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Summer programs

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

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.

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

Summer Experiences (ages 9-18)

ASL Summer Experiences offers week-long courses for middle and high school students (age 9-18) during the opening weeks of the 2019 summer holidays.

We are currently planning our Summer Experiences offerings for 2019.

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

Summer 2018 offerings were:
  • Capturing London's Landmarks with Creative Darkroom Photography
  • Crew Camp
  • Food Odyssey
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Photograph London

Summer Experiences Payment policy:

  • Programs are payable in advance by credit or debit card. A refund for non-attendance for any reason is not available (see cancellation policy below).
  • We rely on the input of accurate information regarding the age, grade level and enrollment status of participants. Registration does not guarantee enrollment in programs for which participants are unsuitable.

Summer Experiences cancellation policy:

  • If cancellation of registration is made by 9 am on the Monday two weeks prior to each week of enrollment, a full refund will be issued.
  • If cancellation of registration is made by 9 am on the Monday one weeks prior to each week of enrollment, a 50% refund will be issued.
  • If cancellation is made after 9 am on the Monday one week prior to each week of enrollment, no refund will be issued.
  • If applicable, refunds will be issued within 21 working days of notification.

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.

At the end of the normal camp day (3:15 pm), we now offer Stay and Play in the Blue Gym for children age 6-10 until 5 pm. Older students (age 9-18) may opt for Stay and Swim instead in the ASL pool until 5 pm. 

We are currently planning our Summer Camp offerings for 2019.

Example offerings from summer 2018

Swimming

Stay and Swim: 18 June–24 August, weeks 1-10
1:1 lessons: 18 June–24  August, weeks 1-10
(age 4–18)

ASL has a six lane, 25-meter swimming pool. 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.

Stay and Play

Stay and Play 2018: Weeks 1-10
18 June–24  August 2018 (age 6-10)

Leaders: Aquatics personnel and camp counselors
Cost: £75 per week

For students age 6 to 10 in the ASL Summer Camp, a 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. 

Gadget Camp (week 1)

Gadget Camp 2018: Week 1

Leaders: Colin McCarty and Chris Goff
Age: Students entering Grades 4-10 (age 9-15)

Cost: £415 per student
Enrollment numbers: up to 60
Dates: Week 1, 18-22 June 2018
Hours: 9 am–3:15 pm
Location: The MILL, 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 works either individually or as part of a team to create and program rapid, working prototypes of cars; musical instruments; robots; and other creative devices.

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

Questions to Colin McCarty, colin_mccarty@asl.org, or Chris Goff, chris_goff@asl.org.

Wild Camp

Wild Camp 2018: Weeks 1 and 10
18-22 June and 20-24  August 2018 (age 6-9)

Leader: Jenny Seeds
Minimum enrollment: 8
Maximum enrollment: 14
Cost: £330 per week

Adventure seekers and nature lovers wanted. Come 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 the Bushcraft and Gadget Camp offerings.
  • NB: Be sure to come prepared for the outdoors. Waterproofs, warm layers and outdoor shoes are a must.
  • As a new offering, 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. 

Basketball and Swimming Camp

Basketball and Swimming 2018: Weeks 1, 2 and 10
18–22 June, 25-29 June and 20-24 August 2018 (age 9–15)

After a very successful start in 2017, Basketball and Swimming will now be offered for three weeks in 2018 and is led by Alex Afsahi for Weeks 1 and 2, and by JJ Jokinen in Week 10. Campers work on the basic skills of basketball for most of the day, e.g., ball-handling, passing and shooting, and learn 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.

Sports Camp

Sports Camp 2018: Weeks 1-6
18 June–27 July 2018 (age 8-14)

Students enroll in the Sports Camp for a minimum of one week, and each week select two morning activities in which to specialize. The program runs 9 am–3:15 pm, which includes busing time to and from Canons Park and ASL.

Mornings

Children select two sports in which to specialize, and concentrate on them for a minimum of one week. Choose from Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Fencing, and Multi-Sports. On weeks 3-6, a new softball camp is available. Be sure to select a first and second activity when registering in the portal, but not the same offering 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, Tennis, Table Tennis, Softball, Cricket, Speedball, Handball, 'Vortex' and Capture the Flag, as well as many other favorite games and activities for younger children.

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.

A swimming option, taking place at the Copthall Leisure Centre near Canons Park, is available for children age 8 and above once a week on Thursdays. No additional charge is levied for swimming.

Sports camp offerings

Fencing

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.

Golf

Under the expert tuition of Luke Willett, beginner and intermediate golfers are offered an hour-long daily class to improve all aspects of their game. Campers practice at Canons Park and, once a week, at a nearby golf center. All equipment is provided, but students with their own clubs are encouraged to use them.

Multi sports

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
  • Dodge Ball

Soccer

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 3-6)

Leaders: Julia Harrison and JJ Jokinen
Weeks 3-6

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

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.

Elementary Sports Camp

Elementary Sports Camp 2018: Weeks 1–6
18 June–27 July 2018 (age 6–8)

This camp offers 6- to 8-year-olds 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. This camp runs 9 am–3:15 pm, which includes busing time to and from Canons Park.

Exploration Week

Exploration Week 2018:
Week 2, 25–29 June 2018

Exploration Week is a week-long, full-day program. Suitability for activities is based on the grade level of students in fall 2018. 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. The day runs 9 am–3:15 pm.

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 2018, 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 and Minecraft

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 some Minecraft 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

In imaginative and creative exploration of the magical material called "clay," participants use a variety of traditional methods and techniques: 'coiling,' 'slab building,' 'modeling' and 'throwing' on the potter's wheel. Students have the opportunity to make and decorate pieces using a variety of bright 'underglaze' colors and slips, and a safe glaze finish. The informal studio atmosphere allows students to flex their creative imaginations and everyone will complete at least one or two pieces.

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

In imaginative and creative exploration of the magical material called "clay," participants use a variety of traditional methods and techniques: 'coiling,' 'slab building,' 'modeling' and 'throwing' on the potter's wheel. Students have the opportunity to make and decorate pieces using a variety of bright 'underglaze' colors and slips, and a safe glaze finish. The informal studio atmosphere allows students to flex their creative imaginations and everyone will complete at least one or two pieces.

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

Discovery Camp 2018: Weeks 2–7
25 June–3 August 2018 (age 4–6)

Formerly known as Kindercamp, this offering is suitable for children age 4-6. 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.

Please note that we will also have a limited number of spaces in Discovery Camp available in Week 9 (13-17 August). Please check the registration portal for availability.

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. Based at our Waverley Place campus, the program is managed by experienced teachers, 9 am-3:15 pm each day. 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. Swimming is being added as part of the regular program for Discovery Camp!  The weekly fee for Discovery Camp is £270.

A typical Discovery Camp day:
Camp begins with the children being met by their teachers from 8:50 am at the Kindergarten steps. 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!

Recreation Camp

Recreation Camp 2018: Weeks 7–10
30 July–24 August 2018 (age 6–14)

This camp is held each week day and gives 6- to 14-year-olds the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and games, including tennis, soccer, softball and volleyball. Please note: Recreation Camp (weeks 7-10) and Sports Camp (weeks 1-6) are two different programs. There are no set class activities in Recreation Camp; every day is different. The accent is on fun with a developmental aim. The program runs 9 am to 3:15 pm, which includes busing time to and from Canons Park.

Please note: we no longer offer door-to-door bussing to and from Canons Park for summer programs. 

Swimming (ages 4-8)

ASL swimming pool

 

ASL has a six lane, 25-meter swimming pool, and 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. Please see the registration portal for dates, times and availability.