Summer Programs
Summer at Country Day

Kindergarten–Grade 4

Kindergarten–Grade 4

Welcome to La Jolla Country Day School’s summer programs. We are excited that you are spending some (or all!) of your summer with us. If you’re returning from last year, welcome back and thank you for choosing us again!

We invite you to review our summer program opportunities below. Click on each title for more information. When you're ready to register, click here or click the "Register Now" button on the left. 

Schedule
Take a morning or afternoon class or stay for a full day of fun! Most classes are one week long. The few multi-week courses in our program are noted in the dates section below the course description.

Morning classes run from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Drop-off for these classes begins at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon classes run from 12:30–3:30 p.m. If your child is staying with us for the morning and the afternoon, they will be able to enjoy a supervised group lunch with their new friends.

Extended Day
Need to come earlier than 8:30 a.m. or stay later than 3:30 p.m.? No problem! Students can come as early as 7:30 a.m. and stay as late as 5:30 p.m. This time will be filled with additional camp activities such as crafts, games and playtime. This Extended Day experience is a flat $11-per-hour fee. Families using this service will simply be billed at the end of the week.

If you have any questions, please contact Summer Programs Director Jessica Abbondanzio at summerprograms@ljcds.org.

Morning

Afternoon

Academics

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  • Adventures in the Wild (K–Grade 4)

    Take a walk on the wild side with Mad Science, as we explore animals, birds, bugs and beasts for an out-of-this-world adventure! Have some creepy, crawly fun building a bug house, and fill it with new friends to take home. Explore the amazing ways animals adapt in the wilderness as you hunt down their tracks and make an animal track of your own. Discover what a night-hunting owl found for dinner by taking part in an owl pellet dissection. Let the adventure begin! Take-home projects include a bug house, animal track, sundial, solar cooker and more! Camp will be conducted by Mad Science of San Diego.

    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Around the World in Five Days: Celebrations and Traditions (Grades 1–2 and 3–4)

    Come celebrate the rich cultures of our world.In this fun “voyage around the world,” students will learn about Diwali, Chinese New Year, St. Patrick's Day and the Day of the Dead. Each day there will be nonfiction reading passages and journal writing about these holidays. Students will also make an audiobook using the iPad and Book Creator app and play math games to reinforce math skills. Parents are invited to come in Friday at 11:30 a.m. to see iPad projects and portfolios. This course is a great opportunity for enrichment and reinforcement of the fundamental skills introduced during the school year.

    June 18–22 (Grades 1–2)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    June 25–29 (Grades 3–4)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Chirp, Flap, Fly and Dive (Grades 1–2)

    Come explore the world of winged creatures while building reading, writing, science and math skills! Your learning will SOAR as you hone reading and phonics skills via literature, writing skills via daily journaling and math skills through games, computation and problem-solving. Creativity will take flight with daily art activities! This course is a great opportunity for enrichment and reinforcement of skills introduced during the school year.

    June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Explore Artists (Grades 1–2)

    Explore the lives of great artists while building reading, writing, science and math skills! You’ll learn more about the lives of famous artists and what inspired them through a daily read-aloud. Then you’ll be inspired to create your own artwork and work on your writing skills through daily journaling entries. Daily math or science activities will also be tied into this creative class. This course is a great opportunity for enrichment and reinforcement of skills introduced during the school year.

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Fun with the American Girls® (K–Grade 4)

    Join Addy, Samantha and Kit for class this summer! Based on the popular American Girl® novels, this course explores daily life during various periods of our nation’s history. There is time each day for reading, related games and crafts. During the week of June 18–22, class will cover Marie Grace, Addy, Samantha, Rebecca and Kit. During the week of June 25–29, class will cover Marisol, Luciana, Grace and Kanani.

