# Enrichment Camps

## Summer Enrichment Day Camps

Although we love summers for vacations and days at the beach, it's also a great time to catch up, keep up, and leap ahead academically.  EdBoost enrichment day camps are intense, fun, and productive.  Students learn new skills, practice old skills, and do a lot of academic work.

At EdBoost we believe that learning should be fun, but also that a lot of learning --  especially math -- must be explicit.  So, we teach and practice academic materials explicitly (rather than trying to have students "absorb" math through science or other curriculum).  Although there are active and hands-on parts of all of our camps, all of our camps have a strong academic slant and prioritize learning.  In past years, students have finished their camps feeling like they have worked hard and learned a lot -- but also like they've had a good time doing it (and have enjoyed making friends from other schools, too!). And we love that summer allows us to give students the hands-on experiences that they don't always get in school (last year students in grades K-8 experienced all kinds of dissection adventures, and even the squeemish ones ended up loving it!).

All camps run from 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday (except for the CollegeBoost! Workshop which is just two crazy days of essay writing!).

We offer after-care (from 3pm-5:30 pm) for an additional \$100/week (or \$25/day). You can now sign up for aftercare online when you enroll.  If you are signing up by day, just add the number of days you need to your cart.  You can specify particular days as we get closer to summer.

There are scholarships available for all camps and workshops (submit a scholarship form for your family's rate).

We require full payment at the time of enrollment.  Enrollment is on-going.  Camps that are full or have been cancelled will be removed from the list below.  If you can click a link and enroll in a camp, that camp is still accepting students. Camps must have at least 6 students enrolled or they will be canceled. Any enrolled students will receive a full refund for any camps cancelled due to low-enrollment.  Camps that are cancelled due to a COVID related shut-down will also be fully refunded.  Except in cases of EdBoost cancellations, all camps are non-refundable.

The maximum enrollment in each camp is 10-15 students (cap varies by camp).

Camps accept students within specified age ranges.  Some camps also have pre-requisites.  If your child is outside the age range but meets pre-requisites, please send us a note (edboost@edboost.org).  We are happy to admit students to camps that are the right fit, even if the grade level is not a perfect fit.

See list of 2021 Summer Enrichment Day Camps below

For a PDF Calendar:
Title Cost Grades Sessions Description Preview (click title for more)
MathBoost! + Forensic Science (grades 3-6) $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Monday June 14, 2021 to Friday June 18, 2021 One of the key struggles of the upper elementary grades is mastering advanced computation, including long multiplication and long division. Students know HOW these processes work, but many struggle to master them, which leads to incorrect answers in pre-algebra and algebra. And, although most adults will bust out a calculator for long division problems, the SAT now contains a no-calculator section, so every high school student should be proficient in doing... More WritingBoost!$350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 14, 2021 to Friday June 18, 2021

Writing is an essential life skill -- and in order to write well, we need instruction, practice, and feedback.

WritingBoost! is a week-long day camp that focuses on various types of essay writing as well as vocabulary, grammar, usage, and style.

The first four days of camp will focus on four different types of essays: a show-not-tell descriptive essay, an... More

BuildBoost! Physics of Simple Machines (Rube GoldBerg Machines)(grades 4-8) $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 21, 2021 to Friday June 25, 2021 Who hasn't dreamed of creating one of those wild machines in which a marble rolls down a chute, which strikes a match and lights a candle, which cuts a string, which frees a weight, which swings and shuts a door? This course will teach students to use math, physics, geometry, and engineering concepts to build and understand simple machines. The students will then build Rube Goldberg machines. Designs will be created based on... More MathFactBoost! + Hands on Science$350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Monday June 21, 2021 to Friday June 25, 2021

For many first, second, and third graders, the hardest part of school is memorizing math facts.  But, adding and subtracting (even with regrouping!!) is so much easier once students can leave their fingers behind and just use their addition and subtraction facts.  And times tables make everything so much easier! So, how can you help kids learn these important facts?

Let's take a week to do it.

