STEM & Reading

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math

Continue to check our website frequently for additional programs to be posted. Children attending CCE/JWR programs must be fully toilet trained, able to self-feed, and behave in such a way that they do not pose a harm to self or others.

Our programming is required to follow state Covid guidelines. 

If classes fill-up, email us or call our office to be put on a wait list (360) 833-5544.


Camp Invention

Summer Camp

Ages: 6-11, A nationally acclaimed summer STEM program led by local Camas teachers. Introducing our 2022 program, Explore! Give your young innovator an unforgettable adventure! All-new, hands-on activities will launch their imagination and get their confidence soaring as they explore STEM fun from the oceans to outer space.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Create a habitat for their own robotic fish — complete with a symbiotic friend — and prototype the next great aquatic innovation to lure in and hook investors at the fish market.

CONFIDENCE: Inspired by real space exploration, children construct a Spacepack, engineer an Astro-Arm device, complete gravity-defying cooking challenges, mine asteroids and observe erupting ice volcanoes.

CREATIVITY: Making exciting connections between science and art, campers build their own robotic artist to make awesome spin art and discover how inventions have changed the way people create.

PERSISTENCE: Children experiment with the fun of physics and engineering when they build and test their own mega marble arcade, then take on collaborative challenges to level up their design thinking.

Monday-Friday, July 18-22 (Click "Register Here" below)
Liberty Middle School, cafeteria   /   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
CSD Teachers and Camp Director: Tony Dangerfield and others
Fee: $290 before discounts

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Coding with Legos

Summer Camp

Ages: 7-11, Explore the building blocks of coding with Legos! Campers will build various projects such as robots, cats and guitars then they will create unique code to make their projects come to life! Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Register now if you're interested.

Monday-Friday, July 18-22 (Code: 4081-22)
Zellerbach Admin Center (ZAC)   /   8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
YMCA Staff
Fee: $199
Call (360) 833-5544 to be put on a waitlist

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Lego Engineering

Summer Camps

Ages: 7-11, Challenging, fun and complete with age appropriate curriculum. Bring a sack lunch, snack, and water bottle to class each day.

Custom Creations, Monday-Friday, August 22-26 (Code: 4029-22)
Zellerbach Admin. Center (ZAC)   /   8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
YMCA Staff
Fee: $199
Expands on Lego Engineering camp by becoming the engineer. Instead of following instructions to build a project, you will build and test your own designs. We'll give you the challenges and help you create your own original engineering project.

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Lego Jr.

Summer Camps

Age 4-6, Challenging, fun and complete with age appropriate curriculum. Bring a snack and water bottle to class.

Superhero, Monday-Friday, August 22-26 (Code; 4030-22)
Zellerbach Admin. Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
YMCA Staff
Fee: $165
Campers will unleash their creativity and work together to save the day with their Lego creations.

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Mad Science

Summer Camps

Ages: 5-11, Our interactive engaging programs allow kids to explore the different fields in an interesting and entertaining way. Even the youngest scientists will learn that they have what it takes to do great things!

Moving with Science, Age: 5-7, Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1 (Code: 4031-22)
Zellerbach Administration Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mad Science Staff
Fee: $190
Exploration of how science keeps our world moving. Take a close-up look at a wide array of scientific disciplines including chemistry, biology, engineering, physics and optics. Take apart owl pellets to see what they cannot digest! Join a team of camper engineers and build bridges, domes, cubes and pyramids. Make your own sidewalk chalk, crystal garden and a chromatography-dyed T-shirt! Daily Topics: Junior Engineers / Machine Mania / Crazy Chemistry /The Birds and the Beasts / Shutterbugs

Creative Contraptions, Age: 8-11, Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1 (Code: 4032-22)
Zellerbach Administration Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mad Science Staff
Fee: $190
Each day campers are given a series of challenges which must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and the most important thing of all... their mind. With a little bit of ingenuity they'll construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate innovative flying contraptions, design their own gizmo prototypes and will even assemble a working light-saber. Daily Topics: Rock, Paper, Scissors / Wiz Kids / Shipwrecked / Think Fast / Science Fiction

