Academics

Summer at SA

Come spend the summer being engaged and challenged in a supportive, fun environment!
 
Whether your child is interested in robotics and STEM, ceramics, music, debate, journalism, storytelling, cooking, outdoor skills, broadcasting, music production, or sports, we have something for everyone!
 
The camps are designed for children ages 10 to 14 and cover a broad array of interests and opportunities. Campers will learn new skills, make new friends, and have a great time. All camps are a week long, Monday through Friday, and will be held on the Sonoma Academy campus, except for the Outdoor Skills camp, which takes place at Pepperwood Preserve.

Review the camp descriptions below or register now.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Luc Martin or Ramsey Musallam.

  • All summer campers will receive a Summer at Sonoma Academy t-shirt and bag, as well as a daily snack. Campers are asked to bring their own lunch.
  • Refund Policy: Families who cancel their Summer at Sonoma Academy registration will receive a full refund if cancellation occurs fourteen days prior to the start of camp. No refund will be granted if withdrawn after that period; however, you may receive a camp credit (in the amount of your camp registration fee) good towards any of our 2020 Summer Camps. Refunds will be issued in the same manner your payment was made. Information regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic: As of now, Summer at Sonoma Academy is planning to host all 2020 summer camps. In the event of cancelled summer camps due to requirements by the State or County regarding Covid-19, all families would receive a full refund. Refunds will be issued in the same manner your payment was made.

Week 1: June 22 to June 26

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Basketball

    Basketball camp will provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience for players of all ability levels. Campers will learn how to become well-rounded basketball players through instruction and competition, which will include basketball fundamentals: shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork, rebounding, and defensive principles. Campers will participate in 1-on-1, 3-on-3, and 5-on-5 competitions designed to allow each player the opportunity to apply the skills they will be learning. Campers will enjoy free throw, three-point, and one-on-one contests, as well as various shooting and dribbling games, all in a fun, positive, and challenging environment. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 22-June 26
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Kevin Christensen, Associate Director of Athletics & Physical Education
    Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Wood Fire Cooking

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a wood fire oven? In this camp we will make everything from scratch. From making pizzas, to whole roasted chicken, to braising food overnight and even homemade scones.  Join Les Goodman who is the chef manager for Sonoma Academy’s food service program. Les has cooked and worked in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Thailand, India, and has spent the past ten years in Sonoma County. All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 22-June 26
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Les Goodman, Head Chef, Flik Dining
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $400

  • Go-Karts Building

    Nothing says “summer” like go-kart races. We will start out by designing our go-karts, then we’ll build small models with cardboard, foam core, and hot glue. Next, we’ll move on to drawing plans on paper and making those plans come to life by using hand tools, cordless drills, and other tools in the woodshop to build our life-size karts. Don’t be afraid to customize your vehicle with LED lights, paint, horns, streamers, wings, or anything else that suits your fancy. At the end of the week we will test our inventions and race against each other in a community-building finale.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 22-June 26
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Eric Moes, STEM & Visual Arts Teacher
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $400

  • Outdoor Exploration

    Do you love being outdoors and learning about local plants and animals? Do you enjoy hiking to amazing vistas of Sonoma County? Do you long to lie under the stars at night and gaze upwards away from the city lights? If yes, then join Sonoma Academy and Pepperwood education staff for a week of outdoor fun at Pepperwood. During our five days together we will hike to different parts of the 3,200 acre preserve while analyzing plants and animals along the way. We will also utilize the Dwight Center’s modern learning spaces and kitchen. Most nights we will retreat to the Bechtel House, which has a wrap-around deck and lawn for stargazing, and bunk beds to get some much needed sleep. We will also practice wilderness backpacking skills by navigating across the land to set up camp for the night in the beautiful backcountry, to gain a deeper connection with the outdoors! Last but certainly not least we will have fun, create friendships, and enjoy the summer days outside!  

