Trinity School Summer Camp offers new learning experiences for rising Pre-K through rising Sixth Grade students. The camp, which premiered in 2016, had a very successful 2017 season. In June, Trinity School had more than 400 campers participate in 20 different camps, which is nearly double the number of campers from its opening year.
The camp’s second year also saw some wonderful enhancements, including Flik lunch offerings and the addition of Atlanta Sports Camps. During this traditional sports summer camp founded by Trinity P.E. Teacher Brian Balocki, campers engaged in activities such as soccer, kickball, tag and capture games, basketball, flag football, hockey, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, and cooperative challenges. Campers also spent two mornings each week at a local swimming pool where they played water sports.
Trinity’s Special Interest Camps once again offered fun and diverse learning opportunities. Many of these camps are taught by Trinity Teachers, and the following are some highlights.
Early Learners Lead Teacher Pam Lauer and Kindergarten Lead Teacher Brooke Kelly teamed up to teach the very popular Wilderness Explorers Series. This year they offered: Animal Tracks and Traps, The Enchanted World of Fairies, Junior River Keepers, and Insect Safari. Each of these camps featured exciting outdoor adventures in Discovery Woods.
Kindergartner Bryson says, “My favorite thing about wilderness camp is that we saw different animals and different insects, like a giant apple daddy snail. I am Bryson, the animal finder.”
Fifth Grade Lead Teacher Thomas Benefield’s Art Explorations Camp gave participants a chance to explore and develop their creative side. Abrakadoodle Art offered a combination of science, math, and art in its STEAM Art Adventure. Each Abrakadoodle camp ended with an art show where the campers presented their work. During Fine Cooking Camp, campers learned about nutrition, cultural cuisine, and etiquette and made a variety of dishes that included chicken and rice, cupcakes, and pizza.
In Early Learners Assistant Teacher Samantha Osby’s Lego Camp, campers were challenged to build large Lego sets that included flying machines, from helicopters to Star Wars ships. Engineering Specialist Kevin Howard taught the very popular Not So Evil Genius Invention Camp. He took campers on adventures against arch nemeses that allowed them to design, build, and problem solve their way out of seemingly impossible situations. Led by Pre-K Lead Teacher April Patton and Science Teacher Thalia Scott, Super Scientists Camps returned this year. Campers learned about chemistry in Fizz, Pop, Bang…Kids Chemistry and about prehistoric animals in Digging for Dinosaurs.
Kindergartner Kieran says, “I love Super Scientists camp! My favorite part was digging up dinosaurs and building dinosaurs.”
During Mathminds Camp, which is also a popular Extended Programs class led by Second Grade Assistant Teacher Kerry Coote, campers worked at their own level and pace to solve math challenges. This camp offered something for those that needed extra support in math as well as those that love a math challenge.
“I love the size of the group,” says Third Grader Emma. “I get to work one-on-one with my teacher and work in a small group with one or two friends.”
Trinity School Summer Camp is a great way for current families to stay engaged during the summer and for the School to connect with other members of the Atlanta community. Each camp offering is an opportunity for Trinity and non-Trinity students to be a part of a community of learners, gain new experiences, and build friendships in a safe and fun environment. Whether they were learning to compete in a healthy way, be a team player, hike through the forest, or explore math and science concepts, every camper created special memories that will last a lifetime.