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Summer programs

ASL offers summer activities to young students, including swimming lessons, and summer experiences for older students.

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The ASL Summer Program blends an exciting mix of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for children age 4-18. Based at our Waverley Place campus and our playing fields at Canons Park, participants discover new interests, build self-confidence, and learn how to work and play as a group during our programs.

New offerings for summer 2019
  • Tech Camp is now offered during week 1
  • Perform Theatre Camp is now offered during week 1, and as an Exploration Week choice in week 2
  • Additional Darkroom and Photography Summer Experience offerings in weeks 1 and 2
  • Badminton and Swimming Camp is offered during weeks 3 and 4
  • Field Hockey is now a morning sport at Canons Park during weeks 3-6
  • Drone Camp is now offered during week 9
Updated offerings for summer 2019
  • Wild Camp is now offered during weeks 1, 2, 9 and 10
  • Basketball and Swimming Camp is now offered during weeks 1, 2, 9 and 10
  • Crew Camp is now offered during weeks 1, 2, 9 and 10
  • 1:1 swim lessons are now offered in the mornings starting at 9 am (but can't be combined with other summer offerings)

Please note that we no longer offer door-to-door busing for summer programs.

Summer Camps (ages 4-15)

Established more than 25 years ago, the ASL Summer Program blends an exciting mix of outdoor and indoor activities for children age 4-18. We provide a unique opportunity for children to learn valuable skills and make new friends through programs that are challenging, educational and fun. Based at our Waverley Place campus and our playing fields at Canons Park, students discover new interests, build self-confidence and learn how to work as a group.

Swimming (weeks 1-10)

ASL has a six lane, 25-meter swimming pool at the Waverley Place campus. We offering aquatics programs along with our Summer Camp offerings. Take part in Stay and Swim for relaxing, unstructured pool time or try week-long 30-minute per day 1:1 swimming lessons to improve your child’s swimming ability and water confidence in a short period of time. Ideal for pre-holiday improvements, stroke development, and general safety in the water before school starts in the fall.

1:1 swimming lessons

Leaders: ASL Swim instructors
Age: 4-18 years
Cost: £180 per week
Dates: 17 June-23 August
Hours: Monday-Friday, 5 x30 minute sessions, 9-11 am (weeks 3-10) and 2-5 pm (weeks 1-10)
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance
 

ASL offers 30-minute, individual, intensive swimming tuition at the same time for five days in a row. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by parents, before and after lessons. Swim England Learn to Swim framework is used.

1:1 swimming lessons that are registered for at 3:30 pm or later can be combined with other day-long (9 am-3:15 pm) camp offerings. 1:1 swimming lessons registered for between 9 am and 3:30 pm cannot be combined with day-long offerings.

Stay and Swim

Leaders: Aquatics personnel
Age: 9-18 years
Cost: £80 per week
Dates: 17 June-23 August
Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:15-5 pm
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance


Students can join us for a relaxing and fun swim and play time in the ASL pool. Parents can visit the Community Arts Building entrance at any time after 3:15 pm to collect swimmers, with 5 pm being the latest allowed collection time. 

Please note:

  • Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by parents, before and after lessons. Swim England swimming lesson stages are used.
  • Individual swimming lessons can be combined with Stay and Swim—if a student wants a combination of free swim and play, plus a 30-minute individual swimming lesson. Simply register for both options in the portal.
  • Lessons offered after 3:30 pm can be taken after regular Summer Program offerings.
  • If you have questions, or would like to request a time not listed for lessons, please email swim@asl.org.

Refunds are managed in the same way as Summer Program refunds.

Stay and Play (weeks 1-10)

Leaders: Aquatics personnel and camp counselors
Age: 6-13 years
Cost: £80 per week
Dates: 17 June-23 August
Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:15-5 pm
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance


Stay and Play offering is now available via the portal. Students can sign up for a relaxing and fun play time in the Blue Gym, Monday-Friday, 3:15-5 pm.   

This is a great opportunity for campers who may be too young for the Stay and Swim offering (age 9-18). Parents can visit the Community Arts Building entrance at any time after 3:15 pm to collect campers, with 5 pm being the latest allowed collection time. 

