Camp KO - Summer 2020

Arts & Academic Camps 2020

West Hartford's Best Summer Day Camp

We have three incredible weeks of programming lined up for later this summer. At this time you can register with no money down until June 30. Reserve your spot today - risk free!

July 20-24

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Cooking for a Cause

    Learn culinary skills by cooking for those in need!

    For students entering grades 5-11
    Minimum enrollment 12, maximum 20
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    Course fee: $445; after March 1: $495. Activity fee for food and supplies: $50.00.

    Cooking for a Cause camp is a special opportunity for students to help those in need - by cooking! We have partnered with non-profit organizations in Hartford; Loaves and Fishes, The Open Hearth, and Hands On Hartford, whose missions are to help those in need. Each day campers will work together to prepare homemade meals of a different variety that will be donated and served to local charities in our community. On two of the mornings, we will visit the charities to serve meals and prepare bagged lunches, on-site. If you love to cook, or are interested in learning how to cook, join us for an inspiring week as we use our culinary skills in this very important work!

    Instructor: Lindsay Perkins has an extensive culinary background and her passion is inspiring others how to cook and bake! She is a graduate of Connecticut Culinary Institute where her focus was on Pastry and Baking. Lindsay also has a degree in English from the University of Connecticut and is the Upper School Administrative Coordinator at Kingswood Oxford School and enjoys being the Culinary Director for Camp KO in the summer. When she is not spending time her with three kids, she can be found in the kitchen baking up treats and working on food photography. Follow Lindsay’s culinary adventures on Facebook and Instagram @LindsayCulinary.

    Instructor: Olivia Mele, attended Le Cordon Bleu in London and graduated with the Grand Patisserie Diploma. She worked for a catering company in NYC for two years before starting her own small company specializing in gluten-free/paleo cooking in Westchester NY. After moving to Hartford two years ago she has worked at KO as the baker in our school cafeteria and teaches culinary classes during the summer and school year for Camp KO. In her spare time Olivia likes to read, hike, travel, and bake yummy desserts for friends and family.

  • Creative Writing II: Fan Fiction

    Writing From the Spark!

    For campers entering grades 5th through 9th
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Course Fee: $445; after March 1: $495

    Superheroes! Princesses! Monsters! Wizards! Inspired by our favorite characters in books and on screen, young writers will explore the question, “What If…?” by creating new chapters of the worlds we love best. Join Young Adult author, Dawn Metcalf, in this exclusive writing journey where we will learn the makeup of iconic characters, the key elements of world-building and develop our narrative voice through unique prompts, mash-ups, free-writing challenges, and interactive games. Many New York Times Bestselling authors began their career as fan fiction writers--imagine what your heroes will do next!

    Instructor: Dawn Metcalf is a published author of Young Adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming. She has published with Dutton Books, Harlequin Teen, HarperCollins, Harper Teen, Clarksworld Magazine and White Wolf Press. She received her Master’s of Education from Harvard University and her Bachelor’s Degrees from Washington University in English Literature and Cultural Anthropology. She teaches writing and publishing to would-be writers of all ages at schools, libraries, book clubs, writer’s retreats and for the New England’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This is her first year teaching at Kingswood Oxford.

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  • Fashion Design & Sewing Machine Skills

    For students entering grades 4th-10th
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    Minimum enrollment 12; Maximum enrollment 16
    Cost: $445.00, after March 1: $495
    Activity Fee: $30 includes all materials for the week.


    Calling all fashion designers! Do you want to learn to sew, or improve upon your current machine skills, while designing and creating an outfit that is totally YOU? This summer we’ll be working with Hartford Stitch patterns, amazing fabrics and fun embellishments to create clothes that reflect your personal style. Boys and girls at all skill levels are welcome. Returning campers are encouraged-- there will be new patterns to use in your designs!

    Instructor: Laura Kasowitz is the owner and lead teacher at Hartford Stitch, a West Hartford based sewing school. She learned to sew over 20 years ago and her current sewing interests range from quilting to bagmaking to garment making (most of her wardrobe is now handmade!). Laura loves sharing her passion for sewing with kids and adults in the community and believes that sewing is not only fun and practical but empowering!

