenclaws. Then, you will spend your time immersing yourself into the world of Harry by making memorabilia and creating memories that you can enjoy for years to come. Some of these activities include: creating your own wand, making "potions," and enjoying the board game of Quidditch. Note: Previous knowledge of the Harry Potter series is helpful when participating in this camp.

Knights, Princesses, and Dragons
Ages: 6-9
Catherine Harkey
Week 8 (August 7-11)

What fun! Venture into the world of castles, dragons, princesses and princes, and numerous knights. We’ll make crowns, princess flowing hats, and knight protective gear. We’ll design each student’s own unique coat of arms and more. We’ll also work on making our castle, costumes, and props as part of our medieval world. We'll put on a play with dialogue for all of our characters, costumes, castles, crowns, and more.

LEGO Explorers
Ages: 6-10
Sherry Wilshire-Eshelman
Week 3 (July 3-7)
Week 5 (July 17-21)
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)
Week 8 (August 7-11)

LEGO camp is just around “the block” for us! We’re going to have a fun-filled week of challenges building with LEGO. Imagine you are floating on the LEGO Coast Guard Station fishing and watching for sharks. Be Emmet or Wyldstyle, a figure from the LEGO movie, and look for the piece of resistance...it’s there somewhere. Become a Star Wars spaceship and zoom around with the enemy fighters. Into super heroes? You can enjoy building with Captain America, Batman, and Superman as you battle in Smallville. Feeling animal-like? Create cool battles with the Chima Scorpion Stinger or the Spider Stalker. Ninjago anyone? Be a master builder with the Ninjagos as they try to bring order to the LEGO environment. We can create our very own LEGO City and invite all the action figures to join in the fun. If you have LEGO you would like to bring to camp, please visibly mark them well so they will not get mixed in with the camp sets.

Mad Science Alert
Ages: 6-8
Tom Latimer
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full
Week 6 (July 24-28) Full

You don’t really have to be “mad” to have a blast at this camp! We’ll cook snacks using solar energy, make beautiful crystals (evaporation/water cycle), and work in teams to build effective dams (erosion). We’ll explore the science of sound using our favorite songs, mix up some creative concoctions, and come up with new ideas of how to use them. Come explore chemical reactions, build top-secret spy equipment, launch your own rockets, and much more! Be alert--mad scientists are at work!

Maps, Pirates, and Merry Mischief
Ages: 6-8
Abby Obando

Week 3 (July 3-7) Full

Arrr!!!! If you're of a mind to search out the finer things in life, then come join the crew as we create, hide, and then seek the treasures we’ll make. We’ll learn a bit about pirates, create our own pirate flags, and build our own indoor pirate island forts. We’ll pursue various types of treasure hunting, most of which will be done outside using the resources on campus. We'll draw maps, write clues and riddles, make our own secret treasures, and then use our detective skills to search for our lost and hidden treasures.

Parents: We’ll develop map-making/reading skills, practice writing fun clues, and attempt to solve challenging riddles. We’ll work as a team to follow the clues to the treasures, to collaborate creatively in whole group and smaller group settings to meet the challenges, to hone fine motor skills creating jewelry and treasures using various materials, and to experiment with different types of inventions to hide and locate treasures most effectively.

Mystery Brew and Magic
Ages: 6-9
Rinah Rachel Galper
Week 5 (July 17-21) Full
Week 8 (August 7-11) Full

Come join the fabulous Mystery Brewers as we create healing herbal potions, flower essences, magic wands, and lots of zany concoctions that foam, explode, bubble, stink, and sparkle. Each day of camp we join the ranks of mad scientists, witches, warlocks, and all good magic-makers as we explore and experiment with different ingredients guaranteed to bring new and fun ideas to life. Be prepared to get messy as we tromp through the woods, swim and walk in magical pools and streams, and do experiments in our class lab. And, of course, you’ll be invited to test out all of our creations at week’s end.