Tech Camp (week 1)

Leaders: Chris Goff and Kojo Baffour
Age: Students entering Grades 4-7 (age 9-11)
Cost: £375 per student
Enrollment numbers: up to 25
Dates: 17-21 June
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Location: MS Science classrooms, The American School in London


Learn about design thinking, electronics, robotics, building and programming using Lego Robotics EV3 kits, "brains" and software.

Participants will be separated into different age groups, and the challenges and sophistication of the designs and programming will vary according to the groups.

Wild Camp (weeks 1, 2, 9 & 10)

Leader: Jody Matey
Age: 6-10 years old
Cost: £345 per week
Dates: 17-21 June, 24-28 June, 12-16 August & 19-23 August
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Location: Various parks (drop off and pick up at the Community Arts Building on Waverley Place)


Adventure seekers and nature lovers wanted. Come and experience the freedom of roaming free as we venture up to Hampstead Heath to explore the vast wild nature of north London. Breathe the fresh air, climb trees, build forts- it's up to you and what the environment presents to us each visit. Learn about the local flora and fauna while developing an understanding of the world and the environment by connecting with your emotions, imagination, and senses. Be prepared to have some wild fun and adopt the Scandinavian philosophy: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!” We plan to enjoy nature rain or shine, so come prepared with waterproofs, warm layers, and outdoor shoes.

  • This will be a great opportunity for campers who may be too young for other outdoors offerings.
  • NB: Be sure to come prepared for the outdoors. Waterproofs, warm layers and outdoor shoes are a must.
  • Wild Camp will need a minimum enrollment of eight participants.  Full refunds will be provided if the minimum enrollment is not met for the offering and it can't be offered. 

Perform Theater Camp (week 1)

Age: Students entering K2-Grade 2 (age 5-7)
Cost: £330 per week
Dates: 17-21 June
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Enrollment: Minimum 12, maximum 22
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance


The Perform Theater Company is expanding its offerings in summer 2019. There will be drama, dance and singing and, on Friday afternoon, participants perform in a special show with live music and colorful costumes for invited parents and friends. These workshops are run by an energetic team of actors who inspire and encourage the children's creativity, confidence and communication skills. No experience necessary. Enthusiasm is all students need for this fantastic course and they have the time of their lives discovering new talents with their friends.

Basketball and Swimming Camp (weeks 1, 2, 9 and 10)

Leaders: Alex Afsahi (weeks 1 & 2) and JJ Jokinen (weeks 9 & 10)
Age: 9 to 14 years old
Cost: £305 per week
Dates: 17-21 June, 24-28 June, 12-16 August & 19-23 August
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance
 

Basketball and swimming will now be offered for four weeks in 2019 and is led by Alex Afsahi during Weeks 1 and 2, and by JJ Jokinen in Weeks 9 and 10. Campers work on the basic skills of basketball for most of the day, e.g., ball-handling, passing and shooting, and learning offensive and defensive plays. The other part of the day is spent in the ASL swimming pool, where participants can enjoy water games, lap swim, improve their stroke or just have refreshing fun. Camp runs Monday–Friday, 9 am–3:15 pm. For each week, campers should report to the Farmer Family Gymnasium, dressed appropriately for basketball, but also with swimsuits and towels ready for later in the day. Participants can join for one or all weeks. Campers provide their own lunch and drinks.

Elementary Sports Camp (weeks 1-10)

Dates: 17 June-9 August
Age: 6-7 years
Cost: £270 per week
Hours: 9 am-3:15 pm
Location: Canons Park (drop off and collection at the Community Arts Building on Waverley Place*)


*Latecomers will need to make their own way to Canons Park if arriving after 9 am

This camp offers the opportunity to participate in an all-day, fun-filled recreation program. Activities include soccer, kickball and crazy cricket, as well as many others. These activities are organized for short periods and on a less intensive level than the morning activities for older children. Campers also have the chance to work on the Honeypot Lane Garden and spend quiet time in the Learning Hut.

