~~~~~~  OpenMinds Camp/Class Descriptions  ~~~~~~~


OpenMinds is focused on creating supportive learning communities for youth and adults.  We want to provide experiences that are fun and educational.  We are committed to expanding horizons and exploring topics which are core to building creative, critical thinkers and also give personal satisfaction and build long-term quality of life.  Below you will find programing in the following topic areas:

  • Cooking
  • Creative Writing
  • Global Awareness
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Activity
  • STEM
  • Visual Arts
  • World Languages 


Cooking
Little Chefs Cooking
Kids know cooking is wonderful fun!  So many things to touch and chop, smell and scope, taste and try.  Here is a cooking class for your young chefs.  We will be making healthy snacks with all organics as well as a few sweet treats.  Projects can be altered to accommodate food allergies.  Great for all ages!

Cookie Bake Exchange
Come and bake with us for the holiday season.  We will make cookies from around the world and based upon the requests of the students enrolled.  Then we will exchange them so everyone goes home with a great mix of cookies for the winter holidays.



Creative Writing
Book Making
Come and make books all your own.  In this camp students will create their own books and fill them with poems, picture book stories, a novelette, flash fiction, a personal journal and more.  Each day is built around a unique theme, which supports the student as a writer as well as in their larger life.  We use word games to reinforce vocabulary, spelling, and grammar concepts.

Script Writing
WriteOut Loud is a fun writing camp where students can put their writing skills to use to create a play all their own.  We beginning with some fun writing projects and moving to play writing, students will work as authors, writers and actors to learn about and develop their own work, using poetry, stories and other writing exercise to support them.  The camp culminates in a final reader’s theatre event open to friends and family.  There is no other feeling like watching your written work come to life before your eyes!  This class is suitable for all ability levels.  

WakyWord Adventures
The English Language has so much to offer and this camp is filled with fun ways to explore it.  The learning is focused on vocabulary building, spelling and writing but it is done with so much fun students won't even notice they are skill building.  We will use games, creative writing projects, plays and music to enrich the language skills of your campers.  This camp is best for ages 6-15.


Global Awareness
WorldExplorers Geography
We are all part of our global community and here is an opportunity for your student to focus on getting to know more about what this community has to offer. Each class, we will “travel” to a different place and learn about the history, customs, foods, dance, art and more. We will play with building map skills as well as use games to explore topics such as diversity, culture and tolerance of others. This class is a wonderful way for students to learn a bit more about themselves as they are exploring other parts of the world. 

Mythology Quest: Africa
Come and join us for a week long quest to explore and create within the world that is African Mythology.  This week we will read the myths, build the monsters, learn about the animals, eat the food and act out the drama that comes with the African myths, all in a safe and "G" rated fashion of course! 

Mythology Quest: Greek
Come and join us for a week long quest into the wild world of mythology.  This week we will be focused on Greek mythology and we will be reading the myths, building the monsters, eating the food and acting out the drama that comes with the Greek myths, all in a safe and "G" rated fashion of course!  


Helping Hands In Service

Martin Luther King day has been set aside as a day of service.  OpenMinsds has great plans for a fun and fulfilling day of giving back!  We will be making cards to give to those in need or to thank those who have helped us throughout the year.  Other projects may be a park clean up, environmental awareness, or a focus on endangered species.  We would love to partner with you if there is a service need you see we could add to the day.


Music
Song & Voice Vocal Training
Come and explore music and build your skills as a singer in a fun and professional environment. We will play with exploring new instruments, rytrhum, tone and theory.  We will teach singing skills such as warm-ups exercises,  learning some of the most basic classical songs, practicing so you can hone and care for your voice, and building a life long love of music. Bring a song of your choice that you would like to work on throughout the camp and we’ll help you get it performance ready.


World Music Art

This is a great opportunity for your student spend a week playing with all of the different kinds of music we have to choose from.  They will explore how music and art affect and influence one another.  During this week students will listen to a specific style of music, learn some fun things about it and then use the music to inspire a creative project tied to that musical genre.   It is eye opening and creative fun!


Performing Arts
Higgledy-Piggledy Book to Play
Spend a week playing with words while bringing the book Higgledy-Piggeldy to life through a camp play of the book.  Days will be split between fun English language games, art & projects associated with the story and rehearsing for the end of class performance of the Higgledy-Piggledy. Here is an English class like no other! 



Physical Activity
Yoga-Kidoga
Yoga-Kidoga is yoga instruction that’s perfect for youth! Each day is built around several yoga themes that weave throughout the day. Beyond yoga poses, the campers will be engaged in art, theatre, story, healthy cooking and yummy eating!  The camp is designed to teach yoga and self understanding while at the same time be fun, active, engaging and a fantastic opportunity for physical activity and creativity.


