Specialty Camps

List of 43 items.

  • All-Star Sports Camp

    Rising Grades K-2
    AM 9:00 a.m. to 12noon (Half-Day) OR
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. (Full-Day)
    June 26-30
    Lower School Campus
    $200 Half-Day
    $325 Full-Day

    Lace your sneakers up and start stretching - it’s time to try All-Star Sports Camp! Do you like tennis, golf, soccer, or volleyball? Or maybe you like to think up your own games with our equipment. These are just a few opportunities you will have when you come join us in this camp. This camp focuses on encourgaing an active lifestyle for children while exploring different sports. Students will develop core muscle strength as well as coordination and endurance; the basics needed for all sports and fitness for life. A light snack will be provided for half day campers. The morning and afternoon sessions will have different content, so sign up for the full day option to expereince sports to the fullest! Local kindergarten teacher Alison Supple returns for another fun-filled session. 
    Contact Camp Director Alison Supple at alison.supple@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Aquatic Adventures Camp

    Rising Grades 4-7
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 24-28
    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 10-14
    Session II - July 17-21
    Session III - July 24-28
    Middle School Campus
    $375 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 Virginia Cady at vcady@sssas.org with any questions.
  • Archaeology Camp: So You Want to be Indiana Jones?

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 19-23
    Middle School Campus
    $350

    Parents, prepare your washing machines. Campers, prepare your trusty fedoras, whips, and trowels. Over the course of the week, campers will be introduced to the intriguing world of archaeology. We'll cover what archaeologists do and why the field matters (especially today), problems of looting and repatriation, and, of course, whether or not Indiana Jones is the ultimate archaeologist. Our young Dr. Jones' and Lara Croft's will participate in their very own dig, a field trip, a mock debate over the Parthenon marbles, and, finally, will have the chance to showcase their knowledge and critique archaeology as seen on TV and in the movies. By the end of the week they will also be able to answer the ever-present question posed by archaeologists in the field: dirt or tan? Contact camp director Sarah Mathiesen at smathiesen@sssas.org
  • Babysitting & First Aid Training & Certification Camp

    Rising Grades 7-9
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    June 26-30
    Upper School Campus
    $425

    Do you love playing with little kids? Want to make some extra spending money? Start your own business? Or maybe you already babysit, but you want to become more
    marketable and prepared by getting your CPR certification. At babysitting camp, you will learn practical skills that will help you on the job. You’ll gather an arsenal of ways to
    entertain children of all ages and gain knowledge about how to handle multiple situations.
     
    Topics will include:
    -          American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Certification
    -          Making healthy
    -          Making safe and fun
    -          Playing with age appropriate toys
    -          Taking charge responsibly
    -          Handling emergency situations
    -          Talking with parents
    -          Discipline and conflict resolution
    -          Negotiating a salary
    -          Creating a personalized babysitting kit
    -          Marketing yourself to safely bring in new
    -          Over 25 hours of babysitting training covering these topics and many more!
     
    Please contact SSSAS Upper School faculty member and coach Shannon Fusina at sfusina@sssas.org or Fairfax County Public Schools middle school teacher and coach
    Kelly Choplin at klchoplin@fcps.edu with your questions about this week-long course.  Both Directors, Ms. Shannon Fusina and Mrs. Kelly Choplin are First Aid, AED, and CPR certified and licensed
    educators in the states of Pennsylvania and Virginia.
  • Community Activism Camp

    Rising Grades 7-9
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    June 19-23
    Middle School Campus
    $375

    Do you have a passion for social justice and want to help the community? This camp will explore community activism and how we can effect change. We will meet with local government and activists in our area, take field trips to community organizations, research our areas of interest, and develop a proposal for a special project. Contact Lower School teacher Erin Lee at elee@sssas.org.
  • Crafting & Coasters Camp

    Rising Grades 3-7
    Session I - July 10-14
    AM 9:00AM-12Noon OR
    PM 12:15-3:00PM
    Session II - July 17-21
    PM Only 12:15-3:00PM
    Lower School Campus
    $275 per session

