Middle School Camps

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 2018-19 school year. Each one-week, half-day camp costs $175. 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.

Select a Session

Choose a session from the list below to browse the camps for that time period.
Morning camps are 8:30-11:30am. Afternoon camps are 12:30-3:30pm.

 

June 12-15 | All Day Camp

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Boys & Girls 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 12 - Friday, June 15, from 9am-3:30pm. The camp costs $250. In addition, 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 helped coached by the high school players. If you like to have fun, this camp is for you!

June 18-22 | Morning Camps

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Hands-On Art

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
C Jaap

In this camp, students will learn the basics of linocut printmaking and acrylic painting during days one and two. After that, each will choose an art form to pursue in greater depth, or combine the two forms in innovative ways. We will display the results in the Campus Center on the final day for all to see.

MS 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 develop, 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.

Poets Unite!

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Karen Mihata

Explore the sounds and features that make poetry deep and silly and meaningful and playful--sometimes all at once within the same poem! Together we will delve into the work of famous poets to learn from their examples and then we will try our hand at creating our own poetry. Expect to learn a wide variety of techniques, terminology, and styles. To house our freshly-inked poetry, we will purchase paper supplies at a local shop and bind our own poetry books. Each writer's hand-bound poetry book will capture the week's work and provide a beautiful keepsake to take home at the end of the week. Poets, let's unite!

Technology Challenge

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Janet Jones

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!

June 18-22 | Afternoon Camps

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Hands-On Problem Solving

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
C Jaap

In this camp, students will use their ingenuity to solve both short term problems [1-2 minute word & math puzzles] and longer term [10-30 min. intuitive physics]. Using low-tech materials [plastilene clay, straws, rubber bands, string, golf balls, etc.], they’ll learn to improvise tools to fulfill unusual tasks, like creating a "cage" for a raw egg to be safely dropped from two stories, making a single sheet of paper support over 100 lbs, building a weight-bearing bridge with plastic straws and NO glue, and making an egg stand on its pointy end [without breaking the shell]. 

Mission in the Kitchen: Intro to Cooking

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Jennifer Pan

Learn what it takes to become a master chef! In addition to cooking something new each day, campers will learn the art of preparation, safe knife-handling skills, safe kitchen protocol, and presentation. Each day we will try a new recipe and taste each other’s creations. On the last day of the session, students will have an opportunity to take one of the recipes and alter it, creating their own specialty dish.

MS Girls Lacrosse

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Julia Auve

Girls lacrosse camp is a great opportunity for new and returning lacrosse players to learn about the sport of lacrosse. From the fundamental stick skills to defensive and offensive positioning and strategy, this camp will serve as an introduction and continued learning experience for beginning and intermediate players. From individual drills, to partner work, and small-sided games, this camp will build upon the skills learned each day. It will be fun and a great learning experience from start to finish!

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 get an introduction to music production and sound engineering, using GarageBand for Mac. You will learn to edit existing music by changing the length of the song and the key. You’ll also learn to add effects and create seamless transitions between songs. Students will also have the opportunity to compose your own music and create your own track, either by using existing sound samples contained in Garage Band, by recording yourself, 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.

June 25-29 | Morning Camps

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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 kids to explore the life of an engineer.

MS Non-Traditional Sports Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Neal Iezzi

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.

Outdoor Art Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Karl Olson

Outdoor Art Camp is an active and fun camp that teaches students how to create art in the outdoors. 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 for natural materials. We will create photo blogs to document our work to celebrate our adventures and creations. No artistic or outdoor experience necessary: come join the fun!

Short Story Writing

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Karen Mihata

It’s the write time! Starting from scratch, each participant will write a short story—beginning, middle, and end—over the course of this week. Discussions and lessons will cover topics such as: effective use of dialogue, importance of setting, character development, plot structure, and preparing readers for a satisfying resolution. Expect to learn some new writing techniques, story terminology, and skills for formatting text in a Word document. This is the week you will write a full story from beginning to end. No experience necessary!

June 25-29 | Afternoon Camps

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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!

