Registration open in Spring

Discover a fun, learning adventure this summer! Overlake’s Middle School camps engage students in project-based, hands-on learning experiences in a variety of disciplines. The Summer Program is open to the public and Overlake students.

Most Middle School camps are taught by Overlake faculty and are open to students entering grades 5 through 8 in the 2024-25 school year. Campers can join us for half-day from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, or select two half-day camps for a full-day experience from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Lunch supervision is provided from 12:00-1:00 PM for campers that stay for both a morning and afternoon camp.

Registration opens in Spring. 

Please note that the camps listed below are from last summer's sessions.

Camps

June 20-23 Half-Day AM (9:00-12:00)

Documentary Filmmaking

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$220
Faculty
Kevin McKenna
Sarah Fitzpatrick

Documentary Filmmaking introduces campers to documentary short films and explores the genre through visual storytelling. Campers will research and develop a documentary short on a topic of their choosing over the course of the week. Students will watch short documentaries to get a sense of different subject and narrative styles. Topics may include anything nonfictional - science, history, social issues, sports, food, art, or everyday life. Campers will learn filming and editing techniques from pre-production to production to post-production. The camp will end with a documentary short film festival, where campers share their work with each other.

Please note that this camp runs for four days from Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23.

Mock Trial

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$220
Faculty
Karen Zaidberg

Step into the world of a real litigation! Part law class and part theater, mock trial will open a window into the complex world of law. We will choose a case together at the first meeting and assign roles, then spend the rest of the camp investigating and preparing the trial. Participants will learn the basic mechanics of a trial, including rules of evidence, the responsibilities of attorneys, how to ask good questions, how to testify, and how to make objections. Justice will be served!

Please note that this camp runs for four days from Tuesday, June 30 to Friday, June 23.

Witches and Wizards Training School

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$220
Faculty
Michael Krumbholz

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Harry Potter! After being sorted into houses we will create origin stories for our house founders, make our wands, play a rousing game of Quidditch, brew potions, identify magical plants, and even create a magical creature for future witches and wizards to learn about! Points will be awarded to houses based on excellent behavior, creativity, teamwork, and general trivia knowledge! The final day of camp, houses will share their origin stories while we partake in scrumptious butterbeer and snacks.

Please note that this camp runs for four days from Tuesday, June 20 through Friday, June 23.

June 20-23 Half-Day PM (1:00-4:00)

Board Games And Human Civilization

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$220
Faculty
Kevin McKenna

This camp explores the history of human civilization through board games. Each day focuses on a broad historical period, using a board game to explore how societies functioned in each of those periods. Each day will include a brief history lesson, an explanation of how the games work, and extensive time for game-playing. At the end of each day, students will reflect on how the game shapes a deeper understanding of how societies have operated, including the ways in which hierarchies are built within a society and on a global scale.

Please note that this camp runs for 4 days from Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23.

Improvisation

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$220
Faculty
Sarah Fitzpatrick

Improvisation stretches the imagination and builds confidence and presentation skills. Through theatre exercises, games, and spontaneous improvisational forms, campers will develop ways to help them think on their feet. In this safe environment, you can expect to get outside your comfort zone and learn to express yourself through various scenarios and settings. At the end of the week, we will invite friends and family so campers can demonstrate what they’ve learned with an audience!

Please note that this camp runs for four days from Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23.

Pow! Zap! Comic Book Design

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$220
Faculty
Karen Zaidberg

Action and art collide! Comics and graphic novels are an innovative and exciting format for telling stories. Authors of these kinds of texts have to rely on great narrative along with detailed and clever artwork that is a language all its own! Learn how to storyboard a plot with setting, character development, and dialogue in a unique format, and experiment with visual techniques like zoom, imagery, speech balloons, silhouette, and specialized lettering. Participants will leave with a completed, published comic book.

Please note that this camp runs for 4 days from Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23.

June 26-June 30 Half-Day AM (9:00-12:00)

Debate

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

In this course, campers will learn the basics of the debate format. We will focus on research skills, building an argument with evidence, rebutting an opponent’s argument, and strengthening public speaking skills. Students will have an opportunity to test out their newly acquired skills in large and small debates held over the session.

Nonfiction Writing

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Kristina Rey

This camp will explore different forms of nonfiction writing, including biography, memoir, op-ed, and journalism. Students will be exposed to different types of nonfiction writing in the first three days. After looking at some samples of nonfiction writing, students will draft their own nonfiction piece in that day's genre. On the final day, students will learn about the editing process and select and pick which of the four pieces they want to refine and share with the group.