    Does your child have a desire to always create something with their hands? Are they always making you something in their spare time? For children like this, the ideal summer is best spent creating, growing and discovering themselves. This non-tech art group will experience their inner artist with crafting materials to create sharable art.  Each participant will leave the program with several completed coaster sets. We will experiment with drawings, alcohol ink, crafting papers and photo collages.  The participants will work in a very relaxed environment where we will collaborate, share ideas, offer feedback to one another, and laugh together.  Students will work with crafting materials to create gift coaster sets.
    Contact Camp Director Janelle Spalding with any questions you may have at jsoul99@hotmail.com.
  • CSI Camp

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
    June 19-23
    Upper School Campus
    $425
     
    The real CSI: what happens at a crime scene? From the investigator who finds traces of evidence to the forensic specialist who identifies flecks of paint on a victim, come learn the details to look for as you solve the mystery. Saints Lower School Teacher and Football Coach Bernard Joseph captivates campers with his 20 year police experience in this camp. Campers will learn investigative skills and forensic techniques while visiting local Forensic Labs and Law Enforcement facilities. Remember to bring your imagination as we tackle some of our community’s most interesting cases. Contact Coach Joseph at bjoseph@sssas.org with questions. 
     
  • Dance Camp (AM Only)

    Rising Grades 1-3
    9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon (AM Only)
    July 10-14
    Lower School Campus
    $205

    This program is for girls and boys who love to move and create!  Collaborate, problem solve, and use the elements of dance to explore the endless possibilities of choreography.  Students gain body awareness, improve motor skills and musicality, while creating new movement.  Since the course emphasizes creativity and self-expression, students with or without prior dance experience will equally love this camp!
     
    Ms. Jennifer Noda has previously taught dance in New York City, Paris, and London.  She has recently joined the SSSAS family last year as a Middle School dance teacher and Upper School play choreographer.  Her creative match and spouse Mr. Wade, teaches Art at the Upper School.  Contact Ms. Noda with any questions you may have at jennifer.noda@gmail.com
     
  • Drobots Drone Camp

    Rising Grades 4-9
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
    Session I - July 10-14
    Session II - July 17-21
    Session III - July 24-28
    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 240-440-0448.

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  • Eat, Bake, Blog! Camp

    Rising Grades 4-8
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    June 19-23
    Middle School Campus
    $375

    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 19-23
    Session II June 26-30
    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.
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Miniature Battles Gaming Camp

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 31-August 4
    Lower School Campus
    $385

    Would you like to be Master of the World? Would you like to be ruler of the Universe? Better yet-- Would you like to create your own universe!? Would you like to compete with enemies more intelligent, cunning, crafty, unscrupulous, and dangerous  than you meet on any computer or computer game?  Table-top Fantasy Battle Gaming is a fascinating, colorful hobby that challenges participants to use all of their luck, all of their skill, all of their creativity, and ALL of their imagination in fantasy warfare games to "vanquish" their foes and emerge victorious on the field of battle.  Success in tabletop games derives not from quick reflexes and trigger hands, but from planning, strategy, and tactics-- games that will challenge the mind first and reflexes last.  Each day is structured around a big fantasy or science fiction gaming event, which changes from year to year.  Last year's 'Massive Fantasy Naval Slugfest' where ratmen on an armored cheese squared off against dwarven submarines which were engaged in sinking a dead god's foot! There's no telling where we will go this year....but one thing is for certain and guaranteed...there will be a NEW game every camp that has never been seen before.  It's not all about gaming...campers will be given their own miniatures to paint up in a color scheme and fantasy theme of their choice, as well as materials to design and create their own individually decorated fantasy terrains. Tabletop gaming is an artisan's hobby!  Campers are free to spend more time on individual figure painting or fantasy game playing, according to their particular interests.  We also run similarly themed boardgames while the big event of the day is setting up-- in the past we have played GET BIT, COSMIC ENCOUNTERS, FLUXX and ARE YOU A WEREWOLF? (Check out Wil Wheaton's TABLETOP web series on Youtube for an idea about the boardgames we run during setup).  

    Down time is a hard thing to find at this camp! This camp is offered by longtime camp director, Mr. Walter O’Hara, a modeler and hobby enthusiast for nearly 20 years who has extensive experience teaching concepts of gaming. Mr. O'Hara, an operational analyst for the U.S. Army Night Vision Lab, has written for various gaming publications and was also the convention director for the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society (HMGS) and is an editor for GAMES magazine.  
    Questions?  Please call Mr.O’Hara at hotspur@rocketmail.com.  

