Summer Programs

Welcome to Summer@YCDS!

Join us this summer for our many new learning experiences for students age 3 through 12th grade! A complete listing of summer programs are located in the drop-down list below.

Summer Program Policies

  • The registration deadline for all summer camps is June 5.
  • All camp fees plus a $25 per registrant non-refundable registration fee are due in full with registration
  • Checks should be made payable to YCDS
  • Registration confirmations will be emailed prior to the beginning of the camp for which your child is registered
  • Payment will be returned only if the camp is full or if the program is cancelled by YCDS
  • Refunds will be granted ONLY if the request is made in writing to the Director of Summer Programs prior to June 5
  • Except where noted, campers should register for camps based on their grade as of Sept. 1, 2017

Please complete the following forms and return them to:

Asa Church
York Country Day School
1000 Indian Rock Dam Road
York, PA 17403

Summer@YCDS Registration Form
Summer Camp Emergency Form
Alternative Pick-Up Form

Questions? Please contact Asa Church, Director of After School Enrichment, at achurch1@ycds.org.

Little Learners Camp (Ages 3-5)

Little Learners Camp provides the opportunity for children ages 3-5 to play, explore, investigate, and experiment in a safe, fun learning environment. This program is perfect for students who are preparing for the classroom either in Pre-K or Kindergarten. Little Learners is led by experienced teachers with caring and high quality counselors.

Students must be reliably potty trained to attend camp

For questions regarding Little Learners Camp, please contact Dani Kardisco at

dkardisco@ycds.org.

8:45-12:00 p.m.
$150 per session
A minimum of 10 students must be registered for this camp.

Session 1- July 24-28
Session 2- July 31-August 4
Session 3- August 7-11

Session 1- Sticky, Wet, and Wacky

Do you enjoy using all of your senses? Then come join us, and engage everything from your taste buds to your toes through a variety of tactile experiences. If it’s wet, sticky and gooey, we will explore it! Play in oobleck, then splash around in water to clean off. Paint with your hands, feet and maybe even your elbows. We’ll also snack on honey sandwiches and make homemade fruit juice popsicles. Let’s get wet, sticky and gooey together!

Session 2- Science Rocks!

From teachers to students, everyone can be a scientist. We will be exploring all kinds of science experiments, including, how to turn a cup into a phone, make an Alka Seltzer Rocket, make paint, and create an ocean in a bottle. Join us for a week of science exploration, where our minds and bodies will be fully engaged in a variety of enriching experiments!

Session 3- Under the Sea

In Under the Sea we will dive deep into exploration and wonder as we discover the ocean’s wildlife. Studying whales, dolphins, jellyfish and more, we will use a variety of skill sets to learn about what lies in the darkest depths of the sea. We’ll count the number of legs an octopus uses to swim, create our own tropical fish using craft supplies and discover new, exciting songs about the great blue sea. We hope you can join us as we grab our scuba gear and dive down to take a peek at the world’s greatest mystery of life: the ocean!

Rising Kindergartners only! Top off an amazing summer by pairing Little Learners camp with session 2 of the Summer Academy, our super fun back-to-school boot camp in mid-August.

Adventure Camp With Flash (Grades 1-6)

Join Flash for the best summer camp ever! It’s the perfect time to explore, investigate, create, experiment, run, dance, play, swim, and have tons of fun. Join us in Adventure Camp where each day is filled with adventure, fun, and learning. Each week will include swimming, art, science, games, and a field trip. Adventure Camp is lead by experienced teachers and quality counselors. We hope you will join us for adventure this summer!

8:00-4:00 p.m., Extended day until 5:00 p.m.
$240 Week/ $290 with Extended Day
*Half day camp ($140) available only in conjunction with other half day camps

Session 1 June 12-16
Session 2 June 19-24
Session 3 June 26-30
Session 4 July 3, 5-7 ($195 Week/$115 Half/ $235 Extended)
Session 5 July 10-14
Session 6 July 17-21
Session 7 July 24-28
Session 8 July 31- August 4
Session 9 August 7-11
Session 10 August 14-18

Day Camp Information
  • 10:1 student, counselor ratio
  • Daily swimming at the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center
  • Camp fees include a nutritious lunch, snack and drinks
  • Enrollment is based upon the camper’s grade as of September 1, 2017
  • Camper drop-off is 8:00 a.m., and pick-up is 4:00 p.m.
  • Extended Day care is available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional fee
  • Register for four or more weeks of camp at one time and receive a 10% Discount off the weekly program fee
  • For questions regarding Adventure Camp, please contact Dani Kardisco at dkardisco@ycds.org


Pentathlon Athletics Camp (Grades 3-8)

Five days of the most exciting athletics adventures ever! Join us for an eclectic mix of athletic pursuits including soccer golf, orienteering, water polo, and more. This camp is perfect for students who just love to have fun, stay active and make new friends. Each day will be composed of four activity blocks, pool time, and lunch. One day each week students will travel off-campus to a course, rink, or destination activity. Each student will receive a shirt and water bottle.

Sample Day

8:00 a.m. Arrival/ Rise and Shine! Mixer
8:15 Introduction to Orienteering
9:00 Orienteering Challenge
10:00 Snack Break
10:15 Capture the Flag 2.0
12:00 Lunch and Rest
1:00 Group Challenge: Ultimate Frisbee
2:00 Pool Time
3:00 Wind-down: Table games
4:00 Pick-up (Extended day available until 5 p.m.)

This camp runs 8:00-4:00 p.m., Extended day until 5:00 p.m.
$240 Week/ $290 with Extended Day
A minimum of 10 students must be registered for this camp.

