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Specialty Camps


 

FaySummer Specialty Camps

Campers who wish to pursue an interest in more depth may sign up for a FaySummer Specialty Camp. FaySummer offers several one-week Specialty Camp programs for campers interested in expanding their Day Camp experience. Designed to be exciting, educational, and fun, all FaySummer Specialty Camps are led by experienced, adult staff with demonstrated expertise in their program area. FaySummer Specialty Camps offer a half-day single focused program coupled with a half-day of FaySummer Day Camp programming.
 
All FaySummer Specialty Camps must have a minimum enrollment to run. If a program has low enrollment, campers will be able to transfer to another Specialty Camp or another FaySummer program.

Session 1 : June 24-28

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  • Horseback Riding Camp - Gr. 3-9

    FaySummer Horseback Riding Camp at Century Mill Stables is a fun and interactive way to learn the basics of horsemanship for beginners to advanced riders. Each day campers learn the basics of good horse care through grooming, general knowledge of equipment, parts of the horse, and colors and breeds. The riding portion of the lesson includes steering and control while riding at the walk and trot, correct rider body position, and some horseback games. Century Mill’s program is fully licensed with experienced instructors; the stable has an indoor ring and heated/air conditioned lounge area, so classes run in all weather. Their barn follows the best practices of the industry for safety and horse care and has an excellent safety record, with healthy, well-rested, happy horses and ponies for the campers to enjoy.
    *Camp is limited to 12 campers per session.
    **Round trip transportation is provided in Fay School SAVs driven by certified staff.
    ***Please note this is an afternoon Specialty Camp.
    Instructor: Century Mill Stables, with supervision by FaySummer staff
  • Little Samurais - Gr. 2-4

    Sensei Lynn Reynolds offers an environment of positive reinforcement where campers gain self-esteem as they learn the basics of karate. Campers participate in relays, games, and karate fundamentals to improve strength, flexibility, and manipulative skills. As the campers progress, these activities become more complex to further develop physical strength, coordination, balance, mental focus, personal confidence, and a spirit of group cooperation. This camp takes place at The Karate School in Marlborough, MA; round trip transportation is provided in Fay School SAVs driven by certified staff.
    Instructor: Sensei Lynn Reynolds from The Karate School in Marlborough, MA
  • Kids' Kitchen - Gr. 3-6

    In partnership with Paradise Island Kids, FaySummer's Kids' Kitchen Camp is more than just rolling some dough. Our cooking and baking class develops skills and techniques but mostly focuses on creating an enjoyable experience and love of the kitchen while preparing fresh, healthy, and fun meals. In this jam-packed program, campers will make and decorate some of their favorite foods and desserts, all from scratch, including pizza, pasta, sea creature cupcakes, and emoji cake pops! Campers will also work with buttercream, fondant/gum paste, and edible decorations.
    Instructors: Staff from Paradise Island Kids, with supervision by FaySummer staff

Session 2: July 8-12

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  • Boys' & Girls' Tennis - Gr. 2-6

    FaySummer is partnering with the Waterfall Tennis Academy, directed by Dick Waterfall, for our summer tennis program. Each daily three-hour session will focus on stroke fundamentals, match play, fast-paced drills, and exciting games.
    Instructor: Waterfall Tennis Academy coaches
  • Chess Camp - Gr. 3-9

    FaySummer welcomes U.S. Chess Life Master Lou Mercuri as lead instructor for this camp. Students learn the basic moves of chess and beyond—including checkmating patterns, opening strategies, tactics, famous games from the great players, and visualizing at least a couple of moves ahead. Players have the opportunity to play each other in a supervised setting with helpful tips and advice on how to improve, and they also work in small teams to take on problem-solving challenges together.
    *Please note this is an afternoon Specialty Camp
    Instructor: Lou Mercuri, U.S. Chess Life Master and Fay After School club teacher
  • Woodworking Technology: Design & Build - Gr. 3-9

    Campers in this class use principles of math, science, architecture, and engineering to create and build functional and structurally sound designs. Campers also learn to safely and accurately measure, cut, and join all materials using hand tools, as well as use 3D modeling software for prototyping. You will be challenged to develop your building skills and inner creativity as you put together your build. You’ll familiarize yourself with essential workshop safety and the six simple machines as you work alongside new friends. At the end of camp, share your work at our design showcase and take home your final build. Campers will be grouped by age, and space is limited to 28 campers.
    Instructors: Einstein by Design Instructors
     
     

Session 3: July 15-19

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  • AI Lab: Robotics and Machines - Gr. 5-9

