Camp Sage is an exciting opportunity for middle school students to experience Sage Hill School. Students 10-14 years old, and entering grades 5-8, are invited to attend our day camps filled with a variety of activities. Students will choose an AM and PM activity, and each day includes a Teaching Kitchen lunch!
Registration is now open and will close one week before the start of the camp.
Business adVENTURE This course will excite and empower young entrepreneurs by introducing them to writing a business plan and developing a pitch. The week concludes with a Shark Tank-style competition where students act as potential investors to determine which peer has the most viable business idea.
A personal laptop is strongly suggested.
Biotechnology In this one-week course, students explore how biotechnology is being used to improve human health as well as address issues in environment science. Through hands-on lab activities and discussions, students develop an understanding of the scientific principles underpinning different tools, with a focus on advances in genetics. In the analysis of their own DNA, students reinforce valuable skills in problem-solving and the analysis of data.
Brain Games During this week, students will be able to explore questions such as “Who am I?” and “Why do I do that?” through the lens of psychology. Using a scientific approach we will explore topics such as personality, emotions and why preteens love their phones so much. Come explore with us!
Campers should bring a pen, colored pencils and notebook.
Debate Basics Competitive debate requires practice and commitment. This one week class will introduce students to the basics of argumentation and skills in research, as well as time to practice making short arguments to each other in class. We start with the basics of an argument and move into developing a full claim to defend. This class is ideal for students who want to start debating in middle school or want to improve their skills with practical lessons.
History’s Mysteries This inquiry-driven workshop turns the typical history course on its head with students leading the way to solve some of the world’s most puzzling and unanswered questions.
Campers should bring a pen, pencil and notebook.
Mock MUN This course will introduce students to the Model United Nations program, offer guidance and practice in preparation for a conference, and will culminate in a simulated MUN conference. Students will walk away with the knowledge and confidence to participate in MUN programing at their respective schools next year. A personal laptop is strongly suggested.
Marble Mania Do you like puzzles, building things, and working with your hands? Students who want to push their creativity to the limit will have a blast at Marble Mania! Over the course of the camp, students will design and build a life-size marble run about a theme of their choice, culminating in a showcase of their creation at the end of the week.
Campers should bring a notebook and pencil if possible!
Operation Hollywood Lights! Camera! Action! Those three words are a cornerstone for movie lovers far and wide, but there is a world more to moviemaking. This course will turn Hollywood inside out, revealing the inner workings of the industry via a journey behind the scenes of "behind the scenes". ‘Operation Hollywood’ will take you through the creation of a Hollywood movie from script all the way to red carpet premiere. Standing in the shoes of screenwriters and studio executives, of producers and artisans alike, you’ll discover both the art and the industry of Hollywood and learn every part of the moviemaking process, leading up to, and well beyond, lights, camera, action.
Campers should bring a laptop and a phone with a camera, if possible.
Sage Hill Coders: Build AI! In this camp, students will start from the beginning to learn the basics of Python with an emphasis on Artificial Intelligence concepts through a series of fun games, lessons and challenges. Examples include Turn Your Actions into Programs, Objects Are All Around Us, Input/Output Game, and other activities that will allow students to observe the intersection between computer science and daily life. By the end of the week, students will have created a Sales Clerk Bot using artificial intelligence as well as a final creative project [omitted the week of July 4] that they can share with their family and friends. The final creative project will emulate high school and college hackathons and provide students with the rare opportunity to experience this fun competition as middle schoolers, helping them in potential computer science futures. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up! Campers should bring their own computer.
Sage Hill Coders: Build Websites! In this camp, students will start from the beginning to learn the basics of HTML and CSS through a series of fun games, lessons and challenges. Examples include website “blueprint” drawing, rock decorating, and other activities that will allow students to observe the intersection between computer science and daily life. By the end of the week, students will have created a multimedia “About Me” website as well as a final creative project [omitted the week of July 4] that they can share with their family and friends. The final creative project will emulate high school and college hackathons and provide students with the rare opportunity to experience this fun competition as middle schoolers, helping them in potential computer science futures. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up! Campers should bring their own computer.