    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Junior Great Books (Grades 3–4)

    Summer is a time to curl up and enjoy a good book! Each day we will read and discuss a story, and expand our enjoyment and understanding of that story with poetry, readers’ theater, writing or craft activities. The goal of the course is to teach students how to draw meaning from what they read and to see that what they read can be personally meaningful to them. Specifically, we will work on the skills of reading comprehension, critical thinking, reading “between the lines,” close listening and clear speaking. Using the “shared inquiry” process in our discussions allows us to develop these skills and techniques.

    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Let’s Cook! (K–Grade 2 and Grades 3–5)

    Let’s Cook cooking classes are fun and interactive! The goal is to educate children about healthy foods while developing useful everyday culinary skills like how to use a knife and grater safely. Each session of this class will include a different selection of healthy and fun recipes. From fresh stir-fry to healthy pizzas, creating pastas from scratch and baking scrumptious treats, kids will find new recipes they love to eat and know how to cook! Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and diet restrictions.
     
    Advanced Italian Cooking
    July 9–13 (Grades 3–5)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $265

    Basic Baking and Cooking Skills (Part 2) 
    July 16–20 (K–Grade 2) 

    (Part 1 is June 18–22 from 12:30–3:30 p.m.)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $265
  • Operation Invention (Grades 4–6)

    We’ll take you on a journey of discovery through the real-life inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers! You will be challenged to re-create some of the most important and exciting inventions of all time, including catapults, bridges and light bulbs. Next, overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, tips from famous inventors and the most important tool of all—your mind! Finally, you will be tasked with dreaming up inventions of your own. While Edison said, “Invention is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration,” this camp is 100 percent FUN! Take-home projects include a harmonica, catapult, Circuit Maze and message in a bottle.

    July 30–August 3
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Ready, Set, Go Kindergarten

    Session 1: Endangered Animals/Session 2: Things with Wings
    From critters to wings—this program is offered in two themed sessions. They include literature, science, cooking and art activities. Students can sign up for only one of the two weeks if needed.

    Session 1: June 18–22 and June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250 per week ($500 for the two-week session). 

    Session 2: July 2–6 and July 9–13 (No class on July 4)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250 per week ($500 for the two-week session). 
    The week of July 2–6 is discounted to $200.

Academics

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  • Jr. Detective (Grades 1–3 and Grades 4–6)

    Become a Mad Science Jr. Detective and take a fascinating journey into the world of detection, forensics and classified information. Learn code language to send secret messages as part of your mission. Use special spy glasses to help learn about surveillance and the important role it plays in security. Investigate a pretend crime scene and sift through clues to crack the case. As part of the Mad Science Bureau of Investigation, you will gain observational skills that are used by secret agents. Take-home projects include a secret code breaker, whodunit kit, scene solver, spy glasses and more!

    June 25–29 (Grades 4–6)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

    August 6–10 (Grades 1–3)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Let’s Cook! (K–Grade 2)

    Let’s Cook cooking classes are fun and interactive! The goal is to educate children about healthy foods while developing useful everyday culinary skills like how to use a knife and grater safely. Each session of this class will include a different selection of healthy and fun recipes. From fresh stir-fry to healthy pizzas, creating pastas from scratch and baking scrumptious treats, kids will find new recipes they love to eat and know how to cook! Let’s Cook is a nut-free program and can accommodate most food allergies and diet restrictions.

    Basic Baking and Cooking Skills (Part 1) 
    June 18–22 (K–Grade 2)
    (Part 2 is July 16–20 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • Mad Science All-Stars (K–Grade 3)

    Join the Mad Science All-Star team! Learn about famous scientists and inventors who were all-stars in their field of expertise. Follow in their footsteps as we equip you with the science skills needed to rise to the top. Together with your teammates, you will build super-structures, create a volcanic eruption and examine rocks formed from volcanic magma. Soar high above as you build a kite and experiment with lift, aerodynamics and air pressure. Discover the secret behind the stars and make a star chart. Take-home projects include a magnetic soccer game, rocket racer, star locator, kite, animal track and crystal garden.

