Themes & Workshops

Making learning fun is what a Delphi Summer is all about!

Camp themes and workshops cover science, art and physical games and skills appropriate for each age level. Weekly field trips, art projects and special activities relate to the themes covered in the classroom. Workshops introduce new skills and lively team activities where kids can create, learn and explore with their friends.

 

Summer Themes

 

THEMES FOR CAMPERS K - 3rd

Weeks 1 & 2: Down on the Farm

Visit local farms, talk to the farmers, take tractor rides and meet the animals. Back at camp, the eggs we've been incubating should hatch! We'll keep a live-cam on them in case it happens at night, but hopefully we'll get to see the little chicks emerge firsthand. Berry picking, mini pie baking, pickling, gardening, horseback riding and a fascinating tour of a pioneer home immerse us in the skills it took to live well over 100 years ago. Give sewing or weaving a try. Card wool and see it spun. Plant your own vegetables. The farmstead awaits!

Weeks 3 & 4: Go Outdoors!

This week finds Delphi campers crossing streams, hiking trails, spotting wildlife and for some, even sleeping under the stars. Learn some survival and outdoor living skills, discover curious creatures in the tide pools, play in the sand, enjoy a beach barbecue, explore a variety of forests and revel in the beauty of nature. Some campers may attend their very first camping trip and pitch tents under sheltering redwoods with activities in the day and campfires, S'mores and camp songs in the evening.

Weeks 5 & 6: All About Animals

Campers are off to the zoo and the science museum to find out all they can about real animals, then inventing their own amazing creatures in 2D or 3D with stories to match! We'll learn how to take care of an animal, how they live in the wild, their various habitats and what they like to eat. Discover how an animal's special features like teeth, scales or eyes can give you clues about how they live.

Weeks 7 & 8: Wonderful Water

It isn't summer without plenty of water play, swimming and marine adventures to cool off on those hot days. We’ll look at marine science, ecosystems and wildlife with trips to the aquarium and science museum, and also have fun playing at local water parks and the Morgan Hill Aquatic Center. A special underwater overnight at the Aquarium by the Bay puts campers behind the scenes of the aquarium with hands-on activities and face-to-face with swimming creatures in the bay. Water science and activities round out these wet weeks with wonderful water.

 

THEMES FOR CAMPERS 4th - 8th

Weeks 1 & 2: Outdoor Education: Wilderness Survival!

We're kicking off summer by going outside and exploring the great outdoors. Campers will enjoy the beach, forest and wetlands, learning orienteering and wilderness survival skills. Special overnight camping trips include discovering a secret campground in San Francisco with a day of discovery on Angel Island, and a fun wilderness training camp with a safari ride on a 400 acre animal preserve. Build your outdoor skills, learn how to plan a camping trip, try outdoor cooking and how to care for the environment. These weeks will be full of adventure!

Weeks 3 & 4: Mad Science & Cranky Robots

We're heading to the Maker Studio and Science Lab! Make, tinker, craft, design and program with simple machines and circuits, and the power of simple programming with Arduino and MakeyMakey. Light up your 3D art or costume with LEDs, build a Scribblebot and push the limits. Tinker, experiment and make your own robots using real tools and plenty of imagination. Team projects and contests get campers thinking outside of the box and using communication, collaboration and pure ingenuity. Multiple fun and unusual experiments in the laboratory will bring scientific principles to light for a memorable summer of learning.

Weeks 5 & 6: Ahoy! The Big Boat Race: A Nautical Engineering Adventure

What does it take to float a boat? Maybe that's easy, but what if it needs to carry two people and you'd like it to move quickly across a stretch of water? Teams will tackle these questions and more as they build and test their theories, culminating in The Big Boat Race on Shaver Lake (in shallow waters, of course!). Other nifty, nautical skills such as tying knots, Morse Code and signal flag messaging will be explored with fun games and projects.

Weeks 7 & 8: Game ON!

Games, games, games! International, outdoor, indoor, board games and more. Campers will invent their own games, program their own video games, and try new games they've never played before. A visit to Legends, the construction of a drone race course for racing games and challenging puzzles and team games round out the fun. A final, end-of-summer-camp field trip to Great America completes our best summer ever!

There's always more!

You never know what extra activities you’ll find at Delphi. Come to Delphi Summer Camp and be surprised! 

Summer of 2007
The Delphi Summer Choir sang the National Anthem to kick off the San Jose Grand Prix!

Summer of 2008
A special photography class had students creating sets and lighting, then modelling, photographing and even editing their own shots!

Summer of 2009...
Campers made stop-motion films using cameras and small objects. They also built solar-powered cars, boats and toys.

Summer of 2010...
Our oldest campers volunteered at Yosemite National Park, clearing nearly 1,500 small trees from Tuolumne Meadows under the supervision of a Yosemite National Park Ranger.  They were thanked by all the rangers at the Visitor's Center and sworn in as Junior Rangers for the park!

Summer of 2011...
Campers went kayaking on the shallow and tranquil bay waters near Point Reyes. They participated in a series of Delphi soccer clinics that culminated in a grand World Cup finale! Campers also learned to use a simple animation software and electronic tablet to draw and animate their own short cartoons.

Summer of 2012...
Campers built model roller coasters, rode a motorboat on Lake Tahoe and tie-dyed shirts on a camping trip.

Summer of 2013...
Campers explored a cave in California's Gold Country, swam off pontoon boats in Lake Tahoe, toured the San Francisco piers, built chemical elements and demonstrated reactions with Lego bricks, and went on a treasure hunt.

Summer of 2014...
Delphi campers stayed overnight on a turn-of-the-century schooner, literally "learning the ropes" as they experienced what a sailor's life was like on a tall ship 100 years ago. They also rode a train to the Creativity Museum, cruised the San Francisco Bay, had a bridge-building contest and picked organic berries.

Summer of 2015...
Campers spent the night on a WWII submarine, experiencing history firsthand. They built and programmed a light-seeking robot with Arduino, hiked to see the elephant seals, visited the California Academy of Sciences and Steinhart Aquarium, spent a night with sharks and enjoyed two exciting days at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Summer of 2016...
Campers went behind the scenes at the Chabot Space and Science Center and had a slumber party with the giant telescopes, taking a peek at the night sky. They rode a steam train through the redwood forest and watched fireworks over Lake Tahoe.

 

Summer of 2017...
Join us and help us make wonderful new memories this year!

 

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