2017 College for Kids Classes


SCHEDULE CHANGES ARE BEING MADE TO OFFER MORE OF YOUR FAVORITE CLASSES!!  UPDATES WILL BE POSTED TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!


NEW! HARRY POTTER'S WORLD - WEEK 2 (Replaces Clowning Around)

NEW! DECORATING CAKES & COOKIES (Replaces Advanced Crocheting)

CHANGE IN AGE REQUIREMENTS:  NOW 10 & UP FOR INTERIOR DESIGN SMALL SPACES, OPTICAL ILLUSIONS, & WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL CLASS


Class Descriptions

ADVANCED CODING

In this advanced class, students will build upon skills acquired in the Learn to Code class.   Challenging and complex topics will be introduced.  Using MITs Scratch programming language, students will learn to create complex, customized games and animations. Pre-requisite: Learn to Code or similar Scratch course.

ALGEBRA: QUEST FOR SUCCESS

In this class, students will build their knowledge base of algebra through manipulatives and games. Concepts will be presented in an interactive, engaging, and collaborative way to help students build their problem solving skills.  This “station-style” class promises to be fun with activities designed to foster self confidence in a math classroom. This class is for students ages 10 and up.

AN AMERICAN GIRL ADVENTURE

Meet the American Girls, both old and new, and explore the time periods in which they lived. Learn about the games they played and make crafts reflective of their time. American Girl dolls are not necessary for this class but participants may bring their dolls into class on Friday.

BEYOND THE GRAVE: A STUDY OF GHOSTS

Have you ever wondered if ghosts are real?  Students in this class will analyze the science behind ghosts and learn about ghost-hunting technology, different types of hauntings, and theories about what a ghost is made of.  Students will read and write ghost stories and discuss how spirits are portrayed in TV and movies.  They will also study the most infamous of CNY hauntings.  Be prepared to get scared!  This class is for students ages 10 & up.

BOONDOGGLES & FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

Weave colored gimp into beautiful three-dimensional designs! Starting with the basic square knot, you’ll learn how spiral, butterfly and other knots can turn your string into art! Share your new-found skill with your friends and family as you also learn how to craft friendship bracelets from simple embroidery floss.

CARDBOARD ARCADE CHALLENGE

Inspired by Cain's Arcade, the Cardboard Arcade Challenge will encourage and foster student creativity.  Come join us for a week of critical thinking, engineering, perseverance, and teamwork. Build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Students are asked to bring recycled materials (cereal boxes, empty containers, bottle tops, paper rolls, etc.) from home.

CARDS, CARDS & MORE CARDS

Spend the week learning how to use rubber stamps, embossing tools, paper punches, and water color pencils as we create cards for every occasion!  In this class you will have fun creating all kinds of cards by stamping, layering embellishments, and embossing paper. By the end of the week you will have a collection of cards to take home with you.  If you love crafting, then this is a class for you!  Students should bring an old shirt or art smock.

CARD SHARKS

Learn how to play classic card games including Solitaire, Uno, Hearts, and more.  We will spend time learning how to shuffle a deck of cards like a pro.  By the end of the week, you’ll be so good that you can teach your family and friends new card games and tricks.  

CHEERLEADING

Cheerleading is fun!  Let’s become cheerleaders by learning the fundamentals, including cheers, motions, dance combinations, jumps, kicks, voice projection and beginning tumbling. Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a labeled water bottle.  All are welcome.

CHESS

Do you want to learn how to play chess or just improve your skills? Learn game rules and strategies while competing for fun and prizes!  Can you checkmate your way to the top of the class?  All skill levels welcome.

CFK NEWSPAPER

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Gather information about your week at College for Kids and produce a camp newspaper. Work with other students to conduct interviews, write stories, create comics, take pictures, and design the look of the paper. Students may bring in a LABELED digital camera from home. 

