Summer Camp

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SUMMER OF CAMPS!

CAMP REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2020 WILL OPEN in early february

SUMMER CAMP 2019
SEVEN WEEK-LONG SESSIONS FROM JUNE 24-AUGUST 16

 
When school is out for the season, Westside remains busy and bustling with activities. Check out our exciting summer camp options below!
When choosing a camp for your child, please pick camps that are applicable for the grade that your student will be in for the 2019-2020 school year (their "rising" grade). Our camps are open to children in rising Kindergarten (current Pre-Kindergarteners) through rising 8th Grade (current 7th Graders).


If your student signs up for a morning and afternoon summer camp, the one-hour between the camps are covered for lunch time and supervised by EDP staff.

Wrap Around Care is available before and after camp, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The rate is $150 per week.

Westside School Summer Camps are open to non-Westside students, so invite your friends, cousins, and neighbors to come hang out with us this summer!

Camps below are subject to change until registration opens. All camps listed below must meet at least 5 participants in order to run. If a camp your student signs up for does not meet 5 students, you will be refunded and notified by Dee.

Questions? Email Dee Jackson, Westside's Summer Program Coordinator.

RECENTLY ADDED: "SCHOOL'S OUT" CAMP THE FIRST WEEK AFTER SCHOOL IS OUT, JUNE 17-21!


 

Week 1 (June 24-28) Camp Descriptions

Wings and Wheels and Automobiles: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9am-4pm. $325
There's no place like Seattle to explore transportation. Experience and learn about the many modes we use to travel from place to place, and bring your favorite wheels to camp.

Field Trips Wednesday & Friday: Muesum of Flight & South Gate Roller Skating
All field trips are subject to change.

Motion Art: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9am-12pm, $175
This experiential camp will introduce children to the how instead of the why of art making. Using our whole bodies, unusual materials and tools, and our creative minds we will create art around the theme of emotion. Each day, campers will create art in a new way: printing with our feet while dancing, making paintings using wheels, gears, hula hoops or marbles, throwing, spilling or splashing paint like the abstract expressionists; anything can be a tool and process is the name of the game! Campers will also be exposed and inspired by artists in our community with a field trip to ride the light rail and experience the SODO murals in their intended landscape: in motion on the train! Led by Anna Forster-Smith, Westside Art Teacher.

3D Printing: 2nd-6th Grade

1:00pm-4:00pm. $175
This class is the perfect place for students who love design, engineering, math, or simply just building stuff! 3D printing is used by a wide range of people and fields, so join us and experience the future of design and manufacturing. Students will learn what 3D printing is, how to design and prepare ideas for 3D printing, how to print models of their own creative design, and how to use 3D printers and the basic software involved in 3D printing (CAD software for beginners; slicing software; printer firmware). Campers will come home with some 3D prints, a solid understanding of 3D printing, and more confidence to advance their inner designer, engineer, or maker.

Aventura: Kinder-4th Grade & 5th-8th Grade

9:00am-12:00pm, Kindergarten-4th Grade, $200
1:00pm-4:00pm, 5th-8th Grade, $200

Come on a Spanish-speaking adventure! In this camp we'll do visual and culinary art projects each day inspired from Latin America and practice our Spanish along the way through games, songs and conversation.  We'll make pinatas, tamales, sugar skulls, Ojos de Dios, empandas, polvorones and more! This camp will be led by Mary Kratz (Middle School Social Studies Teacher) who is fluent in Spanish and worked as a Spanish teacher for eight years.  Come join the aventura!

Middle School Volleyball: 5th-8th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm, $325
We have had successful and fun volleyball camps the last few years, and look forward to continuing this summer. Having a full week to practice really allows extended time to develop skills. Although young players often begin their volleyball careers serving underhand or sidearm, we teach everyone the mechanics of overhand serving as well. With practice and time, many kids who originally thought they couldn't serve overhand have developed strong overhand serves. So much of volleyball begins with a good first pass, and we focus on form and repetition to develop good passers. We also practice setting and hitting, and the footwork needed to take a good approach for hits. We play lots of small sided games, and have lots of fun. Finally, we have really enjoyed having our alums help with camp, and build our community across grade levels.

Fiber Arts and Crafts: Kindergarten-5th Grade

1:00-4:00pm, $175
Expand your imagination and get creative! This class will explore different techniques in fiber arts and other unique crafts. Students will have the opportunity to work with both 2D and 3D materials to create unique and exciting artwork. Projects range from textile art, including knitting, weaving, and fabric printing, to paper crafts, book binding, and stamp making. This class is designed to explore students creative mind and teach both beginning and advanced techniques. Kids spend each class learning a new skill and get to take home a handmade piece of art, that they can be proud of. All supplies included, let’s get creative!

