summer camps

 

BREAKING NEWS

Greenbush has added a NEW bus route that will pick up in Coffeyville at Community Elementary, and in Independence at Independence Middle School for ALL Fun Friday camps this summer. We have as well extended the 1/2 price session until May 12th, to allow you to get your students signed up!

 

Contact Us

Michael McCambridge
Director of Student Enrichment
michael.mccambridge@greenbush.org
620.724.6281
Amie Beggs
Camp Coordinator
amie.beggs@greenbush.org
620.724.6281

Emily Roth
Assistant Camp Coordinator
emily.roth@greenbush.org
620.724.6281

To register for any of the following camps,
please click on the link to the right.


Early Learning (Thursdays)

Early Learning Camps – Once in a lifetime experiences for students 4 years old through those going into Kindergarten. We offer hands on camps every Thursday.
Price: $20     Early Bird: $10
Morning camps are from 9:00 am – 11:30 am.
June 8th
Title: What’s in SEK?
Description: For most of our junior campers, Southeast Kansas has always been home. Home is comfortable and, for the most part, safe. But just like any other place a person could live, SEK has a few natural hazards we should be aware of when venturing outside. Together, we’ll investigate potentially dangerous plants, animals, and weather patterns found in our area, how to identify them, and how to protect ourselves against them.
June 15th
Title: On the Farm
Description: Lots of little critters make their home on the farm. Don’t believe us? Just ask Old McDonald! Our junior farm hands will discover these different creatures, how they’re cared for, and ways they make human life possible. Enjoy a morning or afternoon down on the farm, filled with songs, games, and crafts perfect for our youngest campers!
June 22nd
Title: The Art of Making a Mess
Description: “…Greatness is a messy thing.” – James Gray. Creating art is never a tidy process, but in this camp the disarray is the masterpiece! From finger paints to splatter art, our junior imagineers are invited to let the colors fly, literally! Parents are advised to help our artists prepare for their work by dressing in their least favorite, mess-ready clothes.
June 29th
Title: From Page to Stage
Description: All the world’s a stage, so they say. Come behind the scenes to see how to produce a play from the script to the stage, from the costume design to recording the final product. Break a leg!
July 6th
Title: Brain Builders
Description: Children have an endless amount of questions. Fortunately for you we’re prepared to give them all of the answers… Well, many of them. Bring your little inquisitor to our Brain Builders camp and let them explore the STEAM world to their heart’s content!
July 13th
Title: Just Keep Swimming

Description: Hold on! Here we go!! Next stop, KNOWLEDGE! The Pixar classic, Finding Nemo just released its sequel, Finding Dory, last summer. In honor of this series, we think now is the perfect time to dive into some hands-on, underwater-themed play. Our little “Squishies” will enjoy activities including sea-foam sensory play and creating their very own ocean in a bottle. We know this camp will have them saying “whooOoa!”

July 20th
Title: Explore YOUR World
Description: There’s a whole big world out there just waiting to be discovered. Before we start exploring, we need to be familiar with our home. From your backyard to downtown buildings, come explore your world and build a world of your own.
July 27th
Title: Quizzical Kids
Description: Does your child think of him- or herself as sneaky? Do they enjoy discovering new ways to go ‘undercover’? Then, this is the camp for them! Our super sleuths will need to use all of their problem solving skills to break out of the box, make the invisible visible, and complete detective training.
Afternoon camps are from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm.
June 8th
Title: What’s in SEK?
Description: For most of our junior campers, Southeast Kansas has always been home. Home is comfortable and, for the most part, safe. But just like any other place a person could live, SEK has a few natural hazards we should be aware of when venturing outside. Together, we’ll investigate potentially dangerous plants, animals, and weather patterns found in our area, how to identify them, and how to protect ourselves against them.
June 15th
Title: On the Farm
Description: Lots of little critters make their home on the farm. Don’t believe us? Just ask Old McDonald! Our junior farm hands will discover these different creatures, how they’re cared for, and ways they make human life possible. Enjoy a morning or afternoon down on the farm, filled with songs, games, and crafts perfect for our youngest campers!
June 22nd
Title: The Art of Making a Mess
Description: “…Greatness is a messy thing.” – James Gray. Creating art is never a tidy process, but in this camp the disarray is the masterpiece! From finger paints to splatter art, our junior imagineers are invited to let the colors fly, literally! Parents are advised to help our artists prepare for their work by dressing in their least favorite, mess-ready clothes.
June 29th
Title: From Page to Stage
Description: All the world’s a stage, so they say. Come behind the scenes to see how to produce a play from the script to the stage, from the costume design to recording the final product. Break a leg!
July 6th
Title: Brain Builders
Description: Children have an endless amount of questions. Fortunately for you we’re prepared to give them all of the answers… Well, many of them. Bring your little inquisitor to our Brain Builders camp and let them explore the STEAM world to their heart’s content!
July 13th
Title: Just Keep Swimming

