The academic offerings in summer camp include a variety of interesting and engaging courses in the arts, sciences, technology, math, and language arts. Academic classes for elementary and middle school students meet each morning, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Classes are small, allowing teachers to work closely with campers to meet their individual learning needs. Teachers utilize a variety of methods and materials to ensure the learning is meaningful and fun. All elementary and middle school campers participate in afternoon activities after their morning classes.
Elementary and Middle School Program
Academic mornings are organized by grade and ability, and are designed to provide grade level experiences in language arts, math, science, social studies and art. Lessons, activities and field trips revolve around an environmental theme which unites the learning and provides opportunities for adventure and exploration. Each two week session offers a different focus around the theme, so participating in multiple sessions adds additional opportunities for learning and of course, more fun!
1st Grade – “AIR”
1st graders will be looking up and exploring all there is to do and see in the skies above us. They will learn and discover flying insects and animals and read stories about exciting air explorers. They’ll investigate different types of flying machines, count clouds, add airplanes, track our weather patterns and study the importance of clean air. Grade-level core skills will all be woven in and around this theme. The sky’s the limit for these fearless flyers!
|June 25 - July 7||July 9 - July21||July 23 - Aug 4|
|Up Up and Away!||Bugs, Bees & Birdies||It’s Raining it’s Pouring|
2nd-3rd Grades – “SEA”
2nd and 3rd graders are swimming in fun as they ride the wave of ocean study! They’ll learn about common and unique creatures that live in the sea, read books and stories about underwater adventurers, multiply and divide shells and sea lions, analyze the conditions of today’s oceans, examine what we can do to protect them, and discover all that is great about ocean life for us humans! Remember grade-level core skills will all be woven in and around this theme! Visits to the beach and ocean habitats will make this a whale of a good time for all involved!
|June 25 -July 7||July 9 - July21||July 23 - Aug 4|
|Creatures of the Deep||Seas the Day!||Surf’s up!|
4th-5th Grades – “Land”
There is so much to know about the earth below our feet and this summer 4th and 5th graders will dig into a variety of topics designed to educate and inspire them! They will learn about water conservation, read stories about kids doing great things for the Earth, collect data, problem solve and collaborate with others to help save our most precious planet. They’ll also get the dirt on sustainable farming and growing techniques, plant and harvest their own fruits and veggies in the camp garden, and practice and discover more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Remember grade-level core skills will all be woven in and around this theme. The future is looking “green” these campers!
|June 25 -July 7||July 9 - July21||July 23 - Aug 4|
|Hydro-glyphics||Green Growers||Waste Watchers|
Middle school campers will participate in two academic classes each morning. The course options vary for each two-week session, and campers select their preferred classes when they register online. All classes are designed to provide hands-on, real world opportunities to explore the subject and deepen understanding.
|June 25 - July 7||July 9 - July 21||July 23 - Aug 4|
|Camp Reporter||Camp Reporter||Camp Reporter|
|Math Maniacs||Applied Mathematics||Math Maniacs
|Aspiring Authors||Read, Write, Create||Aspiring Authors|
|Say it with Song||Act it Out||Say it with Song|
|Sand, Surf, Sea||Environmental Explorers||Sand, Surf, Sea|
|Act it Out||“All the world’s a stage,” and in this drama class campers will have the opportunity to express their individual creativity and dramatic emotions in a supportive camp environment. They’ll work on monologues, improvisations and short sketches, while developing practical skills in communication and public speaking. The result will be creative performances for camp peers, a positive self-image and a boost of confidence. Bravo!
|Applied Mathematics||Using math knowledge in real-world situations is the basis for this hands-on class. Through team and individual projects, campers will deepen their understanding of math concepts by putting them to use at camp and in the community. Building, cooking, creating, solving, and exploring will be some of the many ways campers will expand their skills and get excited about math!
|Aspiring Authors||Campers will research some of their favorite authors to find inspiration for their own masterpiece. They will learn the essential elements of writing for young readers, discover and develop their own voice and experiment with a variety of writing styles. Working in teams and individually, campers will brainstorm ideas, develop characters, edit, rewrite and polish their final pieces for publication.
|Camp Reporter||Learn to gather facts, write a story and publish articles and photos in the OVS Summer Camp newspaper! Camp reporters will get out and about in camp to find and develop the most interesting and fun stories, pictures, cartoons and more!. They’ll also do live daily “reports” to the camp community at our all camp rallies!. Communication and writing skills will be enhanced as campers conduct interviews, work in journalism teams and write engaging headlines and articles.
Biology, physics, chemistry, alternate energy sources, ecosystems and wildlife habitats are just a few of the topics that will be explored in this class. Campers will research our impact on the environment by investigating everyday habits, shopping strategies, advocacy efforts and more. Classroom learning and hands -on projects at camp and in the community will enrich their knowledge and understanding of the issues and sustainable solutions. Local field trips will expand their understanding and provide them with tools to take care of the Earth and it’s inhabitants for years to come!
|Math Maniacs||Whether you love numbers or have struggled with math, this class will strengthen your math skills and boost your computational confidence! Campers in this class will have an opportunity to review concepts from the past year, and stretch into new and interesting math topics. Through practical applications and enriching lessons, campers will develop a solid foundation in math and will move enthusiastically into the next grade level.
|Read, Write, Create||
Learning to write creatively is a lifelong skill that every camper can develop. In this class campers will read poetry, short stories, and other literary forms to introduce and develop descriptive and creative writing techniques. Reading famous works, practicing individual writing skills and using art applications to showcase their works, will help hone their talent and develop a love of creative, expressive reading and writing.
|Say it With Song||Musical campers will love this engaging songwriting class. First they’ll learn the important steps to writing a song and will then work in teams, to create their own. Ideas will flow as they brainstorm subject ideas, make word lists, practice rhyming combinations and create a catchy title. Experimenting with their voice and a variety of instruments will round out their very own tune! Campers will have a chance to record and perform their creations for camp peers at the end of the session!.
|Sand, Surf, Sea||There is so much to learn and discover about our oceans!. In this class campers will “dive in” and study all aspects of ocean life through classroom lessons in biology, history, field research projects, beach clean ups, tidepool explorations and more. The team approach to learning will provide opportunities for problem solving, organization and research, and will deepen the learning and understanding of important science concepts and ocean issues. Campers will take multiple beach trips and their hands-on experiences will add to the learning and fun!