WEST HILLS SPECIALTY CAMPS
Grades K-12

 

DESIGN FOR CHANGE
Entering Grades 6-8
Chaminade Center for Excellence is partnering with the Design for Change program whose focus is on equipping young people to transform empathy into social action through innovative and collaborative experiences using a simple four-step framework:  1. Feel – students will gather information about a community challenge, 2. Imagine – teams will participate in a field trip to see that challenge first had in their community, 3. Do – teams will develop an action plan that can result in lasting change and 4. Share – in a culminating event on the last day of camp; students will share their ideas with parents and school staff to generate awareness and inspire others to act. 

The focus of this week-long camp will be Zero Hunger where we will be examining the “Grocery Gap” and learn more about barriers and consequences that many face in accessing healthy food.  Chaminade Middle School students will be able to claim 4 hours of community service through participation in the service based field trip that is part of this program.

Date: June 10 – 14
Time: 8:30a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $325 (this includes transportation cost to the service site)

GO BABY GO!
Entering 6th– 10th grade
GoBabyBo! Is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age three who experience limited mobility. Chaminade Center for Excellence is excited to be bringing this amazing service based program to our community.  Lead by previously trained faculty and student members of the Chaminade High School Eagle Engineering program, students will participate in the entire process of assessing the mobility needs of the individual child to design and then build the vehicle. On the last day of camp, there will be a celebration where all the student will be able to meet and present the ride-on vehicle to the children and families to give the vehicle to the children and family.  This is sure to be an amazing experience and space is limited so register early! Chaminade students may claim service hours in compliance with their campus and grade level guidelines.

Week 6: July 22 – 26
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $300

INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING
Entering 5th – 9th grade
The entire Chaminade campus will become our backlot in this introduction to making movies! A variety of essential filmmaking techniques will be covered in this one week course, including screenwriting, cinematography, shooting for coverage, lighting, directing, acting, editing, and more as the students in the workshop collaborate to create short films together using Canon DSLR cameras and Adobe editing software in Chaminade’s film studio. This introductory course is ideal for students who want to make films but have never had a class in filmmaking before.

Instructor: Karen Ann Thumm, Chaminade Film Program Director
Week 4: July 8-12
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $300

FILMMAKING INTENSIVE
Entering 6th – 10th grade
For filmmakers who have already taken a film class before (either during the academic year at Chaminade or through the Center for Excellence summer program), this intensive will challenge the students to create a variety of short shorts using Canon DSLR cameras and Adobe editing software in Chaminade’s film studio.

Instructor: Karen Ann Thumm, Chaminade Film Program Director
Week 5: July 15 –19
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $300

INTRODUCTION TO AERIAL DANCE TECHNIQUE
Entering 6th – 12th grade
This course for young dancers is designed to give students the foundational skills to set them on a journey toward becoming an aerialist. The focus of the class will include learning aerial safety and etiquette, stretching and conditioning techniques, standard climbs and footlocks, and appreciation of the art form. Students will have an opportunity to work with silks, hammock, and lyra in this fun and exciting workshop.

Instructor: Tarrylee Silke Chaminade Dance Director
Week 1-2: June 17 – June 28 (this is a two-week camp)
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $600


DANCE INTENSIVE
Entering 6th – 12th grade
Taught by Chaminade’s varsity dance coaches, this dance intensive will allow participants to receive training in all areas of dance including, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop as well as intense technique training in the form of leaps and turns. Dancers will also be taught a series of dances with new, cutting edge choreography. All of these new skills will come together in the form of a show which will be presented on the last day of the intensive.

Instructors: Chaminade Varsity Dance Coaches
Week 1: June 17 – 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $295


CIRCUS CAMP
Entering 1st – 6th grade
Chaminade Circus camp is perfect for young performers who want to strengthen, stretch, and flex their creative muscles. Each day begins with a warm-up, followed by training and workshops in circus, drama, and movement. Students learn circus and aerial skills; juggling, tumbling, climbing, balance, dance, and more. Circus campers will create and perform their very own circus-theater production at the end of the session!

Instructor: Tarrylee Silke and Staff Chaminade Dance Director
Week 1: June 17– June 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $295


AERIAL CAMP JUNIOR

Entering 4th – 8th grade
This camp is designed for the camper that has had previous instruction in dance, gymnastics or martial arts. This camp is a great way to improve skills and techniques in Aerial dance while also having some fun!  Each day will include designated warm-up exercises as well as time on the apparatuses, plus other fun activities and games to strengthen your skills. Friday will finish off with a little performance highlighting the weeks’ successes.