Oh, The Places You'll Go: Dr. Seuss and You
Ages: 5-9
Jeannine Borzello
Week 1 (June 19-23)

Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! Let your imaginations take you away with Dr. Seuss. In this course, students will take a journey through Dr. Seuss’ books. Along the way we’ll encounter wonderful characters and fantastic stories. We’ll bring our learning to life with imaginative crafts, snacks, interactive games, and STEM activities.

Passport to China: An Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
Ages: 6-8
Native Chinese Instructor
Week 6 (July 24-28)

Ni hao (你好)! For a fifth year, we'll be hosting some 20 Chinese students for two weeks in the Triangle. For one week, their wonderful Chinese teacher will lead our younger students in their own exploration of the world's most populous country. Students will enjoy Chinese language lessons and other cultural activities, such as brush painting and dumpling making. Our children will experience Chinese art, dance, music, and games and spend time with our visiting Chinese students. Come join our cultural exchange! Xie xie (谢谢)!

The Science of Fun
Ages: 7-10
Kathleen Rogers, Ph.D.
Week 4 (July 10-14)

Sharpen your sense of wow! in this hands-on, inquiry based workshop. You are an artiste and scientist all in one as you bring together familiar ingredients and transform them into the unexpected. The fun comes when you perform cool experiments that pop, bubble, propel, and fizz! Tickle your senses and start to wonder about...What happens now? How does it work? What if I try this? We’ll explore the science behind your creations as we play and make new friends!

Science for Small Hands
Ages: 4-6
Tasha Anderson
Week 4 (July 10-14) Full

Get ready for a week full of science experiments and discoveries. We’ll learn about some basic scientific concepts and how things work. We’ll do some fun experiments and make observations. We’ll even have a couple of experiments that we can eat! Strap on some protective eyewear and gloves and get ready for a fun week of learning together!

Time Machine Adventures
Ages: 8-10
Cyrise Davis
Week 5 (July 17-21)

Wonder what life would be like if you had lived during Ancient Egyptian times, with the Native American Indians, or when cavemen (Cro-Magnon) communicated through drawings? You are headed for discovery and adventure! We’ll create secret codes and symbols like the Egyptians and paint like cavemen using pigments we concoct using the earth. We‘ll also make traditional dream catchers and walking sticks like the Native American Indians. There will be nature walks, scavenger hunts and time for outdoor activities. Other projects include creating ancient herbal potions and uncovering the secret uses of precious stones.

Parents: Each day students will explore a different time period through activities, stories, scavenger hunts, and art projects. Using various natural materials, they’ll learn how early civilizations communicated and made sacred objects. Working individually and in small groups, our adventurers will creatively collaborate to meet challenges, hone fine motor skills, and experiment with different types of materials.

Wacky Water Week
Ages: 4-6
Williette Zigbuo
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full

Water, water, everywhere! Activities will revolve around exploration with water, science experiments, and adventures in small pools and our on-campus creek. Children create beaches, relax, and have fun!

Wizard Land
Ages: 6-9
Rinah Rachel Galper
Week 4 (July 10-14) Full

Wizard fans! Let’s take a creative magical journey into the world of wizardry. We will create and design our own trading cards, spell books, crests, amulets, and wands. We’ll also have a magical treasure hunt, host the very first magician’s olympics, and create our own Potter theatre. Young Harry Potter fans unite for a week of wizard fun!

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MAKER DISCOVERIES

Design and Engineering for Kids
Ages: 4-6
Williette Zigbuo
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full

We put the excitement in S.T.E.M. education. Children dive into age-appropriate, inquiry-based, hands-on-learning through FUN designing and constructing activities using Legos, blocks, Thinker Linkers, and more!

I Built It! Working with Wood
Ages: 7-9
Cyrise Davis
Week 3 (July 3-7) Full
Week 6 (July 24-28) Full

Take home projects you design, engineer, and build! You’ll learn how safely to use an electric drill and other hand tools to craft and customize your own tents, marble mazes, dinosaur bookends, catapults, and more. If you like to build and specialize your projects, this course is for you. We’ll also enjoy plenty of outdoor activities.

