Summer program options for elementary school kids abound in the Wood River Valley. The Community School offers a uniquely caring and educationally rich environment for children. We emphasize both fun and learning. Each of our elementary camps are staffed by veteran elementary school instructors and have a low teacher/student ratio. This gives these young students the individual attention they deserve — a hallmark of the Community School educational program. In addition, our facilities are unmatched for experiential learning; the perfect place to go to camp.

A fillable registration form can be downloaded by clicking on "Program Registration" above. 


First in Math
This indiviualized course develops and supports appropriate, grade level math skills and problem solving for students in grades 1 through 8.  Concerned that math skills may have deteriorated over the summer?  This course is the answer.  Take this opportunity to brush up on your math right before school starts with a veteran math teacher. The times for this course coordinate with the "Mandarin for Kids" course so that students can easily do both.
Instructor:  Dawn Webber, B.A. University of Arizona, M.Ed. Ohio State University
July 24-28  (Mon-Fri)
Grades 7-8: 8:30-9:45am
Grades 4-6: 10:00-11:15am
Grades 1-3: 11:30am-12:45pm

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Mandarin for Kids
This one-week, one hour a day class is all about having FUN!  Kids in grades 1 through 6 will learn how to cook Chinese dumplings, sing Chinese songs, and play Chinese games, all while learning how to count and learn basic Mandarin vocabulary and expressions.  Taught by Jinglan Yu, a local Chinese teacher, who has extensive experience teaching children.  The times for this course coordinate with the "First in Math" course so that students can easily do both.
Instructor:  Jinglan Yu
July 24-28  (Mon-Fri)
Grades 1-3:
Grades 4-6: 11:30am-12:45pm

$125, includes all cooking supplies
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Kids' Technology Camp ( ages 10-13)
These exciting, challenging and one-of-kind technology focused camps are designed to advance critical thinking skills, promote fluid intelligence and teach problem solving techniques.  Depending on the week you join us, we will build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots to solve engineering problems or go in-depth on what computers and computing is all about, program them using Snap and take on real programming challenges.  It's all fun at Tech Camp!  Enrollment limited to 12 per session
Instructor:  Ray Pederson, B.A., M.A.E. San Francisco State University
Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-noon
Session I: July 17-20 - Robotics
Session II: July 24-27 Computers
$375 per one-week session, $725 for two weeks (all equipment included)
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Reading & Writing Connection Camp (rising grades 1st, 2nd & 3rd)

Keep reading and writing throughout the summer with a fun, theme-based literacy workshop. Building off of each student's interest and abilities, we will develop skills in reading and writing that support each child's learning. The program will include explorations in fiction and nonfiction literature, while also polishing comprehension, decoding, and fluency skills. Students will create both creative and informational writing pieces to demonstrate their learning. Our instructor is a long time elementary teacher who specializes in teaching literacy and childhood education. Join us for this fun and dynamic opportunity for students to explore literature and express ideas through writing. This camp is open to incoming 1st through incoming 3rd graders. Camp enrollment limited to 10.
Instructor:  Kristen Barr, B.A. Fordham University, M.A. Bank Street College of Education
Monday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00pm
Session I: July 10-13 Animals:  Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!
Session II: July 17-20 "Oh the places we will go!"  Adventures around the world.
$180 per week

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Mad Scientist Chemistry Camp - open to rising 5th through 9th graders
Join the Mad Scientist herself, high school chemistry teacher, Jen King, in the Community School's state-of-the-art chemistry lab for this fun camp where kids can "get their hands dirty" performing real chemical experiments. Everything that happens in life depends on chemistry, and it's exciting to see -- especially when it involves color changes, lighting things on fire and (small) explosions! Students will learn how to conduct experiments safely, use lab equipment, learn different experimental procedures and gain an understanding of chemical concepts.
Some of the experiments include Turning Copper to Silver & Gold, the Acid-Base Color Show, Chromatography, Stinky to Sweet: Synthesis of Esters, How do Fireworks Work, and Rocket Film Canisters. (maximum class size of 10)
Instructor:  Jen King,
B.S. Rocky Mountain College, M.S. University of Oregon
July 24-27, 12:30-3:00pm

(includes all equipment and supplies)

Young Explorers' Camp - open to 2 and 3 year olds
Early Childhood Center teacher, Kristina Avila, leads this camp that allows two and three year-olds (must be two by 6/1/17) to explore the world around them through field trips and our remarkable Trail Creek and Sagewillow Campuses. Our program is based on the belief that young children are capable and intelligent and that their own interests should drive their learning. We allow the natural environment, natural materials and community to become their teachers. Each day will be filled with a new adventure such as hiking and exploring nature, gardening, cooking, dramatic play, sensory activities, music and the creative arts. Each week will have a different overall theme.  Your child will truly become a "Young Explorer." Enrollment limited to 12; student:teacher ratio is 4:1. No early drop off or late pick up services provided.
Lead Instructor:  Kristina Avila
Assistant Instructors:  Kadee Christensen
Monday-Thursday, 9am to 12:30pm (no early drop off or pickup)
June 12 - July 27, except no Camp on July 4th. Camp is Mon, Weds-Thur that week.

