Summer Camps Middle and Lower Schools 2018-04-17T12:37:10+00:00

2018 Summer Camps for Lower & Middle School Kids

Join us for our exciting, week-long, full-day recreational camps, held 9a–3p, daily at our Paradise Valley campus: 4800 East Doubletree Ranch Road. Fee for each week is just $300 per camper. Register soon: a 10% Early Bird discount applies until March 15, 2018!

Camp Descriptions

Musical Theatre Camp
Offered weeks 1 AND 2 (must register for)

Open to entering 2nd-9th Graders
With visiting educator Maya Hana Evans

An additional $25 fee applies. It is strongly recommended that campers are present for all days during this 2-week camp.

Campers work together to stage, choreograph, design, rehearse, and perform a fully-staged production of an abridged musical (the Wizard of Oz!) in just two weeks! This camp is for young artists who get a THRILL out of singing, dancing, and devising characters, and want to learn more about these essential musical theatre skills. The big show is presented for family and friends on the last day of camp!

A skilled theatre professional, Maya began her theatrical journey at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theater (at age five!). Since earning her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has been working on stage and behind the scenes in NYC and Chicago as a performer, director, producer, instructor, (and more). As a teaching artist with Kids Creative in NYC, she collaborated on a hip-hop musical adaptation of a Ray Bradbury short story for elementary students. She also spearheaded an Apprenticeship program & devised work at Harlem’s Coalition High School for Social Change. Maya is a member of the Musical Theatre Factory’s Director/Writer Coalition, and is currently the assistant director and associate producer for an original show premiering in Manhattan. Find her online at


American Girl® Doll Camp
Offered week 1

Open to entering 1st-5th Graders
With JGS educators Jennifer Roscoe and Adrienne Springfield

Travel back in time and explore history with the American Girl Dolls! We have fun while learning about each doll’s time period through storytelling, games, crafts, cooking, and much more! Dolls are welcome to attend.


Animal Training & Rescue
Offered weeks 1, 3, and 6

Open to entering 1st-8th Graders
With JGS educator Caylin Kacmarcik

Come! Sit! Stay! In this camp, animal enthusiasts work one-on-one with pets to learn the basics of animal training and rescue. It’s sure to be a PAW-some time! Join us for 1 week or all 3.


Sports Camp
Offered weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4

Open to entering 4th-9th Graders
With JGS educators Creason Jones & Kris Shen 

For kids who love sports, being on a team, developing skills, and action-packed (but friendly!) competition, this is YOUR Sports Camp! Throughout each week campers build confidence while playing a variety of sports. The focus is on teamwork, fitness, diet and nutrition, skill, strategy, and FUN! Come for 1 week, or all four!


LEGO® Stop-Motion Animation
Offered weeks 2 and 5

Open to entering 1st-5th Graders
With JGS educators Adrienne Springfield & Jennifer Roscoe

Campers produce their own animated mini-movies! In this camp, kids use their imaginations and LEGO-know-how to create storyboards and scripts, build LEGO-based sets and props, and capture stop-motion film footage. Join us for 1 or both weeks!


Mysteries & Puzzles
Offered weeks 2 and 4

Open to entering 1st-8th Graders
With JGS educator Caylin Kacmarcik

Keep minds and bodies active this summer! Campers enjoy puzzles, scavenger hunts, clue hunts, and more, including mystery role-playing games and learning how to write (and solve!) mystery stories. Join us for 1 week or both weeks!


Harry Potter Camp Offered week 3

Open to entering 3rd-8th Graders
With JGS educator Cady Maharaj

You have been accepted to the summer 2018 session of Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Come explore the amazing world of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. After crafting your Hogwarts uniform and being sorted, you will participate in activities, crafts, games, and work towards the Hogwarts House Cup!  You will have the opportunity to explore the same subjects Harry studies at Hogwarts: Herbology, Potions, Transfiguration and Care of Magical Creatures. Leave the muggle world behind and come join us at Hogwarts!

SOLD OUT, please contact us to be added to the waiting list

Drama Camp: Standing Room Only
Offered weeks 4 and 5

Open to entering 1st-9th Graders
With JGS educator Liz Westerfield

At Drama Camp, campers play improv games, learn and practice acting and audition techniques, and explore set and costume design. Campers rehearse and perform a short play on Friday for friends and family! Sign up for one or both weeks!


Espanol Para Ti (Spanish Camp!)
Offered weeks 5 and 6

Open to entering 1st-6th Graders
With guest educator Rina Yurcak

This exciting adventure in Spanish is a great introduction to the language or opportunity to further campers’ Spanish speaking skills through fun activities: games, crafts, sports, dance, movies, songs, and technology. Come join our fiesta one or both weeks!

Rina Yurcak was born in Guatemala City, Central America. She has been teaching Spanish K-8th grades in Arizona for the past 17 years. Her approach to learning languages mirrors the way children acquire their first language: it follows a natural process that uses memory and engages all the senses. It is her goal to help children to be lifelong learners, to foster the love of learning another language, and to help children develop an appreciation for cultures different than their own. During the school year, Rina teaches in the Cave Creek Unified School District.