Specialty Camps

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  • Aerospace Engineers Camp AM

    Rising Grades 4-6
    9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Half-Day)
    June 25-29
    Lower School Campus
    $265
     
    This is a great camp for children who enjoy aerospace-related activities. We will learn the proper construction techniques for building model rockets by building a few different rockets. Each rocket will have its own particular build sequence and will show students the different ways rockets can be built. We will also learn about the basic aerodynamics that make a rocket fly correctly. Safety is an important aspect of model rocketry, and we will learn about construction safety and flight safety. Each camper will be equipped with launch gear so they can fly their rockets with their parents' help.  This camp can be paired with Strategy Games for a full-day camp experience. Contact Lower School Teacher Matt Gehlhoff with your questions at mgehlhoff@sssas.org.
  • African American Experience Camp

    Rising Grades 5-10
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
    June 25-29
    Middle School Campus
    $400

    Experience the rich and unique history of the African American culture in this one week camp. Campers will visit various historical sites in the Washington DC metro area. Some noted sites, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Martin Luther King Memorial, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Anacostia Community Museum, African American Civil War Memorial & Museum and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester Maryland.
    Contact Bernard Joseph at bjoseph@sssas.org with questions. 
     
  • American Sign Language Camp

    Rising Grades 5-9
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 30-August 3
    Middle School Campus
    $400 per session

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get your hands ready, your eyes open, and let’s learn about sign language!  The participants in this camp will partake in an enriching experience in the world of American Sign Language.  From building their foundation with the alphabet, to developing and maintaining a wide range of vocabulary, to even learning how to hold conversations with each other, campers will have fun while learning a tremendously valuable skill set. Our campers will also explore the Deaf world by learning about Deaf culture, interacting with people from the deaf community, and seeing their learning applied to the real world on a field trip to Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, a renowned deaf university! For more information about the American Sign Language Camp, contact Hanna Kidane at hannaki18@sssas.org. We hope to see you!

    Our director, Ms. Melina McCrary holds a Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Gallaudet University where she pursued her passion for working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Ms. McCrary's interest in the field of Deaf studies grew from an ASL class she took as a child to immersing herself in the Deaf culture by taking classes at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf to ultimately attending Gallaudet University. Ms. McCrary's enthusiasm only grows as she introduces others to the enrichment that the Deaf Community offers. You may also contact Ms. McCrary with your questions at mmccrary@sssas.org.
     
  • Apiary/Beekeeping Camp AM

    Rising Grades 3-5
    AM 9:00 a.m. to 12noon AM Only
    July 9-13
    Lower School Campus
    $210

    We are excited to offer this new camp this year.  Campers will be bee-zy this summer engaging all of their senses with the sound of bees buzzing, the sight of the geometric shape of the honey comb, the smell of wax, and the taste of honey! Through visits to the school's on-campus apiary and interactive activities, campers will learn the life cycle of a bee, the structure of the hive, basic bee biology, how we care for bees and how they affect our ecosystem.  Contact Faculty Member and Camp Director Mrs. Alexandra De Léon Johnson at adjohnson@sssas.org with any questions.  Protective gear will be provided and an indemnity waiver will be required to be filled out and on file BEFORE participation can occur in this camp
  • Application Development (APP) Camp

    Rising Grades 7-10
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Session I - June 25-29
    Session II - July 2-6 (No Camp Wednesday July 4)
    $400 for Session I
    $320 for Session II (Holiday Week)

    Do you ever play games on your phone or tablet? Have you ever had a great idea for an app, or thought of a way to improve one that you use? It may be time to stop spending money in the app store, and start creating mobile apps yourself! The participants in app development camp will do just that. Campers will learn the basics of computer programming, interface design, and mobile hardware. All campers will be provided with an iPad, and will use Apple’ SWIFT programming language to create several apps over the course of the week. These apps can then be loaded onto a camper’s personal iPhone, or even licensed to be put on the app store. For more information contact Philip Tang at ptang@sssas.org. Jumpstart a software engineering career this summer! We hope to see you there!

    The director of the camp, Philip Tang, holds a B.S. in Interactive Media/Game Development and Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic University. Mr. Tang’s interest in software development began as a young child exploring some of the earliest personal computers available. Mr. Tang has developed applications for Android, iPhone, Mac and PC, ranging from productivity tools to video games. Professionally, Mr. Tang has previously worked for school technology departments, as well as teaching technology courses on robotics, computer programming, game modding, photo and video editing, and 3D printing. Feel free to contact Mr. Tang at ptang@sssas.org.
  • Aquatic Adventures Camp

    Rising Grades 4-7
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 9-13
    Middle School Campus
    $475

    Every day is a field trip with aquatic adventures! We will explore different aquatic ecosystems such as streams, ponds, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay in an exciting, hands-on science camp led by Saints Middle School Science Teacher Robert Davis. We will also do experiments and other lab work such as learning how to construct and care for aquariums and terrariums. Cruise our local waters on a lab boat with nature guides and scientists. Visit museums, aquariums, and nature centers. Warning: you may get wet!
     
    This camp is for young scientists who are serious about learning and ready for rugged expeditions into the field to gather information on our precious water resources. Mr. Davis runs this program in the spirit of adventure, exploration, and learning. If you love science and nature and have a taste for new experiences, this camp is for you. Contact Mr. Davis with your questions at rdavis@sssas.org.
  • Arabic & Middle Eastern Cultures Camp

    Rising Grades 5-10
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - July 9-13
    Session II - July 16-20
    Middle School Campus
    $385 per session

    Beginning Arabic and Exploring Middle Eastern Cultures Camp will provide campers with the skills they need to be able to hold basic conversations in Arabic, and will explore the cultures of the different parts of the Middle East, from the Ottoman Empire to the modern day states of North Africa and beyond. Campers will learn vocabulary for the following: basic greetings, numbers, months and days of the week, weather, feelings, giving directions, and ordering in a restaurant. We will explore the different cultures of the Middle East through film, music, literature, travel, and food. An exciting week will be capped off with lunch from Roro’s Lebanese, run by SSSAS Class of 2010 alum Robert Asmar.
     
    About the Director:
     
    Ginny Cady (SSSAS Class of 2011) graduated from Dickinson College with a double major in International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in Arabic. She lived in Morocco for 5 months, and is currently pursuing a dual degree program at American University for an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and an M.A.T. in Secondary Education. 

    Please contact SSSAS alumna '11 Virginia Cady at vcady@sssas.org with any questions.
  • Art of Science and Science of Art Camp

    Rising Grades 5-8
    9:00am-3:00pm
    July 23-27
    Middle School Campus
    $495

    Join SSSAS art teacher Kati Towle and science teacher Robert Davis as they put their minds together for this innovative camp that focuses on invention and design.  We will be learning, building, and creating scientific art. This open-ended camp uses a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) approach to building beautiful works of art that work based on scientific principles such as mobiles and solar cars. Projects will be done to learn more about electronics, alternative energy, nature and the environment, physics, chemistry, and space with a strong art component. Think Leonardo da Vinci and you will know what these two unique teachers are up to. This camp is for mixed ages and allows for a “one room school-house” approach with older students helping younger students while the two instructors are helping each student do their best work. Questions about this camp experience can be directed to ktowle@sssas.org and/or rdavis@sssas.org
  • Artistry of Books

    Rising Grades 5-12
    9:00am-12noon AM Only OR
    9:00-3:00pm Full-Day
    Session I - June 18-22
    Session II - August 13-17
    Upper School Campus
    $225 Half-Day AM
    $440 Full-Day
     
