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Summer Programs

Welcome to Bush Summer Programs!

Registration opens February 15

The goal of the Summer Programs is to offer classes, activities, and camps that provide a healthy, active, engaging, and safe environment for Bush students as well as for students from the broader community. The Summer Programs operate under the same guiding principles as The Bush School's academic-year programs.
The Summer Programs are dedicated to providing quality experiences for students of all ages.
Contact summerprograms@bush.edu with questions.
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Lower School Camps

We offer six weeks of K–5 Summer Experience Day Camp June 11–29, and July 23–Aug 10. You register by the week. Cost is $400 per week. Each child gets four one-hour classes per day with half-hour recess time in between and a one-hour lunch and recess time between the second and third class. Each of those classes meet for one hour each day as four week-long units. Classes are taught by Bush School teachers and our favorite outside contractors. Enrollment is limited to 40 students per week, so class sizes are 10 or less. We offer a flexible drop-off time from 8:30 to 9:00 am, with the first class starting at 9:00 am sharp. The last class of the day ends at 3:00 pm. We also offer a flexible pick up time from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. Before care is available from 8 to 8:30 am for an additional $25 per week. After care is available from 3:30 to 6:00 pm for an additional $100 per week.

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  • Week 1, June 11–15: TECH-FLEX


    Smart w/Art: Robotic World - We are going futuristic as we design large scale robots. Join us as we look into the future in this fun filled creative week. Campers will experience their vision of the future and become inventors in this exciting camp. We will paint, sculpt and more in this artistic camp filled with futuristic fun!

    Computing Kids: Minecraft - Students design their own world and bring it to life by diving into the educational realm of Minecraft. By creating and exploring in this blocky world, aspiring game designers learn problem-solving, level design, and so much more. Instructors provide personalized instruction to engage students of all learning styles, provide challenges, and foster creativity as they progress at their own pace. No computing experience is required.

    Kong Academy: Parkour - Parkour is the ability to move fluidly through your environment from one place to another. In this class, children will safely learn to progress through the basic parkour movements of jumping, vaulting, climbing, swinging, balancing, and rolling. The movements build strength, balance, and coordination. Your child will acquire the ability to engage with their environment while overcoming obstacles both physically and mentally. Practicing parkour skills fosters creativity and boosts confidence.

    CAN: brick animation - Create your own stop-motion animation movie! In this class students will use iPads (provided by the instructor) to take animation photos of LEGO® pieces and to edit video and sound. Set, character, and story construction will be taught and unique student ideas will be supported. View over 4,000 student animations at www.cancancancan.com (4 cans). (LEGO® is not affiliated with, and does not sponsor or endorse, the services or products of the Clay Animation Network).
  • Week 2, June 18–22: Home and Away


    Jeffrey Adjei: Digital Art - Explore self-expression through computer art! Become a master of digital drawing tools, photo editing resources, and on-line art creation resources. Taught by our Lower School Technology teacher in our state-of-the-art computer lab.

    Anna Belknap: Seattle Skyline - A hands-on art exploration of the Seattle skyline! We will study the buildings that make Seattle unique and use a variety of art media to represent these building in our own way.

    Cecily Metzger: World Traveler - Get your passport stamped as you embark on this exciting adventure! We will "travel" to 5 countries and learn their rich history, traditions and languages. We will make fun crafts while enjoying the music and food from that country as well. Fasten those seat belts. This plane is ready for take-off!

    Li-Ting Hung: Art Travel Adventure - Pack your creative art suitcase and hop on board to an adventure in art and sculpture. You will make your own Sumi-E ink, get your hands messy in red terra cotta clay, make vibrant sand art, and print your own designs on canvas. Continents you will visit on your art adventure are Asia, South America, Australia, and Africa.
  • Week 3, June 25–29: 3-Deeply Creative


    Jeffrey Adjei: 3D design and printing - Explore self-expression through 3-D technology! Explore Tinkercard, make 3-D designs, and print out fun 3-D creations. Taught by our Lower School Technology teacher in our state-of-the-art computer lab.

    Cecily Metzger: Ocean Animals - Join us as we explore the deep sea and learn about its different inhabitants. Through books, songs, games, and arts and crafts we will learn about different kinds of fish, mammals, mollusks and plants that live in the ocean.

