Grades 6-8

Adventures for the Independent Spirit

AIS Design & Build

June 18-22, July 23-27 | (Weeks 2,7) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

Spend a week becoming a designer and innovator! Join the AIS Design Camp to engage in high-energy brainstorming and learn how to prototype ideas using tools like a laser cutter and 3D printer. We will use design thinking to tackle a challenge from our local community and after engaging in empathy interviews and collaborative problem-solving, designers will launch their solutions in the community.

*Designed by The Agnes Irwin School’s iTeam

Babysitting Certifications: Cabs, First Aid, and CPR

June 11- June 22, July 9-13 (Weeks 2,3,5) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 9:00am-12:00pm

The Child and Babysitting Safety training program is designed to focus on supervising, caring for, and keeping children and infants safe in babysitting settings. The program provides fundamental information in the business of babysitting, proper supervision, basic caregiving skills, and responding properly to ill or injured children or infants. The CPR & AED program prepares individuals to respond to sudden cardiac arrest, breathing emergencies, and choking emergencies for adults, children and infants. Individuals will also learn how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). There are written and skill evaluations throughout the course and participants will be given a nationally accepted 2-year certification card and a CABS certification card upon successful course completion.

*The intended audience for this course is individuals ages 11 and above. This course is offered through the American Health & Safety Institute.

Fitness Bootcamp

July 16-20, July 23 – 27 (Weeks 6, 7) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

Fitness Boot Camp is the perfect course to prepare and condition any athlete for their upcoming sport seasons or give any camper a solid session of activity!  Campers will build strength, endurance, overall fitness, and confidence while experiencing a variety of sessions including speed, agility, body weight exercises, and interval training.  Campers will also gain an understanding of properly preparing their bodies for exercise, proper stretching for recovery, and monitoring their heart rate.  Intertwined with the different fitness activities are discussions about healthy living—food choices, managing stress, and general nutrition. Fitness Boot Camp will be taught by AIS PE and Wellness Instructor and Coach, Lauren Hoopes, and Mary Quigg, Fitness Instructor.

The Business of Doing Good: Social Entrepreneur Program

June 25 – June 29 (Week 3) | $550/week | Grades 6-8 | 9:00am – 3:30pm

Designed to inspire and empower campers to create projects and programs that make a positive impact in their world, this unique camp will help participants find their passions and instill the determination and skills to achieve their goals.  Each camper chooses a topic and potential project for the week. Entrepreneurs from the profit and non-profit spaces will work with campers and introduce business skills such as idea-ion, design thinking, business analysis, pitching and presentations. The Business of Doing Good’s dynamic and engaging curriculum will leave campers inspired to change the world by creating and presenting their unique social entrepreneurial endeavor.

Camp Cook-Off

June 18-June 22, July 23-July 27 (Weeks 2,7) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Dabble in the delectable and delicious! Camp Cook-off offers campers the opportunity to learn about ingredients and how to combine them during exciting food challenges. Working individually and in groups, campers compete to conceive and create a variety of dishes using blenders, microwaves, toaster ovens, and other small kitchen appliances. If you’ve ever wanted to enter “Kitchen Stadium” or get “Chopped,” this is a camp you won’t want to miss.

Drobots Drone Stem Camps: Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge

June 11-15  (Week 1) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and competition.

All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and social responsibilities of flying are included in this program.

Adventures in Art: DIY With Doodles

July 16-July 20  (Week 6) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

In DIY with Doodles, one of teacher and artist Jennifer Roman’s most popular classes, students will learn four or more design elements each day and complete a DIY object embellished with designs they have learned. In addition to keeping a design journal collecting all of the doodle styles they are learning, campers will complete additional projects including picture frames, bookmarks, jewelry boxes, tote bags, and more.