Maker’s Workshop: Lights, Sound, Motion
Ages: 11-14
Tommy Johnson
Week 4 (July 10-14)

Spend the week exploring materials and tinkering with tools. We’ll be creating things that move, light up, and make music, while we take on design and engineering challenges. This hands-on workshop is about finding new and fun ways to build things and make something different with everyday objects. Each day will be a new adventure as we experiment with circuits, mechanical motion, and the physics of sound and light!
Our daily make-it challenge:

  • musical instruments/sound makers
  • electrical circuits with lights, sound, and motion
  • mousetrap-powered cars
  • puppets and automata
  • kites, planes, and other flying things

You can enroll in either or both Maker’s Workshop courses.

Maker’s Workshop: Science Arcade
Ages: 11-14
Tommy Johnson
Week 5 (July 17-21) Full

Do you enjoy making things and playing challenging games? We’ll be designing, building, and setting up our own interactive arcade while we learn about the science of making things work. We’ll construct classic games like Skee-ball, Pinball, Operation, and The Claw, and make up some of our own. We’ll use basic hand tools, experiment with a wide range of materials, and learn about electrical circuits to add some lights and action to our games.

We start simple, with something like Miniature Golf and Skee-Ball. Then, we add moving parts and mechanical motions like Ball Launchers and Moving Targets. Then, we add electronics: lights, motors, and buzzers (think Pinball and Operation). Then, we see about interfacing with simple computers that can calculate scores and other special effects.

You can enroll in either or both Maker’s Workshop courses.

Ready, Set, Build!
Ages: 4-6
Tasha Anderson
Week 5 (July 17-21) Full

Get your hard hats and tools ready for a week of designing and building together! We will build all kinds of structures inside and even some well-designed fairy houses outside. We’ll look at some different buildings and see how they’re made and we’ll practice measuring and using tools. By the end of the week you’ll have a house just right for a favorite stuffy, action figure, or doll.

Simple Machines
Ages: 6-9
Abby Obando
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

Calling future engineers, designers, problems-solvers, and creative thinkers! We’ll learn about the six types of simple machines and relate these machines to how we use them in our daily routines. Students will participate in individual, partner, and team challenges by using everyday objects to create simple machines that complete specific tasks. We’ll explore the idea of cause and effect, gather data from our experiments, and make hypotheses about all kinds of activities and events. We’ll use what we learn through the week (including from some amazing videos) to create our own Rube Goldberg machines. We’ll think about what the big idea is behind Thomas Edison’s famous engineering quote, I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Join us for a fun and exciting exploration of why and how things work!

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NATURE/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Dirt, Art, Wonder
Ages: 9-15
Lisa Joyner
Week 6 (July 24-28)

Students will explore the relationship between sustainability, organic gardening, and art. Each day the group will embark on a different adventure. We’ll visit local farms, work with farm animals, learn from area experts about edible plants and herbal remedies, harvest summer vegetables, make art from natural materials, and explore area trails and the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. We’ll get our hands dirty and keep our minds full of questions about ways to cultivate a healthier relationship between ourselves and the dynamic world around us.

Creek Explorers
Ages: 6-9
Dan Okoniewski
Week 3 (July 3-7) Full

Head out to our nearby creek and spend the day exploring what’s hiding under the rocks and ferns and inside tree trunks. We’ll do some light trekking and learn some new skills, make miniature shelters and boats, collect materials for our mini-terrariums, make crafts from our finds, do some decorative painting, do some fishing, practice water safety, and enjoy the fun outdoor days of summer, including at the Eno River Park!

