Summer Academy

About Summer Academy

Our Kent Place Summer Camp offers exciting summer “academies,” which provide children the opportunity to focus on a specialized area of interest through dynamic week-long programs. These programs are overseen by outstanding Kent Place faculty and staffed by outside professionals as needed to best suit our campers.

2021 Summer Academy Session Offerings

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  • Adventures Around the World

    Adventures Around the World
    Offered to students entering Grades K–3
    July 12–16, 2021
    Hours: 1:00–4:00 p.m. (no lunch)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week

    In this class, campers will visit different parts of the world each day. We will learn about the culture of each area, make a craft as well as sample some food native to the country. This class promises to take you on a real adventure throughout the week.
  • Hands-On Graphic Design

    Hands-On Graphic Design! (Love art? Earn your first design credit!)
    Offered to students entering Grades 3–8
    June 21–25, 2021
    August 9–13, 2021
    Hours: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (no lunch)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week

    Interested in drawing, art, or design? This is the hands-on design camp for students who are always doodling, and want to learn how they might use art professionally! In this camp, you'll complete an actual, professional design project and run a media campaign for a local nonprofit or small business. First, you'll learn how to be a better artist and designer through a series of fun activities led by a skilled instructor. Then, you'll learn the basics of modern digital design on web platforms, including Canva, Pixlr, and Adobe. You'll touch on color choice, contrast, composition, digital typography, and more. Finally, you will earn your first real design credit and learn how professional graphic designers work by creating an ad campaign. Previous students have created posters, social media campaigns, and other collateral seen by thousands. You can start building your design portfolio while you're still in school!

    Students will need either a Chromebook or laptop for this class (no Ipads). You can either bring your own device or let Kent Place know and we can provide one.
  • Modernly Mannered – FUNdamentals for LIFE (Grades 1–5)

    Modernly Mannered – FUNdamentals for LIFE!
    Offered to students entering Grades 1–5
    July 19–23, 2021
    July 26–30, 2021
    Hours: 9:00 a.m–12:00 p.m. (no lunch)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week


    This camp is filled with interactive activities which will help your child understand why manners matter. Eye contact, introductions, conversation skills, grown-up titles, respect, greetings & goodbyes, tech manners, thank you notes, leadership skills, manners in public spaces, and table manners (both American and European) will all be included. There will be many role-playing activities such as Me on Mondays, On the Air, Let's Eat, and more. A large workbook will be included in this camp which will include lots of drawing, painting, and coloring. At the end of the week, we will have an outdoor picnic and art gallery opening so that the children can put all of their skills to use! This program is certified by the American Academy of Etiquette and Manners to Go.
  • Modernly Mannered – FUNdamentals for LIFE (Grades 6–8)

    Modernly Mannered – FUNdamentals for LIFE!
    Offered to students entering Grades 6–8
    July 19–23, 2021
    July 26–30, 2021
    Hours: 1:00–4:00 p.m. (no lunch)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week


    This camp is filled with interactive activities which will help your child understand why manners matter. Eye contact, introductions, conversation skills, grown-up titles, respect, greetings & goodbyes, tech manners, thank you notes, leadership skills, manners in public spaces, and table manners (both American and European) will all be included. There will be many role-playing activities such as Me on Mondays, On the Air, Let's Eat, and more. A large workbook will be included in this camp which will include lots of drawing, painting, and coloring. At the end of the week, we will have an outdoor picnic and art gallery opening so that the children can put all of their skills to use! This program is certified by the American Academy of Etiquette and Manners to Go.
  • Puppets Puppets

    Puppets Puppets
    Offered to students entering Grades K–3
    July 12–16, 2021
    Hours: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (no lunch)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week

    Come and explore the magic of puppet making! Campers will engage in hands-on experiences of becoming a puppeteer. Finger puppets, Stick puppets, and sock puppets are just a few of the puppets that will be created in this enrichment. We will use a puppet theater to put on shows and performances that will spark your child’s imagination each day.
  • Real Coding and Entrepreneurship

    Real Coding and Entrepreneurship
    Offered to students entering Grades 5 - 10 (Groups will be split up by age)
    June 21–25, 2021
    August 9–13, 2021
    Hours: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (no lunch)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week

    Want to learn to code? Are you creative or a lover of games? Well, this is the camp for you! In this camp, you'll learn to use modern coding techniques to turn your creative ideas into apps or games. And, you’ll do it by actually releasing and contributing to real iPhone Apps (real as in on the AppStore) with your friends, for a good cause! Through fun activities and small group sessions, you'll learn to code. Then you'll build real apps for a select group of local, NJ-area nonprofits and small businesses. Last summer's students work on real apps being used right now by restaurants, a mental health charity, a New York non-profit, and a charter school in the UK. At the end of the week, you’ll have contributed to real apps on the AppStore that anyone can download, you'll have the lifelong skills of a coder, and you’ll have a certificate showing all the extraordinary things you accomplished. More importantly, you’ll leave knowing how to build your own tech going forward.
    And it's fun! There are no lectures and everything is group-based. You don’t need any previous experience or special software to take this course: all you need is your creativity!

