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2017 Class Descriptions

  • Classes are listed here in alphabetical order by class name, following the Preschool listing
  • All grade levels listed are based on the child’s rising grade level – what grade s/he will enter in Fall 2017
  • Weeks 1 and 3-9 are $190 per class; Week 2 is $155 per class because of the July 4th holiday

Preschool (Preschool)

Week 1 – Down on the Farm: Head to the barn and experience life on the farm! Week 2 – Happy Holidays: Celebrate a whole year of fun holidays in just one week! Week 3 – Trains, Planes & Automobiles: Move from one activity to another as we explore the wonderful world of transportation! Week 4 – Safari: Pack your bag and grab your binoculars as we set off on a great animal adventure! Week 5 – Bear Necessities: Cuddle up and enjoy fun times with your teddy bear and learn about real bears too! Week 6 – Camp Out: Experience some of nature and the great outdoors as we “camp out” together! Week 7 – Beach Week: Soak up some sun and have some beach and ocean fun! Week 8 – Outer Space: Blast off for an “out of this world” experience in space! Campers will follow a typical preschool schedule with time for independent choice, small and large group activities and playtime. Music, stories, crafts and creative play will revolve around the theme of the week. These morning-only classes are open to preschool children who will be four by September 30, 2017, are potty-trained and have attended preschool before. For an additional fee, preschool after-care is available until 6 p.m. (Instructor: Mrs. Lena Benge)

Abracadabra! It’s Magic (3-6)

Now you see it, now you don't! Led by a professional magician, campers will learn to construct, practice and perform incredible illusions and breathtaking feats of magic. Amaze and astound your friends and family with close-up tricks with cards, coins and magic wands! You’ll receive very own magic kit at the end of the week so you can perform your new tricks at home. Note: This class is offered both morning & afternoon sessions, but please only sign up for one. It is the same class offered twice. (Instructor: Mr. Brian Curry)

All Charged Up (4-6)

Welcome to the “shocking” world of electricity and magnetism! Explore static electricity, batteries, alternating current and electromagnets. Make your own battery-powered toys, create magnetic art projects and investigate motors. Come join this electrifying class and get All Charged Up! (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

The Amazing Race, U.S. Edition (3-6)

On your mark, get set…GO! Get ready to travel from sea to shining sea, visiting our country’s fascinating cities, fun festivals and amazing attractions. In this class, we'll focus on some of the most exciting features as teams race around our nation’s varied regions, completing missions, collecting clues and learning about the things that make our country special. (Instructor: Ms. Maggie LeGendre)

American Girl Experience (K-2 and 3-6)

Bring to life some of the American Girl dolls you know and love in this class celebrating the delightful characters of this popular collection. It’s a trip back in time as we learn about the girls’ fascinating lives through cooking, crafts and discussion and absorb the history, culture and character traits that make each girl special. There will be time for doll fun along the way, including a special tea party with our dolls. Every girl’s got a story – make this special class a part of yours! (Instructor: Ms. Whitney Lemke)

Animal Planet (K-2)

They’re cute and cuddly, small and slippery, furry and fierce – who can resist amazing animals? If you’re wild about wild animals, don’t miss your chance to spend a whole week immersed in the world of lions and leopards, elephants and eagles and many more fascinating creatures! Read stories, create amazing animal art, learn interesting animal facts and explore many aspects of the animal kingdom. (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Anything Goes (K-2 and 1-6)

A little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of fun! Experience a myriad of activities designed to bust summer boredom. Combining many favorite camp activities and themes, Anything Goes gives you a chance to experience some of the best we have to offer – relays, contests, minute-to-win-it games, silly stunts and mischievous activities, playground and board games, arts and crafts, sports, science experiments, mind benders and more! (Instructors: Ms. Taylor Carter, Ms. Isabelle Perricone, Ms. Rowan Shartel)

Arctic Adventure (K-2)

Bundle up as we visit the snowy regions of the far north! On our journey, we'll learn about the lands, peoples and animals of the Arctic Circle. Get to know musk ox, narwhals, sea lions, arctic foxes, reindeer – and of course, polar bears! Learn how to use a dog sled and how to take care of sled dogs. There will be lots of play and creative activities in this imaginative expedition to the North Pole! (Instructor: Mrs. Debbie Salisbury)

Art Antics (K-2)

Let's get away from our desks and explore some unconventional methods for making art! We will swing, move, step, spray and spin our artwork into existence. Have fun creating really BIG art projects, some silly art projects and some gooey, slimy, messy art projects. We'll use everything from paints to food to shampoo and lotion! No matter what we do, it will be lots of FUN. (Instructor: Ms. Bronte Thurgood)

Art in Motion (K-2)

Use movement to make art and learn how to make art look like it is in motion! Learn about American artists like Jackson Pollock who poured paint, Alexander Calder who invented the mobile and traditional puppet masters who use shadow silhouettes to tell stories – and make your very own art in their styles. Explore objects in motion including rolling balls down ramps, painting with moving marbles, spinning tops, making spin art, experimenting with balance while making mobiles and letting gravity help you paint. (Instructor: Ms. Peggy Ashbrook)

Art Lab (K-2)

Explore and experiment with art! How do inks and salt mix? What happens when you freeze paint, or clay? How can you make dried-up markers work again? Have fun and be creative with plants, mud, vinegar, shaving cream and other unconventional materials! (Instructor: Ms. Kathy Duchaney)

Art Smart (3-6)

Become "art smart" as we learn about famous artists and explore their different techniques and styles using various materials. Splatter some paint in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock, create with colors inspired by light just like Monet, break the rules like Picasso, draw with scissors like Matisse and much more. Let your own creativity soar as you draw inspiration from their artistic experimentation and yours! (Instructor: Ms. Amelie Haden)

Art Studio (K-2 and 3-6)

Unleash your creativity while you immerse yourself in the studio arts: drawing, painting, sculpting, printing and more. You’ll enjoy a myriad of artistic media using a variety of materials – charcoal and clay, pastels and paints, inks, wire, thread and more! No experience necessary – suitable for beginning artists as well! (Instructor: Ms. Amelie Haden)

