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Welcome to Bush Summer Programs!

Your summer adventure awaits at The Bush School. We are excited to welcome you back to campus this summer for a range of summer classes and camps for students entering Kindergarten - Grade 12.  Bush summer camps are open to the greater community, welcoming students from beyond Bush to enjoy summer on one or both of our two campuses in Seattle, WA and the Methow Valley in Mazama, WA.



SEATTLE CAMPUS

*New - Galileo STEAM Camp - Lower School Day Camp

The Bush School is excited to welcome Camp Galileo to its campus this summer! Galileo engages every kid with hands-on projects that teach design-thinking and problem-solving skills, all wrapped in big summer fun. Energetic, inclusive staff and world-class curriculum make for a summer kids love. Camp Galileo has been providing decades of fun for campers at 70+ locations in California, D.C., Chicago, and Denver. The Bush School is Camp Galileo’s first Seattle location. Catch the best prices of the year and enroll during our Early Bird Special that runs through Thursday, March 31! 

Students can sign-up weekly from one week to all seven weeks of summer fun with Camp Galileo. Morning and afternoon extended care is available. 

REGISTER NOW! Click here to learn more and register for Camp Galileo

Dates: Jun 27 - Aug 12 (weekly)
Camp Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
AM Extended Care: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
PM Extended Care: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
 
Questions: For questions related to enrollment, parents/guardians can email at: info@galileo-learning.com or call 1-800-854-3684. 


BLAZER ATHLETIC CAMPS

The Blazers Summer Athletic Camps focus on teaching and developing fundamental technical and tactical sports skills in a fun and challenging atmosphere. Participants are able to apply the experience they gain to their participation in recreational, club and/or interscholastic sports teams. Our experienced and qualified coaches will utilize age-appropriate coaching methods which aim to teach offensive and defensive skills, team strategies and mental aspects such as teamwork, leadership, confidence and fair play. Following the Blazers Athletic philosophy, coaches will encourage campers to work hard and to improve various aspects of their game while developing a love for the sport. All levels are welcome! 

Click here to register for Blazer Athletic Camps!

Questions? Email jo.ito@bush.edu


Blazer Athletic Camp Offerings

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  • Boys Basketball

    Dates:  Monday, June 20-Friday, June 24
    Grade: 6-9 Grade
    # of Days: 5 Days
    Time: 9:00 a.m. -Noon
    Location: The Bush School, Schuchart Gym
    Cost: $230

    Notes:
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    All campers will receive a camp jersey and a basketball
    - Athletic Trainer coverage will be provided throughout the camp
    - P
    lease bring indoor basketball shoes, a water bottle, and a snack
    - Participants need to be dropped off and picked up at the gym

    Click here to register


  • Co-ed Basketball

    Dates:  Monday, June 20-Friday, June 24
    Grade: 3-5 Grade
    # of Days: 5 Days
    Time: 9:00 a.m. -Noon
    Location: The Bush School, Mag Gym
    Cost: $230

    Notes:
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    All campers will receive a camp jersey and a basketball
    - Athletic Trainer coverage will be provided throughout the camp
    - P
    lease bring indoor basketball shoes, a water bottle, and a snack
    - Participants need to be dropped off and picked up at the gym

    Click here to register


  • Girls Basketball

    Dates:  Monday, June 13-Friday, June 17
    Grade: 6-9 Grade
    # of Days: 5 Days
    Time: 9:00 a.m. -Noon
    Location: The Bush School, Schuchart Gym
    Cost: $230

    Notes:
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    All campers will receive a camp jersey and a basketball
    - Athletic Trainer coverage will be provided throughout the camp
    - P
    lease bring indoor basketball shoes, a water bottle, and a snack
    - Participants need to be dropped off and picked up at the gym

    Click here to register


  • Girls Volleyball

    Dates:  Monday, June 20-Friday, June 24
    Grade: 6-9 Grade
    # of Days: 5 Days
    Time: 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Location: The Bush School, Schuchart Gym
    Cost: $230

    Notes:
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    All campers will receive a camp jersey and a volleyball
    - Athletic Trainer coverage will be provided throughout the camp
    - P
    lease bring indoor volleyball shoes, a water bottle, and a snack
    - Participants need to be dropped off and picked up at the gym