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 22-June 26
    Times: 9 am on Monday, June 22 to 3 pm on Friday, June 26
    Teacher: Teacher: Daniel Karbousky, STEM Teacher
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $900

  • Video Storytelling and Production 

    Have you ever wondered how the shows on television and YouTube are made? Does the weatherman really stand in front of a big, colorful map? How does a reporter find an interesting subject and write a good story? How are text and graphics created? In this hands-on camp you’ll learn to make short, fun, and informative stories and/or news for the Good Times Network (GTN), a variety show made by kids, for kids. You will make videos about your favorite people, games, sports, music, movies, and other things, and even act in your and other people’s videos. You’ll learn to edit video, adding graphics, sound, and music to create an exciting experience for the audience. You’ll use the “green screen” to create special visual effects and so much more. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 22-June 26
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Spencer Nilsen, Digital Media Coordinator
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

Week 2: June 29 to July 3

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Book Making Basics 

    Do you consider yourself a book lover, book worm, book dragon, or some other type of book enthusiast? Do you leave the feel of the paper, the binding, the smell of the ink? Have you ever thought about the physical process of making books or looked at a book and wondered if you could make something just like it? If so, this course is for you! We will begin with a simple book making project and progress to the creation of your own handbound, hardcover sketchbook. We will also be exploring a variety of different types of handmade books and the history around book making and book restoration. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Molly Brown
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Cooking Around the World

    Come travel the world and learn how to prepare foods from each major continent. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about and prepare food from Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Les Goodman , Head Chef, Flik Dining
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $400

  • Girls in STEM

    Girls in STEM! works to inspire young girls to follow their passions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. From dissecting the science behind circuits to exploring density through cool activities, students will get a big-picture view of science and the joy that comes with it. We hope to empower the next generation of female scientists and give them the skills necessary to take on the world with confidence!

    Ages: 9-12
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Times: 9 am to 12 pm each day
    Teacher: Lisa Zavieh, STEM Department Chair & Teacher; Hannah Nabavi ‘20
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $175

  • Storytelling

    We all tell stories to one another all the time. When you get home from school and your parent asks you, "What did you do today in school?" You answer with a brief story. In this class, however, we will develop techniques that help bring our stories to life so they become engaging and fun to listen to. We will try to bring them from an everyday routine to the level of a performance for an audience. We will tell personal stories as well folktales, myths, and legends. We will work on voice, posture, pause as well as the structure and language of stories. No theater experience is necessary whatsoever. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Brandon Spars, Humanities Teacher

    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

Week 3: July 6-July 10

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Creative Clay

    Come explore your imagination. Creating with clay is muddy, exciting, artistic, fun, and has endless possibilities both for beginning and experienced artists. In this weeklong ceramics camp we will explore a variety of crafting techniques. We will throw pots on the wheel, as well as make pinch and coil, and extruded forms (think play do fun factory on steroids). Students will have an opportunity to awaken their inner artist in using the many tools and glazes available in the studio. All instruction is geared toward individual ability.
     
    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 6-July 10
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Valerie Seaberg, Ceramics Teacher
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Cooking with Ratios

    You don’t have to pull out that recipe everytime you want to make something. Come and learn how math ratios come into play with cooking and baking. Have you heard of 1-2-3 dough or wondered what the proper ratio for making a stock is? Simple numbers can help. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 6-July 10
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Les Goodman, Head Chef Flik Dining
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $400

  • Electronic Music Production

    At the annual Grammy Awards in January the biggest prizes of the night were won by Billie Eilish, an 18-year-old singer who made the entire record in her brother’s bedroom using Apple’s Logic X software. In this camp, students will learn to use Logic X to create original music using beats, samples, loops, their voices and even live instruments. Campers can work on their own musical ideas, write lyrics, sing, record instruments, and collaborate with others to create completely unique and original songs. No former musical knowledge or training is necessary. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 6-July 10
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Spencer Nilsen, Digital Media Coordinator
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Soccer

    This soccer camp is designed for players of all levels who want to learn and improve their fundamental soccer skills in a fun and encouraging environment. Players are given the opportunity to receive plenty of individual instruction as each day is filled with a variety of activities including small-sided games to encourage understanding of team concepts; technical and ball mastery skills sessions; shooting drills; and much more. Our goal is to make sure all players are challenged, learning, and having fun.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 6-July 10
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Chris Ziemer, Director of Athletics & Physical Education, Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Soccer and STEM