Making Music with Makey Makeys

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Andy Jackson

It takes a great deal of training and materials to be able to construct a musical instrument, but with Makey Makeys, it's easy, and the possibilities are endless. A “Makey Makey” is a digital interface that allows anyone with a computer to turn every-day conductive objects—such as fruits, plants, and even your friends—into input devices for a computer. Using Makey Makeys, students will construct a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) device and compose music that can be played using the MIDI device. Once the MIDI devices are built, students will apply basic coding techniques to make music with various music applications. Prior training in music and/or coding is not necessary. Makey Makeys make music-making fun and easy for everyone!

Mission in the Kitchen: Italian Food

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Jennifer Pan

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!

July 9-13 | Morning Camps

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Arts! Imagination Collaboration

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Sarah Fitzpatrick
Dana Len

Immerse yourself in the exciting worlds of drama and visual arts. Developing characters and scenes through hands on activities including games, visual storytelling, and art making. We will explore costuming, set building and prop making. A variety of sources will fuel our imaginations as we explore creating for the stage. Come join the fun!

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. Some time will be spent learning about the people who broke the world record and the history of the records. Throughout the week the 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.

Ultimate Frisbee Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Nancy Iff

This camp will introduce campers to the basics of Ultimate Frisbee, all the while giving them 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 9-13 | Afternoon Camps

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Comic Book Creation: Super Powers

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Nancy Iff

What would you do if you had a super power? If you could fly like Superman or shoot webs like Spider-Man? If you could become invisible like the Invisible Woman or control objects with your mind like Jean Grey? In this camp, students will explore the amazing world of comic book superheroes and their powers. These stories will help the students as they create their own comic books, featuring the origin stories of their very own superheroes. For their projects, students will conceive of entirely new superheroes and determine what makes them special and how they came to be. They will sketch their characters and craft dialogue, create story-boards, and ultimately produce and edit a digital comic book.

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 kids to explore the life of an engineer.

Mission in the Kitchen: Desserts

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Jennifer Pan

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 16-20 | Morning Camps

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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 your magical drawing skills to create drawings that look 3 dimensional!

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.

Ultimate Frisbee Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Joey Pauley

This camp will introduce campers to the basics of Ultimate Frisbee, all the while giving them 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 16-20 | Afternoon Camps

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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 enchance 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: Brunch

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Jennifer Pan

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 from French toast, and more! Join us Mission in the Kitchen: Brunch and learn how to serve up a few key dishes for a cozy morning on the weekends.

Outdoor Art Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Karl Olson

Outdoor Art Camp is an active and fun camp that teaches students how to create art in the outdoors. 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 for natural materials. We will create photo blogs to document our work to celebrate our adventures and creations. No artistic or outdoor experience necessary: come join the fun!

July 23-27 | Morning Camps

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Experimental Art

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Dana Len

In this camp, the possibilities are limitless and the art will not be contained by conventional rules. We will explore and experiment with different ways to use art tools in traditional and non-traditional ways. Our experiments, inventions, and creations will include the non-traditional use of traditional mediums such as: paint, ink, charcoal, chalk, crayon, oil pastel, paper, canvas, glue, scissors, string, wire, tape, and more!

Science Meets Science Fiction

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Janet Jones

During this camp, students 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. Students 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.

Soccer Camp

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

This coed camp is designed to help students improve their individual and group attacking skills. Emphasis will be on dribbling, ball control and shooting, as well as small group tactics and speed of play. These are skills necessary for all players on the field whether your camper is a striker, midfielder, defender or goalie. Challenges and instruction will be geared to each player’s individual skill level. There will be a variety of drills combined with gameplay to practice certain skills.

July 23-27 | Afternoon Camps

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Art on the Move: Visual Art in the Great Outdoors

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Dana Len

Visual Art in the Great Outdoors: 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 our nature inspired sketches into 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.

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 kids to explore the life of an engineer.

Mission in the Kitchen: Taste of Two Worlds

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Jennifer Pan

If you can’t decide between Asian or Mexican food as your favorite genre of food, then this is the class for you! Students 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, students should be able to satisfy either craving with some simple but delicious recipes.