    Explore the artistry of books!  SSSAS Upper School Librarian and School Archivist, Rachel Payne, offers students the opportunity to develop skills in the book arts. From bookbinding and storytelling to decorative covers, printing and recycled books, our goal is to bring out our creative selves as we create books and tell stories through small and large-scale projects throughout the week. We will also have a field trip into DC to see beautiful and creative books on display. 
    Contact camp director, Ms. Rachel Payne with any questions at rpayne@sssas.org
  • Arts & Ceramics Camp

    Rising Grades 5-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 25-29
    Session II - July 2-6 (No Camp Wednesday July 4)
    Session III - July 9-13
    Upper School Campus
    $400 per one-week session
    $325 for (Holiday Week) session July 2-6
    $365 per session if you sign up for more than 1 week (Please call the SSSAS Summer Programs Office at 703-212-2777 for your discount)

    Fire up your creative self and join the fun at SSSAS Arts & Ceramics Camp!  Campers will expand their imaginations and explore the exciting world of art with all sorts of materials and through a wide range of projects. Working with PMC, polymer clays, and high fire ceramics to coil, make sculptures, claymation videos, make pots using the pottery wheel. Students learn in a supportive, small class setting with plenty of individual instruction and inspiration. SSSAS high school campus has one of the best sculpture studios around and the students will enjoy learning their way around an art studio. Camp includes lots of games and breaks for exercise, field trips to local galleries and more! Parents are required to provide snacks and lunches. 

    On Fridays, parents and campers celebrate at pick up with an art exhibition, possible performances, and an ice cream party. Each camper receives a free camper designed T-shirt!  SSSAS Faculty member, Mr. Joey Wade, an award-winning artist, has been teaching art for over 20 years. Before moving to Virginia to teach ceramics, Mr. Wade taught design at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  Contact Mr. Wade with questions at jwade@sssas.org.
  • Automotive Basics and Repair Camp

    Grades 9 - 12
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    August 13-17
    Upper School Campus
    $400

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, rev up your engines and let’s learn about cars! This one-week camp aims to teach its participants automotive basics such as checking a vehicle’s fluids, changing tires, registering a vehicle in the DMV, negotiating with car salespeople, and other practical knowledge that anyone who drives a vehicle would need to have. Through hands-on activities and visits to a local garage, the participants in this camp will be able to put their learning into practice right away! For more information about Automotive Basics, contact Upper School Faculty Member, Jayson Gilbert at jgilbert@sssas.org. We hope to see you in August!
     
     
  • Beads, Cool Coloring and more Beads Camp with Mrs. Brindle

    Rising Grades K-5
    12:15pm to 3:00pm (Half-Day)
    Session I - June 25-29
    Session II - July 2-6 (No camp Wednesday July 4)
    Session III - July 9-13
    Session IV - July 16-20
    Session V - July 23-27
    Lower School Campus
    $250 per session
    $200 Holiday Week

    Back by popular demand!  Come join Mrs. Brindle for fun relaxing afternoon sessions of bead making and coloring. This camp is designed to provide a stress-free environment for participants who love to work with Perler beads and specialty coloring sheets. An abundant supply of beads in all colors will be provided and participants will have a chance to create bead book covers and keepsake boxes as well as individually designed projects. Nut-free snacks will also be provided along with happy, inspiring music.  Questions about this camp should be directed to Mrs. Brindle at cabrindle@gmail.com.
  • City Explorers Camp PM

    Rising Grades 6-8
    PM 12:15-3:00pm 
    Session I July 2-6 (No Camp Wednesday July 4)
    Session II July 9-13
    Session III - JuIy 16-20
    Middle School Campus
    $150 Holiday Week
    $185 Sessions II & III
    $380 Full-Day when paired with (Number Crunchers Math Camp)

    How would you like to spend a week exploring The DC Metropolitan Area museums, galleries and monuments? Then create a website where you can blog your experience for kids and parents who have recently moved here or are visiting this area. If you enjoy writing, recording videos and going on field trips to fun destinations around town this camp is for you.  More details and information along with a list of destinations are in their final planning stages. More information about this camp will be available soon.  Questions can be directed to the SSSAS Summer Programs Office at summerprograms@sssas.org.

    SSSAS Summer Programs would like to welcome Ms. Krystal Jones as a new director.  Ms. Jones has been an educator for over 12 years working in Prince George's County, MD, Washington, DC Charter schools and is currently teaching 7th grade math in Arlington County Public Schools. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree.  Ms. Jones is currently attending George Mason University where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. 
  • Club SciKidz NOVA



    Rising Grades K-2 & 3-5
    9:00am-3:00pm
    Session I - July 23-27 

    Grades K-2 - Jurassic Park
    Grades 3-5 - Special Effects
    Session II - July 30-August 3 
    Grades K-2 - Little Engineers
    Grades 3-5 - Adventures in Minecraft
    Session III - August 6-10 
    Grades K-2 - Grossology Camp
    Grades 3-5 - Emergency Medicine 
    Session IV - August 13-17
    Grades K-2 Junior Chemist
    Grades 3-5 CSI Camp
    Middle School Campus
    $400 per session

    SSSAS is excited about our new partnership with Club SciKidz NOVA. Please see below for a list of our new offerings this year.  Please contact ryan@krksouthriding.com for questions regarding camp and its curriculum.

    Session I July 23-27 Grades K-2 - Jurassic Park

    Museum Dinosaurs may be extinct, but they are very much alive in Camp Jurassic. Campers learn about a variety of dinosaurs and their habitats. Rocks, minerals, and fossils are studied along with a variety of related projects. Sample Projects: Dinosaur Model, Panning for Gems and Minerals, Building a Volcano, Casting a Sea Shell Fossil, and Dinosaur Dig. 

    Session I July 23-27 Grades 3-5 - Special Effects

    Special Effects This is the first camp ever offered by Club SciKidz! Newly revised and more exciting than ever, campers learn the science behind Hollywood’s special effects. Activities will demonstrate concepts related to light, sound, perception, illusion, and model building. One of the great features of this camp is that all campers will create (and take home!) a movie using techniques in Claymation and Stop-Motion Animation. Lessons include plot development, storyboarding, set building, filming, and sound effects. Campers will also learn various special effects makeup techniques working with the same materials used by professional makeup artists. They will simulate cuts, bruises, artificial blood, and old age. Is there a future movie director living in your house? This is a camp your child won’t want to miss! Please have your moviemaker bring a 4G Flash Drive to camp to save their movie.

    Session II July 30-August 3 Grades K-2 - Little Engineers
    Sir Isaac Newton never had this much fun! Campers will be immersed into our toymaker's workshop as they construct and take home several different toy projects during the week. Each project will teach an important physical property. Sample Projects: Pocket Rocket, Sponge Ball Slingshot, Marshmallow Shooter, Snap Circuit Board. 

    Session II July 30-August 3 Grades 3-5 - Adventures in Minecraft
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    Minecraft is a block-building sandbox game with no set rules, where you can build anything you can possibly imagine. Allowing players to build, explore, create, collaborate, and even survive, Minecraft has created a new type of gaming environment. For veteran gamers, this camp will assist your survival and creativity as you learn new strategies from the creators themselves.This camp is for those campers that have already been playing Minecraft. Campers learn how to make modifications and use Redstone to expand their creative abilities. All campers are required to have a Minecraft™ account for this class. Purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95)

    Session III August 6-10 Grades K-2 - Grossology Camp
    Grossology Campers will discover loads of horribly fantastic experiments! Projects focus on blood, bones, and body bits! This is science with the squishy bits left in it! Tons of chemistry and biology for the aspiring doctor or scientist! Sample Projects: Bulging Bag of Brains, Simulated Snot, Baby Diaper Dissection, Eyeball Acrobatics, Bird Barf, and we are only getting started! 

