Grab Bag Descriptions

If your child is PreK-Grade 1, see our Mini and Mighty Gator programs. The descriptions below are for rising Grades 2-8.

3DUX CONSTRUCTION (GRADES 2-8)
We want to inspire the creator in every child! Join us as we use this award-winning 3DuxDesign Architectural Modeling System to offer an engaging, hands-on tool that blends art, design and creative play with STEM learning. 

ANIMALS IN ART (GRADES 5-8)
Students will receive a chronological introduction to the history of Western art through animals! How did prehistoric people draw inside caves? Why are cats so prominent in Egyptian art? How did artists learn to draw or paint animals so accurately? Students will learn about representations of animals during a particular artistic epoch, then make their own using similar techniques.

CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA (GRADES 4-8)  DOUBLE PERIOD
Campers will act as professional boat builders and sailors as they work in teams to design and build human-powered boats using only cardboard and duct tape.  Additional floating challenges and projects will round out the week. At the end of the week, teams will race their boats across the Stone Ridge pool in front of their cheering camper friends. Whether campers sink or make it to the finish line, they’re going to have a blast!

CARTOONING (GRADES 4-8)
Create a comic collection in your very own cartooning book. Learn how to draw your favorite cartoon characters step by step or create your own cartoon characters that come to life. Then create single panel gags or multi-paneled “newspaper” style strips in black and white and color. Maybe one of your strips will run in the camp blog!

CLAY CREATIONS (GRADES 2-8)
Let your imagination run wild! Come have fun building clay sculptures of your choice. Create collections of food, magical villages, vehicles, monsters, bowls, plates cups, or treasure boxes. There is no limit to the fun sculptures that you can create. You will learn pinch, coil and slab building techniques to create your pieces.  You will also use amazingly colorful glazes to decorate your pieces. Be sure to wear clothes you are not afraid to get dirty, because we are going to have fun playing in the mud!

COOL CRAFTS (GRADES 2-8)
Ranked as our #1 class, campers can’t get enough of Cool Crafts with Mrs. Gillian Atta! This class is jam-packed with creative experiences from our classic themes to our new projects.  Whether they are building with tiles, creating tie-dyed masterpieces or making candy sushi, campers can’t resist this whirlwind adventure combining the best of crafts, candy, and one-of-a-kind experiences.

CRAFTY CRITTERS (GRADES 2-8)
If you like both crafty art projects and animals of all kinds, this is the class for you! The animal world has been an endless source of inspiration for artists throughout history. We will create squishy animal sculptures made with rice and socks (new socks, not old stinky ones!), ceramic sea creatures, stuffed animal pillows, and even edible critter treats to take home.   

DANCE PARTY (GRADES 2-8)
Want to learn how to dance like the dancers in some of your favorite shows, movies, and even tiktoks? We can show you. Come learn spunky, high-energy dance routines featuring a variety of dance styles. Whether you're a beginner or a dance expert, you'll have fun learning new choreography and advancing your technique. Campers will learn choreographed routines as well as develop their own dance routines to popular music.

DIVING (GRADES 2-8)
Join favorite Stone Ridge Aquatics Director Bob Walker in this popular class designed for the beginning springboard diver. Skills to be taught include the forward approach step, front and back take-offs, tuck, pike, straight and twisting positions, and front and back dives. Each child will progress at his or her own pace in this class while learning basic diving skills. There will be a low-key, no pressure diving exhibition at the end of the week for campers to show off what they have learned to their peers.

ECO ART & NATURE'S CRAFTS  (GRADES 2-8)  
Experience the adventure and creative process of using materials found in nature! We will go on scavenger hunts to collect interesting objects around Stone Ridge’s lush, beautiful campus. Projects include ceramic and mixed media musical wind chimes, fairy crowns, wands, or potions, printmaking using leaves, fruits, and vegetables, and designing and building site-specific artwork in the environment.