Drones to the Rescue

June 18-22  (Week 2) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Drone search and rescue is a necessity for first responders around the world, adding a new layer of solutions to save lives across the globe. Now campers to can take part in and learn from simulated missions during this action-packed, creative, and educational program. Participants will learn to fly drones and rely on their rescue team to collect vital data in specific “rescue areas” to locate “victims” and safely rescue them. We use age-appropriate and cutting-edge technology methods available for creating plans, missions, and maps. Participants will also learn invaluable lessons on how to simply, quickly and accurately make informed and targeted suggestions for real-world positive applications.


July 9 – July 13 | (Week 5) | $575/week | Grades 6-8 | 9:00am – 3:30pm

Fly, Code, and Create is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone

enthusiasts. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including the Parrot™ drones for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air to fly and code the drones using either Tynker or SWIFT programming. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, Drobots’ pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Students work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games where students collaborate, strategize, and create their own drone games and then compete against one another.

All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.

How to Lead (Girls Only)

July 16 – July 20 | (Week 6) | $300/week | Grades 7-8 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

The Center for the Advancement of Girls at the Agnes Irwin School presents a workshop to develop the essential skills necessary for effective leadership. Drawing on the experiences of current and past AIS student leaders, this workshop will encourage participants to cultivate the practical skills needed to be successful in both middle school and high school leadership positions. This workshop is for those 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in exploring their potential in preparation for assuming a leadership role in their school.

Math Review & Writing Workshop

July 9 – July 13, July 23-27 (Weeks 5, 7) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Brush up your math and writing skills before the new school year in this new program.  Writing Workshop will encourage students to develop their own personal voice through a variety of writing styles. Brainstorming, structure, and other writing strategies will be reviewing as students utilize their imagination to hone their writing skills. From poetry to persuasive non-fiction to dramatic scripts, students can explore their creativity, with an instructor nearby to guide them along the way.

Math Review offers students the opportunity to stay fresh with math concepts in an exciting setting. Our instructor will reinforce basic math skills and strengthen problem-solving abilities for Middle School students in a lively, enjoyable environment, helping students gain mastery in their computation skills using whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Use of basic geometry concepts will be used to enhance the teaching of computation. Fun-filled math projects and hands-on activities are designed to help review basic concepts.

Students are encouraged to bring summer assignments to this class to review concepts that need reinforcement with the instructor. Please note that the teacher may divide the students into small groups based on ability and grade level.

Digital News

June 25 – June 29, July 9 – July 13 (Weeks 3, 5) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

Through a combination of journalism, photography, videos, and social media, campers will investigate what is happening at camp and produce innovative ways to report their findings. Working together to create camp news outlets, taking over the Summer at AIS Twitter and Facebooks feeds, and contributing to the Friday camp newsletter sent from the camp office will introduce campers to the exciting world of journalism and social media news!

Painting & Pottery

July 23-July 27, (Week 7 – 12:30 – 3:30pm) | Grades 6-8 | $300/week

Discover your inner artist by creating a unique pieces of work to call your own! Campers will explore basic techniques in painting and pottery, as well as use the pottery wheel, to experience texture, and colors that come to life. Opportunities to work in both mediums will be available throughout each week as campers express themselves through canvas and clay.

Pottery will be available for pick up approximately 7-10 days after the session ends.

The Write Stuff

July 16 – July 20 (Week 6) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

This one-week workshop invites campers to explore their creativity through the written word. Young writers will employ various strategies to develop their writing skills and points of view, working on a variety of projects and activities. Fiction, poetry, playwriting, short stories, and more—all types of writing will encourage campers to find their voices and express themselves effectively.

Walnut Street Theater: Musical Theater

June 11 – June 15 (Week 1) | $300/week | Grades 6-8 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Experience musical theatre, the most popular form of theatre in America today, through ensemble singing, movement, acting exercises, and solo work. Enjoy singing? Dancing? Interested in “Hamilton?” This is the class for you! Young actors will spend the morning developing skills and conceiving/creating an original showcase the final showcase day. Students will come away with more confidence in their abilities and a deeper understanding and appreciation of musical theatre.