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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. 
 
 
Baking Camps (for students entering Grades 4-9)
 
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
 
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
 
 
Weston Technology Camps
 
 
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:                           July 16th – July 20th *
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.