2020 Summer Under the Oak Programming

Below is a breakdown of the summer programs offered at Norfolk Collegiate's Summer Under the Oak 2020. The camps are browkdown down by lower, middle and upper school programs and then by weeks within the program. 

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and should it change and we need to cancel programs due to campus closure, we will notify families.  

Upper school programs

middle school programs

lower school programs

 

 

Upper School Programs

June 8-12   

Driver’s education classroom courses

The Fuhrmann Driving Academy is bringing Driver’s Education to Norfolk Collegiate’s middle and upper school campus. This course is approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles as the classroom portion of Driver’s Education. You do not need to have your permit to take this class. Classes will not be held on the weekends.
Leader: The Fuhrmann Driving Academy | Rising Grades 9-12 | Session: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cost: $225
 

June 15-19

Driver’s education classroom courses

The Fuhrmann Driving Academy is bringing Driver’s Education to Norfolk Collegiate’s middle and upper school campus. This course is approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles as the classroom portion of Driver’s Education. You do not need to have your permit to take this class. Classes will not be held on the weekends.
Leader: The Fuhrmann Driving Academy | Rising Grades 9-12 | Session: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cost: $225
 

Summer Under the Oaks Volunteer Program 

Interested in becoming a counselor one day or gaining experience working with children? Volunteers will assist teachers, coaches and staff members throughout the week while gaining responsibility and valuable leadership and communication skills. This program is limited to three volunteers per session, and you must complete a volunteer application. Please contact Gina Vitale for more information at gvitale@norfolkcollegiate.org. 
Rising Grades 9-10 | Sessions: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $50
 

June 18-July 29  

Chemistry

This six-week course condenses the yearlong Chemistry course complete with labs, projects and a final exam. This course is for students who have successfully completed Biology and who have permission from the science department chair. Once completed, your student will have earned another credit to add to his or her transcript. Please contact Val Ortiz, associate director of college counseling and academic advising, or Alan Stell, science department chair, for more information. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus. 
Leader: Laura Boettcher | Rising Grades 10-11 | Session: June 18-July 29 (excluding weekends) | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $1,500
 

June 22-26

Summer Under the Oaks Volunteer Program 

Interested in becoming a counselor one day or gaining experience working with children? Volunteers will assist teachers, coaches and staff members throughout the week while gaining responsibility and valuable leadership and communication skills. This program is limited to three volunteers per session, and you must complete a volunteer application. Please contact Gina Vitale for more information at gvitale@norfolkcollegiate.org. 
Rising Grades 9-10 | Sessions: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $50
 

June 29-July 2

Summer Under the Oaks Volunteer Program 

Interested in becoming a counselor one day or gaining experience working with children? Volunteers will assist teachers, coaches and staff members throughout the week while gaining responsibility and valuable leadership and communication skills. This program is limited to three volunteers per session, and you must complete a volunteer application. Please contact Gina Vitale for more information at gvitale@norfolkcollegiate.org. 
Rising Grades 9-10 | Sessions: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $50
 

July 6-10

Writing the College Application Essay: Session 1

Don’t wait until fall to write the essays required by most colleges and universities. By the end of the session, students will have several drafts of essays for the most common college application topics. Write and revise under the guidance of a Norfolk Collegiate English teacher to avoid the first semester anxiety as deadlines loom. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus. (MAX 10 STUDENTS) 
Leader: Amy Robb | Rising Grade 12 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $150
 

Summer Under the Oaks Volunteer Program 

Interested in becoming a counselor one day or gaining experience working with children? Volunteers will assist teachers, coaches and staff members throughout the week while gaining responsibility and valuable leadership and communication skills. This program is limited to three volunteers per session, and you must complete a volunteer application. Please contact Gina Vitale for more information at gvitale@norfolkcollegiate.org. 
Rising Grades 9-10 | Sessions: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $50
 