Forest Adventure Trek
Ages: 6-9
Abby Obando
Week 6 (July 24-28)

The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, speak to me. And my heart soars. – Chief Dan George. The forest is our classroom. The creek and the crayfish are our teachers. We will let our discovery of the earth around us guide us in our journey through the forest. Being outdoors provides exercise, stimulates the imagination, and promotes problem-solving skills. Come join us as we experience all these things and more. We’ll explore in the forest, play in and around the creek, identify trees and wild flowers, and search for animal tracks. Some of our activities will include creating crafts and art projects out of the things we find in nature, learning about plants native to the area and some of the uses of those plants, create our own sun prints, try out a scavenger hunt or two, identify animal tracks, and decorate our own walking sticks. Our goal is to learn more about the outdoors and the amazing things that await us just beyond the backyard.

Fort-Building, Hideouts, and Such
Ages: 6-9
Dan Okoniewski
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full
Week 5 (July 17-21) Full
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

We’ll learn how to make use of many things that Mother Nature has provided and how to create simple forts, hideouts, and other structures that shield us from the rain, wind, or that hot North Carolina summer sun. Come learn what the best materials are to build such forts and how to construct them so they’re secure. We'll make model designs of our own "dream fort" to take home with us.

Creating hideouts and discovering wildlife hideouts go hand in hand. We’ll be exploring the nearby woods and the Eno River state park on Cole Mill Road to see what hideouts we can find and where we can build our own shelters and secret places. Be prepared to wear some not-so-favorite shoes and bring an extra tee shirt in case you get muddy (or just wear your mud with pride!). We’ll be busy all day so bring an extra snack and don’t forget that water bottle. Wading, gathering, exploring, and trekking are all on the agenda!

Garden Gurus
Ages: 4-6
Tasha Anderson
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

Dig out your shovel and hoe, shake out those seeds, and let's get planting. Summer is here and it's not too late to start the process. We'll start our seeds, transplant some seedlings, make better garden soil, trek into the woods to find some native plants, learn about gardening in containers, and create some fun garden art to take home. It's all about being outdoors, getting our hands in the dirt, creating new spaces, and learning some fundamental concepts about growing our own food. We'll even try our hand at making jams and learning about pickling!

Nature Artists
Ages: 4-6
Tasha Anderson
Week 8 (August 7-11) Full

There is an unlimited amount of beauty in nature. Explore multiple art media while using the physical world as inspiration. We will create looms from sticks, leaf rubbings, mono prints, nature drawings, and more. Learn how famous artists have been inspired by nature since the beginning of time. Students can expect to create extended projects based on the media they enjoy the most. We'll spend our time outdoors as well as indoors.

Nature Lab Explorer
Ages: 10-13
Michael Werndly
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

Calling all future naturalists, artists, scientists, and explorers! This week-long program explores the natural world through games, art, fieldwork, and adventuring. Derived from the Scandinavian model of Forest School, students explore various realms of the natural world through creative pursuits, scientific exploration, and outdoor adventure to promote environmental awareness, future engagement, and continued curiosity.

Program Session Days

ECO-GAMES
Through direct participation, students will be introduced to the world of outdoor environmental education through games and challenges, and will be encouraged to create their own eco-games in groups.

THE ROVING FIELD CENTRE
During this field trip to a local biological reserve, participants will discover how to survey the natural world through direct contact and observation. We’ll explore the power of optical equipment, and practice basic field methods that will enhance the student's animal and plant knowledge.

MAKE IT WILD WORKSHOP
Through a day of arts-based activities students will use their unique sense of creativity to explore the natural world. Have a go at natural printing, rope and model making, or field sketching. Whatever interests you artistically, there’s plenty of workshop time to explore your creative side.

MICRO-ADVENTURES
Students set out on a small local adventure designed to cultivate basic outdoor skills and a future sense of discovery and exploration. We’ll build an outdoor lunchtime camp and share food over some stories of outdoor adventures big and small.

ECO-CHALLENGE
Building from the ideas and examples represented during the week, students (in groups) will be asked to research, practice and present an engaging nature relevant presentation of their choice.

Nature Lab, Jr.
Ages: 6-9
Michael Werndly
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 8 (August 7-11)

Help ignite a lasting interest in the most beautiful things our planet has to offer. During this exciting week-long program of activities we’ll see, hear, and feel nature firsthand. Fresh discovery awaits our young explorers through games, art, observation, and adventuring. This introductory course is based on the Scandinavian Forest School model where direct outdoor experiences help to foster social skills, confidence, creativity, problem solving, and much more.