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  • FIRST Robotics ("NEW" One-Week Program)

    Mechanical design, real-world applications

    Open to students entering grades 4–7
    Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 14
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    Course fee: $445; after March 1: $495

    Have you ever dreamed of designing, building, and programming your own robot? Have you ever imagined all of the things a robot could do for you – like chores, homework, or walking the dog? At the Camp KO Summer Robotics Program, campers entering grades 4th through 7th will explore the world of robotics from a variety of lenses, ranging from mechanical design to computer programming to real-world applications, utilizing the LEGO Mindstorms platform. The same as used by the FIRST Robotics' FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program.

    This one-week robotics program focuses on mini-challenges centered around the modification and programming of a LEGO robot to perform specific related tasks and work around obstacles. During our time together, campers will be also be introduced to 3D design software, TinkerCAD, and will have the opportunity to use our consumer-grade 3D printers to bring a 3D model to life.

    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO Robotics for his seventh season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for a middle school VEX IQ robotics team. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs, and he will draw upon his experience working with various robotics platforms including LEGO Mindstorms and VEX among others to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as a coach or a technical and presentation judge in state and regional level FLL competitions, he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving. While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing, electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.

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  • Sports Broadcasting

    Learn by doing

    For students entering grades 5-11
    Minimum enrollment 6; maximum enrollment 12
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until Feb. 15

    During the week the campers will be trained in all aspects of the field of sports broadcasting. The goal will be to learn how to announce a game by the end of the week. We will teach interview techniques, the proper way to prepare for a game, and vocal delivery. This will be a hands-on camp where campers will learn by doing. The goal is to leave the week with a real idea as to what it takes to broadcast a game.

    We will focus on the differences between calling a game on TV and calling a game on the radio. We will study the voices of legendary broadcasters and decide together what makes them great. The campers will learn the basics of audio editing and studio recording as we build to the end of the week when the campers will combine all their new skills to call their very own game at Camp KO. The other campers will be the players in the games we will broadcast so it will be up to sports broadcasting campers to interview and gain information on their subjects. This is a unique and fun opportunity that will be perfect for any kid who loves sports and thinks they might eventually want to be a sports announcer.
     
    Instructor: Chris Grace ‘01, is a young broadcaster who has been rapidly moving up the ladder in a difficult industry. Chris graduated from Mississippi State University and also attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Chris currently broadcasts year-round calling football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and many more sports at the professional, college, and high school levels. He is the voice of the New Britain Bees professional baseball team and also served as announcer for the Rock Cats. Having called well over 1000 games in short succession, he understands what it takes to improve and develop the tools necessary for this industry. Chris has also been an instructor at Camp KO for six years coaching tennis, soccer, basketball, and baseball during his summers with us.

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July 27-31

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • A Cappella (week 1 of 2)

    For singers entering grades 5-11
    Minimum enrollment 12; maximum enrollment 30
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    Program fee: 890.00; after March 1: $990.00

    Join The Camp KO Downbeats for our eighth season of performing as the leading a cappella camp in the Greater Hartford area. In addition to learning proper vocal techniques, solo performance skills, and collaborative group dynamics, you will also explore and improve with sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, choreography, and vocal percussion. Whether you’re singing a solo or background parts, you’ll learn how to best prepare for an audition and performance, finding your strengths and go-to material as your own unique singer all the while building community and working toward a greater goal as a group.

    There will be opportunities for camper-led arranging, beatboxing, directing, choreography and solo-singing with our afternoon workshops. Campers will also study videos and recordings from our own daily sessions as well as from high school, college, and professional groups across the country. Moreover, singers will get to work closely with our sound engineer instructor, Andrew Kim, to produce a professional recording and music video all the while learning about the technology and process of developing a single. Singers will also collaborate with our Solo-Singing Intensive Camp to perform combined pieces at our final concerts. The session will culminate with final performances for everyone at Camp KO at Blue Back Square in West Hartford and also on KO's campus.