We spend every morning, all week... More

CollegeBoost! College Application/Essay Prep Workshop $200 (Scholarships available) 12th Thursday June 24, 2021 to Friday June 25, 2021, Monday August 2, 2021 to Tuesday August 3, 2021 Did you promise yourself that you’d finish your college applications and essays this summer, before the madness of senior year begins? Let us help you stay ahead of the curve. Join us for a 2-day college application intensive workshop. Part of our mission for the workshop is to help you choose which colleges to apply to (including dream schools, realistic schools, and back-up schools), and fill out “brag sheets” and other pre-application materials. A huge portion of the workshop will be dedicated to writing (and rewriting! and rewriting again!) college application essays... More World Folklore & Hands-on History$350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Monday June 28, 2021 to Friday July 2, 2021

The best part about learning to read is gaining the ability to explore a wide range of stories -- but when you're a first or second grader, the most interesting books are still too difficult and the books that you can read (and get through) tend to be too silly or babyish.  Focusing on folklore and mythology from around the world, our first and second grade campers will get to experience a range of great stories, with a full cast of interesting characters and exciting (sometime wild!) plots.  In the process, we'll explore the cultures that the stories... More

Mythology & Theater (The Aeneid) $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday June 28, 2021 to Friday July 2, 2021 The past two years' Mythology and History classes evolved into a deep study of and fantastic performances of of The Illiad and The Odyssey. The students built and sprang from their own Trojan horse and acted out the entirety of Homer's epic poem, learning myths, history, and language in the process. This year, the class will take on the mythology and history of Rome. We'll learn about the many similarities and differences from Greece history and... More Pre-Algebra + Advanced Hands-on Biology/Microbiology$350 (Scholarships available) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 5, 2021 to Friday July 9, 2021

As the school system has come to focus more and more on algebra and advanced math, pre-algebra has tended to get less attention.  And yet, it's pre-algebra, with its percents, rates, ratios, probability, and proportions that we are most likely to use in a real life!  Who has not had a compare interest rates, calculate a sale price, figure out the time it will take to complete a task, or adjust a recipe to accomodate more or fewer servings?  This camp focuses on the pre-... More

BuildBoost! Physics of Simple Machines (Rube GoldBerg Machines) (grades 2-4) $350 (Scholarships available) 2nd, 3rd, 4th Monday July 5, 2021 to Friday July 9, 2021 Who hasn't dreamed of creating one of those wild machines in which a marble rolls down a chute, which strikes a match and lights a candle, which cuts a string, which frees a weight, which swings and shuts a door? This course will teach students to use math, physics, geometry, and engineering concepts to build and understand simple machines. The students will then build Rube Goldberg machines. Designs will be created based on... More ComputerBoost!: Intro to Web Design & Coding$350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 12, 2021 to Friday July 16, 2021

We all know that computing is the future. And, we know that our kids love games and screens.  So, how do we teach our kids to be the folks behind those wonderful games and screens?

ComputerBoost! is a great place to start.

Computer programming requires three main skills:

1) The ability to think through a problem and break it down into logical steps.

... More
Algebra Boost! Semester 1 $350 (Scholarships available) 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Monday July 12, 2021 to Friday July 16, 2021 Algebra is the foundation of most high school math, a core part of the ISEE, PSAT, and SAT, and a critical part of the high school exit exam. In other words: students need to master algebra. And yet, many students struggle with this critical subject! Whether you want to prepare a student who will take algebra next year, review for a student who finished algebra but doesn't remember everything, or help a student who is repeating algebra get a step ahead,... More MathBoost! + Hands-on Biology/Microbiology (grades 1-3)$350 (Scholarships available) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Monday July 19, 2021 to Friday July 23, 2021

One of the secrets of math success -- and even math love -- is the ability to work with numbers quickly and easily.  No one likes work that takes too long or takes too much work. So, asking a student to do a complex operation, like long division or a complicated equation, that requires many steps, feels impossible for students who are still using their fingers to add and subtract or consulting a chart for times tables.  MathBoost uses fun... More