Basketball (3-6)

Whether you are new to hoops or a seasoned athlete, this week of basketball drills, skills and fundamentals will get you ready to play in any season. Team skills, teamwork, game strategy and scrimmages will round out our week on the courts. Serious fun! (Instructor: Coach Prince Botchway)

Beach Week (K-2)

Pack your suit, sunglasses and sunscreen! Join us as we soak up the sun and enjoy some relaxing beach fun. In between the fun and games, arts and crafts, and cool water activities, you’ll learn a little about the many creatures that inhabit the beach both on land and in the water. It wouldn’t be beach week without a taste of the boardwalk, too! (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Bon Voyage: Mediterranean Cruise (K-2)

Pack your bags to set sail on the S.S. Pinecrest for a dream cruise through the Mediterranean Sea! After a proper bon voyage party before we hit the high seas, we'll drop anchor in some of the most magnificent places and see what there is to see – the wildlife, landmarks, music and food. Get ready for an unforgettable journey! (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Book Cooks (K-2)

Get excited about cooking in new and delightfully delicious ways as we use some of our favorite children's books to stir up our appetites. Read stories with food in the starring role – stone soup, or the gingerbread men, anyone? Participate in hands-on activities related to the books and get ready for a culinary adventure as we cook up the incredible edibles from the stories. (Instructor: Ms. Isabelle Perricone)

Books Alive (K-2)

Bring timeless tales to life through crafts and cooking, drama and dress-up, puppets and play! Nothing brings out creativity like a great picture book, and there are so many beloved authors who are masters at conjuring up fun. Read, write, think and create with the delightful tales of authors – authors from Dahl to DePaola, Seuss to Sendak and many more in between! (Instructor: Ms. Whitney Lemke)

Brain Benders (3-6)

Are you fascinated by mind-bending puzzles? Do you love a good challenge? Give your critical thinking and problem-solving skills a workout. Practice thinking outside the box as you decipher puzzles, riddles and brainteasers. You'll work by yourself or in a team to play thinking games and meet creative challenges, all the while stimulating those neurons! Brain Benders will encourage thinkers to take risks and reach new mental heights. (Instructor: TBA)

Broadway Bound (K-2)

Do you like to sing and dance? Is Broadway calling your name? If so, join us for this musical theater adventure. Take your energy to the stage as we learn to sing familiar show tunes and practice dance steps to go with them. Have a ball as we use our voices and move our bodies to portray different characters and be stars in a short performance on the last day of class. (Instructor: Ms. Whitney Lemke)

A Bug’s Life (K-2)

Beetles, dragonflies, bumblebees, spiders…the world of creepy-crawly critters will capture our imaginations! We'll spend a week poking around in corners and digging in the dirt, exploring the world of insects and other buggy creatures through observation, hunts, games, crafts and activities. Our favorite bug books, both fiction and nonfiction, will help us with the science on our insectivorous adventures. (Instructor: Mrs. Heather Vogus)

Building Brigade (K-2)

Construct all kinds of buildings and bridges using blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, K-nex, Tinker Toys, Wedgits, Zoobs, Model Magic, common household items and even food. We will have a try at making our own blocks and Play-doh too. We will discuss basic design, engineering and city planning, and then we will put those new skills to work building a huge municipality on our classroom floor. Excitement for this class is building! (Instructor: TBA)

Camper Sampler (K-2 and 3-6)

No need to choose just one way to spend your day – it’s a potpourri of fun-filled activities with plenty for everyone to enjoy! Outdoor games, brain benders, crafts, board and card games and water fun are on our agenda as we celebrate summer – a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a whole lot of fun! (Instructors: Mrs. Kara Gentile, TBA, Ms. Liz Whiting, Ms. Rowan Shartel)

Candy Aisle Crafts (3-6)

Take a trip down the candy aisle for all the supplies you need to make sweet mosaics, jewelry, bowls, bugs, buildings and more – all with your favorite candies! Turn marshmallows into polar bears, gumdrops into frogs and pigs, candy canes into hearts and more. Some of these projects will last forever and some will be good enough to eat. (Instructor: Mrs. Jillian Inouye)

Cheer (3-6)

Come join us for an enthusiastic week learning all about cheerleading. Each day will start with warm-ups and proper stretching. After that, we will focus on motions, jumps and fundamental cheer techniques in order to perfect chants, cheers and a dance! Campers will also make cheer-related crafts like pom-poms, pennants and signs. At the end of the week, we will have the chance to show off our new skills in an exciting Pinecrest Pep Rally! (Instructor: Mrs. Kara Gentile)

Clean-Out-the-Cupboard Crafts (3-6)

Raid the supply closet – the only limits to what you can design and make in this class are what’s left, and your imagination! Not only can use conventional materials like ribbon and fabric, beads and baubles, clay, paints and more, but you never know what else you might find – lanterns or lockets, fly swatters or fortune cookies, mirrors or mylar. This is your chance to make whatever you want – a miniature diorama, a crazy stuffed monster, a giant mobile – using the materials on hand. (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Coding Academy (3-6)

It’s never to soon to start learning this important, 21st century skill. Using programs like MIT’s Scratch and other online tools, learning about sequences, loops, conditionals, algorithms and binary code will seem like a game! Even if you don’t grow up to be a computer scientist or app developer, this class will teach you about problem-solving, perseverance and flexible thinking. If you do want to work with computers someday, this is the place to start! (Instructor: Mr. Shaun Kurry)

Crafty Creations (K-2)

T-shirts, placemats, picture frames and keychains are only a few of the kinds of creations we will make, Create sand art, color some stained glass, custom decorate a tote bag, or experiment with decoupage. Each day will be packed with colorful, fun-filled activities. We will make it, and you can take it. (Instructor: Mrs. Stanzi Lowe)

Create A Country (3-6)

Imagine a world just the way you want it to be – your favorite food grows on trees, the flag is a picture of your favorite animal, the national anthem is your favorite song. In this unique class, you’ll create a fantasy country to your own specifications. Once you’ve discovered what elements define a country, you’ll set to work inventing your own original country and its map, flag, currency, system of government and national symbols. On Friday, we’ll invite other campers to our own travel agency and display our week’s worth of fun! (Instructor: Ms. Bronte Thurgood)

