Elementary School Summer Programs

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Summer Fun Starts Here!

Summer camps and academic programs for elementary school students offer everything from day camp to science lab learning to instruction in soccer. Find your next summer adventure at Sun Valley Community School’s Summer Program.

The Sun Valley Community School Summer Program’s elementary school offerings provide fun and learning in a nurturing and educationally rich environment.

All of our elementary camps are staffed by veteran elementary school instructors and boast a low student-teacher ratio, providing the individual attention that is a hallmark of the school's educational philosophy. In addition, our facilities, which include our Trail Creek academic campus, the Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus, and the unparalleled setting in Sun Valley, are unmatched for experiential learning; this is the perfect place to go to camp.

Courses and Camps

Academic

Math Camp

An opportunity for every student to realize they are a math learner! In this summer math camp, students will learn that there is no such thing as a “math person” because everyone can learn math. Making mistakes is good for your brain along with being stuck and challenged. Students will discover that speed is not important and that many mathematicians work slowly. It is important to think visually and with numbers to encourage brain connections. This math camp will incorporate the curriculum from Jo Boaler and Youcubed from Stanford University and will combine mindset messages with an open, visual, and creative math approach. Students will learn that math is a growth subject and that every problem can be seen and solved differently. Maximum class size of 12. 

  • Instructor: Heather Town, BA Western Governors University
  • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Session I: July 8-12, for rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders
  • Session II: July 22-26, for rising 1st and 2nd graders
  • Cost $250

Science & Writing Adventure: "Hogwarts Extravaganza"

A Hogwarts Experience!
Welcome to the Sun Valley Community School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! We will be accepting 3rd-6th years (rising 3rd-6th grade for the Muggles out there). Join us for a week of Science with a magical twist. Students will be sorted into their houses upon arrival and will experience new Science concepts each day of the week in the form of Hogwarts classes. Dive into Chemistry in our Potions class to see color changing liquids, eruptions, and create a bath bomb to go home. Discover how circuits work while designing a wand that will light up on the end and receive a wand permit. Just remember, no magic outside of class! In Care of Magical Creatures, we will explore local animals as well as the anatomy of magical creatures while taking care of our own dragon eggs. During Charms, students will learn the levitation spell to make a feather float by using magnets and learn how two things become a new item in Transfiguration to create slime. Herbology will teach students about plant life and how to grow them. During break each day, students will enjoy a snack and a short game of Quidditch. After break, we will have a Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson where we will learn Science concepts while integrating skills such as collaboration and problem solving, patience, listening, gathering and evaluating information, presenting a project to an audience. House points will be given to those who earn them. Which house will have the most points at the end of the week? We await your owl and hope to see you there!

  • Instructor: Katrina Yarbrough, BA Western Governors’ University
  • Times/Days: Monday-Friday, 9:00-Noon
  • Date: July 22-26
  • Maximum Capacity: 16 students
  • Cost: $325
  • Ages: Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders
     

Reading and Writing Connection

Open to rising first, second, and third graders, this offering will keep kids reading and writing throughout the summer through 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 students entering grades 1-3. Camp enrollment limited to 10.

  • Instructor: Angela Grant, BS University of Maine, University of Idaho
  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-Noon
  • Session I: July 8-11 
  • Session II: July 15-18
  • $200 per week or $360 for both sessions
  • Ages: Rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders

Enrichment

littleBits: STEAM Coding Camp

 

Get a hands-on introduction to physical computing with littleBits. Our students will learn technological skill sets engaged through open-ended, hands-on creative problem solving. Our camp will make the engineering design process fun and iterative for students. Students are prompted to find solutions to real world problems through applying engineering, physics, art, and design thinking in guided activities before leveling up to open challenges.

LittleBits are the easiest and most versatile 21st Century tool for invention-based learning. The ever-growing library of modular snap-together Bits are gender-neutral, age agnostic, and independent of experience or ability. LittleBits can help foster growth in circuitry, mathematical thinking, computer coding and many other educational topics.

Our littleBits Math Camp is perfect for students in grades 3-5 and aligns to Common Core Math and ELA Standards.

  • Instructor: Sean McCollum
  • Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Session I: July 8 - 12 
  • Session II: July 15-19 (will incorporate drone programming for campers who also did Session 1)
  • Rising 3rd-5th grade
  • Cost: $375

 

Kids Technology Camp

Open to students 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 into what computers and computing are all about, program computers using Snap, and take on real programming challenges. It's all fun at Tech Camp! Enrollment limited to 12 per session.

  • Instructor: Ray Pedersen, BA, MAE San Francisco State University
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-Noon
  • Session I: July 8-11 - Robotics
  • Session II: July 15-18 - Computers 
  • $375 per one-week session; $725 for two weeks (all equipment included)
  • Ages: 10-13

 

Chess/Lego/Minecraft/Game Making Camp

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!

Chess Half Days: 9:00 a.m.-Noon

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.

  • Lego Full Days: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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!

