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Weston Youth Services
Welcomes Summer 2018 Camps!


Online Registration Opens Tuesday, March 6th at 10:01 p.m.
*Online registration for Technology camps Opens Tuesday, March 20th at 10:01 p.m.*
All programs run from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
All camps will be held at Hurlbutt Elementary School, unless otherwise noted. 
 
Art Camps (for students entering Grades 1-3)
 
Literature in the Arts
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Inspiration for art can come in flashes of originality or with the help of someone else’s inventiveness. Inspiration can be found when you’re waiting for the school bus, when you’re trying to fall asleep, or when you’re reading a story. In this week-long camp, we will read stories and create multi-media masterpieces, with the help of authors ranging from Dr. Seusss to Roald Dahl.
 
Dates:                     July 9th – July 13th
Cost:                      $ 180.00                                                          CANCELED
Instructor:              Casey Sollazzo
# of students:         7 minimum/12 maximum
 
Art Around the Globe
Grab your passport and sign up to explore various cultures and perspectives through the visual arts. With art projects inspired by different cultures every day of the week, your child will take an adventure through Europe, Asia, and Africa, all in one week! So pack your bags and get ready for a unique and enriching experience around the globe. Bon voyage!
 
Dates:                      July 16th – July 20th
Cost:                        $ 180.00
Instructor:                Casey Sollazzo                                            CANCELED 
# of students:           7 minimum/12 maximum
 
E(ART)H Camp
Earth without “art” us just “eh”! Join me for a week-long summer camp that brings the outdoors inside with environmental art projects. From outer space, to Weston’s beautiful backyards, inspiration can be found anywhere.  With an understanding of recycled materials, and the importance of being kind to the earth, your child will go home with not only an eco-friendly attitude, but also one of kind organic masterpieces!
 
Dates:                      July 23rd – July 27th
Cost:                        $ 180.00                                                     CANCELED 
Instructor:               Casey Sollazzo
# of students:           7 minimum/12 maximum
 
 
Cooking and Baking Camps (for students entering Grades 4-9)
 
International Cuisine
Why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can have a taste of the whole world?  Spend the days traveling the world engaging in cuisine from different regions! Our International Cooking camp will teach kids how to prepare delicious and refreshing meals and treats for the whole family. We will take advantage of the seasonal bounty and a three hour long class to make dishes filled with freshness and summer goodness. Hot and cold dishes, soups, fresh fruit, yeast breads, yummy desserts...all of these are possible in our International Cooking camp. Bring a willingness to explore new tastes and enjoy old favorites.  Note: Items used in this program may contain nuts or gluten or may be processed on shared equipment with nuts or gluten. Please note we cannot accommodate individual dietary needs or restrictions at all times. 

 
Dates:                           June 25th – July 6th (no camp July 4th(Final dates will be determined by school calendar)
Cost:                             $ 380.00
Instructors:                   Cathy Klein/Gabriela Low
# of students:                7 minimum/12 maximum  
 
Baking with Gabriela!
Move over Cake Boss because here comes the Bake Boss! Campers will learn how to bake like pros as we master the techniques for homemade breads, pies, scones, cookies, and cakes! Each day we'll learn a new baking skill from cutting butter into flour for pie crusts, kneading dough for sweet breads and buns, and much more!
Note: Items used in this program may contain nuts or gluten or may be processed on shared equipment with nuts or gluten. Please note we cannot accommodate individual dietary needs or restrictions at all times. 
 
Dates:                        July 9th – July 13th
Cost:                           $ 195.00
Instructor:                  Gabriela Low
# of students:             7 minimum/12 maximum
 
 
Sitter Safety Program (for students entering Grades 7-10)
 
Sitter Safety
Be the best babysitter you can!  Learn the skills you need to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants.  This two day class will cover infant and toddler child care, emergency situations, behavior, and will include American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid Certification along with Hands only CPR. Students will be required to do an in-service project and will be contacted by the instructor prior to the start of the program with details.  This program is a great “refresher” course for students who have taken the Sitter Safety program in the past.  Note:  Students must be present both days. There are no makeup classes available.
 
