Our senior campers benefit from a tremendous range of activity choices. They appreciate the opportunity to design their own schedules based on their particular interests. After visiting the subject choices and learning about what is planned, campers then choose up to five activities, depending on the unit, to specialize in for each three-week session. There are novice- to advanced-level classes available and some activities may require a double period.
At least ten different activities are offered for the Afternoon Workshop period. These activities change daily and are chosen by the camper at the end of the previous day. Ultimate Frisbee, cooking and baking projects, basketball, world games, creek walks, and friendship bracelets are some of the fun afternoon workshop classes. Sports is a workshop choice every day and swimming is available twice a week.
A marvelous selection of day trips and overnights will further stimulate senior campers for an enriching summer experience. Campers in Units G and H take a weekly field trip. Splashdown Water Park, Launch Trampoline Park, Laser Tag, and bowling are some of the day trip adventures campers enjoyed last summer.
Campers bring a lunch daily; milk and water are provided. The lunches are not refrigerated.
Unit D has a unique role at Green Acres as the bridge between Junior Camp and Senior Camp. It combines features of both programs to facilitate the transition. The campers stay within their unit for three activities and join the senior campers for the afternoon workshop every day.
In order to prepare campers for the senior camp overnights, Unit D has a special overnight adventure at Green Acres during one of the sessions. Swimming and special activities in the late afternoon are followed by dinner and an overnight in the All Purpose Room.
|9:00 - 9:25||Gully|
|9:30 - 9:45||Homeroom|
|9:50 - 10:15||Activity - Swim|
|10:15 - 10:50||Snack/Outside Recess|
|10:55 - 11:40||Activity 1|
|11:45 - 12:30||Activity 2|
|12:35 - 1:10||Lunch/Outside Recess|
|1:15 - 2:00||Activity 3|
|2:05 - 2:50||Workshop|
|2:50 - 3:00||Homeroom/Dismissal|
- The Drone Zone
- Art Now!
- Tournament Ball
- Snap & Shoot
- TEAM GAC
- Film Stars
- Environmental Engineering
- Summer Strummers
- Math & Reading Clubs
- Dance Jam
- Game Wizards
- Kitchen Chemistry
- Clay & Glaze
- Swim Instruction
- Assemblies & Special Events
Campers have the opportunity to learn basic flight skills through hands-on activities, games and orienteering exercises using drones. They explore the safety and science of drone flight, and how it all comes together to make everything possible. What is lift? What are pitch, yaw, and roll? How does tilt affect flight speed? Campers will improve hand-eye coordination while learning about aeronautical science, flight safety, and ethics.
Drawing and painting projects using various media, printmaking, cartooning and Zentangling bring out the artist in everyone. Tie-dye, cave paintings, abstract collages, water colors and plaster masks are just a few of the projects going on in Art Now! One activity example is the creation of hybrid animals in clay. A hybrid animal is one that can have different animal qualities - half frog, half toucan, a half toucan, half dog or a half dog, half giraffe? The possibilities are limitless.
Campers are split into separate teams and play various traditional team sports such as handball, basketball, and indoor soccer. This activity allows campers to play in a supportive yet competitive atmosphere where they can learn how to improve upon their physical abilities. Tournament Ball gives campers a chance to work as a team and realize that cooperation is necessary to accomplish a task. Campers concentrate on developing their skills in one sport per week. Instruction is given and campers practice drills as well as play games. At the end of each week, campers compete in a team tournament.
If a camper can think of it, they can make it here! After acquiring digital camera and scanner skills and learning the basics of Adobe Photoshop, campers are encouraged to try a variety of projects. Advanced campers are able to work on the more difficult projects such as collages and magazine covers. Their goal is to develop their observational skills, capture patterns in the world and then use computers to edit their photos. Some photography prompts are finding patterns in their surroundings and taking faceless portraits of people. Campers then edit their pictures which could involve swapping faces on Photoshop or putting objects or people in new environments such as whales or puppies in outer space and dolphins jumping out of lava to create a finished product.
Campers enjoy a wide range of classic GAC games such as street hockey, Medic, One-Pin, Sit Down Ball, Doctors and Soldiers, Dodgeball, Pundad Ball, and California Kickball and new camp favorites such as Four Quadrants, Detroit Kickball, Target Ball, and Star Wars. Through these athletic activities and games, campers develop their coordination, physical fitness, athletic abilities, team skills, and have FUN! For campers looking to pursue a sports path, they have plenty of opportunities here.
