School Year Programs
Camp KO - Summer 2019

Arts & Academic Camps

Explore, Embrace, Experiment

Week 1: June 17-21

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Advanced Baking (Sold Out)

    Take your baking skills to the next level!

    For students entering grades 5-11. Minimum enrollment 10, maximum enrollment 16.

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb. 15. Activity Fee: $50 - Covers all food, culinary binder, and cooking apron.

    This session features expert instruction from a former Professional Baker who will teach advanced baking and pastry concepts like artisan bread, cream puffs filled with vanilla pastry cream, French macarons, and more! The advanced Baking camp will culminate with a “Camp KO Bake Off!” No baking experience is necessary, only a love for baking and trying new things, and a positive attitude is a must!
     
    Instructor: Lindsay Perkins is the owner of Lindsay Culinary creating culinary experiences for kids and adults throughout Greater Hartford. She is a graduate of Connecticut Culinary Institute where her focus was on Pastry and Baking. In addition to following her culinary passion, Lindsay holds a degree in English from the University of Connecticut and is the Upper School Administrative Coordinator at Kingswood Oxford School. Follow Lindsay’s culinary adventures on Instagram @LindsayCulinary.

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  • Documentary Filmmaking

    For students entering grades 6-11. Minimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 12

    Cost: $495, Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb.15.

    Do you love watching movies and documentaries? Have you ever wanted to know what goes into making them? How about a week dedicated to producing and premiering your very own documentary! You work with your peers to come up with the concept for your very own documentary. Then you put your ideas into action! Actively conduct interviews, film, and edit your short film to be screened at the conclusion of the course. Learn industry standard techniques, terms, and process.

    Instructors: Jason Bush - Founder/Teacher, Edge Film Academy

    Jason has been working in film and television for nearly 20 years. He got his start in New York working on projects such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, "Walt Disney's Enchanted" (2007). and "The Good Shepherd" (2006). Jason also wrote, directed, and produced his original feature film "Lucid" (2013) which is currently listed on IMDB. He continues to write, and produce promotional ads for a well-known local TV station.

    Daniel O'Keefe - Teacher, Edge Film Academy

    Daniel O'Keefe has extensive experience in the documentary world. He has shot, edited, and produced content all over the world. He brings a unique perspective to editing, animation, and post-production. Daniel actively free-lances for a broad base of film and video clients.

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  • Electronic Music

    Create unique music with innovative technology

    For students entering grades 5–11. Minimum enrollment 6; maximum enrollment 10.

    Cost: $495, Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb.15.

    If you love finding new ways to make your music unique, then Camp KO’s E-Music Week is for you!. The Kingswood Oxford Music Technology Lab has many of the latest tools for you to make your own music including a ROLI Seaboard, GarageBand, Ableton Live, and Logic. You can also explore sound design for video, live recording, MIDI controllers, Ipads, digital drums, and ”new” for this summer, we will introduce the skill of DJing. Students may also bring their electronic guitars or digital drum sets to further enhance their music. Campers will use the computer to make an original composition in any style that interests them...any style from hip-hop to pop to rock to prog rock. We will end the week with a collection of new original music and a live performance!

    Instructor: David Zucker, KO ‘88, has joined the KO faculty to teach music courses to our middle and upper school students. He studied music performance and composition at Skidmore College and later studied Indian music in Madras, India. David’s first instrument was the piano, but he has considerable experience on guitar, as well. His influences are diverse and include classical, jazz electronic, rock, and electronic music. David has had success as a performer, producer, and composer, spending many years as a working musician in both San Francisco and Seattle. While in Seattle, David worked considerably with film composer B.C. Smith. As a performer, Zucker toured the U.S. with his funk, fusion band, Siamese, and has toured Europe and South India. He has shared the stage with Phish, K.J. Sawka, Skerik, and Bill Frisell. David has currently been working with Grammy award-winning composer, Paul Avgerinos, on composing music for television and film. His music can be heard on many programs ranging from reality television to the NFL.

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  • Intro to Java Programming

    An easy gateway language with many applications

    For students entering grades 6-10. Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16.

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Special: $445 until Feb. 15

    Learning to code is easy and opens endless opportunities and provides endless benefits for your child. This beginning programming class consists of several topics explaining in simple, easy-to-follow terms how to build a Java application. Students learn about project design, object-oriented programming, console applications, graphics applications and many elements of the Java language. These projects include a number guessing game, a card game, creating simple applets programs that run in a web browser. Students will learn computer science topics which can be applied to any programming language such as:

    * Data Types and Ranges
    * Scope of Variables
    * Naming Conventions
    * Decision Making
    * Looping
    * Language Functions - String, Date, and Numerical
    * Arrays
    * Writing Your own Methods (subroutines) and more...

    Students can use either Mac Computers or Window Computers. All software is free shareware software.

    Instructor: KO faculty member Michael E. Ligon teaches HTML, Javascript, Visual Basic.Net, and AP Computer Science using Java programming with Eclipse. He also teaches programming at Capital Community College. He enjoys teaching students how to create their own GUI (graphical user interface) screens.

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  • Literature Sketchbook

    Where Words and Art Collide

    For students entering grades 5–10. Minimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 14.