    Session III August 6-10 Grades 3-5 - Emergency Medicine

    Hospital Campers learn about the life of an Emergency Medical Technician and are exposed to the important life saving techniques of first aid and CPR. Numerous hands-on projects include using medical instruments, triage and diagnosis, and how to give a shot. We also explore the structures and physiology of the amazing human body.Sample Projects: Making herbal medicines, learning to stitch a wound, build a lung model, first aid techniques and splinting.

    Session IV August 13-17 Grades K-2 - Junior Chemist
    It is time for Glues, Brews and Goos! From our stockpile of hundreds of recipes and formulas, we have chosen our top favorite chemistry activities. Campers will love digging into and examining the results of these crazy chemical concoctions! Campers will create several other wacky, wild and crazy concoctions! Our Jr. Chemists will realize the importance of measurement and sequencing as they use a taco sauce creation to clean pennies and investigate candy chromatography. Sample Projects: Blob Explosions, Funny Putty, Magic Bubble Paint, Make Your Own Chewing Gum. 

    Session IV August 13-17 Grades 3-5 - CSI Camp

    CSI Campers will learn to become Crime Scene Investigators during actual crime scene setups! Campers will learn how law enforcement professionals solve crimes and meet real professional Crime Scene Investigators and K-9 Handlers. You’ll use the tools used in the field to collect evidence. Campers will learn how a crime is actually solved and learn how Biology, Chemistry, and Physics play a major role in the investigation!
  • Digital Media Camp

    Rising Grades 5-9
    9:00am-3:00pm
    June 25-29
    Upper School Campus
    $405

    Campers will develop their knowledge of new media and the tools used to produce it, while designing and producing their own video, photography, and other digital projects. Throughout the course participants will explore the issues that are driving change in the digital world, and what it means to be a good digital citizen. Campers will understand digital storytelling by becoming skilled in the creation of various digital media content formats. Collaborate as a team in development from original concepts to production of innovative digital media. Contact Upper School Faculty member and Boys Athletic Director, Jeff Walrich at jwalrich@sssas.org with your questions.
  • Doll House Camp

    Rising Grades 1-4
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - July 23-27
    Session II - July 30-Aug 3
    Lower School Campus
    $425 per session

    SSSAS is excited to offer a new camp this year!

    Dollhouse Camp

    Join us for one week of making everything you can imagine for your own very own dollhouse. This one-of-a-kind dollhouse will include your designs for paint colors, wallpaper, works of art, furniture, people, built-in cabinets, light fixtures, bathroom appointments, miniature food, and whatever else you envision!

    Campers will be immersed in painting, printmaking, stamping, and ceramics to bring their dream into reality. At the end of the week, campers will bring home their fully appointed wood dollhouse as well as any accessories/people they created. The camp Director is a former SSSAS faculty member and was an Art Teacher at Sidwell Friends School. She is currently a teacher at Emmanuel Preschool.

    Contact Camp Director Mrs. Jacquelyn Kittredge with any questions at dollhousecamp1@gmail.com
  • Drobots Drone Camp Grades 1-5

    Rising Grades 1-5
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
    Session I - July 23-27
    Middle School Campus
    $450 per session

    Drobots Company was originally founded by a small group of parents, educators, visionaries and do-it-yourself engineers. The mission was and still is to inspire students to reduce time in front of a computer screen and instead utilize drone technology in a setting that promotes collaborative project-based learning in a positive educational environment. Hence, the company trademark slogan, Where Technology Meets Fresh Air™.
     
    The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors
     
    At Drobots we create flexible experiences that shift students between the excitement and hands-on activities of our indoor activities and the freedom and exploration of the outdoors. Participants utilize imagination, hand-eye coordination and STEM applications to conquer challenges and missions - all in a team-oriented environment. Under the umbrella of a friendly competitive and gamified teaching and learning methodology, participants collaborate in a team setting to deconstruct challenges and then solve them.
     
    The core foundation of our company and the programming we work diligently to develop is built upon creativity, exploration, technology and fun. Our commitment and passion is derived from the unlimited positive applications of innovative technology.  Throughout all of our kids camps and teen programs students thrive under the supervision of an adult-led staff committed to the development of the individual and team.
     
    Safety is our #1 priority and our rigorous hiring standards attract the best instructors in the country. At Drobots Company we understand that instructors with years of experience working with kids and teens is the key difference between a good experience and a GREAT experience. Our family of instructors embodies the passion and creativity that we strive to inspire in every participant.  Contact one of the directors with any questions you may have at fly@drobotscompany.com or by telephone at 844-516-2267.

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    Intro to Drone Flying Missions
    Rising Grades 1 to 2
    Session I - July 23-27

    Intro to Drone Flying Missions
    Description: Intro to Drone Flying Missions is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including the Parrot™ drones for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, young Drobots’ pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.


    Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge
    Rising Grades 3 to 5
    Session I - July 23-27

    Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge
    Description: Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.
  • Drobots Drone Camp Grades 3-8

    Rising Grades 3-8
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
    Session II - July 30-August 3
    Middle School Campus
    $450 per session

    Drobots Company was originally founded by a small group of parents, educators, visionaries and do-it-yourself engineers. The mission was and still is to inspire students to reduce time in front of a computer screen and instead utilize drone technology in a setting that promotes collaborative project-based learning in a positive educational environment. Hence, the company trademark slogan, Where Technology Meets Fresh Air™.
     
    The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors
     
    At Drobots we create flexible experiences that shift students between the excitement and hands-on activities of our indoor activities and the freedom and exploration of the outdoors. Participants utilize imagination, hand-eye coordination and STEM applications to conquer challenges and missions - all in a team-oriented environment. Under the umbrella of a friendly competitive and gamified teaching and learning methodology, participants collaborate in a team setting to deconstruct challenges and then solve them.
     
    The core foundation of our company and the programming we work diligently to develop is built upon creativity, exploration, technology and fun. Our commitment and passion is derived from the unlimited positive applications of innovative technology.  Throughout all of our kids camps and teen programs students thrive under the supervision of an adult-led staff committed to the development of the individual and team.
     
    Safety is our #1 priority and our rigorous hiring standards attract the best instructors in the country. At Drobots Company we understand that instructors with years of experience working with kids and teens is the key difference between a good experience and a GREAT experience. Our family of instructors embodies the passion and creativity that we strive to inspire in every participant.  Contact one of the directors with any questions you may have at fly@drobotscompany.com or by telephone at 844-516-2267.

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    Drone Superhero Missions
    Rising Grades 3 to 5
    Session II - July 30-August 3

    Drone Superhero Missions
    Description: Superhero Missions is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. Our instructors will open the creative minds of participants as campers attack and defend against Superheroes and Villains. Students will begin the week learning basic maneuvers before using their “Spidey-Sense” to conquer missions such as: Batman’s Drone-Mobile Escape, The Breakout of Iron Man and more. Participants will storyboard their own escape missions while other students attempt to outsmart them using the drone to locate and capture. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer.


    Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge
    Rising Grades 6 to 8
    Session II - July 30-August 3

    Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge
    Description: Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and competition.. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and social responsibilities of flying are included in this program.  
  • Eat, Bake, Blog! Camp

    Rising Grades 4-8
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    July 2-6 (No Camp Wednesday July 4)
    $315
    Middle Schoool Campus

    Are you a budding foodie? Love to create your own recipes and or try out the neighborhood restaurants. Spend a week with cuisine lover, weekend chef and SSSAS alum Eleanor Shaw as we taste the DC area on food related field trips, and restaurant visits. Campers will also try their hand at writing their own recipes, sample each others creations and act as food critics, all while developing their own food blog. Please contact camp director, Ms. Eleanor Shaw at ewshaw87@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Eco-Adventures Camp

    Rising Grades 3-5
    8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or TBA depending on return trip/traffic)
    Session I June 18-22
    Session II June 25-29
    Lower School Campus
    $445 per session
     
    Experience...Investigate...Discover! If you love the outdoors and like to question, explore, and enjoy nature (and don’t mind getting a little wet!), come join Saints Lower School Teacher Beth Barrow as she leads young naturalists on a series of field trips to explore the various ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Highlights include exploring the ecosystems and wildlife of Huntley Meadows and Hidden Pond, a walk to cascading waterfalls for a swim in Fredericksburg, hiking the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls, hiking and swimming in Calvert Cliffs Park, and a fun-filled day of swimming, finding sharks’ teeth, and enjoying a cookout at Breezy Point Beach. Repeat campers are always welcome.