Week 2 (July 8-12) Camp Descriptions

Animals and Insects: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm, $325
Campers will experience all aspects of science-- from the animal kingdom to the plant kingdom to show how everything is related in one way or another.

Field Trip Wednesday & Friday: Seattle Bug Safari & Pacific Science Center
All field trips are subject to change.

Basketball: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-12:00pm, $175

Dribble, rebound, score! This basketball camp will consist of drills, technical skill practice, and scrimmages. Your camper will have a chance to develop their skills in an environment that emphasizes good sportsmanship, cooperative play, and a love of recreational sports. Led by Dee Jackson, Westside's Summer Program Coordinator.

Galaxy Far Away Lego Engineering Camp: Kindergarten-5th Grade

1:00pm-4:00pm, $225
Join us on an adventurous Star Wars journey through space at this all-day Lego Engineering camp! Build a spacecraft to blast through the atmosphere into a realm that is truly out of this world -- a world where motorized X-Wings and Tie Fighters have epic battles. Using LEGO® Bricks, create an entire Star Wars universe, building all the planets in Star Wars! We'll build motorized models that represent the ultimate space battle, where the future of an entire planet hangs in the balance. We'll compare this wondrous, fictionalized world to ours and build the Redstone Rocket, NASA's Gemini Capsule, satellites, and centrifuges. Experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far away! All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week. Led by Beam Experiences.

Custom Kicks: 4th-8th Grade

1:00pm-4:00pm, $175
Why fit in when you can stand out? Your camper will learn creativity in a fun and new way during this camp, your camper will learn all about shoe restoration and customing their own old or new shoes. They will learn color mixing, how to use an airbrush, and how to get out those old creases all while having fun. Led by Dee Jackson, Westside's Summer Program Coordinator.

Week 3 (July 15-19) Camp Descriptions

Game On: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm, $325
Spend a week trying out classic sports games, board games, table games, indoor and outdoor games. This week you will experience some of your favorite your local teams practice and team facilities to get an inside peak on some of your favorite local sprots teams. Be ready to create new variations to some of your favorite games.

Field Trip Wednesday & Friday: Safeco/Centurly Link Tours & Mini Golf
All field trips are subject to change

Westside Parade Prep: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-12:00pm, $175
Do you love Westside? Do you love elaborate and artistic team projects? Do you want to share your Westside Spirit with the whole of West Seattle? Then this is the camp for you! Join Meghan on a journey to design a spectacular parade performance for the 2019 West Seattle Grand Parade! With our creativity, enthusiasm, and collaborative power, we will design a float and a parade performance to wow our neighbors using a true project-based learning process. The sky is the limit! Participants are asked to be able to join us on parade day (Saturday, July 20) to showcase all our work and fun!

Jurassic World Lego Engineering Camp: Kindergarten-5th Grade

1:00-4:00pm, $225
Let's embark on a Lego adventure of a lifetime as we build our own Jurassic World! Bricks 4 Kidz specialized models include a gentle Brontosaurus, a ferocious Velociraptor, and a terrifying T. Rex, among our other favorite dinosaurs. While using LEGO® Bricks, we'll also learn about the amazing dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic Period and other extinct, prehistoric animals that roamed the earth and swam the seas during that era. All campers take home a custom mini-figure at the end of the week. Led by Beam Experiences.

Basketball Camp: 2nd-4th Grade

9:00am-12:00pm, $175
Basketball is a skill heavy game, and for young players, it is important to acquire these skills. In camp, we will practice building these skills, and then putting them into action. We will focus on ballhandling, dribbling with both hands, passing and receiving, shooting form and shooting, footwork for layups and footwork for defensive positioning. We will do activities and drills that put these skills in action and we will play games. In order to really improve in basketball, practice needs to be ongoing. Campers will finish camp with a strong understanding of how they can continue to practice and improve on their own.

Middle School Basketball Camp: 5th-8th Grade

1:00pm-4:00pm, $175
Basketball is a skill heavy game, and for young players, it is important to acquire these skills. In camp, we will practice building these skills, and then putting them into action. We will focus on ballhandling, dribbling with both hands, passing and receiving, shooting form and shooting, footwork for layups and footwork for defensive positioning. We will do activities and drills that put these skills in action and we will play games. In order to really improve in basketball, practice needs to be ongoing. Campers will finish camp with a strong understanding of how they can continue to practice and improve on their own.

Week 4 (July 22-26) Camp Descriptions

Treasure Hunters: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm, $325
Join a week full of awesome scavenger hunts, games, and outdoor exploration as you work with your team to solve riddles and navigate your way!