    Instructor: David Baker '04 is a native of West Hartford and an alumnus and teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs KO's select co-ed choir, Outlook, and the all-male a cappella group, Crimson 7. Additionally, David teaches history, coaches track and field, and helps organize the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, New England’s largest high school a cappella competition. David attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a Filene Music Scholar in voice and sang in the all-male a cappella group, The Skidmore Bandersnatchers. From 2005 to 2007, David performed with and directed the professional a cappella group The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the past eleven years, David has sung with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) numerous times and has performed at the Bushnell as a featured soloist. Currently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Kata, also a teacher/coach at KO, his son, Callan, and his dog, Dobby. Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons in his spare time.

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  • Solo-Singing Intensive (one week)

    For singers entering grades 8-12.
    Minimum enrollment 6; maximum enrollment 12
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Course fee: $495; after March 1: $525
    Combine with A Cappella Aug. 3-7 fee: $850; after March 1: $900

    Join us for a week of specialized, focused training on what it takes to prepare for and execute a top-notch solo. Singers will have the opportunity to hone their skills in a wide variety of genres and vocal styles. We’ll begin with a discussion of what each individual’s goals are and then work one-on-one and as a group throughout the week to accomplish them. Whether it’s learning how to overcome nerves, pick the right material for college auditions, or approach a song in a new and fresh way, we will cover it all to make you feel equipped and excited to head into any performance or audition opportunity. Singers can choose whether they’d like to focus more on pop/a cappella, jazz, classical, or musical theater, and we will ultimately partner with the A Cappella Camp to create dynamic music together. The session will culminate with a final combined performance for everyone at Camp KO.

    Singers in this camp may also register for the second week of a cappella camp (Aug. 3-7) where they can continue fine-tuning solo performances and gain experience collaborating in a larger ensemble.

    Instructor: David Baker '04 is a native of West Hartford and an alumnus and teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs KO's select co-ed choir, Outlook, and the all-male a cappella group, Crimson 7. Additionally, David teaches history, coaches track and field, and helps organize the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, New England’s largest high school a cappella competition. David attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a Filene Music Scholar in voice and sang in the all-male a cappella group, The Skidmore Bandersnatchers. From 2005 to 2007, David performed with and directed the professional a cappella group The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the past eleven years, David has sung with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) numerous times and has performed at the Bushnell as a featured soloist. Currently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Kata, also a teacher/coach at KO, his son, Callan, and his dog, Dobby. Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons in his spare time.

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  • Solo-Singing with A Cappella (week 1 of 2)

    For singers entering grades 8-12.
    Minimum enrollment 6; maximum enrollment 12 
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    One week course open to former Camp KO Downbeats grades 8-12.
    Course fee: $445; after March 1: $495
    Two-week course fee: $850; after March 1: $900

    After your first week of specialized, focused training on what it takes to prepare for and execute a top-notch solo, singers will have the opportunity to fine-tune solo performances and gain experience collaborating in a larger ensemble by joining forces with our A Cappella singers in a wide variety of genres and vocal styles. To cap off this fantastic experience, singers will perform in the Blue Back Square and on-campus concerts and be a part of the annual Camp KO Downbeat music video.

    Instructor: David Baker '04 is a native of West Hartford and an alumnus and teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs KO's select co-ed choir, Outlook, and the all-male a cappella group, Crimson 7. Additionally, David teaches history, coaches track and field, and helps organize the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, New England’s largest high school a cappella competition. David attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a Filene Music Scholar in voice and sang in the all-male a cappella group, The Skidmore Bandersnatchers. From 2005 to 2007, David performed with and directed the professional a cappella group The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the past eleven years, David has sung with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) numerous times and has performed at the Bushnell as a featured soloist. Currently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Kata, also a teacher/coach at KO, his son, Callan, and his dog, Dobby. Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons in his spare time.

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  • Cafe Camp KO

    Learn culinary and food service skills as you prepare lunch for a crowd each day!