Creative Confections (3-6)

A little baking and lots of creating! Take boring cookies, cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats, and brownies and turn them into your own edible masterpieces! Interspersed with food-related games and activities, we will spend the week playing with our food (without getting in trouble) and following step-by-step decorating techniques to create beautiful, unique and yummy confections. (Instructor: Mrs. Jillian Inouye)

CSI: Pinecrest (3-6)

Oh no! Someone took your last can of soda, ate your candy and destroyed the classroom. Fortunately, you will learn how to analyze the crime scene – fingerprints, chromatography, footprint identification, teeth and hair analysis, splatter patterns and much more. Nobody leaves the scene of a crime without leaving evidence, and it is up to you to find it and figure out whodunit?! (Instructor: TBA)

Daring, Dangerous and Immature (3-6)

If you're wacky, you’re zany, and you aren't afraid to try something slightly ridiculous, you are just the kind of kid we're looking for as we let loose and get dirty, make mischief and act like goofballs! In the style of books like The Encyclopedia of Immaturity, The Daring Book for Girls and The Dangerous Book for Boys, we'll make the ordinary extraordinary as we try kooky stunts, learn to juggle, try out funny camera tricks, or play with our food. Who knows where our imaginations will take us as we seek out ways to be as undignified and outlandish as possible! (Instructor: Mr. Greg D’Addario)

Day in the Life (K-2)

We've rounded up some of the bravest, most interesting people in history to bring you one action-packed week of make believe! Follow in the footsteps of knights, soldiers, pioneers or pirates for a day, and see what their lifestyles would be like. Through stories, games, art and lots of interactive and imaginative play, we’ll see what it's like to be just like them for a day! (Instructor: Ms. Erica Beckett)

Dinosaur Days (K-2)

If you wish you had a dinosaur for a pet, then this “dino-mite” class is for you! Join us in the land before time to learn about all your favorite prehistoric creatures. T-rex, stegosaurus, velociraptors and pterosaurs will all be part of this week of dinosaur discovery. We’ll put on our paleontologist hats and use facts, science, art and other activities to become experts about some of our favorite ancient creatures. (Instructor: Mrs. Heather Vogus)

Dog Days (K-2)

Dog lovers unite for what is sure to be a barking great time. Stories, games, baking and crafts (all dog related, of course) will only be part of the fun. We will also hear and see some of the amazing things these animals can be trained to do like agility courses, sniffing out scents, leading the blind and more. Getting up close and personal with many dog visitors – brushing, bathing, petting, playing and socializing with them will be the best part of these “dog days of summer.” (Instructor: Mrs. Heather Vogus)

Engineering 101 (3-6)

How does a dam withstand the crushing pressure of a lake full of water? How does a suspension bridge resist the forces of wind and traffic? Why can we walk in the shadows of mammoth skyscrapers, drive through tunnels deep underground and sit beneath soaring stadium domes, confident that these giant structures will not collapse? Investigate these questions and more and build great structures using all kinds of materials from straws to sponges, playing cards to paper and toothpicks to tape as you become the engineer. (Instructor: TBA)

Extraordinary Artists (K-2)

Learn about famous artists and explore their different techniques and styles using various materials. Splatter some paint in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock, create with colors inspired by light just like Monet, break the rules like Picasso, draw with scissors like Matisse and much more! Let your own creativity soar as you draw inspiration from their artistic experimentation and yours! (Instructor: Ms. Kate Rinaldi)

Fabulous Five Senses (K-2)

Touch, see, hear, taste and smell your way through the activities, crafts, games, art and science projects in this class. Explore the many mysteries of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Make art while blindfolded, identify the ingredients in a recipe only by smell or use your ears to identify your friends! You’ll need all five senses to experience the fun of this class. (Instructor: Ms. Bronte Thurgood) Fairy Magic (K-2)

If you are a nature lover and a believer in magic, you won't want to miss a week of fabulous fairy fun! We'll seek out fairies from lands far and near. You'll make your own tiny fairy doll, a wee fairy house and a fairy boat. You'll learn how to find real fairy rings and lanterns in the forest and even make fairy wings of your very own. Let's celebrate the magic of fairies – fresh air and sunshine and a sprinkle of pixie dust! (Instructor: Mrs. Liz Whiting)

Feline Friends (K-2)

What are furry, funny, curious and cuddly? Cats and kittens, of course! With crafts, stories, baking and lots of play, you’ll learn about cats big and small, read about beloved cats in books, make, treats and toys for your own favorite felines, and maybe even cuddle some kitties! (Instructor: Mrs. Heather Vogus)

Fit and Fast (K-3)

Have fun running, jumping and striding into fitness! You’ll get flexible, work on your speed and test your skills. Whether you are a soccer player or swimmer, enjoy the basketball hoop or the hula hoop, you’ll be a faster and fitter athlete after this camp. Lots of games, activities and learning about healthy habits will keep the week fun. (Instructor: Ms. Rowan Shartel)

Fun and Games (K-2)

Play tried-and-true favorites and discover new ones, too: board games, game show games, sports and active games, card games, mind games, “minute to win it” reflex games and so much more. (Instructor: Ms. Isabelle Perricone)

Galaxy Quest (3-6)

Houston, we have a problem! There is space mission that needs to be carried out. Think you are the astronaut that can handle the job? Then this is the class for you! Our quest will take us from the sun all the way to the outer stretches of the solar system. We will discover comets, black holes, constellations and more as we search for clues to help us complete our mission. (Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Kruzynski)

Game On! (3-6)

Get your game on in this fun and active class that combines the best parts of our P.E. and Push Your Limits classes. Whether you are participating in action-packed, fast-paced team and partner challenges, playing traditional playground and lawn games, completing activities that promote fitness, taking part in your favorite P.E games or chilling out with tailgating and field day events, you are sure to have a ball. (Instructor: Coach Prince Botchway)

Game Show Extravaganza (3-6)