Program Session Days

NATURE’S PLAYGROUND
Students participate in ecologically themed games that help build interpersonal relationships, collaborative skills and curiosity.

WILDLIFE DETECTIVES
On this fun day out, participants will learn some of the basics field skills needed for experiencing nature. We’ll learn how to use camouflage, stealth, and listening skills to get up close and personal with those woodland creatures. We’ll look at tracks and signs and undertake a mini beast challenge!

CREATIVE CREATURES
Through a variety of artistic methods, this arts-based day will use nature to inspire and encourage students to explore and celebrate their unique sense of creativity.

MICRO-ADVENTURES
Students set out on a small adventure designed to cultivate basic outdoor skills (shelter building, etc.) and to encourage local nature exploration and a continued curiosity for the natural world.

GROUP CHALLENGE
In groups and in a style of their choice (i.e. through art, story, games, etc.) students will be challenged to think about something interesting or enjoyable they’ve discovered during the week and share their creations and thoughts with the rest of the group.

Outdoor Adventure Skills
Ages: 9-14
Abby Obando
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full
Week 5 (July 17-21)
Dan Okoniewski
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 8 (August 7-11)

Here's a chance to build up your wilderness survival skills! Learn how to (safely) build and cook over a campfire, put up a tent or build a shelter, recognize local trees, plants, and animals, and explore the amazing trails and rivers in the state parks in our area. We’ll complete a series of hikes, some easy and some a little more challenging, and spend lots of time playing in the Eno River. For the hardy, the adventurous, the nature lover, and the fun-seeker. Prepare to get wet!

River Adventure: Explore, Play, Fish
Ages: 9-14
Hal Engler
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 5 (July 17-21)
Dan Okoniewski
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 6 (July 24-28)

Strap on the boots, take out the sunscreen, prepare to launch into the forest and river basins. We will be exploring the Eno River and New Hope Creek by walking in, around, and up and down these waterways. We’ll interact responsibly with the flora and fauna, observe fish, turtle, and crayfish habitats, splash, swim, float, sit under waterfalls, have lunch on the river rocks, take group river and trail walks, play games, and generally have lots of physically active summer outdoor fun! And, we will try our hand at fishing!

Note: Some moderate trekking involved and a great deal of getting wet and muddy. Please bring a change of shoes or water shoes (Keens, Crocs, and Tevas are great). We promise to wash off the mud before heading home! We'll also offer fishing as an option for those with poles and a keen interest.

Secret Life of Insects
Ages: 4-6
Tasha Anderson
Week 6 (July 24-28) Full

Ever wonder which insects make all that racket in the summer months here in North Carolina? If so, get ready to spend some time this summer turning over rocks, digging in the dirt, and looking closely in trees and bushes to investigate local insects up close. We will record what we discover about insects, read books about insects, study insect anatomy, build insects using clay and other materials, and sing insect songs.

Wacky Water Week
Ages: 4-6
Williette Zigbuo
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full

Water, water, everywhere! Activities will revolve around exploration with water, science experiments, and adventures in small pools and our on-campus creek. Children create beaches, relax, and have fun!

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SPORTS FUN

Girls, Goals, Glory
Ages: 9-14
Mary McNall
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 6 (July 24-28)

An introduction to and extension of some of the most popular sports played by young women today. Possibilities include volleyball, tennis, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, and overall fitness. Come ready to learn and participate. Time will be spent indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) all around the CFS campus. Get ready to have fun and get your game on! No need for experience but a willingness to try out a new sport just for the fun of it. Sorry, fellas, you're not included in this one, but do check out our other Sports offerings!

