• Pathfinders Camp | Ages 7 to 9

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  • • Pathfinder’s Camp is designed for campers who enjoy adventures using both the mind and body to engage in hands-on project-based challenges.
    • All campers participate in special activities such as: the Inflatable Slip n’ Slide, and the Rock Wall.
    • Pathfinders Camp will broaden your camper’s horizons in an innovative, creative, team-based environment.
    • This weekly-themed program allows campers to open their mind and enjoy a safe summer filled with both indoor and outdoor projects, outdoor sports and games, and teamwork development in a fun and innovative setting.

    • Campers are grouped by age.
    • IDEAS Camp aims for a counselor to camper ratio of 8:1 in our Pathfinders Camp programs.
    • Each Camper Receives A Camp T-Shirt (one shirt per summer)

    Inspired by the popular books The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls, campers create lava lamps, water bombs, slingshots, trebuchets and so much more. This program is offered to campers who are interested in team spirit, creative building, strategy games, and even espionage. Learn to make the greatest paper airplane in the world, “The Harrier”. Compete in Boys vs. Girls competitions all week long in events such as The Dot Game, Chinese Jump Rope, Capture the Flag, and (of course) The Water Balloon Launch!

    INTRO TO LEGO™ ROBOTICS | Week of June 26-June 30
    Robotics Engineers unite! Be a part of the team as we discover new ways to use Lego™ robotics. Students follow step-by-step onscreen instructions to build their robots, and then write suggested programs to get their robots working. After that, be ready write more complicated programs involving motion or tilt sensors, or improvise to make your robot achieve certain tasks. Build a robot that dances, dunks a basketball, or completes an obstacle course. See you in the Robotics Laboratory!

    STOP MOTION ANIMATION | Week of July 3-7 (no camp on Monday July 3rd or Tuesday, July 4th)
    Stop motion animation has been a staple in entertainment for generations. This revamped version of last years program introduces many new elements of stop motion. Campers will be provided with boxes of materials that they can use to create their very own film. IDEAS animators will go through the entire process of stop motion in small groups chosen by the campers based on their interests. At the end of the week the animators will present their Stop Motion Animation Films to the entire camp. All campers will receive a digital copy of their work for their creative portfolios. Let’s start stop motion!
    **This camp starts on July 5th (Wednesday) and the tuition is prorated appropriately.

    RAVIN’ ROCKETS | Week of July 10-14
    Annapolis and IDEAS Campers, prepare for Ravin’ Rockets! Join a group of young scientists for an awesome rocketry experience. Every camper will play a pivotal role in this one week adventure. Our experienced staff will guide the campers through the rocket safety course and the team building exercises that will be essential to a successful launch and recovery. Campers will explore thrust, drag, lift, and gravity by building and launching their own model rockets. Prepare for countdown!

    STAR WARS JEDI ACADEMY | Week of July 17-21
    Climb on the Millennium Falcon with your pilot Oz Solo for a week filled with interstellar awesomeness! Our Jedi program will blow their minds when campers participate in The Light Saber Training Academy with the great IDEAS Camp Yoda. Use legos to build starships and make sure to save room at lunch for our Star Wars themed edible crafts. Travel to the ice planet Hoth for some homemade snow fun!
    *Star Wars Jedi Academy will take place at the St. Anne’s School, Annapolis MD, U.S.A, Planet Earth, Solar System 7, Milky Way Galaxy.

    INCREDIBLE FLYING OBJECTS | Week of July 24-28
    Prepare for liftoff! From homemade frisbees to drones, this camp explores the science of flight. Campers will work together in teams to design and launch their very own incredible flying object. Design a kite, fly a drone, discover Air Bowling, and join us for The Ultimate Airplane Challenge.

    SUMMER S.T.E.M. OLYMPICS | Week of July 31-August 4
    Light the Torch! Summer STEM Olympics is about to begin! This program focuses on teamwork, critical thinking, building, and design. Campers are tasked with various challenges and given a set amount of materials. Whether they are building a load bearing bridge out of straws, or launching a ball 25 yards, campers are constantly challenged to work together in small groups to complete various objectives. Be ready for camper vs. counselor challenges throughout the week!

    SPY CAMP | Week of August 7-11
    Calling all secret agents! Join the IDEAS Covert Operations Unit and spend the week participating in a series of top secret missions. Put together your own spy kit, gather information, and learn to work as a group to find out who stole Ozzie’s Golden Shoestrings. Beware, a double agent may be among us.