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until Mar. 15

    What is a "Literature Sketchbook?" It's a unique place where the worlds of literature, poetry, and art meet and are explored creatively and thoughtfully.

    During this session, students will gather poems, share them with the group, and write and illustrate their own, all in their literary sketchbooks. Campers will be encouraged to create personal entries on a topic or theme that interests them -- an author, poet, artist, architect, or musician -- and dig deeper to explore their significance and importance. Creative writing and journaling will be plumbed daily and expressed on the pages of their sketchbook. This is a creative, colorful and literary class where kids get to write freely without too many boundaries, but with plenty of inspiration and guidance.

    This session was inspired by William Morris, the founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement. Morris used to keep 'living working' journals filled with thoughts and ideas on things that inspired his designs. His journal might contain snippets of wallpaper, scraps of fabric, swatches of color, and simple but beautiful sketches. His journals are crammed with writing that changes direction and flows into all open spaces -- colorful, chaotic collections of practical and personal insights.

    Instructor: A native of Canterbury, England, KO English and drama teacher Beth Repp is also the assistant coach of the award-winning Forensic Union (debate) team. She earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College and her Master's of Education degree from the University of Saint Joseph. This is her third summer with Camp KO.

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  • Printmaking & Bookbinding

    Use carving tools to create printed artwork

    For students entering grades 5-10. Minimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 12.

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb. 15. Activity Fee: $25 - Covers all tools and materials used in projects.

    Explore and learn the art of Printmaking and Bookmaking with this fun and challenging course for beginners as well as those with some experience. This camp combines printmaking and “new” intermediate bookmaking techniques in one class. New campers will be taught basic techniques while returning campers will build upon and reinforce those techniques learned last summer.

    We will print on paper using three different techniques. Learn how to use carving tools and make stencils to create artwork and make two books to highlight your art. Students will learn about mark making, the use of line, texture, shape, color, space, value, pattern and form in design. Two books, an instant book, and a self-hinged accordion book will be created during camp. The book’s hardcovers and interior pages will be filled with your beautiful printed art. Campers will be provided with a personal sketchbook to record their design explorations of techniques during the program. Materials provided will include carving tools, blocks for carving, ink, paper, and a sketchbook. You are welcome to bring your own recycled papers or scrapbooking paper if you choose. All levels of artistic ability are welcome.

    Instructor: Deborah Velásquez, a Brooklyn original, lives the creative life in the wooded hills of New England with her husband and two boys. She is an award-winning artist and designer who loves the mix of design, words, art, and craft. Her work is modern, sophisticated, graphic, and bold and reflects her love for the simplicity of line. She makes art digitally as well as using traditional methods, including gouache, watercolor, and printmaking.

    Deborah is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art and the University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Business program. She has studied textiles and fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, where she received her Millinery Certification, studying under hat-making legend, Ann Albrizio. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries and juried shows, and she teaches workshops in her Connecticut studio. Her designs can be found on products such as rugs, wall art, ceramics, stationery, textiles, and mobiles, and her hats were featured at New York’s Henri Bendel. She has been featured in UPPERCASE magazine, and her work is carried by Target, Minted, West Elm, CarpetVista of Sweden, and giftware and home décor licensing companies. Deborah is the author of Drawing in Black and White, published by Quarry Books.

    Deborah runs printmaking workshops out of her studio in New Hartford, CT and has just completed a printmaking program for Middle School students at The Montessori School of Greater Hartford.

    Visit her website at www.deborahvelasquez.com or follow her on Instagram @velasquezstudio.

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Week 2: July 8-12

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Culinary

    It’s time to cook!

    For students entering grades 5-11. Minimum enrollment 12, maximum enrollment 20. 

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb. 15. Activity Fee: $75 - Covers all food, culinary binder, and cooking apron.

    Roll up your sleeves and get ready for a tasty week in the kitchen! This session features expert instructors who will teach kitchen the basics of cooking while exploring different culinary and baking techniques. Each day, students will learn how to follow a recipe, measure ingredients, and create delicious dishes in a variety of preparations. Campers will prepare and serve a Farm-to-Table lunch for all of the Camp KO campers and staff, and the week will culminate with an outdoor Farmer’s Market for the Camp KO community. Campers will receive their own culinary cookbook to keep and will no doubt be ready to continue using the cooking skills they developed during camp, at home!
     
    Instructor: Lindsay Perkins is the owner of Lindsay Culinary and creates culinary experiences for kids and adults throughout Greater Hartford. She is a graduate of Connecticut Culinary Institute where her focus was on Pastry and Baking. In addition to following her culinary passion, Lindsay holds a degree in English from the University of Connecticut and is the Upper School Administrative Coordinator at Kingswood Oxford School. Follow Lindsay’s culinary adventures on Instagram @LindsayCulinary.

    Instructor: Brian Woerlen has been the Coordinator of Food Services for Sage Dining at Kingswood Oxford School for the past 15 years where he and his team prepare and serve hundreds of meals each day to a very grateful school community. A 1995 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he worked at restaurants and country clubs in the Hamptons and Florida, before coming to KO.

