Middle School campers, grades 6-8, who choose Academic Adventures have a unique opportunity to explore a uniquely hands-on, project-based program. Each session, groups are formed based on interest and teams of campers devise an integrated project that combines science, math and English skills into a plan that will have a positive effect on the community. Close teacher guidance and support allows campers to practice teamwork, develop management strategies, use core skills, build new skills and expand their subject knowledge. Teachers utilize a variety of methods and materials to ensure projects are meaningful and interesting. Campers have the opportunity to make and do things to help deepen their understanding of relevant topics while solidifying core skills.
Each two-week session offers a different focus, so participating in multiple sessions expands subject knowledge and of course, adds more fun! Keeping with our environmental mission, campers will participate in at least one off-campus outdoor adventure and an optional overnight camping trip (2nd-8th grade). In addition to project-based field trips, middle school campers may visit the Sespe Wilderness (White Rocks), the Santa Barbara Aquarium, and Bates Beach tide pools.
In addition, all middle school campers will participate in the creation of our camp newsletter Summer Scoop! A new edition is published each session and by contributing to its contents and seeing their stories in print, campers gain a sense of community and belonging.
Middle school campers meet each morning, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for their morning program. They enjoy lunch in our dining hall and then participate in afternoon activities.