summer camps

 

About Our Summer Camps

Using our unique combination of facilities, including a cutting-edge science center, world-class astrophysical observatory, and a new camp and retreat center, Greenbush offers summer learning experiences unavailable anywhere else. We are able to offer these experiences at a price well below cost thanks to the donors who contribute each year to our educational foundation, The Learning Tree Institute at Greenbush. Our goal is to ensure dynamic summer learning opportunities are affordable and accessible.

No-cost bus transportation to most summer camp activities is available in the following communities: Altamont, Arma, Coffeyville, Erie, Frontenac, Girard, Independence, Parsons, Pittsburg, and St. Paul.

Pricing

Thanks to our donors for making these prices possible!

Early Learners (Pre-K and K) Day Camps (half-day) | $10
Kindergarten Readiness Camps for Parents (half-day) | $10
1st-8th Grade Day Camps (full day) 
| $20
High School Day Camps (full day) | $20
Career Academies | $40
One-Night Overnight Camps | $42.50
Two-Night Overnight Camps | $85
Summer Boot Camps at FabLab ICC | $40

Registration is now open!
When adding students to your account, choose the grade they will enter the NEXT school year.

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Contact Us

Michael McCambridge
Director of Student Enrichment
michael.mccambridge
@greenbush.org

620.724.6281

Emily Roth
Camp and Enrichment Coordinator
emily.roth@greenbush.org
620.724.6281

Amie Beggs
Team-Building and Leadership Coordinator
amie.beggs@greenbush.org
620.724.6281

Grade levels refer to the grade your student will enter NEXT school year.

Day Camps (Pre-K through High School, plus parents!)

Animal tracks, finger paints and STEM! Oh my! Bring your quizzical kids to our Early Learning Thursdays where they will get to explore the world around them, things on the farm and much more! These camps are held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday mornings for 4 year olds and kids going into kindergarten in August.

Note: Parents are responsible for transporting early learners to and from camp; busing is not available.

From Page to Stage | June 7
Like Shakespeare said, all the world’s a stage. 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!

On the Farm | June 14
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!

Nature Around Me | June 21
Nature is all around us and it can be pretty neat! Dirt, sand, rocks, water, trees, grass, fish, reptiles, mammals; all of nature sparks a natural curiosity in our young campers’ minds! Come explore all the living and nonliving wonders Greenbush has to offer! We may get messy on the trail so come prepared!

Just Keep Swimming | June 28
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!”

Explore YOUR World | July 5
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.

A Century Ago | July 12
The beginning of the 20th century was an era of great change in the United States. Jazz and ragtime music broke onto the scene, inspiring fun styles of dance like the foxtrot and the Tango, while sensational art techniques and silent films provided more entertainment for this decade. The 1910s also debuted creations we still value today, like parachutes and Oreo cookies. Our little time travelers will spend the morning exploring all the fun the 1910s has to offer!

Brain Builders | July 19
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!

The Art of Making a Mess | July 26
“…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.

Looking for new ideas and information to help prepare your child for early school years? Join the Kindergarten Readiness Camps for Parents directed by leading experts with our Parents as Teachers program. These programs run concurrently with Thursday early learning camps for Pre-K students.

What Sounds Alike? | June 14
One of the key predictors for early success in reading is how well kids know their nursery rhymes. Join us to go beyond “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

Look at all the Books! | June 28
Homemade books can be tailored to tell a story or to help work on a particular skill or concept. Come make blank books with your child in mind and plan to finish them once you are together.

Big Tasks for Little Fingers | July 12
A recent study found that 30 to 60% of an elementary school student’s day is allocated to fine motor activities with writing tasks predominate. Are your child’s fingers up to the task?

A Budding Picasso Perhaps? | July 19
Learn the difference between process-focused and product-focused art experiences when creating masterpieces!

Spend your Fridays on our campus innovating, exploring, engineering and having fun! We offer Fun Friday camps throughout June and July to students in grades 1-8. Students in different grades will participate in different activities based on a weekly theme. Each Fun Friday camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Descriptions of each camp and a full schedule are shown below:

Week 1: Film Week – June 8th

1st: Monster Mayhem

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Every good story has a hero and a villain, but sometimes ‘monsters’ can be good 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.

 

2nd: Monster Mayhem

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Every good story has a hero and a villain, but sometimes ‘monsters’ can be good 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.

 

3rd: Brick-tational Films

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

4th: Brick-tational Films

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

5th: Moving Music

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Become a music video director for a day! Campers will learn the art of stop-motion animation and time-lapse movies as they choreograph characters to their favorite song. Design your very own music video frame-by-frame, add special effects and sounds, and present your creation at the end of camp!

