Summer Camps

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Summer Camps are offered at Providence Day School located at 5800 Sardis Road in Charlotte, NC. The dates, times, and prices for each camp are listed below. The camps are listed in alphabetical,  not chronological order. Please note that many camps are offered on several weeks during the summer. Half day and whole day camps are offered. The recommended age for campers is listed according to the student’s rising grade.

A snack is included in the price of half day camps. Lunch and 2 snacks are included int he price of a whole day camp.

Parents are invited to a sharing time on the last day of camp.

4 Easy StepsTo Register

Step 1: Click on providenceday.org It takes you directly to the Summer Camps page.

Step 2: Scroll down to see a list of camps offered each week. Click on the “Miss Ava” camp of your choice. It will take you to a description.

Step 3: Close the description. Scroll back up to the box entitled “Click Here to Register”

Step 4: Set up your account. Follow directions provided to register for a camp.

 

BioTech

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades 5-8)

Space is limited to 12.

Calling all lab rats!!!!!!!!!!if you love to look through the lens of a microscope, grow bacteria in agar, and extract DNA from a banana, this is the camp for you. Campers learn about the scientific method as well as aseptic technique (sterile environment). You get to keep a Carson 60 – 120 led hand held microscope, perfect for examining samples in the field.

Projects include:

  • Collecting field samples
  • Constructing a model of DNA
  • Extracting DNA from a banana
  • Growing bacteria in nutrient agar

.Learning concepts include:

  • Scientific Method
  • Aseptic Technique
  • DNA Extraction
  • Collecting Field Samples

Dates: June 18 – 22

Times: 1 pm – 4 pm

 Cost: $255

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Dates: July 16 – 20

Times: 9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $255

 

Building Dinosaurs

Ages: Boys and Girls ( Grades TK -1)

Space is limited to 24.

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  Journey back in time when T-Rex ruled the Earth. Imagine going outside and running into a dinosaur as tall as a telephone pole or as long as a football field. Discover how paleontologists learned about these giant creatures by studying fossils.

Use plaster of Paris to make a fossil print. Identify bones from a real cow’s skeleton and see the skulls of a wild boar, a deer with antlers, and a bear. Each camper will construct a 3 foot tall model of a T-Rex outlining its bones and internal organs.

Projects include:

  • Casting a fossil of an ammonite, a trilobite, or a veloceraptor’s claw
  • Building a model of a T-Rex
  • Assembling a paper plate stegosaurus, T-Rex, or Brontosaurus

Learning concepts include:

  • Fossilization
  • Identification
  • Reconstruction
  • Paleontology

Dates: June 4 – 8

Time: 1 pm  – 4 pm

Cost: $230

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Dates: July 23 – 27

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost; $230

or

July 2 – 6 (Camp is closed July 4)

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $184 (M, T, Th, F)

 Catching Critters

Ages: Boys and Girls  (Grades TK – 1)

Space is limited to 12.

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Fascinated by bugs that can change from a caterpillar into a butterfly………….what!!!!!!!or a worm that morphs into a beetle? What about water striders that can skate on top of the water? That’s crazy cool. 

Campers will search for insects like grasshoppers and beetles that hide int he leaves of trees and scrubs or burrow in the dirt. On Wednesday, they will travel to Freedom Park to catch and release critters that live in a shallow stream. Each camper will receive mealworms and painted lady larvae that go  through metamorphosis.

Projects include making a:

  • Stuffed insect to show its 3 body parts
  • Mealworm container
  • Butterfly habitat
  • Paperbag puppet

Learning concepts include:

  • Identifying insects
  • Metamorphosis
  • Insect habitats
  • Collecting specimens

Date: June 11-15

Time: 9 am – 12 pm

Cost: $230

or

July 2 – 6 (Camp is closed on July 4)

9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $184 (M, T, Th, F)

CSI Summer

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades 3 – 8)

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Use your crime solving skills to investigate a simulated crime scene.  Daily clues will lead CSI agents on diversionary rabbit trails to disclose several suspects. Fingerprinting, analyzing photographs, and constructing time frames help piece together a puzzle that will solve the mystery. Interviews and interrogations reveal the culprit.

