ASL Summer Experiences 2017 (age 9-18)

ASL Summer Experiences offers week-long courses for middle and high school students (age 10-18) during the opening weeks of the 2017 summer holidays.  New offerings include Gadget Camp and summer swimming. Please see detailed descriptions below. 

Refunds will be managed in the same way as Summer Program refunds.

If you have any questions about the following courses, please contact the experience organizers listed below. For registration questions, please email

Offerings are subject to minimal enrollments, and full refunds will be made if an offering needs to be cancelled because of low enrollment.  

Crew Camp: age 14-18

Leaders: Stuart Heap and Huw Jones
Ages: Students entering Grades 9–12 (age 14-18)
Cost: £470 per student per week
Enrollment numbers: 6–12 students 
Dates: Week 1, 19-23 June; Week 2, 26-30 June (students can attend one or both weeks)
Hours: see below

Open to new and experienced rowers, Grades 9–12. If you would like to join the crew team in Grade 9, or you are a rising Grade 12 student, this is the camp for you. For the experienced rowers, you will have an opportunity to continue developing your rowing skills and fitness in familiar surroundings. If you are new to the sport, the camp will give you the skills necessary to jump straight into crew come the beginning of the school year. All levels of rowers will be accommodated.

Daily schedule

9–10 am: Bus to ULBC
10 am–12 noon: First row
12–12:45 pm: Lunch
12:45–1:45 pm: Rowing videos/stretching/etc.
1:45–2 pm: Short break
2–4 pm: Second row
4–5 pm: Bus to ASL

A Food Odyssey: age 13-14

Leader: Sean Ross
Ages: Students entering Grades 8 and 9 (age 13–14)
Cost: £570 per student
Enrollment numbers: 8–12
Week 1: Food Odyssey (The Original, see description below), 19–23 June
Week 2: Food Odyssey Revisited (new locations/experiences for students who attended either June 2017 or in the previous session in Week 1), 26–30 June
Hours: see schedule provided by Sean Ross

Week 1

A visit to Brixton provides a veritable hotpot of cultures and nationalities, creating one of London’s most diverse food hubs. There are the classical food markets of central Brixton that cater to the Afro-caribbean, African and Asian communities. This contrasts with the new hipster food culture of pop-up restaurants and food vans, and fashionable old-school food redesigned.

Students get a chance to encounter new foods, cuisines and ingredients, and to learn the basics of cooking. This lays the groundwork for their first cooking lesson the following day. Finally, on Monday, students get to enjoy lunch at a well-known Caribbean restaurant as they mingle with all kinds of Londoners.

The first day of cooking, depending on group size, entails cooking in teams or individually while following a simple recipe. We focus on fresh ingredients, nutritional value and, of course, making great food. Students eat their main-course creations for lunch and take home their dessert or starter.

Students plan a dish for the following day and seek out and purchase the necessary ingredients at Borough Market or Sainsbury’s, while working to a budget and a tight timeline. Students enjoy a fantastic lunch at stalls of their choice at Borough Market.

With a strict schedule, students plan, prepare and cook their meal, and then sample and critique each other’s meals after each course.

Students look at part of British cuisine with which few ASL students will be familiar: a visit to Brighton Pier will introduce British seafood in all its glory along with ice cream and rock candy. To top off the week, we visit The Little Fish Market Restaurant for lunch, a popular seaside seafood restaurant.

Week 2

A visit to Ealing Road, Alperton, home to a large Pakistani and Hindu community allows students to experience new cultures and nationalities. In preparation for the following day, students have a list of exotic and likely unfamiliar ingredients to source from local vendors. Students get a chance to learn about new foods, cuisines and ingredients, and what their preferences are and the basics of cooking. This lays the groundwork for their first lesson the following day. They enjoy lunch at Whitecross Market, famous for its wide array of yummy and affordable street food.

The first day of cooking puts the students through some challenging recipes. They try to replicate well-known classic dishes. They will then be critiqued and evaluated in an effort to build upon skills learned during the original Food Odyssey.

Students get to grips with a full lunch service as they embark on creating a buffet for 30 people. This is a true introduction to catering and while everyone is familiar with lunch, getting the food out hot and on time can be very challenging. High pressure, and high intensity, will they survive?!