    Little Hands Creations: Sewing - Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy…sewing! No experience necessary for boys and girls to learn the basics and beyond. Younger students will learn beginner sewing techniques, while the older students can expand on skills they already have as well as learn machine sewing. This class will build fine motor skills, finger dexterity, and most important, it will give their creative muscles a work out! All supplies included.

    Stone Soup Theater: Improv! - Have fun improvising characters and stories using nothing but your body and your creativity. We will teach you to trust making it up as you go, while creating scenes and characters that express a wide range of emotions. Concludes with a brief performance for family and friends.
  • Week 4, July 23–27: Adventure Art and Magic Movement


    Smart w/Art: Treasure Island - Ahoy mateys! We will go on a treasure hunt, after designing our own authentic maps. Create a sea-life collage painting, discover all about the sea world, and learn how to talk like a pirate in this fun filled week of art and sea life. Join us on this exciting adventure, as we set sail for fun!

    Kirsten Nelte: Construction Zone - Famous Buildings Around the World - Each day we will use different materials such as Lego, recycled materials like boxes and tubes, sugar cubes, and edible materials (allergy safe!) to construct famous buildings around the world (like The Great Pyramid, Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, etc.). Students will learn about different elements of architectural design while trying them out "hands-on!"

    Ruben Barron: How To Be a Magician - Learn the basics to some of Magic's greatest secrets! Cards, coins, mind reading, escapes and magic history. Each class you'll learn new effects and receive the props to perform them. These are yours to keep. Amaze and amuse family and friends with your new skills. All effects are age appropriate and easy to learn. Taught by a performing artist, Comedy Magician Ruben Barron

    Kong Academy: Parkour - Parkour is the ability to move fluidly through your environment from one place to another. In this class, children will safely learn to progress through the basic parkour movements of jumping, vaulting, climbing, swinging, balancing, and rolling. The movements build strength, balance, and coordination. Your child will acquire the ability to engage with their environment while overcoming obstacles both physically and mentally. Practicing parkour skills fosters creativity and boosts confidence.
  • Week 5, July 30–August 3: Pets, Monsters, Magic and Scratch


    Michael Adams: Monster Cards - Monster cards is a self-created art-game. Players invent and render Monster Cards which are played against each other, the winner being chosen democratically. We will explore the finer points of Monster Card creation and play. It is the perfect camp for any child wishing to enter into Monster Card playing.

    Smart w/Art: Secret Life of Pets - Artists will learn how to create a painted pet portrait to scale of their favorite furry friend. We will also enjoy crafting and baking some special edible treats for our pals, and designing wearable art! It's all about those loveable pal's this week! Don't miss out on creating art and spoiling that furry friend! Join us on this fun pet adventure!

    Ruben Barron: How to Be a Magician 2 - Learn the basics to some of Magic's greatest secrets! Cards, coins, mind reading, escapes and magic history. Each class you'll learn new effects and receive the props to perform them. These are yours to keep. Amaze and amuse family and friends with your new skills. All effects are age appropriate and easy to learn. Taught by a performing artist, Comedy Magician Ruben Barron

    Computing Kids: Scratch - Students design their own world and bring it to life with Scratch, a block based drag and drop programming language developed at MIT. Through creating interactive scenes, character animation, and original games, instructors introduce and support students as they learn both a variety of advanced gaming and animation techniques and the fundamentals of programming. Instructors provide personalized instruction to engage students of all learning styles, provide challenges, and foster creativity as they progress at their own pace. No computing experience is required.
  • Week 6, August 6–10: Sew Much to Know


    Anna Belknap: Castles - A hands-on art exploration of Castles! We will study different castles and fortresses from around the world. And we will design and build our own model castles using a variety of materials.

    Cecily Metzger: Hawaiiana - E komo mai (welcome)! Travel over 2500 miles to the Hawaiian Islands (without leaving The Bush School)! In this class we will learn about the Hawaiian language and culture. Listen to stories about Hawaiian myths and legends, learn how to dance the hula, and learn about the Hawaiian monarchy and what life was like as a king or queen! Come join the fun!