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  • Creative Writing

    Calling all daydreamers, storytellers, and poets!

    For students entering 5-9. Minimum enrollment 8, maximum enrollment 12

    Cost: $495 - Early bird discount $445 until Feb 15

    Think of this week as a great experiment with various forms of creative writing, to find out what sticks with us. Short stories, free verse poetry, sonnets, and slam poetry are all fair game! We will work from our own passions for expression and find inspiration in writing prompts, poetic form, great short stories, and beautiful poems, as well as the natural world around campus. We will discover the power and music of language. We will draft, workshop, write, and rewrite. And we will end the week with a coffeehouse-style reading as well as a chapbook of the group's collected work.

    Instructor: Michelle Schloss received her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she also received a minor in Education. She joined the KO community in 2016 to teach English in the upper school, and will be the Baird English Symposium teacher in the coming academic year. A former intern at the Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, she has worked closely with poets like Taylor Mali (“What Teachers Make”) and Tony Hoagland (Five Powers of Poetry Workshop).

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  • Digital Photography

    Documentary, photojournalism, landscape, and fine art

    For students entering grades 5-11. Minimum enrollment 8, maximum enrollment 16

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until Feb. 15

    Students will explore a variety of styles -- documentary, photojournalism, landscape, and fine art photography -- while learning the technical skills needed to become a skilled photographer. Each student will be provided with a Canon DSLR camera and an iMac equipped with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. No prior photographic or computer experience necessary.
     
    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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  • Extreme Minecraft

    Take your Minecraft knowledge to the next level

    For Students entering grades 6-10. Minimum enrollment is 8, maximum enrollment is 16

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Special: $445 until Feb. 15.

    Take your Minecraft knowledge to the next level with Fleming Tech Camps, Extreme Minecraft. This new camp offering, designed for Intermediate and Advanced level Minecraft players, will teach campers how to work in teams, create massive adventure maps and complicated puzzles, learn how to code, explore science and engineering topics, and/or create amazing works of art.

    Campers will focus on adventure design and the use of Redstone software. Campers are also provided instruction on Tekkit and setting up and administering servers. Campers will design a large-scale Minecraft game level, puzzle or adventure, use a significant amount of Redstone scripting, and use Tekkit Mod features to find their favorite Mods.

    Instructor: Mike Ligon, KO’s computer programming and robotics faculty member has recently been trained by the Fleming Tech experts and is ready to provide campers with experiences working with amazing technologies. Mike teaches HTML, Javascript, Visual Basic.Net, and AP Computer Science using Java programming with Eclipse. He also teaches programming at Capital Community College and enjoys teaching students how to create their own GUI (graphical user interface) screens.

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  • FIRST Robotics (Grades 4-7)

    Mechanical design, real-world applications

    Week 1 of 2. Please note that this program runs from July 8-19, 2019.
    Open to students entering grades 4-7. Minimum enrollment 8, maximum enrollment 14

    Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15

    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 Summer Robotics Program, campers in 4th through 7th grades will explore the world of robotics from a variety of lenses, ranging from mechanical design to computer programming to real-world applications. We will utilize the LEGO Mindstorms platform. The same as used by the FIRST Robotics' FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program.

    This two-week Robotics Program focuses on a project about the creation and modification ofrobots to perform specific related tasks and work around obstacles. During our time together campers will begin to learn 3D design software, such as TinkerCAD, while using consumer-grade 3D printers to bring their designs to life. Our campers will learn from the best and brightest members of the Wyvern Robotics Program while building confidence, understanding, and independence in science and technology.
     
    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO Robotics for his sixth 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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  • Theater-Music-Dance

    Broadway Triple Threat

    For students entering grades 5-10. Minimum enrollment 8, maximum 16

    Cost: $495, Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb. 15.

    Have you ever dreamed of performing on a Broadway stage? You're in luck! BROADWAY TRIPLE THREAT camp teaches musical theater technique and training that will prepare you for either your next audition, your next big role, or even just for fun! You'll explore why musical theater is one of the most unique art forms. You'll study singing, acting and dancing each and every day! Don't have a ton of experience? No problem! All are welcome! We will dive into vocal warm-ups, intonation, musical theater expression, Broadway hit songs, stretching, movement, choreography, acting, improv, games and more! BROADWAY TRIPLE THREAT campers will also get the opportunity to experience an audition masterclass! The session will culminate with a final share performance!

    Instructor: Kyle Reynolds is an award-winning director who joined Kingswood Oxford School this fall as Director of Theater amid an accomplished career in theater education and directing. Kyle's role at KO involves teaching both theater and public speaking classes as well as directing the fall play and the winter musical. A true workaholic, Kyle teaches in both the Middle School and Upper School, in addition to holding his collegiate professorship at several Connecticut colleges/universities. You may recognize Kyle from his accomplished work within Western Connecticut State University, Post University, Goodwin College, and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Under Kyle's instruction, his students have achieved successful careers in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions as well as national tours. At the college level, Kyle's students have also gained acceptance to elite musical theater universities: Baldwin Wallace, Shenandoah, Ithaca, New York University Tisch and the University of Michigan. Kyle, a performer himself who is trained in the Sanford Meisner technique, continues to be inspired by the creativity and hunger for theatrical training at Kingswood Oxford. Kyle's all-time favorite musical is, of course, Hello Dolly.

