Summer Camp
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM.  Registration for Appoquinimink's 2019 Summer Camp program is closed.  Thank you to over 300 campers that filled more than 450 camp seats in our  2019 summer camp program.  Below you will find descriptions of the various camps we have held over the years.  These are here for information purposes only, and will be updated in February 2020 when the new offerings are opened for registration.

Our annual Summer Camp Fair, will return on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Appoquinimink High School, 1080 Bunker Hill Road, Middletown, DE 19709.  Camp Fair attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Appoquinimink Summer Camp program, as well as, many other camp programs, representing different camp interests and experiences from across the Tri-State area and beyond.  Parents are encouraged to bring your children and ask questions of our different Camp Fair Vendors.

When looking at the summer months, many parents look for activities to keep their children active and engaged in learning. Appoquinimink School District supports your efforts to keep children active by offering a rich variety of half-day camps crossing a variety of interests. Enrichment camps include academic, career and technical education exploration, the performing and visual arts, and sports camps.. 

Appoquinimink Summer Camps cost  $75.00 per camp/per week (Monday thru Thursday) and are all held on the Bunker Hill Road campus that houses Appoquinimink High School and Bunker Hill Elementary School. Camps run from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM, with the exception of instrumental lessons which are provided for six 45-minute sessions across three weeks (two sessions per week).  Please see the below descriptions of Apoquinimink's Summer Camp offerings.  Note: camp listings are subject to change as demand for certain camps and staff availability dictate.  Campers are registered on a "first come - first registered" basis.   Parents are encouraged to register early as space is limited in some camps.  

Camper registration for the 2019 Appoquinimink Summer Camp Programs opened on February 19, 2019.  Camp T-shirts are not guaranteed for those enrolling after May 17, 2019.  Camp cost will not be reduced for not receiving a T-shirt after the T-Shirt enrollment deadline of May 17, 2019.  Although you may not receive a camp T-Shirt, we will continue to accept camp enrollments for remaining openings until June 14, at which time, no further registrations will be accepted.

Academic Enrichment

Adventures in Writing
Grades:  Rising 6th – Rising 8th
Do you enjoy writing or want to expand your current writing skills?  Do you like to think and imagine creatively and build your own characters and worlds?  Students will spend the week engaging in various types of creative writing: prose, poetry, book brainstorming, and even non-fiction if they wish.  The focus is fun and enjoying the art of writing!
Meets:  7/15 – 7/18

Book Hunt!
Grades:  Rising 1st thru 2nd         
Keep that enthusiasm for reading going with this fun themed summer camp that offers tons of storytelling and reading activities to keep your child hunting for more books! Students will become make-believe book hunters to search for books setting them up to be successful library users and lifelong learners!  Activities will include learning library skills, book hunting, reading and writing games, and storytelling.
Meets:  July 29-August 1

Engineering Environmental Technology - NEW OFFERING!
Grades:  Rising 6th thru 8th
Interesting in exploring how engineers solve everyday problems? This is the camp for you. We will use engineering design to build and test prototypes of technology that helps the environment and people in our community....and have lots of fun while doing it. This camp will be hands-on; you'll learn basic prototyping techniques and use common tools and materials to build things. No prior experience necessary. We'll teach you everything you need to know.  This camp is offered in collaboration with the University of Delaware.
Meets:  7/29 - 8/1

Everyday Science for Kids - Closed
Grades:  Rising 2nd - 3rd; Rising 4th - 5th                           
Do you like to get messy and learn about science in a fun way?  In Everyday Science for Kids, campers will have an opportunity to perform many fun, age-appropriate experiments and projects.  Campers will use food and other ingredients found in the kitchen pantry to create phenomena that have kids asking, “I wonder why?”, and “What if?”  Kids will be able to explore and investigate the wonders of science in a hand-on way that allows for 100% engagement. The best part of all is the kids are actually learning about science in a way they have rarely done before.
Meets:  grades 2-3: 7/8 – 7/11; 
             grades 4-5:  7/15 – 7/18  
好玩的中文 hao wan de zhong wen (Fun Chinese) - Closed
Grades:  Rising 1st grade – 2nd
This program is for students in our Chinese Immersion program and provides an opportunity to "stay fresh" with their Chinese Interactions.  Learning languages in the early stages of life benefits students to open the door to global interaction.  Campers will learn about different cultures through fun activities.  A combination of reading, musical, oral and kinesthetic activities will capture student's interest and build their use of the Chinese language, while focusing on academically relevant topics for their age. 
Meets:  7/22 – 7/25 (closed), 7/29 – 8/1 (limited space)