Description: Hold on! Here we go!! Next stop, KNOWLEDGE! The Pixar classic, Finding Nemo just released its sequel, Finding Dory, last summer. In honor of this series, we think now is the perfect time to dive into some hands-on, underwater-themed play. Our little “Squishies” will enjoy activities including sea-foam sensory play and creating their very own ocean in a bottle. We know this camp will have them saying “whooOoa!”

July 20th
Title: Explore YOUR World
Description: There’s a whole big world out there just waiting to be discovered. Before we start exploring, we need to be familiar with our home. From your backyard to downtown buildings, come explore your world and build a world of your own.
July 27th
Title: Quizzical Kids
Description: Does your child think of him- or herself as sneaky? Do they enjoy discovering new ways to go ‘undercover’? Then, this is the camp for them! Our super sleuths will need to use all of their problem solving skills to break out of the box, make the invisible visible, and complete detective training.

Fun Fridays

Fun Friday – Something for everyone from grades 1st-8th, with each week having a theme. Fun Friday camps are from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please note: You will enroll your camper for the grade they will enter next school year (2107-2018.)

Price: $40     Early Bird: $20

June 9th
Title: Surviving Small Adventures
Description: Every day is an adventure, especially in the summer time. Whether you’re enjoying an afternoon at the park or hiking the day away at a local nature reserve, you need to be prepared. In this camp, we’ll learn how to recognize the different kinds of life around us, as well as explore the necessities for making any short journey an experience to remember.
June 16th
Title: Dynamic Dinosaurs
Description: We’re traveling back in time, to visit an Earth very unlike the one we live in today. We’re going back to the time of the dinosaurs! Campers will investigate how the dinosaurs lived, and how they disappeared. After learning about lots of different types of dinos, our junior paleontologists will have an opportunity to invent a new dinosaur of their very own.
June 23rd
Title: Hands and Feet Required
Description: Art can take oh so many forms. From making music, to moving to the beat, this camp will explore all the different forms of art using our hands and feet! Our little designers are invited to a fun filled day of creativity, exploration, and messes.
June 30th
Title: Monster Mayhem Animation
Description: Every good story has a hero and a villain, but sometimes ‘monsters’ can be champions too! In this camp, you get to decide who’s good and who’s bad. Learn what parts are needed to make a good tale, complete your storyboard, and bring your imagination to life with a hero vs monster drag-and-drop animator app.
July 7th
Title: Waving Science
Description: Sound is invisible, heard with our ears, and can be felt when really loud. Light can be seen, uses our eyes to be understood, and feels warm when really intense. So what do they have in common? They both travel in waves! In this camp, our smallest scientists will investigate some of the properties that make light and sound very different, yet similar.
July 14th
Title: Super You!
Description: The strength of 1000 men, the ability to see through walls, the power of mind control, who hasn’t dreamed of being a superhero? In this camp, we’ll explore what it takes to become one! Once the day has been spent being the hero, our littlest campers will take a look at the everyday heroes around us.
July 21st
Title: You on the Map
Description: The world is a great big place with billions of people, plants, and animals, different climates and terrains, and on and on. It’d take a lifetime to see it all! In this camp, we’ll find ourselves on the globe and learn about our home before discovering some of the unique things that exist around the world, from languages to land masses, and everything in between.
July 28th
Title: Elementary, My Dear Watson!
Description: The power of observation, being able to pay attention to details, is the best tool a detective has. Data can be collected from all kinds of observations: what is left at a crime scene, what is missing, statements from witnesses and much more. In this camp, our little detectives will hone in on their observation skills to collect data and solve a mystery or two.
June 9th
Title: Whatever the Weather
Description: When thinking of Kansas, three things come to mind: The Wizard of Oz, sunflowers, and unpredictable weather conditions. Knowing how to keep your eye on the sky is an important lesson for anyone growing up in our corner of the world. This camp will examine the different types of weather that frequent our area and ways to make sure you and your family are safe when the storms roll in.
June 16th
Title: Our Animal Brrrothers