CLASSIC DOCTOR WHO

Are you a fan of modern Doctor Who but want to know more about the classic series of the BBC science fiction TV show that ran from 1963-1989?  Do you know the difference between an Auton and an Axon? Do you ever wonder who would win in a fight: the Yeti or the Ice Warriors? Whether you’re a long-time fan or haven’t seen a single episode yet, come and join us as we learn all about the famous Time Lord. In this class, we will make crafts and watch and discuss episodes from the classic show. This summer, we will focus on the 3rd and 5th Doctors, Jon Pertwee and Peter Davison. Cosplay is encouraged on Fun Family Friday, so bring your sonic screwdriver and dress up as your favorite Doctor or companion.

COMIC BOOKS: THEN AND NOW

Students will explore the vast world of comic books and discuss different art styles, written narratives, characters, and story lines. Students will then write and illustrate their very own comic story. Different focus each week. Students may bring in their favorite comic books and memorabilia to share with the class.

CREATIVE NAILS

Did you know you can use magnets to make a creative and trendy nail design? This class will show you how! You’ll also learn how to make body butter lotion, try a paraffin wax dip, and more. Students will practice on themselves, partners and/or fake nails. The class will provide a new and colorful technique each day to practice on themselves, family and their friends!

CREATIVE PICTURE EDITING

Do you love taking pictures? Have you ever wondered how magazine photographers manipulate photos? In this class, students will learn how to edit photographs, improve them and turn them into gorgeous, fun works of art! Students will need a LABELED digital camera (DSLR or digital point and shoot). This class participates in Fun Family Friday.

CROCHETING FOR BEGINNERS

Do you want to learn how to crochet?  In this class, students will learn about different hooks to use, types of yarn, proper technique and the basic crochet stitches to make projects to keep or give away as gifts! Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided.

CROSSFIT FOR KIDS

The focus of this class is to teach students that fitness can be FUN!  Children who are new to sports will learn about health and wellness and form and fitness.  Children who are already athletes will see an increase in speed, endurance, balance, and stamina.  Each class is different and entertaining.  Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a LABELED water bottle.

DANCE MIX: JAZZ/HIP-HOP

If you like to move to music, then this class is for you! Students will learn basic jazz and hip hop dance moves in this fun-filled class. Students should wear comfortable clothes to dance in.

DECORATING CAKES & COOKIES

In this class you will learn the basic techniques to decorate cakes and cookies.  Royal icing will be used to practice making stars, shells, rosettes, leaves and more.  No prior experience needed.  Students may wish to bring an apron.  

DELICIOUS DESSERTS

Do you love to cook? Do you love to eat delicious desserts? Have fun learning the basics of cooking. In this class, you will learn to read a recipe, measure, cut and mix ingredients together to create a delicious dessert.  New recipes will be introduced this year. Students may wish to bring an apron to class.

DISCOVERING DINOSAURS

Do you like dinosaurs? Then this class is for you.  Students will learn the names of the 20 most popular dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures and explore popular dinosaur theories on where they came from and where they went.  Students will learn to draw dinosaurs, play games involving dinosaurs to experience the dino-lifestyle, and even eat like dinosaurs by dining on pop-corn, breaded chicken and lettuce.

DOCTOR WHO: The 9th and 10th DOCTORS

Are you a fan of Doctor Who, the hit BBC science fiction televsion show about an alien who can travel anywhere in time and space? Do you know the difference between a Sontaran and a Slitheen? Do you ever wonder who would win in a fight - the Daleks or the Cybermen? Whether you’re a longtime fan or haven’t seen a single episode yet, come and join us as we learn all about the last of the Time Lords.  In this class, we will make crafts, watch and discuss episodes from the first four seasons of the modern show (from 2005-2009), which include the ninth and tenth Doctors: Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. Cosplay is encouraged so bring your sonic screwdriver and dress up as your favorite Doctor or companion. This class is recommended for students ages 10 and up if they are unfamiliar with Doctor Who and the aliens.

