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Upper Division - Ages 9-12

Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp 2019 Upper Division Programs


Burgundy’s Upper Division is designed for our oldest campers who have identified interests, taken up hobbies, and are ready to have influence over how they spend their camp day. The Upper Division has the widest variety of all our divisions, and allows the camper to truly build a unique camp experience during their time at Burgundy.

Campers will have a full day of activity by selecting either (1) both a morning and an afternoon program from our half-day options or (2) a full-day, two-week camp program. Campers must choose both a morning and afternoon program OR a full-day program; we do not offer half-day registration.

**Please note, our full-day, two-week options are available during weeks 5 AND 6, 7 AND 8.

Whatever programs they select, Upper Division campers take on more responsibility during the camp day, give input into the day-to-day activities of their camp, and serve as role models for our younger campers. Upper Division campers are integral in creating the type of inclusive, supportive community we strive for at Burgundy, as this is often created through them leading by example.

All campers swim daily in the Upper Division in Burgundy’s own outdoor saltwater pool. Daily swim time includes swim instruction Monday through Thursday with a free swim session on Friday. Those who choose a full-day program have a designated swim time that remains constant during the session. Those who choose to select from our morning and afternoon offerings will swim with their morning program.


Structure and Options

Explore all the fun topics listed below during your stay with us, or, stick to your tried and true favorites each and every session, the choice is yours! All campers swim daily in the Middle Division in Burgundy’s own outdoor saltwater pool. Daily swim time includes swim instruction Monday through Thursday with a free swim session on Friday.

**Please note: this schedule is for campers participating in the specialty camps where you pick an AM and a PM camp to create your full day.  If you are participating in one of the Alexandria Children's Theater drama camps or the Burgundy Outdoors camp, please note that those programs are full day programs, and campers spend the entire camp day with that program.

Upper Division Daily Schedule

8-8:30 a.m. morning drop-off

8:30-11:30 a.m. selected morning program, including daily swimming

11:30-noon lunch with morning group

Noon-3 p.m. selected afternoon program

3 p.m. afternoon dismissal

Campers report to their morning program upon arrival and stay with that group through lunch. They are then escorted to their afternoon program and checked in with their afternoon counselors. Campers are dismissed from their afternoon program at the end of the day.

Burgundy is proud to welcome back our summer partners MathTree, Excite Soccer, Pottery Playground, Silver Knights Chess, KSS Programs (Tae Kwon Do), NOVA Fencing Club, and Engineering for Kids, and we are proud to announce our new partnerships with the Alexandria Children's Theatre, Silver Knights Robotics, and Boolean Girls Coding and STEM Camps for Girls! The wonderful camp programs they offer, detailed below, combined with the original programs that our professional camp staff offers, will give your camper many ways to enjoy their summer with us!

2019 Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp Dates:

Fee: Between $400 and $405 per week, depending on the camps that are selected.  (Families select an AM camp AND a PM camp, which are priced at $200/week and $210/week, again depending on the camps that are selected) 

Week 1 - June 17-21

Week 2 - June 24-28 

Week 3 - July 1-3* 

*Prorated week of camp, no camp on Thursday July 4th and Friday July 5th

Week 4 - July 8-12 

Week 5 - July 15-19 

Week 6 - July 22-26 

Week 7 - July 29-August 2 

Week 8 - August 5-9 

Build Your Own Camp

Remember, campers MUST be registered for a morning and an afternoon program for each week! Full-day, two-week programs are available during wees 5 AND 6, 7 AND 8. 

Upper Division AM (Morning) Camp Programs:

**Swimming Included

Lego Mania (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Fee: $200/week

Building, playing, creating, and constructing are just some of the things that your camper will do during this very hands-on camp. Use Legos to solve challenges, design buildings and other structures, create simple machines, or anything else you can think of. Your are only limited by your imagination in this camp!


Digital Photography (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Fee: $205/week

Work with a digital camera to capture amazing images around Burgundy's campus. Portraits, landscapes, action shots, and other artistic photos will all come together as your camper edits, applies effects, and creates his/her very own, one of a kind images. Campers are encouraged, but don't need to, bring their own camera.


Science (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Fee: $200/week

Challenge your mind with creative, fun, and exciting experiments. Areas of study include chemistry, nature and the environment, the barnyard animals, and botany!