 

Sports Camp (weeks 1-10)

Age: 8-14 years
Cost: £270 per week*
Dates: 17 June-23 August
Hours: 9 am-3:15 pm
Location: Canons Park (drop off and collection at the Community Arts Building on Waverley Place**)


*Two morning activities must be chosen at £135 each—we do not offer half-day options
**Latecomers will need to make their own way to Canons Park if arriving after 9 am

Students enroll in the Sports Camp for a minimum of one week, and each week select two morning activities in which to specialize.

Mornings

Children must select two different activities in which to specialize, and concentrate on them for the week. Activities include Fencing, Multi Sports, Soccer, Softball and Tennis. During weeks 3-6, a new field hockey activity is available. You must select (and pay for) two different activities when registering in the portal—please do not select the same activity twice!

Afternoons

Afternoons are organized around general recreational activities. Students play a wide variety of sports and games with an emphasis on developing skills and having fun. Afternoon activities might include Soccer, Table Tennis, Cricket, Speedball, Handball, 'Vortex' and Capture the Flag, as well as many other favorite games and activities for younger children.

In weeks 9 and 10, the Sports Camp becomes entirely Multi Sports to finish the Summer.  Every day is different, and the accent is on fun with a developmental aim.

So that all participants are challenged in a supportive environment, children are placed in age and/or ability groups where appropriate.

The program supplies sports equipment for activities, although students with their own equipment—tennis rackets, golf clubs, etc.—are encouraged to use them.

Sports camp activities

Fencing (weeks 3-6)

In this most elegant of disciplines, participants embrace the challenges and complexities of the foil while learning the choreography of the sport, including thrusts and parries. All equipment, including foils, masks, gloves and jackets, is provided. Coach Tomasz Walicki has attained the highest coaching standard: Level 7 International Fencing Coach. Please be assured that an emphasis is placed on safety.

Field Hockey (weeks 3-6)

Beginner and intermediate field hockey players are offered an hour-long daily class to experience and improve all aspects of their game on Weeks 3 to 6. Field hockey sticks and shin guards are provided, and participants are required to have their gum shields for safety.

Multi sports (weeks 1-10)

This program offers participants the chance to engage in a range of sports which are dynamic, exciting and above all fun. Campers learn new games as well as play much-loved and established favorites. Sports offered throughout the week might include:

  • Kwik Cricket
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Table Tennis
  • Flag Football
  • Hockey
  • Touch Rugby
  • Dodgeball

Soccer (weeks 1 - 8)

This most universal of sports is offered for players who want to improve their skills and understanding of the game. For those trying out for a school or club team next season, or for those who just want to have fun learning how to play, Andy Patros, Jonny Kumah and Armand Kavajah are primed to instruct both the basics and the finer points of the game. The emphasis is on introducing and improving rudimentary skills such as shooting, passing, heading and dribbling, as well as tackling the more advanced techniques of offensive and defensive play. Students learn in a competitive but friendly atmosphere.

Softball (weeks 3-8)

Leaders: Julia Harrison and JJ Jokinen

The Softball summer program offering will focus on the fundamentals and knowledge of the two sports. The program will include batting, fielding, and tactics of co-ed slow-pitch softball. This is a great program for kids to try something new in a fun and relaxed environment. Please note that all equipment will be provided.

Tennis (weeks 1 - 6)

Beginners and intermediate players who want to improve their basic game should sign up early for this class with Trevor Jones. There will be games and drills that focus on service, returns, groundstrokes and volleys. Please note that to ensure safe and productive sessions, enrollment is limited to 16 students per class. Rackets and balls are supplied, but students with their own equipment are welcome to use it.

Exploration Week (week 2)

Cost: £270 per week*
Dates: 24–28 June
Hours: 9 am-3:15 pm
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance


*Two morning selections must be chosen at £135 each—we do not offer half-day options

Exploration Week is a week-long, full-day program. Suitability for activities is based on the grade level of students in fall 2019. Our camps are tailored to suit the grade levels of participants. Group sizes range from five to 18 participants; most activities are designed for 12 students.

