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Summer Camps & Programs

Enrichment Programs

From Fine Motor Fun, Phonics Parade, Berkeley CSI, and Intro to Debate to our always popular LEGO®, chess, and science camps, our one-week, two-week, and three-week enrichment sessions offer something for everyone. Whether you want your child to stay sharp in math and writing or jump into something completely new like VEX V5 Robotics and Engineering with Dr. Kline or Adobe Illustrator with Mrs. Farkas, our enrichment camps are highly rewarding additions to any summer plans.

Please click on each camp below for a description.

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  • Chess with Board One Chess Academy

    Chess summer camps are the perfect way to introduce the game of chess to beginning students or sharpen the skills of tournament players. Coach Steve and his team of coaches will provide daily classes, opening workshops, and observation of tournament games. Campers will be placed in groups appropriate to their age and skill level. Most of our class time will be dedicated to analysis of student's games; these custom lessons are more engaging and relevant to the campers.  Campers will also participate in recess and other activities.

    About the coach:
    Coach Stephen Crookston is the founder and head coach of Board One Chess Academy. His company trains over 1000 chess players every year and its teams have won championships at the state, regional, and local level over the past 15 years. He is excited to begin his first summer with Berkeley Summer Programs!

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 6 (incoming K-6th graders)
  • Marine Science

    Learn about the ocean and its many inhabitants in this hands-on science-based camp with Berkeley biology teacher, Mr. Marfise. Campers in this half-day camp will catch animals from the brackish water creek running through Berkeley, learn environmental science techniques, and participate in ocean animal dissections. Topics and activities will include fish sampling techniques, gyotaku (the ancient art of fish printing using real fish), shark dissection, sand analysis, and much more!

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 3, 6 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Science and Adventure in Nature

    Learn about the natural world while exploring the wilder parts of Berkeley’s campus with biology teacher and naturalist, Mr. Marfise. Campers in this half-day camp will catch animals, learn environmental science techniques, and gain nature survival skills. Topics and activities will include water quality monitoring, edible plant identification, fish sampling, shelter building, orienteering, fire making, and much more!

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 4, 7 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Go Green!

    Calling all young environmentalists! Join Ms. Spieler for a fun-filled week exploring and learning all about the environment. Getting students engaged in green practices is the key to a healthy future for our community! Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the environment around them - from our local community and beyond. This camp will help develop campers’ awareness and appreciation of the environment through engaging activities, outdoor exploration right on Berkeley’s campus, and fun stories and research. We will learn about a variety of topics ranging from trees, ecosystems, and more! Our Go Green! camp is a terrific forum for students to learn how to care for the earth and to put that knowledge into practice.

    An AM session and a PM session are offered.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.


    Week 4 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Adobe Illustrator with Mrs. Farkas: Design Your Dreams

    Have you ever wanted to create your own logo? Or perhaps you’ve wanted to design your own cartoon. Imagine if you could design your very own font! If you can dream it, this workshop can help you design it. Mrs. Farkas will cover the fundamentals of Adobe’s vector-based software which is used by artists and graphic designers to create a variety of digital and printed images. Along with creating a graphic of your choice, you will learn tools, actions, and digital coloring.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 7th-9th graders)
  • Adobe Photoshop with Mrs. Farkas: Your Digital Masterpiece

    Adobe Photoshop is the world’s most advanced digital imaging software; if you’re looking to unleash your creative control over digital images, this workshop is for you. Mrs. Farkas will introduce the fundamental photo editing and paint software used by professionals in the creative industry, from photography, animation, illustrations, and advertisement for multiple platforms. You will learn tools ranging from exposure adjustment to the removal of unwanted elements, plus much more!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.


    Week 2 (incoming 7th-9th grades)
  • Skateboard Design & Fabrication Workshop with Mr. Q

    In this two-week, half-day workshop led by Mr. Q, Berkeley's Fabrication Studio Assistant, students will be introduced to all the woodworking tools and design processes needed to produce a custom, hand-crafted skateboard of striped mahogany and maple wood. From milling rough lumber to engraving custom designs with a laser cutter, students will have the opportunity to work hands-on in a professional fabrication studio creating their own unique product.

    An AM session and a PM session are offered.

    This is a two-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Camp Buccaneer

    In this full-day camp with Mrs. Keller, Mrs. Salgado, Mrs. McDonough, and Mrs. Bellegarrigue, children will test themselves in a fun-filled camp that promotes teamwork and team building. Daily challenges will push them academically, mentally and physically in their quest to be the best team. Competitions include reading challenges, STEM activities, math problem solving, cooking and sporting events!