    Little Hands Creations: Sewing - Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy…sewing! No experience necessary for boys and girls to learn the basics and beyond. Younger students will learn beginner sewing techniques, while the older students can expand on skills they already have as well as learn machine sewing. This class will build fine motor skills, finger dexterity, and most important, it will give their creative muscles a work out! All supplies included.

    Kristen Freeney: The Wonderful World of Weather - Science should be fun! And this class is no exception. We will explore the concepts of weather through fun-filled activities and experiments. Rain or shine, we will get together and explore the weather - using less-than "predictable" methods.
  • Kindergarten, Here We Come! August 13–17, 9:00am–12:00pm

    Let’s get ready for Kindergarten! This is a readiness review for incoming Kindergarten students to prepare socially and academically for the upcoming school year. Practice being an involved member of the group, learning new games, and forming friendships! Students will participate in story time, explore number sense, and review early literacy skills through music, movement, and multi-sensory learning experiences each morning.

Middle School Summer Classes

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  • Paddle Boarding: June 18–22, 10:00am–2:00pm — $400

    Drop off at the Bush School where our Summer Programs Director will bus the crew to different water spots to meet up with a professional SUP outfitter for some great paddle boarding fun! Learn some advanced paddle skills that will last a lifetime and serve you well in paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing.
  • Private Music Lessons: July 2–31, Mondays and Tuesdays, a series of five one-hour lessons (10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm — no lessons on July 3 or 4) — $375

    Summer is a great time to start learning a new instrument or to work on building your existing musical skills! Bush Middle School Music teacher Chris Trimis is offering lessons to interested students entering grades 6–8. He teaches all levels of percussion and drum set, songwriting and composition, as well as beginning guitar and keyboard. For this 5-week session, students can choose one instrument to focus on, or learn some basics on a combination of instruments.
  • Paddle Boarding: July 30–August 3, 10:00am–2:00pm — $400

    Drop off at the Bush School where our Summer Programs Director will bus the crew to different water spots to meet up with a professional SUP outfitter for some great paddle boarding fun! Learn some advanced paddle skills that will last a lifetime and serve you well in paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing.
  • Parkour: Aug 6–10, 9:30am–12:30pm — $275

    Parkour is the ability to move fluidly through your environment from one place to another. In this class, children will safely learn to progress through the basic parkour movements of jumping, vaulting, climbing, swinging, balancing, and rolling. The movements build strength, balance, and coordination. Your child will acquire the ability to engage with their environment while overcoming obstacles both physically and mentally. Practicing parkour skills fosters creativity and boosts confidence.
  • Rock Band Camp for Beginners: August 6–10, 10:00am–2:00pm — $400

    Beginning students who would like to start learning an instrument will get the chance to do so in an ensemble setting over the course of one week. This musical crash course will focus on introducing technical skills on a chosen "modern band" instrument (guitar, bass, keyboard, voice, and drums) as well as the ensemble skills needed to play music with others. These skills will be applied through playing popular songs as well as composing our own original works. Bush Middle School Music teacher Chris Trimis aims to provide an experience that prepares students for musical involvement in the upcoming school year or to be used in independently organized student bands.
  • Rock Band Camp for Experienced Musicians: August 13–17, 10:00am–2:00pm — $400

    Experienced music students are invited to join this one-week session focused on developing the musical skills needed to play in a band. Students will arrange popular songs and compose original works in a variety of group settings that are designed to take your student's musicality to the next level. Bush Middle School Music teacher Chris Trimis aims to provide an experience that prepares students for musical involvement in the upcoming school year or to be used in independently organized student bands. Any instrumentalist or vocalist with prior musical experience (either playing in an ensemble or independently) who is interested in arranging and writing popular/contemporary music is welcome.
  • Self Defense for Middle School Girls: August 15, 9:30am–12:30pm — $75

    Taught by Joanne Factor of Strategic Living, LLC. Girls on the verge of their teen years are beginning to seek independence. They may be staying home alone (or with younger siblings) for longer periods of time, babysit, walking to a friend's house or to school, or riding the bus with buddies. They are exploring the world, at times without direct adult supervision. On top of that, you may be concerned about peer pressure and a cultural environment that romanticizes unhealthy relationship behavior and tends to denigrate girls' abilities and sense of self. They could use some skills to help make up for the experience they don't yet have. In this class, tween girl will learn to recognize "red flags" that someone may mean harm, plan safe exits from iffy situations, practice physical moves (just in case), and learn to find supportive self-care. All in age-appropriate language and concepts.