    June 18–22
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Reptile Discovery (K–Grade 2)

    Lizards and turtles and snakes, oh my! Have fun learning about the world of reptiles! Students will take a field trip to the EcoVivarium reptile museum to see a variety of species up close. Students will learn how to make their own stop-motion movies starring various reptiles. Class will also include a variety of games, crafts and stories.

    June 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $260
  • Space Camp (Grades 1–2 and 3–5)

    We are clear for launch! This week we will explore space through science, art and robotic challenges. We will have a special STEAM challenge day full of fun games and a field trip to the Air and Space Museum. Come rocket into this adventure!

    July 30–August 3 (Grades 1–2)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
     
    July 30–August 3 (Grades 3–5)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265
  • Spanish Review (Grades 3–6)

    Is your child going to be new to his/her Spanish class next year? We will be offering one summer Spanish class review session for students entering Grades 3–6. These classes are designed to facilitate the students’ transition into Spanish class during the school year, provide an opportunity to meet new classmates and ease them into their new school environment.  

    July 30–August 3
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

  • Super Hero Camp with Challenge Island (Grades 4–6)

    Wham! Bam! Pow! Kaboom! Calling all Super Kids to Challenge Island® Super Hero Camp! Tribes will channel their extraordinary powers into a universe of challenges inspired by Batman, Batgirl, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more. This popular camp is a superheroic STEAM adventure for every boy and girl!

    July 23–27
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Super Hero Camp with Challenge Island (Kindergarten)

    Wham! Bam! Pow! Kaboom! Calling all Super Kids to Challenge Island® Super Hero Camp! Tribes will channel their extraordinary powers into a universe of challenges inspired by Batman, Batgirl, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more. This popular camp is a superheroic STEAM adventure for every boy and girl! This section will join kids from the ECC on this Island Adventure.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

Day Camps

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  • Country Day Adventure Camp (Grades 1–5) – Full Day

    Ready for action?! Come spend this week in our full-day adventure camp! Students will experience adventures such as rock climbing, laser tag, kayaking, go-karts, skating, miniature golf and more!
     
    July 30–August 3
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $500
  • Country Day Animal Encounters Camp (K–Grade 8) – Full Day

    Kick off the summer with some WILD field trips! We’ll discover the worlds of a variety of wildlife through daily outings. Field trips will include educational tours at places like the San Diego Wildlife Park, Living Coast Discovery Center, San Diego Zoo, EcoVivarium Reptile Museum and Sea Life Aquarium. We will be out exploring all day, so please plan on packing a sack lunch for picnics.
     
    June 11–15
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $500
  • San Diego History Explorers (K–Grade 5) – Full Day

    A long time ago, across this great land...things happened, and we’re going to figure out what they are! Take a step back in time and explore how San Diego was built. This is a weeklong full-day camp of fun (and educational) field trips. Students will go on a hike to learn about the lives of explorers at Cabrillo National Monument, tour tall ships at the Maritime Museum, visit our fossilized past at the Natural History Museum and Museum of Man in Balboa Park, and go on a photo scavenger hunt through Old Town! Our “time capsule” buses will take us on our trips back in time daily. Students will need to pack a sack lunch for daily picnics.
     
    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $400

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  • Adventure Kids (Grades 1–3)

    Are you into thrills and adventure?! Well, come along with us on our action-filled half-day field trips throughout San Diego. Students will experience adventures such as rock climbing, laser tag, kayaking, go-karts, skating, miniature golf and more!

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $300
  • Country Day Camp – Summer Fun (K–Grade 3)

    Camp fun will include a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Group games, crafts and water fun are only some of the things in store for this week. Summer is in full swing, so come play with friends and enjoy some summer fun!

