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Week-long, theme-focused

Summer Camps


Offerings for the 2020 Summer Camp season are viewable below. Priority registration for current UCDS families opens Thursday, February 27 at 8:00pm. Registration will then be available to the greater community Thursday, March 5th at 8:00pm.

If you do not have a student currently attending UCDS, we advise you to set up your account in advance. This will speed up your registration process when the site goes live. Please use the new family registration webform to set up your account–you must complete all sections of the form or your registration will not be valid. (Please note “Family Name” means the last name you would like listed for your entire household.)

To browse the camp catalog and see updated camp availability, please use the existing registration page.

Once public registration is open, this page will also be where everyone with a username and password can log in. Until, 6:00pm on March 5th, only current UCDS families can log in from that page.

Below is a general timeline for each day of camp:

7:00am-8:30am – Morning Extended Day Program (EDP) All campers present at this time that are not pre-registered for Morning EDP will be charged the drop-in EDP rate ($17/day)
8:30-9:00am – Camp Drop-off window.
9:00am – Morning Meeting/All Camps Begin
10:15 – Morning Snack
11:30-12:30pm – Lunch/Recess
2:30 – All camps end
2:30-3:00pm – This is the pick-up window before EDP begins.
3:00-6:00pm – Afternoon EDP. All campers present at this time must be pre-registered for EDP or they will be charged the drop-in EDP rate ($27/day).

For more information about UCDS Summer Camps, please email Director of After School Programs, Nicki Bowen at nickib@ucds.org.

Sparkler Day Camp

For kids 3 – 5 Years Old 

All Aboard the UCDS FUN SHIP! Adventure awaits as we sail through the seas, skies, land and beyond!

Sparkler Day Camp caters to our younger adventurers, providing them with a wide variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities. This summer our camp activities will be using literature to give kids opportunities to explore and dive deep into a wide range of FUN! Each week your child will be introduced to different themes ranging from exploring outer space to diving into the depths of the ocean. Campers will fill their days with imaginary play, sensational science experiments, amazing art and maybe even a few animal encounters. Each week offers a different adventure; join us for another amazing summer of Sparkler Camp!

Led by: Jenn Drake and Melissa Holbert

Dates: Runs weekly, from June 22nd –  August 7th (no camp July 3rd)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day excluding week 7)

Level: Children ages 3 – 5 (must turn 3 by June 1st)

Fee: $375 per week ($299 for the week of July 3rd)

 

Weekly Day Camps

For kids 6 – 11 Years Old (up to students entering 6th grade)

Are you creative and enthusiastic? Do you have varied interests? Then the UCDS Summer Camp Series is for you! This collection of week-long, theme-focused camps for students entering first through sixth grades has something for everyone! To be eligible, students must be 6 years old on or before June 1st and be entering 1st grade in the fall.

Some camps have age restrictions. Please check each camp description for details.


Week One: June 22nd – June 26th   

Big Characters, Little Performers 

UCDS is excited to welcome Emerald City Improv back with Big Characters Little Performers! Join us in the week long summer camp where we will explore and create our very own characters! Using film, literature, and our imaginations, this class will help students understand and develop new postures, voices, and emotions for the use of character building. This course will be taught by Claire Jencks and Taya Beattie, two improvisers and educators who have been performing around the country for 5+ years. 

Led by: Emerald City Improv

Dates: June 22nd – June 26th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 –11

Fee: $370

 

Games Games Games

This camp is for all ages and it’s all about play! Whether it’s a game of kickball, some high-flying Parkour, a bit of bocce and croquet, or maybe even a rainy-day board game marathon (if we must!), if you want to spend your summer in a state of laughter and play, Games Games Games is the camp for you. From the traditional to the obscure, these games are sure to be instant-classics throughout the rest of the summer months. So, come join us for some Fun! Fun! Fun!

Led by: Cemal Ford

Dates: June 22nd – June 26th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 – 11

Fee: $370

 

RPG Camp

Join our quests in a land of myth and mystery, where stories come to life and you choose your own adventure. Campers will immerse themselves in fantastical and strange worlds as they embark on adventures and quests, all while in character as whimsical gnomes, learned wizards, or brave knights. We will learn the elements of creating characters and adopting their personas as they consider how their character, and not the camper themself, would handle any given situation. 

Led by: Casey Rettenmier

Dates: June 22nd – June 26th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 8 –11

Fee: $375

 

Week Two: June 29th – July 3rd (no camp on Friday, July 3rd)

Baking 101

In this week long baking camp we’ll learn all the fundamentals of cooking in the oven. Students will make everything from pies and decadent cakes to fresh loaves of bread and pizza! By the end of this week long camp, students will have the practical skills necessary to begin baking at home, and the knowledge necessary to bake in a wholesome, nutritional, and sustainable manner. Are you ready to bake up a storm?! Camp price includes 2 large snacks per day and all supplies needed. Accommodations for dietary restrictions upon request at least 1 week before.

