Registration for 2020 Camps now open!

Join us at our Summerside Camps Open Houses:

Saturday, March 21, 2020
12 pm - 3 pm

at the NEW McCausland Lower School Building on the SCH Campus.
[GPS address 8000 Cherokee Street, 19118].


Summer 2020 Camp Calendar

2020 Camps (Listed Alphabetically)

List of 37 items.

  • American Doll Camp

    Instructor: Stephanie Waters, SCH Faculty
    Date:June 15 -19 | Grades: 1st - 3rd | Cost: $385/wk

    Description
    : American Doll Camp is a thematic offering focused on the culture and time period of two American Girl stories. “She was an American Girl…” Travel back in time to a different period in history to learn how young girls like you lived! Campers and their daily guest (American Girl doll or other dolls of choice) will explore cooking, craft, dance, games, and fashion together. Campers will have endless fun while learning about history, culture, and character through the lens of a famous American Girl. (Please label your child’s doll and accessories.)

    Instructor: Mrs. Waters has taught early childhood at SCH for over 12 years. Before that, she trained teachers in best practices and led early intervention teams. When she's not teaching she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and, outings with her son.  
  • Blue Devils Girls Soccer

  • Biddy Academy

    Instructor: Julian McFadden, SCH Faculty and Coach
    Date: June 15-19, June 22-26, July 27-31, Aug 3-7 | Grades: PK - 1st | Cost: $365/wk

    Description: Biddy Academy introduces new and young basketball athletes to the fundamentals of the sport. Sports campers will learn through skills and drills, team-building activities, and scrimmages. Our youngest basketball players will use special nets and balls to learn the fundamentals of basketball, at their level. Biddy Academy is designed to develop young basketball players and encourage an understanding of the game in a fun way.
     
    Instructor: Coach McFadden is a CHA Alum and has been coaching Varsity Boys Basketball for over 10 years and has been with SCH for 3 of those. Mr. McFadden is the Learning Support Teacher for MS boys and has the drive to help students find their path, whether it be through sports or something else, he is always there to support them.
  • Breakout Spies

    Instructor: Regina Puleo, SCH Faculty
    DateJune 22 - 26 | Grades: 1st - 3rd | Cost: $400/wk

    Description
    : In Breakout Spies campers will unravel codes, lift fingerprints, and hunt for clues as they learn to be super sleuths. Each afternoon will culminate in a break-out simulation as our team puts its skills to the test to decipher a series of locks on our Breakout.edu box and solve a daily mystery! 

    Instructor: Ms. Puleo is an English teacher at SCH Academy's Middle School for Boys. She is a mom of two SCH students (grades 1 & 4), who love to play spy, solve mysteries, and put together puzzles. She's returning to run a camp based around Breakout.edu's Breakout Box (which she has used in the classroom and at camp) and she is excited to work with some of our youngest campers She studied for her M.A. in Children's Literature at Hollins University, and she's eager to use her favorite storybooks to create activities that make learning fun. 
  • Chess Camp: The Knight School

    Instructor: The Knight School
    DateJuly 20 - 24 | Grades: 1st - 4th | Cost: $415/wk

    Description
    :
    The Knight School invites every beginner in your school to join our school chess team and we use only super-fun teaching methods such as super-fast chess clock-slapping chess games, zany chess videos, a strict bully-free environment, silicone wristbands for tactics mastery, chess puzzlers for candy, driving music, hilarious tactics-lesson videos, and Mardi-Gras bead tournaments. In this kid-centered classroom environment, we teach our kids every cool trick, strategy, opening, and tactic in chessdom and our kids soon learn to love and master chess and to masterfully control their classrooms, sports fields, and home lives as well! Our Chess Team wants you!
  • Clay for Kids

    Instructor: Karen Kolkka, SCH Faculty
    DateAug 3 - 7 | Grades: 1st - 3rd | Cost: $415/wk

    Description
    : In Clay for Kids, campers will engage in their creative process, using their imaginations and passions to create unique clay pieces. Campers may draw influences from animals, people, monsters, or princesses - the sky's the limit with what they can dream to create! Campers will use cardboard and paint a wooden base to house their characters in a special environment. Campers will also be exploring Summerside’s amazing backyard - the Wissahickon Woods - to find garnets and other natural objects to embellish their creations. Clay campers should be prepared to get messy and wear appropriate clothes and shoes. They will be having too good of a time to worry about staying clean! 

