Thank you for your interest in GPA Summer Camps. Online registration will be available soon. Please check back regularly for additions and/or updates.
Please note that camps with minimums (Science Camp and Girls Volleyball Camp) may cancel a session if the minimum number of campers is not met. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified at least two weeks prior to the camp start date, and refunded accordingly.
Camp space is limited and payments are non-refundable.
EARLY SCHOOL CAMP
June 15 – 19 | Rainforest Expedition
June 22 – 26 | Party in the U.S.A.
June 29 – July 3 – no camp
July 6 – 10 | Pirate Adventure
July 13 – 17 | Marvelous Magic
July 20 – 24 | Bookworms
July 27 – 31 | Artful Antics
August 3 – 7 | Around the World
Ages 2 ½ – 8 (children must be potty-trained)
Director – Anne-Marie Hickey
$175/week – 8:45 – 11:45 am
$275/week – 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
$10/hour – 3:00 – 5:00 pm
If you cannot pick up your child by 3:00 pm, you may register for Sunset Club. This portion of camp is not available for online registration or payment. Families who register for Early School Camp will receive more information about signing up and paying for Sunset Club.
Early School Camps focus on a different theme each week within a Montessori environment. Each day brings a balanced blend of learning and play. Themes will incorporate outdoor adventures, crafts, cooking, games and water play, where children can be creative and curious.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about Early School Camp.
What to Bring
Campers bring their own daily nut-free lunch and a nutritious snack (two snacks for full-day campers). Children will spend a large portion of their time outdoors, so appropriate clothing and gear is a necessity. Inside play space is available if it’s raining or too hot.
In addition, please bring a change of clothing, closed-toe shoes or sneakers, sunscreen and bug repellent, hat and sunglasses, small backpack or bag for carrying items, blanket for nappers and a reusable water bottle.
June 15 – 19 | Rainforest Expedition – Explore the world’s oldest ecosystem on a weeklong adventure through our most popular tropical rainforests. The rainforest is home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal life. Learn about these fascinating creatures and how the rainforest keeps our planet healthy.
June 22 – 26 | Party in the U.S.A. – Happy 4th of July! Celebrate America with a week of fun patriotic crafts and activities. We will end our week with a parade around campus and safe fireworks like fiber optic sparklers.
July 6 – 10 | Pirate Adventure – Ahoy Matey! Become a pirate and sail the seven seas in search of sunken treasure aboard the SS GPA. What will your pirate name be? Be careful not to walk the plank!
July 13 – 17 | Marvelous Magic – Abracadabra! Calling all wizards, fairies, and unicorns for a week of magical fun. Build your own magicians tool kit and learn some fun tricks to wow your family and friends.
July 20 – 24 | Bookworms – Stories are brought to life as we transport ourselves into popular children’s books. Discover “Where the Wild Things Are” and many other exciting storybook adventures.
July 27 – 31 | Artful Antics – Creativity comes alive in this art-themed camp. Explore the process of art through silly and exciting methods while using a variety of materials. Take art outdoors for some exploding fun.
August 3 – 7 | Around the World – Grab your passport and join us as we embark on a weeklong journey across the globe. We will visit a new country each day learning about its people and their culture.
313 BOYS LACROSSE CAMP
July 28 – 30
10:00 am – 1:30 pm / July 28 and 29
10:00 am – 1:45 pm / July 30 (Games and Awards for each level)
Boys entering grades 4 – 9
Director – Ken “Coach B” Brubaker
This camp is a unique training experience for players looking to learn cutting-edge techniques and skills through concentrated training on the field. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and will be separated by experience and size. At 313, we believe player development is possibly the most important and least emphasized element of the game.
The 313 staff consists of veteran collegiate-level instructors who will be assisted by local high school varsity players. Our camps use proven 313 modern training methods to train all players. Founder Ken, “Coach B” Brubaker formulated this player improvement system as a result of training players and coaching lacrosse at all levels for over a decade.