Lights! Camera! Action! After discussing various genres, campers, in small groups, create storyboards for their short film or favorite commercial. The assigned director and camera crew start filming the action. Campers use iPads to film and then edit their films and add special effects. The films are added to the camp blog at the end of the session. Campers also have been enjoying playing the role of journalists in their efforts to create the Weekly GAC. Viewable on the camp’s YouTube page, the podcast captures the energy and emotion around camp. The crew travels around camp investigating all the breaking stories like the campers’crazy hat choices and the solar cooker fun in Hand-on Science. That’s a wrap!
Do you want to learn how we can save our Earth? Be an environmental engineer! Learn how to design, build and test instruments that help us recycle, dispose and clean our environment. Build water filters, rooftop gardens, oil spill cleaners, wind farms, rain water collection systems, aquaponic devices, etc. Campers will learn about soil, water, air and the sciences related to them to find solutions to environmental problems.
Kids love music and the small size of the ukulele makes it the perfect instrument for children to develop their innate musical abilities. This activity choice is an introduction to the world of the ukulele. Campers learn how to strum the ukulele and learn simple songs they can play right away for a feeling of accomplishment. During the summer, the campers are able to develop strumming and rhythmic abilities, play in four different keys, as well as play in 4/4 and 3/4 time. At the end of the 3 weeks, the campers will make a music video or perform at the Senior Showcase.
Our summer learning clubs are a super fun way to support campers with their math and reading skills. Using a blended learning classroom instruction, our experienced instructors guide campers in sharpening their skills while also fostering a positive attitude toward learning. Splash Math, IXL and Time4Learning are a few of the interactive programs we explore which make learning fun and productive! The clubs are only offered during Session 1 and parents must sign up before the start of camp. Learn more about our academic enrichment program here >
After formulating their own design, campers work on developing plans with accurate dimensions. They cut the wood needed, assemble their creation, and either paint or stain the finished product. Camp counselors work with campers to master the tools and materials needed to do each job. Skate ramps, benches, boxes, stools, tables, Chinese checkerboards, planes, cars, shelves, skateboards, baseball bats, shields, doll houses and bookstands have all been created in the Green Acres Woodshop.
In this activity, campers learn the basics of video game design, and also get to design their own video game using basic programming software called Scratch and a web based program called Sploader. Campers discuss the development of games and what makes a good and memorable video game. Seeing these young programmers start to build and construct their very own games from their imaginations is extremely exciting!
Kitchen Chemistry brings cooking, science and nutrition together in many interesting and yummy ways! Campers study solubility and super-saturation by making rock candy; density by making matzah ball soup; chemical reaction of combustion by preparing caramel (heating sugar, butter, and cream!); effects of dissolved salts on freezing point by making ice cream; and in our gardens, campers practice their gardening skills like weeding, watering, measuring, and researching various herbs and vegetables used in cooking.
Every class provides a new project which introduces a new technique. Our shelves fill to capacity with a variety of exciting individual projects from open-mouthed creatures, taco fish, hand bowls, flowers on lily pads, pinch pot caricatures to mini name platters. Campers also receive short lessons on the composition of clay, the structure and use of glaze and the kiln that fires their work.
Campers can choose swimming instruction as one of their activities. We follow a Red Cross instructional program and work in small groups to develop swimming confidence. Instruction is given in stroke development, diving, and turns. Swimming Instruction is a required activity choice for all Unit D and E campers. For campers in F & GH it is a choice. If interested, parents must select this activity by emailing the camp office at firstname.lastname@example.org before the first day of camp.
At least ten different activities are offered for Afternoon Workshop. These activities change daily and are chosen by the camper at the end of the previous day. Ultimate Frisbee, cooking and baking projects, basketball, world games, creek walks, and friendship bracelets are some of the fun afternoon workshop choices. Swimming and sports are a workshop choice every day.
Weekly assemblies are very popular at Green Acres. Shows featuring singing puppets, dog tricks, reptiles, dancers and storytellers were a big hit last summer. We also have a 4th of July Parade and Fun Run, Fun Fridays, Spirit Days, a Staff Vaudeville Show, and GAC Cup. Units E - H have overnight Outdoor Ed trips to Echo Hill Outdoor School. Senior campers in Units G & H enjoy a weekly day trip to play laser tag or go bowling.