Wilderness Survival

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Wilderness survival focuses on essential skills and tools you need to survive in the wild. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a fire? Do you have any desire to cook over a fire? Want to learn how to make structures in the woods? If you are lost in the woods, can you navigate yourself using a map and compass? If any of this sparks your interest, then wilderness survival is for you!

June 26-June 30 Half-Day PM (1:00-4:00)

Broadway Showcase

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Erin Gabriel

Ready to find your voice and share some powerful music? Join us to learn some of your favorite show tunes from musical theater in our Broadway Showcase camp. Each day we will work on a variety of repertoire, from solos and duets to larger group numbers, complete with a little choreography, too! Our focus will be on learning new skills, creating character, working together, and supporting one another. Learn how to tell the story of your song, how to sing healthily, and how to share your own personal flair on the stage. At the end of the week, we’ll have a fantastic performance to present for family and friends. So bring your enthusiasm, courage, and teamwork, and let’s create something special!

Diplomacy or Domination: Negotiating World Peace

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

Campers will dissect different methods of debate and diplomacy through simulations and challenges. By adopting different leadership perspectives, students can approach real-world issues from social and economic lenses, ultimately developing negotiation and collaboration skills. In addition to cultural exploration through Model UN simulations, students will work together to achieve world peace in Overlake’s original game, Diplomacy or Domination?

 

Introduction to Lego Robotics

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
David Basham

Robots have become an increasingly common presence in our lives, but what are they really? Are they androids? Are they thermostats? Can they be both? In this camp, students will learn what a robot consists of, and how a robot interacts with its environment. We will be using the Lego EV3 platform and block-based programming to build robots up from scratch and program them to solve increasingly challenging tasks. No hardware or software experience necessary!

July 5-7 Half-Day AM (9:00-12:00)

Guinness Book of World Records

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$165
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Guinness book of world records is a fun, exciting, and challenging opportunity for campers to try new and unique activities. Campers will learn what the process of setting a world record is and how records are measured and recorded. The people who have set world records and the records themselves are unique and interesting. We will learn about the people who broke world records and the history of the records. Throughout the week, campers will attempt as many world records as they can. They will also have the opportunity to attempt a world record that they create. Our culminating project will be to attempt several records, competing with fellow campers, for the Overlake Summer Program Records Champion.

Please note that this camp runs for three days from Wednesday, July 5 through Friday, July 7.

Ultimate Frisbee

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$165
Faculty
Joey Pauley

This camp will introduce campers to the basics of Ultimate Frisbee and provide ample opportunity to get outside and play. Throughout the week campers will develop their agility, stamina, and razor-sharp throwing skills. They will also increase game IQ through drills, scrimmages, and fun team games. No experience necessary—come join the fun!

Please note that this camp runs for three days from Wednesday, July 5 to Friday, July 7.

July 5-7 Half-Day PM (1:00-4:00)

Lost in Literature

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$165
Faculty
Robe Roberson

Do you know how many stories of us are hidden in the trees?  Can you imagine what these campus trees have seen in their hundreds of years of collecting information about humans?  Lost in Literature is perfect for discovering how there are really only 5 main themes of stories that exist wrapped in literary technique and character archetypes. We will borrow themes and storylines from great works of literature and under the canopy of our evergreen guardians, create a fun new list of “must reads” in a variety of genres to be determined by each student.

If we just heed our trees and their whispers…

Please note that this camp runs for three days from Wednesday, July 5 through Friday, July 7.

Summer Program’s Greatest Hits

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$165
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Summer program’s greatest hits takes a little something from some of the great camps we have at Overlake to create one exciting week! From building fires, collaborating on a design challenge, to playing group games and eating smores this week is filled with a variety of activities meant for kids to try something new and have fun. 

July 10-14 Half-Day AM (9:00-12:00)

new Bringing the Page to Life: An Exploration of 2-Dimensional Art

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

This week we will be creating art that makes the page come to life! We will be focusing on flat pieces created by using a variety of materials such as: ink, paint, collage, pastels and more. Projects will include structured drawing exercises, open ended painting explorations, with a little bit of everything sprinkled in between. Students will be encouraged to take risks and try new materials as they discover or build upon their unique artistic voice. Artists of all skill levels are welcome as we discover and develop our knowledge of how to make a blank piece of paper sing.

 

Engineer Design Challenge 1

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Engineer Design Challenge provides students the opportunity to problem-solve, collaborate and search for a creative way to solve an engineering challenge. There will be ten different challenges where students will explore the design process. Students will be given materials and asked to accomplish a goal. An example is to design and build a catapult that launches a marshmallow as far as possible. The challenges are supposed to be fun, educational, and provide a chance for campers to explore the life of an engineer.

