2021 Specialty Camps

Young Critics

(maximum 15 participants)
July 19-23
Grade Level: Grades 5-8
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $230
Instructor: Mr. Kevin McDonald, Summer at Independence Director and Middle School English Teacher

Have you ever wished you could tell everyone exactly what you think of the latest fad? Have you ever left a movie and found yourself unable to stop talking about it? At Young Critics Camp, your opinion matters! Campers will experience the entire journalistic process as they report on movies, restaurants, and a few other events that lend themselves to spreading the word. Campers will be guided through both written and onscreen reviews. Laptops or other devices used for word processing are encouraged!


When: August 9‑12
Grade Level: Grades 5‑8
Time: 9:00‑11:00 a.m.
Cost: $180
Instructors: Mrs. Lynn Fabian, Independence Middle School English Teacher (virtual) & Ms. Vita Biddle, Independence Middle School English Teacher, Learning Specialist and LeApps™ Instructor (on campus)

What's summer without grammar? We thoroughly explore the eight parts of speech, the foundation of all grammar study. Students become more familiar with the functions of words and how they work together within a sentence.

Please note that this camp will be taught both virtually and on campus.

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STEM Lab Extravaganza 

(maximum 23 participants)
July 12-16
Grade Level: Grades 2-7
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: $475 (full day) or $310 (half day)
Extended Day: 7:00-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m. for a fee

Calling all science fanatics! Get ready to concoct cool chemistry creations, formulate new physics ideas, engineer solutions to problems, and investigate how your own body works.

In the morning sessions, you’ll uncover the mysterious world of microbes, make “gassy” putty, build a working lung model, compete in a tower building challenge, and best of all, learn some really cool science magic tricks to play on your siblings or wow your relatives at the family reunion.

Stay for the afternoon sessions and you’ll mix up gooey, snotty slime, learn the ins and outs of the digestive system, construct a ping pong launcher, make an oscilloscope to create laser art, build your own bristle-bot racer and learn even more science magic!

(formerly known as Greatest Hits and Mix It Up)

(maximum 23 participants)
July 26-30
Grade Level: Grades 2-7
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: $475 (full day) or $310 (half day)
Extended Day: 7:00-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m. for a fee

Science Explorers has compiled our favorite camp experiments into this week-long science adventure!

In the morning sessions, you’ll make a groovy lava lamp test tube, mix up chemical reactions, erupt a volcano, make chalkboard and fluffy slime, build a solar oven to make treats, launch pompoms with your own catapult, create your own motorized invention, make a foaming “matter monster,” and go on a fossil dig.

Then, stay for the afternoon as we mix up “sunny slime” that reacts to UV light, get loud as we make clucking cups and musical chimes, build spin art machines, blast off film canister rockets, make sun prints, create acid and base art, experiment with the unique properties of water, and make fizzy bath poppers and fizzing CO2 reactions.


More Summer at Independence Specialty Camps will be announced in the coming weeks!