Upper School Summer Classes

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  • Ashland Theatre: June 13–17 — $725


    Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    Board the bus with Jeremy and Julie Bryan, The Bush School Drama instructors, for their annual road trip to Ashland, Oregon. The group will watch seven plays at the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival! Summer 2018 shows include: Romeo and Juliet, Sense and Sensibility, Henry V, Othello along with world premiers like Destiny of Desire. Ashland is famous for hosting one of the oldest and most well regarded repertory theater companies in the world, with plays performed on a replica of the Globe Theater in London as well as two modern theaters. We will take tours of the backstage areas of the theater, walk around the town and learn its history, and of course, watch the amazing plays. It is an immersive and extraordinary experience to stay in this unique town. Come be a part, because it's going to be an amazing experience! All transportation, hotel, food and play tickets are included in the cost.

    • Board the Bus Tuesday June 13th at 8:00 am
    • Return to Bush Saturday June 17th at 8:00 pm (depending on traffic)

    PLEASE NOTE: This trip tends to fill up quickly since there are a limited number of seats on the bus. Avoid disappointment and sign up early if you are interested!
  • Summer Play Production: July 2–28, 12:00–4:00pm — $600


    Summer Play Production: POE
    "Deep into that darkness peering; long I stood there, wondering, fearing"
    "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity"

    Edgar Allan Poe introduced the world to a new level of psychological horror. He wrote magnificent poetry about the terrors of the mind, and explored the fear of that which we cannot quite see. Come join us this summer as we bring his stories to life on the stage and explore the shadows in the recesses of the imagination. POE is the story of Edgar Allan Poe's life as told through his stories, correlating the events in his difficult and short life with the stories he wrote.

    The Summer Play will meet every weekday to rehearse from 12–4pm. Students will work with theatre professionals in movement and voice workshops, while also practicing the play. If students wish to come in at 10am to help build the set and costumes, they are welcome to volunteer but not required.

    This program is designed for students who want to invest in a truly meaningful theatre experience. Getting involved means that you want to be challenged and you intend to take the process seriously. Interested students who are entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade may apply but will only be admitted pending an audition and interview which shows a strong desire and ability to be dedicated to a program like this.

    • 12–4pm, M–F
    • Start Date July 2nd
    • Performances on Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th
  • Geometry: June 18–July 6 (no class on July 4), 9:30am–12:30pm — $700)


    Age ranges or grade levels of students: Current High School students or 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.
  • Math Analysis: June 18–July 6 (no class on July 4), 9:30am–12:30pm (cost = $700)

  • Pre-Season Writing: August 13–24, 9:00–11:00am — $350


    The transition from Eighth Grade to Ninth Grade is important. This class will help students manage this transition by preparing them to write at the high school level. Students in the Pre-Season Writing course will have a chance to brush up on techniques and build strong skills in collaboration through drafting, gathering feedback, and participating in a workshop model. This course will focus on three areas of preparation: approaching writing assignments, generating ideas, and reviewing the basics.
  • Study Skills for High School: August 13–24, 12:00–2:00pm — $350


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    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.
  • Writing the College Essay section 1: July 30–August 3, 10:00am–3:00pm — $475


    This one-week, intensive course tackles the writing portions of the college application process. Hands-on and fast-paced, the College Essay class will help you tell your best story, presenting to colleges 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 topics and supplement questions, be able to edit your own and others' work for topic, form, and voice; complete a final draft of a common app essay, have an edited draft of an additional common app essay, finish edited responses to supplement questions from the colleges of your choice.

    You should expect to write both in class and at home and complete about 30 minutes of homework each night. Please bring paper and writing utensils as well as a laptop. It is also helpful to have a narrowed list of colleges to which you will apply. Please note that given the intensive nature of this course, it is imperative that you attend all five days.
  • Writing the College Essay section 2: August 6–10, 10:00am–3:00pm — $475


    This one-week, intensive course tackles the writing portions of the college application process. Hands-on and fast-paced, the College Essay class will help you tell your best story, presenting to colleges 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 topics and supplement questions, be able to edit your own and others' work for topic, form, and voice; complete a final draft of a common app essay, have an edited draft of an additional common app essay, finish edited responses to supplement questions from the colleges of your choice.

