2022 Summer Programs

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Academy Summer Programs tap into The Academy’s artistic, outdoor, and academic communities by enabling students to explore areas of interest in a safe, in-person, environment. Offerings are week-long, half or full day for rising 4th-10th graders.

Dates: July 25 – July 29 and August 1 – August 5, 2022

Cost: Full Day: $450 per week, Half Day: $250 per week (Participants can sign up for one or both weeks)

Programs Available: 

Mornings, Week 1: July 25-29, 9:00 AM  – 12:00 PM

Ultimate: Hone your Ultimate skills or learn the basic skills and strategy of this awesome sport. Designed to challenge experienced teenagers and welcome those new to the game, this half-day activity will include a mix of drills, games, and plenty of fun!
Instructor: Will Draxler ’21

Hiking: Spend the morning exploring trails near Charlemont, which could include those in Mohawk, D.A.R., or Catamount State Forests, the Shelburne Falls Fire Tower, or other beautiful spots. Hikes may range from 2 to 5 miles.
Instructor: Donald Young

Creative Writing: Generate freshly written work guided by unique writing prompts, engaging all of your senses, and using your imagination. Unlock your creative thoughts!
Instructor: Hannah Smith ’06

Afternoons, Week 1: July 25-29, 12:30 – 3:30 PM 

Stillwater Paddling: Get out on nearby rivers and ponds to enjoy the summer afternoon, paddling on sit-on-top kayaks with Zoar Outdoor’s experienced staff.
With Zoar Outdoor Instructors

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a tabletop roleplaying game where the players invent fictional characters, and guide them through an adventure that challenges their problem solving skills, teamwork, and imagination. During this week we will work in small groups to start building original imagined worlds to explore, learn about designing adventure experiences for friends — and of course, play D&D. Open to new players and veterans alike!
Instructor: Liam Birkerts

Introduction to Sewing: Learn the basics of hand sewing, understanding sewing patterns, and operating a sewing machine!
Instructor: Heather Wynne

Mornings, Week 2: August 1 – 5, 9:00 AM  – 12:00 PM

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a tabletop roleplaying game where the players invent fictional characters, and guide them through an adventure that challenges their problem solving skills, teamwork, and imagination. During this week we will work in small groups to start building original imagined worlds to explore, learn about designing adventure experiences for friends — and of course, play D&D. Open to new players and veterans alike!
Instructor: Liam Birkerts

Soccer: Start to get ready for the fall season – whether you are a newer player or have been playing for a decade, enjoy an afternoon of working on your skills and having fun.
Instructors: Rafael Kelman & Will Draxler ’21

Up-cycled Embroidery: We’ll be stitching decorative and functional art using up-cycled textiles, yarn, lace, beads and more, patching and piecing as we go!
Instructor: Heather Wynne 

Afternoons, Week 2: August 1 – 5, 12:30 PM  – 3:30 PM

Art and Activism: In this workshop, we will take a look at the different ways artists and activists use visual expression to push for changes in the world; then we will learn techniques for making our own activist art and making our voices heard. Techniques will include stencil-making, relief printing, painting banners, and mobile sculptures. Participants will have the opportunity to work both individually and collectively on their projects. We will talk about what issues matter most to us, what we want to say, and how we want to say it through words, images, and other means.
Instructor: Rafael Kelman

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking: Take advantage of the Deerfield River, right out our front door. Learn the basics of whitewater kayaking from experienced Zoar Outdoor instructors. Due to water release schedules, note that this activity is offered the afternoon (12:30 PM- 3:30 PM) of  August 1, 2, 3 and then 12:30 PM – 6 PM on Thursday, August 4. There will be no kayaking on Friday, August 5.
With Zoar Outdoor Instructors

For questions, contact summer@charlemont.org.

Registration

Please complete the form below to register! Payment can be refunded in full before May 15. After May 15, payments are nonrefundable.