MATTHEWS – Whether you’re an adult looking for self-defense classes, the parent of a rising Pre-K student interested in exposing your child to water safety, cheerleading or basketball, or anyone in between, Covenant Day’s wide selection of summer camps has a little bit of everything to fit any family’s wish list.
“We seek to offer camps of excellence and offer summer experiences not just for our students but for the community,” said Cindy Stephan, auxiliary program manager at Covenant Day. “The goal is to provide something for everybody. A lot of times during the school year, there isn’t enough time for these fun activities, whether it’s art, photography or a sports camp. We want to give kids something fun to do over the summer they really can’t do during the year.”
And, their wider-than-ever selection of offerings is by design.
The Covenant Day campus off Fullwood Lane has seen massive changes over the course the past few years, expanding into football and many other athletic and academic advances including new buildings and construction.
As these changes have occurred, Covenant Day has expanded its camp offerings to match.
“This is only our second year with an official camps program,” Stephan said. “We’ve always had camps like sports camps and that type of thing, but we’re only in our second year of providing a day camp and really getting into the camp business.”
Stephan pointed out a few new camps for this summer including a Ninja Warrior camp and offerings on civil, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering, along with more practical camps dealing with self defense, automobile repair camps to arts and music camps.
“We have added significantly to our camps this year,” Stephan said. “We haven’t quite doubled, but we have almost doubled in the size of our offerings. We’re pretty excited about the growth that we’ve been able to have and definitely the growth of the school. That’s allowed us more facilities to allow us to have the space to offer a lot of different camps.”
Stephan said the school has its eyes on expansion over the next couple years in both the number of offerings and also the frequency. She points to Camp Lion, Covenant Day’s most popular day camp. This year, there are two sessions, but next year, she hopes to offer the camp each week of the summer and add to the already comprehensive list.
Below are a few of my favorites being offered this summer:
Ninja Warrior and Kinetic Heights Field Trip
• For: Rising sixth- to ninth-graders
• When: July 22-26, 9 a.m.-noon
• Cost: $200
Here, campers swing, climb and jump through obstacles that challenge physical and mental skills. Build strength, endurance, balance and coordination along with problem-solving skills and self-confidence.
Auto Survival 101: Essentials
• For: Rising 9th-graders to adults
• When: July 8-9, 9 a.m.-noon
• Cost: $95
Work on real-life vehicles in this two-day tutorial that will equip campers with a take-home toolbox, introduce them to what’s under the hood, establish safety precautions and cover tire care, oil care, windshield and headlight care and general maintenance.
Camp Lion Day Camp: Surviving at Sea
• For: Rising TK-fifth grade
• When: July 8-12 and July 15-19; full day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or half day (either 9 a.m.-noon; or 1-4 p.m.)
• Cost: $285 full day, $175 half day
In Covenant Day’s flagship camp, students will experience mind-bending and curiosity driving activities. Campers will engage in shipwrecked-themed LEGO robotics, arts and crafts, scientific experiments, athletics, water games, field games and competition.
• For: Rising 11th- and 12th-graders
• When: June 10-13 from 1-4 p.m; Aug. 5-8 from 9 a.m.-noon
• Cost: $250
Get a head start on the college admissions process with this program that covers admission and application process, resume and essay writing tips and guidelines. Students will also set personalized timelines for their unique college admission process.
Theater for lower school
• For: Rising third- through fifth-graders
• When: July 22-26 from 9 a.m.-noon
• Cost: $185
With the help of experienced high school students and instructors, lower school performers will sing, dance and entertain all week. And, the best part, they get to show it all off at the end-of-week show.
Money Wise: Personal Finance & Budgeting Basics
• For: Rising ninth- through 12th-graders
• When: July 29-31, 9-11 a.m.
• Cost: $95
High school students are great at a lot of things but for most, budgeting isn’t one of those qualities. Here, campers learn the fundamentals of personal budgeting, saving, investing, taxes and giving.
Make a Spark: Exploring Electrical Engineering
• For: Rising second- to fifth-graders
• When: July 24-28, 9 a.m.-noon
• Cost: $205
If learning about static electricity, creating electromagnets and building your own batteries sounds cool, this is the camp for you. In addition, make a homemade light bulb, explore insulators and conductors and learn about electric motors, design circuits and pretty much anything that lights up and buzzes.
Co-ed youth soccer
• For: Rising third- through sixth-graders
• When: July 24-28, 9 a.m.-noon
• Cost: $185
Boys and girls will learn critical technical skills like first-touches, defensive principles along with passing and shooting. Campers will improve strength, speed and agility but also have time for fun games and friendly competitions during their days at Warner Park.
Above were just some of the many listings the school has to offer.
For more information on any of the camps listed above or to see the school’s full slate of offerings, visit www.covenantday.org/campus-life/summercamps or call 704-847-2385.