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

    July 23–27
    Time: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $250

    August 6–10
    Time: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $250

Arts

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  • Art Around the World (K–Grade 2)

    Journey with us as we encounter different cultures and explore what art means to people across the world. Paint, draw and craft as we explore and are influenced by the art of Japan, France, Africa, Egypt and Australia—all without leaving the classroom! Art Around the World is presented to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot '03.

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $275
  • Ballet at Country Day (Grades 1–4)

    Join your friends at LJCDS for a comprehensive ballet camp for dancers of all levels. Camp will include daily ballet classes, ballet repertory class, stage makeup and a second technique class (including jazz, contemporary or hip-hop). Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    June 18–22 
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Big Messy Art (K–Grade 3)

    Let’s get messy! This art class truly turns STEM to STEAM. Science and engineering are incorporated into all projects. Students will create things like a pendulum apparatus that will enable them to paint without any hands, life-size spin art and Jackson Pollock-inspired splat canvas paintings!

    July 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Contemporary and Jazz Dance Camp (Grades 1–8)

    Your favorite and most expressive dance moves are within reach. Camp will include ballet, contemporary and jazz classes to gain experience in all the forms you need for your favorite routines. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Disney’s Cinderella Kids (Grades 1-8)

    The timeless “rags to riches” fairy tale becomes a new audience favorite in Disney’s Cinderella KIDS, an adaptation of the treasured animated film that will charm its way into your heart and remind audiences that dreams really can come true. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends—and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother—Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!

    June 18–29 (Note: This is a two-week class)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $500

    Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 27, from 10:30–11 a.m.
    Performances: Thursday, June 28, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Drama Kids Make ’Em Laugh (Grades 1–4)

    “Laughter is an instant vacation,” said famous comedian Milton Berle. Take a “vacation” with Drama Kids into the hilarious and dramatic world of comedy. Campers will laugh their way through a week of clowning around where, in addition to a wide range of our zany drama activities, they will learn to create their own comedic character and their own “bag of tricks.” Imaginations will run wild for campers as these young comedians use their creativity to develop great jokes and new talents. Our campers will bring down the house during the end-of-camp talent show! Get ready to laugh your way through life with us! This experience is presented by Drama Kids San Diego.

    July 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Drama Kids Playhouse – Mystery (Grades 1–4)

    It's no mystery kids love our camps! Join us as we learn what it takes to create and perform a wide variety of mystery drama scenes. Campers this week will write, solve and act in great plays—created, directed and performed entirely by THEM! Campers will bring the house down during their end-of-camp presentation, performing a mystery skit their team creates. Want to know how the show ends? SO DO WE, but it's a mystery... This experience is presented by Drama Kids San Diego.

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Drama Kids Superhero or Supervillain… DUN DUN DUN! Improv (Grades 1–4)

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….??? Campers will find their inner superhero during this week of nonstop action-packed fun for all! Creativity is sure to “take flight” as campers create their own superhero or villain characters, imaginative superpowers for good or evil, awesome logos and adventures with other supers! Each camper will learn acting basics centered on superhero themes and be challenged to use their own creative thinking to act in and solve “super-de-duper & deviously fun” adventures. Campers conclude with a “super” end-of-the-camp performance. Will good or evil prevail….?? DUN DUN DUN! This experience is presented by Drama Kids San Diego.

    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Look at That Face! (Grades 4–7)

    Learn how to observe and render faces, both human and animal! Use pencil, charcoal and watercolor paints, and learn the basic structure of faces, how to use shading and light to create realistic skin (and fur), and how to produce beautiful portraits of yourself and your loved ones! This experience is brought to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot.

    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $275
  • Not from This Planet: Creativity Knows No Boundaries! (K–Grade 2)

    Night skies, extraterrestrial architecture and interplanetary mayhem are just the beginning of this far-flung camp! Put your out-of-this-world designs on paper and canvas and then bring them to life by building with repurposed objects and found materials. This experience is brought to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot.