Mixed Sports

Hey there, Sports Fans! In this camp we will be highlighting a different sport each day, including: soccer, basketball, kickball, capture the flag, and other fun athletic games. The camp will teach about the importance teamwork, fair play and physical fitness throughout a lifetime.  This camp is a running, jumping, throwing, and cartwheeling good time! 



STEM
Diggn’ n’ Dirt Earth Science
 It is all about things that have to do with outside.  We'll be doing a lot of art that draws from the out of doors, planting, playing with clay and water, learning about worms, and learning some fun hands on earth-based science.  It is a really wonderful city camp experience that brings nature to life for the campers.  We would love to have your child join us!

Brain Games
Come and spend the week playing and creating games.  From the old fashioned favorites to the newest craze.  From math games, chess and art games.  We will be playing and creating games both inside and out.  Some favorites from past camps have been Spoons, Trash, The Allowance Game, Picwits and Sixteen!


Bringing STEM to Life
This camp is built upon  STEM based projects inspired by a book that the students can relate to and see the exciting application of this scientific principle.  We begin each day by reading a STEM based book aloud to the class.  Then our projects for that day will tie to the book and bring this book to life for the student in the classroom.  It is a great way to help student to frame their learning and make the STEM concepts more accessible.  Plus it is just a lot of fun with STEM! 

Jr. Design & Engineering I
Come and build with us!  From Lego cars, marble tracks, ancient clay pyramids, and structures made out of all kinds of fun recycled materials, this camp puts creativity and fun in the front seat as your students learn about principles of building, design and engineering.  This hands-on camp allows students to experience the cause and effects of gravity, friction, stability, structure, and basic mechanics.  With lots of room for their own creativity and design ideas, each project is a wonderful adventure for your young engineers!  Best for ages 5-12.

Jr. Design & Engineering II
Come and build with us!  From Lego cars, marble tracks, ancient clay pyramids, and structures made out of all kinds of fun recycled materials, this camp puts creativity and fun in the front seat as your students learn about principles of building, design and engineering.  This hands-on camp allows students to experience the cause and effects of gravity, friction, stability, structure, and basic mechanics.  With lots of room for their own creativity and design ideas, each project is a wonderful adventure for your young engineers!  Best for ages 5-12.

MathAdventures
Whether you think math totally rocks or is hard as rocks, this camp is for you!  Each day we explore new concepts in math such as the math of knots or mobius strips so that students can learn about funky, historic or bran new areas of math.   We'll be outside every day for exercise and outdoor math games.

Movie Making
Learn the art of movie making by creating and writing a script, directing the actors, selecting music, editing your footage and creating a final product you can share with friends and family.   Campers will use iMovie to put it all together and create their director's cut of a movie they made all themselves. At the end of the week we will have a special screening and you can take a copy home on your own USB flash drive.


Optical Illusions Camp 
We will create optical illusion art items such as flip books, staybiles, pointalism and zeotropes.  We will read books about optical illusions, learn the science behind optical illusions and even try our hand at a few magic tricks.  It is a great adventure into the strange and exotic!


Piggy Bank Pennies

This is a camp that every student can benefit from as they learn, in a fun way, the fundamentals to build financial know-how.  We use games, books, play money and art projects to explore together wise money habits as well as how to financial bad habits and begin the process of building financial wisdom.  Students will earn pennies through the course of the week that then can choose to spend or save and see the outcomes.


Robotics: From the Ground Up
We start where robots started, with automatons.  We explore what robots are and how we are living with them every day.  Then we take plunge into what robots can be by making our own futuristic art robot.  We get hands on with motors, battery packs and components by building mini brush bots, an art bot, and race car robots.  Then we move to more advanced robotics using Lego MindStorm equipment and through that, learning about programing, a key component of robots.  We will also use Scratch software (developed by the MIT Media Lab) and other programming games to build these programing skills critical to robotics.


Jr. Science Fun
This is a science camp made up of all experiments.  We do 3-4 each day with the campers getting there hands in all of it.   We create Non-Newtonian matter, invisible ink and salad dressing to play with chemical reactions.  We bend water with static, talk about how electricity works in a battery and put that power to use and we build a volcano and set it off.  We use things such as bubbles, air pressure and chocolate all to create fun science experiences.  Our goal is to experience scientific principles in action, experiment in a safe environment and have fun! 


Space Camp

We will spend a week exploring outer space.  We will be learning, creating and experimenting with all of the inspiration and mystery of space.  We will also be learning about what the scientists are doing today here on earth to learn more about outer space and ways that we can venture farther into space.


ZAP: Electromagnetism Fun



Visual Art

Active Art

Active Art is a really creative camp that is a collection of fun kid-focus active art "Happenings" that get kids moving and creating all at the same time.  We will creating things by dancing on paper with paint on the bottom of big shoes,  creating an art obstacle course, building a human maze with boxes and other fun youth art happenings that get kids moving!


