Summer Camps 2017

 

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® Mindstorms® stop-motion animation, engineering and science.
  • Young Adventures Camps (ages 4–11) focus on joyful learning and exploration in the arts, imagination, nature and writing.
  • Music Camps (ages 12–18) the highly regarded Jazz Camp featuring professional musicians and amazing guest artists. And the Paul Green Rock Academy at PDS is the latest educational endeavor from School of Rock founder Paul Green.
  • 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-6pm is now available for camps. Cost is $50/week/student. It can be added in the registration section as an additional option.

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

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Week #1 : June 19th – June 23rd, 2017

Young Adventures: Brain Benders for Ages 8-11

June 19, 2017 – June 23, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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 hands-on projects. Topics include speed and friction, gravity, an introduction to electricity, experimental design with data collection and graphing, and more! Campers enjoy creating catapults, complicated ball tracks, Rube Goldberg machines and experimenting with Squishy circuits.


Instructor : Natalie Gerich Brabson
Dates : June 19, 2017 – June 23, 2017
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 26th – June 30th, 2017

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

June 26, 2017 – June 30, 2017 : 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.


Instructor : Joanna Shaw
Dates : June 26, 2017 – June 30, 2017
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: Young Scientists, Ages 7-13

June 26, 2017 – June 30, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Calling all Young Scientists! At Science and Nature Camp, we’ll explore the natural world outside and in the lab. Depending on the day, you might engineer a catapult, investigate our beehives, build a birdhouse, invent a machine, or conduct an experiment. Each day we’ll investigate a new topic through a few different activities. Topics might include birds, water, energy, engineering, bees, the solar system, and ecosystems, amongst others.


Instructor : Natalie Gerich Brabson
Dates : June 26, 2017 – June 30, 2017
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 : 2 seats available
Fees : $519.00 – $569.00
Registration

Week #3 : July 10th – July 14th, 2017

Enrichment: Writing FUNdamentals for Ages 6-12

July 10, 2017 – July 14, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Writing FUNdamentals
Students work in groups and one-on-one with their teacher on reading comprehension and writing strategies. As in Math FUNdamentals, students develop confidence and build skills to help prepare for the next school year. Students will write in a variety of modes and genres, as well as use different media to express themselves in writing. The course will conclude with an exciting exhibition of the writing and projects produced during the week.


Instructor : Malorie Seeley-Sherwood
Dates : July 10, 2017 – July 14, 2017
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

Coding, Gaming & Programming for Ages 7-12

July 10, 2017 – July 14, 2017 : 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.


Instructor : Ben Posada
Dates : July 10, 2017 – July 14, 2017
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

Maker: Minecraft 2 – The Adventure Continues for Ages 7-12

July 10, 2017 – July 14, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Children love Minecraft because it enables them to use their imagination to easily create amazing structures, figures and relationships. Our program continues with all of these settings, players and environments to be engaged with. We welcome students from prior weeks and camps, along with newcomers. No experience is necessary except an interest in Minecraft


Dates : July 10, 2017 – July 14, 2017
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 17th – July 21st, 2017

Enrichment: Reading FUNdamentals for Ages 6-12

July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Students who are more confident in their reading and writing skills work on a series of enrichment activities and writing projects designed to take them to the next level of expertise.
Writers who enjoy expressing their insights and imagination gain further experience writing poetry, short stories, novellas, and plays. Students will gain inspiration from the beautiful grounds of Poughkeepsie Day School, as well as other surrounding areas, and transform the sites and sounds of the environment into poetry and prose. The course will conclude with each student publishing their own inspired literary magazine, which will include the writing produced during the week.


Instructor : Malorie Seeley-Sherwood
Dates : July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017
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 : 9 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration

Young Adventures: Water Fun!, Ages 4-11

July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017 : 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 : Suzanne Nesheiwat
Dates : July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017
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

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

July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017 : 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.


Instructor : Ben Posada
Dates : July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017
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

Maker: Minecraft 3 – July Excitement for Ages 7-12

July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Children love Minecraft because it enables them to use their imagination to easily create amazing structures, figures and relationships. Our program continues to engage with all of these settings, players and environments. We welcome students from prior weeks and camps, along with newcomers. No experience is necessary except an interest in Minecraft. Our Minecraft continues throughout the entire summer… feel free to join us at any time!


Dates : July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017
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 : 7 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration

Week #5 : July 24th – July 28th, 2017

Coding, Gaming & Programming for Ages 7-12

July 24, 2017 – July 28, 2017 : 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.


Instructor : Ben Posada
Dates : July 24, 2017 – July 28, 2017
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 : 5 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration

Maker: LEGO® – Star Wars Stop-Action for Ages 7-12

July 24, 2017 – July 28, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join other Star Wars fans as they use the Force to imagine settings and scenarios for Han, Leia, Luke and then re-create the topography, structures and adventures out of Legos. And, that’s not all! Participants bring their creations to life using stop-motion video. When the class is over, campers can share their original creations and film footage with family and friends!