Each camper must provide his own helmet, stick, gloves and elbow pads. Shoulder pads are optional. Football or soccer cleats are required (no baseball spikes). Hockey helmets are okay. Hockey gloves are not okay, as the rigid thumbs make stick handling VERY difficult.
Campers bring their own lunch.
Register at www.313lax.com
June 15 – 19
Open to current GPA students in grades 6 -8 only
Directors – Trevor Clor and Bridgette Murray
West Virginia Whitewater Rafting Adventure – Class V big boat (8 person) rafting, Class III single kayak rafting, paddle boarding, laser tag, overnight camping and hiking through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and New River Gorge National River.
*This camp is not applicable for online registration. For more information and to register your child, please contact Mr. Clor at email@example.com.
ARTS & CRAFTS CAMP
June 15 – 19 | By the Sea
June 22 – 26 | Camping
8:45 – 11:30 am
Ages 3 – 8
Director – Maureen Nader with Cindy Mayilukila
Summer arts and crafts, including projects with multiple art mediums, water play, the making of snacks and much more. Fee includes supplies and snacks. Limited to 20 campers per week.
Notes: Due to the hands-on aspect of this camp, children should wear clothing that can get dirty or stained. Children should also wear a bathing suit under their clothes and bring a towel to camp.
COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES (CCS) CAMPS
We are excited to be partnering with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) to bring you two digital design classes, created and led by CCS instructors.
Considered one of the country’s preeminent art and design colleges, CCS produces graduates who have established distinguished careers in a variety of creative fields, including product design, photography, animation and illustration.
Campers should bring a daily nut-free snack, lunch and a water bottle. All supplies are included in the camp fee.
August 3 – 7 | Ages 10 – 13
August 10 – 14 | Ages 8 – 10
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Create your own animated cartoon! Using Wacom tablets and computers, learn the basic skills needed to turn drawings into living motion to produce a short animation. Ten-year-olds may attend either class. Limited to 15 campers.
Cartooning and Character Design
August 3 – 7 | Ages 8 – 10
August 10 – 14 | Ages 10 – 13
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Create your own cartoon and comic book characters and render them with dynamic facial expressions and gestures. Essential drawing skills will be covered, including line, proportion and coloring. Ten-year-olds may attend either class. Limited to 15 campers.
EXPLORE THE ARTS AT GPA
June 15 – 19 |Paint Yourself Positive
July 20 – 24 | Prints and More
July 27 – 31 | Tapestry Weaving
9:00 am – Noon (drop off at 8:45 am)
Ages 10 – 15
Director – Melissa Lamb
$275/week – includes all art supplies and instruction
Paint Yourself Positive Mindful watercolor painting techniques based on artist Jean Haines. Students will learn in-depth watercolor and painting techniques to create a calming and stress-reducing environment.
Prints and More This camp will introduce students to the production of multiple images from a single design. Emphasis is on fun designs and creative use of the materials and techniques of the relief, monoprint and silk-screen.
Tapestry Weaving Tapestry weaving is an ancient technique used by many cultures to create fabrics for clothes and furniture, and wall hangings. In our tapestry weaving camp, students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving.
Campers will take home a portfolio of work at the end of the week. Campers should bring a healthy snack and a water bottle. Please have your child wear clothes that can get dirty/stained. Limited to 10 campers per week.
FRENCH LANGUAGE CAMP
June 15 – 19
June 22 – 26
8:45 – 11:45 am
Ages 7 – 12
Director – Madame Leslie
Come and join us on this cultural journey and you will learn French, history, geography, cooking and crafts. Limited to 12 campers per week. *Your child does not need to know any French to attend this camp.