    Instructor
    : This camp will be led by Karen Kolkka, an art teacher at SCH Academy. Ms. Kolkka is a graduate of the MAT program at The University of the Arts and has a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from UArts as well. She is an artist as well as an art and technology educator, and she gets a sparkle in her eyes whenever she is engaged in cultivating creativity and encouraging exploration.  
  • Coding for Kids

    Instructor: Karen Kolkka, SCH Faculty
    DateAug 10 - 14 | Grades: 2nd - 4th | Cost: $415/wk

    Description: In Coding for Kids, your camper will learn how to program code, using computers, to create games, animations, or interactive art, bringing their coding dreams alive. NEW this year: Campers will have the option to create music! Coding for Kids introduces a variety of coding languages and teaches key concepts, including loops, conditionals, and variables. Campers will use these tools to design, prototype, play, test, and have fun! Please note that this program is offered to a maximum of 10 campers, to ensure that your camper receives personal instruction and highly engaging coding experience.  

    Instructor: This camp will be led by Karen Kolkka, an art teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Ms. Kolkka is a graduate of the MAT program at The University of the Arts and has a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from UArts as well. She is an artist as well as an art and technology educator, and she gets a sparkle in her eyes whenever she is engaged in cultivating creativity and encouraging exploration.
  • Crafts for Kids

    Instructor: Lisa Queeno, SCH Faculty
    Date: June 15 - 19 | Grades: 2nd - 4th | Cost: $385/wk

    Description: In Crafts for Kids, campers will create a variety of different art projects by learning cool crafting skills, such as finger knitting, duct tape design, glass etching, and so much more. This camp encourages campers to follow their crafting passions, and campers are encouraged to use their imaginations to craft their way through the week!  

    Instructor: Lisa Queeno is an upper school science teacher at SCH Academy. She loves living things - her classroom is full of plants and animals. Her favorite Summerside activities include: studying her classroom critters, exploring the Wissahickon woods, and crafting with campers. Ms. Queeno is an energetic teacher who encourages creativity, curiosity, and independence at SCH Academy. 
  • Culinary Art: Farm to Table

    Instructor: Budd Cohen, Culinart
    Date: June 15 - 19, Aug 3 -7 | Grades: 2nd - 4th, 5th - 8th | Cost: $495/wk

    Description: Campers interested in learning to cook who have an open mind about trying new things will love this camp. Chef Budd Cohen will lead your young chefs in a culinary journey around the world while focusing on local foods and farming. Campers will study kitchen safety, basic cooking and preparation techniques, garnish and presentation execution and culinary artistry. During this program, campers will travel to a few local farms to truly experience the “farm-to-table” aspect of cooking. On the last day (Friday, June 19) family and friends will be invited to mid-day soirée, where campers will have prepared a sampling of their new menu learnings. All campers will take home recipes and an apron at the end of the week. 

    Instructor
    : Budd Cohen has dedicated his culinary career to promoting the connection between local farms and consumers. His focus has been feeding healthy nutritious local farm-direct foods to schoolchildren. Chef Budd’s ability to build relationships with farmers, consumers, producers, and distributors has helped him change the culinary landscape in schools. Chef Budd has been in the food and hospitality business for over 23 years, many of which he has worked in an education setting.
  • Digital Photography

    Instructor: Fleming Tech Camps 
    Date: Aug. 10 - 14 | Grades: 5th - 8th | Cost: $475/wk

    Description: See the world through a new lens, as campers learn how to take photographs and edit them like a pro! Campers will explore photography techniques, learn about digital camera functionality, gain hands-on experience taking photographs and discover how to digitally enhance images using graphic design software on a computer. No prior experience with digital cameras or graphic design is necessary - all skill levels are welcome. This camp is instructed by Fleming Tech Camp along with Summerside counselors.

    About Fleming Tech Camps: Fleming Tech Camps focus on giving kids the tools they need to lead successful lives in the digital age. At Fleming Tech Camps we offer day, and overnight, camp programs that engage your child’s mind through creativity, technology, science, play, and exploration. Fleming Tech Camps, a 21st-century S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) summer camp program that focuses on giving kids the tools they need to lead successful lives in the digital age. Fleming Tech Camps are designed to provide kids with hands-on experiences with computers, VR, drones, robots, 3D printers and another cool tech that encourages an interest in science, technology, computing, and engineering.
  • Engineering and Robotics

    Instructor: Peter Randall and James Martin, SCH Faculty
    DateJuly 6 - 10, July 13 - 17 | Grades: 3rd - 6th | Cost: $475/wk

    Description: This wildly popular camp is back again this summer with more fun robotics challenges and a new twist to the program. Each day will consist of two parts: half of the day will be spent in SCH’s state-of-the-art Robotics Lab and the other half of the day will be spent building and engineering awesome things! Campers will build rockets, make gliders, build towers, and so much more. Whether campers are new to SCH’s Engineering and Robotics offerings or exploring them for the first time, campers can expect to experience robotics exciting activities in this newly designed program.