Everybody’s a winner in this class! We’ll capture all the excitement of classic television game shows as we play select games from The Price is Right and others shows like Family Feud, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Jeopardy!, Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and more – new games every day! Team up with fellow campers, try your luck, show your skills and have a blast! (Instructor: Mrs. Kara Gentile)

Games Galore (K-2)

There is no better way to enjoy summer than by connecting with friends while playing a variety of games together. Join us as we play tried-and-true favorites and discover new games, too. There will be card games, board games, paper/pencil games, playground games and game show challenges. Fun for everyone! (Instructor: Ms. Bronte Thurgood)

Garden Sprouts (K-2)

Have fun learning about seeds, sprouts, stems, flowers and garden critters in this nature-based camp, With stories, games, science, crafts and cooking, you’ll grow, play with, make, experiment and enjoy the world of plants and their allies in the garden. (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Get the Ball Rolling: Ramps and More (K-2)

Do you love science, engineering and designing? Learn physical science concepts, and engineering design-test-and re-design of small ramp structures to explore forces that work on objects in motion. Play games like Blokus to build your spatial awareness. Use spinning tops and make spin art for a fun way to think about motion! (Instructor: Ms. Peggy Ashbrook)

Glee! (3-6)

Long before the popular television show Glee, schools across the country have had glee clubs – mixed groups of singers – and now Pinecrest Pavilion does, too. Sing your heart out to popular songs from different genres and create fun dance movements to go along! There won’t be a competition or any drama, but there will be a showcase on Friday where we’ll belt out the tunes in front of an audience. (Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Kruzynski)

Goofy P.E. Games (3-6)

What do hula hoops, brooms and balloons have to do with basketball, soccer or volleyball? Can you have P.E. fun with household tools? You'll find out in this class of goofy versions of your favorite P.E. games. The challenge will be to try to play while you laugh like crazy! (Instructor: Coach Prince Botchway)

Gotta Dance (3-6)

Can’t sit still when the music starts? Whether you’ve studied dance before or like to shake it up in your living room, this class is for you. It combines many styles of dance to give campers a fun and exciting week of moving and grooving to your favorite tunes! Spend the week learning ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, line dancing and even how to choreograph. Whatever your style, this is a week of guaranteed fun and exercise, with a performance on the last day of the class. (Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Kruzynski)

Great Outdoors (K-2)

Lace up your boots, load up your pack, fill your canteen and bring your binoculars and a hat – we are headed on an adventure! Our home base will be our indoor campsite complete with a tent and the supplies we need for a week’s worth of fun, but we will spend plenty of time exploring the outdoors too. Learning about forest animals, going on outdoor scavenger hunts, creating nature art, eating campfire treats and making trail mix are all part of the fun. (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Grossology (3-6)

If it's sticky, smelly, slimy or just plain disgusting, we'll cover it, and the grosser, the better. Investigate some of the most revolting things about the human body and the world around us. Hands-on experiments will answer all of your questions about bodily functions and startle your senses. Calling all campers with strong stomachs who are ready to get their hands dirty! (Instructor: TBA)

Handmade Treasures (3-6)

Using a variety of media, we will paint, model, collage, stitch and sculpt stunning treasures that are sure to become family heirlooms! We'll use our creativity to put a personal stamp on handmade artifacts, while we learn new crafting skills. Ornaments, vases, wall art, cards, wearable art and trays are just some of the project types we will complete. (Instructor: Ms. Erica Beckett)

Happy Holidays (K-2)

It’s a whole year of holidays in one week! We’ll start by counting down to New Year’s Day and work our way through the year until it’s New Year’s Eve again. Along the way we’ll make Valentine’s cards, cheer for our nation’s birthday, trick-or-treat in our Halloween costumes and celebrate other holidays in between. (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Heroes in American History (3-6)

From Presidents to pilots, intrepid explorers to Indian chiefs, Civil War generals to Civil Rights activists, U.S. history is filled with more heroic men and women. Learn about their deeds of daring, acts of valor, sacrifices and battles, explore their lives and times and find out what it takes to be a hero! Read, research, discuss, debate and act out the lives of great Americans. (Instructor: Ms. Whitney Lemke)

Hop Into Kindergarten (K)

Heading to kindergarten this fall? Then head here first! Our Hop Into Kindergarten class, taught by Pinecrest’s kindergarten teacher, is a fun-filled week of readiness activities designed especially rising kindergartners at any school. We'll hold a mini kindergarten day complete with a morning meeting, journal writing, math games, read-a-loud stories, recess, science experiments and more. This class is a great way to gain confidence and get excited about the coming school year! (Instructor: Mrs. Heather Vogus)

Imagination Vacation (K-2)

Experience a new adventure each day as we use our imaginations to “take” vacations or trips. We might step right up for some circus fun under the big top with clowns, popcorn and animal tricks, or enjoy a relaxing day at the beach with water play, beach volleyball and seashell and sand art. We’ll pitch a tent, take a hike and make trail mix and s’mores on a camping expedition. Let your imagination take you on these and other unforgettable summer getaways. (Instructor: Ms. Kathy Duchaney)

International P.E. (3-6)

Do you know what to do with a wicket? Have you ever made a "try?" What's Korfball? Learn about and play games and sports you may not know from around the world. You'll learn the etiquette of rugby and how to finger wrestle like they do in Bavaria. You'll play some familiar sports too – but not soccer, it's futbol! (Instructor: Coach Prince Botchway)

Intro to Computers (1-3)

Have you ever looked inside a computer? Thought about how those apps got onto your iPad? Along with learning some basics about how computers work, you’ll get practice with a variety of computer programs – drawing, keyboarding, coding, dragging and dropping and more. (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Inventors’ Lab (3-6)

The “Maker Movement” is all about kids inventing, designing, creating and experimenting, in an open-ended environment, with plenty of tools and materials. In Inventors’ Lab, you’re invited to think outside the box, work with other campers and see what is possible! We’ll have a few projects and challenges to start you off, like light-up cards and pins, or movable toys – and then you’ll have time to tinker on your own. (Instructor: Ms. Cindy Mitlo)

Jazz It Up (K-2 and 3-6)