    Please note: 
    If you have attended the camp before and have a request for a game to be run, be sure to get in touch with Mr. O'Hara so he can help plan the week.  This game camp is kid-tested and is a very popular offering. Reservation spots go real fast so SIGN UP NOW!
  • Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp

    Rising grades 4-10
    Full Day 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - July 10-14
    Session II - July 17-21
    Session III - July 24-28
    Middle School Campus
    $515 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 with The Handwork Studio!  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 as well as pick projects from our favorite book “Sewing In A Straight Line” by Brett Bara.  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. Campers will produce a Fashion Show on the last day of each session. New on-trend pattern selection added for Summer 2017.
     
    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 19-23 - Fashion Design Portfolio 
    Session II - June 26-30 - Fashion Design & Creation Sewing & Construction
    Upper School Campus
    Session 1 - $515
    Session 2 - $515
    Both Sessions I & II = $1,000

    Unleash your passion for Fashion!  Spend a week in an authentic design studio atmosphere.  Come learn how to design great fashion!  Learn to shop for styles for you!   Learn the foundations to draw, design, and sew your ideas that are as good as those in the store!
     
    The former SSSAS French teacher and Paris trained couturière Catherine Lochtefeld Sirianni from the Chambre Syndicale de la couture parisienne (google it!!) is back with Fashion Camp I and II for anyone aged 12 to adult!
     
    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 Constructsion to give a complete snapshot of the industry. Check it out! 
     
    The first week: Fashion Camp I: Fashion Design Portfolio
     
    This is the creative process in two dimension.   The inspirational sources include runway videos and fashion magazines translated by visual design into croquis 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 portfolio.  The week would include morning and afternoon sessions exploring these aspects, viewing fashion show runway videos, visits to the leading area fabric store to discover and enjoy couture materials and the Museum of Women in the Arts to view fashions from other eras. The week will provide the tools and inspiration to create an impressive portfolio and skills to continue drawing and 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 stitchers welcome!  We will view and discuss runway show videos by accomplished designers.   Then, from a wide selection of inspiring fashion magazines, available fabric and notions, design and make an outfit that fits you perfectly using traditional methods of couture including drawing, design, pattern making, transformation, and sewing.  (We begin with an easy bag project for practice!)  Work at your own pace; each part is taught and guided step by step.  All materials are included.  Join us for the basics, and 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 3-7 No Camp Tuesday July 4
    Lower School Campus
    $305

    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 26-30 
    Session II - July 10-14
    Lower School Campus
    $415 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.
  • Fit Girls! Camp

    Rising grades 6-9
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    July 3-7 No Camp Tuesday, July 4
    Upper School Campus
    $290

    Calling all girls!

    Fit Girls is all about developing healthy habits, giving girls tools to become the best version of themselves, and fighting against today’s stereotypes.  We will learn about and
    practice different ways to be active - yoga, pilates, circuit training, plyometrics, running, swimming (we will go to the pool!), and talk about healthy eating, building strong
    relationships with friends, goal-setting, and developing a positive self-image.  All girls should feel good about themselves – physically and mentally!

    The camp will be run by Shannon Fusina and Kelly Choplin. Ms. Fusina is the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School middle school head track and field coach and a varsity
    assistant coach.  Mrs. Choplin is an assistant track coach at West Springfield High School in Fairfax County and ran Division 1 track at the University of Notre Dame where she
    was the team captain her senior year. Both Ms. Fusina and Mrs. Choplin are certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Ms. Fusina and Mrs. Choplin are also both licensed educators
    for secondary and middle school respectively.

    All campers will receive a custom Fit Girls Camp dry-fit t-shirt. Please indicate your camper’s t-shirt size in the ‘Additional Comments’ section of your camper’s registration
    profile (on the 4th screen of registration).

    Make sure to wear athletic shoes and comfortable, weather appropriate clothes and bring a swimsuit and towel for the pool each day!