Leadership

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

This camp is a great opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills. Through experiential activities, games, and simulations (including Overlake’s Challenge Course!), students will learn more about leadership styles. By participating in the camp, students will develop a better understanding and higher level of trust when working with a team. In addition, they will discover personal strengths and how to use them to bring out the best in others. Come grow your leadership skills at Overlake’s leadership camp!

 

July 10-14 Half-Day PM (1:00-4:00)

Mission in the Kitchen: Breakfast Favorites

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Travis Boyce

Mission in the Kitchen is back! 

Campers will learn the fundamentals of cooking and preparing meals. Each week has a different theme that is designed to entertain, teach and empower campers. The camp will be jointly taught by Chef Travis Boyce (Director of Food Service at Overlake) and his team.

Who doesn’t love breakfast?  This week students will dive into some classic breakfast favorites and also have the opportunity to create unique dishes of their own.  The week will start with a basic introduction to safety and guidelines and campers will move through the week learning griddle classics like pancakes and French toast, classic egg dishes, some baked breakfast ideas, and a whole day dedicated to breakfast burritos. The week will end with a day of KID’S choice dishes that are designed, prepped and executed by campers.

Mock Trial

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

Step into the world of a real litigation! Part law class and part theater, mock trial will open a window into the complex world of law. We will choose a case together at the first meeting and assign roles, then spend the rest of the camp investigating and preparing the trial. Participants will learn the basic mechanics of a trial, including rules of evidence, the responsibilities of attorneys, how to ask good questions, how to testify, and how to make objections. Justice will be served!

 

Multi-Sport

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Multi-Sport Camp introduces students to a wide range of sports, encouraging students to become well-rounded athletes. Students will learn the fundamentals of these sports that are popular at Overlake. There will also be a focus on strategies and game play concepts that overlap within these sports. This course is geared to increase students comfort level with a variety of sports. Games like soccer, basketball, ultimate, lacrosse, volleyball, and baseball/softball will be played during this camp.

 

July 17-21 Half-Day AM (9:00-12:00)

Debate

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

In this course, campers will learn the basics of the debate format. We will focus on research skills, building an argument with evidence, rebutting an opponent’s argument, and strengthening public speaking skills. Students will have an opportunity to test out their newly acquired skills in large and small debates held over the session.

Engineer Design Challenge 2

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Engineer Design Challenge 2 provides students with an additional opportunity to problem-solve and collaborate. There will be different challenges where students will further explore the design process. In session two, one challenge is to build a sailboat that travels a certain distance in the fastest time possible. As usual, the challenges are supposed to be fun, educational, and provide a chance for campers to explore the life of an engineer. Campers do not need to take Engineer Design Challenge 1 in order to join Engineer Design Challenge 2.

 

Obstacle Bonanza

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Aimé Ngandu

This active bonanza is a fun and challenging way to stay active during the summertime. Campers may be walking along a balance beam and leaping onto the bouldering wall or using quick feet to pass under a low space. The week will be filled with a variety of activities meant to challenge everyone at their own pace and comfort level. Campers will conquer obstacle courses and participate in group games that are active, cooperative, and FUN! By the end of the week, everyone will be creating and designing obstacle courses to challenge one another.

July 17-21 Half-Day PM (1:00-4:00)

Mission in the Kitchen: Dessert Time!

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Travis Boyce

Mission in the Kitchen is back!

Campers will learn the fundamentals of cooking and preparing meals. Each week has a different theme that is designed to entertain, teach and empower campers. The camp will be jointly taught by Chef Travis Boyce (Director of Food Service at Overlake) and his team.

Got a sweet tooth?  This week will start with a basic introduction to safety and guidelines and campers will move through the week learning how to make sweet treats like cupcakes, pies, cookies, and some “healthy” desserts. The week will end with a cupcake decorating party!

Non-Traditional Sports

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Aimé Ngandu

The Non-Traditional Sports Camp is an activity- and movement-based program. The emphasis is less on competition and focuses more on participating, learning, and having fun. Each day, campers have the opportunity to play a variety of activities. They will play badminton, archery, table tennis, floor hockey, circus arts, fistball, four square, GOLA, international games and gym games. Campers learn through a demonstration and explanation of the activities and then get to try out the equipment as they move and explore throughout our space.