    Instructor: Peter Randall is a CHA Lifer from the class of ‘69. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Systems Engineering from Princeton University ’73 and Operations Management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania ‘74. He has taught AP Computer Sciences, CAD/CAM, Introduction to and Honors Engineering as well as Aeronautical Engineering courses. The engineering curriculum led him to discover the wonders of competitive robotics as an ideal vehicle for Challenge Based Learning. The real proof of the impact of this program is demonstrated by the increasing numbers of students admitted to the top engineering programs throughout the country. 
    James Martin is an Upper School Physics and Engineering teacher at SCH Academy. He joined our FIRST Robotics team as a mentor in 2009 after graduating from CHA in 1999. He is enthusiastic and willing to help students apply what they learn in class to design and build a functioning robot. He’s an expert at helping students extend their ideas past their threshold of knowledge. 
  • Fashion and Machine Sewing

    Instructor: The Handwork Studio
    Date: Aug 3 - 7, Aug 10 -14, Aug 17 - 21 | Grades: 5th - 9th | Cost: $495/wk

    Description
    :
    Whether you are an aspiring fashion designer or a creative camper looking for new skills, immerse yourself in the wonderful world of machine sewing! 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, our exclusive pattern partner. In addition to a catalog of over 20 patterns, campers get to choose from dozens and dozens of tempting fabrics to bring style and flair to every creation. This camp is instructed by The Handwork Studio along with Summerside counselors.

    Registration pricing and more information listed on the Handwork website: The Handwork Studio [please click SCH for “location”]
  • Feathered Friends

    Instructor: Marianne Maloy, SCH Faculty
    DateJune 15 - 19 | Grades: 2nd - 4th | Cost: $415/wk

    Description:
    In Feathered Friends, campers will learn all about our local birds that live right in our SCH backyard! Campers will build bird feeders as well as birdhouses and each day will include birding and hiking in the Wissahickon Woods, using the SCH trailheads. By the end of this camp, your camper will know how to identify birds by their markings and/or their songs and will bring home their bird book so that they may continue to spot familiar birds for years to come. Sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing and bug spray are a must, as campers will be going on daily hikes.

    Instructor: Marianne Maloy is a Lower School science teacher at SCH Academy. She loves being in nature, particularly listening for birds and looking for animal tracks. She is excited to explore the woods with campers this year and find discoveries and treasures along the way!  
  • Fiber Arts

    Instructor: The Handwork Studio
    Date: Aug 3 - 7, Aug 10 -14, Aug 17 - 21 | Grades: 1st - 4th | Cost: $450/wk

    Description: 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. This camp is instructed by The Handwork Studio along with Summerside counselors.

    Registration & more information listed on The Handwork website: The Handwork Studio [please click SCH for “location”]
  • Foundations of the Game: Football Camp

    Instructor: Rick Knox, SCH Faculty + SCH Football Coach
    Date:June 22 - 26, July 6 - 10 | Grades: 1st - 8th | Cost: $300/wk

    Description: The goal of the Foundations of the Game football camp is to instill in children, entering grades 1-8, a passion for the game of football while teaching them the proper fundamental skills to be successful and safe on the field. The camp gives players one-on-one coaching, practice, games, and film review in a real football environment led by SCH varsity head coach Rick Knox with the assistance of current high school and college football players. The camp's upbeat environment and focus on skills are perfect for the novice or experienced players who want to improve their techniques and have fun in the process.

    Instructor: The Foundations camp will be run by Rick Knox, a 1992 graduate of Chestnut Hill Academy and now a history teacher, dean of students, and head football coach at his alma mater. Rick played football for four seasons at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned three varsity letters, won two outright Ivy League titles, and was All-Ivy his senior year. Rick started his coaching career at Episcopal Academy, becoming the youngest head coach in the school’s history and leading the Churchmen to their first Inter-Ac title in 23 seasons. Rick’s teams at SCH Academy are a combined 85-58 and in 2009 CHA earned its first Inter-Ac football championship in school history. Nearly 50 of his players at SCH have been recruited into the college football ranks. Rick has over two decades of experience working in summer camps.  On November 4th, 2017, Rick reached the 100 win milestone with a 24-20 win over Haverford School.
  • Intro to Adobe Illustrator

    Instructor: Roo-Mei Jackson, SCH Faculty
    DateJuly 27 - 31 | Grades: 5th - 8th | Cost: $415/wk

    Description
    :
    Intro to Adobe Illustrator is for beginner and intermediate campers who are interested in learning how to create digital (vector) illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. Campers will learn a variety of tools and techniques to create avatars, cartoon characters, and turn your selfies into digital images!   