    Students will need either a Chromebook or laptop for this class (no Ipads). You can either bring your own device or let Kent Place know and we can provide one.
  • Road Trip Across the USA

    Road Trip Across the USA
    Offered to students entering Grades K–3
    July 6–9, 2021
    Hours: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (no lunch)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week

    On this very special Road trip, campers will travel to some of America’s 50 States. We will find each state on our map and learn lots of fun facts about each one we visit. We will also learn about some of America’s most famous landmarks on our journey.
  • Wonder Kids

    Wonder Kids
    Offered to students entering Grades K–3
    July 6–9, 2021
    Hours: 1:00–4:00 p.m. (no lunch)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week

    If you think science is cool and awesome, then this class is for you. Campers explore science concepts while making projects and experiments. The class promotes the skills of observation, prediction, and critical thinking.
  • Chess Camp by Diplomat Chess

    Chess Camp by Diplomat Chess
    Offered to students entering Grades 2–6
    July 12–16, 2021 
    August 2–6, 2021
    Hours: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (AM ZOOM Virtual Camp) or 1:00– 4:00 p.m. (In-Person Camp)
    Tuition: $390 (Half Day) per week

    Come learn and play the game of kings with Diplomat Chess! We have helped develop state 
    and national champions, but the majority of our students are beginners looking to learn and have fun.

    Activities and lessons will include learning the rules, endgames, tactics, openings, analysis of famous master games, and plenty of opportunities to challenge fellow students.

    All participants will receive a free "Gold" Account to ChessKid.com.
    All Full Day Campers will receive a free Diplomat Chess Set.
  • TGA Golf Camp

    TGA Golf
    Offered to students entering Grades 2–6
    July 12–16, 2021
    August 2–6, 2021
    August 9–13, 2021
    Hours: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Tuition:  $735

    TGA of Union County is partnering with Kent Place to offer boys and girls entering grades 2 - 6 the most exciting golf camp. Kent Place Golf Camp is tailored for ALL SKILL LEVELS; from the never played before who is just starting out to the more experienced player looking to advance their game. Camp will be staffed by certified TGA instructors who focus on improving all aspects of each camper's golf game through specifically designed lesson plans. This ensures that each camper gets the individual attention and TIME necessary to achieve their goals.
     
    Campers practice all aspects of the game: Swing Fundamentals, chipping, putting, driving, Golf rules & etiquette, competitive formats (best ball, match play, etc.), course management and decision making (driver vs. iron off the tee, etc.), and practice techniques.  Students learn these skills by participating in stations and they rotate through each one to practice these skills and keep the day fun and engaging! We also incorporate simulated course play, golf games, and skills challenges into each week.  Students always look forward to Golf Olympics each week! Golf Camp is all about providing a fun atmosphere for children of all ages and skill levels to play golf. Campers will build friendships, gain self-confidence, and create lifelong memories.
     
    The camp includes 2 field trips (Trips are pending COVID Protocols):
    Golf-Cave:   Beginners and advanced players take advantage of state-of-the-art simulators designed to break down every detail of a player's swing all while providing the most realistic golf experience possible.
    Ash Brook Golf Course: All campers will get the opportunity to play 9 holes on Ash Brook’s popular Par 3 – 9 hole course.

2021 Summer Academy Session Remote Offerings

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  • Ancient Greco-Roman Philosophy

    Grades 9–12
    Co-ed

    Dates: June 21–July 9, 2021
    Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Elizabeth Farshtey

    What is real and how can we know? What is the nature of humans? What is the best society? And how are we to live in an imperfect world? These and other questions will be explored as we study Greek and Roman philosophers from the pre-Socratics through the Stoics. We will learn what others have thought as well as explore our own answers to these questions and others.
  • Creative Electronic and Coding Activities

    Grades 6–8
    Co-ed
    Dates: August 2–13, 2021

    Time: 10–11 a.m. (10 hours)
    Instructor: Riddhi Calidas

    The STEAM + Coding Program will engage students in integrated, cross-curricular, creative electronics and coding activities. They will design and develop hands-on projects and complete challenges that encourage team building. This program will engage students further to explore the fields of computer science and engineering.
  • Etymology

    Grades 9–12
    Co-ed

    Dates: July 12–23, 2021
    Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m. (10 hours)
    Instructor: Elizabeth Farshtey

    Over 60% of English words have Latin or Greek roots. The number rises closer to 90% when dealing with scientific and technological words. In this course, we will look at some common Greek and Latin root words, as well as prefixes and suffixes. The goal is not to memorize vocabulary lists but to learn how to break down unfamiliar words to be able to determine their meaning in context. We will also look at the histories of some of the English language's more quirky words.
  • Greek Mythology