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 4, 7 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Competitive Math Skills Camp

    Join Berkeley math teacher Mr. Fisher in this unique approach to increasing your math skills. Lessons are designed in competition format for individuals and small groups. Logic problems as well as SAT/ACT-type problems will be introduced to the students to further their math knowledge. An online option is available in June and a classroom option is available in July.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5, 6 (incoming 5th-9th graders)
  • VEX V5 Robotics & Engineering 1

    This intensively hands-on workshop, led by Berkeley upper division science instructor and Robotics Club coordinator Dr. Kline, allows campers to design, build, and operate the newest generation of VEX robots called the V5 System. Campers work independently or in teams, problem solve, analyze systems, manage projects, access information, troubleshoot, and document what they learn. In an atmosphere that is dynamic and engaging, campers will discover principles of design and system integration as they tackle problems of robot motion, power, control, and autonomy. They will program in C++ and explore the use of loops and conditional statements to control their robot. By the end of the workshop, campers will have designed and constructed a robot that can sense and respond to changes in its environment as it moves under its own power. 

    Campers can install VEXcode V5 on their own computer or they can use one of ours.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 7th-12th graders)
  • VEX V5 Robotics & Engineering 2

    This workshop, led by Berkeley upper division science instructor and Robotics Club coordinator Dr. Kline, can be an introduction to robotics or a continuation of VEX V5 Robotics and Engineering 1.  Campers work independently or in teams to create an intermediate level robot and then use C++ to program it.  Introductory programming activities will be used for new campers to robotics and more advanced activities will be used for previous campers.  By the end of the workshop, campers will have designed and constructed a working robot that can sense and respond to changes in its environment as it moves under its own power.

    Campers can install VEXcode V5 on their own computer or they can use one of ours.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 3 (incoming 7th-12th graders)
  • Brain Teasers, Board Games, & Escape Rooms

    In this camp led by Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Forte, children will challenge themselves in a fun-filled camp that promotes teamwork and team building. Daily games will push them academically and mentally in their quest to solve puzzles, riddles, escape rooms, and compete in classic board games.  

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • DIY & Dazzle

    In this camp led by Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Forte, children will get crafty and create all sorts of dazzling bits & baubles - from hair accessories to jewelry, to gifts for friends and family - all while learning crafting techniques, fostering friendships, and having fun!   

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Storytime STEAM

    Each day campers will explore their favorite stories and authors with STEAM activities. Enter the world of Dr. Seuss, "see" with Brown Bear, build with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and many others.  Join Mrs. Fletcher as campers will be challenged with fun and engaging STEAM activities as they build with Legos, create slime, play with robots, and much more.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 5 (incoming grades Pre-K-K)
  • Robotics for Little Coders

    Welcome to a fun and action packed week of play with popular robots like Ozobot and Dash. Campers will learn the basics of coding as they teach their robots how to dance, bowl, navigate a maze, and compete in the Robot Olympics!! The fun continues as we integrate toys, games and STEAM activities into this exciting camp led by Mrs. Fletcher. Campers will even build their own bristle bot robot to take home!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 6 (incoming 1st-2nd graders)
  • Camp Slumber Party

    Calling all slumber party fans! If you just want to have fun, join us in Camp Slumber Party. Campers will celebrate a different slumber party theme each day, like, Movie Night, Spa Party, Glow Party and more. Campers will have a chance to make an individual slumber party tent at the beginning of the week. Throughout the week, we will play slumber party games, make desserts, and make crafts that match the theme of the day. Join us for a fun week of slumber parties!!

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 7 (incoming 2nd-4th graders)
  • Everything Nerf

    Have you ever wondered how Dude Perfect does their tricks? Do you want to compete against your friends in Nerf Blaster target practice? Love to play Nerf football? In this camp led by Mrs. Fletcher, campers will learn more about Dude Perfect, Nerf Blasters, and Nerf sports. They will learn the mechanics of action-style rolling moves and how to slide with their Nerf Blasters. They will then have the chance to play team-building games like capture the flag, Humans vs. Zombies, and Protect the King. Sign up for a week of fun playing with Everything Nerf.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 6 (incoming 3rd-6th graders)
  • Mission Space

    Join Mrs. Fletcher for a week of space exploration. Have you ever wondered how to build a drone? Do you want to launch a rocket? Then join Mission Space. Throughout the week campers will explore space as they complete various space challenges. Is there a possibility for life on Mars? Create a Mars basecamp and compete with other campers to design a space rover that can explore the surface of Mars. Join the Mission Space crew #ChallengeAccepted.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 5 (incoming 4th-7th graders)
  • Unicorn Squad