    Contact Camp Director Shannon Fusina with any questions you may have at sfusina@sssas.org
  • Fossil Camp

    Rising Grades 4-7
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 26-30
    Session II - July 3-7 No Camp Tuesday, July 4
    Upper School Campus
    Session I - $395
    Session II - $300 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 sharks, sea turtles, whales, porpoises, crocodiles and many kinds of fish.  Paleontologist Dr. Peter Kranz (PhD University of Chicago, retired) and Mr. Ted Yoder (US Science) co-lead this adventure.  There will be daily field trips to sites and museums across the metropolitan area.  Campers will get to keep any fossils they find. Each camper will receive their own copy of a local dinosaur guide (Dinosaurs of Maryland) that is included in the registration fee. 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 31-August 4
    Lower School Campus
    $325
     
    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.
    Session I - July 31-August 4
    Session II - August 7-11
    Middle School Campus
    $385 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 Day Camp

    Rising grades K-6
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Session I - July 10-14
    Session II - July 17-21
    Session III - July 24-28
    Middle School Campus
    $465 per session

    Imagine your child spending her day in the care of warm and loving counselors making the most adorable creations! 
    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 Summer 2017’s fresh new curriculum with different projects every week! No previous experience necessary.
     
    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 10-14
    Upper School Campus
    $425

    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.
  • History in our Backyard

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. 
    August 7-11
    Middle School Campus
    $350 

    Join Mr. Avallone, 8th grade history teacher, as we explore the history of Alexandria and our local community. History is all around us, we just need to take the time to look! This course will include a variety of trips to local spots, as well as guest speakers, walks, and games to help us better understand the story of the town we live in. Please contact camp director, Mr. Avallone, at aavallone@sssas.org with questions. 
  • Innovative Technology Camp

    Rising Grades 3-6
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Half-Day)
    June 26-30
    Lower School Campus
    $290
     
    If you want to learn more about coding, 3D design, 3D printing, and other new technologies, this camp is right for you! Campers will learn to use exciting, cutting edge programs and equipment in a fun, interactive setting. Students will use Scratch, a programming language that employs blocks to teach coding in a visual way. They will then be able to connect their programs to Makey Makey circuit boards and create interactive touchpads out of everyday objects. In addition, students will get hands-on experience designing 3D models using Tinkercad. They will see their creations built before their eyes on a 3D printer and be able to take home 3D printed models that they conceptualized. From pencil holders, bookmarks, and cookie cutters to car models, miniature playgrounds, and spaceships - if you can design it, you can print it! This camp allows students to use their imagination while building critical thinking, problem solving, spatial reasoning, and STEAM skills. Spaces are limited, so sign up today! Contact Keri Gritt (LS Technology Coordinator) at kgritt@sssas.org with any questions.
     
    Please note: This half-day camp can be combined with Lego Robotics Camp for a full-day experience for $500. 

  • Junior Fashion Camp

    Rising Grades 1-5
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 26-30
    Session II - July 24-28
    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 10-14
    Session II - July 17-21
    Session III - July 24-28
    Upper School Campus
    $395 per session

    Do you want to be a star? Is Broadway calling your name? If so, this camp might be just the place to get your start! Directed by Saints alumna Stephanie Case, campers will prepare and rehearse a full-stage musical production that they will perform for family and friends on the last day of camp. Everyone receives a part, and campers will spend their time acting, singing, and creating their own costumes, designing sets, and shooting rehearsal video.

    Campers will be encouraged to find their talents, interact with all members of the cast, and conquer their stage fright while participating in fun acting games, vocal technique exercises, and stage choreography. The most wonderful part of this camp is the growth campers will see in themselves, in just five days. Whether you were born for the stage or you just want to try something fun and creative, this camp offers you the opportunity to learn more about theater and all that goes into creating a show. Campers are welcome to sign up for multiple sessions. Register early; these spots fill up fast!  
    If you have questions about this camp please contact camp Director Ms. Stephanie Case at stephaniecase8@yahoo.com.
  • Lego Robotics Camp

    Rising Grades 3-6
    12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Half-Day)
    June 26-30
    Lower School Campus
    $290