July 13-17

Writing the College Application Essay: Session 2

Don’t wait until fall to write the essays required by most colleges and universities. By the end of the session, students will have several drafts of essays for the most common college application topics. Write and revise under the guidance of a Norfolk Collegiate English teacher to avoid the first semester anxiety as deadlines loom. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus. (MAX 10 STUDENTS) 
Leader: Amy Robb | Rising Grade 12 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $150
 

Writing the College Application Essay: Session 3 (PM)

Don’t wait until fall to write the essays required by most colleges and universities. By the end of the session students will have several drafts of essays for the most common college application topics. Write and revise under the guidance of a Norfolk Collegiate English teacher to avoid the first semester anxiety as deadlines loom. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus. (MAX 10 STUDENTS) 
Leader: Amy Robb | Rising Grade 12 | Session: 12:30- 3:30 p.m. | Cost: $150
 

Community Service Camp: Session 2 

This camp is designed to give students an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for school or for the enjoyment of helping others. Campers will volunteer their time with a variety of organizations each day and make a difference in their community. They’ll receive 20 hours of community service for each week completed. Campers will need to bring lunch, snacks and drinks each day. This camp will leave from the lower school on Tidewater Drive each day.
Leader: Shannon Bartel | Rising Grades 6-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Summer Under the Oaks Volunteer Program 

Interested in becoming a counselor one day or gaining experience working with children? Volunteers will assist teachers, coaches and staff members throughout the week while gaining responsibility and valuable leadership and communication skills. This program is limited to three volunteers per session, and you must complete a volunteer application. Please contact Gina Vitale for more information at gvitale@norfolkcollegiate.org. 
Rising Grades 9-10 | Sessions: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $50
 

July 20-24 

Summer Under the Oaks Volunteer Program 

Interested in becoming a counselor one day or gaining experience working with children? Volunteers will assist teachers, coaches and staff members throughout the week while gaining responsibility and valuable leadership and communication skills. This program is limited to three volunteers per session, and you must complete a volunteer application. Please contact Gina Vitale for more information at gvitale@norfolkcollegiate.org. 
Rising Grades 9-10 | Sessions: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $50
 

July 27-31 

Summer Under the Oaks Volunteer Program 

Interested in becoming a counselor one day or gaining experience working with children? Volunteers will assist teachers, coaches and staff members throughout the week while gaining responsibility and valuable leadership and communication skills. This program is limited to three volunteers per session, and you must complete a volunteer application. Please contact Gina Vitale for more information at gvitale@norfolkcollegiate.org. 
Rising Grades 9-10 | Sessions: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $50
 
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Middle School Programs

June 15-19

Little Scholars: Future-Preneurs 

Are you a natural born leader? Do you want to experience the thrills of creating a ‘company’? Don’t miss out on this camp where you will create and sell handmade products at the Sale-A-Thon. This camp will dabble in the world of stocks and current events as they relate to businesses. 
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades 6-8 | Session 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

Oaks Volleyball 

Whether you’re a beginner or want to keep your skills sharp, this camp is designed to teach and reinforce basic volleyball skills for our budding athletes. Campers will learn volleyball fundamentals like positions, basic bump setting, spiking and the proper techniques for serving while working together in a fun environment to promote growth in each athlete. This camp offers one-on-one attention and a small taste of what true competition feels like. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for errors to be made, ultimately aiding in the growth process. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus.
Leader: Coach Kerri Darden | Rising Grades 5-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Boys Lacrosse 

Boys Lacrosse will provide excellent lacrosse instruction while also improving campers’ skills in a fun environment. Each day is structured so campers receive quality instruction while also having the opportunity to play the game. Campers will learn drills and techniques taught to NCAA-level players in a low camper-to-staff ratio where all ability levels are welcome and encouraged. All of our coaching and teaching is provided by former or current NCAA coaches and players. 
Leader: Luke Reilly and Bobby Merryman | Rising Grades 3-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $150
 