Weeks 1 and 5: Earth and Water

Weeks 2 and 6: Aerodynamics 

Weeks 3 and 7: Chemistry 

Weeks 4 and 8: Biology and Zoology 


Nature Navigators (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Fee: $200/week

This exciting, hands-on camp is designed to capture all that is great about our general day camp and pack it into a half-day program. Nature walks, digging in the dirt, working in the garden, exploring the natural beauty of our campus, these are just some of the activities that are special and unique to Burgundy. Campers will be allowed to have fun on our beautiful campus while learning about nature, conservation, and outdoor hobbies. Designed to be a nice bridge for campers moving out of the Lower Division as well as a nice precursor to our very popular Burgundy Outdoors camp. Truly the best of what Burgundy has to offer!


Dare to Dance (Weeks 5, 6)

Fee: $200/week 

Come dance with us! Work on flexibility, balance, and strength in a creative atmosphere. We are determined to maintain a supportive space where campers can explore the joy of movement. We will start each day with a warm-up in ballet, modern dance, yoga, or jazz. Then we will play movement games that encourage improvisation, and work on choreography. At the end of each week we will have a mini-performance where we can show our friends at Burgundy what we have been working on. Most importantly, we like to join together and celebrate creative movement. If you enjoy dancing and showing off your creative side, this is the camp for you!


Upper Division PM (Afternoon) Camps Programs:


Excite Soccer (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Fee: $200/week

Excite Soccer is a fun loving educational soccer program! Children are encouraged to develop their mental, physical, and social abilities through creative soccer games and other activities taught by highly experienced staff. Participants learn individual skills, teamwork, and most importantly have fun! We emphasize mastering basic coordination and agility with and without a soccer ball, as well as providing an environment that builds confidence.


Engineering for Kids STEM Camps (Weeks 1, 3, 5. 6, 7, 8)  

Fee: $205/week

Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!

Weeks 1 and 6: Grok Tech Camp - What do you get when you combine the minds of a Professor of Computer Science and a Professor of Astrophysics? Our unique mix of introductory content and challenges to understand Python and programming itself called GROK LEARNING!  This fun Learning to Code course help students develop critical thinking skills as well as the ability to solve problems. When students are working on solving a programming problem, they are learning to look past the bigger picture and breakdown the problem into smaller, manageable tasks where they can make logical connections. Once students master those skills, they can analyze any situation and find an appropriate solution. It’s a skill that’s welcome no matter which career they choose and it builds their confidence as they become aware that they are capable of finding solutions and achieving their goals. There are no prerequisite classes needed to start any of our Python courses.

Weeks 3 and 7: Inventors Workshop- We have opened up the workshop for a session of fun, creativity, and of course -- engineering!  During this week campers will use their ideas and creativity to invent new machines and toys. Design your own propelled zip line, create a kaleidoscope and inventing new found ways to create a toy with Ooblek are some of the fun we will have in this workshop week.  Activities are engineering based and age appropriate featuring chemical and mechanical engineering fun. 

Weeks 5 and 8: How Amusing Camp - Ah, the thrill of an amusement park…zipping around on power boats, zooming through the loops of a rollercoaster, trying your luck on the Zip Lines!   Can’t get better than that!  During this week, campers  will divide into theme park teams.  They will challenge other teams in specific engineering-related contests with the goal of creating the most fantastic and thrilling theme park experience.   Campers will be tasked with using the Engineering Design Process to create their amusement rides and adventure!


Silver Knights Chess (Weeks 3, 6) 

Fee: $205/week

Spend a week playing and learning about chess with the Silver Knights! We've taught tens of thousands of children including national champions, but most students are beginners looking to learn and have fun! Campers are broken up in groups by skill level. Each camper receives a T-shirt and a tournament-style chess set. Activities include learning the rules, openings, tactics, endgames, studying master games, and playing lots of games against other students. Campers will take breaks for snacks, lunch and fresh air. Check out their website at www.skenrichment.com.


Silver Knights Robotics (Weeks 2, 4) **Brand New Camp for Summer 2019!**

Fee: $205/week

In Robotics Camp, campers explore the world of mega-machines. In this WeDo 2.0 LEGO Robotics camp you can build and program robots that get the job done! Build over-the-top vehicles and real-world engineering marvels in this fun camp! Campers will take breaks for snacks, lunch and fresh air.  At the end of the week, campers receive a T-shirt.  Check out their website at www.skenrichment.com.