    The Full-Day Session is now FULL and has a Waiting List

    If you like building with LEGOs and are interested in robots and filmmaking, then this camp is right for you! This camp is designed to teach and inspire young engineers, scientists, directors, and mathematicians. Using the LEGO WeDo bricks and software, students will take on challenges and turn gears, pulleys, motion sensors, tilt sensors, and motors into interactive creations. Through open and focused exploration, students will build coding and critical thinking skills as they design working, moving, noise-making models and program them with WeDo software on a computer. Students will also learn to use the LEGO Movie Maker app to script, direct, and film stop-motion animation videos starring their creations. Next stop, Hollywood! Students will also practice coding as they program Sphero robotic balls through mazes they design. Spaces are limited, so sign up today! Contact Keri Gritt (LS Technology Coordinator) at kgritt@sssas.org with any questions.
     
    Please note: This half-day camp can be combined with Innovative Technology Camp for a full-day experience for $500.
  • National Treasure Scavenger Hunt Camp

    Rising Grades 4-6
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 24-28
    Middle School Campus
    $395

    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 new Lower School PE Teacher and Saints Coach, Milyna Phillips, at mphillips@sssas.org with any questions you have about this camp's schedule and destinations.
  • Physics is Fun! Camp

    Rising Grades 5-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    August 7-11
    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.
  • Rocket & Space Science Camp

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    July 17-21
    Middle School Campus
    $475

    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.
  • Rocket Builders Camp

    Rising Grades 4-6
    9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Half-Day)
    July 24-28
    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.  Contact Lower School Teacher Matt Gehlhoff with your questions at mgehlhoff@sssas.org.
  • SSSAS Spirit Camp

    Rising Grades 3-6
    12:15 to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 19-23
    Session III - June 26-30
    Session III - July 10-14
    Session IV - July 17-21
    Middle School Campus
    $265 per Session

    Session II June 26-30 has been CANCELED

    Exhibit your enthusiasm and CHEER learning the fundamentals of cheerleading and dance! Participants do not need to have any prior cheerleading experience and it is open to campers from all schools. At this camp, your child can expect to be taught motions, cheers, chants, dances & jumps in a low-pressure, safe, and fun environment. Parents are welcome to watch the performances on the last day of camp. Each week, camp will be completely different, and there will be different themes for each day.  Contact Lower School Fifth Grade teacher, Chanel Malik, with questions you may have at cmalik@sssas.org.
  • SSSAS Step Camp

    Rising grades 4-8
    9:00 a.m.-12noon (Half-day AM)
    Session I - June 19-23
    Session II - June 26-30
    Middle School Campus
    $250 per Session
     
    SSSAS Step! is a program designed to introduce students to the art of stepping. Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. At the end of the program, students will not only have mastered intense discipline, focus, and precision, but they will have a few step routines under their belt as well! Contact Middle School History Teacher Candace Gregg at cgregg@sssas.org with questions.
  • Star Wars© Jedi Training Camp

    Rising Grades 4-9
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    June 26-30
    Upper School Campus
    $425
     
    The Empire is under attack! Travel to a galaxy far, far away and complete your Jedi training.This week-long camp will feature a variety of Star Wars© themed activities including physical and mental challenges.   If you have any questions, please contact SSSAS Middle School librarian, Ms. Alicia Blowers, by email at ablowers@sssas.org.
  • STEAM Technology & Tinkering Fun Camp

    Rising Grades 6-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 19-23
    Session II - June 26-30
    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 a Sphero, use LittleBits to combine creativity with circuits, design and print an original, useable 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 Julie Riedy, Middle School Math Teacher, at jriedy@sssas.org.
  • Strategy Games Camp

    Rising Grades 4-6
    12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Half-Day)
    July 24-28
    Lower School Campus
    $255

    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.
  • Summer Creative Clay Arts Camp

    Rising Grades 5-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Week 2 June 26-30
    Week 3 July 3-7
    Week 6 July 24-28
    Week 7 July 31-August 4
    Week 8 August 7-11
    Week 9 August 14-18
    Upper School Campus
    $395 per one-week session
    $320 for (Holiday Week) session July 3-7
    $360 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 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Saints summer creative clay arts camp!  At this one
    -week long ceramic arts camp, campers expand their imaginations and explore the exciting world of clay through a wide range of projects and building techniques. Whether working with coil, sculpture, claymation, or wheel-thrown pottery, students learn in a supportive, small class setting with plenty of individual instruction and inspiration. SSSAS high school campus has one of the best ceramics studios in the region. Sessions are provided all summer to allow us more time to work on the potter’s wheel and develop our wheel throwing skills.  Throwing, trimming, glazing, embellishing and firing will be covered. 

