Summer Program


Welcome to Summer Fun and Learning 2018


Follow your passions and discover new ones!

Through Summer Fun and Learning, The Country School is pleased to offer an array of fun, enriching, week-long summer camps as well as programs that meet regularly throughout the summer. We will be adding offerings in the coming weeks - check back soon!

All camps take place on our beautiful, 23-acre campus in Madison. Questions, please contact summer@thecountryschool.org.

Young Actors’ Workshop

Date: July 23-27

Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Age: Grades 3-8

Cost: $220

Instructor: Emily Hope Webster, theater instructor


A Theater Arts intensive workshop designed to educate the Young Artist to the principles of Acting. Students will participate in a series of theater and improv games to warm up their muscles and liberate their creativity. Each Young Actor will be given scenes or monologues. With a focus on Story and Character, we will discover the connections and intentions in the text . Creating a safe and fun environment, students will be equipped with the tools to discover their authentic voice. Each participant will walk away from this course with a renewed sense of confidence which can applied to all aspects of life. Theater Skills are Life Skills! Class will culminate in an informal performance.


Debate Camp

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Age: Grades 5-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Instructor: Dori Antonetti


In this week-long camp, students will learn how to construct and refute arguments based on reason, evidence, and logic. Working in teams, students will brainstorm and develop their ideas on opposing sides of proposed motions. Students will also practice public speaking skills with regard to both planned and impromptu remarks on a variety of debate topics. Students will conduct research and learn how to identify and cite reliable sources, identify main and supporting points, and organize and synthesize information and evidence in support of their assertions. Throughout the course of the week, students will engage in critical and analytical thinking, work collaboratively, gain confidence as speakers, strengthen civil engagement and discourse, and have fun! The week will culminate with students participating in a full-length parliamentary debate.

Dori Antonetti is a NYC Office of Labor Relations Hearing Review Officer and Member of the New York and Washington, DC, Bars.


Running Camp

Date: June 18-22

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: 9-14

Cost: $225 per week

Instructors: John Fixx, Beth Coyne, and Laura Morrison, TCS Cross Country Coaches

Spend five days at the start of summer (and, if desired, then two days a week throughout the summer) learning about and practicing the greatest and oldest sport in the world—cross-country and distance running. Featuring elite coaches, individualized instruction and scenic runs that often end with a swim, you’ll walk away—no, you’ll run away!—with an unforgettable experience and fine-tuned skills, hungry for the fall season to start. Our hands-on approach and expertise make this camp unique, whether you are a good runner trying to become great or a novice runner just learning the sport. Our coaches possess deep skills, both in the sport of running and as educators working with children. Your child will leave our camp at the end of the week or end of the summer a better athlete and a more confident student. We teach the campers about running, discipline, and motivation.


Beginning Robotics

Date: July 23-27

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: Entering Grades 4-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Amy Cornell, TCS Science Teacher and Robotics Coach

Never built or programmed a robot using Legos? No problem. This camp is designed to teach you how to build and program robot creations using Lego Mindstorms©. Beginner campers will work in small groups while encouraged to follow the FIRST™ Lego League Core Values in constructing robots that will teach building techniques and beginning programming.


Landscape Design

Date: July 9-13; August 20-24

Time: 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Age: 10-13

Cost: $225 per week

Instructor: Patsy Fowler

Spend a week playing in the mud! Students in this class will have the chance to learn first-hand the basic skills and knowledge involved in the creation and upkeep of a garden, using the TCS gardens. Plant identification, soil management, transplanting, when and how to water, and even the principles of landscape design will be included in the course. If you enjoy getting dirty and you like pretty scenery, this course is for you!

Patsy Fowler teaches history at TCS in the Middle School. Familiar with the history of landscape design, she has extensive experience with practical gardening as well. She will be consulting with the TCS science teacher Stephanie Johnson, whose special project has for years been the TCS gardens.


Minecraft and Crafting

Date: July 23-27

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Age: Grade 1 and up

Cost: $220

Instructor: Chris Arrandale, TCS Class of '14

Through teamwork and collaboration , students will build in a classroom only Minecraft server world. We begin with themed builds and progress to class inspired creations, limited only by campers' imagination. Additionally, campers will have opportunities to create Minecraft-themed crafts. Snack time and outside play will be incorporated daily. No Minecraft experience necessary. Come learn what all the excitement is about!

Chris Arrandale, TCS Class of 2014, will graduate from Daniel Hand High School this spring. He has worked at the Eli Whitney Museum for the past four years. There he has taught numerous computer classes which include: Digital Photography, Scratch, CNC, and 3D Printing. He has coached the TCS Robotics team. He is back again this summer teaching MInecraft in our summer's Summer Fun and Learning camp at TCS along with 3D Printing.


3D Printing Course

Date: July 23-27

Time: 12:30-3:00

Ages: Grade 6-8

Cost: $220

Instructor: Chris Arrandale, TCS Class of '14

Students will learn how to design for 3D printing and other applications. Students will also use learn how to use precise measuring devices and use the measurements in our designs. Through testing, a solid understanding of the engineering process will be learned.

Chris Arrandale, TCS Class of 2014, will graduate from Daniel Hand High School this spring. He has worked at the Eli Whitney Museum for the past four years. There he has taught numerous computer classes which include: Digital Photography, Scratch, CNC, and 3D Printing. He has coached the TCS Robotics team. He is back again this summer teaching MInecraft in our summer's Summer Fun and Learning camp at TCS along with 3D Printing.


Word Play: Creative Writing at The Country School

Date: July 10-14

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: Grade 3-5

Cost: $225

Instructor: TBD

This week-long camp will provide a fun and thoughtful way for students to explore their world – and express themselves – through the written word. We will dabble in poetry, food reviews, nature writing, and flash fiction, to name a few, with activities designed to hook beginning writers and stretch those with more experience. Kids will become comfortable sharing their work with a supportive, immediate audience and will benefit from collaboration and feedback from their peers. Far from being a static, in-your-seat experience, young writers should come prepared for outdoor exploration, candy taste-tests, dance parties, yoga, and more! Come join us and learn just how much fun playing with words can be!


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