Ultimate Sports 

Enjoy a week of fun and friendly competitions as campers focus on a different sport—indoor and outdoor—and learn the basic rules and fundamental skills involved for each sport. The importance of good sportsmanship will be stressed as campers participate in friendly competitions throughout the week. 
Leader: Bobby Merryman | Rising Grades 3-8 | Session: 12:30- 3:30 p.m. | Cost: $150 
 

June 22-26

Mad Science: NASA Journey into Outer Space

Mad Science and NASA have teamed up to bring you the excitement and wonder of space. From the Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on program sends children on a quest for exploration. Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered. Learn about the four forces of flight, the challenges of space travel, and participate in a rocket launch! 
Leader: Mad Science | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 9 a.m.- Noon | Cost: $175 
 

Sylvan: Radical Robotics 

During this hands-on, half-day program, campers will invent, investigate and explore the world of robots and simple machines. Campers will investigate the world of science with hands-on exploration of real-world environmental concepts using LEGO. Students will use robotics to become detectives— investigating and answering questions about physics, life cycles, nature conservation and natural disasters. 
Leader: Sylvan | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $175
 

Playful Pottery

Campers will explore the possibilities in clay as they work with handbuilding and experiment with textures and other surface applications. Campers will be introduced to the potter’s wheel, learn beginning techniques and various glazing methods. All pieces will be fired and glazed. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus. (MAX 12 STUDENTS) 
Leader: Cathy Wright | Rising Grades 4-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Community Service Camp: Session 1 

This camp is designed to give students an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for school or for the enjoyment of helping others. Campers will volunteer their time with a variety of organizations each day and make a difference in their community. They’ll receive 20 hours of community service for each week completed. Campers will need to bring lunch, snacks and drinks each day. This camp will leave from the lower school on Tidewater Drive each day.
Leader: Shannon Bartel | Rising Grades 6-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

June 29-July 2*

Please note camps are not being held on July 3 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.  All prices for this week are prorated.
 

Codemoji: Coders 3.0

Our mission is simple: teach students to enjoy all things related to coding and the web while building problem-solving and creative-thinking skills. Our staff of professional programmers and educators deliver clear, entertaining instruction to ensure students have fun while learning complex coding skills using popularized emojis that represent HTML text, which lowers the barriers to new coders and increases their excitement and understanding of computer science. Students build animations, websites and video games, explore multiple coding languages, program robots, create STEM-based projects on and offline, and are encouraged to share their projects when they get home.
Leader: Codemoji | Rising Grades 6-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $280
 

July 6-10

Jump-Start Chinese

Your child will join Ms. Wesi Boyer, former lower school strings teacher, on a journey in her native language of Chinese-Mandarin. Students will learn art, the sound of music and more in Chinese. Students will spend the afternoons learning about chinese food and culture. 
Leader: Wesi Boyer | Rising Grades 4-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Fishing Camp

Campers will create their own fish story as they travel to various area fishing spots and hopefully reel in the big one. They’ll learn how to bait a hook, cast and fish with various baits. Campers will participate in the Virginia State Junior Angler Program where they’ll earn an award certificate after catching and releasing six different species of saltwater fish. Experienced counselors will provide guidance on fishing techniques and regulations and while demonstrating fish tagging of eligible species in support of state and national conservation programs. Campers will need their own fishing rod and reel, as well as lunch, plenty of water, a bathing suit and sunscreen. Closed-toe shoes are recommended. This camp will leave from the lower school on Tidewater Drive each day.
Leader: Nicole Skees | Rising Grades 4-8 | Session: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

July 13-17

Mad Science: Eureka

Campers will overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and the most important of all—their mind! With a little ingenuity, children will create catapults and forts, construct working light sticks to take home, and assemble a set of circuits with batteries and light bulbs. While Thomas Edison said “Invention is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration,” this camp is 100% fun!
Leader: Mad Science | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

