Middle School Catalog

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.

All Middle School camps are taught by Overlake faculty and are open to students entering grades 5-8 in the 2019-20 school year. Morning camps are 9:00-12:00am. Afternoon camps are 1:00-4:00pm. Each one-week, half-day camp costs $195. When you register, select the session you would like and rank your top two camp preferences; Overlake guarantees that you will get placed in one of your two choices.

Register for our camps in our CampDoc registration system. Registration opens on February 1.

 

Camps

June 11-14 (all day)

Hoop Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
9
Cost
$250
Faculty
Justin Prohn

Please note that this camp has special dates, hours, and cost: Tuesday, June 11 - Friday, June 14, from 9:00am-3:30pm. The camp costs $250.

In addition, all campers must bring their own lunch (there is no lunch service for purchase this week) and there is no extended care 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 the high school players. If you like to have fun, this camp is for you!

June 17-21 AM

Art on the Move: Visual Art in the Great Outdoors

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Dana Len

This camp utilizes Overlake’s beautiful 75-acre campus as its inspiration. We will explore the grasslands, forests, and hills of the campus, sketching, photographing, and collecting as we go. Nature can inspire our art in so many ways: color, texture, composition, pattern, shape and more. Back in the studio, we will learn different printing techniques to make nature inspired works of art. With Overlake as our playground for creativity, we can embrace the beneficial influences that exercise, nature, and art have on each other.

Girls Volleyball Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Neal Iezzi

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 spiking. 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 positioning, strategies and shot selection. All campers are encouraged to play with teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the camp.

Wilderness Survival

Grades
5
6
7
8
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 17-21 PM

2-Point Perspective: The Magic of Drawing

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Dana Len

Artists use a variety of tricks to make a two-dimensional surface, such as paper, look 3-dimensional. 2-point perspective is a drawing trick that artists use to make their drawings “POP”! It’s like magic! Luckily, drawing in 2-point perspective can be broken down into simple steps. We will begin by learning how to draw shapes such as cubes, pyramids, ramps, and stairs in perspective. These will become the building blocks that will allow students to develop and create more complex images. By the end of this camp, students will be able to use their magical drawing skills to create drawings that look 3 dimensional!

Guinness Book of World Records

Grades
5
6
7
8
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.

June 24-28 AM

Art on Fire

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Dana Len
Mollie Montgomery

Take advantage of the opportunity to work as an Artist in our Art Barn Studio. We will discover how glass, copper, and clay react to and are transformed by exposure to intense heat. On Friday, we will celebrate our week with a gallery that showcases the campers’ artistic accomplishments.

Hiking in the Cascades

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$390
Faculty
Kent Renno

**Note: This is a full-day camp (9:00 am-4:00 pm) that costs $390.

Each day we will hike to a different location, exploring the trails to lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and mountain tops in the Cascades. Students will learn about each location, how to read maps and make navigation decisions, Leave No Trace skills, and will have a chance to slow down and enjoy being outside with friends.

Mini-Book Binding and Poetry

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Karen Mihata

Do you do haiku? For some, the simplicity of toying with words and phrases makes poetry fun to write—knowing it can be serious or silly, long or short. For others, following a particular poetic pattern or landing a perfect rhyme makes poetry feel like a game to be won or a puzzle to be solved. Whatever it may be for you, join us for a week of poetry writing and book binding. We will begin each day by writing poetry, providing a chance to explore a wide range of poetic devices and patterns across the week. After a mid-morning break, we will reconvene to make a series of hand-crafted, miniature books to fill with our newly penned poems. By the week’s end, each student will have a set of poems and a set of books to take home.

June 24-28 PM

3D Mapmaking

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Karen Zaidberg

The world is three-dimensional, and maps should be too! Cartography (or making maps) is one of the most important ways that humans have understood the world throughout history. Our investigations and discussions will explore types of maps, geography, and themes of place – what makes a location special to the people who live there. Expect to learn mapmaking techniques along with exploring, sketching, photographing, and designing, before diving into building a 3D map of a place that is special to you! Participants will leave with a complete map model and a narrative about their design.

