Wheeling Country Day School

8 Park Road Wheeling, WV 26003

PHONE: 304.232.2430

FAX: 304.232.2434

Summer Camps

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Save the Dates for WCDS Summer Camps 2017!

 Download your Registration Form Here!

(Complete and send to WCDS office or scan and email to summercamp@wcdsedu.com)

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Lower Camps (JK4-1st Grade)

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00 – Before Care (optional) $5.00 per hour
9:00-9:10 – Drop off at community room
9:10-11:45 – Camp theme-specific activities
11:45-12:00 – Pack up and pick up
12:00-3:00 – Stay and Play (optional) $50.00 per week
3:00-4:00 – After Care (optional) $5.00 per hour

 May 29-June 2 (*No Camp Monday Memorial Day)

Trolls! – Start your summer exploring the natural beauty of the WCDS campus with our first annual Summer Camp Troll Hunt! Find clues and help spread the happiness like only a true Troll fan can!

Instructor: Terra Crews

June 5-9

Transportation Nation – Spend your week on the move! Come explore, race, and build all types of planes, trains, and automobiles in this week of wings and wheels!

Instructor: Becky Dodd

Treasure Hunting Science – ARGH! Young pirates and scientists unite as we decipher clues and follow treasure maps in order to conduct exciting experiments!

Instructor: Terre Brubaker

June 12-16 

Legos – We all remember tinkering with these clickable blocks growing up. What we may not have realized is all the academic and inventive benefits that came along with these toys. Campers will enjoy a weeklong assembly filled with learning (and playing) from the literal building blocks of creativity!

Instructor: Bridget Rutherford

Art Mash-Up – From pencil drawings to splatter paintings, hand sculptures to selfie sticks, this camp for all the emerging artists out there has it all.

Instructor: IJ Kalcum

June 19-23

Rogue One Star Wars – Just like the movie, our very own WCDS campus is in need of a brave hero to take on the Empire! Come learn from the very best and sharpen your lightsaber skills to ensure a Jedi victory in the biggest battle of the summer.

Instructor: Coach Joe Jividen

Little Treasure Hunters – The hunt is on! Follow maps, find clues, and discover the treasure just beneath your feet in this weeklong adventure over every inch of the WCDS campus. Instructor: Miki Maxwell

June 26-30

Mighty Tough Cougars – Are you tough, strong, and like to get down in the mud? Are you ready to learn the true definition of teamwork and perseverance? Join Mighty Tough Cougars for a week of fitness challenges that will test your strength, stamina, and ability to have FUN!

Instructors: Claire Norman and Linda Krulock

Storybook Players – Storybooks come to life as campers take on the characters from classic books! The Storybook Players will bring classic characters from some of our favorite tales to our very own stage!

Instructor: Julie Cartwright

July 3-7 (*No camp Tuesday, July 4th)

Art in Motion – Spin, spill, and splatter! What better way to paint than with movement? This week our campers will express themselves with the natural driving force all too often hidden inside. What will you produce when you let it out?

Instructor: Elizabeth Hladek

Phys. Ed Fanatics – If you’re little camper loves gym class, they’re going to love this one! It will be filled with the favorite games and activities kids wait for every year, all rolled into one fun-filled week.

Instructor: Miki Maxwell

July 10-14

Little American Girl – Hello, Dolly! Campers and their favorite 18” dolls will enjoy a fun-filled week of girl- and doll-sized activities, crafts and treats, all while learning about girls throughout the history of America. There will also be plenty of time for good old-fashioned “playing dolls”!

Instructor: Elizabeth Jeffers

Young Acrobats – Young acrobats will be introduced to the basic elements of gymnastics, learn to identify muscle groups used, and practice discipline required by dance.

Instructor: Caleb Cooper

July 17-21

Spy Kids – In a dark corner of the Wheeling Country Day School campus a group of daring recruits has gathered. These recruits will learn about real spies, attempt their own secret missions, and master the art of the disguise. It’s a dangerous job, but someone has to do it. Do you have what it takes?

Instructor: Coach Joe Jividen

These are the People in Your Neighborhood – Meet police detectives, sanitation workers, truck drivers, maybe even the mayor, and learn about the people in our community that make the difference every day. Campers will learn about the tools and trades that make our neighborhood great all year round. Instructor: Julie Cartwright

July 24-28

CheerDansTastics – CheerDansTastics combines the best elements of cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics in a fun way to improve coordination, flexibility, and strength! Come clap, tumble, and spin your way into summer.

Instructor: Erica Warfield

Aqua Kids – Calling all Water Enthusiasts! Become an Aqua Kid! Join us for some water fun. We will dive into some cool water science experiments, create a splash of art, and flip over a variety of water-related games and activities. Hurry and take the plunge with us!

Instructor: Airry Schultz

July 31-August 4

Nature Princesses and Fairies – The classic WCDS favorite with a new twist! This year, along with the ever-popular dress up and story time, our princesses will also explore nature and discover the wonders of the enchanted WCDS campus.

