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.

Below are our offerings, organized by week.


June 18-22

Tell Your Story in Spanish

Date: June 18-22

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

Age: Grades 1-3

Cost: $225

Instructor: Adriana Castillo


Our little story books will cover tales from Spanish speaking countries. Using easy vocabulary to tell our story, we will discover the world of native characters by learning about their countries and traditions.

Besides writing our short story, we will learn the countries' traditional music, food, art and of course why the character is so special for the country.

  1. Puerto Rico ~ “Juan Bobo y el coqui”
  2. Cuba ~ "El Gallo De Bodas" Cuban story about rooster
  3. Mexico ~ Teresa y Pablo have a FIESTA!
  4. Spain ~ Don Quijote likes “churros y chocolate”
  5. Ecuador ~ “ Pepita la LLama”

Señora Castillo is a native of Colombia. Her family migrated to U.S.A. in the late 1970s, and she has lived in the area ever since. Teaching is Sra. Castillo's passion and calling in life. An educator for the past 21 years, she loves to teach children about culture, traditions, and people from her culture and other Hispanic heritages.

Running

Date: June 18-22

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

Age: 9-14

Cost: $225

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.


Tiny Scientists

Dates: June 18-22, July 16-20

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

Age: Ages 4-6

Cost: $225

Instructors: Tory Rudden '14 and Maggie Keeler '14


This camp offers young children the most engaging aspects of science by understanding information through arts and crafts, experiments, and outdoor activities. Students will participate in five unique theme-based days: outer space, life under the sea, life on land, basic chemistry, and nature/pollution.

Young scientists should prepare for a week of laughing, learning, and exploring in an entirely hands-on and minds-on way: hunting for dinosaur eggs, making elephant’s toothpaste, constructing ocean zones in a jar, and even defying the properties of liquids by creating Dr. Seuss’s infamous non-Newtonian oobleck.

Our mission is to bring out the inner scientist in every child, and for students to go home each day ecstatic and curious about the day to come. Join us to discover how much fun science truly is!

Tory Rudden and Maggie Keeler are both seniors in high school and alumnae of The Country School class of ‘18. Both passionate about the sciences, they spent last summer together volunteering at Yale New Haven Hospital which solidified their interests in entering the medical field. While they are both excited to pursue their interests in college (Tory as a nursing major and Maggie as a human science major), they are also looking forward to giving back to TCS and inspiring tiny scientists!


June 25-29


Arts and Crafts

Date, Time: June 25-29, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; July 16-20, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: Grade 2-6

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of ’14

Students will have the chance to get creative to the max in this camp by learning several methods of crafty handiwork. Each day will bring a new challenge to tackle –– knitting, friendship bracelet making, and more, all with fun summer twists. Supplies will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their favorite materials from home.

Nina Hastings was member of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. In high school, she worked on the masthead of the student newspaper and as a peer writing tutor. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She is also an avid knitter and loves all kinds of arts and crafts. She will be studying environmental science and history at Brown University in the fall.

Word Play: Creative Writing

Date: June 25-29

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

Age: Grade 3-5

Cost: $225

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of '14

This 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!


Nina Hastings was member of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. In high school, she worked on the masthead of the student newspaper and as a peer writing tutor. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She is also an avid knitter and loves all kinds of arts and crafts. She will be studying environmental science and history at Brown University in the fall.

July 9-13


Debate

Date: July 9-13

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

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.


Word Play: Creative Writing

Date: July 9-13

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

Age: Grade 3-5

Cost: $225

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of '14

This 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!


Nina Hastings was member of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. In high school, she worked on the masthead of the student newspaper and as a peer writing tutor. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She is also an avid knitter and loves all kinds of arts and crafts. She will be studying environmental science and history at Brown University in the fall.

Environmental and Marine Science

Dates: July 9-13, July 16-20

Time 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Age: Grades 2-5

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of ’14

In this camp, students will learn about the nearby aquatic ecosystem of the Long Island Sound by collecting samples, learning about them both inside and outside the classroom, and gaining hands-on experience. Potential subjects of study include horseshoe crabs, mussels, phragmites, seagulls, and more. The program will culminate with each student highlighting their favorite find in a Creature Feature project.