Oaks Volleyball 

Whether you’re a beginner or want to keep your skills sharp, this camp is designed to teach and reinforce basic volleyball skills for our budding athletes. Campers will learn volleyball fundamentals like positions, basic bump setting, spiking and the proper techniques for serving while working together in a fun environment to promote growth in each athlete. This camp offers one-on-one attention and a small taste of what true competition feels like. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for errors to be made, ultimately aiding in the growth process. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus.
Leader: Coach Kerri Darden | Rising Grades 5-8 | Session: 9 a.m.- Noon | Cost: $150
 

Community Service Camp: Session 2 

This camp is designed to give students an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for school or for the enjoyment of helping others. Campers will volunteer their time with a variety of organizations each day and make a difference in their community. They’ll receive 20 hours of community service for each week completed. Campers will need to bring lunch, snacks and drinks each day. This camp will leave from the lower school on Tidewater Drive each day.
Leader: Shannon Bartel | Rising Grades 6-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

July 20-24

Outdoor Adventure Camp

Come one, come all to the nature-based, exploratory adventure that is outdoor adventure camp. This camp will take it back to the basics of summer. Each day will host a wondrous activity including learning about edible plants and common wildlife in Hampton Roads, hikes and nature tours with experts at our local state parks such as First Landing and Sandy Point, a ropes course* and so much more. *Subject to local availability. 
Leader: Gina Gordy | Rising Grades 4-6 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $275
 

July 27-31 

Middle School Study Skills 

Campers will delve into middle school expectations and learn important study skills, such as time management, organization, note taking, test-taking strategies, how to effectively read textbooks, improved reading comprehension in novel study, memory techniques and a math skill refresher. This camp is located at the middle and upper school campus. (MAX 12 STUDENTS) 
Leader: Chrisy Cooper | Rising Grades 6-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $150
 

Mad Science: Crazy Chemworks

Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a junior chemist! This week of crazy chemistry is packed solid with cool reactions. Campers put on some goggles and change liquids to solid and back again. They’ll handle laboratory tools, build and break molecules, and pick up some tricks on chemical changes. Campers will also compete in the Slime Olympics!
Leader: Mad Science | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $175
 

Sylvan: Building Radical Race Cars

This fun-filled camp is a must have for the race car enthusiast. During Radical Racers class, campers will explore and design five different race cars and discover what makes them move and move fast! They’ll discover how race cars propel in different ways and decide how forces and design affect each car’s movement. 
Leader: Sylvan | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $175
 

Little Scholars: Pay it Forward

Pay It Forward is a unique opportunity for students to learn how to impact the world around them. Our leaders will learn about public speaking, civic involvement and community outreach opportunities with an engaging curriculum to channel their desire to have a positive impact on the world around them.This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus. 
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades 6-8 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $150
 
 
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Lower School Programs

June 15-19

Little Scholars: Builders

Calling all inventors, creators, builders and designers. We’ll create our own designs and make structures using recyclable materials, building blocks and many other interesting items. Skills necessary—none. Skills gained—communication, problem solving, reasoning, developing creativity and teamwork.
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades 3-5 | Session 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

Little Scholars: Art Safari

Grab your binoculars because we’re going on a safari around the world! We’ll visit different countries each day and learn about native animals through literature, games and art. Discover the thrill of the hunt without leaving camp.
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades Pre-K-K | Session 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

Fine Arts and Crafts 

Campers will explore a different fine-art medium each day and complete projects using materials such as graphite, acrylic paint, watercolors, oils pastels and printmaking. Campers also will complete at least one make-and-take craft each day. 
Leader: Emily Pope | Rising Grades 3-5 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Oaks Volleyball 

Whether you’re a beginner or want to keep your skills sharp, this camp is designed to teach and reinforce basic volleyball skills for our budding athletes. Campers will learn volleyball fundamentals like positions, basic bump setting, spiking and the proper techniques for serving while working together in a fun environment to promote growth in each athlete. This camp offers one-on-one attention and a small taste of what true competition feels like. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for errors to be made, ultimately aiding in the growth process. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus.
Leader: Coach Kerri Darden | Rising Grades 5-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Boys Lacrosse 