Learning concepts include:

  • Investigation
  • Questioning
  • Using chemicals
  • Fingerprinting

Dates:  June 26 – 30  OR July 14 – 28

Times: 1 pm  – 4 pm

Cost:     $200

Digging It

Ages: For Boys and Girls (Grades 2 – 6)

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Ever wondered  how Archaeologists, Paleontologists, and Geologists use trowels and sieves to sift through dirt and sand to uncover treasures from the past. Learn about the megaliths at Carnak, Macha Pichu, and the Coral Castle in Florida. Discuss ways these giant stone structures might have been constructed thousands of years ago without sophisticated  tools. Projects include building a portable sieve, identifying bones, and building a clay dwelling.  Visit the Shiele Museum and participate in an archaeological dig.  FIELD TRIP ALL DAY THURSDAY

Learning concepts include:

  • Archaeology
  • Paleontology
  • Excavation
  • Identification
  • Reconstruction

Dates:  July 10 – 14

Times:  9 am – 4 pm

Cost:  $400

Dissecting Critters

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades 5 – 8)

        Requires a certain amount of maturity and skill.

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Avid biology students will learn how to dissect frogs, squid, sharks, and piglets.  Use authentic dissecting tools and techniques.  While not for the squeamish, this camp promises to be loads of fun!

Learning concepts include:

  • Dissecting techniques
  • Identifying organs
  • Using dissecting instruments

Dates:  June 26 – 30

Time:  9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $200

Earth Buddies

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades TK – 1)

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Earth Buddies is designed to teach young children how to take care of the animals and plants that share their home, the Earth. They will reduce bits of crayons to  make a multicolored mega-crayon in the microwave and they will recycle capri sun pouches to make a coin purse. Boys and girls will create an art piece using their hand prints to make animals and ferns and leaves to fashion the background.  The frame will be painted like their favorite animal skin.

  • Reduce
  • Recycle
  • Reuse
  • Earth care

Dates: June 26 – 30

Time: 1pm  – 4 pm

Cost: $200

Dates: July 17- 21

Times: 9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $200

Great Engineers

Ages: Boys and Girls (grades 2 – 6)

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This camp is designed to link video games, like MineCraft, to the master builders of the past. Campers will study the infrastructures of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. They will build  a 3 dimensional structure using a 2 dimensional design. Project range from skyscrapers to roller coasters.

Learning concepts include:

  • Industrial design
  • Dimensions
  • Construction
  • Simple machines
  • Force and motion

Date: June 12 – 16

Time: 9 am– 12

Cost: $200

Dates: July 3 – 7 (Closed July 4)

Times: 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $165 (M, W, Th, F)

Innovators & Inventors

Ages: For Boys and Girls (Grades 3- 8) 

'We're going to diversify from gadgets to gizmos.'

An inventor’s dream. Incorporate the technology that has influenced Generations X, Y, and Z including transplants, robotics, electrical transfers, nuclear power, mobile devices,space flight, digital media, genetic engineering, and the internet. Projects include building a simple robotic hand, a tin can robot, and a projector for your Iphone. Wrap up the week by designing a prototype to meet a future need of your choice. Each camper receives a remote control drone to keep.

Learning concepts include:

  • Robotics
  • Technology
  • Recent Inventions
  • Prototypes

Dates: June 19 – 23

Times: 9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $250

July 17 – 21

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $250

Leaping Lizards

Ages: Boys and Girls ( Grades 2 – 6)

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Know the difference between geckos, skinks, dragons, and monitors? Join us for this one-of-a-kind adventure and find out everything you want to know about lizards. Set up a safe habitat for the most popular lizard found in North Carolina…the anole!  Take your anole home on Friday to keep as your very own pet (with your parent’s permission.)  Make a model of your favorite lizard as a keepsake.