Field Trip Wednesday & Friday: Escape Room & Scavenger Hunt at Lincoln Park
All field trips are subject to change

Bugs and Microscopes: Kindergarten-5th Grade

1:00-4:00pm, $300
Bugs are everywhere! Did you know that 90% of animals on earth are insects? Get to know the critters in your backyard with Bugs & Microscopes! Students will learn to care for our tiny friends by building bug motels and ant farms. Then we’ll put on our biology hats and explore the local wilderness to catalog bugs with hand-made microscopes and wildlife journals. We know insects and spiders are much more than creepy-crawlies, and we hope to teach students just how interesting, helpful and cool they really are.

Karate: Kindergarten-3rd Grade

9:00am-12:00pm, $350
Join Karate-X this summer for one exciting and challenging week of sweat, discipline, determination, and fun! Students will learn and practice Karate skills with punching bags, breaking boards, blocking drills, kicking targets, and more. Each day will include cardio, strength, and agility training to keep bodies primed for mobility, action, and good health. Our professional instructors know how to challenge and motivate kids while building self-confidence and discipline. For beginners who have never tried Karate, to athletes of any sport, Karate-X Summer Camp will challenge and grow bodies and minds!

Video Game Design Camp: 3rd-5th Grade

1:00pm-4:00pm, $300
Playing video games is super fun, but so is making them! Campers will design 2D games with their own artwork and characters that they create -- having the ability to produce their own original video game. We’ll have fun engaging in the process of building an exciting game narrative. During the last day of camp, young video game designers will have the opportunity to play other campers’ games and showcase their own. What’s more: Campers will be able to continue to build and develop their game after camp ends so that the young game designers can share and play their video games with their friends and family. Led by Beam Experiences.

Middle School Backpack (Boys Only): 5th-8th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm + Overnights, $525
This week long camp will have two days of on-campus prep (Monday/Tuesday), and three days/two nights of backpacking (Wednesday-Friday). Camp leaders are responsible for planning daily activities and schedules, Outdoor Education and Learning Coordinator (OELC) will help plan logistics of location, transportation, food, and gear needs. Students will provide their own lunch/snacks on Monday/Tuesday, Westside will provide all food, group gear, transportation, and first aid Wednesday - Friday.

*Recently Added* Things That Fly: 3rd-5th Grade

9:00am-12:00pm, $300
Did you know that the first airplane was invented over one hundred years ago? In the Things That Fly camp, kids will learn the science and art of creating and understanding all the coolest things that take-off, soar, and float. Students will create wood & paper airplanes to compete in various contests, they will construct hot-air balloons out of every day materials, and even build different types of school-safe rockets! Buckle up and take to the skies, pilot!

Week 5 (July 29-August 2) Camp Descriptions

Around the World: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm, $325
Let's explore the world together by experiencing food, language, and culture from different countries.

Field Trip Wednesday & Friday: Seattle Underground Tour & Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
All field trips are subject to change.

Martial Arts: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-12:00pm, $175
Kids will learn kungfu skills, improve their self discipline, balance, stability and focus, its truly challenging and fun! This camp is lead by Sifu Li, is a mother of two children. Her teaching career has expanded for over 20 years! She as well won the "Wushu Master (teacher) of the year" in 2017, which was presented to her by the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Her career includes winning the Chinese national championship THREE times. She as well is featured in Sony play stations video game "Soul Calibur" for which all of her moves and motions were captured and became an action model.Kids will learn kungfu skills, improve their self discipline, balance, stability and focus, its truly challenging and fun!

Parkour: Kindergarten-5th Grade

1:00-4:00pm, $175
Unleash your inner monkey! Parkour Adventure Summer Camps are week long, high energy, interactive experiences packed full of precision instruction, fun games, and supervised free play designed to highlight important aspects of parkour philosophy such as goal setting, creative problem solving, collaboration, and overcoming fear. Under the guidance of experienced and certified parkour instructors, campers will learn and hone their ability to run, jump, climb, vault, and roll while exploring local parks and outdoor neighborhood training grounds. So, whether your camper is new to parkour or a dedicated practitioner looking to grow, these camps are perfect for improving movement and making friends. Come play with us!

 

Middle School Backpack (Girls Only): 5th-8th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm + Overnights, $525
This week long camp will have two days of on-campus prep (Monday/Tuesday), and three days/two nights of backpacking (Wednesday-Friday). Camp leaders are responsible for planning daily activities and schedules, Outdoor Education and Learning Coordinator (OELC) will help plan logistics of location, transportation, food, and gear needs. Students will provide their own lunch/snacks on Monday/Tuesday, Westside will provide all food, group gear, transportation, and first aid Wednesday - Friday.