Nina Hastings was member of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. In high school, she worked on the masthead of the student newspaper and as a peer writing tutor. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She is also an avid knitter and loves all kinds of arts and crafts. She will be studying environmental science and history at Brown University in the fall.

Robotics

Date: July 9-13

Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Age: 7-9 years old

Cost: $225

Instructors: Sarah Johnson and Stephanie Johnson, Science Teacher

The Country School is excited to offer a robotics camp just for 7-9 year olds! We know how important it is to encourage young learners to explore the STEM fields, and we have a fun and educational opportunity to do that while designing solutions to real world problems using coding and robotics.

Participants will explore The Country School’s Children’s Garden and watch pollinators in action then build and program a robotic model of a bee and flower to mimic and explain the important relationship between pollinators and plants. Or, they could choose a problem like ocean pollution, explore why it’s important to help clean up debris from our oceans, and create a robot that can collect and sort plastics. Using Lego bricks, Lego WeDo programming, and iPads, students will build and program robots to complete real-world tasks and challenges and will gain hands-on programming experience while learning how to combine motors, sensors, gears, pulleys, and levers to build useful, interactive and creative robots.

Scratch

Date: July 9-13

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

Age: Grade 5-8

Cost: $225

Instructors: Andrew Robertson, Library Media Specialist

Students will spend the week coding with Scratch, a programming language designed specifically for young learners by experts at the MIT Media Lab. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

More information for parents on Scratch is available here: http://scratch.mit.edu/parents/.

July 16-20


Learn Ukulele!

Date: July 16 - 20

Time: 9:00 - 12:00

Age: 9 - 14

Cost: $225/wk ($375/wk includes ukulele!)

Instructor: Matthew Talmadge


Budding musicians take note. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, ukulele is a great place to start. Ukulele is an excellent choice for individuals who want to play and sing at the same time. It is also a logical musical option for those who may want to learn guitar in the future, as many of the techniques transfer seamlessly.

In one week of instrumental group lessons, participants will learn the anatomy of the ukulele, strumming patterns, plucking technique, ukulele tab, several chords, complete songs and much more. It is everything the beginner needs to get up and running on an instrument they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. Intermediate ukulele players may also benefit from this class, as it will offer them the chance to hone their skills, improve their technique and learn new songs.

It is not required that participants have their own ukulele, as one will be provided; however, having one will allow the pupil to practice at home. Participants who choose to purchase a ukulele will receive a high quality, Oscar Schmidt OU5 concert ukulele.


Matthew Talmadge is a licensed PreK-12 instrumental and vocal music educator with 20 years of music teaching experience. Professionally, he is a music educator in the Westbrook Public School system and a performing trumpet player on the shoreline. He has instructed elementary students, college level students and everyone in between on a myriad of instruments. Mr. Talmadge is a proud Country School father and looks forward to sharing his love of music with more students.

Singers and Songwriters

Date: July 16 - 20

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Age: 9 - 14

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Matthew Talmadge

If you have a creative spirit and love to sing and play music, try your hand at songwriting. In this fun, intensive week, students will engage in the soup to nuts process of songwriting. No previous songwriting knowledge or instrumental proficiency is necessary. Participants should like music and enjoy singing.

In this week long camp, pupils will learn how to:

  • Generate the inspiration for a song
  • Write lyrics
  • Use verse-chorus form in songwriting
  • Develop a chord progression and style that fit the mood
  • Create a melody that fits the words, chord progression and style
  • Practice and perform an original song
  • Record the song and work with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
  • Produce the song using Garageband and Logic Pro X (the DAW)
  • Cut a final track that can be shared and enjoyed

Matthew Talmadge is a licensed PreK-12 instrumental and vocal music educator with 20 years of music teaching experience. Professionally, he is a music educator in the Westbrook Public School system and a performing trumpet player on the shoreline. He has instructed elementary students, college level students and everyone in between on all things musical. Mr. Talmadge is a proud Country School father and looks forward to sharing his love of music with this community.

Smartphone Photography

Date: July 16 - 20

Time: 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Age: Grades 4-8

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Chris Arrandale


Students will learn the fundamentals of photography and how it translates to phones and point and shoot cameras. After the photo is taken, students will make edits to it in Pixlr, a free online photo manipulation software. A smartphone or point-and-shoot camera is needed for this camp.

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 multiple camps!