    For students entering grades 5-11
    Minimum enrollment 10, maximum 20
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Course fee: $445; after March 1: $495. Activity Fee: $25 - Covers all food and supplies.

    Ever wanted to know what it’s like to work in a restaurant? Join us for a week at “Cafe Camp KO” and you will learn all aspects of food service - especially how to make meals for a big crowd! Each day we will prepare and serve a variety of different lunch options for Camp KO campers and staff. Entrees, salads, side dishes, and desserts! Meal planning, recipe selection, food preparation, food service, and customer service, and catering skills will all be covered in this delicious week!

    Instructor: Lindsay Perkins has an extensive culinary background and her passion is inspiring others how to cook and bake! She is a graduate of Connecticut Culinary Institute where her focus was on Pastry and Baking. Lindsay also has a degree in English from the University of Connecticut and is the Upper School Administrative Coordinator at Kingswood Oxford School and enjoys being the Culinary Director for Camp KO in the summer. When she is not spending time her with three kids, she can be found in the kitchen baking up treats and working on food photography. Follow Lindsay’s culinary adventures on Facebook and Instagram @LindsayCulinary.

    Instructor: Olivia Mele, attended Le Cordon Bleu in London and graduated with the Grand Patisserie Diploma. She worked for a catering company in NYC for two years before starting her own small company specializing in gluten-free/paleo cooking in Westchester NY. After moving to Hartford two years ago she has worked at KO as the baker in our school cafeteria and teaches culinary classes during the summer and school year for Camp KO. In her spare time Olivia likes to read, hike, travel, and bake yummy desserts for friends and family.

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  • 3D Printing & CAD Modeling (week 1 of 2)

    Bring your designs to life

    For students entering grades 7-10; (3D Modeling/Printing experience not necessary)
    minimum class size 6; maximum class size 14
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $990, Early Bird Discount $890 until March 1

    Do you love to design, build, or create? Do you have an interest in 3D printing and dream of ways of applying these skills to the world around you? If your answer is “yes,” this two-week session is for you! Whether you are a 3D modeling/printing pro or just developing an interest, you will explore a variety of engineering-focused problems to be solved using your developing engineering skills.

    At Camp KO we will have at our disposal several Flashforge Creator Pro printers and a range of Autodesk software to challenge the beginner to the experienced. Daily lessons and goals will be scaled for a beginner group and an intermediate group. Come to Camp KO and bring the designs from your mind to the real world.

    This session is designed to focus on developing 3d design skills. Budding 3D modelers/printers and those with more experience will focus on the application and development of their skills in interactive and collaborative design, and the creation and iterative modification of 3D printed solutions designed by campers to perform specific tasks and address obstacles at their skill level. Campers will develop a network of peers and mentors who are also interested in changing their world through scientific and technological innovation; coaches will include members of KO's award-winning Robotics team.
     
    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO for his seventh season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for a middle school VEX IQ robotics team. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs will draw upon his experience working with students using various 3D modeling and printing solutions to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as a teacher or a mentor he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving. While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing, electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.
  • Graphic Design

    Photography + Illustration + Typography

    For students entering grades 5-11
    Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Course fee: $445; after March 1: $495

    In this course, students will learn the ins and outs of the fun and fast-paced world of Graphic Design. Campers will learn how to use professional design programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as some free online programs that students can continue to use after the camp is over. We will explore the wondrous world of typography that surrounds us each and every day and gain a better understanding of what goes into making a brand.

    We will begin by learning about the basic principles and elements of design and we’ll start designing on day one! Campers will be guided through a series of small projects designed to teach the basics of each software program. Each project will yield printed logos, designs, typographies, and brands that will be exhibited on the final day of camp in the Juros Art Gallery on campus. Whether your child has no experience or is hoping to further develop their design portfolio there’s a place for them in Camp KO’s Graphic Design course.

    Instructor: KO Creative Arts teacher Greg Scranton '94 is an interdisciplinary media artist. He is a staff photographer and writer for the music blog, Surviving the Golden Age. He has taught media arts courses at the University of Minnesota and Ursinus College, and he was instrumental in bringing the "Hour of Code" to KO's Middle and Upper Schools in December 2014.

