Summer Camps

Summer Camps


PDS offers a wide array of unique summer camps for children and young adults:

  • Maker Camps (ages 7–13) include coding, programming and game design, Minecraft, LEGO® stop-motion animation, robotics and natural sciences.
  • Young Adventures Camps (ages 4–11) focus on joyful learning and exploration in the arts, imagination, cooking and nature. French and Spanish language immersion will also be offered.
  • Music Camps (ages 12–18) the highly regarded Jazz Camp features professional musicians and amazing guest artists. This summer participants will have the opportunity to attend the 20th Anniversary season of the esteemed Jazz in the Valley Music Festival.
  • Discounts & Promotions:
  • Register for 2 camps and get 4% off each camp! (Promo code = 2CAMP)
  • Register for 3 camps and get 4.5% off each camp! (Promo code = 3CAMP)
  • Register for 4 camps and get 5% off each camp! (Promo code = 4CAMP)

Before and After care, 8am-5pm is now available for camps. Cost is $50/week/student. It can be added in the registration section as an enrollment  option called Full-course Before & After care.

Need-based scholarships are also available for all camps! Please contact Stan at: camp@poughkeepsieday.org for information on how to apply.

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Week #1 : June 15th – June 19th, 2020

Have fun learning French in this immersion camp! Come join us for a week of exciting French activities: cooking, singing, dancing, and playing! We will start the day with an energetic circle to wake us up with some songs, dance and movement, which will be followed by a cooking activity and outdoor play
Each day, campers will create an art project in relation to the french story that is read each day.


Instructor :
Celine Sahulka
Dates : June 15, 2020 – June 19, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 9 seats available
Fees : $329.00
Registration

Week #2 : June 22nd – June 26th, 2020

Young Adventures: Nature and Animals in Art, for Ages 7-11

June 22, 2020 – June 26, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

During this exciting week, campers investigate the natural world and express it through art. We will explore the outdoors, looking for all sorts of living creatures, plant life and scenic views to then express creatively using different media. We will focus on sketching, painting, print making, and sculpture as our main forms of expression.There will be one half-day of plein air painting and a mini exhibit of the campers’ work will round out the week.

About the instructor:
Debby Brooks has been teaching art to children for over thirty years. She is passionate about getting students to experience the joys of art making and feeling that amazing sense of accomplishment in the process. In her spare time, Debby especially enjoys working with paint and clay, and walking the many trails in the Poughkeepsie area with Gracie and Spencer, her dogs, and with Gerry, her husband.


Instructor :
Debra Brooks
Dates : June 22, 2020 – June 26, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 15 seats available
Fees : $329.00
Registration

Young Adventures: Hablamos en Espaol, for Ages 6-11

June 22, 2020 – June 26, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us for a full week of immersion into the Spanish language. Campers will enjoy learning games, songs, dances, and delicious recipes all in Spanish. This camp will be an opportunity for campers to be fully immersed in the language in a joyful environment. Geared to all levels of Spanish speakers, including true beginners.


Instructor :
Erin Murphy
Dates : June 22, 2020 – June 26, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $329.00
Registration

Maker: Young Film Maker and Film Composer Intensive Week 1, for Ages 10-18

June 22, 2020 – June 26, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

During this week, students immerse themselves into the world of film making and film scoring in a fun-filled, active five day intensive. With the assistance of professional faculty, students will shoot, edit, score and present their own short films utilizing a combination of state-of-the-art technology on site, and their own equipment, including cell phones and personal cameras. This class is designed for beginners and experienced film makers alike (ages 10 – 18). There will be a culminating film screening event on the last day of the camp. Software used for filming, editing, and audio recording will include: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Pro Tools, Garageband, and Logic Pro.

This is the first section of a two-part course that can be taken separately or together. The focus of each week will be tailored to the interests of the participants.


Instructors :
Marilyn Almonte
Damon Banks
Dates : June 22, 2020 – June 26, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 12 seats available
Fees : $359.00
Registration

Week #3 : June 29th – July 3rd, 2020

Young Adventures: Stir It Up! Week 1, for Ages 6-11

June 29, 2020 – July 3, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us for a fun week of cooking, baking, and of course EATING! Whenever possible, this hands-on camp uses local, seasonal Hudson Valley fruits and vegetables from surrounding farms to help children make varied healthy and delicious food.

Come for one or two weeks!