Rockets & the Science of Flight, Age: 5-7, Monday-Friday, July 25-29 (Code: 4033-22)
Zellerbach Administration Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mad Science Staff
Fee: $190
Space, rockets, planes and flight... our most popular camp! Have a blast learning the hows and whys of aerodynamics by studying all things that fly: planes, kites, hot air balloons, helicopters and of course rockets!
Daily topics: The Wright Stuff / Newton's Locomotion / Rockin' Rockets / The Milky Way / It's an Up Thing

Rocket Lab, Age: 8-11, Monday-Friday, July 25-29 (Code: 4034-22)
Zellerbach Administration Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mad Science Staff
Fee: $190
This camp is rockets, rockets and more rockets! Build and launch a rocket everyday as you learn all about, you guessed it, rockets! Campers will learn the importance of teamwork in launching rockets and will have the opportunity to try their hand at each role. Daily Topics: Rocket Science / Mission Control / Astronaut Training / Mission Recovery / Go for Launch

Jr. Science Explorers, Age: 5-7, Monday-Friday, August 15-19 (Code: 4035-22)
Zellerbach Administration Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mad Science Staff
Fee: $190
Decipher the world all around us! Campers will develop their earth awareness and explore this world as junior naturalists before heading for space as junior astronauts.

Scene of the Crime, Age: 8-11, Monday-Friday, August 15-19 (Code: 4036-22)
Zellerbach Administration Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mad Science Staff
Fee: $190
Blood spatter and brain matter, oh my! Enter the crime scene and see if your team can solve the crime by observing, interrogating and analyzing the evidence that you collect.

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Reading Writing Workshops

Summer Camps

Age: 5-8, Join us for some fun-filled intensive literacy instruction as we learn all about Insects. Each session will be dedicated to reading and writing instruction at your child's instructional level.

Interesting Insects, Monday-Thursday, July 25-28 (Code: 4045-22)
Zellerbach Admin. Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
CSD Teacher: Kristin King
Fee: $125

Sea Creatures, Monday-Thursday, August 1-4 (Code: 4046-22)
Zellerbach Admin. Center (ZAC)   /   9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
CSD Teacher: Kristin King
Fee: $125

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Science - Biotechnology

Summer Camp

Entering grades: 7-9 in the fall of 2022, Investigate the world of medicine and food production. Equipment: PCR machine, micropipettes, gel electrophoresis. Practice micropipetting, pour agar plates, and give bacteria a jellyfish gene to make them GLO!

Monday-Thursday, July 25-28 (Code: 4082-22)
Camas High School, back entrance near portables   /   10:00 AM -1:00 PM
CSD Science Teacher: Jennifer Roberts
Fee: $125
The front doors of the high school will be locked. Drive to the back entrance past Cardon Field near the portables.

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Science - Go Green

Summer Camp

Ages: 8-12, Come learn about sustainable environmental practices from seed germination and gardening basics to the raising of chickens. Recycle, reuse and reduce material to make a worm composting bin. Get dirty working outside in the farm area and indoors with microscopes!

Monday-Thursday, July 18-21 (Code: 4083-22)
Camas High School, back entrance near portables   /   10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CSD Science Teacher: Jennifer Roberts
Fee: $99
The front doors of the high school will be locked. Drive to the back entrance past Cardon Field near the portables.

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Science Sleuths

Summer Camp

Ages: 8-12, Solve the mystery of the Disappearing Donuts! Practice fingerprinting, white powder identification, tool and bite mark analysis. Campers sort through and analyze evidence to determine the most likely perpetrator and recover the Donuts!

Monday-Thursday, July 11-14 (Code: 4084-22)
Camas High School, back entrance near portables   /   10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
CSD Science Teacher: Jennifer Roberts
Fee: $99
The front doors of the high school will be locked. Drive to the back entrance past Cardon Field near the portables.

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Stop Motion Animation

Summer Camp

Ages: 7-11, Explore the basics of animation and work together to develop stories. Build simple props and storyboards, make paper characters, and "animate" them to create your own short film. Bring a sack lunch, full water bottle, and a snack to class daily.

Monday-Friday, August 8-12 (Code: 4052-22)
Zellerbach Admin. Center (ZAC)   /   8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Instructor: YMCA Staff
Fee: $199

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