    Do you LOVE unicorns? Then you should join the Unicorn Squad! This is a magical week filled with everything unicorn. Campers will celebrate unicorns all week with crafts like unicorn slime, unicorn bath bombs, and unicorn dream catchers. We will also make delicious snacks each day, like unicorn popcorn and magical milkshakes. Get ready for a week-long adventure into the magical world of unicorns led by Mrs. Fletcher!!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 7 (incoming K-3rd graders)
  • Programming & Robotics Fun

    In this full-day hands-on camp taught by Berkeley Technology/Makerspace coordinator Mrs. Henderson, eager campers will learn the fun of coding and programming with robotics, coding apps and websites, and Apple Swift language. Using Osmos, Botley, Pro-Bots and more, students will learn to program using code, sound, light and touch; Harry Potter wands, Augie (the Augmented Reality Coding Robot), Botley, Arduino, AdaFruit, circuits, and more. We’ll balance out the gadgetry with hands-on building and play.
     
    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Fun with Stop Motion & Claymation

    Have you ever wondered how stop motion and claymation videos are made?  Have you watched a Lego stop motion video and thought, “that looks fun”?  Then this is the camp for you!  Students will learn to create and edit whiteboard stop motion, 3-D stop motion, claymation, life-size stop motion, and live-action videos using software such as iStopMotion, iMovie, and GarageBand.  No prior experience is necessary.  Join Ms. Ball for a week of stop motion fun!

    An AM session and a PM session are offered.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 4th-8th graders)
  • Hand Lettering & Doodling

    Have you ever wished you could create hand-drawn signs, doodles, and memes like the ones you've seen on Pinterest?  Do you like to decorate notebook covers and notes for friends?  Then this camp is for you! Hand lettering is the art of drawing letters, making each letter a different piece of art. In this camp led by Ms. Ball, you will learn to develop your hand lettering style while exploring your creativity. This is a beginning level camp where good handwriting or experience are not necessary.
     
    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 3 (incoming 4th-8th graders)
  • Exploring the Art of Journaling

    In this camp you will explore different styles of journaling, including bullet journaling, art journaling, goal/planning journaling, and many more.  You will even repurpose a book into your own journal to take home. Join Ms. Ball to learn about all the benefits of regular journaling and find the method and type of journaling that brings you joy.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 4 (incoming 4th-8th graders)
  • Friendship Bracelets to Rock Your Wrist!

    Friendship bracelets are a fun and inexpensive way to express your style and creativity, and they are loads of fun to share with others! Join Ms. Ball to learn the basics of friendship bracelets if you are new to the craft, and take your skills to expert level if you have some experience with the art form.  We will learn tips and tricks to make your bracelets top level, and share beautiful, intricate patterns to rock your wrist!

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 4 (incoming 4th-8th graders)
  • Thread and Yarn Arts

    Learn to make friendship bracelets that will wow your friends!  Make a magical macrame project to brighten any room.  Develop embroidery skills to decorate clothes, bags, shoes, and more!  Design and create a thread character of yourself!  Learn how to create these and more on our fun journey into the Thread and Yarn Arts led by Ms. Ball.  No prior experience is necessary!  

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 3 (incoming 4th-8th graders)
  • Hilarious Inventions with Rube Goldberg Machines

    Calling all budding engineers! Do you like to tinker with things? Are you curious about how things work? Then join Ms. Ball in designing and building Rube Goldberg Machines, known as “The World of Hilarious Invention." Students will design and build inventions to complete simple tasks in a creative and complex manner. Think you can pop a balloon in one simple step? How about if you had to design a machine to pop it using at least 10 steps? Join us to learn how to creatively problem solve simple tasks in a fun and hilarious way!

    An AM session and a PM session are offered.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming 4th-8th graders)
  • iPads & App Programming with Mr. Chase Smith

    During this one-week, full-day camp, kids will learn to program apps on and for their iPads. Kids will start with the basics of programming in a fun, challenging environment, improving their skills by solving more and more complex problems. They will quickly move on to designing and programming their own iOS games that they can play on their own devices. Not only will students finish the week with a working app, they will have the skills and knowledge to produce more apps on their own.

    Campers are required to bring their own iPads. This course also requires the one-time purchase of the Codea app (by Two Lives Left) from the App Store. The app costs $15 and must be installed on the student’s iPad prior to the first day of class. This app is only available on the App Store.