The Great Library Escape - Closed
Grades:  Rising 4th - 6th 
Do you like to solve riddles and logic puzzles?  Do you like unraveling mysteries and deciphering clues? Do you like to read?  Based on the NY Times Bestseller, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, we’ve created a challenging and engaging week of fun! The week begins with campers fine tuning their deductive reasoning skills to locate clues hidden within our library books. They will play games such as Mastermind and Traffic Jam.  Later in the week, campers will play interactive clue games where they will solve puzzles in order to solve a Whodunit.  The week concludes with teams working together to be the first to find the key and “unlock” the library! 
Meets:  6/24 – 6/27

Lego Movie Makers - Limited Space
Grades:  Rising 1st – 3rd 
Is your child struggling with comprehension skills? Having difficulty writing a cohesive story? Does your child like to have fun? Bring them to the Lego Movie Makers camp. Your child will practice identifying story elements via read alouds, sequencing stories and mapping their own original story in order to create Lego adventures. We use critical thinking, collaborative groups and creative imagination to produce Lego Movies! Let your child have fun while learning this summer. 
Meets:  7/15 – 7/18 (closed), 7/29 – 8/1

Reader’s Theater- Building Enthusiasm for Reading 
Grades:  Rising 2nd and 3rd         
Reader’s theater incorporates fun, colorful scripts read with fellow campers.  Reader’s theater is a performance genre-it is a type of reading material meant to be performed.  It is an authentic way to engage students enthusiastically in repeated reading, building a love for reading and improving overall reading performance.  Students will read scripts, make props, begin acting, gain a performance voice and have fun at this summer’s reader’s theater camp!  See below for the genre offering by week.
Meets:  Fables: 7/8 – 7/11 
             Folk & Fairy Tales: 7/15 – 7/18 

Solving Everyday Problems Through Engineering NEW OFFERING!
Grades:  Rising 3rd thru 5th
 Want to have fun and make stuff? This is the camp for you. We are looking for creative, curious young people like you who can identify everyday problems and then build and test solutions. No design experience is necessary. We'll teach you everything you need to know.  This camp is offered in collaboration with the University of Delaware.
Meets:  7/22 - 7/25

Summer Passport Series - Closed
Grades:  Rising 1st - 5th
Campers will have the opportunity to collect a stamp in their “passport,” as they travel around the world and learn about different countries and diverse cultures.  Students will have the chance to engage in a wide range of art projects, listen to music that is native to the location of the week, try new foods, learn new languages, and gain a better understanding of our world and the differences and similarities it holds.  We explore a new country each week (see weekly themes below).  Campers are encouraged to register for different weeks to experience different cultures.  
Mexico: 6/24-6/27
China:  7/8 – 7/11 
Hawaii (USA):  7/29 – 8/1 

Surviving the College Application Process
Grades:  Rising 11th – 12th                             
Students will embark on their searches or continue their current searches through this boot camp; throughout the week, we will navigate through the Common App and various college/university websites & applications, figuring out what students need for their personal search and application. Additionally, students will have the time to develop multiple college essays (including supplemental essays) and revise with their peers. The camp will have times where we will work as a group and review the various topics associated to the application process and times where students will work independently as I guide them through their individual applications. 
Meets:  7/29 – 8/1

Career and Technical Education Exploration

​​​​​​​Young Bakers - Closed
Grades:  Rising 3rd thru 5th                            
This interactive camp offers campers with a sweet tooth the tools they need to prepare inexpensive baked desserts, learn basic baking skills, and build confidence in the kitchen.  Campers will recognize the financial benefit of preparing foods from scratch, and gain experience working as a team.
Meets:  7/8 -  7/11