    Do you have a love of adventure and a desire to learn more about the beautiful natural habitats in our region? Are you up to the challenge? Eco-Adventures is calling! 

    Contact Mrs. Barrow at bbarrow@sssas.org or at 703-212-2859 with your questions.
  • Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp

    Rising grades 4-10
    Full Day 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - July 9-13
    Session II - July 16-20
    Session III - July 23-27
    Session IV - July 30-August 3
    Middle School Campus
    $530 per session

    Whether you are an aspiring fashion designer or a creative camper looking for new skills, immerse yourself in the wonderful world of machine sewing! Designed with older campers in mind, this program is all about choice and creative expression. Campers will be taught how to read and use a wide variety of Simplicity Creative Group patterns, our exclusive pattern partner. In addition to a catalog of over 20 patterns, campers get to choose from dozens and dozens of bolts of tempting fabrics to bring individual style and flare to every creation. There are more than enough options to keep you coming back week after week and year after year! 
     
    Please address any questions to the Handwork Studios at 610-660-9600 or at info@thehandworkstudio.com.
  • Fashion Design Camp

     
    Ages 12-Adult
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 18-22 - Fashion Design Portfolio 
    Session II - June 25-29 - Fashion Design Sewing & Construction
    Upper School Campus
    Session 1 - $450
    Session 2 - $450
    Both Sessions I & II = $825

    Spend a week in an authentic design studio atmosphere!  Learn how to design your own great fashion and styles for you!   Gain knowledge of the foundations to draw, design, and sew your ideas that are as good as those in stores!  Become skilled at reading and transforming patterns that will fit you to a ‘T”!
     
    In her twentieth year, former SSSAS French teacher, Paris trained couturière, and experienced instructor, Catherine Lochtefeld Sirianni, is back with Fashion Camp I and II for anyone age 12 and up. Adults are welcome.
     
    Each week is independent and will focus on Design or Creation but it is best to sign up for both! The skills of Session I: Portfolio can flow right into Session II: Sewing and Construction to give a complete snapshot of the industry.  Great for any art portfolio as well.  Come join this fast-paced workshop!
     
    The First Week: Fashion Camp I: Fashion Design: Portfolio
     
    This is the creative process in two-dimension.   The inspiration includes runway videos and fashion magazines translated into figurine drawing and storyboarding.  Learn or perfect perspective, shape, form, color, texture, textile design, figure drawing, live model drawing, and exploration of famous designers to create a collection.  The week includes morning and afternoon sessions exploring fashion history, viewing runway videos, visits to the leading area fabric store to discover and delight in couture materials, the Textile Museum and the Museum of Women in the Arts to view fashions from other eras. The week will provide the all tools and inspiration to create an impressive portfolio and skills to continue designing for life. Should a student be considering a career in the Arts or in Design, these would be a strong beginning for a Design School portfolio.
     
    The Second Week: Fashion Camp II: Fashion Design: Sewing & Construction
     
    This week is more technical but just as fun!  Beginners and experienced sewists welcome!  We view and discuss runway videos by accomplished designers, then, inspired by fashion trends, available fabric and notions, design and make an outfit that fits you perfectly using traditional methods of couture.  Draw, design, create a pattern, transform, and sew it.  We begin with an easy project to learn basic skills and to practice!  Work at your own pace; each element is taught and guided step by step.  All materials are included.  Join us for the basics or take your skills to the next level!  Come sew with us! 

    Contact Camp Director , Catherine Lochtefeld Sirianni at crlochtefeld@hotmail.com with any questions.
  • Fencing and Archery Camp

    Risng Grades 4-6
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
    July 2-6 No Camp Wednesday July 4
    Lower School Campus
    $315

    En garde! The morning portion of camp will give your child a great experience with fencing. Whether they have fenced before or are completely new to fencing, this camp has something for everyone. We will learn the basics of footwork, attacks, and parries and slowly put them together into a complete fencing match. Students will develop their own fencing style and will learn tactics and strategies to win a fencing match. We will work with all three fencing weapons, but we will concentrate on the saber. All fencing equipment will be provided. 

    In the afternoon camp is designed to introduce students to the basics of archery. The bow is one of the oldest tools in human history and has been used by almost every culture on the planet. In archery camp, students will learn and practice all the techniques need to be a good archer. Many things go into proper technique: how to hold the bowstring, how to notch the arrow, and where to look to accurately aim the shot. Safety will be a primary focus of the camp. All students will clearly understand all the safety procedures before anyone begins to shoot.  

    Please contact Mr. Matt Gehlhoff with questions at mgehlhoff@sssas.org.
  • Filmworx Movie-Making Camp

    Rising Grades 3-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 25-29 
    Session II - July 16-20
    Lower School Campus
    $425 per session

    Lights...camera...action! Learn how to direct, star in, and produce your own movie, sports highlight tape, or rock video. Under the direction of former Saints Lower School Technology Educator Mike Engelberg, this camp will teach you all the things you need to know to be on your way to Hollywood stardom. Working with the latest in digital camera, laptop, and camcorder technology, campers are organized into younger and older groups to learn basic principles of movie-making and spend the week creating their own movies using iMovie and Final Cut Pro software. At the end of the week, you will go home with a copy of your finished product to cherish forever. Spaces are limited, so enroll now!
    Contact Mr. Engelberg with your questions at mengelberg@maret.org.
  • Fine Arts Studio Camp

    Rising Grades 6-10
    9:00am-3:00pm
    August 6-10
    Middle School
    $395

    This camp is for the blossoming visual artist! Those who love to draw and paint, who already have some full sketchbooks, and who are looking for dedicated time to dive deep into an artistic medium will enjoy this camp with visual arts teacher and artist, Kati Towle. Students may choose from pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor or acrylic paint, and collage for their specific art work. We will spend a week like “real” artists in the art studio, giving all our attention to creating a masterpiece! Contact Ms. Towle with questions you have about this camp experience at ktowle@sssas.org
  • Fossil Camp

    Rising Grades 4-7
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 25-29
    Session II - July 2-6 No Camp Wednesday, July 4
    Upper School Campus
    Session I - $395
    Session II - $315 Holiday Week

    Grab your rock-hammer and prepare to search for local fossils, crystals, petrified wood and other remnants of an earlier age.  In the early to middle Miocene (23 to 8 MYA), the lower Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay was the site of a shallow inland sea.  Marine fossils abound, and include shark teeth, sea turtle shell, whale bone, crocodile teeth and many kinds of fish vertebrae.  Mr. Ted Yoder (US Science) has just returned from a 2017 summer dig in Montana and has many stories to share about T. Rex and Triceratops.  Additionally, Paleontologist Dr. Peter Kranz (PhD University of Chicago, retired) will be a guest speaker to educate the campers on local fossil history.   There will be daily excursions to sites and museums across the metropolitan area.  Campers will get to keep any fossils they find.  Come join the adventure! Optimum age is rising 4th to 7th graders.