Description: The arctic is a bitter, hard, frozen world, full of snow and ice, and not much else. Or is it? Turns out St. Nick and his elves aren’t the only inhabitants of this glacial region. In this camp, we’ll explore the different animals that also call the North Pole home. Whether they’re on the frozen land or in the icy oceans, campers will investigate how these creatures thrive in their wintry world.
June 23rd
Title: Express Ourselves!
Description: Calling all creators and imaginators, maestros and masters! All art is a form of self-expression, an excellent way to share our thoughts and ideas with the world. In this camp, we’ll explore the various methods of bringing our imaginations to life. Whether it’s with colors, words, or sounds, everyone can learn to express themselves!
June 30th
Title: Monster Mayhem Animation
Description: Every good story has a hero and a villain, but sometimes ‘monsters’ can be champions too! In this camp, you get to decide who’s good and who’s bad. Learn what parts are needed to make a good tale, complete your storyboard, and bring your imagination to life with a hero vs monster drag-and-drop animator app.
July 7th
Title: What’s the Matter?
Description: Matter makes up everything, neither being created nor destroyed. Then why can matter take so many different forms and do so many different things? This camp will explore just that! Campers will investigate different states of matter, mass and density, and chemical vs physical changes to discover why matter, matters!
July 14th
Title: Animated Adventure
Description: Pixar has brought heartwarming stories to life through animation on the big screen. From Toy Story to Inside Out, these adventures never fail to provide a thrill as well as an essential lesson. Our campers are invited to explore these digital wonders with themed activities from the Pixar collection.
July 21st
Title: The Earliest Americans
Description: The United States is currently home to people from all around the globe. Every heritage and culture was brought to this land from someplace else, except for one: the Native Americans. In this camp, we’ll analyze life before the settlers came. Campers will discover different styles of homes, crafts, clothing, food, and even entertainment that were enjoyed by the earliest Americans.
July 28th
Title: Elementary, My Dear Watson!
Description: The power of observation, being able to pay attention to details, is the best tool a detective has. Data can be collected from all kinds of observations: what is left at a crime scene, what is missing, statements from witnesses and much more. In this camp, our little detectives will hone in on their observation skills to collect data and solve a mystery or two.
June 9th
Title: Surprise! You’re Stuck
Description: You’ve decided to take a road trip and suddenly your tires are stuck in the mud, your car battery dies, it starts to storm and there is nothing around for miles. What do you do? Where do you go? How do you survive when you are stuck? In this camp you will use your critical thinking skills and create an arsenal of knowledge to help you escape some sticky situations.
June 16th
Title: Flight School
Description: When classifying an animal as a bird, a few things come to mind: they fly, eat worms, sing, and build nests. But what about penguins, ostriches, and cuckoo birds? There are over 9,000 different species of birds in the world. So, what exactly makes a bird, a bird? And how did they get so different, anyway? In this camp, we’ll discover the 3 qualities all birds have in common, as well as the adaptations that have kept them singing all over the world for millions of years!
June 23rd
Title: The Science of Music
Description: Music is a universal language, and every culture throughout the ages has enjoyed creating their own unique melodies. However, a catchy tune isn’t the only way to paint a picture with sound! In this camp, our young maestros will discover how music is made, as well as explore other ways to make art out of noise.
June 30th
Title: Brick-tional Films
Description: The majority of movies we watch are fictional films that fill imaginary worlds with invented characters facing events that never actually happened. Nonetheless, millions of people love to watch movies! Now, it’s your turn to make motion picture magic, in the Lego realm. Campers will build characters and sets from these bricks to tell a tale of their own design.
July 7th
Title: May the Force be with You
Description: Any Star Wars fan, and even those unfamiliar with the franchise, have enjoyed the benefits of the forces we’ll investigate in this camp. Magnetism and electricity, while invisible, have a mighty presence in our world. Young explorers are invited to discover these unseen powers and master the force!
July 14th
Title: The Power that’s Inside
Description: Go, camper, we choose you! Welcome to the Arena where you will discover the Poke-world, create your own pokemon, determine how it will evolve, and learn how to catch them. Can you catch ‘em all?
July 21st
Title: On Holiday!