    Do you love playing soccer? Interested in building a BattleBot? Having a hard time choosing between both? If so, this camp is for you! In a unique blend of sports and science, this "Soccer and STEM" session will expose campers to Sonoma Academy's championship soccer program AND cutting edge STEM department. Campers will spend the first half of the day learning skills, and having a blast competing on the soccer field, and the second half of the day challenging their engineering and design skills building Robots, wiring circuits, and inventing new innovative solutions to current problems in our society. The Soccer and STEM camp is guaranteed to be an exciting and healthy experience for both body and mind. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 6-July 10
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teachers: Chris Ziemer, Director of Athletics & Physical Education, Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach; Ramsey Musallam, STEM Teacher, Director of Summer Programs, Robotics Coach 
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Student Journalism 

    Journalism is one of the most important features of a functioning democracy. In this camp, students will learn the basics of news reporting, interviewing, news writing, and editing. Campers will read examples of good journalism, learn a little of the history of journalism in America, and we will practice our journalism skills by producing a publication by the end of the week. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 6-July 10
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Laila McClay, Humanities Teacher
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

Week 4: July 13 to July 17

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Creative Clay Play

    Expand your imagination and elevate your artistry! This ceramic camp is for students who are interested in developing their creative potential using clay as a medium for expression. Come get your hands dirty in this dynamic supportive studio environment. We will explore both the art and craft of hand building with clay and throwing on the wheel. We will learn to make pots that have fancy feet and rattles that shake. We will be working with tools of the trade like slab rollers and an extrude—think play do fun factory, but bigger! Learn how to get the most out of traditional and nontraditional techniques and textures. All instruction is geared toward individual ability. 
     
    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 13-July 17
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher:Valerie Seaberg, Ceramics Teacher
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Food Along the Silk Road

    Do you love spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, turmeric, pepper? Have you ever tasted a spice and wondered where it came from or how it came to be used as it is today? The word “spice” derives from the Latin species, or ‘special wares’, and refers to an item of special value. Spices were highly valued because of their relative geographic scarcity, and for their varied uses in cooking, medicine, and ritual practices. Some spices, such as cloves and nutmeg, grew nowhere else in the world. From as early as 2,000 BCE, spices such as cinnamon from Sri Lanka and cassia from China were exported along the Silk Roads. The exchange of spices and herbs, as well as many other foods and food production techniques, via the Silk Roads has left a legacy of shared gastronomic heritages enjoyed all over the world today. 

    And that is exactly what we will explore in this fun, engaging, and delicious summer camp! We will “travel” the silk road of spices—from Asia to Europe, Borneo and Africa--will cook and eat and explore the foods, spices, and cultures of the Silk Road.
     

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 13-July 17
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Les Goodman, Head Chef Flik Dining

    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $400

  • Felt for Beginners 

    This course will explore the basics of felting. The first portion of the class will be devoted to wet felting, a technique students will use to create a pair of custom slippers. The second portion of the course will focus on needle felting and students will design and create a felted wall hanging. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 13-July 17
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Molly Brown 
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Introduction to Robotics

    Are you interested in learning about Robotics but don’t know where to begin? Have you dabbled with robotic toys, or Lego robots in school, but are craving more? If yes, this camp is for you! During this week of Robotics, campers will build various remote controlled “BattleBots,” program Lego robots, and experiment with the VEX robotic system used by students on Sonoma Academy’s World Championship Robotics team. No prior knowledge in robotics is required! 

    Ages: 10-12
    Dates: July 13-July 17
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Ramsey Musallam, STEM Teacher, Director of Summer Programs, Robotics Coach 
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $400

  • Public Speaking and Debate 

    Who knew that public speaking could be fun? Campers will discover the joy of speaking through confidence-building exercises and engaging debate topics that encourage them to think critically and use evidence to back up their opinions. Campers will work with the #1 policy debate team in the Bay Area to explore current events, research and develop arguments, and debate both sides of contentious issues. The camp will culminate in the debate tournament where students will be able to practice their critical thinking and advocacy skills. 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 13-July 17
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Lani Frazer, Speech and Debate Coach 
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $400

  • Scratch Programming

    Have you ever wanted to learn to program? Make your own video games, animations, and interactive graphics? Come learn Scratch! The free, easy to learn, block based programming language! Scratch was built by the MIT Media Lab for the purpose of make programming immediate and accessible to beginners. With its drag and drop interface, young students, first time learners, and advanced learners alike can program games, interact with video and sound, record sound, paint sprites, and interface with microcontrollers. No prior programming experience necessary! 

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 13-July 17
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm each day
    Teacher: Changa Imara, STEM Teacher; Tech Help Desk, Robotics Coach
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

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