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Join us for Summer Camp this year!

Let's learn and have some fun!

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  • All rising 2nd-9th graders are invited! You do not need to attend GCS. 
  • Monday - Thursdays, June 7 - July 1, AM Classes 9:00AM-12:40PM, PM Classes 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Choose one, two, three, or all four weeks of camp (Boot camp is intended to be a four-week experience, giving your student support for the upcoming school year.)
  • Classes will be filled on a first-paid basis
  • Need-based, partial scholarships available (email
  • Drop-off or mail-in checks to either GCS office: 511 Thornrose Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401 or 19 S. Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
  • Make checks out to GCS with "Summer Camp" and student(s) name(s) in the memo

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Deadline to register - May 21, 2021

Check out and share our brochure with your friends! 2021 Summer Camp Brochure

Class Descriptions

Math - Improve your child's math skills this summer with fun and interactive math instruction and activities.

Reading/Writing - Engage your child's imagination through reading and writing with aspects of comprehension, grammar, and spelling.

Boot camp is intended to be a four-week experience, giving your student support for the upcoming school year. 

 Instructor: Orville Bame
Campers in this class will learn the basics of playing the piano accordion.  Campers will learn to read music while also learning the proper fingering on the piano keys.  They will also learn how to operate the bellows while playing bass notes and chords.  The great thing is that campers do not even to have any prior musical instruction!  
Learning materials will be Accordions for Kids/U.S.A. by Dale Wise M.M.E.  There will be no cost for the materials or the accordion for six weeks.  There is a $135.00 deposit that will be held by Mr. Wise, which will be returned after the trial period.  For anyone wanting to continue, the deposit will count towards purchase of the accordion.  
Instructor: Orville Bame
Campers in this class will get a chance to move beyond reading music and the basic operation of the piano accordion in order to work on technique and being able to play as part of a group.  Campers will need to able to read the notes within the Grand Staff and completing the Beginning level camp or some accordion basics would be helpful.
Learning materials will be Accordions for Kids/U.S.A. by Dale Wise M.M.E., as well as handouts of sheet music. There will be no cost for the materials or the accordion for six weeks.  There is a $135.00 deposit that will be held by Mr. Wise, which will be returned after the trial period.  For anyone wanting to continue, the deposit will count towards purchase of the accordion.  
Come train your brain with Rene Leetun a certified EM trainer. She will be using the Equipping Minds is a Cognitive Development Curriculum which can increase verbal abilities, nonverbal abilities, IQ composite, and academic abilities in learners with a Specific Learning Disorder all by using GAMES!!
Instructor: Marie Masincup
This class will compose “psalm” together, creating a melody and improvising percussion and xylophone instrumental parts for it. The students will sing, mime, and add accompanying movement and dance. Campers will also spend time listening to other composers’ music of psalms set to music. 
Instructor: Julie VanDyke
Come and create four unique projects that showcase your individuality!
  • Fabric Bowl - Create a soft, catch-all container using creative fabric and colors!
  • Art Deco Lantern - Explore repeating patterns in the Art Deco style and end up with a lantern that will truly shine!
  • GIANT Flower - Create a (much) larger-than-life poppy that you can hang somewhere special.
  • Altered Image - Pick a black and white picture of a landmark and create a new background for it by using additional colors, and wacky images.  
 Instructor: Becky Boyette
Let's dive into the world of theater as we perform scripts from classic shows, learn stage directions and etiquette, and explore the tools of the actor including voice, imagination and physicality. 
 Instructor: Miriam Gildea
Through this class children will be given the opportunity to discover a love of dance and a deeper love of the Lord as they inspire themselves and each other. They will learn simple compulsory exercises in ballet, musical theater, improv, and jazz that teach strength and technique as well as nurture their creativity in an enchantingly delightful fun way. Each session will include a choreographed dance that all children will participate in to showcase to their parents. 
Instructor: Kim Mancini, assistant: Riley Gildea 
A new wall!  Grace students will have a contest to design the new mural in the middle school hallway. Students will be working on scaffolding for much of this mural. It is great fun to participate in a collaborative artwork that will remain for years! This is an all day class. 
Time: Both sessions, all day project
Students in grades 5-8 will submit ideas for this mural.  Be looking for details soon! 
Instructor: TBD
Creation sings the Father’s song and in this class we will explore music in the natural world all around us. Through movement, focused listening, singing, playing instruments and story we will study various habitats and the creatures that live in them. These elements of music will lay the foundation of many future years of music-making for His glory! 
Instructor: Julie VanDyke
Join us as we explore projects that have to do with the ocean and lakes. (min 4, max 12-14 w/helper)
Our projects will include:
  • Paper water lily
  • Coral reef painting
  • Octopus scene made from model magic
  • Beach collage complete with seashells
Instructor: Jill Bywaters
Create your own prints and turn them into fun gifts! Our projects will include creating cards, mini notebooks, and/or wall hangings using the following printmaking methods:  
  • Monoprints
  • Styrofoam prints (older students will be carving on lino plates)
  • Collagraph prints
  • Gelatin prints
Instructor: Cindy Jones
How would you like to experiment with an art form that can move, talk, dance, sing, and even glow in the dark?  In this class, we will learn how to create life-like movements and lip-sync with Muppet-style puppets.  We will even get to work in the dark using black light puppets, and will craft our own simple puppets and props.

Instructor Anna Kirkpatrick

Week 1 - STEM: Take Flight

The laws of physics help us understand how global Christian organizations share physical resources, aid, and even the Good News with the world's most needy people. Through helicopter drops and more, the process of slowing descent to resist the force of gravity has often been used across diverse contexts and locations. In this exciting, hands-on project, students will be given a unique STEM challenge as they investigate Newton's laws of motion and energy.

Week 4 - Space: It's Out of this World

Galaxies, stars, moons, and space travel ... and mostly planets ... will be the focus of this series of lessons. And who doesn't like space?! This project utilizes the creativity and unique abilities of students--ones they already possess--to apply basic, fact-driven sciences associated with space and space exploration. With the recent leaps in space exploration and discovery, imaginations can be fueled by space fact and fiction, now more than ever! We'll supply the crayons (it won't be that hard!).

Instructor: Julie VanDyke
Come explore four exciting sculptures!
Our projects will include:  
  • A Lizard made from model magic
  • Colorful fish windsock
  • Wacky long-legged bird 
  • Paper aquarium

Get outside and play! AM sports sessions will be 70 min long and directly follow a Fine Arts class. PM sports sessions will be 120 min long . Bring your water bottle, sunscreen, and be ready for some fun!

AM 6th-9th grade sessions, and all PM sessions will be lead by GCS Girls' Middle School Soccer Coach, Franki Kilmer.

AM 6th-9th grade 

June 7 - 10 - Ultimate Frisbee
June 14 -17 - Soccer
June 21 - 25 - Flag Football
June 28 - Jul 1 - Basketball


PM 2nd-9th grade

June 7 - 10 - Soccer
June 14 -17 - Flag Football
June 21 - 25 - Basketball
June 28 - Jul 1 - Baseball/Softball/T-ball

AM 2nd-5th grade sessions will be led by GCS PE Teacher Molly Larson.

Instructor: Riley Gildea
Enjoy art using this less common media! Students will use string to create a mandala and a free form type string art. 
Instructor: Becky Boyette
Let's conquer those audition fears as we learn how to master the cold script reading, dance audition, and vocal evaluation. Special guests will provide extra insight on what catches a director's eye and ear.
Instructor: Karen Palumbo
Students will explore various types of percussion including body percussion, African drumming, pitched percussion ensembles, bucket drumming, “found sound” and more! We will showcase the skills we’ve learned at the end of the week. This class will enhance previous music training and provide a strong foundation for future music learning. Come join the fun!