Dates : July 24, 2017 – July 28, 2017
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 : 7 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration

Week #6 : July 31st – August 4th, 2017

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

July 31, 2017 – August 4, 2017 : 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.


Instructor : Ben Posada
Dates : July 31, 2017 – August 4, 2017
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 : 7 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration

Maker: Minecraft 5 – Redstone Avatars for Ages 7-12

July 31, 2017 – August 4, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Children love Minecraft because it enables them to use their imagination to easily create amazing structures, figures and relationships. Our program continues to engage with all of these settings, players and environments to be engaged with. We welcome students from prior weeks and camps, along with newcomers. No experience necessary except an interest in Minecraft. This week we will build our own skins and avatars!


Dates : July 31, 2017 – August 4, 2017
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 : 8 seats available
Fees : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration

Music: Jazz Camp for Ages 12-18

July 31, 2017 – August 4, 2017 : 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.


Instructor : William Fiore
Dates : July 31, 2017 – August 4, 2017
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Kenyon House Social Center
Seats : 4 seats available
Fees : $499.00 – $539.00
Registration

Week #7 : August 7th – August 11th, 2017

Young Adventures: Stir It Up for Ages 5-11

August 7, 2017 – August 11, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join CIA alum Monica Cieslak as she takes your child though a fun week of cooking, baking, and of course EATING! This hands-on camp uses local, seasonal Hudson Valley fruits and vegetables from surrounding farms to help children create varied, healthy, and delicious treats. Campers will also bake and decorate desserts and even whip up simple dips and salads that they’ll be able to prepare at home for the whole family!


Instructor : Monica Cieslak
Dates : August 7, 2017 – August 11, 2017
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 5 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration

Music: Paul Green Rock Academy- Summer Jam, Ages 8-18

August 7, 2017 – August 11, 2017 : 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

A one week crash course in the majesty of Rock Music. Students will form bands and work all week on a set of songs, both originals and covers, to be performed at the end of the week. For ages 8 to 18 and all instruments and ability levels are welcome


Dates : August 7, 2017 – August 11, 2017
Times : 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 9 seats available
Fees : $50.00 – $539.00
Registration

Week #8 : August 14th – August 18th, 2017

Maker: LEGO® Mindstorms Robotics for Ages 7-12

August 14, 2017 – August 18, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Campers learn how to design, build and program working robots using Lego® Mindstorms® robotics kits. This hands-on and engaging camp focuses on problem solving, engineering concepts and computer skills as students work independently and in teams to build robots that move, react and complete challenges. Families are invited to attend an exciting robot demonstration on Thursday afternoon, leaving the last day free for some open-ended robot design and programming.


Dates : August 14, 2017 – August 18, 2017
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 : $539.00 – $589.00
Registration

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

August 14, 2017 – August 18, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A spritely welcome to all magic creators. You are invited to join us for a week of Wizardry and Magic. Together we explore secrets of the magical world. Cook up fun potions, design magnificent capes and cast spells with personally-designed wands. Learn about plants, flowers, and herbs and their uses. Are there elves and faeries in the woods? Make some faerie houses and pixie dust to welcome them out. Broomstick and other magical games will round out this week.

Come for one or two weeks!


Instructor : Suzanne Nesheiwat
Dates : August 14, 2017 – August 18, 2017
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 11 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration

Music: Paul Green Rock Academy- Summer Jam, Ages 8-18, Edition II

August 14, 2017 – August 18, 2017 : 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

A one week crash course in the majesty of Rock Music. Students will form bands and work all week on a set of songs, both originals and covers, to be performed at the end of the week. For ages 8 to 18 and all instruments and ability levels are welcome


Dates : August 14, 2017 – August 18, 2017
Times : 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 5 seats available
Fees : $539.00
Registration

Week #9 : August 21st – August 25th, 2017

Young Adventures: Wizardry & Witchcraft Ages 6-11, Week 2

August 21, 2017 – August 25, 2017 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A spritely welcome to all magic creators. You are invited to join us for a week of Wizardry and Magic. Together we explore secrets of the magical world. Cook up fun potions, design magnificent capes and cast spells with personally-designed wands. Learn about plants, flowers, and herbs and their uses. Are there elves and faeries in the woods? Make some faerie houses and pixie dust to welcome them out. Broomstick and other magical games will round out this week.

Come for one or two weeks!


Instructor : Suzanne Nesheiwat
Dates : August 21, 2017 – August 25, 2017
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 12 seats available
Fees : $369.00 – $419.00
Registration