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, 3D Printing, 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. Spanish language immersion will also be offered.
  • Music Camps (ages 12–18) the highly regarded Jazz Camp featuring professional musicians and amazing guest artists. This summer participants will have the opportunity to attend and play in a local Jazz 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 17th – June 21st, 2019

With a focus on collaboration and creative problem solving, this camp is perfect for inquisitive builders and clever thinkers! Our program includes team building challenges and daily science themes along with plenty of puzzles and hands-on projects. Topics include speed and friction, gravity,states of matter, and human and animal senses. Campers enjoy creating catapults, complicated ball tracks, crystals, Rube Goldberg machines, and more!


Dates : June 17, 2019 – June 21, 2019
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 : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

Week #2 : June 24th – June 28th, 2019

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

June 24, 2019 – June 28, 2019 : 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 24, 2019 – June 28, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

Young Adventures: Forts & Fairy Houses, for Ages 4-11

June 24, 2019 – June 28, 2019 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The early summer forest is a magical place! During this week of camp, students will learn a variety of simple outdoor building techniques. They will use natural materials such as leaves, and branches to create a village of forts and fairy houses. Once their structures are created, the week will be spent improving their designs and participating in imaginative play.


Dates : June 24, 2019 – June 28, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

Week #3 : July 8th – July 12th, 2019

Young Adventures: Hablamos en Español, for Ages 7-11

July 8, 2019 – July 12, 2019 : 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. Led by PDS Spanish teacher, Erin, Murphy, 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 : July 8, 2019 – July 12, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

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

July 8, 2019 – July 12, 2019 : 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 : July 8, 2019 – July 12, 2019
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 : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

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

July 8, 2019 – July 12, 2019 : 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, increasingly, even 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 three 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 : July 8, 2019 – July 12, 2019
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 : 0 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration Closed

Week #4 : July 15th – July 19th, 2019

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

July 15, 2019 – July 19, 2019 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This Level 2 exploration continues our investigation of various forms of coding and programming. Topics again 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 three 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 : July 15, 2019 – July 19, 2019
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 : 0 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Note : Prerequisite: To participate in Coding — The Next Level, students must have completed Coding, Gaming and Programming Level 1.
Registration Closed

Young Adventures: Water Fun! Week 1, for Ages 4-11

July 15, 2019 – July 19, 2019 : 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!

Come for one or two weeks!


Dates : July 15, 2019 – July 19, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

Maker: Minecraft LEGO Adventure, for Ages 7-12

July 15, 2019 – July 19, 2019 : 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 : July 15, 2019 – July 19, 2019
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 : 0 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration Closed

Week #5 : July 22nd – July 26th, 2019

Young Adventures: Water Fun! Week 2, for Ages 4-11

July 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us for another 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!


Dates : July 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

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

July 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019 : 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 : July 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019
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 : 0 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration Closed

Week #6 : July 29th – August 2nd, 2019

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, increasingly, even 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 three 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 : July 29, 2019 – August 2, 2019
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 : 0 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration Closed

Week #7 : August 5th – August 9th, 2019

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

August 5, 2019 – August 9, 2019 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This Level two exploration continues our investigation of various forms of coding and programming. Topics again include the components of software development. 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 four 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 5, 2019 – August 9, 2019
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 : 0 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Note : Prerequisite: To participate in Coding — Next Level, students must have completed Coding, Gaming and Programming Level I.
Registration Closed

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

August 5, 2019 – August 9, 2019 : 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 5 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.


Instructors :
Marilyn Almonte
Damon Banks
Dates : August 5, 2019 – August 9, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration Closed

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

August 5, 2019 – August 9, 2019 : 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 Gabriel 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 5, 2019 – August 9, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

Week #8 : August 12th – August 16th, 2019

Music: Jazz Camp, for Ages 12-18

August 12, 2019 – August 16, 2019 : 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 12, 2019 – August 16, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Kenyon House Social Center
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $539.00
Registration Closed

Young Adventures: Wizardry & Witchcraft Week 1, for Ages 6-11

August 12, 2019 – August 16, 2019 : 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 week.

Come for one or two weeks!


Dates : August 12, 2019 – August 16, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $329.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed

Week #9 : August 19th – August 23rd, 2019

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 week.

Come for one or two weeks!


Dates : August 19, 2019 – August 23, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration Closed