Participants entering Grade 1 have a diverse and exciting full-day program called Science Camp. Participants above Grade 1 select a morning and afternoon activity that runs for the whole week. Six activities are available and groups are age based.

Science Camp: Grade 1 (age 6-7, must be 6 by start of week of camp)

Designed for students entering Grade 1 in the fall of 2019, this day-long program involves engaging, hands-on science activities. Based at the Waverley Place campus.

Exploration Week: Grades 2-3 (age 7-8)


Grades 2-3 Morning sessions (choose one):

A. Creative arts

During this fun and dynamic week, children explore a variety of art-making materials and media. They are encouraged to think creatively, be inventive and experiment with color, shape and texture. We hope to complete a number of colorful and creative pieces that can be brought home at the end of the week. Popular children’s books provide inspiration for some of the projects and we explore special techniques inspired by the illustrators, such as watercolors and paper cutting.

B. Perform Theater

This summer, there will be drama, dance and singing and, on Friday afternoon, participants perform in a special show with live music and colorful costumes for invited parents and friends. These workshops are run by an energetic team of actors who inspire and encourage the children's creativity, confidence and communication skills. No experience necessary. Enthusiasm is all students need for this fantastical course and they have the time of their lives discovering new talents with their friends.

C. Coding creativity

Participants learn and practice the fundamentals of sequencing by following Hour of Code modules, then get to apply these skills using Scratch to create their very own animated scene of choice. Then the participants will cooperate with one another for building and crafting challenges. Campers with vivid imaginations and all levels of experience with programming wanted! 


Grades 2-3 Afternoon sessions (choose one):

D. ASL masterchef

Cooking is led by experienced ASL teachers and includes expert instruction from one of ASL's chefs, courtesy of our school caterers, BaxterStorey. Age-appropriate recipes are used as our mini master chefs prepare dishes.

E. Spectacular ceramics

Using their visual imaginations students will learn to make simple but unique pottery items. They will be helped with starting points for making projects and then encouraged to develop their pieces individually. Everyone will bring at least one completed item home by the end of the week. Other items will be available to be collected during the week after the end of the course.  

F. Creative writing

This class will offer young writers the chance to write freely within a multitude of genres - from fiction, to journalism, to poetry, and beyond! Children will take part in a daily hands on lesson about the craft of writing and then have time to write their own pieces and to share them with others. There will also be opportunities for self publishing of written work. At the end of the week, children will be take part in a fun writing celebration.

 

Exploration Week: Grades 4-7 (age 9-12)

Grades 4-7 morning sessions (choose one):

A. Spectacular ceramics

Students will experience basic hand-building techniques of pottery and clay work. We will make a number of projects, look into the basic facts of clay and glaze chemistry and the physical and engineering practicalities involved in having so much fun.  We will complete at least one cycle of making, drying, firing decorating and glaze firing by the end of the week.  Other items will be available to be collected during the week after the end of the course. 

B. ASL masterchef

Cooking is led by experienced ASL teachers and includes expert instruction from one of ASL's chefs, courtesy of our school caterers, BaxterStorey. Age-appropriate recipes are used as our mini master chefs prepare dishes.

C. Creative writing

This class will offer enthusiastic writers the chance to write freely within a multitude of genres - from fiction, to journalism, to poetry, and beyond. Writers will take part in a daily  lesson about the craft of writing and then have time to write their own pieces and to share them with others. There will also be opportunities for the self publishing of written work. At the end of the week, writers will take part in a cafe-style writing celebration.


Grades 4-7 afternoon sessions (choose one):

D. Lego Mindstorms Boot Camp

Participants follow instructions to build a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot equipped with several motors and sensors and learn techniques required for success in FLL. Students will go through a series of programming tutorials and will be challenged accordingly. Some of the techniques to be learned in this course are: patience and perseverance in trial-and-error, using reference points in the robot's environment to ensure the robot is exactly where it's wanted, making the robot efficiently follow a line of any color, and most importantly an understanding of how the robot and its software work to enable participants to problem solve when faced with an unexpected challenge. Campers wanted who are enthusiastic about competing in the next First Lego League season or who simply enjoy Lego robotics.

