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Summer Camps 2017

Summer Camp at the Beach

We will offer camps for Early Learners, ages 3-5 and for School Age, ages 6-10. A detailed description of all camps for Summer 2017 are below.

All camps are a sensory experience, designed for the age of the camper and to enhance and strengthen your child’s interest in the world of science, art and nature. The natural world is abundant with possibilities for children to explore, discover and investigate, and summertime is a perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors!

All Early Learner Camps are held at A Child Becomes Preschool EXCEPT for the Tide Pool Exploration which involves travel from the preschool to local beaches. All School Age Camps begin and end at the preschool, however campers travel to various off site locations. Each camp provides additional details. We rent commercial vans to transport campers. Your child must have a safe booster for travel as is age appropriate. Signed permission slips are required for camps that involve travel.

All camps are held on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday for the dates indicated below. All camps require that you pack a water bottle and healthy lunch for your child. Please make sure you have applied sunscreen, have dressed for the activities and provide appropriate footwear for the day.

Call or email our office with any questions:  206-932-4642



Early Learner Camp Sessions

These camps are designed for preschool age students or recent preschool graduates ages 3-5. Camps run from 9:30 AM – 1 PM at A Child Becomes Preschool and the Tide Pool Exploration camp involves travel. All camps are $170 per session.

Each camper receives a free T-shirt! Please indicate your child’s size as you register.

Session 1
Tide Pool Exploration – FULL

Date: June 27/28/29

Campers study the amazing and fragile ecosystems that exist in the waters of Puget Sound and in the tide pools that emerge at low tide (the minus tide). As budding marine biologists, we learn about tide pool etiquette and how to identify creatures of the tide pools – sea anemones, crabs, sea cucumbers, crustaceans and so many more! We hike along some of the Puget Sound’s most beautiful beaches as we explore the inter-tidal zone. Please wear sturdy water shoes and a hat. Each day, campers travel by van to a different beach. Campers are required to provide an approved booster seat for safe travel. INVOLVES TRAVEL.

Session 2
Buggin’ Out! – FULL

Date: July 11/12/13

We learn all about the six and eight legged creeping, crawling and flying bugs and insects around us! Campers learn about helpful and productive insects, like bees or ladybugs, and how in some cultures, bugs are a tasty delicacy. As scientists, we explore the play yard and see how many bugs and insects we can identify and how to classify them. We use what we learn, and our imagination to create our own bugs!

Session 3
Jr. Astronauts Exploring Space – FULL

Date: July 18/19/20

BLAST OFF! Campers will learn about the vast world that exists beyond our planet and in outer space. For our ‘out-of-this-world’ learning experience we explore our solar system, stars and constellations and our eight planets. Campers learn about life as an astronaut and together, we build life-size space ships out of recyclables and launch our ships into another world! Start saving your household recyclables – they make great control panels, buttons, levers and switches.

Session 4
Crazy, Messy Art – FULL

Date: July 25/26/27

Save the mess for us! We have the perfect camp for your creative and tactile artist. Join us as we explore famous artists and their unconventional techniques for creating beauty. Campers learn new art processes and techniques as we learn about some of the Great Masters, their inventions and inspirations. Campers will create sculptures, paint their own canvas and find new ways to represent their artistic vision. Campers should come dressed in clothes suitable for messy art.

Session 5
Creatures, Monsters and Make Believe – FULL

Date: August 1/2/3

Campers will learn about the power of imagination and journey into a world of their own creation! We will use ordinary objects to build creatures, monsters and create the world that they live in. Together we craft a biography that tells the story of creatures’ lives – we mold art, imagination, drama and story-telling as we create a world for our art!

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School Age Camp Sessions

All camps will be led by Teacher Shelley and are designed for school age students, ages 6-10. Camps run from 9 AM – 3 PM and begin and end at A Child Becomes Preschool each day. Campers travel to different locations around the Puget Sound as we explore, learn and have fun! For kids that need boosters, these must be left with your child at drop off. All camps are $250 per session.

Each camper receives a free T-shirt! Please indicate your child’s size as you register.

Session 1
Marine Science

Date: June 27/28/29

Tide pools exist in the inter-tidal zone – the area that is above water at low tide and under water at high tide. These are some of the harshest conditions for sea creatures who must survive in hot sun, and the wind and surf that pounds the rocks. The minus tide, which occurs during this week, presents an amazing showcase of tide-pool sea life. Campers learn about the four zones of the tidal area from a marine a biologist who will travel to the beach with us, and learn to classify the four main invertebrates typically seen in Puget Sound, cnidarians, echinoderms, mollusks, and crustaceans. Please wear sturdy water shoes and a hat. Each day, campers travel by van to a different beach.

Session 2
Northwest Hiking

Date: July 11/12/13

Campers will set out on three amazing North West hikes. We learn about the 10 essentials, how to navigate using a map and compass and also learn about the unique flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. Together we hike Twin Falls near North Bend a beautiful hike in a mossy old growth forest along the Snoqualmie River; Wallace Falls in Gold Bar – an old growth forest with a winding river and a 265-foot waterfall; and lastly campers ride the ferry from Fauntleroy to Vashon Island as we explore the Island Center Trails – a diverse forest, home to more than 70 bird species. Each day, campers travel by van to a different hike.

Session 3
Plein Air Art

Date: July 18/19/20

Campers will head outside and seek artistic inspiration in the outdoor world that surrounds us. We discuss ‘en plein air’ style, which in French is simply ‘in the open air’. Campers create nature journals where they will capture their thoughts and ideas as we stroll around various outdoor venues. We discuss composition, perspective, horizon, line, shape and form as we seek out inspiration in the natural world. Campers use pencils to sketch, pen and ink and then rich watercolors to complete their artwork.

Session 4
Marine Mammals and Kayaking

Date: Aug 1/2/3
The Puget Sound climate and shorelines provide diverse habitats for a host of wildlife including marine mammals like orcas, otters, sea lions and seals. Campers learn about the unique and diverse eco-system in our area, and how things like global warming and rising sea levels threaten its delicate balance. Over three days we visit Ballard Locks in Salmon Bay, take the water taxi to across the Sound to visit the Seattle Aquarium looking for sunbathing sea lions and spend our final day in Quarter Master Harbor on Vashon Island exploring the coastline in and out of sea kayaks. Campers are encouraged to bring a life jacket if they have one.
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