    From self-driving cars to facial recognition software, artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming our lives. Learn about AI in our hands-on computer science lab and engineering workshop, where you will build your own voice assistant based on Google's Voice Assistant and Cloud Speech software libraries. Using the Google AIY Kit, we will construct our voice assistant and then create Python programs to customize our assistant by programming unique behaviors. Make your assistant react to custom phrases by controlling the microphone, speaker, or LED, or try adding a motion sensor or servo motor for even more interactive options. Campers enrolled in this course will take home their customized Google Assistant. They will also learn coding with the Cozmo robot and use visual coding to create intruder alarms and block-moving games.
    *Campers are grouped by age, and space is limited to 28 campers
    Instructors: Einstein by Design Instructors


  • Art Exploration - Gr. 4-6

    If you love art, you’ll love everything about this camp! Art Exploration is designed to help campers interested in art grow and gain creative confidence. Campers learn and experiment in a variety of art techniques and media, including painting, illustration, three-dimensional art, and keepsake crafts. Our expert teacher will tailor instruction to all skill levels.
    Instructor: Hadley Horner, Elementary School Art Teacher
  • Broadway Boot Camp - Gr. 2-6

    Join us at FaySummer as campers learn the ins and outs of musical theater performance! Campers will sing, act, and dance their way through classical and contemporary musical theater scenes and songs. Each two-week intensive is geared towards both new and seasoned musical theater enthusiasts. Campers will not only work on performing musical theater pieces but will also have the opportunity to create a set, costumes, and props for a final showcase. Please note that this is a two-week camp.
    Instructor: Kathryn Maslak, Fay School drama faculty

Session 4: July 22-26

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  • Artistic Adventures - Gr. 2 & 3

    Our theme-based junior art program delivers one week of hands-on artistic adventure where campers develop a foundation in visual arts and expand their creative horizons. Campers learn and experiment in a variety of art techniques and media, including painting, illustration, three-dimensional art, and keepsake crafts.
    Instructor: Hadley Horner, elementary school art teacher

  • Circus Arts - Gr. 3-9

    The circus is coming back to Fay in 2019! Jed the Jester brings over 20 years of performing and teaching to Fay’s unique Circus Arts Camp. In this weeklong session, campers will learn the secrets and skills of circus arts performers, including juggling, balance, stilt walking, balloon animals, and beginning magic. This year's camp is designed for newcomers through advanced returners, with daily showcase performances. At the end of the week, we’ll welcome you to our Big Top with our own circus arts performance!
    Instructor: Jed Stefanowicz, third grade teacher and circus arts professional
  • Underwater Drones and Robotics - Gr. 3-9

    Design and construct an underwater drone, then use it to navigate beneath the water’s surface in this feat of robotics and mechanical engineering. Camp participants spend the first two days of camp learning basic electronics, soldering, and acrylic construction as they build an underwater drone from a kit. After assembling and calibrating the robot, they plan a “micro expedition” to test their new machine. Campers will pilot the underwater drone through a jet pilot-like cockpit on their laptops, and they will learn how to communicate their discoveries, sharing their stories and photos with the world through a digital field journal. Campers are grouped by age, and space is limited to 28 campers
    Instructors: Einstein by Design Instructors
     
     

Session 5: July 29-August 2

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  • Boys' & Girls' Basketball - Gr. 5-9

    FaySummer has partnered with Behn Basketball to offer a week of high-level basketball instruction. With a reputation of excellent teaching focused on fundamentals, Behn Basketball coaches create an intense yet comfortable atmosphere that encourages learning and development. Campers focus on proper shooting technique, learn team play on both offense and defense, and practice competition and good sportsmanship while making friends and having fun. The goal for each player is to leave camp with improved skills and increased confidence.
    Instructors: Behn Basketball Coaches
  • Dragon Warriors, Jedi Masters, and Ninjas - Gr. 5-7

    Sensei Lynn Reynolds offers an environment of positive reinforcement where campers gain self-esteem as they learn the basics of karate. Campers participate in relays, games, and karate fundamentals to improve strength, flexibility, and manipulative skills. As the campers progress, these activities become more complex to further develop physical strength, coordination, balance, mental focus, personal confidence, and a spirit of group cooperation. This camp takes place at The Karate School in Marlborough, MA; round trip transportation is provided in Fay School SAVs driven by certified staff.
    Instructor: Sensei Lynn Reynolds from The Karate School in Marlborough, MA
  • Senior Art Exploration - Gr. 5-9

    Senior Art Exploration will inspire campers to further their passion for art with a host of activities in a range of media including painting, illustration, and three-dimensional art. Campers work on a different take-home project each day, and our expert staff will tailor instruction to all skill levels.
    Instructor: Hadley Horner, art teacher
  • STEAM Tech Start-Up Challenge - Gr. 3-9