Instructor: Tarrylee Silke and Staff Chaminade Dance Director
Week 2: June 24 – June 28
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $295


DANCE CAMP
Entering 1st – 6th grade
Come to dance camp with the Chaminade Dance Team! This fun-filled dance experience will allow participants to receive training in all areas of dance including, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop as well as technical training in the form of leaps and turns. Dancers will also be taught dances with new, cutting edge choreography. All of these new skills will come together in the form of a show which will be presented on the last day.

Instructors: Chaminade Varsity Dance Coaches
Week 2: June 24 – 28
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $165

 
CHEER CAMP
Entering 1st – 6th grade
Come to cheer camp with the Chaminade Cheer Squad! This beginner class is for the child who wants to be a cheerleader! No previous cheerleading experience is required. Students will work on basic tumbling and cheer fundamentals. This is a fun way to develop strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and body awareness based on organized routines of tumbling, dance, and floor work.

Instructors: Chaminade Varsity Cheer Coaches
Week 2: June 22 – 28
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $165


SUMMER MUSICAL THEATER INTENSIVE
Entering 7th-12th grade
This summer, students in grades 7-12 will present the hit musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock and roll, BYE BYE BIRDIE remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a high-energy score, plenty of great parts and a hilarious script! Come join the fun!! There's such a Lot of Livin to Do!!

Three weeks of hard work daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. will culminate in TWO performances on the main stage of the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on June 28th and 29th. Guided by Broadway professionals, students will sharpen their skills and have fun in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Casting will take place on Sunday, June 2nd with a placement audition. 

The workshop is being led by Chaminade College Preparatory High School Drama Director, Yvette L. Bishop.
Only one session of this amazing experience is available this summer!  Space is limited. Sign up today!

Date: Monday, June 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $995


INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL THEATER
Entering 2nd – 6th grade
This one-week course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their skills and techniques in the following areas: music, movement, and acting. Students will work on scenes and songs from one of the most beloved musicals set in the 1960s, BYE BYE BIRDIE. This course will use Musical Theatre repertoire appropriate for the age, skill, talent, and ability of the students. Students will develop basic skills and knowledge in the rehearsal process and promote confidence in their performance abilities. Students will have an opportunity to show off their talents to friends and family at the end of the workshop on the main stage of the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts.

Instructor: Yvette Bishop, Chaminade Players Director
Week 5: July 15 – 19
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $275 

ROBOTICS FOR COMPETITION
Entering 5th – 12th grade
In this class presented by Chaminade’s internationally recognized Eagle Engineering robotics team, you will be introduced to basic engineering concepts in a way that’s so fun; you’ll forget that it’s preparing you as the next generation of innovators, inventors, and technicians. Students will work in teams create and operate a robot to compete in a game inspired by this year’s VEX Robotics Competition. No experience necessary. Involves hand tools and light metal work. Closed-toed shoes required. The course fee includes a healthy snack and lunch every day of the week!

Instructor: Tommy Smeltzer, Robotics Director
Week 2: June 24 – 28
Time: 8:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Week 5: July 15 – 19
Time: 8:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $475 per week


ELECTRONICS AND PROGRAMMING BASICS
Entering 5th – 12th grade
Your inventor spirit will be awakened and empowered by this fun and exciting introduction to building circuits and programming microcontrollers! Guided by Chaminade’s Eagle Engineering programming team, students will enter a world of endless possibility and potential inside the Arduino microcontroller and programming platform. No experience is necessary to start plugging in wires, sensors, lights, and motors to unleash the many capabilities of CodeREV’s Creator Bot Kit – built upon the Arduino platform used by hobbyists and inventors all over the world. After just a week of hands-on projects, students will be well on their way to a lifetime of techno-creativity. Creator Bot Kits combine electrical engineering and coding to provide an engaging learning experience that kids and teachers both love.

Instructor: Pauline Breeden, Robotics Programming Mentor
Week 1: June 17– 21,
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 am

Week 4: July 8 – 12
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Fee: $280 per week


COLLEGE APPLICATION BOOT CAMP
Entering 12th grade
Open to Chaminade Students Only
Through the Chaminade Center for Excellence, you, the members of the Chaminade Class of 2020, are invited to reduce the stress over the college application process and complete significant aspects of the process before your senior year even starts! 

Attending the extensive three-day Chaminade Summer Application Boot Camp, you will work with Chaminade counselors, teachers, as well as outside college admissions representatives, spending time in informative opening sessions and in smaller, break-out sessions focusing on making substantial progress on the Common Application and on the UC Application.  You will brainstorm essay ideas and draft meaningful essays by examining the UC and Common Application essay prompts with direct feedback from English teachers, and school counselors will guide you through the different types of college applications.  By the conclusion of the Boot Camp, you will be close to completing your Common Application (or other application), have a working draft of one or more of your essays, and be familiar with other types of college application writing such as college supplements.

Session 1: Wednesday, July 24 – Friday, July 26
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

OR

Session 2: Friday, August 1– Sunday, August 3
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $200