Summer Camp at Rainbow Community School

 

 

 

Summer Camp

Summer Camp for 2022 has now concluded. We had so much fun and look forward to Summer Camp in 2023! We will update this page in February 2023 with our newest lineup of camps. Take a look at the offerings on this page from 2022 – it will give you an idea of the fun summer camps to come.

Each summer, Rainbow Community School hosts seven weeks of camp for rising 1st through 8th graders. Summer Camps at Rainbow are an extension of what happens during the school year. Our camps focus on holistic approaches that appeal to all learners. Everything from hands-on nature awareness, cultivating academic skills, learning about new cultures, to art exploration, there’s something for everyone.

In order to support the health and safety of everyone, all applicable public health recommendations are followed during camp, including mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing. Programs are subject to change based on public health recommendations. Please click here to review all of our camp protocols.

We have limited scholarships to help defray the cost of summer camp. Please contact Susan Waddell directly to find out more.

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp for 2022 has now concluded. We had so much fun and look forward to Summer Camp in 2023! We will update this page in February 2023 with our newest lineup of camps. Take a look at the offerings on this page from 2022 – it will give you an idea of the fun summer camps to come.

Each summer, Rainbow Community School hosts seven weeks of camp for rising 1st through 8th graders. Summer Camps at Rainbow are an extension of what happens during the school year. Our camps focus on holistic approaches that appeal to all learners. Everything from hands-on nature awareness, cultivating academic skills, learning about new cultures, to art exploration, there’s something for everyone.

In order to support the health and safety of everyone, all applicable public health recommendations are followed during camp, including mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing. Programs are subject to change based on public health recommendations. Please click here to review all of our camp protocols.

We have limited scholarships to help defray the cost of summer camp. Please contact Susan Waddell directly to find out more.

Camps in June 2022

Creepy Crafty

June 13 – 17

Rising 6th – 8th Graders
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $175 + $20 for the cost of materials = $195
Led by April Fox

Description

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, all you need to have fun at this camp is a desire to do needlework and a love of good conversation — and just a bit of a dark side to your happy little soul. Sunsets and flowers are lovely, but in this camp, we’ll be creating works of art that show that dark and creepy doesn’t mean ugly. With a choice of cool patterns from skulls to spiders, you’ll have a chance to create a fun and freaky needlecraft project while we hang out and chat about everything under the moon.

About the Instructor

April Fox has been an educator for more than 20 years, working with children from infants through high school. She has been with Rainbow since 2015. She was drawn to Rainbow because of its holistic education philosophy and enjoys encouraging every student to embrace their inherent quirks and strengths, and to see themselves as competent learners. In addition to teaching, April is a music journalist and brings her love of words to the classroom. She is also a fan of coffee, books, loud music, quiet settings, and spending time with her family and pets.

Soccer Field Fun

June 13 – 17

Rising 1st – 4th Graders
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $175 + $10 for tprizes and cold treats on hot days = $185
Led by Joshua Shemroske

Description

Rainbow has the most amazing fields and playgrounds. This camp will be time spent making the best use of these spaces. Everyday there will be some soccer play in addition to time to explore other field games. Come ready to play!

About the Instructor

Joshua Shemroske has loved game play from an early age. He started playing soccer at age 4 and was an avid tree climber and adventurer. Additionally, enjoyed several team sports before making soccer his primary focus. He engaged in Waldorf education through 12th grade and then proceeded to coach soccer and travel Europe shortly after graduation. This journey led to a period of time living in Findhorn, the largest intentional community in the world, near Inverness Scotland.
In 2001, he came to North Carolina to attend Warren Wilson college, joining their soccer team and being awarded Most Valuable Player in 2002.
Coaching soccer became a career focus leading him to coach at Carolina Day School and pursue a coaching license through a program in Colorado. Afterwards, he became the Technical Director of the Trebol soccer club. Josh then returned to Warren Wilson to coach four seasons as the Men’s Head Soccer coach. Finally, he brought his gift for coaching to the Asheville Racquet Club as their Soccer Director.
While soccer remains a passion, Joshua is currently active in the Pickleball community, and generally invites creativity, gameplay, and outdoor exploration to his professional and personal world. We are so thrilled to have him share all of these gifts, and more, at Rainbow Community School.

Bots & Bytes

June 20-24

Rising  4th – 6th Graders
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $175 + $30 for the cost of a take home Micro:bit = $205
Led by Christa Flores

Description

What is a robot? Find out in this week-long exploration of robotics as we plan, build and test our own robotic creations. Learn how humans speak to computers and then command your own robot to make art, tell the future, or share your moods with your family and friends. We will be working with a popular microprocessor called the Micro:bit, motors and other basic electronics. This is an introductory camp, so no experience with programming, coding or electronics is necessary.

About the Instructor

Christa is a scientist, educator and geek about STEAM education. She received her Masters in Science Education from Teacher’s College Columbia University and has written books and articles about learning in a Maker Space. She founded Mountain Makers, a mobile makerspace, in order to highlight how making, innovating, engineering, and inventing can help make the world a better place. Christa has also worked at Rainbow as a teacher and facilitated after school STEAM clubs.

Creek Hoppers I

June 20-24

Rising 1st – 4th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + $10 to cover gas / travel costs = $310
Led by Kurt Campbell

Description

We will spend our days exploring nearby creeks and streams and all the magic that lives within. Campers should be prepared to get wet and filled with wonder as we explore local spaces where the water creates an incredible habitat for so many incredible critters.

About the Instructor

Kurt has been an Elementary Educator since 2007. He worked for Asheville City Schools for 12 years; the last seven of those were as a 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher at Vance Elementary. He has been Rainbow’s fourth grade teacher since 2019. Kurt is known for the joy and enthusiasm he brings to the classroom and his love for every child. He was a visible leader at Vance, leading professional development opportunities, bringing creative ideas to the teaching and administrative team, and always going beyond the call of duty. He is also a very high-tech teacher who uses technology to bring learning alive.

Kurt received his BA from Bowling Green State University, OH in Music Performance with a minor in Computer Science. Shortly after moving to Asheville he returned to school and got his K-6 Elementary Licensure from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Not only is Kurt a skilled teacher, but his personal interests and commitments bring a lot of richness into his professional life. Kurt enjoys playing soccer and gaga ball with students at recess, as well as playing music with them. Kurt is a talented musician and actor from his many years as music director with the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. He has also dedicated many summers to the Read to Achieve Summer Reading Camp, originally as a teacher and then as the director of the program.

 

The Quill

June 27 – July 1

Rising Graders 5th – 8th  Graders
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $175 + $20 Fee for Field Trips and Materials = $195
Led by Layne Pierce

Description

In this camp students who are interested in writing will create the stories in their hearts and put them on paper while taking time to explore the literary world of Asheville.  We will spend time focusing on fiction writing, poetry and personal narrative, appreciating each other’s work and helping each other to hone our craft. The students will have a chance to upload their work to a blog that can be shared to the greater community, and if possible, we will make connections with other writing institutions in the area.

About the Instructor

Layne has been working on an extended science fiction and fantasy universe since they were twelve years old, and they are something of a perfectionist when it comes to storytelling. They are so passionate about their craft that they majored in creative writing and specialized in how to teach it while at UNCA. They have participated in a number of workshops with writers of all ages and look forward to the potential to working with your student on their stories as well! Layne is the floating substitute for third through eighth grade at Rainbow.

UpCycled Fashion

June 27 – July 1

Rising 3rd – 8th Graders
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $175 + $10 for the cost of materials = $185
Led by Christa Flores

Description

Did you know textiles are the number two waste product on the planet? In this camp you will be using recycled fabrics and textiles to make wearable art and practical products. Make an apron or water bottle holder out of old jeans or a reusable shopping bag out of an old t-shirt. The ideas are unlimited, so bring your design skills and get ready to use patterns, an electronic sewing machine and creativity in this half day camp. No sewing experience is required.

About the Instructor

Christa is a scientist, educator and geek about STEAM education. She received her Masters in Science Education from Teacher’s College Columbia University and has written books and articles about learning in a Maker Space. She founded Mountain Makers, a mobile makerspace, in order to highlight how making, innovating, engineering, and inventing can help make the world a better place. Christa has also worked at Rainbow as a teacher and facilitated after school STEAM clubs.

Nature Camp

June 27 – July 1

Rising 1st – 4th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + $10 for the cost of materials = $310
Led by Walker Trent

Description

What is a better way to spend the summer than in nature, especially when it can be with our very own nature expert Walker Trent? Spend the days exploring our gorgeous campus and nearby parks, streams, forests while learning about the environment. Campers will walk away from this camp having a deeper understanding of all that surrounds them in nature.