    Instructor
    : Roo-Mei Jackson has taught Pre-K-8th grade students art for over 20 years. She has a Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an art teaching certification from Moore College of Art and Design, and is presently working on her certification in Graphic and Digital Design from Parsons New School. She is a painter and mixed media artist, who enjoys teaching young people how to work creatively with their hands. She presently teaches Middle School for Boys at SCH Academy.
  • Intro to STEM (½ Day)

    Instructor: Play-Well Camps
    Date:June 15 - 19, July 13 - 17 | Grades: K - 2nd | Cost: $250/wk

    Description: Session 1, June 15 - 19: Refine your construction skills as you tinker with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts through projects such as chugging Steamboats, customized Cuckoo clocks, and the historic Wright Flyer. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas.
    Session 2, July 13 - 17: Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Hot Air Balloons, Space Stations, and the Eiffel Tower. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas.

    About Play-Well: Play-Well TEKnologies was founded by Tim Bowen in 1997. Introduced to the LEGO® building system in 1996 and recognizing it to be both a popular play medium and a tremendous learning medium, Tim began to develop projects which drew on his professional experience and combined the elements of fun, challenge, and learning. He began operating a summer camp program in 1997, followed by after school enrichment classes in 1998. With the steady growth of the company, project development is now undertaken by a staff of instructors bent on constantly improving the programs.
  • Jr. Photography

    Instructor: Pete Capano, SCH Faculty
    DateJuly 27 - 31 | Grades: 2nd - 4th | Cost: $415/wk

    Description: In Jr. Photography, campers will learn how to capture moments to build memories that tell their own, unique stories, using photography. Campers will learn the essence of capturing their vision and how to use nature and its shapes and shadows to their advantage. Campers will learn the basics of chemical and printing processes. Campers will take their photography skills to Germantown Ave (Chestnut Hill’s main street), the Wissahickon Woods (right in Summerside’s backyard), and other local areas.  

    Instructor: Pete Capano is a documentary photographer best known for his images of South Philadelphia street life in the 1970s and 1980s. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art (BFA, Photography, 1981) and has been teaching high school students photography at Springside/SCH Academy since 1984.  
  • Jump into the Woods!

    Instructor: Marianne Maloy, SCH Faculty
    Date:July 6 - 10 | Grades: 2nd - 4th | Cost: $415/wk
    Description: Jump into the woods with us - where campers will explore the different trails in the Wissahickon woods, located right in SCH’s backyard! Campers will learn how to identify local trees, animal tracks, and bird calls - creating their reference book to take home. Campers will also make different nature crafts, both out in the woods and the classroom, from items collected on their daily hikes and explorations. Sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing and bug spray are a must, as these campers will be going on daily hikes in the Wissahickon Woods. 
    Instructor: Marianne Maloy is a Lower School science teacher at SCH Academy. She loves being in nature, particularly listening for birds and looking for animal tracks. She is excited to explore the woods with campers this year and find discoveries and treasures along the way!
  • Microprocessors, C Programming, and the Internet of Things

    Instructor: Peter Randall and James Martin, SCH Faculty
    Date:July 6 - 10, July 13 - 17 | Grades: 6th - 8th | Cost: $475/wk
    Description: In this technology camp, campers will be introduced to the Arduino Microprocessors, C programming and the Internet of Things. Campers will learn about wiring circuits, sensors, and actuators and then learning how to build and assemble and program a processor to control the circuits. Campers will then connect their projects to the burgeoning Internet of Things, using Bluetooth and Wifi, to “talk” to the internet - enabling remote sensing and action.  
    Instructor: Peter Gordon Randall is a CHA Lifer from the class of ‘69. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Systems Engineering from Princeton University ’73 and Operations Management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania ‘74. He has taught AP Computer Sciences, CAD/CAM, Introduction to and Honors Engineering as well as Aeronautical Engineering courses. The engineering curriculum led him to discover the wonders of competitive robotics as an ideal vehicle for Challenge Based Learning. The real proof of the impact of this program is demonstrated by the increasing numbers of students admitted to the top engineering programs throughout the country. 
    James Martin is an Upper School Physics and Engineering teacher at SCH Academy. He joined our FIRST Robotics team as a mentor in 2009 after graduating from CHA in 1999. He is enthusiastic and willing to help students apply what they learn in class to design and build a functioning robot. He’s an expert at helping students extend their ideas past their threshold of knowledge. 
  • Mighty Artists

    Instructor: Allison Bartle, SCH Coach
    Date: July 6 - 10 | Grades: PK - 1st | Cost: $385/wk
    Description: In Mighty Artists, campers will work on both fine and gross motor skills to create different crafts, using both nature’s materials and synthetic. Whether campers are searching for flowers and leaves on one of the SCH trails in the Wissahickon for learning how to rub textures, using yarn to wrap their dreamcatchers, or finding branches to make a crown, the fun will be had using their imaginations to craft! Campers will spend time both indoors and out to explore different aspects of making the best creation they can.  
  • Mighty Writers

    Instructor: Tayler Fay
    Date: July 13 - 17 (1st - 3rd), July 20 - 24 (PK - 1st)| Grades: PK - 3rd | Cost: $425/wk
    Description: Let's get ready to write! Campers will use play dough, toothpicks, rocks, and more to create something magical and turn it into a story.  They will use their creations and go on exciting journeys and share with friends! While writing their stories, mighty authors will work on proper pencil grip, handwriting, letter sounds, sequencing, and story elements. At the conclusion of the camp, throughout the week each camper will take home their stories and creations. 