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Week 3: July 15-19

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • FIRST Robotics

    Mechanical design, real-world applications

    Week 2 of 2. Please note that this program runs from July 8-19, 2019.
    Open to students entering grades 4-7. Minimum enrollment 8, maximum enrollment 14

    Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15

    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 Summer Robotics Program, campers in 4th through 7th grades will explore the world of robotics from a variety of lenses, ranging from mechanical design to computer programming to real-world applications. We will utilize the LEGO Mindstorms platform. The same as used by the FIRST Robotics' FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program.

    This two-week Robotics Program focuses on a project about the creation and modification of robots to perform specific related tasks and work around obstacles. During our time together campers will begin to learn 3D design software, such as TinkerCAD, while using consumer-grade 3D printers to bring their designs to life. Our campers will learn from the best and brightest members of the Wyvern Robotics Program while building confidence, understanding, and independence in science and technology.
     
    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO Robotics for his sixth 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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  • Graphic Design

    Photography + Illustration + Typography

    For students entering grades 5-11. Minimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 12.

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until Feb. 15

    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 will 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

    For students entering Grades 6-8. Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12.

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb. 15.

    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.
    In this week-long camp, campers will learn about the various parts of a mock trial while gaining hands-on experience questioning witnesses, making objections, portraying witnesses and arguing their case in front of the court. In addition, campers will undertake a mock settlement negotiation. The week culminates with the campers staging the criminally negligent homicide trial of Captain Petty Wilbury before an experienced Mock Trial judge.
    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.
     
    Instructor: Attorney Ryan Costantini works for Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he negotiates helicopter contracts with foreign governments for Sikorsky Aircraft. He has negotiated over 150 contracts worth over $6 billion with customers on six continents. Since 2008, “Mr. C”, as he is known to his teams, has been the Attorney Coach of the Legal Wyverns, KO's award-winning Upper and Middle School Mock Trial teams. In addition to coaching the Legal Wyverns, Mr. Costantini is the First Vice President of Civics First, Inc., the sponsoring organization for the Connecticut Middle and High School Mock Trial competitions, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National High School Mock Trial Championship. During the camp, he will be assisted by members of the KO Upper School Mock Trial Team.

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  • Songwriting

    Have you ever dreamed of writing your own song? Or maybe you’ve started one but aren’t quite sure how to finish it? If so, then KO’s Songwriting camp is for you.

    Open to students entering grades 5-10. Minimum class size 6; maximum class size 12.

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until Feb. 15

    This unique one week program will dive into the art and craft of songwriting. We’ll look at common song structure and form referencing Top 40 hits and classic oldies. You will see how a song goes from an idea – a simple phrase or melody – to a complete song. And you’ll learn strategies for overcoming the songwriting challenges that can pop up along the way. All as you are coached – in a fun and supportive environment – toward completing your very own original song. You can even use the KO Digital Music Lab to record a demo of that song to share with family and friends!

    So join us and jump start your songwriting journey. All levels and abilities are welcome. The only requirement is a love of music!
     
    Instructor: Gary DeMichele is a Connecticut-based singer-songwriter who’s been writing and recording songs for more than twenty-five years. He enjoys working in his home studio but has had the privilege of recording with producers around the country in such music cities as Nashville, Austin, and Los Angeles. In 2013, Gary completed his ambitious 52 in 52 project in which he wrote, recorded and released a song a week for an entire year. He’s a West Hartford native and resident, a married father of four and is beyond excited to join the Camp KO staff and share his love of songwriting with the campers!

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  • Sports Broadcasting

    Learn by Doing

    For students entering grades 5-11. Minimum enrollment 6; maximum enrollment 12.

    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 for the kids to be able 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 voices of legendary broadcasters and 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 our kids to interview and gain information on their subjects. This is a unique and fun week 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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  • Virtual Reality

    Virtual Reality: Design 3D Worlds

    For campers entering grades 6-10. Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16.

    Cost: $520. Early Bird Special: $495 until Feb. 15.

    Have you ever imagined actually having the ability to walk in the shoes of your favorite character from a movie or video game? Have you ever wanted to walk on an alien planet, or fly above the clouds like a bird? With Fleming Tech Camp’s virtual reality course, you can do all of this and more. In this camp, the adventurous and courageous will explore VR and dive into this amazing immersive experience. Explore strange new worlds, learn how to navigate through virtual space and even design your own virtual objects.

    Campers will design a 3D fly through in SketchUp, learn the difference between Mobile VR, Home/Work VR and augmented reality, have the ability to film some 3D video and experience it in VR, explore 3D space and know how to explain how to navigate in it, build a building in Minecraft VR and if time permits, build 3D models within either the Oculus 3D art program or Vive Tilt Brush application.

    Instructor: Mike Ligon, KO’s computer programming and robotics faculty member has recently been trained by the Fleming Tech experts and is excited to provide campers with experiences working with cutting-edge VR technologies. Mike teaches HTML, Javascript, Visual Basic.Net, and AP Computer Science using Java programming with Eclipse. He also teaches programming at Capital Community College and enjoys teaching students how to create their own GUI (graphical user interface) screens.

