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Week 1: July 8 - 11

All Systems Go!

All Systems Go! An Introduction to Human Body Systems!
West Campus 

Campers will have the opportunity to participate in activities and labs that explore every body system in the human body. It is based off of the Project Lead The Way: Human Body Systems curriculum and campers will get the chance to put on the shoes of a doctor by analyzing patient cases and diagnosing cases!

Aww Snap! Let's Learn Photography

Awww SNAP! Let's learn about Photography
Central Campus 

​Students will be introduced to concepts in Photography using light, time and subject. We will use Analog and Digital Photography practices to create our images. Activities include a lot of physical activity such as walking around the school to take pictures, jumping, hula hooping, and popping water balloons to name a few. Students must also be comfortable working in the dark. All equipment will be provided.

Connect with Your Heart. Be You.

Connect with Your Heart. Be You. 
West Campus 

​Mindfulness and Meditation.  Are you sensitive, feel stressed out, anxious, different?  Welcome!  This experience will be experiential and participants will learn several breathing and energy clearing techniques, learn how to ground and center, how to use the breath and mindfulness to manage and release stress, and to connect with self.  Experiences will include instruction, classroom activities, guided meditations, labyrinth uses, drum circle and fun.  

Create your own graphic novel!

Create your won graphic novel! 
Central Campus 

Aiming to give campers of the community access to the newest digital applications and tools so that they may better accomplish their artistic, musical, entrepreneurial, academic, and creative goals through English instruction.

DRAW! / PAINT! / PRINT!

Draw! Paint! Print! - Exploring Foundations in Art
Central Campus 

Week 1: DRAW! - This course will introduce drawing mediums and basics of drawing - students will learn how to draw  3-D forms, experiment with charcoal and pastel mediums, and apply this knowledge to create an expressive drawing of subject matter of their choice.  

Week 2: PAINT! - This course will introduce students to a variety of paint mediums and approaches to creating expressive paintings - Students will learn how to mix colors, blend paint to create 3D Forms, and experiment with mark-making techniques to develop an expressive final painting that can be either abstract or realistic, depending on their preference.

Week 3: PRINT! - This course will introduce the basics of Printmaking - Students will create a Gelli print and learn about monoprinting, then carve a linoleum block pattern print to contribute to a class mural, and finally create a stencil design which they will then screen print onto a Tshirt.  
 

Energy Exploration

Energy Exploration
Central Campus 

​Campers will learn about what energy efficiency is as well as participate in experiments that showcase reusable energy methods and find ways to reduce energy in their home.

Fashion Frenzy

Fashion Frenzy 
Central Campus 

​Students will be introduced to basic elements of Fashion Design. Students will spend time learning about Color Theory, Fashion Illustration, Basic Hand Embroidery as well as Garment Construction through basic use of a sewing machine. Projects include Hand Embroidered Pillow, Scrunchie, Infinity Scarf, Patchwork Drawstring Bag, Tie-dyed T-shirts, Painted Color Wheel and Original Design Fashion Illustrations. 

Forensics Fun

Forensics Fun 
Central Campus 

​Have you ever wondered how science is used to solve crimes?  Students will learn the basics of crime scene investigation and how to analyze different types of evidence including fingerprints, DNA and blood!

Kids In the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen
Central Campus 

​Kids In the Kitchen- Jr. chefs will learn kitchen basics, such as kitchen safety, manners, table setting, and basic cooking skills. We will be preparing appetizers, breakfast, and dessert items. Campers will end the week with a "Create your own pizza competition"!

Mars Rover Robotics & Coding Challenge!

Mars Rover Robotics & Coding Challenge!
Central Campus 

​Students will utilize TI graphing calculators along with "rover" in order to create a program to navigate the rover along a given coordinate plane path. 

Parlez-vous francais? Fun with French!

Parlez-vous francais?  Fun with French!
West Campus 

​Ever wanted to learn a second, or third language?  Come join us for a week and learn French!  Students will explore the language and culture of the French-speaking world through activities, crafts, song, music, cooking and games.  

Sculpture Extravaganza

Sculpture Extravaganza
Central Campus 

​We will be completing 4 sculpture projects.
1. We will be making wearable jewelry out of fimo clay.
2. We will be creating found art sculpture, with wire, yarn, fabrics, wood and found objects. 
3. We will be making pins ansd key chains with shrink film that we color with sharpies.
4. We will be creating a painted cardboard sculptures using paint, spray paint, cardboard and glue.  
 

Welcome to JT West's Woodshop

Welcome to JT West's Woodshop
West Campus 

​Campers will safely complete a small birdhouse.  They will use some of the shop's hand and electric tools, as well as glue, sandpaper and finishing materials to complete the project.  Campers will be assisted by the current Woods & Construction teacher as well as several high school students from the Wood shop.