    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $275
     

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  • Acrylic Textures and Mixed Media Design with Sewing Machines (Grades 3–6)

    Discover ways to use paint, embroidery techniques and sewing machines to create mixed media art projects. Use photographs, paper, fabrics, acrylic mediums and paint to create beautiful greeting cards, handmade books and mixed media art pieces! This experience is presented to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot '03.

    August 6–10
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $275
  • Dance for Musical Theater (Grades 1–8)

    You can sing, you can act, but are you ready to be a TRIPLE THREAT!? Learn all the essentials of dance for Broadway at this summer camp. Camp will include daily dance classes, stage makeup classes and real Broadway routines. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. This class is a great addition for those involved in the Cinderella musical camp in the morning! (However, you don’t have to be a part of Cinderellato enjoy this class.) Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    June 18–22
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

    June 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Extra-Large Expressionism (Grades 3–6)

    Learn about the Expressionist artists who broke away from the traditional and dove headfirst into the world of color and emotion. Express your inner being in technicolor and larger-than-life scale while learning about balance, texture, color-mixing and a variety of BIG painting techniques. This experience is brought to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot '03.

    June 18–22
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $275
  • Hip-Hop Dance Camp (Grades 1–8)

    Musicality, rhythm, coordination and fun! In this class, you’ll learn the latest dance routines to today’s most popular songs. Get your friends together for a week of exciting moves and great music. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. Students may sign up for one or two weeks. Each week will be different.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $200

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Toes in the Sand (and Paint!) (K–Grade 2)

    Beat the heat, get messy and have fun while learning how to paint and create beach landscapes, underwater animals and summer sunsets. Draw with pastels and charcoal, paint with watercolor and acrylics, all while taking a dip into your unique imagination! This experience is presented to LJCDS by La Jolla’s My Art Shed director Porschia Talbot.

    July 16–20
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $275

Tech/STEAM

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  • 3, 2, 1 Blastoff (Grades 3–4)

    Your countdown to a great summer is about to begin with this exciting rocketry course. Students will design and construct several rockets and rocket-powered cars, engineering them for weight and distance. Then they’ll compete to see who built the lightest, fastest, farthest-flying rocket. La Jolla, we have a problem: This course will be too exciting!

    July 30–August 3 
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

  • Animatronics and Animation (Grades 3–8) – Full Day

    Learn the basics behind Disney magic! This class will involve four full days of on-campus learning and one day of a magical field trip! While on campus, students will design and build electromechanical animatronic characters as well as create pencil drawings for flip book animations. Students in Grades 3–4 will create with Little Bits for their animatronic characters, while Grades 5–8 students will use arduinos and servo motors. Everyone will learn the basics of creating flip books to bring their drawings to life while practicing drawing some of their favorite animated characters.
     
    Our magical field-trip day will be to Disneyland for a special tour called “Designing a Disney Story.” While at Disney, students will get an inside look at how Disney animators create full-length features. Please note: The day of our field trip, students will need to arrive at LJCDS at 6:30 a.m. and will return at 10 p.m.
     
    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $625
     
  • Galaxy Defenders: Robotics (Grades 3–5)

    It's time to save the galaxy! Students will design motorized robotic creatures and vehicles from the Star Wars and superhero movies using LEGO® components. We'll use motors along with WeDo 2.0 motion and tilt sensors to bring our creations to life! Design a moving droid with laser sounds, a remote-control A-wing, the Batmobile and more. Next, team up and further your robotics skills by completing missions with MakeBlock's mBot programmable robot. You'll use Scratch-like code blocks to control the robot and maneuver it through mazes and master challenges such as a balloon-popping game. You'll also learn how to code text and even animate the eyes of your robot using an LED array panel.