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 2, 4 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • 3D Print & Play

    3D printing is a valuable and important skill for the future, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be super fun today!  In this camp led by Berkeley science chair Dr. Ackerson, we will learn how to use cutting edge 3D printers and will design and modify our own creations - from desk caddies to magic wands, customized game pieces and everything in between! No special glasses needed for this 3D STEM adventure. A personal laptop is strongly recommended for this camp.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 7 (incoming 4th-9th graders)
  • Soap Making

    Soap making is an art that goes back to 2800 B.C.  Have some STEM-based fun with Dr. Ackerson as we explore the history of soap making, the different processes used to make soap, and the bases and additives that change the chemical and physical properties of it.  A different take-home soap project each day for each participant; we'll also learn how to make hand sanitizer!

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 6 (incoming 4th-9th graders)
  • STEAM & Sports with Mr. Coup

    We are going to bring the worlds of sports and engineering together into one camp! The goal will be to challenge not only your mind with programming and engineering problems, but your body with athletic games and swimming. We will be looking to show how important engineering has become in sports and where we can we go from here!

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 6 (incoming 4th-8th graders)
  • To Mars with Mindstorms® with Mr. Coup

    The students will be charged with carrying out the first manned mission to Mars! Build a Mars outpost that can support human life and act as a base for future exploration. It will not be an easy task as it will take precision in building your vehicles, satellites and bases, as well as make sure that they can act autonomously. The students will learn to program using the LEGO Mindstorms® program. They will create algorithms for problems using Boolean statements, loops and sensory responses. The challenge is yours if you choose to accept it!

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 5 (incoming 3rd-7th graders)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ: LEGO® Brick-tacular Theme Mashup

    Bricks 4 Kidz is back with your favorite and UPDATED camp of the summer! Our LEGO® Brick-tacular Theme Mashup Camp!  But this summer, we have added a whole bunch of new themes to the mix! We of course will have our classics like Minecraft, Star Wars, Superheroes, Harry Potter, and Pokémon, but we have added some new themes like Beyblades, Fortnite, Roblox, The Mandalorian, Super Mario Bros, and much more! 

    Campers will experience a different LEGO® theme each day. Your Master Builder will have a chance to create motorized robotic models, 3D color brick builds, LEGO® mosaic art, and learn different design and building techniques using LEGO® bricks! Have fun building LEGO® spinners from Beyblades, Batman’s Batwing, Minecraft Creepers, or a Fortnite Break-dancer one day, then conjure up magical potions with the wizards at Hogwarts the next! Can't decide which you like more? Join us for this super fun LEGO® camp and try them all! 

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

    And NEW to Bricks 4 Kidz camps for the summer of 2021: We will be celebrating the week of fun on Friday with a pizza party! You won't want to miss out on this awesome camp! 

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 1 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Minecraft Mania

    Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO® bricks in this fun summer camp!  With NEW builds, campers will delve deeper into the world of Minecraft with Ender dragons, Steve, Creepers, Endermens, Witches and Withers, and all the popular characters Minecraft has to offer! Campers will face new challenges each day, building LEGO® motorized robotic models and crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game!

    Campers will have the opportunity to build their own virtual Minecraft world on iPads before bringing their designs to life by building new characters, mosaics and custom models, incorporating LEGO® bricks.  So, are you ready for the challenge?

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

    And NEW to Bricks 4 Kidz camps for the summer of 2021: We will be celebrating the week of fun on Friday with a pizza party! You won't want to miss out on this awesome camp! 
     
    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Star Wars: Battle for the Galaxy

    A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, the Jedis, Empire, and Mandalorians were all in a battle to reign supreme! And in this classic summer camp, your child will learn the way of The Force by making all of the classic Star Wars characters and spaceships out of LEGO® bricks! Campers will be using their creativity and our signature building methods to create a LEGO® Baby Yoda, Kylo Ren’s LEGO® light saber, Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter, The Mandalorian’s armor, Rey’s Millennium Falcon, and much more! We have them all!  Come explore the Galaxy in this one-of-a-kind Star Wars LEGO® Camp! 

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

    And NEW to Bricks 4 Kidz camps for the summer of 2021: We will be celebrating the week of fun on Friday with a pizza party! You won't want to miss out on this awesome camp! 

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 3 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Game On!

    Today it’s all about the world of online video games and apps. Bricks 4 Kidz wants to bring the digital world to life with the use of LEGO® bricks! In this hands-on summer camp, campers will bring popular games based on themes like Super Mario Bros, Beyblades, Minecraft, Pokémon, Roblox, and Fortnite to life through the use of our LEGO® robots, LEGO® mosaics, and LEGO® 3D art! We will also bring back some of Nintendo and SEGA classic themes such as Pacman, Contra, NBA Jams, Zelda, Duck Hunt, and Sonic the Hedgehog! Each day will be a new adventure as the virtual and LEGO® worlds combine! 