Boys Lacrosse will provide excellent lacrosse instruction while also improving campers’ skills in a fun environment. Each day is structured so campers receive quality instruction while also having the opportunity to play the game. Campers will learn drills and techniques taught to NCAA-level players in a low camper-to-staff ratio where all ability levels are welcome and encouraged. All of our coaching and teaching is provided by former or current NCAA coaches and players. 
Leader: Luke Reilly and Bobby Merryman | Rising Grades 3-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $150
 

Ultimate Sports 

Enjoy a week of fun and friendly competitions as campers focus on a different sport—indoor and outdoor—and learn the basic rules and fundamental skills involved for each sport. The importance of good sportsmanship will be stressed as campers participate in friendly competitions throughout the week. 
Leader: Bobby Merryman | Rising Grades 3-8 | Session: 12:30- 3:30 p.m. | Cost: $150
 

Little Scholars: Mystical Creature Adventures

Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Greek gods and mystical creatures—did we get your attention? Not only will campers have fun filling their days with discoveries about these legendary creatures, but they’ll also broaden their creative mind and gain critical reasoning skills. This is one adventure they’ll not want to miss! 
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades 1-2 | Session 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

June 22-26

Mad Science: NASA Journey into Outer Space

Mad Science and NASA have teamed up to bring you the excitement and wonder of space. From the Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on program sends children on a quest for exploration. Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered. Learn about the four forces of flight, the challenges of space travel, and participate in a rocket launch! 
Leader: Mad Science | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 9 a.m.- Noon | Cost: $175 
 

Sylvan: Radical Robotics 

During this hands-on, half-day program, campers will invent, investigate and explore the world of robots and simple machines. Campers will investigate the world of science with hands-on exploration of real-world environmental concepts using LEGO. Students will use robotics to become detectives— investigating and answering questions about physics, life cycles, nature conservation and natural disasters. 
Leader: Sylvan | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $175
 

Writing Historical Fiction: Time Travelers

Time Travelers camp allows children to journey through time as they explore a variety of different eras and places. Over each session, campers read literature, play games and listen to the music that reflects their daily themed time period or place of travel. Campers use this experience to compose pieces of historical fiction reflective of that era.
Leader: Molly Dewitt | Rising Grades 2-5 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $150
 

Little Scholars: Rock & Roll Club

We’re looking for the next rock-n-roll star this summer. We’ll jam out with handmade instruments, learn hip songs and dance the camp away. Your rocking scholars will build his or her social skills, gross motor and fine motor skills. We will show off our moves at a final performance! 
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades Pre-K-K | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

Playful Pottery

Campers will explore the possibilities in clay as they work with handbuilding and experiment with textures and other surface applications. Campers will be introduced to the potter’s wheel, learn beginning techniques and various glazing methods. All pieces will be fired and glazed. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus. (MAX 12 STUDENTS) 
Leader: Cathy Wright | Rising Grades 4-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

June 29-July 2*

Please note camps are not being held on July 3 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. All prices for this week are prorated. 
 

ShowStoppers: Musical Theater

Campers will learn a variety of performances to include song and dance from popular children’s musicals. They’ll enjoy making costumes and props along with a performance at the end of the week.
Leader: Kristin Poulin | Rising Grades K-3 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $275
 

Rock- It Science: Art Lab 

Science is a highly concrete subject in which students rarely have the opportunity to be creative. By integrating art projects into science lessons, students will create super cool artwork and learn some super cool science, too!
Leader: Bubbles, Bugs & Butterflies | Rising Grades 1-5 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Little Scholars: Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

S-T-R-E-T-C-H, wiggle and move! Campers will get their bodies moving through movement, fitness, music and yoga. Our games and creative play are designed to strengthen the core muscles, balance and coordination as well as improve gross and fine motor skills. Come on and get moving with us!
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades Pre-K-K | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.| Cost: $240
 

