Virtual Camps - Summer Camps - McDonogh School

Virtual Camps

McDonogh's virtual camps include a seletion of rich, engaging courses taught by McDonogh School faculty to children of all ages. These thoughtful courses, designed and led by expert teachers, will offer a range of experiences that will appeal to kids at the same time that they improve their abilities in core areas. Class times and durations vary. Each class description provides the appropriate entering grade level.

All courses will use Zoom technology to connect people with each other.

2021 Courses

Art and Architecture (1 Camp)

Virtual Tour Through the Ages with Art and Architecture (Grade 7-12)
Ages: Entering Grade 7-12
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Dates: June 28-July 2, 2021
Tuition: $125
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Google Docs, Zoom
Instructor: Joanne Cho

Students will be using Google Earth and famous museum websites to visit the most iconic historic sites to learn about history in a fun, interactive setting. It will be like a school trip to a foreign country, but in a virtual way chock-full of historical background from an experienced history teacher. The focus of the course will be on how the images capture the ethos of a certain period of history. By visiting important sites in Greece, Italy, England, Spain and France, students will have a great introduction to the histories/art/architecture of several key civilizations. This course combines elements of history with creativity and artistic expression.  A culminating project will be simulating an art critic on a piece of work of the student's choosing.

Culinary Experiences (2 camps)

Farm-to-Fork Cooking Experience (All Ages)
Ages: All ages
Hours: 90-minute sessions (See schedule and topics below)
Dates: June 8, 10, 15 & 17; August  17 & 19 
*See additional dates and times offered in the evenings and Saturdays
Tuition: $35 per session
Classes are limited to 20 participants
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, and Zoom
Required Materials: Ingredient lists, with items to be purchased, will be sent to registered participants.
Instructors: Mallory Staley and Sharon Hood 

Roots Farm is excited to offer to all students and adults virtual Farm-to-Fork Summer Cooking Classes! Students and adults will have fun making a variety of foods, decorate like a pro, learn to cook foods from around the world, master the art of breakfast and dish up some summer classic treats. You will learn valuable kitchen skills that will spark creativity, inspire imagination and build confidence to cook for all your loved ones at home. Chef Staley, assisted by Farmer Hood, will share with you how they will be using freshly picked ingredients from Roots Farm, ie. eggs, honey, herbs and vegetables, to create these tasty dishes. Come and join Chef Staley and Farmer Hood as they teach you how to cook with ease following recipes while learning exciting new culinary techniques to help you become a Master Chef.

Each class is a 90-minute session. We are offering classes that allow young chefs to be independent but we are leaving adult supervision up to the discretion of you - Sous Chef Parents. Parents, please feel free to join in as well and some assistance with set up before class begins may be required. See below for our schedule and what’s on the menu!  

These classes below are offered with adult supervision being up to the discretion of the family. Our classes will be paced & designed for young chefs without adult help:                       

  • Tuesday June 8 - Get Sharp, Cut Safe, & Taco Tuesday - 11:00 a.m-12:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday June 10 - Cake Decorating & Assembly - 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.                                           
  • Tuesday June 15 - Wake Up! It’s Breakfast Time - 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.                                            
  • Thursday June 17 - Summertime Sliders - 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 17 - Roots Farm Tomato Tortellini & Tiramisu - 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
  • Thursday, August 19 - Candy & Chocolates - 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

These classes below require adult supervision: (Family-Oriented Classes)

  • Saturday June 19 - A trip to Paris! Crepes & Eclairs - 10:00-11:30 a.m.  
  • Saturday June 26 - Pantry Paella & Spanish Tapas - 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday August 19 - Carnival Classics - 4:00-5:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday August 21 - Audacious Asian! - Sushi & Dumplings - 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. 

Participants will learn how to source food locally, create with farm-fresh ingredients, and prepare meals for them and their families.

Kids Can Cook (Grade 5-8)
Entering Grade 5-8 (Adult supervision required)
Hours: 3:00.-5:00 p.m.
Dates: June 7-11
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer/tablet, WiFi, and Zoom
Required Materials: Basic kitchen supplies and ingredients (shared via email about $40).
Instructor: Kate Flint

Learning how to cook a meal from start to finish is an important life skill. One that most middle school children are capable of doing. Participants in this class will learn basic kitchen skills and be able to find joy in cooking.

Participants will make a main dish, side dish, and dessert to serve to their family every night, using fresh ingredients found in most kitchens.

Finance and Business (1 camp)

How to Make Money: The Fundamentals of Stock Investing (Grade 7-12) 
Entering Grade 7-12
Hours: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Dates: June 28-July 2, 2021
Tuition: $125
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFii, Google Docs, Zoom
Instructor: Joanne Cho

Students will learn from an experienced AP Economics teacher the fundamentals of investing  and the method for choosing stocks. The specific vocabulary and techniques necessary to jump into the field early will provide a solid foundation for future careers in the field. The students will learn how to analyze the fundamentals of a company and how to do valuation. We will look at different industries, such as health care, telecom, and consumer goods to broaden their vision and expertise. It will be a fun, interactive course that takes us virtually out of the classroom and into the trading floor of the stock exchange and the decision-making arenas of the Fortune 500 companies. We will be playing the stock market game, and as a culminating project, debrief with each other on our investment portfolios.

STEM and Computer Science (2 camps)

Coding: Design Arcade Games & Program a Robot! (Grade 5-8)
Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Dates: June 21-25
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, wifi, Zoom, Microsoft MakeCode account (free!), VEXcode VR website (free - no account needed!)
Instructor: Wendy Van Norden

Calling all beginner and intermediate coders! Want to design and program arcade games of your very own? Or program a virtual robot to clean up a coral reef? This is your chance! Students will use Blockly, a beginner-friendly programming language, to explore the foundations of computer science, game design, and robotics. They will also learn why coding is important in the “real world” and how it is used in a variety of industries, including agriculture, medicine, and cybersecurity!

By the end of this course, students will have a foundation of basic coding skills and have made at least one interactive game using Microsoft MakeCode Arcade! They will also learn the basics of how to program virtual VEX robots in an engaging way using VEXcode VR. More experienced coders will be able to reinforce their current skills and take on tougher projects, earning the chance to teach others and take on a leadership role, if desired. All attendees will walk away with project ideas they can continue working on beyond the course based on their individual interests. This course intends to act as a launching off point for students and to open their eyes to the lifelong, creative opportunities that coding can offer them!

This course is led by Wendy Van Norden, eighth grade science and robotics teacher at McDonogh School.

Math Immersion (Grade 5-8)
Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
Dates: June 14-18
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Kate Flint

Math can be fun and exciting! Students in this course will have the opportunity to grow their ability and understanding in fractions and decimals. Campers will spend the week exploring the topic and receive small group instruction based on their unique abilities. Students will build on their current knowledge of the topics to complete a real-world project. They will do more than just solve math problems. They will see how math is used in everyday life.

2021 Summer Fun Awaits