Witches and Wizards Training School

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Kristina Rey

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Harry Potter! After being sorted into houses we will create origin stories for our house founders, make our wands, play a rousing game of Quidditch, brew potions, identify magical plants, and even create a magical creature for future witches and wizards to learn about! Points will be awarded to houses based on excellent behavior, creativity, teamwork, and general trivia knowledge! The final day of camp, houses will share their origin stories while we partake in scrumptious butterbeer and snacks.

 

July 24-28 Half-Day AM (9:00-12:00)

new Art that Leaps Off the Page: An Exploration of 3-Dimensional Art

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

This week is all about getting creative and making some 3-dimensional art! We will be thinking about different perspectives as we create pieces that can be viewed from any angle. Students will practice artistic skills such as modeling, risk taking, planning, and experimentation in order to create their own pieces where their unique artistic voice shines! We will be making things such as sculptures, vessels, mobiles, and more. Materials will often be messy and will include but are not limited to: clay, paper mache, recycled materials, paint, and found objects. Projects will be structured but open to individual interpretations: there are no limits as to what you can create!  

 

Engineer Design Challenge 3: Seattle Themed

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Engineer Design Challenge provides students the opportunity to problem-solve, collaborate, and search for a creative way to solve an engineering challenge. There will be ten different challenges where students will explore the design process. Students will be given materials and asked to accomplish a goal. All these challenges will be inspired by Seattle. Students will build a bridge similar to 520, build a tall structure like the space needle, make something that glides in the air similar to what happens at Boeing, and build a craft that can hold a certain amount of weight and floats in water. 

Video Game Production

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Aimé Ngandu

Do you like playing video games? Have you ever thought “I could make a game better than this one?" Would you like to design your own video game? Then, this is the camp for you! We will explore what makes video games great and plan and create our own games using Bloxels and other video game design tools.

July 24-28 Half-Day PM (1:00-4:00)

Creative Writing and Photography

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Robe Roberson

Are you a creative writer who is ready to break the rules of writing in a stress-free, nonjudgmental, and fun environment? Do you love photography and nature? In this workshop, campers will play different types of creative writing games and craft poems, stories, and character sketches in light of their individual passions. In addition to creative writing, students will make a hand-crafted, miniature book to fill with their writing and photographs throughout the week. This camp is an opportunity for students to explore areas on campus, developing their photography and creative writing skills along the way. Students will walk easy trails and snap photos on camp-provided iPads as they go. Students will get outdoors with an eye for perspective, lighting, and effects. Each day students will be at a new location and will focus on capturing a new element for their photographs. At the end of the weeklong session, students will have created a book of writing and images inspired by their outdoor outings.

Games Galore

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Aimé Ngandu

Looking for a way to have fun this summer? Join us for a week full of games, activities, and challenges! Explore Overlake’s 75-acre campus through games such as capture the flag, sharks and minnows, and hide and seek. There will also be group games like spikeball, disc golf, bocce, GOLA, quidditch, and so much more. These games are a great way to get outside, exercise, and make new friends. No experience required!

Rube Goldberg

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

Students will learn about Rube Goldberg, an engineer artist tinkerer who always was trying to invent a better "mouse trap." The idea behind this project is for students to use their vivid imaginations and come up with a way to move one object to another or to cause an object to do something by a series of events. Throughout the week, we’ll brainstorm ideas, tackle different challenges, and see what kinds of tasks we can accomplish at Overlake!!

 

Currently unused (2022)

5 Days of Art

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$250

During 5 Days of Art Camp we will dive into different mediums and techniques used for drawing, painting, and sculpture. Each day will have a different theme that will allow for guided and open-ended exploration of the day’s material, culminating in a day to experiment with all the materials we used throughout the week.  We will be using materials such as: Graphite, Charcoal, Pastel, Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic, Clay, Paper Mache and more! We will be creating art that explores both realistic themes, along with more creative and abstract imagery, with lots of room for students to explore the mediums in a way that feels authentic to them. The daily themes will provide guidance and direction, as well as leaving space for students to explore their own personal style, making this class appropriate for students of all skill levels.

Hoop Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$150

Please note that this camp has special dates, hours, and cost.

Dates: Tuesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 23 (Please note these times have changed from the original description; there is NO CAMP ON FRIDAY.)
Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.
Cost: $150.

There are no afternoon camps available after the camp is finished.

This coed camp is open to any player that wants to learn the fundamentals of basketball and wants to advance their basketball skills. Camp traditions include individual medals for fundamentals work, camp competition games, and team play. Camp is coached by Overlake's basketball coaches and high school players. If you like to have fun, this camp is for you!

new Mission in the Kitchen: A Taste of the Mediterranean

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$250
Faculty
Travis Boyce

Mission in the Kitchen is back!