    Full day camp includes a supervised lunch, lots of games and breaks for exercise, field trips to local galleries and historical sites, and more! meet for 7 hours each day (from 9 am - 4 pm) and include the hour-long supervised break for lunch. Parents should provide snacks and lunches. 

    Every other Friday, parents and campers celebrate with an exhibition of works in progress, performances, and ice cream party. Each camper receives a free camper designed T-shirt!
    Joey WadeJoey, an award-winning artist, has 15 years of art education experience. Previously, Mr. Wade taught design at the University of Illinois in Chicago and is presently our Upper School ceramics teacher here at SSSAS.  Contact Mr. Wade with questions at jwade@sssas.org
  • Tiny Chefs Camp

     
    Rising grades JK-6
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 26-30 - Baking Boot Camp
    Session II - July 3-7 - No Camp Tuesday July 4 - Cupcake Wars
    Session III - July 10-14 - Donut Bar
    Session IV - July 17-21 - Mexican Fiesta
    Session V - July 24-28 - Breakfast for Dinner
    Session VI - July 31-August 4 - Snack Attack
    Session VII - August 7-11 - Cupcake Wars
    Lower School Campus Dining Hall
    $390 per Sessions I, & III-VII
    $315 per Session II (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. 

    Detailed theme discriptions are listed below:

    Baking “Boot Camp” (Session I)
    Move beyond the basics and stretch your baking repertoire to include things like biscuits, muffins, cupcakes, fruit tarts, and dessert sauces.  Students will also learn measurements and equivalents, as well as basic techniques like folding, whisking, and rolling during this week.
     
    Cupcake Wars (Sessions II & VII) 
    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!

    Donut Bar (Session III)
    Donuts have always been an American favorite—after all we have THREE National Donut Days! But the growing popularity of gourmet donuts has raised the bar for us at Tiny Chefs and we have created a whole session dedicated to the deliciousness of Donuts! Thanks to donut baking pans we can bypass the mess and risk of deep-frying without losing any of the taste! We are pretty sure that flavors such as Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts, Apple Cider Donuts and Lemon Blueberry Glazed Donuts will ensure that your Tiny Chef will enjoy the “hole” session! Add a variety of flavored glazes to choose from and it may just end up being their favorite experience, bar none!

    Mexican Fiesta! (Session IV)
    Mexican and Southwestern foods are among the most popular cuisines in America. In this summer camp, Tiny Chefs will learn to make their favorite Mexican items like salsas, guacamole, tortilla chips, enchiladas, quesadillas, empanadas, rice pudding, churros and chocolate, and the list goes on and on and on!

    Breakfast for Dinner! (Session V)
    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.

    Snack Attack (Session VI)
    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!
     
    Contact Ms. Beth Szymanski with any questions or dietary concerns at beth@tinychefs.com.
  • Washington Wonders Camp

    Rising Grades 6-8
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    July 10-14
    Upper School Campus
    $425

    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 6-8
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 19-23 
    Session II - June 26-30 
    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 contact Carrie Meyers at cmeyers@sssas.org with any questions.
  • World War II in a Week

    Rising Grades 6-9
    9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. 
    July 31-August 4
    Middle School Campus
    $350

    Do you love history? Have you always wanted to learn more about World War II, but haven’t had the chance yet? Join Mr. Avallone, 8th grade History teacher, on an engaging course that will explore the background of WWII. We will learn about the biggest events of the war, as well as participate in a series of activities that will challenge you. We will also visit The Smithsonian Museum of American History to learn more about the war and it’s impact on U.S. society. Come join us! Please contact camp director, Mr. Avallone at aavallove@sssas.org with questions. 
  • Zoology Camp

    Rising Grades 4-7
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Session I - June 19-23
    Session II - August 14-18
    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 & 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