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

    And NEW to Bricks 4 Kidz camps for the summer of 2021: We will be celebrating the week of fun on Friday with a pizza party! You won't want to miss out on this awesome camp! 

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 4 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Jungle Safari

    If you like adventure, this brand-new summer camp is for you! During this week-long adventure down the Amazon River, our campers will be searching for hidden treasure with Indiana Jones and other famous explorers! On the way, they will encounter all of the wonders, dangers, and surprises the wild jungle has to offer! Campers will have to navigate around the chomping crocodiles of the Amazon, sneak past the indigenous tribes protecting hidden treasures, and wrestle with the animals of the jungle like gorillas, snakes, rhinos, and much more! So, pack your adventure bags and treasure maps, and get ready to explore this summer in our Jungle Safari camp!

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

    And NEW to Bricks 4 Kidz camps for the summer of 2021: We will be celebrating the week of fun on Friday with a pizza party! You won't want to miss out on this awesome camp! 

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 5 (ages 5-12)
  • BRICKS4KIDZ LEGO® Abracadabra Magic

    Abracadabra! Bricks 4 Kidz is back with our most popular camp from last summer:  Bricks 4 Kidz Abracadabra Magic camp! 

    This week of magic LEGO® camp will have our campers building the mythical and magical worlds and characters from some of the most popular movies, tv shows, and toys such as Harry Potter, Onward, Trolls, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Frozen, How To Train Your Dragon, Jumanji, The Hobbit, and much more! Campers will create LEGO® robotic Harry Potters that fly on their broomsticks and soar on the magic Genie’s carpet, all out of LEGO® bricks. They will make their own magic with Poppy, Branch, and the rest of the Trolls one day, and defend their castles from fire-breathing dragons with magical spells the next. And the best part? We will be teaching the kids some amazing Magic Tricks that they can use on their friends at home! 

    All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure!

    And NEW to Bricks 4 Kidz camps for the summer of 2021: We will be celebrating the week of fun on Friday with a pizza party! You won't want to miss out on this awesome camp! 

    This is a full-day camp for one week.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 6 (ages 5-12)
  • Young Makers

    In this camp led by Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. DePew, little engineers will have lots of messy hands-on projects to build fine motor skills, including scissor skills, painting, sewing and tying, measuring, and building. We'll use lots of real kid-friendly tools and build and create with imagination and fun.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming grades Pre-K-1)
  • Makerspace

    Create, learn, invent and market with Mrs. Henderson!  Learn the skills of young inventors and entrepreneurs to build your own amazing invention. Learn how artists and inventors come up with new ideas while building your creativity skills!  Skill-building projects include woodworking, circuits, marble roller coasters, 3D modeling and printing, molding and form making, prototyping, green screen movie making, and robotics.  Campers will also explore the basics of game and app design and augmented reality.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Young Chefs at the Movies

    Bon Appetit! It’s showtime! In this full-day camp led by Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. DePew, our little chef-makers will whip up some creative dishes and maker projects that perfectly capture their favorite films and characters, including Pizza Planet Pizza with Forky and Alien slime, Pikachu mocha (pretend) coffee pudding and felt snuggle pillow, Frozen sno-cones and Olaf aprons, Lego Movie crescent rolls and travel kits, and Timon and Pumba’s grubs and Lion King masks.

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 3 (incoming grades K-3)
  • Filmmaking

    For aspiring directors, filmmakers and actors, this is the camp to create your original film for summer blockbuster release. In this full-day camp led by Mrs. Henderson, we’ll use iMovie and various supporting apps to create original films, animations, and music videos.  We’ll experience existing VR creations and delve into creating our own AR and VR productions. A green screen wall is waiting to transport you to any location in the universe or a place of your own making. All devices will be provided.

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 4 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Filmmaking (Advanced)

    For aspiring directors, filmmakers and actors, this is the camp to create your original film for summer blockbuster release. In this full-day camp led by Mrs. Henderson, we’ll use iMovie for the Mac and various supporting apps to create original films, animations, and music videos. Using iOS devices and Oculus Gos, we’ll experience existing VR creations and delve into creating our own AR and VR productions. A green screen wall is waiting to transport you to any location in the universe or a place of your own making. All devices will be provided.

    This is a full-day camp for one week. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 5 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Mini-Math Explorers

    Explore math concepts in an exciting hands-on format with Ms. McKenna! Campers will have the opportunity to review age-appropriate math concepts and learn new skills through fun activities and projects. We will use technology, play games, and even do some cooking!
     