 

6th – 8th: Moving Music

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Become a music video director for a day! Campers will learn the art of stop-motion animation and time-lapse movies as they choreograph characters to their favorite song. Design your very own music video frame-by-frame, add special effects and sounds, and present your creation at the end of camp!

Week 2: Animals Week – June 15th

1st: Dynamic Dinosaurs

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

2nd: Our Animal Brrrothers

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

3rd: Flight School

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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!

 

4th: Who’s Rumbling in the Rainforest?

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

5th: Walkabout

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

6th – 8th: Below the Surface

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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!

 

Week 3: Save the World – June 22nd

1st: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Every year, Americans throw away 50 billion food and drink cans, 27 billion glass bottles and jars, and 65 million plastic and metal jar and can covers. What exactly is waste? How long does it last and how does it affect me? Campers will become Planet Protectors this Friday and learn what it means to recycle, reuse and reduce.

 

2nd: Turning Over a New Leaf

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Originally, 6 million square miles of tropical rainforest existed worldwide. But as a result of deforestation, only 2.4 million square miles remain. In this camp, our young biologists will learn about the exotic, go on an expedition and explore all that the rainforest has to offer. We will also examine the effects humans have on rainforests to see how we can change its future.

 

3rd: Where Did Your Food Come From?

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Granola, chicken nuggets and salads! Oh my! There are so many delicious foods found at your local grocery store. Where does it all come from? Our Greenbush connoisseurs will explore the journey food takes from seed to market to table. They may bring home some gardening plans of their own!

 

4th: Commotion in the Ocean

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: “There’s a curious commotion in the bottom of the ocean. I think we ought to go and take a look!” But what will we see? More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year causing an increase in ocean temperatures, a decrease in corals reefs and marine life, a decrease in oxygen content in water and a slew of other unfortunate effects. Today campers will take the plunge and dive into how they can make a small difference yet change the world!

 

5th: Who Passed Gas?

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description:  Who passed gas? No, not the kind from our bodies. Our atmosphere is filled with gases that keep us from overheating in the summer, freezing in the winter, and allows us to breathe on a daily basis. Campers won’t have a brain fart in this camp. Their minds will be in the clouds as they learn about atmospheric layers, green energy, and more!

 

6th – 8th: Operation: Save the Universe

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: It’s the final frontier! We must go where no man has gone before! But can we with the increasing about of space debris? More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft. How does that affect space travel and future research? Let’s launch into outer space and find a solution for space pollution so we can safely travel to infinity and beyond!

Week 4: Fandom Week – June 29th

1st: Super You!

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

2nd: Animated Adventures

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

3rd: The Power Inside

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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?

 

4th: Leaving from Platform 9 ¾

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

5th: The Fellowship of the Camp

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

6th – 8th: Let the Games Begin

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

Week 5: Around the World – July 6th

1st: You on the Map

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

2nd: The Earliest Americans

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

3rd: On Holiday!

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

4th: The Foundations of Civilizations

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

5th: It’s a WONDERful World

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

6th – 8th: Amazing Race

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

Week 6: Decades week – July 13th

1st: Tutti Frutti 50s

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: From Elvis Presley to I Love Lucy, the 1950s was a decade of icons in America. In this camp, we’ll travel back in time to enjoy a day of milkshakes, drive-ins, and baseball cards. Campers will make their own paper dolls and learn iconic dance moves like the mashed potato and the twist.

 

2nd: Groovy 70s

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Hey, all you Dudes and Dudettes, are you ready for a funky flashback to the 70s?! This gig’s got all the good vibes like NASA shuttle launches, disco dancing, Star Wars, and bell bottoms. Our totally hip campers will learn to chill out with classic toys and games and boogie to some primo tunes. Can you dig it?

 

3rd: Flower Power

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Scope out the scene of the 60s in this killer camp. Build model cars and tie-dye your own T-shirts, while we explore the sights and sounds of this groovy decade. Getting stoked to spend a day in this rad culture isn’t rocket science. So, get with it and enroll today, because if you snooze you lose!

 

4th: Back in the Day

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: This camp is going to be all that and a bag of chips! There’s nothing like the nostalgia of the 1980s and 90s. And this camp’s going to have some mad nostalgia, know what I’m saying? Video arcade games and tamagotchi, hacky sacks and fanny packs, and of course the Macarena. We’ll learn to make cootie catchers and spit rhymes like the Fresh Prince. So, don’t wig out; this camp is good to go!

 

5th: The Roaring 20s

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: This camp will hit on all sixes. Sittin’ pretty. Don’t be a sap and miss out on this camp. From fashion to popular games of the era and escaping from the famous Al Capone, this camp will be hotsy-totsy! No camper will leave here saying, “Rhatz!”