    Click here to register


  • Ultimate Frisbee

    Dates:  Monday, June 13-Friday, June 17
    Grade: 6-9 Grade
    # of Days: 5 Days
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Washington Park
    Cost: $230 (Half Day); $435 (Full Day)
    Schedule Options:  
    • Full Day: Grades 6-9: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Half Day (Morning): Grades 6-9: 9:00 a.m.-Noon
    • Half Day (Afternoon): Grades 6-9: 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m
    Notes:
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    All campers will receive a camp jersey and a disc
    - Athletic Trainer coverage will be provided throughout the camp
    - P
    lease bring cleats, a water bottle, and a snack (half day camp) / packed lunch (full day camp) and sunscreen
    - Participants need to be dropped off and picked up at Washington Park

    Click here to register





UPPER SCHOOL ACADEMIC CLASSES

Jump into a world of learning with classes in Geometry, Introductory Calculus, and Math Analysis. Rising seniors are encouraged to sign up for Writing the College Essay, a summer favorite for seniors wanting to get those college essays done before school starts. Students wanting a tune up in August before jumping into high school are encouraged to take Study Skills for High School and Pre-season Writing. 

Click here to register for Upper School Academic Classes!

Questions? Email summer@bush.edu 


Upper School Academic Classes

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  • Geometry

    Dates:  Monday, June 20-Friday, July 8 (No class on July 4)
    Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Grade: 9-12 Grade, open to all students
    # of Days: 14 Days
    Location: In-person at The Bush School 
    Cost: $750
    Prerequisite: Students who have completed Algebra

    This is an intensive course designed to present the major topics of a geometry course with practice problems that lead to fluency. Emphasis is on relationships among spatial constructs, algebraic applications and using deductive reasoning for proof. This course can serve as a student’s
    comprehensive study of geometry at the high school level or prepare students for a more in-depth examination of a full-year geometry class. Enrollment in this class does not imply placement in Advanced Algebra in the coming academic year. This decision is made through a placement test at the conclusion of the course and in consultation with the Department Chair.

    Special supplies needed/Items students need to bring to class: binder with lined paper and graph paper, regular pencils (w/ erasers), colored pencils, index cards (flash cards), compass, and protractor.

    Click here to register


  • Introductory Calculus

    Dates:  Monday, June 20-Friday, July 8 (No class on July 4)
    Grade : 9-12 Grade, open to all students
    # of Days: 14 Days
    Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: In-person at The Bush School
    Cost: $750
    Prerequisite: Math Analysis or equivalent Pre-Calculus course

    This course synthesizes a wide array of previous math experiences. Among other topics, this class introduces polar and parametric equations, vectors, difference equations, and logistic functions. Concepts introduced in Math Analysis are refined, broadened, and extended. Through graphic, numerical, and algebraic points of view, the groundwork is laid for a formal development of rates of change and limits of infinite sums. Enrollment in this class does not imply placement in Advanced Calculus in the coming academic year. This decision is made through a placement test at the conclusion of the course and in consultation with the Department Chair.

    Special supplies needed/Items students need to bring to class: binder with lined paper and graph paper, regular pencils (w/ erasers), graphing calculator or use of Desmos on technology.


    Click here to register
  • Math Analysis

    Dates:  June 20-July 8 (No class on July 4)
    Grade: 9-12 Grade, open to all students
    # of Days: 14 Days
    Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: In-person at The Bush School Seattle Campus
    Cost: $750
    Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra and Geometry

    This course integrates an analysis of data with a formal development of functions encompassed by real-world applications. The students’ study of data motivates the need to develop an understanding of functions in order to model variable relationships. Many families of functions are investigated including exponential, inverse, logarithmic, and trigonometric. In addition, the students continue their study of sequences by examining series. The students are introduced to probability concepts and data analysis tools as well. Graphing calculators and other technology are heavily utilized to allow students to make connections between graphical and analytical approaches. Enrollment in this class does not imply placement in Introductory Calculus in the coming academic year. This decision is made through a placement test and in consultation with the Department Chair at the conclusion of the summer course.
     
    Special supplies needed/Items students need to bring to class: binder with lined paper and graph paper, regular pencils (w/ erasers), graphing calculator or use of Desmos on technology.

