Questions? Contact the Summer Programs Office.

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    Kirsten Mahoney 

    Director of Little Dragons & Youth and Membership Programs
    410-531-7329
  • Photo of Brianna Stiteler

    Brianna Stiteler 

    Associate Director of Youth & Membership Programs and Pool Manager
    410-531-7326

Virtual Enrichment Classes

Our Virtual Enrichment Classes are offered over multiple days for one or more weeks. Campers will join the instructor at scheduled live sessions and have independent work time. Campers will be provided a box of materials that are required for their camp that can be picked up from the GCS campus prior to the beginning of the program. Campers will need to have access to a computer or tablet and internet access for all camp programs.

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  • Advanced Adventure Gaming: Dungeons & Dragons (Grades 6–12)

    Ever wanted to play “D&D”, but never had the opportunity to even figure out what the letters even stood for? Or maybe you are a tabletop RPG aficionado with years of adventuring experience? Either way, this summer, you can join 5-6 of your friends and Mr. Konkus for weekly sessions of the original fantasy epic, Dungeons & Dragons–we’ll be playing the fifth edition. Wield your twenty-sided die, and get ready for an ability check!

    Grades 6–8
    Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:15–5:45 pm
    6/15, 6/17, 6/22, 6/24, 6/29, 7/1, 7/6, 7/8, 7/13, 7/15, 7/20, 7/22

    Grades 9–12
    Fridays: 12:30–3:30 pm
    6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24

    Instructor: N. Konkus
    Platform: Zoom
    Cost: $280 per student
  • Beginner’s Adventure Gaming: Dungeons & Dragons (Grades 2–5)

    Dungeons and Dragons is a classic role-playing tabletop game that is a cooperative story anyone can play for years to come. In this 6-week class, students will learn to create their own character and play as them in a fantasy world. They will use critical thinking to overcome situations in a team environment, use math skills under pressure, create their own world within the fantasy limits of the game, and have a lot fun. Come join our out of this world adventure!

    Grades 2–5
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30–5 pm
    6/16, 6/18, 6/23, 6/25, 6/30, 7/2, 7/7, 7/9, 7/14, 7/16, 7/21, 7/23

    Instructor: L. Gaenslen
    Platform: Zoom
    Cost: $280 per student
  • Fantasy Book Club (Grades 4–8)

    Now more than ever, reading provides a much-needed escape, and the Fantasy genre provides exciting and creative worlds and characters to entertain readers. Throughout a six-week period, students will enjoy the imagination found in three novels, selected by student vote upon registration. Every week, students will meet in a live discussion of the books and enjoy pre-recorded classes with thoughtful discussion ideas and activities.

    Grades 4–8
    Thursdays: 1–2 pm
     6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23

    Instructor: A. Smith
    Platform: Microsoft Teams and Zoom
    Cost: $205 per student
  • Mystery at Glenelg Manor (Grades 4–8)

    For many years, an apparition has haunted the halls of the Manor House at Glenelg Country School and been seen by students, teachers, staff, and campers. Who was this person? During this camp—a hybrid of live sessions and recorded videos—young detectives will solve puzzles, explore Howard County history, and interview individuals who have seen the infamous Glenelg Ghost and experts in history and the paranormal.

    Grades 4–8
    Session One
    Mondays and Wednesdays: 1–1:45 pm
    6/15, 6/17, 6/22, 6/24

    Grades 4–8
    Session Two

    Mondays and Wednesdays
    1–1:45 pm
    7/6, 7/8, 7/13, 7/15

    Instructor: A. Smith
    Platform: Microsoft Teams and Zoom
    Cost: $125 per student
  • Study Skills Tune-Up! (Grades 7–12)

    In this two-week class, students will address the following topics to help them approach exams feeling more prepared and more confident.
    • Time management: Leading up to the exam and during the exam
    • Organization: Materials, creating a plan, color-coding
    • Preparing for In-class Review: Identifying questions and addressing them
    • Test-taking Strategies: How to answer true/false, multiple choice questions, two- or three-part questions, organizing an essay, self-pacing through the exam
    • Making materials: Different ways to study and what to use (flashcards, graphic organizers, Quizlet, practice essays)
    • Communication: How to communicate with teachers appropriately.
    Grades 7–12
    Monday–Friday: 10-10:45 am
    6/15–6/19, 6/22–6/26

    Instructor: J. Keough
    Platform: Microsoft Teams and Zoom
    Cost: $125 per student
  • The Economy (Grades 3–5)

    Learn with Upper School AP Economics teacher Chris Shematek how the overall economy works. This four-week class is a great course for students that are interested in how businesses and households interact and the role of money in our society. Students will play interactive games and learn basic economic concepts through two Zoom meetings per week and 2-3 hours of independent work with interactive videos.

    Grades 3–5
    Mondays and Thursdays: 10–10:30 am
    6/29, 7/2, 7/6, 7/9, 7/13, 7/16, 7/20, 7/23

    Instructor: C. Shematek
    Platform: Seesaw and Zoom
    Cost: $180 per student
  • Watercolor Workshop (K–Grade 3)

    Do you enjoy painting? In this six-week beginner’s class, students will discuss and practice using watercolor as their medium to paint. A new topic and technique will be focused on each week in both live and pre-recorded lessons. During the last class the students will present their paintings in a live Art show. Come explore your artistic side with us!