About the Instructor

Walker returned to Rainbow as the 4th grade assistant teacher this year. In the past, he worked as the assistant 4th grade teacher with Susie Fahrer, and has also taught the Nature Awareness specials class at Rainbow. Since last school year, he has been moving around and working a few different jobs. Over the summer, he taught primitive skills at Green River Preserve and just recently returned to the mountains from working at a hotel on Tybee Island. For fun, Walker likes to hike, play guitar, go for walks, and drink tea. He looks forward to sharing his love for the natural world with his campers.

Camps in July 2022

Adventures Camp

July 11 – 15

Rising Graders 1st – 4th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + $20 Fee for Field Trips = $320
Led by Layne Pierce

Description

Adventure Camp finds the point where the natural, creative and physical domains meet and gives kids the chance to use their imaginations in completing teamwork and teambuilding exercises. It allows them to be mindful in nature as camp counselors take them to wooded areas around Rainbow, and encourages them to take part in interactive story building. Counselors and other staff will set up games and challenges for the students such as scavenger hunts and fantastical tours that encourage them to use their senses in a meditative way. There will also be a few off-site field trips for enhanced adventures.

About the Instructor

Since before they can remember, Layne has been playing pretend in their backyard, imagining dragons, giants, unicorns, aliens, you name it, and creating elaborate pretend games with them! They are the third through eighth grade floating substitute teacher, and have extended experience working with children of all ages since they began their career as a childcare worker!

Surf and Turf

July 11-15

Rising 5th-8th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + $10 for Entrance Fees to Parks and a Sweet Treat on the last day = $310
Led by Susan Waddell

Description

We may not live beachside, but we do have plenty of water in our beautiful mountain home. This camp is all about exploring the unique water features that attract so many people to the area. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes…This will be an active camp, some hikes will be challenging, some will be long and easy, but everyday will most certainly offer fun. One thing to be certain, there will be a lot of time spent swimming and getting wet. This is the perfect camp for those kiddos who like to explore and play in the natural world!

**Your child will be near or in water during this camp.  If your child cannot swim, we highly recommend they wear a PFD, and we are happy to help coordinate acquiring one if help is needed.

About the Instructor

Susan is a veteran Rainbow teacher and joined the team in 2006. She is currently the lead middle school teacher and when she is not helping her students set personal goals, collaborating on a mega-theme project, inspiring “light bulb” moments, or nudging kids out the door at the end of the week, she enjoys spending time with her young family, running, reading, enjoying music, and knitting.

Woodworking

July 11 – 15

Rising 5th – 8th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + $20 fee for materials = $320
Led by Kurt Campbell

Description

You’ll spend days exploring what woodworking is, how it is done, and time creating projects. Students will spend time working with different tools, learning about tool safety, discovering woodworking techniques, and creating their own wooden creations. 

About the Instructor

Kurt has been an Elementary Educator since 2007. He worked for Asheville City Schools for 12 years; the last seven of those were as a 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher at Vance Elementary. He has been Rainbow’s fourth grade teacher since 2019. Kurt is known for the joy and enthusiasm he brings to the classroom and his love for every child. He was a visible leader at Vance, leading professional development opportunities, bringing creative ideas to the teaching and administrative team, and always going beyond the call of duty. He is also a very high-tech teacher who uses technology to bring learning alive.

Kurt received his BA from Bowling Green State University, OH in Music Performance with a minor in Computer Science. Shortly after moving to Asheville he returned to school and got his K-6 Elementary Licensure from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Not only is Kurt a skilled teacher, but his personal interests and commitments bring a lot of richness into his professional life. Kurt enjoys playing soccer and gaga ball with students at recess, as well as playing music with them. Kurt is a talented musician and actor from his many years as music director with the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. He has also dedicated many summers to the Read to Achieve Summer Reading Camp, originally as a teacher and then as the director of the program.

American Sign Language (Grades 3-8)

July 18-22

Rising 3rd- 8th Graders
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $175
Led by Rose Howley 

Description

Learn all about what Deaf Culture and Community is like as well as how to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL)! You will learn the ASL alphabet, how to introduce yourself, colors, numbers, foods, etc. as well as learning the history of Deaf Culture. Take a stroll through the park and see how we can connect ASL to nature. Learn a new language and discover the passion within the community.

 

About the Instructor

Rose Howley recently completed her Interpreter Education Program at Blue Ridge Community College, as well as completing her Bachelor’s of Art from UNCA. She is passionate about teaching children and using creative outlets to explore a child’s thinking. She loves to go for hikes or cuddle up with her cats. Learning ASL has been such a wonderful experience, and she thinks it is important for everyone to at least try and learn ASL so we can better communicate with the Deaf Community and be inclusive.

Creek Hoppers II

July 18-22

Rising 1st – 4th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + $10 to cover gas / travel costs = $310
Led by Jenn Ryan 

Description

We will spend our days exploring nearby creeks and streams and all the magic that lives within. Campers should be prepared to get wet and filled with wonder as we explore local spaces where the water creates an incredible habitat for so many incredible critters.

About the Instructor

Jenn was new to the Omega Program in the Fall of 2020. She is energetic and loves to build a strong classroom community giving her students leadership roles to contribute and synergize in the classroom and within the community. She has lived in WNC since 1999 when she was recruited to play for the Women’s Soccer Team for Appalachian State University. She graduated from there with a degree in Elementary Education in 2004. Since then she has taught 3-6 grades in Buncombe and Henderson County Schools. Jenn leads a multifaceted life where she is creative, active, and adventurous in the classroom and her family life. She loves to hike and explore the outdoors and to use the outdoors as a classroom. Her creative, hands-on approach to education makes her a perfect fit for Rainbow.

What's Your Story?

July 18-22

Rising 5th -8th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + 20.00 for materials = $320
Led by Maria Smilios

Description

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass”
–Anton Chekhov

At some point, we’ve all seen someone (a stranger, friend, or family member) and wondered, what’s their story? Photographer Brandon Stanton, the creator of the popular story-telling blog-turned book, Humans of New York, decided to act on his curiosity and begin asking people about their story. For the last 10 years, Stanton had brought to life the stories of millions of people across the world. His method is simple. Each story features a photograph (or a series of them) of the person and a short narrative, usually prompted by a single question: “What is your greatest struggle?” or “Give me one piece of advice” or “Tell me something about yourself.” In the end, the portrait and the accompanying text capture something truthful and essential about the subject.

This week, we will imitate Stanton. Campers will choose a person they know and interview them, and then based on the story they choose to tell, select a one (or a series of) visuals that will accompany their text—students can use photos or a drawings or sculpture.

The mornings will be spent immersed in the craft of writing—we will look at Stanton’s portraits and discuss what makes them effective, what kind of mood or emotion he is trying to invoke; how he uses select details and dialogue to enhance the story. Then we will look at how the photos enrich the text. Kids will journal and use prompts to play with voice and mood and dialogue. We will discuss how to conduct an interview, what kind of questions are effective, and how to disseminate the information into a short text that is meaningful and interesting.
In the afternoon, we will have lunch and free time outside and then work on the visual aspect of the story. On Friday afternoon, campers will showcase their work for parents.

About the Instructor

Maria Smilios is the author of the forthcoming book The Black Angels: The Untold Stories of the Nurses who helped Cure Tuberculosis. A New York City native, Maria has a Masters of Arts from Boston University in Religion & Literature where she taught Essay & Research writing in the university’s writing program. In 2007, she left Boston and moved back to New York City to teach English Literature at an all-girls high school. There she created and ran a writing program for teens. Last year, she moved to Asheville with her family. She has been published in Narratively, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Dame Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward, American Nurse, among others.

LEGO STEM

July 25-29

Rising 4th – 6th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + 20.00 for materials = $320
Led by Jenn Ryan

Description

During the Lego Stem Camp, campers will work in a stem lab setting to use Lego bricks to complete daily math and science STEM challenges. During our hands-on classes, campers will build famous landmarks while exploring architecture, engineering, and physics. Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Participants will build a new project each day while learning new structural concepts while building bridges and skyscrapers. Campers will play and socialize with friends while building a collaborative construction of a scaled model of Rainbow Community School.