    Instructor: Tayler Fay.  Ms. Fay is a first-grade teacher at a charter school in Philadelphia. Originally from Florida, she moved to Philadelphia to pursue a Bachelors’s degree in education from Temple University and a Masters in reading from Saint Joseph's University. Before teaching first grade, Tayler was previously a Preschool teacher, Kindergarten teacher, and a Reading Specialist. She loves anything creative, animals and exploring the city! 
  • Nature Explorers

    Instructor: Carie Szalay, SCH Faculty
    Date: June 22 - 26 | Grades: 1st - 3rd | Cost: $415/wk
    Description: In Nature Explorers, campers will explore different habitats - including the ones right under their feet, in the stream, and the woods, located right in SCH’s backyard! Campers will learn about local plants and animals through hands-on discovery, games and nature crafts. Sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing and bug spray are a must, as these campers will be going on daily hikes in the Wissahickon Woods.  
    Instructor: Carie Szalay is a Lower School science teacher at SCH Academy. She is a nature lover and enjoys getting kids outside. Mrs. Szalay is excited to share her classroom animals with her campers and look forward to finding creatures on hikes in the woods. 
  • Next Level Crafting

    Instructor: Lisa Queeno, SCH Faculty
    Date:June 29 - July 3 | Grades: 5th - 8th | Cost: $385/wk
    Description: Take your crafting to the next level! In this camp, campers will have the chance to repurpose or redesign furniture, clothing, or anything else they think of - the creations are only as limited as to their imaginations. This camp encourages offers campers to follow their crafting passions freedom of creation, and campers are encouraged to use their imaginations to craft their way through the week! 
    Instructor: Lisa Queeno is an upper school science teacher at SCH Academy. She loves living things - her classroom is full of plants and animals. Her favorite Summerside activities include: studying her classroom critters, exploring the Wissahickon woods, and crafting with campers. Miss Queeno is an energetic teacher who encourages creativity, curiosity, and independence at SCH Academy.
  • Outdoor Adventure + Outdoor Adventure Jr.

    Instructor: Stephanie Mill, SCH Faculty and Coach
    Dates: July 13 - 17, July 20 - 24 (jr) | Grades: 6th - 8th, 3rd - 5th (jr) | Cost: $475/wk
    Description: This outdoor camp is designed for campers looking for an adventure - where they will explore the Wissahickon Valley throughout the week. The camp is built to be small, limited to 15 campers allowing great mobility and the ability to tackle activities that larger groups could not. Campers will hike the trails and learn about native flora and fauna. Campers will visit the Lenape Indian statue on a daylong hike to the Wissahickon Environmental Education Center where campers will learn how the Native Americans lived in the Wissahickon Valley for thousands of years. Campers will work together and explore team-building and trust in one another on the elements of the SCH Academy ropes course, located high in the canopy of the tulip poplar trees. Campers will learn the basics of archery in the woods behind SCH Academy and will also venture off campus, spending a day canoeing on the Brandywine River. Campers will visit Ringing Rock Park, exploring a vast boulder field, where the rocks ring as well as hike to a streambed 20-foot waterfall. Campers visit the Philadelphia Rock Gym to enjoy rock climbing. Outdoor Adventure is a great place for kids to discover nature’s playgrounds that are hiding right in their backyards while nurturing respect and stewardship for the wild spaces around them.  
    Instructor: This camp will be taught by Stephanie Mill. Stephanie Mill is in her 21st year as a teacher and coach at SCH Academy. She has been certified to lead the low and high ropes course on SCH's campus since its inception in 2008 and has been a co-teacher of the Outdoor Adventure camp for over five years. She loves being outdoors, hiking, and kayaking and enjoys sparking the same interest for the outdoors in campers at Summerside Camps. 
  • Photography for Beginners

