Grades 6-8

Adventures for the Independent Spirit


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 9:00 – 10:30 am | $150/week

Actors will explore a variety of theatrical concepts in this course, including character work, improvisation, scene study, and more. In addition to gaining skills necessary to succeed in the theatre, campers will also develop public speaking, confidence, and problem solving abilities.


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 2:00 – 3:30 pm | $150/week

Dabble in a number of art mediums and styles in this new course — painting, sculpting, jewelry making, crafting, and more! No prior experience needed, just an interest in trying something new each day!


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | $150/week

Odd and exciting experiments lie ahead in our Bizarre Science lab! Get ready to get messy as our young scientists travel off the beaten path to explore fun and freaky elements of science. Campers will analyze, evaluate, and observe the wild and wacky through hands-on activities, experiments, and projects.


Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6: June 19-23 | June 26-30 | July 10-14 | July 17-21 12:30 – 2:00 pm | $150/week

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. There are written and skill evaluations throughout the course and participants will be given a certification card upon successful course completion. The intended audience for this course is young people (11-15 years old) who are providing babysitting and child care services. This course is offered through the nationally accredited American Health & Safety Institute.


Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6: June 19-23 | June 26-30 | July 10-14 | July 17-21 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | $150/week

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 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. *It is strongly recommended to complete this course if participating in the Child and Babysitting Safety course.


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | $150/week

Use your imagination, wits, and insight to hone your writing skills! Campers will be encouraged to develop their own personal voice through a variety of writing styles. In previous years, students have written poetry, persuasive non-fiction, and even dramatic scripts.


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | $300/week

In Digital Storytelling, campers will learn how to turn basic story ideas into short narrative videos using smartphones/ iPods and iMovie. This session will include work on storytelling, storyboarding, camera technique, and non-linear editing. No equipment is necessary, but if a student has a smartphone with a camera, they can use it to record their footage.


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 2:00 – 3:30 pm | $150/week

Fitness Boot Camp is the perfect course to prepare and condition any athlete for their upcoming sport season 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. Fitness Bootcamp will be taught by Lauren Hoopes and Mary Quigg, current AIS faculty and staff members. Lauren’s credentials include: Degree in Exercise Science and Health and Physical Education, AAAI/ISMA Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Spinning Instructor, Cardio Kickboxing Instructor, AIS Upper School Volleyball Coach and Middle School Softball Coach, Physical Education and Wellness Teacher at AIS, Fitness Class Instructor for Upper School Students. Mary’s credentials include: AIS Business Office staff member, Fitness Instructor for Lower School Students at AIS, Fitness Class Instructor for Middle School Students at AIS.


Weeks 5-7: July 10 – July 28 9:00 – 10:30 am | $150/week

Math Review offers students the opportunity to stay fresh with math concepts in an exciting setting. This course will reinforce basic math skills and strengthen problem-solving abilities for middle school students in a lively, enjoyable environment. The goal of this course is to help 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 math 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.


Weeks 2-4: June 19 – July 7 9:00 – 10:30 am | $150/week

This course is designed to help middle school students develop stronger study skills and identify strategies for success. Topics will include study approaches that are effective for each subject area, note-taking skills, and how to plan and work on long-term projects. An introduction to programs like Quizlet and apps to help organize content and aid in practice will also be included.


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 9:00 – 10:30 am | $150/week

Critical thinking and creativity work hand-in-hand in this new course. Campers will revisit specific times or events in history and consider them through a modern lens. How could the pyramids have been built with today’s technology? How would smartphones have changed the course of the Revolutionary War? Campers will utilize reading materials and videos, and participate in hands-on projects to explore, solve, and create! Final presentations will showcase the innovative work of our creative historians!


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 2:00 – 3:30 pm | $150/week

Have you ever wondered why putting yeast in bread makes it rise? Or how to make the perfect s’more? The answers to these questions can be discovered through science experimentation! This course will explore acid base reactions in cooking to enhance flavor, how crystals form to make rock candy, adding salt to water to raise or lower the temperature to make pasta or ice cream, and many other cooking experiments. Students will learn the scientific methods and properties of cooking and then apply what they learned through baking and cooking! *A $25 supply fee will be added when registering for this course.


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 12:30 – 2:00 pm | $150/week

Need a little time to tackle a summer reading assignment, work one-on-one with an instructor, or just want to spend some extra time reading this summer? Join our summer reading group! Campers will have the opportunity to dedicate quiet time to reading as well as work with the instructor on questions, concepts, and skills in a structured environment. Our instructor is also available to provide different strategies to help campers build strong reading and comprehension skills, create reading lists, or start a book club.


Weeks 2-7: June 19 – July 28 12:30 – 2:00 pm | $150/week

Campers will learn to collaborate and work as a team to accomplish a variety of real and scenario-based challenges. Teammates will develop communication, problem solving, and creative thinking skills to accomplish rescue missions, survival games, and other challenges. Learn how to navigate survivor scenario challenges in environments like space, deserts, and woods, and master challenges like human knots, blind minefield, and a team caterpillar walk as a group.