About the Instructor

Jenn was new to the Omega Program in the Fall of 2020. She is energetic and loves to build a strong classroom community giving her students leadership roles to contribute and synergize in the classroom and within the community. She has lived in WNC since 1999 when she was recruited to play for the Women’s Soccer Team for Appalachian State University. She graduated from there with a degree in Elementary Education in 2004. Since then she has taught 3-6 grades in Buncombe and Henderson County Schools. Jenn leads a multifaceted life where she is creative, active, and adventurous in the classroom and her family life. She loves to hike and explore the outdoors and to use the outdoors as a classroom. Her creative, hands-on approach to education makes her a perfect fit for Rainbow.

Theater Camp

July 25-29

Rising 1st – 4th Graders
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $300 + 20.00 for materials = $320
Led by Kurt Campbell

Description

Campers will spend a week exploring all things theater, including parts, props, and backdrops. In addition to working on the scenery and creation of the stage, students will fill parts and and perform on our outdoor stage as the culminating activity! What a great space for students interested in acting to get their feet wet.

About the Instructor

Kurt has been an Elementary Educator since 2007. He worked for Asheville City Schools for 12 years; the last seven of those were as a 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher at Vance Elementary. He has been Rainbow’s fourth grade teacher since 2019. Kurt is known for the joy and enthusiasm he brings to the classroom and his love for every child. He was a visible leader at Vance, leading professional development opportunities, bringing creative ideas to the teaching and administrative team, and always going beyond the call of duty. He is also a very high-tech teacher who uses technology to bring learning alive.

Kurt received his BA from Bowling Green State University, OH in Music Performance with a minor in Computer Science. Shortly after moving to Asheville he returned to school and got his K-6 Elementary Licensure from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Not only is Kurt a skilled teacher, but his personal interests and commitments bring a lot of richness into his professional life. Kurt enjoys playing soccer and gaga ball with students at recess, as well as playing music with them. Kurt is a talented musician and actor from his many years as music director with the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. He has also dedicated many summers to the Read to Achieve Summer Reading Camp, originally as a teacher and then as the director of the program.

Camps in August 2022

American Sign Language (Grades 1-3)

August 1-5

Rising 1st – 3rd Graders
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $175
Led by Rose Howley 

Description

Learn all about what Deaf Culture and Community is like as well as how to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL)! You will learn the ASL alphabet, how to introduce yourself, colors, numbers, foods, etc. as well as learning the history of Deaf Culture. Take a stroll through the park and see how we can connect ASL to nature. Learn a new language and discover the passion within the community.

About the Instructor

Rose Howley recently completed her Interpreter Education Program at Blue Ridge Community College, as well as completing her Bachelor’s of Art from UNCA. She is passionate about teaching children and using creative outlets to explore a child’s thinking. She loves to go for hikes or cuddle up with her cats. Learning ASL has been such a wonderful experience, and she thinks it is important for everyone to at least try and learn ASL so we can better communicate with the Deaf Community and be inclusive.

Soccer Skills Prep & World Cup Celebrations

August 1-5

Rising 4th – 8th  Graders
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Rainbow Community School
Camp Cost: $175 + $10 for fun prizes and cold treats on hot days = $185
Led by Joshua Shemroske

Description

Did you know this summer was the 2022 World Cup, and that it happened this June? This camp will give students a chance to celebrate this sport and competition. Students will have time to cheer on their favorite teams while running drills and building skills, forming their own teams in camp and hosting their own world cup! From flags to relays, there’s no telling what the final results will be!

About the Instructor

Joshua Shemroske has loved game play from an early age. He started playing soccer at age 4 and was an avid tree climber and adventurer. Additionally, enjoyed several team sports before making soccer his primary focus. He engaged in Waldorf education through 12th grade and then proceeded to coach soccer and travel Europe shortly after graduation. This journey led to a period of time living in Findhorn, the largest intentional community in the world, near Inverness Scotland.

In 2001, he came to North Carolina to attend Warren Wilson college, joining their soccer team and being awarded Most Valuable Player in 2002.

Coaching soccer became a career focus leading him to coach at Carolina Day School and pursue a coaching license through a program in Colorado. Afterwards, he became the Technical Director of the Trebol soccer club. Josh then returned to Warren Wilson to coach four seasons as the Men’s Head Soccer coach. Finally, he brought his gift for coaching to the Asheville Racquet Club as their Soccer Director.

While soccer remains a passion, Joshua is currently active in the Pickleball community, and generally invites creativity, gameplay, and outdoor exploration to his professional and personal world. We are so thrilled to have him share all of these gifts, and more, at Rainbow Community School.

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