    Instructor: Pete Capano, SCH Faculty
    Date: July 20 - 24 | Grades: 5th - 8th | Cost: $415/wk
    Description: In Photography for Beginners campers will learn how to capture moments to build life’s memories that tell their own, unique stories, using a digital SLR camera. They will learn about camera angles, lighting, and depth, as well as how to use these photography elements to capture their vision in pictures. Campers will also print their images, experiment with using a film camera and will also learn the basics of chemical and printing processes. Campers will take their photography skills to Germantown Ave (Chestnut Hill’s main street), the Wissahickon Woods (right in SCH’s backyard), and other local areas. 
    Instructor: Pete Capano is a documentary photographer best known for his images of South Philadelphia street life in the 1970s and 1980s. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art (BFA, Photography, 1981) and has been teaching high school students photography at Springside/SCH Academy since 1984.  
  • Pottery Wheel Throwing

    Instructor: Bridget Farnack, SCH Faculty
    Date: June 22 - 26 | Grades: 4th - 8th | Cost: $415/wk
    Description: In Pottery Wheel Throwing camp, campers will learn how to create pottery, using a pottery wheel. Campers will practice wheel throwing skills for the first 3 days of camp, creating mugs, cups, bowls, or all three! On the last day, campers will enjoy a pottery painting movie party! Please note that all pottery will need to be fired and will be available for pick-up at a later date, to be announced the week of camp.
    Instructor: This camp will be taught by SCH Academy Art Teacher Bridget Farnack. Ms. Farnack is a practicing artist living in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia. Her art and teaching practice stem from a belief that it is just as important to engage in open-ended forms of play, conceptual quandary, and pluralism of form, as it is to come to straightforward conclusions. She believes questioning can be considered a craft like any other. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running, reading and playing with her Mini Poodle Homer.
  • The Science of Roller Coasters

    Instructor: Fleming Tech Camps 
    Date: Aug 3 - 7 | Grades: 5th - 8th | Cost: $475/wk
    Description: Amusement Parks are filled with lots of heart-pounding fun, as well as multiple opportunities to learn about science and engineering. In this exciting camp, campers will learn about the physics of roller coasters while exploring kinetic and potential energy, and centripetal force. Campers will build and test, physical and “virtual” roller coaster models. Using various computer programs, including Minecraft, campers will create virtual roller coasters, build scale models with K’ NEX and experience the thrill of the turns, loops, and drops! The camp day is divided into 3 periods. Two-thirds of the day is spent working on science and engineering of roller coasters and approximately one-third of the day is dedicated to working with Minecraft. No prior experience is necessary! All skill levels are welcome This camp is instructed by Fleming Tech Camp along with Summerside counselors.
    About Fleming Tech Camps: Fleming Tech Camps focus on giving kids the tools they need to lead successful lives in the digital age. At Fleming Tech Camps we offer day, and overnight, camp programs that engage your child’s mind through creativity, technology, science, play, and exploration. Fleming Tech Camps, a 21st-century S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) summer camp program that focuses on giving kids the tools they need to lead successful lives in the digital age. Fleming Tech Camps are designed to provide kids with hands-on experiences with computers, VR, drones, robots, 3D printers and another cool tech that encourages an interest in science, technology, computing, and engineering.
  • Summerside Basketball

    Instructor: Julian McFadden, SCH Faculty and Coach
    Date: June 15-19, June 22-26, July 27-31, Aug 3-7 | Grades: 2nd - 8th | Cost: $365/wk
    Description: Summerside Basketball is open to girls and boys entering 2nd - 8th grades. Whether you are a newcomer to the sport or an experienced player, this Basketball Camp is designed to help young basketball players develop athletically and become a force on the court. Campers will learn through skills and drills, team-building activities, as well as scrimmages. Groups will be split up into 2nd - 4th and 5th-8th grades. 
    Instructor: Coach McFadden is a CHA Alum and has been coaching Varsity Boys Basketball for over 10 years and has been with SCH Academy for 4 of those. Mr. McFadden is the Learning Support Teacher for MS boys and has the drive to help students find their path, whether it be through sports or something else, he is always there to support them.
  • Summerside Day Camp

    Day Camp Director: Jake Perry
    Date:June 8 - Aug 21 | Grades: PK - 5th | Cost: $380/wk
    Description: Each week Summerside Day Camp has a different theme with exciting activities and games throughout the day. Campers are split up into co-ed groups based on grade [PK & K, 1st & 2nd, 3rd - 5th]. Some activities will involve the entire camp, while other activities are designed for specific age groups. Summerside Day Camp will utilize all aspects of the campus, both indoors and out! Campers will have access to SCH’s rock walls (indoor and out), ropes course, archery field, Wissahickon Trails, and so much more. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@summersidecamps), where we will be the most up-to-date information!
     