Little Scholars: Mindful Fitness

Need a little mindful exercise in your life? Get moving as fast as you can for a camp full of fitness, fun and mindfulness! We will play games, have spirited team challenges and participate in activities to create a mindful state. Participants will receive daily mindfulness badges.
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades 1-5 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $240
 

July 6-10

Jump-Start Kindergarten

This camp is for rising Kindergarten students who want to familiarize themselves with a full day school experience. Campers will work on reading readiness skills through daily hands-on activities, use manipulatives to explore math concepts, use iPads during centers, learn about zoo animals, make creative animal crafts and visit the Virginia Zoo. Most importantly, they will be well prepared for the first day of school.
Leader: Rebecca Klein | Rising Kindergarten | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Jump-Start First Grade 

Jump-Start First Grade is a fresh start to a successful year! Campers will practice reading, writing and math skills through a variety of fun, hands-on learning activities that will help them ease into a new year. They’ll build confidence in a challenging yet fun and caring environment. 
Leader: Emily Lindale | Rising Grade 1 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250 
 

Jump-Start Second Grade 

Campers will enhance their skills and confidence under the guidance of a veteran teacher. Campers will hone in on phonics and word attack skills; increase reading independence, comprehension and fluency; sharpen math skills in addition, subtraction and word problems; expand Spanish vocabulary; become more proficient in using iMacs and iPads; experience learning outside the classroom on a local field trip and more.  
Leader: Kathy Garris | Rising Grade 2 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Jump-Start Third Grade 

Campers will experience a week filled with activities to practice and review math, reading and study skills in preparation for the transition to third grade. They will: increase reading comprehension skills; sharpen math fluency and problem solving skills; and use technology to enhance the learning experience. They will even experience learning outside the classroom on a local field trip! 
Leader: Lolita Kraft | Rising Grade 3 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Jump- Start Chinese

Your child will join Ms. Wesi Boyer, former lower school strings teacher, on a journey in her native language of Chinese-Mandarin. Students will learn art, the sound of music and more in Chinese. Students will spend the afternoons learning about chinese food and culture. 
Leader: Wesi Boyer | Rising Grades 4-8 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Fishing Camp

Campers will create their own fish story as they travel to various area fishing spots and hopefully reel in the big one. They’ll learn how to bait a hook, cast and fish with various baits. Campers will participate in the Virginia State Junior Angler Program where they’ll earn an award certificate after catching and releasing six different species of saltwater fish. Experienced counselors will provide guidance on fishing techniques and regulations and while demonstrating fish tagging of eligible species in support of state and national conservation programs. Campers will need their own fishing rod and reel, as well as lunch, plenty of water, a bathing suit and sunscreen. Closed-toe shoes are recommended. This camp will leave from the lower school on Tidewater Drive each day.
Leader: Nicole Skees | Rising Grades 4-8 | Session: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

July 13-17

Little Scholars: Mateys & Mermaids

Ahoy there! The ocean is calling your name! Dive in with us as we sneak a peek into the world below. We’ll discover the hidden treasures of the sea through enchanting hands-on activities, music, arts and social skills. Don’t be shark bait and miss this adventure!
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades Pre-K-K | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300

 

Mad Science: Eureka

Campers will overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and the most important of all—their mind! With a little ingenuity, children will create catapults and forts, construct working light sticks to take home, and assemble a set of circuits with batteries and light bulbs. While Thomas Edison said “Invention is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration,” this camp is 100% fun!
Leader: Mad Science | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

Little Scholars: Super Sleuths 

Get out your magnifying glasses and detective hat as we have clues to decipher and crimes to solve. We’ll put our critical thinking skills and STEM knowledge to the test and get to the bottom of mysteries by learning the tricks real investigators use to solve cases. While experimenting with simple detection techniques, your reasoning skills will grow and your problem solving skills will become better than CSI agents.
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades 2-5 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $150
 