Get ready to take to the stage and "jazz it up" through movement, singing, acting and all around fun! The week will be jam-packed with the styles, as well as fun facts of ragtime, blues, Dixieland, swing, big band, bebop and more. We’ll top off this musical journey through history with a cool jazz performance on Friday. (Instructors: Mrs. Esther Edwards, Ms. Stephanie Edwards)

Jungle Adventures (K-2)

Colorful and unique wildlife make tropical rainforests chock full of interesting things! Fly above the emergent layer, swing from the canopy, climb in the understudy and crawl through the forest floor as we explore tropical rainforests. From flora and fauna, to animals and insects, we will learn all about this amazing environment, its inhabitants and what we can do to preserve it. (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Just for Fun (K-2)

We'll spend a day playing sports and games and another camping. We'll explore everything from our love of building to our interest in bugs. And who knows what other surprise ideas our campers might come up with for the last day! Don't miss this chance at a week chock-full of fun and imagination. (Instructor: Ms. Bronte Thurgood)

Just Desserts (3-6)

And nothing but desserts! From rich and chocolatey to cool and fruity to chewy and gooey, we’ll create and sample it all! Cookies, brownies, pies and other decadent desserts will be on the menu as well as some super summer treats like ice cream, fruity drinks and frozen pops. Be sure to bring your sweet tooth to this scrumptious class! Your family will be asking for your specialties all summer long. (Instructor: Mrs. Heather Vogus

Kids’ Café (2-6)

Have you ever dreamed of opening your own restaurant with all your favorite foods? During this class, you will be able to do just that. Everyone will have a part, from planning the menu, decorating the restaurant, learning to set tables and make centerpieces, cooking and serving food and finally eating it. Make your reservations early for this class! (Instructor: Mr. Greg D’Addario)

Kids for a Cause (3-6)

Do you like to help others? Are you a little kid with a big heart? Join us as we put our helping hands together to make a difference at our camp and in the greater community through service projects and acts of kindness. Kids for a Cause will show that kids CAN make a difference. Come serve and lead with us! (Instructor: Ms. Nicole McDermott)

Kids in the Kitchen (3-6)

Don your chef hat and grab an apron – it’s time to cook! This class gives young chefs an opportunity to explore a wide variety of culinary delights. Along with learning to cook new and tasty recipes, campers will expand their knowledge of food preparation and presentation and cooking safety. Leave the class with a keepsake recipe book and delicious memories as well. (Instructor: Mrs. Jillian Inouye)

Kitchen Chemistry (K-2 and 3-6)

Can you power a lightbulb with a lemon? Make an egg shell disappear? What’s the point of baking soda in pancakes, anyway? Explore many other questions like these as you experiment with everyday materials from the refrigerator and the grocery store – for some colorful, smelly, surprising and maybe even tasty chemistry fun! (Instructor: TBA)

Let’s Dance (K-2)

Have a blast as you warm up, learn new steps and help choreograph some toe-tapping dance numbers! Move and groove while learning the basics of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance, and put your new moves into some show-stopping dance numbers on Friday! (Instructors: Ms. Taylor Carter, Mrs. Kara Gentile)

Magical Beasts and Fantastic Creatures (3-6)

If you want to delve deeper into the wizarding world, this camp is for you. Wizards and muggles alike can find out where to find the Thunderbird, what the Puffskein eats and why you should always keep shiny objects away from the Niffler. With games, arts and crafts, trivia and lots of imaginations, this is class that could have been taught at Hogwarts! (Instructor: Ms. Maggie LeGendre)

Marvelous Me (K-2)

Spend a whole week celebrating the uniqueness of YOU! Focus on the wonderful characteristics that make each of us, well US – our physical attributes, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, emotions, talents and treasures. Read stories, sing songs, play games, do experiments and create life-sized self portraits, "All About Me" books, time capsules, fingerprint and toeprint art and more! (Instructor: Ms. Isabelle Perricone)

Marvelous Minis: Garden Edition (3-6)

Make tiny gardens, patios, gazebos and ponds – teensy spaces that fairies could move into! We’ll pave pathways with the smallest stones, make miniscule garden markers, craft little flowers and fences and anything else that your imagination can envisions! Pinecones, shells, bottle caps, moss, pebbles and more, along with paper, craft foam, popsicle sticks, toothpicks and anything else in the supply closet will make up our projects. And for extra fun, we will spend one day creating edible garden cakes. (Instructor: Ms. Cindy Mitlo)

Medieval Times (K-2)

Gather, m'lords and m'ladies! Learn about life in the days of knights and ladies, castles and cathedrals, dungeons and pageants. We will try our hand at many activities, from making chain mail and playing medieval games, to creating a coat of arms and grinding wheat. Prepare and taste medieval foods, explore medieval crafts, practice jousting and swordplay and learn about clothing and customs from long ago. (Instructor: Ms. Erica Beckett)

Messy P.E. (K-2 and 3-6)

Roll up your sleeves, get sweaty and make a big mess while you play games and run, jump, skip and throw paint, silly string, shaving cream and more! This class will mix P.E, with lots of surprises for some slippery, slidey, ooey and gooey good time. (Instructor: Coach Prince Botchway)

Mini Wizards (K-2)

Expecto magico! Make some magic as you experiment with potions and cast spells, make a wand, create your robes and hat, hunt for magical creatures and wizard treasure! You’ll concoct charms and magical objects, learn how to tell fortunes and explore the wizarding world. (Instructor: Ms. Stanzi Lowe)

Minute to Win It (3-6)

How many cookies can you balance on your forehead? Can you drop a Mento into a soda bottle...while standing on a desk? Or pick up a tortilla with swim flippers on your hands? Challenge your body and brain with these quick – but not easy – games and sports! Compete against yourself to beat your record at rubber band shooting, pencil bouncing, block stacking and more. We'll also try our hand at no-sweat sports like lawn darts, badminton and ping pong. (Instructor: Ms. Liz Whiting)

Monster Mayhem (K-2)