Instructor :
Hannah Sunshine
Dates : June 29, 2020 – July 3, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 7 seats available
Fees : $329.00
Registration

Enrichment: Reading and Writing FUNdamentals, for Ages 9-12

June 29, 2020 – July 3, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

In this course, students work in groups and one-on-one with their teacher on reading comprehension and writing strategies to develop confidence and build skills to prepare them for the next school year. Students will engage in location and image-based writing, developing techniques to write in several modes and genres (including narrative, poetry, review, short story, and news article), which will result in the creation of a personal collection of work to bring home. Each day will include time for focused sustained reading, book-related shares and discussions, and read alouds. We will make use of the grounds at Poughkeepsie Day School to inspire our writing, transforming the sights and sounds of the environment intro poetry and prose.

About the Instructor:

Malorie Seeley-Sherwood teaches middle school English and Humanities at Poughkeepsie Day School. She loves encouraging students to make meaningful, personal connections with the texts they read, and believes it is one of the first steps toward civic engagement. In her spare time, Malorie enjoys writing poetry, reading, and hiking all over the Hudson Valley.


Instructor :
Malorie Seeley-Sherwood
Dates : June 29, 2020 – July 3, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 12 seats available
Fees : $359.00
Registration

Maker: Film Maker and Film Composer Intensive Week 2, for Ages 10-18

June 29, 2020 – July 3, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

During this second week, students immerse themselves into the world of film scoring and recording ambient sound and sound effects in a fun-filled, active five-day intensive. With the assistance of professional faculty, students will compose original music or capture ambient sounds and sound effects, edit, and present their own scoring for short films (created during the previous week intensive by campers) utilizing a combination of state-of-the-art technology on site, and their own equipment, including cell phones and personal cameras. This class is designed for beginners and experienced film makers alike (ages 10 – 18). There will be a culminating film/sound showcase on the last day of the camp. Software used for filming, editing, and audio recording will include: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Pro Tools, Garageband, and Logic Pro.

This is the second or last section of a two-part course that can be taken separately or together. The focus of each week will be tailored to the interests of the participants.


Instructors :
Marilyn Almonte
Damon Banks
Dates : June 29, 2020 – July 3, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 15 seats available
Fees : $359.00
Registration

Week #4 : August 3rd – August 7th, 2020

Young Adventures: Water Fun!, for Ages 4-11

August 3, 2020 – August 7, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Water fun will be a week full of games with water, playing in the sprinklers, jumping in and out of small pools, and taking a run and jump on a splash and slide! Enjoying the hot summer days cooling off, and being outside is the perfect way to spend the week! Outdoor games and obstacle courses will be created for movement and fun. Indoors (or bad weather) campers will be engaged with different centers around the room, creating playdough, goop, and many other sensory objects that they can take home!


Instructor :
Hannah Sunshine
Dates : August 3, 2020 – August 7, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 13 seats available
Fees : $329.00
Registration

Maker: Coding, Gaming & Programming, for Ages 7-12

August 3, 2020 – August 7, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

What is the most powerful language in the world that most people don’t understand? Answer: the programming code that dictates how computers, mobile phones, and even how our cars and coffee makers work. This is a class for non-IT based thinkers and users. It takes a conversational, plain-English (not jargon heavy) approach to communicate technical information. Topics include the components of software development: end-user requirements, coding, programming, user interface with graphics and, finally, testing and modifying the application itself. Students progress line by line through fundamental concepts of coding and programming, concluding with a real-world application they can use on their computers, phones, or tablets.

About the Instructor:

Ben Pousada earned his bachelors degree from Marist College where he majored in Psychology and Early Childhood Special Education. He completed his student teaching in grade 5 at Poughkeepsie Day School. Ben is a veteran teacher of coding and gaming camps at PDS summer programs and has led these groups for the past five summers. He is very excited to continue teaching this summer. In his free time, Ben enjoys making delicious meals and having compelling conversations with students.


Instructor :
Ben Posada
Dates : August 3, 2020 – August 7, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 11 seats available
Fees : $359.00
Registration

Maker: Stop-Motion Animation, for Ages 7-12

August 3, 2020 – August 7, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ever wonder how movies like Coraline and The Fantastic Mr. Fox were made? During this week we will explore the fascinating process of making our very own animated films, using the technique of stop-motion video. At the end of the week, campers will share their original creations and film footage in a special movie screening with family and friends!

