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Summer Programs

EWS offers specialty camps for Children ages 4-18.  Join us for active, healthy summer days filled with music, drama, fort-building, woodwork, crafts, art, nature exploration, skateboarding, creativity, and imagination on our 54 acres of fields, forests, and farm.

For more information, contact Candor Plaza, EWS Summer Camp Director at summercamp@emersonwaldorf.org.

 

 OVERALL SCHEDULING & PRICING

 

CHILDHOOD MAGIC  9am-1pm, $170/wk

CHILDHOOD MAGIC AFTERCARE  1-3pm, $65/wk

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING Ages 13-18, 8:30am-3pm, $95/wk

THEME CAMPS  8:30am-3pm, $225/wk

THEME CAMP EXTENDED CARE  3-6pm, $75/wk

JAZZ CAMP (Two-Week Camp), $450

REGISTRATION FEE PER FAMILY $15

 

WEEK 1  JUNE 20-24

CHILDHOOD MAGIC  Ages 4-6



Arts, crafts, nature walks, indoor and outdoor play, dress-up, water play, storytelling, and puppet shows in our beautiful Kindergarten with EWS Early Childhood teacher Robin Olson.




EARTH WISDOM  Ages 6-9

  

Join earth-lover, and Waldorf grades teacher, Benjamin Trueblood, for a week of adventure! Experience the simplicity and richness of how the native people of the Eno River basin and Haw River lived before North Carolina was colonized. We'll explore the forests and meadows of the EWS campus, learn about wild plants and animals, make a basket, and build a wickiup, as we experience the wisdom of an earth-based native way of life.

 

GUTE REISE! A JOURNEY TO EUROPE  Ages 7-10


This week, travel through your imaginations to Europe with German native and EWS teacher "Frau" Katja Moos. We'll explore several European countries through stories, songs, games, crafts, and tasty regional treats. Some of the countries are favorites from last summer, ready for a return visit. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe - fasten your seat belt for a fun take-off! No prior knowledge of European languages is necessary, but your campers might sing a song in German, French, or another language on the way home in the car! Get ready to wave colorful flags and explore Europe – Gute Reise!
 
CIRCUS ARTS AND GAMES  Ages 9-13

Welcome to the magical world of circus! We will learn the basics of circus arts – balance, juggling, and tumbling – in a safe and nurturing atmosphere with Waldorf movement teacher Ted Hall. No equipment or experience necessary!

 

WEEK 2  JUNE 27-JULY 1

CHILDHOOD MAGIC  Ages 4-6

 

Arts, crafts, nature walks, indoor and outdoor play, dress-up, water play, storytelling, and puppet shows in our beautiful Kindergarten with EWS Early Childhood teacher Robin Olson.


FAIRY GARDENS AND GNOME HOMES  Ages 6-8
 FULL

What fun the fairies and gnomes will have with the homes, playgrounds, and gardens we make for them. Who knows, they may come out of hiding and join in our circle games and songs. Explore the fairy realm and create fun arts and crafts with EWS Early Childhood assistant Laura Abad.


SKATE CAMP!  Ages 8-13 FULL

Improve your moves, learn new rad tricks, skate local skate parks in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Graham. Learn how to maintain your skateboard and build a ramp. Be inspired by the group and get tips from skateboard veteran and EWS teacher Mr. Trueblood. Liability waiver and additional $25 transportation and park fee required upon enrollment.



THEATER OF THE FOREST  Ages 9-13

We will create original stories, songs, and characters that tell the tales of the trees and wonder where the river runs.  Perfect for creative kids with an interest in theater and the great outdoors.  With instructor Creighton Irons, a NYC-based composer/lyricist and teaching artist born and raised on the New Hope River.

 

JAZZ CAMP  Ages 13-18

(Two Week Camp)

 Swing band, combo work, and jazz musicianship with independent musician and EWS instructor Erich Lieth. Prior musical experience is necessary, and admission is by audition (no prior jazz experience necessary). For more information, see www.summerjazz.org.

 

WEEK 3 JULY 4-8

CHILDHOOD MAGIC  Ages 4-6



Arts, crafts, nature walks, indoor and outdoor play, dress-up, water play, storytelling, and puppet shows in our beautiful Kindergarten with EWS Early Childhood assistant Laura Abad.




AFRICAN VILLAGE  Ages 6-9

Travel with Brother Teli Shabu to an African village where stories, music, and games are all connected by rhythm. Everyone can craft: stamping, painting, instrument making; creativity sprouts like seeds. Bring your eyes, bring your ears, bring your hands, bring your feet. You will need all of these because in Africa, life is rhythm and rhythm is life.


FORT BUILDING  Ages 8-11 FULL



Ever build a fort in the woods? Well, here's your chance to explore and experiment with structures made of natural materials that we will find and gather. We'll learn how to choose a good campsite- guided by "the 5 W's"- since a good shelter in a bad location is a BAD SHELTER. We'll also learn the 4 principles necessary for any effective survival shelter. You will have a chance to work on individual forts and possibly a large group structure with seasoned counselor gumby Montgomery. We will also play games and take walks in the woods, fields, and wetlands to see what we can learn from other creatures’ nests, dens, and hideouts. Bring ideas and enthusiasm!



DANCE CAMP  Ages  8-13

Join dancer, teacher, and choreographer Jessi Knight for a week of dance exploration and creation. Using our minds, bodies, and spirits, we will experience the magic that is the dancing body. We will get to know the world of dance through basic technique and vocabulary, improvisation, jamming, playing, and creating together. No previous dance training required. This camp is open to all levels of experience!


