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Summer Camps

Get Excited about Summer Camps!
This summer will be full of projects, new hobbies, good books, sports, and loads of fun. There are camps for every type of kid and challenges of all sorts. Take a look and then sign up by clicking the BUY link next to the camps you select. 
Ongoing Activities & Camps

The Children’s Center
Searching for somewhere to spend those summer days? Look no further! The Children’s Center at James River Day School provides licensed childcare for rising first graders through 12-year-olds. Campers will spend a fun-filled summer taking field trips to local destinations such as Amazement Square, FunQuest, and the movies. Kids can swim or just float around to cool off each week in a nearby swimming pool. In addition, children will enjoy creating crafts, reading books, and playing outside. Each day, children need to bring a lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, and drinks. Children will be supervised by our certified staff.

Contact Valerie Daigle to apply or for more information. Because the rate for the Children's Center varies dependent upon the length of stay, this camp may only be purchased by contacting Ms. Daigle. If space is available, children may enroll by the day or week.

Director: Valerie Daigle
Ages: rising 1st graders through 12-year-olds
Dates/Times: June 10 through August 9, M-F, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed July 4 & 5.
Cost: $1090 for 9 weeks or $157 per week or $53 per day, activities & field trips included.
And yes, you can sign up for the Children’s Center and the camps below as desired. You must contact Ms. Daigle directly to sign up for the Children’s Center.

Summer Library
Come in out of the summer heat into the coolest library around! Are you a James River student who wants to check out a book or needs to take an AR quiz? Working on those summer reading lists?
Join us in the Taylor Media Center every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., June 18 through August 15 (closed the first two weeks of July). Adult staff will be available to assist students in finding and checking out books, logging into the Accelerated Reader portal, and reading to students during the weekly Story Time at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays. James River students may check out books, and everyone is welcome at Story Time. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Instructor: Julie Coppage
Ages: rising kindergarteners through rising 8th graders
Dates/Times: June 18 through August 15, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (closed the first two weeks of July)
Cost: FREE
Rising Kindergarten Activities
Please see all the details of the fun activities set for the newest members of our school community by going to Kindergarten Summer Activities page.

Basketball Open Gym - BUY the 8-session package
Players will work on individual skill development for 30 minutes, followed by an hour of full-court scrimmaging. Open to boys and girls of all abilities. Flexible payment available to suit summer travel needs. Pay the “drop-in” rate or pay for the whole summer in advance for the best deal. Remember, players are made in the off-season!

Instructor: Coach John Gillum
Ages: rising 5th through rising 8th graders
Dates/Times: Tuesdays, June 11 through July 30, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $50 for all 8 sessions, or “drop-in” for $10 per session (payable each session)

Soccer Camp
BUY the 6-session package
Join Coach Rob Woods for soccer fun this summer. Each session will focus on skills and drills followed by small-sided games. This is a perfect opportunity for rising 5th graders to develop skill sets and to get up to speed before the fall soccer season. Younger players (rising 2nd-4th) will also improve their skills while having fun and developing a love for the game.

Coach Woods currently holds a "National D" coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation. He has coached a number of teams over the last decade, ranging from complete beginners  up to adults, with lots of success in tournaments and leagues. Rob has coached competitively for club and school soccer teams in New Mexico and Tennessee. Since moving to Lynchburg, Coach Woods has been a volunteer coach for younger children at the YMCA. If one considers he has over 30 years playing experience, coaching experience, and a huge passion for the game,  it is clear the young players attending soccer camp will be in great hands!

Instructor: Coach Rob Woods
Ages/Times: rising 2nd & 3rd graders meet 8:00 to 9:30 am
                     rising 4th & 5th graders meet 9:30 to 11:00 am
Dates: Saturdays, June 22 through July 27
Cost: $100 for all 6 sessions, or “drop-in” for $20 per session (payable each session)
James River Day School Reading Clinic - BUY
booksThis three-week intensive clinic is designed to help students improve phonetics, word-attack skills, vocabulary acquisition, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. Tutoring is diagnostic, prescriptive, sequential, and structured. Participants will be assessed and instruction will be tailored to individual needs. The goal is make summer reading more enjoyable and accessible. Reading truly is fundamental, and this camp endeavors to help students find joy in reading.
Instructors: Anissa Umberger and Pam Reams
Ages: rising 1st through rising 8th graders
Dates/Times: Monday - Friday, July 8-26 from 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $400