    July 2–(No class July 4)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200

  • LEGO® Minecraft Robotics (Grades 2–4)

    Learn about robotics as you create projects from Minecraft® using LEGO® components. You’ll make a shelter with controllable gadgets, a mine with a moving spider and other Minecrafty designs! Operate them all with programs that you create with WeDo and Scratch software. Plus, we’ll use Circuit Cubes to power a motorized Creeper, minecart and Minecraft Pig that we build with LEGO® elements. Pair this class with Minecraft Creative Building for a full day of Creeper fun!

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • LEGO® Pokemon and Other Cool Creatures (Grades 2–4)

    Build awesome Pokemon robots with LEGO® components. Begin by making and controlling creatures with the LEGO® WeDo robotics system. Program movement using sensors, motors and software. Projects range from animals to Pokemon such as Bulbasaur and fantasy creatures such as dragons.

    July 23–27
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

  • LEGO® Space Explorers (K–Grade 2)

    The year is 2025. Our rocket ship has landed on a distant planet, and our class has been asked to make it a comfortable place to live and explore. We’ll build homes, rovers, machines and spacecraft—and power them with LEGO® motors. Plus, we’ll get to create a speeder for a visiting Star Wars heroine named Rey. Students play with and test their creations through obstacle courses, imaginative play and various teacher-inspired missions.

    June 25–29
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

  • Magic Park Imagineering: Combining Circuits, Robotics and LEGO® Elements (Grades 1–3) – Full Day

    Learn about circuits, engineering and robotics as you design LEGO®-scale creations from a favorite California theme park. Build and power a Racers car, monorail train, motorized elephant, teacup thrill ride and jungle cruise boat. You’ll see how to create the circuits that will power your LEGO® creations! In the afternoon, we’ll explore robotics using Ozobots, programmable, line-following robots. Students learn about color-sensing robots and program their actions with the help of color-coded instruction stickers. Students program the tiny bots to perform simulated missions such as a programmed ride through a “theme park.”
     
    July 16–20
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $500

  • Maui and Moana Island Camp Junior Edition (Age 3–Kindergarten)

    Calling all adventurous preschool and kindergarten boys and girls to an action-packed voyage through the ancient South Pacific. You and your friends will take on a boatload of Oceanic STEAM challenges! This camp promises to hook and steal the heart of every Maui and Moana fan. This experience is presented by Challenge Island of San Diego.

    July 30–August 3
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Rainforest Island Junior Camp (Age 3–Kindergarten)

    Grab your survival gear for an Amazonian adventure on Rainforest Island Camp! You and a tribe full of friends will take on a jungle of challenges at breathtaking destinations like Jaguar’s Claw, Monkey Swings and Anaconda Squeeze. This not-to-be-missed camp is sure to sell out fast, so save your spot in the rainforest today! This experience is presented by Challenge Island San Diego.

    August 6–10
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250
  • Slime Squad Camp (Grades 1–2)

    Are you slime crazy? Do you love making squishy, squeezy stuff? Then Challenge Island® Slime Squad Camp is the place for you! You and a tribe full of friends will dive into a new slime-filled world every day, from alien ooze to ghostly goo to monster muck to lava, too. No matter how you stretch it, Challenge Island® Slime Squad Camp promises to be a STEAM-riffic adventure of a lifetime.

    July 9–13
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250

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  • Emoji Camp (Grades 1–4)

    Challenge Island Kids presents an action-packed camp that turns those cute little yellow faces into action-packed STEAM adventures! From Silly Emoji Day to Scary Emoji Day to Sunglasses Cool Emoji Day, tribes will cry tears of joy as they ride their unicorns into an emoji-inspired world they will never forget. This experience is presented by Challenge Island of San Diego.

    June 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

  • Exploring Coding and Engineering (Grades 3–5)

    We’re turning San Diego students into young inventors! Explore electronics and conductivity using coding to create interactive animations and video games. Using electronics, students will turn real-world objects, like bananas, into touchpads that they can use to play video games they design! Students will expand their projects even further with lights, motors and sensors using Arduino microcontrollers and a text-based programming language. We will send daily email reports with the code that students worked on in camp that day, so they can keep coding at home. We'll also send information at the end of camp about how you can purchase a microcontroller for use at home. This experience is presented by ThoughtSTEM San Diego.