    Contact SSSAS Upper School faculty member Mr. Ted Yoder with your questions at tyoder@sssas.org or by telephone at 703-212-2942.
  • French Camp

    Ages 5-11
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 30-August 3
    Lower School Campus
    $335
     
    Bonjour! Do you want to learn or expand your French vocabulary while exploring the French-speaking world? Under the direction of Upper School French Teacher Mrs. Kimberly Scott, campers will begin to build useful everyday vocabulary while developing basic listening, reading, writing, and conversational skills. After an initial exploration of France and its capital city (“The City of Lights”), campers will then “travel” through the French-speaking world and its many unique and colorful countries (Canada, Martinique, Senegal) to discover the rich diversity and esprit of their people and cultures.  French cooking, crafts, music, dance, games, and stories are incorporated into a kaleidoscope of daily activities that celebrate French culture, along with a special field trip to a French eatery in Old Town, Alexandria to highlight the week. Along the way, campers will create artifacts and journal entries that detail their experiences. Camp concludes on Friday with a special presentation for family and friends. Everyone knows that early childhood exposure can have a dramatic impact on later language acquisition. Come and join us this summer for a fun and exciting French adventure. Note:  No prior knowledge of French necessary! Contact Camp Director Madame Kim Scott at kscott@sssas.org or by telephone at 703-212-2915.
  • Fun Arts Camp

    Rising Grades 3-7
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 30-August 3
    Middle School Campus
    $395 per session

    Explore and advance your fine art skills and creativity!
    SSSAS Middle School Art Teacher, Kati Towle, offers students the opportunity to develop drawing skills and practice painting techniques with a wide variety of materials, such as charcoal, color pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and more.  We will also explore collage, printmaking, and book arts.  We will do small and large-scale projects throughout the week. We will also have a field trip to meet artists at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.
    Contact camp director, Ms. Kati Towle with any questions at ktowle@sssas.org.
  • Handwork Sewing/Fiber Arts Camp

    Rising grades K-6
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Session I - July 9-13
    Session II - July 16-20
    Session III - July 23-27
    Session IV - July 30-August 3
    Middle School Campus
    $480 per session

    Picture your child in the care of energetic and imaginative counselors exploring the world of needle-arts. At Handwork Day Camp, you’ll find campers sharing stories and laughs while working on a wide array of unique projects. Our goal is to teach useful skills such as hand-sewing, embroidery, knitting, weaving, needle-felting and much more! Campers are always free to express themselves and are enveloped in creativity and fun. Whether refining skills or learning brand new ones, our camp is sure to delight. Join the fun with this Summer's fresh new curriculum with different projects every week!
     
    Please direct any questions to the Handwork Studio at 610-660-9600 or at info@thehandworkstudio.com.
  • Harry Potter Camp

     
    Rising Grades 5-9
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    July 9-13
    Upper School Campus
    $435

    You've read the books written by J.K. Rowling, now it's time to head off to Hogwarts summer session! The Sorting Hat will assign campers to houses and the week will be filled with wand making, Quidditch, a variety of wizard treats, Harry Potter trivia, a Sorcerer's Stone challenge, a Horcrux scavenger hunt and much more. Enrollment is limited. Register now to ensure an owl delivers your acceptance letter.
    Please contact SSSAS Middle School librarian contact camp director, Ms. Alicia Blowers, at ablowers@sssas.org or by telephone at 703-212-2766 with any questions.
  • Jazz Summer Workshop PM

    Rising Grades 7-12
    12:30pm-3:00pm
    Session I - June 25-29
    Session II - July 9-13
    Upper School
    $195

    Objective: To increase jazz technique, jazz awareness and jazz performance ability through the study of proper jazz pedagogy, and the historical aspect of traditional jazz, it’s artists and it’s influence on music worldwide. Workshop focus: Development of jazz technique through the study of major and minor scales, and major and minor scale technique patterns. The group will focus on functional jazz harmony through the study of ii-V-I progressions and various ii-V-I jazz patterns. In addition to reading jazz, students will be exposed to recordings of some of the most influential jazz artists of all time. Students will be introduced to solo transcriptions, and how to get the most out of listening to jazz. Please contact Upper School Music Teacher, Mr. Vaughn Ambrose with your questions at vambrose@sssas.org.

    Mr. Ambrose is a native of North Carolina and earned his BM in Music Education and MM in Jazz Studies at East Carolina University under the tutelage of his mentor, Carroll V Dashiell as well as artist and distinguished professor, Bob Mintzer. Mr. Ambrose has also been a featured conductor for the North Carolina Regional Honors jazz ensemble and is the Director of Jazz at SSSAS. As a highly sought after educator, he serves as guest clinician and soloist with various schools and ensembles nationally and internationally. Additionally, he is an adjudicator for Festivals of Music, an internationally recognized music festival series for middle and high school performance groups. Thanks to his unwavering dedication to the development of young artists, in 2005 Mr. Ambrose developed the District X all District Honors Jazz Band weekend, a program that has continued to thrive since inception. In recognition of his contributions to music education, he has been the recipient of numerous teaching honors: Yale University Teaching Award; Northern Virginia Educational Leadership Award; Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award; Alexandria Education Partnership Excellence in Education Teacher Award; Alexandria City Alex Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education Mr. Ambrose is a former Arts Education commissioner on the City Commission for the Arts and has served as guest conductor of the Alexandria Symphony's Children's concert series, featuring Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances (from West Side Story).  He was the featured guest soloist with the orchestra as they presented music from the legendary recordings "Charlie Parker with Strings." Mr. Ambrose has performed in concert with the following artists: Bob Mintzer and the Yellowjackets, Vanessa Ruben, Stephanie Jordan, Nnenna Freelon, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Carl Allen, Little Anthony and The Imperials, the Dells, Ashford and Simpson, The Spinners, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and was recently featured as the featured soloist, performing John Williams’ Concerto for Saxophone. In addition to his celebrated career as an educator, and in demand soloist, Vaughn leads his own Jazz quartet in the DC metro area and freelances up and down the east coast. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention. In March 2009, as a member of the group Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants, Mr. Ambrose participated in an inspiring US State Department tour, where they performed and Lectured in Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq and Lebanon; the universality of music transcends all borders.
  • Junior Fashion Camp

    Rising Grades 1-5
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 18-22
    Session II - June 25-29
    Session III - July 9-13
    Middle School Campus
    $395 per session

    Do you love clothes and accessories? Love beautiful textiles and colors? Love to create and design? Then this camp is for you!  SSSAS Middle School Counselor, Karen Kunz brings her passion and experience to a fun camp designed to build the interest of younger campers in the exciting world of fashion and design. Throughout the week, campers will learn new skills such as sewing and embroidery and are encouraged to express their creativity through different projects such as making your own purse or designing your own tank top. Included is a field trip to JoAnn’s Fabric Store and the National Museum of American History to see the First Lady Dress Collection.  Campers will also learn how to make their own fashion accessories to take home at the end of the week. At the week’s end and as a grand finale, we’ll turn up the spotlights and music and show off our fabulous creations down the runway at the Friday afternoon Fashion Show for family and friends! Contact Mrs. Karen Kunz with your questions at kkunz@sssas.org.
  • Junior Musical Theater Camp

    Rising Grades 2-6
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - July 16-20
    Session II - July 23-27
    Session III - July 30-August 3
    Upper School Campus
    $395 per session