High School Volleyball Skills Camp
Ages: 13-18
Amanda Gill
Week 8 (August 7-11)

This middle school skills camp is designed to help prepare players for their upcoming school seasons. We will cover serving, defense, ball control, attacking, and game play situations. We will also spend time cultivating competitive energy and developing hardworking mindsets. Players will get prepared for their upcoming school seasons through age-appropriate strength and conditioning, individual and team drills.

Please note the daily schedule, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, for this offering is different than for most other courses!

Middle School Volleyball Skills Camp
Ages: 8-12
Amanda Gill
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

This middle school skills course is designed to help prepare players for their upcoming school seasons. We will cover serving, defense, ball control, attacking, and game play situations. We will also spend time cultivating competitive energy and developing hardworking mindsets. Players will benefit from age-appropriate strength and conditioning, individual and team drills.

Please note the daily schedule, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, for this offering is the same as for our other courses for this age!

Sports Action
Ages: 10-15
Achiri Acha
Week 1 (June 19-23)
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 5 (July 17-21)
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

Can’t get enough of sports? We totally understand. Some of our students take sports all summer. So we get it. We introduce basic rules, strategy, and techniques of basketball, Frisbee, soccer, and some indoor gym games (as well as Capture the Flag!) for the fun of playing. We focus on technique, skill development, and team building. All activities take place on our outdoor playing fields (using cooler morning temperatures) and in our two air-conditioned gym facilities. Sports experience is absolutely not necessary. Our goal is for you to learn how to play so you’ll feel comfortable knowing the rules, understanding the strategy, and practicing good teamwork. We don’t stress competition. We're here to help you improve your game and have fun.

Sports Action: Basketball
Ages: 10-15
Pending
Week 6 (July 24-28)

The basketball craze continues... Refine your b-ball skills such as ball-handling and shooting. Practice cooperative teamwork and the camaraderie of competition. Cultivate a love for the game of basketball, wellness, and community. Enjoy some of the activities in our general Sports Action course, but with a special focus on improving your basketball skills and fundamentals, learning from and with others, and having fun.

Sports Action: Tennis
Ages: 10-15
Jonathan McGovern
Week 2 (June 26-30)
Week 3 (July 3-7)
Week 8 (August 7-11)

We're open for tennis! Enjoy some of the activities in our general Sports Action course in the afternoon, but in the cooler morning focus on absorbing the basics of tennis within an atmosphere of entertaining instruction and fun. Emphasis will be on having fun while developing our skills. Players are taught proper grips, stroke mechanics, and movement and positioning, along with the esoteric scoring system. Interspersed throughout the day we’ll play a variety of games that will enable students to practice their skills in enjoyable and engaging ways. The course is open to all tennis levels and is taught by a USPTA certified professional who played collegiate Division 1 tennis and has taught and coached tennis for over 11 years.

Sports Shorts
Ages: 6-9
Jonathan McGovern
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)
Mary McNall
Week 2 (June 26-30)
Week 3 (July 3-7)

Leslie Atherholt

Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

Pending
Week 8 (August 7-11)

An active, fun-filled week of sports adventure just for you! We learn how to play a variety of sports, focusing on skills and learning the rules. We work on team building and create some crafts that go along with our new games. Indoor and outdoor games! We concentrate on learning how to play, building confidence, keeping in shape, and receiving guidance and encouragement from our coach. An excellent class for the active or wannabe active camper!

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TECH WIZARDRY

Amazing Animation: Make Your Own Movie
Ages: 9-15
Leonard Bullock
Week 1 (June 19-23) Full
Week 5 (July 17-21) Full

Animation is the fastest growing creative technology in the world, appearing in gaming software, Oscar-winning feature films, and a variety of television and commercial programming. We will learn the basics of animation (movement, timing, states, character development, etc.) using Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Flash.

Students will explore basic drawing and character creation, motion, and rendering exercises with the goal of making a short animated movie (with sound) of their own design. Experience with studio art or computers is helpful. The ability to focus is a must!

