Summer Camp offerings!

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Cancellation policy: Cancellations made less than 2 weeks before the start of the program will not be granted refunds. Cancellations made earlier than 2 weeks will be partially refunded less a $100 cancellation fee.

Contact us at Double Helix STEAM School office: (706)-521-5477;

Here are our summer camp offerings for 2018! Scroll down for complete descriptions of activities, instructors, supplies needed, and more information.

Most camps are for rising 4th-8th graders unless otherwise specified. Camp hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am- 3 pm. Doors open at 8:45 am. Inquire about later pick-up options. Snacks are provided, but students should pack a lunch. There is a refrigerator and microwave on site.

June 4-8— Camp Tallassee at Double Helix (ages 9-15): This weeklong venture is a deep-dive into the Summer woodlands. Daily ventures include learning fundamental camping skills, including site selection, fire building and safety, earth studies to broaden our sense of the land, campcraft and games along with traditionally inspired archery. The session concludes with an overnight campout at the Nowhere Shire where our new skills will come in handy. Supply list will be provided to campers. More about instructors Steve Scurry and Jonathan Hart: About 10 years ago, Steven and Jonathan began a journey of rediscovery throughout the upper Oconee river basin, aiming to encounter the living wonders unique to the region, while reaching across the ages to discover why the land was held in such high regard––even called “beloved” by members of an ancient culture and civilization which preceded our own. By footstep and paddle-stroke they found a story-telling country striving to share its secrets with the curious mind and the insightful heart. These ventures prompted them to share the treasures and new arts of discovery; their work with the Double Helix School is part of this effort. In 2013, Jonathan and Steven founded Nowhere Archery in Athens, Georgia; a field school dedicated to learning, teaching, promoting and perfecting the art of archery. The school constitutes their vision of a more comprehensive and insightful approach to life on the range and off. $275. Register here for Camp Tallassee.

June 11-15—Journalism Camp (rising 5th-9th grade): Learn how to make the news! Students will learn how the news works (media literacy) and then become reporters themselves to produce written articles, photojournalism, and short broadcast news pieces. By the end of the week, students will know how to interview people, get the facts, tell stories, and publish their work online! Supply list: 1. Notebook/pencil for reporting 2. Camera (or phone with camera) for photojournalism/filming 3. Laptop/tablet/device for typing up articles. More about instructors Mary Jessica Hammes and Kailtyn Bosveil: Mary Jessica Hammes is Double Helix STEAM School’s ELA teacher; she’s also a journalist with 20 years experience in writing and editing for newspapers, magazines, websites, and books. She taught journalism camps for nearly 15 years for high school students through UGA’s Georgia Scholastic Press Association. (She’s also a trapeze instructor for children and adults at Canopy Studio!) Kaitlyn Bosveil is studying education and has assisted in many classrooms (and theaters!), including at Double Helix, and is known for a high-energy, encouraging rapport with her students. MJ and Kaitlyn love working together and are excited to teach media literacy alongside other fun activities! $275. Register here for Journalism Camp.

June 18-22—Stranger Things Camp (rising 2nd-9th grade): Campers will design and create a giant “Stranger Things” puppet (that will take 6-8 campers to operate) as well as a smaller creature to take home at the end of camp. More about instructor Mary Wooten: Mary Wooten has enjoyed working with kids of all ages for over 35 years. She has a BFA in theatre, is former director of children’s theatre and instruction for the Springer Opera House, working in the professional world with Broadway’s Lion King, Wicked, Mary Poppins, War Horse, Beyonce’, Janet Jackson and Cher to name a few. My first love is creativity and children, which seems synonymous. $275. Register here for Stranger Things Camp.

June 25-29—Family, Flavor, and Fun Cooking Camp (rising 2nd-9th grade): Come out a experience our cooking camp with an unique theme that embeds math, science, geography, culture, and history into a fun culinary lesson. More about instructors Marissa Joiner and Jessica Brookes: Marissa and Jessica loves to cook and empower kids through art while incorporating flavor and fun. Even for those picky eaters, we will experiment with different foods to make foods that kids normally don’t eat to something that they would enjoy. And for those older kids, we would demonstrate quick, simple, and healthy snacks that the can enjoy after school. $275. Register here for Cooking Camp.

July 2-6 (no camp July 4)— Chocolate Camp (Rising 4th-9th grade): We will learn to hand temper and make chocolates by working with various couverture chocolates. We will sample chocolates from various regions and learn about farming practices and climates in these regions. We will experiment with various techniques such as molding, dipping, making centers, ganache, fondant, cookies, and creams. We will learn to steep creams and make essence and extracts as well. More about instructor Amanda Jane Crouse Lyons: I am a self- taught chocolatier with 20 years experience. I have learned from the original owners of the Olde Mille Chocolate Shoppe in Athens, and owned and operated 2 small chocolate companies in the area. I use old-world techniques and recipes without any help from tempering machines or enrobing devices. This gives the budding chocolatiers a closer look at what’s going on with the chocolate on a molecular level during the tempering process. $240. Register here for Chocolate Camp.

July 9-13— Harry Potter Camp (rising 4th-9th grade):  We’ll be teaching muggles how to be wizards! House sorting ceremony on the first day, along with Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Herbology, and Care of Magical Creatures classes. Come dressed as your favorite character everyday or wear your Harry Potter inspired clothing. More about instructors Heather Hogan and Kaitlyn Bosveil: Heather Hogan has a B.S. in Education and is a retired dancer and dance teacher. She has read the Harry Potter series a total of 13 times and studies anything and everything that involves the Boy Who Lived. She wants to share her love for everything Harry Potter with kids and to encourage them to read stories that will inspire them to be creative. Kaitlyn Bosveil is studying education and has assisted in many classrooms (and theaters!), including at Double Helix, and is known for a high-energy, encouraging rapport with her students. $275. Register here for Harry Potter Camp.

July 16-20—It is Alive! Using Coding to Create (rising 2nd-9th grade): In “It is Alive!” we will begin with the basics of coding. Once we build our foundation, we will use a problem solving model and our coding skills to make things happen! Our goal is to teach students that they can use their devices to be creative instead of passive consumers. Supply list: Personal devices (including iPads) if available. More about instructor Joe Weinmeister: More than 40 years of elementary and middle school teaching experience between us. As teachers in the gifted program, we believe it is our job to find out what each child’s passion is and to enable students to use their gift to engage the world. $275. Register here for Coding Camp.

July 23-27—Sculpture Camp (rising 5th-9th grade): We will visit public and private sculpture studios, museums and art galleries. We will sketch as individuals and execute a group project on the grounds which will incorporate elements of 2d, 3d, and time-based media. More about instructor Amanda Jane Crouse Lyons: Amanda graduated with a MFA in ceramics from UGA in 2006, where she taught 3D design classes. Her works blend classical figurative sculpture, ceramics, performance art, and pinhole photography, to capture the viewer and make the looker the looked upon and the art the artist. $300. Register here for Sculpture Camp.

July 30-Aug. 03—Adventure Camp (rising 3rd-8th grade): All field trips, all the time! It’s the last week before (most) schools start, so we’re going to cram every day full of adventure. We will take day trips to museums, swimming pools, Sweet Olive Rescue Farm, and more. Registration fee includes admission to all sites and a camp T-shirt. More about instructor Karen Gerow: Karen is the founding director and math instructor at Double Helix STEAM School. You can learn more about her here$300. Register here for Adventure Camp.