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STEM Specialty Camps 

JCC Camp Shai’s STEM Specialty Camps are a great way to explore interests and develop skills. Shai STEM camps offer two hours of specialized instruction each day facilitated by trusted community partners and supported by our counselors. Campers flip gears into the full camp mode with free swim, games, camp activities, and more! Project- and skill-based instruction in our camp setting will spark campers’ curiosity. Focused instruction in a camp setting will spark campers’ curiosity. Programs offered include chemistry, robotics, Legos, ecology, archeology, and more! 

To ensure age-appropriate instruction, we will have three groups: Grades K – 1, 2 – 3, and 4 – 6.
Camp Location:
JCC Denver (Weeks One, Eight, Nine, and Ten); Graland Country Day School (Weeks Two – Seven)

Summer 2022

June 6 – August 12

Little Scholars – Dino Discovery
June 6 – 10

Grades K – 2
Take an adventure back to the Jurassic Era where we will learn about dinosaurs who roamed the Earth millions of years ago. Uncover fascinating facts, build a dinosaur replica, and have an archaeological dig as you explore your paleontological skills. In Dinosaur Discovery, you will become a paleontologist faster than Ornithomimids ran from a T-Rex!

Little Scholars – World of Wizards
June 6 – 10

Grades 3 – 6
Calling all wizard fans!  This is like no other camp you have experienced. We will take a magical journey into the world of wizards.  We will design wands, make magic potions, go on a magical creature hunt, play Quidditch, and participate in activities that will astound all Muggles.

PlayWell TEKnologies – Minecraft Engineering
June 13 – 17

Grades K – 6
Venture into the world of Minecraft in our unique LEGO experience. Get ready to build your base, craft your tools, use your Minecart to harvest raw resources, and battle to stop the Ender Dragon from ending the world. Come explore the endless possibilities of LEGO with a trained Play-Well instructor.

PlayWell TEKnologies – Jedi Engineering
June 20 – 24

Grades K — 6
This is the way! Get ready to embark on your LEGO journey as we defend the Wookies on Kashyyyk, repair the Rebel shield generator on Hoth, and rescue Baby Yoda from Moff Gideon. Come explore a galaxy far, far away with the help of an experienced Play-Well instructor and learn which “Force” is actually with us!

Mad Science – Science-Emporium
June 27 – July 1

Grades K — 6
Grab your lab coats and get ready to discover the exciting world of STEM as you explore five different science and engineering concepts with Mad Science! Learn the science behind secret codes, how cameras work, create potions with the science of chemistry, and much, much more!

Mad Science – Zip Science with Eureka
July 5 –8 (Four-days)

Grades K — 6
Inspire the inventor and scientist in you during this week of discovery and invention! Each day campers will be given challenges that must be overcome using basic materials, tips from world-famous inventors, your newly acquired science knowledge, and the most important thing of all – your mind. Learn about famous inventors including Nikola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo DaVinci, and more!

Little Scholars – Adventures at Sea
July 11–15

Grades K — 3
Ahoy, Mates…let’s set sail on an adventure into the world of mermaids and pirates. Treasure hunts, sandcastle building, and mystical ocean discoveries await our pirates and mermaids. This adventure will dive deep into the music, arts, language development, and social skills- just don’t tell the real pirates!

Little Scholars – Extreme Animals
July 11–15

Grades 4 — 6
Who is the most dangerous animal on earth? What is the weirdest animal adaptation? What creature is resistant to venom? We’ll find out all of this and more as we learn about the world’s most extreme animals. Students will build their science and language skills and they debate and conduct experiments regarding these crazy creatures.

Little Scholars – Builders
July 18 – 22

Grades 2 – 3 & 4 – 6
Calling all inventors, creators, builders, and designers! Come build some awesome creations with us!  We will create our own designs and make structures using recyclable materials, Legos, and many other interesting items.   Skills necessary… none!  Skills gained: communication, problem-solving, reasoning, developing creativity, and teamwork.

Colorado Mountain Club
July 25 –29

Grades K — 6
Climb aboard a week with Colorado Mountain Club as they blend education and recreation. Learn about mountaineering and partake in teambuilding challenges. By the end, you’ll feel closer to nature and each other!

Play-Well TEKnologies – Enchanted
August 1 –5

Grades K — 2
Come join our fun and knowledgeable Play-Well Instructors as we use LEGO materials to build and interact with our favorite fairy tales! Help Cinderella make it back before midnight, fly with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, and ensure Alice outwits the Queen of Hearts. All we need is your creativity and a little magic to bring it all to life!

Play-Well TEKnologies – MARVELous Engineering
August 1 –5

Grades 3 — 6
LEGO Builders Assemble! We need you to come to join our experienced Play-Well Instructors to save the world. We will use LEGO to build our strongest Avengers to defeat Thanos, help Thor retrieve Mjolnir, swing through the city with Spider-man, and tell Hulk to…Smash! Our journey will take us to battles in this world and beyond; are you up to the challenge?

Play-Well TEKnologies – Unplugged Gaming
August 8 – 12

Grades K — 6
Level up your LEGO Engineering skills in this arcade-inspired experience. Our Play-Well instructors are here to help make your favorite video game adventures a reality. Using LEGO, we can build go-karts to race Mario, blast asteroids with Star Fox, build neighborhoods with your favorite friends from Animal Crossing, and join Link to restore peace to Hyrule. All the fun of an arcade adventure with no screen necessary!

Registration Now Open!
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Note: Only families that have registered for Camp Shai during weeks one – eight are eligible to register for weeks nine and ten. Parents must sign up for two other sessions in addition to any week in August in order to be eligible for registration.

Camps Start: June 6

“She loves camp. Like, absolutely love love loves it. Comes home happy, engaged, telling stories, jokes, all about her friends and activities - and TIRED, man, is she tired. The backpack compass is the greatest swag ever, and the patches she receives are highly anticipated. I love how you've recognized her personality and strengths in the weekly letters home. She feels seen and loved. She's made good friends, is engaged, has a daily rhythm, and is connected to a community. After this crazy year, I couldn't have asked for anything more than what you've given her.”

Camp Shai Parent, 2021