DOCTOR WHO: The 11th and 12th DOCTORS

Are you a fan of Doctor Who, the hit BBC science fiction television show about an alien who can travel anywhere in time and space? Do you know the difference between the Silence and the Silurians? Do you ever wonder who would win in a fight - the Daleks or the Weeping Angels? Whether you’re a longtime fan or haven’t seen a single episode yet, come and join us as we learn all about the last of the Time Lords.  In this class, we will make crafts, watch and discuss episodes from seasons five through nine of the modern show (from 2010-2015), which includes the 11th and 12th Doctors, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. Cosplay is encouraged so bring your sonic screwdriver and dress up as your favorite Doctor or companion. This class is recommended for students ages 10 and up if they are unfamiliar with Doctor Who and the aliens.

DRAWING LIKE DISNEY

Learn cartooning basics by drawing popular characters from the Disney and Pixar Studios.  Students will draw classic favorites like Mickey Mouse and the Little Mermaid as well as new Disney characters from the Marvel and Star Wars universes.  Find out the difference between cartoon and comic book art and learn the basics of both media as you explore how the art form has evolved over the last 100 years.  

DRAWING STAR WARS

Great science fiction starts with great artwork.  In this class, you will learn about the art of Star Wars.  Design your own comics and posters.  Learn to draw robots, aliens, starships and action scenes. Compare the early cartoons of the 1970s to the modern Disney X-D series and learn how live actors are interpreted by professional cartoonists.

FAIRY HOUSES AND FORTS

Explore the whimsy, folklore, history and magic of fairies. Along with learning about evil and nice fairies, and design and build a natural dwelling (house or fort) out of natural materials, such as mud, moss, sticks, tree bark, stones, or other materials to attract fairy visitors and nature's friends - the butterflies.  We will watch films of fairies actually being caught on tape, learn about fairy magic, and make your own fairy dust to bring home.

FUN FORTUNES

Do you enjoy books and movies about the paranormal?  You’ll learn the basics of card reading, palmistry, astrology, numerology, color analysis, and dream interpretation. You will study simple relaxation and meditation techniques. Activities include taking a psychic test, coloring an aura graph, calculating a numerology chart, making a magic pendulum, and imagining past lives - all for the purpose of entertaining yourself and others. This class participates in Fun Family Friday.

GARDEN ART

Does creating garden mosaics, making birdfeeders, folding paper flowers, and decorating flower pots sound like fun? Then this is the class for you! We will be decorating all things pertaining to both indoor and outdoor gardens, both indoors and outdoors. Nature enthusiasts, as well as indoor lovers, are welcome in this class.

GIFTS IN A JAR

Back by popular demand, Gifts in a Jar is a fun and creative class.  Students will make 5 separate gifts out of variety Mason Jar sizes - from the very small to the larger sizes.  Some jars will contain practical items that are edible or consumable, while others will be more of a creative craft or for decorative use.  Completed projects are the perfect gift to give to family and friends or to keep for yourself.  Many of the jar creations will be repeated from last year, but there will be at least one new jar for 2017.

GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN

In this class, you’ll enjoy some of the fun and finer things in life. Learn to tie-dye, make jewelry and crafts to wear and share. Come and experience all the perks of being a girl. Students need to bring in a white T-shirt and a plastic grocery bag.

GREEK MYTHOLOGY WITH PERCY JACKSON

Are you a fan of the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan? Are you interested in learning more about the mythological characters in the books? Come and learn about the Greek gods, goddesses, monsters and heroes in Percy's world. Knowledge of the books is not necessary.

HAIR IT IS!

Hair It Is! is a fun and highly interactive class where participants learn how to create and design different hair styles on themselves and classmates. If you’ve ever wondered how your hair stylist does it, now is your chance to learn!  Students must come to class each day with freshly washed hair and a brush and comb in a LABELED Ziploc bag. For the protection of all students, hair will be checked for lice on the first day by our camp nurse. Students with head lice will be asked to select an alternate class to attend for the week.

HARRY POTTER’S WORLD

Explore the wondrous world of Harry Potter, the popular young wizard created by author J.K. Rowling. Pretend you’re a student at Hogwarts School and get sorted into one of four houses. Take magical classes, play wizard games and compete for the house cup. Students may bring in wizard costumes on the last day of class. This class participates in Fun Family Friday.