Monsters are a little bit scary but mostly a whole lot of fun, and this class will be a monster-sized hit! We’ll read stories about monsters, cook up monstrous treats, make crazy monster art, learn about some famous monsters, create monsters of our own and enjoy much more magnificent monster mayhem. It’s sure to be a howling good time! (Instructor: Ms. Erica Beckett)

Mythbusters (3-6)

Can you make a bridge entirely out of duct tape? Is the bathroom the germiest place at Pinecrest? Is it impossible to find a needle in a haystack? Are pop rocks and soda a recipe for disaster? These are just a few of the many myths that have been explored in this popular class. With all new myths to bust for 2017, we will combine the scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create our own unique style of exciting experimentation! (Instructor: TBA)

Ocean Commotion (K-2)

What goes on down in the mysterious deep waters of the seven seas? Dive into this underwater adventure and we’ll find out as we become oceanographers exploring the fascinating plant and animal life of this vast undersea world. Swim with sea creatures both big and small, check out a coral reef, clean up an oil spill and transform our classroom into an amazing underwater haven. This is a class in which you’ll definitely want to submerge yourself! (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Ocean Creatures Up Close (3-6)

Come find the answers to all of your oceanographic questions as we explore the water, movement, animals and plants that make up the earth's fascinating seas, through hands-on experiments, fun activities and take-home projects. Examine starfish, squid and other creatures up close! (Instructor: TBA)

On the Hunt (3-6)

Do you like solving puzzles? Following clues? Finding hidden objects? Every day will be a treasure hunt in this class. We'll use orienteering and map-reading skills, puzzle-solving and logic skills and more as we go on quests, follow directions and find hidden clues inside and out. We'll even make up some scavenger hunts of our own to use at home with friends and family. (Instructor: Ms. Kathy Duchaney)

Out of This World (K-2)

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…blast off! Join us for an “out of this world” experience as we go to space school to learn about the sun, moon, day and night, gravity and what it takes to be an astronaut. Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered as we climb aboard our spaceship and explore from the Earth’s atmosphere to the far reaches of the solar system. (Instructor: Mrs. Jillian Inouye)

P.E. Sports & Games (3-6)

It's game time! This class combines playing traditional playground, Field Day and P.E. games with learning skills. Play popular American and international sports, many you might have tried before and some that are new to you. You are in for an action-packed week as we work on improving our motor skills, stamina and fitness level. We will stress teamwork, sportsmanship and, of course, fun! (Instructor: Coach Prince Botchway)

Passport to Adventure (K-2)

Grab your passport and pack your bag. Join us as we “travel” to faraway places. Each day a new country will be on the itinerary and each destination will bring opportunities to learn and explore some of the things that make that place special, whether it is the food, culture, landmarks, animals, weather, art or music. Games and crafts will also be part of the fun in this whirlwind trip to five countries in five days! (Instructor: Ms. Whitney Lemke)

Pet Parade (K-2)

Calling all pet lovers! A parade of pets will visit our class – a new pet each day! Get hands-on experience as we learn how to care for all of our special visitor. Through stories and books we will discover what each pet eats, what kind of beds they like and how they play. Enjoy lots of stuffed animal fun too! (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

Pinecrest Hospital (K-2)

Calling campers who have a heart for taking care of people: Pinecrest Hospital needs you for our grand opening at the end of the week! Medical training is provided. Learn all about how your body works, why things go wrong and how you can fix those things. If you would like to be a doctor or nurse someday, or if you like taking care of people, then admit yourself to this hospital right away! (Instructor: Mr. Shaun Kurry)

Pinecrest Medical School (3-6)

Calling all future doctors, nurses, caregivers or science lovers – you are officially accepted to this year’s class of Pinecrest Medical School! Your medical training will of course include learning about how your body works, why things go wrong and how you can fix them. We’ll learn how our brains do their jobs, why our noses run and our eyes cry, what happens to food after we eat it – all the weird and wonderful (and sometimes gross) things that happen inside our bodies. (Instructor: Mr. Shaun Kurry)

Pinecrest Olympics (K-2 and 3-6)

Get ready to go for the gold! You’ll design a team flag, make some medals and get your torch ready for the opening ceremony. Compete in your favorite events -- running, jumping, throwing and spiking, test your skills, invent new games for the Pinecrest Olympics and have fun! (Instructors: Coach Prince Botchway, Mrs. Debbie Salisbury)

Pinecrest Publishing (3-6)

Learn the publishing process from the ground up. You will do it all, from generating story ideas, to taking photographs, creating artwork and advertisements, to interviewing and writing articles, to editing, layout and publishing. Learn about the tough decisions journalists face when selecting news items, researching stories and producing a quality product, and then put it into practice as we publish our very own e-magazine. (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Pirate Island (K-2)

Ahoy, buccaneers!! Come aboard this pirate ship and have a swashbuckling good time as we set sail to a world of adventure. We will read stories, play games, make pirate outfits and accessories of our own, learn pirate lingo, follow treasure maps to find the hidden treasure and spend plenty of time looking for gold, walking the plank and playing on our big pirate ship. See ya there, matey! (Instructor: Ms. Kathy Duchaney)

Pokémon Masters in Training (3-6)

A few chosen Pokémon trainers are invited to a special gathering on Pinecrest's Pokémon Island, where there are plenty of Pokémon to catch. Campers will bring the Pokémon world to life as they learn about Pokémon, make their own creatures, play games, and more! You don't need to have specific Pokémon knowledge, but, of course, it doesn't hurt if you do. All Pokémon cards will be provided for activities, and campers will each receive one card each day as well as training badges. Note: Campers can bring in their own Pokémon cards to show, but they cannot trade or battle with them. This class does not involve video games. (Instructor: Mr. Shaun Kurry)

Pony Roundup (K-2)

Have you ever dreamed about having a pony of your own? This is the place for you! Learn all about the care and keeping of ponies, their habits and behaviors, the many special breeds of ponies and why they are such incredible companions for people. Through stories and books, games and crafts and lots of play with toy horses and barns, you’ll fall in love with these beautiful animals. Taught by an instructor lucky enough to own real horses! (Instructor: Mrs. Debbie Salisbury)

Potions and Magical Mixtures (K-2)