 

6th – 8th: 1940s: Stars and Stripes

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Life in the 40’s was a swinging good time for many. In this camp, our eager beavers will be in cahoots with people like Rosie the Riveter and Captain America. They will use their stompers to become jive bombers as well as have a gas learning about some of the inventions of that decade. Christopher Columbus, it’ll be swell!

Week 7: STEM Week – July 20th

1st: Rocking Geology

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: It’s sedimentary my dear Watson! Our campers will become Rock Stars as they learn about the different classifications of rocks, how to identify them, types of dirt, and more! These campers will get messy as they have a rockin’ good time in the dirt. So come in clothes ready to be soiled. Rock on!

 

2nd: What’s the Matter?

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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!

 

3rd: May the Force be with You

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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!

 

4th: Move It! Move It!

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

5th: Go Into the Out

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

6th – 8th: Itty-Bitty Science

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

Week 8: Fine Arts – July 27th

1st: Hands and Feet Required

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Art can take on 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.

 

2nd: Express Ourselves

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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!

 

3rd: The Science of Music

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

4th: What a Relief! Sculpture Camp

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

Description: Sculpting is discovering the potential beauty of inanimate objects. In this camp, students will learn from famous sculptors of the past about the methods, tools, and types of sculpting, how it has shaped our society, and molded the minds of artists around the world!

 

5th: YOU are ART

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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.

 

6th – 8th: Painting with Light

Time Frames: 9am – 3pm

Max Participants: 24

Minimum Participants: 12

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 lens.

Each Monday in July, students in grades 9-12 will have a chance to push themselves to new heights at our High School Challenge Camps.

A Day on the Ropes | July 2
High schoolers will spend a day on the low and high ropes course to challenge themselves on different obstacles and explore new heights.

Camp Greenbush | July 9
All the things you love will be offered with a twist at our Camp Greenbush. Some of the activities will include canoeing, archery, and Gaga ball. Plus, learn the science and history behind each of these activities.

Field Day | July 16
Compete in games like Capture the Flag, Dizzy Derby, Escape from Alcatraz, and more.

Belay School | July 23
Now is your chance to learn all the skills you need to belay someone on the ropes course. Learn to tie knots and use an ATC, then enjoy the rest of the afternoon zip lining on our course.

Overnight Adventure Camps (Grades 3-8)

Our Overnight Adventure Camps offer unforgettable learning experiences for students in grades 3-8. Combining resources from the William L. Abernathy Science Education Center with our Camp and Retreat Center, learners will have access to a wide variety of activities, ranging from wilderness survival tactics to archaeology digs to rocketry.

Taste of Adventure | July 2-3 | One night (Grades 3-4)
In this one-night experience designed as an introduction to sleepaway camps, our younger adventurers will get a sample of everything camp has to offer!

Survival Skills: Camping Camp | June 4-6 | Two nights
Go from glamping to camping and learn what you need to do to be prepared for all situations.

Taste of Adventure | July 2-3 | One night (Grades 3-4 only)
In this one-night experience designed as an introduction to sleepaway camps, our younger adventurers will get a sample of everything camp has to offer!

Astronomy and Rocketry: Defying Gravity | July 9-11 | Two nights
Campers will learn about the difficulties of living in outer space as astronauts, observe star systems old and young as astronomers, and engineer high flying vehicles as rocket scientists.

Archaeology: Can You Dig It? | July 23-25 | Two nights
Dig into the past this summer and find out what it means to be an archaeologist. Excavate and classify great finds from a simulated dig site. Come prepared to get DIRTY!

Archaeology: Can You Dig It? | June 4-6 | Two nights
Dig into the past this summer and find out what it means to be an archaeologist. Excavate and classify great finds from a simulated dig site. Come prepared to get DIRTY!

Survival Skills: Camping Camp | July 9-11 | Two nights
Go from glamping to camping and learn what you need to do to be prepared for all situations.

Astronomy and Rocketry: Defying Gravity | July 23-25 | Two nights
Campers will learn about the difficulties of living in outer space as astronauts, observe star systems old and young as astronomers, and engineer high flying vehicles as rocket scientists.

Career Academies (Grades 4-8)

Greenbush Summer Academies let students spend two full days digging into a field they’re interested in, gaining invaluable skills and advice from experts. From art to chemistry, from engineering to theater, these deep-dives into varied career paths offer something for everyone. Note: These camps span multiple days but are not overnight camps. Daily transportation is provided in select locations. 

Coding Academy | June 11-12
The ability to write code is not only important to acquire for professional reasons, coding and learning to write code is a valuable skill all students should be able to leverage so they know “how” to think about complex problems. This camp will overview several coding tools designed for kids to create games, animations, and stories in byte sized chunks!

Art Academy | June 25-26
Owner and operator of HodgePodge Art Workshop in Kansas City, Maile MacDonald, is teaming up with Greenbush Summer Camps to explore cultural arts. Campers will be hands-on with finger knitting, leather stamping, Native American beading and much more!