HEREDITY AND ANCESTRY

In this class, students will explore DNA molecules, study dominant and recessive genes, and research where individual traits come from by doing a pedigree chart.  Build an edible DNA molecule and do fun, hands-on activities to see which of your traits are dominant or recessive.  Learn about traits you inherited from your ancestors and what makes you different from other students in the class.  

INTERIOR DESIGN FOR SMALL SPACES

In this class, students will apply art and mathematics principles to design a bedroom, dorm room, apartment, or other small space.  Like professional designers, students will bring a project from conception to reality by planning, researching, coordinating, and executing creative ideas.  This class is for girls ages 10 and up.  

INTRODUCING SIMPLE & POWERED MACHINES

In this class, students will be introduced to LEGO simple and powered machines.  Students will work in teams of 2 as young engineers and designers. They will be provided with tools and activities that promote engineering design, science, and mathematics. Each day students will build models using engineering concepts they have learned.   The materials promote an enjoyable but challenging environment in which students develop skills such as creative problem-solving, communication of ideas, and teamwork.  Students will make predictions, build models, run tests, record data, make comparisons, and improve their designs in order to create better solutions.  This class is for students ages 11 & up.

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY

Grab your digital camera and get ready to shoot! Students will learn how to take creative and fun pictures by learning how to use camera functions, light subjects without a flash, subject composition and more. This is a hands-on class so be ready to climb onto a stool, lie on your stomach or journey outside to capture some GREAT images! Students will need a LABELED digital camera. This class participates in Fun Family Friday.

IT’S MAGIC

Abracadabra! Amaze your friends and family with fantastic magic tricks using ordinary objects like coins, cards and rope. Participants will also learn how to create their own magic character and perform in front of an audience. Students put on a magic show the last day of class. Students will need to bring a deck of regular playing cards, one quarter and one handkerchief. This class participates in Fun Family Friday.

KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS

In this class, students will learn the basics of knitting on a loom, giving them a chance to learn the concepts behind knitting to create something of their very own! This is a great way to start out if you have never knitted. Students will have the option to create a pair of slipper socks, a hat, a scarf, or a dishcloth.  Projects created in class will be taken home at the end of the week. 

KRAZY KICKBALL

It’s not just regular kickball! Play Two Base Kickball, Big Base Kickball, Bulls-eye Ball, and even the ultimate - Krazy Kickball. Lace up your sneakers, grab your water bottle and let’s have fun! Students should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers and bring a LABELED water bottle.  This is an outdoor class.

LAYERED MONO-PRINTING

Learn the art of mono-printing in this fun and creative class.  You will discover how to make beautiful “one-of-a-kind” prints, using craft paint, found objects, and a Gelli Arts Printing Plates, without having to use a printing press.  Then take those amazing prints and turn them into a unique art journal or paper collage.  If you love being creative, then this class is for you!  All class supplies are non-toxic.  Students should bring in an old shirt or art smock.

LEARN TO CODE
Why play someone else's game when you can make your own games and animations?  This beginner class will teach coding using MIT's programming language, Scratch.  Students will learn how to develop a different game/animation each class which they can then work from home on. 

LET’S PLAY DUNGEONS & DRAGONS!

Have you ever watched Lord of the Rings and wondered what it would be like to be Aragorn, combating monstrous foes with his mighty longword? Or maybe you wanted to be Legolas with his stunning bowmanship and keen elven senses? If you’ve daydreamed about any of these things, Dungeons & Dragons is for you! Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop roleplaying game that offers the opportunity to play in heroic roles in an imaginary fantasy setting. In this course, students will be introduced to the game and character creation, and then they will play their characters in a range of adventures and quests. So, if you want to explore dark ancient ruins to find hidden treasure, or if you want to slay the evil dragon that has plagued the lands of elves and men, then come play Dungeons & Dragons with us!  This class is for students ages 10 and up.

MINECRAFT: CREATIVE MODE

Do you like to use Minecraft to create complex works of art? Want to build grand castles that reach to the sky, but don’t want to mine all of the stone to build it? Do you want to see what you can build with endless blocks of every kind? If so, then Minecraft Creative Mode is for you! This course, taught by an experienced Minecrafter and server owner, gives students the opportunity to hone their ability to build complex, artistic creations in Minecraft, free of the limitations that are involved in the traditional survival mode. Students will share building techniques with one another, and they will also compete in a range of contests and team activities. The course will focus on topics specific to Creative Mode, such as pixel art and large-scale builds.