$170 per week (prorated to $130 for 4th of July week)

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5B Basketball Player Development Clinics (boys & girls, rising grades 5th through 8th)
Former Community School 1st Team All-Conference player, District IV All-Star selectee and Boston College varsity scrimmage player , Connor Wade, leads these small, personalized sessions. The focus is on improving skills, leadership and basketball IQ development. An individualized evaluation is done for each participant and a specific plan for improvement is developed. Each session will be filled with interactive drills that focus on developing fundamental skills from shooting and ball handling to how to play defense the right way. These clinics are perfect for rising 5th through 8th grade players gearing up to make that huge transition to high school basketball. Players may sign up for one or multiple sessions, or may walk in to any scheduled session. Coach Wade was the Head Middle School boys' and girls' basketball coach at Portland Jewish Academy for two seasons. He is currently Junior Varisiy Coach for the Community School Upper School boys' basketball program.
Coach: Connor Wade, B.A., Boston College
Sessions: M-F, June 19-23, 1-3pm | Mon, June 26, 1-3pm | W-F, July 5-7, 1-3pm | M-Th, July 10-13, 1-3pm | $30 per 2-hour session
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Chess/Lego/Minecraft/Game Making Camp (ages 4-12)
Chess Camp: Learn tricks, traps and sneak attacks! Our award-winning camp makes chess fun through stories, puzzles, challenges and games. International Chess Master Luke Vellottii will be teaching our advanced students. Beginners are welcome!
Lego Camp: Build, create and collaborate! Learn each day with adventure stories and engineering design challenges. Blast Lego rockets and go on a treasure quest - the fun never stops in the highly interactive camp.

Minecraft Camp: Do you like Minecraft or do you love Minecraft? Summon ender dragons, battle creepers, and teleport your friends through magical kingdoms. Learn how to create storyboards for extra fun!
Game Making: Imagine, Program, and Upload! Make your own games by learning basic Scratch & Python programming skills from UCLA's best computer science student. This camp makes coding fun and easy. For both new and experienced Code Masters.
Camp Director:  Daniel Vellotti, State and National Chess Champion
Assist. Director:  Luke Vellotti, Google Software Developer, B.S. Compu. Sci., B.S. Math, UCLA
Assist. Director: Carl Vellotti,
B.S. Bioengineering, UCLA
Chess Sessions: Half Days, 9:00am-12:00pm
Lego, Minecraft and Game Making Sessions: Half Days, 12:00-3:00pm
Full Days, 9:00am-3:00pm
Session I: June 19-22 (Chess/Minecraft)
Session II: June 26-29 (Chess/Lego/Game Making)
Session III: July 10-13 (Chess/Minecraft)
Session IV: July 17-20 (Chess/Lego/Game Making)
Session V: August 7-10 (Chess/Minecraft)
All camps are Mon-Thurs, Half day, $375, Full Day $600
Camp tuition includes t-shirt, trophy and daily prizes, and pizza/ice cream party. Students may register for half days or full days.
click here to register directly or call (208) 713-2486.
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one.Soccer School (boys & girls, ages 10 to 18)
In this soccer clinic, we work on ball mastery, SAQ (speed, agility, quickness) Going 2 Goal, Dribbling (1v1) and Small Side Games
. Each day will be a progression from the day before. Our approach is an "attention to detail" and "fail your way to success" mentality. Each player will be challenged and have FUN! We give each camper a full pro uniform kit, match quality ball and backpack plus 14 hours of professional instruction. Bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, indoor trainers and cleats and a hat, if needed, to protect from the sun. To register for the camp, click here
Instructors:  one.Soccer School professional staff
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm
July 24 - 28

(if registered by April 26th, $239 after)

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Elite Star Soccer Camp (boys & girls 7 to 18)

matter what level you play or what level you want to get to, Elite Star Soccer will help you reach your goals. Our program teaches young players to be creative; to act and play like professionals, and, most importantly, encourages players to be confident in their footballing abilities. We employ modern, innovative soccer techniques and teachings to provide each player with the best individual camp experience. Bring a water bottle, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, cleats and shin-guards. To register for the camp, click here.
Instructors: Elite Star Soccer staff
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm 
July 10-14 and July 17-21
$200 per session 
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