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  • Mock Trial

    Rock your inner mock at KO’s mock trial camp for grades 6 -9!

    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Course fee: $445; after March 1: $495

    Mock Trial is a competitive activity in which students play the role of lawyers and witnesses in a simulated trial – typically on a school-sponsored team – while competing against another school. Every year, nearly forty teams participate in the Connecticut Middle School Mock Trial Tournament, held every February and March.

    Campers will experience the excitement and demands of the courtroom — thinking on their feet, speaking in front of an audience — and everyone will either play the role of an attorney or witness. In this 5-day camp, campers learn about all aspects of mock trial, from opening statements to closing arguments and everything in between. Informative and interactive presentations cover direct and cross-examination, public performance, objections, and rules of evidence. Campers practice their new skills as they prepare to argue their side in People v. Woodson, a criminal case about cyber-bullying and assault with a deadly weapon. A mock trial scrimmage will occur on the final day.

    Mock Trial helps build skills such as critical reading and thinking, constructing an argument and public speaking that are essential for success both in school and in the workplace. If your child’s school has a Mock Trial team, this program will help sharpen their lawyer and witness skills for next year’s competition.

    Please note that the case will be provided to campers approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the camp with the expectation that campers will have read it before camp starts.

    People v. Woodson

    Instructor: In 2010, it was suggested to Sarah Hylas to create a Mock Trial team. Curious, she accepted the challenge and formed a mock trial program in Fremont California, the first of its kind for the Fremont Unified School District. In the second year of the team, they advanced to the Regional Championship in Alameda County. Upon moving to Connecticut in 2013, Sarah Hylas began teaching AP European History and U.S. History at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Immediately, she formed a mock trial team. The program has continued to grow and flourish. Last year, Ms. Hylas’s team advanced to the Connecticut State Championship, a distinction for a Shoreline school district. Former “mockers” are currently competing on mock trial teams from such prestigious universities as the University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College, George Washington University, Smith College, and the University of California, Berkeley. During camp, Ms. Hylas will be assisted by members of the KO Upper School Mock Trial team.

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August 3-7

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • A Cappella (week 2 of 2)

    For singers entering grades 5-11
    Minimum enrollment 12; maximum enrollment 30
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    Program fee: 890.00; after March 1: $990.00

    Join The Camp KO Downbeats for our eighth season of performing as the leading a cappella camp in the Greater Hartford area. In addition to learning proper vocal techniques, solo performance skills, and collaborative group dynamics, you will also explore and improve with sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, choreography, and vocal percussion. Whether you’re singing a solo or background parts, you’ll learn how to best prepare for an audition and performance, finding your strengths and go-to material as your own unique singer all the while building community and working toward a greater goal as a group.

    There will be opportunities for camper-led arranging, beatboxing, directing, choreography and solo-singing with our afternoon workshops. Campers will also study videos and recordings from our own daily sessions as well as from high school, college, and professional groups across the country. Moreover, singers will get to work closely with our sound engineer instructor, Andrew Kim, to produce a professional recording and music video all the while learning about the technology and process of developing a single. Singers will also collaborate with our Solo-Singing Intensive Camp to perform combined pieces at our final concerts. The session will culminate with final performances for everyone at Camp KO at Blue Back Square in West Hartford and also on KO's campus.

    Instructor: David Baker '04 is a native of West Hartford and an alumnus and teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs KO's select co-ed choir, Outlook, and the all-male a cappella group, Crimson 7. Additionally, David teaches history, coaches track and field, and helps organize the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, New England’s largest high school a cappella competition. David attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a Filene Music Scholar in voice and sang in the all-male a cappella group, The Skidmore Bandersnatchers. From 2005 to 2007, David performed with and directed the professional a cappella group The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the past eleven years, David has sung with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) numerous times and has performed at the Bushnell as a featured soloist. Currently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Kata, also a teacher/coach at KO, his son, Callan, and his dog, Dobby. Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons in his spare time.