MINECRAFT: SURVIVAL MODE

Want to learn new ways to avoid creeper attacks? Want to learn more about building castles around villages to defend against zombie raids? Want to take your Minecraft game to the next level? If the answer is “yes,” then this class is for you! This course, taught by an experienced Minecrafter and server owner, will offer students the opportunity to play Minecraft together and to learn from one another’s methods and builds. The course will focus on aspects specific to Survival Mode such as effective mining strategies, preventing monster attacks, herding and farming, and crafting and enchanting. Students will be encouraged to share their techniques with other students to improve each other’s gameplay and builds. In addition, students will compete in various contests and team activities.

MONSTER SURVIVOR

Enter the frightening world of Monster Survivor! Learn monster legends and lore as you watch scenes from movies featuring vampires, werewolves, space aliens and creatures living on land or in the sea. Tribe contests will include a terrifying trivia bee, a freaky food contest, a mummy wrap, and other tests of courage and survival. On the final day, the tribes will have a chance to dress up and perform scary skits. Not for the faint of heart! Students may bring costumes and props for skits if they wish. This class participates in Fun Family Friday.

MUSICAL THEATRE

In this class, students will learn about the history of American musical theatre, discuss the music from different shows, and study and perform songs from classic Disney and Broadway shows.  The week ends with a short concert on Friday.

MYSTERIES, SPIES & CSIs

Have you ever wanted to be a detective?  In this class you’ll learn the skills modern day crime fighters use to catch criminals.  Become more observant, investigate a crime scene and take clues back to the lab.  Explore the history of criminal investigations and learn how to build a solid case. Draw suspects, based on descriptions by eye-witnesses.  Students will look at plastic models of human organs and help our Medical Examiner determine the cause of death. We’ll go out in the field, visit our Spy Training Course and learn to decipher codes just like a real agent.  

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

In this class, students will learn about the mathematics behind M.C. Escher’s works of art and then create different optical illusions through the application of geometry.  Students will create a tessellation art project and a stained glass window design using points, lines, angles, triangles, circles, etc.  This class is for students ages 10 and up.

POKEMON MASTERS

So you wanna be a master of Pokémon? Do you have the skills to be number one?  In Pokémon Masters, learn and play the Pokémon trading card game while competing with your fellow trainers to earn badges and cards of your own. Bring in your cards or Pokémon games from home or play with the class set. Get ready for your Pokémon Adventure to begin!

ROCKETRY

Rocketry is the science and technology of rocket design, construction, and flight.  In this class, students will first learn about Newton's three laws of Physics, how the mass of the rocket affects the distance it travels, and how inertia affects the distance a ball travels.  Students will then build a rocket to launch on Fun Family Friday.

SCRAPBOOKING

Students can capture their favorite memories in a customized scrapbook. You will learn how to organize and display photos in an artistic manner. Page by page, you’ll work to create personalized book to take home. Student should bring approximately 20 photos to class.

SHAKESPEARE FOR KIDS

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare and read and act out kid-friendly versions of his plays. Activities will include reading a graphic novel version of the play, watching movie clips, and creating artwork. Throughout the week we will rehearse selected scenes from the play, which we will present to parents on Fun Family Friday.  Romeo and Juliet will be performed on Week 1 and Julius Caesar on Week 3.  This class is for students ages 10 and up.

SIMPLE MACHINES

In this class, students will work in groups of two, as young scientists and engineers, investigating and understanding the operation of simple and compound machines through the use of LEGO gears, wheels/axels, levers, and pulleys.  Each day students will build models using engineering concepts they have learned.  The materials promote an enjoyable but challenging environment in which students will develop skills such as creative problem-solving, communication of ideas, and teamwork.  This class is recommended for students ages 8 – 10 years.

