Academic Camps 1

CASC’s Academic Specialty Camps are designed to offer older campers a fun and educational experience throughout the summer. Most Academic Specialty Camps run 9am – 4pm and include snack, lunch, and an optional afternoon free swim.

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Academic Camps 2

  • MovieMakers (gr. 4-8)

    Dates: July 9 - 13, July 30 - August 3
    rising 4-8 grades
    $ 700

    Join us for five days of intense movie-making fun! Campers will experience the entire process of making a film in one whirlwind week. We’ll focus on developing an advanced film language while teams design, direct, perform and edit making use of CA’s cutting-edge Media Lab. Our time will be divided between analyzing clips, exercises in digital video production and Adobe Premiere, and the shooting of projects. We’ll wrap the week with a screening of the works! All participants will receive a copy of their creations to share with others.

    About the Instructor: Justin Bull - bio coming soon!

  • Writing Camp (gr. 7-10)

    Writing Camp
    Dates: July 9 - 13
    rising 7-10 grades

    For teens and preteens who love to write, CA’s Summer Writing Camp offers a fourth season of activities to nurture campers’ appreciation of choosing and arranging words. We’ll consider poetry and prose from a broad international and historical range, explore the CA campus and nearby destinations, and join other campers in activities including swimming, games and crafts. With the goal of enhancing interest in and sensitivity to verbal expression, we’ll explore a variety of genres, including poetry, essay, journal, correspondence, narrative, reporting, and constructive criticism--both individually and in collaboration. Writing Camp requires no homework, but will provide plenty of in-camp composition. Sharing and discussing campers' writing, and reporting on the the camp blog, will give opportunities for feedback.

    About the Instructor: Andrew Stevens - bio coming soon!

  • Upper Level SSAT Prep Workshop (gr. 7-8) *NEW*

    Upper Level SSAT Prep Workshop *NEW for 2018*
    Dates: July 9 - 13
    Times: 9am-1pm
    rising 7-8 grades

    Preparing for the Upper Level SSAT provides students applying to private high schools with both the knowledge and confidence that will help them to excel on Test Day. We’ll cover all sections of the test, providing smart, effective testing strategies and helpful tips and tricks so that each student becomes an expert on the test. In addition to working with experienced, engaging instructors, students will participate in fun, challenging in-class exercises and be given small, purposeful homework assignments.

    About the Instructor:
    Travis Minor founded Open Door Education in 2011 and has since helped thousands of students prepare for the SSAT, ISEE, SAT, and ACT. He studied Secondary Education at The University of Vermont and earned an M.Ed. at Harvard University.

  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Writing Camp (gr. 7-10) *NEW*

    Fantasy & Science Fiction Writing Camp *NEW for 2018*
    Dates: July 16 - 20
    rising 7-10 grades

    Have you wanted to write your own adventure story? Do you like fantasy, science fiction, or steam punk? Do you like writing and reading? Well, you might enjoy World Builders.

    In this week-long summer camp students construct a speculative world and then write fiction that takes place there. We will examine examples from science fiction to fantasy and beyond. Students should have a strong imagination and enjoy writing and reading. This course is best for the student who is comfortable with the basic steps of the drafting process and feels confident working on the page.

    About the Instructor: Andrew Stevens - bio coming soon!

  • Music Tech Camp (gr. 7-10)

    Music Tech Camp
    Dates: July 23 - 27, July 30 - August 3
    rising 7-10 grades

    At Music Tech Camp, you’ll use the same software that your favorite musicians and producers use, and learn the recording, mixing, and songwriting skills to create your own music. You’ll learn about some serious stuff like acoustics, digital audio and computer music systems, and go on cool field trips – previous field trips have included Berklee College of Music in Boston, and professional recording studios Q Division and Wellspring Sound.

    No prior music experience is required, and all musical styles are welcome.

    Listen to what our campers have produced since 2011 on SoundCloud.