Dates:                                June 27th – June 28th
Cost:                                  $ 95.00
Instructor:                         Julia Braden
# of students:                    10 minimum/20 maximum
 
 
Science Camps
 
Spy Academy (for students entering Grades 1-5)
Look out 007-The Mad Science Spy Academy is here! From decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision, campers will have the opportunity to check out spy tech equipment and take home lots of gadgets! Step into the shoes of a detective as you uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis! Figure out the science of forensics in a hands-on look at crime scenes! Become a super spy and learn clever ways of performing tasks as we take a hands-on view of the science that spies use!
 
Dates:                          June 25th – June 29th (Final dates will be determined by school calendar)
Cost:                            $ 230.00
Instructor:                    Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
# of students:               12 minimum/20 maximum
 
Wacky Robots and Widgets (for students entering Grades 2-6)
Whether your child loves to build things or destroy them, this week of camp includes lots of both! Junior Mad Science engineers design and build structures using simple tools and their imaginations. Then the machine madness starts…children will discover how different machines, both simple and complex, are used in our daily lives! They will design simple machines using pulleys, wedges, screws and levers and have fun learning how catapults work! We use the skills we’ve learned to build a Mad Science robot that we can keep, all while learning the science of robotics! Note: Cost of program includes a $ 30.00 material fee.
 
Dates:                          July 23rd – July 27th
Cost:                            $ 265.00
Instructor:                    Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
# of students:              12 minimum/20 maximum
 
 
Legos (for students entering Grades 1-4)
 
STEM Challenge and Minecraft with LEGOS*
Gear up for a full-day LEGO camp packed with hands-on and minds-on STEM fun!  In this challenge based program, build projects inspired by cool machines close to home, such as forklifts, houseboats, and a mini-golf course.  Then build motorized minecarts, ghasts, and creepers from the Minecraft universe. Campers will engineer and craft innovative solutions in this new full-day themed engineering camp for LEGO fanatics.  Note:  Projects will not go home with children.
 
Dates:                          July 2nd – July 6th (no camp July 4th)
Time: *                        9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost:                            $ 275.00
Instructor                     Play-well TEKnologies
# of students:               11 minimum/24 maximum
 
 
Film Camps (for students entering Grades 3-7)
 
Lego Flix Camp
Returning to Weston for its fourth year, Lego Flix teaches children how to make movies instead of just watching them. We know that you love Legos and can create incredible Lego worlds, so now it’s time to bring those worlds to life in Lego Stop-Motion Animated Flix! We provide the Legos, and you provide your imagination. Students will create a Lego set with Lego characters for a movie they create, storyboard, write, shoot, and voice-over in age appropriate groups. What a fun way to focus on creativity, imagination, and teamwork. And at the end, you and your child will have a movie to remember the experience forever! Downloads will be available within a month after camp ends. Note: Movies become the property of program participants who will then have the right to share online. When registering online, please read and sign the release agreement.
 
Dates:                      July 9th – July 13th
Cost:                        $ 195.00
Instructor:               Incrediflix
# of students:          6 minimum/20 maximum
 
Animation Flix Camp
Bring everyday objects to life using the magic of stop-motion!  Create multiple stop motion movies using everything from toy cars to white boards.  It’s the ultimate arts and crafts camp where you create, direct, and film your own movies in age-appropriate group. Note: Movies become the property of program participants who will then have the right to share online. When registering online, please read and sign the release agreement.
 
Dates:                       July 16th – July 20th
Cost:                         $ 195.00
Instructor:                 Incrediflix
# of students:            6 minimum/20 maximum
 
 
Knit and Crochet with Gabriela (for students entering Grades 4-9)
 
Hooks & Needles
Have you wanted to learn to knit or crochet, but thought it would be too difficult to do on your own?  A whole new generation is discovering what our grandmothers have enjoyed for years: the art of knitting and crocheting! Embrace your creativity! Come experience something new!  Working on exciting beginner’s projects to learn the basics, projects  may include scarfs, headbands, pillows, blankets, and dolls, pomp oms, and much more!  What a great way to relax, while building concentration and gaining confidence!
 