Hiking in the Cascades

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$390
Faculty
Kent Renno

**Note: This is a full-day camp (9:00 am-4:00 pm) that costs $390.

Each day we will hike to a different location, exploring the trails to lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and mountain tops in the Cascades. Students will learn about each location, how to read maps and make navigation decisions, Leave No Trace skills, and will have a chance to slow down and enjoy being outside with friends.

Mission in the Kitchen (Brunch)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Jennifer Pan
Alicia Gold

Some say the best meal of the day is brunch. What’s not to like? You can get away with combining sweet and savory! During this week of camp, students will be learning how to boil, fry, or scramble eggs, create pancake and waffle batter from scratch, spice up French toast, and more! Join us for Mission in the Kitchen: Brunch and learn how to serve up a few key dishes for a cozy morning on the weekends. 

July 1-3 (all day)

Summer Program’s Greatest Hits: An Outdoor Adventure

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader
Dana Len

This camp is a combination of the best activities the summer program has to offer. The majority of our time will be spent exploring the outdoors both on and off campus. We will be hiking trails, creating art, solving problems, learning about food and eating, playing backyard and group games, and working collaboratively. Join us for three days of fun and exciting activities before the fourth of July!

July 8-12 AM

Arts! Imagination Collaboration

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Sarah Fitzpatrick
Dana Len

Immerse yourself in the exciting worlds of drama and visual arts. We will develop characters and scenes through hands on activities, including theater games, scene building, and visual storytelling. We will also explore costuming, set building and prop making. We will fuel our imagination with a variety of sources as we explore creating for the stage. Come join the fun!

Mock Trial

Grades
5
6
7
8
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!

Nonfiction Writing

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Kevin McKenna

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 each of the first four days. After looking at some samples of nonfiction writing, students will draft their own nonfiction piece in that day's genre. On Friday, 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.

July 8-12 PM

Engineer Design Challenge

Grades
5
6
7
8
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 vehicle that will travel the longest distance while carrying an upright gummy bear when released from the top of a ramp. The challenges are supposed to be fun, educational, and provide a chance for campers to explore the life of an engineer.

Mission in the Kitchen (Italian)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Patricia Noble

Do you like pasta, pizza, and panzanella? This course is a great way to explore how you can take simple Italian recipes and make them your own. We’ll dive into some unusual creations as we move beyond pizza and pasta. The history of Italy is rich and there is a lot to learn about Italian cuisine and the warm, family culture. Buon appetito!

Sound Engineering

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Andy Jackson

For all the budding music producers and sound engineers out there, this is your chance to spend a week in our amazing sound booth and computer lab. During the camp, students will receive an introduction to music production and sound engineering, using GarageBand for Mac. Campers will learn to edit existing music by changing the length of the song and the key. Students will also learn to add effects and create seamless transitions between songs. Campers will also have the opportunity to compose their own music and create their own track, either by using existing sound samples contained in Garage Band, by recording their own voices, or both. At the end of the week, students will leave with a polished, professional sounding recording, and the know-how to continue creating and recording music.

July 15-19 AM

POW! ZAP! Comic Book Design

Grades
5
6
7
8
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.

Ultimate Frisbee Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
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!

Wilderness Survival

Grades
5
6
7
8
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 15-19 PM

Games Galore

Grades
5
6
7
8
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!

Leadership Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Joey Pauley

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!

Mission in the Kitchen (Desserts)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Patricia Noble

Do you have an insatiable sweet tooth? This week-long Mission in the Kitchen focuses on desserts. If you like to whisk, mix, and bake, this is your week! Prepare to try all sorts of recipes and add your finishing touch to each creation. You will certainly have many treats to enjoy yourself and to bring home for the rest of your friends and family. No cooking experience necessary—come join the fun!

