Middle School Camp Age 10 - 14
Our camp for kids age 10-14 blends classroom study of the German language in the morning with engaging activities in the afternoon.
Morning German classes are separated into language level groups with max. 10 students and one teacher. In the classroom, instructors teach in German exclusively, no matter the level of German.
Afternoon Activities are mixed language level with max. 10 students and one teacher. Activities are exciting, active, and social, and offer a "lived" experience of German. Instructors speak mostly German, with a sprinkling of English to ensure everyone can follow along.
Our camp is a week-long or multi-week intensive immersive German environment that brings students closer to the language and culture, and to their peers who share a connection with or interest in German.
Registration opens on February 29 at midnight.
Enrollment for Summer Camp is on a first come, first served basis.
Registration will close on June 1st.
Once capacities for sessions are reached, we cannot guarantee desired schedules or camp availability.
Enrollment from waitlists when possible.
Sign up for any weeks for Full Day (AM Camp + PM Camp) or
Half Day (AM Camp or PM Camp).
Supervised lunch included for everyone.
Add on Extended Care week by week as needed for an earlier drop-off, later pick-up, or both.
AM Extended Care: 7:30am - 9am
AM Camp: 9am - 12pm
Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm
PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm
PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5:30pm
Registration is first come, first served, with caps on all programs. Register early to secure your desired schedule.
Add on AM or PM extended care for a longer day. Organized by our instructional team, Extended Care means crafts, helping to get ready for the day or to clean up, and lots of outdoor games.AM Extended Care: 7:30am - 9am / PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5:30pm
AM Camp: German Language Classes
For the age group 10-14, we offer three language groups in the morning: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Groups are capped at 10 students each with one instructor. All materials are provided.
Camp managers will serve a snack halfway though AM Camp.
AM Camp: 9am - 12pm / snack break 10:30am - 11am
- basic communication: introduction, asking questions
- writing words and very short sentences
- basic vocabulary, incl. articles
- conjugation of verbs sein, haben, and other common verbs
This class is for students who:
- are total newcomers to the German language
- may have had some German exposure, but are not confident
- more complex, context-aware communication
- writing short sentences & stories
- conjugation of common verbs
- present, perfect, past tense
- review of prepositions and pronouns
This class is for students who:
- can communicate in German much better than they can read or write German
- may have have attended 2-4 years at GISSV Saturday School or similar after-school program
- role-play, complex narratives
- writing longer stories, analyzing sentence structure
- present, perfect, past, future tense
- cases and declination
This class is for students who:
- can communicate in German, and can read and write in German
- have attended 3-6 years at GISSV Saturday School, or similar after-school program
Supervised by all instructors and our camp managers, students from Vorschule Camp, Elementary School Camp, and Middle School Camp enjoy and outdoor lunch and games together.
Please pack a hearty lunch or sign up for My Green Lunch to get lunch delivered every day.
Students joining us for AM Camp or PM Camp only are picked up or dropped off any time during lunch.Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm
PM Camp: Afternoon Activities
German language classes in the morning are complemented by a fun-filled afternoon program that introduces students to sports, music, art and other activities in mostly German and some English.
Different activities are offered in each week, and students can choose two new options for each week of camp. Groups are capped at 10 students each.
Camp managers will serve a snack between the two Afternoon Activities.
PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm / first activity: 1pm - 2:20pm / second activity: 2:40pm - 4pm
Language Explorer Week 4
Did you ever wonder where words come from? Have fun with your multilingualism while exploring all major languages, funny false friends, special expressions, translation tricks, and phonetic peculiarities.
European Travelers Week 1, 2
Europe is a diverse continent. Our adventure goes through Italy, France, Germany and Austria and we will explore the geography, history and culture of each country along the way. We will travel with handmade maps and passports and will have hands-on fun with country-specific crafts.
Zumba Dance & Culture Week 1, 2
Zumba® Kids features kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography. We break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. During the class, kids get the chance to be active and jam out to their favorite music. Giving children an outlet to jump, dance, shake, and swing their hips, it’s the perfect recipe for fitness fun.
International Cooking & Baking
Week 1, 2, 3
Cooking and eating with friends and family is a rewarding bonding activity that will form some of your most cherished memories. In this class, we will be cooking recipes from all over the world—join us on an exciting culinary journey!
Filmmaking Week 2, 4
Students write, direct, produce and market the next German classic! A great way for creative, problem-solving kids to collaborate on a fun project, while learning about basic video editing tools, as well as narrative and story-telling (and advertising!) in German. The film will be screened during Friday lunches.
Fashion and Jewelry Design
We will work with all kinds of materials to make hats, basic clothes, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anything else you design! Students will learn to sketch and problem-solve their ideas before making them into something they can wear and show off.
Acrylic Painting on Canvas Week 3
Acrylic painting on canvas opens up your hidden talents in capturing nature. Kids learn to see a picture out of a different perspective, think abstractly and be precise in detail. With simple paintbrush strokes, kids can create a finished artwork. We also learn about great artists like Picasso and Dalí, and discuss the reasons for their work.
Textile Design Week 3
Experiment with textile materials such as fabric, wool and yarn, and learn how to crochet, felt, knit, sew, weave and braid! Projects include sewing stuffed animals, working with the sewing machine, and making different kids of bags.
Mad Scientist Week 1, 3
Science plays an important role in helping kids explore and understand the world around them. In this hands-on class, we will be learning about biology, chemistry and physics by conducting experiments, observing our environment and recording our results.
Ready for Mars Week 1, 2
How we live today has a lasting effect on how our own kids will live in the near future. It’s high time we protect mother Earth on a daily basis. In this hands-on class, we will touch on topics such as daily diets, energy, mobility, water supply, garbage as well recycling and upcycling, and will find easy ways to live a more sustainable life – and thus do not need to emigrate to Mars.
Yoga & Meditation Week 1, 3, 4
Learn the different yoga styles Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative, and find out what works best for your body to relax and build strength. Students will receive guidance in creating their own yoga sequence for continued practice at home.
Latin American Dances Week 3, 4
Collaborate on fun choreographies, and learn the basics of salsa, cha-cha-cha & co. Even with ballroom dance, the emphasis is always on enjoying the movement and fun exercise.