Week 4: July 22-26

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • 3D Printing and CAD Modeling

    Bring your designs to life

    Week 1 of 2. Please note that this program runs from July 22-August 2, 2019
    For students entering grades 7-10. Minimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 14. 3D Modeling/Printing experience not necessary

    Cost: $990, Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15

    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 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 sixth 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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  • A Cappella (Grades 5-8)

    Learn to sing with your friends

    Week 1 of 2. For students entering grades 5-8. Minimum enrollment 12, maximum enrollment 30

    Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15 (Save $130!)

    Please note that this program runs from July 22-August 2, 2019

    Ever wondered if you have what it takes to be on The Voice or America’s Got Talent? To join an a cappella group in college or to perform for special school assemblies and events? In this camp, you'll explore why a cappella is unique—and why it's so popular. You'll discover fundamental performance skills as well as the latest techniques in the business. You'll study sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, vocal techniques, choreography, and vocal percussion, and will also learn how the latest technology can help produce a top-­level performance.

    KO's rehearsal facilities and technology will allow campers to not only 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 state-of-the-art recording equipment and sound engineer instructor, Andrew Kim, to produce a professional recording and music video. Lastly, campers will work with the A Cappella Advanced singers on two joint performance pieces, working with and learning from older performers. The session will culminate with a final performance for everyone at Camp KO at Blue Back Square in West Hartford and also on KO's campus.

    A Cappella Campers will:
    • Appreciate and sing multiple genres and styles of contemporary a cappella music
    • Read and perform music with the help of Solfege and Western European music theory principles
    • Explore and master contemporary harmony skills
    • Explore and master beatboxing techniques
    • Explore small ensemble singing in groups of four to six singers
    • Get a basic foundation in vocal percussion
    • Sharpen one’s craft in arranging, directing/conducting, solo-singing, and/or recording
    • Experience teamwork
    • Record in a professional music studio setting
    • Make a music video to accompany the sound recording
    • Perform in front of an audience
    • Make music fun!
     
    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 (most recently at their 2017 Fall Concert) 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.

    Director: Andrew John Kim, resides in NYC and earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Northwestern University and his Masters in Music in Film Scoring from NYU. At Northwestern, he was a member and three-year music director of the award-winning collegiate a cappella group Extreme Measures. Currently, he directs, produces and arranges for the NYC-based YouTube a cappella group, Backtrack, which boasts close to four million all-time views and 40,000 subscribers since its inception in 2013. Andrew attended KO’s middle school and has worked with the Camp KO Downbeats for the past five seasons in vocal training, and arranging and recording Camp KO music.

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  • A Cappella (Grades 9-12)

    Learn to sing with your friends

    Week 1 of 2. For students entering grades 9-12. Minimum enrollment 12, maximum enrollment 30

    Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15 (Save $130!)

    Please note that this program runs from July 22-August 2, 2019

    Open to rising and current high school students, A Cappella Advanced moves beyond introductory lessons in fundamental performance skills toward mastery of the a cappella genre and technique. You'll study sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, advanced vocal techniques, choreography, and vocal percussion, and will also learn how the latest technology can help produce a top-­level performance. Additionally, you’ll work in smaller ensemble groupings, learning barbershop quartet techniques as well as small ensemble blend, balance, and harmony similar to Pentatonix. Daily clinical workshops on conducting, arranging, recording, videography, solo-singing, and beatboxing will also provide you with critical feedback in these master classes.

    KO's rehearsal facilities and technology will allow campers to 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 state-of-the-art recording equipment and sound engineer instructor, Andrew Kim, to produce a professional recording and music video. Singers will also collaborate with our younger a cappella camp (A Cappella 1!) to perform combined pieces at our final concerts. The session will culminate with a final performance for everyone at Camp KO at Blue Back Square in West Hartford and also on KO's campus.

    A Cappella Campers will:
    • Appreciate and sing multiple genres and styles of contemporary a cappella music
    • Read and perform music with the help of Solfege and Western European music theory principles
    • Explore and master contemporary harmony skills
    • Explore and master beatboxing techniques
    • Explore small ensemble singing in groups of four to six singers
    • Get a basic foundation in vocal percussion
    • Sharpen one’s craft in arranging, directing/conducting, solo-singing, and/or recording
    • Experience teamwork
    • Record in a professional music studio setting
    • Make a music video to accompany the sound recording
    • Perform in front of an audience
    • Make music fun!
     
    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 (most recently at their 2017 Fall Concert) 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.

    Instructor: Andrew John Kim, resides in NYC and earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Northwestern University and his Masters in Music in Film Scoring from NYU. At Northwestern, he was a member and three-year music director of the award-winning collegiate a cappella group Extreme Measures. Currently, he directs, produces and arranges for the NYC-based YouTube a cappella group, Backtrack, which boasts close to four million all-time views and 40,000 subscribers since its inception in 2013. Andrew attended KO’s middle school and has worked with the Camp KO Downbeats for the past five seasons in vocal training, and arranging and recording Camp KO music.