Sketchbook Academy | July 2-3
Whether creating a marketing design, a blueprint for a skyscraper, or just capturing a moment of beauty, sketching is a skill necessary for many careers. Students will explore how to create space and texture on a two dimensional plane. They will be so engaged, they won’t realize the geometry, triangulation and science that turns graphite etches into lifelike sketches. Partnering with Pittsburg State University Art Department, this Greenbush camp will stretch the spatial reasoning and creativity of your camper.

Theatre | July 16-17
This is not a skit! Come investigate the world of theatre and all that it entails in this summer academy. Greenbush is partnering with Pittsburg State University’s theatre program to explore both the performance and technical skills that bring a story from page to stage. From improv and acting to costume and make-up design, your child will leave ready to break a leg!

PSU Plastics Academy | July 23-24
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 Lab. Come mold your dreams into a plastic reality!

Coding Academy | June 13-14
The ability to write code is not only important to acquire for professional reasons, coding and learning to write code is a valuable skill all students should be able to leverage so they know “how” to think about complex problems. This camp will overview several coding tools designed for kids to create games, animations, and stories in byte sized chunks!

Art Academy | June 27-28
Owner and operator of HodgePodge Art Workshop in Kansas City, Maile MacDonald, is teaming up with Greenbush Summer Camps to explore cultural arts. Campers will be hands-on with finger knitting, leather stamping, Native American beading and much more!

Sketchbook Academy | July 2-3
Whether creating a marketing design, a blueprint for a skyscraper, or just capturing a moment of beauty, sketching is a skill necessary for many careers. Students will explore how to create space and texture on a two dimensional plane. They will be so engaged, they won’t realize the geometry, triangulation and science that turns graphite etches into lifelike sketches. Partnering with Pittsburg State University Art Department, this Greenbush camp will stretch the spatial reasoning and creativity of your camper.

Explosive Chemistry | July 2-3
The 4th of July is filled with friends, food and FIREWORKS! At the Exploding Chemistry Academy, exploring how these colored flames illuminate the night sky is elementary! Your young chemist will have hands-on experiences igniting information about this fun holiday! These young chemists will be shouting “LAB-racadabra!” as they learn about the science and safety that surrounds this day!

Theatre | July 18-19
This is not a skit! Come investigate the world of theatre and all that it entails in this summer academy. Greenbush is partnering with Pittsburg State University’s theatre program to explore both the performance and technical skills that bring a story from page to stage. From improv and acting to costume and make-up design, your child will leave ready to break a leg!

PSU Plastics Academy | July 25-26
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 Lab. Come mold your dreams into a plastic reality!

New! Explorations Camp

Four-Day Camp (June 11-14) | Grades 4-5 (Note: Not an overnight camp.)

Come for a week of exploration! From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11-14, your camper will do everything from creating a LEGO comic strip to engineering a marble maze, from learning about bird beak adaptations to what school was like a century ago. Campers will also explore several potential careers all while enjoying outdoor activities like the low ropes course, GAGA ball, fishing, archery and canoeing.

Entrepreneurship Boot Camps at FabLab ICC (Grades 4-12)

Offered in partnership with the FabLab at Independence Community College, these boot camps provide hands-on experience with tools used by today’s thinkers, makers and engineers. Participants will also learn how to turn a brilliant idea into a viable business model.

Design It, Build It, Take It Home | June 4-7 & July 9-12 (two sessions)
This is a beginning-level camp for students in grades 4 through high school who are interested in innovation. Students will have access to cutting-edge tools for design, experimentation, problem solving, and making custom artwork, led by Greenbush staff.

Jr. Entrepreneurship | June 11-14 & July 16-19 (two sessions)
This is an intermediate-level camp for students in grades 4 through high school who are interested in innovation. Students will have access to cutting edge tools for design, experimentation, problem solving, and making custom artwork. Students will develop a marketing plan and create a one-of-a-kind product.

Advanced Entrepreneurship | June 18-21 & July 23-26 (two sessions)
This is an advanced-level camp for students in grades 4 through high school who are interested in innovation. Students will have access to cutting edge tools for design, experimentation, problem solving, and making custom-artwork. Students will have to develop a marketing plan for their creation, and pitch their plan to a group of “sharks.”

Robotics Camp at FabLab ICC | June 18-21
Campers in grades 4 through 12 will program an EV3 Mindstorm robot to solve real world problems related to hydrodynamics in this friendly, competitive format.  Campers will compete in teams to see whose robot can complete the most missions through friendly “coopertition.” With an emphasis on gracious professionalism, all students are guaranteed to learn and have a good time!

Download the 2018 scholarship form here.

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