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  • A Cappella Week (for former Camp KO Downbeats only)

    For singers entering grades 8-11
    Maximum enrollment 6
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Program fee: $495; No Discounts Apply

    Calling all former Camp KO Downbeats interested in a condensed version of our regular two-week intensive program. Please join us for our eighth season of performing as the leading a cappella camp in the Greater Hartford area. In addition to learning proper vocal techniques, solo performance skills, and collaborative group dynamics, you will also explore and improve with sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, choreography, and vocal percussion.
    There will be opportunities for camper-led arranging, beatboxing, directing, and choreography. Campers will also study videos and recordings from our own daily sessions as well as from high school, college, and professional groups across the country. The session will culminate with final performances for everyone at Camp KO at Blue Back Square in West Hartford and also on KO's campus.

    Here are A Cappella Camp Goals
     
    Instructor: David Baker '04 is a native of West Hartford and an alumnus and teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs KO's select co-ed choir, Outlook, and the all-male a cappella group, Crimson 7. Additionally, David teaches history, coaches track and field, and helps organize the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, New England’s largest high school a cappella competition. David attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a Filene Music Scholar in voice and sang in the all-male a cappella group, The Skidmore Bandersnatchers. From 2005 to 2007, David performed with and directed the professional a cappella group The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the past eleven years, David has sung with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) numerous times and has performed at the Bushnell as a featured soloist. Currently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Kata, also a teacher/coach at KO, his son, Callan, and his dog, Dobby. Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons in his spare time.
  • 3D Printing & CAD Modeling (week 2 of 2)
    Only campers with previous experience in this field may sign up for the second week.

    Bring your designs to life

    For students entering grades 7-10; (3D Modeling/Printing experience not necessary)
    minimum class size 6; maximum class size 14
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $990, Early Bird Discount $890 until March 1

    Do you love to design, build, or create? Do you have an interest in 3D printing and dream of ways of applying these skills to the world around you? If your answer is “yes,” this two-week session is for you! Whether you are a 3D modeling/printing pro or just developing an interest, you will explore a variety of engineering-focused problems to be solved using your developing engineering skills.

    At Camp KO we will have at our disposal several Flashforge Creator Pro printers and a range of Autodesk software to challenge the beginner to the experienced. Daily lessons and goals will be scaled for a beginner group and an intermediate group. Come to Camp KO and bring the designs from your mind to the real world.

    This session is designed to focus on developing 3d design skills. Budding 3D modelers/printers and those with more experience will focus on the application and development of their skills in interactive and collaborative design, and the creation and iterative modification of 3D printed solutions designed by campers to perform specific tasks and address obstacles at their skill level. Campers will develop a network of peers and mentors who are also interested in changing their world through scientific and technological innovation; coaches will include members of KO's award-winning Robotics team.
     
    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO for his seventh season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for a middle school VEX IQ robotics team. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs will draw upon his experience working with students using various 3D modeling and printing solutions to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as a teacher or a mentor he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving. While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing, electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.

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  • Public Speaking - Your Story Matters

    Written and Oral Personal Storytelling for Teens

    For students entering grades 5-11
    Minimum enrollment 8, maximum enrollment 16
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Course Fee: $445; after March 1: $495

    Ira Glass of This American Life says, “Great stories happen to people who know how to tell them.”

    Every person – no matter how young or old – can look back on unique and important moments in his or her life. Exploring those experiences helps you get to know yourself better. Sharing them and the universal emotions they contain connects you to loved ones, strangers, and everyone in between. You tell stories in so many contexts: when you write or perform, when you go on a college or job interview, when you celebrate important occasions, even when you hang out with family and friends. How well you tell them impacts everything from the depth of your personal relationships to your academic and professional success.

    Join storyteller Terry Wolfisch Cole and spend a week learning how to turn your experiences into stories that will captivate readers and listeners. Explore your past and present to find your best stories, learn the elements of a great story, listen to stories told by experts, spend time writing and revising your work, and craft your writing into compelling performance pieces. At the end of the week, we’ll put on a show and you will have the opportunity to perform in front of an audience.