    – “Dangerous Boys and Daring Girls” is a trademark of the company and book which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse IDEAS Camp or any of its classes.
    -LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse IDEAS Camp or any of its classes.
    -Star Wars® is a trademark of the Disney® which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse IDEAS Camp or any of its classes.

    At Pathfinders Camp, we challenge campers to expand their interests while encouraging them to open their creative minds. We emphasize individual skills, basic fundamentals and techniques, and overall well-being in a positive, safe and fun learning environment—all while developing character and self-confidence.

    Our approach to teaching and hands-on learning focuses primarily on teamwork, leadership and self-confidence. Daily improvement along with the effort over results is the fundamental principle that the IDEAS Camp was built upon. If you are looking to broaden your horizons in a fun and positive environment this summer, then the IDEAS Pathfinders Camp is the perfect camp for you!

    IDEAS Camp offers FREE extended care before and after the camp day for children who need to arrive early or stay late. Campers in the extended care program participate in a variety of well-supervised, age-appropriate activities ranging from sports, stories and puzzles to board games. After care campers enjoy a snack and juice provided by the camp.

    FREE Extended Care Hours
    • FREE Morning Extended Care is available from 7:30 am to 9:00 am
    • FREE Afternoon Extended Care is available from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • FREE Extended Care is available weekly and daily

    Regular Camp Hours
    • Regular Drop-off is from 8:45 am to 9:05 am
    • Regular Pick-up is from 2:50 pm to 3:10 pm

    IDEAS Camp has an extremely strict late pickup policy and an associated penalty fee — please pick your camper up by 5:30 pm to avoid that penalty from being automatically charged.

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  • Weekly Activities

    • Climbing Rock Wall
    • Innovation Challenge
    • Friday Field Day
    • Counselor Dunk Tank
    • Inflatable Slip & Slide
    • Fist Bump Awards
    • “The fact that my son wants to keep going back week after week to experience a new theme is fascinating as he has never shown such a high interest in any other camp before.”

  • Pathfinders Camp Traditions

    IDEAS Camp has established many wonderful traditions. Every day in camp is an opportunity to create memories and overall fun. IDEAS Summer Camps treasure its daily routines and traditions. All of our programs center on the enjoyment of creative play and learning.
  • Pathfinders Morning Meeting

    The best way to start the day! Pathfinders start their days with a fun and energized morning meeting. From Camper and Counselor competitions to Whacky Wednesdays and Fabulous Fridays, there is a lot in store at Pathfinders Camp morning meeting. Pathfinders campers also end their day with an all camp meeting to reflect on the current day and prepare for the next exciting camp day.

    Pathfinder Leadership Awards

    Every afternoon, counselors from each group nominate an Pathfinders Leader who will help the counselor meet and welcome new campers to their respective groups. Campers are chosen to be Pathfinders leaders based on their positive attitude and “we” over “me” qualities. Leaders must wear their special Pathfinder Leader Eye Black.

    Plinko for Icees

    Throughout the week, campers cheer on their peers as the Plinko puck drops, deciding the fate of whether or not the campers will receive an ice-cold ice pop. On really hot days, the Plinko Board has an amazing way to find the proper slot so everyone wins!

    The Spirit Stick

    The most coveted of all camp objects, the Spirit Stick is awarded each morning at Morning Meeting! Each day, campers compete as a team to win the honor of possessing the Spirit Stick for the next day.

    Counselor Competitions

    Creative and fun staff-led games where campers support their own program counselors and have the opportunity to see them participate in team-building and friendly competitions both physical and mental. Our “Oreo Cookie on the forehead” contest is a hit for all campers (and counselors).

  • The IDEAS Dunk Tank

    We like to take advantage of the hot sun as well as a helpless staff member–where campers throw and counselors get dunked in front of their peers to cheers all around.

    The IDEAS Rock Wall

    All campers throughout the week will have an opportunity to climb the wall and aim to ring the bell at the top!

    Daily Camper Awards & Give-Away Items

    Summer Pops (Icees), Camper Eye Black, Camper T-Shirts, Leadership Recognition and Responsibility Certificates.

    Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie.

    Constant visits from our professional camp mascot, Ozzie!

    Family Reunion Night

    The best time of the summer! Towards the end of each summer all families (siblings and friends included) are invited back to an evening of fun and entertainment. DJ tunes, face painting, moon bounces, carnival snacks and family games are enjoyed to celebrate the summer camp season coming to a close.

    Date & Time is TBA

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