Spanish in Pop Music This session is a look into Spanish in modern popular songs. Students will learn about the artists, identify words in Spanish, and read the complete song lyrics. This is a great way to understand the influence of Spanish and identify words embedded in modern music. We will learn about the artist, identify words from Spanish and cognates, and follow along with the lyrics. This is meant to be a fun session for everyone.
No prior Spanish is required. Campers should bring headphones to list to the music and a charged telephone or computer.
Speech & Debate Do you love talking about your passions or discussing the latest current events? Come spend the week exploring essential speech and debate skills and techniques. You will be participating both individually and collaboratively. Campers should bring pen, notebook, laptop or iPad (if possible).
Sports Medicine (cancelled)
Tell Your Own Story In this course, students will learn techniques for transforming their personal experiences into short narrative pieces, poems, and even visual narratives like comic panels. This camp will provide an outlet in which students can reflect, express, and use their feelings as inspiration for creative work. At the end of the week, each student will have the opportunity to choose a piece that they are proud of and feel comfortable sharing and we will use them to create a small booklet or journal of the class's work. Campers should bring a pen/pencil and journal or notebook, or personal laptop if preferred.
Writing in Nature From the great writers of the past like Thoreau and Wordsworth to contemporary writers like Mary Oliver, Annie Dillard, and Helen McDonald, nature has been a constant spur to great literature. In this camp, students will escape from their screens to spend time exploring the beautiful Sage Hill campus and developing pieces that explore humans' ever-changing relationship with the world around them. Campers should bring a pen/pencil and journal or notebook.
Pool Party Spend time with your new friends and camp counselors in our beautiful Aquatics Center. This pool party will feature free swim, games, and fun in the sun!
Cost $150 per week Lifeguard(s) will be on duty for the duration of the class, but all campers must have basic water safety skills.
Tennis Camp Sage Tennis is a fun-filled week for all levels. The program caters to players of different abilities with instruction on technique and corresponding drills. There is ample match play for players ready to compete. In addition, the sessions conclude with conditioning games. Players have a great time on the courts! Campers should bring a water bottle and their own racquet(s).
Yoga and Mindfulness Campers will learn and practice yoga to music each morning followed by nature walks, art and group wellness discussions in our relaxing Sage Hill garden. Campers should bring water, comfortable clothing for yoga; mats and props will be provided (you are welcome to bring your own mat if you have one).
Fine Art: Creative Exploration We will explore a variety of fine art mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture with an emphasis on creative thinking and visual expression.
Music Makers Calling all music fans! Do you ever wonder how to make your own original music, just like your favorite artists do? Join us in our music studio as we learn the basics of music production and design using GarageBand, Apple's powerful and easy-to-use music production software. Participants will learn to compose their own unique music using audio loops and even their own recorded music. Campers will create a collection of 4-5 projects (songs) during the camp, exploring a variety of ways to create their own hit music! The music can then be shared with friends and family.
Campers should bring headphones that can connect to a Sage Hill computer that will be used for the camp. A flash drive or other means to store completed music projects (recommended).
Stop Motion Animation Explore the artistry of stop motion animation. Students will experience basic storyboarding techniques and we will use a variety of mediums from drawing, clay, objects, and more to create animated shorts. Students will need to have a phone with a camera and the StikBot Studio app installed.
Teaching Kitchen Great cooking isn’t about recipes — it’s about technique. This hybrid skills class will blend cooking techniques and learning about how our food is made. In our classes, you’ll learn together with other campers in a fun environment led by our professional chef instructor. The focus of our classes is on concepts, techniques and tips. This course is geared toward novice cooks. We’ll prepare you to cook with new ideas and tips that will inspire your own creativity. In this seminar, you’ll learn basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts — mince, dice and julienne. Lunch is provided for each camper.
How To Do Stuff Calling all Bear Grylls and Survivor fans! Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? In this camp, you will learn outdoor and survival skills such as making fire, finding and purifying water, and building tools that will allow you to survive off the grid.