An early start awaits students as they visit Spitalfields Market at 7 am. Afterwards, they head across town to Smithfields Market to source more ingredients for an afternoon of cooking back at the professional kitchen. Students prepare and cook in preparation for their excursion on Friday.

A trip to Oxford, which includes a boat trip and picturesque picnic to enjoy the fruits of Thursday’s labors. A perfect end to a fantastic week of food!

Questions to Sean Ross,

Gadget Camp: age 9-15

Leaders: Colin McCarty and Chris Goff
Ages: Students entering Grades 4–10 (age 9–15)
Cost: £400 per student
Enrollment numbers: up to 70
Dates: Week 1, 19-23 June
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Location: The MILL at Waverley Campus

Learn about design thinking, electronics, building and programming by creating unique gadgets using SAM Lab component kits. Each student receives a starter kit and then either works individually or as part of a team to create and program rapid, working prototypes of cars; musical instruments; robots; and other creative devices. 

Questions to Colin McCarty,, or Chris Goff,

Habitat for Humanity Experience: age 16-18

Leader: Brandon Block
Ages: Students entering Grades 10–12 (age 16–18)
Cost: £500 per student per week
Enrollment numbers: up to 5
Dates: Week 1, 19-23 June
Hours: see provided schedule
Note: a significant portion of the camp fees are allocated directly to building costs

Age requirement: students must be at least age 16 by 31 August 2017 to participate.

Experience five days of supporting Habitat for Humanity at a site where a significant refurbishment project is underway. This is a great opportunity to learn about the global reach of Habitat for Humanity and gain hands-on experience helping the charity advance a project. Several locations are being considered for this opportunity, and this site will be updated as soon as a selection is made.  

Photograph London: age 12-16

Leader: Mariam Mathew and Mara Bodis-Wollner
Ages: Students entering Grades 6-10 (ages 12-16)
Cost: £500
Week 2: 26-30 June 2017
Enrollment numbers: 8 to 12

Do you love exploring London? And do you love making photography? What better way to combine these two passions than to join us for a week of journeys around the city of London and its edges? Using digital SLRs cameras, we will explore the various areas of London, from ancient to modern, tube stations to City skyscrapers, bustling markets to peaceful parks, from landlocked structures to areas along the docks and rivers. All of this while you learn the secrets of this gorgeous, bustling city.
This experience will provide you with an opportunity to develop your photography skills and create a portfolio of work, while enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of this global city - not to mention some great tastes. Of course, such hard work has to be rewarded with delicious global cuisines! Let’s dine in interesting restaurants and pubs with quirky interiors, while using the opportunity to capture the scenes around us.
Through these experiences, students will be able to focus on and practice portraiture, landscape and city scape, action, and experimental photography.
Why not give this a shot?

Digital SLR cameras, tripods and SD cards provided (if needed-- students are also welcome to bring their own)
Lunch covered
Oyster card required

Summer Gardening Course: age 13-18

Leader: Ania Driscoll-Lind
Ages: Students entering 8th to 12th grades (ages 13-18)
Cost: £400
Dates: Week 8, August 7-11
Location: Canons Park
Enrollment numbers: 8 to 12

Summer Gardening Course – Botany for Gardeners and Permaculture Design

This one-week course will combine information on planning and creating a garden for even the smallest growing spaces with hands on experience working in the garden at Honeypot Lane at Canons Park. The mornings will begin with an introduction of some of the most common families of plants grown in the vegetable garden.  The afternoons will involve practice in planning and design of garden beds based on an overview of the best times of the year to grow the most common types of plants.  Students will also be involved in learning about and planning for wildlife areas within a garden. Most afternoons will involve working on a specific project, bed or planting area in the Honeypot Lane garden.   One day of the week will involve a field trip to either Kew Gardens or Chelsea Physic garden.   At the end of the week, each participant will take away a set of seedling herb and vegetable plants that are particularly suited to their home or kitchen garden area.

Questions?  Email Ania Driscoll-Lind

Stay and Swim

The ASL Summer Programs are pleased to offer relaxed, free-form swimming time in our new six-lane, 25 meter swimming pool at our Waverley Campus. For more information, see Summer swimming or email

Swimming lessons

The ASL Summer Programs are pleased to offer swimming opportunities and lessons in our new six-lane, 25 meter swimming pool at our Waverley Campus. For more information, see Summer swimming or email

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