    Kindergarten–Grade 3
    Thursdays: 2:30-3:15 pm
     6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23

    Instructor: R. Richardson
    Platform: Seesaw and Zoom
    Cost: $125 per student
  • Writing Workshop: Nature Writing (Grades 9–12)

    “All good things are wild, and free,” wrote American transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau. Throughout time, humans have turned to nature to answer fundamental questions about our society—Is civilization an improvement upon the reckless and feral existence we would inhabit in its absence? Or is civilization itself the aberration that deludes a more authentic experience to be had within the natural world? In this 6-week course, students will journey into nature with a handy writing utensil to explore, observe, and question humanity’s relationship with the great outdoors. They will read excerpts of works by Thoreau and fellow transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, and evaluate those works in context with modern parallels like Jon Krakauer’s novel Into the Wild and its film adaptation, as well as Werner Herzog’s documentary Grizzly Man. Non-western perspectives from works by Daoist, Hindu, and Buddhist scholars will also be considered. Ultimately, students will utilize their experience journaling about nature in order to produce an essay, poem, or short work of fiction to answer a fundamental question they propose about humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

    Grades 9–12
    Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:30–2 pm
    6/15, 6/17, 6/22, 6/24, 6/29, 7/1, 7/6, 7/8, 7/13, 7/15, 7/20, 7/22

    Instructor: N. Konkus
    Platform: Microsoft Teams and Zoom
    Cost: $280 per student
  • Writing Workshop: Personal Narrative (Grades 9–12)

    In this writing workshop, we focus on writing compelling narratives about personal experience. Students will read and practice writing essays that aim not to explain their experience, but rather to share it in such a way that a reader will relive it. The skills acquired in this workshop will be useful preparation not only for the Common Application for college admissions, but also more generally for high school, college, and career writing. Students will learn Rick & Morty creator Dan Harmon’s story-circle method of constructing fast-paced but well-structured narratives that imbue our experiences with a sense of journey. They will read short works by authors like Ernest Hemingway and Zora Neale Hurston to observe good examples of craft. Use of sensory detail, temporality, and symbolism will all be emphasized. Ultimately, students will present and workshop one or more personal essays with the class in preparation for the 2020-2021 Common Application.

    Grades 9–12  
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:30–4 pm
    6/16, 6/18, 6/23, 6/25, 6/30, 7/2, 7/7, 7/9, 7/14, 7/16, 7/21, 7/23

    Instructor: N. Konkus
    Platform: Microsoft Teams & Zoom
    Cost: $280 per student
  • Writing Workshop: Science Fiction (Grades 9–12)

    In the midst of a global pandemic, during which daily life has literally “zoomed” from the material world onto our computer screens, it can sometimes feel like we are living in a reality that had previously been imagined only in works of speculative fiction.

    In this six-week course, students will discuss works of science fiction to better understand how they represent perspectives about the cultures that produced them. Students will focus their attention on works of literature and film with themes that urge the audience to consider how the individual’s relationship with society is shaped and mediated by technology.

    Written works by authors Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia E. Butler, and William Gibson will be considered. Viewings and discussion of classic episodes of Star Trek, cyberpunk masterpiece The Matrix, and the recently successful Hunger Games and Marvel franchises will also occur.

    Ultimately, students will write their own short work of science fiction that speaks to where today’s technology might lead us in the future.

    Grades 9–12 
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:30–2 pm
    6/16, 6/18, 6/23, 6/25, 6/30, 7/2, 7/7, 7/9, 7/14, 7/16, 7/21, 7/23

    Instructor: N. Konkus
    Platform: Microsoft Teams and Zoom
    Cost: $280 per student
  • Writing Workshop: Writing For Digital Entertainment (Grades 9–12)

    Have you ever though you had the best idea for the next big Netflix series? What ever happened to that idea? Did it materialize on your computer screen? Probably not. The truth is that great ideas for unique shows pop into the heads of ordinary people every day—but most never make it onto the page, let alone get produced. As more binge-worthy programming is green-lit for digital platforms than ever before, now is the time to begin working on a portfolio of scripts that bring the unique worlds you have imagined to life.

    In this six-week writing workshop, students will learn the unique conventions of writing a script for streaming services and how to conceptualize an entire series of content that emphasizes and emerges from character perspective. Students will read scripts from recent hit series like "Stranger Things" and "Adventure Time," as well as television golden-age classics like "Twin Peaks" and "The West Wing."

    By observing the evolution of the television writing medium, students will gain insights into how to pace their plot and create dramatic conflict through the stories they imagine. Ultimately, students will outline and draft their very own pilot screenplay to share with the world.

    Grades 9–12 
    Mondays and Wednesdays: 2:30–4 pm
    6/15, 6/17, 6/22, 6/24, 6/29, 7/1, 7/6, 7/8, 7/13, 7/15, 7/20, 7/22

    Instructor: N. Konkus
    Platform: Microsoft Teams and Zoom
    Cost: $280 per student
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