July 22-26 AM

5 Days of Art!

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Danielle Troy

This camp exposes students to a wide range of mediums, including photography, painting, drawing, 3-dimensional art, and mixed media. Campers will experiment with the different mediums, as they all allow for different types of expression. As the week goes along, we will consider new possibilities that emerge as we mix mediums. Students will leave with a collection of their art at the end of our week, which we will showcase on the final day of camp. No experience necessary, come join the fun!

Debate

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Shea Fleming

In this course, campers will learn the basics of the debate format that is used by the Pacific Northwest Middle School Debate League. 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.

Non-Traditional Sports Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

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. Participants can ride around on ripsticks and razors. 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.

Witchcraft and Wizardry for Muggles

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Jenni Wallen

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 22-26 PM

Board Games & Human Civilization

Grades
5
6
7
8
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.

Engineer Design Challenge

Grades
5
6
7
8
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 vehicle that will travel the longest distance while carrying an upright gummy bear when released from the top of a ramp. The challenges are supposed to be fun, educational, and provide a chance for campers to explore the life of an engineer.

Mission in the Kitchen (Taste of Two Worlds)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Patricia Noble

If you can’t decide between Asian or Mexican food as your favorite genre of food, then this is the camp for you! Campers will prepare staple foods from both cultures, including quesadillas, Spanish-style rice, dumplings, Chinese-style fried rice, sushi, and more. By the end of this week, campers should be able to satisfy either craving with some simple but delicious recipes.

Science Meets Science Fiction

Grades
5
6
7
8

During this camp, campers will create a work of science fiction based on actual science. Students will first identify which area of science they will focus on (other planets? black holes? Super volcanoes?). We will spend time researching those topics before beginning to create the work of science fiction. Campers can write a story, a poem, create a short movie, or another format of their choice. There will also be time this week to explore existing examples of science fiction in the forms of both videos and books.

July 29-August 2 AM

Diplomacy or Domination: Negotiating World Peace

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Shea Fleming

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?

Geometry + Art: Math in the Mind's Eye

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Patricia Noble

Campers will explore geometric translation, rotation, reflection, and symmetry through quilt patterns. We'll examine similarity, scale, and distortion of images and create examples of each. With inspiration from M.C. Escher, campers will experiment with tiling and transforming shapes to create tessellations using his techniques. Compasses and protractors will come alive as we inscribe regular polygons in circles, and explore line designs and spirals to create a curve stitching masterpiece. Origami creases will model angle relationships and strengthen spatial skills. After our two-dimensional fun, it will be time to dive into solids, beginning with cube silhouettes and moving on to spheres, cones, and prisms galore!

Showcase Cabaret

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Erin Gabriel

Ready to find your voice and share some powerful music? Join us to learn some of your favorite showtunes from musical theater in our Showcase Cabaret 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!

July 29-August 2 PM

Mission in the Kitchen (Brunch)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Jennifer Pan
Alicia Gold

Some say the best meal of the day is brunch. What’s not to like? You can get away with combining sweet and savory! During this week of camp, students will be learning how to boil, fry, or scramble eggs, create pancake and waffle batter from scratch, spice up French toast, and more! Join us for Mission in the Kitchen: Brunch and learn how to serve up a few key dishes for a cozy morning on the weekends. 

Multi-Sport Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Multi-Sport Camp exposes 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.

Technology Challenge

Grades
5
6
7
8

Do you enjoy using technology? Do you like competing against friends to see who can use technology most effectively? Then Technology Challenge is for you! During this one-week camp, students will compete in 4-5 different competitions that will test your ability to use and understand technology. The challenges all come from the Technology Student Association: Some challenges will focus on engineering (building the strongest bridge), some on talking about technology (promotional marketing) and some on multi-media technology (website design). Come join the fun!

Contact

Nate Edmunds
Summer Program Director

nedmunds@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x424

Jennifer Pan
Summer Program Assistant Director

jpan@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x651