Learning concepts include:

  • Habitats
  • Caring for a live animal

Dates: June 26 – 30

Time: 1 pm -4 pm

Cost:  $200

Natures’s Art

Ages:  Boys and Girls (Grades 2-6)

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Explore light and color through different lens. Learn about light reflection and make a rainbow viewer. Use a color wheel to decide which dyes you will need to dye flowers, fabrics, and sand. Build a simple loom and use it to make a wall hanging. Paint a birdhouse for your backyard bird sancturay. Decorate using elements from mature like stone, glass, and sand.

Learning concepts include:

  • Light reflection
  • Lens
  • Color
  • Dyes
  • Backyard Bird Sanctuary
  • Inorganic Materials

June 26 – 30

9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $200

July 24 – 28

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $200

Oceanography

Ages:  Boys and Girls (Grades 2-6)

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  Grab your goggles and nets!  You are in for a fintastic adventure.  Learn about the creatures that live in the oceans,ponds, rivers, and streams. Make a model of your favorite water animal. Discover ways to be safe while swimming. Set up a fresh water aquarium of your own and learn how to take care of it . On Friday, we will go to Petco to pick out your fish!

Learning concepts include:

  • Fresh water animals
  • Salt water animals
  • Setting up an aquarium
  • Observing sea creatures

Dates: June 12 – 16

Times: 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $200

Dates: July 3 – 7 (Closed July 4)

Times: 9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $165

Ooze, Glop, & Slime

Ages: Boys and Girls 4 – 6

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If your little one loves to get messy, this is a great camp for them! Campers will mix ordinary kitchen ingredients to make extraordinary concoctions. Experiment with the different states of matter, liquids, solids, gases and colloids to make ooey, gooey substances that you can squish,  squash, or dribble off your fingertips. Build a volcano and make it erupt!

Learning concepts include:

  • Atoms & molecules
  • The states of matter
  • Chemical reactions
  • Physical reactions

Dates:  June 5 – 9

Time:  9 am – 12 pm

Cost: $200

Dates:  June 19 – 23 OR July 10 – 14

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Cost:  $200

Pet Pals

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades Tk 1 )

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Do you know the difference between domestic and farm animals? Which would make a good pet? What are the 5 rules on how to choose a pet? Projects include making a playhouse for your pet, a cushion for napping, and finger puppet farm animals.  Make a tracks pack for identifying animal tracks.

Learning concepts include:

  • Domestic Animals
  • Farm Animals
  • Choosing the Right Pet
  • Using a Field Guide

June 19 – 23

9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $200

July 17 – 21

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost $200

Physics Fun

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades 3 – 8)

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Physice is used to learn how the universe behaves considering the properties of matter, motion, forces, magnetism, and eletricity. In this camp you will learn about the types of energy, the electromagnetic spectrum, and famous physicists including Einstein, Feynman, and Hawking. Building projects include a simple wind turbine, an egg drop basket, and paper roller coaster to keep. Participate in a life sized Rube Goldberg Machine.

Learning concepts include:

  • Properties of Matter
  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Magnetism
  • Electricityy
  • Types of Energy
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Simple Machines

Dates: June 19 – 23

Times: 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $225

July 17 – 21

Times: 9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $225

Rock Hounds

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades 2-6)

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   Dye your very own Rock Hounds mud shirt in preparation for our field tests including sluicing and surface mining in search of gemstones you can keep! Learn how to identify rocks, minerals, and gemstones to start your collection…..or build onto the one you already have. Learn how to do mineral testing. Conduct research about true life rock hounds and where they find the best crystals. Learn how color and streaks are formed in rocks through geological events. Conduct excavation experiments. Spend Friday organizing your rock box for presentation at sharing time!

Learning concepts include:

  • Rocks
  • Minerals
  • Gemstones
  • Collecting
  • Identification

Dates: June 19 – 23 OR July 17 – 21

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $400

 

Rocket Launchers 

Ages: Boys and Girls ( Grades 3 – 6)

Requires focus on details and excellent listening skills

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Assemble the Alpha III which is a great level I rocket to blast off in the city.  It reaches altitudes of 600 ft. before its parachute deploys and it drifts back to the ground. Build your own launch pad and igniter using a battery pack, split wiring, and alligator clips.  Invite your parents and friends to come see your rocket blast off the last hour of camp on Friday. (Rocket launches are weather permitting and optional due to the limited size of the launch site.)