Minecraft Community
Ages: 9-15
Achiri Acha
Week 2 (June 26-30) Full
Week 3 (July 3-7)
Week 6 (July 24-28)
Week 8 (August 7-11)
Cedric Wright
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 7 (July 31-August 4) Full

Anyone ever told you to “get lost?”If so, there’s no better way to take their advice than to delve into the amazingly expansive and immersive world of Minecraft. For a moment, let’s step away from the term “video-game” and substitute “wildly-versatile-open-ended-world-manipulating-art machine.” Minecraft’s critically acclaimed, sandbox-style gameplay is a constant exercise in collaborative exploration, goal-setting, and boundless “Imagineering”—whether hunting and gathering to build agrarian homesteads across various landscapes or configuring an automated railway/refinement system that acquires, transports, and processes raw materials the player can use to create their own scaled recreation of the Taj Mahal.

The objective of Minecraft Community is to “get lost, together,” building community. With a little direction and a lot of improv, students will enter into Minecraft’s Survival Mode, banding together to outlive the Mobs and Elements, within a democratic community. With inventive jobs (e.g.. Hunters, Explorers, Architects, Artisans, etc.) and responsibilities and a community lot-casting system, students will forge ahead to establish a lasting society amidst wiles of Mobs and the unforgiving wildernesses.

Summer Film Studio
Ages: 13-18
Ahmed F. Selim
Week 1 (June 19-23)

The shortest distance between two people is a story. Learn the essentials of filmmaking and digital media production as we document vibrant stories of our community! We’ll make projects come to life using a minimalist approach focused on available resources for maximum visual storytelling impact (as Ahmed teaches, ‘technology will never replace creativity’). We’ll develop confidence in our individual creative abilities, collaboration, and community-building through film. And, we’ll have tangible products to premiere at the end of our work together.

3D FX: Modeling for Games
Ages: 10-16
Cedric Wright
Week 2 (June 26-30)

In the Legend of Zelda, what would Link do without the Master Sword? What kind of duelist would Ash Ketchum be without Pokeballs? And what if Lego Batman didn't have a slew of batarangs to hurl at targets, so he could hit them on the "first try?" Well, if these heroes ever found themselves lacking such critical equipment, they should write a strongly-worded letter to their respective animation studios, urging them to wake up the 3D Object Modelers! In film and gaming, 3D Object Modeling, generally refers to non-character objects that have hard surfaces. This lends a wide variety of subject matter to the artist, ranging from everyday household items to weapons, armor, vehicles, and architecture! Students will focus on learning to transform simple objects into more complex objects, using the open-source app Blender. This course is a great way for aspiring game designers to get their feet wet in 3D artistry!

For students who have previous experience with 3D modeling or want to fast-track their digital arts skills between home and CFS, we'll craft 3D scenes to set up our exploration of Blender's timeline/action editor, lighting systems, rigid-body physics, and particle effects! In other words, we're going to get things "moving and popping," with various modes of animation! We'll break bricks, drop drop-cloths, light fires, and create procedural effects like rainfall, muzzle-flares, and explosions while letting students demo those techniques in "mini-scenes" of their own design!

Video Game Design I
Ages: 9-15
Leonard Bullock
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 6 (July 24-28)

Got Game? Video that is! If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to make an enjoyable electronic game then Video Game Design I can help you "level up." Students are introduced to the concepts and techniques used in the video game industry. We’ll focus on the principles associated with GOOD game design, emphasizing art, animation, and 2D graphics. You’ll come away knowing how to use the graphic software tools to create your own original art and animations to be used in your very own original video game. Yes, you can take this class more than once to develop your games further!

Video Game Design II
Ages: 9-18
Leonard Bullock
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

Video Game Design II is the continuation of Video Game Design I with an added emphasis on interactivity. We’ll explore storyboarding, ethics, and programming using the GameMaker game development engine. You’ll use your original art and animations from Video Game Design I to design and program your final project, a unique electronic game of your own. Yes, you can take this class more than once to develop your games further!

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Carolina Friends School          
4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705
919.383.6602 tel / 919.383.6009 fax / info@cfsnc.org

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