  • Chess + Minecraft Full Days: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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.

  • Chess + Game Making Full Days: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 

Ages: 
All-Star Chess Camp: 4-12
Coding: Game Making Camp: 6-12
Brick Adventures w/Lego Camp: 4-12
Minecraft Explorers Camp: 4-12
 

SESSIONS

  • Session I: June 10-13 
  • Session II: June 17-20 
  • Session III: June 24-27
  • Session IV: July 15-18 
  • Session V: July 22-25 
  • Session VI: July 29-August 1 
  • Session VII: August 12-15
     
  • All camps are Mon.-Thurs., Half day, $375, Full Day $600
  • Camp tuition includes t-shirt, trophy, daily prizes, and a pizza/ice cream party. Students may register for half days or full days.
  • Please click here to register directly or call (208) 713-2486

 


 

Camp Director: Daniel Vellotti, State and National Chess Champion
Assist. Director: Luke Vellotti, Google Software Developer, B.S. Comp. Sci., B.S. Math, UCLA
Assist. Director: Carl Vellotti, B.S. Bioengineering, UCLA; M.S. Engineering, UC Berkeley

 

Young Explorers' Camp

This camp is for two- and three-year-olds (must be two by 6/1/19), which allows children to explore the world around them through field trips and time spent on Sun Valley Community School's remarkable Trail Creek and Dumke Family 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. In addition to the snacks and lunches campers bring from home each day, they will help prepare healthy snacks as part of our cooking days. We will always keep allergies in mind so every camper can enjoy. 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: Jackson Flynn, BFA University of Idaho
  • Assistant Instructor: TBD
  • Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (no early drop off or late pickup services available)
  • June 10 - August 1 (No camp on July 4, camp is Monday-Wednesday only that week).
  • $200 per week (prorated to $150 for the week of July 4)
  • Ages: 2 & 3 year olds (must be 2 by 6/1/19)

Sports

one.Soccer School

Camp times and pricing varies depending on age group. “As the #1 Soccer Camp in the United States for player development, soccer education and dynamic Training Environments, one. Soccer Schools offer elite residential and day soccer camps & clinics.” Known for player development, one. camps offer a challenging environment where players play, learn, improve and have a BLAST! Our approach is an "attention to detail" and "fail your way to success" mentality. This is the place where dreams and ambitions are encouraged. Camps include qualified licensed international coaching staff, professional curriculum for the modern player, and a jersey and pro match ball. Camp Curriculum: Soccercize, Going 2 Goal, SAQ, Dribbling (1v1 & 2v1/s), Technique, Transition Games, Foot Volley and Small Sided Games, plus daily skills challenges and champions league! We also incorporate daily nutrition highlights and visualization.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, indoor trainers and cleats and a hat, if needed, to protect from the sun. Programs include: Full Day Field Player / Goalkeeper (ages 9-16), ½ Day Field Player (ages 9-16), ½ Day Juniors (ages 5-9), and Jett (ages 3-4, 75-90 min / day). 

  • Instructors: one.Soccer School professional staff
  • July 15-19, all programs - Wood River High School
  • July 22-26, all programs - Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus
  • Monday-Friday: Times for each camp available at our website
  • Pricing varies depending on age group. To register via their website, click here

nito Soccer Academy

NITO Soccer Academy (boys & girls - ages 6 to 17)
The nito soccer curriculum is carefully and specifically designed to emphasize, teach and improve these crucial facets of the game of soccer: footwork, ball control, speed, agility, technique, shooting and tactics. The game of soccer is fundamentally about a player’s ability to control the soccer ball under pressure in a competitive environment. To be effective and efficient in obtaining maximum success in the challenging situations of the game, players needs to improve these skills. Join us for one or both of these camps and take you game to the next level. To register for the camp, click here.

  • Instructors: NITO Soccer Academy professional staff
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon for ages 6-9
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for ages 10-17
  • July 9-13 and July 16-20
  • Pricing varies depending on age group. Check their website.

5B Lacrosse Camp

 

Learn the game of lacrosse at Sun Valley Community School's remarkable Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus fields with former Wood River Warrior Coach Aaron Prazenka and his staff and Sun Valley Community School's own Meghan Gunn. Whether you are new to the game or building on years of experience and looking to push it to the next level, this camp will provide both the fun and the individualized instruction you would expect from the fastest game on two feet. Players provide their own equipment: Boys - stick, gloves, helmet, mouthpiece, elbow and shoulder pads, and cleats - Girls - stick, mouthpiece, protective eyewear, and cleats. Gloves and headgear are optional for girls. Bring snacks for break time each day. First week is open to boys and girls entering grades 6 through 10; Second week is open to boys and girls entering grades 3-10. Enrollment limited to the first 20 registered.

  • Head Coach: Aaron Prazenka, former Wood River Warriors Coach
  • Assistant Coaches: Meghan Gunn
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Dates: June 24-27; July 15-18
  • $175 per week