    Click here to register
  • Pre-season Writing

    Dates:  August 8-August 19
    Grade: 9-10 Grade
    # of Days: 10 Days
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: In-person at The Bush School Seattle Campus
    Cost: $400

    The transition into high school is an important one. This class will help students manage this transition by preparing them to write at a high school level. Students in the Pre-Season Writing course will have a chance to brush brush up on techniques they may not have used much during the summer. Drafting and gathering feedback on writing in a helpful workshop atmosphere will allow students to combine the serious purpose of building stronger skills with the fun of working together. The goal is to have students enter their high school year with a sharpened sense of how to write well at this level. This course will focus on three areas of preparation: approaching writing assignments, generating ideas, and reviewing the basics.
     
    Approaching writing assignments: How to "receive" an assignment, understand what is being asked, break it down into manageable chunks, and do the assignment in an efficient, timely, and effective manner.
     
    Generating ideas, or brainstorming: How to develop a simple idea into a complex nuanced argument, how to narrow a broad idea into a focused topic, and how to write a strong thesis statement.
     
    Reviewing the basics: writing strong, varied sentences; focused, complete, and concise paragraphs; and logical, tightly organized essays. Attention will be given to grammar, mechanics, spelling, and vocabulary in context.


    Click here to register
  • Study Skills for High School

    Dates:  August 8-August 19
    Grade: 9-10 Grade
    # of Days: 10 Days
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: In-person at The Bush School Seattle Campus
    Cost: $350

    The transition to high school is a time of tremendous change. This course is designed to ease the transition by providing students with the study skills and tools necessary to manage a more demanding academic load. The course will address homework habits, planning, time management, organization, big projects and tests, mental health, self-reflection, and self-advocacy.

    Click here to register
  • Writing the College Essay

    Dates:  August 1-August 5  or
                 August 8-August 12 or
                 August 15-August 19
    Grade: 12 Grade
    # of Days: 5 Days
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Location: In-person at The Bush School Seattle Campus
    Cost: $500

    This one-week course for rising Twelfth Grade students tackles the writing portions of the college application process with both joy and authenticity. Hands-on and fast-paced, Writing the College Essay will help you tell your best story and present colleges with an engaging portrait of who you are.
     
    By the end of the course you will:
    • Understand the components of a strong college admissions essay
    • Analyze the nuances of the Common Application personal essay and college supplements
    • Be able to edit your own and others’ work for topic, form, and voice
    • Complete an edited draft of the Common App personal statement
    • Begin brainstorming ideas for, and draft at least one, college supplement
    Notes: Students must bring a computer to each class session and should expect to write both in class and at home, completing at least thirty minutes of personal work each night. This class is offered three times in August, and students should sign up for one week only. 

    Click here to register


UPPER SCHOOL TRAVEL PROGRAM

Bush Upper School students have two great opportunities to travel this summer. Explore music and cycling in the Methow Valley at the Bush Methow Campus or head south to Ashland, OR for five day trip of live theater at the Shakespeare Festival.


Click here to register for Upper School Travel Program!

Questions? Email summer@bush.edu 


Upper School Travel Programs

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  • Ashland Theater (for Bush students only)

    Dates:  Monday, June 20-Friday, June 24
    Grade: 9-12 Grade, Bush students only
    # of Days: 5 Days
    Departure: Monday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m.
    Return: Friday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Ashland, Oregon
    Cost: $760 (All meals, show tickets, camping, and other activities are included in this price) 
    Sleeping: Camping in one-person tents
     
    Join the Bush Upper School Drama Department for a five-day trip packed full of live theater at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Students camp at a nearby campground in single-occupancy tents. The campground is equipped with electrical outlets, showers, a pool, and a clubhouse game room. Along with seeing shows , students perform workshops, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, meet performers and designers that worked on the productions, and enjoy time hanging out at the campground with friends!

    Click here to register


  • Music and Mountain Biking in the Methow (for Bush and non-Bush students)

    Dates:  Wednesday, June 15-Saturday, June 18
    Grade: 9-12 Grade
    # of Days: 4 Days
    Location: In-person, overnight at Bush Methow Campus
    Departure: Wednesday, June 15 at 9:00 a.m. - Bush School
    Return: Saturday, June 18 at 4:00 p.m. - Bush School
    Cost: $400
    Deadline to register: Friday, June 10
    COVID-19 Protocols: Proof of vaccination is required for overnight programs
    Equipment available upon request. Scholarships are available for campers through the Ian Fair Fund.
     