Led by: Seattle Cucina

Dates: June 29th – July 3rd   (no camp on Friday, July 3rd)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 8 –11   

Fee: $295

 

Improving in Theater

UCDS is excited to welcome Emerald City Improv back to introduce our Improving in Theater class. Starting with the basics of improvisation, this week long course will cover the yes, and, and beyond! Using theater games of focus and fun, kids will grow their communication skills and learn to think on their feet in this awesome summer camp course! This camp will be taught by Claire Jencks and Taya Beattie, two improvisers and educators who have been performing around the country for 5+ years. 

Led by: Taya Beattie & Claire Jencks

Dates: June 29th – July 3rd   (no camp on Friday, July 3rd)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 –11   

Fee: $295

 

RPG Camp

Join our quests in a land of myth and mystery, where stories come to life and you choose your own adventure. Campers will immerse themselves in fantastical and strange worlds as they embark on adventures and quests, all while in character as whimsical gnomes, learned wizards, or brave knights. We will learn the elements of creating characters and adopting their personas as they consider how their character, and not the camper themself, would handle any given situation. 

Led by: Casey Rettenmier

Dates: June 29th – July 3rd   (no camp on Friday, July 3rd)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 8 –11

Fee: $300

 

Wide World of Sports

Buckle up. Let’s take a journey into the amazing world of all things active. This high-energy camp is a great way to discover new interests and hidden talents. So listen up sports fans, we’re going way beyond Hawks and Sounders! Each day, we’ll explore a new way to play. It could be Parkour or indoor rock climbing. Maybe it’ll be sports that kids play in other countries! This camp is all about energy, movement, and the sports we love. Join us for some memorable explorations into the wide world of sports. No experience required, so jump right in!

Led by: Allie Deitel & Cemal Ford 

Dates: June 29th – July 3rd   (no camp on Friday, July 3rd)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 –11   

Fee: $295

 

Week Three: July 6th – July 10th

Chinese Cultural Exploration Camp

Chinese Cultural Exploration Camp is an exciting and stimulating introduction to the culture and language of China. While developing basic Mandarin skills, campers will be introduced to the traditional and contemporary aspects of Chinese culture that have drawn countless visitors to one of Asia’s most incredible countries. Wendy Tan is a native Mandarin speaker and also teaches after-school language classes at UCDS during the school year. This is the perfect summer for your child to widen their horizons and develop a love for a new language and an ancient culture!

Led by: Wendy Tan

Dates: July 6th July 10th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $375

 

All Italian Cooking

This camp is the perfect place for a cook with minimal experience but a taste for Italian

cuisine! Each day we’ll whip up 2 recipes from around the Mediterranean to highlight a particular technique or ingredient. By the end of this week long camp, students will have the practical skills necessary to begin cooking Italian food at home, and the knowledge necessary to eat in a wholesome, nutritional, and sustainable manner. As they say, when in Rome! Camp price includes 2 large snacks per day and all supplies needed. Accommodations for dietary restrictions upon request at least 1 week before.

Led by: Seattle Cucina

Dates: July 6th July 10th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $370

 

Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course Camp

Learn the elusive ways of the ninja! Certified youth trainer Joseph Jones will guide campers to use stealth, silence and focus to solve puzzles, play agility-centered relay games and design their own obstacle courses. We’ll even stock our secret stash with some carefully crafted ninja necessities.

Led by: Joseph Jones

Dates: July 6th July 10th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $370

 

RPG Camp
Join our quests in a land of myth and mystery, where stories come to life and you choose your own adventure. Campers will immerse themselves in fantastical and strange worlds as they embark on adventures and quests, all while in character as whimsical gnomes, learned wizards, or brave space explorers. We will learn the elements of creating characters and adopting their personas as they consider how their character, and not the camper themself, would handle any given situation. 

Led by: Casey Rettenmier

Dates: July 6th July 10th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 8 11

Fee: $375

 

Week Four: July 13th – July 17th

Capoeira Camp

Come join Santiago Crosby for a week-long exploration of Capoeira! This Afro-Brazilian dance-like martial art helps build strength, flexibility, balance, and physical discipline. Of course, we’ll also explore the rich musical and cultural traditions of Capoeira. Get ready for a week of movement, music, storytelling, and perhaps even a visit from an area Mestre. What could be more fun than a martial art that calls sparring “play”?

Led by: Santiago Crosby

Dates: July 13th July 17th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $370

 

Chill and Create

Take some time to unwind at Chill n’ Create with Kylie Booher. We will be creating a new piece of art each day while enjoying some relaxing tunes and flavorful juices. Canvas paintings, ceramic dishes, and figurines will come to life with color and careful guidance! A fun time and a great way to enjoy the summer, come join the smiles and ambiance and create away!

Led by: Kylie Booher

Dates: July 13th July 17th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $370

 

Chinese Cultural Exploration Camp

Chinese Cultural Exploration Camp is an exciting and stimulating introduction to the culture and language of China. While developing basic Mandarin skills, campers will be introduced to the traditional and contemporary aspects of Chinese culture that have drawn countless visitors to one of Asia’s most incredible countries. Wendy Tan is a native Mandarin speaker and also teaches after-school language classes at UCDS during the school year. This is the perfect summer for your child to widen their horizons and develop a love for a new language and an ancient culture! 