Cast a spell over everyday ingredients and watch them fizz and foam, bubble and ooze. Some stinky, some sweet, you’ll brew up concoctions that will be spellbindingly powerful! Grab those wands, roll up your robes and get ready for a magical, messy good time. (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Push Your Limits (K-2, K-3 and 3-6)

From individual challenges to partner, group and team tasks, you are sure to expand your horizons and stretch the boundaries of what you thought you could do. Call on your inner strength to decode puzzles, get through a maze before time runs out, guide a blindfolded partner through obstacles or beat your own record. Every day will bring a new set of opportunities to reach for the sky. Get into the game and use your wits and strength to meet these mental and physical activities and challenges head on! (Instructors: Coach Prince Botchway, Ms. Melissa Degenhart, Ms. Rowan Shartel)

Random Acts of Kindness (3-6)

Ninja Do-Gooders, unite! Let’s join forces to make the world a kinder and prettier place. We’ll spread good cheer by leaving anonymous surprises and spreading niceness to brighten the days of the people around us. We’ll hide happiness jars, tag trees, leave free books on benches and lucky pennies on the ground, thank our community workers and send letters to far-off friends and relatives. Some of our efforts will be at Pinecrest School, some in the greater community and some you will take home to secretly surprise your family and neighbors! (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Safari (K-2)

Release the “beast” in you as we travel around the world on an animal safari! We'll explore wild animals and exotic environments on all seven continents through stories and songs, and we'll bring world cultures to life by cooking, crafting and creating. Dramatic play, movement and music, face-painting, mask and puppet-making and cooperative games will allow our young explorers to unleash their wildest spirits! (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

School of Rocks (and Fossils) (3-6)

Dig deep in this class and learn about the science that lies beneath your feet. From the basic types of rocks to mineral identification to the slow – but sometimes earth-shaking – movements of the tectonic plates, you’ll explore the world of geology. With hands-on activities, you’ll make your own rocks and fossils, learn about fault lines and earthquakes with bread and jelly, investigate seismography and more. Rock on! (Instructor: TBA)

Science of Candy (3-6)

Candy is good for you…it helps you understand science! Drop a Warhead into baking soda and water, and bubbles erupt. Leave a Skittle in water, and the S floats to the surface. Melt a Starburst, and shiny oil spots form. Why does this happen? Let’s experiment and find out as well as learn how to make colorful candy crystals, grow giant gummies, sink marshmallows, bend candy canes and more! (Instructor: TBA)

Sensational Science (K-2)

Calling all scientists! If you are looking for a class that explores the entire spectrum of science with hands-on activities and experiments, then look no further! Each day we will delve into crazy chemistry, fun physics, amazing astronomy, magnificent medicine or exciting earth science. New projects, fresh ideas and fun materials will bring out the mad scientist in you! (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Showstoppers: Acting and Musical Theater (3-6)

Do you hear Broadway calling your name? If you love to sing, dance and act, then join us for this musical theater adventure. Build acting skills through improvisation games that focus on the "big 3:” body language, vocal tone and facial expression! Actors will sing, dance and act out skits from popular musicals while developing their inner Broadway Star! We will show off our skills in a performance on our final day together. (Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Kruzynski)

Silly Science (K-2)

Gummy worms, dancing raisins, shrinking marshmallows, flying toilet paper, bouncing bubbles…what do all these things have in common? They are all super silly, but they can all be explained with serious science! If you are ready for some ridiculous chemistry and frolicking physics, then come join us for many exciting experiments and hilarious hijinks. And don’t forget to bring your funny bone! (Instructor: TBA)

Star Wars (3-6)

Welcome to a place where good battles evil, the Force flows through every living thing, and the destiny of the universe hangs in the balance. We will bring the memorable characters and thrilling plots of Star Wars to life as campers follow the path from mere Padawan hopeful to accomplished Jedi and Master of the Force. We will test our Jedi abilities, create our own costumes, make light sabers, reenact some of our favorite battles, and, if all goes according to plan, restore good throughout the galaxy. The Force will be with you in this class. (Instructor: Mr. Shaun Kurry)

Summer at Hogwarts (3-6)

Leave the Muggle world behind and enter a magical world filled with wizards, house elves, cauldrons, invisibility cloaks, floo networks, Marauders’ Maps and the elusive Golden Snitch! We'll make wands and magical pets, concoct potions and cast charms, visit Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, sample chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and of course play a game of Quidditch. Not even He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named could spoil the fun at Hogwarts. (Instructor: Ms. Maggie LeGendre)

Summer Staycation (K-2 and 3-6)

Not going on vacation this week? That’s okay – we have a summer staycation planned! You are invited to hang out at Pinecrest Pavilion and dive into some summer fun. Whether it is playing games like volleyball or ladder ball, participating in water relays and other wet activities or making and enjoying yummy summer treats, you are sure to have a blast. A watermelon seed spitting contest, summer crafts and preparing a beach boardwalk might also figure in our staycation plans! (Instructors: Ms. Erica Beckett, Ms. Kathy Duchaney)

Super Sleuths (K-2) Calling all private investigators! Follow the clues to a thrilling all new week of mystery as we become junior detectives. Together we will make and crack top-secret codes, gather and follow clues, sniff out answers to intriguing mysteries and try out some forensic science as we investigate mystery powders in our lab. It won’t take a detective to find the fun in this action-packed class! (Instructor: Mrs. Kara Gentile)

Superhero Academy (K-2)

Here we come to save the day!! It's no easy feat to become heroic. In addition to learning about the superheroes who came before us, our training will involve fun (and funny) physical and mental challenges to help us become super strong, agile, fast and flexible. We'll develop our own superheroes, complete with names, superpowers, costumes and maybe even theme songs. Soon we'll be full-fledged superheroes, ready to go on missions and join the fight when there is a wrong to right! (Instructor: Ms. Kate Rinaldi)

Superhero Mystery! (3-6)

A crime has been committed, and it’s a mystery that only superheroes can solve! You’ll given a character, and after creating costumes, scenery and props, getting to know the other superheroes and delving into your role, you’ll be given your script, some cash and some secret information and the mystery will unfold. Along the way, you’ll have to watch out for nefarious activity, bribes and clues, and form alliances with other superheroes, in order to solve the mystery and restore justice to the world! (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Survivor: Pinecrest (3-6)