Week 6 (August 5-August 9) Camp Descriptions

Slimey Madness: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm, $325

Get ready to use your imagination using art, science, and math. Turn a mess into a fun learning experience with slime, tie-dye, and much more.

Field trip Wednesday & Friday: iFly Seattle & Living Computer Museum
All field trips are subject to change.

Machine Sewing: Kindergarten-5th Grade

9:00am-12:00pm, $175

Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy-- sewing! No experience necessary for boys and girls to learn the basics and beyond. New students will learn machine safety and beginner sewing techniques, while the more experienced students can expand on skills they already have. The class will begin with a simple project, then students will advance at their own pace to more exciting and challenging projects throughout the session. This class is designed to teach children with both beginning and advanced skills. Projects include backpacks, phone cases, clothing, accessories, bags, games, stuffed animals, and more! Led by Little Hands Creation.

Flag Football: Kindergarten-5th

1:00-4:00pm, $175
Punt, pass, catch! This Football camp week will consist of drills, technical skill practice, and scrimmages. Your camper will have a chance to develop their skills in an environment that emphasizes good sportsmanship, cooperative play, and a love of recreational sports.

Middle School Photography: 5th-8th Grade

9:00am-4:00pm, $325

During Photography camp, students will learn the technical and aesthetic basics of digital photography. We will learn how to operate a dSLR camera and understand the importance of intentionally using aperture, shutter speed and ISO. This camp will be field trip focused, as we will spend much of the week photographing in different locations throughout the city. We will take the city bus to Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, and other exciting places to photograph. At the end of the week, students will have an opportunity to upload and edit photos. Each student will receive 1-2 high quality prints to take home with them. Students will be provided with cameras, but are encouraged to bring their own if they have one. Led by Isabel, Westside's Digital Arts Teacher.

Middle School Volleyball Camp: 5th-8th Grade

9am-4pm, $325
We have had successful and fun volleyball camps the last few years, and look forward to continuing this summer. Having a full week to practice really allows extended time to develop skills. Although young players often begin their volleyball careers serving underhand or sidearm, we teach everyone the mechanics of overhand serving as well. With practice and time, many kids who originally thought they couldn't serve overhand have developed strong overhand serves. So much of volleyball begins with a good first pass, and we focus on form and repetition to develop good passers. We also practice setting and hitting, and the footwork needed to take a good approach for hits. We play lots of small sided games, and have lots of fun. Finally, we have really enjoyed having our alums help with camp, and build our community across grade levels.

Week 7 (August 12-16) Camp Descriptions

Summer Splash: Kindergarten-5th

9:00am-4:00pm, $325
Play games and keep cool while you are at it with water bucket relays, water balloons, water tag, and more.

Field trip Wednesday & Friday: Seattle Water Foundation & Henry Moses Aquatic Center
All field trips are subject to change.

 

Eat Like an Italian: Kindergarten-5th

9:00am-12:00pm, $215
This class is the perfect place for a cook with minimal experience but a taste for Italian cuisine! Each day we will whip up 2-3 recipes from around the Mediterranean to highlight a particular technique or ingredient. By the end of this camp, you will have the practical skills necessary to begin cooking true Italian classics at home, and the knowledge necessary to eat food in a wholesome, nutritional, and sustainable manner. Class prices include a BIG meal each day. Accommodations for dietary restrictions upon request. Led by Cucina.

Baseball: Kindergarten-5th

1:00pm-4:00pm. $175

Pitch, hit, field! This baseball camp will consist of drills, technical skill practice, and scrimmages. Your camper will have a chance to develop their skills in an environment that emphasizes good sportsmanship, cooperative play, and a love of recreational sports.
 

 

 

New Student Orientation: 5th-8th Grade

9:00am-12:00pm.

This camp is a free and optional opportunity for incoming students to the Westside Middle School to get to know their new school better before the first day of school.  

The camp will run from Tuesday August 13 to Friday August 16 from 9 AM to 12 PM each day.  The camp will be led by Mary Kratz our 5th and 6th grade Social Studies teacher.

Activities will include:

  • Campus orientation and a peek at the year to come!
  • A scavenger hunt and games to get to know our building and staff.
  • Guest speakers, including the Director of Outdoor Education, Director of Technology and Athletics Director.
  • Training on iPads, an integral part of our technology program. Students will learn Westside email, learning applications and PowerSchool. We might even get a lesson on robotics from our Tech Director!
  • Sports and games with our PE teacher and Athletics Director
  • Goal setting for the year ahead and strategies to be successful in middle school.
  • Opportunities to mingle with other middle school students on campus at other camps.
  • And much more!