Python

Date: July 16 - 20

Time: 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Age: Grade 6 - 8

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Chris Arrandale

Python is a full-fledged programming language that is used in real-world applications. Students will learn the basics of programming as well as problem-solving. If your student has enjoyed Scratch or Lego Mindstorms. This is the next level of programming and a prior usage of scratch is strongly recommended.

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 multiple camps!



Nature Painting

Dates: July 16 - 20, August 13 - 17

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

Ages: 9 - 14

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Laurie Flaherty, artist and TCS art teacher


In this week-long camp, students will paint directly from nature both outside in our nearby garden and in the studio from plants and natural objects collected from outdoors. Students will begin each painting with a quick gesture, then gradually slow the painting process to observe and paint with increasing form and detail. In this camp students will focus on color and light. This camp is open to beginning and more experienced painters. Students will come away from painting camp with improved sight and insight along with improved painting skills!

Laurie Flaherty teaches art at TCS and has been a practicing artist for over 25 years. She paints complex gouache and oil paintings from the natural world focusing on flora and fauna. Her work is exhibited throughout the United States and can be found in public collections in the U.S. and private collections worldwide.

Little Flippers Gymnastics

Dates: July 16-20, August 6-10

Time: 9:00-12:00

Ages: 4-9

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Nicole Burke


From first time tumblers to experienced flippers, this week long camp offers young gymnasts a fun fitness experience. Floor and beam events will be developed and sharpened with a strong emphasis on proper form, strength, and stretching. Open to first timers through club gymnasts, this camp will provide a fun and safe environment to build aptitude (and yes, we will do lots of cartwheels!). The week will culminate with individual or partner mini routines connecting new skills. Little Flippers campers will build confidence on the mats that they will carry for life!

Nicole Burke, TCS's Director of Development and English Department Faculty member, is a lifelong gymnast and coach. A CIAC certified coach and private club instructor, Nicole has been practicing, competing in, and/or coaching gymnastics for 38 years. She is a proud alumna of multiple state championship teams. Her favorite event remains the floor!

Arts and Crafts

Date, Time: June 25-29, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; July 16-20, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Age: Grade 2-6

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of ’14

Students will have the chance to get creative to the max in this camp by learning several methods of crafty handiwork. Each day will bring a new challenge to tackle –– knitting, friendship bracelet making, and more, all with fun summer twists. Supplies will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their favorite materials from home.

Nina Hastings was member of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. In high school, she worked on the masthead of the student newspaper and as a peer writing tutor. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She is also an avid knitter and loves all kinds of arts and crafts. She will be studying environmental science and history at Brown University in the fall.

Science & Art

Date: July 16-20

Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Age: 8-12

Cost: $225

Instructors: Stephanie Johnson, Science Teacher, and Sarah Johnson

Leonardo da Vinci said, “To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

This camp will examine the undeniable interconnectivity of these two disciplines through a variety of explorations and projects. Students will try their hand at basic dissections (insects, squid and sheep brain) then hone their anatomical drawing and painting skills. They will learn about the properties of different liquids while engaging in the ancient Turkish art of ebru “cloud” painting. The physics of balance and movement will be explored through mobile design challenges. Join us for a week of rich, inspirational and connected learning!

Tiny Scientists - Class full

Dates: June 18-22, July 16-20

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

Age: Ages 4-6

Cost: $225

Instructors: Tory Rudden '14 and Maggie Keeler '14


This camp offers young children the most engaging aspects of science by understanding information through arts and crafts, experiments, and outdoor activities. Students will participate in five unique theme-based days: outer space, life under the sea, life on land, basic chemistry, and nature/pollution.

Young scientists should prepare for a week of laughing, learning, and exploring in an entirely hands-on and minds-on way: hunting for dinosaur eggs, making elephant’s toothpaste, constructing ocean zones in a jar, and even defying the properties of liquids by creating Dr. Seuss’s infamous non-Newtonian oobleck.

Our mission is to bring out the inner scientist in every child, and for students to go home each day ecstatic and curious about the day to come. Join us to discover how much fun science truly is!

Tory Rudden and Maggie Keeler are both seniors in high school and alumnae of The Country School class of ‘18. Both passionate about the sciences, they spent last summer together volunteering at Yale New Haven Hospital which solidified their interests in entering the medical field. While they are both excited to pursue their interests in college (Tory as a nursing major and Maggie as a human science major), they are also looking forward to giving back to TCS and inspiring tiny scientists!