Learning concepts include:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Following directions
  • Basic electronics
  • Laws of physics

Dates: July 3 – 7

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $165

Roughing It

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades 3- 8)

 Work in teams to test your skills and endurance.  Keep score to discover the power of teamwork! Our tentative schedule includes:

 

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Monday: Campsite training at McAlpine Greenway Park

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Tuesday: Climbing at Inner Peaks Climbing Center

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Wednesday: Hiking at McDowell Park

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Thursday: Fishing at Freedom Park

Parents are invited to a pizza dinner at 6:30 pm. Students stay for a sleepover with popcorn and movie night.

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Friday: Canoeing on the lake at Cane Creek Park

 

Dates: June 12 – 16 Or July 31 – Aug 4

Time: 9 am – 4 pm (Dinner and sleepover Thursday night optional)

Cost: $450

Dates: July 3 – 7

Monday: Campsite training at McAlpine Greenway Park

Tuesday: Closed July 4

Wednesday: Climbing at Inner Peaks

Thursday: Fishing at Freedom Park

Friday: Canoeing at Cane Creek

Times: 9 am- 4 pm (Dinner and sleepover Thursday night optional)

Cost: $360

Safari Adventure

Ages: Boys and Girls (Grades 2 – 6)

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Get ready to roar with the lions and howl with the wolves as we learn all about the habitats and environments of wild and exotic animals. Learn about animal migration, build a stuffed animal, and make a diorama of your favorite animal environment. All day field trip Tuesday to Tiger World. Learn how to maintain healthy habitats to insure the safety of animals. Identify possible solutions to prevent the further endangerment and extinction of animals. Research how to adapt an animal in a rescue facility.

Learning concepts include:

  • Migration
  • Predators and Prey
  • Habitats
  • Endangered Species
  • Extinction
  • Rescue Facility
  • Adapt an Animal

Date: June 5 – 9 OR July 10 – 14

Time: 9 – 4pm

Cost: $400

Space Cadets

Ages: Boys and Girls ( Grades TK – 1)

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 Launch your child’s imagination into a world where gravity loses its grip. Learn about the special equipment that is needed by the astronaut for travel in outer space. Design and build your own astronaut suit with helmet, oxygen supply, and tool belt. Conduct experiments to learn about invisible forces like centrifugal force, inertia, and gravity that make you wonder…how can things work like that?

Learning concepts include:

  • Astronaut training
  • Space travel
  • Invisible forces

Date: June 12 – 16 OR July 24 – 28

Time: 1 – 4 pm

Cost: $200

Dates: July 10 – 14

Time: 9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $200

Water Whirl

Ages: Boys and Girls ( Grades TK – 1)

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Dive into a water whirl designed for future oceanographers. Conduct sink and float experiments and design a sea creatures t-shirt. Compare salt and fresh water creatures that live in aquariums. Make a shark or whale tub toy. Take a field trip to get wet and wild at Ray’s Splash Planet.

Learning concepts include:

  • Buoyancy
  • Salt water habitats
  • Fresh water habitats
  • Water creatures

Date: July 3 – 7 (Closed July 4)

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $165

Date: July 25- 29

Time: 1 – 4 pm

Cost: $200

Dates: July 24 – 28

Times: 9 am – 12 noon

Cost: $200

 Zap! Electricity

Ages:  Boys and Girls ( Grades 2 – 6)

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Learn about static electricity by experimenting with balloons and a Van de  Graaf Generator. Design and build your own circuit board using simple tools to mount buzzers, lights, motors, and a battery pack to power them all!  A true must have for your science collection.

Learning concepts include:

  • Static and current electricity
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Conductors and insulators

Date: July 24 – 28

Time: 1 – 4 pm

Cost: $200