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Literature and Creative Writing



Campers joining the book club will take part in reading a chapter book over the course of five weeks. Camp sessions will be an opportunity to discuss important book elements as well as express our opinions and ideas. Independent reading between camp sessions will be required so we can jump into lively conversations. The suggested books for this group are listed and a choice will be made once the group has been established. Students will be responsible for purchasing or borrowing the book on their own. Audible versions are permitted as well.  

  • Escape from Aleppo by N. H. Senzai (historical fiction)

  • Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (science fiction)

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (historical fiction)

  • The Misfits by James Howe (middle school drama)


Grades:  Rising 6th, 7th, 8th grades

Date:      Tuesdays:  July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11

Time:      9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

Fee:        $75.00




Do you like solving a mystery in a good book? Do you think you would enjoy playing a mystery game? Then join Mrs. Howarth as she introduces Cam Jansen, a super sleuth character for two decades, to your camper! Discussions on key features of all mysteries will be introduced through game play and Seesaw writing and illustrating! Be part of this mystery camp! The materials list will be shared upon enrollment. To be acquired by the family. 


Grade: Rising 1st and 2nd grades

Date:  Week of August 3 

Time:  9 a.m to 9:55 a.m.

Fee:   $75.00


In creative writing, campers will develop a wide range of writing tools from similes and metaphors to enjoyment in poetry. Over the course of the week, campers will participate in activities and games to develop their skills, and have time dedicated to working on a writing project of their choice.


Grades:  Rising 6th, 7th, 8th grades

Date:      Week of July 20

Time:      12 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.

Fee:       $75.00



Travel back into medieval times with Mrs. Howarth, Chapin Lower School Librarian, as she explores the Magic Tree House book, Knight at Dawn and its companion non-fiction book, Knights and Castles. If you like to read, write and make a diorama to replicate a medieval setting then this camp is for you!


Grades:  Rising 1st  and 2nd grades

Date:      Week of July 13 

Time:      9 a.m to 9:55 a.m.

Fee:        $75.00



There once was a teacher named Vega

Who loved to write poetry about Asia

She wrote a haiku

In a canoe

And sailed off to Malaysia


If you enjoy having fun writing and want to get your creative minds flowing this summer; join Poe’s Poets.  Participants will experience writing instruction, writing time, flexibility in what types of poetry they want to pursue, guided group and peer response, and daily opportunities to share writing. 


Poe’s Poets will strive to nurture student growth into independent writers. Instruction includes craft lessons, such as –how to incorporate imagery into one’s writing, how to write clearly — as well as method lessons — how to get started, the ins and outs of drafting, how to get a lot out of your peer editors. 

Our goal is to have fun writing poetry.  At the end of the five sessions we will publish our work digitally to share with family and friends.


Grade:  Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th grades

Date:    Wednesdays: July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12

Time:    1 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.

Fee:      $75.00



Is your child an avid reader who always has a book in hand?  Or perhaps you have a more reluctant reader who could use some encouragement to keep reading this summer?  The Reading Together Book Club is a great option.

In Reading Together, we will experience books and a love of reading in three ways.  We will read books together and discuss them.  Children will be encouraged to share a book or books that they love.  Finally, children will be provided free access to an online library that will give them book options at home.  Sign your child up for the Book Club and we will Zoom into reading together!


Grade:  Rising 2nd and 3rd grades

Date:    Wednesdays and Thursdays: July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 August 5,6,12,13

Time:   10:30 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.

Fee:     $75.00


Story stones are considered a well known natural resource for inspiring children to become storytellers in an independent way. Do you like listening and telling stories? Do you like to use acrylic markers to draw and paint? Then join Mrs. Howarth, Lower School Librarian, as she teaches you how to  use story stones to tell stories. We will be designing stones using acrylic markers, stickers, and more to make the images on our stones. If time permits, we will write our own original group story with our friends. Materials list will be shared upon enrollment. To be acquired by the family.


Grades:  Rising 1st and 2nd grades

Date:       Week August 10

Time:      9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

Fee:         $75.00

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