FREE SWIM (GRADES 2-8)
Have fun with your friends while lounging in an inner tube, playing with pool noodles, or jumping off the diving board. Campers must pass our swim test in order to swim without one of our Stone Ridge swim vests.

GATOR BIKE SHOP  (GRADES 5-8) DOUBLE PERIOD
Bikes are amazing machines! Explore all their working parts and learn to fix them up in the Gator Bike Shop. Bring in your own bike to learn how to do your own tune-ups, and work on repairing broken bikes for donation to give the gift of transportation. Taught by Stone Ridge Middle School Ed Tech guru and camp veteran, Mr. Rick Alfonso.

GATOR GAMES (GRADES 2-8)
How much excitement can we pack into one class? Try us! This camp favorite features daily fun competitions in such games as Capture the Flag, Dodgeball, Indoor Hockey, Wiffle Ball, Kickball, and more. This class requires active participation, so bring your sneakers and your energy! 

GATOR GAZETTE (GRADES 4-8) 
Our roving reporters will work in this computer class to create our own Gator Gazette blog. Students will learn to design our own blog newspaper including articles, photos, interviews, reviews, and weekly news updates. Kids will use programs such as Microsoft Office, Learn to Type, and more. 

GATORS SING OFF-BROADWAY (GRADES 2-8) FULL DAY
Places, everyone! Spend a full, magical Musical Theater day developing acting skills through improv exercises and role playing, singing show tunes, designing costumes, creating creative backdrops, applying theatrical makeup and more! Join us and learn the ins and outs of theater production. Our talented staff will help your child learn to shine on stage and work in a group to pull together a memorable show at the conclusion of the week. Week 2 theme: Lion King; Week 6 theme: Wicked.

GLEE CLUB (GRADES 2-8)
Come and sing your heart out to songs old and new. Learn vocal techniques, harmonies, and beginning music theory in a class all about singing in an ensemble with some moves on the side. Take a deep breath, smile, and sing out the music in you with your fellow campers.

GOLF PERFORMANCE CAMP (GRADES 4-8) DOUBLE PERIOD
Work with the Peak Golf Fitness company and work on golf skills here at Stone Ridge this summer!  SMASH stands for Stability, Mobility, Athleticism, Sports Skills, Hone Golf Skills.  SMASH ZONE classes are designed to create, build and emphasize athletic skills in junior golfers. This class is for campers who have expressed an interest in playing golf. Junior golfers are introduced to beginning and intermediate level shot making skills and physical fitness routines here on campus using our outdoor fields and gymnasiums. At the end of this class, students should be able to understand shot making skills and how athleticism and fitness will help them in golf and other sports.  

IMPROV (GRADES 2-8)
Do you like to think on your toes, keep a sharp wit, and laugh out loud? If your answer is “yes, and”, then this is the class for you! Develop your instincts and your improvisation skills in theater games and storytelling workshops. Be ready to expect the unexpected and learn the magic of being in the moment while having a good time!

INNER TUBE WATER POLO (GRADES 3-8)
Grab an inner tube and play this easy-to-learn, fast-paced but super fun team pool game. Race to score as many goals as you can against your opponents while paddling across the pool. 

JEWELRY MAKING & GIMP (GRADES 2-8)
Learn to make beautiful earrings, bracelets, necklaces as well as cool gimp crafts.  Campers will practice skills such as beading, weaving, knotting, and creating clasps in a fun, collaborative and creative atmosphere. Learn how to start your own gimp project and make more difficult designs such as cobra, zipper, double barrel and double box. Campers will go home with their own hand-made keychains and crafts.

LEGOS, LOGS & LINKS (GRADES 2-8)
Calling all kids who like to build masterpieces with their hands! Let’s go “retro” and use classic building materials such as Legos, Lincoln Logs and K’nex in this class designed to encourage creative building and exploration.  Build skyscrapers, cabins, race cars and more in daily building challenges. 

MAD SCIENTISTS (GRADES 2-8)
Help! Our mad scientist needs campers like YOU to help run experiments, concoct new contraptions, and explore science and nature inside and outside of the classroom. Each week will have a variety of classic and new experiments and activities. 