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  • Coding Sampler

    Your path to the future!

    For students entering grades 5-11. Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16.

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Special: $445 until Feb. 15

    Computer programming -- or "code" -- drives virtually every aspect of our digital lives; computers, smartphones, and even TVs are all programmed using a particular code. In this session, you will learn about the interrelation of programming, computer science, and computational thinking and how they are connected to things as diverse as art and engineering. All levels of experience are welcomed into this course. We'll explore a variety of programming languages and environments and the following features in each language:

    Python:
    This class will introduce the basics of the Python programming language, covering how to use data structures, organize and reuse code, draw shapes and patterns with turtle, and create games and animations.

    Visual Basic.Net
    This class will introduce the basics of Object Oriented Programming, covering how to create your own graphical user screens, adding images, sound and processing data with the click of buttons.

    Game Development with C++
    This class will introduce the basics of computer game design and game components such as sprites, backgrounds, 2D graphics and titling.

    Web Design
    This class will introduce the basic coding of Web Pages, such and Body Tag, HTML Tag, how to add Color, images, and links to a web page.

    Instructor: KO faculty member Michael E. Ligon teaches HTML, Javascript, Visual Basic.Net, and AP Computer Science using Java programming with Eclipse. He also teaches programming at Capital Community College. He enjoys teaching students how to create their own GUI (graphical user interface) screens.

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  • Fashion Design and Sewing Machine Skills

    For student entering grades 4-10. Minimum enrollment 12, maximum enrollment 16.

    Cost: $495.00, Eary Bird Discount until Feb.15 $445.00. $30 materials fee.

    Are you looking to learn something new this summer that's creative, practical, and fun? Join us and learn to use a sewing machine, customize, and sew your own clothes! This program is perfect for boys and girls, whether you are a new or experienced sewer. During camp, we'll work with Hartford Stitch patterns to create an outfit and accessories that reflect your personal style. When people ask where you got your clothes you'll love saying "I made it!".
     
    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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  • Real Science

    Labs Equal Learning

    For students entering grades 6-9. Mimimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 14.

    Cost: $495, Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb. 15th. Activity Fee: $25

    Are you a student who loves science and is ready for the exciting challenge of advanced laboratory experiments? During this week, we will get the opportunity to conduct experiments in chemistry, physics, biology, and
    environmental science. We will learn proper laboratory techniques, collect data, use spreadsheets, and have fun as we create a wave machine, analyze the behavior of brine shrimp, explore color, launch rockets, collect DNA samples and more. You will have a chance to be a real scientist, with all the curiosity and fun that brings. The challenge and the success of each experiment (and maybe some frustration) will be yours to experience.

    We will include an introduction to chemistry including the atom and the periodic table. With multiple activities and demonstrations, we will try to understand how and why elements react. The course will also explore some
    fundamentals of physics including motion, acceleration, gravity, and projectiles. Most of our labs will be multidisciplinary so that students can see how important ideas in science are connected.

    Instructor: Alex Kraus is a veteran teacher at Kingswood Oxford, who has taught English, Latin, Chemistry, and Physics over a career of more than 30 years. In addition to teaching, he has coached varsity swimming and diving as well as varsity track and field. He holds a BA from Williams College and an MALS from Wesleyan University.

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  • Rockband

    Learn to listen and play together

    For students entering grades 5-12. Minimum enrollment 5, maximum enrollment 16. 

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until Feb. 15

    This session will give students an opportunity to work together as a rock band. Students will choose a name for the band and then work on material throughout the week. At the end of the week, we will perform a concert and showcase what we have done. When learning instruments, many students do not get the opportunity to play music or jam with other kids. This session will allow students to do just this, to play music together.

    We will focus on listening to each other, on playing in time as a group and on soloing and improvisation during a song. We will also explore the roles each instrument plays in the band and how these roles affect the overall sound. For example, we’ll focus on getting the drummer and bass player to play together, and making sure guitar players and keyboard players play parts that complement each other and don't get in each other's way. The week will be filled with musical games that will instill confidence and encourage group bonding. All instruments are welcome, not just traditional rock instruments. Come rock out with us and join the fun!

    (Students entering grade 4 can be considered if they have enough musical experience. Please contact the Camp Director)
     
    Instructor: David Zucker has been studying music since childhood. He grew up in Bloomfield and graduated from KO in 1988. He studied music performance and composition at Skidmore College and later studied Indian music in Madras, India. David's first instrument was the piano, but he has considerable experience on guitar, as well. His influences are diverse and include classical, jazz electronic, rock, and electronic music. David has had success as a performer, producer, and composer. He spent many years as a working musician in both San Francisco and Seattle. While in Seattle, David worked considerably with film composer B.C. Smith. As a performer, Zucker toured the U.S. with his funk, fusion band, Siamese, and has toured Europe and South India. He has shared the stage with Phish, K.J. Sawka, Skerik, and Bill Frisell. David has currently been working with Grammy award-winning composer, Paul Avgerinos, on composing music for television and film. His music can be heard on many programs ranging from reality television to the NFL.