    You should expect to write both in class and at home and complete about 30 minutes of homework each night. Please bring paper and writing utensils as well as a laptop. It is also helpful to have a narrowed list of colleges to which you will apply. Please note that given the intensive nature of this course, it is imperative that you attend all five days.
  • Writing the College Essay section 3: August 13–17, 10:00am–3:00pm — $475


    This one-week, intensive course tackles the writing portions of the college application process. Hands-on and fast-paced, the College Essay class will help you tell your best story, presenting to colleges 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 topics and supplement questions, be able to edit your own and others' work for topic, form, and voice; complete a final draft of a common app essay, have an edited draft of an additional common app essay, finish edited responses to supplement questions from the colleges of your choice.

    You should expect to write both in class and at home and complete about 30 minutes of homework each night. Please bring paper and writing utensils as well as a laptop. It is also helpful to have a narrowed list of colleges to which you will apply. Please note that given the intensive nature of this course, it is imperative that you attend all five days.
  • Self Defense for Upper School Girls: August 15, 1:30–4:30pm — $90


    Taught by Joanne Factor of Strategic Living, LLC. Teen girls are looking to increase their independence. Increasingly, they will need to take care of themselves while exploring and engaging in rich, fulfilling lives. They are out more with friends, teams, bands. They (or their friends) are beginning to drive. They are beginning to date. They are exploring the world, at times without direct adult supervision. On top of that, you may be concerned about social pressure and a cultural environment that romanticizes unhealthy relationship behavior and tends to denigrate girls' abilities and sense of self. They could use some skills to help augment the experience they are acquiring.

    In this class, your emerging young adult will learn to recognize "red flags" that someone may mean harm, plan safe exits from iffy situations, practice physical moves (just in case), and learn to find supportive self-care. All in age-appropriate language and concepts.
  • Self Defense — Girls off to College: August 16, 10:30am–2:00pm — $105


    She's off to college! For the first time, she'll be living with peers rather than parents, responsible for her own food and schedule, and having to make more judgements about balancing risk and safety. All while making new friends, finding how she fits in, and thriving in a college environment. Give her tools to increase her chances of the next four years being some of her best. Ones she will later remember fondly. In this class she will learn simple and effective ways to stay out of harm's way on and around campus while still enjoying the full college experience. In this short seminar, we will address 2 ways to identify possible evil-doers, 3 strategies to evade them, and 4 techniques to neutralize their ill intent. Some of this class will be physical, some verbal, and all aimed at increasing her choices. EmPOWERment doesn't get more fun!

Methow Summer Camps

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  • Methow Camp Week 1 (July 16th-20th): Camouflage Camp (Grade 3–5)

    Location: Bush School Methow Campus, 255 Lost River Rd. Mazama, WA
    Logistics: July 16 - 20th, Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:30pm (Flex ½ hour drop off/ pick up)

    In this week of wild wilderness games we’ll spend our days playing in the woods around the Bush School’s Methow Campus. While using our senses and developing our naturalist skills, we’ll learn lots of new group games and explore how animals play ‘hide and go seek’. Learn how to map the sounds of the forest, look for signs of wildlife and get to know local plants as you become an expert naturalist. Don’t wear bright colors this week or you’ll be too easy to find. Camouflage! You’re it!
  • Methow Camp Week 2 (July 23rd-27th): Animal Detectives (Grade 1–2)

    Location: Bush School Methow Campus, 255 Lost River Rd. Mazama, WA
    Logistics: July 23rd-27th, Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:30pm (Flex ½ hour drop off/ pick up)

    Join us for a week of exploring all the amazing animals that live in the forests of Mazama. We’ll follow wildlife tracks, hunt for animal homes, use binoculars to check out our feathered friends and even go on a bug safari! With scientific tools, games and stories we’ll unravel the clues of who lives here. Using our imaginations, we’ll even make some creative animals of our own. Get your detective hats ready, this mystery is sure to be an adventure!