MICROBITS: JOYFUL HACKING (GRADES 4-8)
Using code, sensors, and Microbits microprocessors can help us hack some joyful surprises into familiar spaces. One part physical computing, one part public design, and one part silly prank, this workshop explores the playful side of technology. Taught by Stone Ridge Director of Educational Technology and Innovation, Mrs. Jaime Chao Mignano.

MONKEYS IN MOTION (GRADES 2-3)
Our younger campers will love this non-competitive, active class where they will play tag games, build forts and structures with gymnastic mats, race with scooters, and play various P.E. type games in our gymnasium. This is a terrific active alternative for kids not quite ready for the more intense competition of Gator Games.

MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP (GRADES 2-8) DOUBLE PERIOD
5-6-7-8! Students will work towards becoming a “triple threat” in this high energy, double-period class!  We will work on our acting skills, sing show tunes, learn Broadway style dance moves, and play theater games & trivia. The themes for each session are as follows: AM Week 4: Annie; PM Week 4: Cinderella. AM Week 5: Broadway Jukebox; PM Week 5: Frozen.

PAINT-A-PALOOZA (GRADES 2-8) 
What do polka-dots on pumpkins, water lilies on a custom-designed tote bag, and a starry night t-shirt have in common? They will all be painted by you following inspiration from works by famous artists! Each day provides a time to learn about a famous artwork, then paint to make your own works of art. The week ends with a collaborative class painting project!

PAINT and GO! MONET TO VAN GOGH (GRADES 4-8)
Painting a masterpiece in one class is a thrill not to be missed! Follow the professional art instructor's lead while painting your own original versions of van Gogh’s Starry Night, Monet’s lilies and Georgia O’Keeffe’s flowers.The week ends with a fun, Abstract Expressionist creation you’ll be glad to hang in your own gallery at home. 

PICKLEBALL  (GRADES 4-8)
This fast-growing crazy sport is sweeping the nation! Have a great time learning and playing this fun game that combines many elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. No experience necessary, just bring your enthusiasm and smile and we provide the rest!

POP STAR TRAINING CAMP (GRADES 2-8)
Have you ever wanted to be on stage like Jojo Siwa or Dua Lipa? Do you love dancing to music on the radio? Get ready to rock out in Pop Star Training Camp, where you can learn the same moves some of the biggest stars have performed to the greatest hits!

ROCKET SCIENCE (GRADES 4-8)
Favorite Stone Ridge Upper School science teacher Will Robertson will help campers build and launch rockets that they will have designed and assembled from scratch. Students will learn basic concepts in rocketry and aerodynamics and will apply this knowledge to their rocket designs. With each new and improved design they will see for themselves that there is a science to rocket building. Enrollment is limited for this unique class as it is only offered one period for sessions 4,5,6. Camper may only sign up for this class one session per summer.

SOLAR POWER PLAYHOUSE (GRADES 4-8) DOUBLE PERIOD
Harness the sun in this solar-powered electrical engineering workshop! Learn, design, and build solar-power systems to light up the Solar Power Playhouse, charge batteries, and get machines moving. Taught by Stone Ridge Upper School Ed Tech guru and camp veteran, Mr. Stanley Johnson.

SPORTS ACADEMY (GRADES 2-8) DOUBLE PERIOD
Hey sports fans, the double-period is BACK by popular demand! How would you like to play your favorite field and gym sports every day with enthusiastic and knowledgeable coaches & counselors and then end your week with an awesome “Laser Tag Friday” experience? Join us for both traditional sports and non-traditional wacky games all played in good fun. Join our all-star Sports Academy staff and enjoy the best summer of your life!

STEM IN THE WILD (GRADES 2-4) DOUBLE PERIOD
An all-outdoor maker exploration that reveals STEM all around us! Look closely, use your STEM knowledge, and get your hands dirty building incredible, imaginative stuff with nature and STEM materials! Taught by Stone Ridge Director of Educational Technology and Innovation, Mrs. Jaime Chao Mignano.