Description: Fiesta, dabaal, jejeon, whakanui, oslava, masturi. It doesn’t matter how we say it, one thing people everywhere have in common: we all like to celebrate! Campers are invited to discover holidays from other countries. In this camp, we’ll learn about the various foods, fashions, songs, and crafts associated with festivals from around the world.
July 28th
Title: Excuse Me,  but Does this Belong to You?
Description: Sometimes the best evidence are the things that aren’t meant to be left behind: fingerprints, hair specimens, cloth fibers, footprints, and other substances. Our investigators will learn how to analyze these clues to prove guilt or innocence in a case.
June 9th
Title: In Case of Emergency
Description: Typically, we live a safe life, not taking too many risks or putting ourselves in the direct line of danger. Yet, in the blink of an eye, disaster can strike! Fires, floods, severe weather, and injuries are unpredictable, but can be life threatening if you don’t know what to do. In this camp, we’ll take a look at some of the emergencies that life could surprise us with and discover how to be prepared to handle those situations.
June 16th
Title: Who’s Rumbling in the Rainforest?
Description: Today, rainforests only cover about 2% of the total land area on Earth; however, nearly half of all life calls the rainforest home. Campers will join us on a trek through the tropical rainforest to examine some of the cutest, weirdest, and deadliest animals in the world. We’ll also analyze some of the things that currently threaten this area and what efforts are being taken to save the creatures rumbling in the rainforest.
June 23rd
Title: The Art of Illusion
Description: Some art is created to make you think, to make you feel, or to make you wonder. Yet, there’s another realm of art that is made to challenge everything you thought you knew. The art of illusion dares the observer to look again. This camp will explore optical illusions, perspective deception, and magic tricks, to teach our young bunko artists to question what their eyes behold!
June 30th
Title: Brick-tional Films
Description: The majority of movies we watch are fictional films that fill imaginary worlds with invented characters facing events that never actually happened. Nonetheless, millions of people love to watch movies! Now, it’s your turn to make motion picture magic, in the Lego realm. Campers will build characters and sets from these bricks to tell a tale of their own design.
July 7th
Title: Move It! Move It!
Description: Energy. It’s everywhere and always moving everything.  But how does it work? Campers will spend the day investigating the driving force of movement.  From rockets to roller coasters, campers will discover the basic laws of motion and the potential every object in the universe has.
July 14th
Title: Leaving from Platform 9 3/4
Description: Dear camper, we are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to the Greenbush camp of Harry Potter and fantasy! Come discover which house you belong in, make your own wand, and even try your skills on the Quidditch pitch. Book and movie lovers alike will enjoy a day of finding magic in the muggle world.
July 21st
Title: The Foundations of Civilizations
Description: Humans have been living in formal civilizations for over 6,500 years. Scientists, historians, and archaeologists have worked very hard to uncover the mysteries of ancient civilizations. Campers will discover the foundations of everyday techniques, like writing, time telling, and sports, that developed from some of the first cultures from around the world.
July 28th
Title: Excuse Me,  but Does this Belong to You?
Description: Sometimes the best evidence are the things that aren’t meant to be left behind: fingerprints, hair specimens, cloth fibers, footprints, and other substances. Our investigators will learn how to analyze these clues to prove guilt or innocence in a case.
June 9th
Title: Outsmarting Outside
Description: Ahh, the great outdoors! Big sky, open fields, lakes and rivers, plants and animals galore! Spending a few hours outside can be a relaxing and educational experience. But what about spending more that just a few hours? In Outsmarting Outside, campers will investigate the essentials for adventuring through the wilderness.
June 16th
Title: Walkabout
Description: Being the only nation-continent, Australia is home to the most diverse animals in the world including the top 10 most deadliest snakes. Come on a walkabout with us as we travel through the outback to discover the pretty animals and the animals that are pretty weird.
June 23rd
Title: YOU are ART
Description:  Typically, when thinking of art, most people imagine paintings or sculptures, some form of non-interactive art that sits by itself and looks pretty. However, in this camp, we’ll discover new ways of making the kind of art where YOU are the canvas. From dancing and acting to makeup and costume designs, our campers won’t just be the artist, they’ll BE the art.
June 30th
Title: Modeled Movie Makers
