Great Hearts Summer Academy ~ Archway Arete
Your scholar won’t want to miss this year’s Summer Academy! We’ve been working all year designing fresh, exciting summer camps for our young scholars. Our four weeks of summer camps will feature fun and enriching activities for kids K-6, with each week focused around a unique “theme.” Students will experience hands-on, engaging activities in fine arts, reading, writing, crafts, science, math, and history – all designed to inspire creativity and keep skills sharp over the summer. Sports camps, Kindergarten camps, and “Prep for Prep” camps are also available. Weekly camps begin June 5th!
See below for full schedule and camp descriptions:
Grades: For Incoming Kinder (and Wait-Listed Kinder) Students Only
Limit: 25 Scholars
Kinder Academy is designed to acclimate incoming Kindergarteners to the Archway Schools and the Great Hearts curriculum. Each week, students will experience a new theme to guide them through the skills needed in Kindergarten. Kinder Academy will introduce letter names, letter sounds, letter formation, print awareness, and number sense. Additionally, all students will experience the importance of the Archway virtues.
Week One – Around the world in 5 Days: Get your passport ready! This exciting camp will take students around the world in a week! We will discover The Land of the Rising Sun, The Land Down Under, and the rich history of Europe. The camp will include classic stories, crafts, and activities from around the world.
Week Two – Junior Astronomers: At the start of the week the students will “lift off” to space and spend the week exploring the planets and stars of the solar system! Our campers will also learn about the constellation and the NASA space program, and will have fun with rockets. Let the voyage begin!
Week Three – Science Detectives (Hands-On Experiments): Every child will become a scientist for the week and learn through hands-on science experiments. Critical thinking skills, scientific detective work, and lots of engaging discoveries are the features of this fun camp!
Week Four – Animal Habitats: Every day the students will learn about a new habitat, including oceans, deserts, urban areas, farms, rainforests, and the polar region. Campers will also create their own animal habitat, complete with some role playing to “test” their habitats. Problem solving, creativity, and Socratic discussion will be featured in this camp – along with some lively excitement!
Archway Summer Camp
Our unique Archway Summer Camps are designed to cultivate the Great Hearts’ mission for our amazing scholars. Each week will feature a distinctive theme for 1st-5th grades with exciting activities based on the wide range of interests children have – science, math, art, literature, athletic skills, etc. Our goal is to make sure each child enjoys their time at camp while still stimulating their minds and deepening their sense of wonder.
Week 1 – Farm to Table: Our journey from “Farm to Table” gives campers a chance to learn what it means to grow, harvest, raise, and preserve food. We will be looking at the lost skills of farming through art history and passed-down family recipes. Experiments with photosynthesis, anatomy, and decomposition will help campers see nature at work. By the end of the week we will have a real farmer’s market where each student will sell goods they have made. Additionally, we will host a local farmer with produce for families to browse and shop, while discussing the importance of healthy choices for mind, body, and soul!
Week 2 – Inventions and Discoveries: Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.” We will learn to “play” with the past as we learn about foundational discoveries affecting our lives today – From paper and plastic, catapults and castles, the light bulb and robotics, we will explore how discoveries and inventions are like a snowball effect, as one idea is a platform for another. Scholars will learn how it can take centuries of ideas before inventions come to fruition. On Friday, we will host a science fair, displaying the different inventions campers “played” with and came up with on their own!
Week 3 – Art-venture!: Join us on an ‘art-venture!’ Weave with the Japanese and paint with the Italians. Build alongside the world’s noted architects and bridge designers. Learn new and playful twists to pottery design, and explore the wonders of art in mathematics with the Fibonacci sequence. Parents and other guests will get to enjoy an exhibition as students lead an invigorating art walk at the end of the week!
Week 4 – Heroes and Villains: Imagine you are Odysseus battling the Cyclops or coming face to face with a Middle Earth monster. Can you see yourself solving a mystery with the great Sherlock Holmes or flying through Neverland? Great stories are a part of every culture and era and we can become personally inspired or repelled by the characters we read about. In ‘Heroes and Villains,’ we will be paying tribute to some of the most iconic characters of the Great Books. The camp will conclude with your child dressing up and acting as their favorite character; bringing it to life for parents and fellow campers!
Skyhawks Multi-Sport Camp
Grades: For Rising 1st- 5th Graders
Limit: 25 Scholars
This multi-sport camp is designed to introduce athletes ages 5 to 11 to a variety of different sports in one setting. For this program, participants will learn the fundamentals of soccer, flag football, basketball and other sports in one fun-filled week utilizing both indoor and outdoor facilities. This is a camp setting where athletes will learn the rules and essential skills of sports along equal parts fun and games. Each is different week to week with a focus on life lessons such as sportsmanship and teamwork.
Each participant will receive a camp t-shirt and merit award.
The Fly Guy: All Things That Fly
Grades: For Rising K – 5th Graders
Limit: 25 Scholars
How about spending the week making spaceships, catapult gliders, rocketry, kites, rubber-powered airplanes, and hot air balloons? Sound like fun? It sure is! But the best part is that your child will also be learning! Taught by Gary Alpert, who was a Phoenix elementary school teacher for 32 years, the power of these workshops is that they are both educational and a lot of fun! We’ll make “10 Things That Fly” during the week while discussing the forces that affect objects in flight: thrust, drag, gravity, and lift.
Bricks 4 Kidz: Space Adventures LEGO® Camp
Grades: For rising K – 5th graders
Limit: 35 scholars
Inspired by NASA, our Space Adventures Camp is packed full of motorized models that will make your imagination blast off! Each day, campers will learn about real-life space exploration and build motorized models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the day includes LEGO® group games, challenges and more. Bricks 4 Kidz® Space Adventure camp provides the spark for imagination and creativity to take off on an adventure that’s out of this world!