JAZZ CAMP  Ages 13-18 (Second Week)

Second week of swing band, combo work, and jazz musicianship with independent musician and EWS instructor Erich Lieth. See Week 2 for details.

 

WEEK 4 JULY 11-15

CHILDHOOD MAGIC  Ages 4-6



Arts, crafts, nature walks, indoor and outdoor play, dress-up, water play, storytelling, and puppet shows in our beautiful Kindergarten with EWS Early Childhood teacher Kyle Dunlap.




VAMOS A SUDAMERICA  Ages 6-8



This week travel through your imaginations to South America with Ecuador native, "Senora" Laura Abad. We’ll visit a different country of South America each day through stories, songs, games, crafts, and tasty treats from that region. No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary, although much of the day will find campers immersed in the language.


FARM CAMP Ages 7-10 FULL


Join seasoned environmental educator and FarmSchool founder CC King to learn homesteading skills like bread-baking, candle-dipping, and soap-making. We'll be eating our bread with butter we've churned from the cream of a local cow. Perhaps you'd like to share some lemon curd you made from lemons you squeezed and added to eggs you collected from chickens that you know.


SING! DANCE! ACT!  Ages  9-13

Come and join us as we explore the performing arts! We'll play theatre games, learn basic dance steps, practice theatre technique and group songs. Aneesa Glines and Catherine Shocket are both students of dramatic arts and education at UNC. They are thrilled to share their love and knowledge of the arts with children and young adults!

 

WEEK 5 JULY 18-22


CHILDHOOD MAGIC  Ages 4-6



Arts, crafts, nature walks, indoor and outdoor play, dress-up, water play, storytelling, and puppet shows in our beautiful Kindergarten with EWS Early Childhood teacher Kyle Dunlap.

INDIAN ARTS  Ages 6-9

Come spend a week exploring the traditions and arts of India. We will dance, sing Sanskrit songs, hear stories from the ancient epics, play dress-up, make clay lamps, and bead jewelry. Priya Gopal – teacher, choreographer, and director of Prema Natya Dance School – will take us on a special journey to that land of beauty, magic, mystery, and adventure.


NATURE'S WAY Ages 8-11

Through games, hikes, crafts and studies, we learn nature's ways as we follow our curiosity into the natural world. With a backpack of surprises, and decades of experience leading learners into the woods, CC King loves to explore with curious nature-lover of all ages.  We'll make our field journals, get oriented with our compass and field guides, then head out to sketch, make fires, play games, and see where the adventure takes us.


ARTISTIC CREATIONS  Ages 10-13

Unlock your inner creativity with Waldorf teacher Robyne Borhanian! We'll spend the week exploring many different artistic expressions. Look forward to painting, felting, tie-dyeing, soap-making, weaving, beading, hand-sewing, candle-making, working with clay, making medicine bags, and more!



HONK!   Ages 11-15

Drums, band and string instruments, costumes, and lantern parades are all a part of the worldwide street band movement. Join EWS Music Director Jason Child for an introduction to this energetic, fun style of music.  We will use borrowed arrangements and put together our own arrangements to suit our instrumentation and then find ways to perform this music the way it's meant to be done: live and outdoors. Honk! is suitable for instrumentalists who can read music and play at an intermediate or advanced level. Want to join but feel unsure? Just ask!

 

WEEK 6 JULY 25-29


CHILDHOOD MAGIC  Ages 4-6

 

Arts, crafts, nature walks, indoor and outdoor play, dress-up, water play, storytelling, and puppet shows in our beautiful Kindergarten with EWS Early Childhood teacher Kyle Dunlap.



FLOW  Ages 6-9 FULL

Delve into the elements as we explore flowing water and air with EWS Music teacher Jason Child. We’ll spend our days outdoors making small waterways, dams, boats, pinwheels, streamers, kites, small hot air balloons, and more.  Bring your curiosity, ingenuity, and a change of clothes because we may get wet!


CALLING ALL CRAFTERS  Ages 8-11

Do you love arts and crafts? If so, this is the summer camp you've been looking for! We'll be having fun with Waldorf teacher Robyne Borhanian for a week of candle-making, shell art, soap-making, nature-weaving, painting, finger-knitting, clay work, wet-felting, and more.


MAGICAL WORLD OF PLANTS  Ages  9-13

Spend a week with Eli Pinto - Mother, Earth Lover, Tree Admirer, Clinical Aromatherapist, exploring the world of herbs and plants! We'll learn useful and interesting facts through games, fun activities, smells, plant contemplation in the school farm and whole campus. We will make plant-based products like sprays, lip-balms, refreshing gels, Lavender Lemonade, sachets, and even Natural Botanical Perfumes!

 

WOODWORK CAMP  Ages  10-13 FULL

Spend the day with EWS Woodwork teacher Peter Moyers in his Wood Shop developing your skills as an apprentice woodworker. Our acres of woods will reveal that perfect branch for us to make our first works of art. Saws, axes, rasps, and files will be our tools of choice. Carefully creating a treasure box will be the highlight of the week! Additional $15 material fee.

 

For more information on EWS Summer Programs, contact Summer Camp Director Candor Plaza (summercamps@emersonwaldorf.org).

 

Summer Programs

Candor S. Plaza

Summer Camp Director