Introduction to Rocket Science with KSP

Dates: July 16-20 and 23-27

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

Age: Grade 6-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Caleb Hastings, '14


It is rocket science – come appreciate the vastness of space through learning the basics of kinetics and orbital mechanics! To supplement, students will use the game/simulator Kerbal Space Program (KSP) to design a rocket to achieve orbit and eventually land on the moon – with enough fuel to make it back of course!

Caleb Hastings '14 was an avid student of computer science and mathematics during his time at TCS. He has continued that work throughout his four years at Choate Rosemary Hall, and looks forward to studying applied mathematics in a joint program at McGill and Northeastern University next fall. Caleb also likes backpacking, ultimate frisbee, and music.

Web Development Crash Course

Dates: July 16-20 and 23-27

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

Age: Grade 6-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Caleb Hastings, '14

Come learn the ropes of languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. No prior programming experience is necessary! Students will be introduced to syntax and tools that will allow them to design their own websites, an increasingly relevant skill set in today's digital world.

Caleb Hastings '14 was an avid student of computer science and mathematics during his time at TCS. He has continued that work throughout his four years at Choate Rosemary Hall, and looks forward to studying applied mathematics in a joint program at McGill and Northeastern University next fall. Caleb also likes backpacking, ultimate frisbee, and music.

July 23-27


Young Actors’ Workshop

Date: July 23-27

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

Age: Grades 3-8

Cost: $225

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.

Beginning Robotics - Class Full

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.


Minecraft and Crafting

Date: July 23-27

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

Age: Grade 1 and up

Cost: $225

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 multiple camps!

3D Printing

Date: July 23-27

Time: 12:30-3:00

Ages: Grade 6-8

Cost: $225

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.

Introduction to Rocket Science with KSP

Dates: July 16-20 and 23-27

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

Age: Grade 6-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Caleb Hastings, '14


It is rocket science – come appreciate the vastness of space through learning the basics of kinetics and orbital mechanics! To supplement, students will use the game/simulator Kerbal Space Program (KSP) to design a rocket to achieve orbit and eventually land on the moon – with enough fuel to make it back of course!

Caleb Hastings '14 was an avid student of computer science and mathematics during his time at TCS. He has continued that work throughout his four years at Choate Rosemary Hall, and looks forward to studying applied mathematics in a joint program at McGill and Northeastern University next fall. Caleb also likes backpacking, ultimate frisbee, and music.

Web Development Crash Course

Dates: July 16-20 and 23-27

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

Age: Grade 6-8

Cost: $225

Instructor: Caleb Hastings, '14

Come learn the ropes of languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. No prior programming experience is necessary! Students will be introduced to syntax and tools that will allow them to design their own websites, an increasingly relevant skill set in today's digital world.

Caleb Hastings '14 was an avid student of computer science and mathematics during his time at TCS. He has continued that work throughout his four years at Choate Rosemary Hall, and looks forward to studying applied mathematics in a joint program at McGill and Northeastern University next fall. Caleb also likes backpacking, ultimate frisbee, and music.

Tuesday, July 31


Robotics Workshop & Pizza Dinner

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Age: Grades 3-7

Instructors: TCS Science Teachers Stephanie Johnson and Dr. Amy Cornell

Where: The Country School's Duffy STEAM Lab


How do robots move, sense their environment, and think? Have you ever wondered how to program a robot to follow your commands? Do you love building with Lego? The Country School is offering a class to teach you how to do just that. Students will learn how to program a robot using Lego EV3 Mindstorms and compete in exciting challenges. Build a robust robot that can win in a battle of Tug-of-War, create a fast robot to navigate a maze, or come-up with an efficient robot to detect and push and move objects. Students will gain hands-on programming and building experience while learning how light sensors, ultrasonic sensors, motors, and gears, can work to create an interactive robot.


July 30-August 3

Catapults and Color: The Art and Science of Catapulting!

Dates: July 23-27, July 30-August 3

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

Ages: 9-14

Cost: $225./week

Instructors: Sam Jelley and Laurie Flaherty, TCS Art Teacher

In this week-long camp, students will build and embellish small and large scale catapults. They will trial their catapults for distance and accuracy, using paint to both mark the landing and create an original work of art. Students will learn how to increase the performance of their catapult based on the laws of physics. They will explore the basic application of science for a mechanical engineering problem and enjoy the creative application of paint, using their catapult as a catalyst.