Week-long Camps
Summer STEM Camp - BUY
stem clipartLearn all about tree houses!
As Treehouse Master Pete Nelson noted, “Tree houses are the ultimate return to nature.”
Monday: Three Little Pigs Challenge
Tuesday: Twenty-One Elephants Challenge
Wednesday: Field Trip Day (Camp Kum-Ba-Yah Treehouse)
Thursday: Build a Treehouse Challenge
Friday: Parents’ Visitation Treehouses
Instructors: Grades K-1 - Promising Engineers led by Gessi Wright
                     Grades 2-3  - Emerging Engineers led by Margaret Daniel
                     Grades 4-5 - Rising Engineers led by Jeannie Heishman
Ages: rising kindergarteners through rising 5th graders
Dates: July 8-July 12
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.
$120 per student
Deadline for ALL APPLICATIONS to this camp is JULY 1.

The Mysterious Art of Egypt - BUY
Join Mrs. McCraw and learn about King Tut, Queen Nefertiti, enigmatic mummies, inscrutable cat sculptures, pyramids, headdresses, hieroglyphics (symbols to tell stories), and beading for amulets! Young artists will delve into these mysterious figures and artifacts from Ancient Egypt while learning art techniques and experiencing many different artistic media.

Instructor: Mrs. Ginny McCraw
Ages: rising 1st through rising 3rd graders
Dates/Time: July 15-19, 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $170, minimum: 6 students

Interested in both the Mysterious Art of Egypt and LEGO Adventures? Students can do both! There will be a supervised lunchtime available for students attending both camps, courtesy of Mrs. Nancy Cook. Students will need to provide their own lunch and drink.

LEGO Adventures - BUY
Love LEGOS? Come to the library and enjoy a LEGO adventure. Join us for a week of LEGO fun! Each day there will be a new challenge to help with your child's creativity and building skills. Students will have the opportunity to build alone, with a partner or group, and share their creations. Bring your imagination!

Instructor: Mrs. Nancy Cook
Ages: rising kindergarteners through rising 3rd graders
Dates/Time: July 15-19, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $150, maximum: 10 students

Outdoor Ramblers - BUY
It’s time to unplug and get outside with nature enthusiasts Grace Aguilera and John Gillum. Campers will embark on a different adventure each day: hiking the Appalachian Trail, playing in the creek, canoeing the James River, visiting a local farm, adventuring in the park, and climbing at a local gym. This is the way summer should be! All transportation between the school and each day’s adventure is provided. Drop-off and pick-up will be at James River. Parents will receive a detailed email about the week prior to the start.

Instructors: Sra. Grace Aguilera and Coach John Gillum
Ages: rising 3rd through rising 5th graders
Dates: July 22-26
Time: 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. Pick-up times may vary, dependent upon activity. Parents will be given a detailed schedule prior to the start of this camp. Students will need to bring lunch and drink, plus a water bottle, each day.
Cost: $225

Spanish Safari - BUY
From pretending to be animal rescue heroes to learning about animals in danger of extinction in Latin America, students will have a blast in our Spanish Safari camp. Children will learn about the sea turtles that nest in Costa Rica, the jaguars that live in Mexico, the chinchillas that live in the Andes region, and many of the interesting species inhabiting the Galapagos Islands. Through music, play, and hands-on projects, campers will develop their Spanish conversational skills, getting a head-start on a new language skill.  

Instructor: Sra. Grace Aguilera
Ages: rising kindergarteners & rising 1st graders
Dates/Time: August 5-9, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $125

Tiny Chefs - BUY
Maple syrup? Avocado? Cinnamon? Each day, students will be challenged to create a dish with a unique set of ingredients in their “baskets." Emphasis will be on fresh, seasonal, and healthy ingredients. Students will independently (with close supervision and guidance) prepare their dishes, measuring, mixing, and cooking to concoct a different international dish each day, from Ecuadorian ceviche to English crumpets and lemon curd. Learning to cook in this way teaches kids to be flexible, adaptive, and to think on their feet, while also bolstering their mathematical and analytical skills.