E. Creative arts

During this fun summer art class, children explore a variety of art media and expression. Creativity is key and each child discovers the materials and approaches s/he likes best. Parents of participants should expect wonderful creations to arrive home at the end of the week.  

F. Perform Theater

Students enjoy a specially written show with original music, high energy dance and lots of funny scenes. Students take part in an exciting workshop with professionally trained actors. Participants create a one-off performance, to which friends and family are invited on Friday. Parents will see their child's confidence soar as the week-long activities take him/her on an exciting journey of discovering new talents.

Discovery Camp (weeks 2-8)

Age: 4-5 years
Cost: £300 per week
Dates: 24 June-9 August
Hours: 9 am-3:15 pm
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance


Formerly known as Kindercamp, this offering is suitable for children age 4-5. Please note that we are unable to accommodate children age 3 and below in our Summer Program, and participants in Discovery Camp should be able to use the bathroom without assistance. We reserve the right to cancel enrollments of children too young or too old to attend our programs.

Especially designed with our youngest participants in mind, the Discovery Camp provides a safe environment in which children engage in a variety of activities crafted around a weekly theme. There is an emphasis on fun and cooperative play, combined with a structure that enables children to continue to build confidence and make new friends—the hallmarks of the Discovery Camp program. For all children in the Discovery Camp, an hour of swimming is included each week. Parents will be informed which day swimsuits and towels are to be brought to ASL.

A typical Discovery Camp day

Camp begins with the children being met by their teachers from 8:50 am at the Community Arts Building entrance. Children hang up their things and come into the classroom.

  • 9 am: Free choice activities, which can include Play-Doh, blocks, drawing/writing and other fun manipulatives
  • 9:45 am: Morning meeting—getting to know each other activities and songs/stories
  • 10:15 am: Snack and recess
  • 10:45 am: Theme of the week activity (art, songs, stories, etc.)
  • 11:45 am: Recess
  • 12:30: Lunch
  • 1 pm: Story time
  • 1:30 pm: Theme activity (art, songs, stories, etc.)
  • 2:30 pm: Free choice (including a cooking center, theme related)
  • 2:45 pm: Closing activity
  • 3:15: Dismissal

A theme-related field trip is planned each week.

Note: We need parent volunteers to accompany us on these trips; thank you in advance if you can help out!

Badminton and Swimming (weeks 3-4)

Leader: Stewart Farrey
Age: Students entering Grades 3-8 (age 9-14)
Cost: £305 per week
Dates: 1-5 July & 8-12 July
Hours: 9 am-3:15 pm
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance


In 2019 we will offer a Badminton and Swim camp which caters for participants of all ability levels. The Badminton Camp is a great introduction for campers who have not played badminton before. Participants will learn how to put their best foot forward to boost their gameplay and confidence. Our fun camp gives kids a chance to try the sport, whilst more confident students are able to concentrate on the coordination and skills needed in badminton. The fun day will also involve a free swim session in our 25-metre pool.

Places are limited so don't delay book them in today!  

 

Drone Camp (week 9)

Leaders: Chris Goff and Colin McCarty
Age: Students entering Grades 4-10 (age 9-15)
Cost: £425 per student
Enrollment numbers: up to 20
Dates: 12-16 August 12-16
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Location: The MILL, The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance


Learn about design thinking, Autodesk Fusion CAD software, 3D printing, drone design and building, and flying at ASL's first ever drone camp.  Participants will build micro-class drones using kits from Airengineers and then learn to fly (and repair) the drones as during this week-long camp offering. A micro-class drone kit will be provided to each participant to be built and flown, and the drone will be taken home at the end of the week.

Participants will be separated into different age groups, and the challenges and sophistication of the drones will vary according to the groups.

 

Summer Experiences (ages 8-18)

ASL Summer Experiences offers week-long courses for middle and high school students (age 8-18) during the opening weeks of the 2019 summer holidays.

