Indy Exploratorium

All Indy Exploratorium camps have been canceled.

Chess Masters

When: June 22‑26 and/or July 27-31
Grade Level: K‑Grade 8
Time: 1:00‑4:00 p.m.
Cost: $230
Instructor: Mr. Gregory Rogers, Founder and Coach of Chess Masters of DE

Chess Masters of DE has been teaching chess in schools since 2008. It was founded at Pope John Paul II School by Coach Gregory Rogers. Since then, the club has expanded to several schools in New Castle County and Pennsylvania. Everyone recognizes the benefits of teaching chess to children and adolescents, making Chess Masters of DE thrive. Coach Greg understands how chess can assist youth to make good choices in and out of the classroom. His approach to teaching is always patience with dedication and commitment. Note: Campers may attend one or both weeks.

Storybook Kitchen

When: June 22‑26
Grade Level: Preschool (age 3)‑Grade 2
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Miss McKenzie Walsh, Independence Extended Day Staff

In this camp, children will bake and cook fun favorites related to the storybooks they’re reading. We will dive in to classic titles along with brand-new hits. Cooking along to stories will help spark a new love for reading. Campers must be potty‑trained.

Backyard Summer Games

(maximum 20 participants)
When:
July 6‑10
Grade Level: Grades 5‑8
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $230
Instructor: Mr. Dan Kitching, Independence Director of Bands

Come for a week of fun in the sun at a relaxed pace, as you're shown the ins and outs of wiffle ball, kickball, and other light outdoor sporting activities. Enjoy both friendly competition and camaraderie with your peers.

Under the Sea

(maximum 20 participants)
When:
July 6‑10
Grade Level: Preschool (age 3)‑Grade 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Mrs. Laura Fallon, Independence World Language Teacher

Fish, Turtles, and Sharks – Oh my! Does your child love the ocean? If so, this is the perfect camp! Campers will learn about all kinds of animals in the ocean and even create their own aquarium to bring home. Each day, they will read and sing about, create, and celebrate all things associated with the ocean. There's no doubt that this camp will be a whale of a good time! Campers must be potty‑trained.

Sailing – NERYC

(maximum 10 participants)
When:
July 13‑24
Grade Level: Grades 3‑8
Time: 8:00 a.m.‑5:00 p.m.
Cost: $550

Learn to sail with U.S. Sailing‑certified instructors in a safe environment. Campers will be provided transportation by van to North East River Yacht Club in North East, MD, for this unique experience. No previous sailing experience is required. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced sailor, you will build the skills to navigate a sailboat and advance to higher levels. Don't forget to pack your lunch, since you will be out on the water. Sailors must attend both weeks. Day Camp is available for Fridays, if needed.

Shiver Me Timbers!

When: July 20‑24
Grade Level: Pre-K (age 4)‑Grade 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructors: Mrs. Jane Fouracre, Independence Early Childhood Teacher, and Mrs. Barb Scarpone, Independence Kindergarten Teacher 

Calling all explorers! Do you like adventure? Do you want to discover hidden treasure? Then let your imagination set sail during this fun‑filled camp! Create your own ship to compete in a STEM challenge, explore which treasure sinks and floats, and follow a treasure map to discover hidden loot! You will sing songs, read stories, and complete crafts as you think like an explorer. Don't forget your swimsuit ‑ you may be asked to walk the plank! Campers must be potty‑trained.

Gather Around the Campfire

When: August 3‑7
Grade Level: Preschool (age 3)‑Grade 3
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Miss McKenzie Walsh, Independence Extended Day Staff

Come on over and gather around the imaginary campfire for a fun‑filled week of camping. In this camp, we will be roasting s'mores, setting up tents, taking daily hikes on our 90‑acre campus, making crafts, and enjoying many more fun activities. Campers must be potty-trained.

Ghost Hunting Camp

When: August 10‑14
Grade Level: Grades 5‑8
Time: 1:00‑4:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Mr. Kevin McDonald, Summer at Independence Director and Middle School English Teacher

Let's get metaphysical! Ghost Hunting Camp will take campers to some of the (supposedly) most haunted places in Delaware. First, we will research the stories behind these spooky places. Once there, we will observe and record any signs of our friends from the "other side." Back at Indy, we will review our results and publish our findings. We might not prove or disprove anything, but it will be a lot of fun!

Who Done It?

When: August 10‑14
Grade Level: Grades 1‑5
Time: 1:00‑4:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Miss McKenzie Walsh, Independence Extended Day Staff

Calling all detectives! We have a mystery to solve, and we must find out “who done it” by working together all week analyzing clues. This team‑building camp will teach participants how to work together, become leaders, and to think critically all while having a blast.