Dates:                 July 16th – July 20th
Cost:                   $ 195.00
Instructor:         Gabriela Low
# of students:     7 minimum/12 maximum
 
 
Writer’s Workshop (for students entering Grades 4-8)
 
Creative Writing
Are you creative writer? A poet? Do you write music lyrics? Over the four days, we will create our very online literary magazine. Students will be encouraged to write short stories, essays, and poetry based on their interests. The students will be involved in writing creative content for the online literary journal on a daily basis. Note: We ask that all students involved bring an electronic device to write on every day. All online posts will only be attributed to the students' initials only (no last names, photos or any other information) and the students will submit all posts to the instructor who will edit them for content and copyediting needs and post only appropriate content. 
 
Dates:                      July 2nd –July 6th (no camp July 4th )
Cost:                        $ 145.00
Instructor:                Michelle Colman
# of students:           7 minimum/12 maximum
 
Blogging
Start your very own blog! Over the week-long session, each student will learn how to create, edit, maintain a Wordpress blog and write and edit blog posts. The Wordpress blogs can be password protected or not, based on parents' approval. Students will learn to write short and engaging online content; interview subjects; write news stories; craft book, movie and culture reviews; answer "Dear Abby" questions; and create engaging video logs. The students will be involved in writing content for their blog on a daily basis. Special Note: We ask that all students in this class bring an electronic device to write on every day. All blog posts will only be attributed to the students' first name (no last names, photos or any other information) and the students will submit all posts to the instructor who will edit them for content and copyediting needs and post only appropriate articles.
 
Dates:                       July 23rd – July 27th
Cost:                        $ 180.00
Instructor:                Michelle Colman
# of students:           7 minimum/12 maximum
 
 
Weston Technology Camps
 
Innovation Technology Camp for Campers Needing Special Supports  (For students entering grades 4-8) (Cohorts will be made by grade level)
 
Summary:
This program is especially for students who might need some extra supports to learn to use technology for fun.  Students will learn tabletop game design, programming and digital game creation using Construct 2, 3D modeling and printing, and time-based media technologies. By the end of the week they will have created projects for each area.
 
Details:
Students will use creative methodologies and technology tools to create games and media. They will be introduced to core concepts and perform hands-on activities that help them learn game design, programming, and time-based media creation. Working collaboratively and individually they will create multiple projects such as tabletop games, digital games using Construct 2, and stop-motion video.
 
Students will incorporate their own design choices to personalize the player and viewer experiences. All games and media can be taken home to play and watch. Continued work on the digital game is possible using the free version of Construct 2 (PC only).
Breaks will be taken with supervised outside play and lunch. (Students should bring their own lunch and snacks each day.)
 
Dates:                           June 25th – June 29th * (Final dates will be determined by school calendar)
 
Registration Notes:
 
After registering for this session, parents should contact Craig Tunks to review the camper’s specific needs . He can be reached at craigtunks@westonps.org  or 203-291-1496. While there is a Weston Public Schools special education teacher working at the camp, this is not a WPS special education sponsored program. 
 
Location:                      Weston Middle School
Time:                            9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (drop off begins at 8:45 a.m. in the back of WMS)
Cost:                            Town of Weston/Weston Public Schools Employees - $369.00*
                                     Weston Resident - $410.00
                                     Non-resident - $492.00
 
* Town of Weston/Weston Public Schools Employee rate is valid for employees of   either the Town or Schools that are compensated through payroll.
 
