Middle School Catalog
Due to COVID-19, we are approaching Summer 2021 with a set of program modifications to ensure the health and safety of our campers, counselors, and teachers. We are planning to provide in-person camps while also preparing contingency plans if we cannot do so safely. We will post our camp schedule in early February, and registration opens on March 1.
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.
Most Middle School camps are taught by Overlake faculty and are open to students entering grades 5 through 8 in the 2021-22 school year. During Summer 2021, we will offer one half-day camp and one full-day camp each week from June 21 to July 30. Half-day camps cost $250 and full-day camps cost $450. Registration opens on March 1. Come join the fun!
June 21-25 Half-Day (9:00-12:00)
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!
June 21-25 Full-Day (9:00-4:00)
Non-Traditional Sports + Engineer Design Challenge
This full-day camp involves a variety of challenges and competitions, helping campers learn to collaborate in a variety of ways. Non-Traditional Sports is an activity and movement-based program that puts creative spins on different physical challenges. Campers will play a variety of games that are popular in Overlake’s physical education program, including circus arts, fistball, and GOLA. Engineer Design Challenge asks campers to problem-solve, collaborate, and search for a creative way to solve an engineering challenge. There will be different challenges each day where campers 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. This camp is a great way to kick-off the summer: come join the fun!
June 28-July 2 Half-Day (9:00-12:00)
5 Days of Art!
In this camp we will have daily themes that will explore different mediums and techniques used for drawing, painting, and sculpture. We will be using materials such as: Graphite, Charcoal, Pastel, Ink (pen and marker), Watercolor, acrylic, clay and “unconventional materials.” We will be creating art that explores both realistic themes such as still lives, and landscape drawing, along with more creative and abstract imagery such as a self-portrait of one’s inner self, and using color and shape to create an abstract image or object. The day will be structured with an introduction to the days topic with some historic and contemporary professional examples of that medium or style, followed by a shorter project exploring that theme/medium. This is accessible for students of all skill levels!
June 28-July 2 Full-Day (9:00-4:00)
Engineer Design Challenge + Games Galore
This full-day camp involves a variety of challenges and competitions. Engineer Design Challenge asks campers to problem-solve, collaborate, and search for a creative way to solve an engineering challenge. There will be different challenges each day where 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. In the afternoon, campers will 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 disc golf, bocce, GOLA, quidditch, and so much more. These games are a great way to get outside, exercise, and make new friends.
Note: The challenges in the morning camp will differ from the ones in the first version of Engineer Design Challenge (June 21-25). The spirit of the camp is similar, but the specific activities are different. Campers do not need to take the camp June 21-25 to enjoy this session, and they are welcome to take both sessions if the topic interests them.
July 5-9 Half-Day (9:00-12:00)
In Debate, 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 throughout the week.
July 5-9 Full-Day (9:00-4:00)
Rube Goldberg + Leadership
This full-day camp is for creative problem solvers. In the morning, campers will learn about Rube Goldberg, an engineer artist tinkerer who was always trying to invent a better “mouse trap.” Campers will use their imaginations to come up with ways to move one object to another or cause an object to do something different by a series of events. Throughout the week, campers will brainstorm ideas and tackle different challenges, some independently and others in groups. In the afternoon, campers will solve a wide range of challenges through experiential games, activities, and simulations (including Overlake’s Challenge Course!). Leadership camp will help students learn how to work in teams as they develop their leadership styles. This week embodies the “hands on, minds on” spirit of the summer program. Come join the fun!
July 12-16 Half-Day (9:00-12:00)
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 12-16 Full-Day (9:00-4:00)
Building and Design + Nature Art
This full-day camp embodies the creative and collaborative spirit of Overlake’s summer program. In Building and Design, campers will 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, including building and animating creations with LEGOs. During the afternoon, campers will get outside and tap into their creativity. During Nature Art, campers will practice a variety of visual arts in outdoor settings: photography, sketching, painting, sculpting with natural materials. Campers will learn basic functions of a camera, simple sketching and painting techniques, and explore artistic uses with natural materials.
July 19-23 Half-Day (9:00-12:00)
Outdoor Skills and Navigation
This camp will explore the many forms of navigation from using a map and compass to Geocaching and navigating with a GPS. Each day students will learn a different navigational skill. Throughout the week students will take the tools they have learned to navigate challenges, complete scavenger hunts, and find Geocaches around Overlake’s 75-acre campus.
July 19-23 Full-Day (9:00-4:00)
Multi-Sport Camp + Science meets Science Fiction
This full-day camp involves soccer, zombies, and collaboration! During the morning, students will get active with a variety of sports that help campers become well-rounded athletes. Campers will learn the fundamentals of several sports and will also learn strategies that overlap across sports. During the afternoon, campers will create a work of science fiction based on actual science. Early in the week, campers will research scientific concepts that interest them (planets, black holes, super volcanoes, and more!), and in the second part of the week they will create an original work of science fiction using the medium of their choice. Come join the fun!
July 26-30 Half-Day (9:00-12:00)
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!
July 26-30 Full-Day (9:00-4:00)
Outdoor Photography + Technology Challenge
This full-day camp inspires students to create, collaborate, and solve complex problems. In the morning, campers will explore Overlake’s beautiful campus with an eye for perspective, lighting and effects. Students will walk Overlake’s beautiful trails, developing their artistic skills along the way. During the afternoon, campers will compete in 4-5 different competitions that will test their ability to use and understand technology. The challenges mostly come from the Technology Student Association: Some challenges will focus on engineering (building the strongest bridge) and some on technology in general (tech bowl). Come join the fun!