Sam Jelley is a mechanical engineering student at Case Western Reserve University. Sam enjoys taking part in regional and national physics competitions, including the Yale Physics Olympics, where his team won gold.

Laurie Flaherty teaches art at TCS and has been a practicing artist for over 25 years. Her paintings are in galleries and corporate collections in the United States, as well as private collections worldwide.


August 6-10

Little Flippers Gymnastics

Dates: July 16-20, August 6-10

Time: 9:00-12:00

Ages: 4-9

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Nicole Burke


From first time tumblers to experienced flippers, this week long camp offers young gymnasts a fun fitness experience. Floor and beam events will be developed and sharpened with a strong emphasis on proper form, strength, and stretching. Open to first timers through club gymnasts, this camp will provide a fun and safe environment to build aptitude (and yes, we will do lots of cartwheels!). The week will culminate with individual or partner mini routines connecting new skills. Little Flippers campers will build confidence on the mats that they will carry for life!

Nicole Burke, TCS's Director of Development and English Department Faculty member, is a lifelong gymnast and coach. A CIAC certified coach and private club instructor, Nicole has been practicing, competing in, and/or coaching gymnastics for 38 years. She is a proud alumna of multiple state championship teams. Her favorite event remains the floor!

Environmental and Marine Science

Dates: July 9-13, July 16-20

Time 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Age: Grades 3-5

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Nina Hastings, TCS Class of ’14

In this camp, students will learn about the nearby aquatic ecosystem of the Long Island Sound by collecting samples, learning about them both inside and outside the classroom, and gaining hands-on experience. Potential subjects of study include horseshoe crabs, mussels, phragmites, seagulls, and more. The program will culminate with each student highlighting their favorite find in a Creature Feature project.

Nina Hastings was member of the TCS Class of 2014 and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2018. In high school, she worked on the masthead of the student newspaper and as a peer writing tutor. She has spent her summers in various marine and environmental science-focused programs in the Dominican Republic, Woods Hole, and right here in Connecticut. She is also an avid knitter and loves all kinds of arts and crafts. She will be studying environmental science and history at Brown University in the fall.

August 13-17


Nature Drawing

Dates: July 16 - 20, August 13 - 17

Time: 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Age: 9 - 14

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Laurie Flaherty, artist and TCS art teacher


In this week-long camp, students will draw directly from the natural world, both outside in our nearby garden and inside from a collection of natural objects and plants. Students will learn how to respond quickly to capture the essential nature of what they see. They will then gradually add form and detail as they spend more time carefully observing and recording what is before them. Students will work with charcoal and learn to use both line and value (shade and shadow). This camp is for both beginners and for those with drawing experience. Featuring a professional artist, students will gain insight into how practicing artists draw. Students will come away with improved observational and drawing skills.

Laurie Flaherty teaches art at TCS and has been a practicing artist for over 25 years. She paints complex gouache and oil paintings from the natural world, focusing on flora and fauna. Her work is exhibited throughout the United States and can be found in public collections in the U.S. and private collections worldwide.

Nature Painting

Dates: July 16 - 20, August 13 - 17

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

Ages: 9 - 14

Cost: $225/wk

Instructor: Laurie Flaherty, artist and TCS art teacher


In this week-long camp, students will paint directly from nature both outside in our nearby garden and in the studio from plants and natural objects collected from outdoors. Students will begin each painting with a quick gesture, then gradually slow the painting process to observe and paint with increasing form and detail. In this camp students will focus on color and light. This camp is open to beginning and more experienced painters. Students will come away from painting camp with improved sight and insight along with improved painting skills!

Laurie Flaherty teaches art at TCS and has been a practicing artist for over 25 years. She paints complex gouache and oil paintings from the natural world focusing on flora and fauna. Her work is exhibited throughout the United States and can be found in public collections in the U.S. and private collections worldwide.

As in past summers,
The Country School is partnering with Madison Racquet & Swim Club
to offer summer sports camps.
Below is an overview of their programs.
Learn more and register by visiting http://www.tcsscamp.com/