    Please bring your favorite writing tools – anything from your journal and a special pen to your laptop – to class every day. Computers will also be available on-site.

    Instructor: Terry is a Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion. Her story of running away from home was featured on The Moth Radio Hour on NPR and in Readers Digest. She is the founder of Tell Me Another, a storytelling show in the Hartford area. For 20 years, she has worked with children and adolescents as an extracurricular instructor and volunteer. She led her Girl Scout troop for 13 years, from kindergarten through high school graduation.

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  • Self-Expression through Art

    For students entering grades 4-9
    Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 14
    This program runs from 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $445; after March 1: 495
    Activity Fee: $25 (includes all materials)

    Students will explore their creativity in a variety of projects throughout the week. Campers will delve into making portraits, using materials such as pencil and paper, canvas and painting, and last with wire. A second project uses cutouts and collages. After a brief discussion about the works of Matisse and Eric Carle, campers with creating their own booklet inspired by these artists. We will use this as a point of departure to learn how to work in a series. This assignment involves the technique of enlarging a drawing with a projector as one of the ways of making a series on a bigger scale. Using canvases, rolls of paper, paper, cupboard, brushes, sharpies, and paint campers will create a large scale piece of art.

    Finally, we will create an art piece that is a collaboration project, discussing in class how individual pieces can make a whole. Along the way, we will discuss how to organize and implement a successful art show, including how to best use the venue and how they want to display their art for the last day of camp.

    Instructor: Gabriela Galarza - Block has developed an extensive portfolio in several dimensions of the art world, as a practicing studio visual artist, curator, and art administrator, including co-creating large exhibitions, contributing to a project shown at the Whitney Biennial as well as in her role as Chair of the Board at Real Art Ways. She is a graduate of the Hartford Art School with a double major in Painting and Sculpture and has been featured in over 40 events spanning over 15 years.

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  • Service Learning with Journey Home

    For campers ages 12-16
    Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 14
    Course fee: $350; after March 1: $375

    One smile, one hug, one handshake, one word, can change the world. If you believe that statement then you have the power to be a world-changer. Spend one week this summer with our friends at Journey Home in Hartford as they will guide you through service learning opportunities.

    Journey Home works to end homelessness all over the Capital region and you will get to have an insider’s view on how all of this happens. Learn about what it takes to move someone from homelessness to housing, spend time in their West Hartford-based furniture warehouse sorting and organizing donations, visit their office in downtown Hartford and meet their staff, and spend time each day volunteering with them as they help create empty apartments into new homes for people who have just moved out of homelessness.

    You will have a fully immersive experience and will also be able to apply your volunteer hours for any hours needed for school. Make the world a better place by helping to take care of your tiny corner.

    Instructor: Trica Watson has been with Kingswood Oxford School for over eight years. As a history teacher, academic advisor, and athletic coach, she is dedicated to guiding students along their academic and personal journeys. She is passionate about being an active member of the community and looks forward to supporting the Service Learning project with Journey Home. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked with at-risk adolescents through Daytop Village, Inc in Bronx, NY and Redwood City, CA to help provide health and substance abuse services. In addition, while living in California, she worked on the School-to-Career program in the Fremont-Union School District to help students achieve their General Education degree and career-building skills. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fordham University and a Masters in Education degree from Santa Clara University. She is excited to be joining the Camp KO team this summer.

    Instructor: Alison Sjoberg has been with Journey Home for over four years. She was instrumental in building the Making a House a Home/A Hand Up program at Journey Home from the ground up. She has dedicated her life to changing the world by transforming one empty apartment, by engaging one volunteer, and by serving one client at a time. Alison has an MSW from UConn School of Social Work and a Bachelor's Degree from Quinnipiac University. She is excited to help the Camp KO team make a difference this summer by helping people on their transition out of homelessness and learn a bit more about homelessness and the system we have helped to create here in the Hartford area!

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