    July 16–20
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $265

  • Galaxy Defenders: Computer Gaming (Grades 3–5)

    Design several fun space adventure computer games while learning coding fundamentals. You'll learn about loops, if/else statements, logical operators and variables using Scratch's code blocks. You'll even make a game where you have to use the "force" by moving your hand to control a lightsaber in your game! The best thing is, you can take home your games to play with friends and family on any Windows or Mac computer.

    July 2–6 (No class July 4)
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $200
  • Hollywood Island Camp (Grades 1–4)

    Roll out the red carpet for the Academy-Award-worthy Hollywood Island Camp! Our STEMtastic tribes will take on challenges at star-studded destinations including Wicked Witch Twist, Wizardry Academy and Dinosaur Park. Hollywood Island Camp promises to be a blockbuster hit, so be sure to get your seat soon! This class is presented by Challenge Island San Diego.

    August 6–10
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

  • LEGO® STEAM (Grades 3–5)

    Calling all young brickologists! STEAM learning has never been more fun! Using WeDo 2.0 and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 building systems, students will engineer solutions to a variety of challenges throughout the week. Class will include a review of math skills using LEGO® as helpful manipulatives and LEGO® art! Camp will include a special LEGO® Makerspace program at LEGOLAND®! Each session offering of this camp will have a different variety of activities.

    June 25–29
    Note: June 27 will be a field trip to LEGOLAND from 12:30–6:15 p.m.
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $285

    July 16–20 
    Note: July 19 will be a field trip to LEGOLAND from 12:30–6:15 p.m.
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $285
  • LEGO® STEAM (K–Grade 2)

    It’ll be a brick-tastic week in LEGO® STEAM camp! Students will use LEGO® to conduct science experiments, review math skills and create artistic masterpieces. They will BUILD on their learning with a daily construction challenge. Camp will include a special lab program field trip to LEGOLAND®!

    July 16–20
    Note: June 27 will be a field trip to LEGOLAND from 12:30–6:15 p.m.
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $285

  • Little Green Thumbs (Age 3–Kindergarten)

    Step into the garden to learn about soil, seeds and sprouts in this camp that’s sure to inspire your budding gardener. Examine fruits, vegetables, plants and leaves, and learn about the interesting variety of creatures that live in your garden and help it grow. Jump through puddles, bathe in the sun and enjoy the cool breeze as you dig into the soil and grow with Mad Science! Take-home projects include a radish plant, sun visor, bean necklace, veggie placemat and bug bracelet. This experience will be conducted by Mad Science of San Diego.

    July 30–August 3
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Maui and Moana Island Camp (Grades 1–4)

    Calling all adventurous boys, girls and demigods to an action-packed voyage through the ancient South Pacific. You and your tribe will take on a boatload of Oceanic STEAM challenges from battling enormous sea creatures to navigating treacherous underworlds to erupting the fiery volcanic spirit of Te Ka. This camp promises to hook and steal the heart of every Maui and Moana fan. This experience is presented by Challenge Island of San Diego.

    June 18–22
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

  • Minecraft Creative Building (Grades 2–4)

    Explore Minecraft® in Creative Mode, building projects that teach how to design with redstone circuits. You’ll make working doorbells, traps, siren lights, armor equippers, volume measures and more. We’ll master the use of repeaters, delays and comparators in our devices. We’ll also make interactive entertainment such as games and water slides. You’ll get some new building and strategy knowledge, and do plenty of creative design and engineering!

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

  • Pokemon Gaming and Animation (Grades 2–4)

    In this course, you’ll learn how to make your own computer games, such as Pokemon soccer, by using the Scratch block code programming language. Learn about loops, conditional statements and variables. It’s a great way to begin coding! Take home your games to play on a Windows or Mac computer. We’ll end the week by making talking computer characters, from a dog to a character such as Pikachu or a Minecraft chicken. It’s called facial animation and leads to some awesome and funny videos.