    Calling all Stars! Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights? Come and train to be a triple threat.  Our goal is to develop your creative skills while exploring different aspects of theater through acting, singing, choreography, improve games, set and costume design. The best part of camp is not only the friends you will make, but the self-discovery and growth you will see throughout the five days.  Junior Musical Theater Camp provides the opportunity to put on a Broadway-style show under professional direction of DC native Marguerite Scully.   Ms. Scully has had the opportunity to direct many plays, as well as perform throughout Europe and New York City.  While the opera stage is where Ms. Scully trained she has always had a passion for musical theater.  This summer musical theater program is truly an immersive experience for aspiring musical theater artists with daily rehearsals that encourage creativity while having fun!  Each session culminates with a performance shared with friends and family. Everyone gets a part, beginners and advanced are welcome!  Campers can sign up for multiple sessions, but register early as these spots fill up fast! If you have any questions please contact camp Director Marguerite Scully at Margueritescully@hotmail.com.
  • National Treasure Scavenger Hunt Camp

    Rising Grades 4-6
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 23-27
    Middle School Campus
    $405

    Each day campers will have a chance to explore either a National Park or Smithsonian Museum while participating in a scavenger hunt.  Campers will have an opportunity to rediscover some of our national treasures by paying closer attention to detail while working individually and on a team to discover clues and national treasures. Contact Lower School PE Teacher and Saints Coach, Milyna Phillips, at mphillips@sssas.org with any questions you have about this camp's schedule and the week's destinations.
  • Number Crunchers Math Camp AM

    Rising Grades 6-8
    AM 9:00AM-12Noon 
    Session I July 2-6 (No Camp Wednesday July 4)
    Session II July 9-13
    Session III - JuIy 16-20
    Middle School Campus
    $150 Holiday Week
    $185 Sessions II & III
    $380 Full-Day (when paired with City Explorers Camp)

    Wondering how decimals, fractions and percents are used outside the classroom?  Join us this week as we explore how math is used in everyday life and how fun it can be to play with numbers. Campers will go on field trips to restaurants, local banks, supermarkets and participate in sports activities that focus on number sense mastery. More information about this camp will be available soon.  Questions can be directed to the SSSAS Summer Programs Office at summerprograms@sssas.org.

    SSSAS Summer Programs is excited to welcome and introduce Ms. Krystal Jones as a new camp director this year.  Ms. Jones has been an educator for over 12 years working in Prince George's County, MD, Washington, DC Charter schools and she is currently teaching 7th grade math in Arlington County Public Schools. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree.  Ms. Jones is currently attending George Mason University where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. 
  • Outdoor Adventures Camp

    Rising Grades 5-9
    9:00am-3:00pm
    Session I - July 23-27
    Session II July 30-August 3
    Middle School Campus
    $405

    Campers will learn outdoor skills which enable them to have fun while pursuing outdoor activities while at the same time emphasizing the need to protect the areas in which we spend time. Campers will learn "leave no trace" skills, basic plant and animal identification skills, how to read a topographical map, basic navigational skills, and will get to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Potential activities include the following: rock climbing, white-water rafting, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and SUPing. Contact SSSAS Faculty member and alumna '11 Virginia Cady at vcady@sssas.org with your questions about this camp experience.
  • Physics is Fun! Camp

    Rising Grades 5-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    June 25-29
    Middle School Campus
    $395

    Why is physics so much fun? Because SSSAS Middle School Science Teacher Robert Davis teaches it with bikes, Hot Wheels cars, yoyos, bocce balls, gyroscopes, balloons, jump ropes, helicopter launchers, water blasters, boomerangs, Frisbees, skateboards, pogo sticks, gliders, see saws, marble runs, tops, pendulums, super balls, electronic toys, rockets, and hula hoops!
    This camp is about conceptual physics and involves learning through play. All the activities are designed to teach you the basic principles of physics. In addition to using toys and sports equipment, you will construct different models of real-life devices such as roller coasters and windmills to learn how they work. We’ll challenge you further with activities like having egg drops, designing marshmallow catapults, and building Rube Goldberg devices. Throw in a round of Mouse Trap, and the week is complete.

    Physics is Fun is an exciting science camp based on the philosophy that through the use of toys, games, and challenge activities, you can understand basic topics in physics such as energy, motion, heat, light, and Newton’s laws.  Contact Middle School Science Teacher Mr. Robert Davis with your questions at rdavis@sssas.org.
  • Public Radio/Broadcast Journalism Camp

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00am-3:00pm
    Session I - July 30-August 3
    Session II - August 13-17
    Middle School Campus
    $450
     
    Your camper will spend the week learning about audio recording and production along with concepts and principles based on broadcast journalism as practiced by NPR. Your young reporters will pitch and develop an idea, write a script, conduct their own interviews, record themselves and produce audio pieces for their very own podcast. At the end of the week, each camper will receive a CD with his or her audio productions - along with an online link to share with friends and family. The week will also include visits from active public radio producers, reporters, engineers or newscasters - as well as a tour of NPR headquarters in Washington DC (parents are welcome to meet us for the tour and lunch). Camp director Chad Campbell has worked for two decades in radio, mostly at NPR and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Feel free to contact Mr. Campbell at ccampbell@sssas.org with any questions you may have about the camp.
  • Rocket & Space Science Camp

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    August 13-17
    Middle School Campus
    $485

    Three…two…one...blast off! This exciting camp offers students an opportunity to explore model rocketry and learn about past and present achievements in the field of space science. Led by Saints Middle School Science Teacher Robert Davis, this “make and take” camp promotes learning through hands-on experimentation as campers build and then launch their own model rockets. Special topics include the history of rockets, engineering problems, and the physics of flight. Highlights include a field trip to either Goddard Space Flight Center or the Air and Space Museum to learn more about large rockets and aeronautics. Space truly is the final frontier.

    Help your child reach for the stars by enrolling them in this enriching, action-oriented summer program. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why this camp is so popular… Don’t miss your launch date! Note: All rockets, engines, and supplies are included in the price, but due to ordering of supplies, registration must be received at least two weeks in advance of camp. Limit is 12 students, so enroll now!  Contact SSSAS Middle School Science Teacher, Mr. Robert Davis with your questions at rdavis@sssas.org.
  • Self-Defense Camp AM

    Rising Grades 10-12
    9:00am-12noon
    Session I - July 16-20
    Session II - July 30-August 3
    Session III - August 6-10
    Session IV - August 13-17
    Upper School Campus
    $215 per session 

    99% of self-defense is being smart and staying safe, but unfortunately we cannot have safe surroundings all the time. The good news, however, is that knowing a few simple defensive techniques can make the difference between becoming a victim and turning back an aggressor. By using games, pair, and group activities, this camp will make learning defense moves fun, while also increasing your confidence to handle a variety of self-defense scenarios!  No prior martial arts or self-defense experience expected. High degree of maturity required. Contact Upper School faculty member Mr. Daniel Lowinger at dlowinger@sssas.org with your questions about this camp experience.
  • Senior Moments Recording/Family Archives

    Rising Grades 1-6
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
    August 6-10
    Middle School Campus
    $350
     
    This camp draws upon SSSAS existing relationship with Goodwin House, the nearby retirement community. In the classroom setting we will introduce the concept of oral histories, think of good questions to ask the seniors, and write a script. Part of each day will be spent at Goodwin House interacting with selected residents, interviewing them one-on-one, and recording their stories. Your camper will learn the basics of audio recording and production, and will put together a finished product that they can keep and share with you. On the last day of camp, we will return to Goodwin House and play selections of the audio for an audience of seniors and staff. The residents who participate will also receive links to the audio of their interviews to keep and share with loved ones. Our hope is that this camp experience will inspire your children to ask questions of you or their grandparents about “the old days” and record their own oral histories and family stories. Camp Director, Chad Campbell, has worked for two decades in radio, mostly at NPR and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. He also runs Senior Moment Productions, a business that provides this same service to local senior citizens. Feel free to contact Chad at ccampbell@sssas.org with any questions you may have about the camp. 
  • Silver Knights Chess Camp

    Rising Grades K-6
    9:00 am- 3:00 pm
    Session I - July 30- August 3
    Session II - August 6-10
    Lower School Campus
    $390 

    SSSAS is excited to announce our new partnership with Silver Knights Enrichment. Spend a week playing and learning about chess with the Silver Knights! We've taught tens of thousands of children including national champions, but most students are beginners looking to learn and have fun! Campers are broken up in groups by skill level. Each camper receives a T-shirt and a tournament-style chess set. Activities include learning the rules, openings, tactics, endgames, studying master games, and playing lots of games against other students. Campers will take breaks for snacks, lunch and fresh air. Check out their website at www.skenrichment.com
     
    Please direct questions to Emily Rogers at info@skenrichment.com
  • Sizzling Summer Band Camp AM

    Rising Grades 5-9
    9:00am-12:00noon
    Session I - June 18-22
    Session II - July 16-20
    Upper School Campus
    $195 per session

    The Sizzling Summer Band Camp is a program geared towards rising 5th—rising 9th grade students who currently play a band instrument. Students are taught level- appropriate skills to improve their playing— note reading and technique—in a fun-filled, relaxed environment.  Please contact Upper School Music Teacher Mr. Vaughn Ambrose at vambrose@sssas.org with your questions about this camp experience.