Glitz & Glam 

Girls just want to have fun! Campers will participate in bonding activities to build up each other. Can you say, “girl power?” They’ll also learn how to do different crafts such as making jewelry, headbands and origami. Each day will be about teamwork and how to be a helping hand to others. How will the day always end? With a dance party celebrating each other, of course! 
Leader: Zaria Harrison | Rising Grades 1-5 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $250
 

Championship Chess Club

Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build your child’s chess skills while playing and learning through instruction. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem solving skills, and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes are led by Championship Chess and include instruction, chess play and guided analysis. 
Leader: Kala Dawson | Rising Grades 2-5 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $175
 

Oaks Volleyball 

Whether you’re a beginner or want to keep your skills sharp, this camp is designed to teach and reinforce basic volleyball skills for our budding athletes. Campers will learn volleyball fundamentals like positions, basic bump setting, spiking and the proper techniques for serving while working together in a fun environment to promote growth in each athlete. This camp offers one-on-one attention and a small taste of what true competition feels like. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for errors to be made, ultimately aiding in the growth process. This camp will be located on the middle and upper school campus.
Leader: Coach Kerri Darden | Rising Grades 5-8 | Session: 9 a.m.- Noon | Cost: $150
 

Little Scholars: Pay it Forward

Pay It Forward is a unique opportunity for students to learn how to impact the world around them. Our leaders will learn about public speaking, civic involvement and community outreach opportunities with an engaging curriculum to channel their desire to have a positive impact on the world around them.
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades 2-5 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

July 20-24

Play-Well: Pokemon Engineering using LEGO® Materials 

Join Ash and Pikachu as you build, capture, train and explore the vast world of Pokémon with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts. Design your own Poké Balls, explore the Kanto region and fly with Charizard. Explore engineering through the fun world of Pokémon with the guidance of a Play-Well instructor.
Leader: Play-Well | Rising Grades 1-2 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $175
 

Codemoji: Coders 2.0

Our mission is simple—teach students to enjoy all things related to coding and the web while building problem-solving and creative-thinking skills. Our staff of professional programmers and educators deliver clear, entertaining instruction to ensure students have fun while learning complex coding skills using popularized emojis that represent HTML text, which lowers the barriers to new coders and increases their excitement and understanding of computer science. Students build animations, websites and video games; explore multiple coding languages; program robots; create STEM-based projects both on and offline; and are encouraged to share their projects when they get home.
Leader: Codemoji | Rising Grades 3-5 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $175
 

Little Scholars: Builders in Training

Calling all inventors, builders, and designers! We’ll create our own designs and make structures using building blocks, recyclable materials and many other interesting items. Skills necessary—none! Skills gained—communication, problem solving, reasoning, developing creativity and teamwork.
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades Pre-K-K | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $150
 

Codemoji: Coders 1.0

Our mission is simple—teach students to enjoy all things related to coding and the web while building problem solving and creative thinking skills. Our staff of professional programmers and educators deliver clear, entertaining instruction to ensure students have fun while learning complex coding skills using popularized emojis that represent HTML text, which lowers the barriers to new coders and increases their excitement and understanding of computer science. Students build animations, websites, and video games; explore multiple coding languages; program robots; create STEM-based projects both on and off line; and are encouraged to share their projects when they get home.
Leader: Codemoji | Rising Grades 1-2 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $175
 

Play-Well: Pokemon Master Engineering using LEGO® Materials

Start your training in Pallet Town and expand your Pokédex as you collect your favorite Pokémon with LEGO® materials. Surf with Blastoise, challenge Team Rocket and earn badges from gym leaders on your way to the Pokémon League. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas while learning about STEM concepts.
Leader: Play-Well | Rising Grades 3-5 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $175
 