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

Tech Camp (week 1)

Leaders: Chris Goff and Kojo Baffour
Age: Students entering Grades 4-7 (age 9-11)
Cost: £375 per student
Enrollment numbers: up to 25
Dates: 17-21 June
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Location: MS Science classrooms, The American School in London


Learn about design thinking, electronics, robotics, building and programming using Lego Robotics EV3 kits, "brains" and software.

Participants will be separated into different age groups, and the challenges and sophistication of the designs and programming will vary according to the groups.

Crew Camp (weeks 1, 2, 9 and 10)

Leader: Stuart Heap
Age: Students entering Grades 9-12 (age 14-18)
Cost: £530 per student per week
Enrollment numbers: 6-12
Dates: 17-21 June, 24-28 June, 12-16 August, 19-23 August
 
Open to new and experienced rowers, from grade 9 to 13.  If you would like to join the crew team in your freshman year, or you are a rising senior, 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 
9-9:45 am: Bus from ASL to ULBC
10 am-11:45 am: First row
12-12:45 pm: Lunch
1:30-3:15pm: Second row
3:15-4 pm: Mobility & core strength
4-4:45 pm: Bus to ASL

Food Odyssey (weeks 1 and 2)

Leader: Sean Ross
Age: Students entering Grades 8-9 (age 13-14)
Cost: £590 per student
Enrollment numbers: 8-12
Dates: 17-21 June, Food Odyssey (The Original)
Dates: 24-28 June, Food Odyssey Revisited (New locations/experiences for students who attended either last June or in Week 1) 

Week 1

Monday

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

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Monday

A visit to Ealing Road, Alperton, home to a large Pakistani and Hindu community will allow students to experience new cultures and nationalities. In preparation for the the following day students will have a list of exotic and likely unfamiliar ingredients to source from local vendors.

The students will get a chance to learn about new foods, cuisines and ingredients. Learn about what their preferences are and the basics of cooking. This will lay the groundwork for their first lesson the following day. They will enjoy lunch at Whitecross Market, famous for its wide array of yummy and affordable street food.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

An early start awaits students as we visit Spitalfields Market at 7am, then we head across town to Smithfields Market to source more ingredients for an afternoon of cooking back at the professional kitchen. Student’s will be preparing and cooking in preparation for their excursion on Friday.

Friday

We will visit Oxford, which will include a boat trip and picturesque picnic to enjoy the fruits of Thursday’s labour. A perfect end to a fantastic week of food!

Questions to Sean Ross, sean_ross@asl.org.

Habitat for Humanity (week 1)

Leader: TBC
Age: Students entering Grades 10-12 (age 16-18*)
Cost: £530 per student per week
Enrollment numbers: up to 8
Dates:17-21 June 
Hours: see provided schedule

*students must be 16 by 31 August 2019 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. 

 

Discover Darkroom Photography (weeks 1 and 2)

Leaders: Heather McDonough and Scotia Luhrs
Age: 8-12 years
Enrollment: Minimum 8, maximum 12
Cost: £520 per week
Dates: 17-21 June, Mirrors & Magic
Dates: 24-28 June, Nature Explorers


Do you love taking creative pictures? Have you ever been in an old-fashioned darkroom?

The week you will be experimenting with film cameras. You will learn how to process your own b & w film. You will learn to make ray-o-grams, sandwiched negatives, drawing onto film, make contact prints and make a set of your own prints. We will create still life set-ups in the studio to photograph inside and go on location to find shapes, shadows and abstract forms.
We will go on location visits to the V & A and Hyde Park.

These courses are appropriate for both the complete beginner as well as the student with photography/darkroom knowledge. Every student will experience the magic of creating unusual and unique images to bring home!

Mirrors & Magic

In week one, we explore experimental and alternative processes, you will learn how to process your own b & w film. You will learn to make ray-o-grams, sandwiched negatives, drawing onto film, make contact prints and make a set of your own prints. We will create still life set-ups in the studio to photograph inside and go on location to find shapes, shadows and abstract forms.

Nature Explorers

In week two we will be exploring creative cameraless processes, pinhole cameras, the cyanotype process (making blueprints), making our own negatives, and we will be shooting with film cameras, using black & white film.