    Mr. Ambrose is a native of North Carolina and earned his BM in Music Education and MM in Jazz Studies at East Carolina University under the tutelage of his mentor, Carroll V Dashiell as well as artist and distinguished professor, Bob Mintzer. Mr. Ambrose has also been a featured conductor for the North Carolina Regional Honors jazz ensemble and is the Director of Jazz at SSSAS. As a highly sought after educator, he serves as guest clinician and soloist with various schools and ensembles nationally and internationally. Additionally, he is an adjudicator for Festivals of Music, an internationally recognized music festival series for middle and high school performance groups. Thanks to his unwavering dedication to the development of young artists, in 2005 Mr. Ambrose developed the District X all District Honors Jazz Band weekend, a program that has continued to thrive since inception. In recognition of his contributions to music education, he has been the recipient of numerous teaching honors: Yale University Teaching Award; Northern Virginia Educational Leadership Award; Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award; Alexandria Education Partnership Excellence in Education Teacher Award; Alexandria City Alex Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education Mr. Ambrose is a former Arts Education commissioner on the City Commission for the Arts and has served as guest conductor of the Alexandria Symphony's Children's concert series, featuring Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances (from West Side Story).  He was the featured guest soloist with the orchestra as they presented music from the legendary recordings "Charlie Parker with Strings." Mr. Ambrose has performed in concert with the following artists: Bob Mintzer and the Yellowjackets, Vanessa Ruben, Stephanie Jordan, Nnenna Freelon, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Carl Allen, Little Anthony and The Imperials, the Dells, Ashford and Simpson, The Spinners, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and was recently featured as the featured soloist, performing John Williams’ Concerto for Saxophone. In addition to his celebrated career as an educator, and in demand soloist, Vaughn leads his own Jazz quartet in the DC metro area and freelances up and down the east coast. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention. In March 2009, as a member of the group Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants, Mr. Ambrose participated in an inspiring US State Department tour, where they performed and Lectured in Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq and Lebanon; the universality of music transcends all borders.
  • STEAM Technology & Tinkering Fun Camp

    Rising Grades 6-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 18-22
    Session II - June 25-29
    Middle School Campus
    $425 per session

    STEAM challenges, coding lessons, tinkering, circuits and robots await your budding engineer during our week long STEAM, tinkering & technology camp. Campers will learn how to control and program robots, use LittleBits to combine creativity with circuits, design and print an original, usable project with 3D printers, and discover so much more using other games, robots and tools. Teamwork, curiosity and creativity will be put to the test as campers try to build towers, bridges and more during daily STEAM challenges. We will explore the worlds of stop animation and virtual reality (VR) and create some of our own!  Contraption Maker will allow your engineer to explore and use physics concepts as they design chain reactions and problem solve. Students will be introduced to coding languages and then apply what they have learned to problem solve and innovate.  Campers will be encouraged to combine their creativity with their STEAM skills to design, create, adjust and play! If you have a curious, tech-loving kid this camp is for them! If you have any questions please contact Faculty member, Mrs. Julie Riedy, Middle School Math Teacher, at jriedy@sssas.org.
     

  • Strategy Games Camp PM

    Rising Grades 4-6
    12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Half-Day)
    June 25-29
    Lower School Campus
    $265

    This camp is designed to teach students to think and problem solve creatively using a series of up tempo team based games.  Students will utilize the Nerf line of dart projectors to play several variations of two games knows to generations of children; tag and capture the flag.  Resources and rules will vary from game to game as will the configuration of the gaming space.  Together, this will present students a unique challenge for each game.  Students will not only play in games but will learn to be a referee as well.   All equipment will be provided.
    Contact Lower School Faculty Member, Mr. Matt Gehlhoff at mgehlhoff@sssas.org with any questions.
  • Textile Design Camp AM

    Ages 12-Adult
    9:00am-12:00noon
    August 13-17
    Middle School Campus
    $325
     
    Explore and amuse yourself with textile design!  Spend a week producing a variety of patterns on paper and fabrics using paint, dyes, embellishment, felting, fleece, tracing, stamps, stitching and repeated motifs!  Delve into color and texture! Discover your own way to combine these methods and materials to create surprising and beautiful objects to keep or give as gifts.  Each day will focus on a different medium, but with your choice of how you wish to use it.
     
    Former SSSAS French teacher, Paris-trained textile designer and experienced teacher Catherine Lochtefeld Sirianni is offering this new hands on creative camp for anyone aged 12 to adult!  Come join the fun!  Attention all art students!  This is also an excellent base course for a college art or design portfolio
     
    Contact camp director , Catherine Lochtefeld Sirianni at crlochtefeld@hotmail.com with any questions.
  • Tiny Chefs Camp

     
    Rising grades JK-6
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 18-22 - Sweet & Savory Pies
    Session II - June 25-29 -Snack Attack
    Session III - July 2-6 - Kids Cook Off {TinyChefs Grades JK-2} & Chopped {Gourmet Chefs Grades 3-6}  (No Camp Wednesday July 4)
    Session IV - July 9-13 - Dips & Donuts
    Session V - July 16-20 - Sweet & Savory Cupcakes
    Session VI - July 23-27 - Cupcake Wars
    Session VII - July 30-August 3 - Breakfast for Dinner
    Session VIII - August 6-10 - Superhero Adventure
    Lower School Campus Dining Hall
    $395 per Sessions I, II & IV-VIII
    $316 per Session III (Holiday Week)
     
    Creative Cooking with Tiny Chefs (Grades JK-2)
    Welcome to Tiny Chefs: A company dedicated to sharing the joy of cooking with kids. Kids of all ages love to get into the kitchen and help make treats and meals. At Tiny Chefs we tap into that love and make learning to cook fun, educational, nutritious, and did we mention fun? In each class we will introduce recipes that will enable your “Tiny Chef” to practice skills such as measuring, mixing, stirring, baking. and cooperating. As always your chefs will have plenty of good eats to sample and take home to share.

    Advanced Culinary Skills for Tiny Chefs (Grades 3-6)
    Welcome to Gourmet Chefs: A company dedicated to sharing the joy of cooking with kids. These days more and more kids are becoming interested in food and cooking. At Gourmet Chefs we aim to tap into that interest by creating an environment in which culinary exploration is balanced with important basic skills that students will use for the rest of their lives. In each completely interactive class, our Gourmet Chefs in training will prepare an entrée, healthy snack, or dessert. They will learn many of the basics of cooking, such as how to read and reference a recipe, proper measuring and knife skills and multiple cooking techniques including baking, grilling, and sautéing. As the students gain culinary knowledge they will also be expanding their vocabulary, reading comprehension, math and logic skills and their ability to work as a team. 