Instructor: Sra. Grace Aguilera
Ages: rising 3rd graders through rising 5th graders
Dates/Time: August 5-9, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $175

Arduino ClockTic, Toc, Arduino Clock - BUY
Love to create? Let’s build clocks! Students will utilize Arduino, Arduino Trinket, LED matrices, and 3D printing to make their very own word clock to take home. In addition to using TinkerCAD to design the housing for the clock, skills taught will include soldering, programming, design thinking, and perseverance. All students work at a different pace so during any downtime, students will also have the option to 3D design an analog clock face.  
A laptop is recommended, however, a Chromebook should work; $75 in materials will be provided. Please contact Nancy Hardison if you have any questions.

Instructors: Nancy Hardison, assisted by Patrick Hardison
Ages: rising 7th through rising 9th graders
Dates/Time: August 12-16,  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $200, maximum: 12 students

Athletic Conditioning - BUY
Get a jump start on the competition with a week of conditioning for soccer, volleyball, and cross country athletes. Sessions are designed to enhance the campers overall athletic ability. Strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, footwork agility, power, reaction time, and balance will be developed through the use of medicine balls, TRX straps, bands, reaction balls, agility ladders and other equipment. Each session will contain a fast-paced mix of functional training exercises, with games that elicit fun and fitness. Coach Gillum is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Instructor: Coach John Gillum
Ages: rising 5th through rising 8th graders
Dates/Time: August 12-16, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $80

Excitable Entrepreneurs with Vector Space
(Go to Vector Space web page to buy this camp.
Create a pop-up business in one week! Students work as a group to build a pop-up business. Students will create and execute a business plan, as well as producing and selling custom speakers. This camp will take place at Vector Space.

The project will start with business fundamentals including branding, budget, marketing, feasibility, and structure. Students will also be the production team, designing and building home decor speakers using exciters - a technology that turns almost any object into a speaker. Tools utilized will include scroll saw, vinyl cutter, laser cutter, spray booth, and more. Each student will build three speakers: two mid-range and one sub-woofer. Each will be a unique design, made by the student and brought to life using the various tools we cover. This will give the students exposure to a variety of tools and experience in selling a variety products. The project will culminate with a booth at Get Downtown in September where students will sell their products, including a demonstration of the skills and techniques they learned in camp. The five day schedule will be broken up as follows:
Monday: Business Plan
Tuesday: Product Design
Wednesday: Product Development
Thursday: Product Development continues
Friday: Get Downtown Booth Creation
Instructors/Location: This camp will be led by Vector Space instructors at their downtown location.
Ages: rising 6th through rising 8th graders
Dates/Time: Monday-Friday, August 12-16, 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m. Lunch break will be 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Snacks (granola bars) will be provided, but students are expected to bring their own lunches.
The final project of the camp will be a booth at the Get Downtown festival on September 6. Students need to attend all class meetings and the Get Downtown event.
Cost: $250
To sign up for this camp go to the Vector Space web page for this camp.

One Room Schoolhouse - BUY
One of the most popular programs at James River Day School is back – and now better than ever! The nostalgic one-room schoolhouse, which offered students a unique and specialized education, has disappeared from our fast-paced culture. James River has successfully brought back the concept of the one-room schoolhouse to ease the transition into the next school year. We will offer specialized instruction in math, grammar, and Spanish or French. This program furnishes students with a jump-start by providing them with individualized lessons and differentiated instruction in the school’s core curriculum areas, plus organizational assistance for students who need a little help getting it all together. Students will transition smoothly into a new school year at James River Day School by getting set up and ready to go ahead of time!

Instructors: Heather Guard, Betsy Layne, Grace Aguilera, Anne Taylor, Gessi Wright, Pam Reams, Ali Cox, and Anne Royer
Ages: rising 1st through  rising 8th graders (James River students only)
Dates/Time: August 19-22, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $165
Linocut Printmaking - BUY
Alumna Megan Davies returns to James River to lead an art camp. Megan is a local artist, who enjoys seeing the imaginations young artists have and loves helping them bring their ideas to life. With Mrs. Davies' help young artists will learn how to make artist's prints using the linocut method. Students will carve their designs into linoleum sheets to create a "stamp." Campers will also learn how to build an image using multiple layered prints. They will come away with knowledge of a new artistic technique, prints of their own design, and their handcrafted "stamps" that can be used again and again.
Instructor: Megan Davies
Dates/Time: August 19-23, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Ages: rising 5th through 8th graders
Cost: $170, minimum 4 students; maximum 8 students.