Week 2: July 15 - 18

3D Printing and Air Rockets

3D Printing and Air Rockets
Central Campus

Students will explore the use of 3D printing and build an air rocket to be tested at the end of the week!

All Systems Go!

All Systems Go! An Introduction to Human Body Systems!
West Campus

Campers will have the opportunity to participate in activities and labs that explore every body system in the human body. It is based off of the Project Lead The Way: Human Body Systems curriculum and campers will get the chance to put on the shoes of a doctor by analyzing patient cases and diagnosing cases! 

Baking and Pastry

Baking and Pastry
Central Campus 

Baking and Pastry- Jr. Bakers will learn the fundamentals of baking.....Christmas Baking in July with creating gingerbread houses and a cookie exchange! We will also be conducting experiments with various baking ingredients.

Business Leadership & eSports

Business Leadership & eSports
Central Campus 

In this camp, we will focus on the teamwork and leadership skills students need to build and apply to their lives.  We will introduce the campers to our high school eSports program and as well as our business/computers program.  Our JTHS eSports team will help campers learn the teamwork, and communication skills needed to be successful.  Each day will have a communication or leadership theme.  We will use computer applications programs like excel, word, and powerpoint to help build the skills, then finish each day with the application of the skills in eSports competition.

Camp Wellness

Camp Wellness
Central Campus 

​Camp Wellness will explore the use of technology in physical fitness, introduce participants to lifetime fitness activities and games, and present career options in the field of health and wellness.

Create your own graphic novel!

Create your won graphic novel! 
Central Campus 

Aiming to give campers of the community access to the newest digital applications and tools so that they may better accomplish their artistic, musical, entrepreneurial, academic, and creative goals through English instruction.

DRAW! / PAINT! / PRINT!

Draw! Paint! Print! - Exploring Foundations in Art
Central Campus 

Week 1: DRAW! - This course will introduce drawing mediums and basics of drawing - students will learn how to draw  3-D forms, experiment with charcoal and pastel mediums, and apply this knowledge to create an expressive drawing of subject matter of their choice.  

Week 2: PAINT! - This course will introduce students to a variety of paint mediums and approaches to creating expressive paintings - Students will learn how to mix colors, blend paint to create 3D Forms, and experiment with mark-making techniques to develop an expressive final painting that can be either abstract or realistic, depending on their preference.

Week 3: PRINT! - This course will introduce the basics of Printmaking - Students will create a Gelli print and learn about monoprinting, then carve a linoleum block pattern print to contribute to a class mural, and finally create a stencil design which they will then screen print onto a Tshirt.  

Fashion Frenzy

Fashion Frenzy 
West Campus 

​Students will be introduced to basic elements of Fashion Design. Students will spend time learning about Color Theory, Fashion Illustration, Basic Hand Embroidery as well as Garment Construction through basic use of a sewing machine. Projects include Hand Embroidered Pillow, Scrunchie, Infinity Scarf, Patchwork Drawstring Bag, Tie-dyed T-shirts, Painted Color Wheel and Original Design Fashion Illustrations. 

Mars Rover Robotics & Coding Challenge!

Mars Rover Robotics & Coding Challenge!
Central Campus 

​Students will utilize TI graphing calculators along with "rover" in order to create a program to navigate the rover along a given coordinate plane path. 

Save the Environment in Joliet!

Save the Environment in Joliet!
Central Campus 

​Four fun days of hands-on science labs and activities investigating the environmental issues in Joliet, that include visiting local parks and creeks. In this class, we will learn about how humans have impacted various environments, how we can test for environmental contaminants, and possible solutions for these problems. We will end our week going out to a nature preserve to apply our knowledge of environmental quality to a real habitat.
 

Stars of the Stage! Drama Camp

Stars of the Stage! Drama Camp
West Campus 

​Join us for a week of drama fun! Are you a natural-born performer? Perhaps you want to break out of your shell. Either way - have a blast learning more about theatre - from pantomime, to improv, and more!
 

Week 3: July 22 - 25

Business Leadership & eSports

Business Leadership & eSports
Central Campus 

In this camp, we will focus on the teamwork and leadership skills students need to build and apply to their lives.  We will introduce the campers to our high school eSports program and as well as our business/computers program.  Our JTHS eSports team will help campers learn the teamwork, and communication skills needed to be successful.  Each day will have a communication or leadership theme.  We will use computer applications programs like excel, word, and powerpoint to help build the skills, then finish each day with the application of the skills in eSports competition.