Instructor: Terra Crews

WCDS Ninja Warriors and Superheroes – Here is another fan favorite made even richer! Our superheroes will meet with ninja warriors to complete physical challenges as well as save the campus from villains bent on our destruction. Evildoers beware!

Instructors: Michael McDonald

August 7-11

Young Olympians – Go for gold in this weeklong variety of friendly competitions. With the closing ceremonies still in our recent memories, kids will learn about Olympic events and competitors in order to more fully experience this one of a kind contest.

Instructor: Coach Joe Jividen

Wild and Crazy Kids – Shaving cream? Check! Water balloons? Check! Games, races, fun in the sun? Check! Check! Check! Come get wild and messy like it’s Nickelodeon in 1994!

Instructor: Bridget Rutherford

Upper Camps (2nd-5th Grade)

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00 – Before Care (optional) $5.00 per hour
9:00-9:10 – Drop off at community room
9:10-12:00 – Camp theme-specific activities
12:00-12:30 – Lunch
12:30-2:50 – Outdoor water and playground activities
2:50-3:00 – Pack up and pick up
3:00-4:00 – After Care (optional) $5.00 per hour

May 29-June 2 (*No Camp Monday Memorial Day)

Recess Tournament – Ever start a recess game only to run out of time just as it starts getting good? Well, not this week! Come start the summer in the sun with a weeklong recess tournament.

Instructor: Ronell Davis

June 5-9

Point, Snap, and Flash Photography – Click the shutter and capture a moment in time! Learn how to turn a basic picture into a masterpiece by embracing both time honored techniques and modern resources to grab and edit your favorite summer photos!

Instructor: Stella Boldrick

Girl Power – Manicures, fashion shows, yoga, oh my! Campers, come be a part of this girl-tastic week! In addition to some glitzy and girly activities, we will have daily ‘girl talks’, where we learn about each other and the women who inspire us.

Instructor: Karen Mead

June 12-16

Sewing – Come to a fantastic week in the sewing studio with our resident seamstress, Miss Stella! Whether a veteran tailor, novice needler, or just run of the mill fabric lover, these campers will weave the thread of creativity using the age-old tradition of needle arts.

Instructor: Stella Boldrick

Farm to Table – Do you know where your lunch comes from? Come to this camp to find out how we grow, harvest, and prepare your food from our bountiful school garden to your own delicious plate.

Instructor: Ami Dodd

June 19-23

Minecraft – It’s Minecraft Mania! Campers will explore the creative aspects of the world of Minecraft. Plus: Minecraft art, cooking, and lots of other fun projects. Campers need to bring one Minecraft loaded device for use ONLY during the morning camp.

Instructor: Renee McFadden

Paint & Shakes Summer Style – Just like a traditional Paint n Sip, campers will spend time working on a weeklong-guided artwork while enjoying thematically chosen MILKSHAKES! As if that’s not enough, each day we will enjoy other aspects of the messy world of paint and even make their own colors!

Instructor: Elizabeth Hladek

June 26-30

Percy Jackson’s Lightning Thieves – Calling all half bloods! This camp will focus on all your favorite parts of the Percy Jackson series. Come discover mythical creatures and help you fulfill your demigod destiny.

Instructor: Laura Reed

Team Sports – Just one sport not enough? Want to try your hand (or foot) at a variety of fun and competitive activities? Maybe even make one of your own? Then Team Sports is the camp for you! This whole week will be dedicated to the all around athlete, with a new chance a glory every day.

Instructor: Miki Maxwell

July 3-7 (*No camp Tuesday, July 4)

Creek Week – Creek Week! The wet and engaging camp has become a WCDS fan favorite, and every summer offers brand new and exciting things to learn! Campers will enjoy learning wonders in and around a flowing stream. We will explore plant and animal life, water purity, and have an overall splashing good time!

Instructor: Margie Howells

Stop Motion Movie Making – Are your kids fans of movies like The Boxtrolls and Lego Batman? Maybe the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is more your speed? Either way, imagine making your very own movie in just a few (hundred) taps on your iPad and you’ll have an idea what entertainment this week will bring!

Instructor: Bridget Rutherford

July 10-14

Imagination Challenges – In this fun new camp you will spend each day diving into new challenges that may require you to race to the finish, build with certain materials, or even act out a scene! You may work with teammates to compete against others or sometimes just time itself. Whatever the challenge ahead, just be sure to bring those thinking caps!

Instructor: Bridget Rutherford

Basketball – Athletes will learn and practice the fundamental skills of basketball as well as various rules of the game. Each day will conclude by playing scrimmage-style games to help use the skills introduced that day.

Instructor: Miki Maxwell

July 17-21

Finch Robotics – Move your very own robot with just a few clicks on a keyboard! Campers this week will learn basic Scratch programming and use this newfound knowledge to solve unique daily challenges and even freestyle dance with these cute little bots.

Instructor: Luke Hladek

Pottery – Make hand built clay creations such as pinch pots and coil pottery, as well as use the pottery wheel during this fun and imaginative camp session. *Limited spots available!

