CHARLOTTE – From boys basketball coach Brian Field’s new Hoops State Basketball Camp to the extensive list of specialty camps, including Miss Ava’s Dissecting Critters to Ice Cream Camp (yes, this is real), there is truly something for everyone at Providence Day summer camps.
“We focus on so many areas because we want this to be a memorable experience for campers,” said Diane Sutton, summer programs director at Providence Day. “We have a reputation of providing an excellent education during the school year, and we continue that in the summer. This is something that kids look forward to during the school year. They really go home with good memories, but they learn things along the way, whether it’s a sports camp or the Life on the Other Side camp.
“That’s what our families have come to expect. People are different, so we try to provide a really broad range of camps that will allow kids to try something new.”
Camps are designed for ages 4 through rising high school seniors who can get help writing college essays.
Lunch is included for all-day campers. Snacks are included for everyone.
“There is no extra charge,” Sutton said. “We started that last year and that was a big hit.”
Here’s a list of some of the more interesting offerings:
• PD Academy – Providence Day Academy offers fully accredited academic programs, such as math, global studies and physical education. These programs are for middle and high school students. Many classes will satisfy semester or even full-year credits.
• PD Champions Leadership Academy – Girls basketball coach Josh Springer leads a camp focused on important leadership and development skills that will make better leaders on teams, in the classroom, within a family or in a community.
• Hoop State Basketball Camp (Boys) – This new camp is designed to help teach boys offensive and defensive techniques, important individual and team skills and must-know basketball drills. The camp, run by boys basketball coach Brian Field and former coach David Carrier, will include skill stations, daily contests, several other contests and numerous giveaways.
• Ice Cream Camp – Jane Balzer, of the Extended Day staff, will teach campers fun facts about frozen concoctions while making homemade ice cream each day. There isn’t a better way to beat the summer heat than with Balzer’s frozen treats.
• The Art of Glass and Mosaics – Art teacher Gil Edwin will supervise campers as they create several glass art pieces including a stained-glass window based on an Aesop or Turkish fables.
• Stone, Bone & Dirt: Archaeology Gets Messy – Librarian Janna Miller is a former archaeologist. In this first-year offering, she’ll lead a very hands-on camp that will show excavations, preservation of artifacts and how that information can reconstruct lives of ancient people.
• Snack Attack – Jane Balzer teaches campers fun and delicious ways to engage in healthy eating. With this new offering, learn how to make cheesy dips, smoothies, funnel cakes, popsicles, Chex mix and fruity pizza.
• Tennis & Water Park Camp – Tennis is supposed to be fun, and this camp ensures that. Not only will campers have fun and gain confidence in the lifelong sport, but the last hour will be spent cooling off in the summer programs water park.
• Play Ukulele with Ms. Adrienne (Level 1) – Librarian Adrienne Johnson leads a level 1 dive into learning how to play the world’s kid-friendliest stringed instrument. The ukulele is a great introduction to musical concepts and a precursor to making music on more advanced instruments. Here, campers will learn to read chord charts, strum and play simple songs.
• Next Step-Video Game Development and Coding – Video game coding is the hottest new industry. Here, campers passionate about video games will gain experience developing and coding games and also cool art projects. This new camp is the perfect place to get your feet wet in the industry.
• Making Miracles – Fourth-grade assistant teacher Jasmine Robbins leads a week of making miracles happen in the Charlotte community. Each day, campers will participate in making a huge difference in the life of another through a variety of community service projects, teaching them how easy it is to make a difference.
• Life on the Other Side – In this wacky, new camp, participants will spend the week doing both familiar and unfamiliar tasks with their non-favored hand or foot. It will be tough, but campers will create a log of their experiences, bask in the rewards of perseverance and learn something new and exciting.
• A Cappella Singing – The A Capella singing will focus on vocal techniques used in the singing groups including the style of Pentatonix.
Want more info?
Providence Day’s extensive summer camp offerings vary in price, hours and price. All of the information can be found by clicking here, calling 704-887-7006 or emailing pds.summer@provi denceday.org.