"Check Us Out" Chess

"Check us Out" Chess Camp 
Central Campus 

If you want to learn how to play chess, practice or play a competitive game- "Check Us Out! "  This session is open to all that love Chess and even those that don't, but soon will! This session will teach basic strategies, openings and important end-game scenarios. Come and "Check us Out" this summer for an exciting and intellectual camp experience. 
 

Create your own graphic novel!

Create your won graphic novel! 
Central Campus 

Aiming to give campers of the community access to the newest digital applications and tools so that they may better accomplish their artistic, musical, entrepreneurial, academic, and creative goals through English instruction.

Come Grow With Us

Come Grow with Us
West Campus

Students will be harvesting vegetable and herbs in the Joliet West Garden in order to make salsa, hot sauce, and pickles. Students will learn the process of canning pickles and each student will be able to take home something that they assisted on producing. Students will assist and construct three strawberry composting planters. These strawberry planters will be constructed from recycled food grade pickle bins. Students will use composted soil for the planters. Each planter will have a compost watering tube in the center.
The strawberry containers will be placed in the Joliet West Garden. Students will assist on the construction of 2 large classroom aquaponics models.
Each student will create a small aquaponics model to take home. And if that is not enough fun……a field trip is in the works!!!!

DRAW! / PAINT! / PRINT!

Draw! Paint! Print! - Exploring Foundations in Art
Central Campus 

Week 1: DRAW! - This course will introduce drawing mediums and basics of drawing - students will learn how to draw  3-D forms, experiment with charcoal and pastel mediums, and apply this knowledge to create an expressive drawing of subject matter of their choice.  

Week 2: PAINT! - This course will introduce students to a variety of paint mediums and approaches to creating expressive paintings - Students will learn how to mix colors, blend paint to create 3D Forms, and experiment with mark-making techniques to develop an expressive final painting that can be either abstract or realistic, depending on their preference.

Week 3: PRINT! - This course will introduce the basics of Printmaking - Students will create a Gelli print and learn about monoprinting, then carve a linoleum block pattern print to contribute to a class mural, and finally create a stencil design which they will then screen print onto a Tshirt.  

Foods Around the World

Foods Around the World 
Central Campus 

Foods around the World- Each day we will "travel" to another country.....China, Mexico, Italy, and the Mediterranean are on our itinerary!  We will end the week with a salsa competition!

Mars Rover Robotics & Coding Challenge!

Mars Rover Robotics & Coding Challenge!
Central Campus 

​Students will utilize TI graphing calculators along with "rover" in order to create a program to navigate the rover along a given coordinate plane path. 

Music Production & Beat Making: Digital Music

Music Production & Beat Making: Digital Music 
Central Campus

Learn the basics of audio production and beat creation with the Ableton Live Push controller. Instructors from Joliet Township 204 in combination with the Digital Audio Recording Academy staff from the University of St. Francis will guide students in music production using digital audio workstations. By the end of the camp, students will understand the basics of music production using the Ableton Live Push controller and will create their own original song that can be shared with others.
 

Summer Music Academy

Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Band

Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Band
Central Campus 
July 8-11 and July 15-18

The Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Band is a no-cost summer music program for6th-12th-grade instrumental musicians in the Joliet community. Junior high students will receive musical instruction; Joliet high school band students will receive musical leadership training. Band directors, music staff, and select high school students will serve as instructors, including student guest conductors. All students will participate in both small groups and a fullband and will perform as a band ina community performance that is free and open to the public.
Participating students should have at least one year of instrumental music experience, and should have access to an instrument. Students without access to a musical instrument should have their parent(s) contact Mr. Stinson at 815-727-6705 or dstinson@jths.org.

The camp takes place from July 8-11, 1-5pm, and July 15-18, 1-5pm. All sessions occur at Joliet Central High School in the band room. A performance is scheduled for July 18 in the evening at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, Joliet, IL.

Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Choir

Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Choir 
Central Campus 
July 8-11 and July 15-18

A summer music program for 6th-12th grade vocal musicians in the Joliet community to promote music program growth and the continuation of musical study. 

Summer Strings Symposium

Summer Strings Symposium
West Campus 
July 8-11 and July 15-18

The Summer Strings Symposium is an opportunity for 6th-12th graders to meet before the beginning of school and work together to build friendships and develop strong string-playing habits.  We will build technique, explore repertoire, meet and work together, as well as be involved in clinics with area professionals.  High school students will act as mentors and student conductors. They will also lead sectionals and sit along-side of the junior high students. We will also talk about instrument care and maintenance and practice changing strings and adjusting bridges. Both weeks will take place in the band/orchestra room at Joliet West.  We will also explore a performance opportunity after the camps and possibly take a field trip to the Symphony Center in Chicago.