SNACKS & MORE

Are you someone who likes to snack? Are you looking for creative but simple ideas in the kitchen? Learn to make a variety of snacks that are tasty, fun, convenient and easy. You will get the chance to write down each of the recipes we use in class, and take them home at the end of the week so that you can make your Snacks at home! Students may wish to bring an apron to class.

SOCCER

Do you like to play or watch soccer?  In this class, students will learn the basic fundamentals of the sport: dribbling, passing and receiving, rules, and more in a positive and fun learning environment.  Students should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers and bring a LABELED water bottle.  This is an outdoor class.

SPOOKY NATURE WALK

Come and explore the historical area behind Mulroy Hall. Who or what is in the deep woods behind the building?  Does a Swamp Monster exist in the stream? Are there gravestones? Students will take walks, draw pictures, make crafts, study bugs, catch frogs, and discover the world beyond the parking lot.  A disposable camera will be provided to each student to document their findings. Students should wear old sneakers or shoes and bring a LABELED water bottle to class. 

STAR WARS LEGACY

Learn the history of all the Star Wars movies as well as the extended universe.  Become a Jedi and train in the ways of the Force.  You will create a foam lightsaber and build your battle skills.   Find out what movies originally inspired George Lucas and how Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has redefined science fiction. Meet other fans and hear the secret lore of the Star Wars epic.  May the Force be with YOU!

TASTY BREAKFAST DISHES

Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring! Make and sample a variety of creative breakfast dishes that you can prepare at home with little or no parental help. Learn to create and enjoy easy and nutritious breakfast foods that will add some fun to your mornings! You will get the chance to write down each of the recipes we use in class. Students may wish to bring an apron to class.

TENNIS

This is your chance to learn a sport that you’ll enjoy for a lifetime. This course, geared for beginner tennis players, will work on eye-hand coordination, basic stroke motions, serving and playing the net. You will learn the rules of a tennis match and how to keep score. You will need to bring a tennis racket. This is an outdoor class.

THEATRE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH

Discover the fun of being an actor! Experience many elements of theatre, including learning lines and creating a character. You will participate in theatre games, improve your confidence in public speaking, and have fun in a comfortable and non-competitive environment. On Friday, your troupe will perform a play in front of an audience. This class is open to all levels of experience. This class participates in Fun Family Friday.

THEATRE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH II

Caught the acting bug?  TAFYII is the class to help you hone your acting skills in a way that will prepare you for an audition with confidence. You will learn a monologue to be performed the last day of class, as well as act in a short scene.  Learn relaxation techniques and exercises that professional actors use.  No prior experience necessary.  This class is for students ages 12 and up.

THIS CLASS IS A ZOO!

This class will be totally devoted to the crazy, amazing, unbelievable world of animals.  We will discuss wild animals from Africa, bears and moose of the Adirondack Mountains, birds, and even common pets.  This interactive, hands-on class includes a visit from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s animal expert and a Zoo to You presentation.  Increase your awareness of the animal kingdom by getting up close to animal skulls and fur as well as live lizards, hedgehogs and parrots.  If you love animals, then this is the class for you.

ULTIMATE SPORTS

Do you enjoy sports? Then Ultimate Sports is for you! Join others and play new games every day. Have fun while being active. Play Capture the Flag, Freeball, Doctor Dodgeball, and many other games for Ultimate Athletes! Students should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers and bring a LABELED water bottle. This is an outdoor class.

VIDEO GAMES: THE EVOLUTION

Love video games? Then this class is for you! Take a weeklong journey through the history of video games. Start with games some of your parents may remember and finish with some of the more advanced video game systems of today. Compete with classmates in daily tournaments and earn the right to be crowned video game champion! Whether a beginning or advanced gamer, you will be sure to leave this course with the quickest thumbs around. This class participates in Fun Family Friday.

WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL CLASS

This class is for fans of the Walking Dead television show and for those who want to learn more about zombies.  Watch clips of the show, create a short graphic novel like the one the television show is based on and construct a Zombie Apocalypse survival kit to take home.  At the end of the week, transform yourself into a “walker” for a zombie parade.  This class is for students ages 10 and up.