July 30-August 3 | Morning Camps

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Coding with Scratch

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Janet Jones

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own computer game? It’s easy to learn when you code with Scratch! Scratch is a program designed by MIT to teach students basic coding skills. Students will learn how to create animated characters, tell a visual story, create a music video, even design their own Flappy Bird style game! They will also go home with ideas for more ways to use Scratch.

Debate

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Heidi Wilbrandt

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.

Mythology: Gods, Monsters, and Mortals

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Nancy Iff

In this summer camp, students will be introduced to the foundations of Greek mythology and will write their own myths. They will not only learn about the Olympian gods and discover some of the fascinating creatures of Greek mythology, like Medusa and the Chimera, but they will also hear about the exciting adventures of heroes like Heracles, Perseus, and Achilles. In addition to exploring pre-existing myths, campers will spend the week creating their own myths, bringing together traditional elements of mythology with their own modern interpretations. A myth might feature an altogether new deity or perhaps a new adventure of an ancient hero. Campers will craft their myths with one another and will have the opportunity to illustrate them. At the end of the week, all the myths will be combined into a collection for the class.

Sportscenter (full day camp)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$350
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Sportscenter is a look in the sports broadcasting world. Students have to opportunity to learn all about the sports broadcasting field. During this camp, you will learn what the life of a sports broadcaster looks like, the roles of a broadcasting team, what it takes to become a broadcaster and what a broadcaster does to prepare for a sporting event. At the end of the camp, each student will broadcast a sporting event of their choice. Sportscenter will be filled with watching, listening, researching, playing, and broadcasting sports! If sports are a passion of yours, Sportscenter is for you! Note: This is a full-day camp (8:30-3:30) that costs $350. If a student selects this as a top choice, they will need to select a morning and afternoon option for their second choices.

July 30-August 3 | Afternoon Camps

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Comic Book Creation: Secret Identities

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Nancy Iff

What do Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Diana Prince, and Peter Parker have in common? They are all the alter egos of famous comic book superheroes, namely Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man. This camp explores the double lives of comic book characters and allows campers to create their own comics. For their projects, students will conceive of entirely new superheroes and determine who they are as heroes and also in their daily lives. They will sketch their characters and craft dialogue, create story-boards, and ultimately produce and edit a digital comic book.

Diplomacy or Domination: Negotiating World Peace

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Heidi Wilbrandt

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?

Let's Paint! 5 Paintings in 5 Days

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Dana Len

The only way to learn how to paint is to paint. The hardest aspect of art is figuring out what to do and often times a young artists’ greatest hurdle is developing a unique and meaningful idea. In order to strike a healthy balance between structure and freedom, sometimes, students need the opportunity to separate skill building from idea generation. This camp will shift the focus away from developing imagery and, in doing so, empower students to enjoy the creative process. Through a series of prescribed paintings, students will gain confidence and practice skills that they can then apply to a more personal painting. Let’s paint!

 

Mission in the Kitchen: Tour of Europe

Grades
5
6
7
8
Faculty
Alicia Gold
Jennifer Pan

Travel through basic European cuisines and learn how countries vary in cooking techniques. We will focus on one country per day with the exception of our field trip to a local farm. So, if you’re interested in exploring several cuisines this summer, try Mission in the Kitchen: Tour of Europe.

Sportscenter (full day camp)

Grades
5
6
7
8
Cost
$350
Faculty
Mike Hufstader

Sportscenter is a look in the sports broadcasting world. Students have to opportunity to learn all about the sports broadcasting field. During this camp, you will learn what the life of a sports broadcaster looks like, the roles of a broadcasting team, what it takes to become a broadcaster and what a broadcaster does to prepare for a sporting event. At the end of the camp, each student will broadcast a sporting event of their choice. Sportscenter will be filled with watching, listening, researching, playing, and broadcasting sports! If sports are a passion of yours, Sportscenter is for you! Note: This is a full-day camp (8:30-3:30) that costs $350. If a student selects this as a top choice, they will need to select a morning and afternoon option for their second choices.

Contact

Nate Edmunds
Summer Program Director

nedmunds@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x424