STEP TEAM (GRADES 2-8) 
Attention! SOUND OFF: Ready to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and shout it out loud?  Come, let your footwork shine in perfect unison with our talented steppers! Make noise, have fun, and learn a fabulous step routine to be performed for your fellow campers! 

STRINGS & THINGS (GRADES 2-8)
Sewing enthusiasts will love to get their hands on a needle and thread in this popular class which teaches the basics of knitting, embroidery, basic weaving and original designs. Spend an enjoyable class period with beloved instructor Louise Bradford creating your masterpiece!

SURPRISING CIRCUITRY (GRADES 4-8)
A hands-on maker workshop amped up with electricity! Learn how to electrify birthday cards, wall murals, and more, with circuits you can wear, stick on, paint, or clip. A great introduction to electronics and an exploration of the many different ways circuits can make cool stuff. Taught by Stone Ridge Director of Educational Technology and Innovation, Mrs. Jaime Chao Mignano.

SWIM CLINIC (GRADES 2-8)
Whether you are a beginner who needs to learn how to swim or a swimmer who doesn’t have time for morning practice, our pool staff will divide our swim clinic into three levels– Beginners, Intermediate, and Swim Team.
Beginners: This class is appropriate if your child is comfortable in the pool, but needs help putting his/her face underwater. Your child will be taught the front glide, kicking, back float, and the basic freestyle stroke, along with swim safety skills in a fun, safe environment.
Intermediates: If your child can swim twenty-five yards freestyle and tread water for one minute, this is the class for him/her. Drills will be taught in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Starts and turns will be introduced.
Swim Team: This class will be instructed with swim team drills to keep them trained and prepared for their swim meets. 

TINY CHEFS (GRADES 2-8) DOUBLE PERIOD
Half-day cooking camps with a different theme each week. Week 2 (Cooking Around the World), Week 4 (The Great Food Truck Race), Week 5 (The Great Cupcake Challenge), Week 6 (Dips and Donuts). Click here for more info. Extra supply cost applies. 

TINY CHEFS (GRADES 2-8) FULL-DAY
Full-day cooking camps are offered only Week 1 (June 21-24) and Week 3 (July 5-8). The themes are Week 1: The Great Cupcake Challenge; and Week 3: Master Chef. Click here for more info. Extra supply cost applies. 

TOTALLY TRENDY CRAFTS (GRADES 2-8)
Calling all fashionistas!  Create no-sew fashion accessories like duct tape bags, hair accessories, and locker bling.  Go ahead and get ready to make a fashion statement as you design these totally trendy crafts!

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL CAMP (GRADES 2-8) DOUBLE PERIOD
Join 2017 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and Middle School teacher extraordinaire, Agustin “Gus” Umanzor, in this new, unique primitive backcountry camp. Each day a different topic will be covered; campers must dress appropriately for hiking and the outdoors. Want to learn how to make a primitive backcountry shelter and then actually construct one after hiking to Rock Creek? How about learning about eating & drinking in the backcountry? Learn about fire making and water filtration from local streams, make s'mores, and taste dehydrated food! Interested in local flora, fauna & fishing? Make your very own fishing pole and try your luck in our neighboring creek! Friday's fun will be practicing your fight or flight skills by having an enormous outdoor laser tag battle along with the fun on our giant inflatable water slide. Offered only Week 3. 

About Agustin “Gus” Umanzor:  Gus is a native of Maryland and the DC area. In 2017 Gus left his real estate job to pursue attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. After his four-month journey covering over 2,190 miles and 14 states, Gus returned to his alma mater to become a Middle School Spanish teacher. Not only is Gus an avid backpacker and hiker, but he also enjoys fly fishing for native brook trout. In his spare time, you can most likely find Gus hiking or backpacking in Shenandoah trying to discover new streams holding his next prized brook trout.

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