    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 4 (incoming grades Pre-K-1)
  • Math Explorers

    Explore math concepts with Ms. McKenna in an exciting hands-on format. Campers will have the opportunity to review age-appropriate math concepts and learn new skills through fun activities and projects. We will use technology, play games, and even do some cooking! Problem solving and critical thinking are an integral part of the camp, as is the fun!
     
    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.
     
    Week 4 (incoming 2nd-5th graders)
  • Animals, Animals, Animals, & Habitats Too!

    Learn all about your favorite animals and their habitats with Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Perez!  Campers will integrate books and technology to investigate different types of animals and their homes.  Campers will also have fun creating animal-themed art and cooking projects! Perfect for future zoologists!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (incoming grades Pre-K-3)
  • Books, Cooks, & Crafts

    Cooking, Crafts, and Books with Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Perez! We are going to cook up some reading fun!  Campers will create art and cooking projects based on some of our favorite stories.  A delightful way to spend the morning for budding chefs and storytellers!

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 3 (incoming grades K-3)
  • Letters, Numbers, & Stories - Oh, My!

    Have fun with reading and math readiness with Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Perez! We will explore letters and numbers with tactile hands-on projects, yoga, technology, and cooking!  We will also incorporate stories that feature reading and math!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming grades Pre-K-K)
  • Super Science Slime Factory

    Get ready for slime time with Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Perez! We will create and experiment with many different types of slime and putty. Create your own slime and try new recipes. We will even make edible slime! It will be a gooey and slippery fun for all!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 3 (incoming grades K-5)
  • Science, Technology, & Engineering

    Join Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Perez for hands-on fun experimenting with science, using technology, and creating feats of engineering! Exciting (and messy) science experiments are interspersed with the opportunity to use technology to explore your interests. Campers also spend time solving design challenges and building models.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2  (incoming grades K-5)
  • Berkeley CSI

    Join Dr. Ackerson in the Berkeley Crime Scene Investigation Lab as students attempt to solve two crimes using forensic science, critical thinking and teamwork. Each day, students will conduct experiments in one area of forensic science including fingerprint analysis, unknown substance identification, trace evidence, hair and fiber identification, and more. Students will sharpen their observation, measurement, and mathematics skills while solving daily mysteries.  Lots of fun things to bring home.  Can you catch a criminal?  Join us and find out!

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1, 5 (ages 11-14)
     
    About the instructor: Dr. Nicole Ackerson grew up in Tampa and earned her Bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Notre Dame.  She then returned to Tampa earning a Doctoral degree in medicine from the University of South Florida.  Dr. Ackerson worked as a professional scientist for an additional four years at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, before returning home to teach science at Berkeley.  In her five years with Berkeley, Dr. Ackerson has earned three nationally recognized awards from the National Science Teachers Association and published two articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is the current chair of the science department.
  • Learning Latin Using the Greek Myths

    Dive into the Greek myths through an introductory Latin course with Mr. Dillinger.  Learn the basics of the Latin language by exploring the tales and myths of ancient Greece and Rome. Explore the perilous Mediterranean Sea with Odysseus and Jason! Slay the gorgon Medusa with Perseus! Race with Meleager and Atalanta! All the while you'll be learning some rudimentary Latin vocabulary and strengthening your English vocabulary. The course will be project and activity based.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming 5th-8th graders)
     
  • The Sense-ational Camp

    Join Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Forte in a week of sensory fun. Sensory play includes activities that stimulate your camper’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight, and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate, and explore.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 1 (incoming grades Pre-K-1)
  • Phonics Parade

    Let’s get ready to celebrate the fun of phonics!  This camp, led by Berkeley LD teachers Mrs. Keller and Mrs. McDonough, is designed to help students learn and review the building blocks of reading.  Through differentiated instruction, learning games, and centers, campers will become more confident readers while developing fundamental literacy skills.
     
    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3 (ages 5-7)
  • Fine Motor Fun

    The goal of this camp is to aid children with handwriting instruction and the strengthening of fine/gross motor skills through exciting hands-on art projects, letter games, sensory experiences, and other occupational therapy techniques.

    Your child can work this summer with a licensed occupational therapist (Mrs. Bellegarrigue) and a Berkeley first grade teacher (Mrs. Salgado) to solidify their handwriting foundation and strengthen their fine motor skills. Campers will rotate in groups divided by age/ability levels through learning centers that reinforce correct letter and number formation in fun and exciting ways!  We will work to correct reversals while at the same time practice correct pencil grip. The children will also perform specific activities to improve bilateral coordination, hand dominance, and finger strengthening. The children will then rotate through fun art projects to reinforce these skills. Finally, the campers will play to strengthen their core, arms, and legs through movement, games, and outdoor play. 