    Grades 9–12
    Co-ed
    Dates: July 12–23, 2021
    Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. (10 hours)
    Instructor: Elizabeth Farshtey

    In this course, we will read and discuss Greek myths, including some lesser-known but equally important ones. We will also explore the meaning and purpose of mythology, and see how some myths are universal across cultures and continents.
  • Intro to International Relations

    Grades 9–12
    Co-ed
    Dates: July 6–26
    Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m. (15 hours total)
    Instructor: Elyse Warren

    In this summer course, the goal will be to explore the basic tenants and theories of international relations. We will do this by investigating case studies that show the impacts of international law, governments, globalization, global actors, and human behaviors or international relations. Students will be able to apply these concepts to their history classes and use the knowledge as a precursor to international relations, political, economic, or international business courses in college.
  • Mindfulness: Working with Anxiety and Self-Compassion (Grades 6–8)

    Grades 6–8
    Co-ed
    Date: June 21–25, 2021
    Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. (5 hours)
    Instructor: Megan Hook

    Anxiety and stress can really get us down, but there are tools to deal with them! Mindfulness allows us to start recognizing patterns of stress and anxiety and even interrupt the patterns as they are happening. Adding in self-compassion deepens our insights around the causes of stress and the way of stress cycles: kindness, gentleness, and awareness. 
  • Mindfulness: Working with Anxiety and Self-Compassion (Grades 9–12)

    Grades 9–12
    Co-ed
    Dates: June 21–25, 2021
    Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m. (5 hours)
    Instructor: Megan Hook

    Anxiety and stress can really get us down, but there are tools to deal with them! Mindfulness allows us to start recognizing patterns of stress and anxiety and even interrupt the pattern as they are happening. Adding in self-compassion deepens our insights around the causes of stress and the way out of stress cycles: kindness, gentleness, and awareness.
  • Mindfulness: Working with Emotions and Connecting to Everyday Magic and Joy

    Grades 6–8
    All girls
    Dates: July 12–16, 2021
    Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. (5 hours)
    Instructor: Megan Hook

    Mindfulness helps to be more present in life: to experience everyday joy, to work with strong emotions that arise, to strengthen our connection with others, and to build skills to work with anxiety or stress. Mindfulness is much more than just sitting quietly! We will explore mindful listening, mindful walking, and mindful communication. We'll make art, walk in nature, make playlists of great music, do some mindful movement, and explore a myriad of practices that deepen connection to everyday wonder and joy of being alive.
  • Moby-Dick: The Everything Book

    Grades 9–12
    All girls
    Dates (Mondays and Thursdays Only): June 21, June 24, June 28, July 1, July 8, July 12, July 15, July 19, July 22, July 26 (No July 5)
    Time: 3:30–5:00 p.m. (15 hours)
    Instructor: Michael Schwartz

    We will read and discuss the entirety of Moby-Dick using an approach that is as multi-angled as possible because that's precisely what the novel's polymath author, Herman Melville, was trying to do: to explore intellectually (or, "nerd out") on a particular subject (in this case, the concept of "the whale") in as many ways as he could. Captain Ahab's quest for Moby-Dick is parallel to the narrator Ishmael's own philosophical quest for understanding, as the latter delves into the mystery of our relationships with ourselves, each other, the world, and various conceptions of God. We will consider such areas of study as psychology, religion, metaphysics, ethics, myth, science, politics, class, economics, gender, race, and sexuality, and will think about the place of this 1851 novel in pre-Civil War United States Literature. Additionally, we will examine the ways Melville's ambitiously-experimental writing style crosses the boundaries between fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, and how it straddles the artistic schools of romanticism, realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism. Other topics may include Melville's humor; his life; the novel's popular and critical reception; the special influence of Milton, Shakespeare, and Hawthorne on the novel; the place of the novel in Melville's larger body of work; Melville and the visual arts; and the other areas of interest in Melville studies today. Recent KPS graduates are welcome to take the class.
  • Women in Rome

    Grades: 9–12
    Co-ed

    Dates: June 25–July 9, 2021
    Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m. (10 hours)
    Instructor: Elizabeth Farshtey

    Since almost all of the Latin work that has survived was written by men, the voices of Roman women have been mostly silent. By looking at the few writings we do have of them, including inscriptions, and comparing. that with what men had to say about them, we will see if we can reconstruct some of what it meant to be a woman in Republican and Imperial Rome. Although we are dealing with classical texts, no knowledge of Latin is required for this course.
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Kent Place Summer Camp is a coeducational, state-licensed, day camp program for boys and girls, ages 3 through 15 years old, providing fun, enrichment and opportunities for physical and social development in a safe, non-competitive atmosphere.

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Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is now open! Register by February 1 to take advantage of our early bird 10% discount.

For more information, please email Director Donna Ray at summer@kentplace.org.