Campers will learn the fundamentals of cooking and preparing meals. Each week has a different theme that is designed to entertain, teach and empower campers. The camp will be jointly taught by Chef Travis Boyce (Director of Food Service at Overlake) and his team.

This diverse and unique region of the world produces some of the tastiest food ever! This week students will get to learn about three unique cuisines from the region. We will start with a basic introduction to safety and guidelines and campers will move through the week learning some fun dishes from Italy, Greek and the Middle East. The week will end with a day of KID’S choice dishes that are designed, prepped and executed by campers.

new Mission in the Kitchen: All American BBQ

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$200
Faculty
Travis Boyce

Mission in the Kitchen is back!

Campers will learn the fundamentals of cooking and preparing meals. Each week has a different theme that is designed to entertain, teach and empower campers. The camp will be jointly taught by Chef Travis Boyce (Director of Food Service at Overlake) and his team.

Summer is the time for picnics, BBQs, camping and outdoor fun! The week will start with a basic introduction to safety and guidelines and campers will move through the week learning the basics of marinating, grilling, and preparing side dishes. The week will end with a day of KID'S choice dishes that are designed, prepped and executed by campers.

Please note that this camp runs for 4 days from Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, July 8.

Technology Challenge

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$250
Faculty
David Basham

Technology Challenge – with ROBOTS! During this one-week camp, students will compete in various robot-based challenges that will test their ability to use and understand technology. How fast can they go? Can they make a turn? Can it pick something up? Put your robot skills to the test and come join the fun!

Volleyball Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$250
Faculty
Mindy McGrath
Robe Roberson

This co-ed Volleyball camp is designed for the beginning, intermediate, and experienced player. The camp provides a fun way to learn and practice the skills of passing, setting, digging, serving and hitting. There are many opportunities to practice and improve each skill as the week progresses. In addition to skill development, campers will play in various volleyball type games and play in a camp tournament. Campers are taught court positions and strategy. All campers are encouraged to play with teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the camp.

July 31-August 4 Half-Day AM (9:00-12:00)

Building and Design

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Aimé Ngandu

Do you like to build, code, and solve complex problems? If so, this camp is for you! In this camp, students will learn how to collaborate and tackle fun problems with a variety of tasks and challenges. Throughout the week, we will work together to solve different building challenges using a variety of materials and strategies.

SNAP - Crackle - Pop LEGOs

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Sara Thomas

Do you LOVE LEGOs! Join us for a week of fun and engineering as we use LEGOs to build and create structures of all capacities. You will receive challenges throughout the week such as designing a building or bridge that can withstand a load, or a structure that can move or be adjusted. Options are unlimited with where we can take our creativity. Join us with an open mind and a desire to build with all sorts of bricks!

Wilderness Survival

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Wilderness survival focuses on essential skills and tools you need to survive in the wild. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a fire? Do you have any desire to cook over a fire? Want to learn how to make structures in the woods? If you are lost in the woods, can you navigate yourself using a map and compass? If any of this sparks your interest, then wilderness survival is for you!

July 31-August 4 Half-Day PM (1:00-4:00)

Games Galore

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Looking for a way to have fun this summer? Join us for a week full of games, activities, and challenges! Explore Overlake’s 75-acre campus through games such as capture the flag, sharks and minnows, and hide and seek. There will also be group games like spikeball, disc golf, bocce, GOLA, quidditch, and so much more. These games are a great way to get outside, exercise, and make new friends. No experience required!

Outdoor Photography

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275
Faculty
Aimé Ngandu

This camp is an opportunity for students to explore areas on campus and in our local community, developing their photography skills along the way. Students will walk easy trails and snap photos on their phone as they go. At the end of the weeklong session, students will have created a photo blog of their trips and sights. Students will get outdoors with an eye for perspective, lighting, and effects. Each day students will be at a new location and will focus on capturing a new element for their photographs. Students who do not have phones can borrow a school iPad to capture and edit photos.

Storytelling and Art

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$275

Centaurs and nymphs. Griffins and gorgons. Heroes and epic journeys. Gods and goddesses. Do you love reading about or watching myths? Do you want to create your own? Then this camp is for you! During this week, we will explore myths in a variety of mediums and learn about the essential elements of any mythological story. Students will then write and illustrate their own myth in the medium of their choice – painting, photo stories, or video creation; whichever way the Muse strikes!

 

Contact

Mike Hufstader
Summer Program Director
summerprogram@overlake.org