    Imagine a morning spent flowing down singletrack trails in the North Cascades, followed by an afternoon of music-making with your peers at the Bush Methow Campus. If this sounds like a great way to kick off your summer, come join Music and Mountain Biking in the Methow! Students will begin each day developing skills and fitness as a biker while exploring the fantastic trails and scenery the Methow Valley has to offer. Morning rides will fuel inspiration for music-filled afternoons, where students will have an opportunity to hone their craft as an instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, or music producer. Students can expect focused practice times, spontaneous jam sessions, and house concerts. There will also be down time to read, play games, and explore campus. The school will provide mountain bikes and a variety of instruments (you may bring additional instruments, as arranged with the instructors). To be successful on this trip, students need a basic proficiency as a biker, and a demonstrated musical passion to grow through the experience. Transportation to the Methow Campus will be provided. Students work in teams to prepare meals, and will sleep in single person tents. COVID-19 protocols will mirror current campus-wide protocols.

    Click here to register




METHOW CAMPUS


Your summer adventure awaits at The Bush School Methow Campus! The Bush School offers local summer programming in the Methow Valley to provide school-age children the opportunity to learn new skills as well as the opportunity to explore the Methow’s environment, history, and culture.  

Each camp is led by an experienced instructor, with assistance provided by additional qualified staff. Camps are based out of The Bush School Methow Campus in Mazama, Washington, and often venture to destinations around the Methow Valley to explore the week’s chosen theme. Campers can expect to be outside in any weather, and be active and engaged. Each camp runs Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Transportation provided to and from the Winthrop Barn with pick-up at 8:30 a.m. and drop off at  3:30 p.m. Campers are required to bring their own lunch, water bottles, and masks.

Questions? Email Michaela.precourt@bush.edu to reach Michaela Precourt, Methow Campus Program Coordinator 


Methow Campus Day Camps

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  • Methow - Fly Fishing and Designing a Field Journal

    LocationBush Methow Campus, 255 Lost River Rd. Mazama, WA 
    Date: July 5 - July 8  or
              July 11 - July 14
    Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Grade: 3 - 6 Grade
    Transportation: Bus will run from the barn in Winthrop to campus each day. Pick-up at 8:30 a.m. and drop-off at 3:30 p.m.
    Description: Mayflies, wooly buggers, and cutthroat, oh my! In this fly-fishing camp, students learn about aquatic insects in the Methow Valley, how to tie their own flies, and how to cast with a fly rod. Students also learn what fish eat, how to "read" water, and how to wade safely. Students have three on-the-water experiences with the opportunity to catch fish on flies that they have tied. Students create a field journal that helps them remember skills from camp.


  • Methow - Young Explorers Camp

    LocationBush Methow Campus, 255 Lost River Rd. Mazama, WA 
    Date: Monday, July 18 - Thursday, July 21
              July 25 - July 28
    Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Grade: 1 - 2 Grade
    Transportation: Bus will run from the barn in Winthrop to campus each day. Pick-up at 8:30 a.m. and drop-off at 3:30 p.m
    Description: In this week of wild wilderness games, students spend days playing in the woods around The Bush School’s Methow Campus.  While using senses and developing naturalist skills, students will put on their thinking caps  and discover what the forest has to offer.  Students will explore the trails with unique tools, examine the hidden rivers, and discover the magical secrets of nature!  Friendships will develop and grow as kids share experiences, feelings, ideas, and things that did not go as planned, all in a nurturing  environment with caring teachers. Come explore the outdoors with us!




HEALTHY AND SAFETY INFORMATION

Seattle Campus: COVID-19 General Information: The Bush School requires that all eligible staff and campers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend 2022 summer programs. As health and safety guidelines continue to change, The Bush School will follow the recommendations of the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Public Health - Seattle King County (PHSKC). 

Methow Campus: COVID-19 General Information: The Bush School is committed to providing a healthy environment for campers and staff at the Methow Campus, as well as complying with local and state health guidelines. All staff are required to be fully vaccinated, and students need to follow the Methow Valley School District (MVSD) guidelines.