Description: Ever dreamed of the silver screen or wondered how movies are made? Become a movie director for a day and find out! Campers will learn the art of stop-motion animation and time-lapse movies as they write and tell their own original tale. Bring clay characters to life frame-by-frame, add special effects and sounds, and present your creation at the end of camp!
July 7th
Title: Go Into the Out
Description: It’s time for our junior astronauts to suit up! Because in this camp, we’re going into the out, outer space that is! We’ll break the Earth’s atmosphere to take a short trip to the moon’s surface. Then our campers are off to explore other planets in our solar system before gazing even further into the starry skies, all the way to the ends of the universe.
July 14th
Title: The Fellowship of the Camp
Description: We’re looking for someone to share in an adventure… Whether you be an Elf, a Dwarf, or a Hobbit, this is the one camp to rule them all! Campers will design their own hobbit hut and even learn to shoot a bow like Legolas. Take a walk through Middle Earth and explore the vast world created by J. R.R. Tolkien.
July 21st
Title: It’s a WONDERful World
Description: The New Seven Wonders of the World, designated by vote in 2003, are a collection of man-made structures intended to represent world heritage. Each creation is a symbol of human innovation, artistry, and brilliance. Campers will explore each of these seven edifices to discover what makes them uniquely wonderful.
July 28th
Title: Incriminating Evidence
Description: Many forms of science are involved in investigating a crime scene: anthropology, biology, chemistry and much more. Forensic scientists can use teeth impressions, bone identification, and DNA testing to gather facts and information about a crime scene. But they can also analyze burned documents and forged handwriting to incriminate the guilty. Become a super science sleuth by coming to this camp!
June 9th
Title: At the End of Times
Description: Recently, post-apocalyptic themes have been very popular in movies, comics, and TV shows. Some characters are able to manage the chaos decently well; others…not so much. But what would you do if the zombies attacked, natural disaster struck, or “the grid” went down? Campers will explore different means of enduring the end of times.
June 16th
Title: Below the Surface
Description: They say that space is the final frontier, but is it really? The ocean is vast and filled with organisms, plants and animals that have yet to be discovered. In fact, scientists have explored less than 5% of the ocean. We have more detailed maps of Mars than the ocean floor. Come dive into the deep with us and discover creatures ranging from the microscopic to the fantastic!
June 23rd
Title: Painting with Light
Description: Oil, acrylic, tempera, gouache, encaustic, watercolor, there’s hundreds of different types of paint for an artist to choose from. But in this camp, we’ll investigate the effects of mixing light to create a whole new type of ‘painting’ experience. Shadows, black lights, and photography, campers will learn to capture their artistic side through a different lense.
June 30th
Title: Modeled Movie Makers
Description: Ever dreamed of the silver screen or wondered how movies are made? Become a movie director for a day and find out! Campers will learn the art of stop-motion animation and time-lapse movies as they write and tell their own original tale. Bring clay characters to life frame-by-frame, add special effects and sounds, and present your creation at the end of camp!
July 7th
Title: Itty-Bitty Science
Description: Get ready to shrink yourself down. Smaller than a snail, smaller than a pebble, smaller even than the sharp point of a needle. We’re going microscopic! Just like a house is made up of bricks, every living thing is made up of cells. Campers will explore these foundations of life, but we aren’t stopping there! Getting even smaller yet, campers will investigate on the atomic level, to uncover the building blocks of the universe.
July 14th
Title: Let the Games Begin
Description: In this camp, 24 tributes will be selected to play in the Greenbush Hunger Games. But before heading into the arena they must endure the Reaping by discovering their hidden strengths, celebrate the power of their district, and train in the skills needed to stay ‘alive’. In the final challenge, campers will put their abilities to the test as they defend their flags from the other districts.
July 21st
Title: Amazing Race
Description: Based off the popular television game show, campers will work together to solve a series of country-themed challenges. Whether it’s escaping creatures from the Amazon rainforest or canoeing across the Yangtze River, mind and muscle will be put to the test! Learn about different parts of the world while testing your knowledge, endurance, and problem solving abilities.
July 28th
Title: Crime Grime
Description: Dust, dirt, microorganisms, and the process of decay. What do these things have to do with a crime scene? Come to this camp to discover the roles they play in detective work. We’ll end the day by implementing our new techniques to solve the mystery of Mr. Body’s demise!