    Weekly Themes are described below:

    Sweet and Savory Pies - Session I June 18-22
    Who can resist warm, flaky pastry, fresh from the oven? It doesn’t matter if it is bursting with sweet, fruity, creamy deliciousness or flavorful, savory goodness, either way you just want to dive in! Tiny and Gourmet Chefs will learn techniques to create the classic pastry dough needed for such staples as Pies, Tarts and Quiche, plus the delicious fillings to go inside them. They will also work with puff pastry, pizza dough and phyllo as we explore recipes for Homemade Pop Tarts, Pizza Pie, Turnovers and Spanakopita. Pot Pies, Pie Pops and Empanadas…if there is pastry on it, under it or around it, we will probably be making it!

    Snack Attack - Session II June 25-29
    This week students will push the limits on the snack concept and prepare a variety of wholesome, delicious, and unique nibbles.  This is not your mother’s PB&J!  Chefs will prepare a variety of bite-sized munchies like chicken salad cups, homemade granola bars, veggie nachos, roasted red pepper hummus with homemade pita chips, and more.  No one will go hungry this week!

    Kids Cook-Off - Session III July 2-6 (Grades JK-2)
    Kid cooks, bakers and chefs have joined the ranks of elimination style cooking contests and here at Tiny Chefs we are getting in on the action! In this exciting session, classes will be separated into rotating teams and each team will create recipes that are judged by the instructors in a blind taste test.  Sometimes the teams will create the same item, and compete head to head, other times they will create different recipes within a theme such as Snack Attack or Sweet and Savory Pies. May the best team win!

    Chopped! - Session III July 2-6 (Grades 3-6)
    Never have food challenge reality shows been so popular and Chopped! is a favorite here at Tiny and Gourmet Chefs! We like it so much we decided to base a whole week long camp on the concept. Our version has the added twist of focusing on different cuisines every day of camp. So, each day the Tiny and Gourmet Chef campers will be presented with a basket with 3 or 4 ingredients, which reflect these different cuisines—French, Italian, Mexican, Asian and “All-American”. Using those ingredients and working within those cuisines, they will challenge themselves to make mouthwatering specialties, traditional favorites and explore new ingredients, tastes and combinations. 

    Dips and Donuts - Session IV July 9-13
    Does your kid love to dip their food? Chips in salsa, veggies in hummus, bread sticks in marinara sauce? How about dipping donuts in glazes and toppings?  In this fun, nutritious and delicious camp, the Tiny Chefs will do all of that! Savory recipes like Mexican Layered Dip or Spinach and Artichoke Dip in Wonton Wrappers will be made side-by side with Lemon Glazed Blueberry Donuts and Pumpkin Donut Holes with Cinnamon Topping. These are just a few of the types of recipes your Tiny Chef will enjoy as they dip and dunk (and bake and blend) their way through our newest camp!

    Sweet & Savory Cupcakes - Session V July 16-20
    Cupcakes are a baker’s best friend and a go-to for a tasty dessert, but what about taking baking to the next level, and creating a savory cupcake? In this camp, we have gathered our Cupcake Wars' recipes and paired them with a new twist - SAVORY cupcakes! These recipes double as breakfast foods or drinks, and even lunch! Get ready to explore regional and international cuisines – all through everyone’s favorite food, CUPCAKES!

    Cupcake Wars - Session VI July 23-27
    Cupcakes are all the rage and it’s a trend that’s clearly here to stay!  If you’ve ever been curious about how the pros make those cupcakes so precious and ornate, and if competition is your middle name, then this is the week for you!  We’ll spend three days on cupcake basics-measuring, mixing, baking, and frosting, and then finish the week with two days of baking battle!  Small teams will face off with one another to compete for the title of “Best Cupcake!”  May the best cupcake win!

    Breakfast for Dinner! Session VII July 30-August 3
    Turn your favorite breakfast dishes into the main event as dinner options.  How about a cheddar-chive frittata with fresh salsa?  Or Brunch pasta with bacon and eggs?  Maybe you’d prefer a more traditional French toast, dressed up with bananas and blueberries?  Any way you slice it your little chef will love tucking into these comforting breakfast classics.

    Superhero Adventures - Session VIII August 6-10
    Superheroes have to eat too and we are going to let our Tiny and Gourmet Chefs figure out and make their favorite character’s meals! Does Spiderman like Make-your-Own Spider Web Pizza best? Does Hulk like our Smashing Mac and Cheese with Broccoli because it has green in it or would he & Iron Man share some Captain America’s Apple Pie?  After they have spent several weeks creating heroic menus, they will close out the session by designing their own superhero and deciding what their favorite food will be. Come join us for some superhero culinary adventures!
     
    Contact Ms. Katie Raguindin with any questions or dietary concerns at katie@tinychefs.com.
  • Washington Wonders Camp

    Rising Grades 6-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 9-13
    Upper School Campus
    $440

    Whether you are a bowler, an avid hiker, a museum buff, like to lay on the beach, or you’re a roller coaster enthusiast, there is something for you in this camp! This week-long camp offers excursions of all sorts – in the past five years, stops have included Harper’s Ferry, Great Falls, beaches on the Chesapeake Bay, water parks, Six Flags amusement park, D.C. museums, and the National Zoo, just to name a few. So are you ready to see all that this region has to offer? Bring your sense of adventure and get ready to make some great friends - it’s time to go exploring! Enrollment is limited, so sign up now! Note: Registration fee covers all rental and admission costs.  
    Contact camp directors, Ms. Stephanie Koroma, with your questions about this camp at skoroma@sssas.org.
  • Women in Leadership Development Camp (W.I.L.D.)

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 18-22
    Session II - June 25-29 
    Upper School Campus
    $375 per session
     
    Camp W.I.L.D. (Women in Leadership Development)
     
    Who runs the world? GIRLS! This camp is a crash course in female empowerment for motivated young women who have aspirations for leadership. It is designed to inspire young women to explore attainable goals throughout middle and high school while making plans for college, value their achievements by looking at inspirational models in history and their communities, and instill confidence and courage to persevere in our society. 
     
    They will apply their personal passions to examples from pop culture, literature, Internet expression, and cinema to better discover their unique voices. Guest speakers and field trips will expand this experience beyond the classroom and prepare the girls to take on the world. Please note: each session is one week long. Contact Faculty member, Carrie Meyers at cmeyers@sssas.org with any questions.
  • Zoology Camp

    Rising Grades 4-7
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 18-22
    Session II - July 16-20
    Middle School Campus
    $450 per session

    Do you love animals? Do you love field trips? If so, this camp is for you. A daily field trip format is combined with lab work so students can learn more about the amazing animal world. Students will explore all the branches of the animal kingdom: invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. We will see animals in the wild as well as in captivity, do animal crafts and animal habitat projects, and meet people who work with animals. As we learn about animals, we will also learn about their natural habitats in the air, water, and on land, and what people can do to help preserve natural environments. This camp is run by Saints Middle School Science Teacher Robert Davis and is for kids who want to mix a strong science course with lots of summertime fun and adventure. Come join us for a “wild” week of Zoology Camp! Contact SSSAS Middle School Science teacher, Mr. Robert Davis at rdavis@sssas.org with any questions you may have about this exciting camp.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is an independent, college-preparatory, coed, day, Episcopal Church School that educates students in junior kindergarten through grade 12. The school consists of three, age-appropriate campuses (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) in Alexandria, Virginia. SSSAS welcomes families of all faiths.
LOWER SCHOOL
Grades JK-5
400 Fontaine Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Grades 6-8
4401 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
UPPER SCHOOL
Grades 9-12
1000 St. Stephen's Road
Alexandria, VA 22304