ArtSpace: Animal Art
Come for a week of animal fun!  Students will build art skills, work with a wide variety of mediums, and have fun experimenting with different art tools while they create a collection of unique and interesting animals.  Life skill themes are tied to each lesson, helping the students to explore both art and life through that topic. 

ArtSpace: Art in Nature
This is a wonderful art class with nature as the theme.  We will use many items from nature, create images of nature, make outdoor creations in nature and use art as a way to appreciate all that nature has to offer us.

ArtSpace: Famous Artists
In this camp students explore art around a theme for the session.  This session the theme is famous artists.  Students will build art skills, work with a wide variety of mediums, and have fun experimenting with different art tools while they learn about different artist though the ages, their cultures and their affect on art.  Each class weaves in a life skill discussion which is tied to the class theme for that day, helping the students to explore both art and life through that topic.


ArtSpace: Art Around the World

In this camp students explore our world through art!  Every day we focus on two - four different countries and we do art projects that are inspired by that nation.  We use books, food, music, games and more to get a taste of these different cultures.  We find each location on the map, so students build their geography skills without even knowing it is happening!  We then focus on differ areas of art and work with a wide variety of mediums, tools and techniques.  Each day we also weaves in a life skill discussion which is tied to the theme for that country, helping the students to explore both art and life through that topic.  Our focus is on the process, and giving students space to express their own artistic voice.  This camp is great for students aged 4-12 and works well for beginning artists as well as for those with a lot of art experience.  


Bringing Books to Life
In this special after school class we will bring some of your favorite stories to life through reading, costume, face paints and theatre.  We will use our bodies, minds and hearts to retell stories while exploring some basic theatre principles and experience the power of story.  


Clay & Wood

This class allows students to work with the less common mediums of clay and wood.  Each week we have a project that allows them to learn more about working with clay or wood.  We will make our own clays, build all types of clay pots, pound, drill, sand and paint.  From the functional to the frivolous, campers will use their hands and their imagination to create using these two ancient mediums.  These are experiences which can ignite the potter or woodworker in your student!

Drawing for all Ages
We will spend the week learning drawing techniques, practicing with pencil, charcoal, and even colored pencil.  We'll on projects in the studio as well as out in nature.  We'll use our drawings to spring board into other creative pursuits, creating a week of artistic fun and drawing skill development. 

Gift Making
This is the fourth year we have offered Thanksgiving week gift making camp and this is a wonderful chance for your camper to create gifts of all sorts to give for birthdays or the upcoming holidays.  We make room for student ideas and suggestions and use a mix of all kinds of mediums.  This has become a wonderful OpenMinds Thanksgiving tradition.

Knit-Crochet-Weave-Stitch
This fiber arts camp combines the challenges of learning to knit, 
crochet and do needle work along with a collection less challenging 
projects using the same materials.  Students will be supported to go 
as far as they can with each project and helped to discover the fun 
found in each form of fiber arts.  Your campers will be inspired by the 
treasures they can make out of yarn, fabric and thread.


Mythological Creatures

This is a wonderful week filled with dragons, unicorns, fairies, trolls, leprechaun and giants.  We will tell stories, create art, build mythological worlds and put all of our creative thinking together to build a great camp filled with all kinds of amazing creatures. 

Paper Folding Art & Build
Part art and part construction, this is a great camp for students who like to create and build.  We will using paper to create all kinds of amazing things from origami animals, treasure boxes, juggling balls, jewelry, airplanes and much more.  


World Languages
Chinese Fun
Come and spend a week speaking and learning Chinese in this language immersion camp.  Students will play games, create art, perform stories, cook and read characters all in the target language.   All levels welcome. English will be used when necessary to get a point across or to help a beginner.

French Fun
Come and spend a week speaking and learning French in this language immersion camp.  Students will play games, create art, perform stories, cook and read all in the target language.   All levels welcome.  English will be used only when necessary to get a point across or to help a beginner. 

Spanish Fun
Come and spend a week speaking and learning Spanish in this language immersion camp.  Students will play games, create art, perform stories, cook and read all in the target language.   All levels welcome.  English will be used only when necessary to get a point across or to help a beginner. 

World Language Fun
This week we will explore world Languages.   Students will explore as many languages as possible and can join in games, activities and cultural projects that help them to connect to and better understand the countries and people that speak each language.  Let us know what languages you are excited about and we will do our best to focus on those languages throughout the week.  We will also work to build in segments of camp taught in languages that are relevant to our students, such as French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Arabic or Portuguese, based upon teacher availability.



By the way, my daughter LOVED the game theme last week. We've been playing lots of card games and she takes a deck of cards everywhere now. :)     Thanks

My son was so inspired by your Optical Illusions camp that he is using this topic for his 'Personal Learning Project' at school.