Get ready to outwit, outlast and outplay! Have you got what it takes? Campers will take on whatever physical and mental challenges come their way. From the ceremony initiating campers into tribes and the construction of each tribe's shelter, we will build on your sense of team as we compete all week long in exciting challenges. (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Tabletop P.E. (K-2 and 3-6)

Table tennis, mini golf, bowling, outdoor relays and more – you won't even miss the gym in this class of active games and events that can be played in your living room or front yard. Better ask your parents before setting up the pins! (Instructor: Coach Prince Botchway)

Theater Sports: Acting Games & Improv (4-6)

Attention all young actors, comedians! Learn about the fundamentals of acting such as voice projection and staging, as well as creating characters and plots off the top of your head and working as a team. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also more than likely laugh your lips off! The ability to think on your feet will certainly help you in future dramatic situations, but it’ll also come in handy in school and life as well. (Instructor: Mr. Jim Andrukonis)

Theater Workshop: Scriptwriting and Performance (4-6)

Have a ton of fun playing plot-developing games and other theater activities. By the end of the week, you’ll refine one of the many, many scenes in which you performed. The result will be a short skit you’ll be proud to truly call your own! (Instructor: Mr. Jim Andrukonis)

Time Machine (K-2)

Use your imagination to journey back in time and explore some amazing ancient civilizations. You might visit the Egyptian pyramids, get to know the gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus or walk the Great Wall of China. Learn about traditional customs, food and clothing as well as many other timely facts from each culture. On our last day, our time machines will take us to an imagined future of our own invention! (Instructor: Ms. Bronte Thurgood)

Totally Random (K-2 and 3-6)

It's a grab bag o' fun and adventures! Join us as we mix together all kinds of camper favorites and different themes for one wild week! From science and crafts to games and challenges, who knows what might happen or where this week will lead us. Our motto for this class: If it's fun, we'll try it! (Instructors: Mr. Greg D’Addario, Ms. Rowan Shartel)

Transform Your Tees (3-6)

What can you do with an old t-shirt? Pillows, yarns, bracelets, scarves, necklaces, bags, vests, pet toys and skirts are just a few things you’ll learn to create with a t-shirt, a pair of scissors and maybe a needle and thread. You’ll also learn how to cut a basic t-shirt into something more interesting, with bows, braids, rips, cuts and ties. Bring as many old shirts as you want – any size – and we’ll have lots on hand, too. (Instructor: Ms. Taylor Carter)

Vikings, Visigoths and More! (3-6)

Spend a week studying the hordes of the North and the East that shook things up during the European Middle Ages. Through crafts, costuming and play, learn about their histories, cultures and customs, sagas and their ships and reputation for ferocity, courage and intrepid travelling. (Instructor: Ms. Kathy Duchaney)

Webkinz (K-2)

Bring the Webkinz world to life! After adopting a brand new Webkinz, we will welcome our new pets with baby books, collars and their very own houses. We'll play live versions of some of the online world's most popular games, with lots of creativity and imagination. Campers will be so busy taking care of their new friends that they hardly notice the reading, writing, math and problem solving skills they are using. (Instructor: Ms. Isabelle Perricone)

What a Day! (K-2)

Each day is a surprise adventure! We might have Messy Monday with science and art activities that won’t keep us very clean or have Totally Odd Tuesday! Wednesday might be Wacky Science with crazy concoctions and strange science – or just plain Wacky. Who knows what Pick a Theme Thursday will bring? You’ll get to vote! Round out the week with Food Friday, playing with our food in imaginative ways – maybe something even freakier! (Instructor: Mr. Greg D’Addario)

What a Mess! (K-3)

Finally! A class specifically designed for kids who like to get their hands (and everything else) DIRTY! A week filled with goo, slime, flubber, glitter, confetti, mud, shaving cream and painting activities like you have never experienced before. Put on your oldest duds, bring a change of clothes and get ready to make the biggest mess Pinecrest has ever seen! (Instructor: Ms. Kathy Duchaney)

What’s the Matter? (3-6)

Explore the states of matter and their properties in this trip around the periodic table. Starting small, you’ll learn about atoms and molecules, then about the elements – how they interact, or which ones don’t interact! What’s the difference between physical and chemical reactions? You’ll see with your own eyes! With plenty of hands-on experiments, you won’t just be a quantity of mass taking up space in this class. (Instructor: TBA)

Wild Weather (3-6)

Dodge torrential downpours, trek through tornadoes and beat the summer heat in this class! Get ready to explore the science of meteorology and learn how science and climate collide. From tracking the week’s weather all over the world and even creating some of our own, you’ll have a better understanding of weather the next time lightning strikes! (Instructor: TBA)

Wild, Wild West (K-2)

Giddyup, cowpokes – we're gonna have a rootin', tootin' good time! We'll rustle up a whole lot of fun reading tall tales, learning to talk like cowboys and cowgirls and singing songs around the campfire. We'll do some cookin', learn some rope tricks, have horse races and rattlesnake throws and pan for gold! Gather your wagons – we're gonna have a rip-roarin' trip to the Wild West. (Instructor: Ms. Kathy Duchaney)

World Traveler: Australia (K-2)

Welcome to the world down under, mate! Explore the world’s only island continent, and learn about its unique animals and plants -- koalas, kookaburras, kangaroos and more, its harsh environment, the Great Barrier Reef (and the sharks that lurk around it) and the arts and customs of its native people. Lots of stories, crafts, food and fun activities will fill your week! (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)

You’re Invited to a Tea Party (K-2)

Create and enjoy tea parties in this clever class that combines crafts, food, stories, make-believe play and, of course, tea! You’ll learn about tea parties, read about storybook tea parties (from Alice in Wonderland to Miss Spider), choose themes, design invitations and decorations, brew fruity sun teas, cook up delicious treats and learn about tea ceremonies around the world, from Japan and China to Russia and Turkey. (Instructor: Mrs. Serena Perricone)


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