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 1, 2, 3 (ages 4-7)

    About the instructors:  
    Erica Bellegarrigue has been practicing occupational therapy for over 20 years, graduating from the University of Florida Occupational Therapy program. She has extensive training in sensory integration, handwriting without tears, and neurodevelopmental techniques. She has helped children with a variety of diagnoses including sensory processing disorders, developmental delays; orthopedic, visual, neurological conditions, and more. She continues to touch the lives of many children through her fun-loving and collaborative technique.
     
    Monica Salgado has been a Berkeley educator for over 15 years and currently teaches first grade. She has a passion for early childhood with extensive experience in Pre-K through first grade teaching, as well as fine arts instruction.
  • Effective Communication Through Writing with Mrs. Estes

    In this course led by Berkeley Middle Division English instructor and Assistant Middle Director Mrs. Stephanie Estes, curiosity and choice will drive student writing. Students will discover and analyze ways to infuse their writing with style and will experiment with word choice to ensure clarity and brevity. Instruction will include fundamentals of the writing process such as brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing, as well as a healthy dose of practical grammar and usage applications.

    This is a two-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5-6 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
     
  • Middle Division Creative Writing

    Flex your creative muscles in this fun writing workshop with Berkeley English instructor Mr. Brandt! In this course you will learn the craft of poetic and fictional writing. All students will produce an original written and illustrated short story as well as a portfolio of individual poems.

    This is a two-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5-6 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
     
  • SAT/ACT Bootcamp

    Class will cover practice tests 1-4.  Students will practice test-specific strategies in a focused, intensive environment in order to maximize their scores on the SAT and ACT.  Class will be taught by Berkeley English teacher Tom Brandt and Berkeley Math teacher Danny Fisher.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 2 (Math 9-12; English 12:30-3:30), Week 7 (English 9-12; Math 12:30-3:30) 
  • Introduction to High School Writing

    Get a jumpstart on your high school writing career with this course! This writing workshop led by Berkeley English instructor Mr. Brandt will acquaint you with the Six Traits of Writing and prepare you for the rigor of an upper-level English class. The course is divided into two instructional units that address a number of writing skills, from creative voice and personal reflection to persuasive writing and literary analysis.

    This is a two-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5-6 (incoming 9th and 10th graders)

  • Reading, Research, Organization, & Keyboarding: High School Study Skills

    Begin your school year a step ahead with this foundational course! During our two-week session students will read excerpts from, and discuss chapters 1 through 3 of Sean Covey’s landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens while focusing on general study and organizational skills such as, planning and prioritizing, organization of study space, and reading and taking notes from textbooks and during class. Additionally, all students will complete an Executive Function Skills Questionnaire and Learning Styles Inventory to help students further evaluate and identify their individual learning strengths and challenge areas. Students will also practice keyboarding skills using touch-typing techniques to reinforce proper finger placement, typing speed, and accuracy. This class will provide students with intensive instruction on key skills needed to be successful in the Upper Division.

    This is a two-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 5-6 (incoming 9th-10th graders)
  • Model UN International Relations Camp for Middle School

    The 21st century has shown that we live in an increasingly interconnected world required to find global solutions to political, economic, environmental, and humanitarian problems that we cannot escape regardless of where we reside. As a result, the United Nations will become more and more important. Model United Nations (MUN) is an international organization in which students compete as delegations representing countries or people who work together to solve complex problems. The MUN program includes levels at the middle school, high school, and college.

    This week-long program is a great way for students to enhance their research, critical thinking, public speaking, and diplomacy skills. Each day includes students learning about the world’s biggest challenges, from civil war and extreme poverty, to human rights and climate change. They work together to explore solutions to these global problems, learn about different countries and cultures, and step into the shoes of UN diplomats by debating current issues, plotting strategy, negotiating with supporters and adversaries, resolving conflicts, preparing resolutions, and navigating the UN’s rules of procedure. Experienced High School Model United Nations members serve as student training coaches, sharing their passion for MUN and bringing their first-hand student conference perspectives to the experience.