Overnight

Overnight – Explore your boundaries, and the various amenities on our campus. Students will stay in state-of-the-art cabins, and have the opportunity to network, and thrill seek, and learn more about the great outdoors.  Camp starts at 9:00 am on the first day and ends at 3:00 pm on the last day.

One Night Price: $85    Early Bird: $42.50

Two Night Price: $170    Early Bird: $85

July 10th-11th
Title: Taste of Adventure
Description: Come explore the great outdoors in this two day, one night camp experience! Designed as an introduction to our overnight adventures, this camp has a little bit of everything. Try your hand at canoeing, archery, fishing, ropes course, crafts, and more. Spend some time making new friends and learning what summer camp is all about!
3 Date options:  June 12th-14th, June 26th-28th, July 24th-26th
Title: Camp Greenbush
Description: Summer is made for sunshine, friends, and adventure. Camp Greenbush is your chance to enjoy all three! Build meaningful friendship, new and old, while experiencing activities like archery, canoes, low and high ropes course, crafts, campfire, everyday astronomy, fishing, and more!

Academies

Academies – Our Greenbush Summer Academies are Two Day camps taught by experts in the field, aimed at Culinary Arts, Aviation, Visual Arts, and Plastics Engineering. Academies run 9:00 am – 3:00 pm with lunch provided.

Price: $80     Early Bird: $40

June 13th-14th
Title: Greenbush Culinary Arts Academy
Description: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a world class chef? Campers will gain experience in food preparation and develop a 4 course meal. And of course, we’ll enjoy all the free samples along the way! This camp will be led by Barbara Ames, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Wildcat Extension District, K-State Research and Extension.
July 11th-12th
Title: Greenbush Visual Arts Academy
Description: Do you enjoy expressing yourself through the visual arts? Would you like to learn more about methods and techniques for sharing this creativity? Then, this is the camp for you! Campers will paint and sculpt, and discover various other ways to bring their creations to life! This camp will be led by Liz Darling, a 2010 Pittsburg State University graduate and nationally published professional artist and exhibitor.
July 18th-19th
Title: Greenbush Aviation Academy
Description: There are lots of ways a person can travel, by foot, bike, train, or car. But in this camp, the topic is planes! Campers will learn about the principles of flight as well as what it takes to be a pilot. This camp will be led by Merrill Atwater and Lindsey Dreiling from the Department of Transportation of Aviation in Topeka.
July 25th-26th
Title: Greenbush Plastics Engineering Academy at Pittsburg State University
Description:  Kids often have imaginations that far exceed the tools and resources we have available at home. In this camp, students will be able to turn their wildest creations into reality at the PSU Plastics Engineering Technology Lab. Come mold your dreams into a plastic reality!  Students will be bused to Pittsburg State University for this camp. Car riders will need to take students to the Plastics Engineering Technology building in Pittsburg at 909 E. Ford (Kansas Technology Center), Room W1226.