Young Chefs - Closed
Grades:  Rising 3rd thru 5th                    
Campers will learn about cooking, baking, nutrition, kitchen and food safety—in a fun and interactive environment! Throughout the week, campers will learn basic cooking skills, proper food safety and handling skills, while preparing food and building their kitchen confidence.  They will begin learning about the nutritional benefit of foods prepared from scratch, and gain experience working as a team.
Meets:  6/24 - 6/27

Performing Arts Enrichment

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, Gotta Act! - Limited Space
Grades:  Rising 4th – 8th
Do you love to sing, dance and act? Have you always pictured yourself as a star on stage?  Join us this summer on the Appoquinimink High School stage for one, two or three weeks of theater fun! You'll learn all about what it takes to be a performer while dancing and singing to songs from a variety of musicals and playing fun acting games!  This camp is designed to give performance opportunities for students of all experience levels and build confidence in young performers. Weekly camp offerings change as noted below.
Meets:  7/8 – 7/11:  Kid Stars: explore Broadway musicals where child performers took the starring roles!
7/15 – 7/18:  Musicals Through the Decades: learn songs and dances from hit musicals from the 50's-today!
7/22 – 7/25:  Disney on Broadway: a week devoted to the great songs from Disney movies that have made it to the stage!  (Closed)

Show Stoppers!
Grades:  Rising 4th thru 8th                    
The musical theater program for the Appoquinimink summer camp consists of a four-day program working with a team of Appoquinimink music teachers to explore the challenges of musical theater.  Campers will spend four mornings working on songs, characterizations, vocal work, and choreography, culminating with a showcase performance.  Roles include chorus work, speaking roles, and vocal solos.
Meets:  6/24 – 6/27, 7/29 – 8/1

Instrumental Lessons (Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Strings) - Closed
Grades:  Rising 5th thru 8th       
Time:  45-minutes (7:45 A.M. – Noon)
Students continue to progress through their course of study using the Measures of Success lesson book and supplementary material.  Among other things, lessons will focus on proper breathing, articulation, and technique.  Students will participate in 45-minute small group lessons two days a week (M/W or T/Th).  Groups will be created according to both instrument and student competency levels (Beginner-Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced).  Current band teacher recommendation will be requested for ability level groupings.
Meets:  45-minutes two times/week for 3 
weeks:  6/24, 7/8, 7/29

Visual Arts Enrichment

Mixed Media Art - Closed
Grades:  Rising 2nd thru 5th                             
In this summer camp, children will explore a variety of art materials to create projects. This multi-media camp is designed to encourage campers to be as creative as possible with their self-expression. Campers will create projects that develop their art skills and foster creativity while having fun!
Meets:  7/8 – 7/11, 7/22 – 7/25 

Athletic Offerings

​​​​​​​Lacrosse Camp
Grades:  Rising 2nd - 4th, H.S. Rising 9th – 12th                            
In the Elementary session, boys and girls will be introduced to the game of lacrosse.  Newcomers will learn basic traditions, skills and game play, while more experienced campers will have the opportunity to enhance their LAX I.Q. and skill set. Campers will develop communication, decision making, and problem solving skills while acquiring positive self-esteem through teamwork.  The high school session is intended for experienced athletes who want to focus on game strategy, LAX I.Q., conditioning, communication and play development for offensive and defensive play.
6/24 – 6/27:  Elementary
7/8 – 7/11:  High School

Pitch Perfect Softball Camp
Grades: Rising 2nd – 5th 
This camp will help softball players improve their skills at any level. Campers who are newer to the game will learn the basics of the game, such as hitting, catching, and sliding. Seasoned players will further their understanding of the game by practicing these basic skills, along with learning new ones such as stealing bases, bunting, and reading signs from a base coach. Campers will practice teamwork throughout the camp and learn techniques that will help them when they play softball throughout the year, whether during Fall Ball or the regular season. Please make sure that you select your camp based upon the experience of your child.
Meets:  7/22 – 7/25:  Beginner/Intermediate

Volleyball Camp
Grades:  Rising 5th thru 8th
Campers are introduced to basic volleyball skills like bumping, setting and serving. They will apply these skills in fun drills and game situations. They will learn game strategies to help them to be successful in the game of volleyball. This camp is perfect for beginners as well as those wishing to advance their skills.  Instruction is based upon camper skill level. 
Meets:  7/29 - 8/1

**Offerings Subject to Change based upon demand and instructor availability.