    About The Instructor: Nivedh Singh is a member of the Performing Arts faculty at Concord Academy. He teaches two levels of Digital Music Production, as well as individual music lessons. He studied Sound Recording at Ithaca College. This is his third year teaching at CA and working at CA Summer Camp. His passion is for music studio recording, but he also loves to sing, play guitar, and listen to records.

  • Real Characters for Real Writers (gr. 7-10) *NEW*

    Real Characters for Real Writers *NEW for 2018*
    Dates: July 30 - August 3
    rising 7-10 grades

    A good story is so much more than just the sequence of events from the beginning to the end of a book. We indulge in stories so we can watch a character experience a challenge and then change in order to meet that challenge. We will spend the week creating deep, dynamic characters who have motivations, challenges, and flaws that actually matter. We will learn about how "story" is different than "plot" and learn how to develop "stories" for our characters. Finally, we will plot and write 3 chapters of your novel, and workshop it with your fellow classmates. You will learn how to plan, write, and receive critique all in one week!

    About the instructor: Kyra Wilson Cook is a former middle-school history teacher who fully embraced her talent for writing fiction after her children were born. She specializes in stories that explore the thin veil between this world and what is beyond, and often contemplates how the divine touches the tangible. Kyra writes for local businesses, blogs about suburban motherhood, and tells stories. She's also an enthusiastic knitter, embroiderer, and home cook.

  • Creative Writing: Flash Fiction (gr. 7-10)

    Creative Writing Workshop: Flash Fiction
    Dates: August 13 - 17
    rising 7-10 grades

    This intensive creative writing workshop is designed to help the beginning writer develop storytelling skills through the writing of "flash" fiction. Flash fiction means very short stories (usually well under 1000 words) and our workshop will concentrate on producing multiple short narratives—in a flash!— during our week together. Our theme will be "taking pictures" and we will work on all the essential elements of the writer's craft (description, setting, plot, character, dialogue, etc) to learn to take vivid snapshots of the world with nothing but our words. Our daily activities will be filled with spontaneous, fun writing exercises, including short walks to the town of Concord to observe life as it happens and a field trip to the Decordova Museum. We will also collaborate on team stories and on creating a welcoming, inclusive workshop environment to get the most out of our work. Our workshop will conclude with the publication of each student's best work in an online journal created just for CA Summer Camp!

    About the Instructor: Jared Green is a multi-genre author, experimental literary performer, and Associate Professor of English literature at Stonehill College, where he teaches creative writing and modern literature. He has published children's fiction and literary criticism and is the editor of books on hip hop and DJ culture. His current projects include The Blue Octavo Notebooks, a novel for young adult readers. His work has been recognized by the Rhode Island Foundation, which awarded him the MacColl Johnson Fellowship in fiction writing.

  • Roleplaying Game Camp (gr. 6-10)

    Roleplaying Game Camp
    Dates: July 23 - 27, July 30 - August 3
    rising 6-10 grades

    Do you like World of Warcraft, Star Wars: Old Republic, and other computer roleplaying games? This summer, leave the computer home and journey into the exciting world of tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons, where it all began!

    No devices or wi-fi required! All you’ll need are imagination, creativity, and some pencils, paper, and dice. You and the other campers will create heroic characters who will explore fantastic worlds, solve challenging puzzles, and face great dangers – all in your imagination.

    Teamwork, communication, and cooperation with the other campers in the group are essential – unlike computer games, the other players will be right there in the room with you! Can your group work together to succeed? Can you and your friends complete the quest, save the world, and maybe become legends yourselves in the game world? There’s only one way to find out.

    Besides epic adventures, the camp day includes camp activities like archery or woodworking, and an optional swim period.

    About The Instructor: Justin Samaha’s day job is writing music for documentary films on PBS, and he was the instructor for Music Tech Camp here at CASC for seven years. But he was a Dungeon Master before anything else, and has played D&D and other roleplaying games for over 30 years. He lives in NYC with his wife and three children, and spends a few weeks every summer working at CASC. He is a CA alum, and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Justin is currently hard at work on his first science fiction novel.

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