*This week’s content will be similar to the Chinese Cultural Camp offered week 3

Led by: Wendy Tan

Dates: July 13th July 17th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $375

 

Fabricate Camp

BUILD IT! This summer we will get some real hands on time with different materials to explore, design and construct. Learn to make cardboard hinges and lash together wooden dowels. Get a chance to use hand tools and computer aided construction to make different surface designs and joints. Even make soft sculptures or a new favorite stuffy using sewing machines and paper patterns.  

Led by: Ben Chickadel

Dates: July 13th July 17th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 8 11

Fee: $375

 

Week Five: July 20th – July 24th 

Band Together

Band Together with a whole new group of friends to make music and memories. Campers will explore different instruments, work on playing in time with others, and write original songs. Band members will also learn engineering basics as they help to set up gear and use computers and iPads to record music. We’ll even spend time creating media such as press shots, bios, and album art. Each day will focus on a different artist and the week will culminate with a live concert. Turn your amps to 11, this camp is going to rock!

Led by: Drew Holloway

Dates: July 20th July 24th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 7 11

Fee: $370

 

Beautiful Stuff

During Beautiful Stuff camp, campers will be engaged in making art and objects using reusable and recycled materials. The day will be structured like the show “Making It”, with a “Faster Craft” in the morning, and a “Master Craft” that will be a week-long project. Campers will use materials to make shadow boxes like Joseph Cornell, arrange bits and bobs to create self-portraits, make puppets for a puppet theatre, and other assemblages/collage/3D sculpture ideas inspired by Beautiful Stuff by Cathy Wiseman Topal. The afternoon Master Craft will involve building cardboard forts and sculptures.

Led by: Jessica Holloway

Dates: July 20th July 24th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $370

 

Digital Prototyping 

We can’t wait to start our incredible week of prototyping and coding! We’ll design, build, and watch our creations come to life.  Everyone will be working with their own Circuit Playground Express physical computing board that will be theirs to take home at the end of camp. The boards are filled with lights and tons of sensors to interact with as we learn to program them.  No need to bring anything to start off camp but we may ask campers for materials as the week progresses.  

Led by: Ben Chickadel

Dates: July 20th July 24th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 8 11

Fee: $375

 

Playground Pastimes

Four Square! Bump! Double Dutch! Let’s spend some concentrated, quality time with playground games loved by all. In addition to tried and true American favorites, we’ll also explore games from around the world. Ever tried your hand at Luta de Galo? How about Oonch Neech? Come learn new games and make fast friends in this energetic camp.

Led by: Cemal Ford

Dates: July 20th July 24th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $370

 

Week Six: July 27th – July 31st

Digital Art Camp

Calling all artists, tech wizards, and everyone in between! Digital Art offers you the chance to explore the exciting intersection of art and technology. In collaboration with fellow artists, you’ll take part in developing, planning, shooting, editing and creating different projects. Throughout the week we’ll explore different programs like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Spark and iMovie to create movie posters, websites, and even a movie trailer. No experience necessary!

Led by: Patrick King

Dates: July 27th – July 31st

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 7 – 11

Fee: $370

 

Dance, Music, and Theatre Exploration Camp

Where does the inspiration to dance come from? How can we tell a story through movement? What does it feel like to embody a character? In this exciting week, thespians of all levels will come together to learn different types of movement, look through scripts, and begin exploring staging. Throughout the week, students will explore a variety of theatre elements to convey their own personal expression through the arts. Using dance elements, music, props, their singing voice and collaboration students will create a variety of motifs. Each day will include warmups, improvisation and the opportunity to create our own skits using inspiration from all around us.

Led by: Kylie Booher

Dates: July 27th – July 31st

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 – 11

Fee: $370

 

Games Galore

Come join Certified Youth Trainer Joseph Jones IV in the camp that moves and shakes its way through the day! We’ll be playing games, practicing skills, and developing movement and motor abilities. Each day will include a variety of activities designed to develop hand-eye coordination, foot skills, spatial and body awareness, movement concepts, and teamwork. Please come prepared to get active with comfortable movement clothes and shoes. But most of all, come ready to crank up the fun, rev up the energy, and move, move, move! 

Led by: Joseph Jones

Dates: July 27th July 31st

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 6 11

Fee: $370

 

Lego Robotics Camp

Legos are on the loose! Spend a week building, experimenting, and programming with the Lego NXT, RCX, and the new EV3 Robotic Systems. Explore a wide variety of construction methods while building amusement park rides, vehicles of all sorts, simple machines, manufacturing systems, alternative energy sources, pneumatics, and of course, ROBOTS! Students new to Lego Robotics can learn the basics, while advanced builders and programmers can tackle the inventions of their dreams. In addition to our nearly one million sorted Lego pieces, we also have a library of the latest Lego idea books and access to countless online resources. Each morning and afternoon session will begin with a short instruction/discussion session followed by several hours of open-ended discovery and investigation. On the last day of camp, students will share their creations with family and friends.

Led by: Matilda Vary

Dates: July 27th – July 31st

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDP is available to extend the day)

Level: Children ages 8 – 11

Fee: $375