Session 1- July 17-21
Session 2- July 24-28


Summer Academy: Back-to-school Boot Camp (Grades K-8)

Students entering grades Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to re-boot for the school year at the YCDS Summer Academy! The lower grades (K-3) will enjoy a daily rotation of storytelling, math fun, and musical explorations. The older students (4-5) and (6-8) will be taking a “Back to School Crash Course” in English, Math, Science, and the Arts. All classes will be taught by YCDS faculty. Daily snacks will be provided.

8:00-12 p.m.
$200
A minimum of 12 students must be registered for this camp.

Session 1 August 7-11
Session 2 August 14-18


STEAM Camps: Discover Devices and Doodads (Grades 2-3) NEW DATES

Have you ever made a bubblebot? How about a banana keyboard? Have you ever built or programmed a robot? Develop critical thinking, build creative confidence, and foster collaborative teamwork while tackling real world challenges. Students in grades 2-3 will learn to become more than just consumers of technology. They will become inventors using littleBits, LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 and a whole bunch of ingenuity. No prior robotics or programming experience is required. Just bring your creativity and resourcefulness.

8:00-12:00 p.m.
July 17-21
$195

A minimum of 7 students must be registered for this camp.

For questions regarding STEAM camps, please contact Amy Krtanjek at akrtanjek@ycds.org

STEAM Camps: The Art of Science (Grades K-1)

Air, water, light, motion, and reactions will be explored as campers discover art and science as an intertwined process. The art pieces created in this camp result from the process of exploring, manipulating and discovering scientific concepts often with beautiful outcomes. As natural elements will be the inspiration for many projects, campers will be spending much of their time outdoors experiencing the art of science.

8:00-12:00 p.m.
July 10-14
$195/week

A minimum of 7 students must be registered for this camp.

For questions regarding STEAM camps, please contact Amy Krtanjek at akrtanjek@ycds.org

STEAM Camp:EV3 Robotics Camp (Grades 4-6)

Come join the fun of learning programming and building robots with us! Students will expand their skills building and programming Lego EV3 Mindstorms robots. A new challenge awaits each day as campers use the engineering design process to brainstorm ideas and build and program their creations to tackle a new path each day. Prior robotics or Lego building experience is not required, but a good imagination and some determination will give campers the best experience.

8:00-12:00 p.m.
July 10-14
$195

A minimum of 7 students must be registered for this camp.

For questions regarding STEAM camps, please contact Amy Krtanjek at akrtanjek@ycds.org


STEAM Camp: Engineering Camp (Grades 4-6)

Engineers are problem solvers, and in this camp, students will practice using the engineering design process to hone their problem solving and critical thinking skills while designing and building mechanisms that track time. Based on the Engineering is Everywhere curriculum, each day, campers will work in small groups to create mechanisms to meet specific project objectives, just like engineers do. They will apply principles of science and math, use gears and simple machines to shape their designs, and test them to see if they meet the desired objective. A different engineering field will be highlighted each day, showing students the range of career paths engineering can follow.

8:00-12:00 p.m.
June 19-23
$210

A minimum of 7 students must be registered for this camp.

For questions regarding STEAM camps, please contact Amy Krtanjek at akrtanjek@ycds.org


STEAM Camp: Advanced EV3 Mindstorms Robotics (Grades 6-8)

Take your EV3 robotics to the next level! Students will build on prior knowledge of robotics and their skills building and programming Lego EV3 Mindstorms robots. Through the week, students will tackle missions of their choosing and focus their efforts on the use of sensors, advanced programming logic and mechanical design. Prior robotics or programming building experience is helpful, but not required.

8:00-12:00 p.m.
July 31- August 4
$195

A minimum of 7 students must be registered for this camp.

STEAM Camp: Exploring Robotics Using VEX Robots (Grades 9-12)

In this camp, students will work in small teams to build and program VEX robots to perform simple tasks. Each day, students will receive instruction in mechanical build and programming that they may apply to daily challenges. Working in small teams, students will design, build, program and test a robot using the VEX EDR platform and RobotC to address the tasks for each day's challenge which will be a combination of autonomous and tele-operated tasks. Students will be able to put together their new skills for an end of the week showcase to be held Friday afternoon, highlighting the accomplishments they have achieved throughout the week.

8:00-4:00 p.m.
June 26-30
$450

A minimum of 7 students must be registered for this camp.

For questions regarding STEAM camps, please contact Amy Krtanjek at akrtanjek@ycds.org

Arts Academy: Theater Production Camp (Grades 7-12)

“The Ever After-- A Musical”

This three-week production camp will focus on discovering and honing fundamental acting skills like projection, expression through voice and body, creativity, and cooperation. Students will have the opportunity to audition, rehearse and perform “The Ever After-- A Musical”, book by Nathan Hartswick and music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Some production elements like set, costume, and prop design will also be explored. There are many exciting roles for all! The camp will culminate with a public performance of the musical on August 4th. For more information regarding this camp, please contact Paige Hoke at phoke@ycds.org

Is “Ever After” really what anyone expects? A spoof on daytime talk shows, this hysterical fractured fairy tale has it all: Cinderella and her Stepsisters, Snow White and the Evil Queen, a trash-talking clairvoyant mirror, an unfortunate prince who is turning slowly back into a frog, and even Jiminy Cricket.

July 17-August 4
Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00 p.m.
$550 for 3 Week Camp

A minimum of 10 students must be registered for this camp.


Arts Academy: Ceramics Workshop (Grades 7-12)

This class will help students to develop basic skills in the creation of three dimensional forms using various clay hand-building techniques. Students will conceive and create works of art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the medium, processes, and techniques they use.

8:00-12:00 p.m.
$195
A minimum of 10 students must be registered for this camp.

Session 1 - June 12-16
Session 2 - June 19-23


Mr. Asa Church
Director of Summer Programs
achurch1@ycds.org

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