We will go on location to the Zoo and Kew Gardens and to collect our specimens for making our photograms for the various different processes. We will have our specimen bags ready to collect anything we find to help us make our prints. This week will be hands on making and ideal for young photographers/collectors!

Photo London (weeks 1 and 2)

Leaders: Mara Bodis-Wollner & Tanya Harris
Ages: 12-16
Enrollment: minimum 8 maximum 12
Cost: £520 per week
Dates: 17-21 June, Architecture
Dates: 24-28 June, Street/Portraiture


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 or two 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.  No previous photographic experience or knowledge is necessary!

Architecture

During week one we will take you to sites where we can focus on the architecture and structure of the city. We will enjoy the beauty of the lines, curves and intersections of London to make captivating photos.

Street and Portrait Photography

During week two we’ll be looking more closely at the vibrancy of people who inhabit the city.  We will go from outdoor food markets to busy shopping streets, from skateparks to indoor public spaces.  You will make portraits of individuals and groups of people, in their element. We’ll learn to capture what’s in front of the lens and how to connect with people to take their portrait.

Of course how you choose to look at the world around you is always your choice, we’ll be there to guide you and offer a curated tour to inspire you based on the theme of the week.

Drone Camp (week 9)

Leaders: Chris Goff and Colin McCarty
Age: Students entering Grades 4-10 (age 9-15)
Cost: £425 per student
Enrollment numbers: up to 20
Dates: 12-16 August
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Location: The MILL, The American School in London


Learn about design thinking, Autodesk Fusion CAD software, 3D printing, drone design and building, and flying at ASL's first ever drone camp.  Participants will build micro-class drones using kits from Airengineers and then learn to fly (and repair) the drones as during this week-long camp offering. A micro-class drone kit will be provided to each participant to be built and flown, and the drone will be taken home at the end of the week.

Participants will be separated into different age groups, and the challenges and sophistication of the drones will vary according to the groups.

 

 

Swimming (ages 4-18)

ASL has a six lane, 25-meter swimming pool at the Waverley Place campus. We offering aquatics programs along with our Summer Camp offerings. Take part in Stay and Swim for relaxing, unstructured pool time or try week-long 30-minute per day 1:1 swimming lessons to improve your child’s swimming ability and water confidence in a short period of time. Ideal for pre-holiday improvements, stroke development, and general safety in the water before school starts in the fall.

1:1 swimming lessons

Leaders: ASL Swim instructors
Age: 4-18 years
Cost: £180 per week
Dates: 17 June-23 August
Hours: Monday-Friday, 5 x30 minute sessions, 9-11 am (weeks 3-10) and 2-5 pm (weeks 1-10)
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance
 

ASL offers 30-minute, individual, intensive swimming tuition at the same time for five days in a row. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by parents, before and after lessons. Swim England Learn to Swim framework is used.

1:1 swimming lessons that are registered for at 3:30 pm or later can be combined with other day-long (9 am-3:15 pm) camp offerings. 1:1 swimming lessons registered for between 9 am and 3:30 pm cannot be combined with day-long offerings.

Stay and Swim

Leaders: Aquatics personnel
Age: 9-18 years
Cost: £80 per week
Dates: 17 June-23 August
Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:15-5 pm
Location: The American School in London via the Community Arts Building entrance


Students can join us for a relaxing and fun swim and play time in the ASL pool. Parents can visit the Community Arts Building entrance at any time after 3:15 pm to collect swimmers, with 5 pm being the latest allowed collection time. 

Please note:

  • Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by parents, before and after lessons. Swim England swimming lesson stages are used.
  • Individual swimming lessons can be combined with Stay and Swim—if a student wants a combination of free swim and play, plus a 30-minute individual swimming lesson. Simply register for both options in the portal.
  • Lessons offered after 3:30 pm can be taken after regular Summer Program offerings.
  • If you have questions, or would like to request a time not listed for lessons, please email swim@asl.org.

Refunds are managed in the same way as Summer Program refunds.

Questions about the summer program?

Contact summer@asl.org.