    Summerside Day camp is our traditional day camp program (formerly known as Red Hot Day Camp) built especially for campers in PK- 5th grades and runs ALL summer long! Please note: PK campers must be 3 years old by September 2019 to enroll. Summerside Day Camp has something fun for every camper- whether your camper loves art, athletics, getting messy, STEM activities, or just wants to enjoy friendships and other traditional camp activities. Summerside Day Camp is located on SCH Academy’s 62-acre state-of-the-art campus.  
     
    New location this year: Summerside has moved into our new summer home, in the beautiful McCausland Lower School Building on the west end of the SCH campus, adjacent to the Wissahickon Valley Park and creek. Summerside campers will have the opportunity to enjoy this new state of the art facility including our unique playspaces, demonstration kitchen, science rooms, along with our expansive grounds, nature centers, and athletic complex. Summerside will also continue to utilize our amazing fields and athletic complex as well as specialty facilities and our various outdoor spaces.

    Summerside Camps GPS Address: 8000 Cherokee St. Phila PA 19118 
  • Summerside Football

    Instructor: Antoine Graham, SCH Coach
    Date: July 13 - 17, July 27 - 31 | Grades: 2nd - 4th, 5th - 8th | Cost: $365/wk
    Description: Learn football techniques while having a blast this summer at Summerside Football Camp! Our coaches focus on teaching young players fundamental techniques of the game, mixed with repetitions, game experience, position drills, leadership development, and safety education. Campers will have a one of a kind experience, building strong techniques and football skills. Progressive instruction will be utilized, ensuring players are grasping the concepts and becoming efficient before moving to the next level of training. Summerside Football camp seeks to improve performance levels of athletes playing at every level of the game and our youth instruction focuses on building strong football fundamentals and team dynamics while introducing position-specific drills and game scenarios.

    Instructor: Coach Graham was an accomplished football player in high school and college, and he played professionally in Europe and the Arena League. He is a personal trainer in one of the premier facilities in Philadelphia, and he also is the assistant girls' basketball coach at SCH Academy.
  • Summerside Soccer

    Instructor: Greg Natali, SCH Coach
    Dates: July 6 -10, July 20 - 24 | Grades: 2nd - 6th | Cost: $365/wk
    Description: Summerside Soccer Camp is for the soccer enthusiast! Campers will work on skills, agility, and performance alongside collegiate level athletes. In the mornings, campers will be busy with skills and drills and in the afternoons, they will put their soccer knowledge to the test in scrimmages. Whether your camper is on defense, offense or still deciding, they will learn the best strategies to be a better team-mate and all-around player. Cleats and shinguards required.
    Instructor: Coach Natali played on the Santa Monica College and spent 7 years playing soccer in Japan. Coach Natali is the Technical Director of Soccer at Ardsley North Hills Athletic Association and coaches for PA RUSH and Ardsley. He also has his Level 2, Special topics and C&E Coaching Licenses. Coach Natali has been at SCH Academy for 5 years and has been coaching the Girls Middle School Varsity Team, who have gone undefeated two-years in a row! 
  • Summerside Tennis Camp (½ Day, no lunch)

     
    Instructor: Ashley Vandergrift, SCH Faculty and Coach
    Date: June 15 - 19, June 22-26, July 13-17 | Grades: 1st - 4th, 5th - 8th | Cost: $200/wk
    Description: Campers will learn about all aspects of Tennis in small structured groups, based on age and ability. While focusing on the fundamentals and strategies of tennis, each camper will be challenged to improve their skills through games, drills, and match play. This is a HALF DAY program - Tennis Camp will end at 12 PM (lunch is NOT included). 1st-5th grade campers may either be picked up at 12 PM OR may join Summerside Day Camp for the second half of the day at an additional cost (lunch included). Please note there are no afternoon half-day options for campers in grades 6th - 8th. 
    Instructor: This camp is directed by Ashley Vandegrift, SCH tennis coach certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). Ms. V is a lifelong and experienced tennis player and coach. She played competitively as a youth tournament player, a school team player, and in many adult tennis leagues. She has been a high school varsity tennis coach for 10 years, including coaching at Princeton Day School and SCH Academy. She is also a graduate of Springside School.
  • Summerside Theater Camp

    Instructor: Terrance Hart
    Date:June 15 - 26 (Aladdin), July 13 - 17 (The Little Mermaid) 
    Grades: 2nd - 8th | Cost: $950/session (campers must attend BOTH weeks)
    Description: Summerside Theater Camp is excited about our 2020 productions: Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. and Little Mermaid, Jr. Pick your favorite OR be part of both productions in this two-week theater experience. Campers will have the opportunity to audition for parts, rehearse scenes, help design and build the set and even make their costumes.
    Disney’s Aladdin, Jr: Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure! 
    PLOT: When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. Specific to Disney’s Aladdin KIDS are the Djinn, a group of unique stage magicians who execute the magical moments of the show. Casting many Djinn to create the Genie's magic allows you to involve more young performers.
    The Little Mermaid, Jr: Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr., adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.
    PLOT: In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.
     