Instructors: Margie Howells and IJ Kalcum

July 24-28

Eat, Breathe, Paint – This week is all about mind, body, and soul. Our campers will learn nutritious snack recipes, practice mindfulness and yoga, and discover ways to artistically express themselves through paint. It’s an all-encompassing week of well-being.

Instructor: Sarah Wood

Return of Creek Week – Creek Week! The wet and engaging camp has become a WCDS fan favorite, and every summer offers brand new and exciting things to learn! Campers will enjoy learning wonders in and around a flowing stream. We will explore plant and animal life, water purity, and have an overall splashing good time!

Instructor: Margie Howells

July 31-August 4

Drama – Have you been called ‘dramatic’? How about creative? Over-the-Top? Zany? Great! We are the camp for you. We’ll embrace the weird and use it to explore acting techniques and learn the art of theatre performance, and present it in all its glory at the end of the week.

Instructor: Daniel Loh

Medieval Times – This…is Medieval Times! Join Mr. K as he takes you on a time traveling adventure filled with art and fantasy to create your very own coat of arms, creative technology, and maybe even a battle-axe or two.

Instructor: IJ Kalcum

August 7-11

Harry Potter and Other Wizardry – Get out from beneath the stairs and head to the Hogwarts of Wheeling, WV, as we celebrate the legendary wizard himself! This week will be filled with spellbinding tricks, crafts, and games inspired from the timeless book series.

Instructor: Renee McFadden

Future Film Makers – Lights, Camera, Action! In a quest to find the next great filmmaker, our campers will cast, film, edit, and produce the semi-improvisational motion picture hit of the summer!

Instructor: Luke Hladek

Middle School Camps (5th-8th Grade) 

June 12-16

Jazz Band – This week we will listen to jazz greats, play standards, and even learn a few tricks of our own to improvise personal We will listen to jazz greats, play standards, and learn a few tricks on how to improvise musical lines.*This camp session is for semi-experienced musicians. Instructor: Anthony Panebianco

June 19-23

African Percussion – If you’re looking for more than a simple snare drum, this is the camp for you! Campers will experience traditional songs of Ghana through instruments, body percussion, and vocal chants, and learn some of the meaning behind them.

Instructor: Anthony Panebianco

June 26-30

Disc Golf – Come be a part of the newest and fastest growing sport in the valley! Campers will utilize our newly installed course to learn the basics of the game as well as proper healthy movement techniques, all while getting a chance to do what everybody comes to do: play the game!

Instructor: Paul Ashmore

July 3-7 (*No camp Tuesday, July 4)

MakerSpace – Join in the Movement! The Maker Movement, that is. This camp will feature real tools, real materials, and personally designed, hand-made creations made by the campers themselves.

Instructor: Luke Hladek

July 10-14

Pottery Part I – Our first of a two part pottery series begins with initial creations, pinch pots, and pieces made on a wheel. Students get a full week to practice and perfect their techniques, as well as fire display their early designs. The following week will focus on glazing and decorative finishes to bring those works to the next level. *Pottery Part II not required.

Instructors: Margie Howells and IJ Kalcum

July 17-21

Pottery Part II – In our second week of pottery, campers who spent a full week creating unique pieces get the chance to fine tune and decorate their creations. They will learn about fire glazing as well as experience different pottery methods like electric kiln and Raku. *Pottery Part I not required to attend.

Instructors: Margie Howells and IJ Kalcum

July 24-28

Drama – Have you been called ‘dramatic’? How about creative? Over-the-Top? Zany? Great! We are the camp for you. We’ll embrace the weird and use it to explore acting techniques and learn the art of theatre performance, and present it in all its glory at the end of the week.

Instructor: Daniel Loh

July 31-August 4

World Peace Game – This political science simulation asks students to think deeply about complex world issues and come up with creative solutions for each. Think Risk meets Model UN, and in the end, it takes us all to find world peace. Are you up for the challenge?

Instructors: Coach Joe Jividen and Luke Hladek

We Two

July 20, 27, August 3, 10

Requirements: Must have completed at least one session of We Two or be two-years old before start date. Parent or caregiver participates in each session with the child. $50 for 4-week session. 9:00 am class or 11:00 am class

Play is a toddler’s work, a vehicle for social, emotional, and cognitive development. We Two offers children opportunities to understand their world, interact with others, and explore their natural curiosity. The parents/caregivers provide security and support while the children experience music and movement, story time, crafts, and playtime throughout the program. The class size is limited, and a parent or caregiver must accompany each child.

The Center for Multisensory Learning

June 5-July 20 (meets twice weekly)

Summer tutoring in reading and math based in the Orton-Gillingham methodology. The WCDS Center for Multisensory Learning is designed to serve students with language-based learning differences. Please contact Director of CML, Theresa Kowcheck, at tkowcheck@wcdsedu.com for scheduling and more details.

It’s going to be another great summer of learning and fun at Wheeling Country Day School!

Email summercamp@wcdsedu.com or call (304)232-2430 with questions or more information.

Wheeling Country Day School