    In this hands-on program, campers participate in “boot camp” learning experience to equip them with the tools to launch a business. From hardware hacking to software programming, campers will be explore the latest technologies, along with branding and design concept building, to successfully launch a startup. Campers select design challenges from a variety of fields including electronics, robotics, biotechnology, architecture, sound mixing, or fashion design to create products that use STEAM-based practices (science, technology, engineering, arts/design and mathematics) and develop problem solving, creativity, and persistence. Our expert Learning Guides help campers through every step of the startup launch process, from creative brainstorming, blogging, budgeting, and packaging, to basic accounting. At the end of the program, students will compete for prizes. Ready, set, launch! Campers are grouped by age, and space is limited to 28 campers.
    Instructors: Einstein by Design Instructors

Session 6: August 5-9

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  • Horseback Riding Camp - Gr. 3-9

    FaySummer Horseback Riding Camp at Century Mill Stables is a fun and interactive way to learn the basics of horsemanship for beginners to advanced riders. Each day campers learn the basics of good horse care through grooming, general knowledge of equipment, parts of the horse, and colors and breeds. The riding portion of the lesson includes steering and control while riding at the walk and trot, correct rider body position, and some horseback games. Century Mill’s program is fully licensed with experienced instructors; the stable has an indoor ring and heated/air conditioned lounge area, so classes run in all weather. Their barn follows the best practices of the industry for safety and horse care and has an excellent safety record, with healthy, well-rested, happy horses and ponies for the campers to enjoy. Please note this is an afternoon Specialty Camp. Camp is limited to 12 campers per session. Round trip transportation is provided in Fay School SAVs driven by certified staff.
    Instructor: Century Mill Stables, with supervision by FaySummer staff
  • Retro Gaming System Build - Gr. 3-9

    Love retro games like Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, or even arcade classics like Pac-man, Galaga or Donkey Kong? Enjoy building things with your hands? In this maker-lab experience, we'll learn electronics, woodworking, and tech skills as we build our own retro gaming systems. Using a Raspberry Pi 3, small table, repurposed computer screen, and arcade-style joystick and buttons, we'll hack together a working game system. Student makers will learn how to setup a Raspberry Pi 3 and install the Retro Pie gaming system on it. In our engineering lab, we'll modify the table to fit the Raspberry Pi, as well as mount a screen and controls. We'll learn about circuits and soldering, as well as some fabrication and hacking skills. *Campers are grouped by age, and space is limited to 28 campers
    Instructors: Einstein by Design Instructors
     
  • Squash - Gr. 3-9

    In partnership with INFINITUM Squash, FaySummer's Squash Camp offers expert teaching and training for beginners to advanced junior players. The INFINITUM Squash program is based on a three-part system of individual technical work, age-appropriate competitive group training, and match play. All instruction takes place at INFINITUM Squash in Sudbury, and round-trip transportation is provided in Fay School SAVs driven by certified staff. This camp is limited to 12 campers per session.
    Instructors: INFINITUM Squash instructors

Session 7: August 12-16

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  • Boys' & Girls' Tennis - Gr. 2-6

    FaySummer is partnering with the Waterfall Tennis Academy, directed by Dick Waterfall, for our summer tennis program. Each daily three-hour session will focus on stroke fundamentals, match play, fast-paced drills, and exciting games.
    Instructor: Waterfall Tennis Academy Coaching Staff
  • Candyology - Gr. 2-9

    This is a camp you can really sink your teeth into! From composition to chomping, discover what science goes into every single piece of candy. Work with teammates to deconstruct the sugar compounds of different candy polymers. Each day, you will learn a recipe for a new type of candy. This exploration of engineering and chemistry will convince you that candy is more than just a tasty treat.
    *Campers are grouped by age and space is limited to 28 campers
    Instructors: Einstein by Design Instructors
     
     
  • Squash - Gr. 3-9

    In partnership with INFINITUM Squash, FaySummer's Squash Camp offers expert teaching and training for beginners to advanced junior players. The INFINITUM Squash program is based on a three-part system of individual technical work, age-appropriate competitive group training, and match play. All instruction takes place at INFINITUM Squash in Sudbury, and round-trip transportation is provided in Fay School SAVs driven by certified staff. This camp is limited to 12 campers per session.
    Instructors: INFINITUM Squash instructors
Seven one-week sessions 
Rising second graders through rising ninth graders
June 24 - August 16, 2019
Specialty camps will not be offered during
the holiday shortened week of July 1-3


Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Extended Care available
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
"My son is still talking about the robotics workshop. He loved every part of it, from building the robot to programming it to go through the obstacle course."
- FaySummer parent

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