Boolean Girls Coding and STEM Camps for Girls!  (Weeks 2, 5, 8) **Brand New Cap for Summer 2019!**

**For girls ages 9-12 ONLY

Fee: $205/week


This course is designed for Upper Division girls who might have some experience with coding and want to learn more.  With an emphasis on fun, we introduce advanced coding concepts and program design.  Girls build animations and games they can be proud of (all while learning complex concepts like sequencing, troubleshooting, critical thinking, and conditional logic).  

Finally, girls learn complex program design. Each girl is challenged to imagine and design her own ideas, tell the story behind her programs and create them with her newly-learned skills.  This class can be repeated as the challenges and projects change each session. 


Burgundy Farm School of Wizardry (Week 4 ONLY)

Fee: $205/week

Muggle school may be out for the summer, but Burgundy Farm School of Wizardry is in session. Join Burgundy teacher, Professor Megan Stack, to learn more about the magical arts, including potion making and divination. Compete in challenges, play games, and watch out for any mysterious activity. Spend time with like-minded witches and wizards in one of four "houses," and earn points for your house. Wands and spell books will be provided, but robes are optional. You will have everything you need for a magical experience.  Led by Burgundy Farm Country Day School teacher Megan Stack.  


NOVA Fencing Club (Weeks 2, 5, 8) 

Fee: $205/week

En Garde! Ready? Fence!  Nova Fencing Camps are a great introduction to the Olympic sport of fencing, which is taught through fun drills and exciting games. Campers will learn basic footwork and blade work skills from experienced coaches who have developed both national and international competitors, including several current Junior Olympians. 

All of our camps will teach and refine the fundamentals of fencing including hand and footwork, drills, and bouting.  Camps end with a team tournament using electrical equipment.  Why choose our fencing camp?  Because fencing is fun!  Campers will love playing fun games, getting fit, and making lasting friendships.

Our camps are for children who have no experience with fencing through intermediate level fencers.  Fencers will be grouped according to their ability. Equipment and uniforms are provided, including protective masks, jackets, chest protectors, and gloves. 

Each camp is taught by instructors under the direction of Head Coach Greg Kaidanov.   All of our coaches are First Aid/CPR/AED and USOC Safe Sport certified.  Camps can be repeated, since every bout brings a new experience.


ARTrageous ARTventures with Pottery Playground (Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5&6, 7, 8) 

*Please note, ARTrageous ARTventures is a two-week camp during weeks 5 and 6, parents will need to pick an AM camp for weeks 5 and 6 if they register for this camp.  All other weeks are single week camps. ​

Fee: $210/week ($420 for weeks 5&6 - two-week camp)

The summer just got HOTTER at Burgundy Farm Summer Camp!

Catch a ride with us on the summer’s most ARTrageous creative train!  Val & Kate of Pottery Playground are ready to take you and your friends to colorful destinations reserved only for those wanting to explore their creative sides!  So, Fire Up your imaginations & journey around the world with us as we experience a kaleidoscope of Art styles from various cultures & countries.

Throughout the summer, we’ll explore many Art forms & learn FUNtastic techniques that bring them to life.  You’ll explore a wide range of Art mediums, techniques, Art history and multicultural appreciation in a warm and nurturing environment.  All projects are age appropriate and do not require prior experience.  You’ll dabble in everything from drawing, painting, watercolor, collage, Art journaling, print making, tie dye, and more!  For added fun, we’ve packed LOTS of funky tools like straws, liquid soap, shaving cream & fuzzy yarn in our creative arsenal. 

While one-week Art camps are running through most of the summer, we are holding a special two-week immersion experience during sessions 5 & 6 – Camp Harry Pottery Meets Magical Friends!

When: July 15 – July 26

What:  More than being “bigger, bolder & brighter,” our immersion camp brings popular books and 2019 movies to life!  That’s right – Art imitates Art! 

Harry Pottery: Calling all wizards, muggles & half-bloods!  The first half of our 2-week ARTventure features projects that every Hogwart’s student wants!  We’ll tackle more detailed projects that take longer to complete and will try our hands at Fired Arts (pottery painting, clay and fused glass), Mosaics, BATIK and more!  So, dust off your robes and hone your magic spells – because we’re going to have a magically ARTrageous time!

Aladdin, Unicorn Store & The Lion King: Joining Harry, Ron and Hermione, are more magical creatures to test your creative muscle!  A colorful fantasy awaits you as we travel through the land of unicorns to the sands of Saudi Arabia to the jungles of Africa!

