Middle School Summer Programs

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Summer Skills and Savvy

Whether they’re seeking academic enrichment, outdoor adventure, or anything in between, Middle School students find the right fit at Sun Valley Community School’s Summer Program.

Middle School students can strengthen skills, enrich their understanding, engage in new experiences, and make new friends through Summer Program offerings that honor their unique stage of development.

Our wide range of classes and camps provide Middle School students the chance to both explore and to dig deep; they might create a portfolio of visual art, explore topics in math and science, build study skills for success in high school, learn to kayak, or improve rock climbing skills.

 

Camps and Courses

Academic & Academic Enrichment

LittleBits STEAM Coding Camp

 

Get a hands-on introduction to physical computing with littleBits. By building circuits and programming, students get a hands-on understanding of "what's inside the machine" and how it connects to the software. Students gain creative confidence and critical 21st century skills through interactive and fun-filled activities. Students learn fundamental programming concepts including inputs & outputs, loops, logic, variables, and functions through fun coding games.

Our littleBits Code Camp is perfect for students in grades 6-8 and aligns to Computer Science Standards (CSTA) and ITEEA Standards for Technology Literacy. Depending on campers’ experience, we may also incorporate drone programming and use of RoboMasters!

  • Instructor: Sean McCollum 
  • Monday-Friday, 12:30pm-3:30pm
  • July 29-August 2
  • Rising 6th-8th grade
  • $375

 

Technology Camp

Open to students ages 10-13, these exciting, challenging, and one-of-kind technology-focused camp are designed to advance critical thinking skills, promote fluid intelligence, and teach problem solving techniques. 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
  • Date: July 15-18 (Computers & Robotics)
  • $375 per one-week session; (all equipment included)
  • Ages: 10-13

Makers' Lab Experience

Come explore the possibilities in the our state-of-the-art Swift Family Makers' Lab! Unleash your imagination and choose from an assortment of craft materials, ordinary objects, and electronic components to build amazing projects that can move, light up, and interact with the environment. Design and build creations using classical technologies like the crank and pulley, and new ones like the Makey Makey. Make something different every day, or continue to work on a project in greater depth. A piano made of bananas that you can actually play? A moving sculpture triggered by sound? Electric bling? A drawing that lights up? A “full-STEAM” experience, these are just a few of the possibilities! Open to rising sixth through ninth graders; maximum class size of 12.

  • Instructor: Toni Coleman, BA Hampshire College, MA Columbia University Teachers College
  • Dates/Time: July 8-12, Noon-2:00 p.m.
  • $275
  • Ages: Rising 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders

Outdoor Enrichment

Learn to Kayak - Ages 12-14

White Otter Adventures - Learn to Kayak
White Otter Outdoor Adventures invites you to spend four days learning to whitewater kayak safely and competently on Idaho's Salmon River. American Canoe Association certified White Water Instructor and Swift Boat Technician, Elliot Jacobs, and the staff at White Otter Outfitters lead this exciting trip. We'll meet at 8 a.m. on the first day of camp at Community School in Sun Valley and then drive north to White Otter Headquarters in Sunbeam, Idaho, on the Salmon River. We'll spend the next four days and three nights learning the skill and art of whitewater kayaking. The class will camp together at Sunbeam. We will return to the Community School by 6pm on the last day of Camp. No experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 12 in each camp.

  • Lead Instructor: Elliot Jacobs, SWR level IV, ACA Whitewater Instructor
  • Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 22-25 
  • Ages: 12-14
  • $600 (includes all boating equipment, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)

Sports Camps

5B Lacrosse Camp for Boys and Girls

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

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 8-12 and July 15-19
  • Pricing varies depending on age group. Check their website.