Fraction/Decimal + Hands-on Astronomy $350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 19, 2021 to Friday July 23, 2021 Most elementary school students master computation with whole numbers -- but many struggle with fractions and decimals. The processes are similar; the basic skills are the same. And yet, almost every middle school student we see at EdBoost needs to go back to 4th and 5th grade math material and relearn how to compute with fractions and decimals. So, do two years worth of review in a week! This camp spends its mornings focusing on the details of adding,... More AlgebraIIBoost! Intro to Algebra II$350 (Scholarships available) 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Monday July 19, 2021 to Friday July 23, 2021

AlgebraBoost! II  is designed for students entering Algebra II in the fall. Like AlgebraBoost! and GeometryBoost! students will review/learn the major skills from the first semester of the course (Algebra II). This is a great camp to get a leg up on this difficult math course. Algebra II is the math course where even students who really get math really start to struggle.

We will start with an overall review of Algebra I since most students will have taken Geometry last year and forgotten some critical pieces of algebra . Then, we'll cover computation with polynomials, systems of... More

StoryBoost! $350 (Scholarships available) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday July 26, 2021 to Friday July 30, 2021 Writing is an essential life skill -- and in order to write well, we need instruction, practice, and feedback. And, there's more to writing than just essays. Fiction and creative essays are critical parts of our culture. And producing those works of writing can be a wonderful way for children and teens to express themselves. StoryBoost! is a week-long day camp that focuses on writing stories. In the process we learn vocabulary and the writing and usage skills that are most critical for creative writing. The first four days of camp will focus on four different aspects of... More SAT/PSAT Prep Camp$400 (Scholarships available) 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Monday July 26, 2021 to Friday July 30, 2021

As we've worked on prep for the NEW PSAT and SAT, we've found that many of the our students need some critical, general skills:

• Facility with a wide range of algebra skills (including: rearranging equations; applying several different algebra skills -- taught in different contexts-- in one problem; and applying algebra rules without knowing, for certain, how they will arrive at a final answer).
• Lots of practice with word problems: How to set up equations? How to determine what kinds of equations and operations are required for different problems?
• How to proof-... More
CollegeBoost! College Application/Essay Prep Workshop $200 (Scholarships available) 12th Thursday June 24, 2021 to Friday June 25, 2021, Monday August 2, 2021 to Tuesday August 3, 2021 Did you promise yourself that you’d finish your college applications and essays this summer, before the madness of senior year begins? Let us help you stay ahead of the curve. Join us for a 2-day college application intensive workshop. Part of our mission for the workshop is to help you choose which colleges to apply to (including dream schools, realistic schools, and back-up schools), and fill out “brag sheets” and other pre-application materials. A huge portion of the workshop will be dedicated to writing (and rewriting! and rewriting again!) college application essays... More Trig/PreCalc/CalcBoost! Intro to Trig/Pre-Calculus and Calculus$350 (Scholarships available) 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Monday August 2, 2021 to Friday August 6, 2021

Tri/Pre-Calc/CalcBoost! is designed to help students prepare for Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Math Analysis classes. We'll cover the range of topics in Trigonometry: Sin, Cos, Tan and their inverses, graphing trigonometric functions and their inverses, memorizing the unit circle, solving trigonometric proofs, and more. In our Pre-Calculus portion, we'll go over limits, summations, graphing rational equations, and converting parametric equations. Students will leave with a strong familiarity with these concepts.

Times Table Boost! + Hands-on Forensic Science $350 (Scholarships available) 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Monday August 9, 2021 to Friday August 13, 2021 How many students and parents suffer over times tables? School year after school year, summer after summer.... you just need to learn them! Let's take a few days to do it. Students will leave class with a start on times tables, and with computer programs, flashcards, and worksheets to use for the rest of the summer. We spend every morning, all week, working on times tables. We do timed worksheets, times table relays, multiplication fact battles... More PhysicsBoost! Focus on Astronomy$350 (Scholarships available) 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Monday August 9, 2021 to Friday August 13, 2021

Physics is sometimes called the philosophy of science.  It's abstract and mathematical and hard for a lot of people. But the concepts behind physics (force, acceleration, friction, etc.) are the forces that make our everyday world work (or fall in on itself).  And, Astronomy is one of the facets of physics that most people are enthralled by.

This course will teach students to use math, physics, and hands-on activities to learn how... More