Your friends will be spellbound by the enchanting Art gallery you create with us in this special two-week session!



Visual Arts (Week 2 ONLY)

Fee: $200/week

Do you enjoy crafting? Do you see the beauty in nature? Do you have a creative side that is just hoping to be let loose? This free-form art camp not only nurtures your creative side but unleashes it! From painting to collage, sketching to sculpting, you will be creating from day one of this camp. Campers are encouraged to find what moves them, and then create. What will you make? Come join this popular camp and find out!


KSS Programs Tae Kwon Do (Weeks 1, 4, 7) 

Fee: $205/week

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art involving kicking, blocking, and striking and has truly transcended the place of its birth and become one of the most popular martial arts in the world.  KSS Tae Kwon Do camp will have some fitness, body movement, and martial arts skills incorporated.  The children will get to experience real martial arts without the commitment and cost of a traditional school.  Experienced students will have the opportunity to practice and develop skills.   Through Tae Kwon Do, students gain better physical fitness, coordination, balance, self-esteem and respect for oneself and others while learning exciting skills.


MathTree Camps (Weeks 5&6 - two- week camp, Parents must pick an AM camp for both weeks 5 and 6 if they register for this camp)

Fee: $410/two-week session

MathTree campers learn new math concepts and master familiar ones while learning the "how" and "why" through individualized instruction and engaging small group activities. As a camper's math confidence grows so does their love of math!


Roots - for rising 4th graders (age 9)

Fee: $410/two-week session

MathTree Roots utilizes real-life situations, physical objects, drawings and narratives to build a strong foundation of math in the minds and the hearts of campers! Fractions and division are the focus of group instruction for this camp, while, individually, campers begin their climb up the MathTree®, our proprietary skill system that customizes to the camper’s pursuit of math skills. Campers should be fluent with single-digit multiplication prior to participating in MathTree Roots.

Goal: The goal is that campers will develop an understanding of fractions and division. Each camper will begin their individual climb through the basic skills that are the foundation of all math understanding.


Roots to Leaves - for kids entering 5th to 7th grade in the Fall

Fee: $410/two-week session

Campers use the proprietary skill system to refresh, sharpen, and extend their repertoire of math skills. Skills include the 4 basic operations plus fractions, decimals and percents. More advanced campers develop their skills in integers, absolute value, order of operations, exponents, radicals and complex fractions.


Upper Division Full-Day, One-Week Camps:

**Swimming Included

Alexandria Children's Theatre - Wizards Onstage! (Week 5 ONLY)

Fee: $405/week 

Actors interested is making some of their favorite wizardry scenes come to life onstage will love this camp! Numerous popular scenes will be scripted so campers have a chance to act out several different roles during the week. Get your wands ready, and watch out for that flooded bathroom! English accents are encouraged, and learning a "proper one" is part of camp. We'll even have a special tea party!


Alexandria Children's Theatre - Christmas Carol Audition Prep Drama Camp! (Week 8 ONLY)

Fee: $405/week 


Perfect for students interested in auditioning for area productions of A Christmas Carol this fall, this camp will include vocal projection and simple tips for improving English accents. Stage movement and character development will help young actors "nail" their auditions! Theatre games and improv activities get the creative muscles firing each day, and Comedy Time will give interested actors a chance to practice their comic timing. Campers will memorize scenes to perform for their families onstage Friday.  

Taught by Burgundy Drama teacher Roberta Cullen.


Upper Division Full-Day, Two-Week Camps:

**Swimming Included

Burgundy Outdoors (Weeks 5&6, 7&8 - two-week camp program)

Fee: $815/two-week session

Grab your pack, check your compass, and get ready for adventure! This nature adventure camp program is all about exploring the outdoors, challenging yourself, practicing teamwork, and building self-confidence. Learn how to orient yourself in the wild using a map and compass, pick the perfect campsite and pitch your tent, hike the natural world and learn to identify the wildlife you find, and have fun exploring the great outdoors! This two-week program features a day trip to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park for team building and rope course activities (first Thursday of each two-week camp) as well as an overnight camp-out at Burgundy one night (second Thursday). Parents are invited to join their campers for a cookout dinner before saying goodnight, and will pick up their campers at noon the next day. This program is for the adventurous camper who is looking for more than a regular camp experience!