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Week 5: July 29 - August 2

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • 3D Printing and CAD Modeling

    Bring your designs to life

    (Week 2 of 2) Please note that this program runs from July 22-August 2, 2019

    For students entering grades 7-10. Minimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 14. (3D Modeling/Printing experience not necessary)

    Cost: $990, Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15

    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 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 sixth 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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  • A Cappella (Grades 5-8)

    Learn to sing with your friends

    Week 2 of 2. For students entering grades 5-8. Minimum enrollment 12, maximum enrollment 30. 

    Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15 (Save $130!)

    Please note that this program runs from July 22-August 2, 2019

    Ever wondered if you have what it takes to be on The Voice or America’s Got Talent? To join an a cappella group in college or to perform for special school assemblies and events? In this camp, you'll explore why a cappella is unique—and why it's so popular. You'll discover fundamental performance skills as well as the latest techniques in the business. You'll study sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, vocal techniques, choreography, and vocal percussion, and will also learn how the latest technology can help produce a top-­level performance.

    KO's rehearsal facilities and technology will allow campers to not only 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 state-of-the-art recording equipment and sound engineer instructor, Andrew Kim, to produce a professional recording and music video. Lastly, campers will work with the A Cappella Advanced singers on two joint performance pieces, working with and learning from older performers. The session will culminate with a final performance for everyone at Camp KO at Blue Back Square in West Hartford and also on KO's campus.

    A Cappella Campers will:
    • Appreciate and sing multiple genres and styles of contemporary a cappella music
    • Read and perform music with the help of Solfege and Western European music theory principles
    • Explore and master contemporary harmony skills
    • Explore and master beatboxing techniques
    • Explore small ensemble singing in groups of four to six singers
    • Get a basic foundation in vocal percussion
    • Sharpen one’s craft in arranging, directing/conducting, solo-singing, and/or recording
    • Experience teamwork
    • Record in a professional music studio setting
    • Make a music video to accompany the sound recording
    • Perform in front of an audience
    • Make music fun!
    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 (most recently at their 2017 Fall Concert) 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.

    Instructor: Andrew John Kim, resides in NYC and earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Northwestern University and his Masters in Music in Film Scoring from NYU. At Northwestern, he was a member and three-year music director of the award-winning collegiate a cappella group Extreme Measures. Currently, he directs, produces and arranges for the NYC-based YouTube a cappella group, Backtrack, which boasts close to four million all-time views and 40,000 subscribers since its inception in 2013. Andrew attended KO’s middle school and has worked with the Camp KO Downbeats for the past five seasons in vocal training, and arranging and recording Camp KO music.

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  • A Cappella (Grades 9-12)

    Learn to sing with your friends

    Week 2 of 2. For students entering grades 9-12. Minimum enrollment 12, maximum enrollment 30.

    Please note that this program runs from July 22-August 2, 2019

    Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15 (Save $130!)

    Open to rising and current high school students, A Cappella Advanced moves beyond introductory lessons in fundamental performance skills toward mastery of the a cappella genre and technique. You'll study sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, advanced vocal techniques, choreography, and vocal percussion, and will also learn how the latest technology can help produce a top-­level performance. Additionally, you’ll work in smaller ensemble groupings, learning barbershop quartet techniques as well as small ensemble blend, balance, and harmony similar to Pentatonix. Daily clinical workshops on conducting, arranging, recording, videography, solo-singing, and beatboxing will also provide you with critical feedback in these master classes.

    KO's rehearsal facilities and technology will allow campers to 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 state-of-the-art recording equipment and sound engineer instructor, Andrew Kim, to produce a professional recording and music video. Singers will also collaborate with our younger a cappella camp (A Cappella 1!) to perform combined pieces at our final concerts. The session will culminate with a final performance for everyone at Camp KO at Blue Back Square in West Hartford and also on KO's campus.

    A Cappella Campers will:
    • Appreciate and sing multiple genres and styles of contemporary a cappella music
    • Read and perform music with the help of Solfege and Western European music theory principles
    • Explore and master contemporary harmony skills
    • Explore and master beatboxing techniques
    • Explore small ensemble singing in groups of four to six singers
    • Get a basic foundation in vocal percussion
    • Sharpen one’s craft in arranging, directing/conducting, solo-singing, and/or recording
    • Experience teamwork
    • Record in a professional music studio setting
    • Make a music video to accompany the sound recording
    • Perform in front of an audience
    • Make music fun!
     
    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 (most recently at their 2017 Fall Concert) 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.

    Instructor: Andrew John Kim, resides in NYC and earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Northwestern University and his Masters in Music in Film Scoring from NYU. At Northwestern, he was a member and three-year music director of the award-winning collegiate a cappella group Extreme Measures. Currently, he directs, produces and arranges for the NYC-based YouTube a cappella group, Backtrack, which boasts close to four million all-time views and 40,000 subscribers since its inception in 2013. Andrew attended KO’s middle school and has worked with the Camp KO Downbeats for the past five seasons in vocal training, and arranging and recording Camp KO music.

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  • Baking Basics

    Get ready to bake!

    For students entering grades 4-11. Minimum enrollment 10, maximum enrollment 16. 