Instructors:                   Thomas Toynton - Professor of Game Design at Bloomfield College, Expert-In-Residence
                                     Marcie Ames - Weston Middle School
                                     Gary Webster - Weston Technology Integrator
# of students:               12 minimum/16 maximum
Supplies                        Students should bring lunch and snacks as needed.
                                      Each student should bring a USB drive to save work
 
 
Innovation Technology Camp for Returning Campers (for students entering Grades 5-9)
(Cohorts will be made by grade level)
 
Summary:
Experienced students will be further challenged with more advanced game and media projects. Students will create a narrative tabletop game, use Construct 2 to develop a related narrative game experience for web and mobile platforms, and produce marketing media for both games. The program guides students through a deeper exploration of game mechanics, the professional tools of Construct 2, and marketing-focused media production.
 
Details:
Students will use creative methodologies and technology tools to create more polished games and media. Avenues of publishing and selling personal game projects will be covered as well, although not part of the program’s production process.
 
After brief reviews of game design, programming, and time-based media creation, students will engage in several in-depth projects utilizing more advanced concepts. These projects and the skills involved for each include:
  • Narrative Board Game: Advanced game mechanics and game balancing, 3D modeling and printing, Prototyping fabrication methods
  • Digital Game: Advanced Construct 2 programming, Game polish, Cross-platform publishing
  • Trailer Video: Time-based video creation, Video editing, Marketing considerations for video production
 
Students will work both collaboratively and individually to design, test, and develop each project. They will incorporate their own design choices to personalize the player and viewer experiences. All games and media can be taken home to play and watch. Continued work on the digital game is possible using the free version of Construct 2 (PC only).
 
Breaks will be taken with supervised outside play and lunch. (Students should bring their own lunch and snacks each day.)
 
Dates:                          July 9th – July 13th
Location:                      Weston Middle School
Time:                           9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (drop off begins at 8:45 a.m. in the back of WMS)
Cost:                            Town of Weston/Weston Public Schools Employees - $369.00*
‚Äč                                     Weston Resident - $410.00
                                     Non-resident - $492.00
* Town of Weston/Weston Public Schools Employee rate is valid for employees of either the Town or Schools that are compensated through payroll.
 
Instructor:                   Thomas Toynton - Professor of Game Design at Bloomfield College, Expert-In-Residence
# of students:              10 minimum/10 maximum
Supplies:                     Students should bring lunch and snacks as needed.
                                    Each student should bring a USB drive to save work.
 
 
Innovation Technology Camp (for students entering grades 4-8)
(Cohorts will be made by grade level)
 
Summary:
Students will learn tabletop game design, programming and digital game creation using Construct 2, 3D modeling and printing, and time-based media technologies. By the end of the week they will have created projects for each area.
 
Details:
Students will use creative methodologies and technology tools to create games and media. They will be introduced to core concepts and perform hands-on activities that help them learn game design, programming, and time-based media creation. Working collaboratively and individually they will create multiple projects such as tabletop games, digital games using Construct 2, and stop-motion video.
 
Students will incorporate their own design choices to personalize the player and viewer experiences. All games and media can be taken home to play and watch. Continued work on the digital game is possible using the free version of Construct 2 (PC only).
 
Breaks will be taken with supervised outside play and lunch. (Students should bring their own lunch and snacks each day.)
 
Dates:                           Session 1: July 16th – July 20th *
                                    Session 2:  July 23rd – July 27th *
 
*New projects will be developed each week!
 
Location:                       Weston Middle School
Time:                            9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (drop off begins at 8:45 a.m. in the back of WMS)
Cost:                             Town of Weston/Weston Public Schools Employees - $369.00*
                                     Weston Resident - $410.00
                                     Non-resident - $492.00
 
* Town of Weston/Weston Public Schools Employee rate is valid for employees of either the Town or Schools that are compensated through payroll.
 
Instructor:                    Thomas Toynton - Professor of Game Design at Bloomfield College, Expert-In-Residence
# of students:              10 minimum/10 maximum
Supplies:                      Students should bring lunch and snacks as needed. 
                                     Each student should bring a USB drive to save work.