June 15 – 19 On this imaginary journey through France, Switzerland, Senegal, Madagascar and Canada, campers will experience Francophone culture and language. In France, campers will paint a silk pillowcase, make a “croque-monsieur or croque-madame” and watch “Le Petit Prince” in French. In Switzerland, they will learn how to felt a paperweight and make baguette sandwiches. In Senegal, they’ll make a “salatu niebe” salad, paint a Senegalese dish towel and go on a scavenger hunt to learn the French names of African animals. In Madagascar, they’ll create note cards with baobab trees, eat “Madagascar vanilla fruity clafouti” and learn about lemurs. In Quebec, campers will make “tarte au sucre”and play Francophone games.
June 22 – 26 On this imaginary journey through France, campers will visit different regions and cities to experience French culture and language. The adventure begins with the creation of a French tote bag to hold souvenirs. In Paris, campers will paint a silk scarf and make a “croque-monsieur” sandwich. In Bretagne, they will create French note cards, experience the game of ”pétanque” and cook “crêpes.” In the Loire Valley, they’ll learn facts about castles, go on a scavenger hunt and make a “mousse au chocolat.” In Provence, they will decorate a flowerpot, plant lavender and make “ratatouille.” In the Lorraine region, campers will play the children’s game “escargot”, watch the French movie “Ratatouille” and bake a quiche.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CAMP
July 28 – 30
August 18 – 20
9:00 am – noon | Girls entering grades 5 – 6
1:00 – 4:00 pm | Girls entering grades 7 – 9
Director – Jaci Orlando and Lauren Duquette
Come learn and sharpen your skills of the fun and competitive game of volleyball. This camp will be run by The Grosse Pointe Academy’s head Varsity coach and former D1 and Junior Olympic athlete Jaci Orlando and Macomb’s Community College head coach Lauren Duquette. Jaci and Lauren continue to play competitively in beach and indoor volleyball.
This three-day camp will give your child a broad introduction to the game of volleyball. Campers will learn how to enhance performance, develop leadership skills, build strong character how to overcome adversity within the game.
Please bring water and proper gym shoes to wear. Sessions will be held in the Tracy Fieldhouse. Please email Jaci at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Minimum of 6 campers / Limited to 24 campers
GP LAKERS “BACK TO SCHOOL” BASKETBALL CAMP
August 3 – 6
August 10 – 13
9:00 am – 1:00 pm (drop off begins at 8:30 am)
Children entering kindergarten – grade 6
Directors: Kevin Richards and Stephen Benard
The GP Lakers Basketball AAU program at The Grosse Pointe Academy is a “Fundamental First Program”. It is our goal to teach players important aspects of the game and to make them successful in the future. The camp is aimed for the player that is serious about playing the game. Team fundamentals that will be stressed daily in camp include being a great teammate first, confidence with the basketball, playing without the ball, offensive concepts, individual defense, team defense and transition defense.
Campers should bring a daily peanut-free snack, lunch and drink.
June 15 – 19
Forensic Science – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | Children entering grades 6 – 8
Spa Science – 2:15 – 3:45 pm | Children entering grades 4 – 8
Directors – Julie Anderson and Wendy Jerome
$325/week for Forensic Science
$175/week for Spa Science
Campers should wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty, and should bring a lunch each day.
Forensic Science Have you ever wondered how police investigators solve crimes? While there are many aspects involved, forensic science is an invaluable tool for crime scene investigators. Campers will learn many new skills to help them solve fictional crimes. They will use logic, deductive reasoning, and other CSI technology to figure out “whodunnit.” Campers will perform a number of forensic science experiments including fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, blood typing, DNA fingerprinting, ballistics testing, etc. This experience includes a visit from the Grosse Pointe Farms Department of Public Safety, where students will learn from a real detective. Minimum of 10 campers / Limited to 16 campers
Spa Science What makes a bubble bath so relaxing? What exactly is in those bath bombs? How do you make lip gloss? What makes one lotion so much more soothing than another? If you’ve ever wondered about any of these things, then Spa Science Camp is for you! Campers will learn the science behind health and beauty products, and make several products of their own to take home. Minimum of 10 campers / Limited to 20 campers