    This is a one-week session. A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Weeks 2, 4, 6 (incoming 7th-9th graders)

    About the instructor: 
    Molly Stevenson earned a BA in history and an MA in American history from Ohio University before teaching at Exeter High School in New Hampshire, where she served as a social studies teacher and department chair. She then joined the history faculty at Miss Hall’s School in the Berkshires and later moved to Greenville, NC, to teach history and became department chair at The Oakwood School. In 2018, she joined the History Department at Berkeley Preparatory School where she currently teaches Advanced Placement United States History and World History. At each school where she has taught, Ms. Stevenson has served as an advisor for Model United Nations, and in 2019 she earned her Model United Nations Advisor Advanced Certification from Best Delegate, the leading student training organization for MUN.
  • Historical Writing, Test Taking, & Time Management Skills for Middle School Students

    This enrichment course is designed to help students with their historical thinking, writing, and test-taking skills. The course will focus on teaching students to form opinions in history and support their opinions with evidence and analysis. This skill is crucial in all levels of middle and high school history courses. In addition to academic writing, students will also strengthen expository writing skills so that they are better able to answer short answer questions on tests that require supporting answers with information from class notes and discussions. The course will also cover test-taking strategies and time management skills that will aid in students’ ability to take tests and quizzes and manage their time across classes in multiple disciplines. The instructor will be Meghan Campagna, Berkeley’s seventh grade academic dean.

    This is a one-week session.  A hearty lunch provided by Sage Dining Services is an add-on option for this camp.

    Week 7 (incoming 6th-8th graders)
  • Type to Learn – Keyboarding, Digital Citizenship, & Note-taking Skills

    Berkeley Learning Specialist Dr. Ceni Tavarez will lead keyboarding, digital citizenship, and note-taking sessions that highlight technique, ergonomics, key location, and note-taking software and strategies. Give your child the opportunity to become familiar with keyboarding, note-taking skills, and ways to keep their computers organized. This is a bring your own laptop or iPad (with keyboard) workshop!  Laptops and/or keyboards will not be provided. 

    An AM session and a PM session are offered.

    This is a one-week session.

    Weeks 1, 5, 6 (incoming 5th-8th graders)
  • Reading Strategies for 5th-8th Grade Students

    Berkeley Learning Specialist Dr. Ceni Tavarez is offering reading support sessions this summer! If you are looking for an engaging learning environment in which your child can complete a summer required grade-level reading assignment while strengthening reading strategies for both fiction and non-fiction text, register ASAP! Sessions are individualized, encompassing motivational and supportive academic coaching strategies that help readers succeed and strengthen reading skills!

    This is a one-week session.

    Week 2 (incoming 5th-8th graders)
  • Young Writers Unite! Summer Writing Program with Ms. McKenna

    This summer writing program, led by Berkeley lower division instructor and Summer of Excellence director Michele McKenna, is for rising 3rd-5th grade students and supports the Units of Study writing workshop curriculum.

    Students can choose one, two, or three genres to explore this summer!

    Opinion Writing: And the award goes to…Campers will select topics, develop opinion writing pieces and have a choice of exciting formats to present ideas. Campers will utilize techniques learned from mentor texts and review the writing process while having fun persuading others to see their point of view!

    Opinion Writing Session Options (must sign up for entire session by selecting option 1 or 2)
    Option 1: Sunday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 on 5/31, 6/7, and 6/14
    Option 2: Tuesday/Thursday mornings, 7:45-8:45 on 6/2, 6/4, 6/9, 6/11, 6/16, 6/18

    Informational Writing: Did you know…? Campers will write informational pieces based on their areas of personal expertise and have a menu of presentation ideas to share their topics. Campers will utilize techniques learned from mentor texts and review the writing process while teaching others about topics important to them.

    Informational Writing Session Options (must sign up for entire session by selecting option 1 or 2)
    Option 1: Sunday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 on 6/21, 7/5, 7/12
    Option 2: Tuesday/Thursday mornings, 7:45-8:45 on 7/7, 7/9, 7/14, 7/16, 7/21, 7/23

    Narrative Writing: This one time, I…. Campers will write a narrative piece that demonstrates character, setting, and plot development based on a true event or realistic fiction. The use of mentor texts will help inspire writers to try new techniques. Students will have a variety of presentation options to share their final piece!

    Narrative Writing Session Options (must sign up for entire session by selecting option 1 or 2)
    Option 1: Sunday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 on 7/19, 7/26, 8/2
    Option 2: Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings, 9-11, 7/27, 7/29, 7/31

    Incoming 3rd-5th graders

Summer 2021

Week 1: June 7 - 11
Week 2: June 14 - 18
Week 3: June 21 - 25
Week 4: June 28 - July 2
NO CAMPS July 5 - 9
Week 5: July 12 - 16
Week 6: July 19 - 23
Week 7: July 26 - 30
2021 Summer Catalog!
Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory day school located in Tampa, FL, for boys and girls in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Approximately 1,380 students gather here from the greater Tampa Bay area to form ONE Berkeley.