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb 15. Activity Fee: $50 - Covers all food, culinary binder, and cooking apron.

    This session features expert instruction from a former Professional Baker who will teach baking and pastry basics like quick breads, cookies, yeast doughs, seasonal sweets, and more! Baking Basics camp will culminate with a Camp KO Bake Off!” No baking experience is necessary, only a love for baking, trying new things, and a positive attitude is a must!
     
    Instructor: Lindsay Perkins is the owner of Lindsay Culinary creating culinary experiences for kids and adults throughout Greater Hartford. She is a graduate of Connecticut Culinary Institute where her focus was on Pastry and Baking. In addition to following her culinary passion, Lindsay holds a degree in English from the University of Connecticut and is the Upper School Administrative Coordinator at Kingswood Oxford School. Follow Lindsay’s culinary adventures on Instagram @LindsayCulinary.

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  • Creative Non-Fiction

    Learn to write about the world around you – or the world inside of you

    For students entering grades 8-10. Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12.

    (7th graders who have taken Camp KO Creative Writing will be considered for this course)

    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb. 15

    Learn to write about the world around you – or the world inside of you. During this week of writing focused on developing essays and other works of nonfiction, we will learn to observe, describe, synthesize and revise. And we will do so with our eye on a final writing project of your choosing. Every day we will spend time writing in both structured contexts and unstructured contexts. We will also “research” what we want to write about. We will learn about developing voice, layering on detail and creating scenes that allow the reader to picture what we picture when we put pen to page. To aid us in our writing studies we will have the masters of Fiction, Nonfiction (in particular essay) and Poetry to guide us. We will share authors who delight us – and we will figure out just how they delight us. Your lifelong writer’s education begins on the first day of class!

    Instructor: Jeanne Bonner is a writer and journalist who's produced news stories for CNN, Marketplace, NPR and The New York Times, which also published a nonfiction essay on recording her son's first words. Jeanne’s essay, “I Come Bearing Gifts, Amore Mio,” was awarded an Honorable Mention by Writer’s Digest. She studied Italian literature at Wesleyan University and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. She is currently teaching Italian at the University of Connecticut while also working part-time as an editor for CNN. Jeanne believes writing is a tool given to every human to transfer thoughts from the inner world to the outer world (via the page or the screen).

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  • Discovering the Forest - An Outdoor Adventure Week

    For Students entering grades 6-9. Minimum 8 and Maximum 14

    Cost: $475, Early Bird Discount $425 until Feb. 15

    Do you want to be a master sleuth who can read the landscape the way you might solve a mystery? What exactly is the meaning of all those stone walls in the middle of the forest? Why do beech and birch trees have smooth bark when the bark of all other northern species is rough? How do you tell the age of a beaver pond and determine if beavers still live there? Over the course of the week, we will travel and hike through different local forests and learn to read the forested landscape. During this week, you will learn how to uncover visual clues to unravel former agricultural, logging, or wind histories in our forests. Using the shapes of trees, trunk scars, stump decay patterns, stone walls, forest floor topography, and much more, a forest’s history can be deciphered in great detail. Other topics covered include how to read topographic maps, orienteering only using a compass, practicing wilderness medicine scenarios, and building basic survival shelters. By the end of the week, you will be able to hike through a forest and tell its complex and rich natural history.

    Instructor: Josh Garrison is a teacher at Kingswood Oxford, who teaches Middle School Science. In addition to teaching, he has worked for Outward Bound for over ten years and has embarked on countless climbing and hiking expeditions all over the world. He has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Antioch University.

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  • Knitting & Fiber Arts

    Wonderful Wool: Knitting, Weaving, Felting and More!

    For students entering grades 5-10. Minimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 10. Level: Beginner to Advanced-Beginner

    Cost: $495. Early Bird Discount: $445 until Feb. 15. Activity Fee: $40 - Covers all knitting needles, yarn, and other project materials.

    Have you ever wanted to knit your own hat, scarf, or gloves? Are you interested in designing your very own garment, one stitch at a time? Whether you are a true beginner or in need of some review, come join us to learn and practice the foundational stitches of knitting. Then use your perfected stitching skills to construct an original accessory. More experienced knitters may also experiment with design, pattern-reading, cabling, lace, or other textured stitch designs. Your love of wool and its magical properties will surely grow as we also explore pom-pom making, tapestry weaving, wet-felting sculptures, needle-felting animals, fulling fabric, and more.
     
    Instructor: Amy is an enthusiastic fiber-nerd who rediscovered the joy of creating after her daughter was born 11 years ago. Primarily, Amy works in wool through knitting, and she loves the challenge of garment construction. Amy enjoys designing her own knitwear as well as cutting and sewing garments and projects from patterns.

    Generally speaking, if it has fiber in it, Amy has tried working with it! She has dabbled in weaving, embroidery, dying, quilting, fulling, and needle-felting. When she isn't playing with textiles of all kinds in her home studio, Amy teaches ancient history and Latin language, which she has done for the past 19 years, teaching all levels at KO from 2004-2012, to students ranging from middle school to high school. Amy is also a runner, a coach, a mom, a wife, and a cuddler to her pug and bulldog.

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