    July 23–27
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250


  • Preschool Hard Hats (Age 3–Kindergarten)

    This woodworking class, tailored to preschoolers, entails sawing, sanding and putting a little build together. Students will go through tool safety and get to know all the tools that they use. Little builders will have a chance to use a variety of materials as they saw, drill, nail, hammer, sand, tile and paint. Each class includes a take-home project that will bring out the innovative engineer in your child!

    August 6–10
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Slime Squad Camp (Grades 3–5)

    Are you slime crazy? Do you love making squishy, squeezy stuff? Then Challenge Island® Slime Squad Camp is the place for you! You and a tribe full of friends will dive into a new slime-filled world every day, from alien ooze to ghostly goo to monster muck to lava, too. No matter how you stretch it, Challenge Island® Slime Squad Camp promises to be a STEAM-riffic adventure of a lifetime.

    July 9–13
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250

  • Smart Bots: Designing Remote-Controlled LEGO® Projects (K–Grade 2)

    Take your building skills to a new level as you make remote-controlled projects using LEGO® components. Learn about gears, electric power and motors as we create projects that move with LEGO® Power Functions electronics and remotes. Projects include a hopping frog, a bulldozer that can clean up a messy floor of bricks and a friendly scorpion that plays soccer! You’ll control all of your creations and have them race through obstacle courses, push objects and even play games!

    June 25–29
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250


Sports

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  • Baseball (Grades 1–8) – Half/Full Day

    Calling all boys of summer! In this instructional camp, players will engage in five fun-filled days with technical and strategic instruction and scrimmages with players of like ability. Students may register for half-day or full-day camp. For more details, contact Coach Edman at jedman@ljcds.org or 858-467-9344.
     
    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250 half-day

    June 18–22
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $450 full-day

  • Boys Lacrosse (K–Grade 8)

    It’s time for summer goals! This four-day camp is designed to improve skills in all aspects of lacrosse, for both beginners and advanced players. We’ll start at square one, focusing on being fundamentally sound and technically correct, and build each player from the ground up. Students will leave with the confidence that they have a strong foundation for future success.

    June 18–21 (*Note this camp will not meet on Friday)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200

  • Girls Lacrosse (Grades 1–4)

    It’s time for summer goals! This four-day camp is designed to expose girls to the fast-paced game of lacrosse and improve skills in all aspects of lacrosse for both new and returning players. We’ll start at square one, focusing on being fundamentally sound and technically correct, and build each player from the ground up. We will work on individual and team skills throughout the week. Students will leave with a solid foundation in lacrosse and be well-prepared for the fall season. The following is required: water bottle, lacrosse goggles, mouthpiece, girls lacrosse stick (we can loan you one if needed), athletic shoes (cleats are preferred but not necessary).

    ***NOTE: For players intending on playing LJCDS lacrosse in the fall, this course is highly recommended to prepare players for the season since there is little time once school starts.


    June 11–14 (*Note this camp will not meet on Friday.)
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $200

  • Torrey Basketball Camp (K–Grade 8) – Half/Full Day

    Nothing but net—and fun. This camp combines coaching and teaching to help students develop their basketball skills and athletic ability, and build upon their own personal attitudes toward the game and life. Students may register for half-day or full-day camp.
     
    June 11–15
    9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    $250 half-day

    June 11–15
    9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    $450 full-day

Sports

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  • Torrey Basketball Camp (K–Grade 8)

    Nothing but net—and fun. This camp combines coaching and teaching to help students develop their basketball skills and athletic ability, and build upon their own personal attitudes toward the game and life. Students may register for half-day or full-day camp.
     
    June 11–15
    12:30–3:30 p.m.
    $250 half day

Summer Events

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