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is a uniquely designed program that will introduce soccer to your child in a fun, safe and controlled environment. The program focuses on individual skill, fitness and sportsmanship while introducing the tactical elements of the game as your child prepares to play on a competitive team. Soccer Shots is a national leader in youth soccer development with the innovative lesson plans tailored to the distinct age-group. No soccer gear is needed, as all equipment is provided by the program leaders. 
Leader: Soccer Shots | Rising Grades Pre-K-3 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $150
 

Outdoor Adventure Camp

Come one, come all to the nature-based, exploratory adventure that is outdoor adventure camp. This camp will take it back to the basics of summer. Each day will host a wondrous activity including learning about edible plants and common wildlife in Hampton Roads, hikes and nature tours with experts at our local state parks such as First Landing and Sandy Point, a ropes course* and so much more. *Subject to local availability. 
Leader: Gina Gordy | Rising Grades 4-6 | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $275
 

July 27-31 

Little Scholars: Wild, Wild West 

Giddy up and gallop on over to the wild, wild west! Gather around the campfire as we tell stories, play games and participate in activities designed to enrich our campers’ fine and gross motor skills, encourage cooperation and social skill strategies! Yee-haw!                         
Leader: Little Scholars | Rising Grades Pre-K-K | Session: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cost: $300
 

Mad Science: Crazy Chemworks

Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a junior chemist! This week of crazy chemistry is packed solid with cool reactions. Campers put on some goggles and change liquids to solid and back again. They’ll handle laboratory tools, build and break molecules, and pick up some tricks on chemical changes. Campers will also compete in the Slime Olympics!
Leader: Mad Science | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $175
 

Sylvan: Building Radical Race Cars

This fun-filled camp is a must have for the race car enthusiast. During Radical Racers class, campers will explore and design five different race cars and discover what makes them move and move fast!  They’ll discover how race cars propel in different ways and decide how forces and design affect each car’s movement. 
Leader: Sylvan | Rising Grades 1-6 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $175
 

Summer Strings

Let the wisdom and expertise of Wesi Boyer lead her to a love of music. Students will learn how to play their instrument and read music simultaneously under Boyer’s guidance. She also will assist with helping students find instruments to rent or buy, as needed. Boyer has been teaching violin, viola and cello for beginning and advanced students at Norfolk Collegiate for more than 10 years, is a retired violinist with the Virginia Symphony and is a member of Suzuki Teachers’ Association of Hampton Roads. 
Leader: Wesi Boyer | Rising Grades 1-5 | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $150
 

The Great Collegiate Cooking Camp

Spread the joy through tasty treats! For one week our little chefs will learn how to confidently navigate a kitchen and safely express their creative side through cooking pastas, breads, cookies and ice cream—all from scratch! Along with strengthening valuable cooking skills, children will make connections between farm-to-table recipes and watch a movie about a mouse who can cook. All supplies included.
Leader: Sherlene Coleman | Rising Grades 4-5  | Session: 9 a.m.-Noon | Cost: $185
 

Tea with Me: Manners & Etiquette 

Calling all little ladies and gentlemen! Going beyond “please” and “thank you,” our new etiquette, manners and social grace camp will help refine your young prince or princess, teaching him or her to feel confident in any social situation. We’ll learn and put into practice table manners and how to set a table, etiquette for proper introductions and making a good first impression, conversational etiquette with elders and peers alike, telephone manners, and manners outside the home including sportsmanship and spectatorship, courtesy at public places, dealing with bullies and more. Students will practice their newly learned etiquette in a fun, magical environment where role playing, props, and hands-on activities and crafts give way to chivalrous knights and sophisticated young ladies. At the core of this class is the understanding that at the root of good manners are the development of interpersonal skills including kindness, humility and empathy—paying attention to what others need and may be feeling. Camp will culminate with a tea party where children can dress up and put into use all they’ve learned. 
Leader: Message in Motion | Rising Grades 1-5 | Session: 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Cost: $175
 
 
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