About the instructor:
Marilyn Almonte is the technology coordinator at Poughkeepsie Day School. She has been teaching maker camps for several years. She is passionate about teaching and making film and media projects. In her free time, Marilyn loves to read and try different flavors of vegan ice cream. Coconut is a favorite!


Instructor :
Marilyn Almonte
Dates : August 3, 2020 – August 7, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $359.00
Registration

Week #5 : August 10th – August 14th, 2020

Music: Jazz Camp, for Ages 12-18

August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Open to Hudson Valley area students of all levels, this camp features professional regional musicians as teachers and guest artists. Students focus on building instrumental skills, music appreciation, and leadership in a joyful, collaborative, and supportive atmosphere.
For more detailed information please visit
Jazz Camp Website


Instructors :
William Fiore
Kenneth McGloin
Dates : August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Building
Seats : 20 seats available
Fees : $359.00
Registration

Maker: Coding, Gaming & Programming – the Next Level, for Ages 7-12

August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This Level Two exploration continues our investigation of various forms of coding and programming. This is a class for non-IT based thinkers and users. It takes a conversational, plain-English (not jargon heavy) approach to communicate technical information. Topics include the components of software development: end-user requirements, coding, programming, user interface with graphics and, finally, testing and modifying the application itself. Students progress line by line through fundamental concepts of coding and programming, concluding with a real-world application they can use on their computers, phones, or tablets.

About the Instructor:

Ben Pousada earned his Bachelors degree from Marist College where he majored in Psychology and Early Childhood Special Education. He completed his student teaching in grade 5 at Poughkeepsie Day School. Ben is a veteran teacher of coding and gaming camps at PDS summer programs and has led these groups for the past five summers. He is very excited to continue teaching this summer. In his free time, Ben enjoys making delicious meals and having compelling conversations with students.


Instructor :
Ben Posada
Dates : August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 12 seats available
Fees : $359.00
Note : Prerequisite: To participate in Coding — Next Level, students must have completed Coding, Gaming, and Programming Level I.
Registration

Maker: Minecraft LEGO Adventure, for Ages 7-12

August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

True adventurers are invited to spend the week imagining and creating a world inspired by the popular video game Minecraft using LEGO® bricks. Campers face new and fun challenges each day as they create a medieval village, live underground in an alien city, and become stranded on a desert island.


Instructor :
Marilyn Almonte
Dates : August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 11 seats available
Fees : $359.00
Registration

Young Adventures: Farm and Fiber Arts, for Ages 7-12

August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us in this fun, hands on course, where campers will explore how fiber is sourced, processed and turned into fiber products. Learn about fiber animals and visit them on a farm. Work with raw fiber, straight from the animal, and learn to process and clean it. Experiment with color by making natural and synthetic dyes and applying it to the clean fiber. Learn how to comb and spin fiber into yarn and learn how to knit and crochet with it. Needle felting and wet felting techniques will be taught to make a variety of fun and practical products. Campers will create a personalized book to record their process and reflect on their work each day.


Instructors :
Julie O’Sullivan
Rachel Silverman
Dates : August 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 15 seats available
Fees : $329.00
Registration

Week #6 : August 17th – August 21st, 2020

Young Adventures: Stir It Up! Week 2, for Ages 6-11

August 17, 2020 – August 21, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Come and learn about culinary traditions from around the world, and create your own delicious dishes! Join home chef Gabe Smiley as he takes you on a whirlwind journey across the globe. Each day we will learn about a new region and cook a few of their specialties. From Italy’s hand tossed pizza, to the wonderful Sushi rolls of Japan, to delicious Guacamole from Mexico, we will explore different regions, their cultures, and, of course, their cuisines.
At the end of our camp, students use their hospitality skills to create a master dish to share. Bon Appetit!


Instructor :
Gabriel Smiley
Dates : August 17, 2020 – August 21, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $329.00
Registration

Young Adventures: Wizardry & Witchcraft, for Ages 6-11

August 17, 2020 – August 21, 2020 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Welcome to a week of sorcery, charms, alchemy, and spells! Make a wand to harness your powers. Cook up fun potions, design your own cape, and practice casting spells. Practice quidditch and brush up on your herbology by learning more about plants, flowers, and herbs. We work together to make magic happen. Magical games and a mystical scavenger hunt will round out this amazing week.


Instructor :
Marnie Klein
Dates : August 17, 2020 – August 21, 2020
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 18 seats available
Fees : $329.00
Registration