Soon the sun will be shining (stop laughing), and your kids will be on the lookout for fun-filled camps buzzing with excitement, while you’ll be seeking that added bit of brain candy to stem the tide of the summer slide. Both of those needs can be met on a wooded, 60-acre spread, minutes from downtown, at Catlin Gabel school.
It’s a good sign that many Catlin Gabel students look forward to spending their school-free summer hours engaged in camp experiences led by their beloved teachers. Since the summer programs are open to everyone, they are a fantastic way to sample a bit of the highly regarded private school’s environment while having some vacation fun.
If you are looking for variety for your young one, the Summer Beehive program for preschool through 1st grade packs in lots of imaginative play, stories, exploration, creation and construction alongside plenty of outdoor games and recreation. Because of the popularity of this program, they are offering a special pre-season session this year at the end of June.
Beehive’s popularity spurred the creation of a similar program, Honey Hollow Adventure, for 2nd through 4th graders. Honey Hollow Adventure builds on all the sweet goodness of Beehive. Jennifer Marcus, Gatlin Gabel faculty member, says; “Our dedicated teachers are well-skilled at captivating and engaging children, whether they are working in the woodshop, art studio, theater or kitchen, or playing on one of our beautiful soccer fields.”
While these two programs cater to the younger set, there is an array of experiences for ages 10 and up. Your young athlete can dribble, throw, run and sweat in the Sports Spectacular camp while keeping his or her inner couch potato at bay.
Do you have teens who like testing their limits in addition to testing yours? Sign them up for Adventure Learning, where a week on Catlin Gabel’s own professionally built challenge course awaits. Coached by a certified challenge course instructor, they will safely expand skills in leadership and teamwork while building self-confidence.
Other offerings include CSI (for the forensically curious), Art Expeditions and Glass Fusion (for the hands-on creative), Music Madness (for the composed youngster), Summer Theatre (for the ham, I mean Hamlet, in your family), and several sports specific choices.
Catlin Gabel is well-known for its arts and technology programs; one program, Reel Grrls, is a unique media arts program, which teaches young women the technological skills they need to create, produce, critique and evaluate media. Classic craftsmanship is taught by 35-year Catlin Gabel instructor Tom Tucker in the Woodworking and Robotics camps, and Robotics: Girls Only is taught by longtime instructor and First Lego League coach, Dale Yocum.
Your high-schooler can really go places with a choice of several outdoor summer trips, including a five-day cycling trip in the Canadian San Juan Islands with experienced guide and Catlin Gabel’s Head of Summer Programs, Len Carr. The service-minded teen will find the Elana Gold Project—an environmental restoration project in the Mt. Hood National Forest—a productive, rewarding and memorable experience. The young urbanite with an eye to the future will feel at home with the PLACE program, which gives youth an inside look at the city’s planning gears.
The scope and depth of summer programs offered at Catlin Gabel is impressive; according to Len Carr, “Our difference is learning. We offer the same high-caliber educational opportunity in the summer that we do during the regular school year.” Whether your child is into power tools or power grids, you’ll find something to buzz about at Catlin Gabel this summer.