    Instructor: Mr. Terrance is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Morgan State University where he received his B.A. in Voice. While at Morgan he sang with the Morgan State University Choir under the direction of Dr. Nathan Carter and Dr. Eric Conway. Terrance studied for 3 years under Samuel Bonds and currently studies under Baritone Vincent D. Stringer. Terrance has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia (now Opera Philly), Curtis Opera Theatre, and Opera Delaware. Last year Terrance appeared the Mile Long Opera’s 7:00 which was performed on the High Line in Manhattan. Terrance has also been seen in many musicals around the Philadelphia area. His credits include Sweet Charity (Vittorio Vidal), The Wiz (Ensemble), Ragtime (Booker T. Washington) and Dream: A Phonograph Musical. Other credits include Bessie Smith: Empress of Blues (Clarence), Eddie (Sweaty Eddie) in Sister Act at Haddonfield Plays and Players, Dream Girls (C.C.), Les Miserables (Grantaire), Joseph...Dreamcoat (ensemble), Hairspray (ensemble), and Aida (Mereb). He recently played Sportin Life in a concert version of Porgy and Bess to benefit the Marian Anderson Society. He has directed Day Camp Shows for ESF and had his official Musical Theatre Directorial Debut when he directed Summerside’s Production Of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. last Summer.
  • Virtual Reality: Designing 3D Worlds

    Instructor: Fleming Tech Camps
    Date: July 27 - 31 | Grades: 5th - 8th | Cost: $475/wk
    Description: Have you ever imagined having the ability to walk in the shoes of your favorite character from a movie or video game? Have you ever wanted to walk on an alien planet, or fly above the clouds like a bird? With virtual reality, you can do all of this and more. In this camp, the adventurous and courageous will explore VR and dive into this amazing and immersive experience. Explore strange new worlds, learn how to navigate through virtual space and even design your virtual objects. This camp is instructed by Fleming Tech Camp along with Summerside counselors
    About Fleming Tech Camps: Fleming Tech Camps focus on giving kids the tools they need to lead successful lives in the digital age. At Fleming Tech Camps we offer day, and overnight, camp programs that engage your child’s mind through creativity, technology, science, play, and exploration. Fleming Tech Camps, a 21st-century S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) summer camp program that focuses on giving kids the tools they need to lead successful lives in the digital age. Fleming Tech Camps are designed to provide kids with hands-on experiences with computers, VR, drones, robots, 3D printers and another cool tech that encourages an interest in science, technology, computing, and engineering.
  • Woodworking

    Instructor: Roo-Mei Jackson, SCH Faculty
    Date: July 20 - 24 | Cost: $415 | Grades: 3rd - 5th/wk
    Description: Campers will use woodworking tools such as a coping saw, electric drill, hammer, and screwdrivers as well as hardware like nails and screws to build wooden spoons, treasure box, and other cool new projects! Previous experience with woodworking not required. After they have built their wood creations, campers will paint their finished products.  
    Instructor: Roo-Mei Jackson has taught PK - 8th-grade students art for over 20 years. She has a Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an art teaching certification from Moore College of Art and Design, and is presently working on her certification in Graphic and Digital Design from Parsons New School. She is a painter and mixed media artist, who enjoys teaching young people how to work creatively with their hands. She presently teaches Middle School for Boys at SCH Academy.
  • Zoology

    Instructor: Lisa Queeno, SCH Faculty
    Date: June 22 - 26 (5-8), July 6 - 10 (2-4) | Grades: 2nd - 4th, 5th - 8th | Cost: $425/wk
    Description: In this Zoology camp, campers will learn about different animal classifications and identifications, be able to distinguish the unique needs of different animals, and learn about native animals in our backyard - the Wissahickon Woods! Campers will take two trips to our local zoos: the Philadelphia Zoo and the Elmwood Zoo, where they will put their knowledge to the test while making new animal discoveries.  
    Instructor: Lisa Queeno is an upper school science teacher at SCH Academy. She loves living things - her classroom is full of plants and animals. Her favorite Summerside activities include: studying her classroom critters, exploring the Wissahickon woods, and crafting with campers. Ms. Queeno is an energetic teacher who encourages creativity, curiosity, and independence.


About our Summerside staff

Summerside Staff:
All Summerside staff meet PA Certification Requirements per Law and have received pre-season training as well as other professional development throughout the camp season. Please know you can quickly identify the following types of staff based on the shirt they are wearing:


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Director of Summer Programs = White Summerside Polo Shirt
• Camp Instructors = Light Blue Summerside Polo Shirt
• Camp Counselors = Red Summerside T-shirt, STAFF on back